Patents Examined by Rachel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 11944730
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breast status determination device (10?). The breast status determination device (10?) comprises a breast shield (16?), a nipple elongation measurement unit (17?), and a breast status determination unit (20?). The breast shield (16?) can receive abreast (12) of a user (14) therein. The nipple elongation measurement unit (17?) can measure an elongation of a nipple of the breast (12) received in the breast shield (16?) for a specific pressure in the breast shield (16?) during a milk extraction session. The breast status determination unit (20?) can determine a status of the breast (12) based on the elongation of the nipple (26). The breast status determination device (10?) can allow estimating of milk left in the breast during the milk extraction session, when the breast (12) is empty, and whether a milk ejection reflex is present or absent in the breast (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Yannyk Parulian Julian Bourquin, Lucja Elżbieta Segaar, Lili-Marjan Brockhuis
  • Patent number: 11938282
    Abstract: A device for accommodating and magnetizing a tissue-penetrating medical device of various lengths, with or without a cover covering a portion or the entirety of the tissue-penetrating medical device, is disclosed including a sleeve member having an open proximal end, a distal end, an inner surface, an outer surface having a graduated injection depth gauge to indicate needle penetration depth when the cover is placed into a magnetizer, and a hollow body extending between the proximal end and the distal end to form a protective closure over a shaft of a tissue-penetrating medical device. A device having one or more magnetizing elements sectioned into a plurality of movable segments pivoting around an axis to accommodate needles with different lengths is also disclosed. Also disclosed is a device having one or more magnetizing means mounted on a movable element to magnetize needles of various lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Yiping Ma, S. Ray Isaacson, Jonathan Karl Burkholz, Brian Jensen, Daniel Robinaugh, Derek Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11938307
    Abstract: A needle assembly for medical or surgical use is disclosed, such as for hemodialysis. A representative needle assembly comprises an outer needle assembly and an integral needle tip protector. A representative outer needle assembly comprises: an outer needle comprising: a first lumen; a first aperture with a sharp needle tip at a first distal end of the outer needle; and a second aperture arranged opposite the first aperture. In another embodiment, the outer needle has a longitudinal slot and the integral needle tip protector includes a sliding connector which is slidable in the longitudinal slot. The integral needle tip protector is arranged within the first lumen and moveable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration, and comprises: a needle tip cover arranged to shield the sharp needle tip in the extended configuration, the needle tip cover having a smooth or beveled distal surface forming a blunt tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Khaled Boubes
  • Patent number: 11925771
    Abstract: A method of delivering a therapeutic agent to a nucleus pulposus of an intervertebral disc is provided. The method comprises inserting a delivery tool containing the therapeutic agent through an anterior portion, a lateral portion, or an anterolateral portion of an annulus fibrosus and into the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc; and delivering the therapeutic agent to the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc. Devices and kits are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Reves, Todd M. Boyce, Daniel A. Shimko, Jared T. Wilsey
  • Patent number: 11904149
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a syringe or other medical administering device includes an outer sleeve having an access opening and a tip cap removably disposed therein. The tip cap includes a flow restrictor structured for removable, flow restricting connection to the syringe. An indicator member is removably connected within the outer sleeve, in interruptive relation to passage of the tip cap through the access opening. A retaining structure is fixedly connected to the flow restrictor and movable therewith relative to the indicator member. The retaining structure and flow restrictor are collectively structured for retaining engagement of the tip cap with the indicator member, as the tip and indicator member are concurrently removed from the outer sleeve and as the tip cap is disconnected from the flow restricting connection with the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Jonathan Vitello, Peter Lehel
  • Patent number: 11904151
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cap for an injection device. The injection device comprises a body for holding a syringe having a needle extending from an end thereof. The cap is removably attachable to the body. The cap comprises an actuator and a needle shield to cover said needle. The cap further comprises a coupling between the actuator and the needle shield. The coupling is configured such that when the cap is attached to the body of the injection device axial movement of the actuator away from the body causes rotation of the needle shield relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Wendland, Michael Harms
  • Patent number: 11896782
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are catheter assemblies and methods thereof that address various aspects of at least the retrograde tunneling technique. The catheter assemblies include, but are not limited to, catheter assemblies configured for vascular access, catheter assemblies configured for priming, catheter assemblies configured for tunneling, and mechanisms for connecting catheter tubes to their respective catheter assemblies. The methods include, but are not limited to, priming, tunneling, and connecting catheter tubes to their respective catheter assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: German Loesener, Bradley Forsyth, Jason R. Stats
  • Patent number: 11890045
    Abstract: An embolic agent and a piezoelectric substance are mixed together. The mixture can be delivered to a tumor or other object by a non-invasive method. The embolic agent prevents movement of the piezoelectric substance from the target location. Subsequent impulses applied to the target location cause ablation of the surrounding area due to the piezoelectric effect of the particles, promoting highly accurate and precise ablation without the need for more invasive procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: Regents of the University of Minnesota, MicroVention Inc.
    Inventors: Bharathi Jagadeesan, Sean Lester Moen, George R. Greene, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11883615
    Abstract: A catheter insertion device is provided for positioning and inserting a catheter, particularly a midline catheter into a patient. The insertion device includes an actuator assembly movable with respect to a housing for deploying the catheter over a needle. A step-wise movement of the actuator advances a catheter assembly, including the catheter, in stages over the introducer needle. An indexing finger of the catheter assembly engages the actuator body during distal advancement of the actuator, and deflects as the actuator is moved proximally. The device further includes a lockout device such as a button, collar, slider, or tab, which allows movement of the catheter relative to the needle but prevents advancement of the catheter to the first stage of the step-wise movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Shawn Ray Isaacson, Weston F. Harding, Charles D. Shermer, Daniel M. Stipe
  • Patent number: 11883625
    Abstract: Syringe assemblies comprising a first cap and a second cap to ensure sterilization of the fluid path without the need for external packaging are described. Also described are methods of sterilizing the fluid path of a syringe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Anil Sodhi
  • Patent number: 11878154
    Abstract: A device for removing a protective shield such as a needle shield is disclosed. The device includes a cup shaped body with a sidewall, a distal bottom wall and a proximal opening. The protective shield is insertable into the cup shaped body through its proximal opening. Fingers are disposed opposite each other in openings in the sidewall. The fingers are flexibly coupled with the sidewall at a proximal end of the finger and can be resiliently biased inwardly to engage the protective shield. Each finger includes at least one projection for engaging the protective shield. The fingers may also include a distal engagement surface for engaging a lip on the protective shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Mark Lafever, Andrew Thomas Snow
  • Patent number: 11871963
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are provided for securing an intra-osseous device within a safety device to prevent stick injuries and to guide the removal of the intra-osseous device from the bone of a patient. A body of the safety device has a cavity that receives the intra-osseous device, and the cavity guides the removal of the intra-osseous device along a straight line to prevent injury during removal. The intra-osseous device is drawn past a lock feature that secures the intra-osseous device within the body such that a needle of the intra-osseous device is contained within a cavity of the body and cannot injure the patient, staff members, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Shippert Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shippert
  • Patent number: 11850408
    Abstract: A needle shield remover for a medicament delivery device is presented that has a metal tubular body, a proximal part, a distal part, and a substantially circular cross-section, where the tubular body is arranged with a slot extending from a distal end of the body, at least half the length of the body, towards a proximal end, such that at least the distal part of the body may flex radially outwards to exert a radially inwardly directed clamping force on a needle shield accommodated by the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Anders Holmqvist, Pär Leander
  • Patent number: 11850407
    Abstract: A needle guard grip device may include a body extending from a first end to a second end along a central longitudinal axis of the body. The body may include a plurality of ribs extending perpendicularly to the central longitudinal axis. The plurality of ribs may include a first set of longitudinally spaced ribs disposed on a first side of the central longitudinal axis, and a second set of longitudinally spaced ribs disposed on a second side of the central longitudinal axis that is opposite of the first side. Moving along the central longitudinal axis, ribs of the first set of longitudinally spaced ribs may alternate with ribs of the second set of longitudinally spaced ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Grygus, Richard Jeff Gildersleeve, Shaina Varghese
  • Patent number: 11833338
    Abstract: An injector device includes a housing and a cartridge having a reservoir for medicament. The injector device further includes a needle unit comprising a needle, and an actuator. The needle unit is movably mounted to the housing and, prior to use of the injector device the reservoir, is sealed from the needle. The actuator is configured to move the needle unit into engagement with the cartridge such that the needle is moved into fluid communication with the reservoir. A thread is arranged to cause rotation of the needle unit as the needle unit moves into engagement with the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Ulrich Brueggemann, Jeff Kablik
  • Patent number: 11826073
    Abstract: A pad is provided having a body for providing a gas seal over a surgical site, a port extending between a first surface of the body and a second surface of the body and sized accept a surgical instrument, and a lumen situated along the body and having a first opening and a second opening, the second opening aligned with the surgical site for communicating a fluid flow to the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Saphena Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Orphanos, Michael Glennon, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 11819655
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve, in particular for a device for administering a liquid medicament, with a valve body (1) which has an interior (2) for receiving a liquid (20), wherein the valve body (1) has a liquid inlet (3) and an opposite liquid outlet (4) which both open into the interior (2), wherein the interior (2) accommodates a large number of micro channels (5) which extend in connection direction (x) between the liquid inlet (3) and the liquid outlet (4). A corresponding device for administering a liquid medicament is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: SOFTHALE NV
    Inventors: Frank Bartels, Jürgen Rawert
  • Patent number: 11813432
    Abstract: A method for the fail-safe termination of in vivo drug delivery from an implantable drug delivery system, the method comprising: providing an implantable drug delivery system comprising: a housing having a reservoir for containing a drug, and a port for dispensing the drug to a patient; and an emergency deactivation unit disposed between the reservoir and the port, the emergency deactivation unit comprising a composite structure comprising a biocompatible ferromagnetic mesh open to fluid flow and a hydrophobic meltable material, the hydrophobic meltable material comprising at least one hole therein for enabling a fluid to pass through the hydrophobic meltable material; implanting the implantable drug delivery system within a patient; enabling the drug to flow from the reservoir, through the at least one hole in the hydrophobic meltable material and out the port; and when drug flow is to be terminated, applying a magnetic field to the composite structure, such that a current is induced in the ferromagnetic mes
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: The Methodist Hospital
    Inventors: Marco Farina, Robert Lyle Hood, Alessandro Grattoni
  • Patent number: 11806203
    Abstract: A motor driven syringe dispenser which has a syringe mounting part, a slider, and a connection for an endodontic motor. The syringe dispenser connects to an endodontic motor which is used to drive a plunger of a syringe placed in the syringe mounting part thereby expressing irrigant into a root canal for root canal therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Vincent Shotton, Kevin Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 11786659
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an administration mechanism for a medicament delivery device having a movable sleeve, and a delivery member cover having a distal end portion configured to receive the movable sleeve. The delivery member being configured to be linearly displaceable between a first position and a second position relative to the movable sleeve, wherein the distal end portion has an end face defining a guide surface and the movable sleeve has a radially outwards extending first follower structure configured to cooperate with the guide surface when the delivery member cover is moved from the first position towards the second position, causing the movable sleeve to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Anders Holmqvist