Patents by Inventor Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier 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: 20210107550
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stackable transport trolley, in particular a stackable shopping trolley, comprising a chassis and a basket; the chassis includes a support frame and a frame of rods which is arranged on the support frame, the frame of rods supporting the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Dirk WEBERT, Johann DAMINGER, Hermann EICHELE, Markus RIESENEGGER, Ralf MAIER, Michael GERSTMAIER, Paul RUF, Karl-Heinz HORN, Georg WIEDEMANN, Thomas GASCHE
  • Publication number: 20210110690
    Abstract: It is described a tamper detection device for detecting tampering with respect to a packaging, the device comprising: i) a first electrode comprising a first patterned structure, and ii) a second electrode comprising a second patterned structure. The first electrode and the second electrode are arranged so that the first patterned structure and the second patterned structure are at least partially opposite to each other. In a first arrangement state of the first patterned structure and the second patterned structure with respect to each other, a first capacitance is measurable, in a second arrangement state of the first patterned structure and the second patterned structure with respect to each other, a second capacitance is measurable, wherein the first capacitance is different from the second capacitance, and wherein the first arrangement state is different from the second arrangement state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Suwald, Stefan Maier
  • Patent number: 10968990
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for a motor vehicle functional part includes: a housing, in which a drive motor, a gear mechanism and an adjustor are provided at least partially; a drive shaft configured to transfer the adjustor via the gear mechanism from a closed position into an open position and vice versa; and a wrap spring arrangement comprising two wrap spring members, which act in opposite directions. The wrap spring arrangement is arranged on a gear mechanism output side, in a region of the adjustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Paul, Thomas Huebener, Ulrich Karl Hohl, Wolfgang Maier
  • Publication number: 20210078123
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a handheld work apparatus having a work tool. The work apparatus defines a longitudinal plane and includes a handle having a longitudinal axis. The blocking lever is mounted so as to be pivotable about a rotational axis. The blocking lever blocks the actuating lever in a blocking or disable position and enables the actuating lever for actuation in at least one operating enable position. In the direction of view perpendicular to the longitudinal plane, the longitudinal axis of the handle and the rotational axis of the blocking lever conjointly define an angle (?). The angle (?) lies in a range of from 10° to 60°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Felix Oberhofer, Marcus Jenke, Franziska Kern, Thomas Maier, Verena Mann, Lars Bathke, Roland Mandel, Benedikt Posner
  • Patent number: 10942118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microbial test standard for use in infrared spectrometry which has at least two resealable vessels which are liquid-tight when closed, each of which contains a predefined amount of dried biomass of a microorganism. The microorganisms in the different vessels differ in at least one characteristic, which is selected in particular from the group comprising species, subspecies, strain, serovar, pathovar, toxivar and variety, and the difference manifests itself in a predefined intermicrobial spectral distance. The disclosure furthermore comprises a method of using the microbial test standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Maier, Norman Mauder
  • Patent number: 10926406
    Abstract: A robot for a linear transport system includes a carriage guide rail and first and second XY tables, each with first and second carriages arranged to move independently on the carriage guide rail, and first and second linear guides, each having first and second guide elements which can be moved relative to one another and are configured with an angular offset. The first guide elements of the first and second linear guides are connected via a support structure. The second guide elements of the first and second linear guides are connected to the first and second carriages. The robot can include first and second arm systems connected to one another via an articulated system, with an attached work tool. The first and second arm systems can connect to the support structures of the first and second XY tables via corresponding first and second joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Prüssmeier, Armin Pehlivan, Christian Henke, Stefan Sonderegger, Thomas Morscher, Clemens Maier
  • Publication number: 20200399234
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new path to synthesize crystalline Tafamidis polymorphs starting from a Tafamidis acetic acid adduct. In addition, this invention relates to a process to synthesize Tafamidis (2-(3,5-dichlorophenyl)-1,3-benzoxazole-6-carboxylic acid*(2R,3R,4R,5S)-6-(methyl-amino)-hexane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol), new Tafamidis crystalline polymorphs, a pharmaceutical compositions comprising the new crystalline polymorphs and to the therapeutic use of such new polymorphs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Karine BARSEGHYAN, Davit HAMBARDZUMYAN, Grigor GEVORGYAN, Vahuni KARAPETYAN, Kristine NERKARARYAN, Thomas MAIER
  • Patent number: 10868437
    Abstract: A method for activating an electronic subassembly includes receiving at least one activation signal using a reception module of the electronic subassembly. The electronic subassembly is transferred from an idle state to an active state using the at least one activation signal. The electronic subassembly is intermittently supplied with electric power via the at least one activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vornwald, Adrien Mouaffo Tiadjio, Christoph Maier, Jochen Mueller, Patric Brand, Peter Rehbein, Roman Ritter, Thomas Inderwies, Wolfgang Rueppel
  • Publication number: 20200388042
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for determining at least one mechanical property of at least one object, wherein the at least one object is subjected to at least one interaction which influences a movement state of the at least one object, wherein the at least one interaction is selected such that the movement state effectuated by the interaction is a function of the at least one mechanical property, wherein the at least one object is observed using at least one camera, wherein the movement state is determined from images recorded by the at least one camera and wherein the at least one mechanical property of the at least one object is determined from the movement state thus determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Längle, Beniamin Noack, Florian Pfaff, Uwe Hanebeck, Robin Gruna, Georg Maier
  • Patent number: 10847727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and formulations for electronic devices comprising mixtures of organic functional materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Anna Hayer, Florian Maier-Flaig, Tobias Grossmann, Dominik Joosten, Holger Heil, Thomas Eberle, Rémi Manouk Anémian
  • Patent number: 10847873
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for the wireless coupling of a cellular radio end device to at least one first external antenna, in particular for coupling to an external vehicle antenna, having a coupling structure for the wireless coupling to an antenna structure of the cellular radio end device, wherein the coupling structure has at least two connections; and having a connection unit that connects the first external antenna to one of the at least two connections of the coupling structure in dependence on the coupling quality, wherein the connection unit evaluates the coupling quality between the antenna structure of the cellular radio end device and the at least two connections of the coupling structure during the normal communication operation of the cellular radio end device and/or continuously and/or for both connections simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED ANTENNA GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lankes, Gerhard Stadler, Rudolf Weber, Max Maier
  • Publication number: 20200365482
    Abstract: An electronic module for power control includes a carrier element, at least one power switching element having a cooling surface, and a cooling body. The at least one power switching element may be electrically connected to the carrier element. In an assembled state of the electronic module, the cooling body may be thermally conductively connected directly to the cooling surface of the power switching element. When a busbar is present, the busbar may be arranged between the carrier element and the at least one power switching element thereby producing an electrical connection between the carrier element and the at least one power switching element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Maier, Hermann Josef Robin
  • Patent number: 10837570
    Abstract: A valve for closing a fluid line, comprising: an inlet element with an inlet line; an outlet element with an outlet line; a closing element which, in a first state, allows a fluid passage between the inlet line and the outlet line and which, in a second state, closes the fluid passage, wherein the closing element, in the first state, is fixedly connected to the inlet element or the outlet element and, in the second state, is detached from the inlet element or the outlet element; an actuator which, when actuated, is configured to move the closing element from the first state towards the second state; and a pretension element which is pretensioned and is configured to move the closing element into the second state after actuation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Kraus, Thomas Maier, Markus Wolf, Georg Schulte
  • Publication number: 20200353814
    Abstract: A transmission may include a housing and also a power electronics module, the power electronics module including a carrier element with at least one power switching element with a cooling surface and also a cooling body, which may be connected in a thermally conductive manner to the cooling surface of the at least one power switching element. The housing may have an oil space for at least partially accommodating transmission components. The power electronics module may be at least partially arranged inside the oil space of the transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Maier, Hermann Josef Robin
  • Publication number: 20200357717
    Abstract: A power module has a plurality of packaged power semiconductors, a printed circuit board, a heat sink, and possibly a sealing compound. The power semiconductors have electrically conductive connection elements and heat removal areas on respective outer sides. The power semiconductors are arranged on a cooling surface of the heat sink and has its heat removal area connected to the cooling surface of the heat sink to conduct heat, and the printed circuit board is arranged on a side of the power semiconductors that is opposite the heat sink in an orthogonal direction, wherein the connection elements of the power semiconductors make electrical contact with pads on the printed circuit board regions, for example, laterally beside an edge of the heat sink, in which a projection of the heat sink onto the printed circuit board in the orthogonal direction does not cover the connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Thomas Maier
  • Publication number: 20200355107
    Abstract: A method for the operation of a particulate filter in an exhaust aftertreatment system of a combustion engine (200) with the following steps: set up (111, 116) a pressure difference model, which models a measured pressure difference (?p) which drops across the particulate filter (210) as a function (220) of a volume flow ({dot over (V)}) through the particulate filter (210) with an offset value (a0, C); measure (120) multiple measurement values (245) for the pressure difference (?p) at different volume flows ({dot over (V)}) and solve (130) the pressure difference model as a function of the pressure difference (?p), whereby the offset value (a0, C) is also determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Alexandre Wagner, Benedikt Alt, Fabian Straub, Thomas Baumann, Christoph Schweizer, Michael Drung, Oliver Krannich, Rainer Maier, Tobias Zolg
  • Patent number: 10819107
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an electronic unit with a circuit board having at least one component arranged on a main surface of the circuit board and a casing element, which incorporates the at least one component, as well as with an ESD protection arrangement for the circuit board. According to the disclosure, open areas on the circuit board, which are not covered by the casing element, are covered with a gold layer directly mounted on a copper surface of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Freidrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Maier, Mike Vogel, Josef Loibl
  • Patent number: 10811178
    Abstract: A method for determining a current that flows through a load, wherein the current comprises a DC component and a dithering component, and the dithering component is modified in predetermined time intervals, comprises steps for recording a momentary current; determining a dithering parameter; and determining the current based on the momentary current and the dithering parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Paul Bange, Thomas Maier, Gerald Kolar, Mohammad Kabany, Andreas Hof
  • Publication number: 20200307705
    Abstract: The invention relates to a side wall rear component (14) for a passenger vehicle (13), having at least one outer wall (4) and at least one wall reinforcement (15) reinforcing the outer wall (4) on the inner side (5) thereof. In order to ensure that a front-side end portion of the side wall rear component (14), which shifts on the front side in the event of a rear-end collision, reliably pushes on the inside via a rear-side end portion of a vehicle door (3), which is arranged on a front side with respect to the side wall rear component (14), at least one sliding slope (17) is arranged on a front-side end portion (16) of the wall reinforcement (15), the front-side end of which sliding slope is spaced apart in a transverse direction (Y) of the vehicle further from an outer surface (18), which forms a vehicle outer skin portion, of the outer wall (4) than a rear-side end of the sliding slope (17).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicants: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Maximilian MAIER, Philipp DECK, Rainer PICHLMAIER, Thomas GIMPEL, Gernot KRAMMER
  • Patent number: 10789775
    Abstract: Method for controlling an object, wherein the object is arranged in the real space and is linked to at least one virtual element of a character space, wherein the object, a depiction device, an operator control device and/or a control device are functionally connected to one another, having the steps of ascertaining a position and an orientation of the operator control device and/or of the depiction device in relation to the object, generating a virtual pointer from the ascertained position and the ascertained orientation of the operator control device and/or of the depiction device, selecting the object by means of the virtual pointer, depicting the object, augmented with the at least one element of the character space, by means of the depiction device, and/or controlling the object by means of the operator control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Clemens Maier, Armin Pehlivan, Thomas Morscher, Stefan Wapelhorst, Christian Henke