Patents by Inventor Paul J. Smith

Paul J. 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: 10561426
    Abstract: A bone cutting guide may include a support that contains a shaft movable relative to the support. The shaft may carry a guide member having one or more cut guides through which a clinician inserts a cutting member to cut bone positioned under the guide cut guides. In operation, a clinician may fixate the support of the bone cutting guide to a bone and translate the guide member until the one or more cut guides are positioned at a desired cut location. The clinician may then perform a cut through the cut guide. In some examples, the bone cutting guide includes additional components, such as bridging member or secondary cut guide, to provide additional functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dayton, Robert D. Santrock, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe William Ferguson, F. Barry Bays, John T. Treace
  • Patent number: 10551051
    Abstract: A cabinet and a kit for retrofitting a cabinet are disclosed. The cabinet includes a stationary box, at least one moveable wing attached to the stationary box and configured to open and close relative to the stationary box. The at least one moveable wing includes at least one of a door hinged to the stationary box or a drawer mounted via slide actuators to the stationary box. The cabinet also includes a reed switch attached to the stationary box, a magnet attached to the at least one moveable wing, and at least one light emitting diode (LED) fixture installed within the stationary box. Opening the at least one wing separates the reed switch from the magnet and permits current to flow to the at least one LED fixture to illuminate at least an interior portion of the stationary box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hafele America Co.
    Inventors: Paul K. Smith, Jeffery R. Ratkus, Lucas J. Vermeer, Nicholas Klietsch, Nina Gueorguieva, Ronald Mann
  • Publication number: 20200029977
    Abstract: A bone cutting guide may include a support that contains a shaft movable relative to the support. The shaft may carry a guide member having one or more cut guides through which a clinician inserts a cutting member to cut bone positioned under the guide cut guides. In operation, a clinician may fixate the support of the bone cutting guide to a bone and translate the guide member until the one or more cut guides are positioned at a desired cut location. The clinician may then perform a cut through the cut guide. In some examples, the bone cutting guide includes additional components, such as bridging member or secondary cut guide, to provide additional functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Dayton, Robert D. Santrock, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe William Ferguson, F. Barry Bays, John T. Treace
  • Patent number: 10545007
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a rapid adjust buckle for a rifle sling. The buckle can include a main buckle portion with a pair of side portions and a handle portion extending between the pair of side portions and over the main buckle portion to define a handle aperture. In various embodiments the handle portion and the main buckle portion are a unitary piece composed of a polymer material with the handle portion being flexibly biased towards an uncompressed open shape such that the handle portion is configured to compress against the main buckle portion in response to a compressing force but return to the uncompressed open shape when the compressing force is relieved. In one or more embodiments the handle portion includes a plurality of jointed connection points configured to flatten the profile of the handle portion when the handle portion is exposed to the compressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Troy E. Lance, Robert J. Meinert, Paul N. Smith, Clif Hampel
  • Publication number: 20200024309
    Abstract: Provided herein are antibacterial compounds, wherein the compounds in some embodiments have broad spectrum bioactivity. In various embodiments, the compounds act by inhibition of bacterial type 1 signal peptidase (SpsB), an essential protein in bacteria. Pharmaceutical compositions and methods for treatment using the compounds described herein are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Andrew SMITH, Tucker Curran ROBERTS, Robert I. HIGUCHI, Prasuna PARASELLI, Michael F. T. KOEHLER, Jacob Bradley SCHWARZ, James John CRAWFORD, Cuong Q. LY, Emily J. HANAN, Huiyong HU, Yongsheng CHEN, Zhiyong YU, Paul Colin Michael WINSHIP, Calum McCleod, Toby Blench
  • Publication number: 20200027458
    Abstract: An electronic device with a microphone, a speaker, a processor, and a power tool battery pack connectable to and powering the speaker and the processor. The electronic device has software that can cause the processor to perform operations which can cause the electronic device to operate in first and second modes. While the electronic device is operating in the first mode, the device can generate first audio data representing user speech captured by the microphone which can be analyzed by the electronic device or a remote server. The electronic device can switch from operating in the first mode to operating in a second mode, where the electronic device can receive, second audio data from another electronic device. The electronic device can then output, using the speaker, audible content represented by the second audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Torok, Danh T. Trinh, Daniele C. Brotto, Matthew Ian Barrett, Geoffrey S. Howard, Edward D. Smith, Paul S. White
  • Patent number: 10537986
    Abstract: A tracking-enabled extended-reach tool system acting upon a workpiece. The tool system includes a gimbal positioned adjacent an opening in a surface, a sensor system, a computer control, and a display. The extended-reach arm has a first end, a second end, an end effector including a tool adjacent the first end. The extended-reach arm engages the gimbal for relative rotational movement and relative slidable movement through the opening positioning the end effector and the tool on a side of the surface opposite the second end. The sensor system is configured to measure a linear position of the extended-reach arm relative to the gimbal. The computer control receives signals from the sensor system indicative of the linear position of the extended-reach arm relative to the gimbal. The display is connected to the computer control and displays a representation of the workpiece and the tool relative to each other in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Paul S. Rutherford, Nathan R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10537410
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for extracting a broken fragment of a dental abutment screw from a dental implant. One system includes an extractor tool having a tubular outer body and a conductor positioned within the tubular outer body, and an applicator that receives and end of the extractor tool and also includes a heating element that converts electrical energy into heat that is conducted to the extractor tool to melt a thermoplastic adhesive in a cavity at the distal end of the extractor tool, such that the melted thermoplastic adhesive can conform to and engage with a broken fragment of a dental abutment screw within a dental implant when the adhesive cools. The extractor tool can then be rotated to unscrew the broken fragment from the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Steve J. Kukunas, Ashley Smoots, Hannah M. Smith, Paul Kukunas, Fanying Sun, Tyler Hughes
  • Publication number: 20200017623
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to compositions, methods of applying such compositions, and methods for curing such compositions to a depth of cure of up to about 30 mm within about 0.5 second to about two minutes per light exposure area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Sheng Ye, Ying Lin, Michael E. Griffin, Dennis R. Keicher, Jay S. Schlechte, Paul J. Homnick, Richard S. Smith, Thomas P. Klun, Richard J. Pokorny, Steven Y. Yu, Patricia M. Savu, Michael A. Kropp, Ian Dailey, Charlie P. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 10521758
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention includes system and methods for the continued operation of a carrier management system having one or more user terminals that normally communicate with at least one data center over a network (online), when the one or more user terminals are unable to communicate with the data center (offline). Once communication is re-established between the one or more user terminal and the data center, local files and data on the user terminals that were used to rate and ship packages while offline are synchronized between the one or more user terminals and the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Bennett, Paul A. Bilibin, Mark A. Bjerke, Lynn S. Goldhaber, Hsiangwen S. Hu, Lory E. Moon, Jinyue Liu, Paul R. McLaughlin, Reichie R. Nelson, Charles D. Mentzer, Matthew J. Smith, William W. Smith, III
  • Publication number: 20190383482
    Abstract: A cabinet and a kit for retrofitting a cabinet are disclosed. The cabinet includes a stationary box, at least one moveable wing attached to the stationary box and configured to open and close relative to the stationary box. The at least one moveable wing includes at least one of a door hinged to the stationary box or a drawer mounted via slide actuators to the stationary box. The cabinet also includes a reed switch attached to the stationary box, a magnet attached to the at least one moveable wing, and at least one light emitting diode (LED) fixture installed within the stationary box. Opening the at least one wing separates the reed switch from the magnet and permits current to flow to the at least one LED fixture to illuminate at least an interior portion of the stationary box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Hafele America Co.
    Inventors: Paul K. Smith, Jeffery R. Ratkus, Lucas J. Vermeer, Nicholas Klietsch, Nina Gueorguieva, Ronald Mann
  • Publication number: 20190360543
    Abstract: A shield assembly is employed for a friction brake used to decelerate a road wheel of a vehicle. The vehicle has a body with a first body end configured to face an incident ambient airflow, a second body end opposite of the first body end, and an underbody section spanning a distance between the first and second ends. The shield assembly includes a first shield component arranged proximate the brake and rotationally fixed relative to the vehicle body. The shield assembly also includes a second shield component operatively connected to the first shield component for shifting relative thereto. The shield assembly additionally includes an actuator employing a shape memory alloy element to shift the second shield component relative to the first shield component in response to a temperature of the brake to thereby direct at least a portion of the airflow to the brake and control temperature thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Skurkis, Paul W. Alexander, Anthony L. Smith, David Begleiter, Mark T. Riefe, Steven J. Weber
  • Publication number: 20190352674
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for increasing the yield of an extracellular product synthesized by an organism cultured in a continuous aerobic fermentation system. The extracellular product yield is increased through the use of an organism modified to decreased production of polyhydroxyalkanoate, to increase production of the extracellular product, and to include promoters that can be inducible in response to nutrient limitation conditions. The extracellular product yield is also increased by operating the continuous fermentation system under particular nutrient limitation conditions. Also provided are non-naturally occurring organisms that have been modified for use with the provided methods, and extracellular products made using the provided methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Brett FOSTER, Cristina Serrano AMATRIAIN, Gary J. Smith, Paul Sheldon Pearlman, Mark Paul Taylor, Jonathan Combe, Daniel Bawdon
  • Publication number: 20190343972
    Abstract: Provided herein are novel 10Fn3 domains which specifically bind to PD-L1, as well as imaging agents based on the same for diagnostics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Paul E. Morin, David Donnelly, Dasa Lipovsek, Jochem Gokemeijer, Maria N. Jure-Kunkel, David Fabrizio, Martin C. Wright, Douglas Dischino, Samuel J. Bonacorsi, JR., Ralph Adam Smith, Virginie Lafont, Daniel Cohen
  • Publication number: 20190338320
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for generating cellular biomass in continuous aerobic fermentation systems. The biomass yield, and the concentration of polyhydroxyalkanoate within the biomass, are each directed to advantageous levels by operating the continuous fermentation system under particular nutrient limitation conditions. Also provided are biomass produced using the provided methods, and animal feed compositions including the provided biomass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Brett FOSTER, Cristina Serrano AMATRIAIN, Gary J. Smith, Paul Sheldon Pearlman, Mark Paul Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190328435
    Abstract: A technique for correcting a bone deformity, such as a bunion, may be performed using a fulcrum. In some examples, the technique involves inserting a fulcrum between a first metatarsal that is anatomically misaligned with respect to a second metatarsal. The technique further includes preparing an end of the first metatarsal and preparing an end of a medial cuneiform opposing the end of the first metatarsal. In addition, a distal portion of the first metatarsal is moved toward the second metatarsal in a transverse plane, thereby pivoting a proximal portion of the first metatarsal about the fulcrum and reducing an intermetatarsal angle between the first metatarsal and the second metatarsal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: F. Barry Bays, Robert D. Santrock, Paul Dayton, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe William Ferguson, John T. Treace
  • Publication number: 20190328436
    Abstract: A technique for correcting a bone deformity, such as a bunion, may be performed using a fulcrum. In some examples, the technique involves inserting a fulcrum between a first metatarsal that is anatomically misaligned with respect to a second metatarsal. The technique further includes preparing an end of the first metatarsal and preparing an end of a medial cuneiform opposing the end of the first metatarsal. In addition, a distal portion of the first metatarsal is moved toward the second metatarsal in a transverse plane, thereby pivoting a proximal portion of the first metatarsal about the fulcrum and reducing an intermetatarsal angle between the first metatarsal and the second metatarsal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: F. Barry Bays, Robert D. Santrock, Paul Dayton, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe William Ferguson, John T. Treace
  • Publication number: 20190328451
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an instrument may include a sheath having a distal end. The instrument also may include a fluid cannula at the distal end of the sheath. The instrument also may include a cutting electrode at the distal end of the sheath. At least one of: (i) an exterior surface of the fluid cannula, and (ii) a cutting electrode surface that faces the exterior surface, is longitudinally slidable along the other of the exterior surface and the cutting electrode surface during movement of at least one of the cutting electrode and the fluid cannula relative to the other of the cutting electrode and the fluid cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. SMITH, Jose GARCIA-CORDERO, Kevin James MCELWEE, Ramon ESTEVEZ, Allyn Narcisse JENSRUD, Irina PYATAEVA, Samuel Raybin, Mingxiang XU
  • Patent number: D869594
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Troy E. Lance, Robert J. Meinert, Paul N. Smith, Clif Hampel
  • Patent number: D871057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Troy E. Lance, Liam Yarbrough, Robert Kincaid, Paul N. Smith, Christopher J. Michael