Using Direct Contact With Electrical Or Electromagnetic Radiation Patents (Class 422/22)
  • Patent number: 11369708
    Abstract: A method reduces microbiological contamination in a closed chamber (6), formed by at least two interconnected components (1, 4), by introducing a germicidal medium in liquid form into the chamber (6). The chamber (6) is formed by and between a cap (4) and a head (2) of a filled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KOCHER-PLASTIK MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Spallek, Johannes Geser
  • Patent number: 11357243
    Abstract: A system and method for the electromagnetic energization of packed content, in which the system includes at least one container filled with at least one fluid, at least one energization element, at least one grounding element, at least one containment element, one or more alignment elements, one or more contact elements, at least one grounding connection element, at least one grounding element, and optionally at least one movement element. Additionally, a corresponding apparatus is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Charles Adriano Duvoisin, Fabio Eduardo Baggio
  • Patent number: 11351279
    Abstract: A hyphae inhibition apparatus irradiates an organism having hyphae with light to inhibit growth of the hyphae. The hyphae inhibition apparatus includes a first light source generator, including at least one of a violet light source that emits light having a peak wavelength in a range of from 380 nm to 410 nm, inclusive, or a UVB light source that emits light having a peak wavelength in a range of from at least 280 nm to below 350 nm. The hyphae inhibition apparatus also includes a second light source generator, including at least one of a blue light source that emits light having a peak wavelength in a range of from at least 350 nm to below 380 nm or a UVA light source that emits light having a peak wavelength in a range of from 415 nm to 480 nm, inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Makoto Yamada, Shinichi Aoki
  • Patent number: 11338048
    Abstract: An irradiation apparatus configured to be coupled to an irradiation chamber containing a material to be irradiated, comprising: a support structure; one or more radiation sources coupled to the support structure; and a heat exchange mechanism thermally coupled to the one or more radiation sources. The heat exchange mechanism comprises one or more of a thermoelectric cooling device, a vapor chamber, a heatsink, a heat dissipation structure, a fan, and a cooling coating. The one or more radiation sources comprise one or more UV radiation sources, one or more UV-C radiation sources, one or more visible radiation sources, or a combination thereof. Optionally, the one or more radiation sources comprise a plurality of radiation sources arranged in an array. Optionally, the one or more radiation sources deliver a combination of wavelengths to the material to be irradiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: AQUISENSE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Theodore Robert Harris, Jennifer Godwin Pagan, Paolo Batoni, John Robert Krause
  • Patent number: 11312641
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electromagnetic ionic liquid, which consists of ammonia water, diluent, EWT electronic water and macromolecular complex. The four components are mixed evenly at normal temperature and pressure in a certain proportion to prepare the electromagnetic ionic liquid. The electromagnetic ionic liquid can be used for extracting struvite from seawater, salt water or brine, which improves quality of the struvite, facilitates its industrial production and improves yield of struvite products. In addition, with the electromagnetic ionic liquid, elements required for crop growth and dozens of types of trace elements can be captured in the precipitate, which has great social and economic value for mass production, popularization and application of the struvite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HOWHIGH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (HANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiuzhou Gou
  • Patent number: 11291191
    Abstract: A method and a device for treating poultry eggs with an electron beam bundle to sterilize the calcareous shell are disclosed. The method includes moving at least one egg through the beam path of an electron beam source; irradiating the eggs, whereby the calcareous shell is irradiated with a varying dose; and either carrying out an irradiation encompassing all regions of the calcareous shell of the egg by employing the electron beam bundle, whereby an element is inserted into the path of the electron beam bundle; carrying out an irradiation of a rolling/rolled egg by employing the electron beam source in the path of the electron beam bundle; or carrying out an irradiation of the held eggs by employing the electron beam source in the electron beam bundle path at a zero degree position of one side in a device arranged upstream of a turning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Skan Stein AG
    Inventors: Sven Meissner, Björn Fischer
  • Patent number: 11291085
    Abstract: An induction oven for the sterilization of equipment is disclosed. The invention effectively reduces sterilization cycle times from 90 minutes to less than 30 minutes using dry heat. In addition to increased efficiency, the dry heat also avoids pitting and other forms of degradation of the materials being sterilized. The oven can be configured by the user to generate a resonance of a particular frequency to target the specific type of metal or other induction material being heated. Target induction materials include cast iron, stainless steel, brass, and graphite, for example. The oven includes a coil that generates the time-varying electromagnetic field using a two-dimensional spiral having a rectangular pattern. The spiral coil is formed on a printed circuit board. The oven is configured to receive a container for heating articles. The container includes a bin, e.g., aluminum, and transparent lid with a gasket therebetween to produce an airtight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel Bradford, Jason Viggato
  • Patent number: 11278861
    Abstract: A method and a system for producing a change in a medium disposed in an artificial container. The method places in a vicinity of the medium at least one of a plasmonics agent and an energy modulation agent. The method applies an initiation energy through the artificial container to the medium. The initiation energy interacts with the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent to directly or indirectly produce the change in the medium. The system includes an initiation energy source configured to apply an initiation energy to the medium to activate the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC, DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Patent number: 11273399
    Abstract: A filter medium comprising a first conductive fibrous substrate, a second conductive fibrous substrate spaced apart from the first conductive substrate and a third insulation substrate fitted between the first and the second substrates for electrically separating the first conductive substrate from the second conductive substrate. The first conductive fibrous substrate comprises a first layer with first fibers having a first average diameter; a second layer with second fibers having a second average diameter; and a third layer with third fibers having a third average diameter. The second layer comprises activated carbon in an amount sufficient to render the first fibrous substrate conductive. The present medium can be used in electrified filters for cabin air filtration for passenger cars and other vehicles. It can also be used for HVAC filtration for indoor air, and in portable air purification units and even in vacuum cleaners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
    Inventors: Jan Kaukopaasi, Anne Viskari
  • Patent number: 11160489
    Abstract: Provided are implantable, injectable and/or surface mounted biomedical devices and related methods for interfacing with a target tissue. The devices have a substrate, one or more microfluidic channels embedded in or supported by the substrate and a fluid actuator in operational communication with one or more reservoirs and responsive to a wireless control signal. The components of the device are specially configured and packaged to be ultra-thin and mechanically compliant. In some embodiments, the devices are self-powered and fully implantable. The devices can be shaped to provide injection in a minimally invasive manner, thereby avoiding unnecessary tissue damage and providing a platform for long-term implantation for interfacing with biological tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
    Inventors: John A. Rogers, Michael Raymond Bruchas, Jaewoong Jeong, Jordan Gary McCall
  • Patent number: 11116200
    Abstract: A method for reducing a population size of a colony of magnetosensitive insects includes placing wire loop near a nest sheltering the colony, driving the wire loop with an electrical current sufficient to produce a transmitted magnetic field stronger than the earth's natural magnetic field, exposing eggs and pupae from the colony to the transmitted magnetic field, and maintaining exposure of the colony to the transmitted magnetic field until the population size of the colony decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Robert H. Hodam
  • Patent number: 11054109
    Abstract: A lighting device configured to deactivate dangerous pathogens (e.g., MRSA bacteria) in an environment. The lighting device includes at least one lighting element with a single light source configured to provide light. At least a first component of the light comprising light having a wavelength of about 405 nm, and at least a second component of the light comprising light having a wavelength of greater than 420 nm. The first component of light has a minimum integrated irradiance of 0.01 mW/cm2 measured from any unshielded point in the environment that is 1.5 m from any point on any external-most luminous surface of the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KENALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: James W. Hawkins, Nathan D. Heiking
  • Patent number: 10933151
    Abstract: A system and methods for sterilizing or disinfecting articles, particularly the hollow internal areas of medical instruments are disclosed. The system includes a plasma generator having an electrode, a shield, and a dielectric gap between the electrode and the shield. A source of electrical power is connected to the plasma generator for applying an electron energy density between the electrode and the shield. A source of gas comprising water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen provides a flow of gas between the electrode and the shield, to form a plasma containing acidic and/or oxidizing species. In the exemplary system, the temperature at the shield's surface is <150° C. when the electron energy density is >0.05 eV/molecule of the gas. Also disclosed is a method for disinfecting an article contaminated with a bio-film or spores, by exposing the contaminated article to the plasma for an exposure time sufficient to achieve at least 2-log10 reduction in colony forming units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Caleb T. Nelson, Assumpta A. G. Bennaars-Eiden, Matthew T. Scholz, Petra L. Kohler Riedi, Steven P. Swanson, Nardine S. Abadeer
  • Patent number: 10918592
    Abstract: An injectable aqueous implant formulation, and processes for making and using the formulation, wherein the injectable aqueous implant formulation has been sterilized by gamma-ray or X-ray-irradiation and can be extruded through a tapering system and an 18 gauge (0.838 mm inner diameter) 25.4 mm long cannula with a force not exceeding 60 N, which comprises 25-45 w/w % of a mixture of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles derived from natural bone having a size of 50 to 200 ?m as determined by sieving and fragments of naturally crosslinked fibrous collagen material that pass through a 0.5 mm sieve, whereby the w/w ratio of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite to collagen is from 1.8 to 4.5, which contains at least 0.05% (w/w) ascorbic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Geistlich Pharma AG
    Inventors: Daniel Suppiger, Paul Buxton, Nino Kurz
  • Patent number: 10918750
    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: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore John Cole, Donald Paul McConnell
  • Patent number: 10905790
    Abstract: The present invention in an embodiment relates generally to an air purifier having an ultraviolet wave chamber which is accessible from the exterior designed for the placement of masks/respirators in need of decontamination. Such device preferably makes use of filters comprising copper foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Cullen Thomas Moore, Neha Varma Nadimpally
  • Patent number: 10894102
    Abstract: A Sterilization Unit includes: a UV-C radiation source configured to emit UV-C radiation; and a room partition selectably configurable between two or more different partition geometries and configured, in each of the two or more different partition geometries, to (a) physically separate floor space of a room into sterilization target area and a non-target area, and (b) direct the UV-C radiation to the target area from at least two different directions while shielding the non-target area from the UV-C radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PurpleSun Inc.
    Inventors: Luis F. Romo, Arto Cinoglu, David Moses
  • Patent number: 10816467
    Abstract: Optical tomography arrangements are disclosed for performing optical tomography on the transparent or translucent contents of individual microplate wells comprising a light emitting array having a plurality of light emitting elements, a sample module, and a light sensing array including a plurality of light sensing elements, wherein the light sensing array is configured to sense light emitted from the light emitting array which has passed through the sample module. The light emitting elements can comprise light emitting diodes (LEDs), organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic light emitting transistors (OLETs), and/or other optoelectronic devices. The light sensing array can comprise organic light sensing devices, photodiodes, phototransistors, CMOS photodetectors, or charge-coupled devices (CCDs). The light emitting array can be flat or curved, and the light sensing array can be flat or curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10807711
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV, includes (i) a camera having a field of vision including, in use, a portion of a vehicle to be cleaned, (ii) a liquid container comprising waterless carwash liquid, (iii) a liquid dispenser operable to cause the waterless carwash liquid comprised in the liquid container to be dispensed from the liquid container, (iv) a cleaning implement, and (v) a controller communicatively coupled to the camera, the liquid dispenser and the cleaning implement. The controller is operable (a) to cause the liquid dispenser to dispense the waterless carwash liquid from the liquid container onto the portion of the vehicle to be cleaned and (b) to control the cleaning implement to clean the portion of the vehicle to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Iain Matthew Russell
  • Patent number: 10793411
    Abstract: A sterilizing device for sterilizing closures for closing containers has vertically-oriented closure receivers arranged around a circumference of said rotor that moves said closures through a treatment zone between a closure inlet and outlet. One of the closure receivers is provided with said actuating device that at least partially engages the housing for applying, using the actuator, an actuation movement to a closure in said closure receiver. The actuator is movably connected to the opening via a bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Danelski, Thomas Niehr
  • Patent number: 10788534
    Abstract: A device for dynamic signal generation and analysis, which combines an arbitrary waveform generator AWG (3) with a digital signal analysis unit DSAU (23). The two units are interfaced by means of a synchronization unit SU (30), which enables a flexible scheme for controlling how the playback of the waveforms is started as well as synchronizing the recording of the results of the digital signal analysis unit synchronously to specific generated waveforms. The various units of the device are synchronous circuits clocked by a common system clock signal. At least one common numerically controlled oscillator NCO (40) is provided for the arbitrary waveform generator AWG (3) and the digital signal analysis unit DSAU (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ZURICH INSTRUMENTS AG
    Inventors: Niels Haandbaek, Flavio Heer, Stephan Koch, Sadik Hafizovic
  • Patent number: 10758444
    Abstract: A massage apparatus includes a massage system, a scent-emitting module, and a microcontroller respectively connected with the massage system and the scent delivery module, the microcontroller being operable to activate the massage system to apply a massage action and to activate the scent-emitting module to emit an aromatic scent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: OSIM INTERNATIONAL LTD
    Inventors: Kia Tong Tan, Gilbert Casurog Realuyo, Evan Chee
  • Patent number: 10746711
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of moisture in an electrode includes at least three steps as follows: disposing an electrode, which is a measurement target sample, inside a container provided with a gas introduction pipe and a gas discharge pipe; heating the electrode by supplying inert gas heated to a predetermined temperature in advance to the inside of the container through the gas introduction pipe, and vaporizing moisture adsorbed to the electrode; and collecting the moisture vaporized from the electrode, together with the inert gas through the gas discharge pipe and determining the quantity of the collected moisture. In addition, a moisture quantity measuring apparatus includes a container that has a gas introduction pipe and a gas discharge pipe, a heating unit, and a moisture quantity measuring unit that collects moisture vaporized from a sample, through the gas discharge pipe and determines the quantity of collected moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Envision AESC Energy Devices Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimiyoshi Fukatsu, Tomohiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10712084
    Abstract: A refrigerator according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a sterilizing device, wherein the sterilizing device includes a light source assembly which emits visible rays, and a photocatalytic filter which reacts with the visible rays, and the light source assembly is disposed to be inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to a horizontal line equally dividing the photocatalytic filter in a case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: LG ELECTRONICS INC., PUKYONG NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Yuri Choi, Eunjeong Kim, Jeongyon Kim, Myungsuk Lee
  • Patent number: 10646602
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to sterilization methods and systems that may be used within numerous contexts, such as health-care and manufacturing facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Deep Science, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10610848
    Abstract: Materials, such as biomass feedstocks (e.g., plant biomass, animal biomass, and municipal waste biomass) are processed to produce useful products, such as fuels. Conveying systems, such as flowing gas conveying systems and such as closed-loop flowing gas conveying systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall Medoff, Thomas Craig Masterman, Robert Paradis
  • Patent number: 10512704
    Abstract: A cleanliness indication system and a method that indicate that a surface of a component is clean. The cleanliness indication system and method include a photoluminescent indicator that is configured to be on the surface of the component. The photoluminescent indicator is configured to be exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light during a UV light sanitizing cycle. The photoluminescent indicator emits light due to exposure to the UV light. The photoluminescent indicator indicates that the surface of the component is clean by emitting the light due to exposure to the UV light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rovelyn T. Dytioco, Jeffrey H. Hunt, Karen L. Hills, Jamie J. Childress
  • Patent number: 10506811
    Abstract: An anti-microbial formulation for seed and crop application includes about 170 ppm hypochlorous acid; about 25 ppm hypochlorite ion; about 2.5 ppm ozone; about 2.5 ppm chlorine dioxide; between about 10 ppm and about 100,000 ppm alkyl polyglycoside; and a remainder of water. A method of manipulating the pH of the formulation and a method of treating seeds and crops with the formulation to restrict or eliminate microbial growth and proliferation is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Pur Products LLC
    Inventors: Lance Shepherdson, Harold D. Grant
  • Patent number: 10456491
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing an object with atomic nitrogen from a nitrogen plasma includes the steps of placing the object in a sterilization chamber and a sterilization half-cycle for sterilizing the object present in the chamber. The sterilization half-cycle comprises an alternation between stages of injecting atomic nitrogen into the chamber and of intermediate stages, each intermediate stage including at least one suction stage during which the chamber is evacuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Societe Pour La Conception Des Applications Des Techniques Electroniques
    Inventors: Sandrine Villeger, Marie-Agnès Benoit, Pascal Regere
  • Patent number: 10462892
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a medical therapeutic apparatus (100) which generates plasma and blows out an reactive gas generated by the generated plasma toward a target object from an outlet, wherein a temperature of the reactive gas at a target surface positioned at a distance of 1 mm or more and 10 mm or less from the outlet is 40° C. or less, and a radical concentration is 0.1 to 300 ?mol/L as determined by a hydroxy radical concentration measuring method comprising applying the reactive gas to 0.4 mL of a 0.2 mol/L solution of DMPO (5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide) for 30 seconds with a distance from the outlet to a liquid surface of the solution being 5.0 mm, and measuring a hydroxyl radical concentration of the resulting solution by electron spin resonance (ESR) method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaya Oshita, Tsuyoshi Uehara, Yu Nagahara, Yoshishige Takikawa
  • Patent number: 10421672
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of disinfecting a fluid comprising at least one live microbial organism. The method includes contacting the fluid comprising the at least one microbial organism with an effective amount of a photo-catalyst while exposing the fluid and the photo-catalyst to light from at least one light source with a wavelength of about 300-550 nm to reduce the number of the at least one live microbial organism to a predetermined level. The photo-catalyst comprises tungsten trioxide nanoparticles doped with palladium nanoparticles, and the palladium nanoparticles are present in an amount of about 0.1-5% of the total weight of the tungsten trioxide nanoparticles and the palladium nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Muhammad Ashraf Gondal, Mohamed A. Dastageer, Amjad B. Khalil, Rashid Gulam Siddique, Umair Baig
  • Patent number: 10300160
    Abstract: A plasma liquid generating device includes a tube, a plasma generating module, a flow limiting unit, and a position limiting member. The tube has at least an air inlet and a flow channel outlet. The plasma generating module is disposed adjacent to the air inlet and configured to generate plasma. The flow limiting unit is detachably disposed in the tube, and a distance between the flow limiting unit and the flow channel outlet is greater than a distance between the air inlet and the flow channel outlet. The position limiting member is detachably disposed at the flow channel outlet to limit the position of the flow limiting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AMSALP BIOMEDICAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Lu, Yin-Lin Lu
  • Patent number: 10272262
    Abstract: A system and method for light stimulation within a medium. Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by application of an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The methods may further be performed by application of an initiation energy to a subject in situ to activate a pharmaceutical agent directly or via an energy modulation agent, thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure. Kits containing products or compositions formulated or configured and systems for use in practicing these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC.
    Inventors: Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Harold Walder
  • Patent number: 10251235
    Abstract: A lighting system including a power source, a driver, a high intensity narrow spectrum light, an indicator, and a controller. The driver is configured to receive a main power from the power source and provide a drive signal. The high intensity narrow spectrum light is configured to receive the drive signal and illuminate. The indicator is configured to provide an indication. The controller is configured to monitor operation of the high intensity narrow spectrum light and control the indicator based on the operation of the high intensity narrow spectrum light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher Lane Bailey
  • Patent number: 10232954
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are described for use of an ultraviolet (UV) light source, such as in a cleaning device, in which ozone creation due to reaction of the UV light with oxygen in the air is reduced. An example method includes dispersing, by a gas outlet, oxygen-depleted gas over a UV light source, and directing UV light from the UV light source to pass through the oxygen-depleted gas onto an area. An example apparatus includes a UV light source to direct UV light onto an area, and a gas outlet to disperse oxygen-depleted gas over the UV light source, such that the UV light passes through the oxygen-depleted gas onto the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeff Siegmeth, Karen Hills, Jamie Childress, Douglas Brown
  • Patent number: 10207926
    Abstract: The present invention has as its object the provision of an ozone generator that can generate ozone with high efficiency. The ozone generator of the present invention includes: source gas supply means for supplying a source gas containing oxygen; a gas flow channel forming member for forming a gas flow channel through which the source gas from the source gas supply means flows; and an ultraviolet light source for emitting ultraviolet light, the ultraviolet light source being disposed in the gas flow channel. The ozone generator irradiates the source gas flowing through the gas flow channel with the ultraviolet light from the ultraviolet light source to cause the oxygen in the source gas to absorb the ultraviolet light and thereby generate ozone. The ultraviolet light source comprises an excimer lamp for emitting ultraviolet light with a wavelength of not more than 200 nm. A flow rate of the source gas in a region where the ultraviolet light source is disposed in the gas flow channel is not lower than 0.1 m/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ushio Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Naito, Nobuyuki Hishinuma, Shinji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10183085
    Abstract: A system capable of detecting and/or sterilizing surface(s) of an object using ultraviolet radiation is provided. The system can include a disinfection chamber and/or handheld ultraviolet unit, which includes ultraviolet sources for inducing fluorescence in a contaminant and/or sterilizing a surface of an object. The object can comprise a protective suit, which is worn by a user and also can include ultraviolet sources for disinfecting air prior to the air entering the protective suit. The system can be implemented as a multi-tiered system for protecting the user and others from exposure to the contaminant and sterilizing the protective suit after exposure to an environment including the contaminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska, Timothy James Bettles
  • Patent number: 10160665
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of disinfecting a fluid comprising at least one live microbial organism. The method includes contacting the fluid comprising the at least one microbial organism with an effective amount of a photo-catalyst while exposing the fluid and the photo-catalyst to light from at least one light source with a wavelength of about 300-550 nm to reduce the number of the at least one live microbial organism to a predetermined level. The photo-catalyst comprises tungsten trioxide nanoparticles doped with palladium nanoparticles, and the palladium nanoparticles are present in an amount of about 0.1-5% of the total weight of the tungsten trioxide nanoparticles and the palladium nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Muhammad Ashraf Gondal, Mohamed A. Dastageer, Amjad B. Khalil, Rashid Gulam Siddique, Umair Baig
  • Patent number: 10028794
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a plurality of voice sensors located in a surgical environment and configured to detect sound and generate a first plurality of signals. The surgical system also includes a position indicator, in proximity to a designated user, configured to indicate a first position of the designated user and generate a second signal representative of the first position. The surgical system further includes a processor configured to receive the first plurality of signals and the second signal and determine, based on the first plurality of signals, a second position. The processor is also configured to compare the detected sound with registered voice command of the designated user stored in a memory to verify the designated user's credentials, and send a command signal to a surgical instrument to carry out an operation related to the voice command based on at least one of the verification of the designated user's credentials, the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David J. Cagle, Eric Smith, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Ryan Asher
  • Patent number: 9888999
    Abstract: A method for preparing a sterilized human acellular dermal allograft where the dermal allograft is sterilized by irradiation and has a greatly reduced bio-burden and enzymatic and antigenic activity. This product line of allografts can be easily used by surgeons in soft tissue replacement or repair and has an extended shelf life, of up to at least about three years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Aziyo Biologics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Forsell, Frank Fan
  • Patent number: 9682160
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, are methods of preparing sterilized amniotic tissues. Further disclosed herein, are methods of using the sterilized amniotic tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TISSUETECH, INC.
    Inventors: Scheffer Tseng, Ek Kia Tan
  • Patent number: 9648861
    Abstract: A system for killing bed bugs located on the exterior crevices of an item includes a housing divided into an upper housing area and a lower housing area, front and rear flap covering apertures located in the front and rear, respectively, of the upper housing area, a horizontally disposed motorized conveyor that is located within the upper housing area, at least one heating element located in the upper housing area, two or more UV lamps located in the upper housing area, and a fan located in the upper housing area. The heating elements, one of the UV lamps, and the fan are located below the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Jack D. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9574343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for protecting the lower regions of and structure of a building (10) from damage or degradation by termites. The method comprises the steps of creating a region in the ground below the building having properties hostile to termites whereby to discourage them from approaching the vicinity of the building. In one embodiment means for creating a hostile region in the ground below the building are provided by a pump (12) which creates a superatmoshpheric pressure field (40) in this region. Treatment agents (31) such as ozone may be delivered to the ground region in order to provide a hostile effect to the termites by affecting their pheromone chemistry and/or their reproductive or communicative behavior. A secondary function of the present invention relates to the creation of a forced ventilation (46) of the habitable region (18) within which the apparatus of the present invention resides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Prestige Air-Technology Limited
    Inventor: Paul Ian Nichols
  • Patent number: 9566723
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for conditioning a polymeric stent after sterilization, and/or after crimping and before packaging, such that the properties of the polymeric stent fall within a narrower range of values. The stent is exposed to a controlled temperature at or above ambient for a period of time after radiation sterilization and/or after crimping and before sterilization. As a result, the polymeric stent properties, particularly radial strength and number-average molecular weight of the polymer of the polymeric stent, fall within a narrower range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Xiao Ma, Fuh-Wei Tang, Ni Ding
  • Patent number: 9566359
    Abstract: A method and device for destroying and inhibiting exposure to microbes and infection includes a first element and a second element, and a power source. At least one of the elements includes antimicrobial metal, which, when energized by the power source, produces ions that are lethal to microbes. The device can be incorporated into virtually any useful object. During normal use of the object, electrical communication is established between the two elements, causing current supplied from the power source to flow through the antimicrobial metal. The two elements are configured and arranged to ensure that ions flowing from the antimicrobial metal flow through the region in which it is desired to kill microbes. The antimicrobial metal can be on the surface of the element, incorporated into the material making up the element, or provided in any other way that allows the antimicrobial effect to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: ARGENTUMCIDAL ELECTRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Fuller, Richard Wysk, Wayne J. Sebastianelli, Paul H. Cohen, Robert C. Voigt
  • Patent number: 9561295
    Abstract: A method and device for destroying and inhibiting exposure to microbes and infection includes a first element and a second element, and a power source. At least one of the elements includes antimicrobial metal, which, when energized by the power source, produces ions that are lethal to microbes. The device can be incorporated into virtually any useful object. During normal use of the object, electrical communication is established between the two elements, causing current supplied from the power source to flow through the antimicrobial metal. The two elements are configured and arranged to ensure that ions flowing from the antimicrobial metal flow through the region in which it is desired to kill microbes. The antimicrobial metal can be on the surface of the element, incorporated into the material making up the element, or provided in any other way that allows the antimicrobial effect to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ARGENTUMCIDAL ELECTRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Fuller, Richard Wysk, Wayne J. Sebastianelli, Paul H. Cohen, Robert C. Voigt
  • Patent number: 9561294
    Abstract: A method and device for destroying and inhibiting exposure to microbes and infection includes a first element and a second element, and a power source. At least one of the elements includes antimicrobial metal, which, when energized by the power source, produces ions that are lethal to microbes. The device can be incorporated into virtually any useful object. During normal use of the object, electrical communication is established between the two elements, causing current supplied from the power source to flow through the antimicrobial metal. The two elements are configured and arranged to ensure that ions flowing from the antimicrobial metal flow through the region in which it is desired to kill microbes. The antimicrobial metal can be on the surface of the element, incorporated into the material making up the element, or provided in any other way that allows the antimicrobial effect to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ARGENTUMCIDAL ELECTRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Fuller, Richard Wysk, Wayne J. Sebastianelli, Paul H. Cohen, Robert C. Voigt
  • Patent number: 9517205
    Abstract: Influenza vaccines are administered using solid biodegradable microneedles. The microneedles are fabricated from the influenza vaccine in combination with solid excipient(s) and, after penetrating the skin, they dissolve in situ and release the vaccine to the immune system. The influenza vaccine is (i) a purified influenza virus surface antigen vaccine, rather than a live vaccine or a whole-virus or split inactivated vaccine (ii) an influenza vaccine prepared from viruses grown in cell culture, not eggs, (iii) a monovalent influenza vaccine e.g. for immunizing against a pandemic strain, (iv) a bivalent vaccine, (v) a tetravalent or >4-valent vaccine, (vi) a mercury-free vaccine, or (vii) a gelatin-free vaccine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Seqirus UK Limited
    Inventors: Derek O'Hagan, Manmohan Singh, Sung-Yun Kwon
  • Patent number: 9511240
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are atmospheric pressure pin-to-hole pulsed spark discharge devices and methods for creating plasma. The devices include a conduit for fluidically communicating a gas, a plasma, or both, therethrough, portion of the conduit capable of being connected to a gas supply, and a second portion of the conduit capable of emitting a plasma; a positive electrode comprising a sharp tip; and a ground plate electrode. Disclosed are methods for treating a skin ulcer using non-thermal plasma include flowing a gas through a cold spark discharge zone simultaneously with the creation of a pulsed spark discharge to give rise to a non-thermal plasma emitted from a conduit, the non-thermal plasma comprising NO; and contacting a skin ulcer with said non-thermal plasma for sufficient time and intensity to give rise to treatment of the skin ulcer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Danil V. Dobrynin, Alexander Fridman, Young I. Cho, Gregory Fridman, Gennady Friedman
  • Patent number: 9480269
    Abstract: A method for producing dairy products used in the food industry in milk processing plants involving the laser treatment of raw milk under turbulent flow conditions at a reception point, and heat treatment to produce pasteurized milk in equipment sanitized using rinsing and cleaning agents treated with laser radiation. Another variant of the method comprises the laser treatment of raw milk under turbulent flow conditions at the reception point, heat treatment to produce pasteurized milk in equipment sanitized using rinsing and cleaning agents treated with laser radiation, and the subsequent processing of the pasteurized milk into dairy products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Kuralbek Kulazhanov, Nataliya Yurievna Vykhrest