Patents by Inventor Thomas Lutz

Thomas Lutz 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: 9839205
    Abstract: An air-powered filter for an aquarium includes a base component configured to be coupled to a surface of the aquarium, the base component including a suction cup. The air-powered filter also includes a filter component releasably coupled to the base component, the filter component including a filter housing having at least one opening. The air-powered filter also includes a decorative feature coupled to the base component, the decorative feature configured to cover and disguise at least a portion of the air-powered filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris, Phillip Bartoszek
  • Patent number: 9788533
    Abstract: An aquarium includes a first chamber arranged to contain a first volume of liquid, a dry chamber that is adjacent the first chamber and defines a second volume, and a removable element at least partially disposed within the dry chamber. The removable element is selectively removable from the dry chamber. The aquarium also includes a filter at least partially disposed within the removable element, and a pump including an intake and an outlet. The intake is arranged to draw a flow of liquid from the first volume of liquid during pump operation. The aquarium also includes a tube having a first end connected to the outlet and a second end movable between a first position in which the flow of liquid passes through the filter and is then discharged into the first volume and a second position in which the flow of liquid flows directly into the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Publication number: 20170284645
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9709254
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IT'S LIT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9642343
    Abstract: An aquarium includes an outer housing including a bottom wall and a side wall extending from the bottom wall, the outer housing defining a first interior tank volume to house water. The aquarium also includes a base disposed inside the first interior volume and coupled to the bottom wall, the base including an aperture. The aquarium also includes an inner housing coupled to the base, the inner housing defining a second interior tank volume to house water, wherein the aperture provides fluid communication between the first and second interior tank volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen
  • Publication number: 20170126336
    Abstract: The invention is related to a smart testing apparatus and preferably a method for testing at least a first DUT and a second DUT using a mobile communications testing device. The method comprises the steps of determining, whether a first RF test signal from/to the first DUT interferes with a second RF test signal from/to the second DUT. It determines, whether the second RF test signal from/to second DUT interferes with the first RF test signal from/to the first DUT. It predetermines, whether at least measuring the first measuring result obtained by applying the first RF test signal is disturbed above a first disturbance threshold value. It predetermines, whether at least a second measuring result obtained by applying the second RF test signal is disturbed above a second disturbance threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Anton STROHMEIER, Michael BLOCK, Ralf PLAUMANN, Thomas LUTZ, Franz OBERMAYR, Christiane KLAUS, Jens VOLKMANN
  • Publication number: 20170094540
    Abstract: A test system for testing a plurality of devices under test (DUTs) is provided. The test system comprises a test signal generator configured to generate test signals to be transmitted to the DUTs, wherein the test signals comprise at least one synchronization signal. The test signal generator is configured to broadcast the at least one synchronization signal to the DUTs. It is thereby possible to simultaneously test more than one DUT.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas LUTZ, Jens VOLKMANN, Franz OBERMAYR
  • Patent number: 9603346
    Abstract: An aquarium includes a curved aquarium housing that supports water, the water including a water surface that separates water from air within the housing. The aquarium also includes a lighting system coupled to the aquarium housing, the lighting system including an arm and a light element disposed at an end of the arm and outside of the aquarium housing that directs light into the aquarium housing at an angle less than 90 degrees relative to the water surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen
  • Patent number: 9535150
    Abstract: A measuring device comprises at least one port, an external cable connected to the at least one port, a transmitter connected to the at least one port through a switch, a receiver connected to the at least one port through the switch and a reference path connecting the transmitter with the receiver through the switch. The cable is connected to calibration elements, e.g., short and open. The switch alternately switch in a manner that in a first state the transmitter and the receiver are connected to the at least one port and that in a second state the transmitter and the receiver are connected via the reference path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthias Lutz, Jens Volkmann, Albert Moser, Kurt Schmidt, Ralf Plaumann, Gottfried Holzmann
  • Publication number: 20160363646
    Abstract: A measuring device comprises at least one port, an external cable connected to the at least one port, a transmitter connected to the at least one port through a switch, a receiver connected to the at least one port through the switch and a reference path connecting the transmitter with the receiver through the switch. The cable is connected to calibration elements, e.g., short and open. The switch alternately switch in a manner that in a first state the transmitter and the receiver are connected to the at least one port and that in a second state the transmitter and the receiver are connected via the reference path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas LUTZ, Matthias LUTZ, Jens VOLKMANN, Albert MOSER, Kurt SCHMIDT, Ralf PLAUMANN, Gottfried HOLZMANN
  • Publication number: 20160353300
    Abstract: A method for testing multiple mobile phones performs the testing of a receiving characteristic of each mobile phone in a cyclical sequence of several first measuring tasks. The receiving characteristic of multiple mobile phones in multiple first measuring tasks is tested in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas LUTZ, Walter SCHMITZ, Jens VOLKMANN
  • Publication number: 20160324129
    Abstract: An air-powered filter for an aquarium includes a base component configured to be coupled to a surface of the aquarium, the base component including a suction cup. The air-powered filter also includes a filter component releasably coupled to the base component, the filter component including a filter housing having at least one opening. The air-powered filter also includes a decorative feature coupled to the base component, the decorative feature configured to cover and disguise at least a portion of the air-powered filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris, Phillip Bartoszek
  • Publication number: 20160259700
    Abstract: A testing method for testing a plurality of devices under test (DUT) includes transmitting first testing routine signals from a first backend controller to a testing front end module via a wired data connection between the first backend controller and a first testing signal interface of the testing front end module, transmitting second testing routine signals from a second backend controller to the testing front end module via a wired data connection between the second backend controller and a second testing signal interface of the testing front end module, prioritizing one of the first and second testing routine signals according to predefined priority criteria in the testing front end module, and generating testing signals in the testing front end module on the basis of the prioritized testing routine signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Jens VOLKMANN, Thomas LUTZ, Walter SCHMITZ
  • Publication number: 20160259025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a calibration method and a calibration arrangement for a RF test apparatus for testing a RF device under test. Instead, a calibration board is provided and connected to each of the cables of the RF test apparatus. A calibration board is configured to provide a plurality of connection loops by connecting the input/output channel terminals of the test apparatus one after the other with each other. This results to a bunch of different connection loops. Then a physical parameter, such as the attenuation over frequency, is measured for each of these connection loops. Since each physical parameter can be described by a single equation, this results to an amount of different equations which form an equation system. The idea underlying the present invention is that the amount of equations of this equation system, which amount corresponds to the different connection loops, is at least equal or higher than the amount of unknown parameters of the equation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Ralf PLAUMANN, Thomas LUTZ, Jens VOLKMANN, Franz OBERMAYR
  • Publication number: 20160248606
    Abstract: A switch-extender is connected to a measurement system and to several DUTs. It splits a signal from the measurement system into several signals so that the several DUTs receive the same signal and can therefore be tested in parallel. The switch-extender further includes at least one amplifier and/or at least one attenuator for every output port so that every signal has the same signal level no matter what the individual attenuation factor of the signal connectors or of the internal printed circuit board is. Furthermore a method for calibrating the measurement system as well as for the switch-extender and the signal connectors describes how to obtain the needed calibration values both for the downlink path and for the uplink path without changing the signal connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Gottfried HOLZMANN, Werner MITTERMAIER, Ralf PLAUMANN, Thomas LUTZ
  • Publication number: 20160230971
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Publication number: 20160212979
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing having a first surface having a first contour and arranged to contain a quantity of water. The apparatus further includes a base structure positioned adjacent the housing and including a second surface having a second contour that closely matches the first contour. The housing is positioned such that the first surface and the second surface are disposed immediately adjacent one another. The apparatus further includes a lighting element supported by the base and positioned to selectively illuminate the housing. The apparatus further includes a storage compartment having an open cavity for receiving and holding an object and a third surface having a third contour that closely matches the first contour, the storage compartment supported by the base structure such that the first surface and the third surface are disposed immediately adjacent one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9353913
    Abstract: A light member includes a housing having a top side and a bottom side. The top side faces away from a space to be lit, and the bottom side faces the space to be lit. A lighting control region is disposed on the bottom side of the housing that illuminates the space and has a first control channel, a second control channel, and a neutral channel. A first light-emitting module is electrically connected to the first control channel and the neutral channel and a second light-emitting module is electrically connected to the second control channel and the neutral channel. A switch assembly is coupled to the housing and is operable to selectively deliver power to the first control channel and the second control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9357408
    Abstract: A switch-extender is connected to a measurement system and to several DUTs. It splits a signal from the measurement system into several signals so that the several DUTs receive the same signal and can therefore be tested in parallel. The switch-extender further includes at least one amplifier and/or at least one attenuator for every output port so that every signal has the same signal level no matter what the individual attenuation factor of the signal connectors or of the internal printed circuit board is. Furthermore a method for calibrating the measurement system as well as for the switch-extender and the signal connectors describes how to obtain the needed calibration values both for the downlink path and for the uplink path without changing the signal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gottfried Holzmann, Werner Mittermaier, Ralf Plaumann, Thomas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9326494
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing having a first surface having a first contour and arranged to contain a quantity of water. The apparatus further includes a base structure positioned adjacent the housing and including a second surface having a second contour that closely matches the first contour. The housing is positioned such that the first surface and the second surface are disposed immediately adjacent one another. The apparatus further includes a lighting element supported by the base and positioned to selectively illuminate the housing. The apparatus further includes a storage compartment having an open cavity for receiving and holding an object and a third surface having a third contour that closely matches the first contour, the storage compartment supported by the base structure such that the first surface and the third surface are disposed immediately adjacent one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ELIVE LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen, Thomas Lutz