Patents by Inventor Joshua J. Hill

Joshua J. Hill has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190000582
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Patent number: 10064680
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker Combo L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Publication number: 20150351850
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Patent number: 9144466
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: STRYKER COMBO L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Publication number: 20150209111
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Patent number: 8994358
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Combo L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill
  • Publication number: 20110304315
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for counting sharps returned to a container. An example method of counting sharps returned to a container having at least two layers of penetrable conductive material includes periodically checking a plurality of circuits formed by the first and second layers of material to determine if each circuit is open or closed, and keeping a count of the number of closed circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Michael T. McElhinny, Steven J. Fleck, Joshua J. Hill