Patents by Inventor Michael E. Thomas

Michael E. 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).

  • Publication number: 20210023120
    Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides a nanoparticle composition comprising tRNA and an aminolipid delivery compound. The aminolipid delivery compound may be a dendrimer, dendron, or dendritic lipid, a polymer such as a polyamide or polyester, or a lipid with one or more hydrophobic components. In some embodiments, these compositions may be administered to a patient to treat a genetic disease or disorder such as cystic fibrosis, Duchene muscular dystrophy, or cancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Daniel J. Siegwart, Philip J. Thomas, Arthur E. Johnson, Michael J. Torres, Jason B. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200410178
    Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for determining conditions of components that are removably coupled to articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) by tracking the components against predetermined criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Michael E. Hamerly, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Neal A. Rakow, Cristina U. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200365283
    Abstract: The method includes assessing operational characteristics of the fuel assembly, the assessing including determining if the fuel assembly is to be placed in a controlled location in the reactor core, a controlled location being positioned adjacent to a control blade that is to be utilized, and configuring the sidewalls of the outer channel by making at least a first select sidewall of the outer channel a reinforced sidewall, the remaining sidewalls of the outer channel, other than the at least a first select sidewall, being non-reinforced sidewalls. The entirety of the reinforced sidewall as a whole is at least one of thicker and made from a material that is more resistant to radiation-induced deformation as compared to an entirety of the non-reinforced sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas, LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. INGRAHAM, Gerald D. KVAALL, JR., Paul E. CANTONWINE, Michael W. THOMAS, William C. CLINE
  • Publication number: 20200341180
    Abstract: The disclosed light directing article has an optical element and a conformal retarder with predefined thickness that contours with the optical element. In one aspect, the light directing article is a retroreflective article, which further comprises a phase reversing optical reflector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kui CHEN-HO, Michael A. MCCOY, John A. WHEATLEY, Susannah C. CLEAR, Michelle L. TOY, Alex P. PONGRATZ, Matthew E. SOUSA, Matthew B. JOHNSON, Gilles BENOIT, David J.W. AASTUEN, Guanglei DU, Tien Yi T.H. WHITING, Kevin W. GOTRIK, Christopher A. MERTON, Ying XIA, Olester BENSON, JR., Charles A. SHAKLEE, Travis L. POTTS, Carla S. THOMAS
  • Publication number: 20200340288
    Abstract: A garage door status monitoring and control system for a jackshaft operator may include a control module comprising a programmable platform configured to: receive a change-door-status command to change a position of a door; in response to the change-door-status command, generate and communicate a light or sound command to a wireless controller; delay a period of time after communicating the light or sound command to the wireless controller; and only after the delay, generate a door command corresponding to said change-door-status command to change the position of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Tim Ikeler, LeRoy G. Krupke, Brent Buescher, Brent A. Rauscher, Gregory D. Matias, Michael Dragomier, Robert E. Thomas, JR., Daniel Punchak, Robert Merwin, Jerry B. Chrane
  • Patent number: 10817683
    Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for determining conditions of components that are removably coupled to articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) by tracking the components against predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Hamerly, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Neal A. Rakow, Cristina U. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200262869
    Abstract: Provided herein are compounds that form covalent bonds with peptidases, wherein the compounds in some embodiments have broad spectrum bioactivity. In various embodiments, the compounds act by inhibition of bacterial type 1 signal peptidase (SPase), an essential protein in bacteria. Pharmaceutical compositions and methods for treatment using the compounds described herein are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: PETER ANDREW SMITH, JEREMY MARK MURRAY, MICHAEL FRIEDRICH THOMAS KOEHLER, CHRISTOPHER E. HEISE
  • Patent number: 10706400
    Abstract: An automated teller machine (“ATM”) is associated with a financial institution (FI). The ATM includes a network interface circuit (“NFC”) enabling the ATM to exchange information over a network, an input/output device configured to exchange data with a mobile wallet circuit on a mobile device associated with a customer, and a processing circuit communicably engaged to the network interface circuit and the input/output circuit. The processing circuit includes a processor and a memory, the memory structured to store instructions that are executable by the processor. The instructions cause the processing circuit to receive, by the input/output device; a payment token from the mobile wallet circuit; determine whether the payment token is associated with the FI; in response to determining that the payment token is associated with the FI, detokenize the payment token to identify an customer account; and process an ATM transaction using the customer account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Steven E. Puffer, Jerome Rhodes, Michael R. Thomas, Hemesh Yadav
  • Patent number: 10700377
    Abstract: A solid electrolyte for a negative electrode of a secondary battery includes a first solid electrolyte having a first surface and a second solid electrolyte on the first solid electrolyte and having a second surface. The first solid electrolyte and the second solid electrolyte each have an ionic conductivity effective for a deposition metal, and the first surface and the second surface are different in composition, structure, or both. An electrode assembly and an electrochemical cell including the solid electrolyte and method for the manufacture thereof are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Karen E. Thomas-Alyea, Yong-Gun Lee, Lincoln Miara, Hyunseok Kim, Jusik Kim, Michael E. Badding, Zhen Song
  • Publication number: 20200193874
    Abstract: A gift card presenter for holding a gift card within a greeting card is provided. The presenter comprises a body for holding the gift card, and a coupling element for coupling the body to the greeting card. In one embodiment, the presenter may comprise a paper mechanic coupled to first and second interior faces of the greeting card, the paper mechanic configured to hold the greeting card and display it when the greeting card is opened. In another embodiment, the presenter comprises a body for holding the gift card, the body having a first half and a second half that each include interior and exterior faces. The presenter may be opened to display or partially display the greeting card. The presenter may be coupled to the inside and/or the outside of the greeting card, to provide a pleasing presentation of the gift card given with the greeting card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick William Kershner, Adam M. Cannon, Ginny Neile Walkington, Michael Wayne Thomas, Emily Byerly Bronson, Mark E. Franzke, Ramon Orestes Olivera, JR., Thomas A. Wallen, Madeline Eleanore Tomkins
  • Patent number: 10658086
    Abstract: Fuel assemblies include an outer channel having a physical configuration optimized for a position of the fuel assembly within a core of a nuclear reactor. The position of the fuel assembly with respect to an employed control blade in the nuclear reactor determines if the outer channel may be thickened, reinforced, and/or fabricated of Zircaloy-4 or similar distortion-resistant material, so as to reduce or prevent distortion of the channel against the control blade, or thinned so as to increase water volume and enhance reactivity in the assembly. Reactor cores having configured fuel assemblies include fuel assemblies having different outer channels. Methods include determining operational characteristics of the fuel assembly, including likelihood of being placed directly adjacent to an employed control blade, and physically selecting or modifying the outer channel of the fuel assembly based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Global Nuclear Fuel—Americas, LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Ingraham, Gerald Dean Kvaall, Jr., Paul E. Cantonwine, Michael W. Thomas, William C. Cline
  • Patent number: 10654022
    Abstract: The present invention discloses high pressure flow reactor vessels and associated systems. Also disclosed are processes for producing thiol compounds and sulfide compounds utilizing these flow reactor vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventors: Eric J. Netemeyer, Michael S. Matson, Greg L. Thomas, Dale M. Solaas, Christopher R. Tully, Joe E. Figard
  • Publication number: 20200083562
    Abstract: A solid electrolyte including an inorganic lithium ion conductive film and a porous layer on a surface of the inorganic lithium ion conductive film, wherein the porous layer includes a first porous layer and a second porous layer, and the second porous layer is disposed between the inorganic lithium ion conductive film and the first porous layer, and wherein the first porous layer has a size greater which is than a pore size of the second porous layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jusik KIM, Sewon KIM, Hyunseok KIM, Michael Edward BADDING, Zhen SONG, Karen E. THOMAS-ALYEA, Lincoln James MIARA, Dongmin IM
  • Patent number: 10573203
    Abstract: A gift card presenter for holding a gift card within a greeting card is provided. The presenter comprises a body for holding the gift card, and a coupling element for coupling the body to the greeting card. In one embodiment, the presenter may comprise a paper mechanic coupled to first and second interior faces of the greeting card, the paper mechanic configured to hold the greeting card and display it when the greeting card is opened. In another embodiment, the presenter comprises a body for holding the gift card, the body having a first half and a second half that each include interior and exterior faces. The presenter may be opened to display or partially display the greeting card. The presenter may be coupled to the inside and/or the outside of the greeting card, to provide a pleasing presentation of the gift card given with the greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick William Kershner, Adam M. Cannon, Ginny Neile Walkington, Michael Wayne Thomas, Emily Byerly Bronson, Mark E. Franzke, Ramon Orestes Olivera, Thomas A. Wallen, Madeline Eleanore Tompkins
  • Patent number: 10535047
    Abstract: Methods and systems for completing financial operations via a contactless automated teller machine are disclosed. A financial institution computing system includes a network interface circuit exchanging information over a network, a customer database retrievably storing financial information relating to a plurality of customers, and a data exchange circuit. The data exchange circuit receives a financial operation request. The financial operation request is generated by an automated teller machine in response to a payment token received from a mobile wallet circuit on a mobile device. The data exchange circuit authorizes the financial operation request based on information in the customer database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
    Inventors: Michael R. Thomas, Jerome Rhodes, Hemesh Yadav, Steven E. Puffer
  • Publication number: 20190377917
    Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for determining conditions of components that are removably coupled to articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) by tracking the components against predetermined criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Michael E. Hamerly, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Neal A. Rakow, Cristina U. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10479474
    Abstract: Provided are wingtip torque boxes and methods of fabricating such boxes using friction stir welding. Specifically, a wingtip torque box may be formed by friction stir welding two monolithic clamshells along their respective spars thereby forming a new monolithic structure. Use of the friction stir welding and monolithic clamshells simplifies the overall fabrication process and yields a robust wingtip torque box that can be bolted on or otherwise attached to an aircraft wing. The wingtip torque box may include internal grid stiffeners and/or external stiffeners that may be also monolithic with other components of the box. For example, the stiffeners may be machined in spars or skin portions of the clamshells during fabrication of clamshells. The wingtip torque box may have a continuous cavity extending between the ends and, in some embodiments, between spars of the box and providing access for performing various operations inside the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Shemkunas, Kenneth D. Cominsky, Steven S. Heer, David P. Heck, Benjamin D. Smith, John A. Baumann, Matthew D. Uhlman, Burke L. Reichlinger, Eric E. Thomas, James P. Dobberfuhl
  • Patent number: 10387696
    Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for determining conditions of components that are removably coupled to articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) by tracking the components against predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Hamerly, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Neal A. Rakow, Cristina U. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20190244175
    Abstract: A system for categorizing vendor interactions by inspecting messages is disclosed. The system is configured to scan a plurality of messages and identify keywords from the body of the messages. Based on the identified keywords, the system determines a topic for each of the messages. The system further performs a sentiment analysis to determine an overall contextual polarity for each of the messages and categorizes the messages based on the determined overall contextual polarity. Additionally, the system stores the determined overall contextual polarity and the category of the messages in interaction data entries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael E. Ogrinz, James M. Thomas, Varadharajan Candhadai Ramaswamy, Kathleen D. Schaumburg
  • Publication number: 20190244174
    Abstract: A system for analyzing vendor interactions by inspecting message logs is disclosed. The system is configured to identify a plurality of messages logs associated with an attachment comprising an indication of an accepted invitation to a calendar event. The system further identifies a sender and a recipient associated with each of the message logs, and determines that one of the sender and the recipient is identified as an employee and the other one is identified as a vendor. Next, the system extracts personal information about the identified employee and public information about the identified vendor, and stores the extracted information in an interaction data entry. Additionally, the system creates an index associated with the interaction data entry to facilitate query of the data stored in the interaction data entry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael E. Ogrinz, Varadharajan Candhadai Ramaswamy, James M. Thomas, Kathleen D. Schaumburg, Raghav Ramakrishnan, Pankaj Panging