Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 10702616
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sterilization are presented. An apparatus includes a sterilizing cabinet assembly including a cabinet having an access port and a bottom, the bottom configurable to induce a condensate to flow on the bottom to a vent port. The apparatus further includes 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 apparatus also includes at least one of the cabinet and the door having the vent port, and a filter overlying the vent port and forming a sealed interface with an adjacent portion of the one of the cabinet and the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Turbett
  • Patent number: 10695691
    Abstract: A supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) apparatus is provided that is capable of being operated in a continuous and/or steady-state fashion. The SFE apparatus may include an extraction assembly. The extraction assembly may include a first extraction chamber (FEC) to contain a first amount of source material from which a compound is to be extracted, and a second extraction chamber (SEC) to contain a second amount of the source material. The extraction assembly may include a valve to control a flow of a solvent into the FEC or the SEC. The SFE apparatus may include a collection chamber that is mounted substantially perpendicular to the extraction assembly. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PARADIGM SUPERCRITICAL INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Matthias K. Crandall, Emerson Biehl
  • Patent number: 10695718
    Abstract: A device (1) for generating clean air in a measuring apparatus, comprising: a duct (2) having an inlet and an outlet for the passage of an air flow to be cleaned; a platinum wire (3), positioned inside the duct (2), for intercepting the air flow to be cleaned, the platinum wire (3) is inserted in an electrical circuit (17) connectable to an electricity supply (15) to be operatively crossed by an electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventor: Marco Remondini
  • Patent number: 10695452
    Abstract: The device for cleaning a hearing aid by contact with a liquid includes a cleaning cavity suitable for receiving the end piece of the hearing aid and that is provided, at the bottom of same, with an opening for discharging the liquid. The cleaning cavity is defined laterally by an inner skin surrounded by an outer skin, the outer skin including an injector for the liquid while the inner skin defines, at the base of same, an opening overhanging the bottom and allowing the liquid to pass into the cleaning cavity. The invention also concerns an assembly includes the cleaning device and a reloading unit, the reloading unit being suitable for filling a tank of the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MG DEVELOPMENT
    Inventor: Jose Gil
  • Patent number: 10687683
    Abstract: A washing and drying unit configured to perform at least one of washing, drying, and sterilizing, or any combination thereof includes at least one sensor configured to determine a dimension and/or shape of the object, a washing and/or sterilizing apparatus and a drying and/or sterilizing apparatus configured to direct at least one apparatus or spray of a washing and/or sterilizing or a drying and/or sterilizing fluid to the object, at least one robot arm connected to at least one of the apparatuses, and a controller operable to orient and move the at least one robot arm. A separate sterilization apparatus may be included and the sterilization may include using electrified water or water that has been exposed to ultraviolet light. The controller orients the at least one robot arm based on the dimension and/or shape determined by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Martin A. Alpert
  • Patent number: 10683121
    Abstract: There is provided a method or improving the surface sterility of an invertebrate organism having an external cuticle, comprising contacting an outer surface of the organism, or a portion thereof, with an aqueous alcohol solution of less than about 70% v/v for a period of less than 60 seconds. The method is especially useful to provide research-grade organisms which can be utilised in research involving injection of compositions through the external cuticle, by reducing phenotype changes resulting from introduction of surface contaminants into the interior of the organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BIOSYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Olivia Champion, Richard Titball
  • Patent number: 10675576
    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: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10669637
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of using biodegradable heterocyclic compounds of relatively low toxicity as corrosion inhibitors. The present method is used to inhibit corrosion of a metal surface in contact with an aqueous system using compounds comprising a purine structure, and provides enhanced protection against corrosion of metals in aqueous systems. The method comprises the use of corrosion inhibitors that are generally resistant to halogen attack and provide good corrosion resistance in the presence of oxidizing halogen-based biocides. Formulations comprising purine-based compounds are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Harbindu, Jothibasu Seetharaman, Deepak Rane, Vaideeswaran Sivaswamy
  • Patent number: 10660979
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling microbial growth on and in medical devices and implants, especially biofilm infections, involves using pulsed electric fields (PEF). To eradicate at least a portion of a biofilm on a medical implant, for example, 1500 volts can be applied through an electrode system, with pulse duration of 50 ?s and pulse delivery frequency of 2 Hz. In the clinical setting, systemic microbial therapy can be combined with PEF to achieve a synergistic effect leading to improved eradication of infections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Martin L. Yarmush, William G. Austen, Alexander Golberg, Saiqa L. Khan
  • Patent number: 10653170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating large quantities of potatoes, other tubers, vegetables, produce, and/or other crops are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a crop storage facility configured in accordance with the present technology includes a treatment system configured to distribute a treatment agent configured to inhibit spoilage of the crops. The treatment system can include a combination of two or more chemical compositions configured to release different concentrations of the treatment agent to produce a desired level of the treatment agent in the storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: JMC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Micka
  • Patent number: 10653807
    Abstract: System, method and process for disinfection of internal surfaces in aseptic tanks and pipelines by flooding with sanitizing fog in facilities designed to store liquids in general, such system comprising an external equipment with means to generate sanitizing fog, controlling means of gases flow rate, in-line detectors and draining means of gases inside the tank, input means of fog carrying means comprising inert gases. Disinfection process comprises introduction of a sanitizing fog with droplets with a maximum size of 10 ?m, preferably with maximum size of 5 ?m, simultaneously with removal of gases enclosed inside such tanks and pipelines, maintaining a positive pressure inside such tanks and pipelines, such method providing reduction of oxygen concentration inside the tanks in two steps, the first one comprising reduction to near 10% and the second a reduction to a value below 1%, filling the tank with a sanitizing fog during the second step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AURRA SERVIÇOS ESPECIALIZADOS LTDA
    Inventor: Caio Vinicius Agmont E Silva
  • Patent number: 10638780
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating large quantities of potatoes, other tubers, vegetables, produce, and/or other crops are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a crop storage facility configured in accordance with the present technology includes a treatment system configured to distribute a treatment agent configured to inhibit spoilage of the crops. The treatment system can include a combination of two or more chemical compositions configured to release different concentrations of the treatment agent to produce a desired level of the treatment agent in the storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: JMC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Micka
  • Patent number: 10640710
    Abstract: An apparatus for distillation of feedstock, including a distillation chamber with an inlet for receiving feedstock and an outlet for discharging feedstock, and a plate for supporting the feedstock in the distillation chamber. The plate is positioned parallel to a substantially horizontal plane across a portion of the distillation chamber, and defines a plurality of transverse apertures extending transversely across a substantial portion of the width of the plate. A plurality of heating rods is included for insertion into the apertures of the plate to heat the plate. The apparatus also includes a conveyor enclosed within the distillation chamber and extending longitudinally across the distillation chamber, the conveyor having a plurality of paddles attached thereto that, when driven by the conveyor, move proximate and parallel to the plate to agitate feedstock on the plate, and to drive the feedstock from the inlet to the outlet of the distillation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION, INC.
    Inventors: Roy W. Hill, Jerry Scott Long, Tracy Thompson
  • Patent number: 10640760
    Abstract: Multi-stage acoustophoretic devices for continuously separating a second fluid or a particulate from a host fluid are disclosed. Methods of operating the multi-stage acoustophoretic devices are also disclosed. The systems may include multiple acoustophoretic devices fluidly connected to one another in series, each acoustophoretic device comprising a flow chamber, an ultrasonic transducer capable of creating a multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave, and a reflector. The systems can further include pumps and flowmeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Walter M. Presz, Jr., Brian Dutra, Rudolf Gilmanshin, Jason Dionne, Chris Leidel, Louis Masi, Goutam Ghoshal, Kedar Chitale
  • Patent number: 10639389
    Abstract: An at-home sterilization and data acquisition and deposition device including a housing having an opening or series of openings for receiving up to six medical devices, a sterilization chamber formed within the housing that is lined with sterilizing radiation reflecting material, and several sources of sterilizing radiation disposed within the sterilization chamber for sufficient emission of radiation to achieve a significant log reduction of any pathogens present on the medical devices, and an RFID scanner and sensor suite configured into the housing that prevents sterilization of non-system components, radiation emission into the environment, and that can pair with a user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CathBuddy, Inc
    Inventors: Souvik Paul, Daniel Wollin
  • Patent number: 10618822
    Abstract: A chemical dispensing system broadly including a mounting ring, a connector ring, a water guide, and a dispenser apparatus. The mounting ring securely attaches to a water return jet in a swimming pool or spa. The connector ring couples the water guide to the mounting ring. The dispenser apparatus may be attached to a side opening of the water guide and broadly includes a housing, and a porous cover. The housing broadly includes an interior chamber and chemical exit openings. Sanitizing chemicals may be placed in the interior chamber. The dispenser apparatus may further include an adjustable basket. The housing may rotatably nest inside the adjustable basket, thereby regulating the sanitizing chemical dispersal rate. Pressurized water from the return jet flows through the water guide, creating a downward current within the dispenser apparatus. The sanitizing chemicals dissolve as the water flows downward through and exits the dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Damian Shaun Smith-Taylor, Kevin Eugene Konnis
  • Patent number: 10617778
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter provides a system and method for sterilizing a wide variety of products. Specifically, in some embodiments, the presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a package that is capable of self-sterilizing by initiating sterilizing conditions inside the package interior without the necessity of being treated with an externally-supplied sterilizing medium. Particularly, the disclosed package includes at least one dual-layer lid that comprises inner and outer layers and an interstitial space that houses a sterilizing gas-producing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Roberts, Joshua D. Wofford, Charles D. Robnett
  • Patent number: 10617862
    Abstract: A device for automatically disinfecting a portion of a medical implement. The device includes a reservoir chamber having a top external opening, a medical implement protruded through a bottom part of the reservoir chamber with the portion to be disinfected exposed inside the reservoir chamber and below the top external opening, two disinfecting pads, and a resilient device. Each disinfecting pad is connected to the reservoir chamber through a mounting member, which permits displacement of the disinfecting pads relative to the reservoir chamber in substantially opposite directions thereby creating a gap between each pad and the portion to be disinfected. The resilient device biases the disinfecting pads such that when the disinfecting pads are displaced from a rest position, wherein they are contacting the portion to be disinfected, to an engaged position, the disinfecting pads are urged to return toward the portion to be disinfected to contact and disinfect the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DRMA Group International LLC
    Inventor: Zoran Drmanovic
  • Patent number: 10611794
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of inactivating virus that is present during production of a polypeptide of interest. In particular, the present invention is directed to a method of on-column virus inactivation using a low pH and high salt wash solution that effectively inactivates viruses with minimum recovery loss of the polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bioverativ Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Bolton, Keith Selvitelli
  • Patent number: 10609941
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing high humidity ozone gas. Systems and methods for applying high humidity ozone gas to foodstuffs and/or other products as an antimicrobial treatment. Compressed air and dry ozone gas are combined, thereby providing a dry mix. A portion of the dry mix can be humidified in a humidifying chamber, thereby providing a wet mix. The wet mix can be combined with a portion of the dry mix, thereby providing humid ozonated air. The humid ozonated air can be applied to foodstuffs such as produce, as an antimicrobial treatment, as the foodstuffs are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Lee C. Ditzler