Patents by Inventor Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton 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).

  • Publication number: 20150019248
    Abstract: By extracting clinical data of any format from respective different sources, a data repository normalized to a generic format is created. A medical domain specific language may be used to interact with the data repository for identifying cohorts and gaps in care for the respective cohorts. Any rules for finding gaps in care are converted into the medical domain specific language for determining gaps. This standardization in both the data repository and rule application may allow for a true cost and time to value solution accessible to many different medical practices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Vikram Anand, Farbod Rahmanian, William Michael Hasling, Brian Thornton, Muthu Premananth, Daniel Antohe, Radu Stefan Niculescu, Camille Anne Egan, Bette Jane Reese, William A. Landi, Todd W. Fritsche
  • Patent number: 8331049
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive and a control circuit that are configured to determine touchdown by determining the SAGC for a track, removing the repeatable component of the SAGC to create the non-repeatable component and determining an indication of clearance irregularity and/or touch down when the standard deviation of the non-repeatable component spikes. These operations may create a defect map and/or a Flying height On Demand (FOD) control table in or for the hard disk drive as products of operating the hard disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology International
    Inventors: SungChang Lee, Brian Thornton, Mike Suk, SeungMo Kang
  • Patent number: 8199435
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive, a head stack assembly, a head gimbal assembly, each including a slider with a deposited end including at least one means for retaining lubricant that tends to accumulate on the deposited end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Walton Fong, Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: 8169727
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive and a disk employing Discrete Tracks each including a land with a groove at a first depth with sectors of each track separated by servo pattern wedges with a variable second land and a variable second groove possessing widths and a second depth for the grooves differing from the first widths and depth of the groove of the sectors. The second depth optimizes the stability of the flying height of a slider over both sectors and servo pattern wedges, removing the possibility of added vibrational modes adversely affecting the slider's normal operations of reading, writing and flying above the disk surface. This also discloses the disks and their manufacture of disk surfaces with these sector zones and servo pattern wedges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Walton Fong, Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20110299190
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive and a control circuit that are configured to determine touchdown by determining the SAGC for a track, removing the repeatable component of the SAGC to create the non-repeatable component and determining an indication of clearance irregularity and/or touch down when the standard deviation of the non-repeatable component spikes. These operations may create a defect map and/or a Flying height On Demand (FOD) control table in or for the hard disk drive as products of operating the hard disk drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: ShungChang Lee, Brian Thornton, Mike Suk, SeungMo Kang
  • Publication number: 20100302674
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive and a disk employing Discrete Tracks each including a land with a groove at a first depth with sectors of each track separated by servo pattern wedges with a variable second land and a variable second groove possessing widths and a second depth for the grooves differing from the first widths and depth of the groove of the sectors. The second depth optimizes the stability of the flying height of a slider over both sectors and servo pattern wedges, removing the possibility of added vibrational modes adversely affecting the slider's normal operations of reading, writing and flying above the disk surface. This also discloses the disks and their manufacture of disk surfaces with these sector zones and servo pattern wedges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Walton Fong, Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20100172056
    Abstract: This application discloses a hard disk drive, a head stack assembly, a head gimbal assembly, each including a slider with a deposited end including at least one means for retaining lubricant that tends to accumulate on the deposited end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Walton Fong, Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20100020445
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a servo signal. The method includes monitoring a shock event value. The shock event value is generated by a shock sensor. The shock sensor is operably coupled with a disk drive. The disk drive is configured with an actuator arm having a suspension and slider coupled thereto. The method further includes detecting a variation in the shock event value associated with the slider. The method also includes switching from a conductive link to the slider to another conductive link to another slider, the another slider is coupled with another actuator arm in the disk drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20070172161
    Abstract: A bearing system having variably grooved radial and thrust bearing with reduced groove angle near bearing entry is described. In an embodiment, the bearing system includes a housing. The bearing system also includes a shaft centrally located in the housing. The bearing system additionally includes a rotor portion that is adapted to be rotated about the shaft and contained within the housing. The bearing further includes a variably angled groove disposed on an internal surface of the bearing system. The variably angled groove reduces ingestion of air in the bearing system during operation of the bearing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventors: Ferdinand Hendriks, Fu-Ying Huang, Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20070138319
    Abstract: A lawn chemical application system is disclosed. The system comprises a dispenser having a lower chamber, an upper chamber, an upstream opening, and a downstream opening. The dispenser may be formed by a tee connector and a cylinder secured to an upper opening of the tee connector. Powered valves are operably connected to the upstream and downstream openings of the dispenser. The powered valves may be wired to open and close simultaneously. A lower portion of the upper chamber may be disposed below an upper portion of the lower chamber and above a lower portion of the lower chamber, leaving the lower portion of the lower chamber unobstructed over substantially its entire length. The lower portion of the upper chamber may have a plurality of openings to provide for adequate mixing of water with the chemicals stored in the upper chamber. In operation, soluble matter or other chemicals are placed in the upper chamber of the dispenser, and the two valves are opened simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20060108455
    Abstract: A lawn chemical application system is disclosed. The system comprises a dispenser having a lower chamber, an upper chamber, an upstream opening, and a downstream opening. The dispenser may be formed by a tee connector and a cylinder secured to an upper opening of the tee connector. Powered valves are operably connected to the upstream and downstream openings of the dispenser. The powered valves may be wired to open and close simultaneously. A lower portion of the upper chamber may be disposed below an upper portion of the lower chamber and above a lower portion of the lower chamber, leaving the lower portion of the lower chamber unobstructed over substantially its entire length. The lower portion of the upper chamber may have a plurality of openings to provide for adequate mixing of water with the chemicals stored in the upper chamber. In operation, soluble matter or other chemicals are placed in the upper chamber of the dispenser, and the two valves are opened simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: 7011254
    Abstract: A lawn chemical application system is disclosed. The system comprises a dispenser having a lower chamber, an upper chamber, an upstream opening, and a downstream opening. The dispenser may be formed by a tee connector and a cylinder secured to an upper opening of the tee connector. Powered valves are operably connected to the upstream and downstream openings of the dispenser. The powered valves may be wired to open and close simultaneously. A lower portion of the upper chamber may be disposed below an upper portion of the lower chamber and above a lower portion of the lower chamber, leaving the lower portion of the lower chamber unobstructed over substantially its entire length. The lower portion of the upper chamber may have a plurality of openings to provide for adequate mixing of water with the chemicals stored in the upper chamber. In operation, soluble matter or other chemicals are placed in the upper chamber of the dispenser, and the two valves are opened simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20050098649
    Abstract: A lawn chemical application system is disclosed. The system comprises a dispenser having a lower chamber, an upper chamber, an upstream opening, and a downstream opening. The dispenser may be formed by a tee connector and a cylinder secured to an upper opening of the tee connector. Powered valves are operably connected to the upstream and downstream openings of the dispenser. The powered valves may be wired to open and close simultaneously. A lower portion of the upper chamber may be disposed below an upper portion of the lower chamber and above a lower portion of the lower chamber, leaving the lower portion of the lower chamber unobstructed over substantially its entire length. The lower portion of the upper chamber may have a plurality of openings to provide for adequate mixing of water with the chemicals stored in the upper chamber. In operation, soluble matter or other chemicals are placed in the upper chamber of the dispenser, and the two valves are opened simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Publication date: May 12, 2005
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: 6705195
    Abstract: Apparatus for cooling the barrel of a gun having a receiver configured to receive a magazine, has a housing dimensionally similar to a magazine for insertion into the receiver and contains a fan including a fan motor and shroud with an air inlet and outlet. An electric power source and circuit connector/disconnector operate the fan motor to establish an air flow path through the air inlet and outlet, with the outlet being positioned so that the air flow path passes through the gun barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Publication number: 20020092926
    Abstract: A lawn chemical application system is disclosed. The system comprises a dispenser having a lower chamber, an upper chamber, an upstream opening, and a downstream opening. The dispenser may be formed by a tee connector and a cylinder secured to an upper opening of the tee connector. Powered valves are operably connected to the upstream and downstream openings of the dispenser. The powered valves may be wired to open and close simultaneously. A lower portion of the upper chamber may be disposed below an upper portion of the lower chamber and above a lower portion of the lower chamber, leaving the lower portion of the lower chamber unobstructed over substantially its entire length. The lower portion of the upper chamber may have a plurality of openings to provide for adequate mixing of water with the chemicals stored in the upper chamber. In operation, soluble matter or other chemicals are placed in the upper chamber of the dispenser, and the two valves are opened simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: 6402591
    Abstract: A method for performing and an apparatus to perform chemical mechanical polishing on a semiconductor wafer are disclosed. The apparatus includes a wafer holder, a polishing member, and a movable table. The movable table is in contact with and is supporting the polishing member. The polishing member includes a polishing pad, a backing layer, and a stiffening layer positioned between the backing layer and the polishing pad. The polishing pad has a polishing surface that is oriented to receive a semiconductor wafer held by the wafer holder. The polishing surface is configured to chemically mechanically polish the semiconductor wafer. The method includes holding a semiconductor wafer, moving a polishing member, and bringing a surface of the semiconductor wafer into contact with the polishing member. The polishing member includes a polishing pad, a backing layer, and a stiffening layer positioned between the polishing pad and the backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: 6216729
    Abstract: A bidirectional check valve controls movement of fluid. A valve body has an opening, a further opening and a passage connecting the opening and the further opening. A poppet is disposed within the passage of the valve body, and a spring is coupled to the poppet. A further poppet is disposed within the passage formed in the first mentioned poppet, and a further spring is coupled to the poppet and to the further poppet. When fluid passing through the opening in the valve body exerts a force on the poppet that is greater than the spring force, the further portion of the outer surface of the poppet is directed away from the further portion of the wall of the passage and permits the fluid to flow from the opening in the valve body through a channel and to the further opening in the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Parsons & Whittemore, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Hambly, Brian Thornton
  • Patent number: D475039
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Shure Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Thornton, Daniel David Jarodsky
  • Patent number: D475699
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Shure Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Thornton, Curtis Leroy Cruver, IV
  • Patent number: D479836
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Shure Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Thornton, Christian J. Kulujian, William C. Cesaroni