Patents by Inventor N. C. Joseph Lai

N. C. Joseph Lai 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: 4899053
    Abstract: A non-dispersive infrared gas analyzer of the type typically used to measure concentrations of gases in medical and industrial applications has no moving parts and employs two or more miniature infrared sources ("microsources") which are electrical current-modulated to produce modulated infrared radiation for synchronous detection. The microsources are operated at different frequencies. The frequency-multiplexed detector signal is demodulated and ratioed to yield an output which is correlated to the gas concentration in the sampler chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Criticare Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: N. C. Joseph Lai, Edward J. Zuperku, Roy A. Henning
  • Patent number: 4739758
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the size of the stomach cavity in humans. A collapsed balloon is packaged in water soluble material and releasably attached to a filler tube. The balloon is inserted into the cavity through the mouth and esophagus and pumped up to a desired volume through the tube after water soluble material packaging has dissolved and the balloon deployed. After stomach fluids also dissolve the releasing mechanism, the filler tube is removed from the stomach. The balloon remains in the stomach for the required dieting time. Its volume prevents the usual ingestion of food into the stomach by obese patients, causing them to feel full, and reducing the desire for food. At the end of this period a puncturing mechanism is introduced into the stomach, punctures the balloon, grasps it and the balloon is removed through the esophagus and mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Criticare Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: N. C. Joseph Lai, Wilfred Lynch