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Availability for Non-Exclusive, Exclusive, or Partially Exclusive Licensing of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Concerning Chest Tube Clamp

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: Announcement is made of the availability for licensing of the invention set forth in U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/043,242 entitled "Chest Tube Clamp," filed April 8, 2008. The United States Government, as represented by
the Secretary of the Army, has rights in this invention.
ADDRESSES: Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, ATTN: Command Judge Advocate, MCMR-JA, 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For patent issues, Ms. Elizabeth Arwine, Patent Attorney, (301) 619-7808. For licensing issues, Dr. Paul Mele, Office of Research Technology Assessment, (301) 619-6664, both at telefax (301) 619-5034.

The invention relates to a single, surgical instrument suitable for use in the placement of a thoracostomy tube (chest tube) into a patient for evacuation of intrapleural air or fluids. The mechanical functions of three (3) separate, surgical instruments have been combined into a single, surgical instrument. This single, surgical instrument is the subject of the present invention. The invention provides a medical professional with the option of employing one surgical instrument, which serves the function of three.

Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.