Patents by Inventor Zachary Mark

Zachary Mark 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).

  • Publication number: 20190226051
    Abstract: A system and method for recycling metals from industrial waste using an electrodepositing technique. The method includes the steps of collecting the industrial waste, transporting, processing and digesting the waste in a solvent or acidic solution and then electrodepositing out the desired metals. Other processing steps may be used to prepare the industrial waste for electrodeposition and the process may be repeated on the digest solution, to obtain multiple metals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond Mark Pierpoint, Zachary Jon Halkola, Brenton Harold Zettl
  • Patent number: 10331708
    Abstract: A system for dynamic content delivery is provided. The system includes a control component to determine location, preferences, and state of a user. A delivery component dynamically selects and provides content to the user as a function of the user's location, preferences, and state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Shields, William T. Flora, Bret P. O'Rourke, John Mark Miller, Eric P. Wilfrid, Nigel S. Keam, Steven N. Bathiche, Oliver R. Roup, Zachary L. Russell, Jon Marcus Randall Whitten
  • Patent number: 10237664
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and devices for discontinuously recording audio input representative of an audio environment. The audio environment can be an environment of a recipient of a hearing prosthesis and the discontinuously recorded audio input can be used to characterize the audio environment of the recipient, to control settings of the hearing prosthesis, or to provide some other application. Discontinuously recording the audio input can provide a recording that characterizes the audio environment of the recipient while protecting the privacy of individuals speaking nearby the recipient. Discontinuously recording the audio input may include recording discontinuous time segments of the audio input such that the semantic content of speech within the audio input, the identity of speakers in the audio input, or other private information present in the audio input is masked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Zachary Mark Smith, Harish Krishnamoorthi
  • Publication number: 20180326213
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and computing devices for fitting bilateral hearing prostheses. An example method includes sending a signal to a first hearing prosthesis and a second hearing prosthesis. The signal causes the first hearing prosthesis to deliver a first stimulus to a body part in a left auditory pathway of a user. The signal also causes the second hearing prosthesis to deliver a second stimulus to a body part in a right auditory pathway of the user. The first stimulus and the second stimulus cause the user to perceive a sound and are delivered simultaneously. The method also includes receiving an indication of a perception of the sound by the user. The method further includes determining an adjustment to at least one of the first stimulus or the second stimulus based on the perception of the sound by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventor: Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10111017
    Abstract: A device, including an actuator configured to evoke a hearing percept via actuation thereof, wherein the device is configured to make a detection of at least one phenomenon related to the actuator that is indicative of a recipient of the device speaking and control circuitry, wherein the control circuitry is configured to control an operation of the device based on the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Martin Evert Gustaf Hillbratt, Tobias Good, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10091591
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for dynamically setting, in real-time, a ratio of acoustical stimulation signals to electrical stimulation signals delivered by a hearing prosthesis. The ratio of the acoustical stimulation signals to the electrical stimulation signals is set based on one or more characteristics or attributes of the input sound signals that are received and processed by the hearing prosthesis in order to generate the acoustical and electrical stimulation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Michael Goorevich, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20180236233
    Abstract: A method including reducing a stimulation artefact of an implantable stimulator including a plurality of stimulating electrodes by obtaining respective information on respective artefact voltages at a first location resulting from stimulation by one electrode group or respective electrode groups of the implanted stimulator and determining an adjustment regime based on the obtained information that results in a reduction of the stimulation artefact at the first location relative to that which would be the case in the absence of the regime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph LONG, Joerg PESCH, Zachary Mark SMITH
  • Publication number: 20180187882
    Abstract: Modern steam generators typically include a radiant section and a convection section. Due to differing performance requirements of the radiant and convection sections, the radiant section often has a round cross-section, while the convection section often has a rectangular cross-section. Previous designs utilized a target wall to affect the transition. An angled transition section is disclosed herein that substantially eliminates the target wall and/or the reverse target and provides a corresponding improvement in steam generator efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Elmer Pittser, Zachary Mark Smith, Garry Loren Barker
  • Publication number: 20180140838
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques that use acoustic scene (environmental) analysis to determine the sound class of sound signals received at a hearing prosthesis and, accordingly, assess the estimated listening difficulty that the acoustic environment presents to a recipient of the hearing prosthesis. This difficulty of the recipient's listening situation can be used to adjust, adapt, or otherwise set the resolution of the electrical stimulation signals delivered to the recipient to evoke perception of the sound signals. In other words, the resolution of the electrical stimulation signals is dynamically adapted based on the present acoustic environment of the hearing prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 9956406
    Abstract: A method including reducing a stimulation artifact of an implantable stimulator including a plurality of stimulating electrodes by obtaining respective information on respective artifact voltages at a first location resulting from stimulation by one electrode group or respective electrode groups of the implanted stimulator and determining an adjustment regime based on the obtained information that results in a reduction of the stimulation artifact at the first location relative to that which would be the case in the absence of the regime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Long, Joerg Pesch, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 9943463
    Abstract: Medical devices including a vial adapter with an inline dry drug module for use with a vial, a needleless syringe and a carrier liquid for filling the needleless syringe with an injection solution for injection to a patient. The inline dry drug modules include a dry drug storage component for storing a dry drug dosage and a uniform carrier liquid distribution component for promoting uniform contact of the dry drug storage component by the carrier liquid to form an injection solution from the dry drug dosage. The inline dry drug modules can include a discrete dry drug storage component and a discrete uniform carrier liquid distribution component or a dual purpose component for both drug storage and uniform carrier liquid distribution. The vial adapters can be provided in vented or non-vented versions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: West Pharma. Services IL, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hugh Zachary Marks, Nimrod Lev, Amir Lev
  • Patent number: 9939149
    Abstract: Modern steam generators typically include a radiant section and a convection section. Due to differing performance requirements of the radiant and convection sections, the radiant section often has a round cross-section, while the convection section often has a rectangular cross-section. Previous designs utilized a target wall to effect the transition. An angled transition section is disclosed herein that substantially eliminates the target wall and/or the reverse target and provides a corresponding improvement in steam generator efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: PCL Industrial Services, Inc., Aera Energy LLC
    Inventors: Garry Loren Barker, Mark Elmer Pittser, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 9844670
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for determining an arrangement of complex stimulation channels to optimally distribute sensory information across the channels of a multi-channel tissue-stimulating prosthesis. A tissue-stimulating prosthesis may initially be associated with a set of complex stimulation channels. A stimulation efficiency is determined for each complex stimulation channel within the set of complex stimulation channels. A first complex stimulation channel from the set of complex stimulation channels that has an associated stimulation efficiency that is below a stimulation efficiency limit is identified. The first complex stimulation channel is combined with an adjacent/neighboring complex stimulation channel to create a combined complex stimulation channel. The combined complex stimulation channel replaces both the first complex stimulation channel and the adjacent complex stimulation channel within the set of complex stimulation channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Zachary Mark Smith, Christopher Joseph Long, Jan Raymond Janssen
  • Publication number: 20170359661
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for dynamically setting, in real-time, a ratio of acoustical stimulation signals to electrical stimulation signals delivered by a hearing prosthesis. The ratio of the acoustical stimulation signals to the electrical stimulation signals is set based on one or more characteristics or attributes of the input sound signals that are received and processed by the hearing prosthesis in order to generate the acoustical and electrical stimulation signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Goorevich, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 9713715
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for determining the timing of stimulation applied using a medical device. In embodiments, the medical device filters a received signal to obtain a plurality of band-pass filtered signals, each corresponding to one or more stimulation channels. The medical device then determines the envelopes of these band-pass filtered signals. Next, the medical device determines the stimulation timing (i.e., the pulse times) for the corresponding stimulation channel based on the timing of a particular phase (e.g., a peak, a minimum, etc.) of the envelope. A pulse amplitude for the stimulation channel may then be determined, and stimulation applied using the determined amplitude and pulse time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Zachary Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20170171671
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and devices for discontinuously recording audio input representative of an audio environment. The audio environment can be an environment of a recipient of a hearing prosthesis and the discontinuously recorded audio input can be used to characterize the audio environment of the recipient, to control settings of the hearing prosthesis, or to provide some other application. Discontinuously recording the audio input can provide a recording that characterizes the audio environment of the recipient while protecting the privacy of individuals speaking nearby the recipient. Discontinuously recording the audio input may include recording discontinuous time segments of the audio input such that the semantic content of speech within the audio input, the identity of speakers in the audio input, or other private information present in the audio input is masked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Zachary Mark Smith, Harish Krishnamoorthi
  • Publication number: 20160339245
    Abstract: Presented herein are dynamic current steering techniques in which a dynamic stimulation pulse is delivered to a recipient as current stimulation applied across a plurality of stimulation channels. The current stimulation is weighted and applied in a pattern that results in a time varying progressive change in the location of a locus of the current stimulation across the plurality of channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Stefan Jozef Mauger, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20160221849
    Abstract: A method for inhibiting the formation, deposition and adherence of scale to metallic and other surfaces in the equipment, vessels and/or piping of facilities for the handling of oil and gas produced fluid is disclosed. An effective scale inhibiting amount of alginate is added to a produced fluid containing a scale-forming divalent cation. The alginate effectively cross-links with a scale-forming divalent cation, e.g., calcium, forming an alginate gel for subsequent separation and removal from the produced fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Charlesworth, Christopher John Kalli, David Glynn Thomas, Wei Shi, Brendan Francis Graham, Zachary Mark Aman, Eric Freemantle May
  • Publication number: 20160206879
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for determining the timing of stimulation applied using a medical device. In embodiments, the medical device filters a received signal to obtain a plurality of band-pass filtered signals, each corresponding to one or more stimulation channels. The medical device then determines the envelopes of these band-pass filtered signals. Next, the medical device determines the stimulation timing (i.e., the pulse times) for the corresponding stimulation channel based on the timing of a particular phase (e.g., a peak, a minimum, etc.) of the envelope. A pulse amplitude for the stimulation channel may then be determined, and stimulation applied using the determined amplitude and pulse time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventor: Zachary Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20160175592
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for determining an arrangement of complex stimulation channels to optimally distribute sensory information across the channels of a multi-channel tissue-stimulating prosthesis. A tissue-stimulating prosthesis may initially be associated with a set of complex stimulation channels. A stimulation efficiency is determined for each complex stimulation channel within the set of complex stimulation channels. A first complex stimulation channel from the set of complex stimulation channels that has an associated stimulation efficiency that is below a stimulation efficiency limit is identified. The first complex stimulation channel is combined with an adjacent/neighboring complex stimulation channel to create a combined complex stimulation channel. The combined complex stimulation channel replaces both the first complex stimulation channel and the adjacent complex stimulation channel within the set of complex stimulation channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Zachary Mark Smith, Christopher Joseph Long, Jan Raymond Janssen