Patents by Inventor Peter Schiff

Peter Schiff 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: 20210114737
    Abstract: An air conditioning system that is designed to be retroactively added to, and removed from, an existing aircraft, vehicle, boat or similar confined space. The air conditioning system includes a cooler module that is carried into a first compartment to circulate and cool the air. The cooler module contains a condenser, an evaporator and a compressor. A heat exchanger module is mounted into a vented second compartment. The heat exchanger is capable of exchanging heat with the ambient air. The heat exchanger module is connected to the cooler module with tubes that contain a heat exchanger fluid. In order for the tubes to pass through a compartment barrier, fluid couplings are mounted through the barrier. The tubes connect to the fluid couplings on either side of the barrier. A control unit is provided within the pressurized cabin and/or cockpit for controlling the operations of the cooler module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 9617005
    Abstract: A system and method of altering the air conditioning system in an aircraft so that the air conditioning system is electrically powered rather than engine powered. The aircraft is rid of the air conditioning components that are dedicated to the engine powered system. A new electric compressor, evaporator and condenser blower assembly are then installed. Heat exchanger units are installed in the areas of the aircraft that are to be cooled. The new air conditioning system has two circulatory loops. In a refrigerant loop, refrigerant is circulated between the electric compressor, evaporator and condenser. This cools the evaporator. The evaporator is then used to cool circulating liquid coolant. The coolant is circulated to the heat exchange units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 9481468
    Abstract: An environmental control system for an aircraft. The environmental control system is powered by engine bleed air. A primary turbocharger is provided that includes a first turbine and a first compressor. The first turbine is powered by the engine bleed air. The first compressor draws ambient air and creates a first compressed air supply without ever exposing the first compressed air supply to the engine bleed air. A secondary turbocharger is provided that has a second compressor and an expansion turbine. The second compressor further compresses the first compressed air supply to create a second compressed air supply. A heat exchanger is provided that cools the second compressed air supply to create a cooled compressed air supply. The cooled compressed air supply powers the expansion turbine. This causes the cooled compressed air supply to losing both heat and pressure to become a conditioned air supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 8047903
    Abstract: An emergency pressurization system for an aircraft having an air pump that is powered by bleed air from an engine of the aircraft. Although the air pump is powered by engine bleed air, the air pump draws ambient fresh air from outside the aircraft, compresses the fresh air to a predetermined pressure and pumps compressed fresh air into the pressurized cabin of the aircraft without ever exposing the compressed fresh air to the engine air. The speed of the air pump is selectively controlled as a function of cabin pressure and/or bleed air pressure. In this manner, the cabin is maintained at a constant safe pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 7305842
    Abstract: An environmental control system for an aircraft having an air pump that is powered by bleed air from an engine of the aircraft. Although the air pump is powered by engine bleed air, the air pump draws ambient fresh air from outside the aircraft, compresses the fresh air to a predetermined pressure and pumps compressed fresh air into the pressurized cabin of the aircraft without ever exposing the fresh air to the compressed engine air. To heat the compressed fresh air, heat from the engine bleed air can be transferred to the compressed fresh air with a heat exchanger. However, although heat is exchanged between the engine bleed air and the compressed fresh air, the two flows of air are kept separate and are never mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 5570651
    Abstract: A sailboat is provided with an adjustable mast system in which the base of the mast is pivotally attached to the top deck surface of the sailboat hull. Hydraulic cylinders connected to and integral with the shroud mast support system can vary the effective length of the shrouds, thereby tilting the mast to windward to maintain it in a vertical position while the boat hull is heeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4901707
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon assembly has a balloon whose distal end terminates in a tip and whose proximal end is joined and communicates with the interior of a catheter tube. A slender stylet extends rearwardly from the tip through the balloon and catheter tube. The balloon is arranged so that its longitudinal axis is significantly displaced from the stylet facilitating tight wrapping of the balloon about the stylet in a single spiral. The stylet may be affixed to the balloon and/or the catheter tube. Coupling means for rotating the stylet are provided for removing any undesired twisting experienced by the stylet during wrapping. The balloon is preferably pre-wrapped and is shipped to the user in the pre-wrapped condition. The balloon is retained in the wrapped condition by a removable holder having releasably joined holder halves encircling the wrapped balloon. Heat shrunk plastic sleeves retain the holder halves in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: IABP Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4697573
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon assembly has a balloon whose distal end terminates in a tip and whose proximal end is joined to and communicates with the interior of a catheter tube. A slender stylet extends rearwardly from the tip through the balloon and catheter tube. The balloon is arranged so that its longitudinal axis is significantly displaced from the stylet facilitating tight wrapping of the balloon about the stylet in a single spiral in the same fashion that a flag is wrapped (i.e. "wound") about its supporting flag pole. The stylet may be affixed to the balloon and/or the catheter tube. The balloon is preferably pre-wrapped and is shipped to the user in the pre-wrapped condition. The balloon is retained in the wrapped condition by a removable holder having releasably joined holder halves encircling the wrapped balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: IABP Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4644936
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon assembly has a balloon whose distal end terminates in a tip and whose proximal end is joined and communicates with the interior of a catheter tube. A slender stylet extends rearwardly from the tip through the balloon and catheter tube. The balloon is arranged so that its longitudinal axis is significantly displaced from the stylet facilitating tight wrapping of the balloon about the stylet in a single spiral. The stylet may be affixed to the balloon and/or the catheter tube. Coupling means for rotating the stylet are provided for removing any undesired twisting experienced by the stylet during wrapping. The balloon is preferably pre-wrapped and is shipped to the user in the pre-wrapped condition. The balloon is retained in the wrapped condition by a removable holder having releasably joined holder halves encircling the wrapped balloon. Heat shrunk plastic sleeves retain the holder halves in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: IABP
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4576142
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon assembly has a balloon whose distal end terminates in a tip and whose proximal end is joined and communicates with the interior of a catheter tube. A slender stylet extends rearwardly from the tip through the balloon and catheter tube. The balloon is arranged so that its longitudinal axis is significantly displaced from the stylet facilitating tight wrapping of the balloon about the stylet in a single spiral. The stylet may be affixed to the balloon and/or the catheter tube. Coupling means for rotating the stylet are provided for removing any undesired twisting experienced by the stylet during wrapping. The balloon is preferably pre-wrapped and is shipped to the user in the pre-wrapped condition. The balloon is retained in the wrapped condition by a removable holder having releasably joined holder halves encircling the wrapped balloon. Heat shrunk plastic sleeves retain the holder halves in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4569332
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for treating heart patients employing the coordinated efforts of dispensing and balloon pumping catheters. A balloon pumping catheter is inserted and properly positioned within the aortic arch. The balloon catheter has a lumen through which a dispensing catheter extends. The distal end of the dispensing catheter is guided to the operative position, preferably by means of a guide wire extending through the dispensing catheter. The guide wire is removed prior to a dispensing operation. Measured doses of a medicinal solution, such as, for example, a blood thinner, are periodically dispensed through the dispensing catheter and in coordination with the pumping operation. A single pumping source may be utilized for powering the balloon pumping and dispensing operations. An adjustable delay provided between the source and one of the catheter assemblies provides the proper coordination between the balloon pumping and dispensing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Peter Schiff
    Inventors: Peter Schiff, Cary L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 4552127
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon adapted for percutaneous insertion and having a stylet whose distal end is coupled to an electrode arranged in the tip of the balloon. The stylet extends rearwardly through the balloon and catheter tube and is accessible at a location external to the body for coupling to an instrument such as a cathode ray tube establishing an electrical path from the electrode to the instrument. The stylet thus performs the dual function of providing twisting and untwisting of the balloon and providing an electrical path from the EKG electrode to the exterior of the body. The electrode may be arranged adjacent to either the distal or the proximal end of the balloon. An electrode arranged adjacent to the proximal end of the balloon may be coupled to a conductor embedded within the wall of the catheter tube, enabling the intra-aortic balloon to be provided with electrodes arranged adjacent to both the distal and proximal ends of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4522195
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting the heart in the pumping of blood comprising a resilient umbrella-like member positioned within the aorta and adapted to permit the flow of blood in a normal direction and being moved to an open or expanded position to perform a pumping action and to prevent retrograde flow. The umbrella-like member may be combined for use with an intra-aortic balloon or may comprise a stand-alone pumping assembly. The umbrella-like member is preferably mounted upon a catheter for insertion in the desired location. The umbrella-like member is designed to be non-occlusive or occlusive, depending on design, when open. When used alone, operating means are provided, which means are coupled to the umbrella-like member normally maintains the umbrella in its operative, expanded position. Electromechanical control means coupled to the umbrella-like member through a control member is designed to urge the umbrella assembly to its open or closed position, depending on the direction of the control force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4515587
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon (IAB) having an elongated member expandable within said balloon to prevent total collapse of the balloon or any portion thereof during deflation. The member preventing balloon collapse, in one preferred embodiment, is stored in the catheter tube in the collapsed state and expands when moved into the balloon. In another embodiment, the member preventing deflation is arranged within the balloon and is provided with an operating member for selectively expanding and collapsing the member provided for preventing deflation. Moving the member for preventing deflation to the collapsed state permits the profile of the balloon to be significantly reduced which aids in percutaneous insertion and in removal of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: SMEC, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4473067
    Abstract: An assembly for introducing intra-aortic balloons and the like into a body artery and comprising a thin, splittable sheath positioned within the artery. An intra-aortic balloon and balloon catheter are inserted into the femoral artery through the introducer sheath. An adapter is slidably mounted upon the balloon catheter and is provided with cutters for splitting the thin introducer sheath, which is at least partially withdrawn from the body once the intra-aortic balloon is in place. The adapter is provided with a silicone seal which provides a sliding, blood-tight seal between the adapter and the balloon catheter. The adapter may be provided with a retainer for releasably supporting an annular elastic member to hold the percutaneous sheath tightly in place about the adapter body to provide a blood-tight seal therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4467790
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon designed for percutaneous insertion. An inflatable intra-aortic balloon of reduced diameter, when inflated, has its proximal end secured to a catheter. A stylet extends through said balloon and is anchored in a tip provided at the distal end of the balloon. The stylet extends from said tip through said balloon and through at least a portion of said catheter. A balloon coupling comprised of a "Y" member is provided with a linear bore communicating with said catheter and a branch bore intersecting with said linear through bore. The stylet extends partially into said through bore and said branch bore and has its proximal end coupled to a control knob assembly threadedly engaged with the rear end of said branch-bore and movable when rotated in a first direction to simultaneously twist and elongate the intra-aortic balloon and when rotated in the reverse direction to simultaneously untwist and relieve the elongated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4422447
    Abstract: An intra-aortic balloon designed for percutaneous insertion. An inflatable intra-aortic balloon of reduced diameter, when inflated, has its proximal end secured to a catheter. A stylet extends through said balloon and is anchored in a tip provided at the distal end of the balloon. The stylet extends from said tip through said balloon and through at least a portion of said catheter. A balloon coupling comprised of a "Y" member is provided with a linear bore communicating with said catheter and a branch bore intersecting with said linear through bore. The stylet extends partially into said through bore and said branch bore and has its proximal end coupled to a control knob assembly threadedly engaged with the rear end of said branch-bore and movable when rotated in a first direction to simultaneously twist and elongate the intra-aortic balloon and when rotated in the reverse direction to simultaneously untwist and relieve the elongated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1983
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4407271
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting the heart in the pumping of blood comprising a resilient umbrella-like member positioned within the aorta and adapted to permit the flow of blood in a normal direction and being moved to an open or expanded position to perform a pumping action and to prevent retrograde flow. The umbrella-like member may be combined for use with an intra-aortic balloon or may comprise a stand-alone pumping assembly. The umbrella-like member is preferably mounted upon a catheter for insertion in the desired location. The umbrella-like member is designed to be non-occlusive or occlusive, depending on design, when open. When used alone, operating means are provided, which means are coupled to the umbrella-like member normally maintains the umbrella in its operative, expanded position. Electromechanical control means coupled to the umbrella-like member through a control member is designed to urge the umbrella assembly to its open or closed position, depending on the direction of the control force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4308559
    Abstract: A solid state switch assembly for selectively coupling a TV monitor to one of a plurality of TV cameras. A random access memory is utilized to establish the switching sequence. The switch is advanced through the desired sequence by activating an oscillator to step a counter. The counter output addresses each memory location and the state of the addressed memory location controls either a termination or a continuation of the switching sequence. The counter output also sets an analog type switch for selecting one of the plurality of video inputs to be coupled to one or more of the video monitors. The system is capable of displaying the selected video input signal on a plurality of monitors through the use of impedance matched current amplifiers. A biasing circuit is provided to allow the switch to handle signals making positive signal excursions above the system ground without interference with the positive voltage supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Inventor: Peter Schiff
  • Patent number: 4287892
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for intra-aortic balloon devices and the like comprising a Y-connector having a tube secured thereto with an inner diameter which is constant or which increases in diameter at the proximal end. Said tube is of a laminated construction in which the inner tubular member has a low friction characteristic while the outer tubular member provides the supporting strength for the laminated tubular construction.A positioning ring is permanently secured to the cannula a spaced distance from its distal end to limit the extent to which the cannula is inserted into an artery through the arterial wall. The proper length of the penetration into the artery is controlled by cutting off a portion of the distal end sufficient to prevent the cannula from being extended through the opposite arterial wall, for example. The ring is preferably a split ring to facilitate cutting of the cannula to remove the cannula from the balloon and balloon catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Inventor: Peter Schiff