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Issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9020096 to RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC.
28 Apr, 2015
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On April 28, 2015 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9020096 to RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC.which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.

The '096 patent  is directed towards the inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.

Independent Claim 1 describes "A portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising: a vehicle having a first side facing said radiation source; a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end wherein said proximal end is physically attached to said vehicle, wherein said proximal end of the detector array defines a plane, and wherein the plane is non-parallel to said first side of the mobile vehicle; and at least one source of radiation wherein said radiation source is fixedly attached to said proximal end of said boom and emits a beam of radiation, said beam of radiation having a path, wherein said image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing said objects to radiation, and detecting radiation and wherein the path of the radiation beam forms an angle relative to said first side of greater than 90 degrees, such that scatter radiation emitted toward a driver of the vehicle is reduced".