Patents by Inventor Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman 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: 20210369268
    Abstract: A wound closure assembly includes an insertion tool having a proximal end and a distal section, such as a curved distal section, having a penetrating tip and first and second notches that are formed on opposite sides of the distal section. The assembly includes a tissue anchor having a hollow body and an insertion tool channel extending through the hollow body. First and second spaced tips project distally from the distal end of the hollow body and oppose one another on opposite sides of the insertion tool channel. The distal section of the insertion tool is inserted into the insertion tool channel of the tissue anchor so that the penetrating tip is distal to the first and second spaced tips, with the first and second spaced tips nested within the first and second notches for generating a releasable interference fit between the tissue anchor and the insertion tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Lucas Heldman, Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11185384
    Abstract: A tissue expander having an integrated drain includes an outer shell having an opening and one or more drainage holes. An injection port is disposed in the opening of the shell and forms a fluid-tight seal with the shell. The injection port includes a needle guard having a needle guard base with a top surface, and a barrier membrane that overlies the top surface of the needle guard base. The barrier membrane defines an inflation chamber located between the top surface of the needle guard base and a bottom surface of the barrier membrane, and a drainage chamber overlying a top surface of the barrier membrane. The tissue expander includes one or more inflation ports that are in fluid communication with the inflation chamber for inflating and deflating the outer shell with a first fluid. A drainage conduit is in fluid communication with and extends between the drainage chamber and the one or more drainage holes for draining a second fluid from outside the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Mentor Worldwide LLC
    Inventors: Marc Feinberg, Leo B. Kriksunov, Robert J. Tannhauser, Michael Hoffman, Jonathan Frenzel
  • Patent number: 11163115
    Abstract: In an optical apparatus, an introduced semiconductor device is heterointegrated on a silicon-based platform containing a silicon-based waveguide. A polymeric waveguide is optically coupled to the introduced semiconductor device and overlies at least a portion of the silicon-based waveguide. The polymeric waveguide is conformed as a multimode interference (MMI) coupler between the introduced semiconductor device and the silicon-based waveguide. At least the polymeric waveguide, and in embodiments, also the silicon-based waveguide, is tapered with a shape that effectuates optical coupling to the silicon-based waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gehl, Gregory A. Vawter, Galen Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20210332311
    Abstract: A method of treatment of one or more articles may comprise locating a stain on an article based on a tag on the article; placing the stain on a nose of a spotting board; positioning a steam gun at least two or more inches away from the stain; simultaneously activating a steam supply and a vacuum supply of the spotting board; moving the steam gun in a defined motion relative to the stain for at least 30 seconds; simultaneously activating the vacuum supply and an air supply of the spotting board; moving the steam gun in the defined motion relative to the stain until the article is at least partially dry; and inspecting the stain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: CaaStle, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jerome JACKSON, Andrew DEMARAY, Phillip HOFFMAN, Ericka PONTE
  • Publication number: 20210315803
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions of injectable antibiotics for veterinary use. The compositions are characterized by forming a gel at animal physiological temperature, said gel being characterized by a stable and repeatable release profile of the antibiotic. The compositions comprise high loading of drug in poloxamer solutions with addition of a co-solvent, and preferably with an addition of a cellulose derivative at least partially soluble in organic solvents. Methods of treatment of veterinary infections are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: YISSUM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM LTD.
    Inventors: Michael FRIEDMAN, David KIRMAYER, Zakhar NUDELMAN, Amnon HOFFMAN, Eran LAVY, Ayala BAR-HAI, Irith GATI
  • Publication number: 20210310508
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to adhesive mounting assemblies that are capable of attaching or adhering to a surface and that can be removed from the surface without causing damage to the surface. In some embodiments, the mounting assemblies are peeled off the surface. The present disclosure generally relates to adhesive articles including a mounting device. The adhesive articles have one or more adhesive areas (which can be part of one continuous adhesive area) exhibiting adhesive properties and one or more non-adhesive areas that lack significant adhesive properties. At least one of the non-adhesive areas is located in an area and/or has a size, shape, and/or geometry that lowers and/or controls at least one of the average peel force and/or the peak peel force of the adhesive article such that the peel force of the adhesive article does not exceed the threshold for causing damage to the surface from which the adhesive article is peeled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Michael B. Runge, Margaret M. Sheridan, Craig D. Thompson, Joseph A. Hoffman, Brett P. Krull
  • Patent number: 11112449
    Abstract: A flexible monitoring system and corresponding methods of use are provided. The system can include a base containing backplane, and one or more circuits communicatively coupled to the backplane. The circuits can be designed with a common architecture that is programmable to perform different predetermined functions, such as input, output, and processing. By separating functions of the flexible monitoring system into different circuits, new implementations of the flexible monitoring system can be rapidly developed by arranging already created components in different combinations. Multiple bases can also be communicatively coupled in a manner that establishes a common backplane between respective bases. Accordingly, implementations of the flexible monitoring system distribute combinations of circuits across different bases, providing flexible deployment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Bendy Nevada, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Daniel Abawi, Curtis Hoffman, Paul Richetta, Dustin Hess
  • Patent number: 11092459
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring systems include GPS data to enhance various features of the workout as well as the post-workout data analysis. Such features include using output from multiple sensors to determine the most accurate data available for providing distance measurements for individual segments of a route. The most accurate data for each route segment, from whatever source, then is used to provide the overall route distance and as the basis for making other calculations, such as pace, calorie burn, etc. Another feature relates to the ability to both input and output geographically tagged messages while moving along a route during an athletic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Miles W. Brown, Aaron B. Weast, Matt Capozzi, Tomislav Lakovic, James Molyneux, Jamian R. Cobbett
  • Publication number: 20210227297
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods are described for providing content recommendations. The system accesses content item consumption data for a plurality of users subscribed to a media service. Then, the system determines that a first subset of the plurality of users has unsubscribed from the media service and that a second subset of the plurality of users has not unsubscribed from the media service. The system identifies a time slot typical for the first subset of users and atypical for the second subset of users based on content item consumption data of the first subset of users and content item consumption data of the second subset of users. In response to determining that a user is consuming a first content item at the identified time slot, the system generates for display a recommendation for a second content item that is scheduled for a different time slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20210204774
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a housing that houses a suction nozzle and a fan and is configured to be moved on a surface to be cleaned, a cartridge including a solution, a spray nozzle that directs a spray on the surface, a valve that actuates the spray nozzle and a controller that selectively operates the valve based on pre-programmed instructions. The spray nozzle is positioned on the housing in a direction away from a direction of movement of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicants: Better Air North America, LLC, Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Taly DERY, Michael HOFFMAN
  • Patent number: 10999632
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods are described for providing content recommendations. The system accesses content item consumption data for a plurality of users subscribed to a media service. Then, the system determines that a first subset of the plurality of users has unsubscribed from the media service and that a second subset of the plurality of users has not unsubscribed from the media service. The system identifies a time slot typical for the first subset of users and atypical for the second subset of users based on content item consumption data of the first subset of users and content item consumption data of the second subset of users. In response to determining that a user is consuming a first content item at the identified time slot, the system generates for display a recommendation for a second content item that is scheduled for a different time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20210094714
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a strapping machine welding head with a beveled counter-pressure plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Egmont Gollner
  • Publication number: 20210076087
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a media guidance application (e.g., implemented on a user device) that manages user subscriptions to content sources by modifying content source bundles to tailor them toward user preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher P. Ambrozic, Michael Hoffman, William E. Purser
  • Patent number: 10941671
    Abstract: A turbine engine component includes: a body bounded by an end face; and a seal slot having an opening communicating with the end face, the seal slot including a receptacle defining a boundary configured to receive and position a spline seal, and an open chamber communicating with the seal slot and extending beyond the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Weston Nolan Dooley, James Michael Hoffman, Gregory Terrence Garay
  • Publication number: 20210046497
    Abstract: An aerosol dispensing device includes an atomizer configured to atomize a liquid contained in a cartridge, an actuator configured to actuate activity of the atomizer, a reader configured to read data attached to the cartridge while the cartridge is installed in the device and a controller. The controller is configured to receive data from the reader, verify authenticity of the cartridge based on the data received, initiate activity of the actuator based on verifying that the cartridge is authentic, and block activity of the actuator based on verifying that the cartridge is not authentic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Michael HOFFMAN, Pini Pinhas GROSS
  • Publication number: 20210046256
    Abstract: A connector configured to support a nebulizer inside a cartridge includes an annular wall, a conduit, and a plurality of spokes between the annular wall and the conduit. The spokes define openings therebetween and the annular wall is shaped and sized to be fitted into a lip of a bottle. A cartridge includes a housing configured to house a liquid, a collar defining an opening into the cartridge, the connector and a nebulizer held within the housing with the connector. Optionally, an anti-spill cover is fitted in an outlet of the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicants: Better Air International Limited, Better Air North America, LLC
    Inventors: Michael HOFFMAN, Yuli HORESH, Pini Pinhas GROSS
  • Publication number: 20200407807
    Abstract: An isolated bacterial strain Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 298 is provided. A sample of the strain having been deposited as KCTC 13469BP at the Korean Collection for Type Cultures or a functional homolog of same wherein said isolated microbial strain is purified to a level of at least 99%. Also provided are compositions and articles comprising the bacterial strain and methods of using same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Wilhelm H. HOLZAPFEL, Yosep JI, Yuli HORESH, Michael HOFFMAN, Shimrit LAOR
  • Publication number: 20200405781
    Abstract: A composition comprising at least two bacterial strains selected from the group consisting of Bacillus subtilis 281, Bacillus subtilis 3, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 298 and a functional homolog of any of the preceding, wherein the composition does not comprise more than 5 different species of microbes, wherein: a sample of Bacillus subtilis 281, has been deposited as KCTC 13468BP at the Korean Collection for Type Cultures; a sample of Bacillus subtilis 3, has been deposited as KCTC 13467BP at the Korean Collection for Type Cultures; and a sample of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 298, has been deposited as KCTC 13469BP at the Korean Collection for Type Cultures. Also provided are methods that utilize the bacterial strains or functional homologs of same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Wilhelm H. HOLZAPFEL, Yosep JI, Yuli HORESH, Michael HOFFMAN, Shimrit LAOR
  • Patent number: D924056
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Pini Pinhas Gross
  • Patent number: D924057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Better Air International Limited
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Pini Pinhas Gross