Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Taylor

Thomas E. Taylor 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: 20190263573
    Abstract: A protected tumbler lid with a protective cap for use with a beverage tumbler. The protected tumbler lid includes a tumbler lid with an upper portion and a lower portion that includes a sealing gasket that can be pressed into the mouth of a tumbler to fit snugly and prevent leakage past the sealing gasket. It also includes a protective cap that covers the upper portion of the tumbler lid when the protective cap is in a closed position. A spring-biased hinge is connected to both the protective cap and to the tumbler lid. The spring-biased hinge enables pivoting of the protective cap between the closed position and an open position. The protective cap of the protected tumbler lid substantially protects the top and side of the tumbler lid from accumulating dust, grass clippings, and/or insects that ordinarily would find their way onto the top surface of the tumbler lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10156112
    Abstract: A wellhead apparatus with a removable sealing wafer is provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a wellhead housing with a pocket formed in its upper end and a wafer installed in the pocket. A flange is coupled to the exterior of the upper end of the wellhead housing, and an additional component is coupled to the wellhead housing via the flange. Further, a first seal is positioned between the wafer and a shoulder of the wellhead housing, and a second seal is positioned between the wafer and the additional component. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Craig L. Cotton, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10156122
    Abstract: A system includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. A method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180106128
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9719323
    Abstract: A system includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. A method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170183932
    Abstract: A wellhead apparatus with a removable sealing wafer is provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a wellhead housing with a pocket formed in its upper end and a wafer installed in the pocket. A flange is coupled to the exterior of the upper end of the wellhead housing, and an additional component is coupled to the wellhead housing via the flange. Further, a first seal is positioned between the wafer and a shoulder of the wellhead housing, and a second seal is positioned between the wafer and the additional component. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Craig L. Cotton, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20160273302
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9297226
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9133672
    Abstract: A system includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. A method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150027731
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8936092
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a system, having a seal assembly, including an inner energizing ring, an outer energizing ring, a load ring disposed between the inner energizing ring and the outer energizing ring, a sealing element, and a lock ring. Further other embodiments provide a method of sealing, including rotating an inner energizing ring in a direction to move the inner energizing ring in a first axial direction to seat a seal, rotating an outer energizing ring in the direction to wedgingly engage and set a lock ring in a radial direction, and rotating a load ring in the direction to move the load ring in a second axial direction to set the lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140060809
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8616289
    Abstract: A system includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. A method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8347966
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a system, having a seal assembly, including an inner energizing ring, an outer energizing ring, a load ring disposed between the inner energizing ring and the outer energizing ring, a sealing element, and a lock ring. Further other embodiments provide a method of sealing, including rotating an inner energizing ring in a direction to move the inner energizing ring in a first axial direction to seat a seal, rotating an outer energizing ring in the direction to wedgingly engage and set a lock ring in a radial direction, and rotating a load ring in the direction to move the load ring in a second axial direction to set the lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7840422
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing insurance claims include facilitating prepayment decisions, provider bill auditing, and recovery of paid claims. Prepayment decisions include, for example, determining whether to pay, deny, or defer an insurance claim submitted by an insured. Provider bill auditing may include, for example, examining bills related to an insurance claim for accuracy. Recovery of paid claims may include managing litigations and calculating fees due for recovery services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Trover Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitzi R. Hail, Berry L. Hayes, Sr., Thomas E. Taylor, William C. Moore, Bobby T. Tokuuke
  • Publication number: 20100258319
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Kirk P. Guidry, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100193195
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a system, having a seal assembly, including an inner energizing ring, an outer energizing ring, a load ring disposed between the inner energizing ring and the outer energizing ring, a sealing element, and a lock ring. Further other embodiments provide a method of sealing, including rotating an inner energizing ring in a direction to move the inner energizing ring in a first axial direction to seat a seal, rotating an outer energizing ring in the direction to wedgingly engage and set a lock ring in a radial direction, and rotating a load ring in the direction to move the load ring in a second axial direction to set the lock ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20040106347
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a flame retardant (FR) nonwoven fabric useful in household goods and particularly for mattresses. The nonwoven fabric comprises at least one of FR rayon fiber, FR acrylic fiber, FR melamine fiber, FR polyester fiber, FR polyolefin fiber, or FR resin coated fiber and optionally synthetic and/or natural fiber mechanically bound together by a needlepunch process. From this nonwoven fabric, many household goods such as drapes, curtains, rugs, bedding and particularly mattresses may be constructed. The present invention also contemplates a mattress constructed from the nonwoven fabric comprising FR rayon fiber, FR acrylic fiber, FR melamine fiber, FR polyester fiber, FR polyolefin fiber, or FR resin coated fiber. The mattress from this construction passes the California Test Bulletin 603 stringent conditions for mattresses used in residential places. Preferably the nonwoven fabric has a batt weight of at least 2.25 oz./sq. yd. and preferably between 2.25 oz./sq. yd. and 20 oz./sq.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Sheri L. McGuire, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20040102112
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nonwoven fabric which is capable of passing the California Technical Bulletin 603 testing when the nonwoven article is employed in a mattress. The nonwoven fabric/article of the present invention may be produced from a combination of low melt binders, and synthetic and/or natural fiber. The low melt binder may be bicomponent fiber, low melting fiber, or latex resin. Additionally, the nonwoven article may have one or more fibers that are coated with FR resin. The present invention relates to a nonwoven article produced from about 6 to about 25 weight % of low melt binder; synthetic fiber and/or natural fiber that is coated with an FR resin material, and optionally other non coated, non-FR natural or non-FR synthetic fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Sheri L. McGuire, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: D652102
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas E. Taylor