Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 10188483
    Abstract: A gastro-intestinal (GI) scope disinfection and sterilization device including a gastro-intestinal (GI) scope having an insertion tube and a universal cord and an ultraviolet (UV) light assembly, wherein the UV light assembly includes a power source, a UV light box operatively connected to the power source, and first and second UV light sources operatively connected to the UV light box, wherein the first UV light source is located within an interior of the insertion tube and the second UV light source is located within an interior of the universal cord in order to disinfect and sterilize an interior of the gastro-intestinal (GI) scope lumen. Also, an external UV light source assembly is used to substantially surround a UV insertion tube assembly and the exterior of the insertion tube in order to disinfect and sterilize a portion of an exterior portion of the gastro-intestinal (GI) scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Phong Duy Bui
  • Patent number: 10188761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a garment sanitizing device (1, 31) comprising a housing (2), a chamber (4) within the housing to receive one or more garments (14) to be sanitized. The chamber (4) comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, and opposite first and second sides each extending from the bottom wall to the top wall. The housing contains a fan (6) and one or more heating elements (10). The at least one heating element is configured to directly heat garments within the chamber by radiation, and the fan is configured to convey air via the at least one heating element to heat the air and to convey the heated air through the chamber to additionally heat the garments by the conveyed heated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Boon Teck Tan, Kean Hao Raymond Lee, Bernd Laudahn
  • Patent number: 10188762
    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 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventor: Robert E. Turbett
  • Patent number: 10190222
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel compounds and methods useful in applications relating to industrial water systems. The compounds of the present invention are nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds comprising a benzotriazole covalently bonded to a benzimidazole moiety, and provide enhanced protection against corrosion of metals in aqueous systems. The compounds of the present invention are generally resistant to halogen attack and provide good corrosion resistance in the presence of oxidizing halogen-based biocides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jothibasu Seetharaman, Donald A. Johnson, Anand Harbindu, Deepak Rane, Jeffery M. Atkins, Hemant Mondkar, Vaideeswaran Sivaswamy
  • Patent number: 10180284
    Abstract: A meter for controlling the flow of feedstock from an in-feed hopper to a distillation unit, including a cylindrical roller having a first end, a second end, and an outer diameter, the roller defining a recess that extends helically substantially from the first end to the second end, a sleeve circumscribing a portion of the outer diameter of the cylindrical roller, the sleeve having an open first side that allows the passage of feedstock into the recess of the roller, and an open second side that allows the passage of feedstock out of the recess of the roller as the roller rotates relative to the sleeve, and a housing fixedly attached to the sleeve and capable of attachment to the in-feed hopper and the distillation unit such that feedstock most pass through the housing to get from the in-feed hopper to the distillation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Roy W. Hill, Jerry Scott Long, Tracy Thompson
  • Patent number: 10174256
    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: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Roy W. Hill, Jerry Scott Long, Tracy Thompson
  • Patent number: 10172351
    Abstract: Methods of generating performic acid by contacting aqueous oxidizing agent and aqueous formic acid source in liquid phase are disclosed. A system and apparatus for the in situ production of the performic acid chemistries is further disclosed. In particular, a continuous flow reactor is provided to generate performic acid at variable rates. Methods of employing the oxidizing biocide for various disinfection applications are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Benjamin Crew, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Richard Staub, Ariel Chatman Kleczewski, Minh Tran, Catherine Hanson, Irwan Yunus, Jeffery D. Breshears, Brian Paul Brunner
  • Patent number: 10166306
    Abstract: A container includes a first wall made of a polymeric material, a second wall made of a polymeric material, and a plurality of elongated baffles, spacers or seam lines formed between the first wall and the second wall to form a plurality of separate fluid flow paths. Each of the plurality of fluid flow paths are separated from the other fluid flow paths by at least one of the baffles, spacers or seam lines. Each of the plurality of fluid flow paths have a first end in fluid communication with an inlet and have a second end in fluid communication with an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Nephi D. Jones, Bradley H. Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10160647
    Abstract: A compact lightweight air filtration system is disclosed. The air filtration system includes a hydrophobic particulate/coalescing filter and a cleanable ozone converter housed in a housing with an inlet and an outlet. Air flowing from the inlet to the outlet passes through the particulate/coalescing filter element and then the cleanable ozone converter to remove particulates, aerosols, liquids, and ozone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PTI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Gao, Kanwar Suri
  • Patent number: 10139119
    Abstract: Provided is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes a humidification medium, a watering housing to spray water to supply moisture to the humidification medium, a watering motor to rotate the watering housing, a blower fan to blow air, a blower motor to rotate the blower fan, an operation module receiving an instruction from a user, a sterilization module to sterilize the humidification medium, and a control unit to control the watering motor, the blower motor, and the sterilization module according to an instruction inputted to the operation module. Herein, the control unit stops an operation of the watering motor according to the instruction inputted to the operation module, operates the blower motor and the sterilization module when the sterilizing dry mode is set, and stops the operation of the sterilization module after a predetermined sterilizing dry time elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jieun Choi, Sunyoung Moon, Ahram Kim, Hyungho Park, Taeyoon Kim, Jinuk Kim, Daegeun Son, Sanghyuk Son, Kyoungho Lee
  • Patent number: 10130731
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for apparatuses and methods relating to a mobile device holder and air freshener. The mobile device holder and air freshener may include a body, a fastening component, a removable cap, a flexible arm, and a mount. The fastening component may secure a mobile electronic device to the apparatus. The removable cap may allow scented material to be installed within the body. The fastening component may secure a mobile electronic device to the apparatus. The flexible arm may be coupled to the body at a first side and the mount on a second side. The mount and the flexible arm may support the mobile electronic device. The body may allow air that has entered the apparatus through a first vent of the apparatus to become scented and flow out of the apparatus through a second vent of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Alfred Esses
  • Patent number: 10124157
    Abstract: A cap is configured to provide antimicrobial protection to a female luer port of an intravenous device. The cap distributes an antimicrobial solution within the intraluminal surfaces of the port when the cap is connected to the port. A cap may also be designed to distribute an antimicrobial solution around the exterior surfaces of the port. Once connected to a port, the cap can form a seal that minimizes the evaporation of the antimicrobial solution from within the lumen of a port. The cap can therefore provide antimicrobial protection against another device that is connected to the port once the cap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Yiping Ma, Siddarth Shevgoor
  • Patent number: 10118721
    Abstract: A rotary feed includes a static part that remains stationary relative to a stationary reference frame and a rotating part that rotates with a rotor. The static part and rotating part run adjacent to each other and define a sealed flow channel for a first medium. A buffer chamber surrounds the static and rotating parts, and the transition between these parts. During operation, a barrier medium charges it at a transition between the static and rotating parts. An outlet connects the buffer chamber to a treatment head to permit a medium in the buffer to be fed to the nozzle for container treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Niehr, Jürgen Franz Vorwerk
  • Patent number: 10111976
    Abstract: A disinfection device includes a disinfection chamber into which a radiation source emits ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation. A radiation sensor detects the amount of UV-C radiation within the disinfection chamber, and a temperature sensor produces temperature values of a temperature within the disinfection chamber. A processing unit generates accumulated UV-C radiation values and verifies that the accumulated UV-C radiation value in the disinfection chamber reaches a first radiation threshold while also verifying that the temperature in the disinfection chamber stays below a first temperature threshold. The UV-C radiation may be emitted into the disinfection chamber over one or more fixed periods of time while the total time for the disinfection process is limited to a primary time interval. The process may terminate successfully if the first radiation threshold is exceeded before the primary time interval expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Germitec SA
    Inventors: Clément Deshays, Adrian Edward Smith, Robert Bruce Chess, Frédéric Lepine
  • Patent number: 10092668
    Abstract: A fogging device for disinfecting an enclosed area with an atomized disinfectant fluid may include a housing, and an atomizing disinfectant generator carried by the housing and including a disinfectant fluid reservoir, a compressor coupled to the disinfectant fluid reservoir, and an atomizing nozzle in fluid communication with the disinfectant fluid reservoir. A first processor may be carried by the housing and coupled to the compressor and configured to perform a treatment cycle during which the compressor is operated to dispense atomized disinfectant fluid from the disinfectant fluid reservoir into the enclosed area via the atomizing nozzle. The treatment cycle may include a saturation phase wherein the compressor operates to dispense atomized disinfectant fluid continuously to bring the enclosed area to a target saturation level, and a pulse phase wherein the compressor operates to intermittently dispense atomized disinfectant fluid to maintain the enclosed area at the target saturation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Steven T. Grinstead
  • Patent number: 10092671
    Abstract: A device for dispersing foul gaseous effluent emissions released diffusely by sources located close to the ground, in particular by wastewater treatment ponds (10, 11, 12), includes: at least two auxiliary air or gas injectors (5a1, 5b1; 5a2, 5b2; 5a3, 5b3) oriented upwards and installed in opposing zones on the periphery of each foul gaseous effluent source, such as to disperse the gaseous effluents; separate supply elements (8.1, 13a1, 13b1; 8.2, 13a2, 13b2; 8.3, 13a3, 13b3) for the injectors; and wind-direction-sensitive control elements for ensuring that at least the injector(s) best located to disperse and/or lift the gaseous effluent plume are supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SUEZ GROUPE
    Inventors: Frederic Duong, Robert Kelly, Patrick Chantre
  • Patent number: 10087568
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Silver, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean D. Morham, William M. Morris, David E. Brown, Keith S. Copenhagen, Thomas B. Brezoczky
  • Patent number: 10080791
    Abstract: The invention relates to hyperbaric devices for inactivating microorganisms and viruses while retaining their immunogenicity and for making and producing the soluble, disaggregated, refolded or active immunogenic or therapeutic proteins from inclusion bodies produced from prokaryotes or eukaryotes. The invention encompasses hyperbaric methods for inactivating pathogenic organisms, and methods for producing vaccine compositions using the inactivated pathogens. The hyperbarically inactivated microorganisms are safer and more immunogenic than chemically inactivated microorganisms. Similarly, the solubilized proteins have superior properties compared to more heavily aggregated proteins, including reduced non-specific immune reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MERIAL INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Pierre Yves Carboulec, Rene Labatut, Lionel Gerentes
  • Patent number: 10076129
    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: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: JMC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Micka
  • Patent number: 10071177
    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: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Sanford M. Kellogg, Jr.