Patents Examined by Steven O. Douglas
  • Patent number: 11413612
    Abstract: The laboratory device includes an elongated handle with ergonomic grips. The device has a center recess for a rod to slide or rotate. The blade head attaches at the distal end of the elongated handle. The rod has geared teeth that interact and mesh with the gears on the blade head allowing the user to manipulate the angle of the blade head via rod. The rod in the proximal position of the handle is disposed at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the handle such that the blade head and handle are positioned for insertion into and removal of a tissue culture vessel. When the rod is moved distally or rotated the blade head position is disposed perpendicularly, acute or obtusely in relationship to the longitudinal axes of the handle such that the blade head provides optimal raking opportunities for the device to collect cell colonies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Jae Go Kwon
  • Patent number: 11413418
    Abstract: A drying expiratory limb of a breathing circuit is provided that is configured to increase or optimize drying of a gas to reduce or prevent condensation. The drying expiratory limb can include a wall that is at least partly made of a breathable material configured to allow transmission of water vapor but substantially prevent transmission of liquid water. The wall includes first and second openings in the wall, the openings respectively configured to receive a gas at a first temperature and a first relative humidity and to allow the gas to exit having a second temperature and a second relative humidity. The drying expiratory limb can be configured to tailor the temperature drop of the gas along the wall to maintain a relative humidity within a targeted range and/or to maintain the gas temperature above its dew point temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Robert Andrew David Milne, Timothy Dee Gierke
  • Patent number: 11413414
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for devices, methods and systems for a breathing assistance device controller for controlling the operation of a breathing assistance device that provides breathing assistance to a user. The controller may include sensors for measuring airflow parameters of the airflow and generating measured signals; and a processor that is electronically coupled to the sensors to receive the measured signals and to generate a control signal based on the measured signals and at least one characteristic of the user's respiratory system to adjust the operation of the breathing assistance device during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: NovaResp Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Hamed Hanafialamdari
  • Patent number: 11406944
    Abstract: A carbonation machine may include a carbonation head, a holder that is configured to hold a gas canister, the holder comprising a connector with a socket configured to enable linear insertion of a valve of the canister into the socket, the socket including a seal with at least one lateral opening to enable fluidic flow between one or more laterally oriented ports of the valve and a conduit of the holder while preventing leakage of gas from the fluidic flow, and a holding mechanism configured to hold a lateral projection from the canister after insertion of the valve into the socket such that the valve remains in the socket, and an activation mechanism configured to operate the valve to release the gas from the canister when inserted into the socket so as to enable the gas to flow via the conduit to the carbonation head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Sodastream Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Danieli, Avi Cohen, Oren Shalev, Mark Funt, Allan Ring, Amnon Shkedi, Dvir Brand, Eyal Shmueli, Amit Avigdor, Eran Shaashua, Hagai Harduff, Doron Krom
  • Patent number: 11406144
    Abstract: A surgical mask gripper covering nose apex, ala and mouth of a person is disclosed. Gripper is designed to enhance the flow of air through the mask filter and restrict the flow of air leaking through the periphery of the surgical face mask. Gripper covering the contours of nose apex and ala creates a tight seal between face skin and surgical mask. Low profile of gripper around nose allows a person to wear safety or eye glasses without any interference. Tight seal forces inhaled and exhaled air through the surgical mask filter thereby improving the particulate filtering efficiency and eliminate the fogging of safety glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Anil Kapila
  • Patent number: 11400249
    Abstract: A nasal cannula assembly is disclosed having a face mount part, in use resting against a user's face, which includes at least one nasal prong capable of being fitted into a person's nares. The cannula assembly also includes a manifold part, in fluid communication with the face mount part, having a single horizontal side gases entry. In particular, this cannula assembly is for supplying heated, humidified gases to a patient suffering from COPD. A tie or lanyard is disclosed for use with a breathing assistance apparatus such as a nasal cannula, face or nasal mask or tracheostomy connector. The tie or lanyard transfers the weight of the conduits supplying gases to the breathing assistance apparatus from the breathing assistance apparatus and distributes it onto the neck of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Craig Karl White, Jason Peter Van Beurden, Kevin Peter O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11400251
    Abstract: A respiratory pressure therapy (RPT) device is disclosed for treatment of respiratory-related disorders. The RPT device includes a pressure generator, a pneumatic block, a chassis and a device outlet for delivering a supply of flow of gas to a patient interface. The RPT device also comprises an integrated humidifier including a water reservoir. An RPT device is also disclosed that includes a wireless data communication interface integrated with the housing and configured to connect to another device or a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Roderick Bath, Mark Bertinetti, Paul Frederick Birchall, Tommy Chung Yeung Chui, Dawn Rosemary Churchill, Clementine Le Loc'h, Justin John Formica, Matthew Rolf Harrington, Ronald James Huby, Jeegarkumar Kapadia, Barton John Kenyon, Dimitri Marco Maurer, Saad Nasr, Joseph Samuel Ormrod, Jose Ignacio Romagnoli, Nathan John Row, Ian Malcolm Smith, Robert John Sparrow, Luke Andrew Stanislas, Zhuo Ran Tang, Ernie Wei-Chih Tsai, Hargopal Verma, Chengwei Zhu
  • Patent number: 11395901
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for gas delivery for personal medical consumption having safety features. A hydrogen or oxygen gas delivery system herein can include electrolytic cores performing electrolysis-based reactions, and obtain free hydrogen (H2) gas for collection and delivery to a user. In aspects, the electrolytic core(s) can be scaled to produce a sufficient amount of hydrogen (H2) or oxygen (O2) gas so that the user can ingest that gas directly, without a need for storage. The system can be portable, and configured with a delivery tube for transmitting hydrogen or oxygen gas to a user. While safety risks are generally minimal, the system can be configured with sensors to detect fault conditions or hazards such as combustion or overpressure, which can only be caused by deliberate user action to expose gaseous products to flame or spark, and even then would not be likely to trigger violent combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Philip Hsueh
  • Patent number: 11395859
    Abstract: A breathing treatment apparatus delivers breathing gas to a user. The apparatus may be configured to comprise one or more sensors for sensing microbial growth within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Nordyn Alami
  • Patent number: 11389615
    Abstract: A respiratory pressure therapy (RPT) device is disclosed for treatment of respiratory-related disorders. The RPT device includes a pressure generator, a pneumatic block, a chassis and a device outlet for delivering a supply of flow of gas to a patient interface. The RPT device also comprises an integrated humidifier including a water reservoir. An RPT device is also disclosed that includes a wireless data communication interface integrated with the housing and configured to connect to another device or a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Roderick Bath, Mark Bertinetti, Paul Frederick Birchall, Tommy Chung Yeung Chui, Dawn Rosemary Churchill, Clementine Le Loc'h, Justin John Formica, Matthew Rolf Harrington, Ronald James Huby, Jeegarkumar Kapadia, Barton John Kenyon, Dimitri Marco Maurer, Saad Nasr, Joseph Samuel Ormrod, Jose Ignacio Romagnoli, Nathan John Row, Ian Malcolm Smith, Robert John Sparrow, Luke Andrew Stanislas, Zhuo Ran Tang, Ernie Wei-Chih Tsai, Hargopal Verma, Chengwei Zhu
  • Patent number: 11389605
    Abstract: A valve assembly attached to a capacitor such that pressurizing the capacitor to a first positive pressure threshold induces the valve assembly to open, the pressurized air is released to the patient, and then as the pressure in the capacitor drops to a second pressure threshold the valve closes and the capacitor begins to build pressure until the first positive pressure threshold is achieved and the process repeats. Relative to the valve assembly and integrated therein, is an incrementally adjustable index knob to vary the rate of a biasing force performing work against the actionable valve face of the diaphragm functional surface to set the performance of the valve assembly, thereby increasing the potential for correct operation across a range of oscillating rates supporting a broad spectrum of patient therapies and types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Vortran Medical Technology I, Inc.
    Inventors: James I-Che Lee, Abdolreza Saied, Glen M. Thomson
  • Patent number: 11382372
    Abstract: A garment and method for targeted water weight-loss of a user. The garment may be a typical article of clothing; however, heat trapping agents are applied to the garment, particularly on the inside of the garment so as to make contact with the skin causing increased perspiration of the user at the location where the heating trapping agent contacts the skin. The heat trapping agent can be applied to the garment at desired locations and with a desired pattern to increase the efficiency of perspiration, and therefore, water weight-loss, Preferably, the heat trapping agent is print material with a stretch additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Salvador Navarro, Stephanie Diaz-Sandoval
  • Patent number: 11383055
    Abstract: A patient ventilator system includes a patient delivery circuit having an inspiratory section that delivers an inspiratory gas flow to a patient and an expiratory section that receives expiratory gas flow from the patient, wherein a bidirectional blower motor drives the inspiratory gas flow in the inspiratory section and controls the expiratory gas flow in the expiratory section. A flow sensor measures gas flow rate between the bidirectional blower motor and the patient delivery circuit. A four quadrant controller is configured to control speed and direction of the bi-directional blower motor based on the measured flow rate so as to effectuate ventilation for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventor: Chetankumar Amrutlal Modi
  • Patent number: 11383053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for olfactory stimulation of a patient with a plurality of scents, said device comprising: —a source (2) of a carrier gas (G); —a plurality of scent odorization circuits, each odorization circuit (4) comprising: —a container (18) containing an odorous volatile substance (V), —a container inlet line (26), provided with a container inlet valve (28), connecting an inlet (30) of said container with said source of carrier gas, and —a container outlet line (36), provided with a container outlet valve (38), connecting an outlet (40) of said container with an exit line (12); —a control unit (8), configured to control said container inlet valve and container outlet valve according to a medical protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: INSERM (INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1, UNIVERSITE JEAN MONNET SAINT ETIENNE
    Inventors: Marc Thevenet, Patricia Viret
  • Patent number: 11369760
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an inhalation atomizer comprising a counter and a blocking function. Counter rotates each time the atomizer is actuated. The blocking function includes a first protrusion on the counter and a second protrusion on a lower unit of the atomizer. Once the predetermined number of actuations has been achieved, the first protrusion encounters the second protrusion and prevents further rotation of the counter so that the atomizer is blocked from further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ANOVENT PHARMACEUTICAL (U.S.), LLC
    Inventor: Cai Gu Huang
  • Patent number: 11337888
    Abstract: A posture correcting device using vibration or emitted electrical pulses in a pre-determined time sequence that may be adjusted in timing, intensity or strength, and a device for securing said posture correcting device to a body of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Fakhrikamal Yusupov
  • Patent number: 11311695
    Abstract: Medical tubes and methods of manufacturing medical tubes. The tube(s) may be a composite structure made of two or more distinct components that are spirally wound to form an elongate tube. For example, one of the components may be a spirally wound elongate hollow body, and the other component may be an elongate structural component also spirally wound between turns of the spirally wound hollow body. The tube(s) need not be made from distinct components, however. For instance, an elongate hollow body formed (for example, extruded) from a single material may be spirally wound to form an elongate tube. The elongate hollow body itself may in transverse cross-section have a thin wall portion and a relatively thicker or more rigid reinforcement portion. The tube(s) can be incorporated into a variety of medical circuits or may be employed for other medical uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Anton Petrochenko, Wenjie Robin Liang, Paul James Tonkin
  • Patent number: 11304625
    Abstract: A gas sensor kit includes a gas sensor that measures a gas concentration of an exhalation gas of a subject, a gas introduction part that introduces the exhalation gas of the subject to the gas sensor and a gas supply unit that supplies a therapeutic gas to the subject. In the gas sensor kit, the gas supply unit includes a flow rate adjusting part that adjusts flow rate of the therapeutic gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiko Takatori, Masayuki Inoue, Kenichiro Kabumoto
  • Patent number: 11304846
    Abstract: The hilotherapy wrap includes a conventional removable internal water bladder, an exterior cloth cover enclosing the bladder and a detachable strap assembly that allows the wrap to be donned and doffed by the user without assistance and using only one arm. The strap assembly includes a pair of elastic straps detachably connected to the cover by hook and loop fasteners affixed to a strap anchor and one of the strap ends. The strap assembly also includes a quick connect buckles and a slide or D-ring that allows both ends of the straps to be connected to the cover before tensioned snugly around the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Anthony Terence Varda
  • Patent number: 11298495
    Abstract: A pathogen containment system for use during healthcare procedures is disclosed, comprising a flexible tubing dimensioned to extend around a user's mouth, the flexible tubing including a first end and a second end. A connector includes a central portion including a first side fittingly engaged with the first end of the flexible tubing and a second side fittingly engaged with the second end of the flexible tubing. An attachment port is positioned perpendicular to the central portion, the attachment port is in fluid communication via a vacuum tubing to a vacuum suction unit. A plurality of intake ports are provided on the flexible tubing to permit air to be drawn therethrough via the vacuum suction unit. The air intake ports capture a contaminant emitted from the user's mouth or the user's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Keith Alan Robinson