Patents by Inventor Thomas Neal

Thomas Neal 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: 10421362
    Abstract: A regenerative braking system separate from a friction braking system of a vehicle is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the regenerative braking system may include at least one actuator and a controller. The controller may be configured to: determine whether an accelerator pedal is depressed; when the accelerator pedal is depressed, determine an amount of regenerative braking based on behavior of the accelerator pedal; when the accelerator pedal is not depressed, determine the amount of regenerative braking based on motion of the vehicle; and control the at least one actuator to generate the determined amount of regenerative braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Jackson Hall, Brian Neal Harries, Som Khamly
  • Patent number: 10414473
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and related method for cleaning vessel hulls and other subsea structures at sea. In an embodiment, a hull cleaning system comprises a housing defining an interior void; a multifunction bar; a propulsion system; a power system; a positioning system; a water pump operatively connected to the power system; a high flow manifold operatively in fluid communication with the water pump; a hull cleaner; and a suction device configured to selectively adhere the hull cleaning system to a hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Neal Ledda, Duane Martin Baker, III, Bruce Brian Brown, Anthony Louis Kopera, George Kotula, Thomas Knight Tolman, Gary Wieboldt, Christopher Embree Wong
  • Publication number: 20190191927
    Abstract: A grill roller system which is elevated with respect to a grilling surface and which may be freely swung between multiple positions. The grill roller system generally includes a base which is positioned or connected to a grill. A frame is pivotally connected to the base such that the frame may swing, pivot, or rotate between a plurality of positions including a first position which covers the grilling surface and a second position which exposes the grilling surface. A plurality of rollers on the frame may be utilized to rotate and evenly cook cylindrical food items such as hot dogs while other food items such as steaks are simultaneously cooking on the underlying grill surface. The system may also include a rotator assembly for automatically or manually rotating the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Diffely, Adrahl Neal Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9898711
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 9803123
    Abstract: A unique phase change material composition and method of maintaining pre-established environmental conditions and safeguards during the manufacturing process. A fabrication method and parameters which result in a more efficient and safe packaged phase change material. A microspherical form of Perlite is the chosen phase change material. The microspherical form of Perlite is vacuum packed in such a manner to exclude water and moisture as well as utilizing a sealing surface of sufficient width to maintain a vapor barrier at the sealed edges. Besides absorption and release of heat, the packaged phase change material may be used as a fire preventive article in residential and commercial properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Orville Thomas Neal
  • Patent number: 9695349
    Abstract: A unique phase change material composition and method of maintaining pre-established environmental conditions and safeguards during the manufacturing process. A fabrication method and parameters which result in a more efficient and safe packaged phase change material. A microspherical form of Perlite is the chosen phase change material. The microspherical form of Perlite is vacuum packed in such a manner to exclude water and moisture as well as utilizing a sealing surface of sufficient width to maintain a vapor barrier at the sealed edges. Besides absorption and release of heat, the packaged phase change material may be used as a fire preventive article in residential and commercial properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Neal Energy Management, LLC
    Inventor: Orville Thomas Neal
  • Publication number: 20160244956
    Abstract: A “replaceable adhesive urine deflector” for Western-style toilet seat. The deflector adheres ,mechanically, magnetically, adhesively, by Velcro, or any other way of attaching one part to another, to the bottom front portion of the toilet seat it extends downwardly adjacent the inside surface of the bowl rim. The deflector covers the interior gap between the bottom of the seat and the top of the bowl rim. The deflector is made of flexible and liquid repellent material. The deflector conforms to the toilet seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Thomas Neal
  • Patent number: 9329816
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product are disclosed to manage access to device information. The system may include a plurality of devices configured to provide device information to a device management server. The system may also include a remote server including the device management server. The device management server may be configured to receive the device information, to determine a receiver for the device information based on one or more permission settings for the plurality of devices, to provide the device information to the determined receiver, and to provide a device management interface, the device management interface includes an interface for modifying the permission settings for one or more particular devices associated with a user account accessing the device management interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH CORP.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal Berarducci, Thomas Kurian, Philip Gerskovich, Valik Solorzano Barboza, Euro Beinat, Carolyn M. Ricci
  • Publication number: 20150153982
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product are disclosed to manage access to device information. The system may include a plurality of devices configured to provide device information to a device management server. The system may also include a remote server including the device management server. The device management server may be configured to receive the device information, to determine a receiver for the device information based on one or more permission settings for the plurality of devices, to provide the device information to the determined receiver, and to provide a device management interface, the device management interface comprises an interface for modifying the permission settings for one or more particular devices associated with a user account accessing the device management interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Neal Berarducci, Thomas Kurian, Philip Gerskovich, Valik Solorzano Barboza, Euro Beinat, Carolyn M. Ricci
  • Publication number: 20130118596
    Abstract: A gas flow device and method are provided for controlling the flow of gases into a process chamber. The gas flow device includes one of more pressure reduction stages, a metering valve, a pressure gauge, and a control system. the gas flow device provides a steady and stable flow of gas from a gas source to a process chamber held at sub-atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: THOMAS NEAL HORSKY
  • Patent number: 8390999
    Abstract: Various technologies for cooling a computer system are described. In accordance with one described embodiment, a fan assembly system for a computer comprises a fan operable for cooling the computer and a fan duct coupled with the fan. The fan duct comprises a number of attaching features. The fan is suspended at least one component of the computer. Moreover, the suspended fan enables air to flow between the fan and the component (e.g., a heatsink) to facilitate cooling of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Robert Throop, Ken Robertson
  • Publication number: 20120130916
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 8108321
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Urbissimo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 7831441
    Abstract: Responding to an account reactivation request includes receiving an account reactivation request from a former subscriber having a deactivated account and automatically accessing stored account information related to the deactivated account based on the account reactivation request. The stored account information is compared with a reactivation standard to produce a comparison result. Based on the comparison result a response to the reactivation request is provided. The receiving, accessing, comparing, and responding may be performed by a computer without interaction between the former subscriber and a service representative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Joseph Juneau, Thomas Neal Donegan, Dmitri Vasilievich Kochetkov, Allen Thomas Swann, Patricia Carter Tobin, David Crane Bishop, Gregory John Weiss
  • Patent number: 7797950
    Abstract: An active thermal insulation system is disclosed. The system utilizes a cool air source in conjunction with a phase change material and/or conventional insulation. In a controlled manner, the cool air source facilitates the transition of the phase change material from a substantially liquid state to a substantially solid state allowing the solid phase change material to absorb heat. Cool air may be directed to the phase change material via a duct, plenum or other suitable passageway capable of introducing the cool air to the phase change material. A system outlet allows heat created during the phase change material's transition from a liquid state to a solid state to be exhausted to the atmosphere or elsewhere. The system is ideal for desert and other warm weather climates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Neal Energy Management LLC
    Inventors: Keith R. Brower, Burt Dole, Thomas Neal
  • Patent number: 7735327
    Abstract: An active thermal insulation system is disclosed. The system utilizes a cool air source or ambient air below a threshold temperature in conjunction with a phase change material and/or conventional insulation. In a controlled manner, the cooled air or ambient air facilitates the transition of the phase change material from a substantially liquid state to a substantially solid state allowing the solid phase change material to absorb heat. Cooled air or ambient air may be directed to the phase change material via a gap or plenum capable of introducing the cooled air or ambient air adjacent to the phase change material. A fan, blower or air intake device may be used to direct ambient air to the gap or plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Neal Energy Management LLC
    Inventors: Keith R. Brower, Burt Dole, Thomas Neal, Daniel J. Shramo
  • Patent number: 7463836
    Abstract: A printing device (10) such as a laser printer includes a fuser assembly (200) with a fuser wiper (210) that can be removed and replaced by a user during normal maintenance to extend the useful life of the fuser assembly (200). Indicators (b0, b1) stored in a memory device (144) can be read by a print engine (36) of a printer (10) either when a print cartridge (100) is first inserted into the printer (10) or at specified times thereafter. Depending on the contents of the memory device (144), the print engine (36) may send a notification message to the printer's raster image processor (150) to cause a message to be displayed on the printer's operational/display panel (254) that informs a user the fuser wiper (210) should be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Lexmark International Inc
    Inventors: Douglas Anthony Able, Thomas Neal Barnes, Patrick O. Bischel, Rickey Carter Brown, William Keith Richardson, Louann Behymer Samuels, Kevin Dean Schoedinger, Gregory Scott Tigges
  • Publication number: 20080243673
    Abstract: A method for producing a timestamped series of price data of a financial instrument from its prices. The timestamped series includes a timestamp associated with each price. Each timestamp has a timestamp precision of one millisecond or less and a timestamp accuracy equal to or shorter than the timestamp precision. At least one timestamping processor is provided to receive the prices. The internal clock of each timestamping processor is synchronized to a universal time with a time precision and accuracy equal to or shorter than half of the timestamp precision. Each price is applied to a timestamping processor with a predetermined time delay after quotation. Each time delay has a time delay precision and accuracy equal to or shorter than half of the timestamp precision. The timestamp is determined for each applied price based on the corresponding delay time and internal time when the price is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Ralph Bruce Ferguson, Thomas Neal Falkenberry
  • Patent number: 7395212
    Abstract: Responding to an account reactivation request includes receiving an account reactivation request from a former subscriber having a deactivated account and automatically accessing stored account information related to the deactivated account based on the account reactivation request. The stored account information is compared with a reactivation standard to produce a comparison result. Based on the comparison result a response to the reactivation request is provided. The receiving, accessing, comparing, and responding may be performed by a computer without interaction between the former subscriber and a service representative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: AOL LLC
    Inventors: Brad Joseph Juneau, Thomas Neal Donegan, Dmitri Vasilievich Kochetkov, Allen Thomas Swann, Patricia Carter Tobin, David Crane Bishop, Gregory John Weiss
  • Publication number: 20080094795
    Abstract: Various technologies for cooling a computer system are described. In accordance with one described embodiment, a fan assembly system for a computer comprises a fan operable for cooling the computer and a fan duct coupled with the fan. The fan duct comprises a number of attaching features. The fan is suspended at least one component of the computer. Moreover, the suspended fan enables air to flow between the fan and the component (e.g., a heatsink) to facilitate cooling of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Robert Throop, Ken Robertson