Patents by Inventor Patrick Kinney

Patrick Kinney 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).

  • Publication number: 20230003685
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in an electrowetting sample processing system, the cartridge having at least one inlet port for introducing an input liquid in an internal gap of the cartridge, wherein the gap has at least one hydrophobic surface and is configured to provide an electrowetting induced movement of a microfluidic droplet of input liquid, wherein the input liquid has a carrier liquid and a processing liquid and the gap has a capture zone that is configured to capture at least a part of the processing liquid as a microfluidic droplet by use of electrowetting force and the gap further has a transfer zone that is configured to provide a passage for the carrier liquid next to the microfluidic droplet, while processing liquid is captured in the capture zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick KINNEY, Tin Ngo, Sujata Iyer, Daniel Hoffmeyer, Manjeet Dhindsa, Tiffany Ding (Lay)
  • Publication number: 20220196696
    Abstract: A method for aspirating a first liquid medium of two liquid media of different density from a sample container comprises: lowering a pipette of the laboratory automation device into the sample container until a pipette tip of the pipette has passed a lowering distance from the surface of the first liquid medium in the sample container, wherein the lowering distance is chosen, such that the pipette tip passes at least an aspiration volume in the sample container; aspirating liquid from the sample container during the lowering of the pipette by generating an underpressure in the pipette, wherein the first liquid medium is aspirated, and after the interface and the pipette tip pass each other, the second liquid medium of the two liquid media is aspirated; measuring a pressure in the pipette during the lowering of the pipette and detecting a position of the interface, when a slope of the pressure changes; when the lowering distance has been passed and no interface is detected, aspirating the aspiration volume fro
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Matthias DZUNG, Patrick KINNEY, Philipp OTT, Carsten HASE, Andreas SCHENK, David PAPENCORDT, Philipp RIEDEL, Thomas GEIGES
  • Publication number: 20220111388
    Abstract: A cartridge, in particular a disposable cartridge, for use in an electrowetting sample processing system. The cartridge has a liquid input port for introducing an input liquid into an internal gap of the cartridge, the input liquid providing for at least one droplet, directly or via a liquid separation process within the internal gap, and the internal gap having at least one hydrophobic surface, at least one processing zone for processing samples located in the processing zone, and a delivery zone for delivering the at least one droplet from the liquid input port to the at least one processing zone. The delivery zone is configured to provide a repeating pattern of interacting electrowetting force for simultaneously transporting the at least one droplet within the delivery zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Tiffany Ding (Lay), Manjeet Dhindsa, Daniel Tran, Jennifer Ji, Sujata Iyer, Tin Ngo
  • Publication number: 20220023853
    Abstract: A method of treating an isolated area of a sample with a liquid is disclosed. The method has the steps of generating an isolated area of a sample by a first fluid reservoir where the first fluid reservoir enclosing a distal end of a second fluid reservoir and the isolated area of the sample being sealed towards the remaining area of the sample, bringing the isolated area of the sample into fluid connection with the second fluid reservoir, dispensing a fluid from the second fluid reservoir into the first fluid reservoir thereby generating a fluid flow on the sample at the isolated area in a first direction, and aspirating the fluid from the first fluid reservoir into the second fluid reservoir thereby generating a fluid flow on the sample at the isolated area in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick KINNEY, Sujata IYER, Philipp OTT, Adrian SAGER
  • Publication number: 20220023854
    Abstract: A pipette tip extension attachable to a pipette tip having a proximal end, a distal end, and an exterior wall extending between the proximal end and the distal end is disclosed. The exterior wall has an outer side and an inner side and forms at the proximal end a reception aperture for inserting a pipette tip, and at the distal end a dispense aperture. The pipette tip extension further has an inner cavity, a distance element connected to the inner side of the exterior wall, and a constriction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Adrian SAGER, Philipp OTT, Patrick KINNEY, Hagen REINHARDT, Michael KELLER, Sujata IYER
  • Publication number: 20220001376
    Abstract: A pipette tip extension having a proximal end, a distal end, and an exterior wall extending between the proximal end and the distal end is disclosed. The exterior wall has an outer side and an inner side and encloses an inner cavity which is delimited by the inner side of the exterior wall. The exterior wall forms at the proximal end a reception aperture. The pipette tip extension further has one or more distance elements arranged at the inner side of the exterior wall and protruding into the inner cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Tecan Trading AG
    Inventors: Patrick KINNEY, Sujata IYER, Philipp OTT, Adrian SAGER
  • Publication number: 20190344272
    Abstract: A cartridge, in particular a disposable cartridge, for use in an electrowetting sample processing system. The cartridge contains an internal gap with at least one hydrophobic surface for enabling an electrowetting induced movement of a microfluidic droplet that has magnetic beads and further has a bead accumulation zone, into which the microfluidic droplet is transferable by electrowetting force and the magnetic beads are exposable to a magnetic force of a bead manipulation magnet. The internal gap has a bead extraction opening adjacent to the bead accumulation zone. The bead extraction opening provides a passage from the gap to an exterior space of the cartridge and is configured to removably receive the bead manipulation magnet for enabling an extraction of the magnetic beads from the microfluidic droplet by a removal of the bead manipulation magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Sujata Iyer, Tin Ngo, Jennifer Ji, Marta Matvienko, Tiffany Ding (Lay)
  • Publication number: 20190329258
    Abstract: A cartridge, in particular a disposable cartridge, for use in an electrowetting sample processing system. The cartridge has a liquid input port for introducing an input liquid into an internal gap of the cartridge, the input liquid providing for at least one droplet, directly or via a liquid separation process within the internal gap, and the internal gap having at least one hydrophobic surface, at least one processing zone for processing samples located in the processing zone, and a delivery zone for delivering the at least one droplet from the liquid input port to the at least one processing zone. The delivery zone is configured to provide a repeating pattern of interacting electrowetting force for simultaneously transporting the at least one droplet within the delivery zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Tiffany Ding (Lay), Manjeet Dhindsa, Daniel Tran, Jennifer Ji, Sujata Iyer, Tin Ngo
  • Publication number: 20190331638
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in an electrowetting sample processing system, the cartridge having one or more inlet ports for introducing an input liquid into an internal gap of the cartridge, which has at least one hydrophobic surface for enabling an electrowetting induced movement of multiple microfluidic droplets separated from the input liquid. The cartridge further has at least one outlet port that is operably connected to the inlet port for providing a liquid flow through the cartridge, if a liquid driving force, in particular an electrowetting force or a pressure force, is applied to at least a part of the input liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Sujata Iyer, Daniel Hoffmeyer, Manjeet Dhindsa, Tin Ngo, Tiffany Ding (Lay), Torleif Ove Bjornson
  • Publication number: 20190331639
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in an electrowetting sample processing system, the cartridge having at least one inlet port for introducing an input liquid in an internal gap of the cartridge, wherein the gap has at least one hydrophobic surface and is configured to provide an electrowetting induced movement of a microfluidic droplet of input liquid, wherein the input liquid has a carrier liquid and a processing liquid and the gap has a capture zone that is configured to capture at least a part of the processing liquid as a microfluidic droplet by use of electrowetting force and the gap further has a transfer zone that is configured to provide a passage for the carrier liquid next to the microfluidic droplet, while processing liquid is captured in the capture zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: PATRICK KINNEY, Tin Ngo, Sujata Iyer, Daniel Hoffmeyer, Manjeet Dhindsa, Tiffany Ding (Lay)
  • Publication number: 20150191784
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sequencing system capable of rapidly imaging samples at multiple wavelengths are provided herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a fast-indexing filter wheel having a plurality of excitation and emission filters capable of being rapidly rotated into and out of communication with an excitation source (e.g., an arc lamp, a laser. For example, the filter wheel can be configured to index in an amount of time falling within a range of about 40 ms to about 60 ms, preferably 50 ms. The system can also be configured to account for vibrations resulting from the quick starts and stops of the fast-indexing filter wheel as well as vibrations resulting from other sources. Various methods of rapidly imaging a sample at multiple wavelengths are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: David COX, Marc HABERSTROH, Patrick KINNEY, Albert CARRILLO, Jon HOSHIZAKI, Maryam SHARIATI, Howard KING, Joe Y. LEE, Matthew CHAN
  • Publication number: 20150102025
    Abstract: A heating apparatus comprising a support base and a microplate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The microplate is positioned adjacent the support base and comprises a plurality of wells formed in the first surface thereof. Each of the plurality of wells is sized to receive an assay therein. A sapphire crystalline transparent window is positioned adjacent the microplate opposing the support base. A heating device heats the transparent window in response to a control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kirk M. HIRANO, Patrick Kinney, Douwe Haga, Jason Babcoke, Albert Carrillo, H. Pin Kao, James Nurse
  • Patent number: 8934098
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sequencing system capable of rapidly imaging samples at multiple wavelengths are provided herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a fast-indexing filter wheel having a plurality of excitation and emission filters capable of being rapidly rotated into and out of communication with an excitation source (e.g., an arc lamp, a laser. For example, the filter wheel can be configured to index in an amount of time falling within a range of about 40 ms to about 60 ms, preferably 50 ms. The system can also be configured to account for vibrations resulting from the quick starts and stops of the fast-indexing filter wheel as well as vibrations resulting from other sources. Various methods of rapidly imaging a sample at multiple wavelengths are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David Cox, Marc Haberstroh, Patrick Kinney, Albert Carrillo, Jon Hoshizaki, Maryam Shariati, Howard King, Joe Lee, Matthew Chan
  • Publication number: 20140374407
    Abstract: A heating apparatus comprising a support base and a microplate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The microplate is positioned adjacent the support base and comprises a plurality of wells formed in the first surface thereof. Each of the plurality of wells is sized to receive an assay therein. A sapphire crystalline transparent window is positioned adjacent the microplate opposing the support base. A heating device heats the transparent window in response to a control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk HIRANO, Patrick Kinney, Douwe Haga, Jason Babcoke, Albert Carrillo, H. Pin Kao, James Nurse
  • Publication number: 20140238976
    Abstract: A heating apparatus comprising a support base and a microplate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The microplate is positioned adjacent the support base and comprises a plurality of wells formed in the first surface thereof. Each of the plurality of wells is sized to receive an assay therein. A sapphire crystalline transparent window is positioned adjacent the microplate opposing the support base. A heating device heats the transparent window in response to a control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk HIRANO, Patrick KINNEY, Douwe HAGA, Jason BABCOKE, Albert CARRILLO, H. Pin KAO, James NURSE
  • Patent number: 8530158
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing a biological sample are provided herein. For example, the system can be configured to deaggregate/declump a sample before, during, and/or after sample preparation and/or sample analysis. For example, the system can include a deaggregation device/system in communication with, for example, a nucleic acid amplification process (e.g., an ePCR system). Various embodiments of the deaggregation device are provided herein. For example, in some embodiments, the deaggregation device can include a valve, a valve manifold, a conduit, a channel, or some combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Maengseok Song, Achim Karger, Patrick Kinney
  • Publication number: 20110275125
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing a biological sample are provided herein. For example, the system can be configured to deaggregate/declump a sample before, during, and/or after sample preparation and/or sample analysis. For example, the system can include a deaggregation device/system in communication with, for example, a nucleic acid amplification process (e.g., an ePCR system). Various embodiments of the deaggregation device are provided herein. For example, in some embodiments, the deaggregation device can include a valve, a valve manifold, a conduit, a channel, or some combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maengseok SONG, Achim Karger, Patrick Kinney
  • Publication number: 20110128545
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sequencing system capable of rapidly imaging samples at multiple wavelengths are provided herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a fast-indexing filter wheel having a plurality of excitation and emission filters capable of being rapidly rotated into and out of communication with an excitation source (e.g., an arc lamp, a laser. For example, the filter wheel can be configured to index in an amount of time falling within a range of about 40 ms to about 60 ms, preferably 50 ms. The system can also be configured to account for vibrations resulting from the quick starts and stops of the fast-indexing filter wheel as well as vibrations resulting from other sources. Various methods of rapidly imaging a sample at multiple wavelengths are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Cox, Marc Haberstroh, Patrick Kinney, Albert Carrillo, Jon Hoshizaki, Maryam Shariati, Howard King, Joe Lee, Matthew Chan
  • Publication number: 20110123985
    Abstract: An enrichment module and method are provided for enriching a population of templated beads and separating them from non-templated beads. The method can include hybridizing a templated bead with an enrichment bead to form a complex, trapping the complex in a filtration medium, washing non-templated beads through the filtration medium while retaining the complex, and then eluting the templated bead from the complex. The module can include a column for enrichment and filtration material exhibiting desired size-exclusion properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Aldrich N. K. LAU, Achim KARGER, Patrick KINNEY, James NURSE, Aftab KEVAL, Douglas GREINER, Carmen GJERSTAD
  • Publication number: 20080076468
    Abstract: A computer apparatus for receiving a removable communication card such as a radio card or a modem card. A radio or modem is self-contained inside a housing of the communication card and has an electrical interface for communicating information to and from the computer apparatus. The computer apparatus receives the communication card such that it engages the electrical interface. These contacts automatically connect the communication card to an appropriate antenna, telephone or telephone line. A radio communication card is connected to the appropriate antenna for the type and frequency of the radio. A modem card is connected to a standard telephone line, a cellular phone, or an antenna for a cellular phone if the cellular phone is also disposed within the housing of the modem communication card. Additionally, a switching matrix can be used to connect one set of contacts on a radio card or a modem card to one or more of a plurality of antennas and telephone lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Ronald Mahany, Guy West