Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Miller

Thomas E. Miller 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).

  • Publication number: 20190358446
    Abstract: Tips for use on a tunneling tool provide the ability to pull an implantable medical lead extension or catheter body through a subcutaneous tunnel. The tips may include a pin with a barb, where the barb is inserted within a compliant portion of a connector body of the lead extension or a catheter body to create an interference fit that allows the connector body or catheter body to be pulled through the tunnel. The tips may include a carrier that has a cavity for the connector body, where the tunneling is performed with the carrier present on the tunneling tool. A body is positioned within the cavity of the carrier to prevent tissue from snagging on and collecting within the carrier. The body may include a tip portion that performs the tunneling function. The carrier may also provide tunneling and/or may be attached to the tunneling tool during tunneling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Scott M. Hanson, Bruce A. Behymer, Charles T. Bombeck, Douglas S. Cerny, Darrin E. Dickerson, Jeffrey R. Dixon, Phillip C. Falkner, Evan M. Gustafson, Raymond F. McMullen, Thomas I. Miller, Joseph P. Ricci, Adam J. Rivard
  • Publication number: 20190347457
    Abstract: A multi-mode ring scanner (MMRS) has a ring unit for wearing on a finger. The MMRS optionally has a wrist unit coupled to the ring unit, such as via a cable. The MMRS optionally communicates wirelessly with a computing device. The ring unit has one or more scanners (such as an optical scanner or an RFID tag reader). The ring unit optionally has two paddle switches for activation by inward pressure from fingers adjacent to the finger The two switches enable specifying operation of the MMRS in a plurality of modes and/or to communicate a plurality of information codes to the computing device. The computing device is optionally enabled to assign a function to each combination of activation of the two switches. A scanning system including the MMRS optionally provides feedback to a user based on feedback from a host processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Robert John MILLER, Allan LEAFBLAD, Thomas J. NEWMAN, Leonard OTT, John E. BRANDON, Charles E. ADER, Timothy MILLER
  • Patent number: 10457263
    Abstract: When detecting a maladjusted brake component on a commercial vehicle, wheel end temperature is determined as a function of resistance measured by a wheel speed sensor at a wheel end. The measured temperature is compared to low and high temperature thresholds defined by a thermal model, as well as to one or more other wheel speed sensor temperatures. If the measured temperature is below the low temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, the brake is determined to be under-adjusted and brake force at the under-adjusted brake is increased. If the measured temperature is above the high temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, then the brake is determined to be over-adjusted, and brake force is reduced or modulated at the over-adjusted brake to prevent overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, Jr., Joseph M. Macnamara, James E. Szudy
  • Patent number: 10413297
    Abstract: Circular and curved surgical stapling instruments are disclosed comprising circular and curved stapling configurations. A circular staple cartridge comprises a plurality of staples arranged in an inner row, an intermediate row, and an outer row. Staples in certain rows can have different unformed heights. Some arrangements include deck features that protrude from the staple cartridge deck. Various anvil arrangements are also disclosed to attain staples having different formed heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Anil K. Nalagatla, Thomas E. Adams, Christopher C. Miller
  • Patent number: 10391303
    Abstract: Tips for use on a tunneling tool provide the ability to pull an implantable medical lead extension or catheter body through a subcutaneous tunnel. The tips may include a pin with a barb, where the barb is inserted within a compliant portion of a connector body of the lead extension or a catheter body to create an interference fit that allows the connector body or catheter body to be pulled through the tunnel. The tips may include a carrier that has a cavity for the connector body, where the tunneling is performed with the carrier present on the tunneling tool. A body is positioned within the cavity of the carrier to prevent tissue from snagging on and collecting within the carrier. The body may include a tip portion that performs the tunneling function. The carrier may also provide tunneling and/or may be attached to the tunneling tool during tunneling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott M. Hanson, Bruce A. Behymer, Charles T. Bombeck, Douglas S. Cerny, Darrin E. Dickerson, Jeffrey R. Dixon, Phillip C. Falkner, Evan M. Gustafson, Raymond F. McMullen, Thomas I. Miller, Joseph P. Ricci, Adam J. Rivard, Chad C. Whiterabbit
  • Publication number: 20190248809
    Abstract: Compounds of Formula (I): pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, deuterated derivatives of any of the foregoing, and metabolites of any of the foregoing are disclosed. Pharmaceutical compositions comprising the same, methods of treating cystic fibrosis using the same, and methods for making the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Clemens, Alexander Russell Abela, Corey Don Anderson, Brett B. Busch, Weichao George Chen, Thomas Cleveland, Timothy Richard Coon, Bryan Frieman, Senait G. Ghirmai, Peter Grootenhuis, Anton V. Gulevich, Sara Sabina Hadida Ruah, Clara Kuang-Ju Hsia, Ping Kang, Haripada Khatuya, Jason McCartney, Mark Thomas Miller, Prasuna Paraselli, Fabrice Pierre, Sara E. Swift, Andreas Termin, Johnny Uy, Carl V. Vogel, Jinglan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10371792
    Abstract: A system for providing remote target identification is provided that includes a radar system and an electro-optical detector. The radar system is configured to locate a remote target. The electro-optical detector is configured to detect an optical signal transmitted from the target when the target is located. The optical signal includes identifying data for the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Command and Control Solutions LLC
    Inventors: James W. Rakeman, David E. Stephens, Thomas W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10327913
    Abstract: An interbody implant system is provided. The interbody implant system includes an implant having an engagement surface and an instrument including a first member and a second member that is movable relative to the first member. The first member is configured to capture the implant and the second member includes an interface configured to engage the engagement surface to releasably lock the implant in at least one orientation relative to the second member. The at least one of the engagement surface and the interface include at least one planar face. Methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley T. Palmatier, Keith M. Miller, Charles L. Branch, William D. Armstrong, Anthony J. Melkent, Thomas E. Drochner, Richard A. Hynes, Jonathan E. Blackwell, Kidong Yu
  • Patent number: 10324213
    Abstract: A capacitive proximity sensor may include a proximity sensing capacitor to provide a voltage output based on a voltage input, the capacitor including a ground plane and an electrode loop capacitively coupled to the ground plane. The proximity sensor may include a processor to detect an object proximity based on a change in the voltage output. This proximity sensor provides automated detection of a person, and thereby reduces the need for a vehicle occupant or child caregiver to activate a sensor by pressing a button. The use of a capacitance-based proximity sensor reduces issues associated with fabric, clothing, or other materials separating the proximity sensor from a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Marcie M. Miller, Roderick E. Kronschnabel, Matthew J. Schneider, Rene J. Sanchez, Christopher L. Ross, Ryan R. Carnaghi, Keith A. Swesey, Kevin Edwards, Steven W. Whitehorn, Cecilia Yancy, Thomas V. Moss
  • Patent number: 10230850
    Abstract: A method for scheduling a meeting using an email client that is part of an email system includes receiving a request at the email client to schedule the meeting. The request may include an indication of the resources that are to be provided by a conferencing system for the meeting. The method also includes communicating the request to a conference bridge that is part of the conferencing system and receiving from the conference bridge an access code associated with the meeting. The method also includes appending the access code to a meeting invitation associated with the meeting and providing the meeting invitation to an email server that is part of the email system. The method also includes sending the meeting invitation to users invited to participate in the meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mitel Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Miller, Dale C. Tonogai, Kishore Nadimpalli, Stephen M. Winter
  • Patent number: 10200533
    Abstract: A method for providing file-based media on hold (MOH) services in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system includes selecting an MOH file and streaming digital content of the MOH file to a communication device while a call is on hold. If the call is removed from hold and placed back on hold a second time, the digital content of the MOH file is streamed to the communication device while the call is on hold the second time. The digital content is streamed from substantially a beginning of the MOH file to a first stopping point while the call is on hold the first time, and from substantially the first stopping point to a second stopping point while the call is on hold the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitel Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Chakradhar Kondapalli, Jason Miller, Glenn Hessler, Thomas E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180167753
    Abstract: Systems and methods for audio monitoring and adaptation are provided. An example method includes monitoring an acoustic signal, representing at least one captured sound, inside at least one ear canal. The captured sound includes an audio for play back inside the ear canal. The acoustic signal can be analyzed to determine perceptual parameters including level of the acoustic signal, duration of the acoustic signal, inter-aural time difference (ITD), inter-aural level difference (ILD), seal quality, and environmental noise estimate. Based on the perceptual parameters, the played back audio is adapted to improve quality thereof. The adaptation includes regulating the volume of the acoustic signal, performing noise-dependent gain control on the acoustic signal, performing inter-aural temporal alignment and spectral equalization, and equalizing an acoustic response inside the ear canal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Yen, Thomas E. Miller
  • Patent number: 9961443
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for microphone signal fusion. An example method commences with receiving a first and second signal representing sounds captured, respectively, by external and internal microphones. The internal microphone is located inside an ear canal and sealed for isolation from outside acoustic signals. The external microphone is located outside the ear canal. The first signal comprises a voice component. The second signal comprises a voice component modified by at least human tissue. The first and second signals are processed to obtain noise estimates. The voice component of the second signal is aligned with the voice component of the first signal. The first signal and the aligned voice component of the second signal are blended, based on the noise estimates, to generate an enhanced voice signal. Prior to aligning, the voice component of the second signal may be processed to emphasize high frequency content, improving effective alignment bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Yen, Thomas E. Miller, Mushtaq Syed
  • Publication number: 20180077281
    Abstract: A method for providing file-based media on hold (MOH) services in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system includes selecting an MOH file and streaming digital content of the MOH file to a communication device while a call is on hold. If the call is removed from hold and placed back on hold a second time, the digital content of the MOH file is streamed to the communication device while the call is on hold the second time. The digital content is streamed from substantially a beginning of the MOH file to a first stopping point while the call is on hold the first time, and from substantially the first stopping point to a second stopping point while the call is on hold the second time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: ShoreTel, Inc.
    Inventors: Chakradhar Kondapalli, Jason Miller, Glenn Hessler, Thomas E. Miller
  • Patent number: 9872109
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a coil; a stationary core, wherein the coil is wound about a portion the stationary core; a first magnetic structure and a second magnetic structure, wherein the first magnetic structure and the second magnetic structure are coupled to the stationary core; a first armature having a first end of the first armature and a second end of the first armature, wherein the first end of the first armature is coupled to the stationary core and the second end of the first armature is disposed within the first magnetic structure; and a second magnetic armature having a first end of the second armature and second end of the second armature, wherein the first end of the second armature is coupled to the stationary core and the second end of the second armature is disposed within the second magnetic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Miller, Daniel Warren, Shehab Albahri
  • Patent number: 9866688
    Abstract: A method for providing file-based media on hold (MOH) services in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system includes selecting an MOH file and streaming digital content of the MOH file to a communication device while a call is on hold. If the call is removed from hold and placed back on hold a second time, the digital content of the MOH file is streamed to the communication device while the call is on hold the second time. The digital content is streamed from substantially a beginning of the MOH file to a first stopping point while the call is on hold the first time, and from substantially the first stopping point to a second stopping point while the call is on hold the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ShoreTel, Inc.
    Inventors: Chakradhar Kondapalli, Jason Miller, Glenn Hessler, Thomas E. Miller
  • Patent number: 9830930
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing ambient awareness are provided. An example method includes receiving an acoustic signal representing at least one captured ambient sound and determining that at least one triggering event has occurred based at least on the acoustic signal, a user profile, and a user context. In response to the determination, the method proceeds to modify, based on the at least one triggering event, the acoustic signal which represents the at least one captured ambient sound. The modified acoustic signal is provided to at least one ear canal of a user. In an exemplary embodiment, ambient sounds are selectively passed through automatically to a user based on certain triggering events, allowing a user to be able to hear sounds outside of headset while the user is wearing the headset. The triggering events may be selected by the user, for example, using a smartphone application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Miller, Sharon Gadonniex
  • Publication number: 20170230508
    Abstract: A system and method for managing an IP telephony network that uses a configuration map for organizing sites in a tree-like hierarchy. The system is capable of managing the addition, removal and movement of IP telephony elements within an IP telephony network and locating services and IP telephony elements within the IP telephony network in an efficient manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: ShoreTel, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Miller, Dale C. Tonogai, Kishore Nadimpalli, Stephen M. Winter
  • Publication number: 20170195811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for audio monitoring and adaptation are provided. An example method includes monitoring an acoustic signal, representing at least one captured sound, inside at least one ear canal. The captured sound includes an audio for play back inside the ear canal. The acoustic signal can be analyzed to determine perceptual parameters including level of the acoustic signal, duration of the acoustic signal, inter-aural time difference (ITD), inter-aural level difference (ILD), seal quality, and environmental noise estimate. Based on the perceptual parameters, the played back audio is adapted to improve quality thereof. The adaptation includes regulating the volume of the acoustic signal, performing noise-dependent gain control on the acoustic signal, performing inter-aural temporal alignment and spectral equalization, and equalizing an acoustic response inside the ear canal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Yen, Thomas E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20170194020
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing ambient awareness are provided. An example method includes receiving an acoustic signal representing at least one captured ambient sound and determining that at least one triggering event has occurred based at least on the acoustic signal, a user profile, and a user context. In response to the determination, the method proceeds to modify, based on the at least one triggering event, the acoustic signal which represents the at least one captured ambient sound. The modified acoustic signal is provided to at least one ear canal of a user. In an exemplary embodiment, ambient sounds are selectively passed through automatically to a user based on certain triggering events, allowing a user to be able to hear sounds outside of headset while the user is wearing the headset. The triggering events may be selected by the user, for example, using a smartphone application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas E. Miller, Sharon Gadonniex