Patents by Inventor Anton M. Smudde

Anton M. Smudde has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8875881
    Abstract: A container for collecting sharps includes an opening adapted to receive sharps in a substantially vertical orientation, and an interior region for storing sharps received through the opening. The container includes a means for reorienting the sharps into an arrangement in which the sharps lie substantially parallel to one another within the interior region of the container. A method for configuring a sharps collection container includes the step of positioning a contoured surface of a guide element beneath an opening of the container to reorient sharps that are deposited through the opening into an arrangement in which the sharps are stored substantially parallel to one another in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Anton M. Smudde, John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 8613366
    Abstract: A container system is provided with a container having a door mounted for pivotal reciprocation about a door pivot axis between opened and closed positions. The container system also has a carrier with a body receiving the container and an arm coupled to the body for pivotal reciprocation about an arm pivot axis that is oriented substantially parallel to the door pivot axis. The arm engages the door of the container, and the pivotal reciprocation of the arm reciprocates the door of the container between the opened and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Brian Finnestad, John Japuntich, Robert Joseph Panek, Jr., Anton M Smudde
  • Patent number: 8393488
    Abstract: A method of medical waste disposal comprising (a) positioning an open end of a container relative to a hood assembly such that the hood assembly substantially covers the open end of the container; (b) depositing medical waste in the container through a passage defined by the hood assembly until the container is at least partially full; (c) placing a lid over the open end of the container such that the open end is substantially closed; (d) disposing of the container; (e) sterilizing the hood assembly; and (f) repeating step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: John C. Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 8201704
    Abstract: A container system is provided with a container having a door mounted for pivotal reciprocation about a door pivot axis between opened and closed positions. The container system also has a carrier with a body receiving the container and an arm coupled to the body for pivotal reciprocation about an arm pivot axis that is oriented substantially parallel to the door pivot axis. The arm engages the door of the container, and the pivotal reciprocation of the arm reciprocates the door of the container between the opened and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Finnestad, John Japuntich, Robert Joseph Panek, Jr., Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20110253716
    Abstract: A method of medical waste disposal comprising (a) positioning an open end of a container relative to a hood assembly such that the hood assembly substantially covers the open end of the container; (b) depositing medical waste in the container through a passage defined by the hood assembly until the container is at least partially full; (c) placing a lid over the open end of the container such that the open end is substantially closed; (d) disposing of the container; (e) sterilizing the hood assembly; and (f) repeating step (a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7980408
    Abstract: A kit for medical waste disposal comprising a plurality of containers; a hood assembly configured to substantially cover an open end of a respective one said containers, the hood assembly defining a passage through which medical waste can be passed to the open end of said container; and a plurality of lids, separate from the hood assembly, each configured to be placed over an open end of a respective container and to substantially close the open end of said container when said container is at least partially filled with medical waste; each of said containers being configured for separation from the hood assembly for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: John C. Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7878358
    Abstract: A refuse receptacle system comprising a frame and a plurality of refuse containers supported by the frame is provided. Each of the refuse containers have a receptacle and a complimentary lid reciprocally movable with respect to the receptacle. The receptacle of each of the containers is supported by the frame and is disposed at an angle in a range from about 10 to about 20 degrees from a vertical axis. A plurality of linkages are associated with the frame, whereby each linkage is coupled to the complimentary lid of one of the containers and is configured for reciprocation of the complementary lid between an open position and a closed position with respect to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventor: Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7694811
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system is configured for mounting within an interior of an enclosure having a first opening for receiving soiled medical implements and a second opening for dispensing medical implements. The system comprises a dispensing chamber configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure and removed from the interior of the enclosure. The dispensing chamber is configured to contain medical implements and has an access opening for passage of medical implements from the dispensing chamber. The access opening is positioned for alignment with the second opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of medical implements from the enclosure. The system further comprises a disposal chamber configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure adjacent the dispensing chamber and removed from the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Robert A. Brown, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7600638
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal system comprising an outer enclosure defining an interior and an opening providing access into the interior of the outer enclosure. A disposable container is positioned and substantially enclosed within the interior of the outer enclosure. A hood assembly is positioned and supported at least partially within the outer enclosure above the open end of the disposable container so as to at least partially define a passage extending between the opening defined in the outer enclosure and an open end of the container. A lid is configured to be positioned over and substantially close the open end of the container while the container is enclosed within the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7596844
    Abstract: A method of medical waste disposal comprising (a) positioning an open end of a container relative to a hood assembly such that the hood assembly substantially covers the open end of the container; (b) depositing medical waste in the container through a passage defined by the hood assembly until the container is at least partially full; (c) placing a lid over the open end of the container such that the open end is substantially closed; (d) disposing of the container; (e) sterilizing the hood assembly; and (f) repeating step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20090166373
    Abstract: A sharps dispensing and disposal system configured for mounting within an interior of an enclosure is disclosed. The sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber that are each configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure. The dispensing chamber and the disposal chamber are defined by separate containers that are each formed from a leak resistant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Robert A. Brown, Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20090145901
    Abstract: A container system is provided with a container having a door mounted for pivotal reciprocation about a door pivot axis between opened and closed positions. The container system also has a carrier with a body receiving the container and an arm coupled to the body for pivotal reciprocation about an arm pivot axis that is oriented substantially parallel to the door pivot axis. The arm engages the door of the container, and the pivotal reciprocation of the arm reciprocates the door of the container between the opened and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: Cavidien AG
    Inventors: Brian Finnestad, John Japuntich, Robert Joseph Panek, JR., Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20090120821
    Abstract: A kit for medical waste disposal comprising a plurality of containers; a hood assembly configured to substantially cover an open end of a respective one said containers, the hood assembly defining a passage through which medical waste can be passed to the open end of said container; and a plurality of lids, separate from the hood assembly, each configured to be placed over an open end of a respective container and to substantially close the open end of said container when said container is at least partially filled with medical waste; each of said containers being configured for separation from the hood assembly for disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: John JAPUNTICH, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7513363
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system is configured for mounting within an interior of an enclosure having a first opening for receiving soiled medical implements and a second opening for dispensing medical implements. The system comprises a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber defined by separate containers and configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure and removed from the interior of the enclosure. The dispensing chamber is configured to contain medical implements and has an access opening positioned for alignment with the second opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of medical implements from the enclosure. The disposal chamber is configured to collect soiled medical implements and has an inlet opening positioned for alignment with the first opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of soiled medical implements into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: Robert A. Brown, Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20080067100
    Abstract: A method of medical waste disposal comprising (a) positioning an open end of a container relative to a hood assembly such that the hood assembly substantially covers the open end of the container; (b) depositing medical waste in the container through a passage defined by the hood assembly until the container is at least partially full; (c) placing a lid over the open end of the container such that the open end is substantially closed; (d) disposing of the container; (e) sterilizing the hood assembly; and (f) repeating step (a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: John C. Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20080067093
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal system comprising a disposable receptacle defining an opening and a hood assembly defining a passage therethrough and configured to be removably connected to the disposable receptacle such that the hood assembly passage aligns with the opening of the disposable receptacle and defines a disposal path into the disposable receptacle. A lid is coupled to the disposable receptacle and movable between an open position to permit passage of medical waste through the opening of the disposable receptacle and a closed position to substantially close the opening of the disposable receptacle and thereby substantially close the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Publication number: 20080067092
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal system comprising an outer enclosure defining an interior and an opening providing access into the interior of the outer enclosure. A disposable container is positioned and substantially enclosed within the interior of the outer enclosure. A hood assembly is positioned and supported at least partially within the outer enclosure above the open end of the disposable container so as to at least partially define a passage extending between the opening defined in the outer enclosure and an open end of the container. A lid is configured to be positioned over and substantially close the open end of the container while the container is enclosed within the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Brian Finnestad, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: D535453
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Anton M. Smudde, Mark Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: D542999
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: John C. Japuntich, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: D551345
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Anton M. Smudde, Brian Finnestad