Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Cooper

Thomas E. Cooper 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: 11376086
    Abstract: A drape includes a first drape portion configured to receive a manipulator arm of a surgical system and a pocket coupled to a distal portion of the first drape portion. The pocket is configured to receive a manipulator of the surgical system. The pocket includes a flexible membrane positionable between an output of the manipulator and an input of a surgical instrument mountable to the manipulator. In some embodiments, the flexible membrane is located at a distal end of the pocket. In some embodiments, the flexible membrane is configured to allow an actuating force to be transmitted from the output of the manipulator to the input of the surgical instrument. In some embodiments, the pocket provides a sterile barrier between the manipulator and the surgical instrument. In some embodiments, the drape further includes a rotatable seal configured to couple a proximal opening of the pocket to the first drape portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. McGrogan, Jeffrey D. Brown, Thomas G. Cooper, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Publication number: 20160048561
    Abstract: A method and system for enhancing search skills of human guides in an information search system. The method allows human guides to be trained when they are not particularly busy fielding search queries from information seekers. The method can include determining whether a guide is idle and presenting to a human guide at least one video or audio source for training the human guide. The video training can include a demonstration of the most effective method for providing search results for an information search query, thereby enabling a guide to learn effective strategies and skills for conducting information searching. The training can contribute to the likelihood of the guide being promoted to a level of a more experienced human guide, thereby allowing greater effectiveness in fielding search queries for information seekers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9152719
    Abstract: A system and method for improving the relevance of search results is disclosed. Voters who may be human searchers or guides may review search results or other review items associated with a search request or other reference item. A review may be activated based on a usage indicator(s) which may improve utilization of guides. A vote by a voter may be weighted based on a voting history associated with the voter and one or more reference voters who may be designated by the system. A voter may be presented with a group of items for review including simultaneously. A number of comparison voting sessions or elections may be used to determine a rating or ranking of a review item associated with a reference item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: CHACHA SEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A Jones, Thomas E Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150188868
    Abstract: A method and system providing a response to an unrestricted request for information responsive to an unrestricted triggering condition. A request is associated with a condition which initiates an information search. A result associated with a request and a condition may be provided to a user via any or all communication services and/or devices associated with the user. A response may be delivered according to instructions from a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9064025
    Abstract: A method and system of improving utilization of human searcher(s) in a search system provides an ambassador guide who may categorize and structure a request, interact with a user, provide a search result, and review a search result. The ambassador guide improves response time, automation, and efficiency of use of searchers and resources of the search system. A toolset may be provided to an ambassador to assist in rapidly executing relevant tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Scott A Jones, Chris Lenzo, Thomas E Cooper
  • Patent number: 9047340
    Abstract: A method for providing a viewable search results log to allow determination of the effectiveness of search strategies and sharing results of searches with others. The search results log reveals search strategies utilized by a human searcher with which the search results log is associated. The search results produced by at least one human searcher are stored in the search results log and presented according to a view format selected by a viewer. The search results log can be interrelated to other systems such as a blog or a search engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Brad Bostic, Eugene M. O'Donnell, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9037560
    Abstract: A method and system providing a response to an unrestricted request for information responsive to an unrestricted triggering condition. A request is associated with a condition which initiates an information search. A result associated with a request and a condition may be provided to a user via any or all communication services and/or devices associated with the user. A response may be delivered according to instructions from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150074141
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for generating, storing, retrieving, and utilizing a search macro or shortcut link to a resource, such as a web site that provides access to an information database. The system may load a page into an application from the resource. The resource may have a Uniform Resource Identifier, and the page may have a search field that causes the application to generate a message when activated. The system may read the Uniform Resource Identifier insert a placeholder into the search field, and activate the search field, which causes the application to generate a message. The system may read the message and parse the message to isolate a search string containing the placeholder. The system may store the search string in a data structure, and may also store the Uniform Resource Identifier and associate it with the search string in the data structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ChaCha Search, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Brandon Fischer
  • Publication number: 20150026149
    Abstract: A method and system for matching a search request to a human assistant and/or other items based on information indicated in a profile associated with the search request is described. A ranking of a guide is determined based on matching of information associated with the guide and information associated with a search request. Profile information such as demographic, geographic, personality, areas of interest, people, hobbies, etc. may be used in addition to other information such as keywords or categories which are associated with a request in order to select a guide. Items such as a search result, an advertisement, a search resource, a previous query, etc. may be selected based on profile information associated with the item. Profile information may be associated with an item based on profile information associated with a guide and/or a user who has expressed an opinion regarding the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Scott A Jones, Thomas E Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150019566
    Abstract: A method and system for qualifying keyword(s) or phrase(s) to formulate a query string for submitting a search request when the query string contains one or more keywords that may have multiple meanings associated therewith. Database information containing keywords and associated meanings or forms of the keywords is maintained and a requester is prompted to identify one or more of the meanings of a keyword when building the query string. One or more advertisements pertaining to the associated meanings or forms of the keywords in the query string is presented to the requester submitting a search request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: CHACHA SEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8898241
    Abstract: A user using a chat or instant message, mobile message or email type of interface, for example, an information seeker, can connect via an instant message, mobile message, email or chat type of service provider, for example, an America On-line Instant Messenger (AIM) server. The message server connects the user to a routine that allows the user to utilize his or her service interface in combination with the services provided by the information search system. After connection has been established via the message interface, for example, an instant message is received via the chat process. A query string can then be extracted from the instant message and passed to the search system, which can respond with search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8886645
    Abstract: A method and system for matching a search request to a human assistant and/or other items based on information indicated in a profile associated with the search request is described. A ranking of a guide is determined based on matching of information associated with the guide and information associated with a search request. Profile information such as demographic, geographic, personality, areas of interest, people, hobbies, etc. may be used in addition to other information such as keywords or categories which are associated with a request in order to select a guide. Items such as a search result, an advertisement, a search resource, a previous query, etc. may be selected based on profile information associated with the item. Profile information may be associated with an item based on profile information associated with a guide and/or a user who has expressed an opinion regarding the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8843826
    Abstract: A method and system for enhancing search skills of human guides in an information search system. The method allows human guides to be trained when they are not particularly busy fielding search queries from information seekers. The method can include determining whether a guide is idle and presenting to a human guide at least one video or audio source for training the human guide. The video training can include a demonstration of the most effective method for providing search results for an information search query, thereby enabling a guide to learn effective strategies and skills for conducting information searching. The training can contribute to the likelihood of the guide being promoted to a level of a more experienced human guide, thereby allowing greater effectiveness in fielding search queries for information seekers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A Jones, Thomas E Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140250145
    Abstract: A system and method for creating and utilizing content is described. Content is generated which includes a query and a response to the query. A primary query may be used to generate a plurality of variant queries which may be matched to a request. A content owner or curator may review a query, a response, and/or alternate queries, and may provide access to media which may be used to generate queries and responses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ChaCha Search, Inc
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Chris Navta
  • Patent number: 8788476
    Abstract: A method and system are described for creating a recurring or triggered search request. A search request is associated with a condition which initiates an information search. A search result, including a search query associated with a search request and a condition may be provided to a user via any or all communication services and/or devices associated with the user. A tool is provided to enable a user to select an existing search request and/or search result which may be used to create a triggered or ‘favorite’ search query which may be triggered as designated. Triggered search requests may be suggested to a user using automated and/or human assisted techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ChaCha Search, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Jeff G. Jockisch
  • Publication number: 20140201202
    Abstract: A system and method of processing a request including improving usage and/or performance of resources is disclosed. Information relating to a user request may be provided to one or more resources which process the information and provide a result. A result and/or other information may be provided to a human assistant or guide who may process information to produce a result and/or review a result(s). Information provided by a guide may be processed and provided to a resource, which may improve the performance of a resource. A resource(s) and/or a guide(s) may be selected and/or provided with activities based on ratings and/or rankings associated with a request, which may optimize usage of system resources. Information obtained may be provided for various purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: CHACHA SEARCH, INC
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Mark Stephen Malseed, Jeffrey Glen Jockisch, Mark Gamache, Michael B. Burroughs
  • Patent number: 8768934
    Abstract: A system and method for creating and utilizing content is described. Content is generated which includes a query and a response to the query. A primary query may be used to generate a plurality of variant queries which may be matched to a request. A content owner or curator may review a query, a response, and/or alternate queries, and may provide access to media which may be used to generate queries and responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: ChaCha Search, Inc
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Chris Navta
  • Patent number: 8762289
    Abstract: A method for enhancing search skills of human searchers in an information search system. The invention allows human searchers to be trained when they are not particularly busy fielding search queries from information seekers. The training can allow the searcher to increase their performance rating, thereby allowing greater effectiveness in fielding search queries for information seekers. The method can include determining whether a searcher is eligible to receive or provide training; and training an idle searcher with training queries, and/or search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: ChaCha Search, Inc
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140172846
    Abstract: A system and method for improving the relevance of search results is disclosed. Voters who may be human searchers or guides may review search results or other review items associated with a search request or other reference item. A review may be activated based on a usage indicator(s) which may improve utilization of guides. A vote by a voter may be weighted based on a voting history associated with the voter and one or more reference voters who may be designated by the system. A voter may be presented with a group of items for review including simultaneously. A number of comparison voting sessions or elections may be used to determine a rating or ranking of a review item associated with a reference item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ChaCha Search, Inc
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8719256
    Abstract: A system and method of processing a request including improving usage and/or performance of resources is disclosed. Information relating to a user request may be provided to one or more resources which process the information and provide a result. A result and/or other information may be provided to a human assistant or guide who may process information to produce a result and/or review a result(s). Information provided by a guide may be processed and provided to a resource, which may improve the performance of a resource. A resource(s) and/or a guide(s) may be selected and/or provided with activities based on ratings and/or rankings associated with a request, which may optimize usage of system resources. Information obtained may be provided for various purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ChaCha Search, Inc
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper, Mark Stephen Malseed, Jeffrey Glen Jockisch, Mark Gamache, Michael B. Burroughs