Disposable speculum

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 4662360
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06731795

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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 1178
Phillips, David B San Diego, CA 15 903

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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* 4494881 Intra-optical light beam sighting system for an infrared thermometer 60 1982
 
ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC. (1)
* 4350166 Apnea detector 48 1980
 
Senoh Kabushiki Kaisha (1)
* 4425921 Apparatus for checking pulse and heart rates 109 1981
 
Telatemp Corporation (1)
* 4315150 Targeted infrared thermometer 83 1980
 
WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
* 4380998 Soft tip speculum 46 1981
 
SHERWOOD IMS, INC. (1)
* 4602642 Method and apparatus for measuring internal body temperature utilizing infrared emissions 230 1984
 
Honeywell Inc. (1)
* 4433924 Thermal reference apparatus 29 1981
 
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO (1)
* 4475554 Noninvasive continuous blood pressure meter 39 1981
 
The Boeing Company (1)
* 4481417 Infrared energy detection device 20 1982
 
NATIONAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (1)
* 4414980 Blood flow monitor apparatus 22 1981
 
ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES, INC. (1)
* 4515165 Apparatus and method for detecting tumors 230 1981
 
LINEAR CORPORATION (1)
* 4372690 Thermal radiation measuring arrangement 24 1981
 
Mon-a-therm, Inc. (1)
* 4392005 Temperature sensor 14 1981
 
WAHL, WILLIAM (3)
* 4436438 Multiple probe temperature measuring system and probes therefor 25 1981
* 4456390 Noncontact temperature measuring device 44 1981
* 4454370 Thermocouple surface probe 44 1982
 
HEALTHCHECK CORPORATION, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
* 4487208 Fast response thermoresistive temperature sensing probe 40 1983
 
Marathon Medical Equipment (1)
* 4471354 Apparatus and method for remotely measuring temperature 98 1981
* Cited By Examiner

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (19)
* 4922914 Disposable cover for tonometer 11 1988
* 5113863 Disposable ocular diagnosis device and method 6 1989
D360261 Medical speculum 21 1993
* 5645350 Hygienic protecting device for an electronic thermometer 40 1996
D406339 Otoscope 5 1998
6224256 Cover for medical probe 40 1998
6435711 Infrared ear thermometer 29 1999
6991368 Infrared thermometer 21 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 2 2005
* 7344492 Animal insemination sheath 3 2006
* 2007/0263,698 Probe cover for ear thermometer 1 2006
7419465 Animal insemination sheath-methods of use 3 2006
* 2007/0255,092 Animal insemination sheath-methods of use 2 2006
7837611 Animal insemination sheath apparatus 0 2008
* 2009/0023,980 Animal Insemination Sheath Apparatus 2 2008
8323178 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)
* 5516010 Sanitary speculum for tympanic thermometer probe 54 1994
5980451 Disposable speculum with membrane bonding ring 24 1998
 
GREINER BIO-ONE GMBH (1)
* 8512652 Multiwell microplate with transparent bottom having a thickness less than 200 micrometers 0 2002
 
OMRON CORPORATION (1)
* 5638951 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)
* 8387782 Container for the accommodation of a contact lens 4 2010
* 2011/0089,053 Container for the Accommodation of a Contact Lens 2 2010
 
Infratemp, Inc. (1)
* 5411032 Electronic thermometer probe cover 48 1993
 
OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD. (3)
* 5609564 Speculum cover, method of manufacturing same and cover accommodating case 30 1994
* 5935058 Speculum cover, method of manufacturing same and cover accommodating case 8 1996
* 7025500 Probe for infrared clinical thermometer 8 2002
 
Spaeth; G. L. (1)
* 5002057 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
* 7354399 Otoscopic tip element and related method of use 11 2004
8066634 Digital otoscope 3 2007
* 2008/0051,637 DIGITAL OTOSCOPE 4 2007
* 8136986 Disposable speculum for medical thermometer 4 2007
* 2008/0123,717 DISPOSABLE SPECULUM FOR MEDICAL THERMOMETER 9 2007
8197403 Otoscopic instrument having tip attachment and ejecting mechanism 0 2008
* 2008/0139,888 OTOSCOPIC TIP ELEMENT AND RELATED METHOD OF USE 3 2008
8231271 IR thermometry probe cover 2 2009
* 2010/0260,230 IR THERMOMETRY PROBE COVER 3 2009
8876373 IR thermometry probe cover 2 2011
D685482 Cover for a probe or the like 0 2012
8944596 Digital-based medical devices 2 2012
D716953 Cover of a probe or the like 0 2013
 
INOMET, INC. (1)
* 5115133 Testing of body fluid constituents through measuring light reflected from tympanic membrane 77 1990
 
SHERWOOD IMS, INC. (2)
D303008 Disposable speculum to cover the probe end of a tympanic thermometer 19 1986
* 5293862 Disposable speculum with bonding ring 32 1992
 
ADVANCED MONITORS CORPORATION (1)
* 6152596 Protective cover for infrared thermometer 21 1998
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
* 2007/0238,926 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 1 2007
 
K-JUMP HEALTH CO., LTD. (1)
6390671 Probe cover with film insert 39 2000
 
CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC. (1)
* 5046482 Disposable infrared thermometer insertion probe 25 1989
 
ZILA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (1)
* 5179936 Disposable speculum with membrane bonding ring 178 1987
 
Huang Hua Co., Ltd. (1)
* 7083330 Ear thermometer having breakable ear cap 12 2004
 
KAISEI KOGYO CORPORATION (1)
* 4920973 Skin temperature measuring apparatus for diagnosing disturbance of peripheral circulation 4 1988
 
KAZ USA, INC. (1)
* 5088834 Unitary probe cover 71 1991
 
Comfortex Corporation (1)
D542068 Headrail 4 2006
 
Integ, Inc. (3)
* 5146091 Body fluid constituent measurement utilizing an interference pattern 179 1990
* 5079421 Invasive FTIR blood constituent testing 44 1990
* 5179951 Blood constituent measurement 120 1991
 
LUMA IMAGING CORPORATION (30)
6411835 Spectral volume microprobe arrays 96 1999
6411838 Systems and methods for optical examination of samples 75 1999
6826422 Spectral volume microprobe arrays 54 2000
6847490 Optical probe accessory device for use in vivo diagnostic procedures 44 2000
6902935 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 27 2000
6839661 System for normalizing spectra 15 2000
* 2002/0197,728 Methods of monitoring effects of chemical agents on a sample 41 2000
6385484 Spectroscopic system employing a plurality of data types 32 2000
7260248 Image processing using measures of similarity 19 2002
* 2003/0144,585 Image processing using measures of similarity 12 2002
7127282 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
6760613 Substantially monostatic, substantially confocal optical systems for examination of samples 18 2002
6768918 Fluorescent fiberoptic probe for tissue health discrimination and method of use thereof 16 2002
6818903 Method and apparatus for identifying spectral artifacts 15 2002
6933154 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
7469160 Methods and apparatus for evaluating image focus 23 2003
7459696 Methods and apparatus for calibrating spectral data 11 2003
7309867 Methods and apparatus for characterization of tissue samples 18 2003
7282723 Methods and apparatus for processing spectral data for use in tissue characterization 19 2003
7136518 Methods and apparatus for displaying diagnostic data 91 2003
* 2004/0206,882 Methods and apparatus for evaluating image focus 6 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 7 2003
D507349 Sheath for cervical optical probe 13 2003
D500134 Sheath for cervical optical probe 13 2003
7310547 Fluorescent fiberoptic probe for tissue health discrimination 11 2004
8005527 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)
* 5167235 Fiber optic ear thermometer 101 1991
 
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (1)
* 5213099 Ear canal pulse/oxygen saturation measuring device 142 1991
 
TIDI PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
9433468 Sheath for a medical or dental instrument 0 2014
 
Health & Technology, Inc. (1)
6213938 Disposable otoscope tip stacking system 7 1999
 
Exergen Corporation (11)
* 5874736 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 50 1996
* 6045257 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 36 1999
6219573 Radiation detector probe 30 1999
6319206 Temporal thermometer disposable cap 17 1999
6241384 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 26 2000
6402371 Axillary infrared thermometer and method of use 33 2001
6932775 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
7314309 Ambient and perfusion normalized temperature detector 2 2005
 
OASIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
* 5318029 Tonometer shield 15 1992
 
PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (7)
* 4993419 Radiation detector suitable for tympanic temperature measurement 71 1988
* 5271407 Radiation detector suitable for tympanic temperature measurement 30 1991
* 5199436 Radiation detector having improved accuracy 49 1991
* 5445158 Radiation detector probe 51 1991
* 5653238 Radiation detector probe 34 1994
* 5893833 Axillary infrared thermometer and cover therefor 37 1995
* 6047205 Radiation detector probe 23 1996
 
HELEN OF TROY LIMITED (4)
* 6695474 Protective cap for infrared radiation thermometer 17 2001
8882347 Probe cover with matching feature for a medical thermometer 2 2009
* 2011/0134,962 PROBE COVER WITH MATCHING FEATURE FOR A MEDICAL THERMOMETER 13 2009
9285276 Probe cover with matching feature for a medical thermometer 1 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
7103401 Colonic polyp discrimination by tissue fluorescence and fiberoptic probe 11 2002
* 2004/0010,187 Colonic polyp discrimination by tissue fluorescence and fiberoptic probe 0 2002
7187810 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 34 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 12 2004
* 2005/0159,646 Optical probe accessory device for use in in vivo diagnostic procedures 9 2004
 
RADIANT INNOVATION INC. (1)
7722250 Probe cover for ear thermometer 0 2008
 
Bionix Development Corporation (1)
* 5772582 Nasal speculum 26 1997
 
PMP PARTNERS LLC (6)
5833367 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 33 1996
6030117 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 15 1997
6042266 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 26 1998
6001066 Tympanic thermometer with modular sensing probe 33 1998
6186959 Tympanic thermometer with modular sensing probe 40 1999
6123454 Tympanic thermometer disposable probe cover with further stretching prevention structure 35 1999
 
GERLITZ, JONATHAN (1)
6811306 Infrared ear thermometer 7 2002
 
Greiner Bio - One GmbH (1)
* 2003/0039,592 Microplate with transparent bottom 4 2002
 
THERMOSCAN INC. (3)
* 5163418 Speculum cover 54 1991
* 5795067 Enhanced protective lens cover for an infrared thermometer 29 1996
* 6139182 Enhanced protective cover for use in an IR thermometer 22 1999
 
CAREFUSION 303, INC. (2)
* 5066142 Protective apparatus for a biomedical probe 46 1990
* 6332090 Thermally isolated probe for biomedical apparatus and method of communicating energy there through 33 1995
 
Norm Pacific Automation Corp. (1)
* 6238088 Disposable cap for instant thermometer measuring probe 12 1999
 
COVIDIEN AG (18)
* 6619837 Probe cover with lubrication well 5 2001
7237949 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 14 2003
* 2006/0159,155 Tympanic thermometer probe cover 2 2003
7108419 Thermal tympanic thermometer tip 19 2003
* 2004/0240,516 Thermal tympanic thermometer tip 0 2003
* 7354194 Tympanic thermometer probe cover with film support mechanism 12 2005
* 2007/0248,141 INFRARED THERMOMETER AND PROBE COVER THEREOF 2 2006
7686506 Stackable tympanic thermometer probe cover cassette 6 2006
7556424 Tympanic thermometer prove cover cassette and holder 5 2006
* 7478946 Probe cover cassette with improved probe cover support 3 2006
7434991 Thermal tympanic thermometer 14 2006
* 2006/0239,332 THERMAL TYMPANIC THERMOMETER 2 2006
7530738 Probe cover having a blackbody 3 2007
7841767 Thermal tympanic thermometer 6 2008
* 2008/0298,429 THERMAL TYMPANIC THERMOMETER 3 2008
7927012 Probe cover cassette with improved probe cover support 2 2008
* 2009/0092,172 PROBE COVER CASSETTE WITH IMPROVED PROBE COVER SUPPORT 3 2008
* 8123401 Probe cover having a blackbody 1 2009
 
SARNOFF CORPORATION (3)
7107088 Pulse oximetry methods and apparatus for use within an auditory canal 111 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 54 2004
 
ALARIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
D318812 Disposable speculum for an infrared thermometer 23 1989
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
* 7241263 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 6 2004
* 2006/0069,307 Selectively rotatable shaft coupler 14 2004
 
TruTek, Inc. (1)
5967992 Radiometric temperature measurement based on empirical measurements and linear functions 23 1998
 
YELDERMAN, BRAIG AND GOLDBERGER PARTNERSHIP (1)
* 5067492 Disposable airway adapter 37 1990
 
ORIENTAL SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY INC. (2)
* 6254271 Probe cover of tympanic thermometer 19 1999
* 6647284 Probe cover of a tympanic thermometer and tympanic thermometer assembly 18 2003
* Cited By Examiner