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: 11994362
    Abstract: A holster for receiving and withdrawing a handgun having two active restraints and a dust cover. The holster further has a lockout button assembly comprising an elongated member having a lockout button portion on a proximal end and a blocking portion on a distal end, wherein the lockout button assembly is configured to be slidingly mounted to a housing for manual movement of the lockout button assembly between a protrusion portion blocking position and a protrusion portion non-blocking position, wherein the blocking portion is configured to block rotation of the protrusion portion and the thumb button when in the blocking position, and wherein the blocking portion is configured to allow rotation of the protrusion portion and the thumb button when in the non-blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Daniel Sereday, Christopher J. Michael, Troy E. Lance
  • Patent number: 11974718
    Abstract: Various systems and methods may guide, support, and/or house instruments. One exemplary system includes a guide tube having a manipulation section and mated with rails carrying instrument control members. Moving the rails with respect to the guide tube, or another point of reference, can control movement of the manipulation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Weitzner, Paul J. Smith, John B. Golden, Brian J. Intoccia, Naroun Suon, Katie Krueger, Brian Tinkham, Michal Weisman, Brett A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 11972680
    Abstract: Table top sanitizer dispenser bottle bases are disclosed herein. An exemplary table top sanitizer dispenser bottle base includes a movable upper housing, the upper moveable housing has a floor with an aperture located therein and a peripheral wall. The top sanitizer dispenser bottle includes a lower stationary housing. The upper movable housing is connected to the lower stationary housing and is configured to move linearly upward and downward with respect to lower stationary. One or more biasing members bias the upper movable housing upward. A switch is included and the upper movable housing has an engagement member or surface for actuating the switch upon downward movement of the upper movable housing. At least one of a visual indicator and an audible indicator are also included. Control circuitry is provided for activating the one or more of a visual indicator and audible indicator when the engagement member actuates the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Marshall, Mark T. Smith, Paul J. Brown, Aaron R. Reynolds, Joseph S. Kanfer, Shelby Jay Buell, Eugene W. Ray
  • Publication number: 20240115271
    Abstract: Instruments and surgical techniques may be used to correct a bone deformity, such as a bunion in which a metatarsal is misaligned with respect to a medial cuneiform. In some examples, a bone cutting guide is utilized to cut an end of the metatarsal and/or an end of the medial cuneiform to facilitate realignment of the bones. The cutting guide can have a pivotable cut guide surface along which a cutting instrument is translated to provide a precise bone cut. In some applications, after suitably preparing and aligning the bones, the bones are compressed together using a fixation pin. The fixation pin can be driven through one of the bones, into the second bone, and then further driven to compress the bones together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2023
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Inventors: Daniel J. Hatch, Joe W. Ferguson, Paul Dayton, W. Bret Smith, Lowell Weil, F. Barry Bays
  • Patent number: 11950819
    Abstract: A bone positioning guide may include a main body member, a shaft, and a bone engagement member. The shaft can be movably connected to the main body member and have the bone engagement member rotatably coupled to its distal end. The bone engagement member can have a surface configured to engage a bone. The main body member can also include a tip opposite the bone engagement member for engaging a second bone. In use, the bone engagement member may be positioned in contact with a medial side of a first metatarsal while the tip is positioned in contact with a lateral side of a different metatarsal, such as a second metatarsal. The shaft can then be moved to advance the bone engagement member toward the tip, causing realignment of the first metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Bret Smith, Paul Dayton, Sean F. Scanlan, F. Barry Bays, Carlos Eduardo Gil, John T. Treace, Robert D. Santrock, Daniel J. Hatch, Joe W. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11952075
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosed embodiments, an apparatus for a vehicle includes a locking plate configured to be coupled to a first shaft of a suspension rod. A housing is configured to be coupled to a second shaft of the suspension rod that moves relative to the first shaft. The housing extends along a first longitudinal axis. A pin is configured to rotate about a second longitudinal axis. A locking mechanism is configured to lock the pin in starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Turn 14 Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Smith, Paul Perebijnos, Scott Boyer
  • Publication number: 20240094479
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and method for deploying a fiber optic network. Distribution devices are used to index fibers within the system to ensure that live fibers are provided at output locations throughout the system. In an example, fibers can be indexed in multiple directions within the system. In an example, fibers can be stored and deployed form storage spools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kmit, Thomas Parsons, Erik J. Gronvall, Douglas C. Ellens, Panayiotis Toundas, Timothy G. Badar, Trevor D. Smith, Thomas G. LeBlanc, Todd Loeffelholz
  • Publication number: 20240081843
    Abstract: Systems, techniques, and devices are described that may be used in a minimally invasive bone realignment procedure. In some examples, a method of performing a minimally invasive metatarsal correction procedure involves using a bone preparation guide having a guide surface with a length less than a diameter of a bone to be cut using the guide surface. The clinician can guide a bone preparation instrument along the guide surface and angle the bone preparation instrument beyond one or both ends of the guide surface to cut the end of the underlying bone beyond one or both of the ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Adriaan Kuyler, Paul Dayton, Mark Erik Easley, William T. DeCarbo, Daniel J. Hatch, Jody McAleer, Robert D. Santrock, W. Bret Smith, Sean F. Scanlan, Jason May, Michael Stedham
  • Patent number: 11911085
    Abstract: Methods for temporarily fixing an orientation of a bone or bones. Methods of correcting a bunion deformity. Bone positioning devices. Methods of using a bone positioning device. Bone preparation guides. Methods of using a bone preparation guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Santrock, Paul Dayton, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, F. Barry Bays, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe W. Ferguson, John T. Treace
  • Patent number: 11890085
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an implantable medical device may include an anchor assembly configured to anchor the medical device to a body lumen. The implantable medical device may also include a capsule. The capsule may include a pH sensor. The pH sensor may be configured to measure a pH of contents within the body lumen. The capsule may also include a power source, a controller, and an impedance sensor. The impedance sensor may be configured to measure an impedance within the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Duval, Paul J. Smith, Michael Y. Ko
  • Publication number: 20240032909
    Abstract: A suture device for use in combination with a delivery system including a lumen extending through the delivery system includes a needle usable to carry a suture, a distal shuttle configured to releasably secure the needle, a sleeve disposable over the distal shuttle, the distal shuttle movable relative to the sleeve between a locked position in which the needle is locked to the distal shuttle and an unlocked position in which the needle is releasable from the distal shuttle. The suture device includes a distal assembly including an elongate tool guide movable between a deployment configuration in which the elongate tool guide is substantially parallel with the distal assembly and a working configuration in which the elongate tool guide curves away from the distal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: RYAN V. WALES, PAUL J. SMITH, SCOTT E. BRECHBIEL, KEVIN L. BAGLEY
  • Patent number: 11812944
    Abstract: A suture device for use in combination with a delivery system including a lumen extending through the delivery system includes a needle usable to carry a suture, a distal shuttle configured to releasably secure the needle, a sleeve disposable over the distal shuttle, the distal shuttle movable relative to the sleeve between a locked position in which the needle is locked to the distal shuttle and an unlocked position in which the needle is releasable from the distal shuttle. The suture device includes a distal assembly including an elongate tool guide movable between a deployment configuration in which the elongate tool guide is substantially parallel with the distal assembly and a working configuration in which the elongate tool guide curves away from the distal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan V. Wales, Paul J. Smith, Scott E. Brechbiel, Kevin L. Bagley
  • Patent number: 11717292
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a tissue fastening device may include a handle assembly including at least two actuators. The tissue fastening device may also include a first body extending distally from the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis. The tissue fastening device may also include a fastening device coupled to a distal end of the first body. The fastening device may include a longitudinal body including a channel, a cartridge configured to include a plurality of fasteners, a longitudinal channel configured to receive a device for cutting tissue, an anvil rotatable relative to the cartridge, and a fastener actuator. The fastener actuator may be coupled to one actuator of the at least two actuators and configured to move proximally relative to the cartridge to deploy the plurality of fasteners from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Smith, Ramon Estevez, Allyn Narcisse Jensrud, Laura Christakis, Alec Orlofsky, Mingxiang Xu, Samuel Raybin, Daniel Peter, John B. Golden
  • Patent number: 11712150
    Abstract: Described herein are various method of using a direct drive system to perform procedures at a distance. One exemplary method include tying a knot or suturing at a distance with a first and second end effector. The direct drive system can enable sufficient end effector dexterity, including the ability to control various degrees of freedom of end effector movement, and allow a user to perform complicated task at a distance. In one aspect the direct drive system includes flexible tools that permit access to surgical site via a natural orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Smith, Barry Weitzner, Kurt Geitz
  • Patent number: 11553959
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a medical system may include an instrument including an end effector for acting as a monopolar electrode. The end effector may be configured to be positioned in a body of a subject and emit radiofrequency energy towards a target area in the body. The medical system may further include a return electrode. The return electrode may be deliverable within the body proximate the target area and separately from the instrument and the monopolar electrode. The return electrode may be configured to contact tissue in the body proximate the target area and receive radiofrequency energy emitted from the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingxiang Xu, Samuel Raybin, Paul J. Smith, Kevin James McElwee
  • Patent number: 11549573
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an epicyclic gear mechanism that includes a primary differential assembly to selectively drive the fore secondary differential assembly and the aft secondary differential assembly. The fore secondary differential assembly selectively drives one or more fore interfaces (e.g., output gears), whereas the aft secondary differential assembly selectively drives one or more aft interfaces (e.g., output gears). Each of the primary differential assembly, the fore and aft secondary differential assemblies, and the interfaces rotate about a common central axis. The primary differential assembly drives the fore secondary differential assembly via a first sun gear, and drives the aft secondary differential assembly via a second sun gear, both of which rotate about the common central axis. Further, one or more actuators are to activate or deactivate in order to drive or be driven by a selected interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Romana, Charles A. Crouch, Mariusz Kuczaj, Paul J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220257096
    Abstract: Various systems and methods may guide, support, and/or house instruments. One exemplary system includes a guide tube having a manipulation section and mated with rails carrying instrument control members. Moving the rails with respect to the guide tube, or another point of reference, can control movement of the manipulation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry WEITZNER, Paul J. SMITH, John B. GOLDEN, Brian J. INTOCCIA, Naroun SUON, Katie KRUEGER, Brian TINKHAM, Michal WEISMAN, Brett A. KRUEGER
  • Patent number: D1022789
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Troy E. Lance, Oscar C. Woods, Daniel D. Sereday, Christopher J. Michael
  • Patent number: D1023559
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sereday, Troy E. Lance, Christopher J. Michael, Paul N. Smith, Justin Hoffman
  • Patent number: D1023829
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Troy E. Lance, Oscar C. Woods, Daniel D. Sereday, Christopher J. Michael