Patents by Inventor Gary J. Thomas

Gary J. 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: 10398550
    Abstract: A delivery device (10) for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve may include an operating handle (20, 220, 320) having a housing (30, 230, 330) and a carriage selectively (40) fixed or movable relative to the housing, and a catheter assembly (16, 116, 216, 416). The catheter assembly may have an inner shaft (26, 126, 226, 326, 426) around which a compartment (23) is defined, an outer shaft (22) surrounding at least a portion of the inner shaft, a distal sheath (24) fixedly connected to the outer shaft, and a mechanism configured to apply a distal force to the outer shaft while the carriage (40) is fixed relative to the housing (30, 230, 330) to stretch the outer shaft from a compressed length to an extended length. The extended length may be greater than the compressed length along an axis of elongation of the outer shaft (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Chalekian, Ralph J. Thomas, Gary W. Geiger
  • Patent number: 7111798
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of nozzles capable of attachment to a flexible shower arm. The shower head has a unique nozzle construction that allows for the manipulation of an external flexible nozzle to remove mineral deposits and has an internal, rigid nozzle structure for efficiently forming an aesthetically pleasing water stream. The shower head may have two available flow configurations which are selectable by a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventors: Gary J. Thomas, Russell S. Krajec, William J. Gillette, Timothy A. Bachman
  • Patent number: 6754439
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for flexibly and reliably processing one or more MPEG signals from at least one source. The method provides for synchronizing decoded streams to a reference clock, for playing multiple streams simultaneously or for transitioning between streams in a seamless manner. The output streams can have varying formats and can include both video and audio. The structure and method further provide for the capability of skipping B frames to reach a desired reference frame quickly and to edit the MPEG streams regardless of GOP size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Seachange International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bentley P. Hensley, Scott D. Orangio, Gary J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6739523
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of spray modes and unique controls to allow the selection of the desired mode. The shower head includes several unique features to allow the inclusion of several different spray modes, such as wide spray, medium spray, center spray, champagne spray, high speed pulsating spray, low speed pulsating spray, and mist. A waterfall mode can be implemented. The shower head includes a flow control valve that controls the pressure of the water flow, and acts to divert water to a mode selector or to a separate spray mode, such as the mist mode. The flow control valve diverts water between the mode selector and the separate spray mode. It also allows a combination of the modes controlled by the mode selector and the separate spray mode. The shower head also includes a mode selector. The mode selector transfers or routes fluids from the flow control valve to any number of individual or a combination of flow spray mode outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Haverstraw, Joseph W. Cacka, Robin D. Harris, Robert B. Male, Gary J. Thomas, Allen Yi
  • Publication number: 20040074993
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of nozzles capable of attachment to a flexible shower arm. The shower head has a unique nozzle construction that allows for the manipulation of an external flexible nozzle to remove mineral deposits and has an internal, rigid nozzle structure for efficiently forming an aesthetically pleasing water stream. The shower head may have two available flow configurations which are selectable by a valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Gary J. Thomas, Russell S. Krajec, William J. Gillette, Timothy A. Bachman
  • Patent number: 6641057
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of nozzles capable of attachment to a flexible shower arm. The shower head has a unique nozzle construction that allows for the manipulation of an external flexible nozzle to remove mineral deposits and has an internal, rigid nozzle structure for efficiently forming an aesthetically pleasing water stream. The shower head may have two available flow configurations which are selectable by a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary J. Thomas, Russell S. Krajec, William J. Gillette, Timothy A. Bachman
  • Publication number: 20030121993
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of spray modes and unique controls to allow the selection of the desired mode. The shower head includes several unique features to allow the inclusion of several different spray modes, such as wide spray, medium spray, center spray, champagne spray, high speed pulsating spray, low speed pulsating spray, and mist. A waterfall mode can be implemented. The shower head includes a flow control valve that controls the pressure of the water flow, and acts to divert water to a mode selector or to a separate spray mode, such as the mist mode. The flow control valve diverts water between the mode selector and the separate spray mode. It also allows a combination of the modes controlled by the mode selector and the separate spray mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Jay A. Haverstraw, Joseph W. Cacka, Robin D. Harris, Robert B. Male, Gary J. Thomas, Allen Yi
  • Patent number: 6454186
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of spray modes and unique controls to allow the selection of the desired mode. The shower head includes several unique features to allow the inclusion of several different spray modes, such as wide spray, medium spray, center spray, champagne spray, high speed pulsating spray, low speed pulsating spray, and mist. A waterfall mode can be implemented. The shower head includes a flow control valve that controls the pressure of the water flow, and acts to divert water to a mode selector or to a separate spray mode, such as the mist mode. The flow control valve diverts water between the mode selector and the separate spray mode. It also allows a combination of the modes controlled by the mode selector and the separate spray mode. The shower head also includes a mode selector. The mode selector transfers or routes fluids from the flow control valve to any number of individual or a combination of flow spray mode outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Haverstraw, Joseph W. Cacka, Robin D. Harris, Robert B. Male, Gary J. Thomas, Allen Yi
  • Publication number: 20020109023
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of nozzles capable of attachment to a flexible shower arm. The shower head has a unique nozzle construction that allows for the manipulation of an external flexible nozzle to remove mineral deposits and has an internal, rigid nozzle structure for efficiently forming an aesthetically pleasing water stream. The shower head may have two available flow configurations which are selectable by a valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Gary J. Thomas, Russell S. Krajec, William J. Gillette, Timothy A. Bachman
  • Publication number: 20010023901
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of spray modes and unique controls to allow the selection of the desired mode. The shower head includes several unique features to allow the inclusion of several different spray modes, such as wide spray, medium spray, center spray, champagne spray, high speed pulsating spray, low speed pulsating spray, and mist. A waterfall mode can be implemented. The shower head includes a flow control valve that controls the pressure of the water flow, and acts to divert water to a mode selector or to a separate spray mode, such as the mist mode. The flow control valve diverts water between the mode selector and the separate spray mode. It also allows a combination of the modes controlled by the mode selector and the separate spray mode. The shower head also includes a mode selector. The mode selector transfers or routes fluids from the flow control valve to any number of individual or a combination of flow spray mode outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventors: Jay A. Haverstraw, Joseph W. Cacka, Robin D. Harris, Robert B. Male, Gary J. Thomas, Allen Yi
  • Patent number: 6230989
    Abstract: A shower head having a plurality of spray modes and unique controls to allow the selection of the desired mode. The shower head includes several unique features to allow the inclusion of several different spray modes, such as wide spray, medium spray, center spray, champagne spray, high speed pulsating spray, low speed pulsating spray, and mist. A waterfall mode can be implemented. The shower head includes a flow control valve that controls the pressure of the water flow, and acts to divert water to a mode selector or to a separate spray mode, such as the mist mode. The flow control valve diverts water between the mode selector and the separate spray mode. It also allows a combination of the modes controlled by the mode selector and the separate spray mode. The shower head also includes a mode selector. The mode selector transfers or routes fluids from the flow control valve to any number of individual or a combination of flow spray mode outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Haverstraw, Joseph W. Cacka, Robin D. Harris, Robert B. Male, Gary J. Thomas, Allen Yi
  • Patent number: D856526
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gary G. Lutnesky, Debora J. Thomas, Dennis R. Esterberg