Patents by Inventor Rex O. Bare

Rex O. Bare 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: 20150014548
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to sample ionization, and provides ionization probe assemblies, systems, computer program products, and methods useful for this purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jose R. Gutierrez, James C. Hannis, Jared J. Drader, Rex O. Bare, Jeffrey C. Smith, Paul J. Gleason, Jared Nathanson
  • Patent number: 8911496
    Abstract: A system includes a scleral prosthesis and an insert. The scleral prosthesis includes an elongated body having a first free end and a second free end opposite the first end. A maximum width of the body at each end is wider than a maximum width of the body between the ends. The body includes multiple first portions that form the first end of the body and a part of the body between the ends. The first portions are separated lengthwise along a substantial portion of a total length of the body. The first portions are biased so that they maintain separation from one another without external interference but are configured to be pushed towards each other. The insert is configured to be placed between the first portions to maintain a separation of the first portions. The body and/or the insert could be formed using one or more magnetic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Refocus Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry R. A. Jacobson, Jack C. Griffis, III, Mark A. Cox, Douglas C. Williamson, Gene W. Zdenek, Peter J. Richardson, Michael K. Smolek, Barrie D. Soloway, Rex O. Bare, Andrew J. Scherer, Timothy J. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140307520
    Abstract: Cartridges useful for mixing materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A cartridge typically includes a body structure having surfaces that define a cavity with upper and lower portions. A rotatable member generally extends along a horizontal axis in the upper portion of the cavity. One or more protrusions typically extend outward from the rotatable member and into the lower portion of the cavity, and are configured to mix the material when the material is disposed in the cavity. Related mixing stations, systems, kits, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140224042
    Abstract: Sample processing units useful for mixing and purifying materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A sample processing unit typically includes a container configured to contain a sample comprising magnetically responsive particles, and one or more magnets that are in substantially fixed positions relative to the container. A sample processing unit also generally includes a conveyance mechanism configured to convey the container to and from a position that is within magnetic communication with the magnet, e.g., such that magnetically responsive particles with captured analytes can be retained within the container when other materials are added to and/or removed from the container. Further, a sample processing unit also typically includes a rotational mechanism that is configured to rotate the container, e.g., to effect mixing of sample materials disposed within the container. Related carrier mechanisms, sample processing stations, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8796617
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to sample ionization, and provides ionization probe assemblies, systems, computer program products, and methods useful for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ibis BioSciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jose R. Gutierrez, James C. Hannis, Jared J. Drader, Rex O. Bare, Jeffrey C. Smith, Paul J. Gleason, Jared Nathanson
  • Patent number: 8771300
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a surgical blade configured to be moved to form an incision. The surgical tool also includes a wire configured to cause movement of the surgical blade. The surgical tool further includes an actuator configured to shorten a length of the wire to cause the movement of the surgical blade. The surgical tool could be configured to move the surgical blade in a first direction and then in a second direction in response to a single shortening of the wire. Also, the wire could represent a first wire, the surgical tool could include a second wire, and the surgical tool could be configured to move the surgical blade in a first direction in response to shortening the first wire and to move the surgical blade in a second direction in response to shortening the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Refocus Ocular, Inc.
    Inventors: Rex O. Bare, Andrew J. Scherer, Timothy J. Payne, Mark A. Cox, Douglas C. Williamson
  • Patent number: 8764780
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a surgical blade configured to be moved to form an incision. The surgical tool also includes a wire configured to cause movement of the surgical blade. The surgical tool further includes an actuator configured to shorten a length of the wire to cause the movement of the surgical blade. The surgical tool could be configured to move the surgical blade in a first direction and then in a second direction in response to a single shortening of the wire. Also, the wire could represent a first wire, the surgical tool could include a second wire, and the surgical tool could be configured to move the surgical blade in a first direction in response to shortening the first wire and to move the surgical blade in a second direction in response to shortening the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Refocus Ocular, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Cox, Douglas C. Williamson, Andrew J. Scherer, Timothy J. Payne, Rex O. Bare
  • Publication number: 20140154043
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods useful for handling or managing microplates are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith, Kevin S. Oberkramer, Ronald K. Bergold
  • Patent number: 8709029
    Abstract: Various ocular fixation devices are disclosed. One ocular fixation device includes first and second rings, where at least one of the rings includes means for fixating ocular tissue of an eye. The means for fixating are arranged to grasp the ocular tissue of the eye and to release the ocular tissue of the eye based on rotation of at least one of the first and second rings. The ocular fixation device may also include one or more structures on which a surgical tool can be mounted on the ocular fixation device at one or more locations. For instance, a dome of the ocular fixation device could include one or more holes that are configured to receive one or more projections from the surgical tool. As another example, a base of the ocular fixation device could include one or more notches configured to receive a projection from the surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Refocus Ocular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack C. Griffis, III, Mark A. Cox, Douglas C. Williamson, Gene W. Zdenek, Peter J. Richardson, Michael K. Smolek, Barrie D. Soloway, Rex O. Bare, Andrew J. Scherer, Timothy J. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140052098
    Abstract: A retractable safety syringe may have a needle, a syringe body, a shaft seal, and a plunger assembly. A proximal portion of the body and a piston of the plunger may define a vacuum chamber. The plunger assembly may comprise a shaft coupled to a piston. The shaft may have at least one non-engaging portion and at least one engaging portion. The plunger assembly is movable between a storage position and working positions. In the storage position, little or no force is exerted on the shaft seal by the non-engaging portion. In the working positions, the engaging portion is in sealing engagement with the shaft seal to seal the vacuum chamber. Stopper movement of the retractable safety syringe may be reduced or eliminated if the retractable safety syringe is prefilled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Thayer, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 8609430
    Abstract: Sample processing units useful for mixing and purifying materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A sample processing unit typically includes a container configured to contain a sample comprising magnetically responsive particles, and one or more magnets that are in substantially fixed positions relative to the container. A sample processing unit also generally includes a conveyance mechanism configured to convey the container to and from a position that is within magnetic communication with the magnet, e.g., such that magnetically responsive particles with captured analytes can be retained within the container when other materials are added to and/or removed from the container. Further, a sample processing unit also typically includes a rotational mechanism that is configured to rotate the container, e.g., to effect mixing of sample materials disposed within the container. Related carrier mechanisms, sample processing stations, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ibis Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130296996
    Abstract: A medical patch having a multi-piece bottom liner including a central liner sequentially removable independently of two outer perimeter liners. The multi-piece liner covering two adhesives of different peel force. Removal of the central liner exposes a first temporary/repositionable adhesive. Once properly positioned, the outer perimeter liners are removed to expose a second stronger adhesive. A foam cushioning layer is disposed beneath and extends beyond a footprint of every printed circuit board to prevent skin irritation. The medical patch may be designed specifically for stimulation of the sacral (S3 foramen) spinal nerve without the use of a separate mechanical placement tool or assistance by another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Wahlgren, Martin J. Nohilly, Anthony R. DiUbaldi, Rex O. Bare, Bradley Sargent, Michael W. Ammerman, Jeffrey C. Smith, Kathryn M. Kukulka
  • Patent number: 8550694
    Abstract: Cartridges useful for mixing materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A cartridge typically includes a body structure having surfaces that define a cavity with upper and lower portions. A rotatable member generally extends along a horizontal axis in the upper portion of the cavity. One or more protrusions typically extend outward from the rotatable member and into the lower portion of the cavity, and are configured to mix the material when the material is disposed in the cavity. Related mixing stations, systems, kits, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ibis Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8534447
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods useful for handling or managing microplates are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ibis Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith, Kevin S. Oberkramer, Ronald K. Bergold
  • Patent number: 8517986
    Abstract: A retractable safety syringe may have a needle, needle holder, syringe body, a shaft seal, and a plunger assembly. A proximal portion of the body and a piston of the plunger may define a vacuum chamber. The plunger assembly may comprise a shaft coupled to a piston. The shaft may have at least one non-engaging portion and at least one engaging portion. The plunger assembly is movable between a storage position and working positions. In the storage position, little or no force is exerted on the shaft seal by the non-engaging portion. In the working positions, the engaging portion is in sealing engagement with the shaft seal to seal the vacuum chamber. Stopper movement of the retractable safety syringe may be reduced or eliminated if the retractable safety syringe is prefilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Safeshot Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Thayer, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 8409277
    Abstract: One example scleral prosthesis includes a first free end and a second free end, each wider than a middle portion of the scleral prosthesis. Multiple first portions form the first end of the scleral prosthesis. The first portions are separated along at least half of a length of the scleral prosthesis. Multiple second portions may form the second end of the scleral prosthesis, and the second portions may be separated along less than a quarter of the length of the scleral prosthesis. An implantation device can be used to facilitate implantation of a scleral prosthesis. The implantation device includes a first end portion configured to be inserted into a scleral tunnel of an eye. The implantation device also includes a second end portion configured to receive the scleral prosthesis. A rod with a tapered and rounded end can be partially inserted into the first end portion of the implantation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Refocus Ocular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack C. Griffis, III, Mark A. Cox, Douglas C. Williamson, Peter J. Richardson, Michael K. Smolek, Barrie D. Soloway, Rex O. Bare, Andrew J. Scherer, Timothy J. Payne, Gene W. Zdenek
  • Publication number: 20130059372
    Abstract: Sample processing units useful for mixing and purifying materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A sample processing unit typically includes a container configured to contain a sample comprising magnetically responsive particles, and one or more magnets that are in substantially fixed positions relative to the container. A sample processing unit also generally includes a conveyance mechanism configured to convey the container to and from a position that is within magnetic communication with the magnet, e.g., such that magnetically responsive particles with captured analytes can be retained within the container when other materials are added to and/or removed from the container. Further, a sample processing unit also typically includes a rotational mechanism that is configured to rotate the container, e.g., to effect mixing of sample materials disposed within the container. Related carrier mechanisms, sample processing stations, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8313467
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to equalizing pressure in a reservoir containing fluidic media, possibly due to imperfect installation of the reservoir or an external influence such as an altitude or a temperature change. In various embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled from the reservoir through a needle and contained in an interior volume of a pierceable member before the needle pierces the pierceable member to establish a flow path to a user. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a port of the reservoir into a chamber. In further embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a channel in a plunger head and out a passage in the reservoir when the channel and passage are aligned. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a valve, and the valve may be pierceable by a needle to establish a flow path to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin A. Chong, Rafael Bikovsky, Julian D. Kavazov, Eric M. Lorenzen, Bradley J. Sargent, Andrew J. Scherer, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 8277422
    Abstract: A retractable safety syringe may have a needle, needle holder, syringe body, and a plunger assembly. A proximal portion of the body and a piston of the plunger may define a vacuum chamber. The plunger assembly may comprise a distal piston and a proximal piston, with an intermediate chamber disposed between the two plungers. A vent through the syringe body pneumatically connects ambient air and the intermediate chamber allowing air to escape out of the intermediate chamber when a plunger assembly traversed toward the engaged position and allow air to be introduced into the intermediate chamber. A retraction force may be created by the vacuum chamber by traversing the plunger assembly to the engaged position. At the engaged position, the distal piston may engage the needle holder and the retraction force may retract the needle holder and needle into the syringe body to prevent accidental needle pricking and needle reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: SafeShot Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Oliver, Daniel Thayer, Jeffrey Smith, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 8273055
    Abstract: A retractable safety syringe is provided herein wherein an external vacuum compartment produces a retraction force which urges a piston of a plunger toward a retracted position. The retractable safety syringe may have a needle holder which is removably engageable to a distal portion of a syringe body. When the piston is traversed toward the engaged position, the external variable vacuum compartment produces a retraction force. When the piston is traversed to an engaged position, the piston engages the needle holder and disengages the needle holder from the syringe body. The medical professional may release a thumb pressure on a thumb platform of a plunger. At this point, the retraction force of the external variable vacuum compartment may traverse the piston along with the needle holder and needle toward the retracted position and into the syringe body. An internal variable vacuum compartment may also create a retraction force to assist retraction of the needle holder and needle into the syringe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: SafeShot Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Rex O. Bare