Patents by Inventor Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen 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: 20200345999
    Abstract: A method for making a catheter. The method includes forming a catheter tube including an outer wall circumscribing at least one lumen and having a closed distal end, and creating a slit valve in a distal segment of the catheter tube proximal of the closed distal end. The slit valve includes a slit through the outer wall and a compliant segment designed to facilitate inward deflection of a portion of the outer wall along the slit when negative pressure is applied to the at least one lumen. The compliant segment is circumferentially spaced apart from the slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Cox, Daniel B. Blanchard, Mark A. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20200246606
    Abstract: Tube markers for use in infusion sets are provided. An infusion tube includes a tube marker positioned from a tube end at a distance equal to the distance between an external edge and a hard stop of a fluid port of an infusion set component. The tube marker provides an external visual indicator of the fit between the infusion tube and the infusion set component, such as whether there is a gap between the end of the infusion tube and hard stop of the fluid port. The tube marker may be pad printed or laser etched on the tube. The tube marker may also be a tube sleeve over molded or heat shrunk onto the tube. Methods of providing tube markers are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Wantjinarjo SUWITO, Christopher Kazimierz JEDRZEJEWSKI, Aaron En-Yu WANG, Corey Mark CHRISTENSEN
  • Patent number: 10733886
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time detection and mitigation anomalous behavior of a remote vehicle are provided, e.g., vehicle behavior that is consistent with distracted or unexpectedly disabled driving. On-board and off-board sensors associated with a subject vehicle may monitor the subject vehicle's environment, and behavior characteristics of a remote vehicle operating within the subject vehicle's environment may be determined based upon collected sensor data. The remote vehicle's behavior characteristics may be utilized to detect or determine the presence of anomalous behavior, which may be anomalous for the current contextual conditions of the vehicles' environment. Mitigating actions for detected remote vehicle anomalous behaviors may be suggested and/or automatically implemented at the subject vehicle and/or at proximate vehicles to avoid or reduce the risk of accidents, injury, or death resulting from the anomalous behavior. In some situations, authorities may be notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, John A. Nepomuceno, Scott Thomas Christensen, Duane Christiansen, Steven C. Cielocha, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Michael Bernico, Nathan L. Tofte, Steve Roberson
  • Patent number: 10722700
    Abstract: A bi-directional valve assembly, including valves for use in closed-ended catheters or other elongate tubular devices, is disclosed. In one embodiment, a catheter assembly for insertion into a body of a patient is disclosed and comprises an elongate catheter tube including an outer wall that at least partially defines at least one lumen that extends between a proximal end and a closed distal end thereof. The catheter tube includes a valve assembly that in turn includes a linear slit valve defined through the outer wall of a distal segment of the catheter tube, and a deformation region. The deformation region includes a compliant segment disposed in the outer wall of the catheter tube and a thinned portion of the outer wall. The compliant segment and thinned portion of the deformation region cooperate to preferentially deform the outer wall and open the slit valve during aspiration through the catheter tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Cox, Daniel B. Blanchard, Mark A. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20200188576
    Abstract: Anti-snagging components for use in infusion sets are provided. The anti-snagging component includes a sliding surface that guides an infusion set component past an obstruction when the infusion set is moved during manufacture or use. An anti-snagging structure may be integrally formed as a portion of an infusion set component or the anti-snagging structure may be a separate component that connects or attaches to an infusion set component. Some anti-snagging structures include a covering portion to cover a needleless connector and a tail portion to connect to a length of tubing. The covering portion may include an anti-microbial coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Wantjinarjo SUWITO, Corey Mark CHRISTENSEN, Christopher Jesse ZOLLINGER
  • Publication number: 20200138194
    Abstract: This adjustment mechanism/assembly for a backrest/headrest includes a series of parts connected by a threaded rod with a knob on each end. The parts are arranged such that they sandwich two support members so that when the knobs are loosened the unit can easily slide up and down, changing the elevation of the backrest/headrest pad unit with respect to a seat bottom or seat back. Further, when the knobs are loose the upper member and its attached pad can be pivoted fore and aft and slide back and forth. Tightening the two knobs locks the entire unit in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Todd, Kevin Christensen
  • Publication number: 20200094037
    Abstract: A fluid control component configured for controlling fluid flow through the hub of a catheter assembly during and after placement into the patient is disclosed. In one embodiment, the fluid control component comprises a body disposed within a cavity of the hub, the body being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the body does not pierce a valve disposed in the hub when in the first position and wherein the body pierces the valve when in the second position. The body includes a conduit to enable fluid flow through an internal portion of the body when the body is in the second position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending ribs disposed on an exterior surface of the body. The ribs provide at least one fluid flow channel between the valve and an external portion of the body when the body is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Huy N. Tran, Mark A. Christensen, Chad A. Hadley, Jason R. Stats
  • Publication number: 20200028338
    Abstract: A cable cleat assembly secures a bundle of cables to a ladder rack. The cable cleat assembly includes a base and two side bodies. Each side body is pivotally mounted to one of the ends of the base. Each side body has a first end, a middle section, and a second end. The first end of each side body includes a mounting member. The mounting member has a peg extending from each side of the mounting member and a circumferential rib. The pegs are mounted in the base with the circumferential rib positioned between alignment ribs extending from the base to enable the side bodies to pivot from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Mateusz Kruzel, Kenneth A. Christensen, Rodney G. Rouleau, Brett J. Putnam, Mark D. Campbell, Balaji Kandasamy
  • Patent number: 10540892
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time detection and mitigation anomalous behavior of a remote vehicle are provided, e.g., vehicle behavior that is consistent with distracted or unexpectedly disabled driving. On-board and off-board sensors associated with a subject vehicle may monitor the subject vehicle's environment, and behavior characteristics of a remote vehicle operating within the subject vehicle's environment may be determined based upon collected sensor data. The remote vehicle's behavior characteristics may be utilized to detect or determine the presence of anomalous behavior, which may be anomalous for the current contextual conditions of the vehicles' environment. Mitigating actions for detected remote vehicle anomalous behaviors may be suggested and/or automatically implemented at the subject vehicle and/or at proximate vehicles to avoid or reduce the risk of accidents, injury, or death resulting from the anomalous behavior. In some situations, authorities may be notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, John A. Nepomuceno, Scott Thomas Christensen, Duane Christiansen, Steven C. Cielocha, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Michael Bernico, Nathan L. Tofte, Steve Roberson
  • Publication number: 20200000984
    Abstract: A catheter connector assembly which may be included with a corporeal drainage system, and a method of draining fluid from a bodily cavity. The catheter connector assembly may include a catheter connector and a drainage line connector. The catheter connector may include a connector body with a coupling feature, a deformable sealing element, and a retaining member. The drainage line connector may include a drainage line body first and second hinge clips, and an actuator. The actuator is designed to deform the deformable sealing element when the drainage line connector is coupled to the catheter connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Steven M. Smith, Jim C. Beasley, Kelly B. Powers
  • Publication number: 20190379187
    Abstract: A cable cleat assembly secures a bundle of cables to a ladder rack. The cable cleat assembly includes a base and two side bodies. Each side body is pivotally mounted to one of the ends of the base. Each side body has a first end, a middle section, and a second end. The first end of each side body includes a mounting member. The mounting member has a peg extending from each side of the mounting member. The pegs are mounted in the base to enable the side bodies to pivot from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Christensen, Mateusz Kruzel, Rodney G. Rouleau, Brett J. Putnam, Mark D. Campbell, Balaji Kandasamy
  • Patent number: 10493262
    Abstract: A fluid control component configured for controlling fluid flow through the hub of a catheter assembly during and after placement into the patient is disclosed. In one embodiment, the fluid control component comprises a body disposed within a cavity of the hub, the body being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the body does not pierce a valve disposed in the hub when in the first position and wherein the body pierces the valve when in the second position. The body includes a conduit to enable fluid flow through an internal portion of the body when the body is in the second position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending ribs disposed on an exterior surface of the body. The ribs provide at least one fluid flow channel between the valve and an external portion of the body when the body is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Huy N. Tran, Mark A. Christensen, Chad A. Hadley, Jason R. Stats
  • Patent number: 10458059
    Abstract: A basement assembly of a household appliance is provided herein. A basement has a bottom compartment and a top compartment. The bottom compartment is separated from the top compartment and includes a plurality of voids. A plurality of acoustic pads are configured to reduce noise levels produced by the household appliance. Each of the acoustic pads is configured to be received in one of the voids. A cover member is coupled to the basement and is configured to confine the acoustic pads therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Christensen
  • Patent number: 10443580
    Abstract: An offshore wind turbine generator comprises a tower 1 and a platform 2. The tower 1 is provided with a side door 4 accessed from the platform 2 using a stairway 5 leading to an upper platform 6. The upper platform 6 is formed from the upper surface of a cabinet 7 which houses a diesel backup generator. Both the backup generator and the cabinet 7 are mounted to the tower 1 by bolts, such that the cabinet and backup generator are fully supported by the tower 1. A diesel fuel tank 12 is also mounted to the tower 1 by bolts. The fuel tank supplies diesel fuel to the backup generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventors: Morten Frost Hansen, Peter Nordlyng, Mark Ursell-Smith, Kim Christensen, Ken Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10426931
    Abstract: An insertion tool for inserting a catheter into a body of a patient is disclosed. The insertion tool unifies needle insertion, guidewire advancement, and catheter insertion in a single device. In one embodiment, the insertion tool comprises a housing in which at least a portion of the catheter is initially disposed, a hollow needle distally extending from the housing with at least a portion of the catheter pre-disposed over the needle, and a guidewire pre-disposed within the needle. A guidewire advancement assembly is also included for selectively advancing the guidewire distally past a distal end of the needle in preparation for distal advancement of the catheter. In one embodiment a catheter advancement assembly is also included for selectively advancing the catheter into the patient. Each advancement assembly can include a slide or other actuator that enables a user to selectively advance the desired component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Blanchard, John W. Hall, Jason R. Stats, Mark A. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20190274722
    Abstract: A valved sheath introducer for venous cannulation, including a valve, sheath, handle and cap. The valve is configured to permit safe introduction and removal of medical instruments through the sheath introducer. The valve may have one or more anchoring members and a thickened central portion through which a slit is formed. The central portion may have one or more concave surfaces and the slit can be angled with respect to the top surface of the valve. The cap is attached to the handle, compressing a portion of the valve therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Walter H. Shang, Steven M. Smith, James D. Beal
  • Patent number: 10384917
    Abstract: A power pack [2] is located within a housing [3] on the platform [1] of a wind turbine generator tower. The power pack [2] is supplied from a fuel tank [4]. With the door [6] of the housing [3] open, the power pack [2] may be removed for servicing and repair by using a U-shaped support structure [8] to which an electric motor [11] is mounted. Two support rails [12] permanently located within the housing [3] support the housed power pack [2]. A chain [15] attached to the power pack [2] is driven by the motor [11] to remove the power pack [2] from the housing [3] by sliding the power pack [2]along the support structure [8]. A pulley arrangement reduces the necessary torque. After removing the power pack [2] from the housing [3], a crane [7] is used to lift the power pack [2] from the platform [1] and to lower it down to a sea vessel [17].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventors: Morten Frost Hansen, Peter Nordlyng, Mark Ursell-Smith, Kim Christensen, Ken Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10307182
    Abstract: A valved sheath introducer for venous cannulation, including a valve, sheath, handle and cap. The valve is configured to permit safe introduction and removal of medical instruments through the sheath introducer. The valve may have one or more anchoring members and a thickened central portion through which a slit is formed. The central portion may have one or more concave surfaces and the slit can be angled with respect to the top surface of the valve. The cap is attached to the handle, compressing a portion of the valve therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Steven M. Smith, Walter H. Shang, James D. Beal
  • Publication number: 20190159446
    Abstract: Solutions and methods for forming an exogenous flexible film on a plant and plants including the exogenous flexible film. The solutions include a solvent, a film forming matrix component, a hydrophobic barrier component, a plasticizing component, and a film enhancing component. The methods include spraying the solution on the plant. The methods also include evaporating at least a fraction of the solvent from the solution to form the exogenous flexible film. The plant includes fruit, and the spraying includes spraying at least 45 days prior to harvesting the fruit. The plants include an exogenous flexible film formed from the solutions and/or by the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Luis Fernando Hernandez Aguilar, Brian James Tipton, Sean Calvin Musser, John Mark Christensen
  • Publication number: 20190071817
    Abstract: A basement assembly of a household appliance is provided herein. A basement has a bottom compartment and a top compartment. The bottom compartment is separated from the top compartment and includes a plurality of voids. A plurality of acoustic pads are configured to reduce noise levels produced by the household appliance. Each of the acoustic pads is configured to be received in one of the voids. A cover member is coupled to the basement and is configured to confine the acoustic pads therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark Christensen