Patents by Inventor Robert Langer

Robert Langer 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: 9023630
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9011751
    Abstract: Endolumenal prostheses that readily and extensively convert from a delivery configuration to a deployed configuration are disclosed. Endolumenal prostheses may be fabricated from one or more shape memory polymers, a high modulus elastomer, a polymer that is both elastomeric and exhibits shape memory behavior, a hydrogel, or some combination thereof. Polymers used to fabricate the prostheses are selectively synthesized to exhibit desired characteristics such as crystallinity, strain fixity rate, strain recovery rate, elasticity, tensile strength, mechanical strength, cross-linking density, extent physical cross-linking, extent of covalent cross-linking, extent of interpenetrating networks, rate of erosion, heat of fusion, crystallization temperature, and acidity during erosion. The endolumenal prostheses convert to the deployed configuration following delivery to a treatment site, upon exposure to an initiator either present within the body naturally or introduced into the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Synecor LLC
    Inventors: Michael Scott Williams, Yadong Wang, Robert Langer
  • Patent number: 9005944
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9006694
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing an x-ray shielding system including a flexible layer including a support structure having a plurality of interconnected interstitial spaces that provide a circulation network for an x-ray shielding fluid composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Philip A. Eckhoff, William H. Gates, III, Peter L. Hagelstein, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Erez Lieberman, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Michael Schnall-Levin, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9005943
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8999711
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8998884
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled reaction device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to various embodiments, a reaction device is placed in an environment in order to perform a chemical reaction in an environment. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. In selected embodiments, a magnetic field, an electric field, or electromagnetic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8998886
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled osmotic pump device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to some embodiments, an osmotic pump device is placed in an environment in order to pump a material into the environment or into an additional fluid handling structure within the osmotic pump device. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. In selected embodiments, a magnetic field, an electric field, or electromagnetic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8992511
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled substance delivery device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to some embodiments, a delivery device or related device may be placed in an environment in order to pump a material into the environment or into an additional fluid handling structure within the device. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. The concentration of a substance in the fluid to be delivered may be modified by a remote control signal. In selected embodiments, an acoustic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8975074
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150064146
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 8968274
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled substance delivery device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to some embodiments, a delivery device or related device may be placed in an environment in order to pump a material into the environment or into an additional fluid handling structure within the device. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. The concentration of a substance in the fluid to be delivered may be modified by a remote control signal. In selected embodiments, an acoustic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8962316
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8936590
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled reaction device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to various embodiments, a reaction device is placed in an environment in order to perform a chemical reaction in an environment. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. In selected embodiments, an acoustic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8906687
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8900865
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8882747
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled substance delivery device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to some embodiments, a delivery device or related device may be placed in an environment in order to pump a material into the environment or into an additional fluid handling structure within the device. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. The concentration of a substance in the fluid to be delivered may be modified by a remote control signal. In selected embodiments, a magnetic field, an electric field, or electromagnetic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140314826
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for inhibiting bacterial attachment to a surface, the method comprising forming the surface from a polymer, or applying a polymer to the surface, wherein the polymer is a homopolymer formed from a (meth) acrylate or (meth) acrylamide monomer or a copolymer formed from one or more (meth) acrylate or (meth) acrylamide monomers, wherein the (meth) acrylate or (meth) acrylamide monomers are of formula (I) or (II): [H2C?CR?—C(?O)—O—]nR??(I) [H2C?CR?—C(?O)—NH—]nR??(II) wherein n is 1, 2 or 3, R? is independently H or CH3, R is an organic group having a total of from 2 to 24 carbon atoms, wherein the organic group includes an aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbon moiety and wherein the organic group does not include any hydroxyl groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
    Inventors: Paul Williams, Morgan Russell Alexander, Martyn Christopher Davies, Robert Langer, Daniel Griffith Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140312135
    Abstract: In an aspect, an eating utensil includes a controllable odorant emitter for delivering an odorant to a person who is eating or drinking from the eating utensil. The odorant may be delivered orthonasally or retronasally. The odorant may be used to stimulate or suppress appetite. In an aspect, a controllable odorant emitter is provided in an attachment that may be removably secured to an eating utensil. Related methods and systems for delivering odorant in connection with use of an eating utensil are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K.Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Dennis J. Rivet, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140303660
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a handheld or hand operated surgical instrument. The instrument includes an elongated member having a longitudinal axis and a handle portion. The instrument includes a working tip coupled to the elongated member. The instrument includes a sensor configured to detect a user-imparted hand tremble motion. The instrument includes a flexible beam element of the elongated member located in-between the handle portion and the working tip, and configured to reversibly bend, extend, or rotate with respect to the longitudinal axis. The instrument includes an actuator physically coupled to the flexible beam element and configured to reversibly bend, extend, or rotate the flexible beam element with respect to the longitudinal axis. The instrument includes a controller configured to stabilize the working tip by activating the actuator in a manner responsive to the detected user-imparted hand tremble motion in at least one degree of freedom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene