Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 10258706
    Abstract: A sterilization container for sterilizing at least one surgical instrument. The container includes at least one sensor for measuring an environmental characteristic of the container during the sterilization of the instrument. The measure of the environmental characteristic is supplied to a processor. The processor compares the measurement of the container environment to a validated measurement for the sterilization process. If the measured environmental characteristic is at least equal to the validated sterilization process measurement, the processor presents an indication that the surgical instruments was properly sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce Henniges, Robert W. Childers, Erik Vaclav Chmelar
  • Patent number: 10251969
    Abstract: An HVAC fluid dispersant system. The HVAC fluid dispersant system includes one or more fluid lines, the one or more fluid lines configured to allow movement of a fluid and a pump, the pump configured to move the fluid through the one or more fluid lines. The HVAC fluid dispersant system also includes a source line, the source line configured to provide the fluid to the pump and a nozzle. The nozzle is configured to receive the fluid from the one or more fluid lines, create a mist composed of the fluid and attach to a duct vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Xavier Rex Prax
  • Patent number: 10251964
    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: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DRMA GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Zoran Drmanovic
  • Patent number: 10245344
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a device for catching water under a hand dryer while simultaneously deodorizing a surrounding area. The device may include a stand-alone catch tray; and a deodorizing screen positioned within the catch tray such that forced air from the hand dryer contacts the deodorizing screen when the hand dryer is in use causing the deodorizing screen to release a fragrance and deodorize a surround area. The catch tray may include a top tray including a recessed sponge compartment sized to accommodate a sponge; a sponge positioned within the recessed sponge compartment; a base tray attached to the top tray; and a back wall extending upward from the base tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Edgardo Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10245339
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and a method for sterilizing an internal surface of a lumen in a medical instrument, e.g., an endoscope. The apparatus is in the form of an elongated UVC light guide, e.g., an optic fiber, having a central longitudinal axis and which is configured to be extended down the lumen in the instrument, and a housing including a source of UVC light. The UVC light guide includes a distal end portion and is configured to carry UVC light internally from the source of UVC light to the distal end portion. The distal end portion includes a reflective surface for directing the UVC light radially outward with respect to the central longitudinal axis, whereupon when the UVC light guide is extended into the lumen in the medical instrument the radially directed UVC light impinges the internal surface of the lumen to sterilize it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Hyun Shin, Steven B. Krupnick, Casey Clark
  • Patent number: 10245247
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture that feature omega-3 fatty acids co-processed with flavonoid and lipophilic antioxidants for improved stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AMBO INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Bo Martinsen, Leif Andreas Riege
  • Patent number: 10245553
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for decomposing low-concentration volatile organic compounds, which includes: an adsorption unit configured to adsorb a volatile organic compound; a heated air supply unit configured to supply a heated air to the adsorption unit; an oxidation decomposing catalyst unit configured to decompose a volatile organic compound detached from the adsorption unit; and an ozone supply unit configured to supply an ozone to the oxidation decomposing catalyst unit. The apparatus may maximize an exchange cycle semi-permanently by adsorbing low-concentration VOC under a high-flow condition and then detaching VOC within a short time and also by recycling an adsorption filter. In addition, the apparatus may effectively decompose VOC substances detached by a low flow into carbon dioxide and water under a condition with most excellent oxidation decomposition efficiency by using an oxidation decomposing catalyst filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jongsoo Jurng, Min Su Kim, Eun Seuk Park, Hyoun Duk Jung, Jin Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10245334
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying monoatomic oxygen levels in an initial fluid, for applications. The system and method produces both positive and negative oxygen modified fluid that retains oxygen levels for long durations as measured by oxygen reduction potential (ORP). An incoming fluid is split between a positive chamber defined by a cathode and a porous divider and a negative chamber defined by the porous divider and an anode. The relative charge over the porous divider produces fluid with elevated ORP from the positive chamber and fluid with lowered ORP from the negative chamber. A method of killing bacteria includes contacting the bacteria with negative ORP fluid produced in the system and method to the bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Richard J. Barrett, Michael Carstensen
  • Patent number: 10239625
    Abstract: An ozone converter includes an outer housing having an inlet and an outlet, a first channel disposed between the inlet and the outlet, and a bypass channel disposed between the inlet and the outlet and separated from first channel. The converter also includes a core disposed within the first channel and a bypass control mechanism that includes one more blocking elements that causes inlet air to pass through the first channel or the bypass channel based on an altitude of the ozone converter. The control mechanism includes a piston that moves between at least a first position and a second position and a bellows that controls a flow a pressurized air to the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald E. Army, Christopher McAuliffe
  • Patent number: 10232076
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for and includes improved devices and methods for the production of Purified Hydrogen Peroxide Gas (PHPG) that is substantially non-hydrated and substantially free of ozone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Synexis LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lee, Douglas J. Bosma
  • Patent number: 10232069
    Abstract: Sterilization machine for reprocessing an endoscope comprising a fixed part and a mobile part. The fixed part comprises a first frame and a first fluid-dynamic circuit for feeding and/or discharging fluids, and provided with a plurality of first connectors. The mobile part comprises a second frame on which a tank is mounted, a lid to hermetically close the tank and a second fluid-dynamic circuit connectable to the endoscope, able to be selectively coupled removably with the first connectors to achieve the fluidic communication with the first fluid-dynamic circuit. The second frame is provided with rolling means, and the first frame and the second frame comprise guide means and anchoring means to removably anchor the first frame to the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: STEELCO SPA
    Inventor: Andrea Fabbri
  • Patent number: 10226728
    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 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10213706
    Abstract: A process and an apparatus for the purification of a crude acrylic acid composition containing maleic anhydride as an impurity comprising the following steps: (a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue containing at least 3.5% by weight maleic anhydride, (b) adding a solvent (26) which is capable of dissolving maleic anhydride to the first residue in an amount that the weight ratio of the solvent to the maleic anhydride is 0.3 or more to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue and (c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage and/or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the ratio-adjusted residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sulzer Chemtech AG
    Inventors: Matthias Schäfer, Andrzej Kuszlik, Florian Lippuner, Herbert Engstler
  • Patent number: 10207926
    Abstract: The present invention has as its object the provision of an ozone generator that can generate ozone with high efficiency. The ozone generator of the present invention includes: source gas supply means for supplying a source gas containing oxygen; a gas flow channel forming member for forming a gas flow channel through which the source gas from the source gas supply means flows; and an ultraviolet light source for emitting ultraviolet light, the ultraviolet light source being disposed in the gas flow channel. The ozone generator irradiates the source gas flowing through the gas flow channel with the ultraviolet light from the ultraviolet light source to cause the oxygen in the source gas to absorb the ultraviolet light and thereby generate ozone. The ultraviolet light source comprises an excimer lamp for emitting ultraviolet light with a wavelength of not more than 200 nm. A flow rate of the source gas in a region where the ultraviolet light source is disposed in the gas flow channel is not lower than 0.1 m/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ushio Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Naito, Nobuyuki Hishinuma, Shinji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10202694
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of using nitrogen-containing compounds as corrosion inhibitors. The present method is used to inhibit corrosion of a metal surface in contact with an aqueous system using 2-substituted imidazoles and 2-substituted benzimidazoles, and provides enhanced protection against corrosion of metals in the aqueous system. 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 2-substituted imidazoles and 2-substituted benzimidazoles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Rane, Jothibasu Seetharaman, Jeffery M. Atkins, Anand Harbindu, Piyush Anant, Vaideeswaran Sivaswamy, Pradeep Cheruku
  • Patent number: 10201612
    Abstract: A humidity control device for use in maintaining the desired humidity of a closed environment, e.g., a container, while also decreasing headspace oxygen, the device including a water vapor and oxygen permeable pouch, an aqueous salt solution containing humidity controlling salts in combination with salts of ascorbic acid or isomers thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Boveda, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Egberg, Robert L. Esse
  • Patent number: 10201156
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site, continuous generation of peracid chemistry, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions, are disclosed. In particular, an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system is designed for on-site generation of peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions from sugar esters. Methods of using the in situ generated peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Patent number: 10195299
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for sterilization. In one example, a device may include a body with a flexible tether and a receiving aperture having a central axis, the body forming an internal cavity, the cavity housing at least one circular battery with a central axis perpendicular to the central axis of the aperture; and a UV source positioned at an end of the receiving aperture. Various other additional features and alternative configurations are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Group, LLP
    Inventors: Michael Baker, John D. Russell, Shelby Suckow, Christian Terry Proch McMechan, Mark Sasha Drlik, Paul Charlebois
  • Patent number: 10197273
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a smoke processing device for processing smoke, which is generated by an indoor industrial site, a restaurant, or a heating means that applies heat and generates smoke, the device including at least: a smoke purification means comprising a smoke collector equipped with a smoke movement duct, the smoke movement duct comprising a smoke purifier for purifying smoke, which has been collected by the smoke collector, and discharging the purified smoke, the smoke purification means comprising a hot air movement duct for moving the smoke purified and discharged by the smoke purifier; and a heat exchange means installed on the smoke movement duct to promote heat exchange of smoke collected by the smoke collector such that the smoke is converted to high-temperature smoke and is moved to the smoke purifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Young Ja Cho
  • Patent number: 10196685
    Abstract: Methods and delivery systems for providing a gas phase of a multi-component liquid source for delivery to a critical process application are provided. The methods include concentration of a component of the liquid source which is less volatile than water for delivery of a gas stream comprising the less volatile component to a critical process application. Critical process applications include decontamination and microelectronic processing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RASIRC, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Russell J. Holmes, Edward Heinlein, Zohreh Shamsi, Christopher Ramos, Alex Deptala, James Hogan