Patents Examined by Steven O. Douglas
  • Patent number: 10668307
    Abstract: A safety breathing apparatus has a sensor for measuring the difference in pressure between two point in the gas delivered to a head unit. The sensor is used to measure the difference in the pressure of the gas supplied through the apparatus between the two points in the gas flow, and the pressure difference is then used to calculate the gas flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Scott Health & Safety Ltd.
    Inventors: Albert F. Zwolinsky, Richard D. Marshall, Christopher G. Hall
  • Patent number: 10668305
    Abstract: Garment systems including a flexible compression garment, at least one sensor, and at least one therapeutic stimulation delivery device operable responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one sensor, effective to provide therapeutic radiation to a body part of a subject. Methods of using such garment systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10668234
    Abstract: A tool for use in conjunction with a pressure support system that is structured to provide therapy to a patient to treat a condition of the patient by delivering a flow of breathing gas to the patient. The tool may be implemented on a portable electronic device or a PC and is configured to, among other things, provide customized/personalized education and feedback to the patient based, at least in part, on data that is measured by the pressure support system during the provision of therapy to the patient. The tool utilizes certain patient/therapy metrics, wherein each patient/therapy metric comprises raw data that was measured by the pressure support system and that has been processed (e.g., summarized and/or otherwise manipulated) to form the patient/therapy metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Zachary Dean Paul
  • Patent number: 10667977
    Abstract: A portable battery power operated chiropractic adjusting instrument, manipulator or thruster for applying a selectable adjustment energy impulse to a patient through a plunger having a resilient or cushioned head with the energy impulse applied to the plunger being supplied by a solenoid. The adjusting instrument can have annunciators or indicators for preload, readiness to operate, level of energy impulse and the like. The power source can be an internal rechargeable battery or removable rechargeable battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ACTIVATOR METHODS INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventors: Arlan W. Fuhr, Michael Liebschner
  • Patent number: 10667570
    Abstract: An upper and lower garment disc-like dual connector and suspension device wherein the tucked-in upper garment, such as a shirt or blouse, is draped over and around and captured and held in the disc-like peripheral groove with a retainer device, leaving one disc surface area exposed to the outside of the upper garment for affixing any one of a myriad of fasteners, such as, Velcro, clips, buttons, snaps, hangers, etc., that attaches the upper garment to the lower garment such as pants, trousers, skirts, shorts, etc., behind and below the waistband, so that the upper garment becomes the suspenders of the lower garment. This easy-on, easy-off, transferrable, tucked-in apparel positive connection and suspension concept provides; suspension support of the lower garment, a neat tucked-in appearance at all times, is comfortable to wear, and is not visible from view while maintaining the lower garment in the desired position around the waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Dean Joseph Oliva
  • Patent number: 10661043
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a humidifier tub with an air inlet and an air outlet. An uppermost end of the air outlet terminates at an exit port positioned in a plane disposed below the air inlet. The air inlet is configured so that air enters the humidifier tub through the air inlet in a lateral direction. The humidifier also includes a base plate provided to a bottom of the humidifier tub. The base plate and humidifier tub define a water chamber adapted to receive a volume of liquid water. The humidifier tub further includes a guidance structure adapted to direct air entering the humidifier tub via the air inlet to swirl downwardly and around within the water chamber and into contact with the liquid water before exiting the exit port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Ian Malcolm Smith, William Bonilla, Richard Llewelyn Jones
  • Patent number: 10646678
    Abstract: A patient interface that is comfortable for a user to wear is disclosed. The patient interface includes a forehead rest and cushion. In particular the cushion includes a deformable resilient member that when compressed creates a uniformly and gradually increasing force while evenly distributing the pressure on the forehead of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Edwin McAuley, Christopher Earl Nightingale, Aidan Mark Shotbolt, Stuart Robert Allen Grant, Lewis George Gradon
  • Patent number: 10646356
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a finger exoskeleton including a plurality of joints and a plurality of sensors configured to measure rotation of at least some of the plurality of joints of the finger exoskeleton. The finger exoskeleton also includes a series elastic actuator comprising a spring element, the series elastic actuator configured to rotate at least one of the plurality of joints. The finger exoskeleton also includes a computing device configured to control operation of the series elastic actuator based on a torque of the at least one of the plurality of joints, the torque determined at least based on the spring element and rotation of the at least one of the plurality of joints. The present disclosure also includes associated methods and hand exoskeletons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Ashish Deshpande, Priyanshu Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10632269
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering the delivery of an aerosol. The apparatus has a variable acoustic source and a microphone, both acoustically coupled to a volume having a fluid region and an air region. The apparatus may also include a processor to determine a volume of the air region based on signals received from the microphone and the variable acoustic source. A fluid valve is coupled to the processor, and is configured to allow an amount of fluid to exit the fluid region associated with the volume of the air region. An atomizer, coupled to the fluid region, is configured to aerosolize at least a portion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David E. Altobelli, Russell H. Beavis, Larry B. Gray, Derek G. Kane
  • Patent number: 10624811
    Abstract: A vibrating hand band is provided, comprising a closed loop strap of a stretchable material dimensioned to encircle a user's hand, a pad secured to a portion of the strap, a vibrating mechanism embedded in the pad, and a power supply to provide power to the vibrating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Adreama Mackey-Ponte
  • Patent number: 10625033
    Abstract: Drug supply units are disclosed which comprise substrates having a plurality of holes formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ALEXZA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Martin J. Wensley, Marc Glazer, James Bresson, Ryan Timmons, Daniel J. Myers
  • Patent number: 10625036
    Abstract: A multi-night titration (MNT) process to find an optimal single therapeutic pressure of a CPAP device. This single therapeutic pressure can then be used on an on-going basis by the patient after the titration period. The MNT process differs from current auto adjusting processes used for titration (or ongoing use) in that the MNT process does not respond locally by adjusting pressures to individual events. With existing devices, the continuous adjustment of supplied air pressure always responds to one or a small number of events and thus fails to compensate for a patient's adaptation thereto, resulting in the supply of a less than optimal therapeutic pressure to the patient. While auto adjusting processes often capture and respond well to short-term and transient conditions, the MNT process of the current disclosure seeks to capture long term trends and find the most suitable average single pressure for a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, New York University
    Inventors: David M. Rapoport, Indu Ayappa, Simei Gomes Wysoski, Sujeewa Wannigama, David Robin Whiting
  • Patent number: 10610167
    Abstract: An apparatus for assessing patient breathing and cardiovascular condition of a patient includes a storage medium for storing data regarding the breathing and cardiovascular condition of the patient, a processor in communication with the storage medium, the processor being configured to prompt the patient with a series of queries relating to patient breathing and cardiovascular condition, a display for presenting the patient with the series of queries and a date entry device for receiving responses to the series of queries. The processor is configured to tally positive responses to the series of queries to generate a sleep disordered breathing index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Farrell, Malcolm Ronald Hebblewhite, Deirdre Stewart, Ann Tisthammer, Maya Vance, Robin Randolph
  • Patent number: 10610447
    Abstract: A device, system and method for increasing air intake by a subject is described. The device includes a vibration motor and a control unit for controlling vibrational motion output by the vibration motor. The methods include positioning the vibration motor on one or more limbs of a subject, and stimulating nerves in the limbs via the generated vibrational motion, whereby the stimulated nerve signals the brain to increase breathing rate or air intake by the subject. Accordingly, embodiments of the device activate nerve fibers that carry kinesthetic cues from the limbs in a pattern that simulates normal limb motion, and thus triggers inherent reflexes that increase ventilation in response to such motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Ronald M. Harper, Mary Ann Woo, Sergey Shaboyan, Paul Macey
  • Patent number: 10610444
    Abstract: A massage system having a massage table, support members and a massage machine is disclosed. The massage table may securely attach to the massage machine by the support members. Attachment members that massage the user's body are preferably different roller type attachments of different sizes. Multiple rollers may be attached to the massage machine one at a time. A user may select from different massage treatment options by a control panel. The user may lie face down on the massage table and the massage machine will provide a soothing back massage corresponding to the option they chose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Hill
  • Patent number: 10612675
    Abstract: Flow through a sleeve is controlled with a housing. A removable frame is positioned within the housing. A removable, tubular rotational mechanism defines a hole for receiving the sleeve therein. A pair of arms are pivotally mounted on the rotational mechanism for squeezing the sleeve. An actuator drives the rotational mechanism to pivot the pair of arms to open and to close the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: John Eric Chapman
  • Patent number: 10596342
    Abstract: Breathing mask for supplying a breathing gas to a user of a mask includes a sealing lip to seal a mask support zone, a mask base body to form a mask interior chamber and a connector to connect at least one breathing gas line. The mask base body and/or the connector is provided with at least one de-coupling structure formed of an elastomer material. The de-coupling structure allows a relative movement between a mask body-sided circumferential foot portion of the sealing lip and the breathing gas line in at a tilt angle of at least 5°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ResMed R&D Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Biener, Bernd Christoph Lang
  • Patent number: 10596365
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a garment system including at least one sensor and at least one actuator that operates responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one sensor to cause a flexible compression garment to selectively constrict or selectively dilate, thereby compressing or relieving compression against at least one body part of a subject. Such selective constriction or dilation can improve muscle functioning or joint functioning during use of motion-conducive equipment, such as an exercise bike or rowing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10588362
    Abstract: One embodiment of a garment convertible to shoulder bag of the type comprising two separating zippers extending in an open fashion vertically along each side of the garment such as to form the bag compartment when the garment is folded and zipped at the sides. The garment further comprising an upper back panel (48) connected to the garment at the back neckline (42), shoulders (12) and back armholes (44). A stitch is applied horizontally through the upper back panel (48) and the garment upper back (52) and through a set of D-rings (66) and a reinforcement strap (68) positioned in between. The horizontal back panel stitch (46) allows for the formation of a straight bag opening edge (76) when the panel is flipped over the neckline towards the garment's front. A removable bag strap (32) is housed within loops on the inside of the garment and the garment's hem is elongated such as to form the bag closing flap (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Doina Alexei
  • Patent number: 10589142
    Abstract: A functional triangular apparatus for multi-exercise of lower and upper extremities using resistance bands encircling designated parts. When exercising legs the triangular apparatus is stationary or tilted back at various angles to balance on two feet. Arms exercise with stretch bands under elevated larger base while feet hold it down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Carl Simpson, Mary Dianne Simpson