Patents by Inventor Steve Smith

Steve Smith 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: 10353107
    Abstract: A petrophysically regularized time domain nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) inversion includes using an NMR tool to acquire NMR data and inverting the acquired NMR data in a time domain using petrophysical constraints. The inverted NMR data is analyzed. The petrophysical constraints may be identified by: determining a number of porobodons to seek, defining a plurality of zones in which only a subset of porobodon sets is present, and stacking all NMR echoes in each zone satisfying discriminators. The number of porobodons to seek may be based on knowledge of core samples, logs, and NMR sensitivity. The discriminator logs may be logs sensitive to porosity partitioning. A computing system having a processor, a memory, and a program stored in memory may be configured to perform the method. The system may be conveyed downhole on a wireline, a while-drilling drill string, a coiled tubing, a slickline, or a wired drill pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: David F. Allen, George Bordakov, Steve F. Crary, Philip Savundararaj, Ramsin Eyvazzadeh, Edward Alan Clerke, Johannes J. Buiting, Paul Smith, Jim Funk
  • Publication number: 20190210505
    Abstract: A ramp deployment system for deploying and securing first and second ramps to the entrance of a container-type vehicle using a ratchet strap arrangement is disclosed. The ratchet strap arrangement includes first and second ratchet strap devices each having a tightening strap coupled to a respective hook and collar mechanism that includes a closable hook operable to engage a collar to form a loop portion by the tightening strap around the undercarriage of the container-type vehicle. A ratchet mechanism is operatively coupled to the tightening strap for tightening or loosening the tightening strap relative to the first and second ramps when the ratchet strap mechanism is actuated. The ratchet mechanism is also engaged to a fixed length strap having a hook portion configured to engage the cross rungs of the first and second ramps and secure the ratchet strap arrangement securely between container-type vehicle and the first and second ramps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Steve Smith, Vern Van Hoy, Vern Hurley
  • Patent number: 10322305
    Abstract: A retracting lifeline system, includes: a housing, a first connector attached to the housing, a lifeline, and a hub to which the lifeline is attached at a first end of the lifeline and around which the lifeline is coiled within the housing. The housing includes an opening through which the lifeline exits the housing. The hub is tensioned to rotate in a first direction to cause retracting of the lifeline and coiling of the lifeline around the hub. The retracting lifeline system further includes a second connector attached to a second end of the lifeline. At least a section of the lifeline has an initial ultimate tensile load of at least 8000 pounds and is abrasion resistant (that is, satisfying the abrasion test requirement set forth in the ANSI/ASSE Z359.13 2009 standard) such that the section of the lifeline is available for tie-back anchoring using the second connector. The section of the lifeline is at least partially retractable within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ross Balquist, Eric M. Manson, Steve J. Sharp, Hugh Smith
  • Publication number: 20190143017
    Abstract: An artificial heart for use in a human recipient includes a housing within which a quartet of turbine pump segments are operative. The quartet of turbine pump segments is configured to provide a pair of redundant input and output turbine pump segment pairs each input and output pair being coupled by a curved passage providing a redundancy which, in turn, enhances the safety factor provided by the artificial heart. Each turbine pump segment includes an impeller forwarded for rotation and having a plurality of impeller blades together with a static deswirler positioned within the impeller output flow to reduce the swirling turbulence of the blood flow induced by the rotating impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Peter DeSilva, Steve Smith
  • Publication number: 20190143020
    Abstract: A ventricular assist device for use in a human recipient includes a housing within which a series pair of turbine pump segments, each having a deswirler, are operative. The series pair of turbine pump segments provides a redundancy which in turn enhances the safety factor provided by the ventricular assist device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Peter DeSilva, Steve Smith
  • Patent number: 10285588
    Abstract: An indirect contact lens is mechanically coupled to a surgical microscope during ophthalmic surgery, such as vitreoretinal surgery. The indirect contact lens rests on a cornea of an eye of a patient during the surgery but is supported by a surgical microscope attachment having multiple degrees of freedom to accommodate small movements of the eye while remaining aligned to an optical axis of the surgical microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Ron Smith, Tammo Heeren, Steve Charles
  • Patent number: 10286134
    Abstract: A ventricular assist device for use in a human recipient includes a housing within which a series pair of turbine pump segments are operative. The series pair of turbine pump segments provides a redundancy in turn enhances the safety factor provided by the ventricular assist device. A controller is powered by a rechargeable battery and is operative to apply appropriate drive signals to the motor drives of the turbine pump segments. The battery may be implanted along with the controller to avoid the need for any external connections to the ventricular assist device. An inductively coupled batter charger for use outside the recipient's body is positioned proximate the battery charger to provide inductively coupled charging for use in driving the ventricular assist device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Peter DeSilva, Steve Smith
  • Publication number: 20190118173
    Abstract: An interface is provided for storing microfluidic samples in a nanoliter sample chip. A fluid access structure provides a fluid access region to a selected subset of sample wells from an array of sample wells. A fluid introduction mechanism introduces a sample fluid to the fluid access region so that the sample wells in the selected subset are populated with the sample fluid without the unselected sample wells being populated with the sample fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Tanya S. KANIGAN, Steve SMITH, John LINTON, Robert HESS, Karl YODER, Colin J. H. BRENAN
  • Publication number: 20190123417
    Abstract: A balloon reflector antenna for a satellite, including a spherical balloon with a surface transparent to electromagnetic waves and a reflective surface opposite the transparent surface. The balloon reflector antenna may further include a feed system extending from the center of the balloon that receives electromagnetic waves reflected off the reflective surface and/or outputs electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the reflective surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher K. WALKER, Ira Steve SMITH, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190078492
    Abstract: An anti-rotation and assembly aid clamp for use in coupling a turbocharger and a catalytic converter. The clamp can include a ring body configured to circumferentially clamp the outlet flange to the inlet flange, a torque application device configured to apply a force about the ring body, and an anti-rotation assembly device configured to be engageable with a first coupling post extending from the turbocharger and a second coupling post extending from the convert to exert a clamping force urging the outlet flange toward the inlet flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Randell W. KILBREATH, Marc L. FRIEDRICH, Steve SMITH
  • Publication number: 20190039199
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a blasting ring for blasting a weld on a pipe, including: a ring structure with a first pivot point and a latch, wherein the first pivot point allows the ring structure to open and close around the pipe and the latch is configured to secure the ring to the pipe; a plurality of rollers attached to the ring structure configured to engage the pipe; a cleaner brush attached to the ring structure configured to rotate and engage the weld on the pipe to clean the weld; and a profile brush attached to the ring structure configured to rotate and engage the weld on the pipe to profile the weld. Further, the blasting ring and a heating ring may be used to finish the weld on a pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Derek Webb, Steve Smith, Stanley Webb
  • Patent number: 10199711
    Abstract: A balloon reflector antenna for a satellite, including a spherical balloon with a surface transparent to electromagnetic waves and a reflective surface opposite the transparent surface. The balloon reflector antenna may further include a feed system extending from the center of the balloon that receives electromagnetic waves reflected off the reflective surface and/or outputs electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: The Arizona Board Of Regents On Behalf Of The University of Arizona, Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Christopher K. Walker, Ira Steve Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10146333
    Abstract: A virtual display controller is configured to generate a virtual viewing location within a three-dimensional virtual interface within a virtual environment. Computer pointer input is translated to coordinates on a three-dimensional virtual interface, and interactions with objects and virtualized displays within that interface are passed back to the clients populating those objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MADRONA VENTURE FUND VI, L.P.
    Inventors: Steve Smith, Jonathan Mavor
  • Patent number: 10142288
    Abstract: A method and system for influencing a virtual environment establishes a machine application interface which utilizes an application interaction layer to allow multitasking of applications within a single virtual environment, the method and system also allow for the use of two-dimensional legacy applications within the virtual environment. The method and system receives requests from outside applications and mediates control of spaces within the virtual environment depending on the user's security preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MADRONA VENTURE FUND VI, L.P
    Inventors: Jonathan Mavor, Steve Smith
  • Publication number: 20180273256
    Abstract: A reverse suction inhibiting squeeze bottle discharge nozzle is secured to the filler neck of an otherwise conventional squeeze bottle. The reverse suction inhibiting squeeze bottle discharge nozzle provides a valve operative within the discharge passage of the nozzle together with an air return venting system and apparatus that cooperate with the valve to provide a vented air flow return into the bottle interior thereby restoring atmospheric pressure to the bottle interior. The venting of the air return venting system and the closure of the valve occur solely when the deformed squeeze bottle is released. As a result, the reverse suctioning of potentially contaminated material discharge back into the squeeze bottle interior is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Steve Smith, Arman Semerjian, Christopher H. Froian
  • Patent number: 10065189
    Abstract: An interface is provided for storing microfluidic samples in a nanoliter sample chip. A fluid access structure provides a fluid access region to a selected subset of sample wells from an array of sample wells. A fluid introduction mechanism introduces a sample fluid to the fluid access region so that the sample wells in the selected subset are populated with the sample fluid without the unselected sample wells being populated with the sample fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tanya S. Kanigan, Steve Smith, John Linton, Robert Hess, Karl Yoder, Colin John Herbert Brenan
  • Patent number: 10035055
    Abstract: A golf club rack for transport and organization of golf clubs, via securement of the golf club rack to a cart, is provided, that includes lower and upper tubular horizontal members, end braces for each, and tubular vertical members extending between the end braces, the lower tubular horizontal members also including a plurality of sockets with openings for insertion of a golf club handle, and a platform attached to the upper tubular horizontal member and including clips for securing a golf club thereto, whereby respective golf clubs inserted into a respective socket opening, and extending toward the upper tubular horizontal member are securable to a respective clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Steve Smith, Mason H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180193541
    Abstract: An artificial heart for use in a human recipient includes a housing within which a quartet of turbine pump segments are operative. The quartet of turbine pump segments is configured to provide a pair of redundant input and output turbine pump segment pairs each input and output pair being coupled by a curved passage providing a redundancy which, in turn, enhances the safety factor provided by the artificial heart. A controller is powered by a rechargeable battery and is operative to apply appropriate drive signals to the motor drives of the turbine pump segments. The battery may be implanted along with the controller to avoid the need for any external connections to the artificial heart. An inductively coupled battery charger for use outside the recipient's body is positioned proximate the battery charger to provide inductively coupled charging for use in driving the artificial heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Peter DeSilva, Steve Smith
  • Publication number: 20180193542
    Abstract: A ventricular assist device for use in a human recipient includes a housing within which a series pair of turbine pump segments are operative. The series pair of turbine pump segments provides a redundancy in turn enhances the safety factor provided by the ventricular assist device. A controller is powered by a rechargeable battery and is operative to apply appropriate drive signals to the motor drives of the turbine pump segments. The battery may be implanted along with the controller to avoid the need for any external connections to the ventricular assist device. An inductively coupled batter charger for use outside the recipient's body is positioned proximate the battery charger to provide inductively coupled charging for use in driving the ventricular assist device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Peter DeSilva, Steve Smith
  • Patent number: D833147
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Steve Smith