Patents by Inventor Michael J. Thomas

Michael 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).

  • Publication number: 20190264434
    Abstract: A flush toilet includes a bowl, a tank coupled to the bowl, a flush valve positioned within the tank, and a flush device configured to initiate a flush cycle. The automatic toilet further comprises an electronic sensing assembly having a sensing member positioned on the bowl for detecting an overflow condition of the bowl, an overflow device operably coupled to the flush device, and a controller in electronic communication with the electronic sensing assembly and the overflow device for controlling the flush device in response to a condition of the toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Veros, Kurt Judson Thomas, Robert W. Rodenbeck, Garry Robin Marty, Derek Allen Brown
  • 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: 20190168184
    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: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Eric J. Netemeyer, Michael S. Matson, Greg L. Thomas, Dale M. Solaas, Christopher R. Tully, Joe E. Figard
  • Patent number: 10286168
    Abstract: An improvement for existing breathing therapy machines which allows the machine to determine a patient's dominant respiratory phenotype using an auto-titration mode and flow sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DEVILBISS HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Michael B. Knepper, James P. Froehlich, Robert Joseph Thomas, Joseph J. Boring
  • Publication number: 20190136842
    Abstract: A fluid end is formed from a first body attached to a separate second body. Each body includes an external surface. When the bodies are attached, their respective external surfaces are in flush engagement. A plurality of bores are formed in the second body that are alignable with a plurality of corresponding bores formed in the first body. The fluid end may be used with seals disposed within recesses within each bore to seal against corresponding sealing surfaces. Further, retaining closures may be bolted to the fluid end bodies, such that the closures have a threadless connection to the fluid end bodies. Various combinations of such components may be utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Mark S. Nowell, Kelcy Jake Foster, Christopher Todd Barnett, Brandon Scott Ayres, Michael Eugene May, Guy J. Lapointe, Michael Cole Thomas
  • Publication number: 20190134388
    Abstract: A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device includes a housing having a bottom portion and a top portion, the top portion including a curved palm-rest surface shaped to conform generally to the shape of a human palm of a human hand when the human hand is partially opened, a first switch arranged on the top portion of the housing, the first switch being positioned to align in facing contact with a first finger of the human hand when the human hand is grasping the device, the first switch being operable by generally downward vertical movement of the first finger of the human hand, and an electrode operative to emit a signal responsive to an activation of the first switch, the electrode arranged on the bottom portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Charles M. Thomas, D. Keith Hagy, Michael W. Treas, Jeffrey J. Chu, Mike Ewaschuk, Josh Page, Dave Eypper
  • Patent number: 9726683
    Abstract: A computer-based method for determining a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis in a human subject, comprises the steps of: (a) inputting the level of at least one cholesteryl ester measured in a blood sample collected from said subject; and then (b) inputting the age and gender of said subject; and then (c) generating in said computer from said cholesteryl ester level input, said age input and said gender input a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis in said subject. Systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Rudel, Chadwick D. Miller, Michael J. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20160346560
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the field of medical diathermy and addresses issues of incidental undesired radiation in the prior art. The invention uses a multitude of pairs of intentional radiators with each pair driven with an identical but out-of-phase signal. The pairs or radiators are spaced near the target tissue in close proximity to the target but sufficiently distant from each other so as not to cancel the nearby tissue heating effects. Local heating of tissue is achieved by the high electric and magnetic field intensities coupling and inducing electric currents in conductive tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Robert M. Unetich, James A. Eastburn, Michael J. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20160169922
    Abstract: A computer-based method for determining a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis in a human subject, comprises the steps of: (a) inputting the level of at least one cholesteryl ester measured in a blood sample collected from said subject; and then (b) inputting the age and gender of said subject; and then (c) generating in said computer from said cholesteryl ester level input, said age input and said gender input a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis in said subject. Systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Rudel, Chadwick D. Miller, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9222948
    Abstract: A method of measuring an amount of at least one cholesteryl ester in a blood sample is carried out by combining a blood sample with a salt and an alcohol to provide a dilute sample; introducing the dilute sample into a mass spectrometer; and then measuring the amount of the at least one cholesteryl ester in the dilute sample by mass spectrometry, to thereby measure the amount of at least one cholesteryl ester in the blood sample, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Rudel, Chadwick D. Miller, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8926021
    Abstract: A tailored vehicle seat component 12 having at least two portions with different properties that are joined together, such as by an adhesive or in a welding process (e.g., laser weld). These different properties include thickness, grades, surface finishes, coatings, and the like. The laser tailored welded vehicle seat 12 components may be incorporated into seat back frames 16, seat track assemblies 26, recliners 20, seat base frames 18, head restraints 88, cushion pans 132, and the like, to optimize manufacturing operations, mass, performance quality, and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sakkinen, Michael J. Thomas, Kurt A. Seibold, John D. Kotre, Christopher P. Kubacki, Mark A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140232164
    Abstract: A tailored vehicle seat component 12 having at least two portions with different properties that are joined together, such as by an adhesive or in a welding process (e.g., laser weld). These different properties include thickness, grades, surface finishes, coatings, and the like. The laser tailored welded vehicle seat 12 components may be incorporated into seat back frames 16, seat track assemblies 26, recliners 20, seat base frames 18, head restraints 88, cushion pans 132, and the like, to optimize manufacturing operations, mass, performance quality, and costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sakkinen, Michael J. Thomas, Kurt A. Seibold, John D. Kotre, Christopher P. Kubacki, Mark A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140221550
    Abstract: A composite material for reinforcing closed structural members as a tube or any closed profile section. More specifically, a composite material for filling metal tubes or any closed profile section forming the frame of vehicle seats to increase or maintain the strength of the seat frame while reducing the mass of the seat tubes or sealed profile section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: James T. McEvoy, Patricia J. McClarren, Alexander I. Balin, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8762784
    Abstract: A viewer is disclosed for viewing a multi-dimensional data set. The viewer may be coupled to or included in a test environment and receive data generated in the test environment. The test environment may generate metric data from the multiple test cases of a UUT. The viewer may display the cumulative metric data generated from multiple test cases. The viewer may display the cumulative metric data in a fashion that the user can gain insight into the UUT's characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Portal, Michael J. Thomas, James G. Owen
  • Publication number: 20140152071
    Abstract: A foam reinforced and bent tube for use in a vehicle seat frame and a method of forming such a tube are provided. The tube has a cavity which extends along its length and at least one open end. The foam may be inserted into the cavity through any desirable process including, for example, injection. The bend is formed by heating a portion of the tubular element and bending it at the heated region. The insertion of the foam material into the cavity of the tubular element may precede, follow or be simultaneous with the heating and bending processes. The foam material may have a variable type and/or a variable density through the length of the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sakkinen, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8733842
    Abstract: A tailored vehicle seat component 12 having at least two portions with different properties that are joined together, such as by an adhesive or in a welding process (e.g., laser weld). These different properties include thickness, grades, surface finishes, coatings, and the like. The laser tailored welded vehicle seat 12 components may be incorporated into seat back frames 16, seat track assemblies 26, recliners 20, seat base frames 18, head restraints 88, cushion pans 132, and the like, to optimize manufacturing operations, mass, performance quality, and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sakkinen, Michael J. Thomas, Kurt A. Seibold, John David Kotre, Christopher P. Kubacki, Mark A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140134654
    Abstract: A computer-based method for determining a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis in a human subject, comprises the steps of: (a) inputting the level of at least one cholesteryl ester measured in a blood sample collected from said subject; and then (b) inputting the age and gender of said subject; and then (c) generating in said computer from said cholesteryl ester level input, said age input and said gender input a prediction of risk and/or an indication of extent of coronary stenosis blood sample by mass spectrometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Rudel, Chadwick D. Miller, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8694301
    Abstract: Generating cumulative metric data for a test in a test environment includes: generating in the test environment a test for a simulation model of a system under test; generating in the test environment at least one test condition for the test, the at least one test condition determining a plurality of iterations of the simulation model; generating in the test environment at least one temporary test variable for the test; generating in the test environment at least one mapping between a metric setting for the simulation model and one of the temporary test variables; running in the test environment the test for the plurality of iterations, wherein metric data for the simulation model is generated for each mapping and for each iteration of the test; and accumulating in the test environment the generated metric data for each mapping and for each iteration of the test to obtain cumulative metric data for the simulation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian A. Portal, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8649505
    Abstract: In a user-interactive system, such as an interactive voice response (IVR) system, the duration and/or force of key-presses by the user and/or the speed of response to prompts by the user are used to make inferences about the user, such as whether the user is impaired or is growing frustrated. The user interface is modified based on the inferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Michaelis, David Mohler, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8594315
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an auto-configuration agent that guides the user to configure automatically a communication device based on observed user behavior and an auto-completion agent that, as numbers of a telephone address are received from the user, provides a list of matching complete telephone addresses for the user to choose from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Daily, Christopher R. Gentle, Lisa Y. Kawahara, Ashis Maity, Michael J. Thomas, David Volejnicek, Douglas W. Swartz