Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Dobson

Thomas A. Dobson 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: 10928861
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of pillar structures extending from the base. The plurality of pillar structures is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also has a ball positioned within each of the plurality of pillar structures. The ball is extendable outwardly from a corresponding pillar structure to inhibit the locking head from being removed from the aperture. The locking head further has a linear movable structure positioned within each of the plurality of pillar structures and operable to selectively extend outwardly each ball from the plurality of pillar structures. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 10842313
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating or otherwise dissolving gas in a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. A gas source can be provided in a cartridge which is used to generate gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid. A beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in the same, or a separate cartridge as the gas source and mixed with the precursor liquid to form a beverage. The use of one or more cartridges for the gas source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making sparkling beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BEDFORD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Novak, Ross Packard, Peter Peterson, Shawn Gulla, Jennifer Caitlin Huot Carlson, Camilla Schmitt, Mark Joseph Cohen, Ross Peter Jones, Nicolas Alejandro Martinez, Miles William Noel Hember, Fabien Yannick Schmitt, Gary Stacey, Niall Allan Mottram, Neil Lester Campbell, Cormac O'Prey, Wai Ting Chan, Nicholas David Rollings, Charles Frazer Kilby, Christopher Paul Richardson, Thomas Bates Jackson, Scott Grubb, Chris Covey, Barry Dobson, Paul Wilkins, Chris Roach, Peter David Cauwood, Keith Paul Thompson, James Hewitt, Marc Angotti, Ray Carroll, Richard Estabrook, Kevin Hartley, Frank Consoli
  • Publication number: 20200241600
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of pillar structures extending from the base. The plurality of pillar structures is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also has a ball positioned within each of the plurality of pillar structures. The ball is extendable outwardly from a corresponding pillar structure to inhibit the locking head from being removed from the aperture. The locking head further has a linear movable structure positioned within each of the plurality of pillar structures and operable to selectively extend outwardly each ball from the plurality of pillar structures. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 10656682
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a first linear element extending from the base. The first linear element is configured to be inserted into the aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also has a movable engagement element coupled to an end of the first linear element opposite from the base. The movable engagement element is configured to be inserted into the aperture of the portable electronic device with the first linear element. The movable engagement element is movable to a position in which the movable engagement element is perpendicular to the first linear element to secure the locking head to the portable electronic device. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20200081497
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a first linear element extending from the base. The first linear element is configured to be inserted into the aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also has a movable engagement element coupled to an end of the first linear element opposite from the base. The movable engagement element is configured to be inserted into the aperture of the portable electronic device with the first linear element. The movable engagement element is movable to a position in which the movable engagement element is perpendicular to the first linear element to secure the locking head to the portable electronic device. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 10520985
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of engagement portions extending from the base. The plurality of engagement portions is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also includes a linear portion positioned between the plurality of engagement portions and extending from the base. The linear portion is twistable about its length to move the plurality of engagement portions radially outward. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20190056767
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of engagement portions extending from the base. The plurality of engagement portions is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also includes a linear portion positioned between the plurality of engagement portions and extending from the base. The linear portion is twistable about its length to move the plurality of engagement portions radially outward. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 10146264
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of engagement portions extending from the base. The plurality of engagement portions is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also includes a linear portion positioned between the plurality of engagement portions and extending from the base. The linear portion is twistable about its length to move the plurality of engagement portions radially outward. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 10031558
    Abstract: A security apparatus for a portable electronic device includes a locking head having a base and an engagement element extending from the base and adapted to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The engagement element includes a wedge-shaped engagement portion configured to engage part of the portable electronic device when inserted into the aperture. The locking head also has a stabilizing element extending from the base and slidable along a side of the engagement element into the aperture of the portable electronic device, thereby inhibiting the engagement element from being removed from the aperture. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20180143667
    Abstract: A security apparatus for a portable electronic device includes a locking head having a base and an engagement element extending from the base and adapted to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The engagement element includes a wedge-shaped engagement portion configured to engage part of the portable electronic device when inserted into the aperture. The locking head also has a stabilizing element extending from the base and slidable along a side of the engagement element into the aperture of the portable electronic device, thereby inhibiting the engagement element from being removed from the aperture. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20180039305
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a locking head having a base and a plurality of engagement portions extending from the base. The plurality of engagement portions is configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The locking head also includes a linear portion positioned between the plurality of engagement portions and extending from the base. The linear portion is twistable about its length to move the plurality of engagement portions radially outward. The security apparatus further includes a security device attached to the locking head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 9791894
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a head having a base. The head also includes a plurality of engagement elements extending from the base and configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The plurality of engagement elements is movable relative to the body while inserted into the aperture to engage a portion of the portable electronic device. The head further includes a linear element positioned between the plurality of engagement elements. The linear element is movable relative to the plurality of engagement elements to push the plurality of engagement elements radially outward. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20160327991
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a head having a base. The head also includes a plurality of engagement elements extending from the base and configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The plurality of engagement elements is movable relative to the body while inserted into the aperture to engage a portion of the portable electronic device. The head further includes a linear element positioned between the plurality of engagement elements. The linear element is movable relative to the plurality of engagement elements to push the plurality of engagement elements radially outward. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 9423823
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a head having a base. The head also includes a plurality of engagement elements extending from the base and configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The plurality of engagement elements is movable relative to the body while inserted into the aperture to engage a portion of the portable electronic device. The head further includes a linear element positioned between the plurality of engagement elements. The linear element is movable relative to the plurality of engagement elements to push the plurality of engagement elements radially outward. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 8842422
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus is used with a lock interface member attached to a housing of a portable electronic device. The security apparatus may include an engagement element as well as a stabilizing element. The engagement element and the stabilizing element may secure the security apparatus to the lock interface member, and therefore to the housing of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20140247553
    Abstract: A security apparatus for securing a portable electronic device to an immovable object includes a head having a base. The head also includes a plurality of engagement elements extending from the base and configured to be inserted into an aperture of the portable electronic device. The plurality of engagement elements is movable relative to the body while inserted into the aperture to engage a portion of the portable electronic device. The head further includes a linear element positioned between the plurality of engagement elements. The linear element is movable relative to the plurality of engagement elements to push the plurality of engagement elements radially outward. The security apparatus also includes a security device attached to the head and configured to engage the immovable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Publication number: 20110122551
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus is used with a lock interface member attached to a housing of a portable electronic device. The security apparatus may include an engagement element as well as a stabilizing element. The engagement element and the stabilizing element may secure the security apparatus to the lock interface member, and therefore to the housing of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: John Hung, Ryan White, Guillermo Andres, David Thomas Dobson, Jacque Gagne
  • Patent number: 4524259
    Abstract: The impact pins of a matrix printhead are brazed by a laser to a print hammer of the flat spring type. The print hammers are then attached to a printhead mounting block adjacent to each other with the impact pins in substantially a straight line. The attached print hammers are then shaped by an electric discharge machining (EDM) process by a single electrode to simultaneously machine the impact pins to the desired shape and to position the tips of the impact pins at a precise distance with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Dataproducts Corporation
    Inventors: Peter H. Wolf, Thomas A. Dobson, Rafael Rozo
  • Patent number: 4351942
    Abstract: A process applicable to the preparation of a wide variety of novel polycyclic heterocycles having a newly-formed pyran ring is disclosed. According to the process an aromatic nucleus bearing an ethanol group, for example, 3,4-dimethoxyphenethyl alcohol, is condensed with an aldehyde or ketone or a protected aldehyde or ketone, for example, aminoactaldehyde diethyl acetal, in the presence of an acid catalyst to afford the polycyclic heterocycle, for example, 6,7-dimethoxy-1-isochromanmethylamine. The new heterocycles so formed are useful for preparing derivatives having antiinflammatory, antibacterial or antifungal activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: American Home Products Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dobson, Leslie G. Humber, Christopher A. Demerson, Ivo L. Jirkovsky
  • Patent number: 4223151
    Abstract: A process applicable to the preparation of a wide variety of novel polycyclic heterocycles having a newly-formed pyran ring is disclosed. According to the process an aromatic nucleus bearing an ethanol group, for example, 3,4-dimethoxyphenethyl alcohol, is condensed with an aldehyde or ketone or a protected aldehyde or ketone, for example, aminoactaldehyde diethyl acetal, in the presence of an acid catalyst to afford the polycyclic heterocycle, for example, 6,7-dimethoxy-1-isochromanmethylamine. The new heterocycles so formed are useful for preparing derivatives having antiinflammatory, antibacterial or antifungal activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: American Home Products Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dobson, Leslie G. Humber, Christopher A. Demerson, Ivo L. Jirkovsky