Patents by Inventor Robert William Thompson

Robert William 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).

  • Patent number: 11498364
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a pneumatic tire having improved high speed limits while generally maintaining wear, traction, and handling performance. Said tires include a cap ply extending substantially across a full width of at least one of the belt plies and being arranged at least partially within each shoulder, the cap ply forming a layer of elastomeric material reinforced with a plurality of elongate reinforcements spaced apart in an array, the cap ply being characterized as having a rupture force greater than 210 N per 15 mm of the cap ply width. In each shoulder area of said tires, the tread is characterized as being flatter and having a greater tread thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Patrick Jon Buresh, Jason Schoenmaker, Robert Dillon, Phillip William Check, William Marshall Thompson
  • Publication number: 20220266678
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an electric hub drive with a braking assembly. The hub drive includes a housing; a rotary drive transmission system mounted within the housing; and a braking assembly positioned within the housing. The braking assembly includes a braking formation that is coupled to be rotationally driven by the rotary drive transmission system. Advantageously or preferably, the braking formation is coupled to be rotationally driven by a part of the rotary drive transmission system that has a higher angular velocity than the output shaft. This enables the braking formation to rotate at a faster speed than the wheel hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20220218069
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a shoe that may be transformed from a high heel shoe to a low heel shoe. The shoe may include three parts: a removable stelo, a removable high heel attachment, and the corresponding attachment systems integrated into the base shoe sole. The removable high heel attachment may be a standard heel of any design, width and height that has a locking system comprising a threaded post located at the heel base. When the stelo and heel attachment are attached, the shoe may be a high heel shoe. When they are removed, the shoe may be a low heel shoe, or flat shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Haley Pavone, Seiji Alexander van Bronkhorst, Tyler Elise Unbehand, Daniel William Peter, Mark Christopher Thompson, David Sheldon Perry, Carina Mary Hamel, Robert Hart Ringer
  • Patent number: 11280405
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed toward a transmission having a torque input and output, drive members selectively engageable for sequentially changing gear ratio between the torque input and output, the transmission also having a shaft with a shifting feature. The transmission includes a drum having a track around its outer perimeter and arranged such that torque can be transferred by rotating the shaft, the drum capable of being moved along the length of the shaft, a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft, and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track, wherein by rotating the shaft the drive member selector member can be selectively urged into contact with a first drive member for drivingly engaging therewith in a first torque connection or into contact with a second drive member for drivingly engaging in a second torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 11255430
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a gearing assembly including a rotary input member, a rotary output member and a gearing arrangement between the input member and the output member selectively engageable to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio and a second torque connection having a second gear ratio. One of the rotary input member and the rotary output member includes a first shaft and the first torque connection includes a first dog clutch including a dog hub having a hub set of teeth and a surrounding dog ring including a ring set of teeth. The hub and ring sets of teeth are radially projecting and mutually engageable. The dog hub is mounted on the first shaft so as to allow axial movement of the dog hub relative to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert William Thompson, Robert John Bonner Flaxman
  • Publication number: 20210285539
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed toward a transmission having a torque input and output, drive members selectively engageable for sequentially changing gear ratio between the torque input and output, the transmission also having a shaft with a shifting feature. The transmission includes a drum having a track around its outer perimeter and arranged such that torque can be transferred by rotating the shaft, the drum capable of being moved along the length of the shaft, a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft, and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track, wherein by rotating the shaft the drive member selector member can be selectively urged into contact with a first drive member for drivingly engaging therewith in a first torque connection or into contact with a second drive member for drivingly engaging in a second torque connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 11022204
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a transmission including a plurality of shafts, each carrying a plurality of drive members, the drive members on each shaft arranged to operatively cooperate with those carried by at least one other shaft for transferring load between a torque input and a torque output of the transmission in use, the transmission being configured such that respective resultant gear ratios between the torque input and the torque output can be selected in use from each of a plurality of groups thereof by changing a load path between the torque input and the torque output, wherein each group of selectable resultant gear ratios has a load path feature for transferring load between a pair of the shafts which is common to the selectable resultant gear ratios within that group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10982742
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a transmission including a plurality of shafts, each carrying a plurality of drive members, the drive members on each shaft arranged to operatively cooperate with those carried by at least one other shaft for transferring load between a torque input and a torque output of the transmission in use, the transmission being configured such that respective resultant gear ratios between the torque input and the torque output can be selected in use from each of a plurality of groups thereof by changing a load path between the torque input and the torque output, wherein each group of selectable resultant gear ratios has a load path feature for transferring load between a pair of the shafts which is common to the selectable resultant gear ratios within that group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20210071758
    Abstract: The invention provides a gearing assembly (5) comprising a rotary input member (1b), a rotary output member (3) and a gearing arrangement (52) between the input member and the output member selectively engageable to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio and a second torque connection having a second gear ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Robert William THOMPSON, Robert John Bonner FLAXMAN
  • Publication number: 20200300345
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a transmission including a plurality of shafts, each carrying a plurality of drive members, the drive members on each shaft arranged to operatively cooperate with those carried by at least one other shaft for transferring load between a torque input and a torque output of the transmission in use, the transmission being configured such that respective resultant gear ratios between the torque input and the torque output can be selected in use from each of a plurality of groups thereof by changing a load path between the torque input and the torque output, wherein each group of selectable resultant gear ratios has a load path feature for transferring load between a pair of the shafts which is common to the selectable resultant gear ratios within that group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: QinetiQ Limited
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 10619708
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a gearbox including first and second rotational members, the first rotational member having a shaft portion extending away from the gearbox, the first rotational member carrying one or more projections, the second rotational member carrying one or more complementary projections, the projections carried by the first rotational member being configured to be drivingly engaged with the complementary projections carried by the second rotational member to transmit torque in a first torque connection but not in a torque connection that is opposed to the first torque connection. The gearbox further includes a one way clutch adapted such that the first and second rotational members can be drivingly engaged to transmit torque in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10493844
    Abstract: A gearing assembly includes a rotary input member, a rotary output member, and a gearing arrangement between the input member and the output member selectively able to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio. A second torque connection has a second gear ratio and a third torque connection having a third gear ratio. The gearing arrangement includes a first engagement member operable selectively to effect the first torque connection in a 1:1 ratio, a first planetary gear stage, and a second planetary gear stage. A second engagement member is operable selectively to effect the second torque connection, and a third engagement member operable selectively to effect the third torque connection, respectively, through one or more of the planetary gear stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10428941
    Abstract: A drive member selection mechanism is described, including at least one drive member and at least two selector members, wherein the drive member includes a first and second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to selectively engage with a projection of a drive member, the arrangement being such that the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the first face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a first torque connection and the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the second face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10408345
    Abstract: A shifting apparatus including a shaft extending along an axis, and at least one shifting feature, each of the at least one shifting feature including: a multi-part pin having first and second parts arranged to rotate relative to each other that extend through respective slots extending along the shaft; a drum arranged around the shaft and having channels extending along the length thereof wherein the first and second parts of the multi-part pin are respectively received for enabling torque transfer to the drum when the shaft is rotated, the drum also defining a track at least partially around its outer surface; a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft; and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track. The drive member selector member can be controlled to selectively engage a drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20180195608
    Abstract: A shifting apparatus including a shaft extending along an axis, and at least one shifting feature, each of the at least one shifting feature including: a multi-part pin having first and second parts arranged to rotate relative to each other that extend through respective slots extending along the shaft; a drum arranged around the shaft and having channels extending along the length thereof wherein the first and second parts of the multi-part pin are respectively received for enabling torque transfer to the drum when the shaft is rotated, the drum also defining a track at least partially around its outer surface; a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft; and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track. The drive member selector member can be controlled to selectively engage a drive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20180072154
    Abstract: A gearing assembly includes a rotary input member, a rotary output member, and a gearing arrangement between the input member and the output member selectively able to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio. A second torque connection has a second gear ratio and a third torque connection having a third gear ratio. The gearing arrangement includes a first engagement member operable selectively to effect the first torque connection in a 1:1 ratio, a first planetary gear stage, and a second planetary gear stage. A second engagement member is operable selectively to effect the second torque connection, and a third engagement member operable selectively to effect the third torque connection, respectively, through one or more of the planetary gear stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20180065477
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an electric hub drive with a braking assembly. The hub drive includes a housing; a rotary drive transmission system mounted within the housing; and a braking assembly positioned within the housing. The braking assembly includes a braking formation that is coupled to be rotationally driven by the rotary drive transmission system. Advantageously or preferably, the braking formation is coupled to be rotationally driven by a part of the rotary drive transmission system that has a higher angular velocity than the output shaft. This enables the braking formation to rotate at a faster speed than the wheel hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20170234408
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a gearbox including first and second rotational members, the first rotational member having a shaft portion extending away from the gearbox, the first rotational member carrying one or more projections, the second rotational member carrying one or more complementary projections, the projections carried by the first rotational member being configured to be drivingly engaged with the complementary projections carried by the second rotational member to transmit torque in a first torque connection but not in a torque connection that is opposed to the first torque connection. The gearbox further includes a one way clutch adapted such that the first and second rotational members can be drivingly engaged to transmit torque in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 9688349
    Abstract: A chainless drive mechanism for a bicycle using pedal arms, one on each side of the bicycle, each pedal arm carrying a pedal engageable with a rider's foot. Each pedal arm is mounted to a crank by a rotating joint and connected to the frame of the bicycle by a link, each link having rotating joints at each end. The cranks are connected by a shaft passing through the hub of to the driven wheel of the bicycle. The cranks may be connected to the driven wheel by a multi ratio free wheeling gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150211633
    Abstract: A drive member selection mechanism is described, including at least one drive member and at least two selector members, wherein the drive member includes a first and second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to selectively engage with a projection of a drive member, the arrangement being such that the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the first face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a first torque connection and the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the second face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson