Patents by Inventor Robert J. Smith

Robert J. 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).

  • Publication number: 20220372452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to non-naturally occurring polypeptides useful for preparing armodafinil, polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, and methods of using the polypeptides. The non-naturally occurring polypeptides of the present invention are effective in carrying out biocatalytic conversion of the (i) 2-(benzhydrylsulfinyl)acetamide to (?)-2-[(R)-(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl]acetamide (armodafinil), or (ii) benzhydryl-thioacetic acid to (R)-2-(benzhydrylsulfinyl)acetic acid, which is a pivotal intermediate in the synthesis of armodafinil, in enantiomeric excess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Ee Lui Ang, Oscar Alvizo, Behnaz Behrouzian, Michael D. Clay, Steven J. Collier, Ellen D. Eberhard, Fu Fan, Shiwei Song, Derek J. Smith, Magnus Widegren, Robert Wilson, Junye Xu, Jun Zhu
  • Publication number: 20220374549
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a blockchain comprising a plurality of immutable sales records corresponding to sales made by agents of an entity are provided. According to certain aspects, a transaction request indicating a sale made by an agent of the entity may be received at a first node. A block including a sales record indicating the sale made by the agent may be added to a blockchain and transmitted to another node for validation. The first node may add the block to a copy of the blockchain, where the block may be identified by a hash value that references a previous block in the blockchain that includes at least one additional sales record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shwn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 11504255
    Abstract: A bariatric device includes an esophageal member having an esophageal surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the esophagus and an anchoring technique anchoring the esophageal member to the portion of the esophagus. The bariatric device includes a cardiac member having a cardiac surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the cardiac portion of the stomach and a connector connected with the esophageal member and the cardiac member to cause strain to be applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach. The strain applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach causes satiety in the absence of food. The connector is adapted to pass through the gastroesophageal junction while leaving a continuous portion of the gastroesophageal junction substantially unrestrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: BFKW, LLC
    Inventors: Randal S. Baker, James A. Foote, Paul R. Kemmeter, Frederick J. Walburn, Peter M. Wilson, Adam I. Lehman, Barry J. Smith, Robert J. Chappolini
  • Patent number: 11508024
    Abstract: A system and method of verifying the identity of a user or registrant. The user or registrant provides identification information and registration information. The identification information may be a visual representation of an identifying item associated with location information. In some embodiments, the identification information may be a visual representation of a government issued identity. An identification module verifies the identification information and compares the verified identification information to the registration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Nan K. McKenzie, William A. Tartal, Victoria K. Stephen, Michael J. Amato, William G. Ackerman, Robert E. Dixon, Daniel W. Smith, Gregory Crabb, Paul Anthony Bernicchi
  • Patent number: 11506466
    Abstract: A holster for receiving and withdrawing a handgun has a proximal wall portion with a handgun retention mechanism thereon. The mechanism having a first lever with a tab portion for actuation and release of a trigger guard, the lever having a snap fit into a lever region without a separate pin. A belt engaging member covers the lever region capturing the first lever therein. If a second retention mechanism is used, another lever with a tab portion is positioned so the tabs are stacked, depressing one also depresses the tab behind it, such that both mechanisms are released. Overmolded polymer layers in the holster body provides a softer interior handgun engagement surfaces. The holster body is split forwardly with a threaded fastener for clamping onto the handgun. No holster body is beneath or rearward of the tab portion, configured as a thumb button, allowing smooth transition to gripping the handgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul N. Smith, Troy E. Lance, Oscar C. Woods, Daniel D. Sereday, Christopher J. Michael, Robert J. Meinert
  • Publication number: 20220361974
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11472308
    Abstract: A concrete mixer vehicle includes a chassis, a tractive assembly coupled to the chassis and configured to propel the concrete mixer vehicle, a mixing drum rotatably coupled to the chassis, and an electromagnetic device configured to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy to drive the tractive assembly. In a first configuration, a first battery module is removably coupled to the chassis and configured to provide the electrical energy to the electromagnetic device, and in a second configuration, the first battery module is removed from the chassis and replaced with a second battery module, the second battery module removably coupled to the chassis and configured to provide the electrical energy to the electromagnetic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Nader Nasr, Chad K. Smith, Mike Bolton, Loren DeVries, Neil Dekarske, Jon J. Morrow, David J. Steinberger, Yanming Hou
  • Publication number: 20220323225
    Abstract: An orthopaedic prosthetic component is provided. The orthopaedic prosthetic component comprises a porous three-dimensional structure shaped to be implanted in a patient's body. The porous three-dimensional structure comprises a plurality of unit cells. At least one unit cell comprises a first geometric structure having a first geometry and comprising a plurality of first struts, and a second geometric structure having a second geometry and comprising a plurality of second struts connected to a number of the plurality of first struts to form the second geometric structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Weidong Tong, Andrew T. Rosenberger, Robert J. Kane, Bryan J. Smith, Luke C. Ice, Fionnán A. McNamara, Edward Patrick Kavanagh
  • Publication number: 20220313482
    Abstract: A temperature management system for ease and timing of priming, setup and/or operation by a user. The temperature management system is configured to control a temperature of a patient's body using a heat exchange device. The temperature management system includes a console that is coupled to a heat exchange device, such as a catheter or surface pad. The console includes a hardware interface for receiving or coupling to a fluid loop configured to supply the heat exchange device with heating or cooling working fluid (e.g., saline). The interface provides instructions, indicators, and/or hardware elements to assist a user in configuring and priming the fluid loop for operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: Jeremy Thomas Dabrowiak, Sean W. Yip, Christo Petrov Pamichev, Robert J. Smith, Masoumeh Mafi
  • Patent number: 11459013
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering column housing. The steering column assembly also includes a lower shaft disposed within the steering column housing and axially adjustable. The steering column assembly further includes a torque adjustment assembly operatively connected to the lower shaft to increase or decrease a steering shaft turning torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Messing, Robert J. Smith, Clinton D. Spencer, Brandon M. McComb, Jacob A. Caverly, Douglas M. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11453218
    Abstract: According to examples, systems and methods for transferring and mixing ink utilizing a tank with a mixing area formed by a funnel portion are described. The mixing area is for mixing new ink and resident ink. In some examples, a new ink supply inlet tube deposits the new ink into the tank from a connected ink supply container. In some examples, a resident ink supply inlet tube deposits the resident ink into the tank from a connected printing device. In some examples, an outlet port situated at tank bottom sends the mixed ink to the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David L. Smith, Nicholas J. Meisner, Robert K. Saathoff
  • Patent number: 11446079
    Abstract: A surgical instrument end effector assembly includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The second jaw member includes an ultrasonic blade body and first and second electrodes disposed on either side of the ultrasonic blade body and extending longitudinally along a majority of a length of the ultrasonic blade body. The ultrasonic blade body is adapted to receive ultrasonic energy from an ultrasonic waveguide. The first and second electrodes taper in width proximally to distally and are adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy. The first jaw member is movable relative to the second jaw member between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Rachael L. Kabala, Anthony B. Ross, David J. Van Tol, Robert B. Stoddard, Robert B. Smith
  • Patent number: 11448833
    Abstract: Systems and methods for angle polishing of the end faces of a plurality of optical connectors are provided. Systems are provided that include a connector defining a longitudinal axis, and at least two ferrules mounted with respect to the connector and arranged in a side-by-side orientation. The end faces of the connectors are movable relative to the connector and such movement facilitates lateral orientation of the angle polished end faces of the ferrules relative to the connector when in the mating position. Various mechanisms and methods for facilitating movement of the ferrules relative to the connector are disclosed to achieve the desired lateral polish orientation of the ferrule end faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, Thomas Knychalski, Robert E. Abel
  • Patent number: 11443063
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a blockchain comprising a plurality of immutable sales records corresponding to sales made by agents of an entity are provided. According to certain aspects, a transaction request indicating a sale made by an agent of the entity may be received at a first node. A block including a sales record indicating the sale made by the agent may be added to a blockchain and transmitted to another node for validation. The first node may add the block to a copy of the blockchain, where the block may be identified by a hash value that references a previous block in the blockchain that includes at least one additional sales record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 11432864
    Abstract: A bone positioning guide may be used as part of a bunion correction procedure. The bone positioning guide can include a bone engagement member configured to be positioned on a medial side of a first metatarsal of a foot and a tip separated from the bone engagement member by a distance effective to position the tip on a lateral side of a second metatarsal and in an intermetatarsal space between the second metatarsal and a third metatarsal. The bone positioning guide can also include a mechanism operable to reduce the distance between the bone engagement member and the tip, thereby causing the first metatarsal to move in at least a transverse plane to reduce an intermetatarsal angle between the first metatarsal and the second metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    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
  • Publication number: 20220270771
    Abstract: A combined blade guide and exchange tool, include a blade guide tool having a lower end and an upper end and a plurality of frame rails supporting a pair of lower collet housings at a lower end of the blade guide tool. A pair of fuel support grapple actuating rods are supported between the plurality of frame rails and have a first end engaging a pair of collets within the pair of lower collet housings and a second end disposed at the upper end of the blade guide tool. A blade exchange tool is releasably mounted to the upper end of the blade guide tool and includes a pair of upper collets for engaging the pair of fuel support grapple actuating rods. The blade exchange tool further including a slider and hook assembly attached to a cable guided by the blade exchange tool and adapted for engaging a control rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: Kristoffer OSTRANDER, Robert W. WHITLING, Brian J. SMITH
  • Patent number: 11419693
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11423505
    Abstract: A method of forming a data-hiding watermark on a surface may include encoding data within an image using the chrominance data of the of the image, adjusting at least one characteristic of the image to enhance the prominence of the encoded data within the image, and printing the adjusted, encoded image onto the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg S. Smith, Robert Ulichney, William J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20220257267
    Abstract: A metatarsal correction procedure may be performed so as to minimize the length of the surgical incision created during the procedure. A variety of different instruments and/or techniques and facilitate the minimal incision procedure. In some examples, a technique involves making a comparatively small surgical incision to access a tarsometatarsal joint. A metatarsal and a cuneiform separated by the tarsometatarsal joint can be prepared. In addition, the metatarsal can be moved relative to the cuneiform using a bone positioning device having a metatarsal engagement member positioned in contact with the skin of the patient on a medial side of the metatarsal. After moving the metatarsal, a fixation device can be installed across the tarsometatarsal joint to cause fusion. In some examples, a plate holder is attached to a U-shaped bone plate to facilitate plating across the joint through the comparatively small incision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Robert D. Santrock, Paul Dayton, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe W. Ferguson, John T. Treace, Tyler Hissong, Jason May, William DeCarbo, Jody McAleer
  • Patent number: 11413081
    Abstract: A technique for correcting a bone deformity, such as a bunion, may be performed using a fulcrum. In some examples, the technique involves inserting a fulcrum between a first metatarsal that is anatomically misaligned with respect to a second metatarsal. The technique further includes preparing an end of the first metatarsal and preparing an end of a medial cuneiform opposing the end of the first metatarsal. In addition, a distal portion of the first metatarsal is moved toward the second metatarsal in a transverse plane, thereby pivoting a proximal portion of the first metatarsal about the fulcrum and reducing an intermetatarsal angle between the first metatarsal and the second metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Barry Bays, Robert D. Santrock, Paul Dayton, Daniel J. Hatch, W. Bret Smith, Carlos Eduardo Gil, Sean F. Scanlan, Joe William Ferguson, John T. Treace