Patents by Inventor Thomas Meade

Thomas Meade 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: 20200277622
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that Cry1Da is active against corn earworm (CEW), Helicoverpa zea (Boddie). Methods for using Cry1Da in transgenic plants to prevent serious crop damage is described. Leaf and silk bioassays using transgenic maize expressing full length, core toxin region or chimeric Cry1Da demonstrated good insect protection against CEW larvae damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: AGRIGENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: SEK YEE TAN, JOEL J SHEETS, TODD P GLANCY, AARON TODD WOOSLEY, SARAH E WORDEN, DIAA ALABED, STEPHANIE LOVE BURTON, KAREN C MCLAUGHLIN, KENNETH NARVA, THOMAS MEADE
  • Patent number: 10690545
    Abstract: A hybrid image-pupil optical reformatter and method for optional use with a spectrometer is disclosed, which performs beam slicing in pupil space and stacks replicas of the input source generated from the pupil beam slices in image space. The optical reformatter comprises a collimator which receives an input light and produces a collimated beam; a first optical element which receives the collimated beam, redirects portions of the collimated beam back toward the collimator as reimaged beams and permits portions of the collimated beam to pass; a second optical element which receives the reimaging beams and redirects the reimaging beams back toward the collimator and the first optical element; to form an output beam comprising the portions of the collimated beams that are not redirected toward the collimator by the first optical element. Also disclosed is the use of the reformatter for reformatting the input light of a spectrometer system, and the use of the reformatter as part of a spectrometer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TORNADO SPECTRAL SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Joseph Desroches, Bradford Bartholomew Behr, Jeffrey Thomas Meade, Yusuf Bismilla, Andrew T. Cenko
  • Patent number: 10683517
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that Cry1Da is active against corn earworm (CEW), Helicoverpa zea (Boddie). Methods for using Cry1Da in transgenic plants to prevent serious crop damage is described. Leaf and silk bioassays using transgenic maize expressing full length, core toxin region or chimeric Cry1Da demonstrated good insect protection against CEW larvae damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AGRIGENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: Sek Yee Tan, Joel J. Sheets, Todd Glancy, Aaron T. Woosley, Sarah E. Worden, Diaa Alabed, Stephanie Burton, Karen C. McLaughlin, Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade
  • Publication number: 20200157154
    Abstract: The subject invention concerns Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ca insecticidal toxins and the polynucleotide sequences which encode these toxins. Uses in transgenic plants are described as are methods for protecting crops from insect pest damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: JOEL J SHEETS, KENNETH NARVA, THOMAS MEADE, TIMOTHY D HEY, SEK YEE TAN, AUDREY JANE ETTER, TODD P GLANCY, JANNA MAI ARMSTRONG, TRISTAN E CORAM, KRISHNA M MADDURI, JAMES E KING, RYAN M LEE, GAOFENG LIN, JIANQUAN LI
  • Patent number: 10570182
    Abstract: The subject invention concerns Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ca insecticidal toxins and the polynucleotide sequences which encode these toxins. Uses in transgenic plants are described as are methods for protecting crops from insect pest damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Joel J. Sheets, Kenneth Narva, Thomas Meade, Timothy D. Hey, Sek Yee Tan, Audrey Jane Etter, Todd P. Glancy, Janna Mai Armstrong, Tristan E. Coram, Krishna M. Madduri, James E. King, Ryan M. Lee, Gaofeng Lin, Jianquan Li
  • Publication number: 20190219444
    Abstract: A hybrid image-pupil optical reformatter and method for optional use with a spectrometer is disclosed, which performs beam slicing in pupil space and stacks replicas of the input source generated from the pupil beam slices in image space. The optical reformatter comprises a collimator which receives an input light and produces a collimated beam; a first optical element which receives the collimated beam, redirects portions of the collimated beam back toward the collimator as reimaged beams and permits portions of the collimated beam to pass; a second optical element which receives the reimaging beams and redirects the reimaging beams back toward the collimator and the first optical element; to form an output beam comprising the portions of the collimated beams that are not redirected toward the collimator by the first optical element. Also disclosed is the use of the reformatter for reformatting the input light of a spectrometer system, and the use of the reformatter as part of a spectrometer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Brandon Joseph Desroches, Bradford Bartholomew Behr, Jeffrey Thomas Meade, Yusuf Bismilla, Andrew T. Cenko
  • Publication number: 20190203224
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to Cry34Ab/35Ab in combination with Cry3Aa. The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that combinations of Cry34Ab/Cry35Ab and Cry3Aa are useful for preventing development of resistance (to either insecticidal protein system alone) by a corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.) population. As one skilled in the art will recognize with the benefit of this disclosure, corn plants producing these insecticidal Cry proteins will be useful to mitigate concern that a corn rootworm population could develop that would be resistant to either of these insecticidal protein systems alone. Plants (and acreage planted with such plants) that produce these two insecticidal protein systems are included within the scope of the subject invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade, Kristin J. Fencil, Huarong Li, Timothy D. Hey, Aaron T. Woosley, Monica Britt Olson
  • Patent number: 10281325
    Abstract: A hybrid image-pupil optical reformatter and method for optional use with a spectrometer is disclosed, which performs beam slicing in pupil space and stacks replicas of the input source generated from the pupil beam slices in image space. The optical reformatter comprises a collimator which receives an input light and produces a collimated beam; a first optical element which receives the collimated beam, redirects portions of the collimated beam back toward the collimator as reimaged beams and permits portions of the collimated beam to pass; a second optical element which receives the reimaging beams and redirects the reimaging beams back toward the collimator and the first optical element; to form an output beam comprising the portions of the collimated beams that are not redirected toward the collimator by the first optical element. Also disclosed is the use of the reformatter for reformatting the input light of a spectrometer system, and the use of the reformatter as part of a spectrometer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TORNADO SPECTRAL SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Joseph Desroches, Bradford Bartholomew Behr, Jeffrey Thomas Meade, Yusuf Bismilla, Andrew T. Cenko
  • Patent number: 10119149
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling European corn borer, said plants comprising a Cry1Ab insecticidal protein and a DIG-3 insecticidal protein to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton
  • Publication number: 20180163224
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that Cry1Da is active against corn earworm (CEW), Helicoverpa zea (Boddie). Methods for using Cry1Da in transgenic plants to prevent serious crop damage is described. Leaf and silk bioassays using transgenic maize expressing full length, core toxin region or chimeric Cry1Da demonstrated good insect protection against CEW larvae damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Sek Yee Tan, Joel J. Sheets, Todd Glancy, Aaron T. Woosley, Sarah E. Worden, Diaa Alabed, Stephanie Burton, Karen C. McLaughlin, Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade
  • Patent number: 9890390
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that Cry1Da is active against corn earworm (CEW), Helicoverpa zea (Boddie). Methods for using Cry1Da in transgenic plants to prevent serious crop damage is described. Leaf and silk bioassays using transgenic maize expressing full length, core toxin region or chimeric Cry1Da demonstrated good insect protection against CEW larvae damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Agrigenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sek Yee Tan, Joel J. Sheets, Todd Glancy, Aaron T. Woosley, Sarah E Worden, Diaa Alabed, Stephanie Burton, Karen C. McLaughlin, Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade
  • Publication number: 20170369539
    Abstract: The subject invention concerns Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ca insecticidal toxins and the polynucleotide sequences which encode these toxins. Uses in transgenic plants are described as are methods for protecting crops from insect pest damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Dow Agrosciences LLC
    Inventors: Joel J. SHEETS, Kenneth NARVA, Thomas MEADE, Timothy D. HEY, Sek Yee TAN, Audrey Jane ETTER, Todd P. GLANCY, Janna Mai ARMSTRONG, Tristan E. CORAM, Krishna M. MADDURI, James E. KING, Ryan M. LEE, Gaofeng LIN, Jianquan LI
  • Patent number: 9796983
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to Cry3Aa in combination with Cry6Aa. The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that combinations of Cry3Aa and Cry6Aa are useful for preventing development of resistance (to either insecticidal protein system alone) by a corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.) population. Included within the subject invention are plants producing these insecticidal Cry proteins, which are useful to mitigate concern that a corn rootworm population could develop that would be resistant to either of these insecticidal protein systems alone. The subject invention also relates in part to combinations of Cry3Aa and Cry6Aa proteins “triple-stacked” or “multi-stacked” with another insecticidal protein(s) such as a Cry6Aa protein or binary Cry34/35 proteins. Thus, such embodiments target rootworms with three modes of action. Transgenic plants, including corn, comprising a cry6Aa gene and a cry3Aa gene are included within the scope of the subject invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade, Kristin J. Fencil, Huarong Li, Timothy D. Hey, Aaron T. Woosley, Monica B. Olson
  • Patent number: 9796982
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling fall armyworm lepidopteran insects, said plants comprising a Cry1Da insecticidal protein and a Cry1Ca insecticidal protein, and various combinations of other proteins comprising this pair of proteins, to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton
  • Patent number: 9663795
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling European corn borer and/or fall armyworm insects, said plants comprising a Cry1Ab insecticidal protein and a Cry1Be insecticidal protein, and various combinations of other proteins comprising this pair of proteins, to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton
  • Patent number: 9617551
    Abstract: Agrobacterium strains that harbor transformation-enhancing genes on a plasmid capable of replication independently of the Agrobacterium chromosome, the Ti plasmid, and plant transformation binary vectors, and uses for these Agrobacterium strains are provided. Additionally, Agrobacterium strains that are deficient in DNA recombination functions that result in instability or rearrangement of plant transformation binary vectors, and that harbor transformation-enhancing genes on a plasmid capable of replication independently of the Agrobacterium chromosome, the Ti plasmid, and plant transformation binary vectors, and uses for these strains, are also provided. Further included are Agrobacterium strains that harbor transformation-enhancing genes integrated into the Agrobacterium chromosome at a locus that does not interfere with or otherwise compromise the normal growth and plant transformation ability of the Agrobacterium cells, and uses for these Agrobacterium strains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Donald J. Merlo, Sean M. Russell, Diane M. Retallack, Aaron T. Woosley, Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva
  • Patent number: 9567602
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling lepidopteran insects. The plants comprise a Cry1Fa insecticidal protein and a Cry1Ca insecticidal protein, in combination, to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insect(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton
  • Patent number: 9556453
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to stacking Cry1Be toxins along with Cry1Fa toxins to prevent insects from developing resistance towards either toxin by itself. As discussed in more detail herein, the subject pair of proteins is a particularly advantageous combination, as no other pair of proteins is known to provide high levels of control and non-cross-resistant activity against both Spodoptera frugiperda (FAW) and Ostrinia nubilalis (ECB) insects. This dual, non-cross-resistant activity is also advantageous because it can reduce the number of proteins/genes needed to target these insects with multiple, non-cross-resistant proteins. This can reduce or eliminate the need for refuge acreage. Accordingly, the subject invention also relates generally to using four genes to provide three proteins for non-cross-resistant control of a first insect, and three proteins for non-cross-resistant control of a second insect. In preferred embodiments, the targeted insects are FAW and ECB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Stephanie L. Burton, Aaron T. Woosley
  • Patent number: 9499835
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling fall army worm insects, said plants comprising a Cry1Da insecticidal protein and a Cry1Be insecticidal protein, and various combinations of other proteins comprising this pair of proteins, to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton
  • Publication number: 20160237452
    Abstract: The subject invention includes methods and plants for controlling European corn borer, said plants comprising a Cry1Ab insecticidal protein and a DIG-3 insecticidal protein to delay or prevent development of resistance by the insect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Meade, Kenneth Narva, Nicholas P. Storer, Joel J. Sheets, Aaron T. Woosley, Stephanie L. Burton