Patents by Inventor Keith Gausmann

Keith Gausmann 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: 20190105619
    Abstract: A dispensing device, comprising a plurality of microfluidic pumps, microfluidic valves, and a microfluidic mixer chip, for receiving and mixing microfluidic amounts of a plurality of fluids having differing viscosities, is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pathways for moving fluids from associated reservoirs to the microfluidic mixer chip. A mix controller controls the microfluidic pumps and valves so that the fluids, having different viscosities, can be accurately mixed at specified microfluidic amounts or volumes according to a specified microfluidic recipe, and the microfluidic mixture dispensed from the device. The device can be in communication with a software application implemented on a mobile compute device, such as a smartphone, and receive instructions for implementing the specified microfluidic recipe from the software application such that the operation of device components is at the direction of the software application executed on the mobile compute device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: ALTOPA, INC.
    Inventors: Matt WILSON, Jon WHALEN, Todd WILSON, Pete CRAWFORD, Scott Eric LIDDLE, Keith GAUSMANN, Jaysun GIESLER, Nathan Thomas LUCK, Nicole Kaylor WICKER, Jon COLLETTE
  • Patent number: 9913678
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, apparatuses, and systems for reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in a patient to either prevent or treat open-angle glaucoma. Heat is applied to the trabecular meshwork in the patient's eye without damaging proteins in the trabecular meshwork. The application of heat to the trabecular meshwork has the effect of relaxing or loosening protein clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, which are either reducing or obstructing of the outflow of aqueous humor, thereby increasing the patient's IOP and causing ocular hypertension (OHT). By loosening or relaxing clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, the outflow path for aqueous humor is increased or restored, which can lower IOP and either prevent or treat glaucoma. Force may also be applied to the patient's eye to apply pressure to the trabecular meshwork to further assist in the loosening or relaxing of clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Beth Friedland, Donald R. Korb, Steve Grenon, John Jans, Keith Gausmann, Timothy R. Willis
  • Publication number: 20170071790
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating dry eye include an energy source configured to apply energy to an obstruction located in a meibomian gland of a patient's eyelid. The apparatus also comprises an insulator configured to be positioned between a rear portion of the patient's eyelid and a surface of the patient's eyeball. An inner surface of the insulator has a curvature greater than that of the patient's eyeball such that an air pocket is formed between the inner surface of the insulator and the patient's eyeball, wherein the air pocket provides additional insulation to reduce or eliminate an amount of heat due to the applied energy from the energy source from being conducted to the surface of the patient's eyeball, such that the applied energy does not cause the temperature to reach a temperature sufficient to cause damage to a corneal or scleral portion of the patient's eyeball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, John Martin Jans, Jordan W. Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann, Donald R. Korb
  • Patent number: 9314369
    Abstract: A system for treating meibomian gland dysfunction. A controller controls a lid warmer attached onto a patient's eye to generate heat on the inside of the eyelid to provide conductive heat transfer to the meibomian glands. The application of heat assists in the expression of obstructions or occlusions in the meibomian glands to restore sufficient sebum flow to the lipid layer to treat dry eye. Temperatures at the meibomian glands reach desired levels more quickly and efficiently when heating the inside of the eyelid. Reaching such higher temperature levels may be instrumental in removing obstructions in the meibomian glands. Less time may also be required to reach desired temperature levels when applying heat to the inside of the eyelid. An eyecup may be employed to generate a force on the outside of the patient's eyelid to improve conductive heat transfer and reduce blood flow in the eyelid that causes convective heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, John Martin Jans, Jordan W. Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann
  • Publication number: 20150025545
    Abstract: A method of treating meibomian gland dysfunction is disclosed that comprises applying heat to an outer surface of a patient's eyelid to a temperature level to melt, loosen, or soften an obstruction located within a meibomian gland. The method also comprises maintaining the heat to the outer surface of the patient's eyelid for a period of time. The method further comprises applying a pressure to the outer surface of the patient's eyelid to express the obstruction from the meibomian gland. The obstruction may be located within a meibomian gland channel of the meibomian gland and the method may comprise expressing the obstruction located within a meibomian gland channel through a meibomian gland orifice. Applying the pressure may be done by positioning a pressure applicator into contact with the outer surface of the patient's eyelid and applying a pressure with the pressure applicator over a substantial portion of the patient's eyelid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, John Martin Jans, Jordan W. Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann
  • Publication number: 20140066821
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, apparatuses, and systems for reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in a patient to either prevent or treat open-angle glaucoma. Heat is applied to the trabecular meshwork in the patient's eye without damaging proteins in the trabecular meshwork. The application of heat to the trabecular meshwork has the effect of relaxing or loosening protein clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, which are either reducing or obstructing of the outflow of aqueous humor, thereby increasing the patient's IOP and causing ocular hypertension (OHT). By loosening or relaxing clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, the outflow path for aqueous humor is increased or restored, which can lower IOP and either prevent or treat glaucoma. Force may also be applied to the patient's eye to apply pressure to the trabecular meshwork to further assist in the loosening or relaxing of clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Beth Friedland, Donald R. Korb, Steve Grenon, John Jans, Keith Gausmann, Timothy R. Willis
  • Publication number: 20090043365
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, apparatuses, and systems for reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in a patient to either prevent or treat open-angle glaucoma. Heat is applied to the trabecular meshwork in the patient's eye without damaging proteins in the trabecular meshwork. The application of heat to the trabecular meshwork has the effect of relaxing or loosening protein clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, which are either reducing or obstructing of the outflow of aqueous humor, thereby increasing the patient's IOP and causing ocular hypertension (OHT). By loosening or relaxing clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork, the outflow path for aqueous humor is increased or restored, which can lower IOP and either prevent or treat glaucoma. Force may also be applied to the patient's eye to apply pressure to the trabecular meshwork to further assist in the loosening or relaxing of clogs or other inhibitors in the trabecular meshwork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: KOLIS SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: Beth Friedland, Donald R. Korb, Steve Grenon, John Jans, Keith Gausmann, Timothy R. Willis
  • Publication number: 20080114423
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating meibomian gland dysfunction. A lid warmer may be attached onto a patient's eye to apply heat on the inside of the eyelid to provide conductive heat transfer to the meibomian glands. The application of heat assists in the expression of obstructions or occlusions in the meibomian glands to restore sufficient sebum flow to the lipid layer to treat dry eye. Temperatures at the meibomian glands reach desired levels more quickly and efficiently when heating the inside of the eyelid. Reaching such higher temperature levels may be instrumental in removing obstructions in the meibomian glands. Less time may also be required to reach desired temperature levels when applying heat to the inside of the eyelid. An eyecup may also be employed to generate a force on the outside of the patient's eyelid to improve conductive heat transfer and reduce blood flow in the eyelid that causes convective heat loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen Grenon, John Jans, Jordan Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann
  • Publication number: 20080114424
    Abstract: A system for treating meibomian gland dysfunction. A controller controls a lid warmer attached onto a patient's eye to generate heat on the inside of the eyelid to provide conductive heat transfer to the meibomian glands. The application of heat assists in the expression of obstructions or occlusions in the meibomian glands to restore sufficient sebum flow to the lipid layer to treat dry eye. Temperatures at the meibomian glands reach desired levels more quickly and efficiently when heating the inside of the eyelid. Reaching such higher temperature levels may be instrumental in removing obstructions in the meibomian glands. Less time may also be required to reach desired temperature levels when applying heat to the inside of the eyelid. An eyecup may be employed to generate a force on the outside of the patient's eyelid to improve conductive heat transfer and reduce blood flow in the eyelid that causes convective heat loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen Grenon, John Jans, Jordan Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann
  • Patent number: 7351939
    Abstract: A toaster is provided having a base which may be interchangeable or integral with the toaster unit. The toaster also contains an angled heating chamber having manually moveable heating element assemblies, a centering carriage, and a toast lift that optimize the distance between the heating elements and the bread product. Furthermore, an angled top for viewing the bread product within the heating chamber, and including a user control interface for controlling the actions of the toaster, located on the top surface thereof are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Gary Schmitz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey DeBord, Michael Kopczewski, Robert Hayes, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Publication number: 20070034328
    Abstract: A method and device for applying sheet material, such as wallpaper, to a substrate. The applicator is bi-positionable, having a first position where the sheet material is spaced apart from the substrate and a second position where the sheet material contacts the substrate. Additionally or alternatively, the applicator may be provided with a control bar. In the first position, the control bar contacts a portion of the sheet material such as its free end. This minimizes the chance of the sheet material prematurely contacting the substrate. In the second position, the sheet material is disengaged from the control bar for application to the substrate. The applicator and sheet material may be provided together in a kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Dugas, Keith Gausmann, Mark Steinhardt, Timothy Rothwell
  • Patent number: 7152757
    Abstract: A coupling for connection of a tube comprises a coupling housing which includes a first end into which the tube is inserted, a clamping ring which is positioned in the coupling housing against a first conical surface, a sealing ring which is positioned in the coupling housing, and a return ring which is positioned in the coupling housing between the clamping ring and a second end of the housing adjacent a second conical surface that is tapered opposite to the first conical surface. The return ring is expandable and comprises a central aperture which is smaller than the external diameter of the tube. Accordingly, when the tube is pushed into the coupling housing and forced through the return ring, the return ring will expand and move along the second conical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Huffer, Fred Lowery, Gary Petersen, Keith Gausmann, Samuel Marino, Gary Myers, Jamison J. Float, Jay F. Perkins, Steve Pever, Robert Hayes, Michael T. Kopczewski, Paul E. Hsu, Douglas G. Schaefer, Brent L. Burchfield, Jeffrey T. DeBord
  • Publication number: 20050204927
    Abstract: A toaster is provided having a base which may be interchangeable or integral with the toaster unit. The toaster also contains an angled heating chamber having manually moveable heating element assemblies, a centering carriage, and a toast lift that optimize the distance between the heating elements and the bread product. Furthermore, an angled top for viewing the bread product within the heating chamber, and including a user control interface for controlling the actions of the toaster, located on the top surface thereof are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Applicant: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Gary Schmitz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey Debord, Michael Kopczewski, Robert Hayes, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Patent number: D509404
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey T. DeBord, Michael T. Kopczewski, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Patent number: D521306
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey T. DeBord, Michael T. Kopczewski, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Patent number: D523904
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas C. Huffer, Fred Lowery, Gary Petersen, Keith Gausmann, Samuel Joseph Marino, Jay F. Perkins, Doug Drenten, Michael T. Kopczewski, Jeffrey T. DeBord, Kenneth Boyle, Robert Brueckner, John C. Thomas
  • Patent number: D524088
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey T. DeBord, Michael T. Kopczewski, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Patent number: D524089
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Boyle, Doug Drenten, Robert Brueckner, Gary Petersen, Kristi Lafrenz, Gary Schmitz, Keith Gausmann, Jeffrey DeBord, Michael Kopczewski, Robert Hayes, Sally Stark, Paul Hsu
  • Patent number: D638128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary F. Prokop, Don Lehman, David Chesley, Joey Nakayama, Keith Gausmann, Adam Ruggles
  • Patent number: D802992
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Altopa, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Wilson, Nicole Kaylor Wicker, Todd Wilson, Scott Eric Liddle, Pete Crawford, Keith Gausmann, Jaysun Giesler