Patents

The table below provides a guide to some of The Beta Group's patents. When available, there will be a picture of an example device incorporating the patented technology. If you click on the patent number for an invention, you will be linked to the first page of the issued US patent. The description column provides a very brief description of the invention. The market column shows the market in which the patent is or can be used. Clicking on the market name will link you to a full description of the patent market, technology, commercialization strategy, and related patents.

Patent No. Description Market
US04556050 An artificial sphincter which includes an implantable clamp. Incontinence Control
US04645489 A unitary disposable IV with an externally controlled flow-control valve. Drug Delivery
US04713063 A tube for use in a flow controller of an IV or other slow flow control apparatus. Drug Delivery
US04731069 A tube for use in a flow controller of an IV or other slow flow control apparatus. Drug Delivery
US04757978 An apparatus for setting and resetting a portion of a shape memory alloy part. Eyeglass Frames
US04772112 Eyeglass frames which have optimized elastic properties. Eyeglass Frames
US04895438 Eyeglass frames which have optimized elastic properties. Eyeglass Frames
US04896955 Eyeglass frames which have optimized elastic properties. Eyeglass Frames
US04925132 An improved design for wide-body aircraft. Wide-body Aircraft
US05395193 A fastener for attaching components of an eyeglass frame together. Eyeglass Frames
US05409460 An intra-luminal expander assembly for use with a catheter. Incontinence Control
US05584631 A fastener for attaching components of an eyeglass frame together. Eyeglass Frames
US05807190 A striking face for golf clubs which includes zones made from "pixels", arranged to produce a desired effect on the ball. Golf Club Faces
US05899818 A golf club head with an impact surface formed of a shape memory alloy. Golf Club Faces
6,334,822Deflectable basketball hoop
6,164,775System for removably attaching lenses to eyeglass frame
6,139,141Auxiliary eyeglasses with magnetic clips (Z., didn't this get transferred to VSP?)
5,899,818Temperature compensated golf club head
4,758,285Shape
6,699,244Electrosurgical instrument having a chamber to volatize a liquid
6,695,839Method and apparatus for treatment of disrupted articular cartilage
6,645,203Surgical instrument with off-axis electrode
6,544,260Method for treating tissue in arthroscopic environment using precooling and apparatus for same
6,482,204Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue
6,461,357Electrode for electrosurgical ablation of tissue
6,391,028Probe with distally orientated concave curve for arthroscopic surgery
6,168,593electrode for electrosurgical coagulation of tissue
6,135,999Concave probe for arthroscopic surgery
6,068,628Apparatus for treating chondromaacia
5,954,716Method for modifying the length of a ligament
5,823,994Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation
5,569,242Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue
5,458,596Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue
5,312,315Pneumatic variable resistance rehabilitation/therapy apparatus
7,585,232Golf club head
7,381,210Mitral valve repair system and method for use
7,364,513Golf club head with inserts for impact face
7,217,351Valve for controlling flow of a fluid
6,843,561Eyeglass lens and frame assembly
6,523,952Eyeglass frame assembly
6,319,237Urinary sphincter control device
6,277,033Golf club head or face
6,164,775System for removably attaching lenses to eyeglass frame
6,116,733Hinge connection for a temple piece of an eyeglass frame
5,438,309Over-current/over-temperature protection device
5,105,178Over-current/over-temperature protection device
5,044,980High density and multiple insertion connector
5,015,193High density and high signal integrity connector
4,911,653Rotation lock and wipe connector
4,795,870Conductive member having integrated self-regulating heaters
4,773,680Pipe couplers
4,752,673Autoregulating heater
4,734,047Shape memory actuator for a multi-contact electrical connector
4,717,814Slotted autoregulating heater
4,701,587Shielded heating element having intrinsic temperature control
4,695,713Autoregulating , electrically shielded heater
4,675,472Integrated circuit package and seal therefor
4,643,500Shape memory actuators for multi-contact electrical connectors
4,621,882Thermally responsive electrical connector
4,550,870Stapling device
4,485,816Shape-memory surgical staple apparatus and method for use in surgical suturing
4,256,945Alternating current electrically resistive heating element having intrinsic temperature control
4,126,758Method for sealing integrated circuit components with heat recoverable cap and resulting package
7,927,324Aspirator and method for pneumostoma management

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