Patents by Inventor Thomas R. Berger

Thomas R. Berger 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: 20200197030
    Abstract: Disclosed is a positioning instrument that includes: two branches equipped at the proximal end thereof with an opposite jaw between which the graft is positioned, the two branches moving closer to one another by a translation movement; and a drill bush including a first hole and a second hole, separated by a distance and sized for the passage and guidance of a bone drill bit. Also disclosed are an instrument kit as well as a method for attaching a graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Jean-Marie BERGER, Pierric DERANSART, Christopher R. CHUINARD, Thomas Bradley EDWARDS, Grant E. GARRIGUES, Armodios M. HATZIDAKIS, Gregory P. NICHOLSON, Felix Buddy SAVOIE
  • Publication number: 20200171507
    Abstract: A control unit for a food waste disposer has a controller that determines operational status of the food waste disposer based on motor loading of an induction motor of the food waste disposer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Thomas R. BERGER, Charles A. FARAGO, Ronnie A. WUNDERLICH, Gregory L. CLEVELAND, Alan S. ROHULICH
  • Patent number: 10664792
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell
  • Patent number: 10486162
    Abstract: A food waste disposer system (300) has active noise control of food waste disposer noise that is generated by the food waste disposer (302) when a motor of the food waste disposer (302) is running. The food waste disposer (302) has a food conveying section that conveys food waste to a grinding section. The grinding section has a rotatable shredder plate that is rotated by a motor of a motor section. Active noise sound waves (310) are radiated into an area (313) where the food waste disposer noise is to be controlled at an amplitude and frequency to at least cancel or mask the food waste disposer noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Samuel Alberts, Thomas R. Berger
  • Publication number: 20180293538
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell
  • Patent number: 9968940
    Abstract: A food waste disposer system has a food waste disposer and a rechargeable power source that provides power to a motor of the food waste disposer. In an aspect, the motor is a permanent magnet DC motor having a nominal no-load speed in the range of 15,000 revolutions per minute to 30,000 revolutions per minute and the motor section includes a gear reduction mechanism. In an aspect, the food waste disposer system includes a power module that communicates wirelessly with a wireless activator. In an aspect, a stopper receivable in an inlet of the food waste disposer includes or is couplable to a power source which in an aspect is a rechargeable power source and in an aspect, is disposed in a housing of the stopper. In an aspect, the stopper includes a cord for coupling the stopper to the power source which is a source of AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Thomas Hartmann, Nicholas J. Hirsch, Thomas R. Berger, Jiming Sun
  • Publication number: 20170358290
    Abstract: A food waste disposer system (300) has active noise control of food waste disposer noise that is generated by the food waste disposer (302) when a motor of the food waste disposer (302) is running. The food waste disposer (302) has a food conveying section that conveys food waste to a grinding section. The grinding section has a rotatable shredder plate that is rotated by a motor of a motor section. Active noise sound waves (310) are radiated into an area (313) where the food waste disposer noise is to be controlled at an amplitude and frequency to at least cancel or mask the food waste disposer noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Samuel ALBERTS, Thomas R. BERGER
  • Publication number: 20170203987
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for a food loading station having a disposer that grinds food waste that is located at a facility that processes food waste. A storage tank receives a slurry of food waste and water from the disposer. A controller is connected to the disposer and in communication with a scale that senses a weight of the food waste before grinding by the disposer. A remote module is in communication with the controller, receives the sensed weight of the food waste, and calculates, based on the sensed weight, a total amount of the food waste ground by the disposer and received by the storage tank over a predetermined time period. A terminal associated with the facility and connected to the remote module receives a report that includes diverted food waste data for the predetermined time period corresponding to the total amount of food waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. MCMAHON, Matthew WHITENER, Gregory J. CHESACK, Thomas R. BERGER, Cynthia C. JARA-ALMONTE
  • Publication number: 20160300183
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. BERGER, Joseph E. DENNY, David S. ROBINS, LaMonte Peter KOOP, Edward Allen PAYNE, Robert W. TWITCHELL
  • Patent number: 9386553
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160053473
    Abstract: A food waste disposer system has a food waste disposer and a rechargeable power source that provides power to a motor of the food waste disposer. In an aspect, the motor is a permanent magnet DC motor having a nominal no-load speed in the range of 15,000 revolutions per minute to 30,000 revolutions per minute and the motor section includes a gear reduction mechanism. In an aspect, the food waste disposer system includes a power module that communicates wirelessly with a wireless activator. In an aspect, a stopper receivable in an inlet of the food waste disposer includes or is couplable to a power source which in an aspect is a rechargeable power source and in an aspect, is disposed in a housing of the stopper. In an aspect, the stopper includes a cord for coupling the stopper to the power source which is a source of AC power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Thomas HARTMANN, Nicholas J. HIRSCH, Thomas R. BERGER, Jiming SUN
  • Publication number: 20150251921
    Abstract: A food waste collector system includes a tank and a pump that recirculates water by pumping it from the tank and back into the tank, and a bacteria treatment method and system that treats the recirculating water to reduce bacteria. In an aspect, the bacteria treatment includes irradiation of recirculating water by ultraviolet light to sterilize bacteria. In an aspect, the bacteria treatment includes killing bacteria in the recirculating water with oxidizers. In an aspect, the bacteria treatment includes killing bacteria in the recirculating water with ozone. In an aspect, the food waste collector system includes an ultraviolet (UV) tube holder in which one or more UV tubes are disposed and through which the recirculating water is pumped. In an aspect, the UV tube holder has an inner wall surface with a catalytic surface coating that in conjunction with the UV light provides an oxidation process that generates the oxidizers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: William SOBANSKI, Thomas R. BERGER
  • Patent number: 8646707
    Abstract: A food waste disposer has a food conveying section that receives food waste and water; a grind section including a grind mechanism, and a motor section including a motor. The grind mechanism includes a rotating shredder plate assembly that is rotated in a grind ring to grind food waste to form a slurry of ground food waste and water. The upper end bell has a circumferentially sloped floor and the upper end bell also includes a turbulence imparting feature that imparts turbulence in the slurry as it flows through a discharge channel of the upper end bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Berger
  • Patent number: 8611323
    Abstract: A system includes one or more wireless islands, one or more incident management applications, and one or more message management and routing (MMR) systems. Each MMR systems is configured to act as an intermediary for communication between one of the wireless islands and one or more of the incident management applications. One of the wireless islands includes a radio network. The radio network includes a plurality of remote sensor nodes (RSNs), and a gateway controller. An RSN of the plurality of RSNs is worn by ESS personnel, the gateway controller is mounted to an ESS vehicle, and the RSN is configured to wirelessly communicate with the gateway controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, Stephen A. Wallace, Raymond T. Gurgone, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell, Rodney A. Hilton, Randy Edwards
  • Patent number: 8444784
    Abstract: Insensitive munition-type explosive material and methods for forming insensitive munition-type explosive material are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, an insensitive munition-type explosive material comprises a particle of BNCP and a surfactant-comprising shell that encapsulates the particle of BNCP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Sami Daoud, Thomas R. Berger, Michael J. Villeburn
  • Patent number: 8434411
    Abstract: Explosive devices, and in particular cluster explosively-formed penetrator warhead devices, are described herein. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a spherically-shaped explosive device comprises an initiator, a fuze component system configured to ignite the initiator, and a substantially spherical explosive charge surrounding the initiator. The substantially spherical explosive charge has a substantially spherical surface. A plurality of liners are on the substantially spherical surface of the substantially spherical explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Sami Daoud, Thomas R. Berger, Michael J. Villeburn
  • Publication number: 20130072144
    Abstract: A system includes one or more wireless islands, one or more incident management applications, and one or more message management and routing (MMR) systems. Each MMR systems is configured to act as an intermediary for communication between one of the wireless islands and one or more of the incident management applications. One of the wireless islands includes a radio network. The radio network includes a plurality of remote sensor nodes (RSNs), and a gateway controller. An RSN of the plurality of RSNs is worn by ESS personnel, the gateway controller is mounted to an ESS vehicle, and the RSN is configured to wirelessly communicate with the gateway controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, Stephen A. Wallace, Raymond T. Gurgone, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell, Rodney A. Hilton, Randy Edwards
  • Publication number: 20130048768
    Abstract: A food waste disposer includes a food conveying section, a motor section and a grind and discharge section. The grind and discharge section is disposed between the food conveying section and the motor section and includes a grind section and a discharge section. The food conveying section conveys food waste to the grind section. The grind section includes a grind mechanism having a stationary grind ring and a rotating shredder plate assembly that rotates within the stationary grind ring to grind food waste. The rotating shredder plate assembly is rotated by a motor of the motor section. The rotating shredder plate assembly includes a shredder plate and one or more lugs. The food waste disposer has a battery coupled to it that provides power to the motor. In an aspect, the battery is a removable, rechargeable battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Berger
  • Publication number: 20130016636
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130015277
    Abstract: A food waste disposer has a food conveying section that receives food waste and water; a grind section including a grind mechanism, and a motor section including a motor. The grind mechanism includes a rotating shredder plate assembly that is rotated in a grind ring to grind food waste to form a slurry of ground food waste and water. The upper end bell has a flat floor and a shredder plate of the rotating shredder plate assembly includes a pumping vane that extends into the discharge channel and occupies at least twenty-percent of a cross-sectional area of the discharge channel. In an aspect, the motor is an induction motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Dane Hofmeister, Thomas R. Berger