Patents by Inventor Robert A. Meek

Robert A. Meek 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: 20190293818
    Abstract: A system and method combines model-based inversion and supervised neural networks to develop high resolution rock property volumes from surface seismic data. These volumes have higher frequency and are calibrated to fit well log data. In addition to rock volumes, a Reflection Coefficient (RC) volume is derived from the acoustic impedance volume. The RC volume has much higher frequency, better lateral continuity, and ties to the well logs better than conventional seismic or frequency enhanced data. By interpreting and mapping with this RC volume, a much more accurate depth model can be built, which allows for a horizontal well to be accurately drilled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Meek
  • Patent number: 10401512
    Abstract: Rock properties and structural attributes can be combined with an ellipsoid stimulation model around a well bore. A stepwise regression or other optimization analysis can then used to determine what property(ies) and/or attribute(s) has the greatest impact on the shape and properties of a microseismic density volume and can be best used to predict the same. These same properties and/or attributes can then be used to create a microseismic density volume around another nearby well where microseismic data was not recorded to estimated a stimulated reservoir volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Bailo Suliman, Robert Hull, Hector Bello, Douglas Portis
  • Patent number: 10382657
    Abstract: Audio and video signals are synchronized for pleasing presentation of content. As content is streamed to a device, an audio portion may lag or lead a video portion. Spoken words, for example, are out of synch with the lip movements. Video content is thus synchronized to audio content to ensure streaming content is pleasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dennis Meek, Robert A. Koch
  • Publication number: 20180296227
    Abstract: Devices for treating a bone and methods of inserting such devices into a bone are disclosed. A device for treating a bone may include a flexible tube, a stiffening mechanism and an actuator. The flexible tube has a distal end and a proximal end. The stiffening mechanism within the flexible tube is configured to cause the flexible tube to become rigid. The actuator is configured to cause the stiffening mechanism to cause the flexible tube to become rigid in response to the actuator being actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicants: The University of British Columbia, British Columbia Cancer Agency Branch
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Qingan Zhu, Timothy Schwab, Robin John Noel Coope, Jared Slobodan, Scott Young
  • Patent number: 9839435
    Abstract: Devices for treating a bone and methods of inserting such devices into a bone are disclosed. A device for treating a bone may include a flexible tube, a stiffening mechanism and an actuator. The flexible tube has a distal end and a proximal end. The stiffening mechanism within the flexible tube is configured to cause the flexible tube to become rigid. The actuator is configured to cause the stiffening mechanism to cause the flexible tube to become rigid in response to the actuator being actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANCER AGENCY BRANCH
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Qingan Zhu, Timothy Schwab, Robin John Noel Coope, Jared Slobodan, Scott Young
  • Publication number: 20140358146
    Abstract: Devices for treating a bone and methods of inserting such devices into a bone are disclosed. A device for treating a bone may include a flexible tube, a stiffening mechanism and an actuator. The flexible tube has a distal end and a proximal end. The stiffening mechanism within the flexible tube is configured to cause the flexible tube to become rigid. The actuator is configured to cause the stiffening mechanism to cause the flexible tube to become rigid in response to the actuator being actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Robert MEEK, Qingan ZHU, Timothy SCHWAB, Robin John Noel COOPE, Jared SLOBODAN, Scott YOUNG
  • Publication number: 20140309636
    Abstract: Devices for treating a bone and methods of inserting such devices into a bone are disclosed. A device for treating a bone may include a flexible tube, a stiffening mechanism and an actuator. The flexible tube has a distal end and a proximal end. The stiffening mechanism within the flexible tube is configured to cause the flexible tube to become rigid. The actuator is configured to cause the stiffening mechanism to cause the flexible tube to become rigid in response to the actuator being actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicants: The University of British Columbia, British Columbia Cancer Agency Branch
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Qingan Zhu, Timothy Schwab, Robin John Noel Coope, Jared Slobodan, Scott Young
  • Publication number: 20080093067
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly is provided including a casing and a tubular member mounted over the casing. A flange extends from the tubular member. A generally elongated annular member is provided in the tubular member. The generally elongated annular member has a first end portion above the tubular member and second end portion below the first end portion. A seal is formed between the second end portion and the tubular member. A hanger may be suspended within the tubular member. In such case, a seal may be formed between the elongate annular member and the hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Rex Duhn, Robert Meek
  • Publication number: 20070272402
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly is provided including a casing and a tubular member mounted over the casing. A flange extends from the tubular member. A generally elongated annular member is provided in the tubular member. The generally elongated annular member has a first end portion above the tubular member and second end portion below the first end portion. A hanger may be suspended within the tubular member. In such case, a seal may be formed between the elongate annular member and the hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Rex Duhn, Robert Meek
  • Publication number: 20070023512
    Abstract: An inventory management system is provided that utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to drive RFID tags to provide a notification signal, such as by illuminating light emitting diodes (LEDs) embodied by the RFID tags. The RFID tags may be placed on medication bins within a pharmacy pick-station in order to indicate which medication to select for processing an order or in which medication bin to place a particular medication being restocked. A method and computer program product for managing inventory, as well as an automated dispensing cabinet are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Applicant: MCKESSON AUTOMATION INC.
    Inventors: Richard Miller, Manoj Wangu, Bruce Thompson, Patrick Braun, Russell Gadagno, Robert Meek
  • Patent number: 7103578
    Abstract: Systems, client computing devices, server computing devices, and methods are disclosed for accessing medical devices, providing remote access to medical devices and/or remotely accessing medical devices. In one exemplary embodiment, client computing devices utilize protocol components that may be obtained from a server computing device via a network to communicate with medical devices in a communications protocol supported by the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Beck, Morris J. Young, Amy Peyton, legal representative, Robert Meek, Ronald W. Peyton, deceased
  • Publication number: 20060175942
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an assembly comprising a plurality of bins with a plurality of lids associated therewith. Each of the bins has a lock assembly that includes a catch operable to lock the lid in its closed position and a mechanical indicator responsive to the catch. Another aspect of the invention relates to an automated dispensing cabinet that includes a control computer and a plurality of row assemblies therein. Each row assembly has bins that include a tabbed lid, a lock assembly with a catch operable to engage and disengage the tab, and an indicator responsive to the lock assembly. Methods for dispensing from and restocking the remote dispensing systems are also given, as well as a method for indicating which item is to be dispensed from one of a plurality of bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Kirk Young, Louis Conley, Eric Switalski, Allen Bowers
  • Publication number: 20060163977
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an assembly comprising a plurality of bins with a plurality of lids associated therewith. Each of the bins has a lock assembly that includes a catch operable to lock the lid in its closed position and a mechanical indicator responsive to the catch. Another aspect of the invention relates to an automated dispensing cabinet that includes a control computer and a plurality of drawers having a plurality of row assemblies therein. Each row assembly has bins that include a tabbed lid, a lock assembly with a catch operable to engage and disengage the tab, and an indicator responsive to the lock assembly. Methods for dispensing from and restocking the remote dispensing systems are also given, as well as a method for indicating which item is to be dispensed from one of a plurality of bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Kirk Young, Louis Conley, Eric Switalski, Allen Bowers
  • Publication number: 20060125356
    Abstract: A wireless, mobile point-of-care system is provided including a plurality of mobile point-of-care carts, each capable of transporting a plurality of patient-specific medication or supply drawers or containers. The mobile point-of-care carts provide for both auto-identification of patient containers carried by the cart, as well as real-time tracking of the carts themselves. Using the combination of these two features, each patient-specific drawer can be located throughout the hospital at any given time. A method is further provided for utilizing this location information to generate a medication delivery/removal plan or route, which can be used by delivery personnel to alleviate the burden caused by making medication carts mobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Meek, Philip Spano, Mary Navarra
  • Publication number: 20060060349
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly is provided including a casing and a tubular member mounted over the casing. A flange extends from the tubular member. A generally elongated annular member is provided in the tubular member. The generally elongated annular member has a first end portion above the tubular member and second end portion below the first end portion. A seal is formed between the second end portion and the tubular member. A hanger may be suspended within the tubular member. In such case, a seal may be formed between the elongate annular member and the hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventors: Rex Duhn, Robert Meek
  • Publication number: 20060036555
    Abstract: Systems, client computing devices, server computing devices, and methods are disclosed for accessing medical devices, providing remote access to medical devices and/or remotely accessing medical devices. In one exemplary embodiment, client computing devices utilize protocol components that may be obtained from a server computing device via a network to communicate with medical devices in a communications protocol supported by the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Timothy Beck, Morris Young, Ronald Peyton, Robert Meek
  • Publication number: 20050092496
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly is provided including a first tubular member, a hanger mounted within the first tubular member and an annular member coupled to the outer surface of the hanger. The assembly also includes a second tubular member mounted to the annular member and surrounding a portion of the hanger. A method is also provided for fracturing a well requiring coupling a tubing mandrel hanger to a casing, the hanger having a central bore, coupling an annular nut on a portion of the outer surface of the hanger, mounting a tubular member having a flange over the hanger and on the flange, and applying fluids though the bore formed though the hanger for fracturing the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Inventors: Rex Duhn, Robert Meek
  • Patent number: 6864890
    Abstract: Conventional migration of short offset seismic data is performed. An interval velocity is obtained using, for example, check shots. An initial model of effective anellipticity parameter as a function of depth is obtained by flattening long offsets within a common image point. From these, interval anellipticity and horizontal velocity are obtained as a function of time. These initial models are used for anisotropic imaging. Any remaining residuals are used to update the interval anellipticity model and the process of migration is repeated until satisfactory results are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Comoco Phillips Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Meek, Phil D. Anno
  • Patent number: 6820010
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method of processing mode converted seismic data. The method comprises acquiring seismic data and determining a P-wave velocity model for the seismic data. An S-wave velocity model is determined from the P-wave velocity model. The mode converted seismic data are depth migrated forming CIP mode converted seismic data gathers. Corrected S-wave velocities are determined from near-offset data of the CIP gathers which corrects the depth migrated mode converted seismic data to the P-wave velocity model depth. A correction factor is provided and the iterating with the method quickly converges to a solution. This invention provides an efficient method of updating the shear wave velocity model for prestack depth migration of mode-converted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Surinder K. Sahai, Robert A. Meek
  • Patent number: D573484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC
    Inventor: Robert Meek