Patents by Inventor John Japuntich

John Japuntich 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: 8584850
    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 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: T. Nicholas Anderson, Tara Riesenburger, John Japuntich, Michael Liscio, Patricia Wright
  • 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: 7600639
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal system comprising a hood assembly defining a passage therethrough and a disposable container configured to be positioned below the hood assembly and defining an open end sized to receive medical waste. A deck component is configured to be mounted adjacent the open end of the disposable container and defines an opening for the passage of medical waste into the disposable container. The deck component comprises a first connector configured to removably receive the hood assembly and a second connector configured to receive a lid. The lid is configured to substantially close the deck component opening when the lid is positioned on the deck component, thereby blocking the disposal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20090032423
    Abstract: An enclosure configured to receive and secure a medical waste container. The enclosure comprises a main body and a cover. The cover is connected to the main body and configured to be moved between an opened position and a closed position. An antimicrobial agent is provided along the inside and outside surfaces of the main body and along the inside and outside surfaces of the cover to inhibit growth of bacteria and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: John Japuntich
  • Publication number: 20080073251
    Abstract: A process for reclaiming and recycling plastic from discarded articles includes dividing discarded materials into a plurality of pieces by mechanical force, removing relatively non-magnetic pieces from the plurality of pieces, separating out relatively heavy pieces from the non-magnetic pieces, segregating relatively non-conductive pieces from the relatively heavy pieces, and reclaiming plastic pieces from the relatively non-conductive pieces. The plastic pieces are processed in an injection molding machine to mold plastic product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Piyush Reshamwala, John Japuntich
  • Publication number: 20080073232
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal container is made from reclaimed polypropylene in an amount of from greater than 0% to about 40% by weight and virgin polypropylene in an amount of from less than 100% to about 60% by weight. The medical waste disposal container has a puncture resistance of at least about 2.8 lbsf and an impact strength sufficient to prevent medical waste from escaping from the container. The method for forming medical waste disposal containers utilizing reclaimed plastic includes forming a supply of reclaimed pellets from film scraps of a first resin. The reclaimed pellets are combined with virgin pellets of a second resin to form a blend of pellets where the first resin is different from the second resin. The containers are formed by injection molding the blend of pellets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Piyush Reshamwala, John Japuntich
  • Publication number: 20080067094
    Abstract: A medical waste disposal system comprising a hood assembly defining a passage therethrough and a disposable container configured to be positioned below the hood assembly and defining an open end sized to receive medical waste. A deck component is configured to be mounted adjacent the open end of the disposable container and defines an opening for the passage of medical waste into the disposable container. The deck component comprises a first connector configured to removably receive the hood assembly and a second connector configured to receive a lid. The lid is configured to substantially close the deck component opening when the lid is positioned on the deck component, thereby blocking the disposal path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Mark Brian Finnestad
  • 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: 20070080223
    Abstract: Remotely monitored medical device. A sensor associated with the device detects its state and generates a signal representative of the sensed state. Based on the sensor signal, a remote notification device receives information indicative of the device's state according to a messaging protocol. The notification device informs a user of the sensed state so that appropriate action may be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventor: John Japuntich
  • Publication number: 20070068834
    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: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventors: Anton Smudde, John Japuntich, Mark Finnestad
  • Publication number: 20070069490
    Abstract: A disposable or reusable medical implement container configured to receive soiled medical implements is provided. The medical implement container comprises a body portion having a dimension (in) measured along a longitudinal axis and a cross sectional area (in2) measured in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the body portion, wherein a ratio of the dimension (in) of the body portion to the cross-sectional area (in2) of the body portion is about 0.3:1 or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventors: John Japuntich, Anton Smudde, Mark Finnestad
  • Publication number: 20070068832
    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: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventors: T. Anderson, Tara Riesenburger, John Japuntich, Michael Liscio, Patricia Wright
  • 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: 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