Patents by Inventor Joseph T. Gierer

Joseph T. Gierer 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: 10687678
    Abstract: A power system includes a rechargeable battery removably connected to a vacuum cleaner. The power system also includes a charger including an electrical connection interface to conduct electrical current to the rechargeable battery. The charger also includes a switch to detect when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger. The switch is movable between an ON position and an OFF position. The switch is positioned in the ON position when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger and in the OFF position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger. The charger further includes a housing supporting the electrical connection interface. The housing defines a groove and includes a barrier extending across the groove. The barrier prevents movement of the switch to the ON position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 10653281
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a canister, a power head connected to a top of the canister, an inlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, an outlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, and a pre-filter bag disposed within the canister and fluidly connected between the inlet and the outlet. The power head includes an impeller assembly operable to generate airflow through the canister from the inlet to the outlet. The pre-filter bag includes an inlet port connected to the inlet, a radial inner wall, and a radial outer wall. The radial inner wall and the radial outer wall at least partially define an internal cavity and extend circumferentially about a central axis of the pre-filter bag such that the internal cavity forms a continuous, closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Gierer, Daniel M. Henke, Jason E. Hill
  • Publication number: 20200129027
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery for powering a vacuum cleaner includes a casing, a latch for securing the rechargeable battery in the vacuum cleaner, an electrical connection interface, and a battery core disposed within the casing. The casing includes a cover plate, a sidewall extending from the cover plate, and first and second rails that extend longitudinally along the cover plate. Each rail is L-shaped and includes ribs for support. The latch is selectively releasable, and the electrical connection interface is disposed between the first and second rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20200121149
    Abstract: A method of charging a rechargeable battery includes positioning a rail of the rechargeable battery into a groove defined by a housing of a battery charger, and positioning a switch between an ON position and an OFF position. The switch is positioned in the ON position when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger and in the OFF position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger. The housing includes a barrier extending across the groove to prevent movement of the switch to the ON position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger. The method further includes conducting electrical current to the rechargeable battery through an electrical connection interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20190059666
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a canister, a power head connected to a top of the canister, an inlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, an outlet defined by one of the canister and the power head, and a pre-filter bag disposed within the canister and fluidly connected between the inlet and the outlet. The power head includes an impeller assembly operable to generate airflow through the canister from the inlet to the outlet. The pre-filter bag includes an inlet port connected to the inlet, a radial inner wall, and a radial outer wall. The radial inner wall and the radial outer wall at least partially define an internal cavity and extend circumferentially about a central axis of the pre-filter bag such that the internal cavity forms a continuous, closed loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph T. Gierer, Daniel M. Henke, Jason E. Hill
  • Publication number: 20180353036
    Abstract: A power system includes a rechargeable battery removably connected to a vacuum cleaner. The power system also includes a charger including an electrical connection interface to conduct electrical current to the rechargeable battery. The charger also includes a switch to detect when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger. The switch is movable between an ON position and an OFF position. The switch is positioned in the ON position when the rechargeable battery is connected to the charger and in the OFF position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger. The charger further includes a housing supporting the electrical connection interface. The housing defines a groove and includes a barrier extending across the groove. The barrier prevents movement of the switch to the ON position when the rechargeable battery is disconnected from the charger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 10092148
    Abstract: A vacuum appliance capable of picking up both wet and dry material is described, wherein the vacuum appliance includes an impeller configured to induce liquid into the vacuum appliance, a motor configured to turn the impeller, a restrictor assembly to prevent the liquid from being ingested into the motor, and a bypass vent assembly configured to allow sufficient air to reach the motor in order to keep the motor cool while the restrictor is preventing the liquid from being ingested into the motor. The vacuum appliance also includes a drum configured to retain the liquid and an impeller intake between the impeller and the drum. The restrictor may comprise a float configured to rise with a level of the liquid in the drum and prevent the liquid from entering the impeller intake. The bypass vent assembly may be configured to allow airflow to bypass the restrictor and/or the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Gierer, Jeffrey L. Young, David Beth
  • Patent number: 9453768
    Abstract: A medical measurement device, such as an electronic thermometer, having a probe. The probe includes a molded plastic substrate having a conductive circuit pattern formed directly on its surface. The circuit pattern extends at least from a first end margin of the molded plastic substrate to a second end margin opposite the first. The device also includes a sensor mounted on the molded plastic substrate for detecting a physiological parameter, such as temperature. The sensor is positioned on the molded plastic substrate at the first end margin by at least one positioning element integrally formed in the substrate. The conductive circuit pattern provides an electrical connection between the sensor and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: James Harr, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20140182078
    Abstract: A vacuum appliance capable of picking up both wet and dry material is described, wherein the vacuum appliance includes an impeller configured to induce liquid into the vacuum appliance, a motor configured to turn the impeller, a restrictor assembly to prevent the liquid from being ingested into the motor, and a bypass vent assembly configured to allow sufficient air to reach the motor in order to keep the motor cool while the restrictor is preventing the liquid from being ingested into the motor. The vacuum appliance also includes a drum configured to retain the liquid and an impeller intake between the impeller and the drum. The restrictor may comprise a float configured to rise with a level of the liquid in the drum and prevent the liquid from entering the impeller intake. The bypass vent assembly may be configured to allow airflow to bypass the restrictor and/or the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Joseph T. GIERER, Jeffrey L. YOUNG, David BETH
  • Publication number: 20130326872
    Abstract: A medical measurement device, such as an electronic thermometer, having a probe. The probe includes a molded plastic substrate having a conductive circuit pattern formed directly on its surface. The circuit pattern extends at least from a first end margin of the molded plastic substrate to a second end margin opposite the first. The device also includes a sensor mounted on the molded plastic substrate for detecting a physiological parameter, such as temperature. The sensor is positioned on the molded plastic substrate at the first end margin by at least one positioning element integrally formed in the substrate. The conductive circuit pattern provides an electrical connection between the sensor and a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: James Harr, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 8585285
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for selectable predictive modes based upon the same predictive algorithm. A mode selector is adapted for user selection between several modes of operation of the thermometer. Each mode of operation utilizes the same predictive algorithm for estimating the temperature of the subject before the thermometer reaches full equilibrium. Different modes offer users a selection for striking the appropriate balance between response time and precision, based upon user preferences and needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Michael E. Bisch, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 8496377
    Abstract: A medical measurement device, such as an electronic thermometer, having a probe. The probe includes a molded plastic substrate having a conductive circuit pattern formed directly on its surface. The circuit pattern extends at least from a first end margin of the molded plastic substrate to a second end margin opposite the first. The device also includes a sensor mounted on the molded plastic substrate for detecting a physiological parameter, such as temperature. The sensor is positioned on the molded plastic substrate at the first end margin by at least one positioning element integrally formed in the substrate. The conductive circuit pattern provides an electrical connection between the sensor and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James Harr, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 8342748
    Abstract: A method of making a probe for an electronic thermometer includes positioning a flex circuit together with a probe shaft. Connecting a locating member to the probe shaft. The locating member comprises a resilient locator that is resiliently deformed by engagement with the flex circuit thereby to bias the flex circuit to a selected position. The biasing of the flex circuit by the resilient locator is independent of movement of the probe shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20120221286
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for selectable predictive modes based upon the same predictive algorithm. A mode selector is adapted for user selection between several modes of operation of the thermometer. Each mode of operation utilizes the same predictive algorithm for estimating the temperature of the subject before the thermometer reaches full equilibrium. Different modes offer users a selection for striking the appropriate balance between response time and precision, based upon user preferences and needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Michael E. Bisch, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 8226573
    Abstract: A probe for an electronic thermometer includes a first elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member having a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A second elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member has a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A joint along which the second probe shaft member is attached to the first probe shaft member forms an interior space between the probe shaft members. A probe tip is disposed on the distal ends of the first and second probe shaft members. A temperature sensor is in thermal communication with the probe tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Ricky A. Sisk, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 8197132
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for selectable predictive modes based upon the same predictive algorithm. A mode selector is adapted for user selection between several modes of operation of the thermometer. Each mode of operation utilizes the same predictive algorithm for estimating the temperature of the subject before the thermometer reaches full equilibrium. Different modes offer users a selection for striking the appropriate balance between response time and precision, based upon user preferences and needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Michael E. Bisch, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Patent number: 7988355
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for ease and accuracy in construction. A probe of the thermometer includes a flex circuit containing electronic components used to measure temperature and transmit signals to a calculating unit of the thermometer. A resilient locator can function to pre-position the flex circuit prior to final fixation so that the electronic components are reliably positioned in manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20110118622
    Abstract: A probe for an electronic thermometer includes a first elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member having a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A second elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member has a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A joint along which the second probe shaft member is attached to the first probe shaft member forms an interior space between the probe shaft members. A probe tip is disposed on the distal ends of the first and second probe shaft members. A temperature sensor is in thermal communication with the probe tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Ricky A. Sisk, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20100162516
    Abstract: A vacuum appliance capable of picking up both wet and dry material is described, wherein the vacuum appliance includes an impeller configured to induce liquid into the vacuum appliance, a motor configured to turn the impeller, a restrictor assembly to prevent the liquid from being ingested into the motor, and a bypass vent assembly configured to allow sufficient air to reach the motor in order to keep the motor cool while the restrictor is preventing the liquid from being ingested into the motor. The vacuum appliance also includes a drum configured to retain the liquid and an impeller intake between the impeller and the drum. The restrictor may comprise a float configured to rise with a level of the liquid in the drum and prevent the liquid from entering the impeller intake. The bypass vent assembly may be configured to allow airflow to bypass the restrictor and/or the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Joseph T. GIERER, Jeffrey L. YOUNG, David BETH
  • Patent number: 7654735
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer having ergonomic and efficiency features. The thermometer includes a display and a control panel, defined by at least one button, disposed above the display. The thermometer is easy and comfortable to hold and allows the user to operate the thermometer with one hand. The thermometer holds a probe and a container of probe covers in a convenient and compact configuration. A battery door is particularly constructed to avoid accidental opening. A bottom of the thermometer is formed to hold the housing in an upright position when the bottom is placed one a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Ricky A. Sisk, Kenneth M. Breitweiser, Joseph T. Gierer, Scott Kimsey