Patents Examined by Kristen Matter
  • Patent number: 10354787
    Abstract: A restraining device comprised of electromagnets attached to a structure and steel pieces attached to a person's wrists that are controlled to restrain or release a person. This restraining device is wired to an enclosure with various electronic components that provide many ways of activating and deactivating the electromagnets of the restraining device. For example, it could be remotely controlled by another individual over the internet, but could also be configured to be used alone for self-restraint. A plurality of safety mechanisms, including a panic button, a countdown timer, a network polling mechanism and voice control can all be applied to make it possible for the person who is using this device to be released from their restraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Kevin Spearman
  • Patent number: 10342691
    Abstract: A knee orthosis provides varying levels of support to a patient during a stance phase and a swing phase of a gait cycle. The orthosis comprises an upper auxiliary support, a lower auxiliary support, an actuator, a sensor configured to detect a plurality of leg movements during the gait cycle and to output a plurality of detection signals corresponding to the detected leg movements, and a processor configured to determine whether the knee is in the stance phase or the swing phase of the gait cycle, to control the actuator to apply pressure on the lower auxiliary support when the knee is in the stance phase, and to release pressure when the knee is in the swing phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Tokio Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10335559
    Abstract: A device for delivering medication is presented. The device has a conduit with an upstream end and a downstream end. The downstream end of the conduit delivers the medication. The device has a housing with an open end and an end forming a flat substrate. The housing receives a syringe containing medication and having a plunger. The device also has mechanism for releasing the medication from the syringe and a mechanism for pressurizing the medication. The device has a connector from providing a connection between the syringe and the upstream end of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Joshua J. Herskovic
  • Patent number: 10335312
    Abstract: Devices and methods for removing an intravaginal drug delivery ring are shown and described. In one embodiment, the device is an integral one-piece moisture impermeable structure that includes a closed end finger cot and a substantially rigid hook. Typically, the closed end finger cot includes a finger opening, a compression band, and an expandable sleeve. In some examples, the distal end of the hook is aligned substantially parallel to an axis of the finger cot to properly position the user's finger with the intravaginal drug delivery ring in the vaginal canal. The result is devices and methods to improve removal of intravaginal drug delivery rings and similar contraception prevention units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Lutrell Trumane Williams, Malika Manley Williams
  • Patent number: 10321935
    Abstract: A surgical device for treating shoulder dystocia having a first arm having a proximal portion, a distal portion and a first curved surface, a second arm having a proximal portion, a distal portion and a second curved surface and a shoulder engagement section positioned at least between the distal portion of the first and second arms and connecting the first and second arms. The engagement section has an atraumatic surface and is configured to contact and press down on the baby to reposition the baby upon manipulation of the first and second arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Fetalease Ltd.
    Inventor: Abraham J. Yaari
  • Patent number: 10314997
    Abstract: A mask system for providing respiratory therapy to the airways of a patient includes a frame, a sealing arrangement adapted to form a seal with the patient's nose and/or mouth, an elbow, and headgear to maintain the mask system in position on the patient's face. The frame has a main body and a forehead support extending from a top end of the main body. The forehead support includes an upper headgear connector, and the main body includes a lower headgear connector. The sealing arrangement is structured to interface with the frame. The sealing arrangement comprises a cushion having a face-contacting side and a non face-contacting side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Matthew Eves, Errol Savio Alex D'Souza, Jamie Graeme Wehbeh, Rupert Christian Scheiner
  • Patent number: 10292860
    Abstract: A device and method used to help reduce aches and pains to joints, muscles, and other body parts; helps to relieve swelling; provide support to joints and muscles. Comprising of a plurality of ridges 120 affixed to a flexible thermal sheet 110. Said ridges 120 produce an acupressure-like massage effect and the flexible thermal sheet 110 absorbs and reradiates heat between the device and skin producing a self-heating effect. The device can be sized for a particular application. A user places the device against his or her body part and device is held in place by a method of user's choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Richard W. Bush
  • Patent number: 10278855
    Abstract: A Finger Splint for treating boutonniere deformities is provided. The Finger Splint has a dual axis support mechanism that allows full flexure and extension of the finger while pressure is applied to correct the deformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Rojo Salido, III
  • Patent number: 10271966
    Abstract: A body-powered articulated prosthetic hand where each of the segments of the digits, the palmer plate, the thumb pivot plate and the wrist are individually sizeable. This allows for both a proportionately scalable hand as well as individual customization of geometric configurations tailored to specific use patterns. The hand is crushable since it has flexible and pivotable connections between digits along the length and width of the hand. It has a hollow member construction that imparts a strong lightweight design. It is modular so individual parts can be replaced for quick repair. From an aesthetics point, it is visually pleasing and can be offered in different colors, and with custom digit sleeves for specific applications. Fingers can be operated individually or in groups via pairs of cables which allow operation in either voluntary open or voluntary closed modes of control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan William Glasgow
  • Patent number: 10271996
    Abstract: The invention is a single-unit areolar device of ultralight construction with an adhesive back that relies on no additional parts or components to effectively manipulate nipple orientation for eversion assist. The device builds upon the interplay between the adhesive-back flat base with the areola tissue to create a gentle, focused nudge to evert assist and maintain protraction of inverted nipples. The ultralight single-unit device is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, easily concealed beneath clothing, and remains securely in place while active or asleep. The disposable attributes of the cost effective materials utilized lend further advantage to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Zorka Hufnagel
  • Patent number: 10258523
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for turning a patient onto their side without having to place anything under the patient's torso in order to turn the patient are provided. This disclosure provides apparatus and methods for turning a patient with these apparatus without having to place anything under the patient's torso. Certain embodiments provide apparatus specifically designed to enable a caregiver to turn a patient without the assistance of a second person to hold them in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Judith Lynn Laszczyk
  • Patent number: 10258514
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are provided of reusable cloth diapers. In the diaper is an insert in which there are inner absorbing layers that are arranged specifically to absorb and hold a predetermined volume of waste. Also, the layers are sewn on three sides leaving a pocket opening that allows a person to easily guide their hand into the insert to easily guide and place into position inside the reusable cloth diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Melissa Dawn Wojtanowski
  • Patent number: 10245149
    Abstract: A reverse total hip prosthesis is characterized by a femoral cup component and an acetabular ball component and is used for reconstruction of a hip joint. The prosthesis reverses the mechanics across the joint medializing the center of rotation, preventing dislocation in a posterior direction. Both ball and socket portions of the components lie outside of bone enabling larger sizing of the femoral and acetabular components improving stability, regardless of the size of the patient's anatomy. A method for reverse hip prosthesis implantation eliminates reaming through the base of the acetabulum preserving acetabular bone stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas John Loffredo
  • Patent number: 10226391
    Abstract: A nonpermeable enclosure formed from a clear, waterproof fabric, has a cover ridge for insertion into a channel so as to produce a barrier against moisture and contaminants, and is attached to a closure band for securing the nonpermeable enclosure over a wearer's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Oby C. Ikoro
  • Patent number: 10213361
    Abstract: A muscle fiber excitation system (MFES) to execute multiple displacements in each of a vertical, a medial-lateral, and an anterior-posterior direction. The device may be step-on or wearable. In use, the device stimulates muscles to ameliorate the risk of blood clots and muscular-skeletal decline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bertram Nworah Ezenwa
  • Patent number: 10207066
    Abstract: An aerosolization apparatus comprises a housing defining a chamber having one or more air inlets. The chamber is sized to receive a capsule which contains an aerosolizable pharmaceutical formulation. The aerosolization apparatus further comprises a puncturing mechanism within the housing. The puncturing mechanism comprises an alignment guide and a puncture member, wherein the alignment guide comprises a surface adapted to contact the capsule while the puncture member is advanced into the capsule to create an opening in the capsule. At least a portion of the surface is sloped relative to the longitudinal axis of the capsule. Alternatively or additionally, the surface may comprise one or more protrusions. An end section is associated with the housing. The end section is sized and shaped to be received in a user's mouth or nose so that the user may inhale through the end section to inhale aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation that has exited the capsule through the opening created in the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BGP Products Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Michael John Dunkley, Jon David Tuckwell, Edward William Vernon-Harcourt, Mark Glusker, Steve Paboojian
  • Patent number: 10206810
    Abstract: A garment assembly useful for sexual intercourse between a first user and a second user when the penetration of a body-extending member into a body orifice is either not possible or unwanted. The garment assembly includes a front and back panel covering and a crotch piece with the appearance of an ordinary garment normally found in a public environment such as one having the appearance of underwear. A fluid-impenetrable receiver attached to the front panel of the garment assembly will operate as a substitute for a body-orifice. The receiver includes an entryway adjoined to an interior cavity sized to accommodate a body-extending member. A preferred interior cavity includes sexually-interactive textured material for engagement with the body-extending member during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Carolyn Palmer
  • Patent number: 10201630
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for employing aromatherapy, binaural sounds, music, vibration, and visual effects for altering a user's emotional state. The apparatus comprises: a shape memory foam pillow, a pair of stereo speakers, an aromatherapy diffuser, a pillowcase comprised of a temperature-regulating fabric, a vibrating device, a strobe light, a canopy, and a housing to integrate and support these components. The user connects a smartphone or other portable digital audio device to the speakers, activates the aromatherapy diffuser, strobe light, and vibrating device, independently or in combination, and then lays his head down on the pillow beneath the open canopy. Ideally, the smartphone or audio device should have a meditation, music, or binaural sound application, which would be tuned to a specific beat frequency, e.g. 10 Hertz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Carl Antonino
  • Patent number: 10195383
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a tracheostomy tube having neck flanges with filleted ends are provided. In certain embodiments, the neck flange may include a fillet extending from a bottom surface of the neck flange to a tip of the neck flange. In addition, the filleted end may also be tapered from a top surface of the neck flange to the tip of the neck flange. The neck flange may also include several curved edges, such as curved edges from the tip of the neck flange to side surfaces of the neck flange, and a curved bottom surface from side surface to side surface of the neck flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Paul Waldron
  • Patent number: 10188168
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a shock-absorbent junction between the facemask and the helmet of a user, thus minimizing the likelihood of neck and cranial injury by maximizing impact energy absorption. The shock-absorbent junction including a first plate, a resilient material, and a second plate. Due to the possible geometrical symmetry of this embodiment, it is possible that the facemask be adapted in order to be attached to the first plate while the helmet would be adapted to the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Clifford L. Tubbs