Department of Mechanical Engineering

Brigham Young University 

Provo, UT 84602

(801) 422-2625

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ISSUED U.S. PATENTS

The following is a list of issued U.S. patents with CMR research staff as inventors. Pending patents and foreign patents are not listed. For information concerning licensing any of these patents, contact the BYU Office of Technology Transfer or Dr. Larry Howell. Detailed information on individual patents can be found by searching by patent number through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (or by clicking the patent number).

December

DeFigueiredo, B.P., Magleby, S.P., Howell, L.L.

2019

Flexible and conformal electronics using rigid substrates

US patent No. 

September

Jeffrey E. Niven, Jason Dearden, Peter S. Schleede, Andrew J. Moulton, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby

2019

Rectangular Syringe

US patent No. 

August

Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan TANNER, Clayton Grames, Jason Lund

2019

Crossed-cylinder wrist mechanism with two degrees of freedom

US patent No. 

March

Larry L. Howell, Todd Nelson

2019

Deployable Joint

US patent No. 

November

Quentin T. Aten, Larry L. Howell, Brian D. Jensen, Sandra Burnett

2018

Methods and devices for charged molecule manipulation

US patent No. 

April

Edmondson, Bryce, Allen, Quentin, McCain, Michael, Pierce, John J., Bateman, Terri, Howell, Larry L.

2018

Surgical Retractor

US patent No. 

January

Edmondson, Bryce, Grames, Clayton, Bowen Landen, Call, Eric, Bateman, Terri, Magleby, Spencer, Howell, Larry L.

2018

Surgical Forceps

US patent No. 

December

Howell, L.L., Magleby, S.P., Nihipali, H.C.G., Wilding, S.E.

2017

Device Dispensing Apparatus

US patent No. 

August

Francis, Kevin C., Newton, Cory N., Wilson, Mary E., Zirbel, Shannon A., Magleby, Spencer P., Howell, Larry L.

2017

Foldable Array of Three-Dimensional Panels Including Functional Electrical Components

US patent No. 

May

Anton Bowden, Larry Howell, Todd Nelson, Trevor Stephens

2017

Inverted Serpentine Spinal Stability Device and Associated Methods

US patent No. 

December

Robert J. Lang, Bryce J. Edmonson, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell

2016

Rigidly Foldable Array of Three-Dimensional Bodies

US patent No. 

May

Eric Dodgen, Larry L. Howell, Anton E. Bowden

2016

Serpentine Spinal Stability Device

US patent No. 

April

Peter Halverson, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Anton E. Bowden

2016

Spinal Implant

US patent No. 

October

Magleby, S.P., Jacobsen, J.O., Howell, L.L.

2015

Lamina Emergent Torsional Joint and Related Methods

US patent No. 

March

Bowden, A.E., Howell, L.L., Halverson, P.A. , Stratton, E.M.

2014

Compliant Dynamic Spinal Implant and Associated Methods

US patent No. 

November

Albrechtsen, N.B., Howell, L.L., Magleby, S.P.

2013

Laminar Injection Apparatus and Method

US patent No. 

November

Bowen, L., Howell, L.L., Magleby, S.P., Olsen, B., Bateman, T., Lebaron, D., Ojha, A.

2013

User-Selectable Force Conversion Apparatus and Method

US patent No. 

December

Lusk, C.P. , Howell, L.L.,

2012

Spherical Three Degrees of Freedom Platform

US patent No. 

November

Halverson, P., Howell, L.L., Magleby, S.P., Bowden, A.E.

2012

Spinal Implant

US patent No. 

July

Howell, L.L., Winder, B.G., Bassett, E.K., Mackay, A.B., Magleby, S.P.

2012

Out-of-Plane Configuration-Adjusting Mechanism, System, and Method

US patent No. 

May

Bowden, A.E., Howell, L.L., Halverson, P.A., Stratton, E.M.

2012

Method of Treating a Degenerate Spinal Segment

US patent No. 

July

Lusk, C.P. , Howell, L.L.

2010

Spherical Bistable Mechanism

US patent No. 

November

Messenger, R.K., McLain, T.W., Anderson, J.K., Howell, L.L.

2009

Micromechanical Positional State Sensing Apparatus Method and System

US patent No. 

June

Messenger, R.K., McLain, T.W., Anderson, J.K., Howell, L.L.

2009

Bistable Micromechanical Devices

US patent No. 

March

Whiting, M.J., Howell, L.L., Todd, R.H., Magleby, S.P., Anderson, M.C., Rasmussen, N.O.

2008

Continuously Variable Transmission or Clutch with Ortho-Planar Compliant Mechanism

US patent No. 

October

Masters, N. , Howell, L.L.

2006

Self-Retracting Fully Compliant Bistable Micromechanism

US patent No. 

July

Howell, L.L., Parkinson, M.B., Jensen, B.D., Roach, G.M.

2006

Compliant Bistable Micromechanism

US patent No. 

June

Howell, L.L. , Magleby, S.P.

2006

Substantially Constant-Force Exercise Machine

US patent No. 

January

Howell, L.L. , Thomson, S. , Briscoe, J.A. , Parise, J.J. , Lorenc, S. , Larsen, J.B. , Huffmire, C.R. , Burnside, N., Gomm, T.A.

2006

Compliant, Ortho-Planar, Linear Motion Spring

US patent No. 

January

Howell, L.L. , Lyon, S.M. , Weight, B.L., Clements, D.

2006

Dual Position Linear Displacement Micromechanism

US patent No. 

September

Weight, B.L. , Mattson, C.A. , Magleby, S.P. , Howell, L.L. , Brown, B.J.

2005

Constant Force Apparatus and Method

US patent No. 

July

Todd, R.H. , Howell, L.L., Magleby, S.P. , Herring, A.L.

2004

Multi-Layered Compliant Mechanisms and Method of Manufacture

US patent No. 

June

Jensen, B.D. , Farina, M. , Kurabayashi, K.

2004

High-Performance Fully-Compliant Micro-Mechanisms for Force/Displacement Amplification

US patent No. 

May

Howell, L.L. , Crane, N.B.

2004

Compliant Clutch

US patent No. 

May

Howell, L.L. , Lyon, S.M.

2004

Thermomechanical In-Plane Microactuator

US patent No. 

December

Cheney, D., Magleby, S.P. , Moulton, A., Mattson, C., Lasson, C., Larsen, R., Larson, K., Bennion, R., Norby, E., Evans, G.

2003

Tracked Bicycle

US patent No. 

November

Strnad R. S., Magleby, S. P., Marshall, J., Stout, W. D., Sorensen, C., Warnick, R., Baroldy, L., Cloward, L., Bent, D., Gaglione, A., Cvetko, R., Schellenberg, A.

2003

Automatic Fueling System and Components Therefor

US patent No. 

May

Sinclair, M.B. , de Boer, M.P. , Smith, N.F., Jensen, B.D. , Miller, S.L.

2003

Method and System for Automated On-Chip Material and Structural Certification of MEMS Devices

US patent No. 

September

Coons, T. , Garner, E., Howell, L.L.

2002

Braking Device with Shoe-Orienting Compliant Member

US patent No. 

August

Hansen, K. , Howell, L.L.

2002

Continuously Variable Transmission

US patent No. 

July

de Boer, M.P. , Bitsie, F. , Jensen, B.D.

2002

Electrostatic Apparatus for Measurement of Microfracture Strength

US patent No. 

March

Howell, L.L. , Baker, M.S. , Herring, A.L. , Lott, C.D.

2002

Compliant Derailleur

US patent No. 

November

Barnes, S.M. , Miller, S.L. , Miller, S.L. , Rodgers, M.S., Burg, M.S.

2001

Microelectromechanical Ratcheting Apparatus

US patent No. 

June

Rasmussen, C.M. , Howell, L.L. , Johnson, C. , Johnson, K. , Hansen, K. , Cedeno, T., Hayes, D. , Arnold, J.

2001

Recumbent Cycle with Improved Suspension

US patent No. 

April

Jensen, B.D. , Howell, L.L. , Roach, G.M.

2001

Bistable Compliant Mechanism

US patent No. 

November

Roach, G.M. , Howell, L.L.

2000

Compliant Overrunning Clutch with Centrifugal Throw-out

US patent No. 

October

Rodgers, M.S., Burg, M.S. , Jensen, B.D. , Miller, S.L., Barnes, S.M.

2000

Compact Electrostatic Comb Actuator

US patent No. 

February

Strnad R. S., Magleby, S. P., Marshall, J., Stout, W. D., Sorensen, C., Warnick, R., Baroldy, L., Cloward, L., Bent, D., Gaglione, A., Cvetko, R., Schellenberg, A.

2000

Automatic Fueling System and Components Therefor

US patent No. 

July

Midha, A. , Murphy, M.D. , Howell, L.L.

1997

Compliant Constant-Force Mechanism and Devices Formed Therewith

US patent No.