Patents by Inventor Michael A. Spencer

Michael A. Spencer 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: 20190151040
    Abstract: A drape (600) suitable for covering non-planar surfaces of equipment (1201) is provided. The drape (600) facilitates quick and efficient deployment while ensuring that a sterile field established by a drape portion (601) is not compromised. The drape (600) can include a drape wrapping layer (209) wrapped about a drape portion (601) that is formed initially with two abutting elongated accordion fold stacks (604,605). Non-sterile personnel (801) can handle the drape wrapping layer (209) to position the drape (600) along surfaces of the equipment (1201) without touching the sterile drape portion (601). Sterile personnel can then expand the abutting elongated accordion fold stacks (604,605) to drape the surfaces of the equipment (1201).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Spencer G. Chua, Peter S. Nichol, Michael P. Layne
  • Publication number: 20190156055
    Abstract: The present invention relates to directly and securely transferring encrypted medical data between parties, wherein a sender generates an encrypted access code. The access code is provided to a recipient who can then view the medical data without requiring cloud and virtual private network infrastructures, and which eliminate the need for medical data to be stored on physical media and physically carried to a recipient's location. The invention empowers patients to view, share, and manage their medical data, and facilitates the preservation of the continuum of care.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: MICHAEL DAVID ROSENBERG, BRANDON JOSEPH GOTTFRIED, CHASE SPENCER BALLARD
  • Patent number: 10229824
    Abstract: A mass spectrometer for analyzing a sample may include an analysis chamber for analyzing the sample and a first vacuum pump operably connected to the analysis chamber, wherein the first vacuum pump operates to create a first vacuum state. The mass spectrometer may also include a sample-preparation chamber operably connected to the analysis chamber and a second vacuum pump that operates to create a second vacuum state, wherein the first vacuum state is a lower pressure than the second vacuum state. The second vacuum pump may be operably connected to the first vacuum pump in a first configuration, and the second vacuum pump may be operably connected to the sample-preparation chamber in a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: 1st Detect Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Spencer, Warren Mino, David Rafferty
  • Patent number: 10222675
    Abstract: A plasmon-based optical modulator comprises a substrate, a layer of high reflectivity material disposed over the substrate, a relatively thin dielectric layer disposed over a top major surface of the layer of high reflectivity material and a plurality of graphene strips disposed in parallel across a top major surface of the relatively thin dielectric layer, each graphene strip exhibiting a predetermined width w, with adjacent strips separated by a predetermined spacing s. A first electrical contact is coupled to the plurality of graphene strips and a second electrical contact is coupled to the layer of high reflectivity material, where the values of w, s, and voltage applied between the first and second electrical contacts determines a resonant wavelength of the plasmon-based optical modulator, with changes in the applied voltage changing between absorption and non-absorption of an applied optical input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: II-VI Incorporated, Cornell University
    Inventors: Thomas Radford Sommer, Jared Hillel Strait, Michael Spencer, Farhan Rana
  • Publication number: 20180253211
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media for facilitating layout designs. In embodiments, an input event is detected indicating a desire to include a new object within a layout design including a first component. Thereafter, it is determined that the first component within the layout is to be modified to accommodate a second component containing the new object. The layout design is automatically modified to include the first component and the second component in the layout design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: William Thomas Ruby, Michael Spencer Cragg, Danielle Takara Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20180197578
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media for facilitating synchronization of audio with motion imagery. In embodiments, an indication to create a relationship between an audio feature associated with an audio and an imagery feature associated with a motion imagery is received. Thereafter, a relationship is created between the audio feature and the imagery feature in accordance with an instance or a time duration to synchronize the audio with the motion imagery. Based on the relationship between the audio feature and the imagery feature, the imagery feature of the component is automatically manipulated in relation to the audio feature at the designated instance or the time duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Yaniv De Ridder, Michael Spencer Cragg, Colin Cronin Roache
  • Publication number: 20180119157
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for transforming monocot plants via a simple and rapid protocol, to obtain regenerated plants capable of being planted to soil in as little as 4-8 weeks. Associated cell culture media and growth conditions are also provided, as well as plants and plant parts obtained by the method. Further, a method for screening recalcitrant plant genotypes for transformability by the methods of the present invention is also provided. Further, a system for expanding priority development window for producing transgenic plants by the methods of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Jyoti R. Rout, Brenda Lowe, John Purcell, Anne Spelletich, Michael Spencer, Melissa Way
  • Patent number: 9933617
    Abstract: Mirrors for a deflection unit in a scanning system, scanning systems using such mirrors, and methods of manufacturing such mirrors are disclosed. In an embodiment, a mirror for a deflection unit in a laser system includes a sintered polycrystalline diamond body including a plurality of randomly oriented diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions. At least a portion of the interstitial regions includes a material disposed interstitially therein. The mirror includes a reflective surface formed at least partially from the sintered polycrystalline diamond body or provided thereon. The reflective surface exhibits a surface roughness of less than about 50 nm Rrms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas Edward Christensen, Alexander Edward Black, Benjamin Michael Spencer
  • Publication number: 20180004061
    Abstract: A plasmon-based optical modulator comprises a substrate, a layer of high reflectivity material disposed over the substrate, a relatively thin dielectric layer disposed over a top major surface of the layer of high reflectivity material and a plurality of graphene strips disposed in parallel across a top major surface of the relatively thin dielectric layer, each graphene strip exhibiting a predetermined width w, with adjacent strips separated by a predetermined spacing s. A first electrical contact is coupled to the plurality of graphene strips and a second electrical contact is coupled to the layer of high reflectivity material, where the values of w, s, and voltage applied between the first and second electrical contacts determines a resonant wavelength of the plasmon-based optical modulator, with changes in the applied voltage changing between absorption and non-absorption of an applied optical input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicants: II-VI Incorporated, Cornell University
    Inventors: Thomas Radford Sommer, Jared Hillel Strait, Michael Spencer, Farhan Rana
  • Patent number: 9804141
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are disclosed for releasing a sample from a carrier medium. A method of releasing a sample from a carrier medium comprises treating a sample on a carrier medium with a first organic reagent, wherein when the sample contains at least one inorganic salt, the first organic reagent binds to a cation of the inorganic salt to produce both a first volatile compound and an isolated anion of the inorganic salt; treating the sample on the carrier medium with a second organic reagent, wherein the second organic reagent reacts with the isolated anion to produce a second volatile compound; and releasing the treated sample from the carrier medium, wherein when the first and the second volatile compounds are produced, the releasing step releases at least one of the first and second volatile compounds from the carrier medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: 1st Detect Corporation
    Inventors: Guido Fridolin Verbeck, IV, David Rafferty, James Wylde, Michael Spencer
  • Patent number: 9783813
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for transforming monocot plants via a simple and rapid protocol, to obtain regenerated plants capable of being planted to soil in as little as 4-8 weeks. Associated cell culture media and growth conditions are also provided, as well as plants and plant parts obtained by the method. Further, a method for screening recalcitrant plant genotypes for transformability by the methods of the present invention is also provided. Further, a system for expanding priority development window for producing transgenic plants by the methods of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jyoti R. Rout, Brenda Lowe, John Purcell, Anne Spelletich, Michael Spencer, Melissa Way
  • Publication number: 20170238489
    Abstract: The present invention discloses and claims methods and devices for the rapid mechanical isolation of monocot plant tissues suitable for transformation or tissue culture. The invention includes mechanical devices for substantially isolating target plant tissues for use as transformable explants, and propagation of transgenic plants and plant tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Whitney R. Adams, JR., Brandon Davis, Lubomyr Kucher, Brenda A. Lowe, Michael Spencer, Michael T. Mann
  • Patent number: 9714302
    Abstract: A method of making a solid catalyst component for production of a polyolefin, including the steps of: a) dissolving a halide-containing magnesium compound in a mixture including alkylepoxide, an organic phosphorous compound, a carboxylic acid or anhydride, and a hydrocarbon solvent to form a homogenous solution; b) optionally treating the homogeneous solution with a halogenating agent; c) treating the homogenous solution with a first titanium halide compound in the presence of a surface modifier and optionally a first electron donor to form a solid precipitate, wherein, if present, the first electron donor is an ether; d) optionally treating the solid precipitate with a second electron donor; and e) treating the solid precipitate with a second titanium halide compound and optionally with a second electron donor to form the solid catalyst component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: W. R. GRACE & CO.—CONN.
    Inventors: Kayo Umezawa-Vizzini, Vladimir P. Marin, Michael Spencer, Neil J. O'Reilly, Ahmed Hintolay
  • Publication number: 20170166877
    Abstract: The technology relates in part to methods for controlling the activity or elimination of therapeutic cells using molecular switches that employ distinct heterodimerizer ligands, in conjunction with other multimeric ligands. The technology may be used, for example to activate or eliminate cells used to promote engraftment, to treat diseases or condition, or to control or modulate the activity of therapeutic cells that express chimeric antigen receptors or recombinant T cell receptors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Henri BAYLE, MyLinh Thi DUONG, Matthew Robert COLLINSON-PAUTZ, Aaron Edward FOSTER, David Michael SPENCER, SR.
  • Patent number: 9648814
    Abstract: The present invention discloses and claims methods and devices for the rapid mechanical isolation of monocot plant tissues suitable for transformation or tissue culture. The invention includes mechanical devices for substantially isolating target plant tissues for use as transformable explants, and propagation of transgenic plants and plant tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Whitney R. Adams, Jr., Brandon Davis, Lubomyr Kucher, Brenda A. Lowe, Michael Spencer, Michael T. Mann
  • Patent number: 9599547
    Abstract: A chemical pre-concentrator includes a conduit defining a flow path between two ends and having a heating element disposed within the conduit, such that the heating element has at least one sorbent material deposited directly on at least a portion of a conductive surface of the heating element. Some such heating elements are in the form of electrically conductive strips defining both a plurality of apertures through the strip and a series of undulations spaced along the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: 1st DETECT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Rafferty, Michael Spencer, James Wylde, Pedro Ojeda, Thomas Bowden
  • Publication number: 20170068090
    Abstract: Mirrors for a deflection unit in a scanning system, scanning systems using such mirrors, and methods of manufacturing such mirrors are disclosed. In an embodiment, a mirror for a deflection unit in a laser system includes a sintered polycrystalline diamond body including a plurality of randomly oriented diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions. At least a portion of the interstitial regions includes a material disposed interstitially therein. The mirror includes a reflective surface formed at least partially from the sintered polycrystalline diamond body or provided thereon. The reflective surface exhibits a surface roughness of less than about 50 nm Rrms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas Edward Christensen, Alexander Edward Black, Benjamin Michael Spencer
  • Publication number: 20160328622
    Abstract: The system includes a 3D biometric image sensor and processing module operable to generate a 3D surface map of a biometric object, wherein the 3D surface map includes a plurality of 3D coordinates. The system performs one or more anti-spoofing techniques to determine a fake biometric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: Flashscan3D, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Spencer Troy, Raymond Charles Daley, Veeraganesh Yalla
  • Patent number: 9472388
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic gain control in mass spectrometers are disclosed. An exemplary system may include a mass spectrometer, comprising a lens configured to receive a supply of ions, and a mass analyzer. The mass analyzer may include an ion trap for trapping the supplied ions. The mass analyzer may also include an ion detector for detecting ions that exit the ion trap. The lens may focus the ions non-uniformly based on mass of the ions to compensate for space charge effects reflected in a measurement output of the mass spectrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: 1st DETECT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Wylde, David Rafferty, Michael Spencer
  • Patent number: 9451364
    Abstract: A chemical analysis system is disclosed wherein, in evacuating a preconcentrator housing (2) prior to desorption, a pump system (13) reduces an internal pressure of the preconcentrator housing to a level substantially equal to an internal pressure of a chemical analyzer such that flow restrictors and/or membranes (15) between the chemical analyzer (7) and the preconcentrator housing (2) may be omitted. The chemical analysis system includes a chemical analyzer (7), a preconcentrator housing (2) coupled to the chemical analyzer, the preconcentrator housing enclosing a temperature control element (5, 18) and a sorbent material (1), the temperature control element configured to heat the sorbent material to adsorb or desorb a chemical of interest; and a pump system (13) coupled to the preconcentrator housing and the chemical analyzer, the pump system configured to evacuate the preconcentrator housing prior to desorption of the chemical of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: 1ST DETECT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Rafferty, James Wylde, Michael Spencer, Pedro Ojeda