Patents by Inventor Stephen S. Thompson

Stephen S. 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: 10464268
    Abstract: Provided are composite feedstock strips for additive manufacturing and methods of forming such strips. A composite feedstock strip may include continuous unidirectional fibers extending parallel to each other and to the principal axis of the strip. This fiber continuity yields superior mechanical properties, such as the tensile strength along strip's principal axis. Composite feedstock strips may be fabricated by slitting a composite laminate in a direction parallel to the fibers. In some embodiments, the cross-sectional shape of the slit strips may be changed by reattributing material at least on the surface of the strips and/or by coating the slit strips with another material. This cross-sectional shape change may be performed without disturbing the continuous fibers within the strips. The cross-sectional distribution of fibers within the strips may be uneven with higher concentration of fibers near the principal axis of the strips, for example, to assist with additive manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John C. Waldrop, III, Matthew S. Thompson, Michael W. Hayes, Stephen R. Heinz
  • Patent number: 10435176
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured for autonomous flight using visual navigation that includes a perimeter structure surrounding one or more powered rotors, the perimeter structure including image capture devices arranged so as to provide an unobstructed view around the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SKYDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Benjamin S. Thompson, Adam Bry, Abraham Bachrach, Matthew Donahoe
  • Patent number: 10320230
    Abstract: A thermal management system for an electromagnetic induction-power transfer system. The system may include a charging apparatus including a housing that defines an interface surface. An accessory or induction-power consuming apparatus may be positioned proximate to the interface surface. The housing of the charging apparatus may include a power source and a power-transferring coil coupled to the power source and positioned below the interface surface. A thermal mass may be positioned within the housing and spaced apart from the interface surface. The housing may include a thermal path that is configured to conduct heat from the interface surface to the thermal mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Paul J. Thompson, Jeffrey M. Alves, Stephen E. Yao, Makiko K. Brzezinski, Todd K. Moyer, Daniel Wagman, Micah Lewis-Kraus
  • Patent number: 7573436
    Abstract: An electrical control device for controlling the status of a controlled electrical device, the electrical control device comprising a power conducting semiconductor device for controlling the status of the controlled electrical device; a control circuit; a transmitter and/or receiver in communication with the control circuit; and an antenna coupled to the transmitter and/or receiver; the antenna adapted to receive a first signal at a specified frequency from a remote control device and/or transmit a second signal at a specified frequency to a remote control device; wherein the transmitter is operable to couple the first signal from the antenna to the control circuit for remotely controlling the controllably conductive device and/or couple the second signal from the control circuit for providing a status of said controlled electrical device, the antenna comprising a first loop of conductive material having a capacitance and an inductance; the capacitance and the inductance forming a circuit being resonant at t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer L. Webb, Stephen S. Thompson, Gregory S. Altonen, Stuart DeJonge, Edward M. Felegy, Jr., Siddharth P. Sinha
  • Patent number: 7548216
    Abstract: An antenna operable to transmit or receive radio frequency signals at a specified frequency, the antenna comprising a first printed circuit board comprising a first loop of conductive material having a capacitance and an inductance, the capacitance and the inductance forming a circuit being resonant at the specified frequency; and a second printed circuit board comprising a second loop of conductive material having two ends adapted to be electrically coupled to an electronic circuit, the second loop being substantially only magnetically coupled to the first loop and electrically insulated from the first loop; the antenna for use with a device for controlling the power delivered to an electrical load, further wherein the first loop of the conductive material comprises a break and the capacitance includes a capacitor bridging the break; wherein the first printed circuit board is disposed in a first plane, and the first loop is disposed in the plane perpendicular to the first plane whereby electrical current flo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer L. Webb, Stephen S. Thompson, Gregory S. Altonen, Stuart DeJonge, Edward M. Felegy, Jr., Siddharth P. Sinha
  • Patent number: 7408525
    Abstract: An antenna operable to transmit or receive radio frequency signals at a specified frequency, the antenna comprising a first printed circuit board comprising a first loop of conductive material having a capacitance and an inductance, the capacitance and the inductance forming a circuit being resonant at the specified frequency; and a second printed circuit board comprising a second loop of conductive material having two ends adapted to be electrically coupled to an electronic circuit, the second loop being substantially only magnetically coupled to the first loop and electrically insulated from the first loop; the antenna for use with a device for controlling the power delivered to an electrical load, further wherein the first loop of the conductive material comprises a break and the capacitance includes a capacitor bridging the break; wherein the first loop comprises a first metal layer on a first side of the first printed circuit board and a second metal layer on a second, opposite side of the first printed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer L. Webb, Stephen S. Thompson, Gregory S. Altonen, Stuart DeJonge, Edward M. Felegy, Jr., Siddharth P. Sinha
  • Patent number: 7362285
    Abstract: A compact antenna for use in a device for controlling the power delivered to an electric load and operable to transmit or receive radio frequency signals at a specified frequency is presented. The antenna comprises a first loop of conductive material having a capacitance and an inductance forming a circuit being resonant at the specified frequency, and a second loop of conductive material having two ends adapted to be electrically coupled to an electronic circuit. The second loop is substantially only magnetically coupled to the first loop and is electrically isolated from the first loop. In a first embodiment of the antenna, the first and second loops are formed on respective first and second printed circuit boards, which allow for a small, low-cost antenna that is easy to manufacture and maximizes efficiency. When the antenna is installed in a load control device, such as a dimmer, the first loop of the antenna is mounted on an outer surface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Spencer L. Webb, Stephen S. Thompson, Gregory S. Altonen, Edward M. Felegy, Jr., Siddharth P. Sinha
  • Patent number: 6479958
    Abstract: A rapid increase in motor current (di/dt above a predetermined threshold) causes the motor control system to enter pulse mode operation in-which the motor current is pulsed on and off rapidly to dislodge the workpiece obstruction or binding condition that would otherwise lead to a motor stall. When the workpiece obstruction or binding has been cleared, the motor resumes normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Thompson, Paul G. Huber, Falgun Patel
  • Patent number: 5243322
    Abstract: A microprocessor controlled automobile security system provides several features for enhanced operability. The system allows a receiving unit to learn a plurality of operating codes from a plurality of uniquely coded transmitters with which it can operate, thereby allowing each transmitting unit to be sold separately from each receiving unit. The system also allows for an operator to personally set the threshold at which a signal detected by a shock detector will result in an alarm being triggered. The system is further selectively operable in either a manual arming mode or a passive arming mode. The system also allows selective operation in either a full current sensing mode in which either a detected shock above an absolute threshold or a .DELTA. threshold, or current flow above a predetermined level, will trigger an alarm system or operation in a shock and current integration mode in which if a detected current exceeding a predetermined threshold and a shock above an absolute or .DELTA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventors: Stephen S. Thompson, Michael C. Thompson, Gregory Rice, Pradeep Bhagwat, Mark Gottlieb, Thomas Roche
  • Patent number: 5094635
    Abstract: A kit 11 comprises an electrical apparatus 13, a clamp connector 15, a nut connector 17 and an adaptor post 19. Kit 11 enables electrical apparatus 13 to be selectively connected in an automobile in circuit alternatively with an engine starter circuit 21 and a battery 23 having post terminals 25, 27 (FIG. 1) and with an engine starter circuit 29 and an automobile battery 31 having nut terminals 33, 35 (FIG. 2) by appropriate connection of adaptor post 19. Adaptor post 19 is interchangeable between a location (FIG. 2) in which it is clamped in the clamp connector 15 of apparatus 13 and a location (FIG. 1) in which it is threaded into the nut connector 17 of apparatus 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Thompson, Pradeep M. Bhagwat
  • Patent number: D439220
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Noel Mayo, Christopher N. Hawbaker, Roland L. Ledyard, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D509804
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D510072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D515512
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D515513
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D515514
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D516042
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D517021
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D517498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: D529871
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Butler, Elliot G. Jacoby, Timothy S. Majewski, Noel Mayo, Stephen S. Thompson, Joel S. Spira