Patents by Inventor Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith 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: 20220023122
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base frame, lift mechanism supporting an upper frame relative to the base frame, a load frame, and a plurality of deck sections, a patient support surface, and a number of barriers positioned about the patient supporting surface. The patient support apparatus includes a notification system for visually notifying a caregiver of a condition or status of a component of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: Robert M. ZERHUSEN, Richard H. HEIMBROCK, Arpit SHAH, Aziz A. BHAI, Bradley T. SMITH, Catherine M. WAGNER, Charles A. LACHENBRUCH (Deceased), Clay G. OWSLEY, Dan R. TALLENT, Daniel NACHTIGAL, David L. BEDEL, David J. BRZENCHEK, David J. HITCHCOCK, David P. LUBBERS, Douglas A. SEIM, Douglas E. BORGMAN, Eric D. BENZ, Florin IUCHA, Frank E. SAUSER, Gavin M. MONSON, James W. PASCOE, James L. WALKE, Jared RUDE, John G. BYERS, John D. CHRISTIE, Jonathan D. TURNER, Joshua A. WILLIAMS, Karen LANNING, Kathryn R. SMITH, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Mary Kay BRINKMAN, Michael BUCCIERI, Nathaniel W. HIXON, Neal WIGGERMANN, Richard J. SCHUMAN, Sr., Scott M. CORBIN, Sravan MAMIDI, Todd P. O'NEAL, Todd S. VENTROLA, Travis PELO, Unnati OJHA, John GOEWERT
  • Patent number: 11228032
    Abstract: An electrochemical component has a green secondary electrode including a conductive substrate, homogeneous pre-synthesized calcium zincate in direct contact with the conductive substrate, and a combination of styrene-butadiene rubber and sintered polytetrafluoroethylene binding the conductive substrate and calcium zincate together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: ZAF ENERGY SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hannah S. Smith, Andrew F. Souder, II, Adam Weisenstein, Michael J. Gordon, Melissa D. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20220008098
    Abstract: A device for providing access to a nodule, lesion, or pathological area in a lung or other body organ or lumen. The device includes a sheath portion having a proximal end and a distal end and a plurality of stabilization wires. The sheath portion includes a primary lumen that extends from the proximal end to the distal end and a plurality of secondary lumens that extend from the proximal end to the distal end. The stabilization wires are configured to be slidably received within the secondary lumens. The length of the stabilization wires is greater than the length of the secondary lumens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Clinton L. Finger, Matthew E. Nickeson, Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220000611
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that include a prosthetic valve. The prosthetic valve may include a jacket configured to cover at least one of gaps, spaces, or interfaces in a frame or between one or more leaflets attached to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: David J. Arcaro, Kyle W. Colavito, Dustin V. Dienno, Cody L. Hartman, Roy Manygoats, JR., Ryan S. Titone, Ryan D. Smith, Joshua A. Sprinkle, Benjamin A. Smith, James L. Goepfrich, Michael J. Shepard
  • Patent number: 11218077
    Abstract: Current flowing through an inductor on a primary side of a voltage converter is sensed and compared to a threshold peak current value to determine when to end an ON portion of the voltage converter. The secondary side of the voltage converter supplies an indication of output voltage for use in determining the threshold peak current value. On start-up the primary side detects when the indication of output voltage is supplied by the secondary side across on isolation channel. Prior to detecting the indicating is being supplied, the primary side uses an increasing threshold peak current as the threshold peak current value. After detection that the indication of output voltage is being provided by the secondary side, the threshold peak current value is based on the indication of the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Riad S. Wahby, Jeffrey L. Sonntag, Tufan C. Karalar, Michael J. Mills, Eric B. Smith, Ion C. Tesu, Donald E. Alfano
  • Patent number: 11204844
    Abstract: For accessing files from block-level backups of a virtual disk, a system, method, computer program product and apparatus are disclosed. The system includes an apparatus with a changed block module that determines changed blocks between a previous and a current block-level backup of a virtual disk. A mapping module maps logical clusters of the virtual disk to the changed blocks and identifies files corresponding to the logical clusters. A changed file module designates files corresponding to the logical clusters as changed files, unless current attributes of files for the current backup match attributes of the files in a backup file index corresponding to the previous backup. The changed file module stores the current attributes and extents for changed files within blocks of a backup storage device for updating in the backup file index. The method and computer program product perform these functions and may use the system and the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Fruchtman, Avishai H. Hochberg, Vadzim I. Piletski, James P. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210338053
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling positioning of wires and/or tubing that extends from a handle of a medical device. An exemplary apparatus includes a device attachment mechanism configured to removably attach to a handle of a medical device and a guide component configured to maintain a plurality of different positions relative to the device attachment mechanism and the handle of the medical device. The guide component allows a user to alter the direction (i.e., biases) any wires or tubing, such as electrical wires or saline tubes that extend from the handle to other instrumentation, such as pumps or generators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Taylor N. Tyson, Peter A. Lambe, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 11134981
    Abstract: A device for providing access to a nodule, lesion, or pathological area in a lung or other body organ or lumen. The device includes a sheath portion having a proximal end and a distal end and a plurality of stabilization wires. The sheath portion includes a primary lumen that extends from the proximal end to the distal end and a plurality of secondary lumens that extend from the proximal end to the distal end. The stabilization wires are configured to be slidably received within the secondary lumens. The length of the stabilization wires is greater than the length of the secondary lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton L. Finger, Matthew E. Nickeson, Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210251514
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a novel device for selective collection and condensation of an exhaled breath, and the method of using the novel device. The novel device is portable and capable of collecting and condensing reproducible volumes of exhaled breath under about 10 minutes by using a unique temperature-based algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jacqueline C. Linnes, Divya Tankasala, Shubhankar S. Takle, Orlando S. Hoilett, Gabriel P. Ng, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 11061503
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus and associated method are provided, comprising: at a device having a display and a touch-sensitive surface: displaying a first user interface of a first application on the display; while displaying the first user interface of the first application on the display, detecting an input by a first contact; and in response to detecting the input by the first contact: in accordance with a determination that the input meets first one or more criteria, wherein the first one or more criteria require that the first movement meets a first directional condition in order for the first one or more criteria to be met, displaying a second user interface; and in accordance with a determination that the input meets second one or more criteria, wherein the second one or more criteria require that the first movement meets a second directional condition that is distinct from the first directional condition in order for the second one or more criteria to be met, displaying a home screen user interfac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20210186606
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for positioning electrodes within a body. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for slidably moving multiple features relative to a sheath inserted into a body and positioned relative to a reference point includes a primary actuator configured to move a primary electrode, a secondary actuator configured to move a secondary electrode, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism is configured to selectively prevent movement of at least one of the primary actuator based on a position of the secondary actuator and of the secondary actuator based on a position of the primary actuator and lock positions of the primary actuator and the secondary actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Christine N. Jurevicius, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10996787
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus and associated method are provided, comprising: at a device having a display and a touch-sensitive surface: displaying a first user interface of a first application on the display; while displaying the first user interface of the first application, detecting a first input by a first contact on the touch-sensitive surface that meets one or more criteria; in response to detecting the first input by the first contact that meets the one or more criteria: in accordance with a determination that the first application is subject to the first contact meeting the one or more criteria, ceasing to display the first user interface of the first application and displaying a respective other user interface on the display; and in accordance with a determination that the first application is not subject to the first contact meeting the one or more criteria, maintaining display of the first user interface of the first application without displaying the respective other user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10987161
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for positioning electrodes within a body. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for slidably moving multiple features relative to a sheath inserted into a body and positioned relative to a reference point includes a primary actuator configured to move a primary electrode, a secondary actuator configured to move a secondary electrode, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism is configured to selectively prevent movement of at least one of the primary actuator based on a position of the secondary actuator and of the secondary actuator based on a position of the primary actuator and lock positions of the primary actuator and the secondary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Brandon J. Shuman, David H. Dillard, Peter A. Lambe, Nathan Dale, Cassandra R. Saleira, Fan Zhang, Nicolas G. Hostein, Randall D. Mills, Christine N. Jurevicius, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10936114
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided including: at least one non-transitory memory storing instructions and a plurality of applications; a touch screen; and one or more processors in communication with the at least one non-transitory memory and the touch screen, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions to: display, via the touch screen, an object and at least a portion of an interface; detect a gesture on the touch screen on the object; when a magnitude of a duration of the gesture being detected on the touch screen on the object is less than a first magnitude threshold, perform an operation; when the magnitude of the duration of the gesture being detected on the touch screen on the object is greater than the first magnitude threshold, perform a scaling in connection with at least the object, where the scaling includes a reduction in a size such that the size is inversely related to the magnitude of the duration of the gesture being detected on the touch screen on the object; and whe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20210042138
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a processing unit including a plurality of processing cores including a first processing core and a second processing core. In use, the processing unit is configured such that a virtual processing core is capable of being virtualized utilizing at least a portion of the first processing core and at least a portion of the second processing core. Such virtualization is further carried out such that at least one of the at least portion of the first processing core or the at least portion of the second processing core includes only a part thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Michael S. Smith, Moon Ju Kim
  • Patent number: 10838542
    Abstract: A method is provided, comprising: developing particular application code that is part of a particular application configured to cooperate with an electronic device including a touch screen and memory coupled to at least one processor, where the particular application code, when installed on the electronic device, cooperates with an operating system of the electronic device to cause the electronic device to: display an object and at least a portion of an interface; detect a gesture via the touch screen on the object; perform a first function in a first touch state; perform a second function in a second touch state; identify a change in a pressure of the gesture being detected via the touch screen on the object; and based on the change in the pressure of the gesture being detected via the touch screen on the object, blur the at least portion of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10788931
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus and associated method are provided, comprising: at a device including a display and a touch interface: displaying, utilizing the display, a graphical user interface including a graphical user interface element; while the graphical user interface is displayed, detecting, utilizing the touch interface, a gesture on the graphical user interface element; in response to detection, utilizing the touch interface, that the gesture is moving, displaying, utilizing the display, another graphical user interface; and in response to detection, utilizing the touch interface, that a magnitude of the gesture is greater than a threshold: altering, utilizing the display, a display of the graphical user interface element, detecting user input, and customizing at least one aspect of the gesture, based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10782819
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided, comprising: at least one non-transitory memory; a touch screen; an actuator; and one or more processors in communication with the at least one non-transitory memory, the touch screen, and the actuator, wherein the one or more processors execute instructions stored in the at least one non-transitory memory, to cause the apparatus to: detect, via the touch screen, a touch on an object of a duration that is greater than a duration threshold; in response to detection of the touch of the duration that is greater than the duration threshold, display the object as being selected; detect, via the touch screen, another touch; in response to detection of the another touch: rotate the selected object, and open content associated with the selected object in a background virtual display layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20200245850
    Abstract: A self-illuminating, flexible sheath includes a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end. The flexible sheath includes a self-luminating feature. The flexible sheath is configured to be received by a working channel of an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Taylor N. Tyson, Anthony H. Siuda, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10725581
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method and apparatus are provided to: display, on a display and via a user interface of a network browser application, a first web page including a hyperlink that identifies a second web page; detect a first contact starting at a first contact point at a first contact time on the touch-sensitive interaction surface; detect an end of the first contact at a second contact time; determine a duration of the first contact as a difference between the first contact time and the second contact time; determine whether there is a contact movement of the first contact between the first contact point and a second contact point; determine whether the first contact point of the first contact corresponds with a location of the hyperlink of the first web page; for performing a variety of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith