Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 12004526
    Abstract: Device and method suitable for disinfecting herbs using plasma are disclosed. The device comprises a chamber and two sets of electrodes in an opposed position one relative to the other, inside the chamber. Each electrode in one set has a counterpart electrode in the other set, the two electrodes positioned facing each other and being configured to connect to a RF HV power supply, to produce a plasma-generating EM field in the space between the electrodes. The device further comprises a dielectric carrier positioned inside the chamber in the space between the two sets of electrodes, the carrier being dimensioned and configured to carry herbs in granular form such as powder or particles thereon. A portable sealable container comprising a unidirectional valve is also disclosed, configured to store herbs thereinside during plasma treatment in the device, and to store the disinfected herbs after treatment under vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: NOVAGREEN TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Amnon Lam, Aviad Harhol, Doron Shuster, Betsalel Rechav
  • Patent number: 11992789
    Abstract: Shell-and-tube strippers for stripping a urea/carbamate mixture, related systems, methods, and uses. The stripper includes a shell and a plurality of tubes disposed within the shell. Baffles and deflectors offer improved homogeneity of heating fluid flow in the stripper's shell-side space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA
    Inventors: Lino Giovanni Porro, Luigi Serraiocco
  • Patent number: 11981297
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of cleaning surfaces of an enclosable environment of a contamination comprising a microbial and viral load. The method includes the steps of sealing the enclosable environment and placing water, and a solid or gel pack, into a container and generating a vortex the container by rotating an impeller. The agitation causes the solid or gel pack to release a gaseous cleaning agent. An air-borne spray exiting from the container spreads throughout the enclosable environment to contact the surfaces to be cleaned within the enclosable environment. The enclosable environment is maintained closed for an effective time period while the air-borne spray dwells on the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the load of the contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: NUVINAIR, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Bailey, Jason Bailey
  • Patent number: 11975696
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of cleaning surfaces of an enclosable environment of a contamination comprising a microbial and viral load. The method includes the steps of sealing the enclosable environment and placing water, and a solid or gel pack, into a container and generating a vortex the container by rotating an impeller. The agitation causes the solid or gel pack to release a gaseous cleaning agent. An air-borne spray exiting from the container spreads throughout the enclosable environment to contact the surfaces to be cleaned within the enclosable environment. The enclosable environment is maintained closed for an effective time period while the air-borne spray dwells on the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the load of the contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NUVINAIR, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Bailey, Jason Bailey
  • Patent number: 11974888
    Abstract: A system, method, and air purification device. Air is taken in from an environment into the air purification system. The air is filtered with a primary filter. The filtered air is treated with vacuum ultraviolet radiation in a primary reaction chamber to generate irradiated air. The irradiated air is treated with ultraviolet-C radiation in a secondary reaction chamber to remove ozone and neutralize contaminants to generate purified air. The purified air is emitted back into the environment from the air purification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: ATMENBIO, LLC
    Inventors: Justin L. Roberts, Brian Dean Owens
  • Patent number: 11969571
    Abstract: A multi-use disinfecting cap and method for disinfection and protection of a needleless IV injection port. The disinfecting cap has an upper chamber which contains a sterilizing solution and a low chamber which connects to a needleless IV injection port. The fluid can be manipulated to flow between the two chambers. When in use the cap protects and disinfects a needleless IV injection port when exposed prior to injecting medication into the needleless port and continues to disinfect and protect prior for any subsequent exposures. The cap is re-usable and provides a clear indication of the disinfecting solution and a datable top surface. The multi-use disinfecting cap may be removably clipped to the IV tubing and is shaped to prevent accidental rolling away if dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Barry Edward Wood
  • Patent number: 11964234
    Abstract: There are provided methods for treating a gas having an undesirable odor. The methods comprise contacting the gas with an acidic aqueous oxidizing composition having a pH of about 2.0 to about 3.0 and comprising at least one cation of a metal; a sequestering agent; and H2O2 and submitting the gas and the composition to UV radiation when the gas and the composition are contacting each other, wherein the treatment permits to reduce by at least 60% intensity of the undesirable odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: EXP SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: Martin Beaulieu, Stéphane Chabot, Yves Charest
  • Patent number: 11964294
    Abstract: A mist-generating device includes: a droplet generating unit that generates, in a third liquid, a functional droplet including a first liquid that is spherical and a second liquid that covers an entirety of the first liquid and has a volatility lower than a volatility of the first liquid; and a mist-generating unit that generates a multilayer mist obtained by atomizing the third liquid containing the functional droplet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Ueda, Tatsuya Kiriyama, Hiroaki Tachibana, Shogo Shibuya
  • Patent number: 11951235
    Abstract: A device which reduces odor in athletic apparel storage, notably athletic or “gym” bags, lockers, and similar places where athletic apparel might be stored before it can be washed is disclosed. An exterior configuration for the device making it simple to use and appropriate for use in rugged conditions is also disclosed, as is an improved embodiment making the mode of the device (active or inactive) readily apparent. A deodorizing cartridge which is easy and efficient to manufacture while allowing easy refilling and maintaining durability is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: DEO COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Drake Roberts, Anthony Tamras
  • Patent number: 11944935
    Abstract: A gas detection purification device is disclosed and includes a main body, a purification unit, a gas guider, a gas detection module and a controlling-driving module. The main body includes an inlet, an outlet, an external socket and a gas-flow channel disposed between the inlet and the outlet. The purification unit is disposed in the gas-flow channel for filtering gas introduced through the gas-flow channel. The gas guider is disposed in the gas channel and located at a side of the purification unit. The gas is inhaled through the inlet, flows through the purification unit and is discharged out through the outlet. The gas detection module is plugged into or detached from the external socket. The controlling driving module is disposed within the main body and electrically connected to the gas guider to control the operation of the gas guider in an enabled state and a disabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang, Chang-Yen Tsai, Wei-Ming Lee, Tsung-I Lin
  • Patent number: 11938243
    Abstract: Mobile decontamination systems and microwave assisted decontamination methods for decontaminating a variety of contaminated surfaces disposed external to the system are disclosed. The systems and methods comprise treating the surfaces with benign chemical formulations followed by exposing to microwave irradiation for short periods of time to achieve at least 6-log reduction in biological contaminants including viruses and spores of B. anthracis, B. thuringiensis, and P. roqueforti. The formulations comprise a percarbonate and surfactant in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zeteo Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas McCreery, Wayne A. Bryden, Emily Caton
  • Patent number: 11918017
    Abstract: A method for sanitizing pre-measured units of a pre-sanitized flowable food product in a sanitizing device installed into an existing food production system without substantially increasing the head height requirement of the feed production system. A plurality of containers are moved about a path with increased retention time through a plurality of stations: a receiving station, one or more sanitizing stations, and a dispensing station, and a container cleaning station. A pre-measured unit measured for packaging is received at the receiving station into a container. The pre-measured unit is exposed to one or more sanitizing agents at one or more sanitizing stations. The pre-measured unit is immediately packaged after sanitization. The pre-measured unit is dispensed into a packaging device at the dispensing station. The containers are then cleaned at the container cleaning station to prepare each container to receive a subsequent pre-measured unit of the pre-sanitized flowable feed product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Incuvator Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Cole M. Ahlvers, Eric J. Spurgeon, John C. Kuenzi
  • Patent number: 11925118
    Abstract: A method of inactivating harmful microorganisms of a filtration medium including pathogenic bacteria and viruses is disclosed which includes placing a predetermined quantity of a hybridized fluorescent silk on to a filtration medium, applying light for a predetermined amount of time to the placed quantity of the hybridized fluorescent silk, and passing a fluid through the medium, wherein the fluid is one of substantially air or substantially water, wherein the hybridized fluorescent silk is one of KillerRed, SuperNova, KillerOrange, Dronpa, TurboGFP, mCherry, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jung Woo Leem, Seung Ho Choi, Young L. Kim
  • Patent number: 11925117
    Abstract: A method of disinfection of a surface of a subject of harmful microorganisms including pathogenic bacteria and viruses upon visible light irradiation using a hybridized fluorescent silk is provided. The method includes placing a predetermined quantity of the hybridized fluorescent silk i) directly on to a skin surface of a subject; or ii) on a medium and then placing the medium on the skin surface of the subject. The method further includes applying light in the visible spectrum for a predetermined amount of time to the placed quantity of hybridized fluorescent silk, wherein the hybridized fluorescent silk is one of KillerRed, SuperNova, KillerOrange, Dronpa, TurboGFP, mCherry, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jung Woo Leem, Seung Ho Choi, Young L. Kim
  • Patent number: 11911730
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a liquid crystal display device includes an array substrate, a counter-substrate, a negative liquid crystal layer including liquid crystal molecules, a retardation film attached to a surface of the array substrate, a first polarizer attached to the retardation film and having a first absorption axis, a second polarizer attached to a surface of the counter-substrate, and having a second absorption axis which is parallel to a direction of initial alignment of the liquid crystal molecules and perpendicular to the first absorption axis, a cover member located opposite to the second polarizer, and ultraviolet curing resin which bonds the second polarizer and the cover member to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventor: Keiji Tago
  • Patent number: 11896924
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sterilization are presented. An exemplary embodiment includes a sterilizing cabinet assembly. The sterilizing cabinet includes a cabinet having an access port, a door connected to the cabinet, the door moveable between an open position permitting passage through the access port to an interior of the cabinet and a closed position precluding passage through the access port. The sterilizing cabinet assembly also includes at least one of the cabinet and the door having a vent port. The sterilizing cabinet has a primary filter overlying the vent port and forming a sealed interface with an adjacent portion of the one of the cabinet and the door and a secondary filter overlying at least a portion of the primary filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 11890386
    Abstract: Disinfecting particulate material includes combining the particulate material with a photocatalyst to yield a mixture, irradiating the mixture for a length of time with pulses from a light source having broadband emission spectrum between 190 nm-1100 nm to yield an irradiated mixture, and separating the photocatalyst from the disinfected mixture to yield the disinfected particulate matter. Irradiating the mixture inactivates microorganisms in the mixture to yield a disinfected mixture. A system for disinfecting particulate material includes a pulsed light source having a broadband emission spectrum in a range between about 190 nm and about 1100 nm, a chamber defining a cavity optically coupled to the pulsed light source, a humidifier, a fan, and one or more sensors. The chamber includes a conveyor configured to accept the particulate material and arranged such that the pulses emitted by the pulsed light source irradiate the particulate material on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Rongsheng Ruan, Yanling Cheng, Nan Zhou, Dongjie Chen, Peng Peng, Yunpu Wang, Renchuan Zhang, Charles Schiappacasse, Ling Chen
  • Patent number: 11882826
    Abstract: Peroxyformic acid compositions for removal of biofilm growth and other contaminants and impurities from industrial processing hard surfaces are disclosed. In particular, peroxyformic acid compositions may be dosed on site and/or generated in situ for the reduction and prevention of biofilms on the hard surfaces. Methods of employing the peroxyformic acid compositions for removal of biofilm growth and other impurities such as aldehydes and alcohols from industrial CO2 effluent are also disclosed which beneficially provide ambient biofilm control and break down more rapidly than other peracids, allowing for extended runs between CIP cleaning, including a reduction and/or elimination of cleaning of the scrubbers and other industrial surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: John Bolduc, Chris Nagel, Junzhong Li, Catherine Hanson, Peter Fernholz
  • Patent number: 11872323
    Abstract: A device capable of stably obtaining gas of a sterilizer containing hydrogen peroxide for a long time is provided. A cleaning device that cleans a heating surface that gasifies a sterilizer of a gasifier for a sterilizer is provided, and after an operation for a fixed time period, the heating surface is cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Masatoshi Takagi, Kazufumi Suzuki, Hidenori Tanaka, Hayato Akiyama
  • Patent number: 11872036
    Abstract: Sleeves and cases for protecting medical devices against contamination, and methods for cleaning and disinfecting medical devices are provided. The various embodiments enable a single medical device to be used by more than one patient successively while reducing the risk of disease transmission from patient to patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Polytaridis, David J. Carner, Jacob S. Leach, Christina Orsini