Patents by Inventor Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas 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).

  • Patent number: 9791720
    Abstract: A deformable membrane assembly comprises an at least partially flexible fluid-filled envelope, one wall of which is formed by an elastic membrane that is held around its edge by a resiliently bendable supporting ring, a fixed support for the envelope and selectively operable means for causing relative movement between the supporting ring and the support for adjusting the pressure of the fluid in the envelope, thereby to cause the membrane to deform. The bending stiffness of the ring varies round the ring such that upon deformation of the membrane the ring bends variably to control the shape of the membrane to a predefined form. The moving means comprise a plurality of ring-engaging members that are arranged to apply a force to the ring at spaced control points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Adlens Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto, Derek Paul Forbes Bean, Roger Brian Minchin Clarke, Peter Lee Crossley, Richard Leefe Douglas Murray, Edwin James Stone
  • Publication number: 20170269378
    Abstract: A deformable membrane assembly comprises an at least partially flexible fluid-filled envelope, one wall of which is formed by an elastic membrane that is held around its edge by a resiliently bendable supporting ring, a fixed support for the envelope and selectively operable means for causing relative movement between the supporting ring and the support for adjusting the pressure of the fluid in the envelope, thereby to cause the membrane to deform. The bending stiffness of the ring varies round the ring such that upon deformation of the membrane the ring bends variably to control the shape of the membrane to a predefined form. The moving means comprise a plurality of ring-engaging members that are arranged to apply a force to the ring at spaced control points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto, Derek Paul Forbes Bean, Roger Brian Minchin Clarke, Peter Lee Crossley, Richard Leefe Douglas Murray, Edwin James Stone
  • Patent number: 9752655
    Abstract: A constant mesh gearbox has five parallel rotational axes. The input and output axes are not aligned. Some torque paths are via a sleeve rotatable on a shaft on one of said axes. Up to eight forward speeds are disclosed, with two very low ratios suitable for non-highway travel. The transmission is suitable for two and four wheel drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Russell Osborn, Alex Tylee-Birdsall, John Spooner, Steve Mullane, Steve Nesbitt, Gareth Thomas, Matthew Hole, Mark Findlay, George Scott
  • Patent number: 9745306
    Abstract: The present invention relates inter alia to a compound of formula (I) and to compositions comprising the same and to the use of the compounds and to compositions of the compounds in treatment, for example in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, in particular respiratory inflammatory disease. The invention also extends to methods of making the said compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Respivert Limited
    Inventors: Rudy Laurent Maria Broeckx, Alex Herman Copmans, Alun John Smith, David Michel Adrien Taddei, Stuart Thomas Onions
  • Publication number: 20170220581
    Abstract: To improve efficiency of computing devices and improve the user experience thereon when searching for content items, the systems and methods disclosed herein provide content item and source detection. Non-textual input is converted to a searchable format and corresponding content items are searched for based on the searchable format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Alex D. Wade, Darrin Eugene Eide, Qian Zhang, Annie Yang Bai, Tomi Paananen, Juhana Koski, Mithun Ashok, Allison Anne Whilden, Ruth Kikin-Gil, Shikha Devesh Desai, Yu Been Lee, Paul Anthony Scudieri, Kalpesh S. Bhimani, Kevin Thomas Coughlin, Derek Hang, David Liu
  • Patent number: 9718763
    Abstract: A process of preparing olefins of the formula (I) is described herein: with R1 being a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C30)hydrocarbyl, and R2 being a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C20)hydrocarbyl. The process includes reacting a compound of formula (II) wherein Ar is chosen from in the presence of a palladium-based catalyst and an organic solvent. A process of preparing olefins of the formula (III) is also described: with R3 being a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C30)hydrocarbyl, R4 being a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C20)hydrocarbyl, and R5 being a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C30) hydrocarbyl. The process includes reacting a compound of formula (IV) wherein Ar is chosen from with a compound of formula (V) wherein Ar is chosen from in the presence of a palladium-based catalyst and an organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: William Baker Tolman, Marc A. Hillmyer, Alex John, Levi Thomas Hogan
  • Patent number: 9709824
    Abstract: A deformable membrane assembly comprising a fluid-filled envelope, one wall of which is formed by an elastic membrane that is held around its edge by a bendable supporting ring, a support for the envelope and at least three ring-engaging members that are arranged to apply a force to the ring at spaced control points for adjusting the shape of the membrane, with the ring bending to control the shape of the membrane to a predefined form. A control point is provided at or proximate each point on the ring where the profile of the ring that is needed to produce the predefined form of the membrane exhibits a turning point in the direction of the force applied at the control point between two adjacent points where the profile of the ring exhibits an inflection point or a turning point in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Adlens Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto, Derek Paul Forbes Bean, Roger Brian Minchin Clarke, Peter Lee Crossley, Richard Leefe Douglas Murray, Edwin James Stone
  • Patent number: 9708490
    Abstract: The present invention provides derivatives of native lignin having a certain aliphatic hydroxyl content. Surprisingly, it has been found that consistent and predictable antioxidant activity may be provided by selecting for derivatives of native lignin having a certain aliphatic hydroxyl content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fibria Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Yurevich Balakshin, Alex Berlin, Humbert Thomas Dellicolli, Chadrick Adam Nathaniel Jordan Grunert, Vera Maximenko Gutman, Darwin Ortiz, Edward Kendall Pye
  • Publication number: 20170162922
    Abstract: An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. The energy storage pack may further include a coolant inlet opening located on the coolant inlet manifold and a coolant outlet opening located on the coolant outlet manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Sumpf, JR., Ernest Matthew Villanueva, David Elias Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Ramanarayan Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Bruce Phillip Edwards, Peter Thomas Tennessen, Jayesh Bharat Gorasia, Hugh Burnett Ross
  • Publication number: 20170146700
    Abstract: A deformable membrane assembly comprising a fixed support, a fluid-filled envelope, one wall of which is formed by an elastic membrane that is held under tension around its edge by a flexible membrane supporting member, the supporting member being coupled to the fixed support at a plurality of discrete control points around the supporting member by engaging members for controlling the position of the membrane edge; and an adjuster for adjusting the pressure of the fluid within the envelope to adjust the shape of the membrane; wherein at least three control points are provided that are situated around the membrane edge at spaced locations selected to increase the energy of the lowest order out-of-plane bending mode of the supporting member while allowing the membrane to deform according to one or more selected Zernike polynomials. An article of eyewear comprising such a deformable membrane assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto
  • Publication number: 20150164514
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for bone cavity preparation. Formed broaching members may be supported inside a bone by a rotator. The broaching members may be bowed out inside the bone to create a cavity having a shape determined by the broaching members and bone anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Grace Wlodarski, Alex A. Peterson, Todd A. Krinke, Michael P. Brenzel, Steve D. Kruse, Troy Michael Siemers, Benjamin Arcand, Brian John Mullins, Michael Bennett Tradewell, Erik Julian Nelson, Matthew Howard Rust, Cameron Thomas Kramer, Rachel Marie Kramer, Kyle Taylor
  • Patent number: 8723687
    Abstract: A system for intelligent transport communication includes at least one transmitter, and at least one in-vehicle mobile receiver for use within a mobile road vehicle. The transmitter broadcasts, by wireless communication, dedicated data for each of a plurality of heading directions of the mobile road vehicle, on a corresponding plurality of multiplexed channels. The receiver receives the dedicated data on one of the multiplexed channels that corresponds to an actual heading direction of the mobile road vehicle. A multiple-redundant vehicle heading direction identification system for use within the mobile road vehicle includes a GPS direction identification system, a multiple digital compass system that identifies a heading direction of the mobile road vehicle based on input from multiple digital compasses, and a central processing unit that selects the heading direction produced by the GPS direction identification system only when an output of the GPS direction identification system is healthy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Alex Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140108047
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to methods and automated documentation and medical-coding systems that combine predictions of clinical decision support or multiple medical-code assignments into a final medical-code assignment, such that the combination is different for different contexts. In certain implementations, each agent receives the same set of terms and phrases extracted from an electronic medical record (“EMR”). Based on the context of the EMR, each agent extracts medical codes from one or more medical codebooks, compares the terms and phrases to the medical codes, and assigns a code to the EMR based on a confidence score. The multiple code assignments are combined to generate a final medical-code assignment based on the confidence scores, context, and each agent's historical performance within the context. The automated system stores and outputs the final medical-code assignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Atigeo LLC
    Inventors: Rodney Kinney, Michael Sandoval, David Talby, Robert Payne, Bryan Tinsley, Alex Thomas
  • Patent number: 8569703
    Abstract: The invention is the novel use of Quantum Dots (QDs) for radiation dosimetry and includes novel dosimetry devices, systems and methods. The devices, systems and methods have use in a variety of dosimetry applications such as personal, environmental and research. The system for detecting doses of ionizing radiation comprises; a matrix comprising a photoluminescent semiconductor nanocrystals; an illumination interface for exposing the matrix to non-ionizing radiation; a response characterization interface for measuring photoluminescence, scatter or the optical density of the matrix and identifying differences in the photoluminescence, scatter or optical density caused by exposure to ionizing radiation; and a readout interface to quantify the photoluminescence or optical density differences as doses of radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Multi-Magnetics Inc.
    Inventors: Kui Yu, Diana Wilkinson, Chunsheng Li, Robert Stodilka, Jeff Carson, Alex Thomas, Frank Prato, Terry Thompson
  • Publication number: 20120249343
    Abstract: A system for intelligent transport communication includes at least one transmitter, and at least one in-vehicle mobile receiver for use within a mobile road vehicle. The transmitter broadcasts, by wireless communication, dedicated data for each of a plurality of heading directions of the mobile road vehicle, on a corresponding plurality of multiplexed channels. The receiver receives the dedicated data on one of the multiplexed channels that corresponds to an actual heading direction of the mobile road vehicle. A multiple-redundant vehicle heading direction identification system for use within the mobile road vehicle includes a GPS direction identification system, a multiple digital compass system that identifies a heading direction of the mobile road vehicle based on input from multiple digital compasses, and a central processing unit that selects the heading direction produced by the GPS direction identification system only when an output of the GPS direction identification system is healthy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Alex Thomas
  • Publication number: 20100176308
    Abstract: The invention is the novel use of Quantum Dots (QDs) for radiation dosimetry and includes novel dosimetry devices, systems and methods. The devices, systems and methods have use in a variety of dosimetry applications such as personal, environmental and research. The system for detecting doses of ionizing radiation comprises; a matrix comprising a photoluminescent semiconductor nanocrystals; an illumination interface for exposing the matrix to non-ionizing radiation; a response characterization interface for measuring photoluminescence, scatter or the optical density of the matrix and identifying differences in the photoluminescence, scatter or optical density caused by exposure to ionizing radiation; and a readout interface to quantify the photoluminescence or optical density differences as doses of radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Kui Yu, Diana Wilkinson, Chunsheng Li, Robert Stodilka, Jeff Carson, Alex Thomas, Frank Prato, Terry Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090042057
    Abstract: A composite metal article includes a higher melting point metal, a lower melting point alloy and at least one other metal with an intermediate melting point between that of the higher melting point metal and the lower melting point alloy. The at least one other metal is selected to aid in sinter-densification of the higher melting point metal in a temperature range above the liquidus temperature of the lower melting point alloy and below the melting point of the at least one other metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Springfield Munitions Company, LLC
    Inventors: Julian Alex Thomas, Timothy George Smith
  • Patent number: 7280861
    Abstract: The invention is directed to the use of magnetic field designed pulses for the diagnoses and classification of severity of disease states and disability in humans and animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Fralex Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Thomas, Frank Prato, Kevin White
  • Patent number: D641344
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: E. Alex Thomas, Charles Branch
  • Patent number: D649141
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: E. Alex Thomas, Charles Branch