Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 10420852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (S) for generating a plurality of cold-plasma jets at atmospheric pressure in order to treat a target (2), wherein said method includes the following steps: producing (S1) a primary cold-plasma jet (3) at atmospheric pressure using a plasma source (10); placing (S2) a substrate (20, 21, 30, 32, 34) near the target (2) to be treated, said substrate (20, 21, 30, 32, 34) including at least two through-holes; and passing (S3) the plasma through the through-holes (22) of the substrate (20) such as to generate at least two secondary cold-plasma jets (4) at atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Pouvesle, Eric Robert, Sebastien Dozias, Michel Hugnot, Vanessa Sarron, Thibault Darny
  • Patent number: 10406254
    Abstract: A system and method for disinfecting hard surfaces in an area such as a hospital room including a light source emitting UV light and a reflector mounted behind the light source for concentrating and directing the light toward a target. The light source and reflector rotate to direct the concentrated beam around a room, thereby making more efficient use of the energy being emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Surfacide, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Scott Garner, Thomas Smigelski, Timothy Mathew G. Escolin, Waldemar John Lyslo
  • Patent number: 10398648
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. More specifically, the present invention includes apparatus and devices for the preparation of pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles, such as multivesicular liposomes, methods for preparing such formulations, and the use of specific formulations for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof. Formation and use of the pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles produced by using the apparatus and devices for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest George Schutt, Ronald Warren McGuire, Peter Andrew Walters, Kathleen D. A. Los
  • Patent number: 10399708
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in material sublimation includes a hollow reservoir having thermally conductive walls. A piston is disposed between the sealed end and the ported end of the reservoir, and is in sliding contact with the walls of the reservoir. The piston has holes passing there through. A force generator is coupled to the piston for applying a continuous force to the piston wherein the continuous force biases the piston towards the sealed end of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Kurt A. Polzin, Joao F. Seixal, Stephanie Mauro, Jason Waggoner, Robert Coker
  • Patent number: 10391531
    Abstract: A quick blade repair and replacement enabled apparatus integrating medical waste shredding and sterilization is a dismountable integrally assembled vertical structure. Three chambers, including a loading and stirring, a shredding and a sterilization and discharging chamber are connected into a whole. Two repair gates are respectively on the left and right sides of the shredding chamber, they are designed as a whole together with the rotary blade shaft, when repair and replace the blades, only the repair gates need to be dismounted, and the replacement process can be finished outside the shredding chamber. The stationary blades are pressed on the inner wall of the shredding chamber by using binder plate, and bolts for securing the binder plate are screwed from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Jun Peng, Zhe Wang, Fengyan Chen
  • Patent number: 10391435
    Abstract: A sterilization container for retaining surgical instruments in a sterilizer comprising a plurality of walls defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray, least one of the walls defining a venting pass through area, and a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 1 square inch:125 cubic inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Brian E. McGrath, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10391187
    Abstract: A virus inactivation and sampling apparatus for use in a process of purifying a liquid drug substance. A closed circulation line is formed by an outlet port 11 of a bag 10 containing a liquid drug substance, a first line 41, sampling means 20, a second line 42 (pH meter 30) and an inlet port 12 of the bag 10, and an acidic aqueous solution is fed through an acidic aqueous solution line 45 and circulated to inactivate viruses in the liquid drug substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ito, Takaya Nakagawa, Yoichi Kitsuta
  • Patent number: 10376604
    Abstract: A Sterilization Unit includes: a UV-C radiation source configured to emit UV-C radiation; and a room partition selectably configurable between two or more different partition geometrics and configured, in each of the two or more different partition geometrics, to (a) physically separate floor space of a room into sterilization target area and a non-target area, and (b) direct the UV-C radiation to the target area from at least two different directions while shielding the non-target area from the UV-C radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PurpleSun Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Fernando Romo, Arto Cinoglu, David Moses
  • Patent number: 10369242
    Abstract: System and method to reducing risk of patient infections (HAI), using operating rooms equipped with suitable automatic airborne sterilizing agent generators, sensors, mechanisms, automatic air control devices, and ceiling mounted structures that allows the room to both provide air curtains of laminar flow sterilized air over the operating table, as well as to be quickly and completely sterilized. After suitable safety checks, the system isolates the interior air from external air, and activates an air phase anti-microbial agent generator, filing the room with air-phase anti-microbial agent. After sterilization, the invention deactivates the generator, removes the remaining air-phase anti-microbial agent by flowing room air through a catalytic converter, and then restores the connection to outside sterilized air. The ceiling mounted structure is configured for laminar flow air curtain delivery, supply lighting, and support boom mounted operating room equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Sanford M. Kellogg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10363337
    Abstract: The invention provides an air purifier (1) comprising a catalytic converter (100), the catalytic converter (100) comprising (i) a catalytically active material (120) and (ii) a heatable material (130) in thermal contact with said catalytically active material (120), wherein the heatable material (130) is heatable by one or more of an alternating electrical field and an alternating magnetic field, the air purifier (1) further comprising a field generator (140), configured free from electrical contact with the heatable material (130) and configured to heat during operation of the air purifier (1) the heatable material (130) by one or more of the alternating electrical field and the alternating magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Ming Sun, Weizhong Chen, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 10363329
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for disinfecting a lavatory inside a vehicle in response to a set of criteria being met. A determination is made as to whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system that emits far-ultraviolet radiation to perform a disinfection process inside a lavatory has been met. In response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met, the disinfection system is activated to perform the disinfection process inside the lavatory using the far-ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Childress, Mark L. Cloud, Karen Lee Hills
  • Patent number: 10357585
    Abstract: Provided is a system for supplying a liquid (such as an irritant chemical solution) safely. This liquid supplying system comprises: a base on which a container containing liquid is placed; a hollow needle having a spired part; a first movement mechanism that moves the needle between a first needle position at which the spired part is separated from the container and a second needle position at which the spired part is passed through a wall of the container; a hollow tube having a smaller outer diameter than the inner diameter of the lumen of the needle; and a second movement mechanism that moves the tube between a first tube position separated from the container and a second tube position at which the tube is passed through the lumen of the needle located at the second needle position and is inserted inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Saraya Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haijun Zhang, Qinghai Zhao, Jianglong Yu, Tomomasa Itarashiki, Daiki Anraku
  • Patent number: 10357579
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device cleaner, and method of use, for cleaning a device port, particularly a medical device port, that may be inserted into the device port cleaner for cleaning and/or disinfecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Medical Group Soparfi S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Aaron Chiu, Enrique Delgado Macias, Cesar Aguilera
  • Patent number: 10343082
    Abstract: A system and method of extracting essential oils from plant material through the use of a low pressure alcohol-based closed system that includes a solvent chamber connected to a material column that in turn is connected to a recovery chamber. Plant material in the material column and the solvent in the solvent chamber are cooled using a cooling liquid, such as nitrogen. A vacuum pump connected to the recovery chamber creates a vacuum in the recovery chamber to draw the cooled solvent through the cooled plant material and extract essential oils, which are collected in the recovery chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Casey Steele
  • Patent number: 10340832
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and a method for hydride generation. In some embodiments, the system includes an assembly for introducing hydride generation reagents into a mixing path or mixing container, where the assembly includes first chamber configured to contain a first hydride generation reagent and a second chamber configured to contain a second hydride generation reagent. A first plunger is configured to translate within the first chamber and cause a displacement of the first hydride generation reagent, and a second plunger is configured to translate within the second chamber and cause a displacement of the second hydride generation reagent. The assembly further includes base coupling the first plunger and the second plunger together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel R. Wiederin, Austin Schultz
  • Patent number: 10337752
    Abstract: A ventilation system comprising a conveying unit for conveying a supply airstream into an interior space through at least one air outlet channel, and at least one exhaust air opening which may have an adjustable opening width. The at least one air outlet channel arranged at a distance from the at least one exhaust air opening, such that an airstream is established during operation therebetween in the interior space. The ventilation system is paired with a humidifying device to supply humidity into the interior space, said humidifying device comprising a generator for generating an aerosol from a liquid with droplets sized to be carried by the airstream, and at least one aerosol outlet channel arranged in the interior space such that the aerosol is captured by the airstream. A method for conditioning an interior space using at least one or more such ventilation systems is further described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Reichenbach
  • Patent number: 10329513
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for the facile extraction and purification of oils from plant material, including cannabis and hemp. The systems and methods herein are versatile, and may utilize a wide range of solvents to extract oils from a variety of plant-based material. Further, the provided systems and methods are closed loop, reducing the loss solvent and decreasing the risk of safety concerns such as human exposure to solvent chemicals or explosion of volatiles. In some embodiments, the systems and methods remove impurities from the extracted oils, for example waxes or other precipitates, and provide a higher purity and higher quality extract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MC Machinery LLC
    Inventors: Derek Cumings, Max Eisler, Ryan Hubbell
  • Patent number: 10328170
    Abstract: A method for dynamic dosing of disinfectant solution in a medical device reprocessing system includes calculating a volume of an initial dose of concentrated disinfectant solution for dilution to make a first in-use disinfectant solution. The initial dose of concentrated disinfectant solution is diluted with diluting fluid to make the first in-use disinfectant solution comprising a target concentration of disinfectant agent. The first in-use disinfectant solution is applied to a medical device. A concentration of the disinfectant agent in the first in-use disinfectant solution is then calculated. The actual concentration of the disinfectant agent in the concentrated disinfectant solution is then calculated based upon the concentration of disinfectant agent in the first in-use disinfectant solution. It is then determined whether a volume of a second dose of concentrated disinfectant solution is increased or about the same as the volume of the initial dose to make a second in-use disinfectant solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungwook Yang, Cindy L. Ellis, Robert P. Michaloski, Marc Bellotti, Yan Fang, Marco A. Mangiaterra
  • Patent number: 10322199
    Abstract: Technologies (e.g., devices, systems and methods) for sanitizing reservoirs of humidifiers are described. In some embodiments, the technologies include a sanitization gas system and a connector unit. The connector unit is configured to install into a portion (e.g., wall, bottom, top, or lid) of a reservoir, such as a reservoir of a humidifier. The connector unit includes an inlet passageway for supplying sanitizing gas (e.g., ozone) into the reservoir, and an outlet passageway for removing sanitizing gas from the reservoir. In some embodiments at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed radially around the inlet passageway. The sanitization gas system may provide a sanitizing gas to the inlet passageway and receive the sanitizing gas from the outlet passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SoClean, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Leyva
  • Patent number: 10315130
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and devices for phytochemical extraction. One example extraction system includes two solvent columns, a material column, and a dewaxing column. The solvent columns store and provide solvent for stripping target chemicals from plant material in the material column. The solvent mixed with target chemicals passes into the dewaxing column, where the target chemicals are separated from waxes and lipids. Cooling is applied to elements of the system by way of an open-loop CO2 refrigeration method. Solvent is moved from the solvent columns to the material column by creating a pressure differential between the two solvent columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Boris David Kogon