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).

  • Patent number: 11992196
    Abstract: A device having a sheath, a medical device, a stylet, a handle and a plunger device. The handle includes portions connected proximal ends of the sheath, the medical device and the stylet and a chamber portion connected to the actuator. The chamber portion includes a volume of space configured to volumetrically connect to at a lumen of the medical device, the sheath or the stylet and a plunger device configured to be slidably received within the chamber portion. The plunger device is able to pneumatically isolate a proximal portion of the volume of space from a distal portion of the volume of space. Proximal movement of the stylet and the plunger device cause a suction effect (i.e., reduced pressure) at the distal end of the sheath, the medical device and/or the stylet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo X. Gonzalez, Sujeeth Parthiban, Chenhao Fu, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 11975143
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, an inner tube within the outer tube and including a pair of opposing slots, a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, a coil heater, a wick and a mouth end insert. The coil heater is located in the inner tube. The coil heater is formed of an iron-free, nickel-chromium alloy and has substantially uniformly spaced windings. The wick is surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers liquid material to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol in the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Barry S. Smith, Ali A. Rostami, Michael J. Mullins
  • Patent number: 11974916
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    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: 11957894
    Abstract: A neuromodulation therapy is delivered via at least one electrode implanted subcutaneously and superficially to a fascia layer superficial to a nerve of a patient. In one example, an implantable medical device is deployed along a superficial surface of a deep fascia tissue layer superficial to a nerve of a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to the nerve through the deep fascia tissue layer via implantable medical device electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Chasensky, Bernard Q. Li, Brad C. Tischendorf, Chris J. Paidosh, Christian S. Nielsen, Craig L. Schmidt, David A. Dinsmoor, Duane L. Bourget, Eric H. Bonde, Erik R. Scott, Forrest C M Pape, Gabriela C. Molnar, Gordon O. Munns, Joel A. Anderson, John E. Kast, Joseph J. Viavattine, Markus W. Reiterer, Michael J. Ebert, Phillip C. Falkner, Prabhakar A. Tamirisa, Randy S. Roles, Reginald D. Robinson, Richard T. Stone, Shawn C. Kelley, Stephen J. Roddy, Thomas P. Miltich, Timothy J. Denison, Todd V. Smith, Xuan K. Wei
  • Patent number: 11957893
    Abstract: A neuromodulation therapy is delivered via at least one electrode implanted subcutaneously and superficially to a fascia layer superficial to a nerve of a patient. In one example, an implantable medical device is deployed along a superficial surface of a deep fascia tissue layer superficial to a nerve of a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to the nerve through the deep fascia tissue layer via implantable medical device electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad C. Tischendorf, John E. Kast, Thomas P. Miltich, Gordon O. Munns, Randy S. Roles, Craig L. Schmidt, Joseph J. Viavattine, Christian S. Nielsen, Prabhakar A. Tamirisa, Anthony M. Chasensky, Markus W. Reiterer, Chris J. Paidosh, Reginald D. Robinson, Bernard Q. Li, Erik R. Scott, Phillip C. Falkner, Xuan K. Wei, Eric H. Bonde, David A. Dinsmoor, Duane L. Bourget, Forrest C M Pape, Gabriela C. Molnar, Joel A. Anderson, Michael J. Ebert, Richard T. Stone, Shawn C. Kelley, Stephen J. Roddy, Timothy J. Denison, Todd V. Smith
  • Publication number: 20240100781
    Abstract: Improved battery separators, base films or membranes, batteries, cells, devices, systems, vehicles, and/or methods of making and/or using such separators, films or membranes, batteries, cells, devices, systems, vehicles, and/or methods of enhancing battery or cell charge rates, charge capacity, and/or discharge rates, and/or methods of improving batteries, systems including such batteries, vehicles including such batteries and/or systems, and/or the like; biaxially oriented porous membranes, composites including biaxially oriented porous membranes, biaxially oriented microporous membranes, biaxially oriented macroporous membranes, battery separators with improved charge capacities and the related methods and methods of manufacture, methods of use, and the like; flat sheet membranes, liquid retention media; dry process separators; biaxially stretched separators; dry process biaxially stretched separators having a thickness range between about 5 ?m and 50 ?m, preferably between about 10 ?m and 25 ?m, having imp
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Inventors: Xiaomin Zhang, Gerald P. Rumierz, Karl F. Humiston, Charles E. Haire, Tyrone S. Fields, Michael A. Braswell, Ronald A. Proctor, Ronnie E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20240071940
    Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a first die, a second die, and an interconnect die coupled to a first plurality of through-die vias in the first die and a second plurality of through-die vias in the second die. The interconnect die provides communications pathways the first die and the second die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: RAHUL AGARWAL, RAJA SWAMINATHAN, MICHAEL S. ALFANO, GABRIEL H. LOH, ALAN D. SMITH, GABRIEL WONG, MICHAEL MANTOR
  • Publication number: 20230359298
    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: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2023
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 11740727
    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: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: P4TENTS1 LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20220249076
    Abstract: A device having a sheath, a medical device, a stylet, a handle and a plunger device. The handle includes portions connected proximal ends of the sheath, the medical device and the stylet and a chamber portion connected to the actuator. The chamber portion includes a volume of space configured to volumetrically connect to at a lumen of the medical device, the sheath or the stylet and a plunger device configured to be slidably received within the chamber portion. The plunger device is able to pneumatically isolate a proximal portion of the volume of space from a distal portion of the volume of space. Proximal movement of the stylet and the plunger device cause a suction effect (i.e., reduced pressure) at the distal end of the sheath, the medical device and/or the stylet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Hugo X. Gonzalez, Sujeeth Parthiban, Chenhao Fu, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 11406365
    Abstract: A device having a sheath, a medical device, a stylet, a handle having a chamber portion and a plunger device. The handle connects to proximal ends of the sheath, the medical device, and the stylet. The chamber portion includes a volume of space configured to volumetrically connect to at a lumen of the medical device, the sheath or the stylet. The plunger device slides and moves within the chamber portion. The plunger device is able to pneumatically or hydraulically isolate a proximal portion of the volume of space from a distal portion of the volume of space. Proximal movement of the stylet and the plunger device cause a suction effect (i.e., negative or reduced pressure) at the distal end of the sheath and/or the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo X. Gonzalez, Sujeeth Parthiban, Chenhao Fu, Michael S. Smith
  • 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: 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