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: 20220296814
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medicament container (100; 200) for a liquid medicament, the medicament container comprising:—a barrel (101; 201) defining a longitudinal direction (2, 3) and comprising an interior volume (105) to accommodate the liquid medicament, the barrel (101; 201) comprising a distal end (106) and a proximal end (108), the barrel (101; 201) comprising an outlet (102; 202) for the liquid medicament at the distal end (106; 206),—a mount (110; 210) for an electronic identifier (150),—an electronic identifier (150) engaged with the mount (110; 210) and attached to the barrel (101; 201) via the mount (110; 210).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220296130
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor assembly including a sensor element configured to be arranged external to a drug delivery device such that a user of the drug delivery device can hold the drug delivery device through gripping the sensor element. The sensor element is configured to detect a contact area of a hand of the user of the drug delivery device when gripping the sensor element. The sensor assembly can be included in a drug delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Maurice Toporek
  • Publication number: 20220288319
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audible indicator for use with a drug delivery device, the audible indicator including a spring element configured to reside in one of a relaxed state and a biased state, wherein the audible indicator includes a rotatable element coupled to the spring element, and wherein the spring element releases stored energy to rotate the rotatable element such that the rotatable element impacts a surface to generate an audible signal when the spring element changes from the biased state into the relaxed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11426108
    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: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11419992
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising: a main body configured to receive a medicament cartridge, a needle sleeve axially movable with respect to the main body, a needle holder holding a needle, and a displacement element coupled to the needle holder and disengageably coupled to the needle sleeve; wherein, upon axial displacement of the needle sleeve by a predefined distance in a proximal direction, the needle carrier and needle are displaced axially in a proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Sebastian Braun, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20220241512
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for detecting a dose delivered from an injection device having a dose setting mechanism that allows different dosages to be delivered. The accessory has an attachment portion configured to attach the accessory to the injection device, and a body that houses an optical sensor arrangement of the injection device includes a cartridge assembly and a housing, the housing contains a dose dispensing mechanism and a dose setting mechanism, the dose dispensing mechanism includes a part that moves in response to movement of the dose setting mechanism and indicates a dose dialed by the dose setting mechanism. The housing further includes a window aligned with the part of the dose dispensing mechanism to allow the optical sensor arrangement to detect a location of the part that moves in response to movement of the dose setting mechanism to determine the dose dialed by the dose setting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11395882
    Abstract: A supplementary device configured to be releasably attached to a drug delivery device. The supplementary device comprises a housing having a channel configured to slidably receive the drug delivery device; a first alignment feature to ensure a specific alignment of the supplementary device relative to the drug delivery device and restrict rotational movement of the supplementary device around a drug delivery device; and a second alignment feature to prevent sliding movement of the supplementary device relative to the delivery device once attached thereto. The second alignment feature comprises a moveable securing member biased towards the drug delivery device, and a release member operable to move the securing member out of engagement with the drug delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220226583
    Abstract: In order to address a common need for cost efficient capturing of data relative to dosage and administration time in self-medication schemes, the present disclosure proposes an apparatus with an accessory and an injection device, wherein the accessory attaches and detaches to the injection device, the accessory housing a control unit; and the injection device includes a passive electronic arrangement and the control unit is configured to use the passive electronic arrangement to determine information correlating to a dose of medicament injected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Maurice Toporek
  • Patent number: 11369744
    Abstract: An audible indicator for use with a drug delivery device is described. The audible indicator includes a spring element configured to reside in one of a relaxed state or a biased state. The audible indicator includes a rotatable element coupled to the spring element. The spring element releases stored energy to rotate the rotatable element such that the rotatable element impacts a surface to generate an audible signal when the spring element changes from the biased state into the relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220184320
    Abstract: An apparatus including a control unit, a sensor arrangement configured to measure the fill level of a medicament within a container of a drug delivery device, and a cap sensor configured to detect at least partial removal of a cap from the drug delivery device is described. The control unit is configured to be awoken from a dormant state in response to detection by the cap sensor that the cap has been at least partially removed from the drug delivery device. The sensor arrangement is configured to start measurement of the fill level subsequent to the control unit being awoken from the dormant state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220118187
    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: December 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20220118186
    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: December 30, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20220105273
    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: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220088313
    Abstract: An injection device is described. The injection device includes a housing, a dose indicator, and a release mechanism. The dose indicator is positioned within the internal space of the housing. The dose indicator includes a number of engaging members at least one thereof being configured to contact multiple of distinct ratchet features in course of a helical or screwing movement in distinct positions, wherein the contact is configured to provide a user with a tactile indexing appearance in the way of an increased or decreased dwelling torque at each of the multiple distinct positions. The release mechanism is connected to the dose indicator. The release mechanism is configured to, when activated during dose dispense, urge the engaging members away from the distant position and against the force of the resilient bias thereby suspending the indexing ratchet appearance at least for a subset of the multiple distinct positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Jugl, Michael Helmer, Steffen Raab, Martin Vitt
  • Patent number: 11260183
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an injection needle assembly for use in a medicament delivery device. The injection needle assembly comprises an injection needle holder, an injection needle fixed to said injection needle holder, the injection needle having a proximal end and a distal end, and a sealing assembly for sealing the distal end of the injection needle. The sealing assembly comprises a spacer element surrounding the distal end of the injection needle and a sealing membrane for sealing the distal end of the injection needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Matthias Rau, Winfried Huthmacher
  • Publication number: 20220054761
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure are directed to a sealing of a medicament reservoir for a drug delivery device. The drug delivery device includes a reservoir, a stopper and a sealing system. The reservoir includes a wall defining a distal end, a proximal end, and a proximal closure. The stopper is configured to expel a portion of a medicament stored within the reservoir by moving within the reservoir in a direction from the distal end to the proximal end, such that a stopper position is indicative of an amount of the medicament within the reservoir. The sealing system is configured to form a liquid tight seal between the proximal closure and the injection needles such that expelling the portion of the medicament comprises directing substantially all of the portion of the medicament from the reservoir into the injection needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Maurice Toporek
  • Publication number: 20220031956
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure are directed to a drug delivery device including a reservoir, a stopper, and a light emitting-detecting system. A reservoir includes a wall defining a proximal end and a distal end. A stopper includes an optically reflecting element. The stopper is configured to expel a portion of a medicament stored within the reservoir by moving within the reservoir in a direction from the distal end to the proximal end, such that a stopper position is indicative of an amount of the medicament within the reservoir. A light emitting system is configured to provide a light signal towards the stopper from the distal end. A light detection system is configured to detect a reflected light signal provided by a reflection of the light signal on the optically reflecting element of the stopper and to provide an electric signal in response to detecting the reflected light signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20220013208
    Abstract: This application relates to medical devices having cameras. According to a first aspect, this specification describes an electronic device comprising: a display; and a stereoscopic camera, in which the electronic device is configured to: capture a stereoscopic image using the stereoscopic camera; determine if the captured stereoscopic image comprises one or more items of food; in the event of a positive determination, determine an estimate of nutritional content of the one or more items of food in dependence on the captured stereoscopic image; and display information relating to the estimate of nutritional content via the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Patent number: 11219716
    Abstract: In one aspect the present disclosure refers to a supplementary device for an injection device, the supplementary device comprising: a body attachable to a housing of the injection device, the body having a first portion facing towards the housing when attached to the housing, at least one light source attached to the body, and at least a first optical coupling located in or at the first portion, connected to the at least one light source in a light transmissive way and optically connectable to a second optical coupling arranged in or on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Ilario Melzi, Bodin Hon
  • Publication number: 20220001107
    Abstract: A medicament injection device includes a main body configured to receive a medicament cartridge sealed by a first penetrable barrier, a cap assembly including a button cap and a carrier unit, the button cap being rotatable with respect to the carrier unit and wherein the button cap is prevented from being displaced axially in a proximal direction unless the button is rotated into alignment with respect to the carrier unit, a needle carrier releasably coupled to the carrier unit, the needle carrier carrying a needle having a proximal end and a distal end, the needle carrier being releasably coupled to the push button. Subsequent to rotational alignment of the button cap with respect to the carrier unit, the button cap is axially displaceable in the proximal direction. Axial displacement of the button cap in the proximal direction causes the needle carrier to be displaced axially in the proximal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Helmer