Patents by Inventor Ron Richard

Ron Richard 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: 10604247
    Abstract: A tension torsion strap by which a blade is connectable with a hub of a propulsor is provided. The tension torsion strap includes an elongate body formed to define attachment features at opposite ends thereof, the attachment features being connectable to the blade at one of the opposite ends and to the hub at the other of the opposite ends, fibrous materials extending along the elongate body and around the attachment features and pretension flanges elastically interposable between the hub and the elongate body. The pretension flanges are configured to maintain pretension in the fibrous materials above a predefined pretension level when the attachment features are connected to the blade and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Darrow, Jr., Ron William Waldo, Joshua Richards, Kristopher Michael Haydel, Lance Halcom
  • Publication number: 20190298948
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods for assessing the sleep quality of a patient in a sleep session are provided. Data is collected from the patient and/or physician including, for example, sleep session data in the form of one or more physiological parameters of the patient indicative of the patient's sleep quality during the sleep session, a subjective evaluation of sleep quality, etc.; patient profile data; etc. A sleep quality index algorithm, which optionally may be an adaptive algorithm, is applied, taking into account some or all of the collected data. Sleep quality data may be presented to at least the patient, and it may be displayed in any suitable format (e.g., a format useful for the patient to be appraised on the progress of the treatment, a format useful for a sleep clinician to monitor progress and/or assess the effectiveness of differing treatment regimens, etc).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Renee Frances FLOWER, Philip Rodney Kwok, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, Ron Richard
  • Publication number: 20190224431
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB), wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes applying a treatment pressure to a patient, monitoring the patient for speech output, generating a signal in response to detected speech of the patient, and, in response to the signal, reducing the treatment pressure applied to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Philip Rodney KWOK, Ron RICHARD, Rohan MULLINS, Chee Keong PHUAH, Karthikeyan SELVARAJAN, Adrian BARNES, Christopher Kingsley BLUNSDEN, Benriah GOELDI
  • Patent number: 10342941
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB), wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes determining whether treatment pressure at the patient interface is below a desired value, in response to the determining, increasing pressure generated by the flow generator, in response to the increasing, making a determination that the increase in flow generator pressure has resulted in less than a desired increase in treatment pressure at the patient interface, and in response to the determination, reducing or inhibiting further increase of the flow generator pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Philip Rodney Kwok, Ron Richard, Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Glenn Richards, Nicholas Jerome Reed, Larry Puckeridge
  • Patent number: 10300230
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods for assessing the sleep quality of a patient in a sleep session are provided. Data is collected from the patient and/or physician including, for example, sleep session data in the form of one or more physiological parameters of the patient indicative of the patient's sleep quality during the sleep session, a subjective evaluation of sleep quality, etc.; patient profile data; etc. A sleep quality index algorithm, which optionally may be an adaptive algorithm, is applied, taking into account some or all of the collected data. Sleep quality data may be presented to at least the patient, and it may be displayed in any suitable format (e.g., a format useful for the patient to be appraised on the progress of the treatment, a format useful for a sleep clinician to monitor progress and/or assess the effectiveness of differing treatment regimens, etc).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Renee Frances Flower, Philip Rodney Kwok, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, Ron Richard
  • Patent number: 10293127
    Abstract: A low-cost CPAP apparatus in which, upon detection of the transition from inhalation to exhalation, the blower motor is de-energized to allow it to freewheel. When the pressure in the patient mask (or whatever interface is utilized) reaches a minimum pressure level during exhalation, the motor is re-energized and its speed is controlled so to maintain the pressure at a level suitable for exhalation. Upon detection of the transition from exhalation to inhalation, the motor speed is increased to provide higher pressures in the patient mask suitable for inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Steven Paul Farrugia, Matthew Alder, Andrew Mikael Price, Ron Richard
  • Publication number: 20170246408
    Abstract: A method of acclimatizing a user to provide continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, including operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB) during successive treatment sessions, wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes determining a clinically-derived full therapeutic pressure, applying a sub-therapeutic treatment pressure for the duration of a first session, obtaining responses to a series of pre-programmed patient and/or bed partner feedback questions before the start of a second session, and, based on the responses, either incrementally increasing the treatment pressure for the second session if the responses indicate that the patient is adjusting to therapy, or maintaining the treatment pressure for the second session if the responses do not indicate that the patient is adjusting to therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Philip Rodney KWOK, Ron RICHARD, Rohan MULLINS, Chee Keong PHUAH, Karthikeyan SELVARAJAN, Adrian BARNES, Thomas Evan MILLER, David Richard VORREITER
  • Publication number: 20170246415
    Abstract: A mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient may include a patient interface structured to engage the patient's face and provide a seal, a headgear arrangement to support the patient interface in a desired position on the patient's face, and an audio unit provided to at least one of the patient interface and the headgear arrangement. The audio unit may be operable to selectively generate at least one sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Philip Rodney KWOK, Ron Richard, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, Larry Puckeridge, Mark Bertinetti
  • Patent number: 9682207
    Abstract: A method of acclimatizing a user to provide continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, including operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB) during successive treatment sessions, wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes determining a clinically-derived full therapeutic pressure, applying a sub-therapeutic treatment pressure for the duration of a first session, obtaining responses to a series of pre-programmed patient and/or bed partner feedback questions before the start of a second session, and, based on the responses, either incrementally increasing the treatment pressure for the second session if the responses indicate that the patient is adjusting to therapy, or maintaining the treatment pressure for the second session if the responses do not indicate that the patient is adjusting to therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Philip Rodney Kwok, Ron Richard, Rohan Mullins, Chee Keong Phuah, Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Adrian Barnes, Thomas Evan Miller, David Richard Vorreiter
  • Patent number: 9474872
    Abstract: Methods and/or apparatuses for treating sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are provided. In particular, systems and/or methods are provided which may temporarily boost the pressure of a supply of breathable gas provided by an AutoSet device for the treatment of hypopnea. In certain example embodiments, a supply of breathable is provided to patients to treat apneas and/or hypopneas. The presence and/or absence of apneas and/or hypopneas are detected (e.g. by monitoring the Apnea-Hypopnea Index). When hypopnea events are detected, the pressure of the supply of breathable gas temporarily is increased above the Pcrit and/or CPAP levels, at least during patient inspiration. When the hypopnea events are normalized, the pressure is reduced. In certain example embodiments, the pressure will not be increased when a non-hypopnea event is detected at the same time as a hypopnea event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Ron Richard, Steven Paul Farrugia, Philip Rodney Kwok, David Mulcahy
  • Patent number: 9227032
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB), wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes applying a treatment pressure to a patient, monitoring the patient for speech output, generating a signal in response to detected speech of the patient, and, in response to the signal, reducing the treatment pressure applied to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: RESMED LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Rodney Kwok, Ron Richard, Rohan Mullins, Chee Keong Phuah, Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Adrian Barnes, Christopher Kingsley Blunsden, Benriah Goeldi
  • Publication number: 20150306330
    Abstract: Methods and systems, including computer program products, are provided for selecting a mask that is worn by a subject. A system can include an application that allows a subject to input information concerning the subject, such as sleeping habits. The subject then takes a photo of his or her face to help select the mask. The system then uses the collected data, comparing it to a database of known masks, to display results of masks that are most likely to fit the subject and his or her needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ron Richard
  • Publication number: 20150047639
    Abstract: A low-cost CPAP apparatus in which, upon detection of the transition from inhalation to exhalation, the blower motor is de-energized to allow it to freewheel. When the pressure in the patient mask (or whatever interface is utilized) reaches a minimum pressure level during exhalation, the motor is re-energized and its speed is controlled so to maintain the pressure at a level suitable for exhalation. Upon detection of the transition from exhalation to inhalation, the motor speed is increased to provide higher pressures in the patient mask suitable for inhalation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Paul Farrugia, Matthew Alder, Andrew Mikael Price, Ron Richard
  • Patent number: 8899232
    Abstract: A low-cost CPAP apparatus in which, upon detection of the transition from inhalation to exhalation, the blower motor is de-energized to allow it to freewheel. When the pressure in the patient mask (or whatever interface is utilized) reaches a minimum pressure level during exhalation, the motor is re-energized and its speed is controlled so to maintain the pressure at a level suitable for exhalation. Upon detection of the transition from exhalation to inhalation, the motor speed is increased to provide higher pressures in the patient mask suitable for inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Resmed Limited
    Inventors: Steven Paul Farrugia, Matthew Alder, Andrew Mikael Price, Ron Richard
  • Publication number: 20140283836
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB), wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes determining whether treatment pressure at the patient interface is below a desired value, in response to the determining, increasing pressure generated by the flow generator, in response to the increasing, making a determination that the increase in flow generator pressure has resulted in less than a desired increase in treatment pressure at the patient interface, and in response to the determination, reducing or inhibiting further increase of the flow generator pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Rodney KWOK, Ron RICHARD, Karthikeyan SELVARAJAN, Glenn RICHARDS, Nicholas Jerome REED, Larry PUCKERIDGE
  • Patent number: 8789526
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB), wherein the device provides continuous positive airway pressure during sleep, includes determining whether treatment pressure at the patient interface is below a desired value, in response to the determining, increasing pressure generated by the flow generator, in response to the increasing, making a determination that the increase in flow generator pressure has resulted in less than a desired increase in treatment pressure at the patient interface, and in response to the determination, reducing or inhibiting further increase of the flow generator pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Philip Rodney Kwok, Ron Richard, Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Glenn Richards, Nicholas Jerome Reed, Larry Puckeridge
  • Publication number: 20140090648
    Abstract: Methods and/or apparatuses for treating sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are provided. In particular, systems and/or methods are provided which may temporarily boost the pressure of a supply of breathable gas provided by an AutoSet device for the treatment of hypopnea. In certain example embodiments, a supply of breathable is provided to patients to treat apneas and/or hypopneas. The presence and/or absence of apneas and/or hypopneas are detected (e.g. by monitoring the Apnea-Hypopnea Index). When hypopnea events are detected, the pressure of the supply of breathable gas temporarily is increased above the Pcrit and/or CPAP levels, at least during patient inspiration. When the hypopnea events are normalized, the pressure is reduced. In certain example embodiments, the pressure will not be increased when a non-hypopnea event is detected at the same time as a hypopnea event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Ron RICHARD, Steven Paul FARRUGIA, Philip Rodney KWOK, David MULCAHY
  • Publication number: 20140076318
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods for assessing the sleep quality of a patient in a sleep session are provided. Data is collected from the patient and/or physician including, for example, sleep session data in the form of one or more physiological parameters of the patient indicative of the patient's sleep quality during the sleep session, a subjective evaluation of sleep quality, etc.; patient profile data; etc. A sleep quality index algorithm, which optionally may be an adaptive algorithm, is applied, taking into account some or all of the collected data. Sleep quality data may be presented to at least the patient, and it may be displayed in any suitable format (e.g., a format useful for the patient to be appraised on the progress of the treatment, a format useful for a sleep clinician to monitor progress and/or assess the effectiveness of differing treatment regimens, etc).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Renee Frances FLOWER, Philip Rodney KWOK, Muditha Pradeep DANTANARAYANA, Ron RICHARD
  • Patent number: 8617068
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods for assessing the sleep quality of a patient in a sleep session are provided. Data is collected from the patient and/or physician including, for example, sleep session data in the form of one or more physiological parameters of the patient indicative of the patient's sleep quality during the sleep session, a subjective evaluation of sleep quality, etc.; patient profile data; etc. A sleep quality index algorithm, which optionally may be an adaptive algorithm, is applied, taking into account some or all of the collected data. Sleep quality data may be presented to at least the patient, and it may be displayed in any suitable format (e.g., a format useful for the patient to be appraised on the progress of the treatment, a format useful for a sleep clinician to monitor progress and/or assess the effectiveness of differing treatment regimens, etc).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: ResMed Limitied
    Inventors: Renee Francis Doherty, Philip Rodney Kwok, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, Ron Richard
  • Patent number: 8616206
    Abstract: Methods and/or apparatuses for treating sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are provided. In particular, systems and/or methods are provided which may temporarily boost the pressure of a supply of breathable gas provided by an AutoSet device for the treatment of hypopnea. In certain example embodiments, a supply of breathable is provided to patients to treat apneas and/or hypopneas. The presence and/or absence of apneas and/or hypopneas are detected (e.g. by monitoring the Apnea-Hypopnea Index). When hypopnea events are detected, the pressure of the supply of breathable gas temporarily is increased above the Pcrit and/or CPAP levels, at least during patient inspiration. When the hypopnea events are normalized, the pressure is reduced. In certain example embodiments, the pressure will not be increased when a non-hypopnea event is detected at the same time as a hypopnea event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Ron Richard, Steven Paul Farrugia, Philip Rodney Kwok, David Mulcahy