Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Wells

Thomas J. Wells 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: 20200375456
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 10722118
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Publication number: 20200008674
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 10415825
    Abstract: Energy is generated from cellulosic biofuel waste streams, specifically a lignin filter cake and a waste syrup, by combusting these waste products in a fluidized bed combustor under specified conditions. The heat and steam generated can be used to generate electricity and/or in cellulosic biofuel production processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: James F DeSellem, Thomas J Flynn, Karl M Heil, Eric L Wells
  • Patent number: 10383518
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 10353467
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for providing haptic output and audio output on computing devices using the same haptic device and methods for calibrating the same. To produce the haptic and audio output, the computing device receives a profile of a desired output waveform that is to be provided by the haptic device. Using the desired output waveform, an input waveform is generated. Once the input waveform that will produce the desired output waveform is generated, the input waveform may be calibrated to account for various structural components of the haptic device and may also be combined with an audio waveform. The input waveform is then provided to the haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peteris K. Augenbergs, Marc J. Piche, Vinay Chawda, Nicole M. Wells, Scott J. McEuen, Curtis P. Wiederhold, Jonah A. Harley, Wayne C. Westerman, Jeffrey T. Bernstein, Brett W. Degner, Paul Briant, Thomas Wedlick
  • Publication number: 20180255941
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for adjusting the firmness of a mattress are described herein. Inflation elements having fingers may be coupled with a spring layer or foam layer of a mattress to provide for inflating or deflating the fingers. Increasing the fluid pressure inside the fingers increases the force required to compress the spring layer or foam layer, ultimately resulting in increasing the firmness of the mattress. Conversely, decreasing the fluid pressure inside the fingers decreases the firmness of the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Longman, Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20180255937
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for adjusting the firmness of a spring mattress are described herein. Inflation elements having fingers may be coupled with a spring layer of a mattress to provide for inflating or deflating the fingers in the interstitial spaces defined by a group of springs of the mattress. Increasing the fluid pressure inside the fingers increases the lateral pressure on the springs. The increase in lateral pressure in turn increases the force required to compress the springs, ultimately resulting in increasing the firmness of the mattress. Conversely, decreasing the fluid pressure inside the fingers decreases the lateral pressure on the springs, which decreases the firmness of the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Longman, Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 7454810
    Abstract: A divided mattress is disclosed having multiple sections separated by an expansible divider such that movement atop one section of the mattress is isolated and not felt from the adjacent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20070289069
    Abstract: A divided mattress is disclosed having multiple sections separated by an expansible divider such that movement atop one section of the mattress is isolated and not felt from the adjacent section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 7117655
    Abstract: A method of applying at least one web of insulator material to a plurality of spring assemblies is provided. Each web of insulator material is unwound from a roll, passed along a roller and applied to multiple spring assemblies which are passed between rollers. Each web of insulator material is folded around outermost coil springs along longitudinal edges of the spring assemblies. Side portions of each web of insulator material are glued, welded or otherwise permanently secured to a middle portion of the web of insulator material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 7017854
    Abstract: A roll (54) of compressed materials (14) is provided which has a sleeve (50) formed around a rotatable mandrel (12). The sleeve (50) about which the materials (14) are rolled prevents the roll (54) from radially collapsing. The roll (54) may be removed from the mandrel (12) without tearing or telescoping of the material. In one embodiment the sleeve (50) is corrugated material (38). The corrugated material (38) is around the rotatable mandrel (12) prior to the compressible material (14) being wrapped around the sleeve (50). In another embodiment, the sleeve (58) comprises roll-packing material (32) laminated prior to being wound upon the mandrel (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Josip Gecic, Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 6834477
    Abstract: A string (12) of pocketed coil springs (14) is formed by inserting compressed springs between upper and lower plies of a folded, preferably thermally weldable fabric (16). The springs are maintaned in a compressed configuration while a longitudinal seam (54) joins the free edges of the thermally welded fabric (16) together. Subsequently, the compressed springs (14) are allowed to relax into an expanded configuration after which a transverse seam (80) is formed in the fabric (16) between the adjacent springs (14) thereby encapsulating each spring (14) within a fabric pocket (86). The string (12) of pocketed coil springs (14) is advantageously formed without the need for reorienting the springs (14) after being inserted between the plies (24,26) of the fabric (16) and thereby avoiding the disadvantages and complications associated with turning or reorienting the pocketed coil spring (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Spuhl AG
    Inventors: Ugo De Santis, Roland Graf, Thomas J. Wells, Niels S. Mossbeck
  • Patent number: 6829798
    Abstract: A bedding or seating product comprises a pocketed spring assembly having a plurality of parallel strings of springs joined to each other. Each of said strings of springs comprises a row of interconnected pockets, each of the pockets containing at least one spring encased in a fabric pocket and with more than one line of attachment between at least selected adjacent pockets. At least one spacer strip or at least one scrim sheet extends between the interconnected pockets of at least one string of springs and is secured thereto to provide stability in the pocketed spring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 6813791
    Abstract: A bedding or seating product comprising a pocketed spring assembly made up of a plurality of parallel strings of springs joined to each other. Each of the strings of springs comprises a plurality of interconnected pocketed coil springs. The product has multiple sections of differing firmness attributable in part to differing heights of the pockets of the strings of springs. Filler is placed above the lower sections of the pocketed spring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Patent number: 6810643
    Abstract: A method of roll packing a variety of compressible materials is provided which prevents the rotatable mandrel about which the materials are rolled from radially collapsing. The method further provides for easy removal of the roll packed material without tearing or telescoping of the material. One embodiment of the present invention provides for wrapping a corrugated material around the rotatable mandrel prior to the compressible material being wrapped around the mandrel. In another embodiment, roll-packing material is laminated prior to being wound upon the mandrel before the compressible material is wrapped around the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Josip Gecic, Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20040206051
    Abstract: A method of roll packing a variety of compressible materials is provided which prevents the rotatable mandrel about which the materials are rolled from radially collapsing. The method further provides for easy removal of the roll packed material without tearing or-telescoping of the material. One embodiment of the present invention provides for wrapping a corrugated material around the rotatable mandrel prior to the compressible material being wrapped around the mandrel. In another embodiment, roll-packing material is laminated prior to being wound upon,the mandrel before the compressible material is wrapped around the mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Josip Gecic, Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20040206838
    Abstract: A roll (54) of compressed materials (14) is provided which has a sleeve (50) formed around a rotatable mandrel (12). The sleeve (50) about which the materials (14) are rolled prevents the roll (54) from radially collapsing. The roll (54) may be removed from the mandrel (12) without tearing or telescoping of the material. In one embodiment the sleeve (50) is corrugated material (38). The corrugated material (38) is around the rotatable mandrel (12) prior to the compressible material (14) being wrapped around the sleeve (50). In another embodiment, the sleeve (58) comprises roll-packing material (32) laminated prior to being wound upon the mandrel (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Josip Gecic, Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20040172767
    Abstract: A bedding or seating product comprising a pocketed spring assembly made up of a plurality of parallel strings of springs joined to each other. Each of the strings of springs comprises a plurality of interconnected pocketed coil springs. The product has multiple sections of differing firmness attributable in part to differing heights of the pockets of the strings of springs. Filler is placed above the lower sections of the pocketed spring assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Niels S. Mossbeck, Thomas J. Wells
  • Publication number: 20040128771
    Abstract: A bedding or seating product comprises a pocketed spring assembly having a plurality of parallel strings of springs joined to each other. Each of said strings of springs comprises a row of interconnected pockets, each of the pockets containing at least one spring encased in a fabric pocket and with more than one line of attachment between at least selected adjacent pockets. At least one spacer strip or at least one scrim sheet extends between the interconnected pockets of at least one string of springs and is secured thereto to provide stability in the pocketed spring assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wells