US Patent No: 4,662,360

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Disposable speculum

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A sanitary protective cover or sheath for the ear canal probe of a tympanic thermometer has a generally tubular body portion and an infrared transparent membrane attached to and sealing the forward end of the tubular body portion. While the tubular body portion is being injection molded of a plastic material, a film of a similar plastic material is mated to the forward end of the tubular body portion. A portion of the film defining the membrane is thus severed from the film and thermally bonded to the tubular body portion.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SHERWOOD SERVICES AGNEUHAUSEN AM RHEINFALL172
INTELLIGENT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, A DIVISION OF WESTEK CORPORATION, A CORP OF CALIFORNIACARLSBAD, CA0
SHERWOOD IMS, INC.CARLSBAD, CA1

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
O'Hara, Gary J Escondido, CA 14 1159
Phillips, David B San Diego, CA 15 891

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC. (1)
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SENOH KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
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Telatemp Corporation (1)
* 4,315,150 Targeted infrared thermometer 81 1980
 
WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
* 4,380,998 Soft tip speculum 45 1981
 
SHERWOOD IMS, INC. (1)
* 4,602,642 Method and apparatus for measuring internal body temperature utilizing infrared emissions 226 1984
 
HONEYWELL INC. (1)
* 4,433,924 Thermal reference apparatus 29 1981
 
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO (1)
* 4,475,554 Noninvasive continuous blood pressure meter 39 1981
 
The Boeing Company (1)
* 4,481,417 Infrared energy detection device 20 1982
 
NATIONAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (1)
* 4,414,980 Blood flow monitor apparatus 21 1981
 
ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES, INC. (1)
* 4,515,165 Apparatus and method for detecting tumors 230 1981
 
LINEAR CORPORATION (1)
* 4,372,690 Thermal radiation measuring arrangement 24 1981
 
Mon-a-therm, Inc. (1)
* 4,392,005 Temperature sensor 14 1981
 
WAHL, WILLIAM (3)
* 4,436,438 Multiple probe temperature measuring system and probes therefor 25 1981
* 4,456,390 Noncontact temperature measuring device 44 1981
* 4,454,370 Thermocouple surface probe 43 1982
 
HEALTHCHECK CORPORATION, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
* 4,487,208 Fast response thermoresistive temperature sensing probe 40 1983
 
Marathon Medical Equipment (1)
* 4,471,354 Apparatus and method for remotely measuring temperature 96 1981
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (19)
* 4,922,914 Disposable cover for tonometer 10 1988
* 5,113,863 Disposable ocular diagnosis device and method 6 1989
D360261 Medical speculum 20 1993
* 5,645,350 Hygienic protecting device for an electronic thermometer 39 1996
D406339 Otoscope 5 1998
6,224,256 Cover for medical probe 40 1998
6,435,711 Infrared ear thermometer 28 1999
6,991,368 Infrared thermometer 20 2002
* 2003/0016,728 Infrared thermometer 0 2002
* 2004/0231,772 Intelligent medical device barrier 17 2003
* 2006/0222,048 Ambient and perfusion normalized temperature detector 1 2005
* 7,344,492 Animal insemination sheath 3 2006
* 2007/0263,698 Probe cover for ear thermometer 1 2006
7,419,465 Animal insemination sheath-methods of use 3 2006
* 2007/0255,092 Animal insemination sheath-methods of use 0 2006
7,837,611 Animal insemination sheath apparatus 0 2008
* 2009/0023,980 Animal Insemination Sheath Apparatus 1 2008
8,323,178 Animal insemination sheath and methods of use 0 2010
* 2011/0021,867 ANIMAL INSEMINATION SHEATH AND METHODS OF USE 0 2010
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
* 5,516,010 Sanitary speculum for tympanic thermometer probe 54 1994
5,980,451 Disposable speculum with membrane bonding ring 24 1998
 
GREINER BIO-ONE GMBH (1)
* 8,512,652 Multiwell microplate with transparent bottom having a thickness less than 200 micrometers 0 2002
 
OMRON CORPORATION (1)
* 5,638,951 Probe cover mounting case 7 1996
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (2)
* 2009/0185,598 PROBE COVER HAVING A BLACKBODY 0 2009
RE43745 Tympanic thermometer probe cover with film support mechanism 1 2010
 
NOVARTIS AG (2)
* 8,387,782 Container for the accommodation of a contact lens 4 2010
* 2011/0089,053 Container for the Accommodation of a Contact Lens 1 2010
 
Infra-Temp, Inc. (1)
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OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD. (3)
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* 7,025,500 Probe for infrared clinical thermometer 8 2002
 
Spaeth; G. L. (1)
* 5,002,057 Cover for prism of an applanation tonometer and method of application thereof 19 1987
 
WELCH ALLYN, INC. (14)
* RE34599 Disposable probe cover assembly for medical thermometer 19 1992
* 7,354,399 Otoscopic tip element and related method of use 9 2004
8,066,634 Digital otoscope 2 2007
* 2008/0051,637 DIGITAL OTOSCOPE 4 2007
* 8,136,986 Disposable speculum for medical thermometer 4 2007
* 2008/0123,717 DISPOSABLE SPECULUM FOR MEDICAL THERMOMETER 9 2007
8,197,403 Otoscopic instrument having tip attachment and ejecting mechanism 0 2008
* 2008/0139,888 OTOSCOPIC TIP ELEMENT AND RELATED METHOD OF USE 3 2008
8,231,271 IR thermometry probe cover 1 2009
* 2010/0260,230 IR THERMOMETRY PROBE COVER 3 2009
8,876,373 IR thermometry probe cover 0 2011
D685482 Cover for a probe or the like 0 2012
8,944,596 Digital-based medical devices 0 2012
D716953 Cover of a probe or the like 0 2013
 
INOMET, INC. (1)
* 5,115,133 Testing of body fluid constituents through measuring light reflected from tympanic membrane 76 1990
 
SHERWOOD IMS, INC. (2)
D303008 Disposable speculum to cover the probe end of a tympanic thermometer 19 1986
* 5,293,862 Disposable speculum with bonding ring 32 1992
 
ADVANCED MONITORS CORPORATION (1)
* 6,152,596 Protective cover for infrared thermometer 21 1998
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
* 2007/0238,926 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 0 2007
 
K-JUMP HEALTH CO., LTD. (1)
6,390,671 Probe cover with film insert 39 2000
 
CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC. (1)
* 5,046,482 Disposable infrared thermometer insertion probe 25 1989
 
ZILA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (1)
* 5,179,936 Disposable speculum with membrane bonding ring 176 1987
 
Huang Hua Co., Ltd. (1)
* 7,083,330 Ear thermometer having breakable ear cap 11 2004
 
KAISEI KOGYO CORPORATION (1)
* 4,920,973 Skin temperature measuring apparatus for diagnosing disturbance of peripheral circulation 4 1988
 
KAZ USA, INC. (1)
* 5,088,834 Unitary probe cover 70 1991
 
Comfortex Corporation (1)
D542068 Headrail 4 2006
 
Integ, Inc. (3)
* 5,146,091 Body fluid constituent measurement utilizing an interference pattern 176 1990
* 5,079,421 Invasive FTIR blood constituent testing 42 1990
* 5,179,951 Blood constituent measurement 116 1991
 
LUMA IMAGING CORPORATION (30)
6,411,835 Spectral volume microprobe arrays 94 1999
6,411,838 Systems and methods for optical examination of samples 73 1999
6,826,422 Spectral volume microprobe arrays 52 2000
6,847,490 Optical probe accessory device for use in vivo diagnostic procedures 44 2000
6,902,935 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 27 2000
6,839,661 System for normalizing spectra 15 2000
* 2002/0197,728 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 41 2000
6,385,484 Spectroscopic system employing a plurality of data types 32 2000
7,260,248 Image processing using measures of similarity 19 2002
* 2003/0144,585 Image processing using measures of similarity 12 2002
7,127,282 Optical methods and systems for rapid screening of the cervix 9 2002
* 2002/0177,777 Optical methods and systems for rapid screening of the cervix 0 2002
6,760,613 Substantially monostatic, substantially confocal optical systems for examination of samples 17 2002
6,768,918 Fluorescent fiberoptic probe for tissue health discrimination and method of use thereof 16 2002
6,818,903 Method and apparatus for identifying spectral artifacts 15 2002
6,933,154 Optimal windows for obtaining optical data for characterization of tissue samples 17 2002
* 2004/0023,406 Optimal windows for obtaining optical data for characterization of tissue samples 0 2002
7,469,160 Methods and apparatus for evaluating image focus 21 2003
7,459,696 Methods and apparatus for calibrating spectral data 11 2003
7,309,867 Methods and apparatus for characterization of tissue samples 18 2003
7,282,723 Methods and apparatus for processing spectral data for use in tissue characterization 19 2003
7,136,518 Methods and apparatus for displaying diagnostic data 84 2003
* 2004/0206,882 Methods and apparatus for evaluating image focus 5 2003
* 2004/0207,625 Methods and apparatus for displaying diagnostic data 8 2003
* 2004/0010,375 Methods and apparatus for processing spectral data for use in tissue characterization 6 2003
D507349 Sheath for cervical optical probe 13 2003
D500134 Sheath for cervical optical probe 13 2003
7,310,547 Fluorescent fiberoptic probe for tissue health discrimination 11 2004
8,005,527 Method of determining a condition of a tissue 4 2007
* 2008/0091,110 Fluorescent Fiberoptic Probe for Tissue Health Discrimination and Method of Use Thereof 1 2007
 
PAT O. DAILY REVOCABLE TRUST, ORGANIZED UNDER THE LAW OF CA (1)
* 5,167,235 Fiber optic ear thermometer 100 1991
 
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (1)
* 5,213,099 Ear canal pulse/oxygen saturation measuring device 142 1991
 
TIDI PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
9,433,468 Sheath for a medical or dental instrument 0 2014
 
Health & Technology, Inc. (1)
6,213,938 Disposable otoscope tip stacking system 6 1999
 
Exergen Corporation (11)
* 5,874,736 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 49 1996
* 6,045,257 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 36 1999
6,219,573 Radiation detector probe 30 1999
6,319,206 Temporal thermometer disposable cap 17 1999
6,241,384 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 26 2000
6,402,371 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 33 2001
6,932,775 Temporal thermometer disposable cap 10 2001
* 2002/0068,876 Temporal thermometer disposable cap 6 2001
* 2004/0122,338 Radiation detector probe 3 2003
* 2006/0062,274 Radiation detector probe 13 2005
7,314,309 Ambient and perfusion normalized temperature detector 1 2005
 
OASIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
* 5,318,029 Tonometer shield 15 1992
 
PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (7)
* 4,993,419 Radiation detector suitable for tympanic temperature measurement 71 1988
* 5,271,407 Radiation detector suitable for tympanic temperature measurement 30 1991
* 5,199,436 Radiation detector having improved accuracy 49 1991
* 5,445,158 Radiation detector probe 51 1991
* 5,653,238 Radiation detector probe 33 1994
* 5,893,833 Axillary infrared thermometer and cover therefor 37 1995
* 6,047,205 Radiation detector probe 23 1996
 
HELEN OF TROY LIMITED (4)
* 6,695,474 Protective cap for infrared radiation thermometer 17 2001
8,882,347 Probe cover with matching feature for a medical thermometer 0 2009
* 2011/0134,962 PROBE COVER WITH MATCHING FEATURE FOR A MEDICAL THERMOMETER 13 2009
9,285,276 Probe cover with matching feature for a medical thermometer 0 2013
 
MEDISPECTRA, INC. (13)
* 2002/0127,735 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 21 2002
* 2002/0133,073 Spectroscopic system employing a plurality of data types 13 2002
7,103,401 Colonic polyp discrimination by tissue fluorescence and fiberoptic probe 9 2002
* 2004/0010,187 Colonic polyp discrimination by tissue fluorescence and fiberoptic probe 0 2002
7,187,810 Methods and systems for correcting image misalignment 34 2002
* 2003/0095,721 Methods and systems for correcting image misalignment 3 2002
* 2004/0209,237 Methods and apparatus for characterization of tissue samples 28 2003
* 2004/0208,385 Methods and apparatus for visually enhancing images 33 2003
* 2004/0186,382 Spectral volume microprobe arrays 83 2003
* 2004/0214,156 Method and apparatus for identifying spectral artifacts 1 2004
* 2005/0033,186 Substantially monostatic, substantially confocal optical systems for examination of samples 3 2004
* 2005/0064,602 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 11 2004
* 2005/0159,646 Optical probe accessory device for use in in vivo diagnostic procedures 9 2004
 
RADIANT INNOVATION INC. (1)
7,722,250 Probe cover for ear thermometer 0 2008
 
Bionix Development Corporation (1)
* 5,772,582 Nasal speculum 26 1997
 
PMP PARTNERS LLC (6)
5,833,367 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 32 1996
6,030,117 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 15 1997
6,042,266 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 26 1998
6,001,066 Tympanic thermometer with modular sensing probe 33 1998
6,186,959 Tympanic thermometer with modular sensing probe 40 1999
6,123,454 Tympanic thermometer disposable probe cover with further stretching prevention structure 35 1999
 
GERLITZ, JONATHAN (1)
6,811,306 Infrared ear thermometer 7 2002
 
Greiner Bio - One GmbH (1)
* 2003/0039,592 Microplate with transparent bottom 4 2002
 
THERMOSCAN INC. (3)
* 5,163,418 Speculum cover 54 1991
* 5,795,067 Enhanced protective lens cover for an infrared thermometer 29 1996
* 6,139,182 Enhanced protective cover for use in an IR thermometer 22 1999
 
CAREFUSION 303, INC. (2)
* 5,066,142 Protective apparatus for a biomedical probe 45 1990
* 6,332,090 Thermally isolated probe for biomedical apparatus and method of communicating energy there through 32 1995
 
NORM PACIFIC AUTOMATION CORP. (1)
* 6,238,088 Disposable cap for instant thermometer measuring probe 12 1999
 
COVIDIEN AG (18)
* 6,619,837 Probe cover with lubrication well 5 2001
7,237,949 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 13 2003
* 2006/0159,155 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 2 2003
7,108,419 Thermal tympanic thermometer tip 18 2003
* 2004/0240,516 Thermal tympanic thermometer tip 0 2003
* 7,354,194 Tympanic thermometer probe cover with film support mechanism 11 2005
* 2007/0248,141 INFRARED THERMOMETER AND PROBE COVER THEREOF 2 2006
7,686,506 Stackable tympanic thermometer probe cover cassette 6 2006
7,556,424 Tympanic thermometer prove cover cassette and holder 5 2006
* 7,478,946 Probe cover cassette with improved probe cover support 3 2006
7,434,991 Thermal tympanic thermometer 14 2006
* 2006/0239,332 THERMAL TYMPANIC THERMOMETER 2 2006
7,530,738 Probe cover having a blackbody 3 2007
7,841,767 Thermal tympanic thermometer 6 2008
* 2008/0298,429 THERMAL TYMPANIC THERMOMETER 3 2008
7,927,012 Probe cover cassette with improved probe cover support 2 2008
* 2009/0092,172 PROBE COVER CASSETTE WITH IMPROVED PROBE COVER SUPPORT 3 2008
* 8,123,401 Probe cover having a blackbody 1 2009
 
SARNOFF CORPORATION (3)
7,107,088 Pulse oximetry methods and apparatus for use within an auditory canal 109 2004
* 2005/0049,471 Pulse oximetry methods and apparatus for use within an auditory canal 20 2004
* 2005/0059,870 Processing methods and apparatus for monitoring physiological parameters using physiological characteristics present within an auditory canal 51 2004
 
ALARIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
D318812 Disposable speculum for an infrared thermometer 23 1989
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
* 7,241,263 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 6 2004
* 2006/0069,307 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 10 2004
 
TruTek, Inc. (1)
5,967,992 Radiometric temperature measurement based on empirical measurements and linear functions 23 1998
 
YELDERMAN, BRAIG AND GOLDBERGER PARTNERSHIP (1)
* 5,067,492 Disposable airway adapter 37 1990
 
ORIENTAL SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY INC. (2)
* 6,254,271 Probe cover of tympanic thermometer 19 1999
* 6,647,284 Probe cover of a tympanic thermometer and tympanic thermometer assembly 17 2003
* Cited By Examiner