Ultraviolet Patents (Class 422/24)
  • Patent number: 10967081
    Abstract: A germicidal system for use in disinfecting one or more contact surfaces includes one or more germicidal devices each comprising a germicidal light source. The one or more germicidal devices may be connected to a network, which allows for controlling the operational parameters of the one or more germicidal devices and/or collecting information from the one or more germicidal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: UV Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore John Cole
  • Patent number: 10961132
    Abstract: A UV treatment cartridge having an exterior housing and a UV treatment module located inside of the exterior housing. The UV treatment module having a UVLED array for UV treatment of a fluid passing through the UV treatment module. An internal annular space between the exterior sidewall and the module sidewall forms an entry flow path to the UV treatment module thereby substantially balancing fluid pressure acting on the inside of the module sidewall and acting on the outside of the module sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Rajeev Dhiman, Justin M. Mazzoni, Michael E. Griffin, Hemang Patel
  • Patent number: 10946413
    Abstract: The present invention provides a slow-start photocuring device, comprising: a housing, an ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diode (LED) module, and a switch control module. The housing has an inner side provided with an internal cavity, wherein the inner side of the housing is further provided with one or a plurality of openings on one or two sides of the internal cavity. The UV LED module is provided around the internal cavity, wherein the UV LED module has a light-emitting side facing the internal cavity. The switch control module is connected to the UV LED module, wherein the switch control module includes a signal modulator, the signal modulator activates a buffer mode when receiving a trigger signal, and the UV LED module in the buffer mode outputs light of a plurality of brightness levels sequentially according to an output signal of the signal modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: COSMEX CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Wan Chieh Hsieh, Hao-Hong Ciou, Lin-Yu Sia, Chun Ching Liu
  • Patent number: 10925988
    Abstract: A device for reconstituting a filter and/or a filter-containing consumable for use in breath monitoring, the device including a connector socket that may receive and/or mate with the filter or filter-containing consumable, a pump that may pump ambient air into a chamber of the device, an inlet that may allow flow of oxygen into the chamber, a UV source that may catalyze the formation of ozone from the oxygen, thereby obtaining ozone enriching air in the chamber, and an outlet that may eject the ozone enriched air, from the chamber, into the filter, thereby reconstituting the filter and/or the filter-containing consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Kertser, Konstantin Goulitski
  • Patent number: 10894104
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a light emitting diode (LED) lighting device for sterilizing a surface or a space capable of effectively performing short-distance sterilization or long-distance sterilization. The device includes: a body including an inner transparent tube and an outer transparent tube in a double-tube type, the inner transparent tube forming a vertical ventilation hole and the outer transparent tube being spaced apart from the inner transparent tube at a predetermined distance; a substrate provided in a space formed by the inner transparent tube and the outer transparent tube; and a first light emitting element and a second light emitting element provided on an outer surface of the substrate. The first light emitting element emits visible light having a first wavelength of 405 nm, and the second light emitting element emits short-wavelength visible light having a second wavelength in the range of 400 to 450 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PSYCURE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-Jeong Kim, Sang-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 10871647
    Abstract: An EUV collector mirror for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes an EUV collector mirror body on which a reflective layer as a reflective surface is disposed, a trajectory correcting device attached to or embedded in the EUV collector mirror body and a trajectory correcting device to adjust the trajectory of metal from the reflective surface of the EUV collector mirror body to an opposite side of the EUV collector mirror body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-An Liu, Gwan-Sin Chang, Bharath Kumar Pulicherla, Li-Jui Chen, Sheng-Kang Yu, Chung-Cheng Wu, Zhiqiang Wu
  • Patent number: 10850184
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing ultraviolet (UV) sterilization, disinfection and decontamination of electronic gaming machines (EGMs), gaming chips, dice, playing cards, currency, TITO tickets, etc. The ultraviolet sterilization, disinfection and decontamination may include a singular or plurality of UV lamps of any type or style or UV LEDs or RGB-UV LEDs or any type or style of UV LEDs of at least such wavelengths to be effective in at least partially reducing or eliminating viruses or the like. The UV sources are mounted on, in or proximate to a variety of gaming devices or equipment such as EGMs, mechanical gaming machines, chip trays, chippers, dice holders, automatic card shufflers, bill validators, currency counting devices, currency dispensing devices, printers, magnetic card readers, playing card and currency sterilization, disinfection or decontamination storage mechanisms, ATMs, redemption machines, promotional kiosks, etc., or similar devices used in other industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: David Colvin, Eric D. Colvin, Keith Matthew Kruczynski, Sassoun Sarhadian
  • Patent number: 10792385
    Abstract: Various devices for sterilizing a surface and an object in contact with the surface are disclosed. For example, a first device includes an ultraviolet light source, a touch sensor, a processing system, and a computer-readable medium. The computer-readable medium stores instructions which, when executed by the processing system, cause the processing system to perform operations that include detecting, via the touch sensor, a tactile state of the device, detecting a tactile state of at least one additional device, determining, based upon the tactile states, that the device is on an edge of a pattern of contact between an object and a surface comprising the device and the at least one additional device, and implementing an action associated with the ultraviolet light source in response to determining that the device is on the edge of the pattern of contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ryan Schaub, Timothy Knezevich
  • Patent number: 10772979
    Abstract: A sanitizer includes a shell defining first and second chamber portions, and having an opening into the first portion. A cover has a closed position over the opening for preventing access to the chamber, and an open position for permitting access to the chamber. A tray is moveable between an access position in the first portion, for placement and retrieval of an article within the tray, and a sanitizing position in the second portion, for exposing the article to sanitizing electromagnetic radiation from an emitter mounted in the second portion. A controller controls an actuator coupled to the tray to move the tray to the sanitizing position when the cover is closed, and to return the tray to the access position when a return condition is satisfied. A radiation barrier is configured to substantially prevent radiation from reaching the opening when the tray is in the access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LIMESTONE LABS LIMITED
    Inventors: Oleg Baranov, Graeme Clark, Tyler Lypaczewski, Taylor Mann, Scott Mason, Mehrdad Taghizadeh Nouei, Geoff Hoy, Mohamed Adel Ibrahim, Noaman Makki
  • Patent number: 10730764
    Abstract: A fluid sterilization module includes an inner cylinder forming a processing flow path, a case portion in which the inner cylinder is accommodated, a member provided between an outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder and an inner circumferential surface the case portion, a first chamber located in a region on a side of one end portion of the inner cylinder with respect to the member, in a gap between the inner cylinder and the case portion, a second chamber located in a region on a side of the other end portion of the inner cylinder with respect to the member, and a light emitting element provided in at least one of the one end portion and the other end portion of the inner cylinder, and configured to emit ultraviolet light to the object passing through the processing flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Sugiyama, Atsushi Kodama, Naoto Yabuki, Hiroyuki Kishi, Naoto Ito, Sumire Jinno
  • Patent number: 10730080
    Abstract: A low-power system for cleaning an underwater object, comprising an autonomous vehicle configured to move along a surface of an underwater object to be cleaned, the autonomous vehicle including a cleaning device. The cleaning device is configured to remove biofouling from the surface of the underwater object. The autonomous vehicle further includes a variable buoyancy mechanism configured to control a buoyancy of the autonomous vehicle, such that the autonomous vehicle moves up and/or down an underwater object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael H. Brown, Nicholas R. Caruso
  • Patent number: 10688211
    Abstract: An illuminator comprising more than one set of ultraviolet radiation sources. A first set of ultraviolet radiation sources operate in a wavelength range of approximately 270 nanometers to approximately 290 nanometers. A second set of ultraviolet radiation sources operate in a wavelength range of approximately 380 nanometers to approximately 420 nanometers. The illuminator can also include a set of sensors for acquiring data regarding at least one object to be irradiated by the first and the second set of ultraviolet radiation sources. A control system configured to control and adjust a set of radiation settings for the first and the second set of ultraviolet radiation sources based on the data acquired by the set of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Peter Barber, III
  • Patent number: 10689269
    Abstract: There is described a novel fluid treatment device that can induce Dean Vortices in the flowing fluid, and then induce a new set of Dean Vortices at an angle to those in the first set. Each subsequent curved section can induce vortices at an angle to those in the last curved section. This reactor has the effect of repeatedly twisting and splitting the fluid flow, resulting in targeted mixing similar to that of static mixers without the necessity of utilizing physical mixers. This is also an improvement over helical tubing configurations that generate only a single set of vortices and do not split and mix the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TROJAN TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Mark Adrian Kustermans, Michael Sasges, Robert Rennie
  • Patent number: 10640397
    Abstract: A reactor that operates with ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) to attain UV photoreactions or UV photo-initiated reaction in a fluid flow for various applications, including water purification. The UV-LED reactor is comprised of a conduit means for passing fluid flow, an ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV-LED), and a radiation-focusing element to focus the UV-LED radiation to the fluid in the longitudinal direction of the conduit. The UV-LED reactor may include photocatalysts or chemical oxidants, which are activated by UV emitted by UV-LEDs for photocatalytic and photo-initiated reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
    Inventor: Fariborz Taghipour
  • Patent number: 10642132
    Abstract: A turntable for ring photography is provided and includes a vacuum pump, a motor with a hollow shaft, an air hose connected between the vacuum pump and the hollow shaft, and a platter with a suction hole airtight communication with the hollow shaft. The suction hole provides a vacuum suction for ring standing when the vacuum pump is turned on. The platter brings the ring to rotate when the motor is turned on. A light box for ring photography is also provided and includes the foregoing turntable and a box. The box includes a base and the base has a top surface and an opening formed on the top surface. The vacuum pump is disposed under the top surface or outside the box. The motor is disposed under the top surface. The platter is embedded in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ortery Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peng-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 10617782
    Abstract: A method for disinfecting a fluid includes emitting UV light into a flowing fluid pillar along its axial direction. The flowing fluid pillar is surrounded by and in contact with a fluid medium having a refractive index lower than that of the fluid to be disinfected so that total internal reflection occurs when the UV light travels within the flowing fluid pillar. Also provided is a UV disinfector for disinfecting a flowing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BOLB INC.
    Inventors: Jianping Zhang, Ling Zhou, Ying Gao
  • Patent number: 10610609
    Abstract: Described herein generally are sterilization devices that can allow sterilization of luminal connection ports. Methods of using these devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Swaney, Adnan Abbas
  • Patent number: 10549235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for performing a decomposition treatment on a VOC and/or a gas-phase inorganic reducing compound in a gas through ozone oxidation, by which further enhancement of efficiency in oxidative decomposition reaction by ozone is achieved, a decomposition treatment can be performed efficiently on a high-flow rate exhaust gas containing substances such as a VOC and a malodorous substance in low concentrations, and the amount of ozone to be used can be reduced in a method for performing oxidative decomposition treatment with ozone on a VOC and the like using a high silica adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: FUTAMURA KAGAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DAINICHISEIKA COLOR & CHEMICAL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Izumi, Kaori Fukahori, Toru Kawakami, Akira Nishio
  • Patent number: 10537870
    Abstract: Provided herein are methane conversion devices comprising a filter means (e.g., one or more filters), a circulation means (e.g., one or more circulating pumps), a reaction means (e.g., one or more reactor assemblies), a control means (e.g., central process unit, thermo-controller, UV controller, and the like), an energy supply means (e.g., ultra-violet lamp, direct sunlight, heating assembly, and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TORREY HILLS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lai Qi, Ken Kuang
  • Patent number: 10512879
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system and a method for reducing hazardous gases, including PHGs, through one or more photocatalysts in a filter system. A microstructure of the photocatalytic filter can be formed using biological systems as a template for the photocatalysts to be deposited thereon. The biological system can be removed by heat, oxidation, or by chemical processes to leave the photocatalytic template as a filter for the gases. In various embodiments, multiple photocatalysts can be activated at different wavelengths to filter different gases, or multiple photocatalysts can be activated at the same wavelength to filter different gases, or a photocatalyst can be activated at different wavelengths to filter different gases, or some combination thereof. The activation can be sequential or concurrent. For multiple layers of photocatalysts, the sequence of the photocatalysts can be arranged to reduce damaging output from an upstream photocatalyst to one or more downstream photocatalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventor: Touradj Solouki
  • Patent number: 10500296
    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 is a data collector to collect information in the aircraft. A passive RFID tag mounted on elements can be read by an RFID reader. The device can include one or more sniffer cells for scanning the aircraft for unwanted or dangerous devices or chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Arthur Kreitenberg
  • Patent number: 10495900
    Abstract: A system/method allowing personalized ex vivo customization of a generic ophthalmic lens blank (OLB) or ophthalmic lens with known diopter (OKD) based on localized field-measured patient characteristics is disclosed. The OLB is composed of an acrylic material that has been infused with an ultraviolet (UV) absorbing compound rendering it amenable to customized spatial modification (CSM) of its refractive index via the use of pulsed laser radiation (PLR). The CSM of refractive index eliminates the need for remote laboratory fabrication of a customized intraocular lens (IOL) for the patient. The OLB is retained within a secured lens container (SLC) providing for precise physical orientation of the OLB haptics and OLB lens structure with respect to the application of PLR to the OLB. The SLC contains a lens filler material (LFM) covering the OLB and is hermetically sealed after the OLB has been positioned within the SLC interior and prior to sterilization of the SLC+OLB combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PERFECT IP, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Edward Smathers, Ruth Sahler
  • Patent number: 10482680
    Abstract: A map generator can be programmed to generate a multi-parameter graphical map by encoding at least two different physiological parameters for a geometric surface, corresponding to tissue of a patient, using different color components of a multi-dimensional color model such that each of the different physiological parameters is encoded by at least one of the different color components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIOINSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Qingguo Zeng, Charulatha Ramanathan, Venkatesh Vasudevan, Remi Dubois, Ping Jia
  • Patent number: 10456512
    Abstract: A baby product sterilizer having a breast pump includes: a body having a cap disposed openably and closably on the front surface thereof and a plurality of ultraviolet lamps located at the inside thereof to sterilize and dry baby products accommodated therein; a cover located at outer surfaces of the body; and the breast pump disposed between the body and the cover in such a manner as to be controlled by a controller mounted on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CIMILRE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 10426834
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for sterilizing active pharmaceutical ingredients, which may be micronized, using radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AKORN, INC.
    Inventors: Biswajit Pati, Saeed U. Khan
  • Patent number: 10423274
    Abstract: Methods, device, and computer program product for mitigating pathogen transmission via a touch surface of a touch input device. Mitigation is accomplished through selective touch surface sterilization and through touchscreen user interface reorganization. The touch surface includes a pixel array for illuminating selected portions of the touch surface with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength based upon the received touch inputs. The selective illumination may occur while receiving a touch input or after an accumulation of touch inputs have been received. The user interface may also be reorganized based on received touch inputs in order to locate user interface icons to lesser touched locations of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Cohen, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10372952
    Abstract: A self-disinfecting device includes a housing with translucent material and an internal light source that is used to reduce surface pathogens on the translucent material. The device includes a processor and a light source positioned within the housing. At least a portion of the housing is translucent to radiation, and the light source emits radiation at a wavelength and an intensity that kills pathogens residing on the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10363327
    Abstract: A variety of applications for UV LEDs that are integrated into a system are described, where the UV light is used for disinfection of air or surfaces, or used to detect the scattering light by particles, or used for skin treatment. In one embodiment, a ceiling luminaire includes a sensor for detecting the presence of people in the room. The luminaire contains a first set of LEDs for generating white light, for illumination, and a second set of LEDs for generating UV light for disinfecting the room. When the sensor detects that no people are in the room, the system automatically controls the UV LEDs to turn on to disinfect the room. The white light LEDs may be independently controlled with a dimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: RayVio Corporation
    Inventors: Yitao Liao, Douglas A. Collins, Theodore J. de Jony, Robert C. Walker, Elaine Taylor
  • Patent number: 10314928
    Abstract: An ultraviolet (UV) footwear illuminator for footwear treatment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the UV footwear illuminator includes an insert adapted for placement in an article of footwear. At least one UV radiation source is located in the insert and is configured to emit UV radiation in the footwear through a transparent window region formed in the insert. A control unit is configured to control at least one predetermined UV radiation characteristics associated with the radiation emitted from each UV radiation source. A power supply is configured to power each UV radiation source and the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sensor Electronics Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 10296007
    Abstract: A cleaning robot includes a chassis, a drive system connected to the chassis and configured to drive the robot, a signal generator and sensor carried by the chassis, and a controller in communication with the drive system and the sensor. The signal generator directs a signal toward the floor surface. The sensor is responsive to reflected signals from the floor surface. The controller controls the drive system to alter direction of the robot responsive to a reflected signal indicating an edge of the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Jasper Vicenti
  • Patent number: 10299104
    Abstract: This specification relates to a method for performing discovery in a wireless communication system. The method is performed by a first device, and includes turning on a direction-based discovery mode, obtains a first direction information related to a user from a second device, wherein the first direction information is information indicative of the progress direction of the user or the view direction of the user, exchanges a second direction information related to the locations of one or more peripheral devices with a third device, and performs discovery for a peripheral device existing in a specific direction among the peripheral devices based on the first direction information and the second direction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinkwon Lim, Jingu Choi
  • Patent number: 10245341
    Abstract: Disinfection methods and apparatuses are provided which generate pulses of germicidal light at a frequency greater than 20 Hz and project the pulses of light to surfaces at least 1.0 meter from the disinfection apparatus. The pulses of light comprise a pulse duration and an energy flux sufficient to generate a power flux between approximately 200 W/m2 and approximately 5000 W/m2 of ultraviolet light in the wavelength range between 200 nm and 320 nm at the surfaces. Other disinfection methods and apparatuses are provided which generate pulses of light comprising germicidal light and visible light from a germicidal light source and generate pulses of light from a visible light source that is distinct from the germicidal light source. The projections of visible light from the light sources produce a continuous stream of visible light or a collective stream of visible light pulsed at a frequency greater than 60 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, Charles Dale, Edward C. Guerrero, Jr., Paul P. Froutan, Sarah E. Simmons, Boris Ciorneiu
  • Patent number: 10226542
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for sanitising of medical instruments, in particular stethoscopes. In particular, this invention relates to a sanitisation or sterilisation device (1) for a stethoscope (S) comprising a case (2) that accommodates sanitisation or sterilisation means (3, 3?, 3?), a command and control unit (4) and a battery (5), said device (1) comprising means for coupling to the stethoscope (S) to be sanitised or sterilised, said coupling means being magnetic or electromagnetic coupling means (12), mechanical coupling means (13) or a combination of them, characterised in that said case (2) presents to the outside a recess which forms an inverted cone (11), the base of which is open and substantially at the level of the outer surface of the case (2), said sanitisation or sterilisation means (3, 3?, 3?) being arranged in correspondence to said cone (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Egohealth S.r.l.
    Inventors: Gabriele Messina, Sandra Burgassi, Valerio Montagnani, Daniele Messina, Gabriele Cevenini
  • Patent number: 10201172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for illuminating and at the same time purifying or disinfecting products such as air, flowers, food, vegetables, meat, poultry or fish. The method comprises the use of IR emitting LED elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vitabeam Ltd
    Inventor: Vladimir Vasilenko
  • Patent number: 10183084
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically eradicating microorganisms (e.g., germs, bacteria, and/or viruses) from appliance handles using ultraviolet (UV) light are provided. In one aspect, a system for eradicating biological contaminants from a handle on an appliance door is provided. The system includes a UV light emitter for producing UV disinfecting light during a cleaning cycle; and a waveguide coating on the handle, coupled to the UV light emitter, for propagating the UV disinfecting light over a surface of the handle. The system can also include a control module for controlling the UV light emitter; and at least one sensor for providing data to the control module as to when to initiate or halt a cleaning cycle. A method for eradicating biological contaminants from a handle on an appliance door using the present system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh
  • Patent number: 10166307
    Abstract: An adhesive device with an ultraviolet element is disclosed. The adhesive device with an ultraviolet element can be used to provide a treatment of a surface of an object. The treatment can include cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and sanitization. The adhesive device with an ultraviolet element can also be used as a self-adhesive bandage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 10156922
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods and systems for mitigating pathogen transmission via a touch surface of a touch input device. Mitigation is accomplished through selective touch surface sterilization and through touchscreen user interface reorganization. The touch surface includes a pixel array for illuminating selected portions of the touch surface with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength based upon the received touch inputs. The selective illumination may occur while receiving a touch input or after an accumulation of touch inputs have been received. The user interface may also be reorganized based on received touch inputs in order to locate user interface icons to lesser touched locations of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Cohen, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10151084
    Abstract: A fluid treatment and disposal system includes a sink, having a basin, a sink drain inlet, and a sink drain trap. An open cavity is disposed behind a rearward wall of the sink basin, between a top portion of the sink and the sink drain trap. A curved transition surface receives fluid entering the sink. Embodiments of the drain are shaped to promote the evacuation of fluid from the basin while limiting turbulence. An exhaust port fluidly coupled with the open cavity evacuates the open cavity and surrounding environment. Embodiments optionally associate one or more of the following with the open cavity: Ultra-Violet (UV) Germicidal Lights, and Ozone water, copper-silver ionization, and/or sanitizing agent injection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SAFE HEALTH SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Koll, James R. Stark, Thomas S. Hicks, Lorie Margaret Koll
  • Patent number: 10139957
    Abstract: Methods and systems for mitigating pathogen transmission via a touch surface of a touch input device. Mitigation is accomplished through selective touch surface sterilization and through touchscreen user interface reorganization. The touch surface includes a pixel array for illuminating selected portions of the touch surface with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength based upon the received touch inputs. The selective illumination may occur while receiving a touch input or after an accumulation of touch inputs have been received. The user interface may also be reorganized based on received touch inputs in order to locate user interface icons to lesser touched locations of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Cohen, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10124313
    Abstract: A modular photochemical reactor system having a plurality of fluidic modules each having i) a central planar process fluid layer and ii) two outer planar thermal control fluid layers for containing flowing thermal control fluid and a plurality of illumination modules, the illumination modules of the plurality each having a planar form with first and second major surfaces and each having at least a first array of semiconductor emitters, the emitters positioned to emit from or through the first major surface, wherein the first array of semiconductor emitters has at least a first emitter and a second emitter, the first emitter capable of emitting at a first center wavelength and the second emitter capable of emitting at a second center wavelength, the first and second center wavelengths differing from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sylvain Maxime F Gremetz, Clemens Rudolf Horn, Olivier Lobet
  • Patent number: 10064966
    Abstract: The shoe sole sanitizer provides a UV radiation emitting system that kills microbial pathogens deposited on shoe sole surfaces. The system includes a housing containing at least one UV radiation source. Bottom and side portions of the housing are opaque to provide a UV shield while directing the UV upward towards a top housing portion. The top housing portion has a plurality of holes forming an approximate shape of two shoe sole bottoms. The holes allow the UV radiation to escape the housing and target sole surfaces disposed on and over the exterior of the housing top. Each shoe sole approximation area has a pivotal tang that extends therefrom. Shutters attached internally to the tangs extend or limit UV exposure from the top surface depending on the size of the sole disposed on the top. The system is powered by standard AC electrical power or battery sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HEALTHY SOLE, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kassel, Brad Hollander
  • Patent number: 10042466
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods and systems for mitigating pathogen transmission via a touch surface of a touch input device. Mitigation is accomplished through selective touch surface sterilization and through touchscreen user interface reorganization. The touch surface includes a pixel array for illuminating selected portions of the touch surface with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength based upon the received touch inputs. The selective illumination may occur while receiving a touch input or after an accumulation of touch inputs have been received. The user interface may also be reorganized based on received touch inputs in order to locate user interface icons to lesser touched locations of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Cohen, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10029926
    Abstract: A method and a system is provided for inactivation of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV) comprising illuminating a liquid containing IPNV with a lamp emitting a continuous broad band of ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV lamp may be “tuned” to optimize IPNV inactivation. The lamp may be a medium pressure UV lamp that emits UV light having wavelength between 200-245 nm and preferably, between 200-220 nm. The pressure of the lamp may be greater than 1.6 bar, 3 bar and preferably is 7 bar. The lamp may be composed of PS (synthetic quartz).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ATLANTIUM TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Tovit Lichi, Michael Kertser, Ytzhak Rozenberg
  • Patent number: 9974875
    Abstract: A sterilizer for point-of-sale credit card readers and keypads. One or more UV-C LEDs are integrated into the housing of the unit and directed at the keypad or other surface. The LED lights shine on the keypad or other contact surfaces, such as a stylus. Because LEDs use low DC voltage, the electronics may be powered by the keypad device power supply. The electronic circuits may be designed so that the LEDs are automatically turned on after each transaction is complete for a predetermined amount of time to kill the vast majority of pathogens that could be transmitted from person to person. The LEDs may be arranged on both the left and right side of the keypad, and at the top edge of the keypad to illuminate all exposed surfaces of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Davis
  • Patent number: 9925286
    Abstract: According to one implementation an assembly is provided that includes a first and second optical fibers and a body that has respective first and second lumens in which at least a portion of the length of the first and second optical fiber reside. The first optical fiber is an end emitting fiber that is configured to end emit bacterial disinfecting light to disinfect at least a first portion of the body, and the second optical fiber is a radial emitting fiber that is configured to radially emit bacterial disinfecting light to disinfect at least a second portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Inikoa Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett M. Zaborsky, Michael R. Lopez, Gil Laroya
  • Patent number: 9919068
    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: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim S. Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska, Igor Agafonov
  • Patent number: 9878061
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. The target wavelength ranges and/or target intensity ranges of the ultraviolet radiation sources can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a sterilization operating configuration and a preservation operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim S. Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 9849207
    Abstract: A fluid filtration apparatus, which includes a plurality of optical fibers each having a length, wherein one or more of the plurality of optical fibers exhibits frustrated total internal reflection, thereby emitting light along the length of one or more of the optical fibers, in combination with a photocatalyst disposed on the plurality of optical fibers and a light source interconnected to the plurality of optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC.
    Inventor: Craig Grossman
  • Patent number: 9839901
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an advanced oxidation process for providing advanced oxidation products to an environment. More particularly, the present invention provides a device, system, and method utilizing an advanced oxidation process to react with and neutralize compounds in an environment, including microbes, odor causing chemicals, and other organic and inorganic chemicals. The device, system, and method of the present invention employ a wick structure to collect and concentrate water vapor, so that the water vapor may subsequently be used to generate advanced oxidation products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: RGF ENVIORNMENTAL GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Walter B. Ellis, Ronald G. Fink, Sergei Chtchavelev
  • Patent number: 9782510
    Abstract: A photocatalytic device has an ultraviolet light source and a plurality of photocatalytic structures, such as hydrated metallic catalyst surfaces. One or more catalyst substrates are adapted to support a hydroxyl radical reaction with ultraviolet light and water vapor that results in hydro peroxides and hydroxyl ions; an ultraviolet light source provides ultraviolet light to the catalyst substrates. The catalyst substrates comprising a hydrated multi-metallic catalyst having two or more elements or compounds selected from the group: Titanium dioxide, Titanium Platinum, Gold, Silver, Copper, Rhodium, Ruthenium, Lanthanum, Carbon, and Fluoride. In different embodiments, various combinations of these elements or compounds may be used in the catalyst, such as a combination of five or more of the elements or compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: DUST FREE, LP
    Inventor: Gregg William Burnett