Patents by Inventor Robert J. Price

Robert J. Price 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: 20200078609
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions. A first response is triggered when the first set of logic conditions is met. A parameter is determined from the at least one electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10499905
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for minimally invasive procedures in the heart. In one application, a catheter is advanced from the left atrium through the mitral valve and along the left ventricular outflow tract to orient and stabilize the catheter and enable a procedure such as a “bow tie” repair of the mitral valve. Right heart procedures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Matthew J. Price, Robert James Siegel
  • Patent number: 10464694
    Abstract: A spacecraft includes at least a first thruster support mechanism (TSM) and a second TSM, each TSM including a pointing arrangement, an elongated structural member and thruster for performing orbit raising north-south stationkeeping, east-west stationkeeping, and momentum management. A first pointing arrangement is articulable only by way of first and second revolute joints, the first revolute joint being rotatable about a first axis fixed with respect to the spacecraft. The second pointing arrangement is articulable only by way of third and fourth revolute joints, the third revolute joint being rotatable about a third axis fixed with respect to the spacecraft. The first axis and the third axis are asymmetrically arranged with respect to a spacecraft coordinate system origin such that the first and third axis are at acute angles to a spacecraft pitch axis and the acute angle of the first axis is less than that of the third axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Erik Schwarz, Jason J. Chiang, Xenophon H. Price, Darren R. Stratemeier, Eric V. Werner
  • Patent number: 10441345
    Abstract: A generator is disclosed to generate a drive signal to a surgical device. The generator includes an ultrasonic generator module to generate a first drive signal to drive an ultrasonic device, an electrosurgery/radio frequency (RF) generator module to generate a second drive signal to drive an electrosurgical device, and a foot switch coupled to each of the ultrasonic generator module and the electrosurgery/RF generator module. The foot switch is configured to operate in a first mode when the ultrasonic device is coupled to the ultrasonic generator module and the foot switch is configured to operate in a second mode when the electrosurgical device is coupled to the electrosurgery/RF generator module. The generator further includes a user interface to provide feedback in accordance with the operation of any one of the ultrasonic device and the electrosurgical device in accordance with a predetermined algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Robert A. Kemerling, Mark E. Tebbe, Christopher A. Papa, Daniel W. Price, Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey D. Messerly, David C. Yates, Mark A. Davison, Scott B. Killinger, Gavin M. Monson, Robert J. Laird, Matthew C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190295908
    Abstract: A system for providing a targeted recall includes a metrology sub-system for performing in-line measurements on semiconductor dies after one or more fabrication steps to generate in-line measurement profiles, a failure analysis sub-system for determining a manufacturing fingerprint of a failed die, and a controller. The metrology sub-system may further perform one or more measurements of the semiconductor dies after one or more packaging steps to generate package characterization profiles. The controller may generate manufacturing fingerprints for the semiconductor dies based on the in-line measurement profiles and the package characterization profiles, which are referenced to unique electronic chip identifiers. The controller may further identify at-risk dies by comparing the manufacturing fingerprints of the semiconductor dies with the manufacturing fingerprint of the failed die and direct a targeted recall for the one or more at-risk dies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Robert J. Rathert, David W. Price
  • Publication number: 20190282292
    Abstract: A control circuit configured to receive a control signal that defines a first phase and a second phase from a surgical generator. The control circuit may include a first resistor, a second resistor in parallel with the first resistor, and a switch in series with the second resistor. The switch may be configured to transition between an open state and a closed state corresponding to an operational mode of a surgical instrument. In the first phase of the control signal, the control circuit is configured to communicate surgical instrument information to the surgical generator. In the second phase of the control signal and in the open state of the switch, the control circuit is configured to provide a first output. In the second phase of the control signal and in the closed state of the switch, the control circuit is configured to provide a second output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey D. Messerly, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Nathan J. Price, Matthew C. Miller, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, JR., Joseph A. Brotz, John E. Hein
  • Patent number: 10335614
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions. A first response is triggered when the first set of logic conditions is met. A parameter is determined from the at least one electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Matthew C. Miller, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9206589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely controlling machines includes generating, on a display device associated with a remote control console, a first image associated with a position of the machine at a first time period. A virtual position of the machine is estimated based at least on the first position and at least one operating parameter associated with the machine. A virtual image of the machine relative to the first image is generated on the display device, the virtual image of the machine corresponding to the estimated virtual position of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Price
  • Patent number: 8660758
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a payload calculation system for use with a work implement having at least two linkage members. The payload calculation system may have at least one state sensor configured to measure a state of the at least two linkage members. The payload calculation system may also have a processing device in communication with the at least one state sensor. The processing device may account for changes in a center of gravity of each of the at least two linkage members. The processing device may also be configured to use the at least one state sensor to determine a mass of a payload moved by the work implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Vijayakumar Janardhan, Jeffrey Kent Berry, Brian Mintah, Everett Gene Brandt, Robert J. Price, Kevin Dwight King
  • Patent number: 8282312
    Abstract: A method of operating machine system includes receiving expected material placement data for a paving machine and comparing the expected material placement data with actual material placement data. The method further includes outputting a signal based on the comparison, and commanding replenishing material from a supply machine to the second supply volume responsive to the signal. A paving control system for a paving system includes a computer readable memory configured to store expected material placement data, a receiver configured to receive actual material placement data and a data processor configured to output a control signal to a supply machine to controllably replenish material to an external material supply volume for the paving system in a manner responsive to comparing the expected material placement data with the actual material replacement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine C. Braddy, Dean R. Potts, Robert J. Price
  • Patent number: 8185290
    Abstract: A data acquisition system for an excavation machine having a power source configured to drive a tool through a work cycle is disclosed. The data acquisition system may have a first sensor associated with the power source to generate a first signal indicative of a performance of the power source, and a second sensor associated with the tool to generate a second signal indicative of a performance of the tool. The data acquisition system may also have a controller in communication with the first and second sensors. The controller may be configured to record the first and second signals, and partition the work cycle into a plurality of segments. The controller may be further configured to link the performance of the power source and the performance of the tool together with one of the plurality of segments during which the associated first and second signals were recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Mintah, Robert J. Price, Kevin D. King, Vijayakumar Janardhan, Shoji Tozawa
  • Patent number: 8156048
    Abstract: A payload monitoring system for an excavation machine is disclosed. The payload monitoring system may have a tool, a first sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a velocity of the tool, and a second sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a lift force of the tool. The payload monitoring system may also have a controller in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor. The controller may be configured to record the velocity and the lift force of the tool during a work cycle based on the first and second signals, and partition the work cycle into a plurality of segments including a loaded moving segment. The controller may also be configured to determine a period of time within the loaded moving segment during which the velocity of the tool is substantially constant, and calculate a payload of the tool based on the lift force recorded during the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Mintah, Robert J. Price, Kevin D. King, Vijayakumar Janardhan, Shoji Tozawa
  • Patent number: D672348
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D672776
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D672777
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D672778
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D672779
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D673151
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D673152
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams
  • Patent number: D673153
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Randall Dennis Bousfield, David Edward Andresky, Toby Mark Padilla, Robert J. Price, Damon Dageenakis, David William Adams