Patents by Inventor Thomas W. Smith

Thomas W. 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: 10665447
    Abstract: Transition radiation from nanotubes, nanosheets, and nanoparticles and in particular, boron nitride nanomaterials, can be utilized for the generation of light. Wavelengths of light of interest for microchip lithography, including 13.5 nm (91.8 eV) and 6.7 nm (185 eV), can be generated at useful intensities, by transition radiation light sources. Light useful for monitoring relativistic charged particle beam characteristics such as spatial distribution and intensity can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: BNNT, LLC, Jefferson Science Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin C. Jordan, Thomas G. Dushatinski, Michael W. Smith, Jonathan C. Stevens, R. Roy Whitney
  • Patent number: 10634860
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector holder is sized to fit within an opening for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to permit a fiber optic connector with a dust cap positioned about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule to be inserted within and releasably held by the connector holder. A system for holding fiber optic connectors includes a fiber optic connector holder mounted within an opening in a bulkhead for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to receive a fiber optic connector with a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule. An optical fiber connector may be held to a bulkhead when the fiber optic connector includes a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Trevor D. Smith, Thomas C. Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters, James W. Conroy, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist
  • Patent number: 10624630
    Abstract: A multiple-fire securing device includes a hollow outer shaft, a reloader, a reloader movement assembly, a rail, and securing structures each defining an inner securing orifice. The reloader longitudinally moves within the outer shaft and has a distal end shaped to temporarily contact one of the securing structures. The rail is disposed within the reloader and has an installing location. The securing structures are disposed on the rail. The reloader movement assembly moves the reloader longitudinally in a distal direction to deliver a first securing structure to the installing location from a first proximal position and moves the reloader proximally away from the installing location without the first securing structure to a position in which the distal end of the reloader temporarily contacts a second one of the securing structures. The second and successive securing structures are moved one at a time to the installing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Kevin W. Smith, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Richard Cartledge, Max Pierre Mendez, Kevin K. Dang, Bryan A. Janish, Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Publication number: 20200113625
    Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a radiofrequency treatment device to apply radiofrequency energy to tissue to heat tissue to create lesions without ablating the tissue. The system includes a first treatment device having at least one electrode for applying radiofrequency energy to tissue, a controller including a connector to which a first treatment device is coupled for use, and a generator for applying radiofrequency energy to the electrodes. The controller controls application of energy so that the tissue is thermally treated to create lesions but preventing thermal treatment beyond a threshold which would ablate the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: OLEG SHIKHMAN, William W. Rutan, Danny L. Stemple, Penny R. Smith, Gregory K. Thompson, Thomas M. McGilvary
  • Patent number: 10610226
    Abstract: Adjunct material and methods of using adjunct material to reinforce a staple line are provided herein. In general, adjunct material can be used to maintain a seal in tissue and prevent stapled tissue from tearing. This adjunct material can be coupled to a jaw of a surgical stapler, and can be deployed into tissue along with the staples. In some embodiments, the adjunct material can be sized and shaped so that a portion of the material extends laterally outside of the staple line and distributes strain to tissue outside of the staple line. In certain aspects, sealant can be applied to the staple line and to the adjunct material in various ways to further seal the tissue and/or prevent leaks from forming in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Mark S. Zeiner, Thomas Lee Craven, Anne J. Gorman, Bret W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10607829
    Abstract: Transition radiation from nanotubes, nanosheets, and nanoparticles and in particular, boron nitride nanomaterials, can be utilized for the generation of light. Wavelengths of light of interest for microchip lithography, including 13.5 nm (91.8 eV) and 6.7 nm (185 eV), can be generated at useful intensities, by transition radiation light sources. Light useful for monitoring relativistic charged particle beam characteristics such as spatial distribution and intensity can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BNNT, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin C. Jordan, Thomas G. Dushatinski, Michael W. Smith, Jonathan C. Stevens, R. Roy Whitney
  • Publication number: 20200055732
    Abstract: Boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) material can be placed in large volume configurations such as needed for cryopumps, high surface area filters, scaffolding for coatings, transition radiation detectors, neutron detectors, and similar systems where large volumes may range from cubic millimeters to cubic meters and beyond. The technology to secure the BNNT material includes creating a scaffold of a material acceptable to the final system such as stainless steel wires for a cryopump. The BNNTs can be arranged in the scaffold by freeze drying, filtration technologies, conformal surface attachment and BNNT “glue” where the as-synthesized BNNT material has been partially purified or fully purified and dispersed in a dispersant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas G. DUSHATINSKI, Kevin C. JORDAN, Michael W. SMITH, Jonathan C. STEVENS, R. Roy WHITNEY
  • Patent number: 10543495
    Abstract: A spray drying system for drying liquid into powder including a plurality of processing towers each including an elongated drying chamber, a spray nozzle assembly at an upper end of the drying chamber and a powder collection chamber at a lower end of the drying chamber. The powder collection chamber of each processing tower being configured to discharge power to a common conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Ackerman, Christopher W. Barnes, Adam C. Bright, David C. Huffman, Scott J. Kocsis, Kristopher E. Roskos, Glenn R. St. Peter, Brian K. Smith, Joseph P. Szczap, Michel R. Thenin
  • Publication number: 20200015889
    Abstract: A method for operating a catheter provides a mechanical stiffener to a catheter shaft portion, the shaft comprising an inner sheath having a distal end and an outer surface and defining an access lumen extending distally to the distal end and an outer sheath having an inner surface surrounding the inner sheath distally to the distal end, defining an annulus between the outer and inner surfaces, the annulus having a connection at which vacuum applies to the annulus, and having a substantially constant outer diameter over the portion to the distal end. A tool is shaped and sized to pass through the access lumen and past the distal end. The portion is placed in an increased stiffened state by applying vacuum to create a stable base with at least a shaft segment within the anatomy that atraumatically resists reaction forces applied to the shaft by the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Syn Variflex, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, JR., Derek Dee Deville, Joe Abelleira
  • Publication number: 20200008797
    Abstract: A multiple-firing clip device includes a hollow shaft defining a lateral opening communicating with an environment and a distal shaft portion between the lateral opening and a distal end opening. A shuttle longitudinally moves on the shaft and comprises a shuttle body defining a lumen surrounding the shaft, a snare, and a snare-extender slide defining a snare track to form a snare travel path in which the snare is disposed from the body and through the track and a portion of the body. The slide moves along a given extent defining a slide distance and a distal end and movement of the slide to the distal end shortens the snare travel path to extend the snare portion through the lateral opening, through the distal shaft portion, and distally out from a distal side of the body longer than the given extent to secure a suture with the snare.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Kevin W. Smith, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez, Thomas O. Bales, JR., Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Richard George Cartledge, Max Pierre Mendez, Kevin K. Dang, Bryan A. Janish, Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Patent number: 10527809
    Abstract: A telecommunications cabinet includes a cabinet housing; a fiber optic splitter; a plurality of spools disposed on a cable management surface; a panel oriented at a fixed angle relative to the access opening so that the panel extends laterally and rearwardly between the access opening and the cable management surface; and a plurality of adapters disposed on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Solheid, James W. Conroy, Daniel Ray Mertesdorf, Matthew Holmberg, Trevor D. Smith, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist, Thomas Caesar Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters
  • Publication number: 20190374219
    Abstract: A multiple-firing clip device comprises a shaft comprising an exterior surface, an interior receiving therein suture fixation clips, and a distal end opening shaped to eject a suture fixation clip therefrom. The shaft defines a lateral opening and a distal shaft portion between the lateral opening and the distal end opening. A shuttle moves on the shaft and comprises a shuttle body, a snare having a distal snare portion, and a snare extension slide movable from the shuttle body along a given extent defining a slide distance and a distal end. The shuttle extends at least the distal snare portion distally through the lateral opening from the environment into the interior, through the distal shaft portion, and through the distal end opening along a length that is at least equal to the slide distance when the snare extension slide moves to the distal end of the given extent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Max Pierre Mendez, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, JR., Derek Dee Deville, Richard George Cartledge, Korey Kline, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez
  • Patent number: 10478295
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus can include a handle portion and at least one rotatable drive shaft. The handle portion can have an actuation mechanism with a motor. The rotatable drive shaft can have a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion of the rotatable drive shaft can be coupled to the motor, and the distal end portion of the rotatable drive shaft can be configured to be releasably coupled to a prosthetic heart valve. The actuation mechanism can be configured to control and monitor expansion of the prosthetic heart valve and to control and monitor torque of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLC
    Inventors: Richard George Cartledge, Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Max Pierre Mendez, Korey Kline, Matthew A. Palmer, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, Derek Dee Deville
  • Patent number: 10463427
    Abstract: A controllable stiffness catheter comprising a shaft comprising an inner sheath defining an access lumen, an outer sheath surrounding the inner sheath and defining an annulus therebetween, the annulus having a vacuum connection at which a vacuum is applied to the annulus, and a mechanical stiffener disposed at least at a portion of the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Syn Variflex, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Joe Abelleira
  • Patent number: 10456158
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical device includes a handle body, an ultrasonic waveguide engaged with the handle body and extending distally therefrom and including a proximal end portion disposed at the handle body, an ultrasonic generator releasably engagable with the handle body and including a first set of contacts, and an ultrasonic transducer releasably engagable with the handle body independently of the ultrasonic generator. The ultrasonic transducer includes a distal end portion configured to engage the proximal end portion of the ultrasonic waveguide and a second set of contacts configured to electrically couple to the first set of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Matthew A. Palmer, Derek D. Deville
  • Publication number: 20190314024
    Abstract: A method for operating a surgical instrument, which comprises providing a surgical instrument handle, electrically connecting a controller disposed within the surgical instrument handle to a communication connection of a receiving portion of the surgical instrument, removably securing an interchangeable part at the receiving portion, the interchangeable part having an encryption device electrically connected to the communication connection when the interchangeable part is at the receiving portion, authenticating the interchangeable part upon an exchange between the controller and the encryption device, and after at least a partial use of the interchangeable part, storing within the encryption device a used status of the interchangeable part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, JR., Derek Dee Deville, Carlos Rivera, Matthew A. Palmer
  • Patent number: 10436998
    Abstract: A telecommunications cabinet includes a cabinet housing; a fiber optic splitter; a plurality of spools disposed on a cable management surface; a panel oriented at a fixed angle relative to the access opening so that the panel extends laterally and rearwardly between the access opening and the cable management surface; and a plurality of adapters disposed on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Solheid, Daniel Ray Mertesdorf, Matthew J. Holmberg, Trevor D. Smith, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist, Thomas Caesar Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters, James W. Conroy
  • Patent number: 10426508
    Abstract: A disposable ultrasonic surgical handle includes a disposable handle body defining a battery-holding compartment shaped to receive a battery therein and operable to couple a proximal end of an ultrasonic waveguide to an ultrasonic transducer therethrough. The body has a transducer dock exposed to the environment and interchangeably housing the transducer and a waveguide attachment dock shaped to align and attach the proximal end of the waveguide to the transducer and hold them at the body when the respectively docked at the transducer and attachment docks. A disposable driving-wave generation circuit in the handle body electrically contacts the battery and the transducer when the battery and the transducer are disposed respectively in the battery-holding compartment and the transducer dock. The circuit generates an output waveform sufficient to cause ultrasonic movement along the waveguide by exciting the transducer when the transducer is coupled to the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Matthew A. Palmer, Derek D. Deville
  • Publication number: 20190292052
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are processes for purifying as-synthesized boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) material to remove impurities of boron, amorphous boron nitride (a-BN), hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanocages, h-BN nanosheets, and carbon-containing compounds. The processes include heating the BNNT materials at different temperatures in the presence of inert gas and a hydrogen feedstock or in the presence of oxygen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas G. DUSHATINSKI, Kevin C. JORDAN, Michael W. SMITH, R. Roy WHITNEY, Jonathan C. STEVENS
  • Publication number: 20190274848
    Abstract: A prosthetic arm apparatus including a plurality of segments that provide a user of the prosthetic arm apparatus with substantially the same movement capability and function as a human arm. The segments are connectable to one another and connectable to a prosthetic support apparatus that may be adorned by the user. Each segment of the plurality of segments provides a portion of the movement capability, enabling the plurality of connected segments connected to the harness mount to provide substantially the same movement capability as that lacking in the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher O. Evans, N. Christopher Perry, Dirk Albertus van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, John Matthew Kerwin, Stewart M. Coulter, Stanley B. Smith, III, Keith David Violette, Steven W. Nickson, Thomas S. Schnellinger, Alexander H. Muller, Gerald Michael Guay