Patents Examined by Manuel A Mendez
  • Patent number: 10525251
    Abstract: A medical stopcock comprising a body provided with at least two female connectors and a male connector; a mobile plug which is mounted in the body, is provided with a rotation lever and comprises a fluid circulation channel; and a reinforcement collar rigidly connected to at least two of the connectors; wherein the reinforcement collar is spaced apart from the body in order to form an openworked zone around the central body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Guerbet
    Inventor: Ludovic Allard
  • Patent number: 10525244
    Abstract: Microneedle arrays, methods for fabricating microneedle arrays, medical devices, and methods for operating medical devices are provided. A method for fabricating a microneedle array includes providing a sheet blank of material. Further, the method includes stamping the sheet blank of material with a progression of dies, wherein the material is displaced into the microneedle array. A medical device includes a microneedle array, a base member having a first surface supporting the microneedle array and a second surface, and a flexible wall enclosing a chamber between the flexible wall and the second surface of the base member. The flexible wall is biased toward an extended configuration enclosing a first volume in the chamber. Further, the flexible wall is movable to a depressed configuration enclosing a second volume in the chamber less than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Reitz, Raymond M. Russell, Anthony C. Cannistraci, David Pavell
  • Patent number: 10524730
    Abstract: Microneedle arrays, methods for fabricating microneedle arrays, medical devices, and methods for operating medical devices are provided. A method for fabricating a microneedle array includes providing a sheet blank of material. Further, the method includes stamping the sheet blank of material with a progression of dies, wherein the material is displaced into the microneedle array. A medical device includes a microneedle array, a base member having a first surface supporting the microneedle array and a second surface, and a flexible wall enclosing a chamber between the flexible wall and the second surface of the base member. The flexible wall is biased toward an extended configuration enclosing a first volume in the chamber. Further, the flexible wall is movable to a depressed configuration enclosing a second volume in the chamber less than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Reitz, Raymond M. Russell, Anthony C. Cannistraci, David Pavell
  • Patent number: 10524849
    Abstract: A plasma instrument includes an elongated body defining a lumen therethrough, the lumen being in fluid communication with an ionizable media source; and a plasma applicator coupled to a distal portion of the elongated body. The plasma applicator includes: an active electrode configured to couple to an active terminal of a generator; and a corona electrode configured to couple to a return terminal of a generator. The plasma instrument also includes a switching element coupled to the corona electrode, the switching element configured to control at least one of resistivity or connectivity of the corona electrode to a generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arlen K. Ward, Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 10522252
    Abstract: A system may include a data processor and a memory storing instructions. The instructions may result in operations when executed by the data processor. The operations may include determining, based on location data from a positioning system, a presence of a cartridge at a location. The cartridge may include a substance. A quantity of the substance may be determined based on content data from a content meter at the location. Diversion of the substance may be detected based on the cartridge being present at the location and/or the quantity of the substance. Related methods and articles of manufacture, including apparatuses and computer program products, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Vanderveen
  • Patent number: 10512730
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a piston washer (109, 209) for use in a drug delivery device for transferring a distally directed axial force from a piston rod (107, 207) towards a piston (199, 299) of a held cartridge (189, 289). The piston washer (109, 209) defines a proximal surface portion (109a) adapted for engagement with the distal portion of a piston rod (107, 207) and a distal surface portion (109b) configured to engage and abut a piston (199, 299). An axial distance defining device (19a1, 109b1, 109c, 209c) is positioned between the proximal surface portion (109a) and the distal surface portion (109b), wherein the axial distance defining device (19a1, 109b1, 109c, 209c) is configured to be shifted from a first axial compressible state into a second axial non-compressible state. The invention further relates to a drug delivery device incorporating such piston washer (109, 209).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Bengtsson, Ronan Carroll, Soeren Steenfeldt-Jensen, Henning Graaskov, Jan Harald Preuthun, Emil Gram Spork
  • Patent number: 10500334
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein may relate to methods and systems for adjusting insulin delivery. Some methods and systems may be configured to adjust insulin delivery to personalize automated insulin delivery for a person with diabetes. Some methods and systems may be configured to adjust insulin delivery to a person with diabetes according to one or more conditions of an insulin delivery device. Some methods and systems may be configured to enable a lock-out mode where adjustment to insulin delivery to personalize automated insulin delivery is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Mazlish, Lane Desborough, Ross Naylor
  • Patent number: 10503876
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems, methods, and apparatus for attaching an automated dose setting apparatus to a medication delivery device, receiving a first signal from an analyte monitoring system, the first signal indicating a dose of medication to be administered, and driving a dose knob of the medication delivery device with the automated dose setting apparatus to set a dose corresponding with the dose of medication to be administered. Numerous other aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Igor Y. Gofman, Jun Chen, James A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10485573
    Abstract: A dermatological skin treatment device is provided. The device comprises a handpiece and a cutting tool, wherein the tool is inserted through the conduit and percutaneously inserted into a tissue disposed within a recessed area of the handpiece. The device and method cut the fibrous structures under the skin that cause cellulite at an angle substantially parallel to the surface of the skin and replace these structures with a non-cellulite forming structure by deploying a highly fibrous mesh through a single needle hole to create a highly fibrous layer directly or through wound healing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ULTHERA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Clark, III, James E. Chomas, Adnan I. Merchant, Ben F. Brian, III
  • Patent number: 10485923
    Abstract: A device configured to deliver a medicament to a user by injection, comprising an injection feedback apparatus configured to apply temperature-based feedback to the user regarding the delivery of the medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Eva Schiendzielorz
  • Patent number: 10485921
    Abstract: A drip chamber assembly that functions irrespective of its orientation and in the presence of increased internal pressure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mobile I.V. Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Dale L. Constuble, Fred Vreeman
  • Patent number: 10485927
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of assembling a drug delivery device which in the assembled state defines a distal housing component (102) that houses a piston equipped cartridge (189), and a proximal housing component (101) that houses a dose setting and expelling mechanism. The method includes the steps of arranging the cartridge (189) in the distal housing component (102), arranging a nut element (140) threadedly engaged with a piston rod (107) in the distal housing component (102), and securing the nut element (140) relative to the distal housing component (102) into a selective one of a series of predetermined relative orientations for obtaining a predetermined axial clearance or abutment between the piston rod (107) and the piston of the cartridge (189). The invention further relates to a drug delivery device assembled according to the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Bengtsson, Ronan Carroll, Emil Gram Spork
  • Patent number: 10478550
    Abstract: In a device for ambulatory wearing by the patient containing a pump for delivery of injection fluid or for removal of analysis fluid, the drive motor for the mechanically driven pump system is a Lavet-type stepper motor of small size designed for having a high mechanical power and low peak current requirement. Using this Lavet-type motor for syringe-type or peristaltic preferably patch-type pumps high infusion rates needed for e.g. bolus insulin injection or the delivery of therapeutic antibodies are achieved, and important safety features can be easily and reliably controlled, manufacturing costs get significantly reduced, and the overall size and weight of the device becomes smaller, for patient convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PHARMASENS AG
    Inventors: Paul Hadvary, Rudolf Dinger, Hansjorg Tschirky
  • Patent number: 10478584
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for delivery of therapeutic gas to patients, using techniques to compensate for disruptions in breathing gas flow measurement, such as when breathing gas flow measurement is unavailable or unreliable. Such techniques include using historical breathing gas flow rate data, such as moving average flow rates, moving median flow rates and/or flow waveforms. At least some of these techniques can be used to ensure that interruption in therapeutic gas delivery is minimized or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP Limited
    Inventors: Jaron M. Acker, Craig R. Tolmie
  • Patent number: 10463795
    Abstract: Methods of operating needle-free injection device having an outer housing and an inner housing is disclosed. The inner housing is configured to receive a needle-free syringe in one end. In addition, the inner housing is movable within the outer housing between a syringe loading position and a firing position. The device may include an activation button operatively associated with the inner and outer housings and a housing lock engaged by the activation button to prohibit movement of the inner housing from the syringe loading position to the firing position when the activation button is activated with the inner housing in the syringe loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Pharmajet Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Cappello, Matt Wixey, John W. Bingham
  • Patent number: 10463783
    Abstract: An intravenous (IV) set system comprising a primary IV set defining a primary flow line of the IV set system. The primary flow line can include multiple access points along its length and feeds to a merging fluid pathway proximate to the distal terminus of the primary IV set. At least one secondary IV set with corresponding flow lines can be separably joined to the primary IV set to cause the secondary flow lines to be in fluid communication with the primary flow line. At least one of the IV sets can have a unique set of uniform marking indicia to facilitate rapid identification of the IV sets from other IV sets within the IV set system. Such marked and identified primary and/or secondary IV sets can be allocated to specific medical functions and/or can be for use by specific medical personnel to thereby minimize risk of error in administration of an IV to a patient. The IV set system can further comprise a merging fluid pathway about a primary IV set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Somnus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Reichert, Edwin T. Bulloch, Anthony Clark Harward
  • Patent number: 10456150
    Abstract: A discharge device and method are disclosed that can discharge a discharge substance with a desired discharge amount at a desired flow rate. A storage unit provided in a discharge device includes a storage space which can store a discharge substance, and a discharge section which can discharge the discharge substance stored in the storage space toward the proximal side of a main body in an axial direction, and is configured to be capable of expanding deformation and contracting deformation in response to introduction and discharge of the discharge substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kei Honda, Wataru Karino
  • Patent number: 10441720
    Abstract: Medical syringe having a gasket excellent in sealability and slidability. The syringe includes a hollow cylindrical syringe barrel (11) and a gasket (13) fitted in syringe barrel (11). Gasket (13) includes a main body of an elastic material laminated with an inert resin film and has a circumferential surface portion (17) substantially maintained in contact with an inner surface (16) of syringe barrel (11). Gasket 13 also has an annular projection (22), provided on circumferential surface portion (17), extending circumferentially of circumferential surface portion (17). Projection (22) has a contact surface portion maintained in contact with inner surface (16) of syringe barrel (11) and having a width of 30 ?m to 40 ?m. Circumferential surface portion (17) has non-contact surface portions located out of contact with inner surface (16) of syringe barrel (11) on widthwise opposite sides of projection (22) and having a width of at least 30 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Sakashita
  • Patent number: 10441732
    Abstract: The present invention provides an end fitting (1) for a spacer assembly and a spacer assembly having such an end fitting for fitting to a drug delivery inhaler device (21). The spacer assembly has a spacer body (17) with opposing first and second axial ends. The end fitting comprises an end panel having an upper end face (2) and a lower end face (3). A lower annular recess (4) is provided on the lower end face for receiving the first axial end (18) of the spacer body in a first configuration. An upper annular recess (12) is provided on the upper end face for receiving the second axial end (20) of the spacer body in a second configuration. The end fitting further comprises an open-ended tubular projection (16) extending from the upper end face and an aperture extending through the end panel from the lower end face to the tubular projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Clement Clarke International Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronald Bruin, Mark Sanders
  • Patent number: 10441757
    Abstract: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for treating conditions or diseases of the nose, ear, or throat with an expandable device having a drug coating. The expandable devices may be delivered to a body cavity in a low-profile configuration and expanded to contact surrounding tissue. The expandable devices may deliver or release the drug coating to the tissue. Multiple expansions of a single device may be employed during treatment. Various coating excipients and manufacturing parameters for the expandable devices may also be adjusted to enhance or slow transfer of the drug coating and/or release of the drug to the target tissue site. The drug transferred to the tissue may act as an in situ depot that enables maintenance of a therapeutic level of locally delivered drug for a desired time period after removal of the expandable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Kaufman, John Joseph Stankus, James Su