Patents by Inventor Mark D. Wood

Mark D. Wood 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: 20140018901
    Abstract: A stent loading and deployment device includes an outer elongate tubular member having opposed proximal and distal ends and an inner elongate tubular member having opposed proximal and distal ends and slidably disposed within the outer tubular member. When the distal ends of the outer tubular member and the inner tubular member are axially aligned, a stent deployment region is defined there in between. The device further includes a stent loading member having opposed proximal and distal ends and slidably disposed between the outer tubular member and the inner tubular member. The distal end of the stent loading member is slidable to a distal position past the distal end of the outer tubular member for receiving a stent and is further slidable toward the proximal end of the outer tubular member to a location past the stent deployment region for disengagement of a stent from the stent loading member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Anthony Headley, JR., John Damarati, Gary J. Leanna, Mark D. Wood
  • Patent number: 8612441
    Abstract: A method of identifying one or more particular images from an image collection, includes indexing the image collection to provide image descriptors for each image in the image collection such that each image is described by one or more of the image descriptors; receiving a query from a user specifying at least one keyword for an image search; and using the keyword(s) to search a second collection of tagged images to identify co-occurrence keywords. The method further includes using the identified co-occurrence keywords to provide an expanded list of keywords; using the expanded list of keywords to search the image descriptors to identify a set of candidate images satisfying the keywords; grouping the set of candidate images according to at least one of the image descriptors, and selecting one or more representative images from each grouping; and displaying the representative images to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Alexander C. Loui
  • Patent number: 8611677
    Abstract: A method of automatically classifying images in a consumer digital image collection, includes generating an event representation of the image collection; computing global time-based features for each event within the hierarchical event representation; computing content-based features for each image in an event within the hierarchical event representation; combining content-based features for each image in an event to generate event-level content-based features; and using time-based features and content-based features for each event to classify an event into one of a pre-determined set of semantic categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Madirakshi Das, Alexander C. Loui, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20130197484
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include methods and systems for attaching an articulation section. In an embodiment, a medical instrument includes a first tubular member including a first end. The medical instrument also includes a second tubular member including a first end. The second tubular member includes a plurality of layers including an inner layer and a first layer including a fluorinated material. The inner layer includes a first section disposed under the first layer and a second section extending out from under the first layer. A portion of the first tubular member overlaps and is bonded to at least a portion of the second section of the inner layer of the second tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Dane T. Seddon, Sean P. Fleury, Mark D. Wood, Peter L. Dayton, Gary S. Kappel, Norman C. May
  • Publication number: 20130120591
    Abstract: A digital camera, comprising an image sensor and an optical system for capturing an image of a scene and a wireless communication system. User interface elements are provided enabling a user to select a sharing destination for a captured digital image. A plurality of network pathways are identified for communication with the sharing destination using the wireless communication system. A priority is determined for each of the network pathways and the digital image is transmitted to the sharing destination using the highest priority network pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: John M. Bednarczyk, Mark D. Wood, Frank William Armstrong, Gregory R. Bryniarski
  • Publication number: 20130120592
    Abstract: A computer program product for controlling a programmable communication device that includes a local-area wireless communication system, a wide-area wireless communication system, and a data processing system. The computer program product causes the data processing system to perform the steps of: designating a digital camera from which digital images will be received; receiving a digital image and associated sharing data indicating one or more sharing destinations from the digital camera using the local-area wireless communication system; and transmitting the digital image to the one or more sharing destinations using the wide-area wireless communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: John M. Bednarczyk, Frank William Armstrong, Mark D. Wood, Gregory R. Bryniarski, Peter C. Ozug
  • Publication number: 20120232639
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving an object disposed within a body lumen. The apparatus includes a first sheath, a coupling member and at least one contraction member for engaging at least a portion of the object. The coupling member is movable relative to the first sheath between a retracted position and a capture position. In the retracted position, a distal portion of the coupling member is disposed within the first sheath. In the capture position, the coupling member distal portion is disposed outside the first sheath. The coupling member is also selectively attachable to the object in at least the capture position. When the coupling member is attached to the object and the contraction member is directly engaged with the object, a predetermined coupling member movement relative to the contraction member radially contracts at least a portion of the object thereby facilitating movement of the object within the body lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Gary A. Jordan, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20120203764
    Abstract: A method of identifying one or more particular images from an image collection, includes indexing the image collection to provide image descriptors for each image in the image collection such that each image is described by one or more of the image descriptors; receiving a query from a user specifying at least one keyword for an image search; and using the keyword(s) to search a second collection of tagged images to identify co-occurrence keywords. The method further includes using the identified co-occurrence keywords to provide an expanded list of keywords; using the expanded list of keywords to search the image descriptors to identify a set of candidate images satisfying the keywords; grouping the set of candidate images according to at least one of the image descriptors, and selecting one or more representative images from each grouping; and displaying the representative images to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Alexander C. Loui
  • Patent number: 8187284
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving an object disposed within a body lumen. The apparatus includes a first sheath, a coupling member and at least one contraction member for engaging at least a portion of the object. The coupling member is movable relative to the first sheath between a retracted position and a capture position. In the retracted position, a distal portion of the coupling member is disposed within the first sheath. In the capture position, the coupling member distal portion is disposed outside the first sheath. The coupling member is also selectively attachable to the object in at least the capture position. When the coupling member is attached to the object and the contraction member is directly engaged with the object, a predetermined coupling member movement relative to the contraction member radially contracts at least a portion of the object thereby facilitating movement of the object within the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Jordan, Mark D. Wood
  • Patent number: 8024311
    Abstract: Contextual information is received, and a chosen event is identified based at least upon an analysis of the contextual information. A set of media assets is then identified based at least upon an analysis of the identified event. At least some of the contextual information is associated in a processor-accessible memory system with the chosen event, at least one asset in the set of media assets, or both the chosen event and at least one asset in the set of media assets. By using an event to identify media assets to which contextual information is associated, fewer and more relevant media assets may be retrieved and annotated as compared to conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Stacie L. Hibino
  • Patent number: 8019155
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to an effective method of representing a set of digital objects across at least two category-based dimensions for facilitating efficient access to such objects. These digital objects are typically media objects such as digital image files, digital video clips, digital audio objects, such as “MP3” files, or other digital documents that can be collected by a user and distributed over a variety of storage media and storage locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stacie L. Hibino, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20110137910
    Abstract: A method for searching a database of digital media assets, comprising: designating a database of digital media assets, wherein the database of digital media assets has been indexed according to a set of general indexers; receiving a search query; defining specialized search conditions by identifying one or more elements of the search query corresponding to one or more specialized indexers; defining general search conditions by identifying elements of the search query corresponding to the general indexers; identifying a subset of the digital media assets by applying the general search conditions; indexing the subset of the digital media assets using the identified specialized indexers; and ranking the subset of the digital media assets by applying the specialized search conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Stacie L. Hibino, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20100145959
    Abstract: Contextual information is received, and a chosen event is identified based at least upon an analysis of the contextual information. A set of media assets is then identified based at least upon an analysis of the identified event. At least some of the contextual information is associated in a processor-accessible memory system with the chosen event, at least one asset in the set of media assets, or both the chosen event and at least one asset in the set of media assets. By using an event to identify media assets to which contextual information is associated, fewer and more relevant media assets may be retrieved and annotated as compared to conventional techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Stacie L. Hibino
  • Patent number: 7730036
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention pertain to the organizing of digital content by events, so that retrieval of such digital content in a manner meaningful and logical to users is achieved. In this regard, an event may be defined at least by event boundaries, such as a span of time, a geographic area, an acquirer of digital content, or a subject of digital content. Digital content that can be deemed to accord with the event boundaries may be associated with the event and made available for access and retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Blose, Joseph A. Manico, Mark D. Wood, Dale F. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20100124378
    Abstract: A method of automatically classifying images in a consumer digital image collection, includes generating an event representation of the image collection; computing global time-based features for each event within the hierarchical event representation; computing content-based features for each image in an event within the hierarchical event representation; combining content-based features for each image in an event to generate event-level content-based features; and using time-based features and content-based features for each event to classify an event into one of a pre-determined set of semantic categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Madirakshi Das, Alexander C. Loui, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20090182407
    Abstract: An assembly for delivering a self-expanding stent within a body lumen is includes a self-expanding stent, a delivery catheter for delivering the stent, a transfer member removeably engagable with a distal end of the delivery catheter, and an elongate filament for manipulating the stent through the passage of the transfer member. The delivery catheter includes an elongate flexible shaft having a stent holder at its distal end for restraining axial movement of the stent when the stent is disposed within a hollow cylindrical passage of an elongate tube moveably disposed over a portion of the shaft, and a handle secured to the proximal end of the flexible shaft. The elongate filament is releasably secured to the stent, and the ends of the filament are accessible at the handle to permit movement of the stent within the device by manipulation of the filament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary J. Leanna, Mark D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20090132264
    Abstract: A method for evaluating media assets in a set of media assets including the step of obtaining information defining at least social relationships of an audience. The social relationships include relationships between a member of the audience and someone recorded in at least one of the media assets. For each media asset in the set of media assets, the method includes identifying one or more people recorded in the digital media asset, computing, for each person recorded in the digital media asset, the person's expected social significance relative to the audience based at least upon the social relationships, and computing an overall measurement of the social significance of the digital media asset as a function of the expected social significance of each person recorded in the asset. In addition, the method includes storing the overall measurement for each digital media asset in a processor-accessible memory system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, John R. Birkelund
  • Publication number: 20090030952
    Abstract: A system and a method for managing data among devices, servers and systems by providing a logically unified and aggregated view of a user's digital assets including metadata from any system node or device. This invention describes a method supporting the aggregated view by using manifests. A manifest is a file/database that includes data about all media assets within a user's virtual collection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Michael J. Donahue, Mark D. Wood, Samuel M. Fryer, Gary Marzec
  • Publication number: 20080304808
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically creating an image product based on media assets stored in a database. A number of stored digital media files are analyzed to determine their semantic relationship to an event and are classified according to requirements and semantic rules for generating an image product. Rule sets are applied to assets for finding one or more assets that can be include in a story product. The assets, which best meet the requirements and rules of the image product are included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Catherine D. Newell, Mark D. Wood, Kathleen M. Costello, Robert B. Poetker
  • Publication number: 20080306995
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically creating an image product based on assets stored in a user database. A number of stored digital media files are analyzed to determine their semantic relationship to an event and are classified according to requirements and semantic rules for generating the image product. These requirements and rules refine the association between the assets and the event for which the image product is generated. The assets which best meet the requirements and rules of the image product are ranked and the highest ranking ones are included in the image product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Catherine D. Newell, Mark D. Wood, Kathleen M. Costello, Robert B. Poetker