Patents Examined by Jackie Ho
  • Patent number: 9265673
    Abstract: A folded absorbent article is provided. The folded absorbent article includes an absorbent assembly having a liquid permeable inner layer, an outer layer, and an absorbent body between the inner and outer layers. The folded absorbent article further includes a pair of ears extending outward from absorbent assembly in the back waist region, with each ear including a loop fastening component, and a pair of spaced-apart hook fastening components on the outer layer in the front waist region. A pair of longitudinally extending foldlines are also provided in the front waist region. An outboard-most longitudinal edge of each of the hook fastening components is spaced apart from a respective side of the absorbent assembly, and an inboard-most longitudinal edge is spaced apart from a respective longitudinally extending foldline at least a distance equal to a predetermined process range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, David F. Bishop, David J. Enz, Alanna Haessler, Catherine Hancock-Cooke, Robert Lee Popp, Thomas H. Roessler, Wendy Lynn VanDyke
  • Patent number: 8794240
    Abstract: An elongate strip of adhesive tape having an adhesive side and a non-adhesive side; (b) a first peel-away tab on and covering more than half the length of the adhesive tape; and (c) a second peel-away tabs on and covering less than half the length of the adhesive side of the adhesive tape so that when the first peel-away tab is peeled off the tape and the adhesive side of the central portion of the adhesive tape is wrapped around a tracheal tube or the like with the remaining portion of the adhesive side of the adhesive tape applied to the cheek or upper lip of the patient and then peeling the second peel-away tab from the adhesive tape and applying the thus exposed adhesive side of the adhesive tape to the other cheek or upper lip of the patient thereby securing the tube or airway to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Majorus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory P. Marcoe
  • Patent number: 8771220
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a glaucoma shunt may include a tube having an anterior portion (with an opening) and a posterior portion. The glaucoma shunt may include a valve, inside the tube, coupled to a drainage portion. The tube may be configured to couple to a first portion of an eye and the drainage portion may be configured to couple to a second portion of the eye. In some embodiments, the drainage portion may be configured to move the valve relative to the tube such that when the eye expands, the valve moves away from the opening in the anterior portion of the tube to increase fluid flow. The drainage portion may further be configured to move the valve relative to the tube such that when the eye contracts, the valve moves toward the opening in the anterior portion of the tube to decrease fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded M. Nissan, Oshrit Hertz
  • Patent number: 8739782
    Abstract: A powder inhaler comprising: a body that is provided with a dispenser orifice; a plurality of reservoirs each containing a dose of powder; a perforator to perforate a predosed reservoir on each actuation; and a dispersion channel including an inlet that is connected to the perforator and that receives the dose of powder from the reservoir, and an outlet connected to the dispenser orifice, the perforator controlled by inhalation, the dispersion channel including two bent channel portions, a first bent channel portion that is connected to said inlet via a first substantially-rectilinear channel portion, and a second bent channel portion connected to the outlet via a second substantially-rectilinear channel portion, the two bent channel portions being interconnected via a third substantially-rectilinear channel portion, the cross-section of the third substantially-rectilinear channel portion being smaller than the cross-section of the first substantially-rectilinear channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Matthieu Baillet
  • Patent number: 8733346
    Abstract: An aerosol-releasing inhalation device, fuelling station, and apparatus are provided. The device includes a mouthpiece having a substance depot, and a heating member detachably connected to the mouthpiece for volatilising a substance to release an inhalable aerosol. The heating member includes a housing sleeve having at least one air inlet, and at least one hot air outlet at a mouthpiece end separated from the air inlet; a filling valve at the mouthpiece end to fill a tank with a flammable gas; a premix burner; a regulating valve to control release of the gas to the premix burner by suction on the mouthpiece; and a mass transfer exchanger to heat air by heat generated from the premix burner. The substance depot at least partially passes combustion gases, and a desired inhalation air temperature is selectable by at least a proportion of the combustion gases exiting the mass transfer exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Arno Rinker
  • Patent number: 8733357
    Abstract: A Cold or Inclement Weather Exposure Mask is designed to fit snugly around the face, head, and neck. The mask serves vital needs of warmth, humidity, and air flow. A raised, malleable chamber covering the mouth and nose provides a breathing space to allow normal breathing while keeping the face warm and dry. The chamber is affixed to a fabric panel made of a water and wind resistant, non-irritating, comfortable, and stretchable material. A fastening means on the panel holds the mask in place around the wearer. The chamber includes multiple apertures which allow fresh air to pass to the wearer after it is mixed with warm, humid, exhaled air. The apertures also exhaust air and condensation. A raised lip further aids in the removal of condensation. A valve system optionally regulates the flow of air. Colors and pattern selections allow adaptation to all labor and recreation uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Talus Outdoor Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John B. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8720443
    Abstract: A respiratory mask includes a mask frame and a forehead support provided to the mask frame. The forehead support includes a base extending from the frame. The base includes a flexible portion along at least a portion of its length including a material and/or physical characteristic that allows the base to flex from an original, unloaded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Michiel Kooij, Dimitri Marco Maurer
  • Patent number: 8720433
    Abstract: A medicament dispenser, in particular a metered dose inhaler, which is able to count the number of time the dispenser is activated and then disable the device, which then prevents any additional medicament from being dispensed. Additional embodiments include a medicament dispenser which are adapted to display either the number of activations that have occurred or the number of activations remaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Map Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred Sugianto
  • Patent number: 8721609
    Abstract: An absorptive article (1) has: an absorptive body (10) which includes an absorption body; and an exterior body (20) which is provided to the outer surface side of the absorptive body (10) and which is provided with a belly-side portion (F) and a back-side portion (B). The belly-side portion (F) and the back-side portion (B) are joined together at joint sections (21, 22). Reduced strength regions (T) and unreduced strength regions (S) are disposed between the belly-side section (F) and the back-side section (B) at the positions of the joint sections (21, 22). A reduced strength region (T) includes a joint strength-reducing material for reducing the joint strength between the joint sections (21, 22), and an unreduced strength region (S) includes no joint strength-reducing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Daiopaper Corporation
    Inventor: Youko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8714151
    Abstract: An atomizing device (1), an inhaler and a method for dispensing a liquid formulation (5) are proposed. An insert (2) comprises a cylinder (4) filled with the liquid, an atomizing nozzle (7) and a piston (6). The piston is moved in the cylinder to pressurize the liquid and force it out of cylinder through the atomizing nozzle in order to generate a spray (13). The insert is received in a holder (3) which is sealed. The insert is moved within the holder so that the sealing (9) is ruptured before the spray is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stephen T. Dunne
  • Patent number: 8715262
    Abstract: An elastic barrier flap for an absorbent article includes a web configured to define a gap and a plurality of elastic members captured by the web. The plurality of elastic members is symmetrically arranged about the gap defined by the web. The web and plurality of elastic members are adapted to inhibit the transverse flow of body exudates released by a wearer of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Connie May McMorrow, Daniel R. Schlinz, Kylie Bridger, Sara Jane Willie Stabelfeldt, Patrick Dean Abney, Daniel Lee Ellingson, Sarah A. Funk, Rodney Allen Butler, Scott Simon Craig Kirby
  • Patent number: 8714149
    Abstract: An airflow adaptor for a breath-actuated dry powder inhaler. The airflow adaptor includes a conduit having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end allows fluid communication from a deagglomerator outlet port to the distal end of the conduit, and wherein the airflow adaptor further includes provisions for allowing air to flow from a proximal end of the adaptor to a distal end of the adaptor independently of the airflow in the conduit when a breath induced low pressure is applied to the distal end of the airflow adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Norton Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Julian Alexander Blair, Daniel Buck, Jan Geert Hazenberg, Xian-Ming Zeng
  • Patent number: 8702663
    Abstract: An eyewash dispensing container to store and deliver an eyewash fluid that is particularly suitable for terminal sterilization. The container includes a base and a locking lid with a tamper indicator. The container is able to be opened quickly and deliver the eyewash fluid directly to an eye of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Niagara Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Leistner, Ronya Ripenburg, Michael D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8701666
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting, in particular, respiratory implements such as tubes, tube extensions, filters, breather bags, or artificial noses to a tube having a particularly conically tapered connector. the adapter has a clamping section that may be fixed to the connector in a frictionally engaged manner. The clamping section of the adapter may be radially expanded from a first clamping position in which the inner diameter of the clamping section is less than the outer diameter of the connector into a second release position in which the inner diameter of the clamping section is greater than the outer diameter of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Medi1one Medical Grosshandels GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Frick, Albrecht Kauffmann
  • Patent number: 8702642
    Abstract: Components may be used separately or in combination to create anchoring systems for intra-luminal implants for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. Various systems include an external component adapted for deployment around a portion of the gastrointestinal tract (e.g., the duodenum) and an internal component adapted for implantation within the gastrointestinal tract. Various systems use anchors that are based on mechanical interference, elasticity, spring force, shape memory transformation, magnetic attraction, repulsion and/or levitation. Various embodiments rely on longitudinal anchoring of the implants with minimal force against tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: MetaModix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kedar R. Belhe, Paul J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8702379
    Abstract: A blower assembly including a motor, an impeller and a volute that is configured such that an inlet chamber of the volute and an outlet chamber of the volute are divided from one another by an airtight membrane and the membrane is configured to allow the transmission of pressure waves between the inlet and outlet chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Robert Henry Frater, Hamish Alexander Urquhart, Dmitri Anatolievich Doudkine, Barton John Kenyon
  • Patent number: 8702669
    Abstract: A diaper sheath having a shell with an inner panel and an outer panel forming a front edge, a back edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. The diaper sheath also includes a first intermediate pocket and a second intermediate pocket set along the first side edge and the second side edge respectively, each intermediate pocket having at least one opening. The diaper sheath further includes a first intermediate strip and a second intermediate strip set inside each of the first and second intermediate pockets respectively, the first and second intermediate strips each having an anchor portion attached to an attachment ring, and an elongated portion having a loop formed through a slide, the loop passing through the attachment ring and having a continuously adjustable length selected by moving the slide to a desired position along the elongated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pure Precision Limited
    Inventor: Gaëlle Tournier
  • Patent number: 8695597
    Abstract: A process for operating a respirator and/or anesthesia device in the APRV mode with the % PEF criterion which includes a detection of a spontaneous expiratory effort by the patient and initiation of a pressure release phase when the detected spontaneous expiratory effort by the patient falls within a predetermined trigger window (Tfreg). A device is provided that is operated correspondingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Dräger Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Tobias Glaw
  • Patent number: 8695600
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of providing oxygen rich gas. Oxygen is separated from ambient air with an oxygen separator in discrete pulses, one pulse at a time. The start of the pulse is synchronized with the beginning of an inhalation of a person. The oxygen rich gas in each pulse is separated from the ambient air in real time during a nitrogen adsorption step concurrent with each inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Vbox, Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Van Brunt, Theodore W. Jagger, Perry B. Lonnes, John A. Kivisto
  • Patent number: 8697935
    Abstract: System and method for alerting the occurrence of wetness on a skin area under a cover layer, comprising detection means for detecting the occurrence of wetness on the skin area under the cover layer, exposure means for exposing at least part of the skin area to a temperature having a course which mainly corresponds to the temperature course which would have occurred in the absence of said cover layer, and actuation means for actuating said exposure means under control of said detection means. The exposure means may comprise an electricity source, electricity/temperature conversion means, and control means for controlling the electrical current or voltage in accordance with a predetermined curve which results in an output temperature of the electricity/temperature conversion means which mainly corresponds to the temperature course which would have occurred in the absence of said cover layer. The electricity/temperature conversion means may comprise one or more Peltier elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventor: Henricus Adrianus Maria Daanen