Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Owen

Thomas E. Owen 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: 10729910
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect, a wearable cardiac device is provided. The wearable cardiac device includes a garment worn about a torso of a patient, at least one sensing electrode to monitor cardiac activity of the patient, and a controller including a plurality of separate and distinct modules distributed about and/or integrated into the garment. The plurality of separate and distinct modules includes, for example, an operations module coupled to the at least one sensing electrode and configured to detect at least one cardiac condition of the patient and/or a communications module coupled to the operations module to communicate with an external device. In some examples, the wearable cardiac device may be configured as a treatment device and include an energy storage module coupled to at least one therapy electrode and configured to store energy for at least one therapeutic shock to be applied to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kaib, Shane S. Volpe, Gregory R. Frank, Gary A. Freeman, Mark Jerome Owens
  • Patent number: 10540651
    Abstract: A system that communicates information is described. This system includes: a network interface, a proxy device coupled to the network interface, and an interface node coupled to the proxy device and configured to couple to a channel. Note that the network interface is configured to transmit outbound messages from the system to a location and to receive inbound messages to the system from the location, and the channel is configured to convey the outbound messages and the inbound messages. Moreover, the proxy device is configured to inspect a given message inbound or outbound based on a pre-determined profile of the location and pre-defined communication rules. Then, the proxy device is configured to restrict the given message based on a result of the inspection, where the restriction occurs after the system begins a communication session with the location and is performed for the duration of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Rodney A. Robinson, Joann Ferguson, Thomas J. Holodnik, Thomas E. Dockman, Spencer W. Fong, Michael P. Owen
  • Publication number: 20130286781
    Abstract: A seismic wave source and sensing system coupled to the surface of an elastic wave propagation medium has a seismic wave source transducer having a preferred axis of vibration oriented horizontally on the surface of the elastic wave propagation medium. A seismic wave sensing transducer has a preferred axis of vibration response oriented horizontally on the surface of said elastic wave propagation medium such that said sensing transducer is capable of detecting dynamic particle motions and displacements of SH waves. An arrangement of the source and sensing transducers is provided on the surface of the elastic wave propagation medium. A recording system capable of acquiring and storing reflected SH wave signals detected by the sensing transducer, wherein the recorded signals represent reflections from contrasting physical properties within the elastic wave propagation medium to provide preferential detection of elongate subsurface targets such as utility pipes, conduits, and other similar object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 8542556
    Abstract: A vibration sensor system for contacting the surface of a solid medium for detecting horizontally polarized shear waves and compressional waves. At least two contact points interface between a vibration sensor array and the solid medium to provide uninterrupted contact with the medium during detection of dynamic motions in the medium. A single vibration sensor is mounted on at least two adjacent contact points to convert detected dynamic motions to corresponding electrical signals. The single vibration sensor mounted on the two adjacent contact points forms a sub-array. The vibration sensor system has at least two sub-arrays. A conditioning and combining member treats sensor electrical signals from at least two sub-arrays to form a composite output signal for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Publication number: 20120236687
    Abstract: A vibration sensor system for contacting the surface of a solid medium for detecting horizontally polarized shear waves and compressional waves. At least two contact points interface between a vibration sensor array and the solid medium to provide uninterrupted contact with the medium during detection of dynamic motions in the medium. A single vibration sensor is mounted on at least two adjacent contact points to convert detected dynamic motions to corresponding electrical signals. The single vibration sensor mounted on the two adjacent contact points forms a sub-array. The vibration sensor system has at least two sub-arrays. A conditioning and combining member treats sensor electrical signals from at least two sub-arrays to form a composite output signal for the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 7916578
    Abstract: A vibration source (10) includes an armature bar (12) having a major length dimension, and a driver (20A) positioned about the armature bar. The driver (20A) is movably coupled to the armature bar (12), and includes an electromagnet (40). During operation the electromagnet (40) is activated such that the driver (20A) moves with respect to the armature bar (12) and a vibratory signal is generated in the armature bar. A described method for generating a vibratory signal in an object includes positioning the vibration source (10) in an opening of the object, coupling the armature bar (12) to a surface of the object within the opening, and activating the electromagnet (40) of the driver (20A) such that the driver moves with respect to the armature bar (12) and a vibratory signal is generated in the armature bar and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: James Minto, Martin H Sorrells, Thomas E. Owen, Edgar C. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7781220
    Abstract: A method of determining the amount of nitrogen in a gas mixture. The constituent gases of the mixture are dissociated and transformed to create a substance that may measured using nondispersive infrared adsorption techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas E. Owen, Michael A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20090283355
    Abstract: A vibration source (10) includes an armature bar (12) having a major length dimension, and a driver (20A) positioned about the armature bar. The driver (20A) is movably coupled to the armature bar (12), and includes an electromagnet (40). During operation the electromagnet (40) is activated such that the driver (20A) moves with respect to the armature bar (12) and a vibratory signal is generated in the armature bar. A described method for generating a vibratory signal in an object includes positioning the vibration source (10) in an opening of the object, coupling the armature bar (12) to a surface of the object within the opening, and activating the electromagnet (40) of the driver (20A) such that the driver moves with respect to the armature bar (12) and a vibratory signal is generated in the armature bar and the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: James Minto, Martin H Sorrells, Thomas E. Owen, Edgar C. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7398160
    Abstract: A gas energy meter that acquires the data and performs the processing for an inferential determination of one or more gas properties, such as heating value, molecular weight, or density. The meter has a sensor module that acquires temperature, pressure, CO2, and speed of sound data. Data is acquired at two different states of the gas, which eliminates the need to determine the concentration of nitrogen in the gas. A processing module receives this data and uses it to perform a “two-state” inferential algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas B. Morrow, Eric Kelner, Thomas E. Owen
  • Publication number: 20070117210
    Abstract: A method of determining the amount of nitrogen in a gas mixture. The constituent gases of the mixture are dissociated and transformed to create a substance that may measured using nondispersive infrared adsorption techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas E. Owen, Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 7189574
    Abstract: A method of determining the amount of nitrogen in a gas mixture. The constituent gases of the mixture are dissociated and transformed to create a substance that may measured using nondispersive infrared adsorption techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas E. Owen, Michael A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7107851
    Abstract: A method, used in connection with a pulse-echo type sensor for determining the speed of sound in a gas, for improving the accuracy of speed of sound measurements. The sensor operates on the principle that speed of sound can be derived from the difference between the two-way travel time of signals reflected from two different target faces of the sensor. This time difference is derived by computing the cross correlation between the two reflections. The cross correlation function may be fitted to a parabola whose vertex represents the optimum time coordinate of the coherence peak, thereby providing an accurate measure of the two-way time diffference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 7010433
    Abstract: A method of indirectly measuring the diluent (nitrogen and carbon dioxide) concentrations in a natural gas mixture. The molecular weight of the gas is modeled as a function of the speed of sound in the gas, the diluent concentrations in the gas, and constant values, resulting in a model equation. A set of reference gas mixtures with known molecular weights and diluent concentrations is used to calculate the constant values. For the gas in question, if the speed of sound in the gas is measured at three states, the three resulting expressions of molecular weight can be solved for the nitrogen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the gas mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas B. Morrow, Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 6969857
    Abstract: A gas sensor, whose chamber uses filters and choppers in either a semicircular geometry or annular geometry, and incorporates separate infrared radiation filters and optical choppers. This configuration facilitates the use of a single infrared radiation source and a single detector for infrared measurements at two wavelengths, such that measurement errors may be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignees: Southwest Research Institute, Gas Research Institute
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 6946777
    Abstract: A composite piezoelectric transducer, whose piezoeletric element is a “ribbon wound” film of piezolectric material. As the film is excited, it expands and contracts, which results in expansion and contraction of the diameter of the entire ribbon winding. This is accompanied by expansion and contraction of the thickness of the ribbon winding, such that the sound radiating plate may be placed on the side of the winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignees: Southwest Research Institute, Gas Research Institute
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: 6823716
    Abstract: A sensor for measuring the speed of sound in a gas. The sensor has a helical coil, through which the gas flows before entering an inner chamber. Flow through the coil brings the gas into thermal equilibrium with the test chamber body. After the gas enters the chamber, a transducer produces an ultrasonic pulse, which is reflected from each of two faces of a target. The time difference between the two reflected signals is used to determine the speed of sound in the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Eric Kelner, Ali Minachi, Thomas E. Owen, Marion Burzynski, Jr., Steven P. Petullo
  • Publication number: 20040225455
    Abstract: A method of determining the amount of nitrogen in a gas mixture. The constituent gases of the mixture are dissociated and transformed to create a substance that may measured using nondispersive infrared adsorption techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas E. Owen, Michael A. Miller
  • Patent number: 6813960
    Abstract: A column assembly for use in conjunction with a test machine, for inducing high-cycle fatigue (at kilohertz vibration rates) in a specimen of a material under test. The column assembly has isolation masses, a specimen grip, and two actuators, the latter for imparting dynamic forces to the test specimen. The actuators are arranged on the column assembly asymmetrically relative to the test specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas E. Owen, David L. Davidson, John B. Campbell, Andrew Nagy
  • Publication number: 20040220751
    Abstract: A method of indirectly measuring the diluent (nitrogen and carbon dioxide) concentrations in a natural gas mixture. The molecular weight of the gas is modeled as a function of the speed of sound in the gas, the diluent concentrations in the gas, and constant values, resulting in a model equation. A set of reference gas mixtures with known molecular weights and diluent concentrations is used to calculate the constant values. For the gas in question, if the speed of sound in the gas is measured at three states, the three resulting expressions of molecular weight can be solved for the nitrogen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the gas mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Applicant: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Thomas B. Morrow, Thomas E. Owen
  • Patent number: D615419
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Owen