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Issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,224,573 to Rapiscan Systems
29 Dec, 2015
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On December 29, 2015 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9,224,573 to RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC., which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.

The '573 patent  is directed towards an X-ray source having a generator for generating an electron beam, an accelerator for accelerating the generated electron beam in a desired direction, one or more magnetic elements for transporting portions of the electron beam in a more than one desired direction, and a shaped target made from a material having an atomic number lying within a predetermined range of values, the transported parts of the electron beam producing a fan beam of X rays upon striking the shaped target.

Independent Claim 1 describes "An X-ray source comprising: a generator for generating an electron beam; an accelerator for accelerating the generated electron beam in a desired direction; one or more magnetic elements for directing a first part of the electron beam in a first direction and a second part of the electron beam in a second direction, wherein the first and second direction are different, wherein the one or more magnetic elements comprise a bending magnet adapted to transport a first part of the electron beam to a first predefined area within a shaped magnetic field on a first pulse of the electron beam and a second part of the electron beam to a second predefined area within the shaped magnetic field on a second pulse of the electron beam; and a shaped target made from a low Z material, wherein the directed parts of the electron beam produce a fan beam of X-rays upon striking the target."