US Patent No: 7,958,938

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

System and vessel for supporting offshore fields

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20080210432

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A system for supporting multiple-well-site, offshore, hydrocarbon-bearing fields, each well-site has one or more wells. In general, the system first comprises a floating vessel that is relocatable from a first subsea well-site to a second subsea well-site. The system also comprises two separate systems: (1) an operations control system for providing subsea well-site operations such as power and communications; and (2) an intervention system for conducting intervention services to an individual subsea well such as workover services and maintenance services. The operations system may provide control to wells and other subsea equipment at either the first well-site or the second well-site, regardless of the location of the floating vessel. The intervention system may provide workover and/or maintenance to subsea equipment or individual wells at the well-site at which it is located.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANYHOUSTON, TX726

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Crossley, Calvin W Houston, TX 3 13
Fowler, Tracy A Sugar Land, TX 11 73
Glasscock, M Sidney Houston, TX 6 49
Greer, Matthew N Kingwood, TX 4 57
Lokken, Roald T Houston, TX 7 22
Pejaver, Dinesh R Sugar Land, TX 2 9
Wilson, W Brett Sugar Land, TX 12 47
Yost, David B Queensland, AU 4 9

Cited Art Landscape

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FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
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ALPHA THAMES LTD. (2)
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BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (2)
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FMC CORPORATION (2)
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VETCO GRAY CONTROLS LIMITED (2)
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Chevron Research Company (1)
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COOPER CAMERON CORPORATION (1)
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HALLIBURTON COMPANY (1)
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KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT LLC (1)
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NOVELIS INC. (1)
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SAIPEM S.A. (1)
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SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
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SHELL OIL COMPANY (1)
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Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
STATOIL PETROLEUM AS (4)
8,498,176 Seismic exploration 0 2006
8,400,871 Seafloor-following streamer 0 2007
8,442,770 Forming a geological model 0 2008
8,757,270 Subsea hydrocarbon production system 0 2010
 
AKER SUBSEA AS (1)
8,720,581 Production manifold accessory 0 2010
 
Amplisine Labs, LLC (1)
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SAIPEM S.A. (1)
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SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
8,725,302 Control systems and methods for subsea activities 0 2011

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Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00