Patents by Inventor Thomas Iten

Thomas Iten 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: 20190015994
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system, and having a plug-in sleeve at a top end, an article holder at a bottom end, and a connecting part which connects the plug-in sleeve to the article holder. The plug-in sleeve has a side sleeve wall and a bottom which surround an interior space of the plug-in sleeve having a cylindrical or conically tapering shape. The plug-in sleeve further has an upward-facing opening for receiving an end of a pipette of an automated pipetting system. The article holder has a holding element oriented downward away from the connecting part. The holding element having at least two elongated projections which has one or more snap hooks protruding outwards to hook under a storage opening of a pipette tip carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: STEFAN BUCHLOH, Thomas ITEN, Nico BIRKNER
  • Publication number: 20180333863
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system and having a plug-in sleeve at a top end, an article holder at a bottom end, and a connecting part which connects the plug-in sleeve to the article holder. The plug-in sleeve has a side sleeve wall and a bottom which surround an interior space of the plug-in sleeve having a cylindrical and conically tapering shape. The plug-in sleeve further has an upward-facing opening for receiving an end of a pipette of an automated pipetting system. The connecting part has a top surface which defines the bottom of the plug-in sleeve, is positioned between the interior space of the plug-in sleeve and the article holder. The article holder has a holding plate which is flat and faces downward away from the plug-in sleeve, and further has a flatly acting magnet on the holding plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: STEFAN BUCHLOH, Thomas ITEN, Sara FERDI, Nico BIRKNER
  • Patent number: 10105852
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system includes at least one plug-in sleeve, which is implemented for the releasable plugging-in of a receptacle cone of a pipette, and which can be plugged onto the receptacle cone of the pipette instead of a disposable pipette tip. In addition, the transport tool includes an article holder having at least one holding part, which is implemented to form a support connection with a laboratory article. A connecting part connects the article holder to the plug-in sleeve, so that holding axes of the article holder and the sleeve axis of the plug-in sleeve are arranged coaxially or axially-parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Stefan Buchloh, Thomas Iten, Nico Birkner
  • Patent number: 10065325
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system includes at least one plug-in sleeve, which is implemented for the releasable plugging-in of a receptacle cone of a pipette, and which can be plugged onto the receptacle cone of the pipette instead of a disposable pipette tip. In addition, the transport tool comprises an article holder having at least one holding part, which is implemented to form a support connection with a laboratory article. A connecting part connects the article holder to the plug-in sleeve, so that holding axes of the at least one article holder and the sleeve axis of the plug-in sleeve are arranged coaxially or axially-parallel to one another. The laboratory article has at least one flat, at least approximately horizontal surface. The article holder has a holding plate or a holding sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Stefan Buchloh, Thomas Iten, Sara Ferdi, Nico Birkner
  • Publication number: 20180222099
    Abstract: An injection-molding machine includes a stack mold having a snorkel supplying melt to a central part of the stack mold. A biased movable part of the snorkel and a nozzle of an injection unit can be pressed against one another during the injecting process, wherein a position of the injection unit can be fixed in the longitudinal machine direction, when the stack mold is in a position for performing a compression molding stroke. A bias and a stroke executable by the movable part of the snorkel can be adjusted, so that the nozzle and the snorkel remain pressed against each other at least while the compression molding stroke is executed during the injection process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Netstal-Maschinen AG
    Inventors: Jean-Luc GRANGE, Thomas ITEN
  • Patent number: 9662654
    Abstract: A frame-shaped, essentially rectangular spacer for pipette tip carriers stacked one on top of another includes a horizontal base surface, a peripheral side wall, which stands essentially perpendicular to the base surface and forms two longitudinal sides and two transverse sides, and an upper surface. Each longitudinal side and transverse side includes an inner side. The upper surface is arranged at an upper end of the side wall and essentially horizontally. The spacer is implemented to form a stabilizing support connection with an essentially rectangular pipette tip carrier positioned on the spacer. In addition, the spacer includes centering spring elements, which are arranged on the inner side of all longitudinal sides and transverse sides, having a springy part spaced apart in relation to the inner side of the respective side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Thomas Iten, Hanna Rethwisch
  • Patent number: 9302265
    Abstract: An inlet valve charges an inner chamber with liquid and has a first axis and an inlet opening with a tool that automatically recloses. The inlet valve has a valve body with a blocking element, and a pressing part; a valve space enclosing the valve body at least partly; a spring mechanism and a sealing element. An open passage region opens into the liquid passage of the pressing part and into the valve space. The spring mechanism presses a sealing surface of the blocking element against the sealing element in a closed position of the valve body. The valve body of the inlet valve can be brought to an open position by pressing the pressing part against the resistance of the spring mechanism. Chamber systems and sample containers with such inlet valves are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Nico Birkner, Thomas Iten, Marina Knoppke, Markus Wiggli
  • Publication number: 20160023210
    Abstract: An inlet valve charges an inner chamber with liquid and has a first axis and an inlet opening with a tool that automatically recloses. The inlet valve has a valve body with a blocking element, and a pressing part; a valve space enclosing the valve body at least partly; a spring mechanism and a sealing element. An open passage region opens into the liquid passage of the pressing part and into the valve space. The spring mechanism presses a sealing surface of the blocking element against the sealing element in a closed position of the valve body. The valve body of the inlet valve can be brought to an open position by pressing the pressing part against the resistance of the spring mechanism. Chamber systems and sample containers with such inlet valves are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Nico Birkner, Thomas Iten, Marina Knoppke, Markus Wiggli
  • Patent number: 9140367
    Abstract: An inlet valve charges an inner chamber of a system or sample container with liquid and has a first pipetting axis, an inlet opening, it supplies liquid by a laboratory pipette that is automatically reclosed and also has a valve body with a blocking element, a pressing part and a throat, a valve space enclosing the valve body at least partly near the throat, a spring mechanism and a sealing element. The throat connects the blocking element to the pressing part and has an open passage region which opens into the liquid passage of the pressing part and into the valve space. The spring mechanism presses a sealing surface of the blocking element against the sealing element in a closed position of the valve body. The valve body can be brought to an open position by pressing the pressing part against the spring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Tecan Trading AG
    Inventors: Nico Birkner, Thomas Iten, Marina Knoppke, Markus Wiggli
  • Publication number: 20150239130
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system includes at least one plug-in sleeve, which is implemented for the releasable plugging-in of a receptacle cone of a pipette, and which can be plugged onto the receptacle cone of the pipette instead of a disposable pipette tip. In addition, the transport tool comprises an article holder having at least one holding part, which is implemented to form a support connection with a laboratory article. A connecting part connects the article holder to the plug-in sleeve, so that holding axes of the at least one article holder and the sleeve axis of the plug-in sleeve are arranged coaxially or axially-parallel to one another. The laboratory article has at least one flat, at least approximately horizontal surface. The article holder has a holding plate or a holding sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Tecan Trading AG
    Inventors: Stefan BUCHLOH, Thomas ITEN, Sara FERDI, Nico BIRKNER
  • Publication number: 20150239129
    Abstract: A transport tool for transporting a laboratory article using a pipette of a pipetting system includes at least one plug-in sleeve, which is implemented for the releasable plugging-in of a receptacle cone of a pipette, and which can be plugged onto the receptacle cone of the pipette instead of a disposable pipette tip. In addition, the transport tool includes an article holder having at least one holding part, which is implemented to form a support connection with a laboratory article. A connecting part connects the article holder to the plug-in sleeve, so that holding axes of the article holder and the sleeve axis of the plug-in sleeve are arranged coaxially or axially-parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Tecan Trading AG
    Inventors: Stefan BUCHLOH, Thomas ITEN, Nico BIRKNER
  • Publication number: 20150174579
    Abstract: A frame-shaped, essentially rectangular spacer for pipette tip carriers stacked one on top of another includes a horizontal base surface, a peripheral side wall, which stands essentially perpendicular to the base surface and forms two longitudinal sides and two transverse sides, and an upper surface. Each longitudinal side and transverse side includes an inner side. The upper surface is arranged at an upper end of the side wall and essentially horizontally. The spacer is implemented to form a stabilizing support connection with an essentially rectangular pipette tip carrier positioned on the spacer. In addition, the spacer includes centering spring elements, which are arranged on the inner side of all longitudinal sides and transverse sides, having a springy part spaced apart in relation to the inner side of the respective side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Thomas ITEN, Hanna RETHWISCH
  • Publication number: 20140242685
    Abstract: An inlet valve charges an inner chamber of a system or sample container with liquid and has a first pipetting axis, an inlet opening, it supplies liquid by a laboratory pipette that is automatically reclosed and also has a valve body with a blocking element, a pressing part and a throat, a valve space enclosing the valve body at least partly near the throat, a spring mechanism and a sealing element. The throat connects the blocking element to the pressing part and has an open passage region which opens into the liquid passage of the pressing part and into the valve space. The spring mechanism presses a sealing surface of the blocking element against the sealing element in a closed position of the valve body. The valve body can be brought to an open position by pressing the pressing part against the spring mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Marina Knoppke, Nico Birkner, Thomas Iten, Markus Wiggli
  • Patent number: 4857887
    Abstract: The keyboard comprises piezoelectric crystal elements arranged between laminates provided with conducting strips. A voltage is generated when pressure is applied to the elements. The keyboard is tensionless in its rest state and contains no unwanted air spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Schenk & Co.
    Inventor: Thomas Iten
  • Patent number: 4441034
    Abstract: A contact-controlled capacitive switching means utilized as a floor or cabin calling transmitter for lifts or the like is designed such that travel or drive commands for the lift are prevented from being generated by the action of heat or, if generated, from being further transmitted to a lift control system. Therefore, a thermal circuit breaker is interconnected between an actuating element, such as a contact button and a coupling member connected to an input of an oscillator. The thermal circuit breaker may be mounted directly at the contact button or at a mounting plate carrying the contact button. A further thermal circuit breaker is interconnected between an output of the switching means and a connection terminal of a signal transmitting line of the lift control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Thomas Iten