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Patent for Sale:

Surgical Instrument Utensil Detector    

Metal is detected as it passes through the opening. Ideal for surgical instruments in operating rooms, contraband in jails & prisons.


This patented invention detects metallic objects as they pass through an opening containing a detector coil. When mounted on a trashcan or else where in an operating room, this device alerts staff when surgical instruments are inadvertently discarded. A speaker and light indicator provide immediate alerts when triggered and a counter displays the number of metallic objects detected.

Primary Application of the Technology

The primary application of this technology is the location of valuable surgical instruments prior to disposal in operating rooms.

Other Potential Applications

Other applications of this invention include the location of flatware prior to disposal in restaurant kitchens, locating contraband in prisons, jails and security scanning of mail and packages.

Competitive Advantage

This is the only metal detector with a digital counter for scanning metal objects prior to loss.

Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions

The seller is looking for an outright sale of the patent but is open to consider other transaction structures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the invention deployed?
There are two different products on the market using this patented invention.

Is the product in distribution today?

Yes. Both product ranges are being sold in the U.S. market. An organization with a dedicated sales team and more resources will be able to better exploit the demand and generate more substantial sales than the current patent holder.

Additional Information

Molds and other components necessary to produce products are available to be included in the sale.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 340: Communications: Electrical

Communications - the handling of information or intelligence, restricted to the conveying of said information or intelligence between geographically spaced points. Information or intelligence is defined as being, matter which is handled by signaling systems or signaling devices (such as telegraph systems) or by that portion of nonsignaling systems or nonsignaling devices (such as power supply systems) which is designated in the arts as having a control function (such as the supervisory circuits which control the circuit breakers of an electric power network). Handling, as used above, is defined as being the active coaction between the tangible communication system or device and the intangible information or intelligence, and such coaction may assume various forms, such as transmission, storage, exhibiting, etc.

Class 324: Electricity: Measuring And Testing

This is the residual home for all subject matter, not elsewhere classified, relating to the measuring, testing (or sensing) of electric properties, (e.g., determining ground resistivity, determining frequency of an alternating current, determining kilowatt hour demand), or the measuring, testing or sensing of nonelectric properties by electric means (e.g., determining moisture, a nonelectric property, by measuring conductance with a resistance bridge; determining speed, a nonelectric property by use of an electric tachometer).