Patents by Inventor Richard Thompson

Richard 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: 20160113668
    Abstract: The teachings herein provide an instrument comprising a forceps. The forceps comprise a hand piece; a tubular member connected to the hand piece; and a jaw assembly connected to the hand piece. The jaw assembly includes a first jaw element and a second jaw element. The first jaw element includes a gripping section and a flexing section. The flexing section includes an arcuate section. The second jaw element opposes the first jaw element and includes a gripping section. The tubular member is moveable onto the arcuate section of the first jaw element so that the flexing section of the first jaw element is flexed and the as assembly is moved into a closed position. The first jaw element, the second jaw element, or both include a stiffening spine so that the as assembly is substantially rigid in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Murdeshwar, John R. Mensch, Zane R. Ward, Kester J. Batchelor, Richard A. Thompson, Evan M. Leingang, Jeffrey J. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20160088757
    Abstract: A media control console is described which comprises a lectern type housing, one or more media electronics modules mounted within the lectern type housing, and an umbilical cable carrying electrical power to the media electronics modules and/or control signals to and/or from the media electronics modules. The umbilical cable is durably attachable or permanently attached to the media control console and a fixed electrical installation external to the console.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Dan Aldridge, Adam Blaxill, Richard Thompson, Andrew Redman, Gary Hunt
  • Patent number: 9216030
    Abstract: A laparoscopic forceps comprising a handpiece including a distal end portion; a tubular member protruding from the distal end portion of the handpiece, the tubular member having a distal end with a distal opening, a pair of jaws having legs that are disposed within the tubular member and partially protruding from the distal opening, the jaws and the tubular member being movable relative to each other; wherein each of the jaws has an arcuate section; an operable mechanism for creating relative motion between the jaws and the tubular member along a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis, and one or more spacing members extending across the distal opening of the tubular member and between the jaws; wherein the jaws are closable by the relative movement of the tubular member and the jaws towards each other so that the tubular member advances over the arcuate section of the jaws, and the jaws are openable by the relative movement of the tubular member and the jaws away from each other so that the one or more
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Tailin Fan, Kester Batchelor, John R. Mensch, Richard A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9194978
    Abstract: A locator for determining the depth of a buried electromagnetic marker includes a transmission antenna and two reception antennas. The locator has a major axis and is configured. The transmission antenna is configured to generate an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis. The first reception antenna of the two reception antennas is configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a first detected signal. The second reception antenna is displaced along the major axis from the first antenna and configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a second detected signal. The locator includes analogue to digital converters and a processor which is configured to calculate the depth of the electromagnetic marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Radiodetection Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard David Pearson, Jeffrey Richard Thompson, Julian Poyner
  • Patent number: 9158034
    Abstract: A locator for determining the depth of a buried electromagnetic marker includes a transmission antenna and two reception antennas. The locator has a major axis and is configured. The transmission antenna is configured to generate an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis. The first reception antenna of the two reception antennas is configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a first detected signal. The second reception antenna is displaced along the major axis from the first antenna and configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a second detected signal. The locator includes analogue to digital converters and a processor which is configured to calculate the depth of the electromagnetic marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Radiodetection Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard David Pearson, Jeffrey Richard Thompson, Julian Poyner
  • Publication number: 20150231279
    Abstract: Labels and methods are provided for detecting deposits, including drusen, sub-retinal deposits, basal laminar and linear deposits, and the like. The labels can detect the presence, progression, or regression of hydroxyapatite, which can be indicative of the presence or the potential to develop such deposits. The labels can include a conjugate comprising a hydroxyapatite binding moiety and a label moiety, which can provide a detectable signal upon binding of the conjugate to hydroxyapatite. The labels and methods can be utilized to detect deposits in eye tissue, such as the retina, brain tissue, or the like. Methods are also provided for utilizing the present labels to predict or diagnose a neurodegenerative disease, including age-related macular degeneration. Accordingly, some methods can predict or diagnose age-related macular degeneration, including early signs or advanced forms thereof, based on the presence of hydroxyapatite in a tissue sample obtained from a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Thompson, Imre Lengyel
  • Publication number: 20150160320
    Abstract: A method for performing magnetic resonance imaging with variable flip angle (VFA) readouts includes preparing longitudinal magnetization of a spin system associated with a subject to a target state, yielding a prepared longitudinal magnetization. The prepared longitudinal magnetization is converted to an image using a VFA readout sequence, wherein the VFA readout sequence comprises a plurality of radio-frequency pulses with corresponding flip-angles varying according to a modulation function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Kelvin Chow, Richard Thompson, Bruce S. Spottiswoode
  • Publication number: 20150105821
    Abstract: A laparoscopic forceps comprising a handpiece including a distal end portion; a tubular member protruding from the distal end portion of the handpiece, the tubular member having a distal end, a pair of jaws having legs that are disposed within the tubular member and partially protruding from the distal end of the tubular member, the pair of jaws and the tubular member being movable relative to each other in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the tubular member; wherein each of the pair of jaws has an arcuate section, and the pair of jaws are closable by advancing the tubular member over the arcuate section of the jaws; and an operable mechanism for creating relative motion between the pair of jaws and the tubular member along a direction parallel to the axis of the tubular member, wherein at the distal end portion of the tubular member there is a profile shape that is non-circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Zane R. Ward, Tailin Fan, Jeffrey Nelson, John R. Mensch, Ryan Windgassen, Riyad Moe, Michael Baden, Erik Dalgaard, Paul Barratt, Richard A. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150105820
    Abstract: A laparoscopic forceps comprising a handpiece including a distal end portion; a tubular member protruding from the distal end portion of the handpiece, the tubular member having a distal end with a distal opening, a pair of jaws having legs that are disposed within the tubular member and partially protruding from the distal opening, the jaws and the tubular member being movable relative to each other; wherein each of the jaws has an arcuate section; an operable mechanism for creating relative motion between the jaws and the tubular member along a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis, and one or more spacing members extending across the distal opening of the tubular member and between the jaws; wherein the jaws are closable by the relative movement of the tubular member and the jaws towards each other so that the tubular member advances over the arcuate section of the jaws, and the jaws are openable by the relative movement of the tubular member and the jaws away from each other so that the one or more
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Tailin Fan, Kester Batchelor, John R. Mensch, Richard A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8969536
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel nucleotide and amino acid sequences of Torque teno virus (“TTV”), including novel genotypes thereof, all of which are useful in the preparation of vaccines for treating and preventing diseases in swine and other animals. Vaccines provided according to the practice of the invention are effective against multiple swine TTV genotypes and isolates. Diagnostic and therapeutic polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies are also a feature of the present invention, as are infectious clones useful in the propagation of the virus and in the preparation of vaccines. Particularly important aspects of the invention include vaccines that provide TTV ORF1 protein, or peptide fragments thereof, as antigen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zoetis LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Paul Nitzel, Robert Gerard Ankenbauer, Jay Gregory Calvert, Donna Steuerwald Dunyak, Jacqueline Gayle Marx, Nancee Lois Olen, Douglas Steven Pearce, Mira Ivanova Stoeva, James Richard Thompson
  • Patent number: 8952677
    Abstract: A locator for locating a concealed conductor carrying an alternating current having at least first and second frequencies, the alternating current produced by at least one dedicated signal generator. The locator includes at least one magnetic field sensor operable to convert electromagnetic radiation from the conductor into a field strength signal; a digital analog converter configured to generate a digitized signal dependent upon the field strength signals from the magnetic field sensor; a digital signal processor configured to isolate components of the digitized signal resulting from the first frequency and the second frequency; and process the isolated components to generate one or more signals indicative of the proximity of the conductor to the detector; and an output configured to generate an audio and/or visual indication of the proximity of the conductor, wherein the isolated signal components resulting from the first frequency signal and the second frequency signal are contemporaneously processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Radiodetection Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard David Pearson, Jeffrey Richard Thompson, Derek James Wong
  • Patent number: 8921535
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel nucleotide and amino acid sequences of Torque teno virus (“TTV”), including novel genotypes thereof, all of which are useful in the preparation of vaccines for treating and preventing diseases in swine and other animals. Vaccines provided according to the practice of the invention are effective against multiple swine TTV genotypes and isolates. Diagnostic and therapeutic polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies are also a feature of the present invention, as are infectious clones useful in the propagation of the virus and in the preparation of vaccines. Particularly important aspects of the invention include vaccines that provide TTV ORF1 protein, or peptide fragments thereof, as antigen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zoetis LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Paul Nitzel, Robert Gerard Ankenbauer, Jay Gregory Calvert, Donna Steuerwald Dunyak, Jacqueline Gayle Marx, Nancee Lois Oien, Douglas Steven Pearce, Mira Ivanova Stoeva, James Richard Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140333309
    Abstract: A locator for determining the depth of a buried electromagnetic marker includes a transmission antenna and two reception antennas. The locator has a major axis and is configured. The transmission antenna is configured to generate an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis. The first reception antenna of the two reception antennas is configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a first detected signal. The second reception antenna is displaced along the major axis from the first antenna and configured to couple with an oscillatory magnetic field parallel to the major axis emitted by the electromagnetic marker and to generate a second detected signal. The locator includes analogue to digital converters and a processor which is configured to calculate the depth of the electromagnetic marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Richard David PEARSON, Jeffrey Richard Thompson, JULIAN Poyner
  • Patent number: 8846388
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel nucleotide and amino acid sequences of Torque teno virus (“TTV”), including novel genotypes thereof, all of which are useful in the preparation of vaccines for treating and preventing diseases in swine and other animals. Vaccines provided according to the practice of the invention are effective against multiple swine TTV genotypes and isolates. Diagnostic and therapeutic polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies are also a feature of the present invention, as are infectious clones useful in the propagation of the virus and in the preparation of vaccines. Particularly important aspects of the invention include vaccines that provide TTV ORF1 protein, or peptide fragments thereof, as antigen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zoetis LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Paul Nitzel, Robert Gerard Ankenbauer, Jay Gregory Calvert, Donna Steuerwald Dunyak, Jacqueline Gayle Marx, Nancee Lois Oien, Douglas Steven Pearce, Mira Ivanova Stoeva, James Richard Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140250576
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spraying device for spraying an enclosure with a liquid cleanser. The device comprises a metering system communicating with a reservoir and a spray head containing a vibrating mesh spray actuator. The metering system comprises a metering chamber, a weir member and a conduit means. The device is rotatable between a first recharging orientation and a second dispensing orientation. The conduit means comprises an element selected from a check valve and a channel. In particular, the invention relates to a spraying device which is suited for automatically cleaning a toilet bowl. The invention also relates to a cartridge configured to be received by the spraying device. Furthermore the invention relates to a method for spraying an enclosure comprising a rotatable lid with a liquid cleanser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Federico PASQUINI, Davide PIETRASANTA, Guy Richard THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20140243961
    Abstract: A delivery device usable to deliver an inverting implant is provided that includes a positioning mechanism that automatically initiates the inversion process once a predetermined length of the implant has exited a delivery catheter. The positioning mechanism allows the implant to be safely and accurately deployed with reduced operator experience and in a greater variety of target locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale K. Nelson, John P. Gainor, Alan Carlson, Evan M. Leingang, Richard Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140234355
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel nucleotide and amino acid sequences of Torque teno virus (“TTV”), including novel genotypes thereof, all of which are useful in the preparation of vaccines for treating and preventing diseases in swine and other animals. Vaccines provided according to the practice of the invention are effective against multiple swine TTV genotypes and isolates. Diagnostic and therapeutic polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies are also a feature of the present invention, as are infectious clones useful in the propagation of the virus and in the preparation of vaccines. Particularly important aspects of the invention include vaccines that provide TTV ORF1 protein, or peptide fragments thereof, as antigen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Zoetis LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Paul NITZEL, Robert Gerard Ankenbauer, Jay Gregory Calvert, Donna Steuerwald Dunyak, Jacqueline Gayle Marx, Nancee Lois Oien, Douglas Steven Pearce, Mira Ivanova Stoeva, James Richard Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140056940
    Abstract: This invention relates to adjuvant formulations comprising various combinations of triterpenoids, sterols, immunomodulators, polymers, and Th2 stimulators; methods for making the adjuvant compositions; and the use of the adjuvant formulations in immunogenic and vaccine compositions with different antigens. This invention further relates to the use of the formulations in the treatment of animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Dominowski, Ramasamy Mannar Mannan, Richard Lee Krebs, James Richard Thompson, Tedd Alan Childers, Mary Kathryn Olsen, Robert John Yancey, JR., Risini Dhammika Weeratna, Shucheng Zhang, Cedo Martin Bagi
  • Publication number: 20130159329
    Abstract: The present design is a knowledge management system including a mapping engine configured to receive survey responses for a survey campaign completed by a survey participant and a set of mapping rules containing rules configured to map the survey responses to a set of knowledge resources specific to the activities, interactions and behaviors of a survey participant based upon the survey responses. The knowledge resources include information helpful to the survey participant to carry out a job related expected behavior or duty of the survey participant. The mapping engine is further configured to receive information about the activities and interactions of a survey participant, survey campaign, and knowledge resources that may be stored on a database, and transmit information about the set of knowledge resources to a designated entity, such as the survey participant or a system administrator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: LRN CORPORATION
    Inventors: David I. Greenberg, Dov Seidman, Dwayne C. Jacobs, Jim Blackie, Mark Snyderman, Melissa M. Allain, Richard Thompson, Ron Charow
  • Publication number: 20130113456
    Abstract: A locator for locating a concealed conductor carrying an alternating current having at least first and second frequencies, the alternating current produced by at least one dedicated signal generator. The locator includes at least one magnetic field sensor operable to convert electromagnetic radiation from the conductor into a field strength signal; a digital analogue converter configured to generate a digitized signal dependent upon the field strength signals from the magnetic field sensor; a digital signal processor configured to isolate components of the digitized signal resulting from the first frequency and the second frequency; and process the isolated components to generate one or more signals indicative of the proximity of the conductor to the detector; and an output configured to generate an audio and/or visual indication of the proximity of the conductor, wherein the isolated signal components resulting from the first frequency signal and the second frequency signal are contemporaneously processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: RADIODETECTION, LTD.
    Inventors: Richard David Pearson, Jeffrey Richard Thompson, Derek James Wong