Patents Examined by Joseph D Boecker
  • Patent number: 10512282
    Abstract: Methods and vaporizer apparatuses that estimate, measure and/or predict the amount of vapor and/or material (including active ingredients) released by the vaporizer apparatus. In particular, described herein are electronic vaporizers and methods of using them that determine a dose/amount of vapor and/or a material in the vapor based primarily or exclusively on the electrical and thermal properties, e.g., power or energy applied to the vaporizing element (e.g., heating coil) and the temperature of the material immediately before and as it is vaporized. Dose information may be used to control operation of the device and/or reported to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Juul Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, James Monsees, Ariel Atkins, Bradley Ingebrethsen, Esteban Leon Duque
  • Patent number: 10512739
    Abstract: An inhalation device, assembly or system can include a kit and a pharmaceutical composition. The device can be adapted for administering therapeutic aerosols to pediatric patients, including neonates, infants or toddlers. The device can further include a vibrating mesh aerosol generator that can be insertable into a flow channel of the inhalation device through a lateral opening, and a valved face mask. The device can be connectable to a gas source through which a gas, such as oxygen, can be received into the flow channel at a low flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: VECTURA GMBH, ABLYNX N.V.
    Inventors: Koen Allosery, Martin Huber, Tobias Kolb, Bernhard M├╝llinger, Juliane Schick, Erik Depla
  • Patent number: 10512798
    Abstract: Provided is a powered air blower unit for delivering air flow to a user with constant air flow or varying speeds of air flow. The air blower unit may also include a filter for purifying the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Nishank R. Patel, Eric Sommers, Joseph C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10512745
    Abstract: A patient interface is configured to deliver a flow of pressurized breathable gas to a patient's airways. The patient interface includes a central portion with an opening configured to deliver the pressurized breathable gas to the patient's nares. A first stabilizing portion extends from the central portion and is structured to engage an outer side of a respective one of the patient's nostrils. A second stabilizing portion is opposite the first stabilizing portion and extends from the central portion. In addition, the second stabilizing surface is structured to engage an outer side of a respective one of the patient's nostrils. The central portion, the first stabilizing portion and the second stabilizing portion cooperate to form a U-shape configured to cradle the patient's nose so that the tip of the patient's nose remains exposed when the patient interface is mounted on the patient's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: RedMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michiel Kooij, Scott Alexander Howard, Justin John Formica, Gerard Michael Rummery, Renee Frances Flower, Adam Francis Barlow, Joel Edward Gibson, Damien Julian Mazzone, Aaron Samuel Davidson, Bernd Christoph Lang, Achim Biener, Michael John Reid, Dieter Heidmann
  • Patent number: 10507296
    Abstract: A system includes: a first sensor configured to measure one of a ventilatory volume, a concentration of gas, a respiratory rate and a respiratory pressure; a second sensor configured to measure a pressure associated with a mask adapted to be attached to a human patient or a mannequin; a processor configured to analyze a measurement value of the first sensor and a measurement value of the second sensor; and an output unit connected to the processor, and configured to output, based on a result of the analysis of the processor, at least one of: a condition of the mask adapted to be attached to the human patient or the mannequin; and a condition of the human patient or the mannequin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Vinay Nadkarni, Akira Nishisaki, Elizabeth Foglia, Dana Niles, Fumihiko Takatori
  • Patent number: 10500363
    Abstract: A mask assembly for therapy of Sleep Disordered Breathing may include: a cushion having a seal forming portion that is structured to form a seal with only the patient's nose in use, the cushion defining at least in part an interior chamber; a shell assembly including a generally rigid shell, the generally rigid shell having a port that opens into the interior chamber, the generally rigid shell including an exhalation vent for venting exhaled gas, an air inlet tube in fluid communication with the cushion to supply breathable gas from a pressurized supply to the interior chamber; and a swivel and an elbow attached to the air inlet tube, the swivel and the elbow configured to be attached to an air supply conduit, wherein the swivel and the elbow are positioned superior to the patient's head in use, and wherein the mask assembly does not contact the patient's forehead in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Milind Chandrakant Raje, Joanne Elizabeth Drew, Robert Henry Frater, Memduh Guney, Timothy Tsun-Fai Fu, Amal Shirley Amarasinghe, Clive Solari
  • Patent number: 10493223
    Abstract: Systems and method for determining zero subject flow rate for correcting leak estimation in respiratory devices. Estimating leak in respiratory devices is necessary for proper ventilation of the subject. Correctly estimating leak allows synchronous triggering and enables accurate measurements of respiratory parameters such as tidal volumes and peak flows to be performed. The systems (10) and the method (100) herein provide a solution to correct (116) for errors in leak estimation methods through analysis (108, 110, 112) of flow rate of the pressurized flow of breathable gas generated (104) by a pressure generator (12) of a respiratory device, and identification or estimation (114) of the flow rate of the pressurized flow at which zero subject flow rate occurs, wherein adjustments to the employed leak estimation method can be thereafter made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Christopher Anthony Procyk
  • Patent number: 10493221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a powder inhaler and to a powder inhaler set that contains the powder inhaler. The powder inhaler comprises two half-shells (3, 4), which are connected to each other by means of at least one film hinge and are formed as a single piece. In a joined arrangement, the two half-shells (3, 4) enclose an air inlet region, a powder deposition region and powder release region, and an outlet region, through which regions a fluid path extends, wherein at least one of the half-shells (3, 4) has at least one air inlet opening (8) in the air inlet region. Furthermore, one of the half-shells (3, 4) has at least one powder-accommodating recess (9) in the powder deposition region and powder release region, while the outlet region has at least one deagglomeration structure (17, 17?) and an outlet for aerosol, which outlet is formed by the half-shells (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Beller
  • Patent number: 10493217
    Abstract: Inhalator (50) comprising an aerosol generator (64) configured to generate an aerosol by nebulizing a fluid and a controller (24) configured to control operation of the aerosol generator and a housing (11, 51) accommodating at least the aerosol generator and the controller, the housing having a base (12) for supporting the housing on a horizontal surface, wherein a portion (35) of the housing accommodating at least a portion of the controller is arranged further away from the base than the aerosol generator as seen in a vertical direction, when the base is supported on the horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PARI Pharma GmbH
    Inventors: Tom McPherson Allnutt, Wolfgang Achtzehner, Thomas Gallem, Uwe Hetzer
  • Patent number: 10471228
    Abstract: A respiratory nosepiece (10) and method of manufacturing the respiratory nosepiece, the respiratory nosepiece including a first nasal prong (110) with a first channel (112) extending there through, and a first side port (130) connectable to tubes (192, 194) having different first and second diameters. The first side port has a second channel (131) extending there through and in communication with the first channel. The second channel includes a first section (134) having the first diameter, a second section (136) having the second diameter, a first step (135) between the first and second sections, and a second step (137) between the second section and an end (133) of the second channel. The first and second channels are formed during injection molding by pins (412, 422, 431, 441) having flat pin-on-pin geometry to reduce resin flash within the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: David Scampoli
  • Patent number: 10456535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inhaler device for delivering a dose of medicament in dry powder form from a container to a patient in need thereof. The inhaler comprises a swirl chamber in which particles of the medicament entrained in an airflow swirl upon inhalation thereby breaking up the agglomerates into finest dispersed powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Presspart Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Julian Hemy, Richard Turner, Hans-Peter Schmelzer, Dietmar Schmitz, Stefan Hoffmann, Ameet Sule, Sunita Sule, Matthias Seiler, George Alexander Bostock, Aki Hannu Einari Laakso, Michael Worth, Matthew Schumann
  • Patent number: 10456548
    Abstract: Resuscitator devices including inflation control devices and the inflation control valves can prevent an excessive number of breaths per minute during manual resuscitation from being delivered to a patient. The inflation control valves are inlet valves for a resuscitator device having a flexible chamber that extends from a first end to a second end, the second end being configured to attach to an airway adjunct. The valve housing may be configured to be disposed about the first end and to receive air for inflating the flexible chamber, the valve housing being partially disposed within the flexible chamber. The inflation control member may be configured to control inflation rate of the flexible chamber, the inflation control member being disposed within the valve housing and movable with respect to the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Jeremy D. Ackerman, Arthur L. Kellermann, Sam Raji, Arsalan Sabooree, Lintu Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10456541
    Abstract: A respiration appliance, system, and method for supporting the airway of a subject as the subject breaths. The flow of gas from the lungs of the subject during exhalation is leveraged to provide support to the airway. In particular, a body that encloses one or more external orifices of the subject provides a resistance differential between inhaled gas flows and exhaled gas flows that supports the subject's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Kurt Witt, William Edwin Clegg, Michael Edward Colbaugh, Douglas Mechlenburg
  • Patent number: 10449308
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a laminar evaporator including an electrical resistance heating element for pulse heating and evaporation of an inhalationally receivable material distributed or distributable on the heating element surface by an electric heating current flowing or flowable in a laminar manner with at least two electrical contacts or poles for introducing the heating current into the resistance heating element, wherein the resistance heating element has at least one slot-shaped recess constricting lines of flux of an original electric field forming or formable between the at least two electrical contacts or poles and comprises a porous structure having a porosity of 70% or greater holding or capable of holding the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Batmark Limited
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Patent number: 10449321
    Abstract: A gas delivery device includes a nitric oxide generating system. The system has a medium including a source of nitrite ions. A working electrode is in contact with the medium. A Cu(II)-ligand complex is in contact with the working electrode. A reference/counter electrode is, or a reference electrode and a counter electrode are in contact with the medium and separated from the working electrode. An inlet conduit is to deliver nitrogen gas to the medium, and an outlet conduit is to transport a stream of nitrogen gas and nitric oxide from the medium. An inspiratory gas conduit is operatively connected to the outlet conduit to introduce an oxygen-containing gas and form an output gas stream of the gas delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Mark E. Meyerhoff, Nicolai Lehnert, Yu Qin, Andrew P. Hunt, Elizabeth J. Brisbois, Hang Ren
  • Patent number: 10449316
    Abstract: A patient interface device that overcomes the shortcomings of conventional patient interface devices is provided. One embodiment of the patient interface device provides a cushion for a patient interface device that includes a first end portion structured to contact a portion of a patient's face. The first end portion includes an inner, first surface, an outer, second surface and at least one pocket disposed between the first end portion first surface and the first end portion second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Robert William Baiko, Lauren Patricia Chodkowski, Peter Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 10449314
    Abstract: A droplet delivery device and related methods for delivering precise and repeatable dosages to a subject for pulmonary use is disclosed. The droplet delivery device includes a housing, a reservoir, and ejector mechanism, and at least one differential pressure sensor. The droplet delivery device is automatically breath actuated by the user when the differential pressure sensor senses a predetermined pressure change within housing. The droplet delivery device is then actuated to generate a stream of droplets having an average ejected droplet diameter within the respirable size range, e.g, less than about 5 ?m, so as to target the pulmonary system of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PNEUMA RESPIRATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Louis Thomas Germinario, John H. Hebrank, Charles Eric Hunter, Jack C. Hunter, Chengjie Li, Christopher W. Maurer
  • Patent number: 10449320
    Abstract: Various characteristics of a gas flow can be sensed at the end of a respiratory conduit near the patient interface using a sensing module. The sensing module can be removable from the patient end of the respiratory conduit for ease of use and ease of cleaning. The sensor module can transmit sensor data over the same wires used to heat the respiratory conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeremy Livingston Miller, Nordyn Alami, David Charles Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10449313
    Abstract: An ultrasound scanning apparatus, a breathing machine, a medical system and a related method. The ultrasound scanning apparatus comprises an ultrasound scanning unit, an ultrasound controller for controlling the operation of the ultrasound scanning unit, detecting the operation state of the ultrasound scanning unit, generating a first enable signal when detecting that the operation state of the ultrasound scanning unit is transferred from an operating state to a nonoperating state and generating a second enable signal when detecting that the operation state of the ultrasound scanning unit is transferred from the nonoperating state to the operating state, and an enable output end for transmitting the first enable signal or the second enable signal to the breathing machine to control the running of the breathing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Li, Shuo Liu, Haibo Song, Yunxia Zuo, Jin Liu
  • Patent number: 10449309
    Abstract: The invention relates to a powder inhaler and to a powder inhaler set that contains the powder inhaler. The powder inhaler comprises two half-shells (3, 4), which can be or are articulated to each other and which enclose an air inlet region, a powder deposition region and powder release region, and an outlet region in a joined arrangement, through which regions a fluid path extends. At least one of the half shells (3, 4) has at least one air inlet opening (8) in the air inlet region, and at least one air-swirling structure (5) is present in the air inlet region, which air-swirling structure defines the fluid path between the at least one air inlet opening (8) and the powder deposition and release region. Furthermore, one of the half-shells (3, 4) has at least one powder-accommodating recess (9) in the powder deposition region and powder release region, while the outlet region has at least one deagglomeration structure (17, 17?) and an outlet for aerosol, which outlet is formed by the half-shells (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Beller