Patents by Inventor Ralf Thoemmes

Ralf Thoemmes 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).

  • Patent number: 9827384
    Abstract: A nebulizer is proposed which comprises a replaceable container containing fluid, a housing part detachable from the nebulizer for replacing the container, and an operation counter inseparable from the housing part as depicted in exemplary FIG. 10. The operation counter comprises a lead screw and an associated rider both supported by the housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Ralf Thoemmes, Marc Rohrschneider, Florian Witte, Kevin Peter Deane, Douglas Ivan Jennings
  • Patent number: 9687617
    Abstract: A nebulizer for a fluid, particularly for medical aerosol treatment is proposed. To allow easier operation and confer improved operational reliability a sealed container holding the fluid is already arranged in the nebulizer when it is supplied and the nebulizer is constructed so that the container is opened inside the nebulizer before or during the first use of the nebulizer. For this purpose, a transportation lock is provided for the sealed container which, in the delivery state, is in engagement with the sealed container in a manner preventing the sealed container from moving axially in the nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Böck, Florian Witte, Ralf Thömmes, Christian Golberg, Timo von Brunn, Andreas Fiol
  • Patent number: 9463290
    Abstract: An atomizer for the delivery, and in particular, for the atomization of a formulation, particularly, a powder has a simple construction that makes a simple intuitive operation possible. In particular, such is achieved by the fact that the atomizer has a mouthpiece with an associated cover, so that opening and/or closing of the cover causes a delivery medium, in particular air, to be taken in and/or put under pressure by a delivery device, a spring store is put under tension and/or a preferably annular reservoir containing a plurality of doses of the formulation is further rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo von Brunn
  • Patent number: 9457161
    Abstract: An inhaler for delivering a preferably powdered formulation from a blister strip having a plurality of blister pouches. In order to achieve a compact simple construction for the inhaler and an easy action for the blister strip, the carrier extends over a circumferential angle of the inhaler of less than 360°. In particular, the carrier is guided between two deflectors with an at least substantially constant curvature, and preferably, exclusively along an outer wall of the inhaler. A conveying device of the inhaler has four drive wheels of the same diameter which are arranged on a common radius and are driven by common drive means in the same direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Jens Besseler, Birgit Donker, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme, Stephen William Eason, Roger William Clarke
  • Publication number: 20160193433
    Abstract: An inhaler for delivering a preferably powdered formulation from a blister strip having a plurality of blister pouches. In order to achieve a compact simple construction for the inhaler and an easy action for the blister strip, the carrier extends over a circumferential angle of the inhaler of less than 360°. In particular, the carrier is guided between two deflectors with an at least substantially constant curvature, and preferably, exclusively along an outer wall of the inhaler. A conveying device of the inhaler has four drive wheels of the same diameter which are arranged on a common radius and are driven by common drive means in the same direction of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Applicant: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Jens Besseler, Birgit Donker, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme, Stephen William Eason, Roger William Clarke
  • Publication number: 20140366871
    Abstract: An atomizer for the delivery, and in particular, for the atomization of a formulation, particularly, a powder has a simple construction that makes a simple intuitive operation possible. In particular, such is achieved by the fact that the atomizer has a mouthpiece with an associated cover, so that opening and/or closing of the cover causes a delivery medium, in particular air, to be taken in and/or put under pressure by a delivery device, a spring store is put under tension and/or a preferably annular reservoir containing a plurality of doses of the formulation is further rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo von Brunn
  • Patent number: 8813743
    Abstract: An atomizer for the delivery, and in particular, the atomization of a formulation, particularly, a powder. A simple construction and simple intuitive operation are made possible, in particular, by the fact that the atomizer has a mouthpiece with an associated cover, so that opening and/or closing of the cover causes a delivery medium, in particular air, to be taken in and/or put under pressure by a delivery device, a spring store is put under tension and/or a preferably annular reservoir containing a plurality of doses of the formulation is further rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo Von Brunn
  • Publication number: 20140158118
    Abstract: A nebulizer for a fluid, particularly for medical aerosol treatment is proposed. To allow easier operation and confer improved operational reliability a sealed container holding the fluid is already arranged in the nebulizer when it is supplied and the nebulizer is constructed so that the container is opened inside the nebulizer before or during the first use of the nebulizer. For this purpose, a transportation lock is provided for the sealed container which, in the delivery state, is in engagement with the sealed container in a manner preventing the sealed container from moving axially in the nebulizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Böck, Florian Witte, Ralf Thömmes, Christian Golberg, Timo von Brunn, Andreas Fiol
  • Patent number: 8739784
    Abstract: An inhaler for delivery of a powder-form inhalation formulation from a blister strip with a plurality of blister pockets is proposed. A flexible guiding element receives the used blisters strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Vectura Delivery Devices Limited
    Inventors: Stephen William Eason, Matthew Neil Sarkar, Graham Roger Gibbins, Ralf Thoemmes, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme, Jens Besseler, Timo Von Brunn
  • Patent number: 8667961
    Abstract: An inhaler for delivery of a powder-form inhalation formulation from a blister strip has a plurality of blister pockets and uses a pivotable mouthpiece cover to move the blister strip onward via a conveyor, wherein the mouthpiece cover is drivingly coupled with the conveyor by engaging an axle in a recess to drive a conveying wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme
  • Patent number: 8656910
    Abstract: A nebulizer for a fluid, particularly for medical aerosol treatment is proposed. To allow easier operation and confer improved operational reliability a sealed container holding the fluid is already arranged in the nebulizer when it is supplied and the nebulizer is constructed so that the container is opened inside the nebulizer before or during the first use of the nebulizer. Alternatively, or in addition, the nebulizer is constructed so that the container cannot be replaced, and in particular, cannot be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Boeck, Florian Witte, Ralf Thoemmes, Christian Golberg, Timo Von Brunn, Andreas Fiol
  • Patent number: 8596267
    Abstract: An inhaler (1) for delivery of a powder-form inhalation formulation from a blister strip (2) with a plurality of blister pockets (3) is proposed. A tape is used for numbering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme, Jens Besseler
  • Patent number: 8584673
    Abstract: A dispensing device and a storage device for dispensing a formulation as a spray. The storage device has multiple separate and pre-metered doses of the formulation in receptacles or cavities. In order to allow a very compact arrangement, the receptacles or cavities are arranged in a first group and a second group axially offset, and preferably, forming a double ring arrangement, and the storage device is rotatable and axially moveable for dispensing the doses one after the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo Von Brunn, Jens Besseler, Bastian Fischer
  • Patent number: 8584669
    Abstract: An inhaler (1) is proposed (see FIG. 1), for the inhalation of a formulation (2) from capsules (3) that each contain one dose of the formulation. The capsules are preferably each emptied in a capsule chamber (4) by being set in motion by a stream of air flowing through the capsule chamber. The stream of air can be generated by the inhalation of a user or patient and/or can be generated actively generated by the inhaler. For simple handling, the inhaler has a means for, in particular, automatic filling, emptying and/or cleaning of the capsule chamber, if the latter is used more than once. Alternatively, the inhaler has a large number of capsule chambers that each preferably already contain a capsule and re preferably used just once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Besseler, Hubert Kunze, Achim Moser, Ralf Thoemmes, Gilbert Wuttke, Dieter Hochrainer, Heinrich Kladders, Christoph Dworzak, Josef Eckert, Antonio Lanci, Markus Mast, Elmar Mock, Andre Klopfenstein
  • Publication number: 20130125881
    Abstract: A nebulizer is proposed which comprises a replaceable container containing fluid, a housing part detachable from the nebulizer for replacing the container, and an operation counter inseparable from the housing part as depicted in exemplary FIG. 10. The operation counter comprises a lead screw and an associated rider both supported by the housing part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Holger HOLAKOVSKY, Ralf THOEMMES, Marc ROHRSCHNEIDER, Florian WITTE, Kevin Peter DEANE, Douglas Ivan JENNINGS
  • Patent number: 8387614
    Abstract: An atomizer for a fluid, in particular, a fluid for medical aerosol therapy. In order to allow simplified operation and improved safety in use, the atomizer has a counter device for counting the number of operations of the atomizer and the number of containers inserted. The atomizer is locked against further operation and/or against removal of the current container or insertion of a new container, if a certain number of operations of the atomizer and/or a certain number of containers inserted has/have been reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Geser, Burkhard P. Metzger, Christian Golberg, Michael Schyra, Ralf Thoemmes, Birgit Westmeier, Guido Schmiedel, Hubert Kunze, Georg Boeck
  • Patent number: 8381720
    Abstract: An inhaler for delivery of a powder-form inhalation formulation from a blister strip has a plurality of blister pockets and uses a pivotable mouthpiece cover to move the blister strip onward. The mouthpiece cover is drivingly coupled with a conveyor wheel to drive the conveying wheel and to move the blister strip onward, and the axis of the actuator and of the conveying wheel is identical to the cover axis of the mouthpiece cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme
  • Patent number: 8286632
    Abstract: A dispensing device has a storage device and an air pump for dispensing a medical formulation in which the storage device has multiple inserts, each insert containing a single dose of the formulation. Each insert is located in a separate and sealed cavity. The cavities can be individually opened for dispensing the respective dose from the respective insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Rohrschneider, Joern-Eric Schulz, Jens Besseler, Timo Von Brunn, Ralf Thoemmes, Thomas Sowden Reinhold
  • Patent number: 8240304
    Abstract: An atomizer, a reservoir and a method are proposed for the delivery and in particular, the atomization of a formulation, particularly a powder. A pump and a spring are arranged inside the annular reservoir, the pump and the spring being moveable radially and in a sliding manner. The pump is actuated by the spring to put air under pressure for discharging powder from the reservoir. The reservoir comprises receptacles or cavities, each of which has an insert with a respective dose of the formulation. The receptacles are constructed as separate parts and/or arranged on a common or annular carrier and/or are sealed separately and/or on its outer circumferential periphery. The spring is tensioned and the air is sucked into the pump. Then, the next receptacle and a connecting element are aligned relative to each other. Finally, the aligned receptacle is pierced by the connecting element for supplying the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo Von Brunn, Marc Rohrschneider, Stephen T. Dunne, Anke Klaer
  • Patent number: 8240305
    Abstract: A dispensing device with a storage device and an air pump for dispensing a medical formulation in which the storage device has multiple inserts, each insert containing a single dose of the formulation. Each insert is located in a separate and sealed cavity. The cavities can be individually opened for dispensing the respective dose from the respective insert. Furthermore, a mechanism is provided for aligning the connecting element relative to a respective receptacle and/or insert which has guiding portions formed at or by the respective receptacle and/or insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Rohrschneider, Stephen T. Dunne, Jens Besseler, Timo Von Brunn, Ralf Thoemmes