Patents Examined by Douglas Y Sul
  • Patent number: 10525215
    Abstract: A system for generating and inhaling vapor of herbs includes a container, a base, a mouth, and an upper surface. An aperture in the surface displaced from a lip of the mouth. The container shown partially filled with water, and a diffuser positioned upon the water. The region within the container above the diffuser defines a vapor chamber. A diagonally-oriented tube includes upper and lower end secured within the aperture. Herbs are placed in an upper end of an herb-burning bowl and a lower end of the bowl having a filter limiting debris from entering the water. An inhalation cylinder having upper end attachable within an open mouth. A vacuum pump includes vacuum input from cylinder and positive pressure output about a level of the vacuum input. The pump providing pressure from bottom to top of the inhalation cylinder and the water surface diffuser to the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Wesley Davidson
  • Patent number: 10525218
    Abstract: A nasal delivery device for and method of delivering particulate substance to the nasal airway of a subject. The delivery device includes a body assembly including a mouthpiece unit which includes a mouthpiece through which the subject in use exhales, and a substance-supply unit which is fluidly connected to the mouthpiece unit and actuatable to provide particulate substance for delivery to the nasal airway of the subject. The body assembly is configured to receive a replaceable nosepiece unit which includes a nosepiece and contains a container containing particulate substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: OptiNose AS
    Inventors: Per Gisle Djupesland, Colin David Sheldrake, Simon Smith, Rachel Striebig, Andy Pidgeon, Tom St. Quintin
  • Patent number: 10512749
    Abstract: Medical techniques include systems and methods for administering a positive pressure ventilation, a positive end expiratory pressure, and a vacuum to a person. Approaches also include treating a person with an intrathoracic pressure regulator so as to modulate or upregulate the autonomic system of the person, and treating a person with a combination of an intrathoracic pressure regulation treatment and an intra-aortic balloon pump treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Lurie, Anja Metzger, Kurt Krueger, Greg Voss
  • Patent number: 10500361
    Abstract: A retention system for use with a bridle installed in a nose of a patient includes a member coupled to a medical device that is suspended from a nose of a patient and a connector for coupling to a bridle that is installed in a nose of a patient. The medical device extends into the mouth of a patient or is suspended adjacent the face of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Grant W. Phillips, Kathleen Walsh, Elizabeth A Meyer, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 10500422
    Abstract: A system for delivering multiple life-support services within a flexible protective covering, a plurality of different breathing gasses, safety tether, a plurality of ancillary lines for documentable, multidirectional, multi-format data/communications acquisition and delivery, personal/situational awareness and ancillary power sources for tool, accessory or device enervation, to a plurality of Users in an adverse environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: William Messner
  • Patent number: 10492984
    Abstract: A percussive massage device includes an enclosure having a cylindrical bore that extends along a longitudinal axis. A motor has a rotatable shaft that rotates about a central axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A crank coupled to the shaft includes a pivot, which is offset from the central axis of the shaft. A transfer bracket has a first end portion coupled to the pivot of the crank. A flexible transfer linkage has a first end coupled to a second end portion of the transfer bracket. A piston has a first end coupled to a second end of the transfer linkage. The piston is constrained to move within a cylinder along the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical bore. An applicator head has a first end coupled to a second end of the piston and has a second end exposed outside the cylindrical bore for application to a person receiving treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hyper Ice, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Marton, Anthony Katz
  • Patent number: 10485946
    Abstract: A portable device provides filtered air to the face of a user, and has a housing having an air outlet disposed to direct air toward a face of a user, a fan disposed inside the housing for urging air toward the air outlet, a filter member disposed in the air outlet, and an air inlet. A UV light source is provided inside the housing, for providing UV light to purify air moving inside said housing toward said filter member. A CO detector disk is mounted on an outside wall of the housing, for providing a visible color change when CO is detected. A pill box is mounted on an outside wall of the housing, as well as a holder for a personal medications log mounted, and a personal medications log insertable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Harvey Reese
  • Patent number: 10478372
    Abstract: A motorcycle seat-massage system includes a frame forming at least a front seat and a front backrest. The front backrest frame includes an upper lateral member. A first massage unit is disposed on the front backrest frame lateral member and is laterally translatable thereon. The massage unit includes an electric motor coupled to a drive unit for powered translation of the massage unit on the backrest frame lateral member and further includes a massage head having a plurality of spherical massagers affixed thereto. The massage head is rotationally coupled to the electric motor, and a flexible seat cover is fitted over the frame and the massage unit. At least one controller is electrically communicative with the massage unit, the controller is operable to selectively engage and disengage the massage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Albert John Rock
  • Patent number: 10456320
    Abstract: A device for providing thermal treatment to a patient's hand is provided. The device includes a therapy component for applying thermal therapy, compression therapy, or both; a sleeve for receiving the therapy device and sized and shaped to cover the patient's hand; and a hand support for supporting the patient's hand in a relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Tamara L. Schirrmacher, Bryan D. Huff
  • Patent number: 10456540
    Abstract: A patient interface system for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a patient interface configured to sealingly engage the patient's face. A mechanism may be provided to ensure that an effective seal is maintained between the patient interface and the patient's face by preventing, reducing, minimizing or limiting effects of disruptive forces, such as tube drag, on the patient interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Matthew Eves, Adam Francis Barlow, Gerard Michael Rummery
  • Patent number: 10441496
    Abstract: A massage device has an elliptical shaped housing having an upper end and a lower end and sidewalls therebetween, an upper massage surface and a lower base surface, the upper massage surface having a curvature with a peak at substantially a middle section of the upper massage surface. A central groove runs through the upper massage surface. A row of inwardly facing ribs lines at least a part of the central groove so as to extend at least partially into or over the central groove, and a plurality of rows of upwardly facing ribs are formed on the upper massage surface between the inwardly facing ribs and the upper and lower ends respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael A Cohen
  • Patent number: 10434033
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”) device that is portable, tubeless, and battery-operated, which ensures that the patient will have maximum mobility during recovery. The DVT device provides a pneumatically controlled bladder portion, which is actuated by an electronically controlled air pump, where the pump/bladder combination is enclosed in a “pocket” of a wrap or cuff during use. All pump, battery, and control components are protectively housed in a plastic case that is permanently attached to the bladder portion. Once the pump/bladder combination is placed in the “pocket” the wrap or cuff will be sealed. The wraps or cuffs are single use, disposable garments designed to provide an absorbent barrier during use, where the bladder portion and air pump remain clean during use and can be reused by the patient or hospital staff. Tabs or extensions may be used to secure the pump/bladder combination after insertion into the “pocket” of the wrap or cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vena Group, LLC
    Inventors: Turner Lucas Zeutzius, Adrian Slattery, Douglas Halley
  • Patent number: 10434267
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and device for delivering a pharmaceutical to the airway of a human or animal patient. In one aspect, the device includes a dose drum formed into a cylinder and including a plurality of dose compartments for containing individual doses. In another aspect, the device may include a reservoir containing a pharmaceutical material in bulk form and a metering recess for metering the pharmaceutical material to form a pharmaceutical dose. Another aspect provides an inhaler with a combined reservoir and dosing chamber configured to contain multiple doses of a pharmaceutical material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Henri M. Akouka, Daniel P. Becker
  • Patent number: 10426912
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide for an inspiratory limb for a breathing circuit that includes a first segment that comprises a first heater wire circuit and a second segment that comprises a second heater wire circuit. The inspiratory limb can include an intermediate connector that includes a connection circuit that electrically couples the first heater wire circuit to the second heater wire circuit. The inspiratory limb can be configured to operate in two modes wherein, in a first mode, electrical power passes through the first electrical connection to provide power to the first heater wire circuit without providing power to the second heater wire circuit, and in a second mode, electrical power pass through the first electrical connection to provide power to both the first heater wire circuit and the second heater wire circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Liam Buswell, Helen Cuddy, Thomas James Edwards, Gavin Walsh Millar, Helgard Oosthuysen, Andre van Schalkwyk, Ian Lee Wai Kwan, Ping Si, Sinaa Alnashi, Kieran Michael Orchard, Ibrahim Al-Tiay, Elmo Benson Stoks, Charles Christopher North, Matthew Robert Wilson, Paul James Tonkin
  • Patent number: 10406387
    Abstract: A respiratory component system including a respiratory component and a wearable belt is described. The respiratory component includes a projection, and the wearable belt is configured to receive the projection to releasably secure the respiratory component to the wearable belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Krepel, Jia Hu, John M. Pilgrim
  • Patent number: 10406302
    Abstract: An inhalator for the inhalation of powdered drug preparations from capsules which contain the powdered preparations. The inhalator has a mouthpiece or nosepiece and an assembly including: a capsule holder including a capsule chamber, the capsule chamber having an air inlet opening and an air outlet opening; a capsule opening device for opening a capsule; a finger-operable actuator. The inhalator further includes a rigid outer shell including a lower shell part hinged to an upper shell part so that the shell is openable and closable, the shell serving to cover and protect the assembly and the mouthpiece or nosepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Laura Andrade, Jose Ramon Ruiz, Celestino Ronchi, Alessandro Castellucci
  • Patent number: 10398617
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an adjustable joint actuator assembly for a medical assist device is provided. The assembly includes a support arm extending along a longitudinal axis, a gearbox rotatably coupled to the support arm about the longitudinal axis and slidable along the longitudinal axis, and a locking mechanism inserted over a portion of the support arm and the gearbox to facilitate preventing movement of the gearbox relative to the support arm along the longitudinal axis. The locking mechanism is configured for removal to enable movement of the gearbox relative to the support arm along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Simon, Travis L. Palmer
  • Patent number: 10384029
    Abstract: A nasal cannula for use in a system for providing a flow of respiratory gases to a user is described. The nasal cannula comprises a body made from a pliable material. The body has an inlet and at least one nasal prong fluidly connected to the inlet. In use a conduit providing a flow of gases to the cannula is connected to the inlet, and the nasal prong is inserted into a user's nostril. The cannula is arranged to direct the flow of gases from the nasal prong towards the front wall of the user's nasal passage within the user's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Edwin McAuley, Jason Peter van Beurden, Craig Karl White, Tristan Andrew Leslie, Christopher Earl Nightingale
  • Patent number: 10384025
    Abstract: A pressure support system configured to deliver a pressurized flow of breathable gas to the airway of a subject is described. The system is configured to treat obstructive sleep apnea, other sleep disordered breathing, and/or other respiratory issues with limited flow respiration therapy, and/or other therapies. Limited flow respiration therapy may be an alternative to CPAP, for example. The system is configured to limit flow rate compensation, pressure compensation, and/generator or compensation of other parameters during inspiration to values proportional to the current leak to achieve limited flow respiration therapy. In some embodiments, the system comprises one or more of a pressure generator, a subject interface, one or more sensors, a processor, a user interface, electronic storage, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Nathaniel Solomon Fox, Manuel Laura Lapoint
  • Patent number: 10369070
    Abstract: A motion assistive apparatus may include a receiver allowing a user to intuitively adjust performance of the motion assistive apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The motion assistive apparatus may include a receiver provided to adjust variable characteristics of the motion assistive apparatus, a processor to adjust a variable parameter related to adjustment of the variable characteristics, in response to adjustment of the variable characteristics through the receiver, and an actuator to output changed assist power in response to adjustment of the variable parameter to change the variable characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Shik Roh, Young Do Kwon, Young Bo Shim, Jeong-heon Han