Coating Or Impregnation Functions Biologically (e.g., Insect Repellent, Antiseptic, Insecticide, Bactericide, Etc.) Patents (Class 442/123)
  • Patent number: 9549549
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and materials for decontamination of surfaces and fabrics, such as non-woven fabrics, that are contaminated with infestations of microorganisms such as bacteria. Biocidal oligomers having conjugated oligo-(aryl/heteroaryl ethynyl) structures and comprising at least one cationic group can be used to decontaminate infested surfaces in the presence of oxygen and, optionally, illumination. Fibers incorporating biocidal oligomers having conjugated oligo-(aryl/heteroaryl ethynyl) structures and comprising at least one cationic group, wherein the oligomer is physically associated with or covalently bonded to, or both, the fiber-forming polymer can be used to form non-woven mats. Biocidal non-woven mats prepared by methods of the invention, incorporating the biocidal oligomers, can be used to suppress bacterial growth in wound and surgical dressings and personal hygiene products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: STC.UNM, University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Whitten, Kirk S. Schanze, Eunkyung Ji, Dimitri Dascier, Anand Parthasarathy, Thomas S. Corbitt, Kirsten Cicotte, Elizabeth LeBleu Dirk, Xuzhi Zhu
  • Patent number: 9505954
    Abstract: A method for solvent-less adhesive bonding is provided comprising depositing thin, functional, polymeric films on one or more substrates and bonding the substrates to each other or to other substrates. Depositing the polymeric films, including, for example, chemically reactive polymers and thermoplastics with adhesive qualities, may be accomplished using an initiated chemical vapor deposition technique compatible with a variety of monomers, including monomers with chemically functional moieties such as amine and epoxy groups. The technique allows for deposition of polymeric films on a wide variety of substrates/devices and provides an alternative for other coating/deposition methods that are incompatible with certain substrates/devices and/or do not provide adequate control over the resulting polymeric film. The provided method is advantageous in that it is applicable to fabrication of hybrid devices and is compatible with microfabrication technology, including that in clean-room settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventor: Magnus Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 9408419
    Abstract: Disclosed are moisturizing fabric materials for use in articles of wear such as bras. The moisturizing fabric materials include a moisturizer comprising plant oil, plant extract, and an emulsifier. The moisturizer is bonded to polymeric fabric material via a bonding agent to provide the moisturizing fabric material. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing an article of wear such as a bra using moisturizing fabric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Victoria's Secret Store Brand Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Dulce Almario, Mark Knitowski, Nathalie Martinet, Robert J. Smith, Mayur Vansia, Jasmine Yip
  • Patent number: 9360351
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to bed monitoring device for monitoring bodily activity of a person and in particular vital signs such as respiration, cardiac activity and body's physical movement, including the presence, absence, step out or even falling out of a person using a sleeping environment such as a bed; mattress; top-mattress, bedding such as mattress covers, and pillow covers; a pad; a futon and the like. Based on the monitoring of bodily activity, the bed-monitoring device further allows determining sleep comfort and sleeping position of the user. It accordingly provides a valuable R&D tool to manufacturers of sleeping articles like beds, mattresses, top-mattresses, futons and the like; but also in counselling consumers when buying sleeping articles under professional guidance. The bed monitoring device of the present invention is characterized in comprising an optical fiber fixed to or mixed into a flat body positioned within said sleeping environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Bekaert Textiles NV
    Inventors: Wim Van Thienen, Luc Vanden Bussche
  • Patent number: 9352527
    Abstract: A substantially rectangular multi-ply disintegratable absorbent sheet based on tissue includes at least three plies and has certain characteristics of strength in the cross direction of the sheet, strength in the machine direction of the sheet, a basis weight of the sheet, a thickness of the sheet, a flexibility of the sheet, an absorption of the sheet and a mean thickness of one ply of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SCA TISSUE FRANCE
    Inventors: Donald Barredo, Pierre Graff, Pierre Probst
  • Patent number: 9346823
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel modulators of the cold menthol receptor TRPM8, to a method for modulating the TRPM8 receptor using said modulators; to the use of the modulators for induction of cold sensation; and to objects and means produced using said modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Thomas Subkowski, Claus Bollschweiler, Jens Wittenberg, Michael Krohn, Holger Zinke
  • Patent number: 9308294
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to casting-mold imprints and synthetic reproductions of serous membranes for tissue engineering and organogenesis. The imprints and synthetic membranes disclosed herein may be composed of distinct biocompatible polymers, which provide a mechanism for separation. Further disclosed herein are methods for making imprints and synthetic membranes that mimic natural scrous membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Robert Cabrera
  • Patent number: 9057005
    Abstract: A powder and gel concentrate for a sealing solution is provided. The concentrate is comprised of a biocide, dye and acid buffer. This concentrate can be hydrated or dissolved using standard tap (mineralized) water to produce a sealing solution. The acid buffer keeps the minerals in the tap water suspended in solution, thereby preventing the solid scale (mineral build-up) that would otherwise clog the filters of a sealing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Ryan
  • Patent number: 9040435
    Abstract: Provided are superhydrophobic coatings, devices and articles including superhydrophobic coatings, and methods for preparing the superhydrophobic coatings. The exemplary superhydrophobic device can include a substrate component and one or more superhydrophobic coatings disposed over the substrate component, wherein at least one of the one or more superhydrophobic coatings has a water contact angle of at least about 150° and a contact angle hysteresis of less than about 1°. The one or more superhydrophobic coatings can include an ultra high water content acid catalyzed polysilicate gel, the polysilicate gel including a three dimensional network of silica particles having surface functional groups derivatized with a silylating agent and a plurality of pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: David J. Kissel, Charles Jeffrey Brinker
  • Patent number: 8980772
    Abstract: A barrier fabric with a nano-fibrous layer for mechanical retention of organic substances formed by a sandwich structure containing a basic material from unwoven fabric of “spunbond” type with areal weight of 15 to 50 g/m2 to which at least one nano-fibrous layer is arranged, selected from hydrophilic polymer, a hydrophobic polymer, or in the case of double-layer arrangement, a combination of the hydrophilic polymer in one layer and the hydrophobic polymer in the other layer. The nano-fibrous layer is equipped with a protective covering layer, and the individual layers of the sandwich are connected to each other. The nano-fibrous layer has an organic polymer material with areal weight of 0.05 to 0.3 g/m2 and thickness from 90 to 150 nm. The covering layer is selected from an unwoven fabric of “spunbond” type, “meltblown” type, cotton textile and/or a mixture of cotton and polyester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ceska Vcela s.r.o.
    Inventor: Miroslav Kubin
  • Patent number: 8980299
    Abstract: A method of making a biocompatible, implantable medical device, including a vascular closure device is disclosed. The method includes forming a biocompatible polymer into at least one fiber and randomly orienting the at least one fiber into a fibrous structure having at least one interstitial spaces. Polymeric materials may be utilized to fabricate any of these devices. The polymeric materials may include additives such as drugs or other bioactive agents as well as antibacterial agents. In such instances, at least one agent, in therapeutic dosage, is incorporated into at least one of the fibrous structure and the at least one fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cordis Corporation
    Inventors: Vipul Bhupendra Dave, Howard Scalzo, Jerome Fischer
  • Publication number: 20150037865
    Abstract: Kits and assemblies for causing, enhancing, and/or expediting consumption of an article by at least one biodegradative living organism are disclosed. The kits and assemblies include at least one additional living organism that enhances and/or expedites consumption of the article by the at least one biodegradative living organism. Methods of producing and using same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8906679
    Abstract: A composite comprising a stem cell; a biodegradable layer, which can provide an environment for the stem cell to grow and to differentiate, and; a N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), which can polymerize with the biodegradable layer and possess the temperature-responsive character for easy stripping. The present invention further provides a method for treating a patient with a skin defect, consisting of (a) providing said patient with a composite consisting of a N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) layer polymerized with a biodegradable layer containing gelatin and a layer of polypropylene (PP) non-woven, wherein a bone marrow derived mononuclear cell with CD45 negative and glycophorin A negative is cultivating on the biodegradable layer; (b) covering said composite on the skin defect of the patient; and (c) treating the composite with water below 25° C. to strip off the layer of polypropylene (PP) non-woven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Taipei Veterans General Hospital
    Inventors: Shih-Hwa Chiou, Cherng-Kang Perng, Han-Tzo Lin, Yi-Ping Yang
  • Patent number: 8877125
    Abstract: A light-activated antimicrobial article is disclosed, consisting essentially of an acridine dye covalently bonded without a linking group to a nylon material. The article may be made using electron beam processing. The article in combination with light absorbed by the acridine dye may be used to inhibit the growth of microorganisms. A photosensitive nylon material in which the acridine dye is disposed on the nylon material may also be used. Medical kits that include a light source and an article having the acridine dye are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Maria A. Appeaning, Sonja K. Belgrade, Douglas E. Weiss, Narina Y. Stepanova, Caroline M. Ylitalo
  • Patent number: 8865605
    Abstract: An antimicrobial composition comprising an organic antimicrobial component (K) and at least one metal salt component (M) and also, where appropriate, a solvent (L) and further auxiliary components, which comprises as organic component (K) at least one compound of the general formula (I) where the radicals independently have for example the following meanings: R1 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R2 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R3 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R4 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, R5 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, R6 is a branched or unbranched alkyl radical having 8 to 18 carbon atoms; n is an integer from 1 to 6, and which comprises as metal salt component (M) at least one salt of a di- to pentavalent metal, is useful for durable finishing of textiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sanitized AG
    Inventors: Walter Bender, Oliver Marte, Walter Marte
  • Publication number: 20140294906
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention relates to a method for rendering a non-metallic substrate stably antimicrobial. The method comprises: (a) contacting the substrate with an antimicrobial surfactant; (b) contacting the substrate with a polymeric binder; and (c) subjecting the substrate, surfactant, and binder to conditions at which the substrate becomes stably antimicrobial. In another embodiment, the invention relates to a substrate into which an antimicrobial surfactant and a binder have penetrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Robert Engel, Gary Innocenti, Karin Melkonian
  • Publication number: 20140273689
    Abstract: An article having a nonwoven material and a coating contacting the nonwoven material, the coating comprising at least one fluorochemical and at least one antimicrobial agent. The fluorochemical comprises at least one fluoropolymer. The add-on value of the at least one antimicrobial agent on the nonwoven material is less than 0.75% and the coating provides at least a 4-log reduction within 5 minutes when measured using AATCC Method 100. The at least one antimicrobial agent is selected from the group consisting of a benzalkonium salt, a benzethonium salt, a octenidine salt, a chlorhexidine salt, free base chlorhexidine, triclosan and combinations thereof. The coating provides at least a 2-log reduction within 5 minutes when measured using AATCC Method 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Emily CARROLL, Walter ISAAC, Hallie KREITLOW, Nick KROGMAN
  • Publication number: 20140259391
    Abstract: A patient lift system includes a lift housing, a base lift strap having a first end coupled to a lift housing and a second end coupled to a sling bar. The base lift strap is infection controlled. In one embodiment, a protective sleeve covers the base lift strap, wherein the protective sleeve has a first end and a second end. In another embodiment, the base lift strap is chemically treated to provide infection control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Roger KARLSSON, Mattias ANDERSSON, Lars EKLOF, Laetitia GAZAGNES, Josh SHENK
  • Publication number: 20140273690
    Abstract: A method for making an antibacterial fabric having resistance to laundering while maintaining its antibacterial properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Philadelphia University
    Inventors: Diana R. Cundell, Brian R. George
  • Patent number: 8828516
    Abstract: Included are food packaging materials and processes that are useful for commercial products to extend the freshness and preserve the integrity and shelf-life of packaged foods. Said food packaging materials utilize a low bioburden, biodegradable and/or compostable shock absorbing/cushioning nonwoven structure and some form or forms of an antimicrobial and/or antifungal agent consisting of silver or silver-based species that destroy microbes which would otherwise spoil the food. The shelf-life extension process involves silver-based antimicrobial agents that function to mitigate the spread of food spoilage pathogens when they come in contact with the said food packaging materials. Fluid absorbing or superabsorbent, capabilities may be incorporated in the structure to control excess fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Biovation II LLC
    Inventors: Kerem Durdag, Brian Pendleton, Robert Hamlyn, Valerie Gunn, Marc Etchells
  • Patent number: 8822354
    Abstract: A coated fabric having a base fabric and an auxiliary layer laminated thereto, wherein the exposed face of the auxiliary layer is coated with a coating composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Clarkson Textiles Limited
    Inventor: Roger Gordon White
  • Publication number: 20140242866
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure, in one aspect, relate to polymer compositions, methods of making polymer compositions, structures having the polymer composition covalently bonded to the surface of the structure, methods of attaching the polymer to the surface of the structure, methods of decreasing the amount of microorganisms formed on a structure, materials, methods of attaching materials, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventor: Jason J. Locklin
  • Patent number: 8809210
    Abstract: A self-decontaminating fabric is manufactured from fibers such as Tencel having high surface energy and low surface roughness. Novel scouring methods eliminate substantially all contaminants from the fibers, and a novel coating process applies an anti-pathogen coating such as a halogen compound to the fabric so as to provide rapid deactivation of pathogens on contact. Novel charging methods activate or reactivate the coating, typically by exposure to chlorine. The coating is substantially free of gap regions where pathogens can survive. The high surface energy of the fibers allows a high coating concentration and provides close contact between attached pathogens and the coating. The low surface roughness reduces the pickup of pathogens by the fibers. Multi-layer embodiments include an outer layer configured for maximum anti-pathogen coating concentration, and an inner layer configured for a reduced coating concentration that is compatible with skin contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Warwick Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A Howland
  • Publication number: 20140227925
    Abstract: A novel metal polyoxide is a compound in which a plurality of oxygen elements are coupled to a transition metal element, and shows surface electrical resistance in addition to antibacterial and deodorizing activities. More specifically, the metal polyoxide contains manganese (III) molybdate and cobalt (III) molybdate having a novel structure. A preparation method thereof and a preparation method of a functional fiber or textile prepared using the same are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Seung Won Kook, Alexandru Botar
  • Publication number: 20140220841
    Abstract: Novel composite materials are provided consisting of a substrate based on fibers of natural, mineral or vegetable origin, and of a mixture formed from a matrix of water-based resin and an expanding agent. The nature and the proportions of the various elements constituting these novel composite materials is also provided. A method of manufacture for making these novel composite materials starting from the constituent elements and the characteristics of the different steps of said method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: ROXEL FRANCE
    Inventors: Nicolas Rumeau, Aurélie Buisson, Pascal Trouillot
  • Publication number: 20140220842
    Abstract: A process for the treatment of a synthetic textile (T) with a cationic biocide (B) and at least one anionic polymer (P) which comprises the step of treating the synthetic textile with an aqueous composition containing the cationic biocide (B) in a concentration (c1) and containing the anionic polymer (P) in a concentration (c2), wherein the concentrations (c1) and (c2) are selected so that the ratio (R) of negative charges of the anionic polymer (P) to the positive charges of the cationic biocide (B) is between 10:1 and 1:1, leads to textiles with long term biocide activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Sebastian Koltzenburg, Thomas Gottschalk, Volodymyr Boyko, Thomas Glen Cunkle
  • Patent number: 8795718
    Abstract: The present invention utilizes a nano-coating of an oxide such as silica, a silicate or another effective oxide on a surface to accelerate blood clotting in mammalian animals. The hemostatic layer has a thickness that is effective for the hemostasis, yet can be made thin enough to result in a resorbable film which can either be applied to a biocompatible or resorbable device that can be used in surgical applications as well as in topical applications such as trauma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bedard, Steven A. Wilcher
  • Patent number: 8778817
    Abstract: A method of making a cover material for an absorbent article including the steps of providing a fibrous nonwoven substrate, the substrate having a tortuousity value in the range of about 0.8 to about 3.0, applying a particulate skin care material to the substrate, the particulate skin care comprising a particulate material having a particle size in the range of about 1 micron to about 75 microns, and applying a compressive force to the substrate to impregnate the substrate with the particulate skin care material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Krystyna M. Borysewicz, Ricky Ray Burrow, Jenny G. Du, Joseph Michael Luizzi, Maria Cristina Niciporciukas, Kenneth A. Pelley, John Poccia
  • Patent number: 8778408
    Abstract: Provided an antimicrobial substance that includes a base material layer, and a copper-tin alloy layer 5-200 nm in thickness disposed on the base material layer, the copper-tin alloy layer containing copper in an amount of more than 60 atomic percent but not more than 90 atomic percent, and containing tin in an amount of not less than 10 atomic percent but less than 40 atomic percent. The copper-tin alloy layer includes a Cu41Sn11 crystalline phase, and a Cu3Sn crystalline phase. The Q value (?/(nm·Cu atomic percent)), which is derived by dividing the sheet resistance (?) of the copper-tin alloy layer by the thickness of the copper-tin alloy layer and the copper content (Cu atomic percent), is 1.5×10?4-6.0×10?4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Hirota, Hiroshi Mase
  • Patent number: 8778321
    Abstract: A finish for cellulosic fibrous substrates containing tertiary amine-containing polymers for providing durable control of body odors and the cellulosic materials treated with the finish, which materials exhibit little or no discoloration and little or no degradation of physical strength as a result of the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nanotex LLC
    Inventors: John J. McNamara, William Ware, Jr., Wenxin Yu
  • Patent number: 8771831
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to yarns and fabrics that exhibit anti-static, anti-odor, and anti-microbial properties. The yarn is comprised of several groups of predetermined fibers. One of these groups of predetermined fibers comprises fibers that exhibit anti-microbial, anti-odor and anti-static characteristics. In one embodiment, the yarn comprises a first plurality of fibers, a second plurality of fibers that are different from the fibers of the first plurality, and a third plurality of fibers that are different from the fibers of the first and second pluralities. In one embodiment, the fibers which exhibit anti-microbial, anti-odor and anti-static properties are metallic coated fibers. Other fibers used to form different embodiments of the yarns include cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, meta-aramid fibers, para-aramid fibers, and stretch fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Carole A. Winterhalter
  • Patent number: 8772185
    Abstract: A reversible color-changing ink formulation, and a nonwoven wipe to which the ink formulation is securely bound, are provided. The reversible color-changing ink formulation includes about 55-98% by weight of a polymer binder, about 0.1-20% by weight of a reversible color-changing dye that reversibly changes between a first color and a second color at a pH of about 5.5 to about 8.0, and optional amounts of plasticizer, inorganic particulate filler, and color brightener. During use, the nonwoven wipe is impregnated with a sanitizer solution that contains a quaternary ammonium compound. The nonwoven wipe reversibly changes between a first color when impregnated with the sanitizer solution and a second color when the sanitizer solution is depleted during use. The change to the second color indicates the need to recharge the nonwoven wipe with the sanitizer solution, whereupon the first color returns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Richard Jelonek, Ernani Bernardo
  • Patent number: 8772186
    Abstract: A nonwoven wipe having a reversible sanitizer indicator for multiple uses and recharges is provided. The nonwoven wipe includes a cloth-like nonwoven fabric coated with a reversible color-changing ink formulation. During use, the nonwoven wipe is impregnated with a quaternary ammonium compound-based sanitizer. When the level of free quaternary ammonium compound falls below a threshold level, the color-changing ink formulation changes from a first color to a second color, indicating the need to recharge the wipe. When the nonwoven wipe is recharged with sanitizer solution, the color-changing ink formulation changes back to the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Darren J. Farrugia, Lesley J. Ward, Veronica R. Reichert
  • Patent number: 8772184
    Abstract: A nonwoven wipe having a reversible sanitizer indicator for multiple uses and recharges is provided. The nonwoven wipe includes a cloth-like nonwoven fabric coated with a reversible color-changing ink formulation. During use, the nonwoven wipe is impregnated with a quaternary ammonium compound-based sanitizer. When the level of free quaternary ammonium compound falls below a threshold level, the color-changing ink formulation changes from a first color to a second color, indicating the need to recharge the wipe. When the nonwoven wipe is recharged with sanitizer solution, the color-changing ink formulation changes back to the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Darren J. Farrugia, Lesley J. Ward, Veronica R. Reichert
  • Patent number: 8771571
    Abstract: A method for preparing a polyglutamic acid (?-PGA) fiber having antibacterial and water absorption properties is provided. The method includes providing a ?-PGA fiber and immersing it in a sodium hypochlorite solution. A relation exists between an immersing time T of the ?-PGA fiber and a concentration X of the sodium hypochlorite solution as shown in the formula below: 10.2?(T?64.55X2+50X)?15.2, wherein X is 0.006-0.4 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Far Eastern New Century Corporation
    Inventors: Jo-Wei Huang, Chia-Chang Liu, Ying-Nan Tsai
  • Patent number: 8764851
    Abstract: Methods of treating fabrics using sol-gel halamine chemistry to impart antimicrobial properties thereto are described, as well as fabrics produced by the described methods. In one embodiment, the antimicrobial fabrics may be used to fabricate antimicrobial divider curtains for use in hospitals and medical facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Eastern Michigan University
    Inventors: Subhas Ghosh, Vijaykumar Mannari
  • Patent number: 8759235
    Abstract: A new orthopedic prayer mat proposed, whereas the new orthopedic prayer mat has a multiple layered structure. The top layer is made from microfiber which is antimicrobial, anti-molding, water-resistant, anti-dust and heat-resistant. The bottom layer is an anti-slip layer to prevent the user from physical injury in any situation while using the mat, and a soft polyurethane layer and an anti-fatigue layer or a hard polyurethane layer are arranged between the top microfiber layer and the bottom anti-slip layer in order to absorb pressure pressure and providing support, and the soft and hard polyurethane layer are combined at an angle to adjust the ratio of the weight-absorption and bearing to form the orthopedic prayer mat. Further the angle between the layers is tailored for users according to user's weight, height, body structure type and healthy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Nader Sabry
  • Publication number: 20140154940
    Abstract: A controlled release biocidal salt of a first component comprises a cation of a N?—(C1-C22) alkanoyl di-basic amino acid alkyl (C1-C22) ester cationic biocidal molecule and a second component comprising an anion of a monomeric anionic molecule having insignificant biocidal activity. The salt is characterized such that when the salt is exposed to an aqueous medium, the salt partially dissolves thereby releasing biocidal ions in an amount sufficient to exceed the MIC or MBC of a target bacteria being controlled, and further characterized as leaving a residual reservoir of undissolved salt capable of releasing more biocidal ions as the salt is consumed or otherwise removed from the environment encompassing the target bacteria. The preferred cationic biocidal molecule comprises N?-lauroyl-L-arginine ethyl ester (“LAE”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Nevada Naturals Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sawyer, Richard F. Stockel
  • Patent number: 8735307
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a number of coatings for protection of wooden poles including filler paste, coating paints and glass fiber-polyester resin based composites which may be applied to wooden poles in the field. These coatings contain different anti-flame and antifungal additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Light Servicos de Electricidade S.A.
    Inventors: Bluma Guenther Soares, Fabio Ladeira Barcia
  • Patent number: 8703627
    Abstract: An antiadhesive material that is excellent in biocompatibility and bioabsorbability, as well as excellent strength in suturing and bonding, is provided. A reinforcing material 12 made of a biodegradable polymer is placed in a gelatin solution so that the reinforcing material 12 is impregnated with the solution, and the gelatin is caused to gelate and dried. By so doing, an antiadhesive material in which a gelatin film 11 and the reinforcing material 12 are integrated is obtained. The reinforcing material 12 preferably is arranged in a portion of the gelatin film 11 to be subjected to suturing, and preferably is arranged along a periphery of the gelatin film 11. The gelatin film 11 preferably is a cross-linked gelatin film, and the reinforcing material 12 preferably is a nonwoven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: Gunze Limited, JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shojiro Matsuda, Yoshimi Tanaka, Yoshito Ikada
  • Patent number: 8684189
    Abstract: Described is the application of layer-by-layer (LbL) electrostatic assembly techniques to electrospun nanofibers in order to fabricate novel, breathable electrospun fiber-based chemical and biological detoxifying protective fabrics and filters. The combination of layer-by-layer electrostatic assembly and electrospinning technique allows one to take advantage of high specific surface area, light weight and breathability of electrospun fiber mats while simultaneously providing the versatility to incorporate different functional polyelectrolytes to achieve multifunctional coatings for both chemical and biological protection together. The functionalized fiber mats can be incorporated into breathable chemical and biological protective fabrics, filters and masks. In addition, LbL electrostatic coating of porous non-woven materials provides the versatility to generate multifunctional polymer-based membrane materials for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Liang Chen, Lev E. Bromberg, Trevor Alan Hatton, Gregory C. Rutledge
  • Patent number: 8679990
    Abstract: A self-decontaminating fabric prepared by a method, wherein the method prepares a coating solution by combining a first solution comprises a photocatalyst dissolved in an alcohol, and a second solution comprises a metal alkoxide dissolved in an organic solvent, applies the coating solution to the fabric, and dries the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: John L. Lombardi
  • Publication number: 20140044801
    Abstract: The sterilizing and deodorizing agents target bacteria, odors, toxic substances, etc. and are made from silver as metal particles and titanium dioxide as ceramic particles by (1) thermal bonding or (2) pressure bonding or (3) thermal/pressure bonding and mixing the resultant with hydroxyapatite as an adsorptive material. The agent can be mixed with ink, bonding agents and paints and applied to a variety of substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Tsukasa Sakurada, Charles P. Gerba
  • Publication number: 20140045398
    Abstract: Substrates, optionally coated with an undercoating, having grafted thereto one or more non-fouling materials are described herein. The non-fouling, polymeric material can be grafted to a variety of functionalized substrate materials, particularly polymeric substrates and/or polymeric undercoatings immobilized on a substrate. The compositions described herein are highly resistant protein absorption, particularly in complex media and retain a high degree of non-fouling activity over long periods of time. The compositions described herein may also demonstrate antimicrobial and/or anti-thrombogenic activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: SEMPRUS BIOSCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zheng Zhang, Chad Huval, William Shannan O'Shaughnessey, Michael Hencke, Trevor Squier, Jun Li, Michael Bouchard, Christopher R. Loose
  • Patent number: 8642071
    Abstract: Microencapsulated materials are added to compressed products. Microencapsulation permits a wide range of products to be incorporated into these compressed products while maintaining the dry, compressed nature of the products. In one aspect, methods are provided that comprise forming the article, that comprises paper or fabric, in a size of intended use; attaching a plurality of microencapsulated beads containing a material therein to the paper or fabric; and compressing the article to a compressed size that is smaller than the size of intended use. In another aspect, articles comprise a liquid-expandable paper or fabric, and a plurality of microencapsulated beads containing a material therein attached to the paper or fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 8613910
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of at least one flavonoid having an uncharged flavan skeleton as synergist for enhancing the action of self-tanning substances, such as trioses and tetroses, in cosmetic and dermatological formulations and to corresponding novel compositions and to the preparation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Rudolph, Herwig Buchholz, Jerzy Meduski
  • Patent number: 8598053
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes the manufacture and use of soft surfaces such as fabrics bearing surface-grafted antimicrobial polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: David G. Whitten, Linnea K. Ista, Thomas S. Corbitt, Motokatsu Ogawa, Kirk S. Schanze, Gabriel P. Lopez, Ramanathan Nagarajan
  • Publication number: 20130295315
    Abstract: Disclosed are food packaging materials and processes that are useful for commercial products to extend the freshness and preserve the integrity and shelf-life of packaged foods. Said food packaging materials utilize a low bioburden, biodegradable and/or compostable shock absorbing/cushioning nonwoven structure and some form or forms of an antimicrobial and/or antifungal agent consisting of silver or silver-based species that destroy microbes which would otherwise spoil the food. The shelf-life extension process involves silver-based antimicrobial agents that function to mitigate the spread of food spoilage pathogens when they come in contact with the said food packaging materials. Fluid absorbing or superabsorbent, capabilities may be incorporated in the structure to control excess fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Kerem Durdag, Brian Pendleton, Robert Hamlyn, Valerie Gunn
  • Patent number: 8574683
    Abstract: An odor-inhibiting fiber having a cellulosic fiber and an odor-inhibiting formulation. The odor-inhibiting formulation may contain an odor-inhibiting agent, such as a biocide, an enzyme, a urease inhibitor. The odor-inhibiting formulation also may contain a liquid carrier such as a hydrophobic or hydrophilic organic liquid, or a mixture of a hydrophobic and hydrophilic organic liquid. The cellulosic fiber is impregnated with the odor-inhibiting formulation to produce fiber having odor-inhibiting characteristics. The resultant odor-inhibiting fiber is useful in making absorbent articles with odor-inhibiting characteristics. The fiber of the embodiments prevents odor by inhibiting bacteria growth and ammonia production, especially when used in an absorbent article such as a diaper or adult incontinence device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Rayonier TRS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Othman A. Hamed, Harry J. Chmielewski
  • Patent number: 8568768
    Abstract: A fibrous assembly is provided for performing site-specific chemistry. In general the present invention provides a fibrous assembly comprising a first fiber that sequesters a first reactive component; and a second fiber that sequesters a second reactive component, wherein at least the first or second fiber releases its reactive component when the fiber is in the presence of a releasing agent, and wherein when the at least first or second fiber releases its reactive component, the first and second reactive components react with each other to form a reaction product. Related methods of manufacture and use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventors: Darrell H. Reneker, Daniel J. Smith