Patents by Inventor Robert P. Zaspel

Robert P. Zaspel 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: 7377710
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Co
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent W. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Patent number: 7090422
    Abstract: The present invention describes systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Publication number: 20040114988
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution are disclosed. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Patent number: 6672784
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Publication number: 20030086747
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution are disclosed. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company Office of Intellectual Property Counsel
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Patent number: 6422778
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Publication number: 20010055511
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution are disclosed. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel
  • Patent number: 6248085
    Abstract: An apparatus or kit for applying a predictable amount of liquid such as a surgical prepping solution to an applicator having a resilient, porous pad. The apparatus includes a receptacle having an internal space such that when the pad is placed within the space, the pad is compressed to a predetermined degree. The receptacle is attached to a bottle or other container holding surgical prepping solution. In one embodiment, a dip tube extends from an inlet near the bottom of the bottle to an outlet positioned within the internal space of the receptacle. Most preferably, the outlet extends into the internal space of the receptacle. Pressurizing the bottle dispenses liquid through the dip tube onto the applicator. A method of use of the kit or apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Scholz, Dennis L. Baker, Robert P. Zaspel, Jon A. Kirschhoffer, Maurice H. Kuypers
  • Patent number: 5080983
    Abstract: A battery including a vent tower extending inwardly into the battery cell and terminating at a free end. A passageway is provided through the vent tower to allow the venting of gas. The vent tower includes a porous, hydrophobic filter in the passageway adjacent the free end of the vent tower, and a pressure-relief valve in the passage. The free end of the vent tower is spaced sufficiently from any wall of the battery casing that any void defined by a horizontal plane along the free end of the vent tower and the walls of the casing below the horizontal plane is greater than the volume of free electrolyte regardless of the orientation of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Alexon, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel
  • Patent number: D458367
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert P. Zaspel, Matthew T. Scholz, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski, Nicholas R. Baumann, Ellen M. Anderson-Manz