Patents by Inventor Thomas Eric Melin

Thomas Eric Melin 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: 10813651
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison-type rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: H & M Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Raeshon Lamont Mcneil, Michael Morgan Starkey, Thomas James Philpott
  • Publication number: 20200268948
    Abstract: Various forms of anti-clog suction tips apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip assembly having a suction tip with a suction opening at a first end thereof for removing debris through suction, a hose attachment portion for attaching the suction tip assembly to a suction source, and an ejection wire channel. The apparatus further includes an ejection wire assembly having an ejection wire extending within the channel and an ejection button integral with or connected to the ejection wire. Applying a force to the ejection button advances the ejection wire through the channel such that an end portion of the ejection wire enters the suction tip and dislodges debris clogging the suction tip. The ejection wire may include an enlarged end portion such as, for example a ball tip. One or more of the components of the apparatus may be single-use and disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Michael Starkey, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas Eric Melin, Kenneth D. BALLARD
  • Publication number: 20200268949
    Abstract: An anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip having a suction opening and an interior defining a suction channel. An ejection wire channel extends to a wire exit opening into the suction channel that is located proximate the suction opening. An ejection wire including a ball tip at an end thereof occupies the ejection wire channel and is transitionable between a retracted configuration and an advanced configuration such that, in the retracted configuration, the ejection wire including the ball tip is retained within the ejection wire channel and does not obstruct suctioning of debris through the suction channel; and in the advanced configuration, the ball tip of the ejection wire does not extend more than three millimeters beyond the suction opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric MELIN
  • Patent number: 10646628
    Abstract: Various forms of anti-clog suction tips apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip assembly having a suction tip with a suction opening at a first end thereof for removing debris through suction, a hose attachment portion for attaching the suction tip assembly to a suction source, and an ejection wire channel. The apparatus further includes an ejection wire assembly having an ejection wire extending within the channel and an ejection button integral with or connected to the ejection wire. Applying a force to the ejection button advances the ejection wire through the channel such that an end portion of the ejection wire enters the suction tip and dislodges debris clogging the suction tip. The ejection wire may include an enlarged end portion such as, for example a ball tip. One or more of the components of the apparatus may be single-use and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Michael Starkey, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas Eric Melin, Kenneth D. Ballard
  • Patent number: 10646627
    Abstract: An anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip having a suction opening and an interior defining a suction channel. An ejection wire channel extends to a wire exit opening into the suction channel that is located proximate the suction opening. An ejection wire including a ball tip at an end thereof occupies the ejection wire channel and is transitionable between a retracted configuration and an advanced configuration such that, in the retracted configuration, the ejection wire including the ball tip is retained within the ejection wire channel and does not obstruct suctioning of debris through the suction channel; and in the advanced configuration, the ball tip of the ejection wire does not extend more than three millimeters beyond the suction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin
  • Publication number: 20190358406
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivery of bone includes a syringe body and a plunger. The syringe body includes a tip at a bottom thereof, a funnel-shaped top at the top thereof, and a tubular section having a generally cylindrical interior wall defining a passageway extending from the funnel-shaped top to the tip. The plunger includes an elongate piston, a press head, and a handle The piston extends between the press head at a lower end of the plunger, and the handle at an upper end of the plunger. The plunger is removably received within the passageway, with an extent of the plunger extending out of the funnel-shaped top away from the syringe body. The syringe body may be loaded with one or more bone pellets or cartridges containing bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric MELIN, Ryan Shane GORMAN, Thomas James Philpott, Michael Starkey, Lauren Mazzio
  • Publication number: 20190298482
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric MELIN, Ryan Shane GORMAN, Raeshon Lamont MCNEIL, Michael Morgan STARKEY, Thomas James PHILPOTT
  • Patent number: 10376648
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivery of bone includes a syringe body and a plunger. The syringe body includes a tip at a bottom thereof, a funnel-shaped top at the top thereof, and a tubular section having a generally cylindrical interior wall defining a passageway extending from the funnel-shaped top to the tip. The plunger includes an elongate piston, a press head, and a handle. The piston extends between the press head at a lower end of the plunger, and the handle at an upper end of the plunger. The plunger is removably received within the passageway, with an extent of the plunger extending out of the funnel-shaped top away from the syringe body. The syringe body may be loaded with one or more bone pellets or cartridges containing bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Thomas James Philpott, Michael Starkey, Lauren Mazzio
  • Patent number: 10321971
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: H&M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Morgan Starkey, Thomas James Philpott
  • Patent number: 10307765
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Starkey
  • Publication number: 20180092707
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric MELIN, Ryan Shane GORMAN, Raeshon Lamont MCNEIL, Michael Morgan STARKEY, Thomas James PHILPOTT
  • Publication number: 20180092649
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison-type rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Raeshon Lamont Mcneil, Michael Morgan Starkey, Thomas James Philpott
  • Patent number: 9833246
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison-type rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Morgan Starkey, Thomas James Philpott
  • Patent number: 9833297
    Abstract: A collector used to collect bone includes: a container body defining an interior containment space for receiving and retaining collected bone, and having at least one open end for access and removal of collected bone from the interior containment space; and a cap in covering relation to the open end of the container body such that access to the interior containment space for removal of collected bone is inhibited. The collector includes an intake port defining an opening for receiving therein a distal end of a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone from a cutting area thereof, and the cap includes at least one scraper for engaging and dislodging cut bone from the cutting area of a distal end of a kerrison rongeur when received within the intake port. The collector preferably is used with a kerrison rongeur for collecting cut bone therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Michael Morgan Starkey, Thomas James Philpott
  • Publication number: 20170290962
    Abstract: An anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip having a suction opening and an interior defining a suction channel. An ejection wire channel extends to a wire exit opening into the suction channel that is located proximate the suction opening. An ejection wire including a ball tip at an end thereof occupies the ejection wire channel and is transitionable between a retracted configuration and an advanced configuration such that, in the retracted configuration, the ejection wire including the ball tip is retained within the ejection wire channel and does not obstruct suctioning of debris through the suction channel; and in the advanced configuration, the ball tip of the ejection wire does not extend more than three millimeters beyond the suction opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Sean HENSLER, Thomas Eric MELIN
  • Publication number: 20170290963
    Abstract: Various forms of anti-clog suction tips apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip assembly having a suction tip with a suction opening at a first end thereof for removing debris through suction, a hose attachment portion for attaching the suction tip assembly to a suction source, and an ejection wire channel. The apparatus further includes an ejection wire assembly having an ejection wire extending within the channel and an ejection button integral with or connected to the ejection wire. Applying a force to the ejection button advances the ejection wire through the channel such that an end portion of the ejection wire enters the suction tip and dislodges debris clogging the suction tip. The ejection wire may include an enlarged end portion such as, for example a ball tip. One or more of the components of the apparatus may be single-use and disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Michael Starkey, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas Eric Melin, Kenneth D. BALLARD
  • Patent number: 9694365
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a disposal unit; a control unit configured to stop operation of the disposal unit; and a metal detector coil and associated circuitry, the metal detector coil located such that waste passing into the disposal unit for shredding passes through the metal detector coil. The control unit is triggered to stop operation of the disposal unit upon the detection of metal passing through the metal detector coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMELIN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Erica Melin, Thomas Eric Melin
  • Patent number: 9687595
    Abstract: An anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip having a suction opening and an interior defining a suction channel. An ejection wire channel extends to a wire exit opening into the suction channel that is located proximate the suction opening. An ejection wire including a ball tip at an end thereof occupies the ejection wire channel and is transitionable between a retracted configuration and an advanced configuration such that, in the retracted configuration, the ejection wire including the ball tip is retained within the ejection wire channel and does not obstruct suctioning of debris through the suction channel; and in the advanced configuration, the ball tip of the ejection wire does not extend more than three millimeters beyond the suction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin
  • Patent number: 9686896
    Abstract: Various forms of anti-clog suction tips apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip assembly having a suction tip with a suction opening at a first end thereof for removing debris through suction, a hose attachment portion for attaching the suction tip assembly to a suction source, and an ejection wire channel. The apparatus further includes an ejection wire assembly having an ejection wire extending within the channel and an ejection button integral with or connected to the ejection wire. Applying a force to the ejection button advances the ejection wire through the channel such that an end portion of the ejection wire enters the suction tip and dislodges debris clogging the suction tip. The ejection wire may include an enlarged end portion such as, for example a ball tip. One or more of the components of the apparatus may be single-use and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Michael Starkey, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas Eric Melin
  • Publication number: 20170106126
    Abstract: Various forms of anti-clog suction tips apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip assembly having a suction tip with a suction opening at a first end thereof for removing debris through suction, a hose attachment portion for attaching the suction tip assembly to a suction source, and an ejection wire channel. The apparatus further includes an ejection wire assembly having an ejection wire extending within the channel and an ejection button integral with or connected to the ejection wire. Applying a force to the ejection button advances the ejection wire through the channel such that an end portion of the ejection wire enters the suction tip and dislodges debris clogging the suction tip. The ejection wire may include an enlarged end portion such as, for example a ball tip. One or more of the components of the apparatus may be single-use and disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Michael Starkey, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas Eric Melin