Patents by Inventor Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas 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: 20190275469
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods of fabricating novel cross-linked membranes and to cross-linked membranes produced by the disclosed methods. Specifically, methods of fabricating cross-linked membranes according to the present invention may comprise direct crosslinking, crosslinking by addition of a small molecule, interfacial crosslinking of free-standing film, and interfacial crosslinking on a solid support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Bruno, Ronita Mathias, VIII, Yao Ma, Kirstie Thompson, Breanne Hamlett, Ryan P. Lively, Huaxing Zhou, M.G. Finn, Dhaval Bhandari, Craig McKay, Melinda Jue
  • Publication number: 20190276454
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel functionalized spirocentric compounds and polymers thereof that produce hyper-rigid cross-linked membranes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: M.G. Finn, Craig McKay, Nicholas Bruno, Kirstie Thompson, Huaxing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20190223562
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for operably mounting a slider onto a recloseable plastic zipper closure includes a rotor having at least one slider-engaging shoulder; an insertion wedge adjacent to the rotor and sized to slidably accommodate the slider for mounting onto a zipper closure; and a zipper guide member adjacent to the rotor and adjacent to the insertion wedge for guiding and holding a zipper closure while the slider is mounted thereon. The insertion wedge will have a leading edge and a trailing edge and increase in thickness from the leading edge to the trailing edge. The apparatus can be vertically oriented or horizontally oriented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas A. DeRue, Gregg Thompson
  • Patent number: 10327826
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for the approximation of two bones, the apparatus including a first anchor that is rotationally driven into a first bone by a second bone anchor, which receives driving torque from a driver tool. After the first anchor is secured in the first bone, the second anchor is disengaged from the first anchor but remains connected to the first anchor by a flexible link of a designed length. The second bone anchor is secured in the second bone and has provisions to be lengthened or shortened to adjust the overall length of the implant, thereby adjusting the approximation between the two bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AKROS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Horrell, Nicholas Mourlas, Jon Thompson
  • Patent number: 9828006
    Abstract: A handle assembly for an outlet valve for a tank, where the outlet valve has a stem that is actuated to open and close the outlet valve, is provided. The handle assembly includes a handle. A shaft is attached to the handle, and an adapter attached to the shaft. A bracket is adapted to mount the shaft to the tank so that the shaft is pivotally mounted with respect to the tank and movable with respect to the outlet valve between an engaged position, where the adapter is connected to the stem, and a disengaged position, where the adapter is disconnected from the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Union Tank Car Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, Gary Walter
  • Patent number: 9769368
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a remote video system. In some embodiments, a camera device may include a processor configured to capture image and audio content, perform data manipulation to alter the content, and stream the content to a remote server. Camera devices may be set up at a particular venue or location, and may have settings selected by a venue administrator. Camera devices may also be configured for head recognition, for determining activity levels in a venue, and for reporting accumulated data to the remote server. Streamed content may be accessed by users over a network via an application on computing devices, such as mobile applications or web browsers. The application may provide promotional materials to users based on the user's location, the activity levels within the venue, or other information. Users may also be able to establish direct stream connections to customer service or other venue personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LOOKSYTV, INC.
    Inventors: David Morford, Nicholas Thompson, Nicolas Gonzales, Miguel Vasquez, Isaac Duran, Aaron Darling
  • Patent number: 9746873
    Abstract: A handle assembly for an outlet valve for a tank, where the outlet valve has a coupler that is actuated to open and close the outlet valve, is provided. The handle assembly includes a handle with a shaft attached to the handle. The shaft has a tip. A bracket is adapted to mount the shaft to the tank so that the shaft is pivotally mounted with respect to the tank and movable with respect to the outlet valve between an engaged position, where the tip of the shaft engages the coupler, and a disengaged position, where the tip of the shaft is disengaged from the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Union Tank Car Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, Gary C. Walter, Peter J. Douglas
  • Publication number: 20170084671
    Abstract: A hybrid pixel arrangement for a full-color display is provided, which includes an inorganic LED in at least one sub-pixel, and an organic emissive stack in at least one other sub-pixel. In an embodiment, a first sub-pixel is configured to emit a first color, and includes an inorganic LED, a second sub-pixel is configured to emit a second color, and includes a first portion of a first organic emissive stack configured to emit an initial color different from the first color. A third sub-pixel is configured to emit a third color different from the initial color, and includes a second portion of the first organic emissive stack, and a first color altering layer disposed in a stack with the second portion of the first organic emissive stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Michael HACK, Michael Stuart WEAVER, William T. MAYWEATHER, III, Julia J. BROWN, Nicholas THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20160075347
    Abstract: A handle assembly for an outlet valve for a tank, where the outlet valve has a stem that is actuated to open and close the outlet valve, is provided. The handle assembly includes a handle. A shaft is attached to the handle, and an adapter attached to the shaft. A bracket is adapted to mount the shaft to the tank so that the shaft is pivotally mounted with respect to the tank and movable with respect to the outlet valve between an engaged position, where the adapter is connected to the stem, and a disengaged position, where the adapter is disconnected from the stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas THOMPSON, Gary WALTER
  • Patent number: 9133428
    Abstract: A wine degassing apparatus 20 is mounted to the neck opening of a wine bottle and includes a gas separator rod 22 formed of cordierite or other suitable inert material with an exterior shape that causes nucleation of carbon dioxide from the wine. The gas separator rod is supported by a rod holder 23 having a mounting socket 35 at the upper end of the rod, and the mounting socket is inserted into the pump adapter plug 24 with air passages 40 formed between the mounting socket 35 and the plug so that the vacuum pump can pull gas from the bottle neck 18 up through the mounting socket 35 and pump adapter plug 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BWT Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Guy L. Beck, Nicholas Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140261072
    Abstract: A handle assembly for an outlet valve for a tank, where the outlet valve has a coupler that is actuated to open and close the outlet valve, is provided. The handle assembly includes a handle with a shaft attached to the handle. The shaft has a tip. A bracket is adapted to mount the shaft to the tank so that the shaft is pivotally mounted with respect to the tank and movable with respect to the outlet valve between an engaged position, where the tip of the shaft engages the coupler, and a disengaged position, where the tip of the shaft is disengaged from the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Union Tank Car Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, Gary Walter
  • Publication number: 20140154383
    Abstract: A wine degassing apparatus 20 is mounted to the neck opening of a wine bottle and includes a gas separator rod 22 formed of cordierite or other suitable inert material with an exterior shape that causes nucleation of carbon dioxide from the wine. The gas separator rod is supported by a rod holder 23 having a mounting socket 35 at the upper end of the rod, and the mounting socket is inserted into the pump adapter plug 24 with air passages 40 formed between the mounting socket 35 and the plug so that the vacuum pump can pull gas from the bottle neck 18 up through the mounting socket 35 and pump adapter plug 24.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Guy L. Beck, Nicholas Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090024590
    Abstract: A large open database of information has entries for commonly understood data, such as people, places and objects, which are referred to as topics. The database has a type system and contains attributes and relationships between topics. The invention also comprises a powerful query language and an open API to access the data and a website where contributors can update the data or add new topics and relationships. The elements of the invention comprise a scalable graph database, a dynamic user contributed schema representation, a tree-based object/property query language, a series of new Web service APIs, and set of AJAX dynamic HTML technologies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Timothy STURGE, Kurt Bollacker, Robert Cook, John Giannandrea, Nicholas Thompson, Edwin Taylor
  • Publication number: 20070275094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an antimicrobial composition comprising an isothiazolinone, such as 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3-one, and a zinc compound selected from zinc salts, zinc oxides, zinc hydroxides or combinations thereof. Useful zinc salts include for example, oxides, sulfates, chlorides, and combinations thereof. In use, the zinc from the zinc compound enhances the antimicrobial activity to the isothiazolin-containing composition. This enhancement permits achieving the desired antimicrobial activity at a lower usage rate than is achieved using the isothiazolinone in the absence of the zinc compound. The antimicrobial composition can also contain co-biocides, such as pyrithiones, including zinc pyrithione or copper pyrithione.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Fitzgerald Clarke
  • Patent number: 6826564
    Abstract: In a network, a query originator injects queries of network devices into the network at a query node using query messages. The network transports the query messages to the network devices, or to network nodes at which queries about the network devices can be answered. Query responses from the network devices or network nodes are directed through the network to a collection node or nodes. As an internal network node receives multiple query responses from network devices, the internal network node might aggregate, as needed, the multiple query responses into an aggregated query response that preferably occupies less bandwidth than the aggregated multiple query responses. Where the result desired at the collection node is a computed function of the multiple query responses, the computed function can be performed at each internal network node on the multiple query responses received at that node, thus distributing the computation needed to form a collected response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: FastForward Networks
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, William Welch, Kevin J. Lang, Steven McCanne, Matthew G. Podolsky
  • Patent number: 6406656
    Abstract: Inserts (1) to reduce noise from photoconductor drums during use are molded by thermal injection to have a bridge (5, 51, 5b) across the longitudinal gap (7, 7a, 6b) of the insert. In the preferred embodiment the bridge is centered with respect to the long dimension of the insert and the bridge is in the form of a rectangle and thin. The bridge holds the shape of the insert during cooling after molding. Subsequently, the bridge may be severed or cut out, but that is generally unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nicholas Thompson, Edward Wayne Weidert
  • Publication number: 20020073086
    Abstract: In a network, a query originator injects queries of network devices into the network at a query node using query messages. The network transports the query messages to the network devices, or to network nodes at which queries about the network devices can be answered. Query responses from the network devices or network nodes are directed through the network to a collection node or nodes. As an internal network node receives multiple query responses from network devices, the internal network node might aggregate, as needed, the multiple query responses into an aggregated query response that preferably occupies less bandwidth than the aggregated multiple query responses. Where the result desired at the collection node is a computed function of the multiple query responses, the computed function can be performed at each internal network node on the multiple query responses received at that node, thus distributing the computation needed to form a collected response to the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Nicholas Thompson, William Welch, Kevin J. Lang, Steven McCanne, Matthew G. Podolsky