Patents by Inventor Thomas Bauer

Thomas Bauer 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: 10799357
    Abstract: A surgical instrument implementing a leaflet grabbing mechanism by a leaflet grabbing structure, in which the leaflet can be grabbed and clamped between first and second abutment surfaces. The first, proximally facing abutment surface belongs to a swivel-out portion of the leaflet grabbing structure, which includes at least a first arm and a second arm. In a released state, when the leaflet grabbing structure is released from a catheter, the arms are capable of swiveling: the first arm may swivel with respect to a main body to which it is attached, and the second arm may swivel relative to the first arm so that in a leaflet grabbing position the first abutment surface faces proximally. The second arm includes a recess arranged so that a chord extending between a released distal implant part and a proximal implant part can extend therethrough and be released by a lateral relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: COREMEDIC AG
    Inventors: Silvio Schaffner, Tobias Aeschlimann, Oliver Wüthrich, Thomas Bauer
  • Publication number: 20200256439
    Abstract: An axle center transmission for transmitting a driving torque received from a drive device to two half shafts of an axle of a vehicle comprises a transmission gearing for transmitting a driving torque received at an input element and having at least two selectively switchable gear transmission ratios and a differential for distributing the transmitted driving torque to two output elements. The transmission gearing has a first gear that is formed as a planetary transmission and comprises a first sun gear, a first planet carrier having one or more planet gears, and a first annulus gear. The transmission gearing furthermore has a second gear that is formed as a planetary transmission and comprises a second sun gear, a second planet carrier having one or more planet gears, and a second annulus gear. The first sun gear forms said input element; the first planet carrier is stationary; and the second sun gear is couplable or coupled to the first annulus gear for a common rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas BAUER
  • Publication number: 20200247229
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module (1) for a motor vehicle includes a housing (GG), a torque converter (TC), and an electric machine with a rotor (R) and a stator (S). The rotor (R) is arranged on a rotor carrier (RT), which is fixedly connected to a hub (N). The hub (N) is rotatably supported via at least one first bearing (L1) and is supported in radial and axial directions against a bearing shield (LS). The hub (N) is rotationally fixed to a converter housing (TCH) of the torque converter (TC) via a rivet joint (RI) or a screw connection. A drive train for a motor vehicle including such a hybrid drive module (1) is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Riedisser, Robert Reiser, Gerald Viernekes, Jürgen Dacho, Thomas Bauer, Monika Rössner, Stephan Stroph, Linus Eschenbeck, Christopher Allnoch, Erwin Wack, Mario Kensy, Peter Frey, Christian Wickel, Michael Wirachowski
  • Patent number: 10733883
    Abstract: Computer-implemented predictions of upcoming traffic control signal states or state changes can be used to improve convenience, safety, and fuel economy. Such information can be used advantageously by a human operator, or by an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle control system. User (for example, driver) requests for a signal change may be implemented in traffic control systems, with all due care. User requests are validated and compared to traffic signal state change predictions. Only when appropriate conditions are met, the user request is used to generate a “synthetic call” to the applicable traffic signal controller (TSC). The new synthetic call substitutes for the usual call signal which arises from a fixed physical hardware detection system such as an inductive loop in the pavement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Bauer, Jingtao Ma, Jack A. Pribble
  • Publication number: 20200193819
    Abstract: At a roadway intersection controlled by an electronic traffic signal controller system, a potentially dangerous “dilemma zone” problem arises where a driver must quickly decide whether to stop or continue through the intersection. The problem is mitigated by leveraging data provided by an approaching vehicle itself as the source of detection. Based on the vehicle data itself, an “artificial detection” message is sent to the traffic signal controller to attempt to extend the green time, and thus permit a subject vehicle to safely pass through the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jingtao MA, Thomas BAUER
  • Patent number: 10680580
    Abstract: A filter arrangement with a large bandwidth is specified, wherein a first and a second filter are connected in parallel between a first and a second node. Both filters are configured as DMS filters and both comprise two DMS tracks each, connected in series. The two filters have different center frequencies and create a common passband together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SnapTrack, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dengler, Thomas Bauer
  • Publication number: 20200126406
    Abstract: Methods and systems to improve the accuracy of traffic signal state change predictions are disclosed. Predictions can be broadcast to vehicle drivers or autonomous systems to improve safety, fuel efficiency and reduce delays. Predictions for fixed-time signals are generated based on their scheduled timing plan and the current clock/time, but these predictions are subject variations, for example, due to traffic signal controller clock drift. Real-time actual, not predicted, data is collected and utilized to correct for these variations. Further, real-time probe data is collected and used to validate correctness of the generated predictions in real time. In one embodiment, GPS data from travelers' devices is utilized to assess validity of the generated predictions, looking particularly at signal stop line crossings relative to predicted green time window. If crossings observed in real time contradict the predicted signal state, the data service providing predictions to users may be suspended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jingtao MA, Thomas BAUER, Kyle Zachary HATCHER, Alex Thomas MARINEAU
  • Patent number: 10559201
    Abstract: A fleet of vehicles (“connected vehicles”) are equipped to wirelessly transmit data in real time, the data including at least an identifier of the vehicle, a GPS location, and a timestamp. Preferably, messages may be sent from the vehicles approximately once per second. This “probe data” from operating vehicles is analyzed to assemble vehicle operation data over a collection period of say, a few weeks. The data is analyzed for a specific signalized intersection. In an embodiment, a preferred process is to leverage the connected vehicle probe data to figure out the traffic volume for a target time period and location, and then optimize the corresponding timing plan for that time period for the subject signal/lane/phase. Target time periods may be on the order of 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour, although the exact time period is not critical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Bauer, Jingtao Ma
  • Publication number: 20190376192
    Abstract: The present application refers to a method for the reduction of the corrosiveness of a heat storage or heat transfer fluid material for the high-temperature range and a device for said method. The respective heat storage or heat transfer fluid material obtained by the method may be used in solar thermal power plants, conventional fossil power plants with higher flexibility, pumped thermal energy storage, combined heat and power plants, intermediate storage of high-temperature process heat, or in sensible heat storage with molten salts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Wenjin DING, Thomas BAUER, Judith Cecilia VIDAL
  • Publication number: 20190365979
    Abstract: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) systems, devices and methods wherein a portable ECLS device is used to deliver cardiovascular support to a humans or animal patient (or harvested organ(s)) during pre-hospital or inter-hospital transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Bonczar, Thomas Bauer, Jeremy Thomas Dabrowiak, Werner Hestner
  • Patent number: 10458948
    Abstract: A magneto-mechanical sensor can be use for paramagnetic gas analysis, in which a test piece has a conductor loop is rotatably held by at least one suspension wire. In order to be able to produce the conductor loop, which is to be electrically connected to the at least one suspension wire, with little manual effort and use a small-sized, light-weight sensor, portions of the conductor loop are applied to the surface of the test piece using a metallization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Thomas Bauer, Anton Hardock, Eginhard Mueller, Sebastian Maurer, Francis Rat, Nico Marquart
  • Patent number: 10458184
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ground processing tool and a method for creating a borehole in the ground, wherein ground material is removed by the ground processing tool and blended with a fluid in the created borehole to form a suspension, which is suctioned away via at least one opening in the at least one mixing blade and via the conducting channel in the central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Michael Finkenzeller, Juergen Klippenstein, Manfred Schweiger, Thomas Bauer
  • Patent number: 10393223
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement is provided with a vibration reduction device and with a clutch device. The vibration reduction device has at least one torsional vibration damper, an input connected to a drive, and an output connected to the clutch device by which a connection between the vibration reduction device and a driven end is at least substantially produced in a first operating state, and this connection is at least substantially cancelled in a second operating state. The vibration reduction device has a mass damper system that cooperates with the torsional vibration damper and is connected to the output of the vibration reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Martin Hertel, Christian Weber, Joerg Sudau, Thomas Bauer, Michael Winterstein, Michael Wirachowski, Axel Rohm, Oliver Andres, Christian Wickel, Florian Postler, Matthias Kram, Nathalie Werner
  • Patent number: 10353265
    Abstract: This invention relates to electrophoretic fluids, the use of these fluids for the preparation of an electrophoretic display device, and electrophoretic displays comprising such fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Greinert, Thomas Bauer, Matthias Koch, Wolfgang Hechler
  • Publication number: 20190175346
    Abstract: An instrument for repairing an atrioventricular heart valve, the instrument including a tubular element having an outer, distal end; a distal implant part arranged in the tubular element; an artificial chord arranged in the tubular element; a proximal implant part arranged in the tubular element; and, an anchor carrier arranged in the tubular element. The distal implant part and the proximal implant part are arranged in the tubular element beside one another, with the distal implant part being closer to the distal end of the tubular element than the proximal implant part The proximal implant part is assembled with the anchor carrier inside the tubular element so that the tubular element prevents the proximal implant part from escaping from the anchor carrier as long as the anchor carrier is within the tubular element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Silvio Schaffner, Tobias Aeschlimann, Oliver Wüthrich, Thomas Bauer
  • Publication number: 20190175345
    Abstract: A sutureless implant for replacing damaged natural chordae tedingeae of a human or possibly animal heart, the implant including a distal implant part, a proximal implant part, and an artificial chord. The distal implant part is configured to fit in a lumen of an implant delivery device and includes a self-spreading portion spreading radially outside when the distal implant part is released from the lumen, the self-spreading portion being capable of anchoring the distal implant part in human muscle tissue. The proximal implant part is configured to fit in the lumen of the implant delivery device and comprises a self-spreading portion spreading radially outside when the proximal implant part is released from the lumen, the self-spreading portion being capable of bearing on a tissue portion of leaflet tissue. The distal implant part and the proximal implant part are connected by the chord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Silvio Schaffner, Tobias Aeschlimann, Oliver Wüthrich, Thomas Bauer
  • Patent number: 10308744
    Abstract: This invention relates to polymer particles, a process for their preparation, electrophoretic fluids comprising such particles, and electrophoretic display devices comprising such fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Merck Patent GmbH, The Queen's University of Belfast
    Inventors: Louise D. Farrand, Nils Greinert, Jonathan H. Wilson, Thomas Bauer, Claire Topping, Sarah Norman
  • Patent number: 10308280
    Abstract: Hydraulic steering (1) is disclosed comprising a high pressure port (P), a low pressure port (T), two working ports (CL, CR), a manual steering section (3), and a steering valve section having a steering valve 5 and a hydraulic driving arrangement (6) adjusting hydraulically a position of said steering valve. A change from automatic steering to manual steering should be reliably ensured when the manual steering section is directly influenced by a driver. To this end, a switching valve (11) is provided, which is actuatable between a first position in which said driving arrangement (6) is supplied with hydraulic fluid under pressure, and a second position in which a supply of hydraulic fluid to said driving arrangement (6) is interrupted, wherein said switching valve (11) is hydraulically actuated into said second position by a pressure generated upon actuating of said manual steering section (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Danfoss Power Solutions ApS
    Inventors: Morten Hoeck Petersen, Thomas Træger Hansen, Thomas Bauer, Niels Bjarne Hansen, Jeroen Hinse
  • Patent number: 10300765
    Abstract: A heat exchanger arrangement (10), especially for a fuel-operated vehicle heater, includes an outer pot-shaped housing (12) having an outer bottom wall (16) and an outer circumferential wall (18) extending along a longitudinal axis (L). An inner pot shaped housing (14) has an inner bottom wall (20) and an inner circumferential wall (22) extending along the longitudinal axis (L). A flow space (24) for fluid whose temperature is to be regulated is formed between the inner housing (16) and the outer housing (12). At least one liquid uptake volume (46, 48) for taking up liquid condensed in the inner housing (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Eberspächer Climate Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Haefner, Andreas Alber, Thomas Bauer
  • Patent number: 10293093
    Abstract: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) systems, devices and methods wherein a portable ECLS device is used to deliver cardiovascular support to a humans or animal patient (or harvested organ(s)) during pre-hospital or inter-hospital transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Bonczar, Thomas Bauer, Jeremy Thomas Dabrowiak, Werner Hestner