Patents by Inventor Larry W. Moore

Larry W. Moore 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: 6190617
    Abstract: A sample container segment assembly for use in an automated, continuous, and random access analytical system is disclosed. The assembly includes a sample container which is received by a sample container segment, and the sample container segment is received on a carousel of the automated analytical instrument. The test sample container includes an upper skirt and a body having a reservoir for receipt of the test sample. The segment includes a base, a frame, and a handle. The frame has a shelf for which the upper skirt of the test sample container rests on, and has openings for receipt of the body of the sample container. The carousel has a carousel trough for receipt of the base of the sample container segment, and has a plurality of alignment pins disposed in the carousel trough. The base of the sample container segment has a circular slot and an elongated slot for receiving the alignment pins and positioning the sample container segment relative to the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Larry W. Moore, Donny Ray Walker, John M Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, B. Jane Smith
  • Patent number: 5960160
    Abstract: A liquid heater assembly including a heater body having therein a coiled tube for passing liquids, a pair of heating elements, a thermistor, a thermostat, and a backup thermostat. Liquid enters the coiled liquid tube at an inlet end and exits the coiled liquid tube at an outlet end. The coiled liquid tube is positioned within the heater body between the pair of heating elements. The outlet end extends below a planar surface of the heater body. The thermistor detects the temperature changes of the heater body. The resistance of the thermistor is used to regulate the supply of power to the heating elements. The thermostat and the backup thermostat are connected in series between the power source and the heating elements to provide a safety shutoff when the heater body reaches a predetermined overheat temperature. The heater body is maintained at a predetermined temperature by regulating the electrical current to the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederic L. Clark, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, John M. Clemens, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith
  • Patent number: 5799713
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing both coffee and nested stacks of cup-shaped coffee filters, and then automatically filling individual filters with selected amounts of coffee. Through a series of gears, an electric motor rotates an elastic projection against the topmost filter in the stack, dragging it beneath a coffee storage receptacle. Simultaneously, a rotating coffee dispenser fills with a selectable quantity of coffee and then dumps the coffee into the filter. The apparatus also includes a stirring device for insuring the stored coffee falls to the bottom of the coffee receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Larry W. Moore
  • Patent number: 5762878
    Abstract: A sample container segment assembly for use in an automated, continuous, and random access analytical system is disclosed. The assembly includes a sample container which is received by a sample container segment, and the sample container segment is received on a carousel of the automated analytical instrument. The test sample container includes an upper skirt and a body having a reservoir for receipt of the test sample. The segment includes a base, a frame, and a handle. The frame has a shelf for which the upper skirt of the test sample container rests on, and has openings for receipt of the body of the sample container. The carousel has a carousel trough for receipt of the base of the sample container segment, and has a plurality of alignment pins disposed in the carousel trough. The base of the sample container segment has a circular slot and an elongated slot for receiving the alignment pins and positioning the sample container segment relative to the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, William J. Raymoure, Paul R. Schrier, Edna S. Walker, Donny Ray Walker, Gary E. Winter, Kevin M. Cloonan, David A. Yost, John M. Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Carl M. Oleksak, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith, James A. Vaught, Apparao Tayi, Robert A. Wohlford, James E. Mitchell, Robert B. Hance, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard A. Merriam, Charles D. Pennington, Linda S. Schmidt, Adrian M. Spronk, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift, Alyn K. Stanton, David B. Hills
  • Patent number: 5635364
    Abstract: A method for verifying that an assay methodology is properly performed, that assay reagents employed possess the necessary potency for accurately performing such assay methodology, and whether or not test samples or assay reagents have been tampered with or are adulterated, is described. The method is performed by employing an assay verification sample, comprising a positive analyte component and the test sample under analysis, wherein the assay verification sample is analyzed employing the same assay reagents and essentially the same assay methodology employed to analyze the test sample. The method is particularly useful for performing heterogeneous immunoassays on an automated continuous and random access analytical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, William J. Raymoure, Paul R. Schrier, Edna S. Walker, Donny R. Walker, Gary E. Winter, Kevin M. Cloonan, David A. Yost, John M. Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Carl M. Oleksak, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith, James A. Vaught, Apparao Tayi, Robert A. Wohlford, James E. Mitchell, Robert B. Hance, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard A. Merriam, Charles D. Pennington, Linda S. Schmidt, Adrian M. Spronk, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift, Alyn K. Stanton, David B. Hills
  • Patent number: 5610069
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for washing clinical apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus is a device for washing clinical apparatus, wherein the clinical apparatus is employed, at different times, to contain a first test substance during a first testing step and a second test substance during a second testing step subsequent to the first testing step. The apparatus comprises a device for supplying a wash solution to the apparatus, and for varying the quantity of the wash solution supplied to the apparatus. The apparatus further comprises a control unit for controlling the device for varying quantity to vary the quantity of the wash solution in proportion to the potential for contamination between the first test substance and the second test substance contained in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, William J. Raymoure, Paul R. Schrier, Edna S. Walker, Donny R. Walker, Gary E. Winter, Kevin M. Cloonan, David A. Yost, John M. Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Carl M. Oleksak, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith, James A. Vaught, Apparao Tayi, Robert A. Wohlford, James E. Mitchell, Robert B. Hance, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard A. Merriam, Charles D. Pennington, Linda S. Schmidt, Adrian M. Spronk, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift, Alyn K. Stanton, David B. Hills
  • Patent number: 5605665
    Abstract: A reaction vessel having a platform and a plurality of wells extending below the platform from openings in the platform. A support skirt extending below the platform by an opening therein, secures a cuvette to the reaction vessel. At the rear of the reaction vessel, a reaction vessel tab is disposed below the reaction vessel for facilitating transport of the reaction vessel through the automated analytical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederic L. Clark, Larry W. Moore, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Gilbert Clift
  • Patent number: 5578494
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for opening and closing a cap pivotally mounted on a container for storing reagents for use in an automated analytical instrument. The cap has one end for sealing the container and a tab extending from the other end for pivoting the cap. The method comprises the steps of positioning a closed container adjacent an actuating device mounted on the analytical system. The method further comprises the steps of projecting the actuating device against the top of the tab to pivotally open the cap to a position sufficiently vertical for aspirating reagent from the container, and retracting the actuating device from the cap to a position above the pivotal mounting thereof. The method comprises the final step of causing relative motion between the cap and the actuating device so that the actuating device drags along the top of the cap pivotally closing the cap to provide a sufficient seal on the container preventing evaporation of the reagent therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederic L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, William J. Raymoure, Paul R. Schrier, Edna S. Walker, Donny R. Walker, Gary E. Winter, Kevin M. Cloonan, David A. Yost, John M. Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Carl M. Oleksak, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith, James A. Vaught, Apparao Tayi, Robert A. Wohlford, James E. Mitchell, Robert B. Hance, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard A. Merriam, Charles D. Pennington, Linda S. Schmidt, Adrian M. Spronk, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift, Alyn K. Stanton, David B. Hills
  • Patent number: 5575978
    Abstract: A sample container segment assembly for use in an automated, continuous, and random access analytical system is disclosed. The assembly includes a sample container which is received by a sample container segment, and the sample container segment is received on a carousel of the automated analytical instrument. The test sample container includes an upper skirt and a body having a reservoir for receipt of the test sample. The segment includes a base, a frame, and a handle. The frame has a shelf for which the upper skirt of the test sample container rests on, and has openings for receipt of the body of the sample container. The carousel has a carousel trough for receipt of the base of the sample container segment, and has a plurality of alignment pins disposed in the carousel trough. The base of the sample container segment has a circular slot and an elongated slot for receiving the alignment pins and positioning the sample container segment relative to the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, William J. Raymoure, Paul R. Schrier, Edna S. Walker, Donny R. Walker, Gary E. Winter, Kevin M. Cloonan, David A. Yost, John M. Clemens, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Carl M. Oleksak, William D. Rumbaugh, B. Jane Smith, James A. Vaught, Apparao Tayi, Robert A. Wohlford, James E. Mitchell, Robert B. Hance, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard A. Merriam, Charles D. Pennington, Linda S. Schmidt, Adrian M. Spronk, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift, Alyn K. Stanton, David B. Hills
  • Patent number: 5540890
    Abstract: The present invention is a capped-closure mounted on a container for storing reagents for use in an automated analytical instrument having an actuating device mounted thereon. The capped-closure comprises a base being generally cylindrical, wherein the base has one end opening to the container and the other end having an opening through which the reagents can be aspirated. The capped-closure further comprises a lever assembly pivotally mounted on the base. The lever assembly has one end which forms a cap operable to seal the opening the base sufficiently tightly to prevent evaporation from the container. The other end of the lever assembly forms a tab operable to pivot the lever assembly to a substantially perpendicular position with opening of the base when depressed for exposing the opening of the base to a device for aspirating the reagent from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Kendall B. Hendrick, Larry W. Moore, Kevin M. Cloonan, William J. Kanewske, III, Douglas D. McDowell, Richard L. Vickstrom, William E. Watkins, III, Gilbert Clift
  • Patent number: 5507410
    Abstract: A cartridge feeder for dispensing a plurality of cartridges in single order and in upright position, each cartridge being cylindrical shape and having a top end tapering to an aperture therein and a substantially flat bottom end. A hopper stores a plurality of the cartridges and feeds those cartridges to a throat in a bridge to which the hopper is connected. The cartridge is passed through the bridge throat and to the throat of a shuttle. A pair of axially positioned pins with opposing cups close against the top end and the bottom end of the cartridge. The shuttle moves from a location underneath the bridge to a location over a chute. When the shuttle is over the chute, the first and second pins separate releasing the cartridge to fall through the chute. The first and second pins have a profile which engage the cartridge in a manner causing the bottom end of the cartridge to always drop first. The cartridge passes through the chute to a trap door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederick L. Clark, Richard R. Martin, Larry W. Moore, Robert A. Wohlford
  • Patent number: 5482861
    Abstract: An automated, continuous and random access analytical system, having apparatus and methodology capable of simultaneously performing multiple assays of liquid samples using different assay methodologies, and providing continuous and random access while performing a plurality of different assays on the same or different samples during the same time period, is disclosed. A method is also disclosed of operating an automated continuous and random access analytical system capable of simultaneously effecting multiple assays of a plurality of liquid samples wherein scheduling of various assays of the plurality of liquid samples is followed by creating a unit dose disposable and separately transferring a first liquid sample and reagents to a reaction vessel without initiation of an assay reaction sequence, followed by physical transfer of the unit dose disposable to a processing workstation, whereby a mixture of the unit dose disposable reagents and sample are achieved during incubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederic L. Clark, Gilbert Clift, Kendall B. Hendrick, William J. Kanewske, III, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard R. Martin, James E. Mitchell, Larry W. Moore, Charles D. Pennington, Edna S. Walker, B. Jane Smith, Apparao Tayi, James A. Vaught, David A. Yost
  • Patent number: 5358691
    Abstract: An automated, continuous and random access analytical system, having apparatus and methodology capable of simultaneously performing multiple assays of liquid samples using different assay methodologies, and providing continuous and random access while performing a plurality of different assays on the same or different samples during the same time period, is disclosed. A method is also disclosed of operating an automated continuous and random access analytical system capable of simultaneously effecting multiple assays of a plurality of liquid samples wherein scheduling of various assays of the plurality of liquid samples is followed by creating a unit dose disposable and separately transferring a first liquid sample and reagents to a reaction vessel without initiation of an assay reaction sequence, followed by physical transfer of the unit dose disposable to a processing workstation, whereby a mixture of the unit dose disposable reagents and sample are achieved during incubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Frederic L. Clark, Gilbert Clift, Kendall B. Hendrick, William J. Kanewske, III, Peter A. Lagocki, Richard R. Martin, James E. Mitchell, Larry W. Moore, Charles D. Pennington, Edna S. Walker, B. Jane Smith, Apparao Tayi, James A. Vaught, David A. Yost
  • Patent number: 4897244
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for analyzing fluid such as blood serum. A probe used for transferring some of the fluid to a testing station causes a change in circuit capacitance when the probe contacts the fluid. This change in capacitance causes production of a control signal which effects cessation of the descent of the probe into the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Patrick B. Wallace, Larry W. Moore
  • Patent number: 4886937
    Abstract: A method of transforming pine is disclosed wherein pine cells are inoculated with a strain of Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The strain contains a Ti plasmid which is capable of causing grown gall in the pine or a derivative of the Ti plasmid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Ronald R. Sederoff, Anne-Marie Stomp, Larry W. Moore, Scott W. Chilton
  • Patent number: D287632
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Larry W. Moore
  • Patent number: D287634
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: David B. Carr, Keith M. Lingenfelter, James E. Mitchell, Larry W. Moore, Palmer L. Tag, Robert Case
  • Patent number: D287638
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Larry W. Moore, Keith M. Lingenfelter
  • Patent number: D287639
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Larry W. Moore, Keith M. Lingenfelter
  • Patent number: D290650
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Larry W. Moore