With Gas Permeable Cover Patents (Class 206/439)
  • Patent number: 11498742
    Abstract: In some examples, a package includes a package body enclosing a medical supply. The package body defines a window. The package includes a breathable membrane adjacent the package body and extending across the window. The package includes a moisture oxygen scavenger adjacent the package body and extending across the breathable membrane. The package includes an adhesive layer configured to hold the moisture oxygen scavenger adjacent the breathable membrane. In some examples, a technique includes sterilizing a package precursor including the package body and the breathable membrane, and after the sterilizing, adhering the moisture oxygen scavenger to the package body to form the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: David Clarke, Joshua Hillas
  • Patent number: 11445900
    Abstract: The invention includes devices, arrangements and methods for treating an endoscope after use to prevent adhesion of bioburden on internal walls of a lumen of the endoscope. After treatment, the device is stored in the treated condition until cleaning. The device is configured to selectively deliver cleaning solution to the endoscope. The device can be a circulating embodiment having a pump. A filter can be provided to filter debris during circulation. The device can be a non-circulating embodiment having a hydrophobic filter for release of air. Fittings are provided on the device components to selectively attach the device to endoscopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: One Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M King, Shawn Flynn
  • Patent number: 11369463
    Abstract: An expandable and collapsible pouch for accommodating an orthodontic appliance while not is use. The pouch may be selectively and repeatedly coupled to a variety of objects. After selectively coupling the pouch to a desired object, the user opens the pouch by expanding at least one collapsible wall or side. The user then removes their orthodontic appliance, inserts it into the open pouch, and then closes the pouch by letting the pouch contract. When the orthodontic appliance is needed again, the user removes the appliance from the pouch and lets the pouch contract into its original position flush against the surface of the object. The pouch is coupled to the object via a magnet disposed within the pouch that is configured to interact with the surface of the object. The pouch also includes a second magnet which assists the pouch maintain a closed position while an appliance is inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Lemchen, Jennifer Salzer
  • Patent number: 11319131
    Abstract: The invention provides a sterilizable pouch having at least one wall formed of a flexible film and including an opening formed therein for providing communication to an interior space of the package. A breathable material is disposed on an outer surface of the wall covering the opening. The breathable material is joined to the outer surface of the wall with a continuous heat seal. The flexible film forming the wall comprises a multilayer film having a peel feature that permits the breathable material to be peelably removed from the surface of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine Isobel Diviesti, Jesse Blake, Adam Jan Dworak
  • Patent number: 11229129
    Abstract: A housing according to the embodiment includes a lower surface part, an upper surface part, and a side surface part. The lower surface part includes a contact surface contacting an adherend. The upper surface part is separated in a vertical direction from the lower surface part with a first space interposed. The side surface part is provided around the first space and is connected to the upper surface part and the lower surface part. The upper surface part and the side surface part include a first material. The lower surface part includes a second material that is softer than the first material. A portion that includes the second material is exposed for at least a portion of the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Izuru Komatsu, Satoru Asagiri
  • Patent number: 11220370
    Abstract: A food container includes a body having a first and second receptacle. A first food product is contained in the first receptacle. A second food product is contained in the second receptacle. A lid includes two portions coupable to the body, a first portion configured to enclose the first receptacle and a second portion configured to enclose the second receptacle. Each portion has a permeability, and the first portion has a permeability different than the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Sargento Foods Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Purkey
  • Patent number: 11207783
    Abstract: A system and method utilizing a robotic arm to prepare a food product such as a meat for cooking and then subsequently assembling a sandwich from the cooked meat is disclosed. In addition, the robotic arm may also be used to wrap the assembled sandwich in a wrapper. The system may utilize a wire basket with a basket adapter, or handle, to allow the robotic arm to easily maneuver the basket and also utilize a wrapping assist device to wrap a wrapper around the assembled sandwich.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Marmon Foodservice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mirkhaef, William James Fienup
  • Patent number: 11197733
    Abstract: A packaging system for an elongate tool to be coupled to a surgical device. A segmented packaging body comprises a first distal section, a second distal section, and a proximal section. The first and second distal sections provide a clamshell casing to the distal end of the tool, and the proximal section is pivotally coupled to the first distal section and configured to receive the proximal end of the tool. The packaging body may comprise a living hinge and perforations to facilitate mounting the tool on the surgical device without the user touching the tool, thereby minimizing risk of contamination and/or injury. The proximal section may be detached from the clamshell casing at the perforations after the tool is mounted on the surgical device. Secondary packaging may be provided to receive the packaging body. Methods for mounting the tool disposed within the packaging system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Moloney, Séamus Gilhooley, Douglas A. Staunton
  • Patent number: 11197813
    Abstract: Tattoo removal is disclosed. In an example, a method for removing tattoo ink from skin or resolving a medical condition related to tattoo ink, includes applying a primary solution of beta glucan to a treatment area having tattooed skin. The primary solution stimulates the skin in the treatment area to enhance removal of the tattoo ink from the skin. The example method also includes coating the treatment area with a secondary solution. The secondary solution may have an absorbent material to draw in loose ink. The example method also includes disrupting a skin barrier in the treatment area by a needle or ablative device to improve penetration of at least one of the primary solution and the secondary solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TatXtract LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Johnson, Tina Seitz
  • Patent number: 11147897
    Abstract: A sterilization process challenge device configured to test the efficacy of a sterilization process includes a tubular body for containing at least one sterilization indicator and a filter assembly including at least one filter member. The only flow path into the interior of the tubular body containing at least one sterilization indicator is provided through the filter assembly to control and restrict flow of a gaseous sterilization medium from an external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventor: Harry Bala
  • Patent number: 11104485
    Abstract: A method of manufacture and an adhesive patch vent is provided for application to a flexible packaging material. A fabric material has an adhesive applied to its surface. The adhesive being applied to outer portions of the fabric material where a central portion is adhesive free. The adhesive patch vent is applied to an interior of a flexible package material where the adhesive free portion aligns with a perforation in the flexible package material. The adhesive vent patch enables air to be expelled from a package but is resistant to damage to the exterior of the bag. In addition a food grade oil resistant adhesive is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: EPC Industries Limited
    Inventors: Emlyn Mulford, Alan P. Dewberry
  • Patent number: 11020539
    Abstract: A needle tip assembly for a pre-loaded syringe or a pen needle injection device, including a needle with a first puncturing end projecting from a front side of a needle support and a second puncturing end projecting from a rear side of the needle support. A body sized to receive therein the needle support and the needle. The body including a front portion, a rear portion, and an overall axial length that is greater than an axial length of the needle. Prior to the needle tip assembly being in an installed condition on the pre-loaded syringe or pen needle injection device, the front portion covers the first puncturing end and the rear portion covers the second puncturing end. Prior to removal from the pre-loaded syringe or pen needle injection device, the body is at least axially movable to a position where the front portion covers the first puncturing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: STAT MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 11013887
    Abstract: A medical device assembly is disclosed, including a medical device, preferably having a hydrophilic surface coating, and a package accommodating said medical device. The package if formed of two sheets of foil material, a first foil of which has been deep drawn into a trough shape, the package further including a resealable opening arranged within the bounds of the second foil. The medical device may e.g. be a urinary catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventor: Evelina Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 10856949
    Abstract: A filter cassette which is part of a filter system can be fastened to a sterile container lid. The sterile container lid serves to close a sterile container and to make a gas exchange possible between the container exterior and the container interior, without recontaminating the container material. In addition, the filter system fulfils a valve function. In order to center the filter cassette with respect to the sterile container lid, a first centering portion is provided on the filter cassette. The first centering portion interacts with a second centering portion on the sterile container wall section when the filter cassette is inserted into the sterile container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: AESCULAP AG
    Inventors: Serkan Bellikli, John Gray-Dreizler, Andreas Elisch, Josef-Benedikt Weiss
  • Patent number: 10836100
    Abstract: In sterile, additive manufacturing wherein one lamella is successively built upon an underlying lamella until an object is completed, a sterile manufacturing environment is provided. A major chamber large enough to accommodate the manufactured object has sterile accordion pleated sidewalls and a sterile top closed with flap valves. A minor chamber for supporting the nozzles positioned above the major chamber has similar valves in corresponding positions. Nozzles for material deposition penetrate the pair of valves to block air and particles from entry into the major chamber where the nozzles make layer by layer deposition of the object using XY areawise nozzle motion relative to the object as well as Z nozzle vertical motion with the major chamber expanding as the object is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Christopher Maier
  • Patent number: 10828122
    Abstract: A sterilization wrap system with features for protecting a sterilization wrap and/or a sterilization tray of the sterilization wrap system is provided. Such features include strap or belt protectors, edge protectors, corner protectors, and/or expandable protectors, which each may provide protection of one or more areas of the sterilization wrap and/or tray when positioned against an outer surface of the wrap and/or between an inner surface of the wrap and a container for holding implements to be sterilized. A size-selectable protection system also is provided. The size-selectable protection system provides a material having a plurality of perforations such that a length of the material may be selected and detached from the rest of the material. The selected length of material may be used with a sterilization wrap system to protect a sterilization wrap and/or sterilization tray from cuts, tears, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy Takken, Ajay Houde, Audra Wright, Khoa Lien, Joe Cesa, Anthony Stephen Spencer, Paige O'Shea
  • Patent number: 10792602
    Abstract: A sterilization container for retaining surgical instruments in a sterilizer comprising a plurality of walls defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray, least one of the walls defining a venting pass through area, and a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 1 square inch:125 cubic inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Brian E. McGrath, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10780245
    Abstract: A method of preparing a ready-to-use catheter by providing a catheter assembly that has a first compartment that includes a catheter therein. The catheter includes on at least a part of its surface an exterior coating designed to reduce the coefficient of friction after treatment with a liquid swelling medium, and a second compartment containing a liquid swelling medium. The method includes sterilising the catheter assembly, adding the liquid swelling medium to the first compartment for wetting/activating the exterior coating of the catheter, and storing the ready-to-use catheter. By using the method according to the invention, the sterilisation of the catheter is effectuated in a dry-state, ensuring that the known problems with wet-sterilisation are completely eliminated and the need for preparing complicated and expensive liquid swelling mediums are no longer required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX LIFE SCIENCES PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Lars Schønfeldt
  • Patent number: 10781038
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for containing medical waste with a bag and a machine for producing said bag. It relates to a reusable, hermetically sealed, metal container for medical waste, with a bag and locks or latches, which prevent the lid from being opened until the waste inside the same has been sterilized by the pressurized steam of an autoclave. It also relates to said plastic bag made up of two or more layers of different physical properties, configured into a single body. Said bag is housed inside the aforementioned hermetically sealed container. It also relates to a machine for producing these bags with a winder, folder and several sealers using heat resistance inserted into conveyer belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: STERIALE SOCIEDAD ANONIMA
    Inventor: Juan Manuel Belda Mora
  • Patent number: 10717581
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in one embodiment, relates to a packaging assembly for holding liquids, viscous material, or particulate material. The packaging assembly includes a carton having side and bottom walls and an open top. A self-supporting plastic liner fits inside of the carton and is for containing liquids, viscous material, or particulate material. The liner has a side wall, a closed bottom end, and an open top end having an outwardly-projecting rim. The rim has a radially-extending flange portion, and a dependent skirt portion. When the self-supporting plastic liner is inside of the carton, the dependent skirt portion of the rim hangs over the side walls of the carton. A lidding material is removeably affixed to the rim of the plastic liner. A carton lid closes off the open top of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CDF CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Sullivan, Jr., Joe Wanner, Robert Buchenan, Steve Gosling
  • Patent number: 10575984
    Abstract: A sleeve kit comprising a container sleeve and a sleeve cap which may be engaged with the container sleeve to form a sleeve assembly that envelopes a slush container, the sleeve kit including an attachment system to allow the sleeve cap to be engaged with the container sleeve to form the sleeve assembly and then become disengaged so that the slush container may be removed from the container sleeve. The attachment system may be a single-use attachment system to allow the sleeve cap to be engaged with the container sleeve to form the sleeve assembly. The container sleeve may have a set of at least one vent which allows air to move from an open top end of the container sleeve to a space between a bottom of an inserted slush container and a bottom of the container sleeve to facilitate removal of the slush container from the container sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: C° Change Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kammer, Kevin Joseph Rackers, Philip Morrison Allred, III
  • Patent number: 10485628
    Abstract: A delivery system package includes a tray, a delivery system, and a slip card between the tray and the delivery system. To remove the delivery system, a pull tab of the slip card is moved to raise the slip card including the delivery system from the tray. At the same time, this moves the slip card over a lid sealing flange of the tray, considered a non-sterile surface in accordance one embodiment. Accordingly, the slip card extends over the lid sealing flange preventing contact between the delivery system and the lid sealing flange. In addition, the slip card effectively forms a ramp for sterile removal of the delivery system from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: John Gallagher, David Clarke, Raymond Ryan, Jeffrey Barnell
  • Patent number: 10442674
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a valve assembly for preventing dead leg spaces in a container or tubing, the embodiments including a three-way valve system for controlling back-pressure in a fluid generating device, such as a single-use high pressure bioreactor. Also disclosed is a pressurized reactor system for bioprocessing, comprising a single-use container including a flexible wall or a semi-rigid wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Colin R. Tuohey, Thomas Erdenberger, Richard L. Damren, Kenneth Clapp, Parrish M. Galliher, Jonathan Kenney
  • Patent number: 10433944
    Abstract: The package (1) for a surgical mesh (100) comprises: a receiving member (2) configured and dimensioned to receive at least one surgical mesh (100), and a covering member (3) configured and dimensioned to cover the said at least one surgical mesh (100) maintaining with the receiving member (2) the surgical mesh (100) in a substantially flat position, and a gas channelling network interposed between the said receiving member (2) and the said covering member (3) configured to channel a sterilization gas within the at least one surgical mesh (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Rebecca Ferrand, Thomas Vial, Barbara Grepinet
  • Patent number: 10391435
    Abstract: A sterilization container for retaining surgical instruments in a sterilizer comprising a plurality of walls defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray, least one of the walls defining a venting pass through area, and a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 1 square inch:125 cubic inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Brian E. McGrath, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10384033
    Abstract: A medical device assembly is disclosed, including a medical device, preferably having a hydrophilic surface coating, and a package accommodating said medical device. The package if formed of two sheets of foil material, a first foil of which has been deep drawn into a trough shape, the package further comprising a resealable opening arranged within the bounds of the second foil. The medical device may e.g. be a urinary catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventor: Evelina Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 10159555
    Abstract: A packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member. The packaging member includes a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member, and a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section. The knob is configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Pierre Bailly, Thomas Vial
  • Patent number: 10155091
    Abstract: A needle tip assembly for a pre-loaded syringe or a pen needle injection device, wherein the needle tip assembly comprises a needle mounted to a needle support. A body is sized and configured to receive therein the needle support and the needle. The body comprises a front portion, a rear portion, and an overall axial length that is greater than an axial length of the needle. Prior to the needle tip assembly being in an installed condition on the pre-loaded syringe or the pen needle injection device, each of the front portion covers a first puncturing end of the needle and the rear portion covers a second puncturing end of the needle. Prior to removal from the pre-loaded syringe or the pen needle injection device, the body is at least axially movably relative to the needle support to a position the front portion covers the first puncturing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: STAT MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 10149709
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 10086131
    Abstract: A medical instrument housing container includes a container body including a substantially rectangular base, a peripheral wall having a lower end that is contiguous to a perimeter of the base and that extends upward, and a peripheral edge member that comprises a plurality of peripheral edges, that is contiguous to an upper end of the peripheral wall, and that extends outwardly, wherein the substantially rectangular base, the peripheral wall, and the peripheral edge member are molded from resin, and the container body has an opening surrounded by the peripheral edge member; a plurality of medical instruments held in the container body; and a protection film that is adhered or heat-sealed to the peripheral edge member for covering and sealing the opening. At least a portion of the peripheral edge member is curved inwardly. The protection film covers the opening in a flexed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Okihara
  • Patent number: 10000009
    Abstract: In sterile, additive manufacturing wherein one lamella is successively built upon an underlying lamella until an object is completed, a sterile manufacturing environment is provided. A major chamber large enough to accommodate the manufactured object has sterile accordion pleated sidewalls and a sterile top closed with flap valves. A minor chamber for supporting the nozzles positioned above the major chamber has similar valves in corresponding positions. Nozzles for material deposition penetrate the pair of valves to block air and particles from entry into the major chamber where the nozzles make layer by layer deposition of the object using XY areawise nozzle motion relative to the object as well as Z nozzle vertical motion with the major chamber expanding as the object is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Nathan Christopher Maier
  • Patent number: 9883916
    Abstract: A surgical sponge counter includes a unitary molded plastic sponge tray defining a plurality of wells each sized to hold a lap sponge. Each well has a ledge defining a recess below the sponge for collecting fluid once the sponge is replaced in the tray. A needle counting receptacle tray may be nested within the sponge tray above the sponges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Variamed LLC
    Inventor: David Sellers
  • Patent number: 9867645
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9862514
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing cut edges of a blank member, so called “package sleeve”, made from packaging material, in particular paper/plastics composite material, the cut edges of which are open from above and/or below, by applying a processing medium. In order to develop a simple and cost-effective method, in which the risk of contamination of the packaging and the aseptic region of a filling installation when the package sleeves are filled and closed is reduced, the processing medium contains at least one sterilizing medium and the sterilizing medium remains after being applied to the cut edges and is introduced into the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Floerke, Hanno Geissler, Hans-Willi Mainz
  • Patent number: 9861414
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9845184
    Abstract: A woven laminated plastic bag having an easy open feature is provided. The easy open feature is generally defined by a weakened portion in the bag. In various aspects the bag can be fabricated from woven polypropylene and/or polyethylene layer which can be laminated with a film layer, can form a pinch bottom bag, and can have one or both sides include graphics and/or printing. The bag can also provide a top end and/or a bottom end either or both of which provide a discrete area which may contain discrete graphics and/or printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Polytex Fibers Corporation
    Inventor: Jacobo Bazbaz
  • Patent number: 9815585
    Abstract: A plurality of integrally arranged panels include a first panel and a second panel with a fold line therebetween. A compression reinforcement feature has a planar edge oriented orthogonal to a first planar surface of the first panel and perpendicular to a z-axis that defines a stacking load direction, the planar edge being disposed at a distance away from the fold line of half a thickness of the first panel, the first panel having a void between the fold line and the planar edge. The compression reinforcement feature is formed by at least four cut lines that define at least a portion of a closed perimeter of a cutout. One of the cut lines defines a location of the planar edge of the compression reinforcement feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED LLC
    Inventors: Wayne P. Gasior, Ernest B. Widner, Yavuz Aksan
  • Patent number: 9815608
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-compartment pouch with a breakable or openable inner compartment used for mixing of two or more ingredients contained within the compartments without opening the pouch to the atmosphere. In one form, a two-compartment pouch includes a top compartment and a bottom compartment and an inner gusset separating the top compartment from the bottom compartment. The inner gusset includes an openable region and a fold line, and means for grasping and pulling apart the front and rear panels of the pouch to cause the openable region to open to allow for the combining of contents of the top compartment with contents of the bottom compartment without opening the pouch. Also provided are methods for making the multi-compartment pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AMPAC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Pellingra, Allyson Smith, Martin Kropf
  • Patent number: 9751649
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for packaging a flexible hydrophilic intraocular lens (1) placed flat on an injection support (4) which is adapted to carry out folding of the lens (1) during its implantation. The lens is immersed in a bath of liquid conserving solution contained in a sealed flask (30) which is itself enclosed in a packaging envelope (48), the assembly being steam-sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ALTACOR LIMITED
    Inventors: Christian Mauran, Mathieu Guillaume
  • Patent number: 9724439
    Abstract: A sterilization cabinet for use in an autoclave. The sterilization cabinet includes one or more filtered vents permitting sterilization agent to enter and exit the interior space of the cabinet during a sterilization cycle. Each vent is occluded by a cover plate. The cover plate contains a latch configured to accept a rod extending from the center of the vent and engage a notch disposed thereon. The floor of the cabinet is shaped to direct the liquid contained within the cabinet to flow into the drain port disposed within the floor. The drain assembly is used to expel the liquid from the cabinet while preventing microbes and contaminants from entering the cabinet. The hinges connecting the door to the cabinet can be used to adjust an angle of inclination, a horizontal position, and a vertical position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PMBS, LLC
    Inventors: Alexis Douglas Webb, Jesus Manuel Pazos, Randel Scott Kristich
  • Patent number: 9718253
    Abstract: A method of using a sterilization wrap system including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the exterior panel being substantially opaque or having a first level of translucence, and an interior panel including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the interior panel having a level of translucence that is higher than the translucence of the exterior panel, the panels being joined together over at least a portion of their surfaces. Also disclosed is inspection of the sterilization wrap system for exterior panel breaches by looking for light passing through a panel facing the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Farmer, Kelly L. Holt, Ronald K. Anderson, Melissa R. Gaynor, Corinna Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9616368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sterilization are presented. An exemplary embodiment includes a sterilizing cabinet assembly. The sterilizing cabinet includes a cabinet having an access port, a door connected to the cabinet, the door moveable between an open position permitting passage through the access port to an interior of the cabinet and a closed position precluding passage through the access port. The sterilizing cabinet assembly also includes at least one of the cabinet and the door having a vent port. The sterilizing cabinet has a primary filter overlying the vent port and forming a sealed interface with an adjacent portion of the one of the cabinet and the door and a secondary filter overlying at least a portion of the primary filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 9610126
    Abstract: Instrument containers for use in sterilizing, storing, transporting, and/or presenting medical instruments, such as dental and surgical instruments, are disclosed. The instrument containers may include, an instrument tray; a cover; and a plurality of openings formed in the instrument tray and cover. The instrument containers may be flexible containers, wherein the cover can be snap-fitted onto the instrument tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Practicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Griffin
  • Patent number: 9545280
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9480516
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9457953
    Abstract: Described are gas-permeable bags for storing respiring materials. The bags can be formed using a single sheet of a sturdy, transparent, gas-impermeable material to facilitate the viewing of bag contents. The bags can also include two or more gas-permeable walls with respective and different gas-transmission rates that are selected so that the overall gas-transmission rates for the bags are tailored for their contents. The types of films and laminates used for the gas-permeable walls exhibit gas-transmission rates for oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water that are favorable for different types of respiring materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: United Source Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Edward Davies
  • Patent number: 9439992
    Abstract: A sterilization cabinet for use in an autoclave. The sterilization cabinet includes one or more filtered vents permitting sterilization agent to enter and exit the interior space of the cabinet during a sterilization cycle. Each vent is occluded by a cover plate. The cover plate contains a latch configured to accept a rod extending from the center of the vent and engage a notch disposed thereon. The floor of the cabinet is shaped to direct the liquid contained within the cabinet to flow into the drain port disposed within the floor. The drain assembly is used to expel the liquid from the cabinet while preventing microbes and contaminants from entering the cabinet. The hinges connecting the door to the cabinet can be used to adjust an angle of inclination, a horizontal position, and a vertical position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Promedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Douglas Webb, Jesus Manuel Pazos, Randel Scott Kristich
  • Patent number: 9193514
    Abstract: A package providing a storage space with features capable of affecting atmospheric conditions therein, comprising a body having a first and at least one second storage space adjacent thereto, wherein the first storage space is defined by sidewalls, and the at least one second storage space is defined by sidewalls including at least a portion thereof which further defines the first storage space, the second storage space providing a reservoir for containing an antimicrobial agent therein, wherein the antimicrobial agent includes a precursor to chlorine dioxide gas and the portion of the sidewall which further defines the first storage space is configured to allow for the delivery of the chlorine dioxide gas from the second storage space into the first storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Maria Rubino, Siriyupa Netramai, Rafael Auras, Bassam A. Annous
  • Patent number: 9101305
    Abstract: A glucose sensor product is manufactured by a process that maintains the sterility of the glucose sensor while allowing gaseous manufacturing by-products to be vented from the inside of the glucose sensor package. The method begins by placing a glucose sensor assembly into a plastic package tray having a sealing surface surrounding an opening. The method continues by covering the opening with a microbial barrier material such that the microbial barrier material overlies the sealing surface, forming a seal between the sealing surface and the microbial barrier material, resulting in a sealed package tray containing the glucose sensor assembly, and sterilizing the glucose sensor assembly inside the sealed package tray. The microbial barrier material maintains sterility of the glucose sensor assembly while allowing volatile by-products outgassed from the glucose sensor assembly and the plastic package tray to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Allan Larson, Rajiv Shah
  • Patent number: 9033152
    Abstract: A sterilizable pouch for surgical instruments includes a sterilant permeable sheet with a first sealing strip and a sterilant impermeable sheet with a second sealing strip. The sealing strips are sealed together to define the pouch. At least one sealable open portion is for sealing the pouch after surgical instruments are located inside the pouch. An indicator material for indicating sterile processing conditions inside the pouch is located on an inner surface of the sterilant impermeable sheet inside the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AR MEDICOM INC.
    Inventor: Jason Randall Ludvig