Patents by Inventor Thomas Hofmann

Thomas Hofmann 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: 11447583
    Abstract: The invention is generally related to a process for producing a relatively high molecular weight poly(methacrylic acid) (“PMAA”) in a water-based system. The process of the invention comprises polymerization of from about 1% to about 20% by weight of methacrylic acid in water or a water-based system in the presence of thiol compound and an azo radical initiator under controlled reaction and process conditions. A process of the invention can be easily scaled up into the pilot scale for producing large quantities of high molecular weight PMAAs. The invention is also related to high molecular weight poly(methacrylic acid)s obtained according to a process of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Wittmar, Thomas Schmidt, Justyna Justynska-Reimann, Claudio Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20220285108
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an operating member including: a support; an actuating part, which defines an actuating surface is mounted on the support by a mount to be movable relative to the support, by manual actuation against a resetting force, while carrying out an actuating movement from a rest position into a depressed position; a detector having at least one force sensor, wherein the detector is adapted to detect at least one position of the actuating part; wherein the mount includes a guidance mechanism having at least one pair of coupled levers, wherein the levers are each pivotably mounted on the support by a first pivot joint and on the actuating part—by a second pivot joint to cause a pivoting movement of the at least one pair of coupled levers by the actuating movement, wherein the guidance mechanism further includes at least one coupling rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: Preh GmbH
    Inventors: Arthur Klossek, Thomas Ofenhitzer, Thilo Schultheis, Andreas Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20220265647
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions for inhalation comprising a therapeutically effective dose of clofazimine wherein the clofazimine is provided in the form of a suspension, and processes for their preparation. Furthermore, the present invention provides pharmaceutical combinations comprising clofazimine in the form of an aerosol for pulmonary inhalation. The combinations and compositions provided by the present invention may be used in the treatment and/or prophylaxis of pulmonary infections caused by mycobacteria and other gram-positive bacteria, and of pulmonary fungal infections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Stefan Ufer, Kevin Stapleton
  • Publication number: 20220269088
    Abstract: An optical system for a virtual retinal scan display. The optical system includes an image source which supplies image data, an image processing device for the image data, a projector unit having a light source modulatable in time for generating a light beam, and an actuable refraction device for the light beam for the scanning projection of the image content, a deflection unit onto which the image content is able to be projected and which is designed to guide the projected image content onto an eye of a user, and an adaptive optical element for modifying a beam divergence, which is situated in the optical path between the light source and the deflection unit. The adaptive optical element is able to be actuated so that the beam divergence of the light beam is variable as a function of the angle of incidence of the light beam on the deflection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Andrea Marchini, Andreas Petersen, Christian Nitschke, Eva Lea Elisabeth Empting, Gael Pilard, Hendrik Specht, Joerg Carls, Johannes Hofmann, Maximilian Busch, Sebastian Reiss, Simon Pick, Tadiyos Alemayehu, Thomas Kuenstle
  • Publication number: 20220255488
    Abstract: A control device (8) for an inverter (2) that feeds an electric machine (3), wherein the control device (8) is configured to provide pulse-width-modulated switching signals (15) at a carrier frequency to drive switching elements (12) of the inverter (2), wherein the control device (8) is configured to ascertain the carrier frequency within at least one operating range (22, 23) depending on a piece of operating point information that describes an operating point defined by a rotation speed and a torque of the electric machine (3) in such a way that the carrier frequency is reduced within the at least one operating range (22, 23) compared to a maximum carrier frequency operating point at which a maximum carrier frequency is specified in the operating range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: Valeo Siemens eAutomotive Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Panagiotis Mantzanas, Daniel Kübrich, Thomas Dürbaum, Alexander Bucher, Alexander Pawellek, Christian Hasenohr, Harald Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20220244995
    Abstract: A safety device is provided for monitoring at least one machine that has at least one sensor for generating sensor data on the machine and a processing unit for the sensor data that is connected at least indirectly to the sensor and to the machine and that is configured as a runtime environment having at least one computing node and to allow at least one logic unit to run on the computing node, wherein at least one logic unit comprises a safety functional unit for a safety relevant evaluation of the sensor data to output in the case of a safety relevant event a safety signal to the machine for triggering a safety response, In this respect, the processing unit is furthermore configured to generate and resolve logic units and/or to assign them to a computing node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Christoph HOFMANN, Thomas NEUMANN, Sanketh RAMACHANDRA
  • Publication number: 20220247096
    Abstract: A grounding clamp for connecting a cable to an electrical ground includes first and second clamping elements, which tightly abut against one another in an assembled state so that the cable is clampable therebetween. A contact is arranged on the first clamping element to contact a conductive section of the cable in the assembled state. An opening extending through the clamping elements is configured such that a fastener is guidable therethrough and the grounding clamp is connectable to the ground using the fastener. Mutually complementary first and second locking means are also provided. The first locking means are arranged on two opposite sides of the first clamping element and the second locking means are arranged on two opposite sides of the second clamping element. In the assembled state, the locking means are engaged with one another and are arranged on both sides along the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Robert Kefer
  • Publication number: 20220227053
    Abstract: A powder removal assembly includes a build module comprising module sidewalls and a moveable build plate slidably coupled to the module sidewalls, and an extraction housing removably engaged with the module sidewalls of the build module and defining a turbulence chamber between the build module and the extraction housing. The extraction housing includes one or more sidewalls comprising one or more sidewall fluid flow channels extending through the one or more sidewalls and a top wall coupled to the one or more sidewalls, wherein the one or more sidewall fluid flow channels extend from a position proximate a base of the one or more sidewalls to the top wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stefaan Van Nieuwenhove, Sultan Shair, Thomas Kluge, Alexander Hofmann, Rene Hertha, Alex W. Ariapad, Hojjat Nasr, Johannes Hornof, Nikolaus Mroncz
  • Publication number: 20220186021
    Abstract: Described are polymer compositions that include a blend of recycled poly(ethylene terephthalate) (rPET) and a copolyester based on monomers that include on terephthalic acid (TPA), ethylene glycol (EG) and 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol (TMCD), wherein the blend has improved engineering properties compared to the rPET material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Katherine Augusta Hofmann, John Thomas Hofmann, Douglas Weldon Carico
  • Publication number: 20220123502
    Abstract: A plug connector assembly for a cable includes a plug-in unit, a mating plug-in unit and a securing unit with a base part. A housing of the plug-in unit has a latching element having a free end with a latch that can be latched to a latching seat. In a released position of the securing unit, the base part abuts a bar of the plug-in unit so that movement into a locked position is blocked. The mating plug-in unit has a deflection element that deflects the base part and positions a groove in alignment with the bar, so that the bar is insertable into the groove, and the securing unit is movable into the locked position in which a locking element blocks a movement of the free end, and prevents the latch from leaving the latching seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas HOFMANN
  • Publication number: 20220023282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions for inhalation comprising a therapeutically effective dose of bedaquiline wherein the bedaquiline is provided in the form of a suspension, or in which the bedaquiline is provided in the form of a dry powder, and processes for their preparation. Furthermore, the present invention provides pharmaceutical combinations comprising bedaquiline in the form of an aerosol for pulmonary inhalation. The combinations and compositions provided by the present invention may be used in the treatment and/or prophylaxis of pulmonary infections caused by mycobacteria and other gram-positive bacteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Stefan Ufer, Kevin Stapleton
  • Patent number: 11212907
    Abstract: A circuit board assembly has a circuit board and an electrical component embedded in a cured plastic layer, as well as a heat sink for cooling the component. The component is placed with a first side on a surface of the circuit board facing the heat sink and in electrical contact with the circuit board, and is located in a window in the cured plastic layer. Moreover, the component is materially bonded to a surface of the heat sink facing the circuit board at a second side lying opposite the first side, in particular through soldering or sintering. The plastic layer is injected and cured between the surface of the circuit board and the surface of the heat sink. In the production process, the material is melted by the heat at the same time as the injection, such that the component is materially bonded to the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Manuel Schwab, Michael Kohr, Michael Bergier, Thomas Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20210337850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound of formula (Ii); to a mixture comprising an amount from 86% to 99% by weight measured by quantitative proton-NMR of a compound of formula (IA), (IB), (IC), (ID), (IE), (IF), (IG), (IH) and (IJ); and an edible composition and an edible article comprising them. The invention also relates to processes for their preparation and their use as a savoury and mouthfulness taste enhancer; particularly kokumi and/or umami taste enhancer. Formulae (I?) (IA), (IB), (IC), (ID), (IE), (IF), (IG), (IH), (IJ).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: José SOLÁ PARERA, Montserrat ARGELAGUÉS FEU, Thomas HOFMANN, Oliver FRANK, Laura BREHM
  • Publication number: 20210328391
    Abstract: A connector assembly for connecting a first electrical component to a second electrical component includes a circuit board which is electrically conductively connectable to the first electrical component. A plug unit is electrically conductively couplable, at a plug end, to a mating plug unit and is disposed on a first side of the circuit board. A light source is disposed on a second side of the circuit board opposite the first side. A light guide has an in-coupling region and an out-coupling region, and a through-hole in which the plug end of the plug unit is at least partially disposed. The light guide also has a light injection opening in which the light source is at least partially disposed. The in-coupling region is disposed on a side wall of the light injection opening, and the out-coupling region surrounds the through-hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Thomas Halbig, Daniel Bock, Hermann Kefer
  • Patent number: 11089802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing compositions with enhanced color properties and to compositions obtainable by such a method, especially cocoa-based compositions with enhanced color properties. The method comprises the steps of providing an initial composition comprising a polyphenol, adding an aqueous base to the initial composition to produce an aqueous mixture, heating the aqueous mixture to a temperature of 50 to 100° C. during a time period of 120 to 300 minutes, cooling the aqueous mixture, and optionally adjusting the pH of the aqueous mixture to between 6 and 9. The method further comprises oxygenising the aqueous base and/or the aqueous mixture, wherein the produced food product comprises chromophores having an absorption maximum between 505 to 515 nm and/or 428 to 438 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Germann, Brian Guthrie, Thomas Hofmann, Timo Stark
  • Publication number: 20210247400
    Abstract: Presented herein, in part, are novel small compounds and uses thereof to analyze expression of LipoOligosaccharid-Specific Reduced Elicitation (LORE) polypeptides in plants and/or methods of inducing pattern-trigger immunity (PTI) in plants. Also presented herein are screening methods for identifying functional variants of LORE capable of activating pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) in a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Stefanie RANF-ZIPPROTH, Ralph HÜCKELHOVEN, Milena SCHAFFER, Alexander KUTSCHERA, Lars RAASCH, Corinna DAWID, Thomas HOFMANN
  • Publication number: 20210085278
    Abstract: A computed tomography device includes a holding frame and a ring mount, being movably mounted to the holding frame. The ring mount includes an x-ray detector, with a semiconductor material, operable in an equilibrium of statistical states of occupation. In an embodiment, the computed tomography device includes a first power supply, set up to supply power, in an operating state of the computed tomography device, to a first lot of components of the computed tomography device, the first lot of components being arranged on the ring mount for an image generation process; and a second power supply, separable from the first power supply in terms of circuitry, to supply power to a second lot of components of the computed tomography device in a resting state of the computed tomography device, the components of the second lot being set up to hold the semiconductor material in the equilibrium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Shameem Kabir CHAUDHURY, Thomas HILDERSCHEID, Thomas HOFMANN, Bjoern KREISLER, Christian SCHROETER, Stefan WOELFEL
  • Patent number: 10912818
    Abstract: The invention relates to acetylcholine-producing microorganisms for use in the prevention and/or treatment of intestinal diseases, and/or reduction of risks of intestinal diseases, and/or improvement of intestinal health as well as promoting healthy gut flora. The acetylcholine-producing microorganisms may be provided as a pharmaceutical dosage form or as additive to functional food or food supplemental products. Also encompassed is a method for the production of acetylcholine by use of Lactobacilli. Further the invention refers to microbially produced acetylcholine for use in the treatment and/or prevention of intestinal diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ludwig Stocker Hofpfisterei GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Mayer, Dirk Haller, Anna Zhenchuk, Thomas Hofmann, Andreas Dunkel, Michael Schemann, Dagmar Krüger
  • Publication number: 20210000152
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to peptides and flavor compositions that include at least one, two, three, four, five or more peptide compounds, and screening methods for identifying the same. The flavor compositions can be used to enhance or modify the taste and/or flavor of various edible compositions such as human food products and pet food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Mathias Salger, Timo Stark
  • Patent number: D914607
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Neutrik AG
    Inventor: Thomas Hofmann