Patent Filing History

Mark Richards has over twenty years of experience designing completion products and systems. From 2002 to 2015 he submitted over 275 disclosures on Sand Control tools, Sand Control Completions, Intelligent Completions, Packers, Flow Control, and R&D.

38 Issued US Patents and 102 Filed Patent Applications

Issued US Patents

  1. 5,431,412 “For a Packer”, 11 July 1995.
  2. 5,549,161 “Overpull Shifting Tool”, 27 August 1996.
  3. 5,727,632 “Top Release Retrievable Bridge Plug”, 17 March 1998.
  4. 6,302,208 “Gravel Pack Isolation System”, 21 October 2001.
  5. 6,857,476 “Sand Control Screen Assembly Having an Internal Seal Element and Treatment Method Using the Same”, 22 February 2005.
  6. 6,886,634 “Sand Control Screen Assembly Having An Internal Isolation Member and Treatment Method Using the Same”, 3 May 2005.
  7. 7,096,945 “Sand Control Screen Assembly and Treatment Method using the same”, 29 August 2006.
  8. 7,152,688 “Positioning Tool with Valved Fluid Diversion Path method”, 26 December, 2006.
  9. 7,191,833 “Sand control Screen Assembly Having Fluid Loss Control Capability and Method for Use of Same”, 20 March 2007.
  10. 7,252,153 “Bi-Directional Fluid Loss Device”, 7 August 2007.
  11. 7,469,743 “Inflow Control Devices for Sand Control Screens” 30 December 2008.
  12. 7,523,787 “Reverse Out Valve for Well Treatment Operations”, 28 April 2009.
  13. 7,594,763 “Fiber Optic Delivery System and Side Pocket Mandrel”, 29 September 2009.
  14. 7,775,284 “Apparatus for adjustably controlling in Inflow of Production Fluids”, 17 August 2010.
  15. 7,802,621 “Inflow Control Devices for Sand Control Screens”, 28 September 2010.
  16. 7,814,973 “Sand Control Screen Assembly and Method for Use of Same”, 19 October 2010.
  17. 7,857,061 “Flow Control in a Well Bore”, 28 December 2010.
  18. 7,866,383 “Sand Control Screen Assembly and Method for Use of Same”, 11 January 2011.
  19. 7,866,405 “Securement Of Lines To Well Sand Control Screens”, 11 January 2011.
  20. 7,909,095 “Valve Device and Associated Methods of Selectively Communicating Between an Interior and an Exterior of a Tubular String”, 22 March 2011.
  21. 8,074,719 “Flow Control in a Well Bore”, 13 December 2011.
  22. 8,079,419 “Apparatus and Method for Controlling the Connection and Disconnection Speed of Downhole Connectors”, 20 December 2011.
  23. 8,082,998 “Apparatus and Method for Controlling the Connection and Disconnection Speed of Downhole Connectors”, 27 December 2011.
  24. 8,122,967 “Apparatus and Method for Controlling the Connection and Disconnection Speed of Downhole Connectors”, 28 February 2012.
  25. 8,291,972 “Sand Control Assembly and Method for Use of Same”, 23 October 2012.
  26. 8,474,535 “Well Screen Inflow Control Device with Check Valve Flow Controls”, 2 July 2013.
  27. 8,499,827 “Sand Control Screen Assembly and Method for Use of Same”, 6 August 2013.
  28. 8,720,553 “Completion Assembly and Methods for Use Thereof”, 13 May 2014.
  29. 8,746,337 ”Single Trip Multi-Zone Completion Systems and Methods”, 10 June 2014.
  30. 8,783,340 “Packer Setting Tool”, 22 July 2014.
  31. 8,789,588 “Multi-Position Weight Down Locating Tool”, 29 July 2014.
  32. 8,794,337 “Apparatus and method for controlling the Connection and Disconnection of Connectors Downhole”, 5 August 2014.
  33. 8,851,189 “Single Trip Multi-Zone Completion Systems and Methods”, 7 October 2014.
  34. 8,857,518 “Single Trip Multi-Zone Completion Systems and Methods”, 14 October 2014.
  35. 8,893,783 “Tubing Conveyed Multiple Zone Integrated Intelligent Well Completion”, 25 November 2014.
  36. 8,915,304 “Traversing a Travel Joint with a Fluid Line”, 23 December 2014.
  37. 8,919,439 “Single Trip Multi-Zone Completion Systems and Methods”, 30 December 2014.
  38. 8,936,078 “Shearable Fiber Optic Dry Mate”, 20 January 2015.

Pending Applications

  1. 13/549,396 “Low Profile Clamp”, 13 July 2012.
  2. PCT/US2012/057266 “Method of Placing Distributed Pressure Gauges across Screens”, 26 September 2012.
  3. 13/979,137 “Snorkel Tube with Debris Barrier for Electronic Gauges Placed on Sand Screens”, 26 September 2012.
  4. 14/473,575 “Snorkel Tube with Debris Barrier for Electronic Gauges Placed on Sand Screens”, 29 August 2014.
  5. 14/003,451 “In-Line Sand Screen Gauge Carrier”, 26 September 2012.
  6. 13/950,674 “Multiple Zone Integrated Intelligent Well Completion”, 26 September 2012.
  7. PCT/US2012/065439 “Assisting Retrieval of a downhole tool”, 16 November 2012.
  8. 14/122,369 “Protection Assembly for Downhole Wet Connectors”, 10 January 2013.
  9. 14/119,127 “Protection Assembly for Downhole Wet Connectors”, 20 January 2013.
  10. 14/355,113 “Method and System for Directing Control Lines Along a Travel Joint”, 21 February 2013.
  11. PCT/US2013/035433 “Controlling flow in a wellbore”, 5 April 2013.
  12. PCT/US2013/043765 “Travel Joint Release Devices and Methods”, 30 May 2013.
  13. PCT/US2013/049549 “Continuously Sealing Travel Joint with Multiple Control Lines”, 8 July 2013.
  14. PCT/US2013/049540 “Control Line Management Assembly for Subsea Completions, 8 July 2013.

Patent Applications that have not yet been published

  • 14/374,911
  • PCT/US2013/052856
  • PCT/US2013/052857
  • PCT/US2013/055408
  • 14/366,289
  • PCT/US2013/058952
  • PCT/US2013/058964
  • PCT/US2013/068417
  • PCT/US2013/077382
  • PCT/US2013/078341
  • PCT/US2013/067260
  • PCT/US2013/068047
  • PCT/US2013/068037
  • PCT/US2014/012715
  • PCT/US2014/036192
  • PCT/US2013/078458
  • PCT/US2014/043684
  • PCT/US2014/037658
  • PCT/US2014/037653
  • PCT/US2014/043617
  • PCT/US2014/044783
  • PCT/US2014/044786
  • PCT/US2014/044788
  • PCT/US2014/044793
  • PCT/US2014/044800
  • PCT/US2014/044808
  • PCT/US2014/036192
  • PCT/US2014/041355
  • PCT/US2014/041348
  • PCT/US2014/041357
  • PCT/US2014/041350
  • PCT/US2014/070593
  • PCT/US2014/072992
  • PCT/US2014/71600

Patent Applications Filed and Abandoned

  1. 11/078,752 “Erosion Resistant Crossover for Fracturing/Gravel Packing”, 14 March 2005.
  2. 11/410,996 “Well Screens Having Distributed Flow”, 21 April 2006.
  3. 11/502,074 “Well Screen Apparatus and Method of Manufacture”, 10 August 2006.
  4. 11/466,022 “Autonomous Inflow Restrictors for use in a Subterranean Well”, 21 August 2006.
  5. 11/803,835 “Autonomous Bypass Valve for Controlling Unwanted Fluids Production”, 16 May 2007.
  6. 11/702,312 “Apparatus for Controlling the Inflow of Production Fluids from a Subterranean Well”, 2 May 2007.
  7. 11/671,319 “Inflow Control Device with Fluid Loss and Gas Production Controls”, 2 May 2007.
  8. 13/007,909 “Apparatus and Method for Controlling the Connection and Disconnection Speed of Downhole Connectors”, 17 January 2011.