Source And Object Encasement (e.g., Sterilizers) Patents (Class 250/455.11)
  • Patent number: 10463877
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing phototherapy to infants use a LED-based phototherapy panel designed to fit in an X-ray cassette tray of an incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Pritam Bhosale, Anil Shivram Raiker, Shrutin Ulman
  • Patent number: 10434202
    Abstract: A lighting device configured to deactivate pathogens in an environment. The lighting device includes a housing, means for mounting the housing to a surface in the environment, one or more first light-emitting elements arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a first range of wavelengths, and one or more second light-emitting elements arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a second range of wavelengths different from the first range of wavelengths. The disinfecting light produced by the first light-emitting elements and the disinfecting light produced by the second light-emitting elements mix to form a combined light, the combined light being visible light other than white light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KENALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: James W. Hawkins, Nathan D. Heiking, Patrick J. Marry
  • Patent number: 10413624
    Abstract: A portable light fastening assembly for use with the human interface of an electronic device includes a lamp housing and an adjustable attachment device extending from the lamp housing. An ultra-violet (UV) light source is at least partially enclosed in the lamp housing such that the adjustable attachment device includes an engagement member and a receptacle housing such that the engagement member can be removably fastened within the receptacle housing for holding the lamp housing in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore John Cole, Donald Paul McConnell
  • Patent number: 10405631
    Abstract: Provided is a light illumination system that, when a short-wavelength light curable resin is applied onto a body to be decorated such as an artificial nail or a nail of a fingertip, easily identifies a coating condition and a color of the short-wavelength light curable resin. This light emission system includes a short-wavelength light emission member and a pseudo natural light emission member, wherein the short-wavelength light emission member has a short-wavelength light emitting source in a casing, the casing has inside an opening that allows insertion of the nail therethrough, the short-wavelength light emitting source irradiates a short-wavelength light curable resin with short-wavelength light having a wavelength less than 410 nm to cure the resin, the pseudo natural light emission member has a planar light source, and the planar light source is located outside the casing and is capable of emitting diffusion light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeru Ayukawa, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Kuniharu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10408537
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an UV LED curing apparatus, and more particularly, to an UV LED curing apparatus with improved housing and switch controller. The light reflective inner casing is preferably provided as an effective UV light reflector and as a supporting substrate of the UV LED light source while being capable of transmitting heat from the UV LED light source away for further heat dissipation to the ambient by the outer casing. The outer casing is detachably attached to the inner casing and allows a greater user interaction for decorative and entertainment purposes while also being a protective and heat dissipation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Nail Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Danny Lee Haile, Kuo-Chang Cheng, Yu-Jen Li, Ya-Wen Wu, Pei-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 10383965
    Abstract: A caster wheel assembly includes a swivel frame and a caster wheel rotatably coupled to the swivel frame via an axle. The swivel frame can include a rotatable shaft enabling rotation of the wheel and at least one light emitting diode (LED) disposed on a surface of the swivel frame to at least partially illuminate ambient surroundings. The LED may be an ultraviolet (UV) LED disposed on the surface of the swivel frame to interface a portion of the caster wheel thereby enabling UV light emitting from the LED to sterilize pathogens colonizing the caster wheel. The LED may be disposed on an external surface of the swivel frame to at least partially illuminate ambient surroundings. Upon an adjustable predetermined time or distance of motion, the wheel may be braked for ultraviolet light to sterilize pathogens colonizing the caster wheel and released following an adjustable predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Harbor Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Rachel Dombrowsky
  • Patent number: 10383964
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. Items located within the area and/or one or more conditions of the area are monitored over a period of time. Based on the monitoring, ultraviolet radiation sources are controlled by adjusting a direction, an intensity, a pattern, and/or a spectral power of the ultraviolet radiation generated by the ultraviolet radiation source. Adjustments to the ultraviolet radiation source(s) can correspond to one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, and an ethylene decomposition operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Maxim S. Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska, Michael Shur
  • Patent number: 10363325
    Abstract: A lighting system configured to provide light and disinfect air in an environment. The lighting system includes an HVAC unit configured to provide air to the environment, and a lighting device configured to deactivate microorganisms in the air. The lighting device includes a housing, means for mounting the housing to a surface in the environment, one or more first light-emitting elements arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a first range of wavelengths, and one or more second light-emitting elements arranged in the housing and configured to each produce disinfecting light having a wavelength in a second range of wavelengths different from the first range of wavelengths. The disinfecting light produced by the first light-emitting elements and the disinfecting light produced by the second light-emitting elements mix to form a combined light, the combined light being visible light other than white light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KENALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: James W. Hawkins, Nathan D. Heiking, Patrick J. Marry
  • Patent number: 10337112
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a photocatalyst electrode for water decomposition that exhibits excellent detachability between the substrate and the photocatalyst layer and exhibits high photocurrent density. The method for producing a photocatalyst electrode for water decomposition of the invention includes: a metal layer forming step of forming a metal layer on one surface of a first substrate by a vapor phase film-forming method or a liquid phase film-forming method; a photocatalyst layer forming step of forming a photocatalyst layer by subjecting the metal layer to at least one treatment selected from an oxidation treatment, a nitriding treatment, a sulfurization treatment, or a selenization treatment; a current collecting layer forming step of forming a current collecting layer on a surface of the photocatalyst layer, the surface being on the opposite side of the first substrate; and a detachment step of detaching the first substrate from the photocatalyst layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: FUJIFILM Corporation, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, JAPAN TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHETIC CHEMICAL PROCESS
    Inventors: Kazunari Domen, Takashi Hisatomi, Tsutomu Minegishi, Chizhong Wang, Chisato Katayama
  • Patent number: 10335506
    Abstract: Apparatuses are disclosed having an ultraviolet lamp and a reflector system arranged to project light emitted from the lamp to a region 2-4 feet from a floor of a room in which the apparatus is arranged. The apparatuses include a mobile carriage with wheels and one or more compartments underneath the lamp that hold operational components for the apparatus. The apparatuses are configured such that the lamp is not moveable beyond vertical planes aligned with a casing of the carriage. In some cases, a lowermost surface of the lamp is arranged at an elevation substantially level with or above an upper surface of the casing that is at least 36 inches above the floor of the room. In addition or alternatively, the carriage may include a handle exterior to its casing having an uppermost surface arranged at substantially the same level or lower than a lowermost surface of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, James B. Wolford, Alexander N. Garfield, Martin Rathgeber, Eric M. Frydendall
  • Patent number: 10328166
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a disinfecting/cleaning box for disinfecting and cleaning a virtual reality (VR) visor. The disinfecting/cleaning box may include a box body having an inner volume sufficient to accommodate the visor; a lid attached to the box body; a plurality of vents extending through walls of the box body; an air jet nozzle extending from at least one of the walls towards an interior of the box body; a pressurized air tube attached to the air jet nozzle, the pressurized air tube configured to provide pressurized air to be dispersed through the air jet nozzle toward the interior of the box body; and at least one ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diode (LED) attached to an inner surface of the wall, the UV LED configured to emit UV light toward the interior of the box body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: David Allen Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10279063
    Abstract: The present application belongs to the technical field of household commodity and provides a sterilization box applicable to sterilize cosmetic tools, which comprises a base assembly, a housing assembly connected to the base assembly and cooperating with the base assembly to form a first cavity, and a supporting assembly connected in the first cavity and being able to connect with a plurality of cosmetic tools. The base assembly is provided therein with a second cavity. The sterilization box further comprises a circulation assembly configured to drive air circulations in the first cavity and in the second cavity and a sterilization assembly configured to sterilize the cosmetic tools. The circulation assembly includes a first ventilation assembly cooperating with the second cavity and a second ventilation assembly cooperating with the first cavity. A heating assembly cooperating with the first ventilation assembly is connected in the second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: IPM KOREA Co,. Ltd
    Inventor: Shunqi Liu
  • Patent number: 10279061
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to a sanitizing platform. In one implementation, a system includes a base. The system also includes a first sanitizer mechanism coupled to the base, where the first sanitizer mechanism is configured to sanitize at least one hand of a user. The system also includes a second sanitizer mechanism coupled to the base, where the second sanitizer mechanism is configured to sanitize a door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Steven N. Wyman, Robert T. Wyman, Joseph L. Acayan
  • Patent number: 10231526
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for hardening nail varnish by ultraviolet radiation. The device comprises: a bearing surface (26) intended to support the hands or the feet of the user, radiation sources (38) able to emit a radiation to harden nail varnish in the form of a light beam to illuminate the nails of the user. The beams define on the bearing surface (26) at least six illuminated portions (42) separated from each other by a non-illuminated portion, with the number of illuminated portions (42) being less than nine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Nicolas Duru, Philippe Bonningue
  • Patent number: 10232068
    Abstract: There is herein described a plasma treatment system and a method for sterilizing. More particularly, there is described a plasma treatment system for rigid containers and a method of using the plasma treatment system for sterilizing the rigid containers. In some aspects, the plasma treatment system includes a sterilizing apparatus having a receptacle with a flexible passageway or indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Anacail Limited
    Inventors: Hugh Potts, Declan Diver
  • Patent number: 10226541
    Abstract: A sterilization system consisting of a mobile emitter, a sensing subsystem and a data logging subsystem is described. The emitter has one or more UV emitting lamps or devices. The sensing system comprises at least one remote UV sensor and at least one door sensor. The door sensor comprises a safety shut off door detector and may contain an emergency stop detector and arming detector to protect people from being exposed to UV energy. The system has a remote control for starting, stopping and setting system parameters which include but are not limited to: treatment time, dosage, room size, room number, unit number, floor, facility name, operator name, operator identification number, password, default dosage values, dosage, and patient identification number. The number of treatments per unit of time can be maximized because of the use of incident light measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel Richard Trapani
  • Patent number: 10195299
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for sterilization. In one example, a device may include a body with a flexible tether and a receiving aperture having a central axis, the body forming an internal cavity, the cavity housing at least one circular battery with a central axis perpendicular to the central axis of the aperture; and a UV source positioned at an end of the receiving aperture. Various other additional features and alternative configurations are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Group, LLP
    Inventors: Michael Baker, John D. Russell, Shelby Suckow, Christian Terry Proch McMechan, Mark Sasha Drlik, Paul Charlebois
  • Patent number: 10186884
    Abstract: A charging apparatus for a mobile device includes a charging apparatus case having a slot into which a mobile device is inserted and mounted, wherein the front and rear surfaces of the mobile device are exposed in the slot; and a UV light source configured to irradiate UV light onto the front and rear surfaces of the mobile device, which are exposed in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Rack Kim, Seong-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10159761
    Abstract: Sanitizing surfaces in a location related to aircraft. There are multiple rows of seats. A sanitization device includes a mobile body configured to travel along the aisle of the aircraft. An arm extends from the sanitization device laterally from the mobile body across the seats, and a source of UV radiation mounted on the sanitization device is directed across the seats exposing surfaces in the passenger area to UV radiation. There can be a unit hand operated, pushed down the aisle by hand, wings deployed and stowed by hand. There can be a plug in version with long extension cords that a human can keep from tangling. The operator can be protected with skin and eye protective gear and there can be remote control by an operator standing nearby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Arthur Kreitenberg
  • Patent number: 10098718
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dental scanner holding apparatus and a dental scanner system including the same. The apparatus may include a holding unit configured to have a dental scanner held therein, a holding detection unit configured to detect whether the dental scanner has been held in the holding unit, a humidity detection unit configured to detect humidity within the holding unit, a control unit configured to generate a sterilization signal based on a result of the detection of the holding detection unit regarding whether the dental scanner has been held in the holding unit and to generate a dehumidification signal based on the humidity detected by the humidity detection unit, an ultraviolet sterilization unit configured to radiate ultraviolet rays into the holding unit in response to the sterilization signal, and a ventilation unit configured to send air into the holding unit in response to the dehumidification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: VATECH Co., Ltd., VATECH EWOO Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeong Kyun Kim, An O Moon
  • Patent number: 10092669
    Abstract: A sterilization system is configured to emit energy, such as UV radiation, for sterilizing a surface, such as a door handle, faucet handle, elevator button, or other target surfaces known in the art. The sterilization system is configured to operate automatically in response to detection of a user's hand interfacing with the handle. After a user releases a handle, the sterilization system is actuated to sanitize the handle for subsequent users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10058626
    Abstract: A sterilization system comprises a reaction container configured to receive a sterilization object and sterilize the object; means for supplying peracetic acid as an sterilization agent into the reaction container, the peracid agent including at least peracetic acid; means for reducing a pressure in the reaction container; means for ventilating the reaction container; and means for generating plasma at a first predetermined portion for receiving the sterilization object in the reaction container and a second predetermined portion of a fluid passage from a neighborhood of the first predetermined portion to an exterior of the container. The pressure reducing means and the plasma generating means are controlled so that the plasma is maintained at the predetermined portions in a process during which the pressure in the reaction container is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SARAYA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomomasa Itarashiki, Norio Onitsuka
  • Patent number: 10058169
    Abstract: A device for sanitizing and disinfecting hair styling tools such as hair brushes via ultraviolet radiation is described. The device is preferably equipped with a chamber disposed in a body equipped with a housing and a base. At least one UV bulb is disposed within the base, and is configured to cast UV light to a tool disposed within the chamber. Reflectors orient the emitted UV light such that the maximal surface area of the brush head is sanitized via the at least one UV bulb. The device is conventionally powered, and is configured to preferable deactivate automatically at the end of the sanitizing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Hillel Ulysses Gorelick
  • Patent number: 10004822
    Abstract: Apparatuses having an ultraviolet light lamp are disclosed, where ultraviolet light is projected exterior to the apparatus and, in some embodiments, to a region 2-4 feet from a floor of a room in which the apparatus is arranged. In some cases, an apparatus includes a mobile carriage supporting the lamp and the apparatus is configured such that the lamp is not moveable beyond vertical planes aligned with a casing of the mobile carriage. Additional or alternative embodiments of apparatuses include a housing transparent to ultraviolet light surrounding the lamp and an exhaust duct extending from a gas outlet of the housing into a support structure that has an outlet disposed along its lower half portion or its bottom surface. Other embodiments of apparatuses include a pulsed ultraviolet light lamp and a sensor system to monitor and determine when to replace the pulsed lamp based on pulse count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: XENEX DISINFECTION SERVICES, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, James B. Wolford, Alexander N. Garfield, Martin Rathgeber, Eric M. Frydendall
  • Patent number: 9981053
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sterilizing a room are disclosed, including using a laser to generate a pulsed laser beam; using a robotic arm to direct the pulsed laser beam to a scattering optical element and to change the position of the scattering optical element; and using the scattering optical element to substantially isotropically scatter the radiation of the pulsed laser beam to sterilize the room. The scattering optical element comprises a hollow fused silica bulb filled with solid fused silica spheres or a fiber optic bundle and in some embodiments the scattering optical element is rotated. The pulsed laser beam comprises a wavelength ranging between about 200 nm to about 320 nm and in some embodiments comprises nanosecond or picosecond light pulses. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: John Taboada, John Martin Taboada
  • Patent number: 9974873
    Abstract: A germicidal system for use in disinfecting a human interface device includes at least one human interface device. One or more ultra-violet (UV) light sources are used in proximity to the at least one human interface device for disinfecting a touch surface of the human interface device below a surgical grade sterilization. A memory for storing usage data of the at least one UV light source. At least one server is used for providing a central storage location for usage data supplied from the memory and a computer is used in communication with the at least one server for controlling the operational parameters of the at least one UV light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore John Cole
  • Patent number: 9974874
    Abstract: A multi-functional cutlery sterilizer, having a heating panel and a heating tube, operable via a press button panel of a main control device, so that the sterilization chamber can reach a high temperature to achieve sterilization. Also, a UV sterilization device is provided; by placing cutlery in the sterilization chamber and operating the UV sterilization device via the press button panel, UV light will illuminate and achieve UV sterilization. The cutlery sterilizer is additionally provided with UV sterilization, thereby providing an additional means for sterilization and thus equipping itself with more powerful functions. The sterilizer can sterilize cutlery made of different materials and therefore has a wider applicability. Further, cutlery not suitable for high temperature sterilization can be sterilized by UV sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Anvid Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Weiyuan Huang
  • Patent number: 9961927
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for sterilizing microorganisms on a liquid or solid substrate. The device includes a light source for producing a light and an optical device positioned proximate the light source. The optical device is configured to focus the light generated by the light source to provide a high intensity light output. The optical device also includes a dichroic reflector. The dichroic reflector is configured to pass thermal energy generated by the light source and reflect the light produced by the light source. The device also includes a power supply, where the power supply is coupled to the light source and the optical device. The device thereby killing microbial organisms presented within the range of the high intensity light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hyper Light Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9950085
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a bar gun includes a support surface configured to interface with a bar gun to support the bar gun when stowed in the holster, a housing coupled with the support surface and surrounding a dispensing nozzle of the bar gun when the bar gun is stowed in the holster, and an ultraviolet light source configured to emit germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 9907871
    Abstract: Various devices for sterilizing a surface are disclosed. For example, a first device includes an ultraviolet light emitting unit, a processor and a computer-readable medium. The computer-readable medium stores instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations include detecting a proximity of a surface to the ultraviolet light emitting unit and activating the ultraviolet light emitting unit to sterilize the surface in response to the detecting. Another device includes an ultraviolet light emitting unit, a processor and a computer-readable medium. The computer-readable medium stores instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9907873
    Abstract: A system for neutralizing a biological organism is provided. The system includes a first element is made from paraformaldehyde. A second element is configured to generate heat and decompose the paraformaldehyde into formaldehyde gas. In one embodiment, the second element is configured to have an exothermic and self-sustaining alloying reaction in response to being thermally energized by an initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ENSIGN-BICKFORD AEROSPACE & DEFENSE COMPANY
    Inventor: Richard M. Kellett
  • Patent number: 9901652
    Abstract: A portable light fastening assembly for use with the human interface of an electronic device includes a lamp housing and an adjustable attachment device extending from the lamp housing. An ultra-violet (UV) light source is at least partially enclosed in the lamp housing such that the adjustable attachment device includes an engagement member and a receptacle housing such that the engagement member can be removably fastened within the receptacle housing for holding the lamp housing in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore John Cole, Donald Paul McConnell
  • Patent number: 9872933
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a disinfecting radiation base for working in conjunction with a storage case for an ophthalmic lens. The disinfecting radiation base provides disinfecting radiation for disinfecting an ophthalmic lens. The disinfecting radiation base may also include a processor and digital memory for automated functions associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Edward R. Kernick, William Chester Neeley, Dwight Abouhalkah, Leslie A. Voss, Karson S. Putt, James Daniel Riall
  • Patent number: 9855351
    Abstract: A sterilization apparatus for a portable electronic device may include: a case having an opening receiving a portable electronic device; an ultraviolet (UV) irradiation unit arranged in the case, and configured to sterilize the portable electronic device by irradiating UV light onto the portable electronic device; a door connected to the case for opening and closing the opening of the case; and a display unit connected to the portable electronic device, and configured to display an image outputted from the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Rack Kim
  • Patent number: 9810479
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an UV LED curing apparatus, and more particularly, to an UV LED curing apparatus with improved housing and switch controller. The light reflective inner casing is preferably provided as an effective UV light reflector and as a supporting substrate of the UV LED light source while being capable of transmitting heat from the UV LED light source away for further heat dissipation to the ambient by the outer casing. The outer casing is detachably attached to the inner casing and allows a greater user interaction for decorative and entertainment purposes while also being a protective and heat dissipation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nail Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Danny Lee Haile, Kuo-Chang Cheng, Yu-Jen Li, Ya-Wen Wu, Pei-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 9808546
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sterilizing a room are disclosed, including using a laser positioned within a housing to generate a pulsed laser beam; and intercepting the pulsed laser beam with a scattering optical element to substantially isotropically scatter the radiation of the pulsed laser beam outside the housing to sterilize the room. The scattering optical element comprises a hollow fused silica bulb filled with solid fused silica spheres or a fiber optic bundle and in some embodiments the scattering optical element is rotated. The pulsed laser beam comprises a wavelength ranging between about 200 nm to about 320 nm and in some embodiments comprises nanosecond or picosecond light pulses. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: John Taboada, John Martin Taboada
  • Patent number: 9801966
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for sterilizing microorganisms on a liquid or solid substrate. The device includes a light source for producing a light and an optical device positioned proximate the light source. The optical device is configured to focus the light generated by the light source to provide a high intensity light output. The optical device also includes a dichroic reflector. The dichroic reflector is configured to pass thermal energy generated by the light source and reflect the light produced by the light source. The device also includes a power supply, where the power supply is coupled to the light source and the optical device. The device thereby killing microbial organisms presented within the range of the high intensity light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hyper Light Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9764049
    Abstract: A method of irradiating a work piece may include forming a cutout recessed from a surface of a light guide, positioning the work piece inside the cutout, irradiating a light input surface of the light guide with UV light, and guiding the UV light from within the light guide through recessed surfaces of the cutout to irradiate the work piece. In this way more uniform irradiation of all curable surfaces of a work piece may be achieved, the energy and time consumed during irradiation of the work piece may be reduced thereby lowering operating costs, and the radiation delivery system may be made more compactly, thereby making it more convenient and practical for daily applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth Eliason, Doug Childers, Ed Kiyoi
  • Patent number: 9737625
    Abstract: A sanitizing device used to sanitize a bulb syringe. The device preferably includes a base, a bulb receiver, and a sanitization system. The sanitization system produces a sanitizing gas that is propelled into and possibly around a bulb syringe in order to sanitize the surfaces of the syringe. The sanitization system preferably includes an ionization module, a fan, electrodes, and a power supply. Preferably, the sanitization system is housed in a conical housing which includes a central nozzle and an array of openings centered around the nozzle exit. The sanitization device preferably includes an automatic switch that is activated by the presence of a bulb syringe or upon placing a cover over the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Sara Patterson, Jr., James Patterson
  • Patent number: 9726435
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for using light emitting diodes for curing in various applications. The method includes a novel method for cooling the light emitting diodes and mounting the same on heat pipe in a manner which delivers ultra high power in UV, visible and IR regions. Furthermore, the unique LED packaging technology of the present invention that utilizes heat pipes performs far more efficiently in much more compact space. This allows much more closely spaced LEDs operating at higher power and brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Dahm
  • Patent number: 9717809
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for sanitizing devices with complex shapes. The system is comprised essentially of a mechanism for emitting sanitizing electromagnetic radiation within an enclosed compartment. The apparatus may be light-tight such that the radiation is contained within the apparatus. It may be configured to emit a plurality of sanitizing wavelengths. The apparatus may also be sound-tight, limiting or preventing the transmission of acoustic sounds made by the devices being sanitized. The apparatus may include a series of reflective and refractive apparatuses to alter the reflection path of the emitted electromagnetic radiation, allowing the apparatus to be used for devices with complex shapes. The enclosure may include support devices, such as dividers and support plates, that may be transparent to the electromagnetic radiation. The apparatus may include a locking mechanism. The system may include a control module including a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Carrie Martz, Brooke O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9707306
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, devices, and methods for ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and sterilization, more specifically, systems, devices, and methods for UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, and more particularly systems, devices, and methods for UV disinfection and sterilization of a container used in the process of fermentation for an alcoholic beverage. Provided are also systems, UV devices, and methods for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present in a container, preferably for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present on an interior surface of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BlueMorph, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Farren
  • Patent number: 9687069
    Abstract: A make-up brush system includes a mandrel having a first end and a second end. The first end includes a gripping surface for engagement with a hand of a make-up artist and the second end being shaped and dimensioned for selective engagement with a plurality of make-up brushes. A plurality of make-up brushes is provided. Each of the plurality of make-up brushes includes a first end and a second end, the first end including a functional component of the make-up brush and the second end including a coupling member shaped and dimensioned for selective engagement with the second end of the mandrel. The system also includes a case both supporting and sanitizing the various components of the present invention. The case includes a tray supporting the plurality of make-up brushes in accessible positions within the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Darren Levy, Frank Levy
  • Patent number: 9675997
    Abstract: A device for surface treatment of an object on a workstation surface has a support frame movable in relation to the object and a number of irradiation elements and a control unit for controlling the irradiation. The support frame is movable in at least one direction along the object, surrounds the object on at least two sides, and includes two substantially parallel side sections and an upper section connected with at least one of the side sections. The object is disposed between the side sections and under the upper section. Each side section includes at least one movable, adjustable panel. On the upper section, a movable panel having irradiation elements is arranged. Some of the panels have infrared and ultraviolet sources. Sensor elements sense the position of the object, and are connected with the control unit, which can control position and/or angular setting of the panels and/or irradiation elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Caraway AB
    Inventors: Patrik Lindgren, Magnus Nygren, Melker Larsson
  • Patent number: 9669122
    Abstract: The ultraviolet light based disinfecting cabinet is designed to be used by hair styling salons and barbershops as a replacement for dry cabinet disinfection. The ultraviolet light based disinfecting cabinet operates in a manner similar to dry cabinet disinfection but instead of the heat used in the dry cabinet disinfection method ultraviolet light is used for disinfecting the grooming tools typically used in hair styling salons and barbershops. The ultraviolet light based disinfecting cabinet comprises a cabinet and an ultraviolet disinfection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Ramiro Cruz-Acosta, Jaslier Cruz, Roberto Muniz
  • Patent number: 9662411
    Abstract: Sterilization units and systems and related assemblies, devices, and methods are disclosed. The sterilization units may be mobile and used in a variety of locations. The sterilization units and systems use germicidal ultraviolet-C light to kill or render non-viable bacteria and viruses. The various sterilization units and systems disclosed herein may have improved ultraviolet light distribution and/or improved ability to direct and focus the ultraviolet light in a desired area. The sterilization units and systems may optionally be made of non-magnetic materials such that the sterilization units and systems may be used in the vicinity of MRI equipment without causing complications or damage to the MRI equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Alan Rizzone
  • Patent number: 9649011
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning and sterilizing an interior of a shoe which generates ultrasonic wind of a whirlwind type in the interior of the shoe to remove foreign substances from the interior of the shoe and which injects ultra fine particles of solution into the interior of the shoe to sterilize the interior of the shoe. The apparatus includes a housing opened or closed with a door; a shoe supporting member mounted on a top end of a support pillar having a predetermined length and vertically installed in an inner space of the housing, wherein the show supporting member is configured to be inside the shoe and support the shoe by hanging the shoe thereto; a vibration guide pipe fixed to an inside of the shoe supporting member; and a nozzle tube movably installed in the vibration guide pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: DUREMAEUL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-Do Kim
  • Patent number: 9592406
    Abstract: Equipment including a lamp for producing UV light in the range 300-314 nm wavelength having spectral power in the range 302-307 nm wavelength across a 5 nm bandwidth of 40% of overall spectral power and spectral power in the range 307-312 nm of 40% of overall spectral power with a reflector of 90% reflectance in the range 300-314 nm wavelength. A key operated arming switch is series connected to a timer switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Gary DeWalt
  • Patent number: 9550003
    Abstract: An installation for treating articles by radiation, the installation comprising a structure (1) having an article transport device (10) mounted thereon with a portion housed in a shielded enclosure (2) in the vicinity of at least one radiation emitter (3), the enclosure including a tunnel (40) having internal transverse partitions (51, 52, 53, 54) defining a baffle passage (50) through which there extends a segment of the transport device. The partitions are arranged in such a manner that the baffle passage extends in a plane that is substantially vertical. A packaging installation including such a processing installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SERAC GROUP
    Inventor: Nicolas Geslot
  • Patent number: 9511164
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for disinfecting an object by at least partially removing a biologically-active contaminant there from. A housing encloses a disinfection chamber in which a portion of the object is to be received to be disinfected, and includes an inlet aperture through which the object is introduced to the apparatus. An ultraviolet light source emits ultraviolet light to be imparted on the portion of the object introduced to the disinfection chamber for deactivating at least a portion of the biologically-active contaminant present on the object. A controller controls operation of at least one of a feeder and the ultraviolet light to achieve a level of disinfection of the object, rendering the object suitable for use in a substantially-sterile application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: DAYLIGHT MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Roderick M. Dayton