Patents by Inventor Tom Craven

Tom Craven 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: 20220183751
    Abstract: An interface joint with one or both of a needle actuation mechanism or an integrated shaft rotation mechanism. The interface joint comprises a flexible shaft between a housing and an electrosurgical instrument, e.g. for conveying power and/or fluid therebetween. The needle actuation mechanism comprises an actuation rod extending out of the housing and an actuator movably mounted on the housing. The shaft rotation mechanism comprises a rotation actuator rotatably mounted on the housing and operably coupled to the flexible shaft. Providing an integrated shaft rotation mechanism may obviate the need for a separate torque transmission unit. The improved needle actuation mechanism may use a pivoting connection to enable longer needle extension distances to be achieved for a given actuation distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher Paul HANCOCK, Rohan Monico, Huw Hopkins, Tom Craven, Steve Morris
  • Publication number: 20200268445
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument for delivering electromagnetic energy to biological tissue, the instrument comprising an active tip having an electrically conductive protective hull mounted on an underside thereof. The hull has a smoothly contoured convex undersurface, and is formed as a shaped piece of electrically conductive bio-compatible material having a low coefficient of friction with biological tissue (e.g. stainless steel) which has the dual function of (i) physically protecting tissue that lies underneath the active tip, and (ii) providing an electrical connection between a coaxial feed line and the active tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Paul HANCOCK, Rohan MONICO, Steve MORRIS, Tom CRAVEN, Stefania POHLMANN
  • Publication number: 20200246068
    Abstract: An interface joint with one or both of a needle actuation mechanism or an integrated shaft rotation mechanism. The interface joint comprises a flexible shaft between a housing and an electrosurgical instrument, e.g. for conveying power and/or fluid therebetween. The needle actuation mechanism comprises an actuation rod extending out of the housing and an actuator movably mounted on the housing. The shaft rotation mechanism comprises a rotation actuator rotatably mounted on the housing and operably coupled to the flexible shaft. Providing an integrated shaft rotation mechanism may obviate the need for a separate torque transmission unit. The improved needle actuation mechanism may use a pivoting connection to enable longer needle extension distances to be achieved for a given actuation distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Paul HANCOCK, Rohan MONICO, Huw HOPKINS, Tom CRAVEN, Steve MORRIS
  • Patent number: 7720718
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Patent number: 7532941
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Patent number: 7222080
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Patent number: 7047205
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Publication number: 20040181424
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Publication number: 20040172316
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Publication number: 20040172315
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer
  • Publication number: 20040158482
    Abstract: A method and system for the loading of patrons at multiple attractions at an entertainment includes the first-in first-out line and a priority based line. A cellular telephone is used to obtain and claim priority status. In other forms different priorities are established based on where, when and the number of priority spaces required. Different hierarchies are established for computer controlling the different lines for multiple attractions in the entertainment environment. The system and method also provide for moving people from an area of concentration to other locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory B. Hale, Dale A. Stafford, Andrew Schwalb, Tom Craven, Kenneth W. Schweizer