Patents Examined by Timothy C Cleveland
  • Patent number: 11612668
    Abstract: A system includes a containment vessel configured to receive and hold one or more pieces of personal protection equipment to be heated and decontaminated during a decontamination process. The system also includes a solar collection device configured to heat the containment vessel based on received solar energy. The solar collection device includes a body having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a solar aperture configured to receive the solar energy. The second portion is configured to receive the containment vessel within the body of the solar collection device. The solar collection device also includes louvered slats across the solar aperture. The louvered slats are configured to be rotated in order to control an amount of solar energy passing through the solar aperture into the body of the solar collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David D. Crouch, David R. Sar, Alf L. Carroll, III, John Carcone
  • Patent number: 11612669
    Abstract: Photosensitizers are incorporated into articles, such a personal protective equipment. A method of applying continuous and consistent light includes fitting the articles with light sources and optical fibers to apply light to the areas of the articles incorporated with the photosensitizers. Photosensitizers can be applied to articles by various applicators in either a gel or solution. A gel can be particularly effective when used on hydrophobic surfaces. Photodynamic reactor systems can be used to determine the effective doses of photosensitizers and the light dosimetry which can then be applied for use with the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: James Chen, Tanner Clark, Thomas Lendvay
  • Patent number: 11608892
    Abstract: Plug for high-pressure processing machines with a bag, comprising a duct for the passage of a pressure-transmitting fluid to the bag, another duct for filling and emptying of a product to be pressurized and a valve. The plug is further provided with a rod for opening and closing the valve. Said rod is located in the duct for the product and has its own inner duct joined to a cleaning agent chamber for the passage of the cleaning agent through the product duct. The invention also relates to a machine incorporating said plug and a method for the processing of pumpable substances. Hygienic design and very high pressure sealing requirements are met by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: HIPERBARIC, S.A.
    Inventors: Raul Lopez Ondevilla, Ruben GarcĂ­a Reizabal, Santiago Tarrago Mingo, Andres Felipe Hernando Saiz, Wouter Nicolaas Andries Burggraaf
  • Patent number: 11596263
    Abstract: Systems and methods including a container assembly configured to maintain a controlled environment for storing a product therein are disclosed. Controlled environmental parameters may include at least one of the following: temperature, humidity, payload moisture content, solar radiation, magnetism, microwave, or light illumination. In certain implementations, the system includes a payload chamber and a self-contained environmental control unit (ECU) that may be coupled to the payload chamber using a substantially airtight seal. In certain embodiments, the ECU may include a condenser, a humidity controller, a liquid tank and a power source. Certain embodiments may include a warmer, temperature and/or humidity sensors, and/or a lock. Various combinations of the foregoing components and features may be incorporated, depending on the requirements of each particular implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: PENDRAM, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Siann, Wilson C. Ng
  • Patent number: 11596153
    Abstract: A metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) plasmonic device includes a substrate; a metal layer deposited on the substrate, the metal layer being substantially reflective in at least the visible wavelength range; an oxide layer deposited on the metal layer; and gold or gold alloy nanoparticles deposited on the oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventor: Kevin Michael McPeak
  • Patent number: 11583598
    Abstract: Described herein is a sanitization assembly including: a sanitization device, such as for example a photocatalytic device or ionizer or the like; and a containment element. The sanitization device is received in the containment element, and the containment element includes a box-shaped, box-like containment body. The box-like containment body includes side containment body surfaces and has dimensions in the width and thickness thereof that are substantially the same as those of a panel or rack or shelf of a furnishing element that includes side shelf surfaces. The box-like containment body can be assembled on the panel or rack or shelf, thus being continuous with the panel or rack or shelf. The side shelf surfaces substantially continue in the side containment body surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: POLIFORM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Spinelli, Aldo Spinelli, Giovanni Anzani
  • Patent number: 11576352
    Abstract: A treadmill may include two separate left and right belts rotating around two sets of rollers, four legs having an adjustable height via air suspension to customize an inclination of the treadmill, a thermoelectric assembly, a fragrance assembly having a rotating fragrance cartridge to emit various smells toward a user of the treadmill, a display on which exercise programs are played, and an attachment module having a dispensing tray on which treats are dispensed. A handle of the treadmill may have a sensor to sense a height and front-rear position, and a belt divider provided between the left and right belts may have position or proximity sensors to sense a left-right position. An inclination of the treadmill may be automatically adjusted according to positions detected by the sensors, and the fragrance assembly, attachment module, and inclination may be automatically operated in accordance with an exercise program played on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Hyunsun Yoo, Joo-Gyeom Kim, Jaehung Chun
  • Patent number: 11571489
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to a method for purifying air of an interior space by oxidizing a plurality of pollutant compounds suspended in the air. The method comprises exposing the air of the interior space to a photocatalytic layer, wherein the photocatalytic layer is disposed onto an at least one surface of a porous substrate material located in the interior space, wherein the photocatalytic layer comprises a plurality of photocatalyst particles, and activating the photocatalytic layer with a light source, wherein the activated photocatalytic particles promote a reaction between the pollutant compounds and the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Etienne Iliffe-Moon, Ann-Christin Gentschev
  • Patent number: 11541144
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a deodorizer installed on an upper surface of a storage compartment. The deodorizer includes a housing in which a flow path is provided, a suction port provided on a lower surface of the housing to suck air, a discharge port provided in the front of the suction port to discharge air, a photocatalytic deodorizing filter disposed at an inner side of the suction port, and a filter light source configured to irradiate light to the photocatalytic deodorizing filter, the flow path is configured to guide air from a rear lower side where the suction port is positioned to a front lower side where the discharge port is positioned, and the filter light source is disposed above the photocatalytic deodorizing filter to face the photocatalytic deodorizing filter in a state of being spaced apart from each other, and positioned above air passing through the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Lee, Jee Yong Kim, Joo Yeon Park, Myung Ju Shin, Hong Kwan Cho
  • Patent number: 11534517
    Abstract: A decontamination system, method, and sterilant kit for a device, such as a lumen device, is depicted. The decontamination system, in some embodiments, includes a device container, a wicking pad, and a sterilant fluid delivery device. The device container, such as a terminal package or a decontamination chamber, defines a device receiving area. The wicking pad is in fluid communication with the device receiving area. The sterilant fluid delivery device is in fluid communication with the wicking pad. The sterilant fluid delivery device is configured to wet the wicking pad with sterilant fluid. The wicking pad is configured to evaporate sterilant fluid into the device receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: Judson A. Herrig, Adam Zutz
  • Patent number: 11534507
    Abstract: A removal device for removing at least one low-germ liquid from a conduit system is disclosed. The removal device comprises at least one removal connection piece. The removal device further comprises at least one coupling bend, which is detachably connected to the removal connection piece. At least one tube end of the removal connection piece protrudes into an interior of the coupling bend and is sterilizable with pure steam on its inner face, its outer face and its end face within the coupling bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
    Inventors: Volker Bendel, Matthias Laika, Wolfgang Rieger
  • Patent number: 11530872
    Abstract: An air-drying storage device for cleaned slides, including a storage box and a slide rack; an upper right corner in the storage box is fixedly provided with a miniature air intaking pump, a lower left corner in the storage box is fixedly provided with a miniature air expelling pump; a plurality of positioning plates are arranged on left and right inner walls of the storage box; the slide rack is detachably arranged between the positioning plates; an upper end of the storage box is provided with an electric control box configured to controls entire circuit. The air expelling pump and the air expelling pump accelerate the air flow rate inside the storage box; a sealing device and a magnetic device are arranged between edges of the box doors and edges of the storage box to prevent air leakage; an ultraviolet sterilization lamp sterilize the inside of the storage box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Wei Ding, Hongbo Tan, Xiaotian Tan, Linyuan He, Ruopan Zhang, Qiongxian Wang, Chaofeng Hu, Fengqin Wu
  • Patent number: 11517658
    Abstract: A system for sterilizing a drug delivery device includes a drug delivery device having a first self-healing seal configured to seal a fluid reservoir disposed within the drug delivery device. A sealable container is configured to receive the drug delivery device therein. The sealable container has a base portion and a cover portion. The cover portion has a second self-healing seal positioned to align with the first self-healing seal when the drug delivery device is disposed within the sealable container. A fill port includes a fill path, the fill path being configured to pass through the first and second self-healing seals to fluidly couple the fill port to the reservoir of the drug delivery device. Other systems, methods, and devices of sterilization are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Ian McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 11517919
    Abstract: A blood separation system is provided that includes a blood separation device that includes a centrifugal separator and a spinning membrane separator drive unit incorporated into a common case and a fluid flow circuit having both a separation chamber configured to be mounted in the centrifugal separator of the blood separation device and a spinning membrane separator configured to be received in the spinning membrane separator drive unit. In an exemplary procedure, the system is used to collect concentrated platelets and/or concentrated platelets and plasma, and to further permit harvesting of the mononuclear cells from the centrifugal separator at the conclusion of platelet collection, and transfer of the mononuclear cells to the spinning membrane separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Kusters, Kyungyoon Min
  • Patent number: 11511012
    Abstract: An ultraviolet emitting system for sanitizing a target volume can include a plurality of adjustably positionable light sources having a collapsed position and the expanded position. The light sources of the plurality of adjustably positionable light sources can be configured to emit ultraviolet light in a substantially homogenous irradiance within the target volume in any position between the collapsed position and the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Leviant, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis F. Romo, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Audrey McNicholas
  • Patent number: 11511010
    Abstract: Seal integrity indicators for sterilization containers are provided. For example, a seal indicator may indicate whether the container is sufficiently sealed to prevent an ingress of contaminants into the container. If the container is sufficiently sealed, the seal indicator is visible, but if not, the seal indicator is not visible. Thus, the seal indicator undergoes a change in state when the sterilization container transitions from unsealed to sealed, or vice versa, such that a user may ascertain whether the container is properly sealed to maintain the container's sterility. An exemplary seal indicator includes an invertible projection formed with the container gasket that is not visible from outside the container until inverted, due to force applied by the lid, to extend through an opening in the container body. Closure mechanisms for sterilization containers also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Namita A. Mithani, Anthony Stephen Spencer, Tracy J. White, Edward B. Madsen, Marshall R. Dean
  • Patent number: 11511007
    Abstract: Systems are disclosed which include processor-executable program instructions for receiving data regarding characteristics of an area or a room and determining, based on the received data, operating parameter/s for one or more disinfection sources to disinfect the area/room. The data may include data regarding non-physical characteristics and/or physical characteristics of the area/room. In some embodiments, data regarding a quantity and/or type of at least a subset of the plurality of disinfection sources for disinfecting the room may also be considered for determining the operating parameter/s. In addition or alternatively, the data may be in relation to multiple disinfection sources in the area/room. In any case, a system is also disclosed which facilities power redirection among multiple disinfection sources upon detecting a given area has received a predetermined dose of ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Stibich
  • Patent number: 11504444
    Abstract: A modified liquid electrical vaporiser is disclosed with a modified chimney that provides enhanced distribution of actives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited
    Inventors: Dafni Panagopoulou, Simon Woolley
  • Patent number: 11504442
    Abstract: In a system and method for disinfecting a surface of an object with iodine-laden gas, a carrier gas generation means generates a gas stream, which is then directed into a chamber that includes an iodine source. As the gas stream enters and passes through the chamber, iodine is drawn and absorbed into the gas stream, creating an iodine-laden gas that exits the chamber. The carrier gas stream is humidified prior to or after its interaction with the iodine source. In some embodiments, the iodine-laden gas then travels from the chamber and is directed into an enclosure when it interacts with microbes contained on a surface of an object housed within the enclosure or otherwise engaged by the enclosure. In other embodiments, as the iodine-laden gas exits the chamber, it is directed to a nozzle, via which the iodine-laden gas is applied to the surface of the object to be disinfected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: i 2 Air Fluid Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Radicone
  • Patent number: 11491248
    Abstract: A sterilization tray is disclosed herein. A medical instrument, such as an endoscope, may be placed into the sterilization tray, and the sterilization tray with the medical instrument disposed therein may be placed into a vacuum chamber of a sterilization system. The sterilization tray may also be used to transport the medical instrument to and from a point of care. Sterilization is performed with the instrument in the base component and the lid component disposed atop the base component. Transportation is performed with the instrument in the lid component and the base component disposed atop the lid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Samuel J. Rhodes, Masood Siddiqui, Darius D. Eghbal