Patents Examined by Jacqueline Brazin
  • Patent number: 9480984
    Abstract: A System for use in sample processing for urine sediment analysis that is composed of a main tube and a thinner inner tube (without capillarity), which is attached to the wall of the main tube and has the volume equal to one twelfth of the main tube. Near an upper end of both tubes, a small connected aperture on each tube allows evacuation of air from the inner tube when urine enters this tube from an open end. After urine centrifugation, the small opening is closed by operator's finger and the supernatant is poured out from the main tube. This allows retention of the urine in the inner tube, which will be added to the sediment after unblocking of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Morteza Norouzi Yeganeh
  • Patent number: 9452232
    Abstract: An assembled sterilization rack for sterile experiment relates to supporting devices used in experiment involving culture of microorganisms and/or cells. The rack includes a lateral frame, retaining wires, connectors, a base frame, heat resistant rods, connecting rings, a temperature-displaying control unit, and N temperature sensors. The lateral frame and the base frame are connected through the connectors. The lateral frame and the base frame have their surfaces facing each other provided with a plurality of retaining wires. The rods have two ends mounted on the symmetrically arranged retaining wires, respectively. The base frame has its upper surface provided with a plurality of connecting rings. The rods have the two ends received in the symmetrically arranged connecting rings, respectively. The temperature sensors are connected with the temperature-displaying control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HEBEI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Xiaohui Zhou, Le Xu, Jun Liu, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 9404865
    Abstract: Judgment as to whether an analyte is present is performed before a washing step in which a washing liquid for washing a test area and the vicinity of the test area is supplied to a test strip. If the analyte is detected, the judgment ends, but if the analyte is not detected, judgment is performed again after the test area and the vicinity of the test area are washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Watanabe, Tomonori Nishio
  • Patent number: 9389218
    Abstract: A measuring device (10) includes an analysis unit (101) that holds a fluid pool (B) of blood or serum therein, an irradiation unit (105) that irradiates fluorescent substances contained in the fluid pool (B) with excitation light, and a light receiving unit (106) that receives fluorescence generated from the fluorescent substances. An amount of the fluorescent substances contained in the blood or the serum after artificial dialysis is estimated from the intensity of the fluorescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikihiro Yamanaka, Keita Hara, Ryoji Nagai
  • Patent number: 9377431
    Abstract: A technique is provided for performing sequencing with a nanodevice. Alternating graphene layers and dielectric layers are provided one on top of another to form a multilayer stack of heterojunctions. The dielectric layers include boron nitride, molybdenum disulfide, and/or hafnium disulfide layers. A nanopore is formed through the graphene layers and the dielectric layers. The graphene layers are individually addressed by applying individual voltages to each of the graphene layers on a one to one basis when a particular base of a molecule is in the nanopore. Each of the graphene layers is an electrode. Individual electrical currents are measured for each of the graphene layers as the particular base moves from a first graphene layer through a last graphene layer in the nanopore. The base is identified according to the individual electrical currents repeatedly measured for the base moving from the first through last graphene layer in the nanopore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventor: Wenjuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 9377432
    Abstract: A technique is provided for performing sequencing with a nanodevice. Alternating graphene layers and dielectric layers are provided one on top of another to form a multilayer stack of heterojunctions. The dielectric layers include boron nitride, molybdenum disulfide, and/or hafnium disulfide layers. A nanopore is formed through the graphene layers and the dielectric layers. The graphene layers are individually addressed by applying individual voltages to each of the graphene layers on a one to one basis when a particular base of a molecule is in the nanopore. Each of the graphene layers is an electrode. Individual electrical currents are measured for each of the graphene layers as the particular base moves from a first graphene layer through a last graphene layer in the nanopore. The base is identified according to the individual electrical currents repeatedly measured for the base moving from the first through last graphene layer in the nanopore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventor: Wenjuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 9372145
    Abstract: This invention provides methods and apparatus for quantification of photoprotective performance of packaging concepts in an accelerated timeframe. In certain embodiments, the apparatus comprises a light source which provides a light beam that impinges upon a photoprotective material before being transmitted to a sample cell comprising a photosensitive entity, such as a photosensitive nutrient. In certain embodiments, the apparatus and methods can be used to generate models for the prediction of photoprotective performance values of untested materials based upon some other known qualitative or quantitative property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: THE CHEMOURS COMPANY TT, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Jernakoff, Michael Patrick Milone, Philipp Martin Niedenzu, Cheryl Marie Stancik
  • Patent number: 9364183
    Abstract: A glucometer guide is provided to address the difficulty that blind or visually impaired diabetic patients have when attempting to independently use a glucometer. The guide provides haptic cues for the effective transfer of blood onto a test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Jacob Park, Matthew Standard, Dianne Pawluck, Linda Thurby-Hay, John Clore, Amber Spain
  • Patent number: 9360164
    Abstract: A MEMS-based particle manipulation system which uses a particle manipulation stage and a sensor to detect when the sample volume is exhausted or nearly exhausted. The sensor sends a signal to a fluid control means that reverses the pressure between one of the output channels and the input channels, to keep the surfaces wet with a volume of the sample fluid. This volume can be maintained in the channel until an operator intervenes, or it can be repeatedly shuttled back and forth between the input channel and an output channel. By keeping the channels wet, material from the sample stream does not become adhered to the channel walls, which might otherwise irreversibly change or damage the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S Foster, Nicholas C. Martinez, Kevin E. Shields, Jaquelin K. Spong
  • Patent number: 9346046
    Abstract: The present invention provides sintered porous plastic plugs for use in filtered serological pipettes which facilitate manufacture or assembly of the filtered serological pipettes. In one embodiment, a sintered porous plastic plug of the present invention comprises plastic and a cylindrical body, a first end and a second end, the first end having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of the cylindrical body, and the second end having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Porex Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Jino Kim, Christopher Lynch, Shivananada Patrick, Guoqiang Mao
  • Patent number: 9308531
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reagent set, including a boxy body; an internal holding member arranged in the box body to form a container accommodating region in the box body; and a reagent container, arranged in the container accommodating region, and including a main body portion and a mouth portion formed on an upper surface of the main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fuminari Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Ohashi, Shuji Nagai, Ryo Ookubo, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9295410
    Abstract: An airway adapter comprising a flow channel configured to carry a respiratory gas, and a body comprising a surface at least partially coated with a luminophore that is excited by received radiation, wherein the luminophore emits luminescent radiation indicative of oxygen concentration of the respiratory gas when the luminophore is in contact with the respiratory gas, wherein the body comprises a transparent radiation path surrounded by the surface, the body being configured to guide at least one of the received radiation and the luminescent radiation emitted by the luminophore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Kurt Weckstrom
  • Patent number: 9285352
    Abstract: An apparatus may be configured to test a beverage, the apparatus may include but is not limited to, a beverage container that may be configured to hold a beverage, wherein the beverage container may include a material. An indicator may be chemically bonded to at least a portion of the material of the beverage container, wherein at least the portion of the material of the beverage container may include the indicator, wherein the indicator may be associated with at least part of a brand profile to identify a brand of the beverage, wherein the indicator may visibly react when the indicator is contacted with the beverage to show whether the beverage may be identified as the brand of the beverage, and wherein the visible reaction may be shown on at least the portion of the material of the beverage container via the indicator chemically bonded to at least the portion of the material of the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: DrinkSavvy, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Abramson, Alex Nivorozhkin, Nelson Landrau, John C. MacDonald, Brendan Walker
  • Patent number: 9278361
    Abstract: A centrifuge container comprising a centrifuge bucket, a locking lever and a lid is disclosed. The lid is adapted to be locked on the centrifuge bucket, and the locking lever is adapted to be pivoted from an open position to a closed position. The lid and centrifuge bucket can be made to engage each other via respective connection means by means of the locking lever such that the lid will be locked in place in the closed position of the lever and will be released in the open position of the lever. The locking lever is provided in the form of a carrying handle and that carrying handle is adapted to be pivotably mounted on one carrying handle mounting unit integrally formed on the centrifuge bucket, and that the carrying handle, in its closed position, allows the centrifuge container to be carried by means of the carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: ANDREAS HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Holderle
  • Patent number: 9212999
    Abstract: A device for determining a concentration of at least one gas in a sample gas stream includes an analysis chamber, a detector, and a connecting channel. The analysis chamber is configured to have the sample gas stream and a reaction gas stream be introduced therein. The sample gas stream and the reaction gas stream are mixed to a gas mixture which reacts so as to emit an optical radiation. The detector is configured to measure the optical radiation. The connecting channel is configured to connect the analysis chamber to the detector. The connecting channel is configured as a light conductor extending from the analysis chamber to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: AVL EMISSION TEST SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Norbert Kreft
  • Patent number: 9150412
    Abstract: A method for producing a functional unit with a gas converter (1) and a flame ionization detector (10) is produced with the gas converter (1) and the flame ionization detector (10) being connected together as parts of a multi-layer ceramic (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Winfred Kuipers