Patents Examined by Margaret M Luarca
  • Patent number: 10888681
    Abstract: A patient interface for sealed delivery of a flow of air at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to an entrance to the patient's airways including at least entrance of a patient's nares to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing may include a seal-forming structure comprising a foam undercushion and a textile membrane for contact with the patient's face; a positioning and stabilising structure to maintain the seal-forming structure in sealing contact with an area surrounding an entrance to the patient's airways while maintaining a therapeutic pressure at the entrance to the patient's airways; and a plenum chamber pressurised at a pressure above ambient pressure in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Hollie Elizabeth Baigent, Jessica Lea Dunn, Justin John Formica, Joel Edward Gibson, Kirrily Michele Haskard, Rachel Herman, Michiel Kooij, Jose Ignacio Romagnoli, Gerard Michael Rummery, Rupert Christian Scheiner, Sandeep Kumar Tiwari, Lochlan Von Moger, Hadley White, Tzu-chin Yu
  • Patent number: 10864389
    Abstract: A respirator system is disclosed that includes a foldable head cover assembly including a face seal portion. The respirator assembly further includes a visor assembly attached to the head cover assembly and a head suspension system removably attached to the visor assembly. The visor assembly and the head cover assembly on one hand, and the suspension system on the other, are separable and foldable to enable storing and/or shipping the same separately. A head suspension system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Garry J. Walker, Mark A. J. Fernandes, Richard D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10842958
    Abstract: A system and method for providing ventilatory support to a patient suffering from sleep disordered breathing (SDB), in particular, non-obstructive SDB, such as Cheyne Stokes respiration and hypoventilation, including obesity hypoventilation syndrome. The system and method monitor obtain data corresponding to a breathing pattern of a patient and determine when the patient experiences oscillating breathing or low spontaneous ventilation. In particular, the system and method determine when the patient's real-time breathing patterns fall below a predetermined baseline threshold, and subsequently initiate a short series of mechanical breaths to be delivered to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventor: David M. Rapoport
  • Patent number: 10835705
    Abstract: A gases delivery system for medical use is disclosed that has a container configured to house a metal-organic framework material within at least one section of the container. An activation mechanism may be associated with the container. The metal-organic framework material may contain one or more substances such that the one or more substances may be released from the metal-organic framework material when energy is applied to the container via the activation mechanism. The activation mechanism may be a heating mechanism. One or more containers housing metal-organic framework materials may be used in a gases recirculation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Shahar Dor-Zidon
  • Patent number: 10828435
    Abstract: A type flavor inhaler (100) comprises aerosol flow passage (140) guiding aerosol generated by the atomization unit (111) to the mouthpiece side. The aerosol flow passage (140) includes: a first flow passage (140A) which guides aerosol to the mouthpiece side through the flavor source (132); and a second flow passage (140B) which is different from the first flow passage (140A). An aerosol reduction rate of the second flow passage (140B) is smaller than an aerosol reduction rate of the first flow passage (140A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Akihiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10821259
    Abstract: A ventilator (100) configured to control a pressure and gas mixture for an air flow. The ventilator include: a gas source (220); a proportional valve (210) configured to control a gas flow rate from the gas source; a mix controller (170) in communication with the proportional valve, the mix controller configured to monitor a flow of gas through the blower, and further configured to control a percentage of oxygen in the output flow; a blower motor (160); and a blower motor controller (162) configured to control a speed of the blower motor using a current feedback loop, a blower speed feedback loop, a flow feedback loop, and a pressure feedback loop. The ventilator can also include, for example, a pseudo-derivative feedback compensator, a complimentary filter, and/or a speed controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Borrello
  • Patent number: 10799656
    Abstract: A flow of breathable gas is delivered to a subject through a patient interface assembly. An enhanced technique for determining whether the airway of subject is disengaged from the patient interface assembly. A model that provides predicted values of a dynamic property of the flow of breathable gas is fit to measured values of the dynamic property. The model and/or the fit of the predicted values to the measured values are then analyzed to determine whether or not the airway of the subject is disengaged from the patient interface assembly. This provide enhanced determination of these conditions even in implementations in which a restrictive patient interface assembly is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Nathan John Berry Ann, William Anthony Truschel
  • Patent number: 10799902
    Abstract: An ultrasonic nebulizer includes a tank unit configured to be detachable with respect to a main body. The tank unit includes a working tank in which an ultrasonic vibrator is incorporated, a medicine tank, and a medicine tank cover, which are arranged overlaid in the stated order. The output of an oscillation circuit in the main body is applied to the ultrasonic vibrator through a main body-side contact electrode and a tank-side contact electrode when the tank unit is mounted on the main body. The main body includes an air fan that blows air into the medicine tank through an air duct of the medicine tank cover, and a medicine tank cover detection unit that detects whether or not the air duct of the medicine tank cover is adjacent to the main body so as to detect whether or not the tank unit is mounted on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Maeda, Takaaki Okanishi, Makoto Tabata
  • Patent number: 10792457
    Abstract: A humidifier for an airway pressure support system, includes a base, a number of side walls extending from the base, and a top wall provided opposite the base, wherein the base, the number of side walls, and the top wall are made from an elastomeric material and at least partially define an internal chamber for receiving and holding a liquid. The humidifier also includes a plurality of support structures provided on or within the humidifier, each support structure extending along at least the number of side walls, wherein the humidifier is structured to collapse from an initial, expanded condition to a collapsed condition when a compressive force is applied to the top wall in the initial, expanded condition and to automatically return to the initial, expanded condition when the force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Anthony Jon Bafile, Richard James McKenzie
  • Patent number: 10791760
    Abstract: A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system may include a first chamber housing defining a first chamber and a second chamber housing defining a second chamber that is separate from the first chamber. The first chamber may contain an aerosol-forming substrate in the form of a gel, and the second chamber may contain a source of a desired compound. The first and second chamber housings may be separate or separable structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Zuber, Jean-Yves Vollmer
  • Patent number: 10792448
    Abstract: A respiratory apparatus includes components to protect operations of the apparatus. For example, in some versions, the apparatus may include a power supply, a motor powered by the power supply, and a transient absorption diode circuit between the motor and the power supply. The transient absorption diode circuit may be configured to absorb energy generated by the motor from rotational kinetic energy. Such absorption may serve to protect the components of the apparatus. In some examples, the apparatus may include a fault mitigation integrated circuit (IC). The IC circuit may be included in the respiratory apparatus to detect one or more faults based on physical and system parameters of the apparatus. The fault mitigation integrated circuit may generate a signal to stop the motor based on the detected fault, and may digitally communicate with a processor information about the detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy Nicholas Shadie, James McKensey Bencke
  • Patent number: 10792450
    Abstract: A patient interface for sealed delivery of a flow of air to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing may include: a seal-forming structure to form a pneumatic seal with the entrance to the patient's airways; a positioning and stabilising structure to maintain the seal-forming structure in sealing contact with an area surrounding the entrance to the patient's airways; a plenum chamber pressurised at a pressure above ambient pressure in use; a connection port for the delivery of the flow of breathable gas into the patient interface; and a device positioned within a breathing chamber defined, at least in part, by the seal-forming structure and the plenum chamber, wherein the device divides the breathing chamber into a posterior chamber and an anterior chamber, and wherein the device comprises a plurality of apertures such that turbulence of the air in the posterior chamber is less than turbulence in the air in the anterior chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Liam Holley, Emma Anne Connell
  • Patent number: 10786640
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a reversible airway device. The reversible airway device (10) can include: a supra-glottic airway support (12) comprising a multi-lumen tubular guide (14) and an optional sealing member (16); an endotracheal tube (26); and at least one seal (42). The multi-lumen tubular guide has a distal end portion (18), a proximal end portion (22), a first passageway (20) extending between the distal and proximal end portions, and a second passageway (24) that is non-concentric with the first passageway and also extends between the distal and proximal end portions. The at least one seal is disposed within the first passageway, the second passageway, or both, so as to occlude the flow of a gas through the first passageway and/or the second passageway. The endotracheal tube can be inserted into the first or second passageway and can traverse the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATION, THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Rafi Avitsian, Andrew Zura, Gino Banco, Sean Lee
  • Patent number: 10772355
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system may include an electrical power supply, an electrical heater connected to the electrical power supply, and a substrate container. The substrate container may define a blind cavity containing an aerosol-forming substrate in the form of a gel that is a solid at room temperature. The electrical heater is external to the substrate container and configured to heat the substrate container to generate a vapor without contacting the aerosol-forming substrate. As result, the possibility of unwanted materials building up on the electrical heater can be reduced, thereby providing a more reliable and consistent performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Zuber, Jean-Yves Vollmer
  • Patent number: 10773036
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a respiratory tubing set for controlling breathing of a patient. A tubing set for controlling breathing of a patient includes a respiratory conduit. The respiratory conduit is configured to be coupled to a patient interface device and is further configured to be coupled to a pressurized air generating device. The respiratory conduit includes at least two airflow control devices, positioned between the patient interface device and the pressurized air generating device that cooperate to closely control the CO2 levels in the patient's bloodstream through the control of the patient's respiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Periodic-Breathing Foundation, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Daly
  • Patent number: 10758689
    Abstract: A process and a metered dose inhaler, comprising: an air actuator comprising at least one inlet of liquefied gas (LG), at least one air outlet, at least one first LG-expanding volume and at least one second air-containing volume, the first and second volumes are effectively separated by means of a LG-blocking member; a container with an LG source; said container is in a fluid connection with said LG-expanding volume via the at least one LG inlet; The air actuator is facilitating a metered dose airflow by allowing the expansion of said LG in said at least one LG-expanding volume from its condensed liquid phase to its expanded gas phase. The expansion of said LG facilitates the compression of the air within said at least one air-containing volume, such that a metered dose LG-free air flow is inhalable via at least one air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sanara Tech Ltd.
    Inventors: Eran Eilat, Joshua Altman
  • Patent number: 10758685
    Abstract: An ultrasonic nebulizer includes a working tank configured to be detachable with respect to a main body. The working tank includes a rod-shaped tank-side contact electrode that extends in a vertical direction along an outer wall of the working tank. A specific portion that corresponds to a portion in a circumferential direction of the outer circumferential surface of the tank-side contact electrode is exposed from the outer wall, and the remaining portion of the outer circumferential surface of the tank-side contact electrode is embedded inside of the outer wall and is connected to an electrode of an ultrasonic vibrator. A main body-side contact electrode comes into contact with the specific portion of the outer circumferential surface of the tank-side contact electrode when the working tank is mounted on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeo Kinoshita, Takaaki Okanishi, Makoto Tabata, Hiroshi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10758697
    Abstract: A wearable device (8,60,70,86) structured to exert a contact pressure between the wearable device and a skin surface of a wearer, such as a patient interface device for delivering a flow of breathing gas to a patient, includes a first member (18,72,96), such as a faceplate member, structured to have a first pressure applied thereto, a contact member (14,74), such as a sealing cushion, structured to exert the contact pressure against the skin surface in response to the first pressure, and a support member (20,62,78) positioned between the first member and the contact member, the support member including a plurality of compression members (40,52,54,64,84), wherein each of the compression members is structured to buckle in response to a compression force having at least a first predetermined level being applied to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sayer Grashow, Robert O'Grady, Robert William Baiko, Lauren Patricia Chodkowski
  • Patent number: 10744279
    Abstract: An ultrasonic nebulizer includes: a working tank in which an ultrasonic vibrator is incorporated and in which a working liquid is stored facing the ultrasonic vibrator; a medicine tank that stores a medicinal liquid, at least a bottom portion thereof being dipped in the working liquid; and a main body that includes an oscillation circuit that is to drive the ultrasonic vibrator. The medicine tank is configured to be detachable with respect to the working tank. The working tank is configured to be detachable with respect to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Tabata, Takaaki Okanishi, Shigeo Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10737044
    Abstract: Actuators for an aerosol inhalation device containing a housing adapted to receive an aerosol canister containing a pressurized medicament formulation, a mouthpiece portion through which the user inhales, a nozzle block and an orifice and a tubular element extending in the mouthpiece portion from the orifice aperture in a longitudinal axis substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of the mouthpiece portion provide a significant reduction in the non-respirable, coarse fraction of the emitted aerosol medicament via inertial impaction and retention in the actuator than in the oro-pharynx, with consequent less associated side effects and oral candidiasis in the patient. In addition the presence of the tubular element has minimal, negligible impact on the fine particle dose and on the particle size distribution (PSD) of the delivered particles having aerodynamic diameter lower than 9 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gaetano Brambilla, Robert Johnson, David Andrew Lewis