Florida Patent of the Month – October 2023

Philon Labs, LLC is focused on designing new products to make life easier. This mission requires extensive experience in industrial design, engineering, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM/CAE). With this approach, the company has recently patented the first smart fridge for breast milk storage bags.

For many, breast milk is a convenient and natural source of nutrition for infants, with a unique mix of vitamins, proteins, and fats designed specifically for a mother’s baby. Breast milk contains antibodies that help the infant fight off viruses and bacteria, it also lowers the risk of having asthma or allergies and overall hospitalizations and visits to the doctor. One challenge with our modern lives – which are filled with work and appointments – is having this milk readily available for the baby whenever they want it. As a result, many parents resort to storing their milk in the fridge or freezer. 

On average, a newborn consumes between 19 to 30 ounces of breastmilk per day, which means that, for a week of breastfeeding, it is necessary to store more than 30 bags, an amount that takes up almost all of the freezer space of most consumer refrigerators.

Philon Labs’ solution provides a designated space for stored milk while also reducing the hassle of labeling and tracking milk on a “first in – first out” basis. 

This smart freezer addresses several pain points faced by parents who breastfeed. It optimizes freezer space, prevents tearing of bags, saves time by automatically selecting bags based on expiration dates, and provides an easy-to-use interface. In essence, it streamlines the entire process of storing and retrieving breast milk, making life more manageable for busy parents.

By tracking the duration of time a bag spends in the freezer, the system can provide insight into the baby’s breastfeeding habits, frequency, and schedule – ensuring you always know when to top up or run out for emergency formula.

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