Patents by Inventor Paul M. Okimoto

Paul M. Okimoto 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: 4945921
    Abstract: A self-testing apparatus (21) and method for collecting and testing a specimen from a body cavity, and particularly the vagina. The apparatus (21) includes a collecting instrument (22, 61, 81) formed with a hollow body (27, 62, 88) and a reciprocally mounted plunger (31, 63, 82) inside the body (27, 62, 88) that is spring biased to a rectracted position inside the body. Mounted on the end of the plunger (31, 63, 82) is a material (44, 67, 84) capable of absorbing bodily fluids. The self-testing kit (21) further includes an independent testing assembly (23) which is used after the collecting assembly (22, 61, 81) collects the specimen. The collected specimen can be wiped across a treated paper (51) with the reaction compared to a color chart (52) mounted proximate the treated paper (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Paul M. Okimoto
  • Patent number: 4784158
    Abstract: An applicator assembly and method for self-testing a body cavity to determine the condition therein is disclosed. The assembly includes a reusable, applicator body, formed with a probe having a tip end formed and positioned for movement between a retracted position and an extended position. Removably mounted thereon is a flexible sheath, which carries a sensor proximate the end of the sheath. Upon movement of the probe to the retracted position, the sensor and sheath are drawn into the applicator body to protect the sensor from contamination before testing. The assembly is then inserted into the cavity, the probe is extended for testing and retracted for removal of the assembly from the cavity. To observe the test results, the probe is again extended. The sheath is removable and a new sheath can be mounted over the applicator body for repeated testing. A method of self-testing, using the assembly of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Inventor: Paul M. Okimoto