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Publication numberUS20040069673 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/269,576
Publication dateApr 15, 2004
Filing dateOct 11, 2002
Priority dateOct 11, 2002
Publication number10269576, 269576, US 2004/0069673 A1, US 2004/069673 A1, US 20040069673 A1, US 20040069673A1, US 2004069673 A1, US 2004069673A1, US-A1-20040069673, US-A1-2004069673, US2004/0069673A1, US2004/069673A1, US20040069673 A1, US20040069673A1, US2004069673 A1, US2004069673A1
InventorsMark Dinges
Original AssigneeMark Dinges
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Medical alert/DNA storage sticker
US 20040069673 A1
Abstract
A device for storing a DNA-containing object and providing information from the individual supplying the DNA-containing object is provided. Preferably, the invention comprises a receptacle which can include the information thereon. Preferred forms include a layer of adhesive for adhering the receptacle to a desired location. Other preferred forms are in the form of layered cards which have the receptacle therein. A first layer provides the desired information as indicia or in a medium which can be read with the aid of an electronic device and a second layer includes the receptacle. Preferably, the first layer overlies the second layer such that a DNA-containing object which is placed within the receptacle is enclosed therein by the positioning of the first layer over the open end of the receptacle. Other preferred forms include a sheet of removable backing paper or a releasing agent overlying the adhesive so that the device can be selectively placed.
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I claim:
1. An apparatus comprising:
a receptacle for holding a DNA-containing object, said receptacle including a layer of receptacle adhesive thereon.
2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a layer of material attached to said receptacle, said material presenting a front side and an opposed back side, said back side being adjacent said receptacle and including a layer of material adhesive thereon.
3. The apparatus of claim 2, said receptacle adhesive being covered by a layer of material selected from the group consisting of removable backing paper, releasing agent, and combinations thereof.
4. The apparatus of claim 2, said receptacle comprising a flexible blister pouch.
5. The apparatus of claim 4, said blister pouch being attached to said layer of material.
6. The apparatus of claim 2, said receptacle comprising a rigid blister pouch.
7. The apparatus of claim 6, said rigid blister pouch being attached to said layer of material.
8. The apparatus of claim 1, said receptacle including indicia thereon.
9. The apparatus of claim 2, said layer of material front side including indicia thereon.
10. The apparatus of claim 8, said indicia providing information regarding an individual.
11. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a DNA-containing object.
12. The apparatus of claim 11, said receptacle including indicia providing personal information regarding an individual, said DNA-containing object being obtained from the individual.
13. The apparatus of claim 12, said personal information including identifying information.
14. The apparatus of claim 12, said personal information including medical information.
15. The apparatus of claim 2, said receptacle comprising a cavity within a card, said layer of material overlying said cavity.
16. The apparatus of claim 15, said card comprising a material selected from the group consisting of foam rubber, thermoset foam, plastic, cardboard, paper, and combinations thereof.
17. The apparatus of claim 2, said layer of material comprising a foil sticker.
18. The apparatus of claim 11, said DNA-containing object being on a separate medium.
19. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a memory device including medical information about an individual.
20. A sticker comprising:
a first layer presenting a hinged flap thereon, a top and an opposed bottom side; and
a second layer presenting a top side and a bottom side, said second layer top side lying adjacent said first layer bottom side, said second layer bottom side including adhesive thereon, and said second layer including a cut-out portion, said cut-out portion presenting an enclosed cavity adapted for storage when said second layer top side and said first layer bottom side are positioned adjacent one another.
21. The sticker of claim 20, said top side of said first layer including printed indicia thereon.
22. The sticker of claim 21, said printed indica identifying an individual.
23. The sticker of claim 21, said printed indicia including medical information.
24. The sticker of claim 20, said hinged flap being positioned above said cut-out portion.
25. The sticker of claim 20, said first and second layers being adhered together.
26. The sticker of claim 20, said first layer bottom side including a material on said hinged flap, said material being selected from the group consisting of removable backing paper, releasing agent and combinations thereof.
27. The sticker of claim 20, further comprising a material selected from the group consisting of a sheet of removable backing paper, releasing agent, and combinations thereof positioned adjacent to said second layer bottom side.
28. The sticker of claim 22, said cavity including a DNA-containing object therein.
29. The sticker of claim 28, said DNA-containing object being contained on a separate medium.
30. The sticker of claim 20, further comprising a memory device including medical information about an individual.
31. The sticker of claim 26, said identified individual being the source of said DNA-containing object.
32. A DNA-storage device comprising:
a sticker presenting a first layer, a second layer, and a DNA-containing object therebetween, said object being obtained from a known source, each of said layers having a front side and a back side with the back side of said first layer being adjacent the front side of said second layer, said front side of said first layer including identifying indicia thereon and said back side of said second layer including adhesive thereon.
33. The device of claim 32, further comprising a third layer attached to said adhesive.
34. The device of claim 32, said identifying indicia including the identification of said known source of said DNA-containing object.
35. The device of claim 32, said identifying indicia including health-related information from said known source of said object.
36. The device of claim 32, said identifying indicia including the medical history of said known source.
37. The device of claim 32, said identifying indicia being decipherable without the aid of an electronic device.
38. The device of claim 32, said identifying indicia including a bar code.
39. The device of claim 33, said third layer comprising a material selected from the group consisting of a sheet of removable backing paper, releasing agent, and combinations thereof.
40. The device of claim 32, said DNA-containing object being selected from the group consisting of hair, blood, fingernails, saliva, skin, and combinations thereof.
41. The device of claim 32, said DNA-containing object being on a separate medium.
42. The device of claim 32, further comprising a memory device including medical information about an individual.
43. A medical alert card for an individual comprising:
a three layer card body, said first layer including medical information thereon, said second layer comprising a core having a receptacle therein, and said third layer comprising a material selected from removable backing paper, releasing agent, and combinations thereof.
44. The card of claim 43, said first layer presenting a front side and a back side, said front side including said medical information and said back side being adjacent said second layer.
45. The card of claim 43, said second layer presenting a front side and a back side, said front side being adjacent said first layer back side and said back side being adjacent said third layer and including adhesive thereon.
46. The card of claim 43, said receptacle comprising a cut-out portion.
47. The card of claim 46, said cut-out portion extending through said second layer.
48. The card of claim 43, further comprising a DNA-containing object in said receptacle.
49. The card of claim 48, said DNA-containing object being selected from the group consisting of hair, fingernails, blood, saliva, skin and combinations thereof.
50. The card of claim 48, said DNA-containing object being obtained from the individual.
51. The card of claim 43, said medical information identifying the individual and comprising the individual's personal medical information.
52. The card of claim 51, said medical information being decipherable without the aid of an electronic device.
53. The card of claim 51, said medical information being contained in a barcode.
54. The card of claim 43, said second layer being flexible.
55. The card of claim 48, said DNA-containing object being on a separate medium.
56. The card of claim 43 further comprising a memory device including medical information about an individual.
57. A medical alert card for an individual comprising:
a card body presenting a first layer and a second layer, said first layer including medical information thereon, said second layer removably attached to said first layer and comprising a core having a receptacle therein, said first layer including a portion overlying said receptacle.
58. The card of claim 57, said second layer presenting a front side and a back side, said front side being adjacent said first layer and said back side including a layer of adhesive thereon.
59. The card of claim 58, further including indicia on at least one of said first or second layers.
60. The card of claim 59, said indicia being selected from the group consisting of printed indicia, indicia which is readable with the aid of an electronic device, and combinations thereof.
61. The card of claim 59, said indicia including medical information.
62. The card of claim 57 further comprising a third layer adjacent said second layer.
63. The card of claim 62, said third layer comprising a material selected from the group consisting of removable backing paper, releasing agent, and combinations thereof.
64. The card of claim 57, said first layer comprising a foil sticker.
65. The card of claim 57, further comprising a layer of adhesive between said first and said second layers.
66. The card of claim 57, said receptacle comprising a blister pouch.
67. The card of claim 57, further comprising a DNA-containing object in said receptacle.
68. The card of claim 67, further comprising indicia on at least one of said first or second layers, said indicia including personally identifying information from the individual from whom said DNA-containing object was obtained.
69. The card of claim 67, said DNA-containing object being on a separate medium.
70. The card of claim 57, further comprising a memory device including medical information about an individual.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0002]
    The present invention is broadly concerned with an adhesive-backed DNA storage device. In more detail, the present invention is concerned with a DNA storage device which can be attached to many different surfaces through an adhesive-containing sticker surface on the storage device. Even more particularly, the present invention is concerned with a DNA storage device which has a top surface which includes indicia related to a specific individual's medical history and/or identification. The bottom surface of this storage device includes adhesive so that the device can be attached to a variety of surfaces. Between this top surface and bottom surface, there is an area designed for the storage of a DNA-containing object. Most particularly, the present invention is concerned with a combination DNA storage device and sticker wherein the combination has identification and medical related indicia printed thereon, a storage area for the DNA-containing object, an adhesive surface, and a sheet of removable backing paper covering the adhesive surface until placement of the device.
  • [0003]
    2. Description of the Prior Art
  • [0004]
    Medical alert and identification tags have been used in the past to assist in the identification of individuals and provide a selected amount of information regarding the individual's medical history or condition. Such tags have taken on a variety of forms including bracelets, cards, record books, computer readable memory devices, and stickers. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 6,050,605 discloses a wallet card containing microfilm chips bearing medical information. Other examples are provided by U.S. Pat. No. 4,078,660 which discloses a medical alert bracelet and U.S. Pat. No. 4,318,554 which discloses an informational credit card-like device. Such devices do not include any indication of how to positively identify the identity of the individual holding the card or wearing the device. Furthermore, these devices are designed to be carried or worn by the individual and can be easily lost or the individual may not carry the device at all times, thereby severely reducing their usefulness.
  • [0005]
    The remaining prior art lacks in the area of portability in that the object upon which the medical information is stored is either easily separated from the individual to whom it is related or is not of a convenient enough size to be placed in enough areas for emergency usage.
  • [0006]
    Similarly, DNA storage devices have taken on a variety of forms including boxes, vials, and other receptacles. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 6,140,936 discloses a personal electronic storage device container and labeling. This patent discloses a memory card containing information related to medical treatment in conjunction with jewelry. The card contains a label having some critical medical information thereon with the bulk of information being provided on the memory card. It was suggested in this patent that a DNA-containing sample could be attached to the surface of the chip for DNA testing and verification of identity. As with the prior art medical alert bracelets and cards, such an invention can be easily misplaced or not worn. Consequently, the critical information contained on the memory card and/or any other associated information or DNA identification aid would not be readily accessible when needed. Such devices are also deficient in that they are not designed to be placed in a variety of places in a manner which makes the DNA sample and corresponding medical or health information remain together and hard to separate from the location where they are placed.
  • [0007]
    What is needed in the art is a device object which contains easily readable medical information and a DNA-containing object which was obtained from the individual providing the medical information on the object. More particularly, what is needed is a sticker which houses a DNA-containing object and has a top surface which includes any necessary medical or health-related information. Such a sticker could be carried as a card, or placed on a variety of surfaces such as on passports, driver's licenses, in each room of houses, in automobiles, on other motorized and non-motorized vehicles, and virtually any other surface which would support a sticker, thereby increasing the likelihood that the medical information and/or DNA-containing object will be easily accessible when needed.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0008]
    The present invention overcomes the problems outlined above, and provides a distinct advance in the state of the art. The invention provides a device which houses a DNA-containing object. Preferably, the device contains adhesive on at least one side. The invention further provides indicia on a portion of the device and this indicia contains information comprising identifying information, medical information, and medical history information. The DNA-containing object is obtained from the individual corresponding to the indicia. The device may also contain supplemental information, such as health related information, a detailed medical history, prescription drug information, allergy alerts, or a complete medical profile of the individual providing the DNA-containing object, wherein the supplemental information is provided as the printed indicia or is contained on a medium which is able to be read with the aid of an electronic device such as a computer. Computer readable chips or discs including compact discs as well as bar codes are examples of such a medium. Thus, the present invention can be used for identification verification, as a quick reference for important medical or personal information, or as a more detailed reference for such information.
  • [0009]
    Broadly speaking, the device of the present invention comprises a receptacle adapted for storing a DNA-containing object and preferably a layer of adhesive for attaching the receptacle to a variety of surfaces. The device includes at least some printed indicia thereon and this printed indicia may be included on a layer of material attached to or overlying the receptacle. The printed indicia preferably includes identifying information regarding the individual from whom the DNA-containing object was obtained. The amount of printed indicia can vary and when more information is desired, the device can further include information which can be read or deciphered via electronic means. Thus, in some embodiments, the receptacle and/or the layer of material overlying the receptacle may include basic information such as name, birth date, or social security number and additional information such as a detailed medical history can be contained in a bar code or computer readable memory device or can be included with the printed indicia. Such a computer readable memory device may include a compact disc or the like and this memory device may be contained in the same receptacle as the DNA-containing object. In some forms, the invention may include a protective shield or enclosure for the memory device.
  • [0010]
    The DNA-containing object can be any object from which DNA can be extracted including hair, fingernails, blood, saliva, skin and combinations thereof. The object can be large or small depending upon the receptacle size and desired placement of the invention. The DNA-containing object may be contained on a separate medium designed to protect and/or preserve the DNA in the object. Moreover, the separate medium may also be used to obtain the DNA sample. For example, IsoCode Paper (Schleicher & Schuell GmbH, Dassel/Relliehausen, Germany) is designed to obtain and preserve DNA in a saliva sample and such an object may be used with the present invention.
  • [0011]
    For purposes of the present invention, the receptacle may comprise any object capable of holding a DNA-containing object. Thus, the receptacle may comprise something as simple as the space created when two layers of material are joined together. Other preferred forms of receptacles include cut-out portions of core layers, flexible blister pouches, and rigid blister pouches. In other forms, the receptacle is sized to accommodate the DNA-containing object and a memory device either with or without a protective sleeve or enclosure.
  • [0012]
    In one embodiment, the invention comprises a DNA-containing object sandwiched between two layers of material. The top layer of material includes the desired indicia (printed and/or computer readable) and the bottom layer of material includes a layer of adhesive for sticking to other surfaces. This embodiment may further include a sheet of removable backing paper or another suitable releasing agent overlying the layer of adhesive such that the invention can be transported to its ultimate destination before having the removable backing paper removed and the invention attached to some surface. Such an embodiment could be attached to a driver's license, passport, interior of a car, laptop computer, or any other surface likely to be near the individual. In this embodiment, the invention resembles a two-layer sticker with the top layer including indicia on the front side and adhesive on the back side and the bottom layer including adhesive on each side such that the top layer adhesive and the bottom layer adhesive are attached. Alternatively, just one of these layers needs adhesive thereon or the adhesive can be separately applied. The DNA-containing object is retained between these two layers of adhesive or two layers of the sticker with the back side of the bottom layer being attached to another surface.
  • [0013]
    In another embodiment, the invention comprises a receptacle for holding a DNA-containing object and a layer of adhesive on the receptacle. Printed indicia can be contained on the receptacle itself or on a separate layer of material attached to the receptacle. This separate layer of material preferably includes a front side and an opposed back side wherein the back side is attached to the receptacle, preferably via an adhesive which can be contained on the layer, the receptacle, separately applied or any combination thereof. This layer of material may enclose the DNA-containing object within the receptacle and may further include indicia on the front side of the layer of material. In a preferred form of this embodiment, the receptacle comprises a core layer having a cut-out portion for receiving and holding the DNA-containing object. This cut-out portion can extend through the core layer or can just be a cavity which does not extend through the core. The core will have a top side to which a sheet of material is attached and a bottom side. The bottom side will either have adhesive thereon or there will be another layer of material adjacent the core bottom side and this layer of material will have adhesive on both sides. Regardless of where the adhesive is contained, the adhesive may be covered by a releasing agent or by a sheet of removable backing paper. The sheet of material attached to the top side of the core preferably includes the indicia. In some forms, the sheet of material may be attached to the core portion via adhesive contained either on the sheet or on the core or separately applied. In other forms, the sheet of material may have adhesive thereon and further include a sheet of removable backing paper overlying the adhesive such that after a DNA-containing object is placed in the cut-out portion, the removable backing paper is removed from the layer of material and this layer of material is placed on top of the core, thereby enclosing the DNA-containing object within the cavity and under the layer of material. When attachment and re-attachment is desired, a releasing agent can be applied to facilitate such action. When a releasing agent is utilized, a sheet of removable backing paper can still be used to prevent inadvertent adhering of the layers. In a variation of this form, the sheet of material may include a hinged portion overlying the cut-out portion and this hinged portion can be separated from the cut-out portion by a sheet of removable backing paper. In this form, the DNA-containing object is placed within the cut-out portion, the sheet of removable backing paper is removed from the sheet of material and the core and hinged portion are adhered together. Alternatively, the hinged portion is peeled up to expose the cut-out portion of the core, the DNA-containing object is placed within the cutout portion and the hinged portion repositioned over the cut-out portion to enclose the DNA-containing object therein. In some forms of this embodiment, the hinged portion will be adhered to the area of the core surrounding the cut-out portion. Thus, a sheet of removable backing paper or a releasing agent can be included between the core and the hinged portion and removed when it is desired to enclose the cut-out portion and any DNA-containing object contained therein.
  • [0014]
    In yet another form, present invention comprises a sticker having a first layer which has a hinged flap thereon, a top and an opposed bottom. This form further comprises a second layer which has a top side and a bottom side wherein the top side of the second layer and the bottom side of the first layer are adjacent and the bottom side of the second layer includes a layer of adhesive thereon. The second layer further includes a cut-out portion which presents an open cavity when the second layer is moved apart from the first layer and an enclosed cavity when the first and second layers are lying adjacent to one another. The cut-out portion can extend only partially through the second layer or may extend all of the way through the second layer. When the cut-out portion extends completely through the second layer, the receptacle become enclosed when the bottom side of the second layer is positioned against another surface and the top side of the second layer is positioned against the bottom side of the first layer. A DNA-containing object may then be placed in the cavity created by the cut-out portion. This embodiment further includes indicia thereon, preferably on the top side of the first layer. As with all other forms of the invention, the indicia can be printed, embossed, etched, or contained on a medium which is decipherable using the aid of an electronic device. Preferably, the indicia identifies the individual from whom the DNA-containing object was obtained. The indicia may also contain medical information of the individual. In preferred forms, the hinged flap is positioned above the cut-out portion and the first and second layers are attached. Moreover, a releasing agent and/or a sheet of removable backing paper is provided at the hinged portion on the bottom side of the first layer. The invention may further include a sheet of removable backing paper or releasing agent on the bottom side of the second layer so that the adhesive thereon is protected until it is desired to adhere the sticker to a selected surface.
  • [0015]
    In another embodiment, the invention comprises a first layer of material, a second layer of material having a cut-out portion, and a third layer of material adapted to overlie the cut-out portion. Again, the cut-out portion can extend all of the way through the second layer of material or can merely extend through part of the cut-out portion. When the cut-out portion extends through the second layer, the first layer will function as a bottom wall for the cut-out portion. In this form, the first layer will include a top side adjacent the second layer which functions as the bottom wall and a bottom side which includes a layer of adhesive thereon. When the cut-out portion does not extend through the second layer, the bottom wall will be formed by the material forming the second layer and the sidewalls connecting the bottom wall to the top of the second layer of material will form a receptacle therein. In this form, the first layer may merely comprise a layer of adhesive to which a sheet of removable backing paper can be attached. The size of the cut-out portion will vary depending upon the amount or size of the DNA-containing material which will be stored in the cut-out portion. The third layer of material which overlies the cut-out portion may include adhesive and a sheet of removable backing paper. To use such an embodiment, the third layer of material is peeled back or otherwise removed from its location overlying the cut-out portion, a DNA-containing object is placed within the cut-out portion, and the third layer is then repositioned such that it overlies the cut-out portion. If this third layer includes adhesive or if adhesive is surrounding the cut-out portion, the sheet of removable backing paper is removed and the third layer adhered to the second layer. Indicia can be included on either the top of the third layer of material or in situations where the third layer has a smaller area than the second layer, the indicia can be located on the portion of the second layer surrounding the third layer. Alternatively, the indicia can be located on any visible surface of the invention.
  • [0016]
    In another embodiment of the present invention, the invention comprises a receptacle for holding a DNA-containing object. This receptacle may comprise a flexible or rigid blister pouch formed of foil, plastic, or the like. The receptacle would have an open end for receiving the DNA-containing object and otherwise be enclosed on all sides. The receptacle could then be attached to a sheet of material and this sheet of material could contain indicia thereon. The receptacle would then be enclosed by a second sheet of material presenting a front side and an opposed back side. The front side would lie adjacent the receptacle open end and the back side would include a layer of adhesive thereon. This layer of adhesive may then be covered by a sheet of removable backing paper. In some forms, the front side of the second sheet may also include a layer of adhesive thereon to facilitate the attachment of the receptacle to the second sheet. In other forms of this embodiment, the receptacle is attached to or integrally formed with another sheet of material and this sheet of material may include indicia on one side of the sheet as well as a layer of adhesive on the side of the sheet opposite the indicia. The receptacle may be contained on a hinged portion of this sheet of material such that the hinged portion could be moved to facilitate the insertion of a DNA-containing object into the receptacle and then moved to be attached to the second sheet of material. Alternatively, the receptacle may comprise a separate body during formation of the invention. Such a receptacle would preferably present a flanged portion adjacent the open end thereof to facilitate attachment to a layer of material. To further secure the receptacle, another sheet of material is provided which includes a cut-out portion for receiving the receptacle therethrough and adhering to the flanged portion of the receptacle. This then provides an embodiment having three layers in addition to the receptacle. The first layer is a sheet of removable backing paper. The second layer is removably attached to the first layer and includes a layer of adhesive on at least one side thereof. The receptacle is then adhered to this second layer preferably at the flanged portion of the receptacle. The third layer is then positioned over the second layer and receptacle such that a cut-out portion of the third layer is directly above the receptacle. The cut-out portion can be of any size but it is preferred that the receptacle fit within the cut-out portion. The third layer is then adhered to the second layer via adhesive which is contained on either the second layer, third layer, or both. The side of the third layer opposite the side adhered to the second layer includes indicia thereon.
  • [0017]
    In another embodiment of the present invention, a medical alert card is provided. Basically, the medical alert card comprises a card body presenting a first and second layer which are removably attached. The first layer includes indicia presenting medical information or the like thereon and the second layer comprises a core having a receptacle therein. A portion of the first layer overlies the receptacle of the second portion, thereby enclosing the receptacle. The back side of the second layer preferably includes a layer of adhesive thereon which may be protected by a third layer comprising a releasing agent or sheet of removable backing paper or any combination thereof. Indicia may also be included on the second layer, especially if the area of the first layer exceeds the area of the second area. In some forms of this embodiment, the first layer comprises a foil sticker. In other forms, the first and second layers are adhered together via a layer of adhesive contained on at least one of the adjacent faces of the first or second layers. The receptacle is preferably selected from the group consisting of a flexible blister pouch, a rigid blister pouch, and a cut-out portion and is adapted to hold a DNA-containing object therein. Of course, the DNA-containing object and the indicia correspond to the same individual.
  • [0018]
    Finally, another embodiment of the present invention comprises an individualized medical alert card. The card comprises three layers, the first layer has medical and identifying information thereon, the second layer is a core layer which has a receptacle therein, and the third layer comprises a sheet of removable backing paper and/or a releasing agent. In preferred forms, the first layer presents a front side which includes medical information and a back side which is positioned adjacent the second layer. The second layer also presents a front side and a back side with the front side of the second layer being positioned adjacent and the back side is adjacent the third layer. Preferably, the second layer includes a layer of adhesive thereon, however, the adhesive may be separately applied or may comprise at least a portion of the third layer. Preferably, the receptacle comprises a cut-out portion similar to that previously described. A DNA-containing object obtained from the individual corresponding to the medical and identifying information can then be placed in the receptacle. In some forms, the second layer of this embodiment may be formed of a flexible material (e.g. paper) while in other forms, the second layer may be formed or a more rigid material (e.g. plastic).
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a medical alert DNA storage sticker in accordance with the invention;
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a medical alert DNA storage sticker illustrating the cut-out portion of the center layer;
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken through line 3-3 of FIG. 1;
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 4 is a top plan view of another embodiment of a medical alert DNA storage sticker in accordance with the present invention;
  • [0023]
    [0023]FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a medical alert DNA storage sticker of FIG. 4 illustrating one location of the cut-out portion and the hinged portion of the top layer;
  • [0024]
    [0024]FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken through line 6-6 of FIG. 4;
  • [0025]
    [0025]FIG. 7 is another embodiment of the medical alert DNA storage sticker of the present invention;
  • [0026]
    [0026]FIG. 8 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the medical alert DNA storage sticker of the present invention illustrating a sticker having a clear top sheet;
  • [0027]
    [0027]FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the medical alert DNA storage of the present invention illustrating a blister pack;
  • [0028]
    [0028]FIG. 10 is perspective view of another embodiment of the medical alert DNA storage of the present invention illustrating the different layers of an embodiment including a blister pack; and
  • [0029]
    [0029]FIG. 11 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the medical alert DNA storage of the present invention illustrating a DNA receptacle contained on a hinged portion.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • [0030]
    The following disclosure sets forth preferred embodiments of the present invention. It is to be understood, however, that these embodiments are provided by way of illustration and nothing therein should be taken as a limitation upon the overall scope of the invention.
  • [0031]
    Turning now to FIGS. 1-3, a medical alert DNA storage sticker 20 is illustrated. The sticker 20 includes a top layer 22 having indicia thereon, a core layer 24 having a DNA-containing object 26 thereon, and a bottom layer 28. Top layer 22 includes top side 30 and bottom side 32 which has a layer of adhesive 34 thereon. Top layer 22 further includes indicia 36 thereon and may include certain indicia 38 which is readable via an electronic means. Computer readable indicia 38 comprises a bar code or other computer readable indicia. Core layer 24 provides a platform for DNA-containing object 26 and also functions to give the sticker 20 strength and durability. Core layer 24 can be made of any suitable material and preferred materials are selected from the group consisting of foam rubber, thermoset foam, plastic, cardboard, paper, and combinations thereof. Core layer 24 presents a top side 40 and an opposed bottom side 42 having a layer of adhesive 44 thereon. Bottom layer 28 preferably comprises a sheet of removable backing paper adapted to overlie layer of adhesive 44. A releasing agent 46 may be applied between any of the layers in order to facilitate the attachment and re-attachment of one layer to another. The construction therefore permits the removal of bottom layer 28 such that the sticker 20 can be applied to a desired surface while retaining the DNA-containing object 26 below a top layer which has some form of indicia 36, 38 thereon.
  • [0032]
    Another embodiment of the present invention can be seen in FIGS. 4, 5 and 6 which illustrate a sticker 20 in accordance with the invention. Sticker 20 presents a top layer 48 having a top side 50 with printed indicia 52 and in some embodiments, computer readable indicia 54 thereon. The top layer further presents a hinged portion 56 and further includes a layer of adhesive 58 on the bottom side 60 adjacent middle layer 62. Of course, adhesive 58 could also be applied to middle layer 62 in addition to bottom side 60 or just be applied to middle layer 62. Middle layer 62 presents a top side 64 and an opposed bottom side 66 and a cut-out portion 68 therebetween. Cut-out portion 68 can extend all or just part of the way through middle layer 62 and form a receptacle bounded by the sidewalls 70 defining the cut-out portion 68. When cut-out portion 68 extends through middle layer 62, the bottom of the receptacle is formed by bottom layer 72. A layer of adhesive 74 is positioned between bottom layer 72 and middle layer 62 or is dispersed on either or both of these layers 72, 62. To use this embodiment, hinged portion 56 is peeled back from middle layer 62 or opened to reveal the receptacle created by cut-out portion 68. A releasing agent or sheet of removable backing paper 76 is preferably located between hinged portion 56 and cut-out portion 68 in order to facilitate the opening of hinged portion 56. A DNA-containing object 78 is then placed within cut-out portion 68 and hinged portion 56 is returned to its position overlying cut-out portion 68. If a sheet of removable backing paper 76 is included, it is removed so that the top layer 48 and middle layer 62 are adhered together so that the DNA-containing object 78 is retained therein. In some embodiments, top layer 48 may comprise one or more sticker portions 80 adhered to the top layer 48. Such a construction would facilitate selective replacement of indicia 52, 54 located on top layer 48 should the information contained thereon become outdated or worn off without compromising the DNA-containing object 78 or the placement of sticker 20 on a desired surface.
  • [0033]
    Another embodiment of the invention is illustrated in FIG. 7. This sticker 20 comprises a layer of material 82 having a recess 84 designed to retain a DNA-containing object 86 therein. Layer of material 82 presents a top side 88 with printed indicia 90 and, optionally, computer readable indicia 92 such as a bar code thereon. Top side 88 may have the indicia 90, 92 printed embossed or engraved directly thereon or may further include a sticker 94 adhered thereto wherein the sticker 94 includes the printed indicia thereon. In some forms of this embodiment, a layer of adhesive is applied to the bottom side of layer 82 to facilitate the attachment of sticker 20 to desired surfaces. This adhesive may be covered by a releasing agent or sheet of removable backing paper 96 to keep sticker 20 from adhering to undesired surfaces. To cover the recess 84 after a DNA-containing object 86 is placed therein, a top layer sticker 98 is placed atop recess 84. Top layer sticker 98 has a layer of adhesive 100 on the back side 102 which adheres to layer of material 82 surrounding recess 84 and encloses the DNA-containing object 86 therein. Printed indicia may be included on the top of sticker 98. In some forms of this embodiment, a flanged portion surrounds the recess 84 and provides an area for sticker 98 to be placed so that the top of the sticker 98 is flush with top side 88. Alternatively, sticker 98 is just attached to top side 88. As shown in FIG. 7, this embodiment is in the shape of a card which affords a variety of embodiments depending upon the selection of material used in the construction of sticker 20 and the location upon which sticker 20 is going to be adhered. For example, layer of material 82 can be formed of a variety of materials including plastic or resin which would provide a sticker which could be placed in an individual's wallet, much like a credit card. Alternatively, the layer of material could be made of a material having paper-like characteristics and sticker 20 could then be adhered to a variety of surfaces.
  • [0034]
    Another embodiment of the invention is depicted in FIG. 8. This embodiment is similar to that illustrated in FIG. 7 but rather than including a top layer sticker 98 which covers the recess area only, a see-through layer 104 covers substantially the entire area of top side 88. See-through layer 104 encloses the DNA-containing object 86 in recess 84 and permits the indicia to be read as well as protected when layer 104 is placed atop top side 88. It is also noted that sticker 94 may be segmented or may be one unitary body with a hole therethrough which provides access to recess 84.
  • [0035]
    FIGS. 9-11 illustrate different forms of yet another embodiment of the present invention which incorporates a pouch 106 which is adapted to house a DNA-containing object. Pouch 106 can be flexible or rigid blister pouch and can further be opaque or see-through. This embodiment comprises a first layer 108 presenting a top side 110 and an opposed bottom side 112. Top side 110 includes printed indicia 114 thereon and a open area 116 which extends through layer 108. Pouch 106 includes sidewalls 118 leading to flanged portion 120 at one end and top side 122 at the opposite end thereof. Pouch 106 can be integrally formed with first layer 108 (FIG. 9) or can be a separate body (exploded view, FIG. 10) which extends through open area 116. First layer 108 is adjacent second layer 124 which is also adjacent third layer 126. Second layer 124 encloses the open end of pouch 106 when pouch 106 extends through open area 116 and second layer 124 is adhered to first layer 108. Second layer 124 may have adhesive and or a releasing agent on either side 128 130 to facilitate attachment to first layer 108 and third layer 126. Third layer 126 preferably comprises a releasing agent or sheet of removable backing paper which can be removed to expose the adhesive on the bottom side 130 of second layer 124 so that sticker 20 can be attached to any desired surface. FIG. 11 illustrates a slight variant over the embodiment of FIGS. 9 and 10 in that first layer 108 includes a hinged portion 132 which can be lifted to insert a DNA-containing object in pouch 106. Once a DNA-containing object is placed in pouch 106, hinged portion 132 is returned to its placement adjacent second layer 124, thereby enclosing the DNA-containing object in pouch 106. Again, pouch 106 can be integrally formed with first layer 108 or can comprise a separate body which is subsequently attached to first layer 108.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/484
International ClassificationB65D73/00, A61G12/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61G12/00, B65D73/00
European ClassificationA61G12/00, B65D73/00