Patents Represented by Law Firm Workman, Nydegger & Jensen
  • Patent number: 5483999
    Abstract: A waste collection system for receiving contaminated fluids in a manner which helps to prevent splashing of fluids or spilling them while they are being collected, thereby increasing protection to personnel, and which also keeps the fluids safely contained until ready for permanent disposal. In one presently preferred embodiment, the waste collection system includes a receptacle in which an absorbent pad is placed. The top of the receptacle is then sealed with a lid in an essentially fluid-tight fit. The surface of the lid is concave and slopes inwardly to a point at which an opening is formed, and a circular foam disc is placed at the opening. The foam material is provided with slits so that fluid can be introduced to the interior of the receptacle by either injecting a device such as a syringe through the slits or by permitting fluid to directly contact the foam material of the disc, which provides absorption and wicking action so that fluids will readily pass through the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred P. Lampropoulos, Richard L. Young, Cindy A. Bushman, Bryan R. Lampropoulos
  • Patent number: 5409631
    Abstract: The present invention discloses high viscosity sustained release dental compositions, such as tooth bleaching or fluoride compositions, for treating tooth surfaces. For maximum results, an improved dental tray having reservoirs for holding the dental composition adjacent the desired tooth surfaces is preferably used in combination with the sustained release dental composition. The sustained release dental compositions include a high carboxypolymethylene concentration which results in very high viscosity. The high level of carboxypolymethylene makes dilution of the dental compositions from saliva difficult and time consuming so that the compositions stay within the tray reservoirs, thereby providing sustained release. The concentrated carboxypolymethylene adds a unique tackiness to the dental composition which helps retain and seal the soft tray material against the patient's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Ultradent Products
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5386097
    Abstract: A device for machining the surface of a thin-walled hollow cylinder using a laser beam. The laser beam is directed essentially radially onto the surface of the hollow cylinder and can be moved in a longitudinal direction along the cylinder's length as the cylinder is rotated, producing a rotary screen. A support bearing can move along with the laser beam for supporting the hollow cylinder around its circumference. The support bearing is stationary in the circumferential direction of the hollow cylinder, that is to say it cannot rotate around the latter, while in addition the laser beam passes through an opening extending radially in the support bearing. As a result, the vibration of the hollow cylinder can be damped in the immediate vicinity of the point of impingement of the laser beam on the hollow cylinder so that very precise master patterns can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Schablonentechnik, Kufstein, Gesellschaft
    Inventor: Siegfried Ruckl
  • Patent number: 5378085
    Abstract: Methods are provided for the constructing of subterranean soil-cement structures in situ. The methods utilize techniques designed to prolong the period of time in which an auger machine can operate in a bore hole without encountering difficulty due to the hardening of the soil-cement mixture. The techniques utilized include a preparatory drilling phase during which a lubricating slurry may be injected. This preparatory drilling serves to break up the soil and particularly if a lubricating slurry is used, reduce friction so that final drilling may progress more quickly. After preparatory drilling, final drilling takes place. Final drilling is divided into a downward and an upward phase. Either hardening or non-hardening slurry may be introduced and consolidated with the soil during the downward phase, but only hardening slurry is typically utilized during the upward phase of final drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: S. M. W. Seiko
    Inventors: Ikuo Kono, David S. Yang
  • Patent number: 5376006
    Abstract: The present invention discloses high viscosity sustained release dental compositions, such as tooth bleaching or fluoride compositions, for treating tooth surfaces. For maximum results, an improved dental tray having reservoirs for holding the dental composition adjacent the desired tooth surfaces is preferably used in combination with the sustained release dental composition. The sustained release dental compositions include a high carboxypolymethylene concentration which results in very high viscosity. The high level of carboxypolymethylene makes dilution of the dental compositions from saliva difficult and time consuming so that the compositions stay within the tray reservoirs, thereby providing sustained release. The concentrated carboxypolymethylene adds a unique tackiness to the dental composition which helps retain and seal the soft tray material against the patient's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5374287
    Abstract: A defibrillator and demand pacer catheter is defined by a flexible, electrically nonconductive probe having an electrically conductive pathway longitudinally disposed therein. Attached to one end of the probe is a defibrillator electrode capable of anchoring the probe to the septum of a heart and of transmitting from said conductive pathway directly to the interior of the septum a portion of an electrical defibrillation pulse sufficient to defibrillate the heart. The defibrillation pulse is delivered in such a manner so as to avoid injuring the heart tissue immediately adjacent to the defibrillator electrode. In the preferred embodiment, the defibrillator electrode is helical; however, it is also envisioned as being a lance. Alternatively, the catheter further comprises a ground electrode, a demand pacer electrode, and a supplemental defibrillator electrode attached to the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: British Technology Group USA Inc.
    Inventor: Leo Rubin
  • Patent number: 5372136
    Abstract: A system for determining the hematocrit transcutaneously and noninvasively. Disclosed are a finger clip assembly and an earlobe clip assembly, each including at least a pair of emitters and a photodiode in appropriate alignment to enable operation in either a transmissive mode or a reflectance mode. At least two, and preferably three, predetermined wavelengths of light are passed onto or through body tissues such as the finger, earlobe, or scalp, etc. and the extinction of each wavelength is detected. Mathematical manipulation of the detected values compensates for the effects of body tissue and fluid and determines the hematocrit value. If a fourth wavelength of light is used which is extinguished substantially differently by oxyhemoglobin and reduced hemoglobin and which is not substantially extinguished by plasma, then the blood oxygen saturation value, independent of hematocrit, may be determined.It is also disclosed how to detect and analyze multiple wavelengths using a logarithmic DC analysis technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Noninvasive Medical Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Steuer, David H. Harris
  • Patent number: 5368415
    Abstract: An apparatus for constructing subterranean structures, soil-chemicals mixture or soil-agents mixture by using a multi-shaft auger machine to mix soil with a chemical hardener in situ. As the auger shafts of the multi-shaft auger machine penetrate the soil, spiral flights attached to the auger shaft above the initial auger blades assist soil in passing by supporting structures located between adjacent auger shafts. The spiral flights both assist in raising the soil beyond the supporting structures and also prevent reagglomeration of the soil prior to passing by the supporting structures. The spiral flights have a diameter less than that of the auger blades attached to the shaft below the spiral flights and have a connection ranging from 360 degrees to 720 degrees around the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: S. M. W. Seiko
    Inventors: Ikuo Kono, David S. Yang
  • Patent number: 5368869
    Abstract: Novel compositions and methods are disclosed for lowfat and skim milk products which have an increased creamy mouthfeel, whiter color, and taste sensations similar to milk with a high fat content. The textured milk products involves skim milk and lowfat milk being treated with a milk coagulant to partially coagulate and aggregate proteins in the milk. The enzyme-treated milks are heat-processed to denature the coagulating enzyme. The finished milk products are then cooled and stored at an appropriate refrigeration temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Utah State University Foundation
    Inventors: Paul A. Savello, Hector A. Solorio
  • Patent number: 5366701
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus and methods used in chemically reducing pollutants in effluent gas flow. More particularly, the present invention relates to ionization of effluent gas from an effluent gas source by passage of the effluent gas through a resonance field, and potentialization and purification of the effluent gas by passage of the effluent gas through a continuous electrical arc. Preferably, the resonance field and the continuous electrical arc are both generated by an alternating current. The result of using the apparatus and method of the present invention is a release of stabilized air particles without a high consumption of energy, and without producing waste products requiring subsequent collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Environmental Plasma Arc Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward O. Taylor, Carole A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5364267
    Abstract: A syringe system for matching tooth composite colors to natural tooth colors. The system includes a plurality of delivery syringes each having therein a different colored tooth composite. A visible portion of each delivery syringe is colored with the same color as the tooth composite within that delivery syringe. Therefore, matching tooth composite color to natural tooth color can be performed by simple viewing of the delivery syringes. An organizer displays the delivery syringes in such a way that the colored portion of each delivery syringe is clearly visible. The organizer also displays the delivery syringes in such way that the delivery syringes together provide a visible palette of colors from which to choose a matching tooth composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5362642
    Abstract: A cell culture media containment system is provided having a mixing bag substantially enclosed within a storage bag. Powdered cell culture media and other constituents are introduced into the mixing bag and are mixed therein. Thereafter, the reconstituted media is conveyed from the mixing bag into the storage bag undergoing sterilization during conveyance therebetween. The reconstituted cell culture media may then be stored in a sterilized condition in the storage bag or maybe dispensed into a cell growth container. In another embodiment of the present invention a plurality of storage bags or mixing bags may be utilized so that reconstituted cell culture media may be both mixed and dispensed while protein-laden cell culture media may be simultaneously harvested back into another of the plurality of storage bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Hyclone Laboratories
    Inventor: Dale G. Kern
  • Patent number: 5360407
    Abstract: The invention comprises an infusion device for infusing fluids to a patient having a plurality of, preferably two, enclosed open cavities, equipped with self-sealing septums. The device comprises a housing having a base, a cap, and a dual-port stem exiting the base and communicating with the open cavities. The cap comprises a tactile raised locating ridge positioned between, and adjacent to, the septums or other self-sealing means so configured that a doctor can simultaneously determine where each septum is located as soon as he locates the single ridge. A doctor can also differentiate between each septum, and determine the location of structures associated with each septum. Furthermore, the ridge is so configured that it does not enclose an area of tissue of the patient, thereby precluding the problem of necrosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnie Leonard, Daniel Wadsworth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5358481
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for variably controlling the ratio of blood to cardioplegia solution to be administered to a patient. A presently preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the invention comprises a multilumen tubing member having a blood supply lumen and three cardioplegia supply lumens, each having approximately the same tubing wall thickness, but having different inside diameters so that causing flow through different combinations of the cardioplegia lumens will result in different ratios of blood to cardioplegia. The four tubes comprising the multilumen tubing member are advantageously connected by web members, thereby facilitating use with a roller pump and minimizing the tangle of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Research Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Todd, Kevin G. Marcus
  • Patent number: 5358676
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hydraulically bonded cement compositions and methods of manufacture. Hydraulically bonded cement compositions and methods of manufacture include materials prepared by manipulating under pressure powdered hydraulic cement compositions using known or novel powder packing, casting, or expanding techniques, such that air within the powdered hydraulic cement is successfully removed while the cement is formed into a self-supporting near net final position. Thereafter, the formed hydraulic cement article is hydrated without mechanical mixing of the cement and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: E. Khashoggi Industries
    Inventors: Hamlin M. Jennings, Per J. Andersen, Simon K. Hodson
  • Patent number: 5356391
    Abstract: A gastrostomy tube having a collapsible, internal retention flange is disclosed, and the gastrostomy tube is inserted into a patient's stomach by a percutaneous endoscopic or other suitable technique. The internal retention flange comprises a dome shape that will not only reduce patient risk during the placement procedure, but will also allow for a more consistent and less traumatic external removal procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Medical Innovations Corp.
    Inventor: Daren L. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5355908
    Abstract: A pipe union assembly with embodiments which are capable of use over a very wide temperature range and which may be cycled through temperatures varying widely from the ambient assembly temperature and also over a wide range of pressures without the need to be retightened. Embodiments of the invention also include structures to automatically check the flow of fluids from the components of the pipe union upon disassembly of the union. The pipe union generally comprises one or more fitting members and a sealing member. The sealing member receives a ridge formed on each fitting member in a sealing fashion. One or more external sleeves hold the fitting member and the sealing member in sealing engagement. The materials from which each fitting member and sealing member are fabricated may be chosen so as to exhibit the proper hardness characteristics and thermal expansion coefficients. A compensating washer is also provided to increase compensation for thermal contractions at low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Hiltap Fittings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin H. Berger, Leo L. Krywitsky, Lee A. Krywitsky
  • Patent number: 5356579
    Abstract: Incorporation of solid removable aggregates into powdered cement which later completely dissolve, evaporate, volatilize, or melt leaving voids in the cement composition is discussed. Cementitious articles are prepared by manipulating powdered hydraulic cement or cement paste compositions into mechanically self-supporting structures of a predetermined configuration and thereafter hydrating the hydraulic cement compositions without mechanical mixing of the cement and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: E. Khashoggi Industries
    Inventors: Hamlin M. Jennings, Simon K. Hodson
  • Patent number: 5353730
    Abstract: A multi-use watercraft wherein a bay, or bays, is formed in the aft portion for docking a personal watercraft (PWC). The PWC are connected to provide propulsion for the multi-use watercraft when so docked in the bay. The multi-use watercraft and the PWC may be separated and used independently while on the water. The PWC may also be docked in the bay of the multi-use watercraft while on the water. Also provided is the ability to sail the multi-use watercraft. Mast, rudders and dagger board may be installed while on the water thus allowing the multi-use watercraft to use wind for propulsion. The multi-use watercraft may be converted to sailing mode with or without the PWC being docked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Dennis W. Talbot
  • Patent number: D351661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer