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Boring or penetrating the earth December patent applications/inventions, industry category 12/09

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12/31/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090321132 - Electromagnetic energy assisted drilling system and method: A drill bit, system and method for penetrating a material such as a mineral bearing rock or the like is disclosed. The system comprises a drill bit comprising a cutting face comprising at least one cutting tool, an emitter of microwaves positioned behind the cutting face, wherein at least a... Agent: Goudreau Gage Dubuc

20090321133 - Rock drilling apparatus and methdo for controlling rock drilling apparatus: A rock drilling apparatus with several actuator units, a user interface control unit, and at least one control means connected to the user interface control unit for controlling the functions of the rock drilling apparatus, and for each actuator unit, a control element connected under the control of the user... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20090321134 - Auger downforce unit for use on tractor 3-point hitch mounted earth augers: We have invented a way to create mechanical downforce for using post hole augers or other implements on tractor 3-point hitches. Our invention allows the user to switch the post hole auger from conventional mode to downforce mode by removing one hitch pin and inserting two others. Our invention makes... Agent: Richard Matthews

20090321136 - Drilling apparatus and method for drilling wells: A device for boring a well. The device is attached to a motor that has a power shaft for imparting rotational movement. The device includes a driver operatively connected to the power shaft, with the driver containing a cylindrical body, a first bit having a first end connected to the... Agent: Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere, Denegre, L.L.P.

20090321135 - Rocket rig drilling apparatus: A well drilling apparatus includes multiple, transportable, modular, pre-assembled sections which include a substructure and multiple mast sections. These pre-assembled sections allow for a quicker complete rig-up of the well drilling apparatus at ground level in a horizontal direction, without the use of a crane. Once the assembly has been... Agent: Winstead PC

20090321138 - Drill bit having functional articulation to drill boreholes in earth formations in all directions: A drill bit is described herein, having a first bit face with a first plurality of cutters oriented to bore in a first direction, and a second bit face with a second plurality of cutters oriented to bore in one or more second directions. The pluralities of cutters enable functional... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20090321137 - Drill bit having no gage pads and having the ability to drill vertically and laterally: A drill bit having a plurality of cutters on its lower surface, each of which can having a plurality of PDC cutter elements disposed thereon. The cutting surface on each of the cutters is mounted in in an orientation that allows drilling of oversize boreholes which enables the drill bit... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20090321139 - Rotary drill bit steerable system and method: A drill bit comprising: a cutting section comprising gage cutters, wherein in the cutting section is a first end of the bit, and wherein the cutting section has a full gage diameter; a heel section comprising a blade, wherein the heel section is at an end of the drill bit... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20090321140 - Reamer and methods for directional drilling: A reamer for underground boring is provided. The reamer includes at least: (a) a center mandrel, wherein the center mandrel defines a mandrel axis; (b) a plurality of radial members extending radially from the center mandrel; (c) a plurality of cutting heads, wherein each of the cutting heads: (i) is... Agent: Booth Albanesi Schroeder LLC

20090321141 - Methods and apparatus for wireline drilling on coiled tubing: r

20090321142 - Well drilling method for prevention of lost circulation of drilling muds: An improved well drilling method for directional drilling in subterranean formations which comprises incorporating into the drilling fluid an effective amount of fibrillated hydrophobic polypropylene fibers to form a suspension and injecting the suspension into the drill string whereby debris is swept from the borehole and seepage of drilling fluid... Agent: Dunlap Codding, P.C.

20090321143 - Self-indexing down-the-hole drill: A down-the-hole drill (DHD) hammer having a casing, a drill bit proximate a distal end of the casing, a piston mounted within the casing and a self-indexing drive transmission is provided. The piston includes a plurality of helical and axial splines. The drive transmission includes a driver sleeve, a driven... Agent: Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

20090321144 - Protecting an element from excessive surface wear by localized hardening: A method of protecting an element from excessive surface wear is provided. In this method, a localized area of the element that will be subjected to excessive surface wear is exposed to induction heating for a period sufficient to heat the localized area to an elevated temperature at which the... Agent: Jeffrey E. Daly National Oilwell Varco

20090321145 - Threaded nozzle for a cutter bit: A threaded nozzle for use in a cutter bit is disclosed. Threads are either machined into or pressed into a pressed powder nozzle then the nozzle is sintered. Threads of the nozzles of the present invention exhibit improved hardness and have a rougher surface finish than threads machined post-sintering. Shaping... Agent: Kennametal Inc. Intellectual Property Department

20090321146 - Earth boring bit with dlc coated bearing and seal: A roller cone bit is provided that includes a wear resistant diamond-like carbon coating applied to a bearing shaft, where it is in sliding contact with the bearing seal. The wear resistant diamond-like carbon coating reduces wear and corrosion of the head bearing shaft sealing surface and provides extended life... Agent: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

12/24/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090314544 - Well drilling and production using a surface blowout preventer: Production and drilling may be achieved by a system which uses a rotating head coupled to surface blowout preventer stack for fluid flow control. A casing connects these surface components to a subsea shutoff assembly with a pair of ram shear devices to cut off the string to the wellhead.... Agent: Trop, Pruner & Hu, P.C.

20090314545 - Core sample orientation: A core orientation device (10) for a core drill (12). The device (10) comprises an arrangement (14) for providing signals (16) associated with a physical orientation (18) of the core orientation device (10). Processing means (22) are provided for processing the signals (16) so as to provide processed data (23)... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090314546 - In-drilling alignment: To limit the growth of errors of an inertial navigation system for measurement-while-drilling, in-drilling alignment methods can be used. A pneumatics-based design of an apparatus for an in-drilling alignment method and its implementation downhole are described.... Agent: Lambert Intellectual Property Law

20090314547 - Construction apparatus with extendable mast and method for operating such a construction apparatus: The invention relates to a construction apparatus having an extendable mast with an upper mast element and a lower mast element, whereby the upper mast element is longitudinally displaceable relative to the lower mast element. The apparatus according to the invention is designed with a linear drive for displacement of... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20090314548 - Reaming and stabilization tool and method for its use in a borehole: In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a drilling tool includes a tubular body defining a longitudinal axial cavity extending therethrough and defining at least one cutter element recess. The drilling tool also includes a cutter element at least partially disposed within the at least one cutter element... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20090314549 - Maintaining shale stability by pore plugging: The present invention includes compositions and methods for improving wellbores stability of a hydrocarbon bearing shale formation using nanoparticles to decrease swelling and plug pore throats.... Agent: Chalker Flores, LLP

12/17/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090308656 - High power umbilicals for subterranean electric drilling machines and remotely operated vehicles: Method and required apparatus to provide the closed-loop feedback control of a remote electric motor that has specific required operating parameters which is used to turn a rotary drill bit to drill a borehole in the earth that receives electrical energy through a long umbilical possessing insulated electrical conduits that... Agent: William Banning Vail Iii

20090308657 - Magnetic ranging and controlled earth borehole drilling: A method for determining the distance and/or direction of a second earth borehole with respect to a first earth borehole, includes the following steps: providing, in the first borehole, first and second spaced apart magnetic field sources; providing, in the second borehole, a magnetic field sensor subsystem for sensing directional... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20090308658 - Latch system for friction-locked tubular members: A technique for securing drilling riser joints in a drilling riser string is presented. The drilling riser joints have a tubular housing that has a box configuration on one end and a pin configuration on the other end. The drilling riser string is assembled by connecting the pin end of... Agent: Patent Department Ge Oil & Gas

20090308659 - Steering component, steering assembly and method of steering a drill bit in a borehole: This invention relates to a steering component, to a steering assembly, and to a method of steering a drill bit in a borehole. The steering component is adapted for connection to a drill string, the drill string carrying a drill bit and a motor for rotating the drill bit. The... Agent: (weatherford) Wong Cabello Lutsch Rutherford & Brucculeri LLP

20090308660 - Auxiliary equipment for use with drilling apparatus: The invention relates to auxiliary working apparatus (10) for use with drilling apparatus for drilling holes into the ground and where the drilling apparatus has a platform supported by a support structure (50) thereof through which a drill bit (30) passes, the platform serving as a barrier between chippings blown... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20090308661 - Exhaust valve and bit assembly for down-hole percussive drills: A bit assembly is for a percussive drill that includes a casing with an interior chamber and includes a bit connectable with the casing and having a longitudinal bore and an axis through the bore. The bore has a retainer portion with one or more generally. conical inner surfaces extending... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20090308662 - Method of selectively adapting material properties across a rock bit cone: Methods of forming cutter assemblies for use on earth-boring tools include sintering a cone structure to fuse one or more cutting elements thereto and having a hardened land area. In some embodiments, one or more green, brown, or fully sintered cutting elements may be positioned on a green or brown... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090308663 - Rotary drill bits and drilling tools having protective structures on longitudinally trailing surfaces: A rotary drill bit or other drilling tool for drilling or reaming through subterranean formation and comprising a body comprising a distal end and gage areas near a proximal end thereof and comprising longitudinally upward extensions of a plurality of blades or legs. A longitudinally trailing, radially inwardly extending surface... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090308664 - Drill bit with replaceable blade members: A drill bit for rotary drilling a well bore of a subterranean formation which has replaceable blades which overlap and interlock with each other and have retention means on more than one axis. The replaceable blades may have cutters with enhanced retention by brazing ring grooves and the body may... Agent: Alan L. Nackerud

12/10/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090301778 - Method and system for tracking lubricant leakage from downhole drilling equipment: A method of detecting leakage from a drilling tool comprising putting at least one transmitter (110) in lubricant within the tool (26) and scanning for the transmitter (120) with a receiver (120) at the surface or in a downhole measurement and communications system (25). If the transmitter (110) is detected,... Agent: Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Attn:IPDocketing

20090301779 - Earth boring device: An earth boring device for forming horizontally extending bore holes beneath the surface of the earth and installing a conduit therein without substantially disturbing the surface of the earth is disclosed. The earth boring device is a generally elongate member having a cutting tool disposed at a leading end, and... Agent: Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC

20090301780 - Compartmentalized mwd tool with isolated pressure compensator: The present invention relates to a measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tool having a pressure compensation system and reservoir segregated from fluid integration with actuator mechanism lubricants. The MWD tool can also be serviced on the rig floor without the need to drain, reseal and charge the compensation system.... Agent: Storm LLP

20090301781 - Apparatus and system for geosteering and formation evaluation utilizing improved antennas: An apparatus for measuring one or more earth formation properties during applications including formation evaluation and geosteering applications is provided. The apparatus includes: an elongated body; at least one recessed portion on a periphery of the elongated body; an electrically conductive coil forming a closed loop, at least a portion... Agent: Cantor Colburn LLP- Baker Hughes Incorporated

20090301782 - Methods and apparatus to determine and use wellbore diameters: Example methods and apparatus to determine and use wellbore diameters are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises positioning a downhole tool in a wellbore, counting a number of rotations of a motor used to cause the downhole tool to contact a surface of the wellbore, and determining a diameter of... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20090301783 - Microtunnelling system and apparatus: A microtunnelling apparatus and system that includes an external drive system having rotational and linear thrust drive means, a drill head section having drill rotor and drill rod and connecting to intermediate drill rods allowing extension of the boring hole created by the drill head section driven by the drive... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090301784 - Constricting flow diverter: In one aspect of the present invention, a downhole assembly has a downhole tool string component with a bore adapted to accommodate drilling mud having a central passage and at least one periphery passage. At least two movable segments are peripherally positioned around a bore wall adapted to constrict a... Agent: Tyson J. Wilde Novatek International, Inc.

20090301785 - Integrated spiral blade collar: An integrated spiral blade collar comprising: a collar comprising a wall defining a bore, the collar having a longitudinal axis extending from a proximal end to a distal end; the collar comprising a first engagement mechanism at the proximal end and a second engagement mechanism at the distal end; the... Agent: Shell Oil Company

20090301787 - Methods of attaching a shank to a body of an earth-boring tool including a load bearing joint and tools formed by such methods: Earth-boring rotary drill bits including a bit body attached to a shank assembly at a joint. In some embodiments, the joint may be configured to carry at least a portion of any tensile longitudinal and rotational load applied to the drill bit by mechanical interference at the joint. In additional... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090301786 - Methods of forming earth-boring tools using geometric compensation and tools formed by such methods: Geometric compensation techniques are used to improve the accuracy by which features may be located on drill bits formed using particle compaction and sintering processes. In some embodiments, a positional error to be exhibited by at least one feature in a less than fully sintered bit body upon fully sintering... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090301788 - Composite metal, cemented carbide bit construction: A manufacturing method and drill bit having either a preformed steel powder blank or machined steel core and abrasion and erosion resistant material components attached thereon.... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090301789 - Methods of forming earth-boring tools including sinterbonded components and tools formed by such methods: Methods of forming earth-boring rotary drill bits by forming and joining two less than fully sintered components, by forming and joining a first fully sintered component with a first shrink rate and forming a second less than fully sintered component with a second sinter-shrink rate greater that that of the... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

12/03/2009 > 10 patent applications in 8 patent subcategories.

20090294173 - Wear indicators for expandable earth boring apparatus: An expandable underreamer apparatus disposed on a distal end of a drillstring and configured to drill a formation includes a substantially tubular main body adjacent a cutting head, the main body providing at least one axial recess configured to receive an arm assembly, and the arm assembly configured to translate... Agent: Osha, Liang LLP / Smith

20090294174 - Downhole sensor system: A method includes sensing a parameter in a well using a sensor disposed on a drillstring, determining a position of the sensor in a wellbore based on a position of the sensor in the drillstring and a position of the drillstring in the wellbore.... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20090294175 - Downhole gas chromatograph: A downhole fluid property estimating apparatus includes an interface in communication with a fluid in a first pressure zone, a collector in communication with the interface, the collector having a second pressure zone, wherein a second pressure zone pressure is less than a first pressure zone pressure, and a gas... Agent: Cantor Colburn LLP- Baker Hughes Incorporated

20090294177 - Backup safety flow control system for concentric drill string: A technique is presented for providing a double-barrier to formation fluids during drilling operations with a concentric drill string having an inner bore and an annulus. A primary flow control system is used to provide a first barrier to formation fluids in the inner bore and annulus of the drill... Agent: Patent Department Ge Oil & Gas

20090294176 - Hollow charge liners made of powder metal mixtures: The invention relates to inserts for hollow shots made of cold pressed powder mixtures, which can, for instance be used in the oil and gas extraction industries in well blasting.... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090294178 - Stabilizer and reamer system having extensible blades and bearing pads and method of using same: Drilling systems and methods for enlarging a borehole that include at least one expandable reamer and at least one expandable stabilizer axially spaced therefrom in a tubular string such as a drill string, the at least one expandable reamer and the at least one expandable stabilizer being independently actuatable by... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090294179 - Method of controlling fluid loss and materials useful therein: A method of controlling the loss of a drilling fluid from a well bore into a subterranean formation in which one illustrative embodiment includes: drilling the well bore with an aqueous based drilling fluid that includes an aqueous phase and a shale hydration inhibitor that is a polyether amine compound,... Agent: Legal Dept.,IPGroup M-i L.L.C.

20090294180 - Percussion drilling assembly having a floating feed tube: A percussion drilling assembly for boring into the earth is disclosed. The percussion drilling assembly includes a top sub, a casing coupled to the top sub, and a feed tube assembly disposed within the top sub and the casing. The feed tube assembly includes a non-rigid coupling having a throughbore... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose

20090294181 - Box gusseted earth auger: A brace or gusset is added to the first and last flight blade of an auger length for stability and reinforcement. The braces are generally box shaped with the flight blade as the box bottom. The brace walls are welded together along with a top panel. The brace is adjacent... Agent: Sand & Sebolt

20090294182 - Degradation assembly: In one aspect of the invention, a tool has a working portion with at least one impact tip brazed to a carbide extension. The carbide extension has a cavity formed in a base end and is adapted to interlock with a shank assembly of the cutting element assembly. The shank... Agent: Tyson J. Wilde Novatek International, Inc.

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