Patents by Inventor Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith 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: 11122956
    Abstract: A hard surface cleaning and conditioning assembly is provided that includes a pole having a lower section and an upper section; an adjusting device securing the upper and lower sections to one another in a telescoping manner; a tool depending from the lower section; a conditioning agent dispensing device depending from the lower section; a trigger depending from the upper section; and a telescoping trigger assembly operatively connecting the dispensing device to the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Jr., Paul H. Adams, Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Patent number: 11116558
    Abstract: A bone positioning guide may include a main body member, a shaft, and a bone engagement member. The shaft can be movably connected to the main body member and have the bone engagement member rotatably coupled to its distal end. The bone engagement member can have a surface configured to engage a bone. The main body member can also include a tip opposite the bone engagement member for engaging a second bone. In use, the bone engagement member may be positioned in contact with a medial side of a first metatarsal while the tip is positioned in contact with a lateral side of a different metatarsal, such as a second metatarsal. The shaft can then be moved to advance the bone engagement member toward the tip, causing realignment of the first metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Bret Smith, Paul Dayton, Sean F. Scanlan, F. Barry Bays, Carlos Eduardo Gil, John T. Treace, Robert D. Santrock, Daniel J. Hatch, Joe W. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11109875
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical assembly broadly includes an outer hollow needle which has an outer diameter of 3.0 mm or smaller, and a coaxial surgical instrument having a shaft which extends through the outer hollow needle. The coaxial surgical instrument includes end effectors at the end of the shaft which are biased to an open position such that when the end effectors of the surgical instrument extended out of the needle they open, and they are closed by relative movement of the needle over them. The assembly preferably includes a first fixing element which is used to fix the relative location of the surgical instrument and the needle. The assembly also preferably includes a second fixing element which moves relative to the needle and is located on the outside thereof and which is used to fix the relative location of the needle to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, H. Allan Alward, Steven J. Wysocki, Guy L. Osborne, Robert F. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210245361
    Abstract: A reaching and grabbing tool is provided. The tool includes a trigger assembly having a trigger and a handle. A jaw assembly is provided having at least one jaw operably connected to the trigger to move the at least one jaw. A hinge assembly is disposed between the trigger assembly and the jaw assembly, the hinge assembly being selectively lockable between an operating position and a folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, James M. Buckley, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Patent number: 11081309
    Abstract: Light bulb removing and installing assemblies are provided that can be easily configured for use with light bulbs different sizes and/or shapes. The assembly can include at least two different types of bulb holding devices that are removably connected to one another in a nested manner. The assembly can include bulb holding devices of different sizes that have an open bottom, which is removably connectable to a common base. The assembly can include a resilient finger holder and a common base, where the common base includes a number of upstanding, radially directed flexible members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, Robert F. Smith, James M. Buckley, Paul Adams, James Markland
  • Publication number: 20210228052
    Abstract: A hard surface cleaning and conditioning assembly is provided that includes a pole having a lower section and an upper section; an adjusting device securing the upper and lower sections to one another in a telescoping manner; a tool depending from the lower section; a conditioning agent dispensing device depending from the lower section; a trigger depending from the upper section; and a telescoping trigger assembly operatively connecting the dispensing device to the trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, JR., Paul H. Adams, Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20210177229
    Abstract: A mop pad, a flat headed mop, and a surface cleaning system is provided. The mop pad comprising a cleaning layer configured to remove contaminants from a surface being cleaned. A backing layer is coupled to the cleaning layer, the backing layer having a fastener configured to couple the backing layer to a mop head. At least one insert member coupled between at least one of the backing layer and the cleaning layer, the at least one insert being arranged adjacent an end of the mop pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10952573
    Abstract: A cleaning device is provided that has a handle configured to provide flexion in a first orientation but to provide rigidity in a second orientation. In this manner, the user can use the handle in the first orientation to allow the cleaning device to flex into hard to reach places and can use the same handle in the second orientation to apply differing levels of cleaning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Robert F. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210015246
    Abstract: Cleaning devices are provided that have a surface with areas that provide different cleaning states. The areas of different cleaning states are connected to one another by a deflection member that provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the user when transitioning between the different cleaning states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith, Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 10827822
    Abstract: Cleaning devices are provided that have a surface with areas that provide different cleaning states. The areas of different cleaning states are connected to one another by a deflection member that provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the user when transitioning between the different cleaning states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith, Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 10722297
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical assembly broadly includes an outer hollow needle which has an outer diameter, a longitudinal axis, and a sharp distal end. An insulating member extends through the hollow needle and is movable relative to the hollow needle. An elongated member extends through the insulating member and is movable relative to both the insulating member and the hollow needle. A resilient wire projects from the elongated member and is retractable within and extendable outside of the insulating member and the hollow needle. The insulating member, elongated member, and resilient wire are movable relative to the needle using first and second moving means whereby the surgical assembly assumes various configurations having different operational functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, H. Allan Alward, Robert F. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10607475
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system for monitoring parameters of an underground asset, such as an electric cable system, a pipeline serving as a conduit for water, gas, oil, sewage, or the like. Parameter detectors, such as sensors that measure temperature, voltage, current, moisture, etc., are distributed along the asset to provide electrical signals that represent respective monitored parameters of the asset. An underground hub disposed in an underground vault, or manhole, through which the asset passes is coupled to the parameter detectors to acquire the signals provided by the parameter detectors. The hub includes a controller to provide data derived from the acquired signals, the data being transmitted to a remote central location by a transceiver, or modem, via LP-WAN communication. Signals from the transceiver are transmitted directly from underground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Underground Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, Charles J. Wills, IV, Duncan C. Breese, Paul A. Alex
  • Patent number: 10575703
    Abstract: A versatile cleaning device is provided that can be easily configured for a number of different cleaning tasks and in a number of different positions. The device allows the user to change and/or replace to the cleaning head and/or the cleaning member carried by the head. The device allows the user to change a first angle between the handle and the extension arm via a pivot assembly. Further, the device allows the user to secure the handle to an extension device for greater reach and cleaning range. Accordingly, the cleaning device allows for even increased reach and cleaning range, as well as allowing the device to be folded for easy and compact storage/shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200001214
    Abstract: A device and system for purifying a fluid is provided. The system includes a tank having an interior space and a media container disposed within the interior space. A valve is provided that cooperates with an element within the interior, the valve being movable between an open and a closed position. The valve being biased to the open position when the element is not positioned within the interior space, wherein the interior space is fluidly coupled to the atmosphere in the open position. The valve further being configured to move to a closed position when the element is positioned within the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Paul H. Adams, Stephen P. Huda, James M. Buckley, John Anthony Triunfo, Joseph K. Patterson, Michael T. La Tulippe, Robert Camp, Robert F. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190365192
    Abstract: A floor cleaning system and a method of cleaning a floor are provided. The cleaning system includes a flat headed mop. The system also includes a frame and at least one compartment removably coupled to the frame. A wringing assembly is fluidly coupled to the at least one compartment, the wringing assembly comprising a fixed extractor element and at least one roller movable from a first position when the mop head is being inserted to a second position when the mop head is being withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: William Harrington, Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson, Paul H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20190365193
    Abstract: A floor cleaning system having a flat headed mop is provided. The system includes a bucket having a plurality of compartments. At least one compartment is provided for cleaning the flat headed mop to remove dirt and debris accumulated during use. A second compartment is provided for recharging the mop pad with water or a cleaning solution. At least one wringing device is operably coupled to one of the plurality of compartments. The at least one wringing device having an extractor element to remove at least a portion of water or cleaning solution from the mop pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson, William Harrington, Paul H. Adams
  • Patent number: D872403
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Jr., Robert F. Smith
  • Patent number: D915703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETNG INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, Robert F. Smith
  • Patent number: D922712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Patent number: D923896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, Robert F. Smith