Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Solomon

Thomas J. Solomon 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: 10354824
    Abstract: A piezoelectronic switch device for radio frequency (RF) applications includes a piezoelectric (PE) material layer and a piezoresistive (PR) material layer separated from one another by at least one electrode, wherein an electrical resistance of the PR material layer is dependent upon an applied voltage across the PE material layer by way of an applied pressure to the PR material layer by the PE material layer; and a conductive, high yield material (C-HYM) comprising a housing that surrounds the PE material layer, the PR material layer and the at least one electrode, the C-HYM configured to mechanically transmit a displacement of the PE material layer to the PR material layer such that applied voltage across the PE material layer causes an expansion thereof and an increase the applied pressure to the PR material layer, thereby causing a decrease in the electrical resistance of the PR material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew W. Copel, Bruce G. Elmegreen, Glenn J. Martyna, Dennis M. Newns, Thomas M. Shaw, Paul M. Solomon
  • Patent number: 8882742
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Publication number: 20130012870
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: NEXUS MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Patent number: 8328769
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Publication number: 20120059312
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Patent number: 8057442
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Patent number: 7959614
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Publication number: 20100036328
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: NEXUS MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Publication number: 20090264832
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: NEXUS MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Patent number: 7601141
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Nexus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Publication number: 20040102738
    Abstract: A pressure actuated flow control valve for an infusion catheter permits gravity flow of a liquid through the catheter and into a patient while resisting back flow of blood from the patient and into the catheter. The valve has a hemispherical body with an outstanding circumferential flange and a normally closed, diametric slit. The slit is longer on the convex outer surface than on the concave inner surface. Dome thickness diminishes in the area adjacent the slit, reducing total apical deflection upon collapse of the slit toward the concave surface. An inner orthogonal rib biases the slit closed. Upon application of a predetermined pressure, the slit opens toward the concave surface to permit forward fluid flow. At lower pressures, the slit closes to check fluid flow. Greater reverse pressure is required to collapse the slit toward the concave surface to permit reverse fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: Medical Ventures, L.L.C.
    Inventors: W. Cary Dikeman, Thomas J. Solomon, Kerry L. Spiker
  • Patent number: 5533708
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medical coupling site which is adapted to be attached directly to a standard male luer lock fitting. The coupling site includes a valve element contained within a tubular housing. The housing is provided with a threaded portion for engaging the threaded locking collar of a male luer lock whereby the male luer lock will be held in positive mechanical locking engagement with the coupling site. The valve element is provided with rib members extending inwardly from an inner wall of the valve element toward a slit formed in a diaphragm such that the rib members act to bias the slit to a closed position. The housing includes a flange extending radially inwardly over the diaphragm and defining a diameter for frictionally engaging a male luer in locking engagement. In addition, an exposed surface of the diaphragm is formed with surface texturing to define a roughened surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Vernay Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon E. Atkinson, Thomas J. Solomon