Patents by Inventor Raymond J. Mueller

Raymond J. Mueller 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: 10709496
    Abstract: A forceps includes an end effector assembly including first and second jaw members. One or both of the jaw members is movable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue therebetween. One or both of the jaw members is configured to conduct energy between the jaw members and through tissue grasped therebetween to treat tissue. An insulative tubular member is movable relative to the end effector assembly between a retracted position, wherein the insulative tubular member is positioned proximally of the end effector assembly, and an extended position, wherein the insulative tubular member is disposed about the end effector assembly. A monopolar member is configured to apply energy to tissue to treat tissue when the insulative tubular member is disposed in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Tony Moua, David N. Heard, Jonathan A. Coe, John J. Kappus, Peter M. Mueller, Raymond A. Sirianne, Ryan C. Artale
  • Patent number: 9754302
    Abstract: According to one described embodiment, a method is provided in which transaction information is determined. The transaction information is associated with (i) a buyer who has arranged to purchase a product from a central controller at a first price established between the buyer and the central controller and (ii) a merchant that offers the product for sale at a second price, different from the first price, without offering the product for sale to buyers at the first price. Information is transmitted that facilitates the acquisition of the product by the buyer, in exchange for payment provided by the buyer to the central controller. An amount based on the second price is provided to the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Peter Kim, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena Mik Fincham, Daniel E. Tedesco, Russell Pratt Sammon, Andrew P. Golden, Raymond J. Mueller, Keith Bemer, Kathleen Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 9684916
    Abstract: According to one described embodiment, a method is provided in which transaction information is determined. The transaction information is associated with (i) a buyer who has arranged to purchase a product from a central controller at a first price established between the buyer and the central controller and (ii) a merchant that offers the product for sale at a second price, different from the first price, without offering the product for sale to buyers at the first price. Information is transmitted that facilitates the acquisition of the product by the buyer, in exchange for payment provided by the buyer to the central controller. An amount based on the second price is provided to the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Peter Kim, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena Mik Fincham, Daniel E Tedesco, Russell Pratt Sammon, Andrew P. Golden, Raymond J. Mueller, Keith Bemer, Kathleen Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 9440151
    Abstract: A virtual environment in which players are able to enter into financial transactions which result in a financial obligation such as a debt. If a player defaults on a debt, the debts may then be sold or otherwise transferred to a virtual collection agency, which may be able to mete out a consequence to the defaulting player. Alternatively, the consequence may be meted out by the game server or other entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140351058
    Abstract: The invention broadly comprises a method for enabling point of sales (POS) functionality in a wireless communications device (WCD) including the steps of: transmitting, using an interface element in at least one specially programmed general purpose computer, a POS function control signal to a communication network for transmission to a WCD, the WCD located in a retail location; activating a POS function, in response to the control signal, to enable POS functionality in the WCD, the POS function stored in a memory element for the WCD or in a memory element for the at least one specially programmed computer; acquiring, using the POS function, an identification of an item via the WCD; receiving, using the interface element, the identification data for the item from the WCD via the communication network; and generating, using a processor for the at least one general-purpose computer, an order including the first item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140089085
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a supplemental product or service may be offered to a user during a transaction, either in addition to products and/or services the user is purchasing, or as a replacement to one or more of the products and/or services that the user is purchasing. The functionality may be implemented, for example, in a retail embodiment where a user is purchasing products and/or services at a cash register or other point-of-sale terminal. One or more embodiments may be implemented online where a user is purchasing products and/or services using a computer, terminal, telephone or other client or user device and accessing a World Wide Web site, online catalog, interactive voice response unit or system, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicants: Walker Digital Holdings, LLC, Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, David H. Douglas, Andrew S. Van Luchene, George M. Marrazzo, Shane Whalquist
  • Publication number: 20130339182
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a supplemental product or service may be offered to a user during a transaction, either in addition to products and/or services the user is purchasing, or as a replacement to one or more of the products and/or services that the user is purchasing. The functionality may be implemented, for example, in a retail embodiment where a user is purchasing products and/or services at a cash register or other point-of-sale terminal. One or more embodiments may be implemented online where a user is purchasing products and/or services using a computer, terminal, telephone or other client or user device and accessing a World Wide Web site, online catalog, interactive voice response unit or system, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, David H. Douglas, Andrew S. Van Luchene, George M. Marrazzo, Shane Whalquist
  • Patent number: 8608536
    Abstract: A virtual environment in which characters are able to engage in a variety of financial transactions is provided. Characters who are unable to fulfill their financial obligations may enter into bankruptcy. Bankruptcy contracts may identify various conditions which must be fulfilled by the character in order to get out of bankruptcy. While in bankruptcy, the player's avatar or avatar's may be altered to indicate to the player and/or others that the character represented by the avatar is in bankruptcy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Patent number: 8533003
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a supplemental product or service may be offered to a user during a transaction, either in addition to products and/or services the user is purchasing, or as a replacement to one or more of the products and/or services that the user is purchasing. The functionality may be implemented, for example, in a retail embodiment where a user is purchasing products and/or services at a cash register or other point-of-sale terminal. One or more embodiments may be implemented online where a user is purchasing products and/or services using a computer, terminal, telephone or other client or user device and accessing a World Wide Web site, online catalog, interactive voice response unit or system, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, David H. Douglas, Andrew S. Van Luchene, George M. Marrazzo, Shane Whalquist
  • Publication number: 20120323662
    Abstract: Systems and methods for storing a transaction history with respect to a business entity, and an incentive regarding a business entity, previously offered to an account. A desired transaction involving a holder of the account and the business entity may be generated based on the transaction history and a metric. An incentive may be generated based on an artificial intelligence program (AIP), the transaction history, and the metric. The desired transaction and the incentive may be transmitted for presentation to a holder of the account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: RetailDNA, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120323661
    Abstract: Systems and methods for storing a transaction history with respect to a business entity, and an incentive regarding a business entity, previously offered to an account. A desired transaction involving a holder of the account and the business entity may be generated based on the transaction history and a metric. An incentive may be generated based on an artificial intelligence program (AIP), the transaction history, and the metric. The desired transaction and the incentive may be transmitted for presentation to a holder of the account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: RetailDNA, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120265627
    Abstract: The invention broadly comprises a method for enabling point of sales (POS) functionality in a wireless communications device (WCD) including the steps of: transmitting, using an interface element in at least one specially programmed general purpose computer, a POS function control signal to a communication network for transmission to a WCD, the WCD located in a retail location; activating a POS function, in response to the control signal, to enable POS functionality in the WCD, the POS function stored in a memory element for the WCD or in a memory element for the at least one specially programmed computer; acquiring, using the POS function, an identification of an item via the WCD; receiving, using the interface element, the identification data for the item from the WCD via the communication network; and generating, using a processor for the at least one general-purpose computer, an order including the first item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: RETAILDNA, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120123864
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a supplemental product or service may be offered to a user during a transaction, either in addition to products and/or services the user is purchasing, or as a replacement to one or more of the products and/or services that the user is purchasing. The functionality may be implemented, for example, in a retail embodiment where a user is purchasing products and/or services at a cash register or other point-of-sale terminal. One or more embodiments may be implemented online where a user is purchasing products and/or services using a computer, terminal, telephone or other client or user device and accessing a World Wide Web site, online catalog, interactive voice response unit or system, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: WALKER DIGITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, David H. Douglas, Andrew S. Van Luchene, George M. Marrazzo, Shane J. Wahlquist
  • Patent number: 8103520
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a supplemental product or service may be offered to a user during a transaction, either in addition to products and/or services the user is purchasing, or as a replacement to one or more of the products and/or services that the user is purchasing. The functionality may be implemented, for example, in a retail embodiment where a user is purchasing products and/or services at a cash register or other point-of-sale terminal. One or more embodiments may be implemented online where a user is purchasing products and/or services using a computer, terminal, telephone or other client or user device and accessing a World Wide Web site, online catalog, interactive voice response unit or system, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, David H. Douglas, Andrew S. Van Luchene, George M. Marrazzo, Shane J. Wahlquist
  • Patent number: 7841514
    Abstract: A price associated with a menu item is determined automatically based at least in part on revenue management information. A menu display is updated on an electronic display device such as a digital menu board to include the automatically-determined price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, Andrew S. Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 7775885
    Abstract: Virtual environments in which player avatars can be altered based on events that occur in a video game, metaverse or virtual environment. One event is the failure to fulfill an obligation in a virtual contract. Avatars who fail to fulfill such obligations may have their appearance, voice, or smell altered, or may be followed by one or more non player character avatars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Patent number: 7568291
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide an inexpensive and easy to use apparatus and method that permits a user to attach an apparatus to existing picture frames or other objects with various advantages. Such embodiments will keep a picture, object or frame in a substantially continuously level position or otherwise aligned position. Thus, using the disclosed apparatus, a user can ensure that any picture, frame or other hanging and relatively flat object will generally remain in a pleasantly horizontal or other desired aspect, without need for ongoing user inspection or manual adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Leviathan
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20090182677
    Abstract: A method of determining compensation, including the steps of: generating, using a processor of a specially programmed general-purpose computer and a first software program stored in a memory element of the general-purpose computer and offered by a first business entity, at least one sales offer; transmitting the at least one sales offer using an interface element for the general-purpose computer; tracking, using the processor and a second software program stored in the memory element and supplied by a third business entity, the at least one sales offer and respective acceptances of sales offers from the at least one sales offer, the respective acceptances received by the interface element; determining, using the processor and the second software program, revenue from the respective acceptances; and calculating, using the processor and the second software program, compensation for use of the product or service, based on the revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller, Andrew Van Luchene
  • Publication number: 20090182630
    Abstract: The invention broadly comprises a method for enabling point of sales (POS) functionality in a wireless communications device (WCD) including the steps of: transmitting, using an interface element in at least one specially programmed general purpose computer, a POS function control signal to a communication network for transmission to a WCD, the WCD located in a retail location; activating a POS function, in response to the control signal, to enable POS functionality in the WCD, the POS function stored in a memory element for the WCD or in a memory element for the at least one specially programmed computer; acquiring, using the POS function, an identification of an item via the WCD; receiving, using the interface element, the identification data for the item from the WCD via the communication network; and generating, using a processor for the at least one general-purpose computer, an order including the first item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20090164391
    Abstract: A computer-based self-learning system for managing a price in a retail environment, including: an interface element for at least one specially programmed general-purpose computer for receiving an input related to initiation of a transaction between a customer and a first business entity; a memory unit for the at least one specially programmed general-purpose computer for storing an artificial intelligence program (AIP) and a history of at least one previous transaction between the customer and the first business entity; and a processor for the at least one specially programmed general-purpose computer for: determining, using the AIP, the input, and the history, a price for the good or service to optimize revenue for the first business entity or profitability of the first business entity. The interface element is for receiving a request for the price, and the processor is for transmitting, using the interface element, the price for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: RetailDNA, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Otto, Andrew Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller, Michael R. Mueller