Patents by Inventor William G. Paterson

William G. Paterson 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: 11068852
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the usage of devices with embedded RFID tags including connecting a device to an energy source and reading data from a memory device incorporated in the device. The data may include a unique identifier (UID), a usage value, an activation value, a reprocessing value, and/or a sterilization indicator. The usage value is incremented when the device is connected to the energy source and the activation value is incremented when the device is activated permitting energy to flow from the energy source to the device. Usage of the device is prevented if the UID is on a list of prohibited UIDs, the usage value is not lower than a usage limitation value, the reprocessing value equals a reprocessing limitation value, the activation value equals an activation limitation value, and/or the sterilization indicator does not indicate that the device has been sterilized since its previous usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Patrick L. Dumbauld, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, William G. Paterson, Paul E. Ourada, Robert M. Sharp, Erich M. Velandia
  • Publication number: 20200013130
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the usage of devices with embedded RFID tags including connecting a device to an energy source and reading data from a memory device incorporated in the device. The data may include a unique identifier (UID), a usage value, an activation value, a reprocessing value, and/or a sterilization indicator. The usage value is incremented when the device is connected to the energy source and the activation value is incremented when the device is activated permitting energy to flow from the energy source to the device. Usage of the device is prevented if the UID is on a list of prohibited UlDs, the usage value is not lower than a usage limitation value, the reprocessing value equals a reprocessing limitation value, the activation value equals an activation limitation value, and/or the sterilization indicator does not indicate that the device has been sterilized since its previous usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: PATRICK L. DUMBAULD, JEFFREY L. JENSEN, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, WILLIAM G. PATERSON, PAUL E. OURADA, ROBERT M. SHARP, ERICH M. VELANDIA
  • Patent number: 10298403
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Peter F. Klammer, William G. Paterson
  • Publication number: 20180026795
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: PETER F. KLAMMER, WILLIAM G. PATERSON
  • Patent number: 9774455
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Peter F. Klammer, William G. Paterson
  • Publication number: 20170078102
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: PETER F. KLAMMER, WILLIAM G. PATERSON
  • Patent number: 9489785
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Peter F. Klammer, William G. Paterson
  • Publication number: 20150317899
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for controlling the usage of devices with embedded RFID tags. An exemplary method may include connecting the device to an energy source and reading data from a memory device incorporated in the device, wherein the data may include a unique identifier (UID), a usage value, an activation value, a reprocessing value, and/or a sterilization indicator. The method may further include incrementing the usage value when the device is connected to the energy source, and incrementing the activation value when the device is activated permitting energy to flow from the energy source to an energy consuming component of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: PATRICK L. DUMBAULD, JEFFREY L. JENSEN, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, WILLIAM G. PATERSON, PAUL E. OURADA, ROBERT M. SHARP, ERICH M. VELANDIA
  • Publication number: 20140266591
    Abstract: Authentication systems and methods for a population of devices each associated with an RFID tag are described. For each device, a secret key is combined cryptographically with a publicly-readable unique identifier (UID) of an RFID tag to obtain a unique authorization signature. The RFID tag is prepared utilizing the unique authorization signature as memory-access and/or tag-operation password(s). The systems and methods may safeguard against attacks whereby compromise of a single tag will not compromise the entire population of devices and may reduce or eliminate the use of inappropriate surgical devices during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: PETER F. KLAMMER, WILLIAM G. PATERSON
  • Patent number: 7766905
    Abstract: An electrosurgical generator is provided which includes a continuity test circuit assembly for testing electrical continuity through an electrode of an electrosurgical instrument. The continuity test circuit assembly includes a test power source providing electrical test energy to a first conductor which is in electrical communication with the electrode and the electrosurgical generator and to at least one second conductor which is coupled to the first conductor for providing a path for current to flow between the first conductor and the at least one second conductor for establishing a test path through which the test energy flows between the first conductor and at least one conductor of the at least one second conductor. The continuity test circuit assembly further includes energy detection circuitry positioned along the test path for detecting the flow of the test energy through the test path for determining electrical continuity through the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: William G. Paterson, Derek M. Blaha
  • Patent number: 5599344
    Abstract: A power control apparatus for an electrosurgical generator is used for controlling output power from the generator to the tissue or bodily fluids of a patient. The control apparatus rapidly determines the range of impedance of the load on the electrosurgical generator and adjusts the output power accordingly. Output current and output voltage from the electrosurgical generator are monitored and sent to a microprocessor. The microprocessor runs an algorithm that determines the impedance range of the load on the generator. The algorithm uses computational techniques, such as comparisons and bit shifting, that avoid long division and other time-consuming operations. The microprocessor can then adjust a high voltage power supply that effects the radio frequency amplifier stage. A method for controlling the power of the electrosurgical generator, including steps in the algorithm, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Valleylab Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Paterson
  • Patent number: 5372596
    Abstract: Apparatus and method find leakage due to tissue load or transients and has active and return electrodes for RF energy sensed by transformers for a circuit that finds leakage at more than two thousand times per second or a frequency dependent on the phase shift between voltage and current. Software and feedback manage V.sub.rms to reduce the voltage or increase the crest factor, which is V.sub.rms divided by peak voltage, by pulse width modulation of the RF drive. Voltage and current phase shift changes, angle .theta., are compared to a threshold, and when greater, the frequency at which the differences between the active and return current signals are examined is increased. The differences between the active and return currents are examined and when greater than maximum leakage while in coagulation mode, the RF drive pulse width is reduced to maintain voltage wave peaks at a preset value and reduce V.sub.rms thereby reducing leakage to the allowable maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Valleylab Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Klicek, William G. Paterson
  • Patent number: 4632109
    Abstract: An electrosurgical generating system including an electrosurgical generator; a handpiece including an active electrode connected to the generator for applying electrosurgical current from the generator to a patient; and an initializing device or circuit for making an initial determination as to whether the handpiece includes power changing switches for changing the level of the output power delivered from the generator to the patient. Assuming the handpiece does include such switches, circuitry is also disclosed for limiting the amount the power can be increased or decreased from the handpiece. Also circuitry is disclosed for effecting the power increase or decrease in incremental steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Valleylab, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Paterson
  • Patent number: 4431785
    Abstract: Hard, infusible, discrete beads of crosslinked copolymer are prepared by free-radical catalyzed polymerization of a monomer mixture in aqueous dispersion wherein a minor amount of a modifier, specifically an organic compound containing acetylenic or allylic unsaturation having the ability to moderate the rate of polymerization, is incorporated in the monomer mixture. Ion exchange resins having improved mechanical strength are obtained by attaching functional groups to the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Howell, William G. Paterson, Ian Pattison
  • Patent number: 4416276
    Abstract: A return electrode monitoring system for use with a split patient return electrode having two, electrically isolated electrode elements adapted for contacting a patient, the system comprising means responsive to the impedance between the two electrode elements for producing a signal which is a function of the impedance; means for establishing a desired range having an upper limit and a lower limit for the impedance when the patient is in contact with the electrode elements; determining means responsive to the signal for determining whether the impedance is within the desired range; and adjusting means for adjusting the upper limit to adapt the system to the particular impedance of the patient in response to the particular impedance occurring within the desired range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Assignee: Valleylab, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Newton, William G. Paterson
  • Patent number: 4375519
    Abstract: Hard, infusible, discrete beads of crosslinked copolymer are prepared by free-radical catalyzed polymerization of a monomer mixture in aqueous dispersion wherein a minor amount of a modifier, specifically an organic compound containing acetylenic or allylic unsaturation having the ability to moderate the rate of polymerization, is incorporated in the monomer mixture. Ion exchange resins having improved mechanical strength are obtained by attaching functional groups to the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1983
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Howell, William G. Paterson, Ian Pattison
  • Patent number: 4246386
    Abstract: Hard, infusible, discrete beads of crosslinked copolymer are prepared by free-radical catalyzed polymerization of a monomer mixture in aqueous dispersion wherein a minor amount of a modifier, specifically an organic compound containing acetylenic or allylic unsaturation having the ability to moderate the rate of polymerization, is incorporated in the monomer mixture. Ion exchange resins having improved mechanical strength are obtained by attaching functional groups to the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Howell, William G. Paterson, Ian Pattison