Patents by Inventor Robert Nix

Robert Nix 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: 10433941
    Abstract: A dental solution dispenser includes a body having a first end, a second end, and including a front housing at the first end, a twist back at the second end, and a grip that interposes the front housing and the twist back. An applicator tip is coupled to the body at the first end, and an ampoule assembly is positioned within the body and includes an ampoule sealed at one end with a frangible seal and defining a fluid chamber for storing a dental solution. A mandrel extends longitudinally within the body and provides a piercing member. The twist back is rotatable relative to the grip to pierce the frangible seal with the piercing member. A trigger is coupled to the body and pivotable between an engaged position, where the trigger engages the ampoule assembly, and a disengaged position, where the trigger disengages the ampoule assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: YOUNG MICROBRUSH, LLC
    Inventors: John Frymark, Todd Korup, Donald Melnikoff, Michael Nix, Robert E. Kreutzer, Jr., Richard Gaggioli, Wayne Siebrecht, Scott Rote, Aaron B. Eiger, Nathan Wicker, Kent Solberg
  • Patent number: 10347382
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for tracking antimicrobial resistance based on geography. An application server receives a query from a client application to provide antimicrobial resistance data for a geographic location. The application server determines a geographic region based, at least in part, on the geographic location included in the query, and antimicrobial data for samples collected from patients residing in the geographic region are retrieved from at least one health information datastore of a health information system. The retrieved antimicrobial data comprises information describing antimicrobial resistance of an infectious organism detected in the biological samples to at least one antimicrobial agent, and is transmitted to a client device on which the client application that issued the query is executing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: athenahealth, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Shayne Guiliano, Anne Meneghetti, Peter Hung, Nathan Wilkinson, Abbe Don, Alexander C. Jergensen, Jeremy Magid
  • Publication number: 20170017942
    Abstract: A payment processing system to provide merchant-specific accounts to consumers that are accessed by payment instruments. In one embodiment, the payment processing system can create and provide a variety of payment methodologies for purchases, such as pay-as-you-go, virtual prepaid, virtual subscription, and post-paid purchases. The merchant may, in some embodiments provide consumers with merchant rewards accounts and an opportunity to earn reward points or other loyalty-based currencies through qualifying purchase transactions. The consumer may access their merchant-specific accounts for purchase payment using a preferred payment instrument, such as a credit or debit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Peter Masters, Jeffrey Schachter, Theodore Schwartz, Ben Lee
  • Publication number: 20160092657
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for tracking antimicrobial resistance based on geography. An application server receives a query from a client application to provide antimicrobial resistance data for a geographic location. The application server determines a geographic region based, at least in part, on the geographic location included in the query, and antimicrobial data for samples collected from patients residing in the geographic region are retrieved from at least one health information datastore of a health information system. The retrieved antimicrobial data comprises information describing antimicrobial resistance of an infectious organism detected in the biological samples to at least one antimicrobial agent, and is transmitted to a client device on which the client application that issued the query is executing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Shayne Guiliano, Anne Meneghetti, Peter Hung, Nathan Wilkinson, Abbe Don, Alexander C. Jergensen, Jeremy Magid
  • Patent number: 8756071
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying and analyzing clusters of medical billing claims in a queue to identify a shared root cause issue for the medical billing claims in the cluster. Exemplary methods and apparatus involve grouping each of the plurality of medical billing claims into clusters based on predetermined cluster patterns that include at least one attribute, validating the clusters using predetermined criteria to determine if the clusters should be analyzed, discarded, and/or marked for further analysis, collecting information about each of the medical billing claims in clusters, and determining a root cause issue for the medical billing claims in the clusters based on the collected information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: athenahealth, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Peter Parnassa, Nikolay Andreev, William Clayton, Michael Yun, Lauren Fitch, Michael Swain
  • Publication number: 20130332186
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating a payment collection process by enabling a patient to pre-authorize payment for future medical services not covered by the patient's healthcare payer. Rather than sending a statement to a patient instructing the payment to remit an outstanding balance, a practice management system automatically applies electronic funds for the patient's outstanding balance in accordance with terms of a contract executed between the patient and the medical practice at the time of service. By including contract terms such as a predefined maximum charge amount and limited contract duration, patients may feel that their electronic account information is safe and that they will be billed only for what they owe. Additionally, medical practices may have better assurance that remittance for medical services will be paid promptly by patients under the terms of the contract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: athenahealth, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Epstein, Aaron Homer, Jason Chang, Jeff Kibler, Cezary Wislocki-Wasecki, Geoffry Maletta, Robert Nix
  • Publication number: 20120233068
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating a payment collection process by enabling a patient to pre-authorize payment for future medical services not covered by the patient's healthcare payer. Rather than sending a statement to a patient instructing the payment to remit an outstanding balance, a practice management system automatically applies electronic funds for the patient's outstanding balance in accordance with terms of a contract executed between the patient and the medical practice at the time of service. By including contract terms such as a predefined maximum charge amount and limited contract duration, patients may feel that their electronic account information is safe and that they will be billed only for what they owe. Additionally, medical practices may have better assurance that remittance for medical services will be paid promptly by patients under the terms of the contract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: athenahealth, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Epstein, Aaron Homer, Jason Chang, Jeff Kibler, Cezary Wislocki-Wasecki, Geoffry Maletta, Robert Nix
  • Publication number: 20120185312
    Abstract: A payment processing system to provide merchant-specific accounts to consumers that are accessed by payment instruments. In one embodiment, the payment processing system can create and provide a variety of payment methodologies for purchases, such as pay-as-you-go, virtual prepaid, virtual subscription, and post-paid purchases. The merchant may, in some embodiments provide consumers with merchant rewards accounts and an opportunity to earn reward points or other loyalty-based currencies through qualifying purchase transactions. The consumer may access their merchant-specific accounts for purchase payment using a preferred payment instrument, such as a credit or debit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Peter Masters, Jeffrey Schachter, Theodore Schwartz, Ben Lee
  • Publication number: 20100299195
    Abstract: A payment processing system to provide merchant-specific accounts to consumers that are accessed by payment instruments. In one embodiment, the payment processing system can create and provide a variety of payment methodologies for purchases, such as pay-as-you-go, virtual prepaid, virtual subscription, and post-paid purchases. The merchant may, in some embodiments provide consumers with merchant rewards accounts and an opportunity to earn reward points or other loyalty-based currencies through qualifying purchase transactions. The consumer may access their merchant-specific accounts for purchase payment using a preferred payment instrument, such as a credit or debit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Peter Masters, Jeffrey Schachter, Theodore Schwartz, Ben Lee
  • Publication number: 20100256985
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying and analyzing clusters of medical billing claims in a queue to identify a shared root cause issue for the medical billing claims in the cluster. Exemplary methods and apparatus involve grouping each of the plurality of medical billing claims into clusters based on predetermined cluster patterns that include at least one attribute, validating the clusters using predetermined criteria to determine if the clusters should be analyzed, discarded, and/or marked for further analysis, collecting information about each of the medical billing claims in clusters, and determining a root cause issue for the medical billing claims in the clusters based on the collected information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: ROBERT NIX, PETER PARNASSA, NIKOLAY ANDREEV, WILLIAM CLAYTON, MICHAEL YUN, LAUREN FITCH, MICHAEL SWAIN
  • Patent number: 7782981
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus (200) comprises a plurality of receive antennas (216a-m) arranged to receive a composite signal containing a plurality of transmitted symbols. A joint detector-decoder (218) iteratively enumerates most probable symbols received at the receive antennas (216am) using an enumeration constraint. A processor (220) determines a bit stream corresponding to each most probable received symbol. A method of signal processing for MIMO systems is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Dean, Paul Nicholas Fletcher, Andrew Robert Nix, Mohamad Kamree Abdul Aziz
  • Publication number: 20080232590
    Abstract: A method of producing an offer package includes defining, within the offer package, a description of an offered product. The cost of the offered product and the merchant making the offer are also defined within the offer package, which includes an encrypted version of the offered product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Ronald L. Rivest, Silvio Micali, Perry Solomon, Robert Nix, Robert Carney, Prasad Jonnalagadda, Joseph Bergeron III, Mark Bates
  • Publication number: 20080049862
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus (200) comprises a plurality of receive antennas (216a-m) arranged to receive a composite signal containing a plurality of transmitted symbols. A joint detector-decoder (218) iteratively enumerates most probable symbols received at the receive antennas (216am) using an enumeration constraint. A processor (220) determines a bit stream corresponding to each most probable received symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Applicant: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Dean, Paul Nicholas Fletcher, Andrew Robert Nix, Mohamad KAmree Abdul Aziz
  • Publication number: 20080040261
    Abstract: A payment processing system to provide merchant-specific accounts to consumers that are accessed by payment instruments. In one embodiment, the payment processing system can create and provide a variety of payment methodologies for purchases, such as pay-as-you-go, virtual prepaid, virtual subscription, and post-paid purchases. The merchant may, in some embodiments provide consumers with merchant rewards accounts and an opportunity to earn reward points or other loyalty-based currencies through qualifying purchase transactions. The consumer may access their merchant-specific accounts for purchase payment using a preferred payment instrument, such as a credit or debit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Peter Masters, Jeffrey Schachter, Theodore Schwartz, Ben Lee
  • Publication number: 20080019044
    Abstract: A multilayered ferromagnetic laminate includes a first magnetic film having a cobalt alloy and a second magnetic film having an iron-nitrogen alloy. The films are deposited upon one another and laminated to provide a multilayered film structure having an alternating plurality of the first and second magnetic films. The cobalt alloy may be a cobalt-zirconium-tantalum alloy. The nitrogen is incorporated interstitially in the crystalline structure of the iron of the second magnetic film. The laminate forms the magnetic shields and the write poles of magnetic disk and tape heads. The lamination of the first magnetic film which has high electrically resistive, high mechanical hardness, and high magnetic moment characteristics with the second magnetic film which has lower electrically resistive and very high magnetic moment characteristics yields the laminate which has very high magnetic moment and very hard pole material characteristics and has the ability to write at high frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Applicant: STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ricky Ewasko, Robert Nix
  • Publication number: 20070267479
    Abstract: A payment processing system configured to provide merchant-specific accounts to consumers, such as virtual prepaid parking accounts, that are accessed by payment instruments. In one embodiment, the payment processing system can create and provide a variety of payment methodologies for purchases, such as pay-as-you-go, virtual prepaid, virtual subscription, and post-paid purchases. In some embodiments, the merchant can provide consumers with rewards accounts and opportunities to earn reward points or other loyalty-based currencies through qualifying purchase transactions. The system can also refund merchant-specific accounts for returns or unused portions of prepaid resources. The consumer can access their merchant-specific accounts for purchase payment or refund using a preferred payment instrument, such as a credit or debit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Applicant: Chockstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Mitchell Schecter
  • Publication number: 20070131496
    Abstract: A brake assembly is configured for a strapping tool tensioning motor having a housing and an output shaft operably connected to a tensioning wheel. The brake assembly includes a one-way bearing operably connected to the motor output shaft to permit the shaft to rotate relative to the bearing in the first direction and to stop rotation of the shaft relative to the bearing in the reverse direction. The bearing has at least two stop members thereon. A brake element is operably mounted to the motor movable toward and away from the bearing for movement into and out of engagement with one of the bearing stop members. The brake element stops reverse rotation of the motor shaft and bearing. A brake release is operably connected to the brake element for moving the brake element into and out of engagement with the one of the bearing stop members. A biasing element biases the brake element into engagement with the one of the bearing stop members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Dorene Nix
  • Publication number: 20060149671
    Abstract: A payment processing system includes one transaction processor that aggregates cost data associated with low-priced sales transactions between a consumer and a merchant. The transaction processor sends data that represents the aggregated cost data to an acquiring banking entity associated with the merchant. The system also includes another transaction processor that stores data that represents each individual low-priced sales transaction. The stored data is accessible by one or more banking entities associated with the merchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Nix, Alek Mesarovich, Theodore Schwartz, Jeffrey Schachter, Peter Masters, Jason Mondanaro, Ronald Rivest, Silvio Micali, Prasad Jonnalagadda
  • Patent number: 6963617
    Abstract: An OFDM receiver includes an adaptive equalizer, which acts on a received signal, after conversion to digital samples. After filtering by the equalizer, any guard interval is removed, and a Fast Fourier Transform is applied to the signal. The data signal is then estimated and the estimated data is supplied as an output. The estimated data also has any guard interval reinserted, and is applied to an Inverse Fast Fourier Transform, and is fed back to the equalizer to allow adaptation of the tap coefficients thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: University of Bristol
    Inventors: Simon Armour, David Roger Bull, Andrew Robert Nix
  • Patent number: 5950119
    Abstract: An image-reject mixer includes a process for adding a signal to a RF input signal. Any imbalance in the mixer circuitry, which would lead to imperfect image suppression, is corrected by detecting any resulting local oscillator component in the mixer output signal, and adjusting the balance to minimize the size of the local oscillator component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: University of Bristol
    Inventors: Joseph Peter McGeehan, Mark Anthony Beach, Andrew Robert Nix, Peter Blakeborough Kenington