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: 20200100779
    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: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hugo X. Gonzalez, Sujeeth Parthiban, Chenhao Fu, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10606396
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods are provided at an apparatus including at least one non-transitory memory storing 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. The methods include various operations that are performed based on a contact or gesture duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10595834
    Abstract: A needle system includes a needle, a needle handle coupled to a proximal end of the needle and a needle stiffening device. The needle stiffening device includes a first handle portion, a second handle portion, a stylet having a distal end component and a shaft component, a fixing component configured to fix a proximal end of the stylet to the first handle portion, a hollow component configured to slidably receive the shaft component of the stylet and a compression device having a proximal end that makes contact with a distal end of the hollow component and a distal end that makes contact with the distal end component of the stylet. A distal end of the second handle portion makes contact with a proximal end of the hollow component within the first handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Panzenbeck, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10592039
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device is provided for: displaying, on a display, a plurality of active applications; detecting, on a touch interface, a first-orientation gesture on at least one of the active applications; in response to the detection of the first-orientation gesture on the at least one of the active applications, performing a first operation including moving multiple of the active applications; detecting, on the touch interface, a second-orientation gesture on one or more of the active applications; in response to the detection of the second-orientation gesture on the one or more of the active applications, performing a second operation; detecting, on the touch interface, a particular gesture on a particular one of the active applications; after the detection of the particular gesture on the particular one of the active applications, performing different operations, that are different from the first and second operations, based on a duration of the particular gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10551966
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device is provided, comprising: at least one non-transitory memory; 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 instructions stored in the at least one non-transitory memory, to cause the device to: display an object utilizing an interface of a particular application; detect a press gesture via the touch screen on the object; in response to detection of a cessation of the press gesture via the touch screen on the object when a duration of the press gesture is detected to not exceed a duration threshold: display information associated with the object utilizing another interface of the particular application; and during at least a portion of the press gesture being detected via the touch screen on the object when the duration of the press gesture is detected to exceed the duration threshold: display a menu including at least one option for, in response to detection o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10540039
    Abstract: A method is performed at an electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts. The method includes displaying, on the display, a user interface for an application; detecting an edge input that includes detecting a change in a characteristic intensity of a contact proximate to an edge of the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the edge input: in accordance with a determination that the edge input meets system-gesture criteria, performing an operation that is independent of the application, wherein: the system-gesture criteria include intensity criteria; the system-gesture criteria include a location criterion that is met when the intensity criteria for the contact are met while the contact is within a first region relative to the touch-sensitive surface; and the first region relative to the touch-sensitive surface is determined based on one or more characteristics of the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10534474
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus, method, and computer program product are provided involving a mobile device including a touch screen, a memory, and an actuator coupled to at least one processor; said memory configured to store a plurality of applications including an application; said touch screen configured to cooperate with the at least one processor to display indicia; said touch screen configured to cooperate with the at least one processor to receive a first touch signal indicative of a first duration of touch being applied to the touch screen, in connection with the indicia; said at least one processor configured to, in response to the first touch signal indicative of the first duration of touch being applied to the touch screen, identify a first state; said touch screen configured to cooperate with the at least one processor to, in response to the identification of the first state, perform an operation; said touch screen configured to cooperate with the at least one processor to receive a second touch
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10521047
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system, method, and computer program product are provided to: display a textual word; detect a gesture via the touch screen on the textual word; in a first touch state, perform a first function in connection with the textual word; in a second touch state, perform a second function in connection with the textual word, the second function including selecting the textual word so as to display a selection of the textual word in a separate virtual display layer that is at least partially transparent or translucent for viewing an insertion point of the textual word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20190380740
    Abstract: A medical device for controlling advancement of a needle or other active medical component. An exemplary device includes a needle, a sheath, and a handle. The handle includes an actuator component coupled to a proximal end of the needle and a guide component coupled to a proximal end of the sheath. The guide component slidably receives a portion of the actuator and the guide component allows the actuator to move distally via a plurality of groups of different positions, wherein each of the groups has a different radial value relative to the guide component. The guide component includes a track having a zig-zag pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Madeline C. Graham, Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190365203
    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: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Taylor N. Tyson, Peter A. Lambe, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10386960
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts: displays an application launching user interface; detects a first touch input that includes detecting a first contact at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a first application icon for launching a first application that is associated with one or more corresponding quick actions; in response to detecting the first touch input, in accordance with a determination that the first touch input meets one or more application-launch criteria, launches the first application; and, in accordance with a determination that the first touch input meets one or more quick-action-display criteria, which include a criterion that is met when the characteristic intensity of the first contact increases above a respective intensity threshold, concurrently displays one or more quick action objects associated with the first application along with the first application icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10365758
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts: displays a plurality of user interface objects in a first user interface; detects a contact at a location of a first user interface object; and: detects an increase in a characteristic intensity of the contact to a first intensity threshold; in response, visually obscures the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object, while maintaining display of the first user interface object; detects that the characteristic intensity of the contact continues to increase above the first intensity threshold; and, in response, dynamically increases the amount of visual obscuring of the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10345961
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic device displays a plurality of user interface representations in a stack on a display. The device detects a first drag gesture by a first contact at a location on a touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a location of a first user interface representation on the display. While the first contact is at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to the location of the first user interface representation on the display and is moving across the touch-sensitive surface in a direction that corresponds to a first direction on the display, the device moves the first user interface representation in the first direction on the display at a first speed in accordance with a speed of the first contact on the touch-sensitive surface and moves a second user interface representation, disposed above the first user interface representation in the stack, in the first direction at a second speed greater than the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20190205244
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an apparatus is provided, comprising: a first semiconductor platform including a first memory; and a second semiconductor platform stacked with the first semiconductor platform and including a second memory; wherein the apparatus is operable for: receiving a read command or write command, identifying one or more faulty components of the apparatus, and adjusting at least one timing in connection with the read command or write command, in response to the identification of the one or more faulty components of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190200967
    Abstract: A needle system includes a needle, a needle handle coupled to a proximal end of the needle and a needle stiffening device. The needle stiffening device includes a first handle portion, a second handle portion, a stylet having a distal end component and a shaft component, a fixing component configured to fix a proximal end of the stylet to the first handle portion, a hollow component configured to slidably receive the shaft component of the stylet and a compression device having a proximal end that makes contact with a distal end of the hollow component and a distal end that makes contact with the distal end component of the stylet. A distal end of the second handle portion makes contact with a proximal end of the hollow component within the first handle portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jason T. Panzenbeck, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10338736
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at an electronic device. The device displays a first user interface including a background with a first appearance and foreground objects. While displaying the first user interface, the device detects a first input at a location in the first user interface that corresponds to the background of the first user interface. In response, if the contact has a characteristic intensity above a first intensity threshold, the device dynamically changes the background without changing the foreground objects, wherein the dynamic change in the background is based on the characteristic intensity of the contact. While dynamically changing the background, detecting termination of the first input; and, in response, the device reverts the background back to the first appearance of the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10275086
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an electronic device, a method, and a non-transitory computer-readable media are provided for storing a plurality of applications including an application, utilizing the memory; displaying indicia; when a first pressure being applied to the touch screen is detected as ceasing in connection with the indicia, performing an operation; when a second pressure being applied to the touch screen is detected in connection with the indicia after the first pressure is detected without the ceasing, outputting feedback that is perceptible by touch; when the second pressure being applied to the touch screen is detected in connection with the indicia after the first pressure is detected without the ceasing, performing another operation; when a third pressure being applied to the touch screen is detected in connection with the indicia after the second pressure is detected, outputting additional feedback that is perceptible by touch; when the third pressure being applied to the touch screen is detected
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10275087
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts: displays a plurality of user interface objects in a first user interface; detects a contact at a location of a first user interface object; and: detects an increase in a characteristic intensity of the contact to a first intensity threshold; in response, visually obscures the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object, while maintaining display of the first user interface object; detects that the characteristic intensity of the contact continues to increase above the first intensity threshold; and, in response, dynamically increases the amount of visual obscuring of the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10222893
    Abstract: Apparatuses and a computer-readable media are provided to: display an object and at least a portion of an interface in a same virtual display layer; detect a single static gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object, the single static gesture varying in pressure between a plurality of discrete touch states; perform a first pressure-dependent step-wise function in response to a first change in the discrete touch states; perform a second pressure-dependent step-wise function in response to a second change in the discrete touch states; and during at least a portion of the gesture and as a function of an increase in a magnitude of the pressure of the gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object, continuously blur the at least portion of the interface such that the at least portion of the interface and the object are displayed in different virtual display layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 10222894
    Abstract: Apparatuses and a computer-readable media are provided to: display an object and at least a portion of an interface in a same virtual display layer; detect a single static gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object, the single static gesture varying in pressure; in the event that a magnitude of the pressure of the single static gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object is less than a first magnitude threshold, perform an operation; in the event that the magnitude of the pressure of the single static gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object is greater than the first magnitude threshold and is less than a second magnitude threshold, blur, as a function of an increase in the magnitude of the pressure of the single static gesture being applied to the touch screen on the object, the at least portion of the interface, and display the at least portion of the interface and the object in different virtual display layers; and in the event that the magnitude of the pressure of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith