Patents by Inventor Mike A. Mills

Mike A. Mills 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: 20150208983
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for non-invasive determination of attributes of human tissue by quantitative infrared spectroscopy to clinically relevant levels of precision and accuracy. The system includes subsystems optimized to contend with the complexities of the tissue spectrum, high signal- to-noise ratio and photometric accuracy requirements, tissue sampling errors, calibration maintenance problems, and calibration transfer problems. The subsystems include an illumination/modulation subsystem, a tissue sampling subsystem, a calibration maintenance subsystem, an FTIR spectrometer subsystem, a data acquisition subsystem, and a computing subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2010
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben Ver Steeg, Mike Mills, Bentley Laaksonen
  • Publication number: 20150182151
    Abstract: An optical probe for non-invasively measuring an analyte property in a biological sample of a subject, comprises a plurality of illumination fibers that deliver source light from an optical probe input to a sample interface, a plurality of collection fibers that deliver light returned from the sample interface to an optical probe output, and wherein the illumination and collection fibers are oriented substantially perpendicular to the sample interface and the illumination and collection fibers are stacked in a plurality of linear rows to provide a stack of fibers arranged in a rectangular pattern. The optical probe is amenable to manufacturing on a scale consistent with a commercial product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben Ver Steeg, Mike Mills
  • Patent number: 8670814
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Patent number: 8229533
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20120123278
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Patent number: 8174394
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for noninvasive determination of analyte properties of human tissue by quantitative infrared spectroscopy to clinically relevant levels of precision and accuracy. The system includes subsystems optimized to contend with the complexities of the tissue spectrum, high signal-to-noise ratio and photometric accuracy requirements, tissue sampling errors, calibration maintenance problems, and calibration transfer problems. The subsystems can include an illumination/modulation subsystem, a tissue sampling subsystem, a data acquisition subsystem, a computing subsystem, and a calibration subsystem. The invention can provide analyte property determination and identity determination or verification from the same spectroscopic information, making unauthorized use or misleading results less likely than in systems that use separate analyte and identity determinations. The invention can be used to control and monitor individuals accessing controlled environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: TruTouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben ver Steeg, Mike Mills, Bentley Laaksonen, James McNally, John Maynard, Russell Abbink
  • Publication number: 20110282167
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for non-invasive determination of attributes of human tissue by quantitative infrared spectroscopy to clinically relevant levels of precision and accuracy. The system includes subsystems optimized to contend with the complexities of the tissue spectrum, high signal- to-noise ratio and photometric accuracy requirements, tissue sampling errors, calibration maintenance problems, and calibration transfer problems. The subsystems include an illumination/modulation subsystem, a tissue sampling subsystem, a calibration maintenance subsystem, an FTIR spectrometer subsystem, a data acquisition subsystem, and a computing subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben Ver Steeg, Mike Mills, Bentley Laaksonen
  • Publication number: 20110178420
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide methods and apparatuses for improving the performance and utility of breath alcohol measurements through the use of multivariate spectroscopy. In some embodiments, the spectroscopic breath measurement can be combined with multivariate spectroscopic tissue alcohol and/or tissue biometric measurements in order to overcome the limitations encountered by existing breath alcohol measurement devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Bill Kardeen, Bentley Laaksonen, Ben Ver Steeg, James McNally, Mike Mills
  • Patent number: 7848605
    Abstract: An optical probe for non-invasively measuring an analyte property in a biological sample of a subject, comprises a plurality of illumination fibers that deliver source light from an optical probe input to a sample interface, a plurality of collection fibers that deliver light returned from the sample interface to an optical probe output, and wherein the illumination and collection fibers are oriented substantially perpendicular to the sample interface and the illumination and collection fibers are stacked in a plurality of linear rows to provide a stack of fibers arranged in a rectangular pattern. The optical probe is amenable to manufacturing on a scale consistent with a commercial product. Methods of making such probes are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: TruTouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben ver Steeg, Mike Mills
  • Publication number: 20100010325
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for noninvasive determination of analyte properties of human tissue by quantitative infrared spectroscopy to clinically relevant levels of precision and accuracy. The system includes subsystems optimized to contend with the complexities of the tissue spectrum, high signal-to-noise ratio and photometric accuracy requirements, tissue sampling errors, calibration maintenance problems, and calibration transfer problems. The subsystems can include an illumination/modulation subsystem, a tissue sampling subsystem, a data acquisition subsystem, a computing subsystem, and a calibration subsystem. The invention can provide analyte property determination and identity determination or verification from the same spectroscopic information, making unauthorized use or misleading results less likely than in systems that use separate analyte and identity determinations. The invention can be used to control and monitor individuals accessing controlled environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben ver Steeg, James McNally, John Maynard, Russell Abbink, Mike Mills, Bentley Laaksonen
  • Publication number: 20090143657
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Patent number: 7483730
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20090003764
    Abstract: An optical probe for non-invasively measuring an analyte property in a biological sample of a subject, comprises a plurality of illumination fibers that deliver source light from an optical probe input to a sample interface, a plurality of collection fibers that deliver light returned from the sample interface to an optical probe output, and wherein the illumination and collection fibers are oriented substantially perpendicular to the sample interface and the illumination and collection fibers are stacked in a plurality of linear rows to provide a stack of fibers arranged in a rectangular pattern. The optical probe is amenable to manufacturing on a scale consistent with a commercial product. Methods of making such probes are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben ver Steeg, Mike Mills
  • Publication number: 20080319286
    Abstract: An optical probe for non-invasively measuring an analyte property in a biological sample of a subject, comprises a plurality of illumination fibers that deliver source light from an optical probe input to a sample interface, a plurality of collection fibers that deliver light returned from the sample interface to an optical probe output, and wherein the illumination and collection fibers are oriented substantially perpendicular to the sample interface and the illumination and collection fibers are stacked in a plurality of linear rows to provide a stack of fibers arranged in a rectangular pattern. The optical probe is amenable to manufacturing on a scale consistent with a commercial product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Trent Ridder, Ben ver Steeg, Mike Mills
  • Patent number: 7132641
    Abstract: A noninvasive optical probe has an electrical connector for connecting the optical probe to a cable connector. According to one embodiment, the electrical connector includes a durable flexible tab suspended between the housing of the optical probe and a protective cover. The electrical connector also advantageously forms, according to various embodiments, a flexible, plugable, lockable, removable, and sealable electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Christian E. Schulz, Ammar Al-Ali, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20050043600
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David Tobler, Thomas Gerhardt, Eugene Mason, Mike Mills
  • Patent number: 6813511
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to reduce the effect of ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Patent number: 6792300
    Abstract: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to securely affix the probe onto the patient. In addition, the surface of the probe is specially constructed to minimize light piping effects. Furthermore, a flex circuit acts as a spring to absorb shock which may misalign the emitter and detector. One embodiment of the adult probe includes a cushioning pocket formed for a fingertip to align the probe and to absorb motion of the probe due to contact. The neonatal probe is formed with a unique V-configuration which provides multiple advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Diab, Esmaiel Kiani-Azarbayjany, David R. Tobler, Thomas J. Gerhardt, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20030162414
    Abstract: A noninvasive optical probe has an electrical connector for connecting the optical probe to a cable connector. According to one embodiment, the electrical connector includes a durable flexible tab suspended between the housing of the optical probe and a protective cover. The electrical connector also advantageously forms, according to various embodiments, a flexible, plugable, lockable, removable, and sealable electrical connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Christian E. Schulz, Ammar Al-Ali, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills
  • Patent number: 6541756
    Abstract: The invention is a noninvasive optical probe having an electrical connector for connecting the optical probe to a cable connector. According to one embodiment, the electrical connector includes a durable flexible tab suspended between the housing of the optical probe and a protective cover. The electrical connector also advantageously forms, according to various embodiments, a flexible, plugable, lockable, removable, and sealable electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Christian E. Schulz, Ammar Al-Ali, Eugene E. Mason, Mike A. Mills