Patents by Inventor Rolf D. Schmidt

Rolf D. Schmidt 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: 4183431
    Abstract: Surgical sutures are protected from damage in shipment and handling by providing holders having foamed plastic shapes that are adapted to receive the point and cutting surfaces of a needle in an edge portion of the foamed plastic shape and retain the suture in a manner so that the suture can be easily removed from the holder without the need for undue manipulation of the holder. The holders may also serve as a support to facilitate the manipulation of the needle or suture by operating room personnel, to organize and provide access to selected lengths of surgical thread, and to provide an identifiable repository for used needles. The foamed plastic protective handling devices of this invention are particularly suitable for use in cooperative relationship with selected packaging materials to permit the storage of needles and sutures under sterile conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Assignee: Sharpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolf D. Schmidt, Earl M. Theodore