Patents by Inventor John E. Thorn

John E. Thorn 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: 6860398
    Abstract: Low permeation fittings and low permeation plastic containers using same are constructed by molding an outer component into the wall of a plastic container while it is being formed. This causes the opening of a passageway in the outer component to be covered with wall forming material. The inner component is then inserted into the outer component through the wall forming material thereby trapping the wall material between the internal and external components. The barrier layer of the container wall is therefore continuous from the container to inside the fitting. A new fuel container, fuel neck fitting, and flange for mounting components on a fuel tank are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Fuller Potter, Duane Allen Fish, Erich James Vorenkamp, John E. Thorn, Link E. Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20020063129
    Abstract: Low permeation fittings and low permeation plastic containers using same are constructed by molding an outer component into the wall of a plastic container while it is being formed. This causes the opening of a passageway in the outer component to be covered with wall forming material. The inner component is then inserted into the outer component through the wall forming material thereby trapping the wall material between the internal and external components. The barrier layer of the container wall is therefore continuous from the container to inside the fitting. A new fuel container, fuel neck fitting, and flange for mounting components on a fuel tank are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James Fuller Potter, Duane Allen Fish, Erich James Vorenkamp, John E. Thorn, Link E. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 5360040
    Abstract: A fuel tank having a fuel filler pipe, the filler pipe having a first end receiving fuel and a second end communicating with the interior of the tank; and a pervious conduit attached to the second end and extending into the tank below the fuel surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John E. Thorn, Daniel R. Clayton
  • Patent number: 4965030
    Abstract: A door assembly having compression molded skins and compression molded panel. The panel may be molded with one of the skins or molded separately. The surfaces of the panel and a surface of each of the skins have a textured pattern which simulates the grain and texture of a wood door. A core is positioned between said skins. The construction of the skins permits effective introduction of foam to form the core therebetween following assembly of the skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4922674
    Abstract: A door assembly having at least one compression molded skin is disclosed. A rectangular frame is not required. Integral edge members extend from each of the top, bottom and side edges of the compression molded skin and are connected to a second skin. A core is positioned between said skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4864789
    Abstract: A compression molded door assembly is disclosed. A rectangular frame is not required. The edges of the opposed door skins include integral mating edge members over at least a portion of the side edges. A vertical stile may be positioned along another edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4860512
    Abstract: A door assembly having compression molded skins and compression molded panel is disclosed. The panel may be molded with one of the skins or molded separately. The surfaces of the panel and a surface of each of the skins have a textured pattern which simulates the grain and texture of a wood door. A core is positioned between said skins. The construction of the skins permits effective introduction of foam to form the core therebetween following assembly of the skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4850168
    Abstract: Improved frame assembly for doors, windows and the like is provided. The assembly includes a frame defining an opening for receiving and retaining a central panel. The frame is formed from two joined skins which may be molded in the same mold and which are provided with inwardly extending flanges having notched areas on opposite sides of the flanges such that the skins can be joined together to form a lap joint on the exterior edge and to seal a central panel in the opening. Foamable insulating material is provided as a core between the two skins with a separate sealant material provided to seal the central panel. Passage means are provided for introducing the sealant material and the insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4814213
    Abstract: A bevelled glass assembly and method of making is disclosed. A sheet of annealed glass has at least one groove ground on one surface. At least one other groove intersects the first groove. Both grooves define an array of parallel striations. The sheet of glass is then tempered. The sheet of glass is normally surrounded by a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4813990
    Abstract: A bevelled glass assembly and method of making is disclosed. A sheet of annealed glass has at least one groove ground on one surface. At least one other groove intersects the first groove. Both grooves define an array of parallel striations. The sheet of glass is then tempered. The sheet of glass is normally surrounded by a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4720951
    Abstract: An improved frame assembly for doors, windows and the like is disclosed. A frame receives a central panel which defines an edge about its exterior perimeter. The frame comprises a first and second skins in opposed relationship defining a cavity therebetween. The interior edge of the frame has internal support ribs which act in conjunction with the interior edge of the frame to grip the edge of the central panel while the exterior edges of the skins are separated by a sizable insert. The cavity between the skins is filled with a foamable insulating material which surrounds the edge of the central panel and forms a weathertight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Thorn, Michael L. Skidmore
  • Patent number: 4679698
    Abstract: A fitting for the end of a fuel tank filler tube such as a plastic, blow molded filler tube in an automotive vehicle comprises:a flexible band adapted to be inserted into the end of the filler tube to form a locking ring lying against the inside surface of the filler tube, wherein a V-shaped gap between the ends of the locking ring taper to be more narrow in a direction inward the filler tube, the inner surface of the flexible band comprising first engagement means such as, for example, annular or spiral ridges or grooves;a wedge adapted to be inserted into the V-shaped gap between the ends of the locking ring to force the locking ring tightly against the inside surface of the filler tube; anda restrictor cup comprising a tubular side wall and a restrictor wall with an opening through it, adapted to be inserted into the filler tube, restrictor wall end first, to engage said locking ring, which restrictor cup comprises engagement means such as, for example, annular or sprial grooves or ridges adapted to engage
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John E. Thorn, William W. Burns
  • Patent number: 4550540
    Abstract: A compression molded door assembly is disclosed. A pair of compression molded skins are mounted on a rectangular perimeter frame which extends outwardly from the edges of the skins. The compression molded skins include a molding resin and reinforcing glass fibers. The outer surface of the skin is essentially devoid of glass fibers for a predetermined distance. A foamed core is positioned within the frame in adhering relationship to the opposed skins. A texture is molded on the exterior of the skins which simulates the grain and texture of a wood door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Assignee: Therma-Tru Corp.
    Inventor: John E. Thorn
  • Patent number: 4319303
    Abstract: Charge accumulation inhibitor (100) in FIG. 2 of fuel filler pipe (200) prevents an accumulation of a portion of electrical charge that a conductor such as cap flange retainer (302) or a fuel dispending metallic spout may otherwise, in absence of inhibitor 100 or grounding of the spout, acquire. Inhibitor (100) is made of semi conductive material such as a nylon 12 filled with conductive particulate to yield a volume of resistivity of between about 1.times.10.sup.2 -1.times.10.sup.5 ohm-centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1982
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: John E. Thorn