Patents by Inventor Rene Widmer

Rene Widmer 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: 20190376992
    Abstract: A system for dispensing vessels to an analyzer is disclosed. The system comprises a disc rotatable about an axis and comprising a groove, a drum arranged above and coupled to the disc to rotatable together about the axis, the drum comprising slots arranged along and around the axis, each slot comprising an input interface for stacking vessels in the slot and an output interface for dispensing the vessels, the output interface comprising a retainer, a crank translatable in a linear forwards and backwards direction orthogonal to the axis between a first, second, and third position. The crank comprises a pin for rotating the disc and bringing a slot into a dispensing position upon translation between the first and second position, the crank comprising an actuator pin for actuating the retainer in the dispensing position upon translation of the crank between the second and third position to dispense the vessels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Guggisberg, Christian Marty, Jan Simon Portmann, Gottlieb Schacher, Rolf Schneebeli, Markus Troxler, Beat Rene Widmer, Urs Wittenwiler
  • Patent number: 10156397
    Abstract: A compartment comprising at least one target area susceptible to condensed water formation includes at least one condensed water collector is presented. The condensed water collector comprises at least a first portion arranged to collect condensed water from the at least one target area and at least a second portion outside of the at least one target area. A porous material is arranged between the first portion and the second portion. The condensed water collector is configured to transport the collected condensed water. The compartment further including a condensed water remover configured to remove condensed water from the second portion thereby facilitating transportation of condensed water from the first portion to the second portion via the porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Marty, Beat Rene Widmer, Markus Jeziorski
  • Patent number: 9746487
    Abstract: A device for container storing is presented. The device comprises storage with at least one storing level including a pipetting storing level for fluid pipetting. Each storing level has storing positions having a container holder to detachably hold at least one container. A handler is movable with respect to the storage for transferring containers with respect to the storing positions. A storing position of the pipetting storing level includes a flat spring to bias a container against the container holder. The flat spring has a through hole to provide a pipette access to a lid of the container. A system for pipetting is also presented, comprising the device and a pipettor movable with respect to the pipetting storing level with at least one pipette for pipetting contained in a container stored in the pipetting storing level. The pipette has a pipette tip to penetrate a lid of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Marty, Beat Rene Widmer, Markus Jeziorski
  • Publication number: 20170089631
    Abstract: A compartment comprising at least one target area susceptible to condensed water formation includes at least one condensed water collector is presented. The condensed water collector comprises at least a first portion arranged to collect condensed water from the at least one target area and at least a second portion outside of the at least one target area. A porous material is arranged between the first portion and the second portion. The condensed water collector is configured to transport the collected condensed water. The compartment further including a condensed water remover configured to remove condensed water from the second portion thereby facilitating transportation of condensed water from the first portion to the second portion via the porous material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Christian Marty, Beat Rene Widmer, Markus Jeziorski
  • Publication number: 20160169926
    Abstract: A device for container storing is presented. The device comprises storage with at least one storing level including a pipetting storing level for fluid pipetting. Each storing level has storing positions having a container holder to detachably hold at least one container. A handler is movable with respect to the storage for transferring containers with respect to the storing positions. A storing position of the pipetting storing level includes a flat spring to bias a container against the container holder. The flat spring has a through hole to provide a pipette access to a lid of the container. A system for pipetting is also presented, comprising the device and a pipettor movable with respect to the pipetting storing level with at least one pipette for pipetting contained in a container stored in the pipetting storing level. The pipette has a pipette tip to penetrate a lid of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Christian Marty, Beat Rene Widmer, Markus Jeziorski
  • Patent number: 8212939
    Abstract: According to the described method, interframe similarities s(i) are calculated for the frames of the video sequence, each interframe similarity s(i) being indicative of the similarity of two consecutive frames i?1, i. As it has been found, an analysis of the interframe similarities allows to determine various parameters that are characteristic for the mean opinion score MOS, such as the downsampling rate, pausing, or a noise-dependence of the interframe similarity at the keyframes. An objective mean opinion score MOSo being a value close to the mean opinion score is derived as a value linear in the pausing parameter, a keyframe distance parameter and further quality parameters measured in the spatial domain, corrected by a second value being an exponential model in the downsampling rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Swissqual License AG
    Inventors: Pero Juric, René Widmer
  • Publication number: 20080284853
    Abstract: According to the described method, interframe similarities s(i) are calculated for the frames of the video sequence, each interframe similarity s(i) being indicative of the similarity of two consecutive frames i—1, i. As it has been found, an analysis of the interframe similarities allows to determine various parameters that are characteristic for the mean opinion score MOS, such as the downsampling rate, pausing, or a noise-dependence of the interframe similarity at the keyframes. An objective mean opinion score MOSo being a value close to the mean opinion score is derived as a value linear in the pausing parameter, a keyframe distance parameter and further quality parameters measured in the spatial domain, corrected by a second value being an exponential model in the downsampling rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Pero Juric, Rene Widmer
  • Patent number: 4055944
    Abstract: A securing device which permits the outer end of the hair-spring in a timepiece to be fastened either by gluing or pinning it in place. A U-shaped arm extends radially of the axis of the balance wheel and provides a pair of ears, one for gluing the hair-spring and the other for pinning it. The manufacturer of the watch can thus use the ear for gluing the outer end of the hair-spring, as this method has advantages for production purposes. When the hair-spring is replaced, the watch-repairman can use the other ear for pinning the outer end of the hair-spring without deforming the hair-spring, thereby obtaining the advantages of this method for repair purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1977
    Assignee: Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon S.A.
    Inventor: Rene Widmer
  • Patent number: 4021993
    Abstract: A wrapper, especially a mailing wrapper is secured to printed matter, such as a newspaper, by folding the paper with a wrapper strip loosely resting on the outside of the paper. After the folding, one end of the wrapper strip extends from the folded paper so that after tilting the paper and the extending wrapper strip the latter is wrapped around the paper. The wrapper strip is long enough to have a protruding end even after the folding and wrapping. The protruding end is then bent over the other wrapper strip end to overlap the latter whereupon the two ends are secured to each other, for example by gluing. In the present apparatus, a paper is advanced in a first direction into a position above a slot. A wrapper strip is advanced in a second direction extending at a right angle to said first direction to a position below said slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Rene Widmer