Patents by Inventor Mark C. Estes

Mark C. Estes 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: 20190282753
    Abstract: A system for delivering fluid to a user transcutaneously includes a subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly, a cannula inserter assembly and a fluid connection assembly. The subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly is configured to be located on the user's skin. The cannula inserter assembly is coupled to the cannula base assembly and is configured to drive an infusion cannula through the user's skin in a nominally helical trajectory. The fluid connection assembly is configured to fluidically connect the cannula base assembly to a source of delivery fluid. Cannula and stylet assemblies configured for helical or non-helical insertion are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: David S. GILLETT, Andres DANDLER, Mark C. ESTES, Kenneth C. HSU
  • Patent number: 10413658
    Abstract: A system for delivering fluid to a user transcutaneously includes a subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly, a cannula inserter assembly and a fluid connection assembly. The subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly is configured to be located on the user's skin. The cannula inserter assembly is coupled to the cannula base assembly and is configured to drive an infusion cannula through the user's skin in a nominally helical trajectory. The fluid connection assembly is configured to fluidically connect the cannula base assembly to a source of delivery fluid. Cannula and stylet assemblies configured for helical or non-helical insertion are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Capillary Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Gillett, Andres Dandler, Mark C. Estes, Kenneth C. Hsu
  • Patent number: 10376634
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a portable infusion pump system can be configured to deliver medicine (e.g., insulin or the like) to a user and to deliver media content to a user. The media content can include, for example, MP3 music and other audio/video data stored in a memory device in the portable system. Thus, in particular embodiments, the portable infusion pump system can serve a dual purpose of providing medication and entertainment for the user from a compact and unobtrusive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Wenger, Mark C. Estes, Scott Chiang
  • Publication number: 20190151533
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a portable medical device, such as an infusion pump, can receive an external reference signal (e.g., a radio, cellular and/or satellite signal) to provide an automatic time-setting and maintenance operation. In these circumstances, the medical device can maintain accurate time and date information even in the event of a power interruption, a time-zone change and/or an internal clock error, for example. In this manner, the portable medical device provides safe operation and added convenience to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Mitchell Wenger
  • Publication number: 20190139126
    Abstract: Some embodiments described herein provide for a number of portable infusion pumps to be distributed to a pump user via a pharmacy system or like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10226572
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a portable medical device, such as an infusion pump, can receive an external reference signal (e.g., a radio, cellular and/or satellite signal) to provide an automatic time-setting and maintenance operation. In these circumstances, the medical device can maintain accurate time and date information even in the event of a power interruption, a time-zone change and/or an internal clock error, for example. In this manner, the portable medical device provides safe operation and added convenience to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Mitchell Wenger
  • Publication number: 20190070361
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a wearable infusion pump system can include a pump device having a drive system to dispense a medicine to a user, an activity sensor that detects a possible change in an activity level of the user, and a controller to activate the drive system to dispense the medicine to the user. The controller device can query the user to indicate whether a detected activity level of the user represents an actual change in the activity level of the user. The controller device can alter the medicine dispensing schedule based on the user indicated changes in activity level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Deb Ruppert
  • Publication number: 20190054236
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump assembly may be equipped with one or more components to facilitate wireless operation of an infusion pump via a user-operated mobile device. In some embodiments, the mobile device and/or the infusion pump may prompt the user to confirm acceptance of a wirelessly communicated command to prevent an operation by the infusion pump (e.g., a dispensation of medicine) that is not desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Wenkang Qi, David Thrower
  • Patent number: 10207047
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system may be configured to wirelessly communicate with other devices using near field communication (NFC). In particular embodiments, by incorporating near field communication capabilities into the infusion pump system, user communications with the infusion pump system can be enhanced and simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10152742
    Abstract: Some embodiments described herein provide for a number of portable infusion pumps to be distributed to a pump user via a pharmacy system or like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10137246
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump assembly may be equipped with one or more components to facilitate wireless operation of an infusion pump via a user-operated mobile device. In some embodiments, the mobile device and/or the infusion pump may prompt the user to confirm acceptance of a wirelessly communicated command to prevent an operation by the infusion pump (e.g., a dispensation of medicine) that is not desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Wenkang Qi, David Thrower
  • Patent number: 10117993
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a wearable infusion pump system can include a pump device having a drive system to dispense a medicine to a user, an activity sensor that detects a possible change in an activity level of the user, and a controller to activate the drive system to dispense the medicine to the user. The controller device can query the user to indicate whether a detected activity level of the user represents an actual change in the activity level of the user. The controller device can alter the medicine dispensing schedule based on the user indicated changes in activity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Deb Ruppert
  • Publication number: 20180280608
    Abstract: A system for delivering fluid to a user transcutaneously includes a subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly, a cannula inserter assembly and a fluid connection assembly. The subcutaneous infusion cannula base assembly is configured to be located on the user's skin. The cannula inserter assembly is coupled to the cannula base assembly and is configured to drive an infusion cannula through the user's skin in a nominally helical trajectory. The fluid connection assembly is configured to fluidically connect the cannula base assembly to a source of delivery fluid. Cannula and stylet assemblies configured for helical or non-helical insertion are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: David S. GILLETT, Andres DANDLER, Mark C. ESTES, Kenneth C. HSU
  • Patent number: 10080529
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for medical monitoring physiological characteristics values such as blood glucose levels for the treatment of diabetes, are presented. The apparatuses and methods provide dynamic glucose monitoring functions that perform predictive analysis to anticipate harmful conditions, such as glucose crash and hyperglycemic incidents for a patient. The dynamic functions can also be used to maximize athletic performance and warn of inadequate nocturnal basal rate. Other aspects include advanced alarm and reminder functions, as well as advanced data presentation tools to further facilitate convenient and efficient management of various physiological conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: James Kelly Fox, Garry M. Steil, Kerstin Rebrin, Mark C. Estes, Frank Saidara
  • Publication number: 20180221567
    Abstract: Some embodiments an infusion pump system can be used to determine a user's total insulin load (TIL) that provides an accurate indication of the insulin previously delivered to the user's body which has not yet acted. In particular embodiments, the TIL can account for both the bolus deliveries and the basal deliveries that have occurred over a period of time. Such information may be useful, for example, when the infusion pump is operated in conjunction with a continuous glucose monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20180177939
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system can provide an alarm and user instructions in response to an ambient air pressure change or ambient air temperature that exceeds an alarm limit parameter. In some circumstances, the infusion pump system can be configured to monitor the actual ambient air pressure and temperature around the infusion pump system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20180161498
    Abstract: Some embodiments an infusion pump system can be configured to activate an alarm in response to a calculated prediction of the user's future blood glucose levels. Optionally, the predictive calculation of the user's future blood glucose levels can be based at least in part upon a recent blood glucose level, a trend of blood glucose levels over time, and an insulin load of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20180161495
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system may be configured to wirelessly communicate with other devices using near field communication (NFC). In particular embodiments, by incorporating near field communication capabilities into the infusion pump system, user communications with the infusion pump system can be enhanced and simplified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20180133397
    Abstract: Some embodiments an infusion pump system can be configured to control dispensation of medicine according to a closed-loop delivery mode that is responsive to feedback information provided from a monitoring device, and the infusion pump system permits a user to interrupt the closed-loop delivery mode for purposes of dispensing a user-selected manual bolus dosage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 9968729
    Abstract: Some embodiments an infusion pump system can be used to determine a user's total insulin load (TIL) that provides an accurate indication of the insulin previously delivered to the user's body which has not yet acted. In particular embodiments, the TIL can account for both the bolus deliveries and the basal deliveries that have occurred over a period of time. Such information may be useful, for example, when the infusion pump is operated in conjunction with a continuous glucose monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes