Patents Examined by LoAn Thanh
  • Patent number: 8790221
    Abstract: A trampoline comprises a trampoline sheet or mat supported around its periphery from a circumextending support structure by spring couplings, preferably a plurality of helical springs, under tension. The trampoline is provided with a net enclosure in which a generally circumextending net is mounted by respective sheaths on a plurality of poles coupled to the support structure and extending generally upright therefrom. In use, for the greater part of its height, the position of the net corresponds generally to the periphery of the support structure, while lower edge regions of the net are coupled to the periphery of the sheet or mat inboard of the support structure, thereby at least largely preventing a user from falling or treading upon the spring couplings or on an annular pad overlying said couplings, if present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Plum Products Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Schaffer, Christopher J. Neale
  • Patent number: 8721504
    Abstract: A cushioning mechanism of a treadmill is interposed with an auxiliary plate between a base frame and the running board. The cushioning mechanism includes two hanging support pieces, two hanging swing pieces, and a flexible elastic element. When the running board is subject to a downward force and sinks, the flexible elastic element will be pulled and expanded externally. When the external force is eliminated, the running board will be returned back to its original position by the self-restoring ability of the flexible elastic element. In this way, an expected and optimal cushioning effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leao Wang
  • Patent number: 8714154
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems, methods and devices for respiratory support. As one example, a ventilation system is disclosed that includes a computer readable medium including instructions for operating in a hybrid mode. These instructions include measuring patient effort during a spontaneous breath type and deriving a neural inspiratory time from the measurements of patient effort. This neural inspiratory time is then set as the inspiratory for a breath of a mandatory breath type. If new patient effort measurements are received by the ventilator, the neural inspiratory time may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Milenko Masic, Peter Doyle
  • Patent number: 8708874
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise equipment is provided with two front wheels and two rear wheels to ensure that the abdominal exercise equipment can move stably without tipping over during movement, preventing the exerciser from losing balance and getting hurt. A return gear assembly is disposed between the two rear wheels to produce a recovering force. Therefore, when the abdominal exercise equipment is pulled back, the recovering force will assist the exerciser to pull the abdominal exercise equipment back, which consequently lowers the difficult level of exercise. Furthermore, the abdominal exercise equipment is provided with a vibration device which is capable of softening the muscles and fat, and speeding up fat loss by producing vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tristar Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jui-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8708983
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a body having a proximal and a distal end, a container slidably coupled to the body, a valve cap coupled to the container, and an application member attached to the distal end, wherein an interior of the container is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of a fluid conduit that is only accessible when one of the body and the container are axially translated in an opposite direction away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: James Patrick McDonald, Manuel Guzman
  • Patent number: 8708873
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provide an elastic resistance to a free-range of motion of a user. A cord running through a pulley and connected at either end to handles permits assisted resistance control (ARC) and a leverage advantage. In ARC, release by an anchor hand, still maintaining a load, may provide consistent or reduced force on the other, active, hand. One bodily member, such as a hand, may selectively halt and move as an “anchor” member, thereby simultaneously exercising itself and exerting control over another “active” bodily member operating in a “free range of motion.” Thereby, motion of the active hand may continue throughout a range desirable for a physical therapy regimen, a sporting activity, a work activity, or the like, without excessive stress or strain on joints due to a mismatch of position and load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Heather L. Birch, S. Dale McNeese
  • Patent number: 8701661
    Abstract: An inhaler is disclosed. It comprises a housing to receive a strip having a plurality of blisters, each blister having a breachable lid and containing a dose of medicament for inhalation by a user, an indexing wheel mounted in the housing rotatable to drive a strip to sequentially move blisters into alignment with a blister piercing member, a control element pivotally mounted to the housing and a drive mechanism configured to couple the control element to the indexing wheel during part of the rotation of the control element by a user so that the indexing wheel rotates together with the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Vectura Delivery Devices Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Eason, Peter Evans, Graham Gibbins
  • Patent number: 8702570
    Abstract: A portable multi-purpose exercise device includes a base having a top side and a bottom side. A portion of the bottom side projects away from the top side. A plurality of foldable legs is coupled to the bottom side. A plurality of rotatable handles is coupled to the base. The rotatable handles are accessible from the bottom side. The rotatable handles avoid contact with a ground surface when the legs are in contact with the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Nunzio DelPriore, Angelica DelPriore
  • Patent number: 8701667
    Abstract: A patient interface device includes a support member, a sealing assembly attached to the support member, and a pair of contacting members. The contacting members are coupled to the support member on each side of the sealing assembly. The contacting members are each configured and arranged to contact the user over a limited contacting region, which corresponds to a junction of the orbicularis oris facial muscle, the zygomaticus facial muscle, and the risorius facial muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Chi Fai Ho, Jerome Matula, Jr., Derrick Andrews, Richard Andrew Sofranko, Dana Marie Horn
  • Patent number: 8696534
    Abstract: An article of furniture suitable for sitting comprising of a seat, a hinging and lowering seatback, and a coaster wheeled pedestal base with a means of securing human feet; whereby providing its user with a fast, convenient, and safe means of seating, stretching, exercising, and laying flat to rest without the article of furniture having to be laboriously manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Sihar Ahmad Karwan
  • Patent number: 8696526
    Abstract: The stationary recumbent bicycle device is foremost mechanically basic. Design was principally concerned with basic, sturdy construction to avoid any functional or structural failures. The horizontal backbones provide rigidity, especially being coupled to the centrally disposed box frame. The rigidity continues with the backbone riser and backbone angle, and on through the sturdy fork assembly. Importantly, the body rest and the headrest assembly are easily and quickly adjusted to user fit. By being recumbent, the device involves more musculature than does an upright bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Mario D. Dew
  • Patent number: 8695588
    Abstract: A nebulizer capable of supplying oxygen gas of high concentration by increasing the flow rate of the oxygen gas and capable of forming minute aerosol irrespective of a change in the flow rate of the oxygen gas. A nebulizer (A) has a nozzle member (11) for discharging oxygen gas from an orifice (11b), an aerosol forming member (12) mounted at a position corresponding to the orifice, sucking water by suction created by flow of the oxygen gas discharged from the orifice, and forming the sucked water into minute aerosol, and a window (9) and a slit (10) which suck air as the oxygen gas is discharged from the orifice of the nozzle member. The nozzle member (11) has, in addition to the orifice (11b), an oxygen gas outflow section formed in a direction different from that of the orifice and causing supplied oxygen gas to flow thereout according to the pressure of the oxygen gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Gunma Koike Co., Ltd., Koike Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshi Tsuboko, Eiichi Takano, Satomi Ise
  • Patent number: 8690845
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for treating a tissue site on a patient with reduced pressure are presented. In one instance, a reduced-pressure interface includes a conduit housing having a cavity divided by a dividing wall into a reduced-pressure-application region and a pressure-detection region. The reduced-pressure interface further includes a reduced-pressure port disposed within the reduced-pressure-application region, a pressure-detection port disposed within the pressure-detection region, and a base connected to the conduit housing, the base having a manifold-contacting surface. The dividing wall includes a surface substantially coplanar with the manifold-contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Long, Aidan Marcus Tout, Larry Tab Randolph, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 8684891
    Abstract: A waist-mounted parachute deployment and retracting system for training runners and other athletes that provides a user a method for selectively deploying and retracting the parachute during training without stopping or breaking stride. The parachute provides drag to increase resistance to improve performance by overloading the muscles. The user selectively deploys the parachute by pressing a button to release and open the parachute. Air flow created by the user's forward motion flows through a pair of ports on the side of a case holding the parachute. The air flow expands the parachute, causing the cords attaching the parachute to the case to extend and wind a recoil mechanism. The user selectively retracts the parachute by pressing a button to close the parachute and the recoil mechanism rewinds the cords, pulling the parachute into the case, ready to be deployed again when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Archie Davidson
  • Patent number: 8684890
    Abstract: A robotic rehabilitation apparatus and method provide subjects with lower limb gait impairment, gait therapy before subjects are able to walk independently, or are able to control their legs or stand unaided. The apparatus is constructed and arranged to take advantage of natural gravitational force and musculo-skeletal dynamics of therapy subjects, and to replicate gait in subjects without manual or mechanical intervention to lift subjects' legs and feet. The apparatus and method provide the appropriate dynamic and sensory inputs to muscle groups occurring during normal gait that are critical to gait rehabilitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: Caitlyn Joyce Bosecker, Hermano Igo Krebs
  • Patent number: 8677996
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for displaying information on a ventilator system. The disclosure describes a novel respiratory system including a removable primary display and system status display. Further, the disclosure describes a novel method for displaying ventilator information and a novel method for controlling a ventilator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gabriel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8678981
    Abstract: A compact leg exerciser includes two portions rotatable about a hinge. Each portion includes a base and a foot pedal displaceable along the base. The pedals include stops located longitudinally inward of the wheels. Each base is provided with resilient limiters for contacting against the stops of the pedals to limit travel of the pedals and thereby prevent the pedals from contacting the longitudinal ends of the periphery. The hinge is offset from the sides of each base and forms a handle for transporting the leg exerciser when the exerciser is folded about the hinge into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Richard S. Cohen, Lou Henry, Petros Stambolis
  • Patent number: 8672815
    Abstract: A barbell system having a center shaft with a first and second end, a first and second outer shaft, the ends telescopically received in an inner end of the outer shafts adjustable in length via a securing mechanism, retaining rings on outer ends of the outer shafts oriented in the same direction, each retaining ring having an outer ring, inner ring, a front and back surface which form an inner cavity, a track is in each inner ring extending through its entire circumference, a handle shaft having a first and second end which protrude through the track, a lip on both ends of the handle shaft to secure the ends within the inner cavity, bearings lining an internal surface of the inner ring and bearings lining an internal surface of each outer ring, and weight bearing shafts on the retaining rings opposite the outer shafts to removably engage a weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Springer
  • Patent number: 8672811
    Abstract: A power generating device includes a power generating unit and a frame, wherein the power generating unit is connected to the frame by two outer casings with two respective arms. The power generating unit has an input shaft and a roller is mounted to the input shaft. The frame is connected to the exerciser and a shock-absorbing member is located beneath the frame. Two resilient members are connected to two ends of the frame and two ends of each resilient member are respectively connected to the frame and the power generating unit so as to urge the roller to contact against the energy transferring end. The shock-absorbing member absorbs vibration from the power generating unit. The users operate the exerciser and generate electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Huan-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 8671941
    Abstract: A respirator with a breathing gas block (2) and with breathing gas ducts (13, 15, 17) and with a heater has the electric components located outside of the breathing gas-carrying areas. A heated distributor plate is flatly in contact on the underside of the breathing gas block (2) and has heating ribs (21, 22) that are in contact with breathing gas ducts (13, 15) at least in some areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dräger Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Heesch, Karsten Hoffmann, Henryk Schnaars, Ahmet Türker