Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Bose, McKinney & Evans
  • Patent number: 8326393
    Abstract: An implantable sensor is provide which can be used for determining a concentration of at least one analyte in a medium, in particular a body tissue and/or a body fluid. The implantable sensor has a layered construction with at least one insulating carrier substrate and at least two electrodes which are arranged in at least two different layer planes of the implantable sensor and are electrically isolated from one another by the at least one insulating carrier substrate. The electrodes have electrode areas which face the medium when the sensor has been implanted, and are in contact with the medium over a large area and substantially uniformly, directly or via a generally analyte-permeable membrane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Holger Kotzan, Gregor Bainczyk
  • Patent number: 8323245
    Abstract: An infusion device with safeguards for protecting a patient from inappropriate infusion during a malfunction comprises a pump, an electronic controller for controlling the pump, and a mechanical stop facility for stopping the pump by mechanically blocking pump motion. The stop facility periodically requires resetting by the controller to continue infusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans List, Hans-Peter Haar
  • Patent number: 8318106
    Abstract: The invention relates to an analysis system for analyzing a sample on a test element. The system has an analysis unit for generating a signal as a function of an analyte contained in a sample, and a detection unit for detecting the signal. The analysis system further includes a test element holder into which the test element can be reversibly introduced and in which it can be positioned relative to the analysis unit and the detection unit. The test element contains at least one guide element, which is suitable for laterally guiding the test element, so that the test element in the test element holder is held and guided only on an outer region of the test element, and an inner region of the test element introduced into the test element holder remains free. The test element contains a sample application site in the inner region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Jansen, Jochen Schulat, Yvonne Ringelspacher
  • Patent number: 8313696
    Abstract: A test tape for analyzing body fluids is provided comprising a flexible carrier tape and a plurality of test fields arranged spaced apart thereon for the detection of an analyte in the body fluid. The carrier tape is provided with indicator areas to register the distance and/or determine the position of the test tape or its components during tape transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Manfred Seidenstricker, Karl Miltner, Edgar Baumann, Konstanze Bogumil, Wolfgang Heck
  • Patent number: 8309831
    Abstract: A music box having an easily removable electronic movement. The easily interchangeable nature of the movement allows consumers to easily combine a desired music box configuration with an electronic movement that plays a desired musical tune. It also allows a consumer to purchase multiple movements to thereby allow the consumer to periodically change the musical tune played by the music box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cottage Garden, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Timm
  • Patent number: 8308177
    Abstract: A lift assembly installable on a vehicle. The lift assembly includes a support structure securable to the vehicle, a pair of parallel vertically extending geared tracks and a vertically moveable drive assembly. The drive assembly includes (a) a mounting structure; (b) a selectively reversible motor; (c) a pair of gears; and (d) a moveable first tread. The gears are engaged with the tracks and rotatably supported on the mounting structure. The gears are also drivingly coupled with the motor wherein operation of the motor selectively raises and lowers the mounting structure relative to the support structure. The moveable first tread is secured to the mounting structure and is adapted to support an operator whereby raising and lowering the mounting structure raises and lowers an operator positioned on the first tread. In some embodiments, the lift assembly includes water-resistant foot-operable switches to control the raising and lowering of the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Gary L. Fravel, William C. Hamrick
  • Patent number: 8303906
    Abstract: An analytical test element for determining an analyte in a body fluid comprises a detection area in which the analyte is detected and an application site at which the body fluid can be applied to the test element. The application site is spaced apart from the detection area, wherein at least some of the body fluid applied to the application site moves from the application site to the detection area. The test element also comprises a contamination area which at least partially adjoins the application site, wherein an adhesive substance is applied to at least part of the contamination area of the test element. The adhesive substance adheres to the contamination area of the test element and is able to interact with an excess amount of applied body fluid such that at least some of the body fluid adheres to the test element and thereby an excess amount of body fluid remains in the contamination area. An additional embodiment provides for test elements which, after use, can be stored in a storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Branislav Babic, Martin Frank, Hans-Ludwig Griesheimer, Juergen Hoferer, Rudolf Pachl, Wilfried Schmid
  • Patent number: 8287467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a puncturing system for generating a puncture wound for obtaining a sample of a body fluid, comprising a press-on part to be pressed onto a body part in which a puncture wound is to be generated, a triggering means, by the actuation of which a user can trigger a puncturing motion of a puncturing element after the press-on part is pressed on, and a testing facility for determining at least one test parameter on which a sample-obtaining probability depends. A securing facility is also provided that, in a locked state, locks the triggering means such that no puncturing motion can be triggered, and, in a triggering state, releases the triggering means such that a puncturing motion can be triggered by actuation thereof, whereby the securing facility is transitioned from the locked state to the triggering state by the testing facility when the test parameter determined by the testing facility meets defined minimum requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans List, Christian Hoerauf, Frank Deck, Thomas Weiss, Michael Keil, Guenther Schmelzeisen-Redeker, Heinrich Fruhstorfer, Hans-Peter Haar, Uwe Kraemer, Joachim Hoenes, Karl Miltner
  • Patent number: 8262684
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lancet system having a lancet tip protected by a sterile protector. The sterile protector includes a weakened portion near the tip end of the protector, which, during a puncturing operation, separates or tears in order to release the lancet tip. Other embodiments of the present invention include a pricking aid and/or lancet system provided as a magazine for holding a plurality of lancets. Each lancet of the plurality has a sterile protector as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans List
  • Patent number: 8231645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to lancet device by which a lancet is displaceable along a piercing path to generate a piercing wound in a skin surface, in particular to obtain body fluid for diagnostic purposes. To achieve performance of a piercing movement which is low in noise and shock, the lancet drive may include a control unit for regulating the piercing depth of the lancet and the lancet may be implemented to oscillate freely out in the piercing direction without delimitation by a mechanical piercing depth stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans List
  • Patent number: 8231547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a puncturing system for withdrawing body fluid. The puncturing system comprises a disposable puncturing unit, which includes a needle element for piercing into skin and a puncturing depth reference element with a skin contact area. The system includes a puncturing instrument which has a puncturing drive, wherein the puncturing drive is coupled by a coupling mechanism to the puncturing unit for driving the needle element to a puncturing depth, the puncturing depth being determined by the distance in the piercing direction between the skin contact area and the position of the tip of the needle at a reversal point of the puncturing movement. The puncturing depth reference element is connected to the needle element such that the puncturing depth reference element moves with the needle element during at least part of the puncturing movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Deck, Ortrud Quarder, Thomas Weiss, Christian Hörauf, Michael Keil, Ahmet Konya, Herbert Harttig, Felix Baader, Hans List, Karl-Peter Ebert
  • Patent number: 8231548
    Abstract: A portable measuring system which analyzes a liquid sample for at least one analyte. The portable measuring system has a substantially moisture-proof housing with an internal atmosphere. The housing prevents moisture from the air and water vapor from penetrating into the housing. The portable measuring system also has at least one test element support inserted into the internal atmosphere of the housing. The test element support is equipped with a retaining structure and a test element that is supported by the retaining structure. The test element support is designed such that, after insertion into the internal atmosphere, the test element is exposed to the internal atmosphere. A release mechanism is also provided which can convey at least one test element into an application position within the internal atmosphere of the housing. In this application position, the liquid sample can be applied to the test element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Joachim Hoenes
  • Patent number: 8226890
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovative means for efficient and secure component assembly and for ensuring secure electrical connections in a small diagnostics device where available space for fasteners is limited. In one embodiment, principles of leverage are employed to produce a force at a location where space is available. The force is transferred to a different location of the assembly where it is used to maintain secure connections between components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Cadio, Bryan Rolfs, Aleksey Pirkhalo, James Wolford
  • Patent number: 8226793
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for producing an analytical tape for liquid samples in which a rollable transport tape is provided with test fields that are spaced apart in the direction of the tape for analyzing the liquid samples. A multilayered test label tape is prefabricated from at least a detection film and an adhesive tape and subsequently the test fields are transferred as self-adhesive test labels from the test label tape onto the transport tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Volker Zimmer, Joachim Hoenes, Werner Ruhl
  • Patent number: 8211245
    Abstract: The invention concerns an analytical test element in which the sample liquid is transported from a sample application site to a determination site, where a detection site lies upstream of the sample application site in the transport direction. The analytical test element has at least one surface which is composed of at least one element that can be oxidized with water or an alloy that can be oxidized with water which has been treated by the action of boiling water or water vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Volker Zimmer, Hans-Peter Braun
  • Patent number: 8210870
    Abstract: A coupler including electrical and pneumatic interfaces. The coupler includes a manifold having pneumatic apertures and a support having connector apertures to accommodate one or more valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: SMC Corporation of America
    Inventors: David M. Phillips, Toru Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8186566
    Abstract: A process for cohesive bonding between a metal surface and a nonmetallic substrate is provided. The non-metallic substrate may comprise a plurality of microfilaments and/or nanofilaments dispersed into and below the surface of the substrate. The application of pressure and laterally-oriented high frequency and low amplitude vibration may allow for diffusion bonding between the metal surface and material of the nanofilaments. Another method includes discharging energy from a bank of capacitors to melt adjoining surfaces of the metal surface and nonmetallic substrate. Additionally, a cohesive bonding method may further comprise converting electrical oscillations of ultrasonic frequency into ultrasonic vibrations which are transmitted to the metal body and/or substrate for fusing the two materials together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Nexgeneering Technology LLC
    Inventors: Eugen Abramovici, David E. Gevers, Lucian M. Silvian
  • Patent number: 8176857
    Abstract: A furniture unit adapted for use with another unit having a similar design. The furniture unit includes a top panel, a latch member and a slot. The latch member projects outwardly from the furniture unit proximate the top panel and the slot is defined in the furniture unit proximate the top panel. The slot is adapted to securably receive the latch member whereby the two furniture units can be secured together. A plurality of legs extends away from the top panel. The legs are angled progressively outwardly as the legs extend away from the top panel whereby the furniture units can be stacked on top of one another for storage. Various accessories are disclosed which can be used with the furniture unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Kyle A. Ochs
  • Patent number: D664258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Harkin, Christopher Kilbane, Sebastian Liedtke
  • Patent number: D665703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Wing, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Bowlby