Patents Examined by Regina M. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10842897
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, apparatus, and systems for disinfecting articles with ozone. Aspects of the invention use increased concentrations ozone in sealed, confined volumes, such as, for example, carts, lockers, cabinets, etc. to disinfect or sterilize medical articles. A medical article is placed in a confined volume. The confined volume is sealed so that the atmosphere inside the sealed, confined volume is isolated from the external atmosphere. The concentration of ozone in the sealed, confined volume is rapidly increased to a threshold concentration. At the threshold ozone concentration, the medical article can be disinfection or sterilized in a reduce amount of time. When disinfection or sterilization is complete, the concentration of ozone in the sealed, confined volume is rapidly reduced to a safe level. The sealed, confined volume is unsealed. The disinfected or sterilized medical article can be removed from the confined volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Peter V. Schwartz, Scott Anthony Garvey, Jonathan W. Carmichael, Eric Randall Meier, Judith Apsay Guzman-Cottrill
  • Patent number: 10836892
    Abstract: The material of a part includes a composition obtained by blending an isobutylene-based, pre-crosslinked polymer as component (A), at least one poly olefin or a non-crosslinked rubber or a TPV as component (B), at least one polymer having a Tg of 90° C. or higher as component (C) and—preferably—at least one component (D) selected from the group of: substituted vinyl polymers, stryrenic block copolymers, inorganic functionalized and non-functionalized fillers, carbon black, halogen scavengers, preferably the inorganic halogen scavengers, acid acceptors, stabilizers, preferably the polymeric stabilizers, and processing aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Datwyler Pharma Packaging International NV
    Inventors: Leszek Jakuczek, Luc Vanderheyden, Agna Francis
  • Patent number: 10835626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for combined HINS and non-HINS lighting for surface disinfection. A lighting system controller is provided, which includes a memory, an i/o interface, and an electronic processor. The processor is configured to retrieve from the memory at least one characteristic of an area to be disinfected; determine, based on a signal received from a first sensor positioned to sense the presence of a person in the area, whether a person is present in the area; and, when a person is present in the area, determine a first drive signal based on the at least one characteristic and the presence of the person, and a second drive signal based on the presence of the person in the area and the first drive signal. The processor provides the first drive signal to drive to a HINS LED array and the second drive signal to drive a non-HINS LED array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Pritam Yadav, Thomas James Veltri
  • Patent number: 10836527
    Abstract: A method and a device for maintaining, in a filling machine, a gas flow barrier between two volumes of a channel, wherein the channel is used for transportation of packages in a length direction thereof, and the volumes comprise a first volume having a first degree of sterilization and a second volume having a second degree of sterilization, and wherein the first volume comprises a gas injection mechanism, the second volume comprises a gas evacuation mechanism, and the first and the second volume meet in an interface area extending in a length direction of the channel. The method comprises arranging, divergent jets flowing from the gas injection mechanism such that the divergent jets of gas cooperate in the interface region for the generation of a unidirectional flow in the direction from the first volume towards the second volume in the interface area, and thus forming a gas flow barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Daniele Apparuti, Ulf Lindblad, Jenny Olsson, Michael Kok Olsson
  • Patent number: 10814030
    Abstract: A hybrid full-spectrum air purification device employs a UV light source; ionization, both negative and positive or only negative ions; and, adsorbent VOC filters, zeolite, potassium permanganates, carbon, polymers, tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane, tromethamine, and/or the like, applied to carbon monolith structures. Room temperature bi-metallic nano-particle catalysts, such as supported noble metal based catalysts (e.g. platinum, palladium, gold, silver, etc.) with inert oxide in this case platinized tin oxide (Pt/SnOx) combined with, or without, non-noble metal oxides such as manganese dioxide (MnO2) and/or titanium dioxide (TiO2), and/or the like, may also be applied to the carbon monolith(s). The device is suitable for installation immediately above, or adjacent, a cooling coil with the air flow entering the germicidal (UV) area first, followed by the VOC catalyst filters and finally being exposed to the dual/single polarity ionization zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DUST FREE, LP
    Inventors: Gregg W. Burnett, Joshua Pulis
  • Patent number: 10814027
    Abstract: A sterilization-assistance device is described herein. In some embodiments, the sterilization-assistance device comprises a dry booster and at least one measurement device attached to the dry booster. In various embodiments, the at least one measurement device may include a strain gauge. In various embodiments, the at least one measurement device may include a pressure sensor. In various embodiments, the at least one measurement device may include a pressure sensor and a strain gauge. The sterilization assistance device may also include a communication module. The communication module may be a wireless-communication module. The measurement device may provide indications that the dry booster has become detached from an endoscope during a sterilization procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ben Fryer, Han Chin, Behnam Amin, Raya Majdanishabestari
  • Patent number: 10800664
    Abstract: A chemical disinfection process for vehicles using chlorine dioxide and titanium dioxide with calculated re-treatment formulas and schedules based on bacterial infestation data. Systems and methods that include client devices and servers that monitor and control a chemical disinfection process. The system generates a surety arrangement that facilitates re-treatment and electronic notification alerts to chemical solution vendors, dealers and vehicle owners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PurWorld Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Allen K. Bettilyon, Robert Adams
  • Patent number: 10786588
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sterilizing an enclosed space using ozone are disclosed herein. Various embodiments of the devices and methods also provide for accelerated degradation of the ozone upon sterilization. The methods can include identifying enclosed spaces, sterilizing enclosed spaces through ozone generation, generating reports and transmitting the reports. The sterilization unit disclosed herein can sterilize a plurality of enclosed spaces, such as a fleet of medical response vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Gene Therapy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Jurak, Anthony M. Sorge, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10786758
    Abstract: A sterilization system with multipurpose degasser has a vortex mixing cylinder, an endcap, and a deionization system. The vortex mixing cylinder is a container that has an inlet an outlet. The inlet and out enable an ozone-water mixture to flow into a mixing chamber within the vortex mixing cylinder. The mixing chamber is designed to facilitate the formation of an ozone saturated ozone-water mixture. The endcap is used to cover an opening of the mixing chamber and is used to expel gasses out of the mixing chamber. The deionization system is an electrical filter that removes ozone particles from the air within the mixing chamber. The deionization system is mounted in between the vortex mixing cylinder and the endcap. Accordingly, gasses must pass through the deionization system prior to being expelled through the endcap. The ozone particles are removed from the gasses being expelled through the endcap, prior to expulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Creatrix Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Eileen Durfee
  • Patent number: 10772979
    Abstract: A sanitizer includes a shell defining first and second chamber portions, and having an opening into the first portion. A cover has a closed position over the opening for preventing access to the chamber, and an open position for permitting access to the chamber. A tray is moveable between an access position in the first portion, for placement and retrieval of an article within the tray, and a sanitizing position in the second portion, for exposing the article to sanitizing electromagnetic radiation from an emitter mounted in the second portion. A controller controls an actuator coupled to the tray to move the tray to the sanitizing position when the cover is closed, and to return the tray to the access position when a return condition is satisfied. A radiation barrier is configured to substantially prevent radiation from reaching the opening when the tray is in the access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Oleg Baranov, Graeme Clark, Tyler Lypaczewski, Taylor Mann, Scott Mason, Mehrdad Taghizadeh Nouei, Geoff Hoy, Mohamed Adel Ibrahim, Noaman Makki
  • Patent number: 10766623
    Abstract: An ozone converter includes an outer housing having an inlet and an outlet and a core disposed within the outer housing, the core including a central passageway formed therein and passing thorough the core. The converter also includes an ozone control assembly that allows air to pass through the central passageway in an closed mode and prevents flow thorough the central passageway in an open mode, the assembly including cover flaps that cover a portion of the core in the closed mode and that do not cover the core in the open mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Brian R. Shea
  • Patent number: 10752501
    Abstract: A scent elimination device 100 for removing the human scent and any other scent associated with hunters in the field. The device 100 produces ozone, which is applied directly or indirectly to the clothing, equipment and body 300 while the hunter is in the field 200 and/or prior to or after the hunt. The method can also be used by fishermen to eliminate fish odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PARAH, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Elrod
  • Patent number: 10744220
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing air pollutants from the air is described. The apparatus contains a fan module and a chamber that can hold either activated carbon or a gel that reacts with air pollutants from air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kai Huang, Marilyn Wang, Xingping Wang, Wesley Nie, Hailin Liu
  • Patent number: 10744217
    Abstract: A device a method, and a computer program for use in a device (40) for washing, disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical, dental, laboratory and/or pharmaceutical goods. The device comprises a chamber (41) for receiving the goods, a door (42) associated with the chamber (41) and a processing circuitry for creating and storing a track record of at least one parameter of the washing, disinfecting and/or sterilizing process performed by the device (40). The user interface (44, 45) is operable by the user to cause the process circuitry to electronically sign the track record, and wherein the signing of the track record is associated with at least one condition on the device (40). The device, method and computer program facilitates an easy and secure signing of a track record directly on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Jonas Andersson, Per Norlin
  • Patent number: 10737556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photocatalytic module for an automobile air conditioner and an automobile air conditioner having the same and, more particularly, to a photocatalytic module capable of eliminating various germs resulting from dew formed on an evaporator installed in an automobile air conditioner and corresponding bad smell, and an air conditioner having the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hak Jeong, Sang Cheol Shin, Ji Won Kim, Woong Ki Jeong
  • Patent number: 10729796
    Abstract: A disinfecting unit and method of operating the same includes a cabinet having a vertical axis, a first lamp coupled to the cabinet directing light in a generally radial direction relative to the vertical axis, a second lamp coupled to the cabinet directing light in at least a partially axial direction relative to the vertical axis and a nebulizer that dispenses disinfecting fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: E & C Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Paver, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10722606
    Abstract: Provided are a method and device for producing negative oxygen ions, and a method and device for purifying air. Said method for producing negative oxygen ions comprises: respectively introducing air and water into an air-water reactor so that the introduced air and water reach a relative movement speed of not less than 20 m/s in said air-water reactor and react within said air-water reactor so as to produce negative oxygen ions; and separating the air containing the negative oxygen ions after the reaction from the water after the reaction, and releasing the air containing the negative oxygen ions after the reaction into a required space. Said method and device can produce a large number of negative oxygen ions and purified air with a high efficiency at a low cost, without producing any harmful substances such as ozone and oxynitrides, and are long-acting and free of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaoyue Liu
  • Patent number: 10709973
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a fragrance presentation device which prevents an unintended smell from being presented. A fragrance presentation device for use with a display device which can be mounted on the head of a user includes a fragrance presentation module disposed in a fragrance presentation position in the vicinity of the nostrils of a person on which the display device is mounted, a fragrance holder having a fragrance container for holding a fragrance therein, the fragrance holder placing the fragrance container in a position spaced from the fragrance presentation position at least while the fragrance is not presented, and delivering the fragrance out of the fragrance container when the fragrance in the fragrance container is presented, and a fragrance conductor for conducting the fragrance which has been delivered out of the fragrance holder to the fragrance presentation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Osawa, Shinichi Hirata, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 10702828
    Abstract: An odor filter, preferably utilized on vents of human waste containers, provides a multi-stage construction having a variety of media calculated to remove specific gasses with acid and base impregnated filter media as well as potentially regular activated charcoal. The filter construction can be provided with a multi-diameter connection capability, at least one replacement indicator and/or a safety release to assist in at least one of under-pressure and/or overpressure situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Bedford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10702884
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser may include a housing adapted to hold a refill containing a volatile material and a nebulizer in communication with the refill and the volatile material within the refill, wherein the nebulizer is adapted to volatilize and emit the volatile material as nebulized particles. The nebulizer may include a piezoelectric element having a central aperture and first and second opposing surfaces and an orifice plate disposed adjacent the first surface of the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Beaumont, Jesse Richard, Scott D. Walter, Daniel S. McGrath