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Portable product authentication device

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 16 Mar '04

Richard L. Selinfreund, Richard P. Gill, Rakesh Vig, J. Christopher Philips, Friedrich Behringer

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A portable product authentication device and method for analyzing key ingredients and the relative amounts of key ingredients in products which in turn enables authentication and monitoring products for authenticity, fraud and quality control is disclosed. Particular light-emissive compounds can be used to identify and quantitate the relative levels of key ingredients in the products. The invention includes a probe assembly for providing a source of light to irradiate a sample product, an optical detector to detect emitted light from the irradiated product and a controller to determine the authenticity or quality of the sample product by comparing the emitted light to a standard. A small sample of the product to be authenticated is tested on site (e.g., at the point of manufacture or at the point of distribution) thereby giving immediate feedback as to its authenticity or quality. The sample, together with the light-emissive compound may be placed on a chip. The chip, together with the small amount of sample is placed in the probe assembly.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic representation of one embodiment of a portable product authentication device according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of a probe assembly taken along line

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2 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of a controller taken along line

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3 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a diagrammatic representation of another embodiment of the portable product authentication device;

FIG. 5 is a diagrammatic representation of yet another embodiment of the portable product authentication device;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of a probe assembly taken along line

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6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a diagrammatic representation of yet another embodiment of the portable product authentication device;

FIG. 8 is a diagrammatic representation of a kit for detecting product authenticity according to the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a diagrammatic representation of a chip having light-emissive compound thereon according to the present invention; and,

FIG. 10 is a diagrammatic representation of yet another embodiment of the probe assembly according to the present invention.

Claims

1. A method for determining relatedness of a sample to a standard, comprising:

2. The method according to claim 1 wherein the plurality of different light-emissive compounds is selected from the group consisting of three different light-emissive compounds, four different light-emissive compounds, five different light-emissive compounds, six different light-emissive compounds, seven different light-emissive compounds, eight different light-emissive compounds and nine different light-emissive compounds.

3. The method according to claim 1 wherein the light-emissive compounds are dyes.

4. The method according to claim 1 wherein the chip includes a plurality of microwells, and wherein the discrete location of attachment of each of the different light-emissive compounds is within one of the microwells.

5. The method according to claim 1 further comprising markings on the chip the identity of the different light-emissive compounds.

6. The method according to claim 1 further comprising covalently attaching the light-emissive compounds to the substrate.

7. The method according to claim 1 further comprising preselecting the different light-emissive compounds on the chip, preselecting at least one concentration of the different light-emissive compounds to interact with a known standard and creating a preselected pattern of light emission when the surface is contacted with the known standard characteristic of the known standard.

8. The method according to claim 7 further comprising identifying the chip as specific for the known standard.

9. The method according to claim 1 wherein applying a sample to the surface of the chip comprises applying the sample to the surface of the chip as a microdrop.

10. The method according to claim 9 further comprising markings on the chip the location of each of the different light-emissive compounds.

11. The method according to claim 9 wherein the chip further comprises microwells containing the light-emissive compounds and wherein applying the sample to the surface of the chip as a microdrop, further comprises allowing the microdrop to spread across the surface of the chip to occupy the microwells.

12. The method according to claim 1 further comprising filtering undesired wavelengths of light emitted from the at least one emitted wavelength of light.

13. The method according to claim 1 further comprising filtering undesired wavelengths of light emitted from the at least one irradiating wavelength of light.

14. The method according to claim 1 further comprising detecting a quantity of the at least one emitted wavelength of light.

15. The method according to claim 1 further comprising detecting a change in quantity over time of the at least one emitted wavelength of light.

16. The method according to claim 1 wherein detecting at least one emitted wavelength of light, to establish a sample emission profile comprising performing a plurality of detections of the at least one emitted wavelength of light.

17. The method according to claim 1 wherein providing a standard fingerprint characteristic of a standard comprises:

18. The method according to claim 17 wherein applying a standard to the surface of a second chip; irradiating the standard with at least one irradiating wavelength of light; and detecting at least one emitted wavelength of light, to establish a standard fingerprint characteristic is performed in close temporal proximity to applying a sample to the surface of the chip; irradiating the sample with at least one irradiating wavelengths of light; and detecting at least one emitted wavelength of light, to establish a sample emission profile.