Patents by Inventor Hananel Davidowitz

Hananel Davidowitz 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: 10401082
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a freezer system has one or more shelves, each shelf has shelf electronics and can receive one or more racks, each rack has rack electronics and one or more cells for receiving one or more boxes of samples, each box has one or more RFID tags. Freezer electronics communicate with the outside world and with each set of shelf electronics. Each set of rack electronics communicates wirelessly with the corresponding set of shelf electronics and with the corresponding box RFID tags. Power for the rack electronics is derived from wireless signals from the shelf electronics. The freezer system can detect the presence of racks on shelves and boxes on racks to track the location and the orientation of each received box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Coradetti, Hananel Davidowitz, Theodore Altman
  • Patent number: 10328431
    Abstract: A storage system for storing samples, such as frozen biological samples in RFID-tagged vials. The storage system has (i) a storage device having a device antenna and (ii) a plurality of storage components adapted to be stored within the storage device, each storage component having a component circuit. Each storage component is configured to store one or more samples. The storage device is configured to (i) transmit electrical power and downlink data signals wirelessly to each storage component via the device antenna and the corresponding component circuit and to (ii) receive uplink data signals from each storage component wirelessly via the corresponding component circuit and the device antenna such that a control system located outside of the dewar can identify any specified storage component stored within the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Publication number: 20190060892
    Abstract: A storage system having racks and an outer container that receives the racks, each rack receiving a plurality of sample boxes, each box having a wireless ID tag. In certain embodiments, the storage system has reader electronics external to and distinct from the racks and that directly read the wireless ID tag of each box in at least one rack without relying on any reader electronics of any rack. In other embodiments, each rack has a set of rack reader electronics that read the wireless ID tag of each box in at least one rack, and the storage system has at least one removable reader access device removably connectable to the set of rack reader electronics of a rack in order to transmit the ID number of the wireless ID tag of each box in the rack outside of the outer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Theodore N. Altman, Ke Wang, Ron Or, Zhengyan Zhai, Jeremy Basch
  • Publication number: 20180043364
    Abstract: A storage system for storing samples, such as frozen biological samples in RFID-tagged vials. The storage system has (i) a storage device having a device antenna and (ii) a plurality of storage components adapted to be stored within the storage device, each storage component having a component circuit. Each storage component is configured to store one or more samples. The storage device is configured to (i) transmit electrical power and downlink data signals wirelessly to each storage component via the device antenna and the corresponding component circuit and to (ii) receive uplink data signals from each storage component wirelessly via the corresponding component circuit and the device antenna such that a control system located outside of the dewar can identify any specified storage component stored within the storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 9764325
    Abstract: A storage system for storing samples, such as frozen biological samples in RFID-tagged vials. The storage system has a plurality of lowest-level containers, such as sample boxes; a plurality of mid-level containers, such as shelves and racks; and a highest-level container, such as a mechanical freezer. Each lowest-level container receives a plurality of samples in a corresponding plurality of storage locations, each mid-level container receives two or more lowest-level containers, and the highest-level container receives the two or more mid-level containers. Each mid-level container and each lowest-level container has a corresponding indicator device. A controller sub-system tracks the locations of samples stored in the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 9431692
    Abstract: A box mapper has (i) a frame configured to receive a sample box of RFID-tagged sample vials and (ii) a set of antennae configured to read the vial RFID tags of the sample vials to determine the identity and position of each sample vial in the sample box. In one embodiment, the set of antennae include two mutually orthogonal subsets of biphase digit antennae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Theodore Altman, Roni Or
  • Publication number: 20140352456
    Abstract: A storage system for storing samples, such as frozen biological samples in RFID-tagged vials. The storage system has a plurality of lowest-level containers, such as sample boxes; a plurality of mid-level containers, such as shelves and racks; and a highest-level container, such as a mechanical freezer. Each lowest-level container receives a plurality of samples in a corresponding plurality of storage locations, each mid-level container receives two or more lowest-level containers, and the highest-level container receives the two or more mid-level containers. Each mid-level container and each lowest-level container has a corresponding indicator device. A controller sub-system tracks the locations of samples stored in the storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 8872627
    Abstract: RFID tags are affixed to vials used to store samples, such as biological samples stored in liquid nitrogen dewars or mechanical freezers. In one set of embodiments, an RFID tag is inserted into a recess at the bottom of a vial and held in place by an insert that engages with vial structure. In another set of embodiments, the RFID tag is retained in the recess by directly engaging with the vial structure and without using a separate insert. Mechanisms for keeping the insert and/or tag in place include tabs that gouge into the vial material, clips that allow the insert/tag to be inserted, but not removed, and holes in the side wall of the vial recess that receive tabs extending from the insert/tag. Tag-insertion techniques enable tags to be affixed to vials either before or after insertion of the sample, thereby enabling retrofitting of existing sample-storing vials with tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 8852536
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cold storage system for biological samples has one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers. In addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag. Control electronics in each box energize reader coils to query individual RFID tags. Control electronics in each rack communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding box, and control electronics in each freezer communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding rack, and a host computer communicates with the control electronics in each freezer. In each instance, communication and power provisioning is implemented using magnetic inductive coupling. The system is able to determine the identity of each sample container in the system and maintain that information in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Yair Talmi
  • Publication number: 20140230472
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a freezer system has one or more shelves, each shelf has shelf electronics and can receive one or more racks, each rack has rack electronics and one or more cells for receiving one or more boxes of samples, each box has one or more RFID tags. Freezer electronics communicate with the outside world and with each set of shelf electronics. Each set of rack electronics communicates wirelessly with the corresponding set of shelf electronics and with the corresponding box RFID tags. Power for the rack electronics is derived from wireless signals from the shelf electronics. The freezer system can detect the presence of racks on shelves and boxes on racks to track the location and the orientation of each received box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Coradetti, Hananel Davidowitz, Theodore Altman
  • Patent number: 8378827
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an antenna configuration for locating RFID tags has two sets of (mutually orthogonal) elongated reader coils, where each elongated reader coil corresponds to two or more different possible locations of RFID tags, and each possible location is associated with one reader coil in each of the two sets. The identities and locations of RFID tags can be determined by (sequentially) energizing the different sets of reader coils and correlating the recorded responses from RFID tags. In one application, the antenna configuration is used at the box level of a cold storage system for biological samples having one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers, where, in addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: BioTillion, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Theodore Altman, Ilya Kovnatsky
  • Patent number: 8346382
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cold storage system for biological samples has one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers. In addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag. Control electronics in each box energize reader coils to query individual RFID tags. Control electronics in each rack communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding box, and control electronics in each freezer communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding rack, and a host computer communicates with the control electronics in each freezer. In each instance, communication and power provisioning is implemented using magnetic inductive coupling. The system is able to determine the identity of each sample container in the system and maintain that information in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: ColdTrack, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Yair Talmi
  • Publication number: 20120256806
    Abstract: A box mapper has (i) a frame configured to receive a sample box of RFID-tagged sample vials and (ii) a set of antennae configured to read the vial RFID tags of the sample vials to determine the identity and position of each sample vial in the sample box. In one embodiment, the set of antennae include two mutually orthogonal subsets of biphase digit antennae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: BIOTILLION, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Theodore Altman, Roni Or
  • Publication number: 20110199187
    Abstract: RFID tags are affixed to vials used to store samples, such as biological samples stored in liquid nitrogen dewars or mechanical freezers. In one set of embodiments, an RFID tag is inserted into a recess at the bottom of a vial and held in place by an insert that engages with vial structure. In another set of embodiments, the RFID tag is retained in the recess by directly engaging with the vial structure and without using a separate insert. Mechanisms for keeping the insert and/or tag in place include tabs that gouge into the vial material, clips that allow the insert/tag to be inserted, but not removed, and holes in the side wall of the vial recess that receive tabs extending from the insert/tag. Tag-insertion techniques enable tags to be affixed to vials either before or after insertion of the sample, thereby enabling retrofitting of existing sample-storing vials with tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: BIOTILLION, LLC
    Inventor: Hananel Davidowitz
  • Publication number: 20100302040
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an antenna configuration for locating RFID tags has two sets of (mutually orthogonal) elongated reader coils, where each elongated reader coil corresponds to two or more different possible locations of RFID tags, and each possible location is associated with one reader coil in each of the two sets. The identities and locations of RFID tags can be determined by (sequentially) energizing the different sets of reader coils and correlating the recorded responses from RFID tags. In one application, the antenna configuration is used at the box level of a cold storage system for biological samples having one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers, where, in addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: BIOTILLION, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Theodore Altman, Ilya Kovnatsky
  • Publication number: 20090026907
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cold storage system for biological samples has one or more freezers, each freezer having one or racks, each rack receiving one or more boxes, each box receiving one or more sample containers. In addition to the biological sample, each sample container has a unique passive RFID tag. Control electronics in each box energize reader coils to query individual RFID tags. Control electronics in each rack communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding box, and control electronics in each freezer communicate with and provide power to the control electronics of each corresponding rack, and a host computer communicates with the control electronics in each freezer. In each instance, communication and power provisioning is implemented using magnetic inductive coupling. The system is able to determine the identity of each sample container in the system and maintain that information in a database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: COLDTRACK, LLC
    Inventors: Hananel Davidowitz, Thomas Coradetti, Yair Talmi