Carried In Aperture Of, Or Pierced Through, Retainer Patents (Class 206/382)
  • Patent number: 10647165
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure sensitive adhesive sheet for tires that enables continuous and efficient labeling on tires using a labeling apparatus. The pressure sensitive adhesive sheet includes a release material (C), a first pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B1), a first substrate (A1), a second pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B2), and a second substrate (A2), in this order, and satisfies Requirement (1): in a planar view of the pressure sensitive adhesive sheet for tires, the outline of the first pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B1) exists inside the outline of the second substrate (A2), and Requirement (2): the shortest distance (X) between the outline of the second substrate (A2) and the outline of the second pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B2) is 0.35 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LINTEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10597481
    Abstract: A hydrogenated block copolymer prepared by hydrogenating a block copolymer that contains a polymer block (A) containing a structural unit derived from an aromatic vinyl compound, a polymer block (B) containing a structural unit derived from farnesene, and a polymer block (C) containing a structural unit derived from a conjugated diene except farnesene, wherein the block copolymer contains at least two above polymer blocks (A), at least one above polymer block (B) and at least one above polymer block (C), and wherein at least one above polymer block (B) is at the terminal, and the hydrogenation rate of the carbon-carbon double bond in the polymer block (B) and the polymer block (C) is 50 mol % or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: KURARAY CO., LTD., AMYRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Yosuke Uehara, Hiromitsu Sasaki, Daisuke Konishi, Masahiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10570319
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure sensitive adhesive sheet for tires that enables continuous and efficient labeling on tires using a labeling apparatus. The pressure sensitive adhesive sheet includes a release material (C), a first pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B1), a first substrate (A1), a second pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B2), and a second substrate (A2), in this order, and satisfies Requirement (1): in a planar view of the pressure sensitive adhesive sheet, the outline of the first pressure sensitive adhesive layer (B1) exists inside the outline of the second substrate (A2); and Requirement (2): the MD stiffness of the second substrate (A2), measured in the Gurley method according to JIS L 1085, is 0.10 mN or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LINTEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10355239
    Abstract: Provided are an encapsulation film, an organic electronic device including the same, and a method of manufacturing the organic electronic device. Therefore, provided is the encapsulation film, which may form a structure capable of effectively blocking moisture or water entering the organic electronic device from the outside, and have excellent processability in a process of manufacturing a panel and excellent heat retention under a high-temperature and high-humidity condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jee Yoo, Hyun Suk Kim, Jung Ok Moon, Se Woo Yang
  • Patent number: 10308844
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive adhesive of the invention include a (meth)acryl-based polymer obtained by polymerization of a monomer component including 19 to 99.5% by weight of an alkyl (meth)acrylate having a branched alkyl group of 10 to 24 carbon atoms at an ester end. The pressure-sensitive adhesive has a satisfactory level of adhesive performance and can form a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer with a lower dielectric constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatsugu Higashi, Akiko Tanaka, Aimi Matsuura, Kiyoe Shigetomi, Tetsuo Inoue
  • Patent number: 10273067
    Abstract: A package kit for storing a plurality of products includes a primary package and a secondary package. The primary package has a plurality of individually sealed and separately detachable cavities. The secondary package is sandwiched between a back panel and a front panel of the secondary package. The front panel includes a first aperture and a second aperture for displaying at least a portion of the primary package. A first outer circumferential portion at least partially surrounds the first aperture, and a second outer circumferential portion at least partially surrounds the second aperture. The front panel includes an elevated portion disposed between the apertures and extending from the first and second outer circumferential portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Mark, Craig Wilburn, Martin Jay Marotti, Oliver Horst Heilmann, Harald De Buhr, Eric Latza, Christian Stief
  • Patent number: 9985476
    Abstract: The present invention of an electrostatic coupling type contactless electric power supply device 1 has multiple electrodes for contactless electric power supply 41 and a high-frequency power source circuit 5 provided on a fixed section 2, multiple electrodes for contactless electric power reception 61 and an electric power reception circuit 7 on a movable section 3, wherein the electrode for contactless electric power supply 41 and the electrode for contactless electric power reception 61 have base sections 441, 611 with a perpendicular cross sectional shape to the moving direction of the movable section 3 and there are multiple extending tooth sections 412, 612, and fellow tooth sections 412, 612 are mutually alternating and separated to fit together in an interdigitated array electrode, furthermore, the electrode for contactless electric power reception 61 is an interdigitated array electrode with the outer surface of the tooth section 612 covered with a conducting layer 613 and the tooth section 612 intern
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nomura, Naomichi Ishiura, Shinji Takikawa
  • Patent number: 9938063
    Abstract: A package kit includes a plurality of primary packages, each having a cavity for storing one of a plurality of products, and a secondary package that stores the plurality of primary packages and includes a back and front panels between which the primary packages are sandwiched. The front panel has a first row of apertures, each displaying at least a portion of a primary package. A first outer circumferential portion of the front panel partially surrounds the apertures and is attached to the back panel, and a second outer circumferential portion of the front panel is attached to the back panel. The front panel includes an elevated portion between the first and second outer circumferential portions. The first outer circumferential portion has a first and second limbs, and the second outer circumferential portion has a third and fourth limbs. The elevated portion extends from, and is hingeably connected to, the first, second, third, and fourth limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Mark, Craig Wilburn, Martin Jay Marotti, Oliver Horst Heilmann, Harald De Buhr, Eric Latza, Christian Stief
  • Patent number: 9359531
    Abstract: Temporarily repositionable pressure sensitive adhesive compositions which are blends of a silicone-modified pressure sensitive adhesive component, a high Tg polymer component and a crosslinker are presented. The silicone-modified pressure sensitive adhesive includes a copolymer that is the reaction product of an acidic or basic monomer, a (meth)acrylic or vinyl monomer, and a silicone macromer. The high Tg polymer component contains acid or base functionality such that when mixed, the silicone-modified pressure sensitive adhesive component and the high Tg polymer component form an acid-base interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, Wendi J. Winkler
  • Patent number: 9060758
    Abstract: Described is a needle assembly storage device comprising a housing having an opening adapted to receive an injection device, an array of needle assembly storage compartments moveably disposed within the housing, and an actuator adapted to cause movement of the array, wherein actuation of the actuator aligns a given needle assembly compartment with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Dasbach, Verena Hofmann, Gunnar Jung, Peter Nober, Leo Zeimetz
  • Patent number: 8602211
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holder for holding a set of knitting needles with a main body having first and second end portions. Each end portion has a corresponding aperture, and each aperture is sized to hold one knitting needle of the set of knitting needles. The holder can hold circular knitting needles connected by a flexible cord, for example. Slots may be provided to receive a portion of the flexible cord therein to reduce and/or prevent the cord from twisting and/or tangling during storage or transportation. The body may also have gauge for measuring a size of the knitting needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
    Inventor: David Sasur
  • Patent number: 7967134
    Abstract: A suture pledget assembly is disclosed that includes a block with at least one slit and a pledget in an abutting relationship to the block. A suture has first and second end portions that are retained by the first and second slits, respectively. The first and second end portions generally extend beyond a face of the block and are substantially parallel to each other. A suture pledget package for retaining a suture is disclosed. The suture pledget package includes a front panel and a backing panel where the backing panel forms a plurality of tracks. Each track is configured and dimensioned to receive at least one suture pledget assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Roby, John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7753203
    Abstract: A sharps handling device can include a base and a holder. The base and the holder can form a stand in which sharps devices can be retained so as to be accessible. The base and the holder can also form a container for enclosing sharps devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred P. Lampropoulos, Gregory R. McArthur, Jim Mottola, Anne-Marie Wright
  • Patent number: 7520383
    Abstract: A suture pledget assembly is disclosed that includes a block with at least one slit and a pledget in an abutting relationship to the block. A suture has first and second end portions that are retained by the first and second slits, respectively. The first and second end portions generally extend beyond a face of the block and are substantially parallel to each other. A suture pledget package for retaining a suture is disclosed. The suture pledget package includes a front panel and a backing panel where the backing panel forms a plurality of tracks. Each track is configured and dimensioned to receive at least one suture pledget assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Roby, John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7500562
    Abstract: The needle assembly tray of the invention generally comprises a base tray having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a groove, that enables the base tray to be bent, a plurality of needle channels in the lower portion, substantially conical shaped openings leading into the needle channels, and a security strip for maintaining needles securely in the needle channels when the base tray is bent, and a lid for the base tray. The tray is adapted to lay flat during shipping but, in use, the upper half of the tray is bent away from the upper half of the assembly to expose the assembly and create a stand on which to prop the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Nuclear Consultant Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Biscotti
  • Patent number: 7137507
    Abstract: A suture pledget assembly is disclosed that includes a block with at least one slit and a pledget in an abutting relationship to the block. A suture has first and second end portions that are retained by the first and second slits, respectively. The first and second end portions generally extend beyond a face of the block and are substantially parallel to each other. A suture pledget package for retaining a suture is disclosed. The suture pledget package includes a front panel and a backing panel where the backing panel forms a plurality of tracks. Each track is configured and dimensioned to receive at least one suture pledget assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Roby, John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7070051
    Abstract: A needle counter device which utilizes an adhesive disposed in one or more, preferably V-shaped, troughs. The adhesive provides instant, strong grip upon contact, but also provides very low resistance to needle penetration (i.e., it is easy to stick a needle in the adhesive, but difficult to pull the needle out). The device includes a base and a lid, and opens and closes much like a book. Once the device is closed, the device tends to remain closed unless intentionally opened. A thin layer of adhesive may be provided on the inside of the lid, to retain used surgical blades, and a piece of resilient foam may also be provided for temporarily “parking” a suture needle. The sides of each trough are lined with structure which serves to prevent an accidentally laid surgical instrument from unintentionally contacting the adhesive. Numerical indices provide a quick visual, counting assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Atrion Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rowland W. Kanner, Larry Lee Young
  • Patent number: 6439382
    Abstract: A needle and pin cap assembly for eliminating a user from being cut or stuck with the needle or pin. The needle and pin cap assembly includes a first cap member assembly including a first cap member having a side wall an open end, a closed end, and a cavity disposed therein; and also includes a second cap member having a side wall, a first end, and a second end which is adapted to receive a head portion of a needle or pin there through; and further includes an elastic elongate member being connected to the first cap member and to the second cap member and being adapted to hold the first end cap member and the second end cap member upon ends of the needle or pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Lisa R. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 6029814
    Abstract: Since a distance of adjacent rivets held by a conventional blind rivet holder was large, a blind rivet holder which is smaller in the rivet distance, and which can accommodate a larger number of rivets in an accommodation case of a continuous riveter is provided. The blind rivet holder is designed to include: upper and lower tabs T4, T5 which are continuously arranged at minute constant intervals with narrow slits T3 formed at upper and lower ends of a perpendicular portion T2 having feeder slots for the blind rivet holder T; through hole s T41 and T51 provided so that a rivet R can be passed through the through hole s obliquely; and an oblique, U-shaped groove T21 provided so as to connect the slit T3 between the adjacent upper tabs T4 to the slits T3 between the adjacent lower tabs T5 and to permit bending from groove as a border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: OPT Engineering Company Limited
    Inventor: Masatoshi Ohuchi
  • Patent number: 6015042
    Abstract: A folder package for surgical sutures. The package has a base panel, a foldably connected cover panel, a foldably connected closure panel, a foldably connected end panel, and a ramp structure. The package also has at least one ramp structure mounted to the base panel. The ramp structure allows sutures to pass over the park without getting hung-up on or in the park.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Cerwin, Deborah M. Transue, Marvin Alpern
  • Patent number: 5941430
    Abstract: A holder for sewing needles with thread is provided which includes a reel having an end plate and a winding member for winding the thread. The holder further includes a retaining member, such as a pin cushion, for positioning each needle relative to the end plate. The holder also has a base for supporting the reel for rotational movement. The base is formed with an upright wall enclosing but spaced from the winding member to provide a clearance between the upright wall and the winding member. The upright wall is formed with a slit through which the thread of the needle is brought into the above-mentioned clearance while the reel is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Clover Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 5819918
    Abstract: A resilient filament retaining package includes a plurality of panel members foldably connected to each other along transverse sides thereof and arranged to fold upon each other to form a plurality of superposed compartments defined between pairs of adjacent panel members. Each compartment is dimensioned to contain at least one flexible resilient filament portion therein in a coiled configuration. Receiving port apertures are provided in the forward panel member of each compartment and are intended to assist in loading individual filament portions in each compartment. The apertures are in general concentric alignment with each other such that each compartment may be accessed for loading purposes from a front side of the folded retainer package. A backing panel having a needle securing park may be attached to the folded package. A method for loading the package is also disclosed. The package can be particularly useful for retaining surgical sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Scanlon
  • Patent number: 5732816
    Abstract: A folder package for surgical sutures. The package has a base panel, a foldably connected cover panel, a foldably connected closure panel, a foldably connected end panel, and a ramp structure. The package also has at least one needle/suture park mounted to the base panel. The ramp structure is mounted adjacent to the needle/suture park and allows sutures to pass over the park without getting hung-up on or in the park.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Cerwin, Deborah M. Transue
  • Patent number: 5664674
    Abstract: A rhombus-shaped toothpick holder for connected triangular toothpicks in a way that avoids toothpicks accidentally exiting the holder and poking someone is defined by a rear surface, four connected walls and a front bottom cover member that opens outwardly for insertion of the toothpicks and snaps closed. The front surface of the connected toothpicks inside the holder is smooth for the display of a logo on it except for spaces between the toothpicks at or near its top whereas the back of the connected triangular toothpicks appear accordion-like. The inside surface of the holder's rear surface has an identical logo displayed thereon so that as toothpicks having portions of the logo are dispensed the logo remains visible and whole. Alignment markers keep the logos aligned. To fit into spaces between the toothpicks and thereby prevent their movement, ribs of gradually increasing height are provided at a lower end of the inside rear surface at an area corresponding to that of the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Edward H. Lynch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5560477
    Abstract: A resilient filament retaining package includes a plurality of panel members foldably connected to each other along transverse sides thereof and arranged to fold upon each other to form a plurality of superposed compartments defined between pairs of adjacent panel members. Each compartment is dimensioned to contain at least one flexible resilient filament portion therein in a coiled configuration. Receiving port apertures are provided in the forward panel member of each compartment and are intended to assist in loading individual filament portions in each compartment. The apertures are in general concentric alignment with each other such that each compartment may be accessed for loading purposes from a front side of the folded retainer package. A backing panel having a needle securing park may be attached to the folded package. A method for loading the package is also disclosed. The package can be particularly useful for retaining surgical sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Scanlon
  • Patent number: 5494154
    Abstract: An elongated, folded paper package for containing surgical suture material and needles. The package includes folding panels which cover and protect the suture material, winding pin holes to assist in winding suture material, a foam block to hold the needles securely, one slit to hold the package closed and additional slits for ease of opening the package to expose the needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Look Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary Ainsworth, Brian K. Gourley
  • Patent number: 5472081
    Abstract: A suture needle holder for a suture package intended to contain an armed suture, comprising a sheet of planar plastic having at least one raised pedestal formed therein, said at least one raised pedestal having at least one slot therein oriented orthogonal to the sheet of planar plastic, said at least one slot having an open portion and a needle-holding portion releasably holding a portion of the length of a suture needle therein with the length of the suture needle lying in a plane parallel to the sheet of planar plastic, wherein the open portion of the slot is of a width narrower than the diameter of the length portion of the suture needle held within the needle-holding portion of the slot. A method of forming the suture needle holder is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret J. Kilgrow, Stanley L. Mish
  • Patent number: 5433315
    Abstract: A suture material package includes a base panel for carrying the wound-up suture material which is clamped between a winding panel and a fold-over panel. The base panel is joined by a folding panel which in turn is joined by a thread holding panel. The folding panel and the thread holding panel are connected to each other by an oblique folding line. The end of the thread is fixed under a fixing flap of the thread holding panel. When the envelope containing the folding card is opened, the end of the thread slides out of the fixing flap and is exposed for being pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventor: Rolf Brandau
  • Patent number: 5385237
    Abstract: An apparatus as disclosed for holding and organizing colored threads used in needlework. The organizer includes a card, on each face of which are provided a plurality of rings for attaching needlework threads of individual colors and a needle for use with each different color of thread. A plastic sleeve for the card has holes for insertion of the sleeve and card in a three-ring binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Margaret R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 5249673
    Abstract: A package is provided for retaining at least one armed surgical suture including housing means having suture retention means formed therein and a needle securement area integrally formed in the housing means At least one porthole is defined in the needle securement area which is dimensioned and positioned for maintaining a surgical needle for ready removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical corporation
    Inventor: Hans-Jurgen F. Sinn
  • Patent number: 5249671
    Abstract: A package is provided for retaining at least one resilient surgical suture. The package includes a base member which is formed with an annular recessed portion and a circumjacent flexible flange portion. The package further includes an annular cover member which is mounted adjacent to the annular recessed portion of the base member to form a peripheral retaining channel into which a resilient surgical sutures may be loaded subsequent to the construction of the package. The package may also include needle park means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Hans-Jurgen F. Sinn
  • Patent number: 5236082
    Abstract: A needle shield for suture-needle assemblies constructed of a fibrous material and foldable about at least two score lines to provide a protective device against needle damage and accidental sticking of the user's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5199561
    Abstract: A foldable package for an endoscopic needle and suture and cannula assembly comprising a central panel and a plurality of foldably attached panels for receiving and retaining the cannula and suture. A needle park is provided for receiving and retaining the needle. Locking means in outer panels fasten the package closed. A tab on the central panel retains the suture in an open loop configuration, while locking tabs and a slot in at least one inner panel retain the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance E. Roshdy, Robert J. Cerwin
  • Patent number: 5076431
    Abstract: The invention comprises a direct dispensing package. The package comprises a back panel, and a first and a second intermediate panel. The first intermediate panel is foldably connected to the back panel. The package also comprises means for rolling the second intermediate panel onto itself. A front panel is foldably connected to the second intermediate panel. The package further comprises means for maintaining an article of manufacture on the front panel and means for containing at least a portion of the front panel adjacent to the back panel. The article of manufacture can be a sterile surgical element. The means for rolling can be a plurality of parallel slats. The means for containing can be an envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: American Cyanamid Company
    Inventor: Robert F. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4936449
    Abstract: A block of, for example, styrofoam for penetration by, and for frictionally holding, disposable hypodermic needles, scalpels and other sharps, is held in a container including a bottom and a sidewall. Pawl-shaped projections are provided adjacent the upper lip of the sidewall. A lid includes complementary pawl-shaped projections adjacent its lower lip for engagement with respective projections on a contaminant neutralizing substance such as BETADINE, or another layer of, for example, wadding, located above or below the styrofoam can be saturated with the contaminant neutralizing substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Inventors: Douglas S. Conard, Barbara B. Conard, Victor A. DeRose
  • Patent number: 4821878
    Abstract: For use in suturing: (a) Thin steel needle put into flesh (using a tool) on one side of the wound until anchor fixed to a needle engages flesh. At that time point of needle will protrude. Anchor crimped on the protruding side; (b) Anchors are in ball form with square cavities to accept projections on hand tool; (c) Plier-like tool used to grab anchors has projection which fits into anchor cavities; (d) dispenser for needle/anchor assembly and dispenser for crimp-on anchor provide for quick removal in sterilized condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: PRD Corporation
    Inventor: J. Paul Jones
  • Patent number: 4720009
    Abstract: Portable booklike container comprising two covers joined to a spine, a rigid support bar on the inside of the cover near its bottom edge, a plurality of parallel spaced elongated thin spindles affixed to the support bar and extending upward terminating with free ends short of and adjacent to the top edge of the covers, and quick release fastening means to maintain the covers in a position closed upon each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventor: Herbert Tomes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4711351
    Abstract: Robotic systems for assembling electronic components require that the components be stored in an orderly manner at locations known to the robot. Generally, it is required that at least two storage locations be provided. More specifically, the components must be stored and presented to the robot in an orderly fashion for assembly operations and a storage location must be provided for components which the robot is unsuccessful in assembling. The invention which is the subject matter of this patent provides a convenient means for storing electronic components having reasonably rigid leads. More specifically, this invention provides for inserting the leads of the components into a semi-rigid gel for purposes of storage. If the components are to be assembled, the robot can conveniently lift the components from the gel. Similarly, if the component cannot be assembled, the robot can store the component by gently inserting the leads of the component into the gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Richard S. Zucker, Philip J. Adinolfi
  • Patent number: 4674629
    Abstract: A carrier for armed sutures comprises a flat elongated card of foam material shaped to form a body portion, neck portion and head portion. A shaped cut adjacent the neck portion of the card permits the separation of the head portion for utilization as a needle park.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Sharpoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Gunselman
  • Patent number: 4664302
    Abstract: A threaded needle holder for needle craft projects is disclosed. The needle holder is made up of a rectangular card with a magnet parallel to one long edge of the card. A plurality of slits spaced along the long edge act to receive thread carried by needles received on the magnet. The needle will extend across the magnet to a line on the opposite side, the line receiving the number or the like for the color thread in the needle. The name of the project being worked on can also be placed on the card. Optionally, magnets can be fixed to the rear of the card to allow the needle holder to be mounted on a magnet board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Inventors: Lorraine E. Dalbo, Emil J. Dalbo
  • Patent number: 4637512
    Abstract: A combination toothpick dispenser/matchbook is disclosed in comprising a matchbook provided with a cover foldable against an opposite match-carrying portion of the matchbook, the cover having an inside surface, a toothpick dispenser attached to the inside surface, the dispenser including a pocket for receiving lower ends of toothpicks inserted therein, a retainer for holding the intermediate portions of the toothpicks flat against the inner cover surface, and a flap covering the upper ends of the toothpicks, both ends of the toothpick, that being cover for sanitary purposes and security while being readily accessible for individual removal. The combined matchbook/toothpick dispenser is disclosed in two different embodiments and a separate self-contained toothpick dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Inventor: Forrest D. Smith
  • Patent number: 4637513
    Abstract: A disposable surgical implement collector wherein a lamination of sponge plastic is provided at intervals with a series of spaced ribs, the ribs and adjacent portions of the lamination being depressed at intervals to form clearly marked channels dividing the ribs into a series of embossments which are numbered; each embossment adapted to receive a surgical needle or other small disposable surgical instrument; the sponge plastic lamination being bonded to a relatively rigid lamination provided with fold lines so that the complementary sections of the needle collector thus formed may enclosed the surgical instruments for disposal; the collector being provided with means for maintaining the collector in a folded condition.In one embodiment, each rib is folded upon itself in opposite lateral direction to confront adjacent portions of the laminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Instranetics, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Eldrige, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4596329
    Abstract: A surgical instrument container has a top and bottom whose opposing surfaces are bordered by sidewalls and articulately connected to form an enclosed box. A planar substrate having upper and lower surfaces adapted to receive surgical instruments is pivotally mounted between the top and bottom. When the box is open, the substrate can be pivoted between the top and bottom to provide easy access to both upper and lower substrate surfaces. The substrate is positioned within the sidewalls of the top and bottom surfaces to effect enclosure of the substrate when the box is closed and thereby prevent retained surgical instruments from protruding through or falling out of the box. The substrate may be a porous foam or magnetic material or combination of each. The box may be mechanically or magnetically latched. The box may be composed of transparent material to permit visual inspection of the retained instruments when the box is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Eldridge, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4591048
    Abstract: A disposable collector for surgical implements which utilizes a pair of sponge plastic pads movable between a coplanar position to receive surgical implements, such as semicircular-shaped surgical needles and a folded position with their peripheral or frame portions in mutual contact to form an enclosure having depressed areas defining rows and columns of implement receiving elements, bordered by areas of depressions.In one embodiment the implement receiving elements are completely surrounded by depressed portions; in another embodiment a pair of crescent-shaped depressed portions extend in opposite directions from the implement receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corp.
    Inventor: John D. Eldridge, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4573574
    Abstract: A multi-compartment container for storing and dispensing axial lead components in which the components are oriented at a right angle with respect to the open face of the container. The components are anchored in the compartments by imbedding the component leads in a layer of wax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventor: Colin A. Connery
  • Patent number: 4524891
    Abstract: This needle keeper is designed to receive and retain a multiple number of needles in safety. Primarily, it consists of a cardboard disc, which receives a portion of a felt disc within its openings, for the insertion of threaded needles, and a third disposable disc is included, which serves as a writing surface for identifying the colors of the threads of the respective needles retained by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Rosemary A. Silva
  • Patent number: 4454958
    Abstract: Cover for a vessel aperture manufactured in one piece notably through the casting of a plastic material, comprising in part a channeled frame adapted to be sealed or otherwise attached to the outer edges of a vessel aperture, a cover adapted to fit into the frame in closed position, the frame and cover being connected by a zone of liaison constituting a hinge and formed in a single piece interdependent with the frame and cover from the time they were cast with the cover piece in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Le Moulage Automatique
    Inventors: Jacques Juillet, Eugenio Olmi, Michel Stephan
  • Patent number: 4408691
    Abstract: A needle holder is disclosed which includes a base member having a centrally located U-shaped cut defining a tongue-shaped member and fold lines perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the package and extending from the U-shaped cut to the longitudinal edges. A fold line in the tongue-shaped member parallel to the aforementioned fold lines serves to divide the tongue-shaped member into distal and fixed portions. A retainer for the needles is attached to the distal portion of the tongue-shaped member and a cover member is secured to one end of the base member, with its opposite end free. The described structure allows the needle package to be opened by bending the package along the pair of fold lines whereby the distal end of the tongue-shaped member is raised and slides between the base member and the cover member to lift the needles carried thereon to a position where the needles will protrude beyond the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: Bankoku Needle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masamitsu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4386697
    Abstract: A relatively rigid needle pack comprising only a web of flexible material and a plurality of sewing machine needles arranged in groups of from about 3 to about 25 with their shank portions parallel and contiguous one another and the blade portion of each of the plurality of needles pierces the web to define a line of concatenated fenestrations. The web is wrapped tightly around the needle shank portions to secure the shank portions closely together forming a relatively rigid strip package containing about 3 to about 25 needles per strip. The web may be severed between groups of needles, forming separate packages or a plurality of groups of needles may be retained in a single uninterrupted web for multiple unit packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: Josef Zocher
  • Patent number: 4287987
    Abstract: A packaging element especially useful for surgical sutures is disclosed. The element is formed of a body of pierceable, nonsloughing material such as a closed-cell foam. The element has a recessed needle-receiving region disposed along at least one side edge, including enlarged protective portions disposed at each end of the recessed surface for protecting the suture. The element further includes a central portion configured to receive one or more wraps of ligature material. The package provides protection for the suture, offers versatility in allowing sutures to be positioned on the element in a variety of ways and offers ease of handling, both during the manufacturing process and in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Assignee: Sharpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Luther A. Hoffman, Friedrich W. Schmidt