Patents by Inventor Michael Whittaker

Michael Whittaker 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: 10437001
    Abstract: A drogue and mandrel are provided for securing a fiber optic link in which the mandrel has halves with winding knobs on the ends of the mandrel. One half includes pegs for positioning the link with a fiber optic splice between the pegs. The halves attach at the pegs such that the knobs can wind to secure the link on a lined surface of one of the halves. The halves have grooves to protect the link from breaking during winding. A pair of guide tubes and the mandrel including the fiber optic link are positioned in the drogue with the tubes tangent to the mandrel to ensure that there is no obstruction. A second half of the mandrel features arresting teeth that interfaces with recesses threaded winding knobs to prevent unwinding. A circumferential fin assists with inducing drag of the drogue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael M Gifford, Frank S LiVolski, Zachary A Whittaker
  • Publication number: 20190056386
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods for treating cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction using dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors. Also provided are methods for increasing natriuretic peptide function by administering one or more analogues of B type natriuretic peptide that provide increased stability in the presence of prolyl-specific dipeptidyl peptidases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: ALERE SAN DIEGO, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Whittaker, Kenneth F. Buechler
  • Patent number: 9977013
    Abstract: Methods for improving immunoassays, and in particular, assays for B-Type natriuretic peptide analogues resistant to prolyl-specific dipeptidyl degradation are provided wherein one or more antibodies are selected such that the one or more antibodies detect a biologically active form of a natriuretic peptide of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ALERE SAN DIEGO, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Whittaker, Kenneth F. Buechler
  • Publication number: 20170138932
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods for treating cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction using dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors. Also provided are methods for increasing natriuretic peptide function by administering one or more analogues of B type natriuretic peptide that provide increased stability in the presence of prolyl-specific dipeptidyl peptidases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: ALERE SAN DIEGO, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Whittaker
  • Publication number: 20150297666
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods for treating cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction using dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors. Also provided are methods for increasing natriuretic peptide function by administering one or more analogues of B type natriuretic peptide that provide increased stability in the presence of prolyl-specific dipeptidyl peptidases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael A. WHITTAKER
  • Patent number: 8840339
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for remediation of sites contaminated with metals such as former industrial sites and mines. In particular the invention provides a process for site remediation comprising the steps of: (a) adding metal-binding particles to a site containing one or more metal contaminants such that at least some of the one or metal contaminants are sequestered by the particles, and (b) populating the site with plants. The use of the particles of the present invention in association with plants, and microbiota associated with the plant roots can achieve sustainable phytostabilization of contaminated sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Queensland
    Inventors: Laurence Suzanne Rosa Rossato, Michael Monteiro, Michael Whittaker, Thomas Baumgartl, David Doley, Alex Pudmenzky, Susanne Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110182670
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for remediation of sites contaminated with metals such as former industrial sites and mines. In particular the invention provides a process for site remediation comprising the steps of: (a) adding metal-binding particles to a site containing one or more metal contaminants such that at least some of the one or metal contaminants are sequestered by the particles, and (b) populating the site with plants. The use of the particles of the present invention in association with plants, and microbiota associated with the plant roots can achieve sustainable phytostabilisation of contaminated sites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
    Inventors: Laurence Suzanne Rosa Rossato, Michael Monteiro, Michael Whittaker, Thomas Baumgartl, David Doley, Alex Pudmenzky, Susanne Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100324455
    Abstract: The present invention provides orthotic devices for use in managing the treatment and prevention of lower extremity injuries, including foot ulcers. In various aspects, the present invention provides foot-worn orthotics which provide for improved compliance monitoring, and methods of their manufacture and use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: LASERCURE SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Paulo RANGEL, Charles G. SIPES, JR., Michael A. WHITTAKER, Craig Steven GUNTHER
  • Publication number: 20090275512
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods for treating cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction using dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors. Also provided are methods for increasing natriuretic peptide function by administering one or more analogues of B type natriuretic peptide that provide increased stability in the presence of prolyl-specific dipeptidyl peptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Biosite Incorporated
    Inventor: MICHAEL WHITTAKER
  • Publication number: 20080045444
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods for treating cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction using dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors. Also provided are methods for increasing natriuretic peptide function by administering one or more analogues of B type natriuretic peptide that provide increased stability in the presence of prolyl-specific dipeptidyl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Whittaker
  • Patent number: 6858309
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved methods for conducting living/controlled polymerization on polymeric solid supports. The improved methods allow polymerization to occur directly from the non-functionalized surface of a bulk support. In addition, polymerization may be re-initiated to provide co-polymers. The disclosed methods may employ the non-nitroxide-based RAFT and ATRP control agents that allow controlled polymerization to proceed at relatively low temperatures (<80° C.). Furthermore, these improved methods may provide graft polymers with decreased levels of “in-growth” of the bulk solid support. The invention also provides substrate polymers, with improved properties for solid phase synthesis and diagnostic applications, which may be made by the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Polymerat Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Kambouris, Michael Whittaker, Tom Davis, Idriss Blakey, Gary M. Day
  • Publication number: 20040236027
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a polymer having co-continuous architecture. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a single or plurality of polymer layers in polymeric, co-polymeric, hybrid or blend formation comprising at least one polymer layer having co-continuous architecture. The co-continuous architecture of the one or more polymers permits or otherwise facilitates accessibility of functional groups to an external environment or at least one polymeric layer. The accessible, i.e. co-continuous, nature of the functional groups, in or on the one or more polymers facilitates solid phase chemical processes, chromatography and ion exchange applications. The one or more polymers may also be used as a solid support for a range of diagnostic applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Joe Maeji, Firas Rasoul, Peter Kambouris, Liying Shao, Michael Whittaker
  • Publication number: 20040176914
    Abstract: The present invention describes compositions and methods designed to determine the presence or amount of biologically active natriuretic peptides, or their fragments, in a sample. The degradation of natriuretic peptides is an ongoing process that may be a function of, inter alia, the elapsed time between onset of an event triggering natriuretic peptide release into the tissues and the time the sample is obtained or analyzed; the quantity of proteolytic enzymes present; etc. This degradation can produce circulating amounts of natriuretic peptides having reduced or lost biological function. The present invention provides, inter alia, assays designed to accurately measure biologically active natriuretic peptides, and compositions to inhibit a previously unknown pathway for degradation of natriuretic peptides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Applicant: Biosite Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Buechler, Michael Whittaker
  • Publication number: 20030088028
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved methods for conducting living/controlled polymerization on polymeric solid supports. The improved methods allow polymerization to occur directly from the non-functionalized surface of a bulk support. In addition, polymerization may be re-initiated to provide co-polymers. The disclosed methods may employ the non-nitroxide-based RAFT and ATRP control agents that allow controlled polymerization to proceed at relatively low temperatures (<80° C.). Furthermore, these improved methods may provide graft polymers with decreased levels of “in-growth” of the bulk solid support. The invention also provides substrate polymers, with improved properties for solid phase synthesis and diagnostic applications, which may be made by the disclosed methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Peter Kambouris, Michael Whittaker, Tom Davis, Idriss Blakey, Gary M. Day
  • Publication number: 20030022994
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to polymers, including substrate polymers and hybrid polymers, having co-continuous architecture. The co-continuous architecture of the polymers of the present invention facilitates accessibility of functional groups to an external environment thereby making the polymers useful for a number of applications including solid phase chemistry, chromatography, and diagnostics. The present invention provides a number of methods for generating substrate polymers and hybrid polymers having co-continuous architecture including methods of grafting and macroporous formulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Joe Maeji, Firas Rasoul, Peter Kambouris, Liying Shao, Michael Whittaker
  • Patent number: 5727503
    Abstract: A new Portable Cooling Kennel System for maintaining the temperature within a pet's kennel below a desired level thereby allowing the pet to travel with the owner on long trips, more particularly on airplane flights. The inventive device includes a typical kennel structure comprising a ventilation system, a sliding ice tray slidably projecting within the lower portion of the kennel structure, and at least one ice cartridge storage body for storing ice for cooling of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Michael A. Whittaker
  • Jug
    Patent number: D670526
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Air New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Street, Kent Diggs, Michael Whittaker, Paul Bernard Mitchell