Patents by Inventor Ronald B. Hicks

Ronald B. Hicks 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: 10098327
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a herd of animals possibly requiring medical treatment, such as cows in a feedlot. The animals are herded individually into a chute, where identification data is collected from a tag, and core temperature data is collected using a special non-contacting core temperature sensor. The animal is tagged with a color coded tag representing a range of temperatures into which that animal's temperature falls. The animal is then delivered to a pen corresponding to that range of temperatures, where appropriate medicinal treatment is automatically dosed and applied to the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Laird W Laurence, James Derwin King, James C Lyman, Jack C Laurence, Michael R Williams, Allen Nance, Ronald B Hicks
  • Publication number: 20180160649
    Abstract: Livestock may be managed by a variety of systems, processes, and techniques. In particular implementations, the properties of water may be monitored by automated techniques and treated water may be provided to animals. In certain implementations, sick, or potentially sick, livestock may be provided with treated water to improve their health. The automated techniques may include monitoring the movements and/or water consumption of the livestock and predicting which ones may be sick based on their movements and/or water consumption. In some implementations, a water trough may contain multiple segments. The water properties in the segments may be maintained at different states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald B. Hicks, Sarah C. Harkleroad, Jay David James Pennington, Alan W. Neidig, Robert T. Buczkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20130239907
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a herd of animals possibly requiring medical treatment, such as cows in a feedlot. The animals are herded individually into a chute, where identification data is collected from a tag, and core temperature data is collected using a special non-contacting core temperature sensor. The animal is tagged with a color coded tag representing a range of temperatures into which that animal's temperature falls. The animal is then delivered to a pen corresponding to that range of temperatures, where appropriate medicinal treatment is automatically dosed and applied to the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: HERDX, INC.
    Inventors: Laird W Laurence, James Derwin King, James C Lyman, Jack C Laurence, Michael R Williams, Allen Nance, Ronald B Hicks
  • Patent number: 8317720
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a herd of animals possibly requiring medical treatment, such as cows in a feedlot. The animals are herded individually into a chute, where identification data is collected from a tag, and core temperature data is collected using a special non-contacting core temperature sensor. The animal is tagged with a color coded tag representing a range of temperatures into which that animal's temperature falls. The animal is then delivered to a pen corresponding to that range of temperatures, where appropriate medicinal treatment is automatically dosed and applied to the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Herdx, Inc.
    Inventors: Laird W Laurence, James Derwin King, James C Lyman, Jack C Laurence, Michael R Williams, Allen Nance, Ronald B Hicks
  • Patent number: 8216249
    Abstract: An umbilical cord clamping and cutting device assembled within opposing shields for minimizing the spray of blood during severing of the umbilical cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung, Hector C. Villarreal
  • Publication number: 20100160809
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a herd of animals possibly requiring medical treatment, such as cows in a feedlot. The animals are herded individually into a chute, where identification data is collected from a tag, and core temperature data is collected using a special non-contacting core temperature sensor. The animal is tagged with a color coded tag representing a range of temperatures into which that animal's temperature falls. The animal is then delivered to a pen corresponding to that range of temperatures, where appropriate medicinal treatment is automatically dosed and applied to the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Laird W. Laurence, James Derwin King, James C. Lyman, Jack C. Laurence, Michael R. Williams, Allen Nance, Ronald B. Hicks
  • Publication number: 20080287960
    Abstract: An umbilical cord clamping and cutting device assembled within opposing shields for minimizing the spray of blood during severing of the umbilical cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: Maternus Partners, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, JR., Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D.M. Bader, Philip C.Y. Leung, Hector C. Villarreal
  • Patent number: 7402164
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. One or more removable clamps may be engaged with the shells to be removable from the shells after cutting. Alternatively, a self-winding or plastically deformable band may be engageable with the shells. The cutter and its associated removable clamp(s) may be coordinated with an identifier, such as a color, number, or letter. Blood sampling and diagnostic features may be included with the cutter. The removable clamps may have an openable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Jr., Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung, Hector C. Villarreal
  • Publication number: 20040215211
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. A clamping member is provided on one side of the blade as part of the cutter, and a removable clamp is provided on the other side of the blade. The umbilical cord to be cut is oriented generally parallel to the hinge and lying across the cutting support. As the shells of the cutter are closed, the umbilical cord is clamped on both sides of the blade, and the blade severs the umbilical cord in the same motion. After the cut is completed, the removable clamp is removed from the cutter, preferably revealing an aesthetically pleasing form such as the face of a koala bear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D.M. Bader, Philip C.Y. Leung
  • Publication number: 20040172043
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. One or more removable clamps may be engaged with the shells to be removable from the shells after cutting. Alternatively, a self-winding or plastically deformable band may be engageable with the shells. The cutter and its associated removable clamp(s) may be coordinated with an identifier, such as a color, number, or letter. Blood sampling and diagnostic features may be included with the cutter. The removable clamps may have an openable closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung, Hector C. Villarreal
  • Patent number: 6740095
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. A clamping member is provided on one side of the blade as part of the cutter, and a removable clamp is provided on the other side of the blade. The umbilical cord to be cut is oriented generally parallel to the hinge and lying across the cutting support. As the shells of the cutter are closed, the umbilical cord is clamped on both sides of the blade, and the blade severs the umbilical cord in the same motion. After the cut is completed, the removable clamp is removed from the cutter, preferably revealing an aesthetically pleasing form such as the face of a koala bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Maternus Partners, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Jr., Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip Y. C. Leung
  • Patent number: 6721979
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment bed with features to enhance the care and comfort of burn patients and others subject to extensive recuperative periods. Among the features are patient engaging fluidized bead surfaces integral with the upper surfaces of air cushions provided by an air bed. Detachable conformation of the fluidized bead surfaces is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Peter A. Leininger, Ronald B. Hicks
  • Patent number: 6578219
    Abstract: A patient supporting surface for use with a conventional operating room table having at least one pad for supporting a patient, wherein the pad has a chamber for containing a quantity of fluid. The chamber is a dual-layer, urethane envelope having an upper and lower portion. The fluid contained within the chamber is a deformable and pressure compensating, radiolucent fluid. The chamber and the fluid are cooperatively adapted to maintain the patient in a fixed position while substantially minimizing the interface pressure and shear force between the pad and the patient. A cover sheet may be removably attachable about the fluid-filled chambers and comprises an entry for selective access to the fluid-filled chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Gabel, Ronald B. Hicks
  • Publication number: 20020198535
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. A clamping member is provided on one side of the blade as part of the cutter, and a removable clamp is provided on the other side of the blade. The umbilical cord to be cut is oriented generally parallel to the hinge and lying across the cutting support. As the shells of the cutter are closed, the umbilical cord is clamped on both sides of the blade, and the blade severs the umbilical cord in the same motion. After the cut is completed, the removable clamp is removed from the cutter, preferably revealing an aesthetically pleasing form such as the face of a koala bear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung
  • Patent number: 6493568
    Abstract: A patient interface system integral with a critical care bed for allowing the acquisition, analysis, display, and conveyance of patient-related data from a variety of transducers. The system is adapted to recognize and interpret each type of signal being received, despite the type and/or make of the particular transducers. The system is also adapted to simultaneously display data traces and representative readings from a variety of transducers simultaneously on a single screen detachably mounted to the bed. The display screen is pivotably mounted for ease of use and may be detached from the bed together with the main processor when the corresponding features are not desired. The bed is adapted with electronic connection sockets along each side of the patient surface to present convenient connections for patient transducer leads. The system has resident memory for storing data to enable trend analysis or downloading for patient data records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn B. Bell, Ronald B. Hicks
  • Patent number: 6484716
    Abstract: A hyperbaric oxygen patient treatment system generally comprises and inflatable enclosure for encasing a patient having at least partially contained therein an inflatable mattress system. By integrating the therapeutic functions of the inflatable mattress system within the hyperbaric chamber the simultaneous provision of hyperbaric oxygen and skin treatment therapies is made possible. A control system is provided to maintain desired patient interface pressures throughout the provision of hyperbaric treatment. Features are disclosed for maximizing patient comfort while ensuring the ability to fully monitor and treat the patient during therapy. A thixotropic may also be used as part of the pressure relieving portion of the mattress system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Leininger, Peter A. Leininger, Ronald B. Hicks, William H. Quirk, IV
  • Patent number: 6443958
    Abstract: A novel umbilical cord clamp and a combined umbilical cord clamp and cutter are provided for clamping and cutting umbilical cords in one motion. The cutter comprises two shells joined by a longitudinal hinge. A transverse blade is mounted in one shell, and a cutting support is mounted in the other shell across from the blade. A clamping member is provided on one side of the blade as part of the cutter, and a removable clamp is provided on the other side of the blade. The umbilical cord to be cut is oriented generally parallel to the hinge and lying across the cutting support. As the shells of the cutter are closed, the umbilical cord is clamped on both sides of the blade, and the blade severs the umbilical cord in the same motion. After the cut is completed, the removable clamp is removed from the cutter, preferably revealing an aesthetically pleasing form such as the face of a koala bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Maternus Partners, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Jr., Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung
  • Patent number: 6421859
    Abstract: A patient support system having multiple patient support layers for reducing and preventing the development of bed sores in bedridden patients. A top patient support surface is provided by an anti-shear cover layer. The anti-shear cover layer being operable to reduce lateral shear forces experienced by a patient moving across the patient support surface. One or more fluid pouches or bladders are provided to form a fluid bladder layer for reducing normal pressures and forces experienced by the patient The fluid bladder layer being releasably or integrally secured to the top surface of an inflatable air mattress. Means are provided operable to secure the anti-shear cover layer and fluid bladder layer in overlapping relation to the inflatable air mattress. Also provided is a means for adjusting the temperature of the fluid contained within the fluid bladder layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald B. Hicks, John H. Vrzalik
  • Patent number: D456511
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventors: Richard L. Watson, Jr., Ronald B. Hicks, Carrie D. M. Bader, Philip C. Y. Leung
  • Patent number: D801594
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald B Hicks