Patents Examined by Jacqueline Brazin
  • Patent number: 10179333
    Abstract: This invention relates to the design and construction of a novel sample cup including an integral cap for use in XRF Spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Donato Pompa
  • Patent number: 10161876
    Abstract: Polydiacetylenes (PDAs) and PDA/ZnO nanocomposites based on the monomers: 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA), 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid (TCDA) and 10,12-docosadiynedioic acid (DCDA) monomers are chromatic chemical sensing agents for selected organic liquids. Thermochromically reversible compositions include PCDA and nanosize ZnO having a particle size range less than 100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Aide Wu, Zafar Iqbal, John Federici
  • Patent number: 10112199
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a container body of a sample container for use in a centrifuge includes a top wall, an annular skirt wall depending from the top wall and defining a maximum outer diameter, and a handle extending from the top wall and including a central boss and at least two finger grips extending radially outward from the central boss. A respective free terminal end of each of the finger grips is located so as not to extend beyond the maximum outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Piramoon
  • Patent number: 10067104
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydrogel bead for detecting hydrofluoric acid and a kit comprising the same, and more particularly, to a hydrogel bead capable of detecting hydrofluoric acid using an organometallic ligand compound that reversibly changes color depending on the concentration of hydrofluoric acid when coming into contact with hydrofluoric acid, and to a kit for detecting hydrofluoric acid comprising the same. In an embodiment, a method for preparing a hydrogel bead for detecting hydrofluoric acid comprises the steps of: mixing an organic compound, which contains an aromatic functional group having at least one hydroxyl group bonded thereto, with a solution of a metal-ligand compound that bonds with the organic compound, thereby preparing a mixed solution; dropping the mixed solution onto a gelling agent; and adding coagulating agent to the mixture resulting from the dropping step to form a porous bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Sang Yup Lee, Chaemyeong Lee, Min Chul Kim, Jin Young Kwak, Sang Woo Park, Young Jun Lim, Chang Joon Keum
  • Patent number: 10040063
    Abstract: A method for producing a mini-vial of the type including a tubular container or vial, closed at a first end and open at its second end and capable of containing a product in fluid phase, a plunger sealingly movable in the vial through the second end and having an internal cavity capable of receiving the fluid from the vial, the plunger having a first end on which is placed a sealing cap and a second end movably slidable in the vial and at which is located a membrane filter, the plunger and vial being obtained by molding; the plunger being envisaged as overmolded onto the filter located at its second end, the membrane filter forming a single body with the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GVS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Scagliarini, William Pandolfo
  • Patent number: 10040062
    Abstract: A device and method are proved for transferring a target from a first location to a second location. The target is bound to solid phase substrate to form a target bound solid phase substrate. The device includes transfer surface for receiving the target bound solid phase substrate thereon for transfer. The transfer surface movable between a first position wherein the transfer surface is aligned with the first location and spaced therefrom by a distance and a second position wherein the transfer surface is aligned with the second location. An alignment structure aligns the transfer surface with respect to the second location, with the transfer surface in the second position. A force is movable between an attraction position wherein the target bound solid phase substrate are drawn toward the transfer surface and a discharge position wherein the target bound solid phase substrate are free of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: David J. Beebe, Ben P. Casavant, David J. Guckenberger, Scott M. Berry
  • Patent number: 10034660
    Abstract: A method and system for collection of a specimen includes a specimen collection kit. The specimen collection kit includes a collection container adapted to receive the specimen, and a specimen bottle adapted to receive the specimen from the collection container. The kit has a specimen bottle holder having a planar plate with a bottle-receiving opening to receive the specimen bottle. The specimen bottle holder has a curvature such that a pair of edges of the planar plate are adapted to engage a surface therein spacing the bottle-receiving opening from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Cahill Swift, LLC
    Inventors: George Y. Gilpatrick, Jr., Joseph H. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 10035149
    Abstract: A mixing container includes a first container that stores two or more reagents and a second container for mixing two or more reagents. The first container includes reagent storage chambers that are respectively provided for the two or more reagents and have openings formed at portions thereof, and a sealing member that seals the respective openings of the reagent storage chambers. The second container includes an opening portion formed such that the first container can be connected thereto, and protruding portions disposed so as to pierce the sealing member when the first container is connected to the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: ARKRAY, Inc., BODITECH MED INC.
    Inventors: Fumito Hiramura, Hironori Hasegawa, Park Ki Tae, Kim Cheol Min
  • Patent number: 10018562
    Abstract: The present disclosure a biochip including a side emitting-type light-emitting device, in which the bio-chip includes: a light-emitting device for emitting light from a fluorescent material; reflective layers provided over and under the light-emitting device so as to emit light from the sides of the light-emitting device; and reaction regions formed by etching of flanking regions of the light-emitting device. In the biochip, light emitted from the sides of the light-emitting device causes a biochemical reaction in the reaction regions. According to the present disclosure, light emitted from the light-emitting device moves only laterally without being transferred to the top or bottom of the bio-layer, and is transferred to the reaction regions formed by etching of flanking regions of the light-emitting device, so that a biochemical reaction in the reaction regions can be more efficiently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OPTOLANE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Do Young Lee, In Gyun Jeon
  • Patent number: 10001480
    Abstract: A photo-electrochemical bio-sensor uses a semiconductor heterostructure located in an etching solution. An outer layer of the heterostructure is functionalized, such as with a self-assembled monolayer, to provide adherence of a charged molecule of interest. When contacted by a test solution, the functionalization immobilizes a quantity of the molecule that corresponds to its concentration in the test solution. The heterostructure undergoes photocorrosion when illuminated by a laser at a rate corresponding to the quantity of immobilized charged molecules. The rate of photocorrosion is monitored to determine the concentration of the molecule in the test solution. The monitoring may make use of a photoluminescent material in the heterostructure that emits photoluminescence in response to the laser illumination. The photoluminescence changes with the advancement of the photocorrosion, and the change is therefore indicative of the concentration of the molecule in the test solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jan J. Dubowski
  • Patent number: 9990560
    Abstract: A mobile device reads a test strip to determine a chemical condition of a fluid. The mobile device transmits the determined chemical condition to a fluid treatment system which treats the fluid in response to the determined chemical condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Concepts of Missouri, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Decker, Jack Greenwood
  • Patent number: 9989509
    Abstract: An apparatus may be configured to test a beverage, the apparatus may include but is not limited to, a food container, wherein the food container includes a material. An indicator may be combined with at least a portion of the material of the food container, wherein the indicator may be associated with a brand profile that may identify a brand of the food, wherein the indicator may visibly react when the indicator is contacted with the food to show whether the food is identified as the brand of the food, and wherein the visible reaction may be shown on at least the portion of the material of the food container via the indicator combined with at least the portion of the material of the food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DrinkSavvy, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Abramson, Alex Nivorozhkin, Nelson Landrau, John C. MacDonald, Brendan Walker
  • Patent number: 9987634
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a sample container for use in a centrifuge includes a top wall, an annular skirt wall depending from the top wall and defining a maximum outer diameter, and a handle extending from the top wall and including a central boss and at least two finger grips extending radially outward from the central boss. A respective free terminal end of each of the finger grips is located so as not to extend beyond the maximum outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Piramoon
  • Patent number: 9981263
    Abstract: A flow control apparatus for facilitating treatment of a fluid containing a sample for analysis, includes: a body having spaced ends and defining a fluid flow passage arrangement that extends between the ends. The fluid flow passage arrangement includes two flow paths that are configured in parallel, merge within the body at least once, and respectively contain a one-way check valve and a medium selected to treat or modify sample-containing fluid flowing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: EPREP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ernest Frederick Dawes, Peter Alexander Dawes, Reno Cerra, Andrew Minett
  • Patent number: 9983139
    Abstract: Embodiments described are generally directed to a test sample apparatus. The test sample apparatus generally comprises a holder base arranged that accommodates a tablet or cell phone. The apparatus has a hood that is placed over a portion of the tablets illuminating touchscreen such that the illuminating touchscreen provides light that can be collected by the hood. There is a chamber integrated with the hood adapted to accommodate a chemically activated test strip. The chemically activated test strip is illuminated when the hood collects light from the illuminating touchscreen. A lens in the hood interposed between the camera and the test strip enables the camera to focus on a portion of the chemically activated test strip when the hood is placed over the portion of the illuminating touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Channing Cooper
  • Patent number: 9977040
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for bringing an immobilized reactant into contact with at least one fluid, said device comprising: a basin having a bottom surface from which an upper side of at least one elevated portion projects into the interior of the basin, and said at least one elevated portion having a channel running, preferably perpendicular to the bottom surface of the basin, from the bottom surface of the basin to the upper side of the portion, and leading into at least one outlet opening on the upper side of the elevated portion, wherein the channel is fed from at least one fluid reservoir via a supply element by means of a pump device, said reservoir containing the at least one fluid; a holding device designed to detachably hold at least one object carrier, preferably a plurality of object carriers, having at least one surface of adhesion to the immobilized reactant, in such a way that the adhesion surface is facing the interior of the basin, and the upper side of the elevated portion and the ad
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: EUROIMMUN MEDIZINISCHE LABORDIAGNOSTIKA AG
    Inventor: Winfried Stoecker
  • Patent number: 9977037
    Abstract: Artificial microvascular network (AMVN) devices are provided and related methods of making and methods of using such devices are provided. The present disclosure generally relates to an AMVN device comprising a substrate including a capillary network configured so as to simulate those actually encountered in the circulation of various humans and animal model systems. In certain aspects, the AMVN devices may be used, e.g., to investigate the effect of storing RBCs under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. However, the use of such AMVN devices is not so limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: New Health Sciences, Inc., The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Tatsuro Yoshida, Sergey S. Shevkoplyas, Jennie M. Burns
  • Patent number: 9950323
    Abstract: A device includes a first structure with a sheet layer with a plurality of discrete through-holes and a second structure coupled to the first structure. At least a portion of a first surface of the sheet layer of the first structure is exposed from the second structure. A top portion of the sheet layer, including the exposed portion of the first surface of the sheet layer, includes fluorocarbon. The second structure includes a material of a higher surface tension than the top of the sheet layer. A second surface of the sheet layer, opposite to the first surface of the sheet layer, is embedded in the second structure. The second structure extends at least partially into the plurality of discrete through-holes of the first structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CURIOX BIOSYSTEMS PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Namyong Kim, Eng Seng Lim, Siah Chong Cheong
  • Patent number: 9952187
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical sensor element, comprising indicators, selected from luminescence-active means that are of the same type or different, and indicator protectors, and to a sensor, comprising at least one such sensor element, an energy source that excites the luminescence emission of the indicators, and a detector unit, wherein the sensor element or sensor is suitable for detecting molecular oxygen in a gaseous or liquid medium and/or for determining the molecular oxygen content of a gaseous or liquid medium and at least one layer of the sensor element bearing the indicator protectors is designed in such a way that the diffusion rate of the molecular oxygen formed on the indicator protectors by means of the reduction of strong oxidants back into the medium is greater than the diffusion rate of molecular oxygen from the medium in the direction of the at-least-one layer bearing the indicator molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Hamilton Bonaduz AG
    Inventors: Dirk Schoenfuss, Claudius-Michael Ortega Schulte
  • Patent number: 9926208
    Abstract: Water containing one or more solvents miscible in the water is heated to its boiling point. Air is introduced into the vapor mixture of steam and the miscible solvent at an air-to-steam volumetric ratio that is sufficient to get good transfer of the miscible solvent from the steam to air and provides an equilibrium temperature of the steam-air mixture compatible with operations of the heat exchanger. The mixture of gases is then rapidly cooled to condense the steam into water so that a substantial portion of the miscible solvent remains volatilized in the air. The air and condensed steam fractions are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Oberle