US Patent No: 5,792,213

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Hot or cold chemical therapy pack

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A hot or cold chemical therapy pack (1) is provided that has two compartments (28, 30). One compartment (28) has a natural weak point (32) or seam (at 24 or 26) and is contained inside the other compartment (30). Each compartment contains a chemical reactant. In one embodiment, the outer compartment (30), which is made of a flexible, vinyl or plastic material, is arranged in a semi-collapsed configuration. Each end of the inner compartment (28) is fixedly attached to a respective end (24, 26) of the outer compartment (30). The pack (10) is chemically activated by pressing on, kneading, or twisting the outer compartment (30), or pulling on each end of the pack (10). The lateral, outward pressure caused by the pressing on, kneading, or twisting of the pack, or by the user's pulling on the ends of the pack, is exerted at the rupturable seam (32) of the inner compartment (28). At a predetermined pressure, the natural weak point (32) or seam is ruptured and the reactant contents of the two compartments merge (34), which creates the heating (exothermic) or cooling (endothermic) chemical reaction. Consequently, the hot or cold chemical therapy pack (10) is more easily activated than existing chemical therapy packs, which makes this pack (10) more convenient to use.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.NEENAH, WI3307

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bowen, Michael L Mansfield, TX 32 600

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (10)
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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (2)
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JAPAN PIONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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Abare Enterprises, Inc. (1)
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UKON, MURAJIROH (1)
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Hughes Aircraft Company (1)
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M & B TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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COVIDIEN AG (1)
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The Kendall Company (1)
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TRINH, DENNIS SAM (4)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
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BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. (5)
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STEELE, MARK (1)
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CONTAIN THIS!, LLC (1)
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ORTHOCOR MEDICAL, INC. (1)
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ALLEGIANCE CORPORATION (1)
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TORSETH, MORRIS (1)
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KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (8)
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Precious Life, LLC (1)
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The Procter & Gamble Company (2)
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GROUP JDS, LTD CORPORATION (1)
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POPPACK, LLC (9)
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8,181,818 Secure container with pressure responsive conduit for closure disruption 0 2007
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8,590,282 Package with unique opening device and method for opening package 0 2010
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* Cited By Examiner