Patents Examined by Nathan R Price
  • Patent number: 10383989
    Abstract: The present application relates to an operating unit for a breast pump system. The operating unit comprises a housing and a vacuum pump received in said housing. The housing has a connector (15) for attaching a tube and an outer surface (11) about which a tube can be wrapped. At least a section of the outer surface (11) is curved so that the tube can be wrapped about the housing without buckling. The outer surface (11) comprises a recess (14) and the connector (15) is located in the recess (14), wherein a surface of the recess (14) distends away from the connector (15) so that when a tube is attached to the connector (15), a portion of the tube proximal to the connector (15) does not buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michiel Dirk Augustinus Bijloo, Rachel Estelle Thilwind, Leonardus Maria Poppelier, Arnold Aalders
  • Patent number: 10384047
    Abstract: An article having at least one microneedle (160, 260) is provided. The microneedle includes a base (162), an elongated body (161) having a central axis (130) and a body diameter (168), a tip portion (166), a first channel (170), and a second channel (176). The tip portion includes a tip (164), a beveled surface (140), and a bevel opening (172) in the beveled surface. The first channel extends axially from the bevel opening through at least a portion of the elongated body and has a first wall that is substantially aligned with the central axis. The second channel extends radially from the first channel to the bevel opening and has a second wall that is oriented substantially orthogonal to the central axis. The first channel and second channel merge to form the bevel opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Ryan Patrick Simmers
  • Patent number: 10376648
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivery of bone includes a syringe body and a plunger. The syringe body includes a tip at a bottom thereof, a funnel-shaped top at the top thereof, and a tubular section having a generally cylindrical interior wall defining a passageway extending from the funnel-shaped top to the tip. The plunger includes an elongate piston, a press head, and a handle. The piston extends between the press head at a lower end of the plunger, and the handle at an upper end of the plunger. The plunger is removably received within the passageway, with an extent of the plunger extending out of the funnel-shaped top away from the syringe body. The syringe body may be loaded with one or more bone pellets or cartridges containing bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sean Hensler, Thomas Eric Melin, Ryan Shane Gorman, Thomas James Philpott, Michael Starkey, Lauren Mazzio
  • Patent number: 10376447
    Abstract: An enteral feeding system including: an enteral feeding tube, a pump configured to draw a liquid from a reservoir to the enteral feeding tube; a switching mechanism associated with at least four vacuum lumens provided with the enteral feeding tube; and a controller configured to automatically control the pump and the switching mechanism wherein controlling the pump and the switching mechanism includes coordinating the operation of the switch with the operation of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ENVIZION MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Doron Besser, Guy Ben Ezra
  • Patent number: 10369290
    Abstract: The present invention provides a next-generation pre-filled syringe having a reduced number of components and requiring reduced costs and including a safety mechanism for preventing needlestick injuries. In the syringe of the present invention, elastic engagement members 11 of the cover 6 engage the injection needle 5 so as to prevent the injection needle 5 from being withdrawn from the elastic engagement members 11 of the cover in a retracted state toward the base end, and the elastic engagement members and injection needle are disengaged from each other as the elastic engagement members 11 are diametrically expanded/deformed. Further, the plunger 4 includes an integrated deformation-prevention part 41 covering the outer peripheries of the plurality of elastic engagement members 11 so as to prevent the elastic engagement members 11 and the injection needle 5 from being disengaged from each other as the elastic engagement members 11 are diametrically expanded/deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ogawa, Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10369285
    Abstract: Embodiments of a syringe-based device for delivering fluid include a housing, a port, the port being positioned at about the distal end of the housing, a plunger assembly, the plunger assembly including, a plunger seal, a valve, and a cannula, a first fluid reservoir, where the first fluid reservoir retains a first type of fluid, a syringe including a syringe body, a syringe port, a plunger, and a second fluid reservoir, the second fluid retaining a second type of fluid, and where the syringe transitions from a first configuration in which a first portion of the first fluid type is delivered through the port, to a second configuration in which the second type of fluid in the second fluid reservoir is delivered through the port, to a third configuration in which a second portion of the first fluid type is delivered through the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE CONCEPTS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hopkins
  • Patent number: 10369083
    Abstract: An adapter assembly includes a tapered connector including a central passage and a tapered outer surface for sealing with a tube or bottle. A male connector for connection to a female connector to fluidly communicate the female connector with the tube or bottle is coupled with the tapered connector. A method of forming such an adapter assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KPR U.S., LLC
    Inventors: David Rork Swisher, Michael Dorsey, Sandra Walker
  • Patent number: 10369298
    Abstract: A skin-patch type large volume drug delivery device (1) comprising a heat exchanger (24) to extract thermal energy from the body/skin surface of the user and to supply the extracted thermal energy to increase the temperature of the medicament. Alternatively or in addition, a Peltier element (35) can be used for the same purpose. The device includes a temperature sensor (31) and a controller (16) for varying the flow rate within the heat exchanger as a function of the drug temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Christian Nessel
  • Patent number: 10369288
    Abstract: A sealing container is designed to enable a user to adjust the timing of discharging the contents. The sealing container includes: a bag-shaped member for accommodating the contents therein, a sealing film for sealing the bag-shaped member, an opening means so configured that at least a part of which is movable toward the sealing film and is capable of opening the sealing film, an operation unit for performing an operation of moving the opening means, and a discharge means configured to be capable of discharging the contents from the bag-shaped member at a timing different from a timing at which the opening means penetrates the sealing film by operating the operation unit. It is possible for the user to perform only the operation of opening the sealing film by operating the operation unit, so that the user is able to arbitrarily adjust the timing at which the content is discharged from the bag-shaped member of the sealing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Norimoto Okabe
  • Patent number: 10363377
    Abstract: A puller assembly for removing a shield from around a needle of a syringe. The puller assembly includes a grip component and a cap. The grip component has a tubular body defining an interior hollow which axially receives the shield. The tubular body has a slit that allows it to be forcibly shifted from a first arrangement to a second arrangement to change the size of the interior hollow. The tubular body includes a radial inner face with at least one radial inward projection for directly engaging the shield. The cap is grippable by a user. The grip component is held by the cap when inserted within a cavity of the cap during manufacturing installation, and when so held at least one radial inward projection of the grip component engages the shield for removal of the shield from around the needle when the cap is moved. A method of mounting a puller assembly to a shield around a needle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: William G. Atterbury, Eric Gustin Hassenpflug, Steven Michael Madland, Christopher Paul McKenzie, Mark Lafever
  • Patent number: 10363373
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device is presented having an elongated housing extending in a longitudinal direction, which housing is arranged to accommodate a medicament container, an end cap arranged with a first attachment element designed to engage with a second attachment element on the housing for attaching the end cap to the housing, a rotator rotatably arranged inside the housing, an activator axially slidable with respect to the housing from an extended position to a retracted position and operably connected to the rotator such as to rotate the rotator from an initial non-activated rotational position and an activated rotational position when the activator is moved from the extended to the retracted position. The rotator further comprises a blocking element arranged to cooperate with the first attachment element for preventing disengagement of the first attachment element from the second attachment element when the rotator is in the activated rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Brian Maxfield
  • Patent number: 10363364
    Abstract: The present application provides systems that include a controller, and an insertion device with at least one temperatures sensor thereon and a pump coupled to the controller. The insertion device provides temperature measurement(s) at/of a subject's organ to the controller and the controller varies an infusate flow rate to induce temperature changes in at least a portion of the subject's organ and stores the temperature measurements during perfusion induced temperature changes on a memory device. The controller may estimate at least one hemodynamic characteristic of at least a portion of the subject's organ based on the temperature measurements obtained during perfusion induced temperature changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hybernia Medical LLC
    Inventors: John Pile-Spellman, Jae H. Choi
  • Patent number: 10363397
    Abstract: A catheter of the invention includes an elongated flexible tubular main body; a plurality of manipulation wires inserted through the tubular main body and having tips connected to a distal part of the tubular main body; a manipulation-part main body provided at a base end of the tubular main body; and a bending manipulation part. The bending manipulation part has an engagement part engaging with base ends of the manipulation wires, and individually applies pulling force to the plurality of manipulation wires through pulling operations so as to bend the distal part of the tubular main body. The bending manipulation part is provided so as to be movable with respect to the manipulation-part main body. The path lengths of the plurality of manipulation wires from the tips thereof to the engagement part are simultaneously increased or decreased when the bending manipulation part and the manipulation-part main body move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO BAKELITE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kanemasa, Shinetsu Harata, Yoshihiro Abe, Hayao Tanaka, Masao Ikeda, Keiji Kamada
  • Patent number: 10363342
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention include a cannula coated or compounded with a material to extend the wear time for a patient by reducing inflammation and therefore increasing the time that the cannula may remain inserted, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the drug delivered using the cannula. The material may include a hydrophilic material, an anti-microbial material, an anti-inflammatory material, anti-thrombogenic material, or a combination of any of these materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: INSULET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bryan Dillon, Bryan Choate
  • Patent number: 10357631
    Abstract: In some examples, a catheter comprises an inner liner, an outer jacket, and a structural support member positioned between at least a portion of the inner liner and the outer jacket. The inner liner, the outer jacket, and the structural support member define a catheter body that comprises a proximal portion having a first outer diameter, a distal portion having a second outer diameter less than the first outer diameter, the distal portion including a distal end of the catheter body, and a medial portion positioned between the proximal portion and the distal portion, the medial portion tapering from the first outer diameter to the second outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Brad Jackson, Rick Williams, John Nguyen, Anthony Huynh
  • Patent number: 10357633
    Abstract: A catheter includes a handle and an elongate member extending from the handle. The catheter may also include steering system coupled to the handle. The steering system may be configured to deflect at least a portion of the elongate member in at least one direction. The catheter may also include a locking mechanism configured to lock the portion of the elongate member in a deflected configuration, and a lever coupled to the handle. The lever may be configured to move from a first position to a second position to engage the locking mechanism. The lever may also be configured to be separably retained at least at one of the first position or the second position to prevent movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Campbell, Paul Barner
  • Patent number: 10357267
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for anesthetizing various portions of a patient's nasal sinuses. For example, a kit can be provided that includes a first agent configured to modulate a rate of absorption of a subsequently-applied topical agent by one or more nasal structures. The kit also includes a first applicator configured to apply the first agent to a first portion of the one or more nasal structures. The kit also includes a second agent configured to anesthetize the first portion of the one or more nasal structures subsequent to application of the first agent and a second applicator configured to apply the second agent to the second portion of the one or more nasal structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ENT Solutions Group LLC
    Inventors: James H. Atkins, Jr., Lori Rollwitz, Raymond L. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10357620
    Abstract: A method for determining the status of a catheter of an implanted infusion system, where the catheter is intended to deliver a fluid composition to CSF of a patient, includes monitoring catheter pressure, developing a pressure modulation profile based on the monitored pressure, and comparing the developed pressure modulation profile to a predetermined pressure profile. The predetermined pressure profile may be a profile of cerebrospinal fluid or a bolus infusion or withdrawal profile for the catheter. A determination of catheter status, such as properly functioning, occluded or leaky, can be made based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith A. Miesel
  • Patent number: 10350364
    Abstract: A portable auto-injector configured to store a dry medication separately from a liquid component, wherein removal of a cap operates a first actuation mechanism which opens a valve between a first and second chamber that are slidably movable relative to each other and thus allows for the initiation of a mixing step prior to injection. An extendable needle guard is provided over the delivery assembly which prevents premature injection as well as inadvertent sticks or other cross contamination of a needle. The needle guard can also form part of a secondary trigger mechanism which injects the mixed components after the mixing stage is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Windgap Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam R. Standley, Christopher J. Stepanian, Brent R. Buchine, Michel Bruehwiler, Cole Constantineau, Jeffrey Thomas Chagnon, Robert Brik
  • Patent number: 10350373
    Abstract: A device for the deposition of adipose tissue, comprising: a) a syringe for grafting the tissue, b) a system for controlling the advance of the plunger of the syringe, which receives information about the movement of the syringe in the direction of withdrawal from an external system for detecting the movement of the syringe, and c) an external system for detecting the movement of the syringe. The control system determines the advance of the plunger of the syringe on the basis of the movement of the syringe in the direction of withdrawal and on the basis of the quantity of adipose tissue per unit of length of deposition. The advantages deriving from the use of this device in lipomodelling (or fat grafting) are in an automatic control of deposition of the adipose tissue and a correct uniformity of the graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Paolo Patete, Guido Baroni