Patents Examined by Sean E. Conley
  • Patent number: 11415951
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods to selectively emit scent control material responsive to local conditions of a scent control device. The local conditions may dictate the effectiveness of a given set of output parameters of a scent control device. The scent control device accepts as input, one or more conditional inputs carrying information about the local conditions around the scent control device, such as weather conditions, elevation, barometric pressure, or functional status of the scent control device. Operational programs corresponding to the conditional inputs may be automatically selected based on the combination of conditional inputs to cause the output parameters of the scent control device to match or take into account the local conditions. The scent control device then outputs scent control material such as ozone at a rate effective to control one or more scents to a level that is not perceivable by animals or humans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Scott A. Elrod
  • Patent number: 11413361
    Abstract: Sanitizing surfaces comprising a sanitization device including a mobile body; and extending the sanitization device (102) laterally from the mobile body across a surface. A source of UV radiation (104) is mounted on the sanitization device. The sanitization device moves across the surface; exposing the surface to UV radiation produced by the source; directing a source of UV radiation to the surface at a predetermined dosage while the device moves over surface. Moving and locating the sanitization device can be inwardly and outwardly relative to the mobile body to extend at different angles being from a horizontal angle relative to the mobile body to a non-horizontal angle relative to the mobile body and to effect sanitization when so extended. The device is operable upwardly and downwardly across the surface while effecting the sanitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: DIMER, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Kreitenberg, Elliot M. Kreitenberg
  • Patent number: 11406726
    Abstract: The disclosed Multi-function Germicidal Apparatus and Method, is an elevation actuator equipped mobile floor-standing air convection system including an electromagnetic radiation oscillating head mounted dish with zoom and focusable UV beam projectors which sweep across a horizontal plane to inactivate airborne pathogens. An open end germicidal chamber behind an open center nozzle is equipped with multi-wavelength UV lights to inactivate passing pathogens and irradiate TIO2 coated charge plates to generate hydroxyl radicals. A fan pushes contaminated air through a chamber discharging remnant pathogens and air mixed through a nozzle to create a high velocity air mixture farther away from the opening. An oscillating and focused UV beam forms a tubular shaped virtual cage encircling exiting pathogens for continuous inactivation. Convection forced pathogens disperse to the floor are picked up by a floor fan and sent back to a chamber and UV beams for repeating inactivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Simon Siu-Chi Yu
  • Patent number: 11400173
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed herein for providing a sanitizing bottle. A sanitizing bottle includes a storage body to store liquid; a cap configured to removably attach to the storage body; a cap sensor disposed on the storage body to determine whether the cap is attached to the storage body; a UV emitter to emit UV light in the storage body; and a processor coupled to the cap sensor and the UV emitter. The processor is to activate the UV emitter responsive to determining, via the cap sensor, the cap is attached to the storage body. The processor is to deactivate the UV emitter responsive to determining, via the cap sensor, the cap is not attached to the storage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: LUMA HYDRATION INC.
    Inventors: Brett Fotheringham, August Simmons, Jacob Starley, Aaron Janke, William Hogan
  • Patent number: 11395860
    Abstract: A method of preparing containers for blood-derived products includes filling the blood-derived product containers with the blood-derived product, of virally inactivating the blood-derived product containers, and detecting possible defects in the blood-derived product containers. The viral inactivation is carried out by placing the blood-derived product containers in contact with steam at sub-atmospheric pressure in a chamber adapted for that purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: GRIFOLS WORLDWIDE OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Josep Salvador Maturana
  • Patent number: 11390409
    Abstract: A sterilization apparatus for sterilizing a web of packaging material advancing along a web advancement path-comprises an irradiation device for sterilizing the advancing packaging material web, a main shielding chamber housing the irradiation device and comprising an advancement channel having an inlet opening and an outlet opening and through which, in use, the packaging material web advances along the sterilization portion, an auxiliary shielding chamber upstream of the advancement channel along the web advancement path, the auxiliary shielding chamber having an inner space in fluid connection with the advancement channel and comprising an extraction opening allowing gas extraction from the auxiliary shielding chamber. An aspiration device generates a first flow of gas within the advancement channel from the outlet opening to the inlet opening and a second flow of gas from the inlet opening to the extraction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Luca Poppi, Filippo Ferrarini
  • Patent number: 11388942
    Abstract: Articles and methods of using and making adaptive garment portions are provided. An adaptive garment portion is one that has shifting surfaces with apertures that shift from an aligned to an offset orientation depending on environmental conditions/stimuli. For example, a first surface material and a second surface material may be coupled by a responsive material portion. The responsive material portion may physically change in response to a change in environmental conditions internal or external to the garment (e.g., thermal energy, moisture) and/or stimuli (e.g., light energy, electrical energy, magnetic fields). The physical change in the responsive material portion facilitates the planar shift of the first surface material relative to the second surface material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams
  • Patent number: 11389746
    Abstract: An extraction system may include a primary extractor that is configured to process a main feedstock undergoing extraction and a secondary extractor configured to process particulate matter separated from miscella produced on the primary extractor. In some configurations, the secondary extractor is an immersion extractor that has a solvent stream flowing in a counter current direction to a direction which the particulate matter flows through the extractor. In operation, the primary extractor can generate a miscella stream containing solvent and components extracted from the feedstock being processed by the extractor. Following separation in which the miscella stream is processed to remove particulate matter, the particulate matter may be charged to the secondary extractor as a feedstock for the secondary extractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Crown Iron Works Company
    Inventor: George E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11382994
    Abstract: An ice machine prevents micro-organism growth by utilizing a clean-in-place process. The ice making process of the ice making machine is turned OFF, and then ozonated water, from an ozonated water generation system, is pumped into a distribution system, within the ice making machine so that the ozonated water is sprayed onto surfaces of the ice making machine which are susceptible to micro-organism growth and/or scale. Exposing the surfaces to ozonated water kills the micro-organisms and rinses the dead micro-organisms out of the ice making machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Almblad
  • Patent number: 11383870
    Abstract: The invention relates to chemical and pharmaceutical industry, in particular to technologies of obtaining sterile drugs, drug substances and cosmetic products used in the form of solutions or emulsions, and comprising poloxamer. The thermal method for sterilizing aqueous poloxamer solutions is provided, the method including: dissolving a poloxamer in water for injection; performing the sterilizing filtration of the aqueous poloxamer solution simultaneously with filling sterile containers with the filtered poloxamer solution; sealing the containers containing the poloxamer solution; applying a thermal sterilization with steam under pressure to the containers containing the poloxamer solution, and cooling them, wherein the thermal sterilization of the containers containing the poloxamer solution with steam under pressure is performed under the pressure between 82.4 and 107.8 kPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Elena Valentinovna Arshintseva, Sergei Yurevich Pushkin
  • Patent number: 11382995
    Abstract: An illustrative aqueous ozone sanitizing system for body part, tissue, and instrument sanitizing, including hand rinsing and sanitizing includes a sanitizing chamber, spray devices configured to simultaneously irrigate the entire left and right hand of a user, at least two aqueous ozone generators each fluidly coupled to a subset of the spray devices, and a housing for the sanitizing chamber having an opening for guiding the user's hand orientation and position into the sanitizing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas F. Foust, Christopher Thompson, John Morici, David Carlson, Jake Vail
  • Patent number: 11384956
    Abstract: An air treatment system is disclosed that includes a modular configuration whereby a fan module, filter module, and humidifier module may couple together to provide a plurality of air treatment solutions. In more detail, the modules can stack end-to-end in a vertical configuration. The modules may electrically couple to each other via a common electrical bus and enable a controller disposed in the fan module (or other module) to control fan flow rates, direction, and humidity. The fan module can include an articulating nozzle capable of directing airflow in virtually any direction and angle about an environment. The fan module can further include an inlet arrangement that can selectively restrict external air from entering the fan module housing when the fan module is fluidly coupled to the filter module. Thus, the fan module may generate air flow from exclusively filtered air to minimize or otherwise reduce bacterial/mold growth within the fan module housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gary Palladino, Alden Kelsey, Daniel J. Innes, Zach Hellman
  • Patent number: 11376587
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are cell processing systems, devices, and methods thereof. A system for cell processing may comprise a plurality of instruments each independently configured to perform one or more cell processing operations upon a cartridge, and a robot capable of moving the cartridge between each of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Cellares Corporation
    Inventors: Bharat S. Thakkar, Fabian Gerlinghaus, Brian Alexander Pesch
  • Patent number: 11376339
    Abstract: In the autoclave sterilisation process, the primary glass containers are exposed to a sterilisation treatment with steam pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NUOVA OMPI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Jimmy De Stefani, Linda Celeghin
  • Patent number: 11364314
    Abstract: A portable UV-C disinfection apparatus, method, and system for ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. UV-C emitters may be coupled to an array housing having a planar array surface in a vertical configuration. UV-C sensors are configured to measure the amount of UV-C light or near UV-C light from a target surface. A controller may be communicably engaged with the UV-C sensors to determine the amount of UV-C radiation collected by the UV-C sensors. The controller includes instructions stored on a memory according to the amount of UV-C radiation collected corresponding to an effective kill-dose for surface disinfection. The improved apparatus, method, and system reduces exposure time by varying the intensity and wavelength of the UV-C administered, while concurrently reducing UV overexposure to surfaces by administering radiation through a rotational zonal application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: UD Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Philip J. Ufkes
  • Patent number: 11364313
    Abstract: A hybrid germicidal irradiation apparatus, method, and system for dual-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: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: UD Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Philip J. Ufkes
  • Patent number: 11357879
    Abstract: An excimer bulb assembly, with an excimer bulb, at least one integral captured reflector, and an integral filter such that the excimer bulb only emits substantial UV radiation between 200 nm and 230 nm, using a filter that passes light from about 200 nm to 234 nm (+/?2 nm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Lumenlabs LLC
    Inventors: Kevin C. Baxter, Wei Cao, Min Shi, Russel D. Schroader, Scott R. Gant, Xu Ming
  • Patent number: 11357928
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal and container washing system includes loading and unloading stations, the loading station configured for placing a medical waste container on a conveyor system. An inversion station is located downstream along the conveyor system, operable to reorient the container from a first orientation in which medical waste is retained to a second orientation in which the medical waste is discharged from the medical waste container by gravity as the medical waste container is moved within the inversion station. A first wash station along the conveyor system washes an interior of the container that has been reoriented. A second wash station is located downstream along the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: STERICYCLE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew S. LaTorre, Paul Joseph Gulczynski, Keith William Hiss, Jeremy Ryan Salkin, Franklin John Schaefer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11358777
    Abstract: A method for treating open cut edges of a packaging sleeve, blank or web material of a packaging material rolled up into a roll, in particular a composite cardboard/plastics material, by applying or introducing a disinfectant-containing treatment agent to or into the outer region of the cut edges. To provide a particularly resource-efficient composite packaging and a production method required for this purpose, it is proposed that at least some of the treatment agent is not applied directly to the cut edges, but that a load carrier is loaded, which load carrier absorbs the treatment agent so that an actively sterilising atmosphere which is created then acts on the open cut edges of the packaging sleeve, blank or web material and performs the desired sterilisation. The invention also relates to a packaging material, to a combipack produced therefrom and to a container for receiving the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Hans-Willi Mainz
  • Patent number: 11357877
    Abstract: A sterilization enclosure comprises one or more sensors for measuring characteristics within the container during a sterilization process, including one or more characteristics of sterilization agent(s), to determine whether instruments disposed within the container have been exposed to threshold process conditions to ensure a desired level of sterilization for those instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Henniges, Robert Childers, Erik Chmelar, Adam Dudycha, Michael Miller, Ali Moaiery, Benjamin John Purrenhage