Patents by Inventor Richard S. Williams

Richard S. Williams 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: 10801388
    Abstract: A heating apparatus and method for use in an exhaust gas system is provided that includes a container body defining an exhaust gas pathway, a heater flange component attached to an exterior of the container body, and a heater assembly disposed in the exhaust gas pathway and secured to the heater flange component. The heater assembly includes at least one heater element, a bracket assembly that secures the at least one heater element in the container body, and a conformal bracket for securing the at least one heater element to the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David P. Culbertson, Richard T. Williams, Jr., Christopher Meyers, Jeremy Ohse, Mark Everly, Roger Brummell, Gerald S. Jackson, Jake Spooler, James N. Pradun, Scott H. Boehmer, Mitchell T. Diaco, Robert K. Frake
  • Patent number: 10613083
    Abstract: A biosensor system for the detection of target analytes that includes a living biological cell of a predetermined type; a signal-generating reporter associated with the living biological cell; a signal transduction pathway or other activator mechanism or means associated with the signal-generating reporter; a universal detector element associated with the activator mechanism; and an analyte binding element associated with the universal detector element, wherein the analyte binding element is specific to both the universal detector element and a target analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fundamental Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Zupancic, Joseph D. Kittle, Lingchun Zeng, Srikanth Vedamoorthy, Richard S. Brody, Marvin R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10549659
    Abstract: Various seating arrangements for a vehicle are described. Generally, the vehicle includes an electromagnetic array featured on a floor of the vehicle. The chair includes base having a plurality of magnets featured thereon. The vehicle generates signals for the electromagnetic array to generate a wave and impart a force on the chair in a determined direction via the plurality of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Richard M. Sullivan, Danil V. Prokhorov, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10529104
    Abstract: A system and method of enabling an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) device to augment image or video data using a virtual vehicle skin, wherein the method is carried out by vehicle electronics included within a vehicle, the method including: establishing a connection to the AR/VR device using a wireless communications device included in the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; and sending a virtual vehicle skin response to the AR/VR device via the established connection, wherein the AR/VR device is configured to obtain background video and to display the virtual vehicle skin over the obtained background video so that the virtual vehicle skin overlays a portion of the vehicle, and wherein the virtual vehicle skin response includes the virtual vehicle skin or virtual vehicle skin access information that can be used by the AR/VR device to derive or obtain the virtual vehicle skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190328438
    Abstract: A device for treating esophageal target tissue comprises a catheter, a balloon and a refrigerant delivery device. The catheter has a distal portion and a refrigerant delivery lumen. The balloon is mounted to and the refrigerant delivery device is coupled to the distal portion. The refrigerant delivery device comprises a chamber with the refrigerant delivery lumen opening into the chamber, a refrigerant delivery opening fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, and a distribution passageway fluidly coupling the chamber and the refrigerant delivery opening. A refrigerant is deliverable through the refrigerant delivery lumen, into the chamber, through the distribution passageway, through the refrigerant delivery opening and into the balloon interior so to place the balloon into an expanded, cooled state so that the balloon can press against and cool esophageal target tissue. The medical device may include means for sensing a leak in the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Pentax of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Williams, Peter Garcia-Meza
  • Patent number: 10450002
    Abstract: Various examples of transferring a watercraft between land and water are disclosed. When a vehicle receives a transfer signal, the vehicle locates a launch ramp, and the vehicle moves to the launch ramp. A trailer attached to the vehicle moved into the water using the launch ramp, such that a watercraft can be transferred between land and water via the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Danil V. Prokhorov, Richard M. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10442334
    Abstract: Various examples of tilting a human support surface in a vehicle are disclosed. A frame is attached to the surface of the vehicle. The vehicle also includes rotation system mounted between the frame and a vehicle surface. The rotation system can be controlled to tilt a human support surface of the frame towards a direction of acceleration associated with a driving maneuver as the driving maneuver is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Danil V. Prokhorov, Richard M. Sullivan, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10410426
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a vehicle using virtual vehicle controls, wherein the method includes: capturing image or video data from an area within an interior of the vehicle; sending a virtual vehicle control graphics request to a vehicle; receiving virtual vehicle control graphics response from the vehicle, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics response includes virtual vehicle control graphics; and presenting the captured image or video data and the virtual vehicle control graphics on a display of the AR/VR device such that the virtual vehicle control graphics are presented over the captured image or video data, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics includes one or more vehicle-user interface components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams, Richard Elswick
  • Patent number: 10383676
    Abstract: A device for treating esophageal target tissue comprises a catheter, a balloon and a refrigerant delivery device. The catheter has a distal portion and a refrigerant delivery lumen. The balloon is mounted to and the refrigerant delivery device is coupled to the distal portion. The refrigerant delivery device comprises a chamber with the refrigerant delivery lumen opening into the chamber, a refrigerant delivery opening fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, and a distribution passageway fluidly coupling the chamber and the refrigerant delivery opening. A refrigerant is deliverable through the refrigerant delivery lumen, into the chamber, through the distribution passageway, through the refrigerant delivery opening and into the balloon interior so to place the balloon into an expanded, cooled state so that the balloon can press against and cool esophageal target tissue. The medical device may include means for sensing a leak in the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PENTAX OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Richard S. Williams, Peter Garcia-Meza
  • Publication number: 20190247176
    Abstract: A system for use in performing aortic valve procedures using an instrument disposed through an aortic arch includes a lubricious track positionable within the aortic arch such that a lubricious inferior surface of the track is exposed to the interior of the aortic arch. An instrument to be used in performing the valve procedure is configured to be percutaneously introduced into a femoral artery, advanced through the descending aorta and into the aortic arch, and moved into sliding contact with the lubricous inferior surface of the track. The instrument is advanceable along the lubricious surface until its distal portion is at a target site for the aortic valve procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Minimally Invasive Surgical Access Limited
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Richard A. Glenn, Michael S. Williams, William L. Athas, Colleen Stack
  • Publication number: 20190188912
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a vehicle using virtual vehicle controls, wherein the method includes: capturing image or video data from an area within an interior of the vehicle; sending a virtual vehicle control graphics request to a vehicle; receiving virtual vehicle control graphics response from the vehicle, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics response includes virtual vehicle control graphics; and presenting the captured image or video data and the virtual vehicle control graphics on a display of the AR/VR device such that the virtual vehicle control graphics are presented over the captured image or video data, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics includes one or more vehicle-user interface components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams, Richard Elswick
  • Publication number: 20190188891
    Abstract: A system and method of enabling an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) device to augment image or video data using a virtual vehicle skin, wherein the method is carried out by vehicle electronics included within a vehicle, the method including: establishing a connection to the AR/VR device using a wireless communications device included in the vehicle electronics of the vehicle; and sending a virtual vehicle skin response to the AR/VR device via the established connection, wherein the AR/VR device is configured to obtain background video and to display the virtual vehicle skin over the obtained background video so that the virtual vehicle skin overlays a portion of the vehicle, and wherein the virtual vehicle skin response includes the virtual vehicle skin or virtual vehicle skin access information that can be used by the AR/VR device to derive or obtain the virtual vehicle skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20190184919
    Abstract: A system and method of providing an immersive media experience to a user through utilizing one or more vehicle system modules (VSMs) included in a vehicle, wherein the method includes: establishing a connection with a media control device, wherein the media control device includes a display; determining whether the media control device is authorized to control the one or more VSMs as a part of the immersive media experience; receiving an immersive media control request from the media control device, wherein the immersive media control request includes a request from the media control device to perform one or more vehicle functions using the VSMs during playback of immersive media content, and wherein the playback of the immersive media content includes visually perceptible media content that is displayed using the display of the media control device; and controlling the one or more VSMs according to the received VSM control requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Richard Elswick, Nathaniel H. Williams
  • Patent number: 10098686
    Abstract: A cryogenic ablation catheter includes a catheter shaft, a balloon and a connector respectively at the catheter shaft proximal and distal ends, a refrigerant delivery tube assembly including a refrigerant delivery tube translatable within the catheter shaft lumen, and a refrigerant delivery element with an outlet located inside the balloon which directs refrigerant outwardly against the balloon at different axial positions as it translates. A cryogenic balloon ablation system includes the cryogenic ablation catheter, a catheter coupler mating with the connector, a linear motion assembly, and a connection line fluidly coupled to a refrigerant fluid source for supplying refrigerant fluid to the refrigerant delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PENTAX OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick P. Wu, Timothy Douglas Holland, Cesar A. Ico, Richard S. Williams, Gabriel Francis W. Newell
  • Publication number: 20160331433
    Abstract: A cryogenic ablation catheter includes a catheter shaft, a balloon and a connector respectively at the catheter shaft proximal and distal ends, a refrigerant delivery tube assembly including a refrigerant delivery tube translatable within the catheter shaft lumen, and a refrigerant delivery element with an outlet located inside the balloon which directs refrigerant outwardly against the balloon at different axial positions as it translates. A cryogenic balloon ablation system includes the cryogenic ablation catheter, a catheter coupler mating with the connector, a linear motion assembly, and a connection line fluidly coupled to a refrigerant fluid source for supplying refrigerant fluid to the refrigerant delivery tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: C2 Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick P. Wu, Timothy Douglas Holland, Cesar A. Ico, Richard S. Williams, Gabriel Francis W. Newell
  • Publication number: 20160302841
    Abstract: A device for treating esophageal target tissue comprises a catheter, a balloon and a refrigerant delivery device. The catheter has a distal portion and a refrigerant delivery lumen. The balloon is mounted to and the refrigerant delivery device is coupled to the distal portion. The refrigerant delivery device comprises a chamber with the refrigerant delivery lumen opening into the chamber, a refrigerant delivery opening fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, and a distribution passageway fluidly coupling the chamber and the refrigerant delivery opening. A refrigerant is deliverable through the refrigerant delivery lumen, into the chamber, through the distribution passageway, through the refrigerant delivery opening and into the balloon interior so to place the balloon into an expanded, cooled state so that the balloon can press against and cool esophageal target tissue. The medical device may include means for sensing a leak in the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: C2 Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Williams, Peter Garcia-Meza
  • Patent number: 9414878
    Abstract: A cryogenic ablation catheter includes a catheter shaft, a balloon and a connector respectively at the catheter shaft proximal and distal ends, a refrigerant delivery tube assembly including a refrigerant delivery tube translatable within the catheter shaft lumen, and a refrigerant delivery element with an outlet located inside the balloon which directs refrigerant outwardly against the balloon at different axial positions as it translates. A cryogenic balloon ablation system includes the cryogenic ablation catheter, a catheter coupler mating with the connector, a linear motion assembly, and a connection line fluidly coupled to a refrigerant fluid source for supplying refrigerant fluid to the refrigerant delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: C2 Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick P. Wu, Timothy Douglas Holland, Cesar A. Ico, Richard S. Williams, Gabriel Francis W. Newell
  • Publication number: 20150313661
    Abstract: A focal ablation assembly, used with an endoscope comprising an endoscopic tube, comprises a cryogenic catheter, a balloon and a reinforcing element. The cryogenic catheter is placeable within the endoscopic tube channel and has a distal end placeable at the distal end of the endoscopic tube. The balloon is mountable to the catheter distal end and extends distally of both of the distal ends. The reinforcing element at least partially defines the shape of the balloon in the expanded state. The balloon defines a balloon volume when expanded and has a thermally conductive therapeutic region which provides effectively no thermal insulation. In some examples the focal ablation assembly comprises a delivery catheter extending along the channel with a distal portion fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, whereby refrigerant can be introduced into the balloon interior and towards the therapeutic region by the delivery catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: C2 Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick P. WU, Cesar A. ICO, Richard S. WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 9168081
    Abstract: A device for treating esophageal target tissue comprises a catheter, a balloon and a refrigerant delivery device. The catheter has a distal portion and a refrigerant delivery lumen. The balloon is mounted to and the refrigerant delivery device is coupled to the distal portion. The refrigerant delivery device comprises a chamber with the refrigerant delivery lumen opening into the chamber, a refrigerant delivery opening fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, and a distribution passageway fluidly coupling the chamber and the refrigerant delivery opening. A refrigerant is deliverable through the refrigerant delivery lumen, into the chamber, through the distribution passageway, through the refrigerant delivery opening and into the balloon interior so to place the balloon into an expanded, cooled state so that the balloon can press against and cool esophageal target tissue. The medical device may include means for sensing a leak in the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: C2 Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Williams, Peter Garcia-Meza
  • Patent number: 9084592
    Abstract: A focal ablation assembly, used with an endoscope comprising an endoscopic tube, comprises a cryogenic catheter, a balloon and a reinforcing element. The cryogenic catheter is placeable within the endoscopic tube channel and has a distal end placeable at the distal end of the endoscopic tube. The balloon is mountable to the catheter distal end and extends distally of both of the distal ends. The reinforcing element at least partially defines the shape of the balloon in the expanded state. The balloon defines a balloon volume when expanded and has a thermally conductive therapeutic region which provides effectively no thermal insulation. In some examples the focal ablation assembly comprises a delivery catheter extending along the channel with a distal portion fluidly coupled to the balloon interior, whereby refrigerant can be introduced into the balloon interior and towards the therapeutic region by the delivery catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: C2 THERAPEUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick P. Wu, Cesar A. Ico, Richard S. Williams