Patents by Inventor Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson 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: 20220307005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the transformation of host cells of a biofilm with heterologous nucleic acid, wherein the host cells are within the extracellular matrix of the biofilm, the method comprising: adding the heterologous nucleic acid to the biofilm; and applying inertial cavitation to the biofilm in the presence of the heterologous nucleic acid to facilitate transformation of host cells within the biofilm with the heterologous nucleic acid. The invention further relates to associated methods, uses and kits for transformation of host cells of a biofilm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Inventors: Ian THOMPSON, Wei HUANG, Chun Kiat NG, Ronald A. ROY, Jason RAYMOND
  • Patent number: 11411254
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an energy storage device comprising at least one electrochemical cell comprising a negative current collector, a negative electrode in electrical communication with the negative current collector, an electrolyte in electrical communication with the negative electrode, a positive current collector, and a positive electrode in electrical communication with the positive current collector and electrolyte. The positive electrode comprises a material that is solid at the operating temperature of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ambri Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Bradwell, Gregory A. Thompson, Alex T. Vai, Steve Onorato, Alexander W. Elliott, Jianyi Cui, Jennifer Cocking, Allan Blanchard, Jeff Miller, David A. H. McCleary, William Timson, Ian Redfern
  • Publication number: 20220185461
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear assembly is disclosed including a landing gear bracket, a fore lever receiving a fore aircraft wheel, an aft lever receiving a rear aircraft wheel, the fore and aft levers being independently moveable, wherein the bracket further comprises a fore lever stop to prevent downwards movement of the fore lever past a lowest rotational position with respect to the bracket at a first angle ?1 forward from the notional bracket axis, and a rear lever stop to prevent downwards movement of the rear lever past a lowest rotational position at a second angle ?2 behind from the notional bracket axis, wherein the first angle is greater than the second angle. An aircraft and a method of landing an aircraft are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Ian THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20220098844
    Abstract: A liquid dosing apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a container into a liquid stream of a shower, toilet, or tap includes an adapter, a dosing mechanism, a damping control system, and a dispensing outlet. The adapter is arranged to detachable receive the container. The dosing mechanism includes a dosing chamber and a movable member. The dosing mechanism is arranged to draw a set volume of the liquid into the dosing chamber on activation by moving the moveable member in a first direction. The damping control system is arranged to control a dispensing rate of the set volume of the liquid by controlling return speed of the moveable member. The damping control system is arranged to allow and control adjustment of the dispensing rate. The dispensing outlet is arranged to dispense the liquid into the water stream at the controlled dispensing rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Mira Limited
    Inventor: Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 11235887
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear assembly (112) including a shock absorber strut (114), a bogie (120), a link assembly (124), and a movement detector (132). The shock absorber strut includes an upper and a lower telescoping parts (118, 116), the upper part being connectable to the airframe of an aircraft and the lower part being connected to the bogie such that the bogie may adopt different pitch angles. The link assembly extends between the upper and lower telescoping parts, such that relative movement between the upper and lower telescoping parts causes relative movement between parts of the link assembly. The movement detector is arranged to detect movement of the link assembly relative to the bogie. The movement detector detects movement by sensing a change in linear displacement of, or angle between, one or more members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Robert Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 11230833
    Abstract: A liquid dosing apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a container into a liquid stream of a shower, toilet, or tap includes a dosing mechanism that includes a dosing chamber and a moveable member. The dosing mechanism is arranged to draw a set volume of the liquid into the dosing chamber on activation by moving the moveable member in a first direction. The apparatus further includes a damping control system arranged to control a dispensing rate of the set volume of the liquid by controlling return speed of the moveable member, as well as a dispensing outlet arranged to dispense the liquid into the water stream at the controlled dispensing rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 11111008
    Abstract: A spring assembly 100 for aircraft landing gear 10 including: an interface 110 via which the spring assembly 100 is attachable to a support 1a; a loading point 120 for receiving a load from one or more wheels 150 or skids in use, wherein the loading point 120 is movable relative to the interface 110; a spring system 130 that is configured to apply a resilient biasing force to the loading point 120 to oppose movement of the loading point 120 relative to the interface 110. The spring system 130 is configured so that, during application of an increasing load to the loading point 120 against the resilient biasing force of the spring system 130, a spring rate of the spring system 130 changes from a first spring rate k1 to a second spring rate k2, the second spring rate k2 being less than the first spring rate k1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Robert Ian Thompson
  • Publication number: 20210253228
    Abstract: A modular aircraft landing gear assembly is disclosed having a modular landing gear bracket, connectable to an aircraft via a hinge portion, a lever for carrying a wheel, and a linkage assembly for transmitting ground loads via a spring and/or a shock absorber. The bracket comprises structure which redundant when used on an aircraft of a first type but which is necessary for use of the same type of bracket on a different type of aircraft. The modular landing gear assembly may thus provide a design platform from which landing gear assemblies can be readily designed and manufactured for use on different types of aircraft with faster and/or easier redesign and/or recertification of the aircraft landing gear assembly for such subsequently designed types of aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Ian THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 11059572
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear 2 is disclosed having a first arm 6a configured to have one or more wheels 8a mounted at one end, the first arm 6a being configured for mounting to a pivot 10a. The landing gear 2 includes a second arm 6b configured to have one or more wheels 8b mounted at one end, the second arm 6b being configured for mounting to a pivot 10b. The landing gear 2 further includes a first link 18a pivotally coupled to the first arm 6a, a second link 18b pivotally coupled to the second arm 6b; and a main link 20 pivotally coupled to each of the first and second links 18a, 18b and to a shock absorber 22 arranged to provide a biasing force via (i) the main linkage 20 and the first link 18a which opposes rotation of the first arm 6a about the pivot 10a and (ii) the main linkage 20 and the second link 18b which opposes rotation of the second arm 6b about the pivot 10b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Ian Thompson
  • Publication number: 20210206477
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear is disclosed having a first oleo strut include a sleeve portion and a slider portion, the slider portion being slidable within a hydraulic fluid chamber of the sleeve portion, and a second, similar oleo strut. The landing gear also includes a hydraulic fluid balancer having a balance chamber separated into first and second end sections, wherein the hydraulic fluid chamber of the sleeve portion of the first oleo strut is fluidly connected to the first section of the balance chamber and the hydraulic fluid chamber of the sleeve portion of the second oleo strut is fluidly connected to the second section of the balance chamber of the hydraulic fluid balancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Ian THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 11014654
    Abstract: A landing gear assembly (12) includes a primary load bearing strut including a shock absorber having a slider part (15) arranged to slide within a cylinder part (17). A link assembly (50) is attached between the slider part (15) and the cylinder part (17). A bogie (16) supporting wheels is mounted on the strut. The bogie may adopt different pitch angles. A pitch trimmer device (70) is attached to the bogie and to the link assembly, for example thus providing a relatively long moment arm (96) for control of the bogie pitch angle. The arrangement may be such that the pitch trimmer (70) is near mid-stroke as the aircraft achieves the full weight on wheels condition, whereas the pitch trimmer is at a fullest extent for flight case and for retraction. Onset of pitch trimmer closure/movement is used to detect the weight-on-wheels condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Robert Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 10676173
    Abstract: An aircraft (102) having a wing assembly (101) including a fixed wing (105) with a wing tip device (103). The wing tip device (103) is moveable between: a flight configuration; and a ground configuration. The outer end of the fixed wing (105) terminates at an outer rib (115), and the inner end of the wing tip device (103) terminates at an inner rib (117). The outer and inner ribs (115, 117) are located on opposing sides of an interface between the fixed wing (105) and the wing tip device (103). The fixed wing-skin (119) terminates inwardly of the interface, but the outer rib (115) has a surface-forming portion (127) forming an extension of the fixed wing-skin towards the interface. The wing tip device-skin (121) terminates outwardly of the interface, but the inner rib has a surface-forming portion (129) forming an extension of the wing tip device-skin towards the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Ian Thompson, Sylvain Boye, Benjamin Bishop
  • Publication number: 20200131750
    Abstract: A liquid dosing apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a container into a liquid stream of a shower, toilet, or tap includes a dosing mechanism that includes a dosing chamber and a moveable member. The dosing mechanism is arranged to draw a set volume of the liquid into the dosing chamber on activation by moving the moveable member in a first direction. The apparatus further includes a damping control system arranged to control a dispensing rate of the set volume of the liquid by controlling return speed of the moveable member, as well as a dispensing outlet arranged to dispense the liquid into the water stream at the controlled dispensing rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventor: Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 10597140
    Abstract: A method of configuring a wing tip device (7) on an aircraft (1), including: undertaking ground-based operations at an airport with the wing tip device (7) in a ground configuration, in which the span of the aircraft is within an airport compatibility limit, moving the wing tip device (7) to a take-off configuration in which the wing tip device (7) is moved away from the ground configuration such that the span of the aircraft is increased and such that the wing tip device (7) has a first lift coefficient; taking-off with the wing tip device (7) in the take-off configuration; moving the wing tip device from the take-off configuration to a flight configuration, in which the wing tip device has a second lift coefficient, the second lift coefficient being lower than the first lift coefficient. The lift coefficient may be changed by adjusting the sweep of the wing tip device (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Robert Ian Thompson, Geoffrey Richard Williams, Nicholas Livings, Kevin Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10543898
    Abstract: An aircraft (5) including a wing (7) having a wing tip device (1) configurable between: a flight configuration and a ground configuration in which the span of the wing (7) is reduced. The aircraft (5) further includes a lock (13) for locking the wing tip device (1) in the flight configuration, and an actuator (3) for unlocking the lock (13) and for subsequently actuating the wing tip device (1) to the ground configuration. The actuator (3) is a two-stage hydraulic actuator, including a first hydraulic actuator stage (21) arranged to unlock the lock and a second hydraulic actuator stage (23) arranged to actuate the wing tip device (1) to the ground configuration. The first and second hydraulic actuator stages (21, 23) are arranged in series such that the second actuator stage (23) is unable to receive a hydraulic input feed until the first actuator stage (21) unlocks the lock (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Fraser Wilson, Robert Ian Thompson
  • Patent number: 10323393
    Abstract: A water delivery device includes a body, a user interface, a mixing valve, a first capacitive sensor pad, and a second capacitive sensor pad. The body includes a spout. The user interface is provided on the spout. The mixing valve is contained within the body and is configured to be in fluid communication with a hot water source and a cold water source. The first capacitive sensor pad is provided below the user interface. The second capacitive sensor pad is provided below the user interface laterally adjacent to the first capacitive sensor pad, and is physically separated from the first capacitive sensor pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Ian Thompson, Xiangzhen Zhu
  • Patent number: 10308351
    Abstract: Aircraft landing gear comprising a locking assembly including a pair of spaced-apart bearing pads and a lock member. The lock member is moveable between a locked position in which it engages the bearing pads to prevent pivotal movement of a steerable axle, and an unlocked position in which the member is disengaged from the bearing pads such that movement of the axle can occur. The lock member has a guide surface on either side for guiding the member and bearing pads into alignment during movement of the member from the unlocked to the locked position. The guide surface comprises a first inclined portion for moving the member towards alignment with the bearing pads and a second inclined portion, spaced apart from the first portion, for moving the member into alignment with the bearing pads such that the member and bearing pads are aligned in a movement comprising two stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Ian Thompson
  • Publication number: 20190161177
    Abstract: A spring assembly 100 for aircraft landing gear 10 including: an interface 110 via which the spring assembly 100 is attachable to a support 1a; a loading point 120 for receiving a load from one or more wheels 150 or skids in use, wherein the loading point 120 is movable relative to the interface 110; a spring system 130 that is configured to apply a resilient biasing force to the loading point 120 to oppose movement of the loading point 120 relative to the interface 110. The spring system 130 is configured so that, during application of an increasing load to the loading point 120 against the resilient biasing force of the spring system 130, a spring rate of the spring system 130 changes from a first spring rate k1 to a second spring rate k2, the second spring rate k2 being less than the first spring rate k1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Ian THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 10301799
    Abstract: A method for programming a water delivery device having a first optical communications interface is provided. The method includes physically coupling a communications bridge to the water delivery device. The communications bridge includes a second optical communications interface and a separate data communications interface. The method further includes transmitting information from a user device to the communications bridge using electronic data communications between the user device and the data communications interface; generating, by the communications bridge, an optical signal comprising the information received from the user device; and transmitting the optical signal from the communications bridge to the water delivery device using optical communications between the first and second optical communications interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Ian Thompson, Xiangzhen Zhu
  • Publication number: 20190094113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screening chip for cell sorting, said screening chip comprising a substrate having opposing first and second surfaces, wherein at least a portion of said first surface is coated with a Raman-inactive coating material which can be vaporised by laser irradiation at a wavelength and wherein said substrate is transparent to laser radiation at wavelength In further aspects of the invention, a cell sorting method employing the screening chip and a cell sorting apparatus employing the screening chip are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Wei HUANG, Yizhi SONG, Bei LI, Martin BOOTH, Ian THOMPSON