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Antimicrobial credit cards, identification cards, membership cards and identification badges and badge holders

Mark Holmes Wed, 2011-01-26 08:59

Mark Holmes · Wed, 01/26/2011 - 09:59
Patent #: 
7,851,517
Industry: 
Publishing date: 
12/04/2010
Filling date: 
05/01/2011
Inventors: 
Lisa Marie Holmes
Assignee: 
None
Abstract: 

A system, method and apparatus provices an antimicrobial card, badge holder or token made from an antimicrobial polymereric material. The antimicrobial polymereric material includes one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof.

Claims: 

What is claimed is:

1. An antimicrobial card comprising: a card made from an antimicrobial polymereric material comprising one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof on the card such that the antimicrobial polymeric material is at least on an exterior of the card; and one or more identifiers disposed on or within the card.

2. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the identifiers comprise a barcode, a magnetic stripe, a magnetic stripe emulator, an image, a computer chip, a smart-card interface, a wireless interface, an optical interface, a communications interface, a radio frequency identification (RFID), a hologram, a logo, an identification number, a company name, a user name, an owners name, a design, an image or a combination thereof.

3. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the card comprises an identification card, a credit card, a debit card, an insurance card, a transaction card, ATM card, a supermarket card, a club card, a lost and found key chain program card, a library card, a health club card, a membership card, a rental car loyalty programs card, a hotel loyalty programs card, a prepaid phone card, a video rental card, an access card, an identification card, a driver's license, a firearm license, a physical access security card, a mini-card, a security card, a stored value card, a vendor-specific card or a combination thereof.

4. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise between about 0.05 and 3.0%.

5. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the one or more polymers are selected from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, allyl resin, cellulosic, epoxy, ethylene vinyl alcohol, fluoroplastics, liquid crystal polymer, melamine formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde plastic, polyacetal, polyacrylates, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, Nylon, polyamide-imide, polyaryletherketone, polybutadiene, polybutylene, polycarbonate, polydicyclopentadiene, polyketone, polyester, polyetheretherketone, polyetherimide, polyethersulfone, polyethylene, polyethylenechlorinates, polyimide, polymethylpentene, polyphenylene oxide, polyphenylene sulfide, polyphthalamide, polypropylene, polystyrene, polysulfone, polyurethane, polyvinylchloride, polyvinylidene chloride, silicon, thermoplastic elastomers, ethylene and combinations and mixtures thereof.

6. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether; silver zeolite; silver glass; 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine; thiabendazole, 2-(4-thiazolyl) benzimidazole; dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone; octyl-isothiazolone; 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine; tebuconazole; tolnaflate; zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof.

7. An antimicrobial card comprising: a card made from an antimicrobial polymereric material comprising one or more polymers selected from styrene, polyvinyl chloride and laminated polyvinyl chloride, and between about 0.05 and 3.0% of one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of a bacteria, a fungi, a virus or a combination thereof selected from 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether, silver zeolite, silver glass, 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine, thiabendazole, 2-(4-thiazolyl)benzimidazole, dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone, octyl-isothiazolone, 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine, tebuconazole, tolnaflate, zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof such that the antimicrobial polymeric material is at least on the exterior of the card; and one or more identifiers disposed on or within the card.

8. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 7, wherein the card comprises an identification card, a credit card, a debit card, an insurance card, a transaction card, ATM card, a supermarket card, a club card, a lost and found key chain program card, a library card, a health club card, a membership card, a rental car loyalty programs card, a hotel loyalty programs card, a prepaid phone card, a video rental card, an access card, an identification card, a driver's license, a firearm license, a physical access security card, a mini-card, a security card, a stored value card, a vendor-specific card or a combination thereof.

9. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 7, wherein the identifiers comprise a barcode, a magnetic stripe, a magnetic stripe emulator, an image, a computer chip, a smart-card interface, a wireless interface, an optical interface, a communications interface, a radio frequency identification (RFID), a hologram, a logo, an identification number, a company name, a user name, an owners name, a design, an image or a combination thereof.

10. A method of reducing the growth of bacteria, fungi, or virus on a card composing the steps of: forming a card comprising one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents, wherein the card comprises a magnetic stripe and the antimicrobial polymeric material is at least on an exterior of the card.

11. The method recited in claim 10, wherein the antimicrobial card further comprises a barcode, an image, a computer chip, a radio frequency identification (RFID), a hologram, an identification number or a combination thereof.

12. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise between about 0.05 and 3.0%.

13. The method as recited in claim 10 wherein the one or more polymers are selected from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, allyl resin, cellulosic, epoxy, ethylene vinyl alcohol, fluoroplastics, liquid crystal polymer, melamine formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde plastic, polyacetal, polyacrylates, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, Nylon, polyamide-imide, polyaryletherketone, polybutadiene, polybutylene, polycarbonate, polydicyclopentadiene, polyketone, polyester, polyetheretherketone, polyetherimide, polyethersulfone, polyethylene, polyethylenechlorinates, polyimide, polymethylpentene, polyphenylene oxide, polyphenylene sulfide, polyphthalamide, polypropylene, polystyrene, polysulfone, polyurethane, polyvinylchloride, polyvinylidene chloride, silicon, thermoplastic elastomers, ethylene and combinations and mixtures thereof.

14. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein the card comprises an identification card, a credit card, a debit card, an insurance card, a transaction card, ATM card, a supermarket card, a club card, a lost and found key chain program card, a library card, a health club card, a membership card, a rental car loyalty programs card, a hotel loyalty programs card, a prepaid phone card, a video rental card, an access card, an identification card, a driver's license, a firearm license, a physical access security card, a mini-card, a security card, a stored value card, a vendor-specific card or a combination thereof.

15. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether, silver zeolite, silver glass, 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine, thiabendazole, 2-(4-thiazolyl)benzimidazole, dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone, octyl-isothiazolone, 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine, tebuconazole, tolnaflate, zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof.

16. An antimicrobial token comprising: a token made from an antimicrobial polymereric material comprising one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof on the token such that the antimicrobial polymeric material is at least on an exterior of the token; and one or more identifiers disposed on or within the token.

17. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the token comprises a gambling chip.

18. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise between about 0.05 and 3.0%.

19. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the one or more polymers are selected from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, allyl resin, cellulosic, epoxy, ethylene vinyl alcohol, fluoroplastics, liquid crystal polymer, melamine formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde plastic, polyacetal, polyacrylates, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, Nylon, polyamide-imide, polyaryletherketone, polybutadiene, polybutylene, polycarbonate, polydicyclopentadiene, polyketone, polyester, polyetheretherketone, polyetherimide, polyethersulfone, polyethylene, polyethylenechlorinates, polyimide, polymethylpentene, polyphenylene oxide, polyphenylene sulfide, polyphthalamide, polypropylene, polystyrene, polysulfone, polyurethane, polyvinylchloride, polyvinylidene chloride, silicon, thermoplastic elastomers, ethylene and combinations and mixtures thereof.

20. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether, silver zeolite, silver glass, 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine, thiabendazole, 2-(4-thiazolyl)benzimidazole, dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone, octyl-isothiazolone, 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine, tebuconazole, tolnaflate, zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof.

21. An antimicrobial badge holder comprising: a badge holder made from made from an antimicrobial polymereric material comprising one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof on the badge holder such that the antimicrobial polymeric material is at least on an exterior of the badge holder; and one or more identifiers disposed on or within the badge holder.

22. The antimicrobial badge holder as recited in claim 21, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise between about 0.05 and 3.0%.

23. The antimicrobial badge holder as recited in claim 21, wherein the one or more polymers are selected from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, allyl resin, cellulosic, epoxy, ethylene vinyl alcohol, fluoroplastics, liquid crystal polymer, melamine formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde plastic, polyacetal, polyacrylates, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, Nylon, polyamide-imide, polyaryletherketone, polybutadiene, polybutylene, polycarbonate, polydicyclopentadiene, polyketone, polyester, polyetheretherketone, polyetherimide, polyethersulfone, polyethylene, polyethylenechlorinates, polyimide, polymethylpentene, polyphenylene oxide, polyphenylene sulfide, polyphthalamide, polypropylene, polystyrene, polysulfone, polyurethane, polyvinylchloride, polyvinylidene chloride, silicon, thermoplastic elastomers, ethylene and combinations and mixtures thereof.

24. The antimicrobial badge holder as recited in claim 21, wherein the one or more antimicrobial agents comprise 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether, silver zeolite, silver glass, 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine, thiabendazole, 2-(4-thiazolyl)benzimidazole, dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone, octyl-isothiazolone, 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine, tebuconazole, tolnaflate, zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof.

25. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the antimicrobial polymeric material comprises a coating or covering over the exterior of the card.

26. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 1, wherein the card is substantially made from the antimicrobial polymeric material.

27. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 7, wherein the antimicrobial polymeric material comprises a coating or covering over the exterior of the card.

28. The antimicrobial card as recited in claim 7, wherein the card is substantially made from the antimicrobial polymeric material.

29. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein the antimicrobial polymeric material comprises a coating or covering over the exterior of the card.

30. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein the card is substantially made from the antimicrobial polymeric material.

31. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the antimicrobial polymeric material comprises a coating or covering over the exterior of the token.

32. The antimicrobial token as recited in claim 16, wherein the token is substantially made from the antimicrobial polymeric material.

33. The antimicrobial badge holder as recited in claim 21, wherein the antimicrobial polymeric material comprises a coating or covering over the exterior of the badge holder.

34. The antimicrobial badge holder as recited in claim 21, wherein the badge holder is substantially made from the antimicrobial polymeric material.

Description: 

TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates in general to the field of plastics and plastics coatings, more particularly to antimicrobial coatings and antimicrobial cards, badges and badge holders.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Without limiting the scope of the invention, its background is described in connection antimicrobial polymeric materials, for use in cards, credit cards, membership cards, identification badges, badge holders and antimicrobial coatings.

In the past years, there has been considerable interest in reducing the transfer of microbes and illnesses between people due in part to E. coli outbreaks, viral transfer and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Consequently, the market has been flooded with antimicrobial household products containing germ-killing ingredients, e.g., hand soap, hand wipes, dishwashing liquid, underwear, kitchen items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mattresses, cutting boards, window cleaner, socks, cycling shorts, chop sticks, facial tissues and so forth. However, these materials only provide a temporary effect and are prone to becoming less effective over time as a result of reduced concentrations of antimicrobial agents.

There has been a growing interest in new antimicrobial solutions in recent years, driven by a desire to provide longer lasting protection in products that can be degraded by microbes, to control or eliminate the undesirable effects created by the presence of microbes, such as odor or discoloration. Historically, these antimicrobial effects have been delivered through conventional additives such as fungicides or bactericides; however, such additives are used in small amounts and are typically added after manufacture, and end up being indiscriminately distributed onto the surface. These additives can be lost over time due to leaching and degradation resulting from exposure to light, heat and the environment. In addition, these additives are not used on all materials and in fact are not present in many items that are routinely passed from person to person. As a result, items that are passed from person to person are more susceptible to microbe transfer.

In modern society, cards of various kinds have become ubiquitous and it is not uncommon for individuals to carry numerous cards, including credit cards, ATM or bank cards, debit cards, "smart" cards, insurance cards, a driver's license, identification cards, telephone calling cards, transit cards, library cards, discount cards and card-entry hotel keys. In addition, numerous transactions require the use of these cards numerous times a day (e.g., as the form of payment or as identification). As a result, these cards are in contact with numerous people (e.g., cashier, manager, attendant, etc.) and devices that have also been in contact with numerous other individuals. This allows the transfer of a wide variety of substances, (e.g., food, microbes, viruses, drinks, bacteria, fungus, spores, and other materials) and provides a mechanism for cross contamination of various microbes from person to person and place to place. Yet for the most part, card users do not realize that these cards can be the source of an illness. Even if they do, they are reluctant to clean or disinfect these cards for fear the cleaner or disinfectant will damage the card.

As a result, there is a need for a system, method and apparatus for a practical card or device that reduces the growth bacteria, fungi, virus or other microbes on the surface of a card.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for a practical and secure card or device that reduces the growth bacteria, fungi, virus or other microbes on the surface of a card. The transfer of microbes, viruses and other sources of contamination via cards or like devices (e.g., credit cards, drivers' licenses, membership cards, hotel keys, department store cards, employee badges, name badge holders and so forth), which has been overlooked until now, can be controlled and limited by using the present invention. These items are routinely handled by numerous individuals on a daily basis. Likewise, employees in service jobs (e.g., government, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, etc.) and security jobs can handle and be exposed to hundreds of cards per day. The integration or embedding of antimicrobial materials in these items or the raw materials during the manufacturing process provides a durable, long lasting solution to his overlooked problem. As a result, the antimicrobial card in accordance with the present invention provides a secure and flexible system for security and/or commercial transactions using access, credit, debit, identification, security, stored value and vendor-specific cards and/or devices.

More specifically, the present invention provides an antimicrobial card with one or more identifiers disposed on or within the card. The card is made from an antimicrobial polymereric material. The antimicrobial polymereric includes one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof on the antimicrobial card. The identifiers may include a barcode, a magnetic stripe, a magnetic stripe emulator, an image, a computer chip, a smart-card interface, a wireless interface, an optical interface, a communications interface, a radio frequency identification (RFID), a hologram, a logo, an identification number, a company name, a user name, an owners name, a design, an image or a combination thereof.

The present invention includes an antimicrobial card having a magnetic stripe and is made from an antimicrobial polymereric material that including one or more polymers and between about 0.05 and 3% of one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth a bacteria, a fungi, a virus. The one or more polymers may be selected from styrene, polyvinyl chloride and laminated polyvinyl chloride; and one or more antimicrobial agents may be selected from 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether; silver zeolite; silver glass; 4-t-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-2-methylthio-s-triazine; thiabendazole; 2-(4-thiazolyl)benzimidazole; dichloro-octyl-isothiazolone; octyl-isothiazolone; 10,10-oxybisphenoxarsine; tebuconazole; tolnaftate; zinc bis-(2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide) and mixtures and combinations thereof.

The present invention provides an antimicrobial token having a token made from an antimicrobial polymereric material with one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents that affect the growth of bacteria, fungi, virus or a combination thereof on the token. The token also includes one or more identifiers disposed thereon. On specific example includes a gambling chip.

The present invention also includes a method of reducing the growth of bacteria, fungi, or virus on a card by forming an antimicrobial card comprising one or more polymers and one or more antimicrobial agents and a magnetic stripe.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: 
Law Offices of Mark D. Holmes, Esq. Licensing and Contracts
Chalker Flores, LLP, Daniel Chalker, Esq, - Patent
Green Wave Energy Corp, Licensing and Contracts
Ideal Collaborator: 
Manufacturer of cards for identification careds, driver's licenses, passports -- identification or security cards for security agencies, banks (ATM and credit cards), hospitals and corporations
Applications: 
Can be used for identification careds, driver's licenses, passports; identification or security cards for security agencies, banks (ATM and credit cards), hospitals and corporations. Number of applications seems only limited by the imagination.
Advantages: 
Embeds antimicrobial disinfectant into commonly used cards -- driver's licenses, identification cards, ATM cards, credit cards, hospital identification and security cards -- the anticmicrobial in the card kills bacteria on the human hand when the card comes in contact with hand, thereby reducing the amount of bacteria transmitted by both the hand and the hard coming in contact with other humans and surfaces.

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