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Issuance of U.S. Patent Number 8995619 to RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC.
31 Mar, 2015
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On March31, 2015 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 8995619 to RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC.which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.

The '619 patent  is directed towards the specification which discloses an inspection system for detecting objects being carried by a person who is moving along a pathway. The inspection system has two detection systems configured to detect radiation scattered from the person as the person moves along the pathway and an X-ray source positioned between the detection systems. The X-ray source is configured to generate a vertical beam spot pattern and does not generate beams that move horizontally.

Independent Claim 1 describes "The inspection system for detecting objects being carried by a person, wherein said person is moving along a plane defined by a Z axis and a Y axis, the inspection system comprising: a first detection system configured to detect radiation scattered from said person as the erson moves along the Y axis of the plane, wherein said first detection system comprises a first planar surface positioned opposite to the plane, and configured to generate electronic signals responsive to the detected radiation; a second detection system configured to detect radiation scattered from said person as the person moves along the Y axis of the plane, wherein said second detection system comprises a second planar surface positioned opposite to the plane, and configured to generate electronic signals responsive to the detected radiation; an X-ray source positioned between said first detection system and said second detection system, wherein said X-ray source is configured to generate a beam spot pattern along the Z axis of the plane and wherein said X-ray source does not generate beams that move along the Y axis of the plane; and a processing system for analyzing the electronic signals generated by the first detection system and the second detection system and for generating an image on a display, wherein the X-ray source is coupled with a beam chopper, wherein said beam chopper operates to produce a scanning pencil beam of X-rays along the Z axis, and wherein said beam chopper comprises a chopper wheel having three slits and wherein each slit positioned 120 degrees apart from an adjacent slit".