Patents Examined by Michael Pepitone
  • Patent number: 9950096
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses the finding that certain treatments (e.g., surface modifications) to particulate materials can provide surprising and unexpected benefits and/or features to composites and/or compositions as described herein. In some embodiments, such benefits and/or features may render particular composites and/or compositions particularly useful in a certain therapeutic context (e.g, for repair of tibial plateau, femoral head, craniofacial, or lateral mandibular body defects). The present invention demonstrates that certain composites and/or compositions wherein the particular material is or comprises defatted bone have surprising and beneficial attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Scott A. Guelcher, Edna Margarita Prieto, Jerald E. Dumas, Katarzyna Jadwiga Zienkiewicz, Jonathan Page
  • Patent number: 9944611
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of making polymerizable resins containing a 1,3,5-hexahydro-1,3,5-triazine moiety and dental compositions comprising such novel hydrolytically-stable, polymerizable resins derived from a 1,3,5-hexahydro-1,3,5-triazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dentsply Sirona Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Jin
  • Patent number: 9944785
    Abstract: A rubber modified styrene-based resin is provided that is excellent in oil resistance, folding endurance, and tear strength and that is preferably used for a food container and a food container lid member not cracking by repeated fitting. According to the present invention, a rubber modified styrene-based resin is provided that contains rubbery dispersed particles, having a volume median particle diameter from 4.0 to 10 ?m and a gel component from 22.0 to 35.0 mass %; a matrix phase having a weight average molecular weight (Mw) from 150 thousand to 300 thousand; and a methanol soluble component from 1.5% to 4.0%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Toyo Styrene Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroo Yamaguchi, Masayoshi Ando
  • Patent number: 9937106
    Abstract: The invention relates to a kit of parts comprising part A and part B, part A comprising a polymerizable component having an acid group in the molecule, an initiator, part B comprising an activator, and a film former with a molecular weight of at least 1000. The invention also relates to a composition obtainable by mixing the components contained in the kit of parts and to a process for producing the kit of parts comprising the steps of bringing the components contained in part B of the kit in contact with a surface, drying the surface to form a film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Christoph Thalacker, Karsten Dede, Alexandra Glaser, Thomas Luchterhandt, Markus Watermann
  • Patent number: 9938377
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a novel polyamide synthesized from biobased monomers. The novel polyamide comprises the repeating unit of formula I, described herein, in which R represents a covalent bond or a divalent hydrocarbon-based group chosen from saturated or unsaturated aliphatics, saturated or unsaturated cycloaliphatics, aromatics, arylaliphatics and alkylaromatics. The present disclosure also relates to a process for preparing the said polyamide, to its uses, and to articles and compositions comprising the said polyamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Stéphane Jeol, Floryan Decampo, Leon Zhu
  • Patent number: 9931771
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to softening amorphous polymeric materials based on a combination of thiol, acrylate, ene and epoxy monomers. These materials can soften to the modulus of tissue, have a sharp transition and are highly tunable. The materials have a glassy modulus of 1-7 GPa and exhibit a rubbery plateau in modulus that can range from 100 MPa down to as low as 0.03 MPa, which is at or below the modulus of tissue. They have potential uses as materials for near net shape processing such as casting, stereolithography, reaction injection molding, fused deposition molding and various other forms of 3D printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Walter Voit, Taylor Ware
  • Patent number: 9932484
    Abstract: A self-healing, scratch resistant slippery surface that is manufactured by wicking a chemically-inert, high-density liquid coating over a roughened solid surface featuring micro and nanoscale topographies is described. Such a slippery surface shows anti-wetting properties, as well as exhibits significant reduction of adhesion of a broad range of biological materials, including particles in suspension or solution. Specifically, the slippery surfaces can be applied to medical devices and equipment to effectively repel biological materials such as blood, and prevent, reduce, or delay coagulation and surface-mediated clot formation. Moreover, the slippery surfaces can be used to prevent fouling by microorganisms such as bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joanna Aizenberg, Benjamin Hatton, Donald Ingber, Michael Super, Tak Sing Wong
  • Patent number: 9925124
    Abstract: Provided is a dental composition comprising a first largest group of particles and resin matrix, wherein the first largest group consists of particles whose particle size ranges from 0.7 to 1.5 times the representative particle size of the first largest fraction in a population of particles included in the composition whose particle size ranges from 110 to 1000 ?m; and wherein the ratio of the number of particles included in the first largest group to the number of particles whose particle size ranges from 0.5 to 2.0 times the representative particle size of the first largest fraction is equal to or more than 0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Yusei Kadobayashi, Masako Shigezawa, Keiji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9925125
    Abstract: A dental composition comprising: a) about 1 to about 80% by weight of particulate material including: (i) calcium silicate, calcium aluminate, tetracalcium aluminoferrite, calcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, silica, alumina, calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide, or mixtures thereof; wherein the particulate material has an average particle size of less than 40 microns; and b) about 1 to about 50% by weight liquid carrier including: (i) water-soluble polymer, and (ii) water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Carolyn M. Primus, James L. Gutmann, Miklos M. Breuer, Steven R. Jefferies
  • Patent number: 9921340
    Abstract: The invention provide a class of water-processable polymerizable prepolymers which comprises (1) siloxane-containing monomeric units derived at least one siloxane containing monomer having one hydrophilic group or chain and/or polysiloxane-containing crosslinking units derived from at least one hydrophilized polysiloxane or chain-extended polysiloxane crosslinker; (2) hydrophilic monomeric units derived from one or more hydrophilic vinylic monomers; and (3) from about 0.05% to about 5% by weight of polymerizable units each having a pendant or terminal, ethylenically-unsaturated group and free of any polysiloxane segment. The prepolymer comprises from about 20% to about 50% by weight of silicone relative to the total weight of the prepolymer and has a high water solubility or dispersibility of at least about 5% by weight in water and suitable for making silicone hydrogel contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Jinyu Huang, Frank Chang, Robert Scott, Arturo Norberto Medina, Venkat Shankar, Selma Kuyu, Dawn Alison Smith, Daqing Wu
  • Patent number: 9921477
    Abstract: Compounds of the Formula (I), (II) and (III) wherein Aris is for example phenylene, biphenylene or naphthylene, all of which are unsubstituted or substituted by C1-C4-alkyl, C2-C4-alkenyl, CN, OR11, SR11, CH2OR11, COOR12, CONR12R13 or halogen; R1, R2, R7 and R8 independently of one another other are hydrogen or C1-C6-alkyl; R3 and R5 together and R4 and R6 together form a C2-C6-alkylene bridge which is unsubstituted or substituted by one or more C1-C4-alkyl; R11 is hydrogen or C1-C6-alkyl; R12 and R13 independently of one another for example are hydrogen, phenyl, C1-C18-alkyl, C1-C18-alkyl which is interrupted by one or more O; n is 1-10; X is O, S or NR10; A and A1 are suitable linking groups; are suitable as photolatent bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: BASE SE
    Inventors: Kurt Dietliker, Katharina Misteli, Katia Studer, Tunja Jung, Lothar Alexander Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 9920169
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a curable composition can be provided, said composition being characterized by comprising: (A) an episulfide compound; and (B) a photobase generator comprising an organoboron compound represented by general formula (1) below: (In general formula (1), R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 may be the same as or different from one another and independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and Ar1, Ar2 and Ar3 may be the same as or different from one another and independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of a phenyl group, a naphthyl group, an anthracenyl group and a phenanthryl group, each of which may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an aryl group, an alkenyl group, a cycloalkyl group and a heterocyclic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kousuke Namiki, Hitoshi Okazaki, Eiji Koshiishi, Sawako Fuse, Kikuo Furukawa
  • Patent number: 9920160
    Abstract: A method for a synthesis of a polymer containing multiple epoxy groups includes steps of: under protection of nitrogen or argon, with a photosensitive free radical initiator under an ultraviolet light irradiation, initiating a mixture of a dithiol compound and alkynyl glycidyl ether or other alkynyl-containing compounds to proceed a thiol-yne polymerization, so as to obtain the polymer. The number of the epoxy groups is able to be adjusted through changing a type of a dithiol monomer, a mixing ratio of the dithiol monomer, and a mixing ratio between the alkynyl glycidyl ether and other alkynyl compounds. The present invention has advantages of: fast reaction, convenient process, easy post-processing, a large number of the epoxy groups, and adjustable and controllable content. The obtained polymer has a wide potential application in fields of coating, adhesive, ink, encapsulating material, resin for composite material, additive, high performance material, function material, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Chao Gao, Yaochen Zheng, Li Peng, Shengying Cai, Zhulin Weng
  • Patent number: 9913934
    Abstract: A radiopaque, optically translucent thermoplastic polyurethane compound is disclosed. The use of nano-sized particles of barium sulfate optionally in combination with a minor amount of certain dispersion aids allows the barium sulfate to be sufficiently dispersed within the thermoplastic polyurethane to retain optical translucency according to a defined Haze Determination Test. Medical devices, needing both visual spectrum observation before and during in-vivo medical use and radiopacity monitoring during in-vivo medical use, benefit from this compound. Optionally, a surface enhancer can also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Frautschi, Jing Liu, Jiannong Xu
  • Patent number: 9907733
    Abstract: A curable dental composition comprising an addition-fragmentation agent and a curable dental resin is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Guy D. Joly, Ahmed S. Abuelyaman, Bradley D. Craig, Afshin Falsafi, Joel D. Oxman, Larry R. Krepski, William H. Moser, Serkan Yurt
  • Patent number: 9907732
    Abstract: Dental cement compositions (including two-part compositions), kits, and related methods are used for bonding a dental prosthetic appliance to a tooth. A first part includes an amine activator component and a zinc oxide reactive filler, while a second part includes a polymerization initiator (e.g., benzoyl peroxide) and a polymerizable component having a structure including at least one acrylate or methacrylate group at one end and a carboxylic acid group at another end. A temporary cement composition advantageously exhibits reduced compressive and/or bonding strength relative to permanent cement compositions, which provides sufficient strength to facilitate normal use of the teeth while the provisional appliance is in use, while also facilitating easy removal of the provisional appliance for replacement with a permanent appliance at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Kennard, Andy T. Kawamoto, Jeff Wagner
  • Patent number: 9901519
    Abstract: An infiltrant comprising from 90 to 99.9 wt.-% of at least one polymerizable monomer, oligomer or prepolymer and from 0.05 to 10 wt.-% of a polymerization initiator, the infiltrant having a dynamic viscosity of 0.3 to 100 mPa·s (23° C.); for use in a method for strengthening a fixed ceramic dental prosthesis in the oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Stephan Neffgen, Ulrich Lohbauer
  • Patent number: 9904074
    Abstract: A method for making a hydrogel, photochromic contact lens including supplying a first lens composition comprising a contact lens monomer and a photochromic material to a front contact lens mold and supplying a second lens composition to said contact lens mold wherein the viscosity of said first composition is at least about 1000 cp greater than the viscosity of said second contact lens composition, and the makeup of said second composition matches the of said first composition to reduce strain between said compositions of the resulting lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Donnie J. Duis, Yongcheng Li, Leilani K. Sonoda, Holly L. Grammer
  • Patent number: 9902784
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a membrane protein includes forming a membrane protein-amphiphilic polymer complex by binding a membrane protein in an aqueous solution to the amphiphilic polymer represented by Formula 1. The amphiphilic polymer includes a large amount of hydrophilic structures and hydrophobic structures, and thereby effectively stabilizing a membrane protein having a hydrophobic surface in an aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kookmin University Industry Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Yeon-Gyu Yu, Moon-Hee Sung
  • Patent number: 9895294
    Abstract: A temporary root canal sealer dispersion having a pH of at least 9 and comprising: (i) an aqueous dispersion medium comprising an oligomer and/or polymer having Lewis basic groups, and optionally a hydroxide of an alkali metal and/or a hydroxide of an alkaline earth metal, and (ii) a dispersed phase comprising a radio-opaque filler, wherein the weight ratio of oligomer and/or polymer having Lewis basic groups to hydroxide of an alkali metal and/or hydroxide of an alkaline earth metal is at least 0.5 when said aqueous dispersion medium comprises a hydroxide of an alkali metal and/or a hydroxide of an alkaline earth metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Joachim E. Klee, Christoph Weber, Andreas E. Grützner