Patents by Inventor Stephen M. Tobin

Stephen M. Tobin 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: 20090287196
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide, from which, the laser energy can be delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Publication number: 20090275932
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide, from which, the laser energy can be delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Publication number: 20090275933
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide by isolating it, or removing it from the flow of aspirated tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Patent number: 7517101
    Abstract: A convertible lamp array device comprising a spine member and a first and second side panels rotatably connected to the spine member. The spine member and the first and second side panels have at least one source of light connected thereto. The first side panel and the second side panel can be rotated relative to the spine member into an open position to allow the sources of light emit light towards a target area. The first side panel and the second side panel can be rotated in a second direction relative to the spine member to arrange the device in a closed position for storage of the device. The device is free standing in the open position to allow the device to be used without any external support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen M. Tobin
  • Publication number: 20070283655
    Abstract: A convertible lamp array device comprising a spine member and a first and second side panels rotatably connected to the spine member. The spine member and the first and second side panels have at least one source of light connected thereto. The first side panel and the second side panel can be rotated relative to the spine member into an open position to allow the sources of light emit light towards a target area. The first side panel and the second side panel can be rotated in a second direction relative to the spine member to arrange the device in a closed position for storage of the device. The device is free standing in the open position to allow the device to be used without any external support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen M. Tobin
  • Patent number: 7072446
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an anti-scatter grid including arranging a plurality of elongated metal ribbons of radio-opaque material so that each ribbon is substantially straight and lies in a plane that passes through a focal point of the grid, and placing the elongated ribbons under tension. A first sheet of radioluscent material is secured to top edges of the ribbons, and a second sheet of radioluscent material is secured to bottom edges of the ribbons. The ribbons are arranged such that the first and second radioluscent sheets are substantially parallel. Then the tension is removed from the ribbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Dobbs, Stephen M. Tobin
  • Publication number: 20040228447
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an anti-scatter grid including arranging a plurality of elongated metal ribbons of radio-opaque material so that each ribbon is substantially straight and lies in a plane that passes through a focal point of the grid, and placing the elongated ribbons under tension. A first sheet of radioluscent material is secured to top edges of the ribbons, and a second sheet of radioluscent material is secured to bottom edges of the ribbons. The ribbons are arranged such that the first and second radioluscent sheets are substantially parallel. Then the tension is removed from the ribbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: John M. Dobbs, Stephen M. Tobin
  • Patent number: 6798229
    Abstract: A coaxial probe for testing of planar electric transmission line structures comprising: a probe mount comprising a coaxial connector; a center electrode mounted on the probe mount and electrically connected to a center conductor of the coaxial connector, wherein the center conductor may be placed in contact with a first point on a planar electric transmission line structure to be tested; an outer electrode mounted on the probe mount and electrically connected to ground, the outer electrode comprising a protrusion to be placed in contact with a second point on the planar electric transmission line structure to be tested; and a dielectric of non-uniform thickness between the center and the outer electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: Brian D. Butler, Stephen M. Tobin
  • Publication number: 20030102876
    Abstract: A coaxial probe for testing of planar electric transmission line structures comprising: a probe mount comprising a coaxial connector; a center electrode mounted on the probe mount and electrically connected to a center conductor of the coaxial connector, wherein the center conductor may be placed in contact with a first point on a planar electric transmission line structure to be tested; an outer electrode mounted on the probe mount and electrically connected to ground, the outer electrode comprising a protrusion to be placed in contact with a second point on the planar electric transmission line structure to be tested; and a dielectric of non-uniform thickness between the center and the outer electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Brian D. Butler, Stephen M. Tobin
  • Patent number: 6509838
    Abstract: In a flame ionization sensor type gas combustion control apparatus, the sensor is provided with a power supply which will increase the voltage as contamination build up occurs on the in-flame sensor electrode thereby keeping a constant sensor current and enabling the sensor to perform as intended even though insulative contaminant build up is present on the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventors: Peter P. Payne, Stephan E. Schmidt, Kristin Powers Goppel, Darrell J. King, Stephen M. Tobin, J. Thomas Fowler