Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Gates

Thomas A. Gates 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: 10683954
    Abstract: An exemplary bulkhead connector assembly may include a housing that has an inner diameter surface, a first opening and a second opening. The assembly may further have a retainer attached to the housing and one or more feet extending radially inward from the inner diameter surface of the housing. The assembly can also include a collar that has a portion received within the first opening or the second opening. The collar may have an outer surface that cooperates with the feet of the retainer to hold a conduit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: William T. Flynn, Daniel Gates, Thomas A. Parrish
  • Publication number: 20200088517
    Abstract: Calibrating an unstable sensor of a mobile device. Systems and methods for calibrating a sensor of a mobile device determine a first estimated position of the mobile device without using any measurement from the sensor of the mobile device, generate a second estimated position of the mobile device using a measurement from the sensor, estimate a sensor error of the sensor using the first estimated position and the second estimated position, and use the sensor error to determine a calibration value for adjusting one or more measurements from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: MICHAEL DORMODY, GANESH PATTABIRAMAN, ABIJITH KUMAR, THOMAS WOLF, GARY PARSONS, CHRISTIAN GATES, DEEPAK JOSEPH, BADRINATH NAGARAJAN
  • Patent number: 10514258
    Abstract: Calibrating an unstable sensor of a mobile device. Systems and methods for calibrating a sensor of a mobile device determine a first estimated position of the mobile device without using any measurement from the sensor of the mobile device, generate a second estimated position of the mobile device using a measurement from the sensor, estimate a sensor error of the sensor using the first estimated position and the second estimated position, and use the sensor error to determine a calibration value for adjusting one or more measurements from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Dormody, Ganesh Pattabiraman, Abijith Kumar, Thomas Wolf, Gary Parsons, Christian Gates, Deepak Joseph, Badrinath Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10458035
    Abstract: A method for anodizing a bonded assembly may include attaching a first electrode to a first component of the bonded assembly, and forming a first oxide layer on the first component. The bonded assembly may comprise the first component and a second component bonded to the first component. The second component may be electrically isolated from the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Harner, John D. Riehl, William Bogue, Gary A. Wigell, Brandon A. Gates, Michael A. Morden, Thomas M. Morin
  • Patent number: 10359140
    Abstract: An exemplary bulkhead (104A) connector assembly (100) includes a housing (106) having a first opening (138) and a second opening (130). The assembly (100) may further include a collar (108) that has a portion received within one of the first and second openings. The collar (108) may be rotatable to a latched position to hold a conduit (104B) within the housing (106). Further, the assembly (100) may have a detent (118) holding the collar (108) in the latched position when the detent (118) is moved to a locked position. The detent (118) in the locked position may have an indicator surface (112) providing tactile feedback indicative of the detent (118) holding the collar (108) in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: William T. Flynn, Daniel Gates, Thomas A. Parrish
  • Publication number: 20190145877
    Abstract: A helmet testing apparatus includes a sensor configured to be selectively positionable within an interior head cavity of a helmet to acquire compliance data regarding a liner of the helmet and a processing circuit configured to determine a rating for the helmet based on the compliance data and predetermined compliance parameters for the helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Geoffrey F. Deane, William D. Duncan, Philip A. Eckhoff, Bran Ferren, William Gates, W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K.Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, John Latham, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas A. Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Patent number: 7879283
    Abstract: A sizer assembly for providing a shaped polymeric article in an extrusion process includes a sizer body having a product profile channel corresponding to the shaped polymeric article formed therethrough. The sizer body includes a plurality of cooling liquid inlet slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel and a plurality of vacuum slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel for removing cooling liquid expelled from said cooling liquid inlet slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hartley, Robert C. McEldowney, Thomas G. Gilbert, Thomas A. Gates
  • Publication number: 20090315207
    Abstract: A sizer assembly for providing a shaped polymeric article in an extrusion process includes a sizer body having a product profile channel corresponding to the shaped polymeric article formed therethrough. The sizer body includes a plurality of cooling liquid inlet slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel and a plurality of vacuum slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel for removing cooling liquid expelled from said cooling liquid inlet slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hartley, Robert C. McEldowney, Thomas G. Gilbert, Thomas A. Gates
  • Patent number: 7246936
    Abstract: The present invention includes a screw tip for an extruder screw for effecting mixing in an extruder. The screw tip has a shaft portion and at least one mixing element ring connected to the shaft portion, or a mixing element having an aperture therethrough, or both. The mixing element may have two legs connected by a top portion with the aperture between the two legs to allow flow of extrudate therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Certainteed Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gates, James N. Valentine, David H. Steele, Steven H. Bowens, Donn L. Briskie
  • Patent number: 7224365
    Abstract: System and method for transferring thematic information over the Internet in which graphical representations for different themes are created in a vector format, the vector graphics are imported into the frames of an animation movie, the frames of the movie are downloaded from the server to the client, and the frames are selectively overlaid to display different themes. The movie comprises a menu and a plurality of overlays that can be accessed by selecting topics on the menu. The menu file is downloaded first, and then data files for the overlays are downloaded in sequence. If the client selects a topic before the data file associated with it has been downloaded, the download is interrupted, and the data file for the selected topic is downloaded immediately. The amount of data that must be downloaded for thematic maps is minimized by downloading the outline of the region as a separate frame or overlay, and using that overlay with the overlays for a number of different themes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Totally Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Howard Seideman, Geoffrey Thomas Gates, Jon Floyd Eberly, Thomas Philip Zito
  • Publication number: 20060082011
    Abstract: A sizer assembly for providing a shaped polymeric article in an extrusion process comprises a sizer body having a product profile channel corresponding to the shaped polymeric article formed therethrough. The sizer body comprises a plurality of cooling liquid inlet slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel and a plurality of vacuum slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel for removing cooling liquid expelled from said cooling liquid inlet slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Hartley, Robert McEldowney, Thomas Gilbert, Thomas Gates
  • Patent number: 7001165
    Abstract: A sizer assembly for providing a shaped polymeric article in an extrusion process comprises a sizer body having a product profile channel corresponding to the shaped polymeric article formed therethrough. The sizer body comprises a plurality of cooling liquid inlet slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel and a plurality of vacuum slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel for removing cooling liquid expelled from said cooling liquid inlet slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hartley, Robert C. McEldowney, Thomas G. Gilbert, Thomas A. Gates
  • Publication number: 20050270894
    Abstract: The present invention includes a screw tip for an extruder screw for effecting mixing in an extruder. The screw tip has a shaft portion and at least one mixing element ring connected to the shaft portion, or a mixing element having an aperture therethrough, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Gates, James Valentine, David Steele, Steven Bowens, Donn Briskie
  • Patent number: 6958128
    Abstract: The present invention includes a screw tip for an extruder screw for effecting mixing in an extruder. The screw tip has a substantially conical outside surface and at least one discontinuous fin. The at least one fin protrudes from the outside surface of the screw tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gates, James N. Valentine, David H. Steele, Steven H. Bowens
  • Publication number: 20050111294
    Abstract: The present invention includes a screw tip for an extruder screw for effecting mixing in an extruder. The screw tip has a substantially conical outside surface and at least one discontinuous fin. The at least one fin protrudes from the outside surface of the screw tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Gates, James Valentine, David Steele, Steven Bowens
  • Publication number: 20040217509
    Abstract: A sizer assembly for providing a shaped polymeric article in an extrusion process comprises a sizer body having a product profile channel corresponding to the shaped polymeric article formed therethrough. The sizer body comprises a plurality of cooling liquid inlet slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel and a plurality of vacuum slots forming an opening substantially around the product profile channel for removing cooling liquid expelled from said cooling liquid inlet slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hartley, Robert C. McEldowney, Thomas G. Gilbert, Thomas A. Gates
  • Patent number: 5149301
    Abstract: A ventilator for straddling an aperture in a roof of a building, the ventilator comprising at least one rectangular cover panel having an interior surface and an exterior surface. A plurality of longitudinally spaced interior walls are provided for supporting the panel over the aperture, with each wall having a portion extending beyond the edge of the panel. A longitudinally extending baffle wall is spaced outwardly from the panel edge and is supported in an upward direction by the lateral portions of the interior walls. A plurality of openings are provided in the baffle wall for draining water from the ventilator, and an upstanding baffle is spaced inwardly of and in line with each opening to deflect any wind-driven rain or snow entering through the opening from entering into the roof aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventor: Thomas A. Gates
  • Patent number: 4768788
    Abstract: In a sailing game, a number of movable land masses each having a habor therein for placement upon a game board. At least two types of sailing vessels, each having different navigational abilities when moving over the game board. Wind speed and direction indicators for determining the possible movements of the vessels during each turn, wherein all vessels on the game board, and not within a harbor, must be subject to the indicators. Facility and buoy cards acquired by each player allow the player to alter the effects of the wind speed and direction indicators upon his vessel. The winner being the first individual to navigate his vessel from the home harbor to all of the other harbors and return back to the home harbor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gates, Kevin S. Young
  • Patent number: D361138
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Sylvia S. Moore, Daniel W. King, Thomas A. Gates