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1. WO2018125744 - DEVICE FOR REDUCING GERMS ON A WRITING INSTRUMENT OR STYLUS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A germ-reducing pen container comprising:

a body including a hollow passageway extending therethrough from an insertion end to a distal end for receiving a pen, the hollow passageway having at least one ultraviolet C light operatively attached thereto;

an indicator on an outer surface of said body; and

a dispensing mechanism operatively attached at said insertion end for dispensing said pen.

2. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said body further includes a USB port and USB rechargeable battery.

3. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said body is a shape chosen from rectangular and oblong.

4. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said body can hold multiple pens within said hollow passageway.

5. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said germ-reducing pen container is portable.

6. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said hollow passageway is open at said insertion end and closed at said distal end.

7. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said hollow passageway is substantially pen-shaped.

8. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, further including an antimicrobial sponge operatively attached to said insertion end at said hollow passageway.

9. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 8, wherein said antimicrobial sponge changes color when due to be replaced.

10. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said at least one ultraviolet C light is attached in a radial design around said hollow passageway.

11. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein multiple ultraviolet C lights are operatively attached in rows along said hollow passageway.

12. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said indicator is a light surrounding said hollow passageway at said insertion end.

13. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, wherein said dispensing mechanism includes a mechanism chosen from the group consisting of flywheel, spring, and combinations thereof.

14. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, further including an on/off switch operatively attached to said body.

15. The germ-reducing pen container of claim 1, further including a clip operatively attached to said body.

16. A method of reducing germs on a pen, including the steps of:

inserting a pen into a body of a germ-reducing pen container;

applying ultraviolet C light to the pen;

killing the germs on the pen;

indicating that the pen has been cleaned; and

dispensing the pen.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein said inserting step further includes the step of swiping the pen with an antimicrobial sponge and reducing germs on the pen.

18. The method of claim 16, after said inserting step, further including the step of detecting the presence of a pen within a hollow passageway of the body, and actuating ultraviolet C lights.

19. The method of claim 16, wherein said indicating step is further defined as turning on an indicator light when the pen is cleaned.

20. The method of claim 16, wherein said dispensing step is further defined as dispensing the pen through an insertion end of the body.