Patents Assigned to Medela Holding AG
  • Patent number: 11904077
    Abstract: A breastpump for expressing human breastmilk includes a multipart hygiene module having a first part with a flow opening for connecting to a interior, a valve body with at least one valve and a second part with a rigid cup for forming a pump chamber. The valve body is arranged between the first and second part and the hygiene module as a whole is connectable to the housing of the breastpump in a sealing and detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: André Schlienger, Sebastian Höner, Mario Rigert, Armin Felber, Marco Steiner
  • Patent number: 11890408
    Abstract: A motorized medical suction pump has a pump assembly for generating an underpressure, a pump assembly carrier for supporting the pump assembly, and a seat for receiving an energy accumulator. The pump assembly arranged in the pump assembly carrier defines a first longitudinal axis, and the seat defines a second longitudinal axis. The pump assembly carrier forms the seat. The second longitudinal axis extends at an angle to the first longitudinal axis. This suction pump is small and compact and has good sound damping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Regina Marbet, Marcel Muther, Daniela Käppeli, Andreas Walter
  • Patent number: 11642442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus (2) comprising a connector (4), a baby bottle (6) which can be coupled thereto having a bottle body (8) and a bottle base (10), and a sensor unit (34) arranged in the bottle base (10) for determining the filling quantity of milk in the baby bottle (6). An object of the present invention is to improve handling and maintenance of the apparatus, as well as determining the content quantity. It is characterized in that the bottle base (10) is releasably attachable to the bottle body (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Armin Felber, Martin Thüring, Sebastian Höner
  • Patent number: 11642443
    Abstract: A breast shield for a breast pump for expressing human breast milk comprises a rigid base part (1) with a tubular connection piece (10) and with a funnel (11), which is integrally moulded in one piece thereon and widens away from the connection piece (10), for receiving a breast. The breast shield additionally comprises a flexible collar (2) which is arranged on the funnel (11) at an end of the funnel (11) remote from the connection piece (10) and which is realized to be placed onto the mother's breast. The named end of the funnel (11) forms a first contact surface (12) and an end of the collar (2) which faces the funnel (11) forms a second contact surface (22) and they both adjoin one another in an obtuse manner in a circumferential connecting joint (4), wherein the connecting joint is a butt joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Etienne Furrer, André Schlienger, Marcel Muther
  • Patent number: 11642441
    Abstract: A barrier of a vacuum pump prevents contamination from entering a vacuum pump air line. The barrier separates parts of the pump and is moveable between an initial state and a distended state. The barrier is assembled within the pump with a pre-load. When the vacuum source is applied to the barrier, the barrier achieves a distended state and when the vacuum source is released, the barrier incrementally self returns to an initial state. The geometry and material construction of the barrier, along with the pre-load, assists in returning the barrier on its own to the initial state from the distended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Mark A. Luzbetak, Thomas A. Sutrina, Erich Pfenniger, Patrik Bosshard
  • Patent number: 11644026
    Abstract: A device for aspirating body fluids and for supplying a substance to a human or animal body is defined. The device comprises a first pump (8) for the aspiration of the body fluids, and a second pump (3), or a coupling element (76?) for connecting a second pump (3?) in order to convey the substance to the body by means of the second pump (3, 3?). Moreover, the device comprises a drive (70, 70?) for driving the first pump (8). The same drive (70, 70?) which serves to drive the first pump (8) also serves to drive the second pump (3, 3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Hilmar Ehlert
  • Patent number: 11623667
    Abstract: The invention concerns a vehicle guided on a railway track comprising a chassis and at least one wheel assembly interconnected to the chassis and a method for steering said vehicle. The wheel assembly comprises a cross-member having a first end to which a first hub is interconnected by a first steering joint and a second end to which a second hub is interconnected by a second steering joint. A first wheel is attached to the first hub rotatable around a first rotation axis and a second wheel is attached to the second hub rotatable around a second rotation axis. A first sensor determines the lateral position of the first sensor with respect to the rail. The first sensor is attached to the first hub and is, with respect to a direction of travel arranged in front of the supporting area of the first wheel in a horizontal direction spaced a distance A1 apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Göran Larsson, Michael Stalder
  • Patent number: 11559614
    Abstract: A method for operating a breastpump unit for expression of human breastmilk and various breast shields for use in this method allow a maximum pumping performance and a minimum pumping duration per pumping session. The breast shield has an inner chamber for receiving a nipple of the breast and also at least one outer chamber which at least partially surrounds the nipple. The inner chamber is subjected to a constant pressure and the at least one outer chamber is subjected to a pulsating pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Michael Larsson, Erich Pfenniger, Mario Rigert, Sebastian Höner, Peter Vischer, Peter Edwin Hartmann
  • Patent number: 11554205
    Abstract: An appliance is provided for negative-pressure therapy of wounds on the human or animal body in which, on the one hand, a substance is delivered to a wound bed (W) and, on the other hand, fluids, in particular an exudate and the delivered substance, are aspirated from the wound bed by negative pressure. The appliance has a suction pump housing, with a suction pump arranged therein for aspirating the fluids from the wound bed (W), and a fluid collection container for collecting the aspirated fluids. Moreover, the appliance has a first measuring device and a second measuring device. The first measuring device serves to determine the quantity of the aspirated fluids, and the second measuring device serves to determine the quantity of the substance delivered to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Martin Walti, Tobias Hänggi
  • Patent number: 11486382
    Abstract: A device for supplying and/or aspirating a fluid substance to or from a human or animal body is provided, which device has a drive unit with a drive, an attachment part, and coupling element. The attachment part has a peristaltic pump unit with a pump head having roller elements which are movable freely and independently of one another and serve for rolling on a hose. The coupling element serves to transmit a movement from the drive to the pump head. The pump head has a decoupled state in which the roller elements apply no or a comparatively low mechanical pressure to the hose, and a coupled state in which the roller elements are pressed by the coupling element against the hose with a comparatively high mechanical pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Lukas Bannwart
  • Patent number: 11452800
    Abstract: A mechanical fluid pressure modification valve, or “MFLP-valve”, is set forth. The MFLP-valve can be actuated upon movement of a movable pressure system member of a medical pressure system reaching a selected position. Additionally, the MFLP-valve can be actuated based on a pressure condition of the system. When the MFLP-valve unseals, a pressure differential between a pressure chamber and a volume outside of the chamber can be relieved. Disengagement of the movable pressure system member from the MFLP-valve can enable the MFLP-valve to re-seal. The MFLP-valve may include a flag that indicates the position of the movable pressure system member. The MFLP-valve may be provided in a diaphragm-type pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Jahi Gist, David Y. Cho, Mario Rigert
  • Patent number: 11419368
    Abstract: Nursing bra with a back part and a breast part, which form a circumferential envelopment for the upper body in the connected state, with shoulder straps extending between the breast part and the back part and with two bra cups, each formed adapted to accommodate a female breast and each releasably connected to the shoulder straps and each having an opening that leads to the nipple of the female breast and that is on the outer side covered by an outer ply which is removable from the opening. A nursing bra of the type mentioned above that provides high functionality while having an attractive appearance is created according to the invention in that a flap is provided on the inner side of the bra cup and covers the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Annina H. Schnadt, Andrea Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 11400190
    Abstract: A visible valve system for a breastmilk expression system is set forth. The visible valve system includes an outer member, graspable by a human hand. The outer member provides a visual indication that the system is properly assembled. The visible valve system can reduce spillage from a breastmilk container by providing at least a portion of a spill reducing tortuous path in the system, or the spill-reducing tortuous path may be provided in another component of a breastmilk expression system of which the visible valve system is a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Raymond Holtz, Kathryn Mizuchi, Joseph Wach
  • Patent number: 11331419
    Abstract: A system for improving a breastpumping session is disclosed. The system includes a database having at least one data group, the database being configured to send and receive group data regarding a pumping pattern. The system also includes at least one data processing unit configured to analyze pumping data regarding the breastpumping session and compare the pumping data to the group data. Further, the system includes at least one breast pump system communicably coupled to the data processing unit. Real-time changes to the breastpumping session are implemented to the breast pump system based on the analysis of the pumping data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Ryan Bauer, Brian H. Silver
  • Patent number: 11291588
    Abstract: A porous wound dressing for use in negative-pressure therapy is proposed. The wound dressing has an outer edge which defines a substantially oval or rectangular outer shape of the wound dressing with a major axis and a minor axis. The wound dressing has one or more incisions or perforations which together form one or more arc-shaped lines and serve for cutting the wound dressing to size in order to adapt the wound dressing to the shape and/or size of a wound. The one or more arc-shaped lines each extend asymmetrically with respect to the major axis and/or to the minor axis and each enclose, together with a portion of the outer edge, a segment of the wound dressing that is designed for separation from the wound dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Lukas Bannwart
  • Patent number: 11246967
    Abstract: A breast shield unit of a breast pump for expressing human breastmilk comprises a breast shield to be placed onto a mother's breast, a breastmilk collection container for receiving expressed breastmilk, an adapter for connecting the breast shield to the breastmilk collection container and a valve head. A breastmilk channel extends from the breast shield into the breastmilk collection container through the adapter and the valve head. The valve head includes a valve which closes and opens the breastmilk channel during the pumping action, wherein a fill level sensor for measuring a fill level of the breastmilk collection container is arranged in the valve head. The breast shield unit according to the invention facilitates a fill level measurement without a structural change of the breast shield and breastmilk collection container. Moreover, it facilitates data interchange with external information storage and/or information processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Beda Weber, Martin Thüring, Mario Rigert, Armin Felber
  • Patent number: D956801
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Kathy Downie, Carl Huval, Claudia Kowanda
  • Patent number: D1009282
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Rodrigo Donoso, Sandra Rückewold, Elisa Da Costa, Claudia Schultes
  • Patent number: D1010142
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Rodrigo Donoso, Sandra Rückewold, Elisa Da Costa, Claudia Schultes
  • Patent number: D1010143
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Rodrigo Donoso, Sandra Rückewold, Elisa Da Costa, Claudia Schultes