Patents by Inventor Michael W. Howlett

Michael W. Howlett 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: 10493261
    Abstract: Some assemblies can include a male cap and a female cap, each of which can be used to cover separated medical connectors. In certain arrangements, a male cap can include a movable carriage that transitions from a retracted position when an assembly with which the male cap is associated is in a closed state to an extended position when the assembly is in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 10155056
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20180169398
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing controlled pressure-flow pulses which purge a catheter system with turbulent flow flushing. Accomplishment of such controlled pressure-flow pulses is provided by a variety of inventive devices including a special plunger rod for a conventional syringe, other interactive parts for conventional syringes, an in-line catheter attachable device which automatically generates the controlled pressure-flow pulses and also single pulse, digitally operated devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Michael W. Howlett, James V. Mercer, Amelio Paolucci
  • Patent number: 9889289
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing controlled pressure-flow pulses which purge a catheter system with turbulent flow flushing. Accomplishment of such controlled pressure-flow pulses is provided by a variety of inventive devices including a special plunger rod for a conventional syringe, other interactive parts for conventional syringes, an in-line catheter attachable device which automatically generates the controlled pressure-flow pulses and also single pulse, digitally operated devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael W. Howlett, James V. Mercer, Amelio Paolucci
  • Patent number: 9809355
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20160106968
    Abstract: Some assemblies can include a male cap and a female cap, each of which can be used to cover separated medical connectors. In certain arrangements, a male cap can include a movable carriage that transitions from a retracted position when an assembly with which the male cap is associated is in a closed state to an extended position when the assembly is in an open state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Donald R. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 9242084
    Abstract: Some assemblies can include a male cap and a female cap, each of which can be used to cover separated medical connectors. In certain arrangements, a male cap can include a movable carriage that transitions from a retracted position when an assembly with which the male cap is associated is in a closed state to an extended position when the assembly is in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock
  • Publication number: 20150374968
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20150314074
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing controlled pressure-flow pulses which purge a catheter system with turbulent flow flushing. Accomplishment of such controlled pressure-flow pulses is provided by a variety of inventive devices including a special plunger rod for a conventional syringe, other interactive parts for conventional syringes, an in-line catheter attachable device which automatically generates the controlled pressure-flow pulses and also single pulse, digitally operated devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael W. Howlett, James V. Mercer, Amelio Paolucci
  • Patent number: 9114915
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 9079692
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 8961475
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect medical connectors. Some caps can create a seal with the medical connectors to prevent antiseptic from entering a fluid paths defined by a connector. Support members can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock, James Paul Kennedy, Richard Lasher
  • Publication number: 20140248181
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20140248182
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20140135739
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect both a male medical connector and needleless injection site when not in use or when disconnected from each other. The caps contain a disinfecting agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 8647308
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect a male luer post of a medical connector. The caps are configured to engage threads of the connector. The caps contain a disinfecting agent within an absorbent pad disposed in a chamber of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 8641681
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are disinfecting caps that can be used to cover and disinfect a male luer post of a medical connector when not in use or when disconnected from its female connector counterpart. The caps are configured to engage threads of the connector. The caps contain a disinfecting agent disposed in a chamber of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Publication number: 20130338644
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect medical connectors. Some caps can create a seal with the medical connectors to prevent antiseptic from entering a fluid paths defined by a connector. Support members can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicants: The University of Utah Research Foundation, Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock, James Paul Kennedy, Richard Lasher
  • Patent number: 8523830
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect a male protrusion portion of a medical connector. Some caps can create a seal with the male protrusion to prevent antiseptic from entering a lumen the protrusion. A biasing element can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: D770614
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W Howlett, Robert Hitchcock