Patents by Inventor Thomas L. Thompson

Thomas L. Thompson 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: 10386990
    Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a radiofrequency treatment device to apply radiofrequency energy to tissue to heat tissue to create lesions without ablating the tissue. The system includes a first treatment device having at least one electrode for applying radiofrequency energy to tissue, a controller including a connector to which a first treatment device is coupled for use, and a generator for applying radiofrequency energy to the electrodes. The controller controls application of energy so that the tissue is thermally treated to create lesions but preventing thermal treatment beyond a threshold which would ablate the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Mederi RF, LLC
    Inventors: Oleg Shikhman, William W. Rutan, Danny L. Stemple, Penny R. Smith, Gregory K. Thompson, Thomas L. McGilvary
  • Patent number: 6885917
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a jet-powered tri-mode aircraft as the aircraft travels in a helicopter mode, a compound mode, and a fixed-wing mode is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of velocity vector component values and velocity vector commands derived from either (1) a number of pilot operated controllers or (2) a commanded array of waypoints, which are used for fully automated flights, and a rotor speed reference value, which is decreased with increasing forward speed to unload the rotor, thereby permitting conditions for stopping the rotor in flight. Stabilization of the commanded velocity vector is achieved in all modes of flight using blended combinations of rotor swashplate controls and aerodynamic controls such as elevons, canards, rudders, and a horizontal tail. Stabilization to the commanded velocity vector includes a plurality of control constraints applied to the pilot stick controllers that prevent penetration of envelope limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen S. Osder, Thomas L. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20040093130
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a jet-powered tri-mode aircraft as the aircraft travels in a helicopter mode, a compound mode, and a fixed-wing mode is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of velocity vector component values and velocity vector commands derived from either (1) a number of pilot operated controllers or (2) a commanded array of waypoints, which are used for fully automated flights, and a rotor speed reference value, which is decreased with increasing forward speed to unload the rotor, thereby permitting conditions for stopping the rotor in flight. Stabilization of the commanded velocity vector is achieved in all modes of flight using blended combinations of rotor swashplate controls and aerodynamic controls such as elevons, canards, rudders, and a horizontal tail. Stabilization to the commanded velocity vector includes a plurality of control constraints applied to the pilot stick controllers that prevent penetration of envelope limits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen S. Osder, Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6678906
    Abstract: An improved blanket is provided having improved insulation, comfort, care and maintenance characteristics. The blanket is constructed of three layers of hydrophobic material which are secured together. Preferably, the layers of fabric are comprised of 100% polyester fleece fabric. The fixed proximity of three layers of polyester fleece fabric in a single blanket optimizes the extraordinary range of insulation capabilities of this unique, ultralight hydrophobic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Sleepmakers Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6381779
    Abstract: An improved blanket is provided having improved insulation, comfort, care and maintenance characteristics. The blanket is constructed of three layers of hydrophobic material which are secured together. Preferably, the layers of fabric are comprised of 100% polyester fleece fabric. The fixed proximity of three layers of polyester fleece fabric in a single blanket optimizes the extraordinary range of insulation capabilities of this unique, ultralight hydrophobic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6094759
    Abstract: An improved blanket is formed from two pieces of 100% polyester fleece material. The two pieces of polyester fleece material are secured together by an outer overlock stitched edge and loosely sewn-in fold lines, so as to be easily folded into predetermined shapes, having approximately equal dimensions. The secured-together pieces of 100% polyester fleece material include soft velour outer surfaces, which are always on the exterior of the blanket whether it is folded or rolled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Sleepmakers Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4670079
    Abstract: A fiber-cement/plywood surface and method of providing a preformed surface material for flooring, decking, walkways and roadways, more particularly for use with marine dock structures. The method includes applying a coating of a catalized resin material over one surface of a sheet of plywood substructure so as to seal the substructure as the resin hardens, and also coating one surface of a fiber-cement sheet with a catalized resin material and allowing it to harden. A bonding agent, which comprises a catalized resin material mixed with a thickening agent such as mill fibers or finely chopped fiberglass strands, is applied between the two facing resin surfaces of the respective plywood sheet and the fiber-cement sheet, whereby the two sheets are bonded together so as to form a single, somewhat-resilient, weatherproof and wear-resistant structure or panel. An alternative arrangement is also provided wherein the substructure is a thick plastic foam core encased in a fiberglass and polyester resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4662972
    Abstract: The present invention defines methods of forming a non-skid surface on a base member, wherein the base member may consist of a wood, plastic, metal or concrete surface structure. One method includes applying one or more coats or layers of epoxy resin to one surface of a wood base member. After the epoxy resin is set, a first coat of polyurethane is applied thereover at a thickness determined by the size of the grit material that is disseminated in the first coat of polyurethane, whereby the upper portion of the grit is exposed so as to be covered by a second polyurethane coat applied over the first coat of polyurethane, the grit being locked within and between the two coats of polyurethane. An additional method includes the step of affixing a fiber/cement panel to the base member and applying the first polyurethane coat to the surface of the fiber/cement panel, followed thereafter by the grit and the second coat of polyurethane, whereby a non-skid surface is established thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4660495
    Abstract: An improved floating dock/marina system having a monocoque-type frame structure. The embodiments disclosed include a dock structure defined by a main walkway section and a plurality of extended finger sections which are formed having longitudinal side-beam members, known as walers, that are interconnected by a plurality of spaced, transverse, beam members and a longitudinal center-beam structure. Various arrangements are provided for the beam structure, the transverse beam members and/or the longitudinal center-beam structure being formed having a height greater than the height of the waler side-beam members, whereby a crowning arrangement is defined. A decking is employed which comprises sheets of plywood which are attached to the framework. The crowning arrangement creates a central raised portion in the deck, the opposite sides of the deck being sloped downwardly and outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4622257
    Abstract: A floor tile having a non-skid surface and a method of forming same that includes a base member formed from a fiber/cement mixture that is fireproof, waterproof and will not corrode, wherein at least one surface of the base member is coated with a first layer of bonding material that is impregnated with a selective size of grit particles, and is then covered with a second layer of bonding material to fixedly secure the grit particles within the first bonding layer, the grit particles having a size greater than the thickness of the first bonding layer so as to protrude therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: THOM-McI
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4559894
    Abstract: A fiber-cement/plywood surface providing a preformed surface material for flooring, decking, walkways and roadways, more particularly for use with marine dock structures. The structure is formed by applying a coating of a polyester or epoxy resin over one surface of a sheet of plywood substructure so as to seal the substructure as the resin hardens, and also coating one surface of a fiber-cement sheet with a polyester or epoxy resin and allowing it to harden. A bonding agent, which comprises a catalyzed polyester or epoxy resin mixed with a thickening agent such as mill fibers or finely chopped fiberglass strands, is applied between the two facing resin surfaces of the respective plywood sheet and the fiber-cement sheet, whereby the two sheets are bonded together so as to form a single, somewhat-resilient, weatherproof and wear-resistant structure or panel. An alternative arrangement is also provided wherein the substructure is a thick plastic foam core encased in a fiberglass and polyester resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Assignee: Thom McI, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4555292
    Abstract: The present invention defines two methods of forming a non-skid-surfaced wood panel, preferably plywood, which is treated with various coats or layers of epoxy resin, together with a finished surface coat of polyurethane combined with a hard-grit abrasive material evenly spread within the surface coat, so as to provide the non-skid substance that establishes a unique and wear-resistant structure for areas subjected to heavy foot traffic, the invention being particularly suitable for use on decking in marine environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Assignee: Thom-McI, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4517239
    Abstract: A fiber-cement/plywood surface and method of providing a preformed surface material for flooring, decking, walkways and roadways, more particularly for use with marine dock structures. The method includes applying a coating of a polyester resin over one surface of a sheet of plywood substructure so as to seal the substructure as the resin hardens, and also coating one surface of a fiber-cement sheet with a polyester resin and allowing it to harden. A bonding agent, which comprises a catalyzed polyester resin mixed with a thickening agent such as mill fibers or finely chopped fiberglass strands, is applied between the two facing resin surfaces of the respective plywood sheet and the fiber-cement sheet, whereby the two sheets are bonded together so as to form a single somewhat-resilient weatherproof and wear-resistant structure or panel. An alternative arrangement is also provided wherein the substructure is a thick plastic foam core encased in a fiberglass and polyester resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Assignee: Thom-McI, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4051591
    Abstract: A method of assembling a floatation unit wherein the unit is formed of a monolithic cell including a plurality of support rods passing therethrough to support the framework of a floating structure. The supporting rods are installed after the sealed unit is formed, by threading the elongated rods from one side to the other of the cell walls. This is accomplished by use of a guide rod, a threaded support rod which is threaded between oppositely disposed, bushing members adapted to receive the support rod. The guide rod is first passed through opposing bushings engaging the support rod as it is fed back through the bushing members, the guide rod providing a means by which the support rod can freely enter the oppositely disposed, bushing member positioned within the sealed wall of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1977
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4041716
    Abstract: A support structure in combination with a flotation cell adapted to support a floatable marine dock or the like, wherein the cell comprises a buoyant, rectangular, hollow, box-shaped housing formed as a thin-walled float provided with oppositely disposed, threaded bushings molded therein in such a manner as to threadably receive a continuously threaded rod that extends across the entire width of the float, thereby rigidly interconnecting the oppositely disposed side walls thereof. The rods are positioned to protrude on each side of the float to additionally support and mount the dock frame structure, whereby stresses placed on the dock are transmitted to the rod and absorbed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1977
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 3944004
    Abstract: An improved two feeder tray bulk weighment control system of the vernier operating type is disclosed. During an initial portion of the operating cycle of the device and while the weighment from the previous cycle is being dumped, a first feeder tray is driven to deliver a preliminary bulk target of 80-98% of the desired final weighment into a second feeder tray. During the conveying portion of the operating cycle both trays are driven at a rate inversely proportional to the difference between the actual weighment and a target weighment signal in an underdamped manner. As the final weighment is approached, improved circuitry prevents scale overshoot due to the underdamped rate controllers from causing premature dumping. A servo loop is also provided to cause the feed controller in operation during the dumping portion of the operating cycle to deliver the 80-98% of desired final weighment based on its actual delivery on the previous cycle of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1976
    Inventors: C. Wayne Lafitte, Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: D251153
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: D262188
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Assignee: RMP Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson
  • Patent number: D270529
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas L. Thompson