Patents by Inventor Lowell L. Wood, Jr.

Lowell L. Wood, Jr. 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: 20220367070
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include nuclear fission reactor cores, nuclear fission reactors, methods of operating a nuclear fission reactor, and methods of managing excess reactivity in a nuclear fission reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Charles E. Ahlfeld, Thomas M. Burke, Tyler S. Ellis, John R. Gilleland, Jonatan Hejzlar, Pavel Hejzlar, Roderick A. Hyde, David G. McAlees, Jon D. McWhirter, Ashok Odedra, Robert C. Petroski, Nicholas W. Touran, Joshua C. Walter, Kevan D. Weaver, Thomas A. Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., George B. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11482344
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include nuclear fission reactor cores, nuclear fission reactors, methods of operating a nuclear fission reactor, and methods of managing excess reactivity in a nuclear fission reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TERRAPOWER, LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Ahlfeld, Thomas M. Burke, Tyler S. Ellis, John Rogers Gilleland, Jonatan Hejzlar, Pavel Hejzlar, Roderick A. Hyde, David G. McAlees, Jon D. McWhirter, Ashok Odedra, Robert C. Petroski, Nicholas W. Touran, Joshua C. Walter, Kevan D. Weaver, Thomas Allan Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., George B. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11389399
    Abstract: Certain embodiments comprise administering a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. In certain embodiments, the structure has a modular design, combining a material configured for controlled release of therapeutic, diagnostic, and/or enhancement agents with a structural material necessary for gastric residence but configured for controlled and/or tunable degradation/dissolution to determine the time at which retention shape integrity is lost and the structure passes out of the gastric cavity. For example, in certain embodiments, the residence structure comprises a first elastic component, a second component configured to release an active substance, and, optionally, a linker. In some such embodiments, the linker may be configured to degrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 11364380
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a nerve stimulation system includes a headset and an earpiece which includes two or more ear-contacting elements, for example an ear canal insert, and a concha insert. Ear-contacting elements may be mounted onto an earpiece housing have projecting mounting structures, which provide mechanical and electrical connection between ear-contacting elements and housing through various materials and configurations. In an embodiment, a nerve stimulation system includes a neural stimulation subsystem including neural stimulation device control circuitry for use in combination with a personal computing device to control a neural stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Eleanor V. Goodall, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Stephen L. Malaska, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tim F. Ramsey, Brittany Scheid, Katherine E. Sharadin, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 11357723
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 11361573
    Abstract: A system for tracking airborne organisms includes an imager, a backlight source (such as a retroreflective surface) in view of the imager, and a processor configured to analyze one or more images captured by the processor to identify a biological property of an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOKITAE LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric Johanson, Jordin T. Kare, Artyom Makagon, Emma Rae Mullen, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., Nathan John Pegram, Nels R. Peterson, Phillip Rutschman, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11294344
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, computer program product, and/or system are described that determine an event, actuate a cushioning element in response to the determining the event, the cushioning element including one or more tension-bearing members, and dissipate at least some of an energy associated with a collision based on deforming at least one of the tension-bearing members during the collision, the deforming including substantially inelastically stretching the at least one of the tension-bearing members. Other example embodiments are also provided relating to actuatable cushioning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Deep Science, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Cameron Myhrvold, Conor L. Myhrvold, Nathan P. Myhrvold, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 11246829
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Publication number: 20220044833
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for the thermal storage of nuclear reactor generated energy including diverting a selected portion of energy from a portion of a nuclear reactor system to an auxiliary thermal reservoir and, responsive to a shutdown event, supplying a portion of the diverted selected portion of energy to an energy conversion system of the nuclear reactor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Clarence T. Tegreene, Joshua C. Walter, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Patent number: 11205523
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for the thermal storage of nuclear reactor generated energy including diverting a selected portion of energy from a portion of a nuclear reactor system to an auxiliary thermal reservoir and, responsive to a shutdown event, supplying a portion of the diverted selected portion of energy to an energy conversion system of the nuclear reactor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TERRAPOWER, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A Hyde, Muriel Y Ishikawa, Clarence T Tegreene, Joshua C Walter, Lowell L Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20210381772
    Abstract: Portage storage containers including controlled evaporative cooling systems are described herein. In some embodiments, a portable container including an integral controlled evaporative cooling system includes: a storage region, an evaporative region adjacent to the storage region, a desiccant region adjacent to the outside of the container, and an insulation region positioned between the evaporative region and the desiccant region. A vapor conduit with an attached vapor control unit has a first end within the evaporative region and a second end within the desiccant region. In some embodiments, the controlled evaporative cooling systems are positioned in a radial configuration within the portable container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Fong Li Chou, Philip A. Eckhoff, Lawrence Morgan Fowler, Shieng Liu, Peter K. Maier-Laxhuber, Nels R. Peterson, Ralf W. Schmidt, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Reiner M. Wörz, David J. Yager
  • Patent number: 11185604
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring sterilization status are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Deep Science LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11105556
    Abstract: Portage storage containers including controlled evaporative cooling systems are described herein. In some embodiments, a portable container including an integral controlled evaporative cooling system includes: a storage region, an evaporative region adjacent to the storage region, a desiccant region adjacent to the outside of the container, and an insulation region positioned between the evaporative region and the desiccant region. A vapor conduit with an attached vapor control unit has a first end within the evaporative region and a second end within the desiccant region. In some embodiments, the controlled evaporative cooling systems are positioned in a radial configuration within the portable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Tokitae, LLC
    Inventors: Fong Li Chou, Philip A. Eckhoff, Lawrence Morgan Fowler, Shieng Liu, Peter K. Maier-Laxhuber, Nels R. Peterson, Ralf W. Schmidt, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Reiner M. Worz, David J. Yager
  • Patent number: 11083690
    Abstract: Enteric elastomers and related methods are generally provided. In some embodiments, the enteric elastomer is a polymer composite. Certain embodiments comprise a polymer composite in which hydrogen bonds within two carboxyl group-containing polymers cross-link the polymer networks into an elastic and pH-responsive polymer composite. Advantageously, this polymer composite has the capacity of being stable and elastic in an acidic environment such as that of the stomach but can be dissolved in a neutral pH environment such as that of the small and large intestines. In some embodiments, the polymer composites described herein comprise a mixture of two or more polymers with carboxyl functionality such that the two or more polymers form hydrogen bonds. In certain embodiments, the polymer composite has both enteric and elastic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc., Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Shiyi Zhang, Andrew Bellinger, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Dean Liang Glettig, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 11077056
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Publication number: 20210205444
    Abstract: Emulsion-based and micromolded (“MM”) or three dimensional printed (“3DP”) polymeric formulations for single injection of antigen, preferably releasing at two or more time periods, have been developed. Formulations are preferably formed of biocompatible, biodegradable polymers. Discrete regions encapsulating antigen, alone or in combination with other antigens, adjuvants, stabilizers, and release modifiers, are present in the formulations. Antigen is preferably present in excipient at the time of administration, or on the surface of the formulation, for immediate release, and incorporated within the formulation for release at ten to 45 days after initial release of antigen, optionally at ten to 90 day intervals for release of antigen in one or more additional time periods. Antigen may be stabilized through the use of stabilizing agents such as trehalose glass. In a preferred embodiment for immunization against polio, antigen is released at the time of administration, and two, four and six months thereafter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Ana Jaklenec, William Gates, Philip A. Welkhoff, Boris Nikolic, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Robert S. Langer, Thanh Duc Nguyen, Stephany Yi Tzeng, James J. Norman, Kevin McHugh
  • Publication number: 20210177750
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Womens's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacey Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 11012552
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system are described that make a determination that a wireless device is in proximity to at least one secondary wireless device, and determine an aggregate user interface on the wireless device based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20210128460
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women't Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Patent number: 10987048
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and devices that may be used to incentivize inhaler use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert C. Petroski, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood