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: 20220226568
    Abstract: Embodiments of devices and methods to maintain preservative concentration in a medication delivered using a medical device are provided. A barrier layer can be used to prevent migration of preservatives. A vent can be used to allow release of preservatives prior to delivery to the patient. An absorbent element can be used to maintain preservative concentration at a desired level. A filter can be used to capture particulates from the medication prior to delivery to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Keith A. OBERG, Mark C. ESTES, Kenneth C. HSU, David S. GILLETT
  • Patent number: 11386482
    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: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 11273255
    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: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Capillary Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Gillett, Andres Dandler, Mark C. Estes, Kenneth C. Hsu
  • Patent number: 11260169
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BIGFOOT BIOMEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20210379280
    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: August 24, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 11147914
    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: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20210268174
    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: May 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Mitchell Wenger
  • Publication number: 20210244883
    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: April 28, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Wenkang Qi, David Thrower
  • Patent number: 11000645
    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: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: BIGFOOT BIOMEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Mitchell Wenger
  • Patent number: 10994078
    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: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BIGFOOT BIOMEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Wenkang Qi, David Thrower
  • Publication number: 20200368426
    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: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200360606
    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: June 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200338266
    Abstract: Some embodiments an infusion pump system can be configured to modify alarm limit parameters as the user's insulin load increases or decreases. Moreover, in particular embodiments, the infusion pump system can be configured to provide a “missed bolus” or “missed meal” alarm in response to the user's blood glucose characteristics, the user's insulin load information, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10737015
    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: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200219174
    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: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200188588
    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: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200171242
    Abstract: Some embodiments a glucagon administration system can provide a suggested glucagon dosage based on one or more particular parameters (e.g., the user's recent blood glucose characteristics, a glucagon sensitivity value of the user, and other parameters). In some circumstances, the glucagon administration system can receive information indicative of the user's blood glucose level and suggest a glucagon dosage that is at least partially dependent upon a previously stored glucagon sensitivity for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10661007
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system can be configured to provide improved safety monitoring features so that a user receives proper dosage amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200147305
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system may be configured to allow the user to communicate with the infusion pump system using voice or image input. Optionally, particular embodiments can interpret the voice or image input using speech or image recognition capabilities. By incorporating speech or image recognition equipment within the infusion pump system, user interactions with the pump system can be enhanced and simplified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10632257
    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: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Estes, Deb Ruppert