Patents by Inventor Michael Walter Smith

Michael Walter 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: 10624630
    Abstract: A multiple-fire securing device includes a hollow outer shaft, a reloader, a reloader movement assembly, a rail, and securing structures each defining an inner securing orifice. The reloader longitudinally moves within the outer shaft and has a distal end shaped to temporarily contact one of the securing structures. The rail is disposed within the reloader and has an installing location. The securing structures are disposed on the rail. The reloader movement assembly moves the reloader longitudinally in a distal direction to deliver a first securing structure to the installing location from a first proximal position and moves the reloader proximally away from the installing location without the first securing structure to a position in which the distal end of the reloader temporarily contacts a second one of the securing structures. The second and successive securing structures are moved one at a time to the installing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Kevin W. Smith, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Richard Cartledge, Max Pierre Mendez, Kevin K. Dang, Bryan A. Janish, Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Publication number: 20200091643
    Abstract: A U-shaped band to attach or snap a conduit or pipe to a slotted structural member. The U-shaped band includes a bottom portion, a first side having a first arm connected to the bottom portion; a second side having a second arm connected to the bottom portion thereby forming a U-shaped structure with the first and second sides. The at least one arm snaps into a slot of the slotted structural member when in an engaged position. The slotted structural member may be a strut or a receiver. The receiver has arms to engage and snap into curled ends or lips on sides of the strut and thus may adapt the band to the strut. Alternatively, the band may snap into suitably sized slots on the slotted structural member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Mag Daddy, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson, Zach Reusch, John Heinzinger
  • Publication number: 20200069295
    Abstract: A filter assembly for filtering an exhaust gas and preventing contaminates from reaching a medical sampling instrumentation. The filter assembly comprises a hydrophobic filter media component; a first enclosure with an inlet (second) port communicating with an inwardly facing surface carrying a plurality of first channels, a first annular sidewall surrounding the first channels, and the first annular sidewall carrying a first mating feature at a free end thereof; a second enclosure having an outlet (first) port which communicating with an inwardly facing surface carrying a plurality of second channels, and a second mating feature surrounding the second channels. The first and second enclosures matingly engaging with one another so that the first and the second mating features mate with one another and the first and second enclosures define a filter chamber therebetween which captively retains the hydrophobic filter media component within the filter chamber having minimal dead space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin Walter WANG, Michael Sean SMITH, Lorelee Kae GOEHLE
  • Publication number: 20200025235
    Abstract: A multi sectioned nut is operable to attach to a threaded fastener. The multi sectioned nut includes a plurality of multi sectioned threaded nut sections and a turn-lock formed on at least one end of the plurality of threaded nut sections. A cage is detachably coupled to the plurality of nut sections operable to spring open on a side opposite the cage to allow the threaded fastener to pass through. The turn-lock is inserted into a strut slot and rotated to removably attach to the strut slot. According to one embodiment, the multi sectioned nut may include at least two sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Mag Daddy LLC
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20200008797
    Abstract: A multiple-firing clip device includes a hollow shaft defining a lateral opening communicating with an environment and a distal shaft portion between the lateral opening and a distal end opening. A shuttle longitudinally moves on the shaft and comprises a shuttle body defining a lumen surrounding the shaft, a snare, and a snare-extender slide defining a snare track to form a snare travel path in which the snare is disposed from the body and through the track and a portion of the body. The slide moves along a given extent defining a slide distance and a distal end and movement of the slide to the distal end shortens the snare travel path to extend the snare portion through the lateral opening, through the distal shaft portion, and distally out from a distal side of the body longer than the given extent to secure a suture with the snare.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Kevin W. Smith, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez, Thomas O. Bales, JR., Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Richard George Cartledge, Max Pierre Mendez, Kevin K. Dang, Bryan A. Janish, Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Patent number: 10478295
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus can include a handle portion and at least one rotatable drive shaft. The handle portion can have an actuation mechanism with a motor. The rotatable drive shaft can have a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion of the rotatable drive shaft can be coupled to the motor, and the distal end portion of the rotatable drive shaft can be configured to be releasably coupled to a prosthetic heart valve. The actuation mechanism can be configured to control and monitor expansion of the prosthetic heart valve and to control and monitor torque of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLC
    Inventors: Richard George Cartledge, Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Max Pierre Mendez, Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, Derek Dee Deville
  • Patent number: 10429000
    Abstract: A magnetic bracket includes a base and at least two posts at opposite ends of the base. The posts bend upwards from the base such that at least two clips are operable to attach at the posts at opposite ends of the base. The posts have a notch between the base and ends of the posts to permit the clips to hook onto the posts. The magnetic bracket may be clipped into a vehicle chassis by removably inserting the clips into a slot of the vehicle chassis. A body panel such as a headliner having a magnetic fastener attached to the body panel may then be magnetically self-aligned and removably attached to the base having a magnetic portion. The magnetic fastener is operable to be removably attached to the magnetic portion. The magnetic bracket is attached to a non-magnetic part of a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith
  • Publication number: 20190216622
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus can include a handle portion and at least one rotatable drive shaft. The handle portion has an actuation mechanism. The actuation mechanism includes a motor and one or more actuators. The rotatable drive shaft has a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion is coupled to the motor, and the distal end portion is configured to be releasably coupled to a prosthetic heart valve. The actuation mechanism is configured to control and monitor expansion of the prosthetic heart valve. The handle is configured for actuating the actuation mechanism, tracking a response of native tissue when the prosthetic heart valve is in contact with the native tissue, and stopping expansion of the prosthetic heart valve once a rate of change of expansion of the prosthetic heart valve declines below a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Richard George Cartledge, Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Korey Kline, Max Pierre Mendez, Matthew A. Palmer, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, Eric Petersen, M. Sean McBrayer
  • Patent number: 10336265
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing, where the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface, and one or more hooks that are configured to secure the fastener clip to the carrier. The hooks are configured to engage corresponding retaining ledge underctus on the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20190024693
    Abstract: A multi sectioned nut is operable to attach to a threaded fastener. The multi sectioned nut includes a plurality of multi sectioned threaded nut sections and a turn-lock formed on at least one end of the plurality of threaded nut sections. A cage is detachably coupled to the plurality of nut sections operable to spring open on a side opposite the cage to allow the threaded fastener to pass through. The turn-lock is inserted into a strut slot and rotated to removably attach to the strut slot. According to one embodiment, the multi sectioned nut may include at least two sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Mag Daddy, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson, Zach Reusch, John Heinzinger
  • Patent number: 9919674
    Abstract: A tether fastening device for an automobile body structure includes a fastener clip, at least one tether strap, a tether clip bracket, a clip strap coupler, and a bracket strap coupler. The clip strap coupler operably couples to a slot in the automobile chassis. The tether clip bracket attaches to the fastener clip when in an attached position. The bracket strap coupler is attached to the body panel. The tether strap allows for controlled detachment between the clip strap coupler and the bracket strap coupler. The strap may include a mesh to absorb the deployment energy and decelerate the body panel in a controlled manner. In the event of an airbag activation, the tether clip bracket and the fastener clip initially accelerate and then decelerate from each other. The pair of tether straps control the deceleration and separation distance of the clip strap coupler and bracket strap coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 9914408
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing, where the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface, and one or more barbs that are configured to secure the fastener clip to the carrier. The barbs may include gussets that are configured to increase a bending resistance of the barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell
  • Patent number: 9649993
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a first part and a second part. The first part is configured to engage and be secured to a first article, where the second part is configured to engage and be secured to a second article, and where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part. The first part is pre-attached to the second part with a frangible link, where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part based at least upon breaking the frangible link, and where breaking the frangible link is based at least upon pressing the first part toward the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170129421
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a first part and a second part. The first part is configured to engage and be secured to a first article, where the second part is configured to engage and be secured to a second article, and where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part. The first part is pre-attached to the second part with a frangible link, where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part based at least upon breaking the frangible link, and where breaking the frangible link is based at least upon pressing the first part toward the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170113632
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing, where the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface, and one or more barbs that are configured to secure the fastener clip to the carrier. The barbs may include gussets that are configured to increase a bending resistance of the barbs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20170113629
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing, where the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface, and one or more hooks that are configured to secure the fastener clip to the carrier. The hooks are configured to engage corresponding retaining ledge underctus on the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20170097109
    Abstract: A magnetic cable fastener includes a magnetic fastener, a boss, a base, and a loop coupler attached to the base. The loop coupler is attached to the base and is operable to attach to another structure. The loop coupler may be a cable, wires, electrical conduit, rope, adjustable strap, and a tie wrap or suitable object. According to one embodiment, the loop coupler may further include at least two fingers. The fingers are operative to flex or compress appropriately to permit the cables to enter the fingers. According to another embodiment, the loop coupler is a solid loop to permit for example, a cable strap to be inserted and attach the cable strap to the loop coupler. Thus, the magnetic cable fastener may secure one or more cables via the loop fingers or solid loop or other suitable cable coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith
  • Patent number: 9533718
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a base plate and a first and second pair of laterally offset legs extending from the base plate. At least one first wing extends from the first pair of laterally offset legs. The at least one first wing has an engagement region. At least one second wing extends from the second pair of laterally offset legs. The at least one second wing also has an engagement region. A first joined portion extends from the first pair of legs and a second joined portion extends from the second pair of legs with the first joined portion and the second joined portion extending and overlapping over and under each other. First locking tabs extend sideways from the first joined portion folded over against the overlapping second portion, and second locking tabs extend sideways from the second joined portion folded over against the overlapping first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, Mark Fleydervish, Shawn Willis
  • Publication number: 20160375840
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fastener comprises a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side is connected to the second side thereby forming a U-shaped structure. The fastener further comprises a bottom portion wherein the first side and the second side are connected, and a top portion opposite the bottom portion. The first side comprises a first engagement spring. The first engagement spring is connected to the first side in the vicinity of the bottom portion. The engagement springs have inward facing gussets connected to the bottom portion. The second side comprises a second engagement spring. The second engagement spring is connected to the second side in the vicinity of the bottom portion. A cavity is formed between the first side and the second side as will be described below. The engagement springs include an engagement region operable to adapt to variations or movement of a slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith
  • Patent number: 9499108
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a cup having at least one injection hole, an overmold attached to the cup and a magnet is attached to the overmold. The overmold has: a cup cover attached to an outside portion of the cup, and an inner ring attached to an inside portion of the cup. The inner ring is attached to the cup cover via the at least one injection hole. The magnet operably attaches into the inner ring. According to one embodiment, the cup cover and the inner ring are injection molded over at least one part of the cup. An optional coupler for attachment to a body panel is attached to the cup cover and is operative to flex. The magnetic fastener clip adapts to different surface curvatures and thicknesses. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, John Clasen, Michael Tirrell