Patents Examined by Sean E. Conley
  • Patent number: 12029825
    Abstract: A hybrid germicidal irradiation apparatus, method, and system for multi-band germicidal irradiation. A first plurality of emitters and a second plurality of emitters may be coupled to a housing configured to be coupled to a ceiling of an interior room. The first plurality of emitters and the second plurality of emitters may be operable to emit UV-C radiation at a wavelength of about 265 nanometers and near-UV radiation at a wavelength of about 405 nanometers, respectively. One or more radiation sensors are configured to measure the amount of UV-C light or near UV-C light reflected from a target surface. A controller may be communicably engaged with the radiation sensors to calculate an amount of UV-C radiation and near-UV radiation delivered to a target surface or interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: UD Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Philip J. Ufkes, Jeffery L. Deal
  • Patent number: 12029836
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a method of managing scent in an environment, which includes disposing at least one scent diffusion device within an environment, wherein the at least one scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer, receiving at least one target value of a scent parameter for the environment at the remote computer, and controlling, via the remote computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with the at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter. Controlling a diffusion rate of the liquid includes altering at least one of a voltage and a duty cycle applied to at least one component of the diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: SCENTBRIDGE HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 12025344
    Abstract: A cover assembly is configured for disinfecting an air conditioning unit. The assembly includes a cover made of a pliable material that is shaped to be installed on the inside portion of an air conditioning unit. The assembly also includes an ozone generator configured to direct ozone into the air conditioning unit. A controller is operatively coupled to the ozone generator and is configured to control operation of the ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: VENMILL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Verish, Daniel Peter St.Laurent
  • Patent number: 12023414
    Abstract: Efficacy and efficiency of reprocessing a medical device having a restrictive channel and at least one less-restrictive channel, e.g., an endoscope, via disinfection may be improved by using a so-called “Purge-Then-Fill” technique in which channels are purged of disinfectant before refilling them with the disinfectant. Preferably, a less-restrictive channel is purged before the restrictive channel is purged, and then the less-restrictive channel or another less-restrictive channel is filled before the restrictive channel is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: ASP Global Manufacturing GmbH
    Inventor: Sungwook Yang
  • Patent number: 12016965
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic medical device cleaning agent supply device, comprising a case, peristaltic pump unit, timer unit, foot switch, and controller, that automatically supplies the cleaning solution into the cleaning tank to clean medical devices in an amount relative to the amount of water in the cleaning tank when the foot switch is pressed and wherein an attachment housing is secured on a fixed housing in the peristaltic pump unit in a detachable manner for the attachment housing to be selectively detached to facilitate tube replacement and use, through which the tube, which is a consumable, can be replaced conveniently to ensure the ease of maintenance of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventors: Byung Moon Ahn, Jin Ki Ahn
  • Patent number: 12016980
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure may include a base for a scent warmer. The base may include a base member and a stem extending upwardly from the base member. The stem may be configured to carry a heating element thereon. The base may also include an elastomeric sleeve surrounding at least a portion of the stem. The elastomeric sleeve may be configured to apply a retention force between a removable decorative body and the stem. The elastomeric sleeve may include a wall member sized and configured to abut against the stem and a plurality of ribs extending radially outward from the wall member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Scentsy, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Orville Thompson, Kyle Ostrem, Mark Sullivan, Martin Stenger
  • Patent number: 12012325
    Abstract: A preform is sterilized by a preform sterilizer. The preform is blow-molded by a blow-molding device to manufacture a container. Next, the container is filled with a culture medium by a filling device without sterilizing the container by a container sterilizer, and the container is plugged by a plugging device. Thereafter, it is verified how much microorganism survive or propagate in the culture medium in the container. A degree of sterilization in the container sterilizer is adjusted on the basis of a verification result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 12010998
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for generating and monitoring an antimicrobial is provided, the system including: a microprocessor and/or a microcontroller; an external communications device; a computational system; an antimicrobial sensor and/or an environmental sensor; and an antimicrobial generator, wherein the external communications device, the computational system, the antimicrobial generator, and the antimicrobial sensor and/or the environmental sensor are operatively connected to the microprocessor and/or the microcontroller. The system may further include a separate sensor sub-system comprising: a sensor sub-system microprocessor and/or a sensor sub-system microcontroller; a sensor sub-system external communications device; a sensor sub-system antimicrobial sensor and/or a sensor sub-system environmental sensor; and a sensor sub-system computational system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Chorus, LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Rader, Kenneth J. Heater, Raymond Desabato, Daniel P. Lorch, Adriane L. Lewis, Timothy N. Wells
  • Patent number: 12005148
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of fabrication are provided which include a coolant-cooled heat sink through which coolant passes to facilitate cooling the coolant-cooled heat sink, and an ultra-violet (UV) light assembly associated with the coolant-cooled heat sink for directing UV light towards an interior surface of the coolant-cooled heat sink across which the coolant passes. The UV light inhibits bacterial growth at the interior surface of the coolant-cooled heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hongqing Zhang, David J. Lewison, Frank L. Pompeo, James Busby, Jay A. Bunt, Joyce E. Molinelli Acocella, Madhana Sunder, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 12005162
    Abstract: The vehicle interior deodorizer may comprise a deodorizing device for deodorizing the interior of a vehicle and a method of using the deodorizing device. During a treatment cycle, the deodorizing device may release a chemical tablet into a cup holding water after an evacuation interval. The chemical tablet may dissolve in the water, creating a deodorizing solution. A bubbler mechanism may de-gas the deodorizing solution and may force deodorizing gas out of the deodorizing device such that the deodorizing gas may saturate the interior of the vehicle during a treatment interval. The bubbler mechanism may quiesce during a dissipation interval such that the deodorizing gas may abate. The vehicle may be opened and aired out to complete the treatment cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventors: Ryan Eade, Zach Fearnside, Mark Welker, Garrett Pell
  • Patent number: 12005151
    Abstract: An integrated light device for invocation from a smartphone includes an antimicrobial light wavelength emanating from a utility light portal of the smartphone. Antimicrobial light, such as those in the so-called UVC range (about 222 nm wavelength) have been shown to effectively decontaminate irradiated surfaces against COVID-19 and other harmful depositions on the surfaces, with minimal harmful radiation to humans. Replacing or controlling a smartphone utility light, such as the LED responsive to a “flashlight” function, allows the personal device to be invoked to quickly irradiate surfaces prior to use, such as sitting, eating, opening doors, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Luminary, LLC
    Inventors: Adam E. M. Eltorai, Charles W. Henry
  • Patent number: 11998646
    Abstract: A method for heating and sterilizing cans, including the following steps: Step 1: placing one or more cans in the cage body successively along an axis direction, and clamping the one or more cans in the cage body; Step 2: adding hot oil in the storage tank, and maintaining an oil temperature; Step 3: placing the cage body in the storage tank, and driving the cage body to roll in the storage tank by the drive assembly until the cage body enters the transition box; Step 4: conveying the cage body in the transition box, and introducing hot air or cold air into the transition box, until the cage body leaves the transition box through the discharge port; and Step 5: taking out the one or more cans from the cage body, and cleaning the one or more cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Linxiao Fan
  • Patent number: 11992564
    Abstract: The invention provides a UV illumination device for sterilizing and disinfecting a desired item or area. The UV illumination device comprises a base of a fixed housing. The base comprises a pair of electrical terminals establishing connection with external power source. A movable housing is connected to the fixed housing through a mechanical joint. The movable housing includes a plurality of light sources, a motor, an adjustment lens, a camera unit, a memory unit, and a controlling unit connected to the camera unit and the memory unit. The plurality of light sources, the camera unit, the memory unit and the controlling unit are mounted on a base plate. The controlling unit includes a processor configured to perform certain computing operations in order to control adjustment in the direction of UV illumination by the UV illumination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Alain Dijkstra
  • Patent number: 11992573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for providing microbial control and/or disinfection/remediation of an environment. The methods generally comprise: generating a Purified Hydrogen Peroxide Gas (PHPG) that is substantially free of, e.g., hydration, ozone, plasma species, and/or organic species; and directing the gas comprising primarily PHPG into the environment such that the PHPG acts to provide microbial control and/or disinfection/remediation in the environment, preferably both on surfaces and in the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: James D. Lee
  • Patent number: 11992570
    Abstract: A portable sterilizing sprayer includes a gripper shaped shell, and a nozzle on the front surface of the shell. The back part of the shell includes a clamping device which can be clamped on the waist belt. The inner part of the shell presents a cavity to hold a disinfectant solution. The front end of the shell is provided with a pressing part for pressing the thumb, and when the pressing part is pressed, the disinfection in the liquid storage cavity is carried out. When it is used, it does not need to be removed, and the palm is pressed near the thumb and pressed with the thumb. The disinfecting liquid can be sprayed on the palm of the palm and can be sterilized at any time, so the portable disinfector is convenient to carry and to use it at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Wi Labs IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Volodymyr Chornovol, Oleksandr Yatsenko
  • Patent number: 11986566
    Abstract: A system includes a container configured to hold one or more items contaminated with a contaminant. The system also includes a power amplifier configured to output radio frequency (RF) energy at a frequency substantially equal to a resonant frequency of the contaminant. The system further includes a horn connected to the power amplifier and configured to propagate the RF energy along a length of the container and through the one or more items to deactivate, damage, or destroy the contaminant by molecular resonance. In addition, the system includes an RF absorbing liner disposed on interior surfaces of the container and configured to absorb and reduce reflection of at least some of the RF energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Angelo M. Puzella, Joseph T. Mossoba, Sharon A. Elsworth, John Sangiolo
  • Patent number: 11985997
    Abstract: An automated robotic food handling or preparation apparatus includes one or more food contact surfaces and an antimicrobial lighting fixture. The antimicrobial lighting fixture includes an enclosure forming a sanitization chamber and one or more antimicrobial lighting elements, wherein each element emits light at a wavelength, irradiance, and direction sufficient to inactivate one or more microorganisms on a target surface(s) within the sanitization chamber. The automated food handling apparatus subjects itself to an antimicrobial lighting treatment within the sanitization chamber upon detection of one or more conditions. The systems and/or methods of the present disclosure may sanitize food contact surfaces of automated robotic food equipment and help reduce the frequency at which such food contact surfaces need to be manually sanitized to keep microbial growth below acceptable levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy B. Finison
  • Patent number: 11986569
    Abstract: An instrument sterilization monitoring system and an instrument sterilization monitoring method are provided. The instrument sterilization monitoring system includes a server, a sterilization device, and a mobile device. An image capturing module of the mobile device is used to capture image information of a first sterilization device indication device in the sterilization device, image information of a first sterilization device indication label, image information of a second instrument indication device, and image information of a second instrument indication label which are disposed outside an instrument package. The image information is uploaded to the server. The server determines, according to the image information, whether or not the instrument package meets a sterilization standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Yu-Pin Lin, Ching-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 11991865
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a computer environment are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, a cooling assembly can be used to monitor and control fluid quality associated with one or more servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Ali Heydari
  • Patent number: 11986563
    Abstract: A portable, handheld light sanitizer (10) having a skin-surface sanitization mode with safety features for automatically terminating or automatically preventing initiation of a skin sanitization cycle to prevent excessive skin radiation time that could be harmful and preventing radiation that is too intense due to the UV light source being too close to the skin-surface (FIGS. 6-7), and a non-skin surface sanitization mode (FIGS. 6 and 8) which may be unlimited in time duration but in which the UV light source (12) is n ay deenergized if the UV light source (12) is directed at a person's skin is provided in a cellphone configuration (FIGS. 2-5) in which functional elements of a cellphone are also used by the sanitizer functions, a fixed light wand configuration (FIGS. 4-7), flashlight configurations (FIGS. 10-13 and 14-16), a foldable light wand configuration (FIGS. 20-22), a cellphone protector case configuration (FIGS. 26-28) and a cellphone connectable tab configuration (FIGS. 29-31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: James William Potthast