Patents by Inventor Mark Downing

Mark Downing 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).

  • Patent number: 10994129
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power without the use of a headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Roehrlein, Stefan Launer, Lee F. Hartley, Lakshmi Mishra, Abhijit Kulkarni, Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20210106816
    Abstract: A method of forming an electrode array from an electrode array blank that includes a flexible body and a plurality of electrically conductive contacts. The method includes the steps of forming a first window in the flexible body that extends through the exterior of the flexible body to a first one of the electrically conductive contacts, the first window defining a first window perimetric center, and forming a second window in the flexible body that extends through the exterior of the flexible body to a second one of the electrically conductive contacts, the second window defining a second window perimetric center that is perimetrically offset from the first window perimetric center when the flexible body is straight and not twisted around the longitudinal axis of the flexible body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Sarah Elizabeth Clabeaux, Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20200382639
    Abstract: In a voice response unit (VRU) that is one of a plurality of VRU's, a call flow can be selected for an inbound voice call based on an identifier for the inbound voice call. A parameter can then be written to least one directory server a parameter specified to replace a default parameter for the selected call flow. The selected call flow can be invoked according to the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Downing, Vivekanantha Thangavadivel, Shane Mock, Sasikumar Viswanathan, Krishna Chaitanya, Eric Hensel, Ramesh Chalapaka
  • Publication number: 20190366103
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power without the use of a headpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gerhard ROEHRLEIN, Stefan LAUNER, Lee F. HARTLEY, Lakshmi MISHRA, Abhijit KULKARNI, Mark DOWNING
  • Patent number: 10406372
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power without the use of a headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Roehrlein, Stefan Launer, Lee F. Hartley, Lakshmi Mishra, Abhijit Kulkarni, Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20190046797
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for installing a MR-compatible magnet apparatus into a cochlear implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Roger Calixto, Max Reid, Timothy Strickland, James George Elcoate Smith, Mark Downing, Sung Jin Lee, Morgan Gegg
  • Patent number: 10195444
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Roehrlein, Stefan Launer, Lee F. Hartley, Lakshmi Mishra, Abhijit Kulkarni, Logan P. Palmer, Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 9968781
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of a head mountable power supply to power an implantable cochlear stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Roehrlein, Stefan Launer, Lee F. Hartley, Lakshmi Mishra, Abhijit Kulkarni, Logan P. Palmer, Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 9895536
    Abstract: A thin profile impact resistant cochlear implant includes a single piece machined case having a bottom surface, wherein at least a portion of the bottom surface is concave and a single piece machined cover configured to be joined to the case, the cover comprising a convex upper surface. A method for forming thin profile cochlear implant is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Mark Downing, Kurt Koester, Stefan Menzl
  • Patent number: 9775327
    Abstract: An animal-identifying assembly is configured to be selectively secured to and removed from an animal. The assembly may include an identifying band configured to be wrapped around a portion of an animal. The identifying band may include at least one protuberance proximate a first end and at least one reciprocal aperture proximate a second end. The aperture(s) is configured to receive and retain the protuberance(s). The assembly also includes a securing strap configured to be selectively secured to, and removed from, the identifying band. The securing strap and the identifying band are configured to be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20170028199
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power without the use of a headpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Gerhard ROEHRLEIN, Stefan LAUNER, Lee F. HARTLEY, Lakshmi MISHRA, Abhijit KULKARNI, Mark DOWNING
  • Publication number: 20160375243
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Gerhard ROEHRLEIN, Stefan LAUNER, Lee F. HARTLEY, Lakshmi MISHRA, Abhijit KULKARINI, Logan P. PALMER, Mark DOWNING
  • Publication number: 20160375242
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of a head mountable power supply to power an implantable cochlear stimulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Gerhard ROEHRLEIN, Stefan LAUNER, Lee F. HARTLEY, Lakshmi MISHRA, Abhijit KULKARNI, Logan P. PALMER, Mark DOWNING
  • Patent number: 9492654
    Abstract: A cochlear lead includes a plurality of electrodes configured to stimulate an auditory nerve from within a cochlea and a flexible body supporting the plurality of electrodes along a length of the flexible body. A stiffening element is slidably encapsulated within the flexible body, the stiffening element extending past a most distal electrode at the tip of the cochlear lead, wherein a distal portion of the stiffening element plastically deforms upon insertion into a curved portion of the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics LLC.
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20160082249
    Abstract: A thin profile impact resistant cochlear implant includes a single piece machined case having a bottom surface, wherein at least a portion of the bottom surface is concave and a single piece machined cover configured to be joined to the case, the cover comprising a convex upper surface. A method for forming thin profile cochlear implant is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Applicant: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Mark Downing, Kurt Koester, Stefan Menzl
  • Publication number: 20150231390
    Abstract: A cochlear lead includes a plurality of electrodes configured to stimulate an auditory nerve from within a cochlea and a flexible body supporting the plurality of electrodes along a length of the flexible body. A stiffening element is slidably encapsulated within the flexible body, the stiffening element extending past a most distal electrode at the tip of the cochlear lead, wherein a distal portion of the stiffening element plastically deforms upon insertion into a curved portion of the cochlea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: Advanced Bionics LLC.
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 9033869
    Abstract: A cochlear lead includes a plurality of electrodes configured to stimulate an auditory nerve from within a cochlea and a flexible body supporting the plurality of electrodes along a length of the flexible body. A stiffening element is slidably encapsulated within the flexible body, the stiffening element extending past a most distal electrode at the tip of the cochlear lead, wherein a distal portion of the stiffening element plastically deforms upon insertion into a curved portion of the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ADVANCED BIONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Mark Downing
  • Publication number: 20140283423
    Abstract: An animal-identifying assembly is configured to be selectively secured to and removed from an animal. The assembly may include an identifying band configured to be wrapped around a portion of an animal. The identifying band may include at least one protuberance proximate a first end and at least one reciprocal aperture proximate a second end. The aperture(s) is configured to receive and retain the protuberance(s). The assembly also includes a securing strap configured to be selectively secured to, and removed from, the identifying band. The securing strap and the identifying band are configured to be reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 8753352
    Abstract: Exemplary insertion tools, systems, and methods for inserting a pre-curved electrode array portion of a lead into a bodily orifice are described herein. An exemplary insertion tool includes a handle assembly, a slider assembly, an insertion assembly coupled to the handle assembly, and a retractor assembly disposed at least partially within the handle assembly and configured to selectively couple to a straightening member inserted into the pre-curved electrode array portion and at least partially retract the straightening member from the pre-curved electrode array portion in response to actuation by a user of the slider assembly. The retractor assembly may comprise a spring-loaded retractor member configured to move from a distal position to a proximal position in response to actuation by the user of the slider assembly to at least partially retract the straightening member from the pre-curved electrode array portion. Corresponding insertion tools, systems, and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Timothy Beerling, Mark Downing, Paul Hoffman, William G. Orinski
  • Patent number: 8452421
    Abstract: An exemplary insertion tool configured to facilitate insertion of a lead into a bodily orifice includes a handle assembly configured to facilitate handling of the insertion tool, an insertion assembly coupled to the handle assembly and comprising a rigid holding tube configured to removably couple to a portion of the lead, and a release assembly disposed at least partially within the handle assembly and comprising a release button. The release assembly is configured to release the lead from the holding tube in response to user actuation of the release button. Corresponding insertion tools, systems, and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics, LLC
    Inventors: Chuladatta Thenuwara, Thomas H. R. Lenarz, Mark Downing