Patents by Inventor Michael Helmer

Michael Helmer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240226417
    Abstract: A coded housing of a drug delivery device includes a first housing component having a first connecting end a second housing component having a second connecting end, an insert on the first connecting end or the second connecting end, a receptacle on the other of the first connecting end or the second connecting end, a fastening element on the insert, a counter fastening element complementary shaped to the fastening element and provided in the receptacle, a mechanical coding on the insert and comprising a coding feature, and a mechanical counter coding in the receptacle. The mechanical coding and the mechanical counter coding is operable to prevent an engagement of the fastening element with the counter fastening element when the mechanical coding does not match the mechanical counter coding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20240216615
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a housing of a drug delivery device, the housing comprising first and second housing components with first and second connecting ends, and: an insert provided on one of the first connecting end and the second connecting end, a receptacle provided on the other one of the first connecting end and the second connecting end, a fastening element provided on the insert and comprising a snap element, a counter fastening element provided in the receptacle and comprising a counter snap element to engage with the snap element, a mechanical coding provided on the insert and comprising a coding feature, a mechanical counter coding provided in the receptacle, wherein at least one of the fastening element, the counter fastening element, the mechanical coding and the mechanical counter coding comprises a groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: July 4, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Christian Frescha, Michael Helmer, Stephan Muecke, Peter Nober, Matthias Rau, Michael Schabbach, Martin Vitt
  • Publication number: 20240207526
    Abstract: A coded housing of a drug delivery device includes first and second housing components, respectively including a first and second connecting ends. An insert is provided on the first or second connecting end, and a receptacle is provided on the other one of the first and second connecting ends. The insert is insertable into the receptacle for mutually fastening the first and second housing components. A fastening element is provided on the insert, a counter fastening element complementary shaped to the fastening element is provided in the receptacle, a mechanical coding is provided on the insert and includes a coding feature, and a mechanical counter coding is provided in the receptacle and includes a counter coding feature. The mechanical coding and counter coding are operable to prevent an engagement of the fastening element with the counter fastening element when the mechanical coding does not match the mechanical counter coding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Christian Frescha, Michael Helmer, Stephan Muecke, Peter Nober, Matthias Rau, Michael Schabbach, Martin Vitt
  • Publication number: 20240207523
    Abstract: A drug delivery housing device includes a first housing component comprising a first connecting end, and a second housing component comprising a second connecting end. An insert is provided on the first or second connecting end, and a receptacle is provided on the other one of the first and second connecting ends. The insert is insertable into the receptacle for mutually fastening the first and second housing components. A threaded connection mutually connects the first and second connecting ends and includes a helical thread on the insert and a helical counter thread complementary shaped to the helical thread and provided in the receptacle. A rotation lock is configured to impede screwing and/or unscrewing of the first and second housing components. The rotation lock includes a locking structure on the first housing component and a counter locking structure complementary shaped to the locking structure and provided on the second housing component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Christian Frescha, Michael Helmer, Stephan Muecke, Peter Nober, Matthias Rau, Michael Schabbach, Martin Vitt
  • Publication number: 20240207518
    Abstract: A housing for a drug delivery device includes a first housing component configured to accommodate a cartridge filled with a medicament and including a first connecting end; a second housing component configured to accommodate a drive mechanism of the drug delivery device and including a second connecting end; an insert provided on one of the first connecting end and the second connecting end; a receptacle confined by a sidewall and provided on the other one of the first connecting end and the second connecting end; a fastening element provided on the insert; a counter fastening element complementarily shaped to the fastening element and rotationally supported on the sidewall between a locking position and a release position; a mechanical coding provided on the insert and comprising a coding feature; and a mechanical counter coding provided in the receptacle and comprising a counter coding feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Christian Frescha, Michael Helmer, Stephan Muecke, Peter Nober, Matthias Rau, Michael Schabbach, Martin Vitt
  • Publication number: 20240198003
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a housing of a drug delivery device, the housing comprising: a first housing component comprising a first connecting end provided with a fastening element, the first housing component configured to accommodate a medicament container, the medicament container comprising a mechanical coding and an alignment element, a second housing component comprising a second connecting end provided with a counter fastening element complementary shaped to the fastening element, the second connecting end being connectable to the first connecting end, a counter alignment element complementary shaped to the alignment element and provided in or on the first housing component, a mechanical counter coding provided in or on the second housing component, wherein when the mechanical coding does not match the mechanical counter coding, the mechanical coding and the mechanical counter coding being operable to prevent an engagement of the fastening element with the counter fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 20, 2024
    Inventors: Beate Franke, Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20240164680
    Abstract: A device for communicating a driving ability level of a user, the device comprising at least a processor, a memory, and a wireless transceiver. The device is configured to: receive a communication from a medical device, wherein the communication comprises information relating to a condition of the medical device; and send a communication to a vehicle. The information relating to a condition of the medical device is processed in order to determine a driving ability level of the user by the assignment of a category selected from a group comprising a first category and a second category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2023
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11986637
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a state indicator designed for indicating at least three states (S1 to Sn) of a drug delivery device and formed as a single indicator for indicating a respective state (S1 to Sn) at least before injection, during injection and after injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20240100260
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising: a housing for attachment to an injection device; a first sensor assembly comprising a first coil and two magnets of opposite polarity, wherein the first coil is configured to provide a first voltage pulse as a first Wiegand wire of the injection device moves from a first position proximate to one of the magnets of the first sensor assembly to a second position proximate to the other magnet of the first sensor assembly; and one or more processors configured to enter an enabled state from a sleep state after receiving the first voltage pulse from the first coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20240082495
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body arranged to receive a medicament cartridge; a needle carrier carrying a needle, wherein the needle carrier is axially movable with respect to the main body; and a rotatable cap at a distal end of the device, wherein the cap is removably coupled to the needle carrier, a releasable arrangement between the main body and the cap comprising a guide element and a slotted link, wherein the slotted link is arranged to cause the guide element to follow a predefined path at least partly in an axial direction during rotational movement of the cap, thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards a proximal end of the device as the cap is rotated up to a predefined point, wherein the main body comprises a medicament cartridge holder comprising the guide element depending therefrom for engagement with the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20240050659
    Abstract: An elongated housing component of an injection device, the elongated housing component including a body comprising a first longitudinal end, an intermediate section, and a second longitudinal end opposite to the first longitudinal end. The intermediate section is located longitudinally between the first longitudinal end and the second longitudinal end. The body includes a sidewall extending from the first longitudinal end to the second longitudinal end. The sidewall confining a hollow interior space sized to accommodate a medicament container. The elongated housing component including a magnifier extending through the sidewall or integrated into the sidewall to increase a visual appearance of at least a portion of the medicament container when arranged inside the hollow interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Martin Vitt
  • Patent number: 11878152
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising: a housing for attachment to an injection device; a first sensor assembly comprising a first coil and two magnets of opposite polarity, wherein the first coil is configured to provide a first voltage pulse as a first Wiegand wire of the injection device moves from a first position proximate to one of the magnets of the first sensor assembly to a second position proximate to the other magnet of the first sensor assembly; and one or more processors configured to enter an enabled state from a sleep state after receiving the first voltage pulse from the first coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20240016450
    Abstract: A wearable medical device includes: a spatial sensor configured to determine distance to objects in an environment in front of the spatial sensor; an acoustic signal generator operable to generate an acoustic signal; a processor; and a memory configured to store instructions which, when executed the processor, cause the wearable medical device to: detect, using the spatial sensor, objects in the environment, calculate the distance to objects detected in the environment, and when the distance to an object is less than a predetermined value, control the acoustic signal generator to generate a first alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Martin Vitt
  • Patent number: 11865307
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body arranged to receive a medicament cartridge; a needle carrier carrying a needle, wherein the needle carrier is axially movable with respect to the main body; and a rotatable cap at a distal end of the device, wherein the cap is removably coupled to the needle carrier, a releasable arrangement between the main body and the cap comprising a guide element and a slotted link, wherein the slotted link is arranged to cause the guide element to follow a predefined path at least partly in an axial direction during rotational movement of the cap, thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards a proximal end of the device as the cap is rotated up to a predefined point, wherein the main body comprises a medicament cartridge holder comprising the guide element depending therefrom for engagement with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Patent number: 11865308
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body arranged to receive a medicament cartridge; a needle carrier carrying a needle, wherein the needle carrier is axially movable with respect to the main body; and a rotatable cap at a distal end of the device, wherein the cap is removably coupled to the needle carrier, a releasable arrangement between the main body and the cap comprising a guide element and a slotted link, wherein the slotted link is arranged to cause the guide element to follow a predefined path at least partly in an axial direction during rotational movement of the cap, thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards a proximal end of the device as the cap is rotated up to a predefined point, wherein the main body comprises a medicament cartridge holder comprising the guide element depending therefrom for engagement with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Patent number: 11857325
    Abstract: A device for communicating a driving ability level of a user, the device comprising at least a processor, a memory, and a wireless transceiver. The device is configured to: receive a communication from a medical device, wherein the communication comprises information relating to a condition of the medical device; and send a communication to a vehicle. The information relating to a condition of the medical device is processed in order to determine a driving ability level of the user by the assignment of a category selected from a group comprising a first category and a second category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11857708
    Abstract: A supplementary device configured to be attached to a drug delivery device, the supplementary device including: first means being adapted to mechanically couple the supplementary device to a dosage selector of the drug delivery device; second means being adapted to select a dosage to be delivered by the drug delivery device; third means being adapted to mechanically couple the second means to the first means such that a dosage selection made with the second means generates a torque being transferred via the third means to the first means; a sensor configured to output signals indicative of the generated torque; and electronics configured to receive the signals output from the sensor and to determine based on the signals the selected dosage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Christian Rehbein
  • Publication number: 20230402184
    Abstract: A mobile device including a memory and a processing arrangement is described. The memory stores instructions which, when executed by the processing arrangement, cause the device to receive dose information including a previous dose ejected by an injection device; determine a measure of wellbeing for a patient based on received wellbeing data; determine at least one of a measure of fitness for the patient based on physiological data received from fitness tracking device and a measure of bodyweight for the patient based on weight data received from a balance; determine an adjusted medicament dose based at least in part on the dose information, the measure of wellbeing, and the at least one of the measure of fitness and the measure of bodyweight; and output the adjusted medicament dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Martin Vitt
  • Patent number: 11833330
    Abstract: The present application relates to pressure sensors for injection devices. According to a first aspect, the specification discloses an injection device comprising: a medicament container comprising medicament container walls and a sealing element; a stopper translatably disposed inside the medicament container; a pressure sensor; and a plunger passing through an axial bore of the sealing element, the plunger being operable to displace the stopper, wherein the sealing element, stopper and medicament container walls define a cavity inside the medicament container; and wherein the pressure sensor is configured to measure the pressure inside the cavity during an injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20230381421
    Abstract: An injection device includes an elongated housing extending along a longitudinal axis, a piston rod to operably engage with a piston of a cartridge filled with the medicament, a dose tracker selectively operably engageable with the piston rod, wherein the dose tracker is longitudinally displaceable relative to the housing from an initial position in a proximal direction towards at least a first activation position for setting of the dose and wherein the dose tracker is longitudinally displaceable relative to the housing in a distal direction from the at least first activation position towards the initial position for dispensing of the dose, a spring to urge the dose tracker in the proximal direction relative to the housing, an interlock to lock the dose tracker in the initial position relative to the housing, and a release member to release the interlock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Michael Schabbach, Julian Kersting