Patents by Inventor Thomas S. Albrecht

Thomas S. Albrecht 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: 10383754
    Abstract: Methods and devices create an intestinal braking effect, are non-invasive or minimally invasive, and may be reversible. These methods and devices are accomplished via stabilized implantable systems, and ingestible pills. In one embodiment, the implantable system comprises a device delivering a therapeutic substance to a target location within the gastrointestinal tract of a patient in order to initiate an intestinal braking effect which would promote sensations of satiety and stimulate excess weight loss for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Albrecht, Michael S. Cropper, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, John V. Hunt, Mark D. Overmyer, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Stokes, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse, Andrew M. Zwolinski
  • Patent number: 10350099
    Abstract: An endoluminal sleeve device for internally lining a section of the GI tract, comprises a sleeve configured for deployment inside a duodenum, the sleeve having walls of a flexible material defining a sleeve lumen, a proximal end defining a proximal lumen opening, and a distal end defining a distal lumen opening, an anchoring component having a slender transport configuration and a bulky deployed configuration, wherein the anchoring component is locatable at a distance from the proximal sleeve end and connected thereto by an elongated tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Albrecht, Mark S. Zeiner, Jason L Harris, Michael J. Stokes, Mark S. Ortiz, Kevin D. Felder, Michele D'Arcangelo, James W. Voegele
  • Patent number: 7181153
    Abstract: Apparatus for precisely positioning one or more of the work stations of a document printer/copier relative to an internal drum, including a first member, attached to either a work station or the internal drum, having two sections, each section having a reference surface forming an angle therebetween, an actuator for changing the included angle between the first reference surface and second reference surface, thus enabling the included angle to be increased or decreased, and a second member having a reference surface that mates with the pair of reference surfaces, associated with the other of the work station or the internal drum, so as to accurately adjust the work station relative to the internal drum dependent upon the included angle of the first reference surface and second reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Donald S. Hensel, Christopher S. Garcia, D. Steven Kepner, Gary E. Nichols, Jeffrey R. Ulreich, Thomas S. Albrecht, Donald C. Buch, Charles W. Spehrley
  • Patent number: 7120355
    Abstract: A camera assembly has a mount defining an optical axis. The mount has opposed first and second stops. A rocker pivots between the stops. An over-center mechanism biases the rocker toward the nearer stop. A lens turret has primary and secondary openings. The lens turret rotates with the rocker between a first configuration and a second configuration upon pivoting of the rocker between first and second positions. The rocker is movable in a direction parallel to the optical axis, independent of the lens turret in both configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Anthony DiRisio, Thomas S. Albrecht, Michael L. Wirt, Michael A. Litzenberger, Douglas H. Pearson, Joel S. Lawther
  • Patent number: 6987280
    Abstract: A light collector and detector for collecting and detecting light emitted, reflected or transmitted by a scanned information medium, comprising: a planar mirror assembly for extending the width of a scanned information medium and for disposition substantially perpendicular thereto, the planar mirror assembly having a lower edge adjacent to the scanned medium and an upper edge spaced from the lower edge; first and second pyramidal mirrors located side by side facing the planar mirror, the pyramidal mirrors having respective upper edges spaced from the upper edge of the planar mirror and respective lower edges spaced from the lower edge of the planar mirror, thereby to form aligned slots for the passage of a scanning beam of light to a medium to be scanned and for allowing light emitted by, reflected from, or transmitted by the scanned medium to enter the collector; wherein the first pyramidal mirror has a first aperture in an apex region thereof and wherein the second pyramidal mirror has a second aperture in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John C. Boutet, Michael B. Brandt, Andrew M. Dziel, Anna L. Hrycin, James R. Kircher, Christopher M. Muir, Michael K. Rogers, Thomas S. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20040159806
    Abstract: A light collector and detector for collecting and detecting light emitted, reflected or transmitted by a scanned information medium, comprising: a planar mirror assembly for extending the width of a scanned information medium and for disposition substantially perpendicular thereto, the planar mirror assembly having a lower edge adjacent to the scanned medium and an upper edge spaced from the lower edge; first and second pyramidal mirrors located side by side facing the planar mirror, the pyramidal mirrors having respective upper edges spaced from the upper edge of the planar mirror and respective lower edges spaced from the lower edge of the planar mirror, thereby to form aligned slots for the passage of a scanning beam of light to a medium to be scanned and for allowing light emitted by, reflected from, or transmitted by the scanned medium to enter the collector; wherein the first pyramidal mirror has a first aperture in an apex region thereof and wherein the second pyramidal mirror has a second aperture in
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: John C. Boutet, Michael B. Brandt, Andrew M. Dziel, Anna L. Hrycin, James R. Kircher, Christopher M. Muir, Michael K. Rogers, Thomas S. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 6074106
    Abstract: A camera comprising an aperture through which ambient light is passed to cause a film exposure, a shutter blade pivotable open to uncover the aperture to permit ambient light to pass through the aperture and pivotable closed to re-cover the aperture and susceptible of being moved accidentally due to mechanical shock such as when the camera is dropped or jarred, and a shutter actuator movable to pivot the shutter blade open to uncover the aperture, is characterized in that a blocking device is positioned within a blocking range of the shutter blade to block the shutter blade from being pivoted open to uncover the aperture when the shutter blade is moved accidentally due to mechanical shock, and the shutter blade is supported to be moved out of the blocking range of the blocking device when the shutter actuator is moved to pivot the shutter blade open to uncover the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Anthony Dirisio, Thomas S. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 6021282
    Abstract: A camera and method for controlling operation of the camera. The camera includes a film path for receiving a filmstrip and a transport mechanism for advancing the filmstrip along the film path. A motor connected to the transport mechanism is provided for advancing the filmstrip along the film path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Baxter, Thomas S. Albrecht, Shannon A. Young, Leonard R. Richiuso
  • Patent number: 5809351
    Abstract: A dual wheel frame counter comprises a tenths counter wheel having a series of ten or less evenly spaced units and respective evenly spaced actuated members equal in number to the series of at least two units, and a unit counter wheel having a series of ten evenly spaced units which correspond to the series of at least two units of the tenths counter wheel and a single actuating member which successively actuates the actuated members to rotate the tenths counter wheel one unit in response to each rotation of the unit counter wheel ten units. The unit counter wheel includes an opposed-end concentric channel having an opening between opposite ends of the channel. The single actuating member constitutes a protuberance on the unit counter wheel which is positioned in the opening to leave respective ingress and egress spaces in the opening between the protuberance and the opposite ends of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Thomas S. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 5742407
    Abstract: A supporting arrangement for constraining unwanted motions of an original that is being supported for movement through a scanner includes a tray for transporting the original past an image scanning location and five datum surfaces for constraining motion. The tray includes two side rails and an elongated rib arranged underneath the tray generally parallel to the side rails. Three datum surfaces bear against the upper edges of the side rails, two of the datum surfaces positioned against one of the side rails and the other datum surface positioned against the other side rail so as to constrain unwanted motion of the tray in three degrees of motion, and a first force is then impressed against the bottom of the elongated rib. Two other datum surfaces bear against one side of the elongated rib so as to constrain unwanted motion of the tray in two additional degrees of motion, and a second force is then impressed against the other side of the elongated rib between the two datum surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas S. Albrecht, Eric P. Hochreiter, Dale W. Ryan, Martin L. Slade