Liquid Medicament Atomizer Or Sprayer Patents (Class 128/200.14)
  • Patent number: 10375996
    Abstract: In one aspect, apparatus is provided for generating an inhalable medium. The apparatus has a container for holding a liquid and a heater for volatilizing liquid held in the container. The apparatus further has a chamber for receiving a material. The apparatus has an outlet. In use liquid volatilized by the heater passes, in the form of at least one of a vapor and an aerosol, through material received in the chamber to thereby entrain one or more constituents from the material to produce the inhalable medium which passes out of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Walid Abi Aoun, Oleg Jurievich Abramov, Gary Nicholson, Pavel Fimin, Helena Digard
  • Patent number: 10369306
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering the delivery of a fluid. 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell H. Beavis, Larry B. Gray, Derek G. Kane
  • Patent number: 10369304
    Abstract: An inhaler device for pulmonary delivery of at least one substance from a drug dose cartridge to an inhaling user, including: a first conduit for conducting a carrier airflow to a proximal opening of a mouthpiece for use by the user; a holder configured to position the dose cartridge within the carrier airflow; and a second conduit for conducting a shunting airflow to the mouthpiece without passing through the dose cartridge position. In some embodiments, a controller connected to a valve controls a rate of carrier airflow, for example by controlling the shunting airflow, based on a sensor indication of airflow rate and a target airflow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Syqe Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Perry Davidson, Aaron Schorr, Binyamin Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10368581
    Abstract: A base for an e-vaping device is configured to couple with multiple cartridges configured to generate separate, respective dispersions. The cartridges may include one or more atomizer assemblies or vaporizer assemblies. The base may include multiple connectors electrically coupled to the power supply. The connectors may be configured to couple multiple dispersion generators to a power supply of the base. The base may include control circuitry configured to independently control dispersion generation by dispersion generators coupled to the base. The control circuitry may independently control dispersion generation by the first and second cartridges based on cartridge information accessed through at least one of the first and second connectors. The control circuitry may control dispersion generation by controlling power supplied to the dispersion generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Ali A. Rostami, Gerd Kobal, Yezdi Pithawalla, David Kane, Christopher S. Tucker, Peter Lipowicz, Jason Flora, Georgios Karles, Munmaya K. Mishra, Catherine Barnes, Richard Arena
  • Patent number: 10362809
    Abstract: The present invention describes articles, such as smoking articles, that can provide an inhalable substance in a form suitable for inhalation by a consumer. The article comprises a cartridge with an inhalable substance medium therein, control housing that includes an electrical energy source and an electrical power source, and a heating member that may be located in either the cartridge or the control housing. The control housing further may include puff-actuated current actuation components and current regulation components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, David Glen Christopherson, Stephen Benson Sears, Dennis Lee Potter, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 10342261
    Abstract: An electronic vaping device includes a battery section and a cartridge coupled to the battery section. The cartridge includes a reservoir and a heating coil. The battery section includes a controller. The controller is configured to: calculate a first value of a heat transfer time constant of the heating coil; calculate a second value of the heat transfer time constant of the heating coil; compute a difference between the first value and the second value; determine that the difference between the first value and the second value exceeds a threshold value; and output an indication that the liquid formulation in the reservoir is becoming depleted in response to determining that the difference between the first value and the second value exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nu Mark Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Eyal Peleg, David Cohen, Harold Brooks, Dorron Levy
  • Patent number: 10342457
    Abstract: There is provided a method of monitoring the lung function of a patient, the method comprising determining one or both of an inhalation time and a rest time for a patient that is using a respiratory apparatus, the one or both of an inhalation time and a rest time for the patient being determined from measurements obtained from the respiratory apparatus, wherein the inhalation time is the amount of time for which the patient inhales through the respiratory apparatus, and the rest time is the amount of time between the end of an exhalation and the start of the next inhalation; and analyzing the determined one or both of the inhalation time and rest time to determine an indication of the lung function of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINJKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Timothy Spencer, Anthony Dyche, Ian Philip Rabbetts
  • Patent number: 10342789
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of medicine, in particular to the field of veterinary medicine. The invention specifically relates to muscarinic antagonists (including long acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs)) for the treatment of airway disease, such as pulmonary disease, preferably recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), summer pasture associated obstructive pulmonary disease (SPAOPD), and inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in animals, preferably equines such as horses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA GmbH
    Inventors: Balazs Albrecht, Michael Aven, Janine Lamar
  • Patent number: 10342936
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system and method for monitoring usage of a respiratory medicament delivery device. Regular use of a respiratory medicament delivery device at intervals prescribed by a doctor may be critical to a subject's health. The system described herein is configured to monitor usage of a respiratory medicament delivery device such that manual tracking of a patient's adherence to a dosage plan by a doctor, for example, is not required. Monitoring usage of the medicament device delivery device may allow the doctor to judge the adherence of the subject to the dosage plan and encourage increased adherence. Improved adherence by the subject may result in improvement in the condition of the subject and economic benefits including reducing costs associated with re-hospitalization after discharge. In some embodiments, the system comprises a medicament delivery device and a usage event monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Dirk Ernest Von Hollen
  • Patent number: 10334887
    Abstract: An atomizer includes a storage member and a cigarette holder. An inductive chamber and an airflow passage are positioned in the storage member. An air suction port is defined on the cigarette holder. The cigarette holder is movably sleeved on an end of the storage member. The cigarette holder can be in a locked state or in an unlocked state with respect to the storage member by moving the cigarette holder. When the cigarette holder is in the locked state, at least one of the inductive chamber and the airflow passage is closed by the cigarette holder. When the cigarette holder is in the unlocked state, the air suction port communicates with both the inductive chamber and the airflow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10334877
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an atomizer head assembly, comprising: an outer tube; an inner tube disposed in the outer tube, having a outer supporter openings formed on a lateral side of wall of the inner tube; a liquid storage chamber formed between the inner tube and the outer tube; a liquid inlet opening formed on a lateral side of wall of the outer tube; and an atomizing member having an end arranged in the one or more outer supporter openings. Moreover, the atomizing head assembly of the present invention comprises a plurality of atomizing members for atomizing liquid electrically connected in parallel and spatially arrange in various configurations, such that the atomizer head assembly can operated with an elevated voltage such that the heat generated per unit time by the atomizer head assembly is increased and the volume of atomized cigarette liquid in the atomizing chamber is increased accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Joyetech (Changzhou) Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weihua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10334883
    Abstract: A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system is provided, including an elongate first compartment having a length L1, a maximum transverse cross-sectional area A1, a first air inlet, and a first air outlet, and containing a nicotine source including a first carrier material loaded with between about 1 mg and about 50 mg of nicotine; and an elongate second compartment having a length L2, a maximum transverse cross-sectional area A2, a second air inlet, and a second air outlet, and containing an acid source. The first and second compartments are arranged in parallel within the cartridge and the ratio (L1)2:A1 is at least about 12:1 and the ratio (L2)2:A2 is at least about 12:1. An aerosol-generating system is also provided, including the cartridge; an aerosol-generating device including a housing defining a cavity to receive at least a portion of the cartridge; and a heater to heat the first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Charles Silvestrini, Judith Waller
  • Patent number: 10327475
    Abstract: A heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system is provided, including a heater element; a reservoir including aerosol-generating liquid; and a condenser configured to condense excess vapors generated in the heater assembly, such that condensate is at least partially conveyed back into the reservoir. A method of manufacturing a heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Patrick Charles Silvestrini
  • Patent number: 10328173
    Abstract: A long-acting ultrasonic dispenser that effuses a water-based deodorizer solution into ambient air as a dry fog in a closed environment, and a method for deodorizing noxious odors in that closed environment by the dry fog. The dry fog, containing the deodorizer, chemically reacts with materials producing the odors, thereby neutralizing them. The dispenser contains an electronic ultrasonic wave generator comprising a piezoelectric crystal and an ultrasonic membrane, which is always submerged under liquid. As the liquid evaporates, droplets larger than five microns are filtered out, and the remaining dry fog is emitted into the air. The dispenser is connected to a large reservoir. When the liquid level reaches a minimum permissible height, additional deodorizer solution is pumped into the dispenser. This system is ideal for use with central air conditioners in large office buildings to eliminate odors over a long period of time with minimum maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: APPTEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Vilambi N R K Reddy, Anil Torgalkar
  • Patent number: 10328223
    Abstract: A recovery and collection assembly for an atomized material inhalation device is provided. The recovery and collection assembly includes an outer tubular housing and an input tube. The outer tubular housing includes a sidewall defining an outer chamber, an upper end piece attached to an upper end of the sidewall, and a lower end piece attached to a lower end of the sidewall. The lower end piece has at least one air flow opening allowing fluid communication between an interior of the outer chamber and an atmosphere surrounding the outer tubular housing. The input tube extends through the lower end piece and has a first end in fluid communication with the atomized material inhalation device. The input tube also has a second end disposed in an upper half of the outer chamber and in fluid communication with the outer chamber and defines an inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Lloyd Courtney, Ann Louise Yant
  • Patent number: 10327669
    Abstract: A mouthpiece a device for measuring a parameter of respiratory air. The mouthpiece including an end edge of a wall of the mouthpiece, and the end edge is configured to delimit an opening for blowing respiratory air into the mouthpiece. An opening surface of the opening extends transversely with respect to a flow axis of respiratory air blown into the mouthpiece. A contour of the opening forms a D shape or a lens shape, seen in the direction of the flow axis. The opening is delimited by a first opening portion and by a second opening portion adjoining the first opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Reisinger, Klaus Mueller, Torsten Richter
  • Patent number: 10328228
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for portable and compact nitric oxide (NO) generation that can be embedded into other therapeutic devices or used alone. In some embodiments, an ambulatory NO generation system can be comprised of a controller and disposable cartridge. The cartridge can contain filters and scavengers for preparing the gas used for NO generation and for scrubbing output gases prior to patient inhalation. The system can utilize an oxygen concentrator to increase nitric oxide production and compliment oxygen generator activity as an independent device. The system can also include a high voltage electrode assembly that is easily assembled and installed. Various nitric oxide delivery methods are provided, including the use of a nasal cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Third Pole, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Zapol, Gregory W. Hall, Wolfgang Scholz, Benjamin Apollonio, Frank Heirtzler
  • Patent number: 10314781
    Abstract: A control unit for controlling the operation of a nebulizer is provided that is configured to measure the impedance of an actuator in the nebulizer and to determine whether a nebulizing element in the nebulizer is positioned correctly with respect to the actuator on the basis of the measured impedance. Also provided is a nebulizer comprising a reservoir chamber for storing a liquid to be nebulized, an actuator for vibrating liquid stored in the reservoir chamber, and a control unit as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Alwin Rogier Martijn Verschueren
  • Patent number: 10306927
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to an e-vaping device including a mouth-end insert, a reservoir connectable to the mouth-end insert, the reservoir including a hollow portion along a longitudinal axis of the e-vaping device, a plurality of orifices distributed along an interior surface of the reservoir, and a power portion connectable to the reservoir. The e-vaping further includes a portion configured to direct an amount of pre-vapor formulation onto the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Ali Rostami, Raymond Lau, Eric A. Hawes
  • Patent number: 10306925
    Abstract: An aerosol generating component (2) for an electronic smoking device and an electronic smoking device with an aerosol generating component (2) are provided. In order to improve smoking experience, the aerosol generating component (2) is adapted to generate two aerosols with different particle sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Vaclav Borkovec, Stefan Biel, Diego Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10300173
    Abstract: The invention relates to compounds, compositions and methods for biofilm disruption and prevention. In particular, the invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions for the disruption of biofilm and prevention of biofilm in patients. The invention also relates to anti-biofouling compositions for the disruption of biofilm and prevention of biofilm on surfaces. The invention also relates to the removal of biological material from surfaces. The compositions of the invention include microbial deoxyribonucleases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Inventors: James Grant Burgess, Michael John Hall, Reindert Nijland
  • Patent number: 10292435
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a heating member; a sensor assembly includes an inductive chamber; a sensor arranged in the inductive chamber; and an airflow passage isolated from the sensor; wherein the heating member is arranged in the airflow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10298225
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an electrical system topology designed for use in a portable electronic device. The electrical system uses a conductive housing of the device to form a single main electrical circuit, which consists of forward microelectronics, rearward microelectronics and a battery. Through synchronized main circuit current modulation by the forward and rearward microelectronics, bidirectional communication is established between the forward and rearward sections of the device. The design allows for mechanical simplicity, which aids in product size reduction, increases mechanical robustness, reduces costs and enhances mechanical design flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Isaac Most, Trevor Glen Vita
  • Patent number: 10286176
    Abstract: Systems and methods for nitric oxide generation are provided. In an embodiment, an NO generation system can include a controller and disposable cartridge that can provide nitric oxide to two different treatments simultaneously. The disposable cartridge has multiple purposes including preparing incoming gases for exposure to the NO generation process, scrubbing exhaust gases for unwanted materials, characterizing the patient inspiratory flow, and removing moisture from sample gases collected. Plasma generation can be done within the cartridge or within the controller. The system has the capability of calibrating NO and NO2 gas analysis sensors without the use of a calibration gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Third Pole, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Zapol, Gregory W. Hall, Wolfgang Scholz
  • Patent number: 10279142
    Abstract: A respiration appliance, system, and method for supporting the airway of a subject as the subject breaths. The flow of gas from the lungs of the subject during exhalation is leveraged to provide support to the airway. In particular, a body that encloses one or more external orifices of the subject provides a resistance differential between inhaled gas flows and exhaled gas flows that supports the subject's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Kurt Witt, William Edwin Clegg, Michael Edward Colbaugh, Douglas Mechlenburg
  • Patent number: 10279934
    Abstract: Methods of filling a tank reservoir of an electronic cigarette or cartridge for an electronic cigarette with a vaporizable material so that air is not entrapped within the cartridge. In particular, described herein are methods of filing a tank volume of a cartridge for an electronic cigarette from a bottom or side surface opposite a wick so that the wick remains at least partially dry and can vent air during filling until the tank volume is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Christensen, Aaron Keller, James Monsees, Ariel Atkins
  • Patent number: 10272170
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol generating device, including a vaporizer for heating an aerosol-forming substrate to form an aerosol; a plurality of air flow nozzles; and at least one air outlet. The air flow nozzles and the air outlet are arranged to define an air flow route between the air flow nozzles and the air outlet. Each of the air flow nozzles includes an aperture arranged to direct air towards the vicinity of the vaporizer in a direction across the surface of the vaporizer so as to manage particle size in the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 10258753
    Abstract: An inhalation training system and a method for practicing of an inhalation process and a method of operating a portable communications device in this respect and to an information storage medium are improved. An air flow during inhalation is converted into an acoustic signal, especially a whistling tone. The acoustic signal is picked up by a microphone of a portable communications device, such as a smartphone, and is electronically evaluated. The inhalation training system has a mouthpiece and a converter apparatus for converting the air flow into the acoustic signal and in addition has a holding apparatus for especially detachable holding of the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Patricia Adams, Marion Frank, Herbert Wachtel
  • Patent number: 10251701
    Abstract: A microwave ablation system includes an antenna assembly configured to deliver microwave energy from an energy source to tissue and a coolant source operably coupled to the energy source and configured to selectively provide fluid to the antenna assembly via a fluid path. The system also includes a controller operably coupled to the energy source and a piezoelectric transducer operably coupled to the fluid path to detect a force of fluid flow through the fluid path. The piezoelectric transducer is configured to generate a signal based on the detected force of fluid through the fluid path. The controller is configured to control the energy source output based on the generated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Richard A. Willyard, Joseph D. Brannan
  • Patent number: 10251734
    Abstract: The saliva management system is a device that can be worn at night while sleeping to help alleviate dry mouth syndrome. The device utilizes a wind-up timer to periodically release a burst of water mist directly into the mouth, under the tongue. The water comes from a reservoir located within the housing of the saliva management system. The device comprises teeth clips and a strap to hold it in place. A built-in, finger-operated pump pressurizes the water to force it out of the reservoir via misting nozzles. A valve release is included to allow easier draining and cleaning of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10244795
    Abstract: A vaporizing assembly for an aerosol generating system includes a sheet heating element and a delivery device configured to deliver a liquid aerosol-forming substrate from a liquid storing portion to the sheet heating element. The sheet heating element is spaced apart from the delivery device and is configured to heat the delivered liquid aerosol forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista, Dani Ruscio
  • Patent number: 10244793
    Abstract: Devices for generating and releasing vapor. In particular, described herein are portable devices for generating a low-temperature inhalable vapor having an elongated tubular body containing a vaporization chamber and a battery-powered heater, a removable mouthpiece covering the vaporization chamber, a display configured to indicate the temperature of the vaporization chamber; a microcontroller configured to regulate the temperature of the vaporization chamber, and a control to select from among a variety of temperature settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Juul Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Patrick Myall, Krista Hunter
  • Patent number: 10238821
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device comprises a dosing chamber configured to contain dry powder medicament, a transducer and a controller electrically coupled to the transducer. The medicament delivery device is capable of delivering a therapeutically effective dose of dry powder medicament in response to between 2-20 tidal inhalations, the dose preferably having a mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD) of about 6 microns or less and a fine particle fraction of at least 30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MicroDose Therapeutx, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Akouka, Daniel Becker, Renee Hyer, Craig Oakum
  • Patent number: 10219546
    Abstract: An exemplary spraying atomizing device includes a housing, a liquid tank, a spraying device, a heating element, and a power supply. The housing defines an atomizing chamber. The liquid tank is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The spraying device is configured for spraying the tobacco liquid into the atomizing chamber in a form of liquid particles. The heating element is arranged in the atomizing chamber, and has a heating surface. The heating surface is configured for supporting and heating the liquid particles to form aerosol. The power supply is arranged in the housing, and is configured for feeding the heating element power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Shuyun Hu
  • Patent number: 10220179
    Abstract: An elbow assembly includes an elbow with an opening in a sidewall of the elbow. An anti-asphyxia valve (AAV) assembly is provided to the elbow. The opening in the sidewall of the elbow is configured to receive at least a portion of the AAV assembly. The elbow assembly further includes a support member with an atmospheric port. The support member is configured to be secured to a portion of the elbow and cover the opening. The AAV assembly is adapted to be secured to the elbow by the support member. In addition, the support member is configured so that an outer surface of the support member is substantially flush with an outer surface of the elbow when the support member is secured to the portion of the elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, Saad Nasr
  • Patent number: 10219541
    Abstract: A cartridge is selectively usable with a personal vaporizer. The cartridge may include a chamber for holding a vaporizing medium such as a liquid solution. The cartridge may also include an atomizer that can be manufactured as a unit with the chamber. The cartridge can be attached to a vaporizer structure such as a battery assembly. A cartridge cover fits over and encloses the cartridge therewithin. The cartridge cover can employ decorative aspects that match or complement decorative aspects of the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lubby Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: J. Christian Rado
  • Patent number: 10220166
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring usage of a medicament dispenser—particularly an inhaled medicament dispenser. While operating in a low-power mode, a first sensor is monitored for a signal indicative of handling of the medicament dispenser by a user. In response to detecting such handling, the device exits the low-power mode and begins to monitor a second sensor for a signal indicative of dispensing of the medicament. The usage monitoring device can be embodied as an attachment configured to be selectively coupled to one of a variety of different inhalers including, for example, a Diskus-type inhaler and a Respimat-type inhaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Reciprocal Labs Corporation
    Inventors: John David Van Sickle, Greg Tracy, Mark Gehring, Eric Hoffman, Kevin Houlihan, Chris Hallberg
  • Patent number: 10214410
    Abstract: Fluid level measurements for the shared tank and outflow information provided by calibrated flow meters corresponding to dispensing stations connected to the shared tank may be used to derive a filled volume model for the tank as a function of fluid level. Subsequently, a filled volume change for a shared tank over a selected time interval may be determined from pre-change and post-change fluid level measurements. The change in filled volume may be compared with the total fluid flow over the selected time interval as indicated by the flow meters of active dispensing stations. If the filled volume change for the tank is substantially different than the total fluid flow indicated by the flow meters, the flow meters may be collectively adjusted to provide a more accurate indication of the filled volume change in the shared tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nielson, William Barrett
  • Patent number: 10218193
    Abstract: A rechargeable pack is provided for containing and recharging an e-cigarette. The pack includes a pack battery; a first connector which is electrically connectable to an external power source; a first recharging mechanism for re-charging the pack battery using the external power source when the first connector is electrically connected to the external power source; a tube for receiving an e-cigarette such that the e-cigarette can be contained within the recharging pack; a second connector which is electrically connectable to the e-cigarette when the e-cigarette is received within the tube; and a second recharging mechanism for re-charging the e-cigarette using the pack battery when the e-cigarette is electrically connected to the second connector. The second recharging mechanism is configured to provide protection against the pack battery providing excessive current through the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Colin Gratton
  • Patent number: 10195374
    Abstract: A container, a nebulizer and a use of an indicator device are described, where the container comprises an indicator device fixedly mounted on the bottom of the container, the container is arranged within the nebulizer and the container can be detached by grabbing the indicator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Eicher, Herbert Graessl, Mike Janetzko, Andree Jung, Martin Meisenheimer, Herbert Wachtel, Robert Gerhard Winkler, Gilbert Wuttke, Ying Yu
  • Patent number: 10195381
    Abstract: A patient interface assembly includes a housing that defines an inlet port and an outlet port. A jet pump receives pressurized gas flow from the inlet port and delivers the gas flow to the outlet port. A nebulizer is fluidly coupled to the outlet port and positioned to introduce medication into the gas flow and deliver medicated gas flow to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: VYAIRE MEDICAL CONSUMABLES LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dunsmore, Geoffrey C. Wise, Thomas C. Wilschke, Louis P. Mingione
  • Patent number: 10194697
    Abstract: An electrically heated smoking system is provided, including a secondary unit configured to receive a smoking article having an aerosol-forming substrate. The secondary unit includes at least one heating element, an interface configured to connect to a primary power supply, a secondary power supply, and secondary circuitry. The secondary circuitry is configured to control supply of electrical power from the secondary supply to the heating element (a) in a pre-heating mode, during which a substrate temperature is increased to an operating temperature, and (b) in a smoking mode, during which a substrate temperature is maintained at substantially the operating temperature; and to control charging of the secondary supply by the primary supply in a charging mode, to have sufficient charge to increase a substrate temperature to the operating temperature in the pre-heating mode and to maintain the substrate temperature at substantially the operating temperature during the smoking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Felix Fernando, Marc-Robert Chemla, Fredrik Stahle
  • Patent number: 10195368
    Abstract: A handheld high frequency ultrasonic atomizing device for delivering drugs to whole respiratory tract comprising a shell with an air inlet and a lid with a spray nozzle. A drug cup with a piezoelectric transducer and a hood with a spray outlet are provided within the shell. The components of piezoelectric ceramic transducer are as follows (mass percentage): lead tetraoxide 63.3-68.3%, zirconium dioxide 14.2-15.3%, titanium dioxide 8.1-9.5%, strontium oxide 4.6-5.2%, iron sesquioxide 1.5-1.8%, stannic oxide 1.0-1.4%, manganese dioxide 0.3-1.1%, cerium sesquioxide 0.5-0.8%, columbium pentoxide 0.4-0.8% and zinc oxide 0.3-0.7%. This device is small in size, with low power consumption and lower cost, and is able to produce mist with small particle size. The device can efficiently deliver drug liquid into the whole respiratory tract, especially down to the lower respiratory tract and pulmonary alveoli through carrying drug molecules in mist particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: CHANGZHOU ZHENGYUAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., GUANGZHOU NANOTIDES PHARMACEUTICALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng Wang, Patrick Y. Lu, Chuntian Lu, Songlin Jiang, Shenggao Tang, Tao Yuan
  • Patent number: 10192464
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a simulated medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system. The simulated medicament delivery device includes a housing, and is devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism that causes a medicament to be delivered. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing and includes an audible output device and a cover. The housing of the medicament delivery device and the cover of the electronic circuit system collectively define an acoustic enclosure. The audible output device is configured to be disposed within the acoustic enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: kaleo, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Edwards, Evan T. Edwards, Mark J. Licata, Paul F. Meyers, David A. Weinzierl
  • Patent number: 10183131
    Abstract: An extraction system uses a sample of botanical matter which has been rendered into particles of a predetermined range of sizes and compressed into a non-flowable form. The sample is loaded into an extraction chamber which may be sealed. A conductive or convective heat source is used to heat the loaded sample to a temperature which causes at least one substance within the sample to vaporize. A conduit can be used to transfer vapor resulting from vaporization of the substance to a collection chamber and mask. Pressure may be adjusted within the system to facilitate vaporization and vapor transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Skell
  • Patent number: 10173019
    Abstract: A method of flowing a medicament containing powder using gas, including, providing a volume of a gas according to one or more release conditions; directing flow of said gas through or adjacent a powder including a medicament; and releasing a therapeutically effective amount of said powder using said gas. Optionally, the releasing comprises releasing according to breath considerations. Optionally or alternatively, the releasing comprises releasing according to time considerations. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the powder is held in a capsule that has apertures formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Inspiro Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Nimrod Kaufmann, Guy Steuer
  • Patent number: 10166348
    Abstract: An aerosol generator is positioned adjacent to a patient as an attachment to a trocar. The trocar has an entry port for insufflation gas. Aerosol generated by a vibrating element is entrained in the insufflation gas and the mixture is delivered through the trocar. The aerosol may contain a medicament. The trocar may be a conventional trocar. Such trocars are typically used for a camera. The delivery of the aerosolized medicament can occur at the start of the procedure and be delivered in bolus. At the start of the procedure, the peritoneum is being inflated by means of the flow of insufflator gas. This gas flow will help to entrain the aerosolized medicament to the pneumoperitoneum regions. The surgeon can temporarily remove the camera from the trocar port to facilitate insertion and positioning of the aerosolizing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aerosurgical Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Power, Conor Paul Duffy
  • Patent number: 10159279
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision system is provided including: a pressure drop or air flow sensor for monitoring inhalation by a user through the electronic vapor provision system; and a control unit for detecting the start and end of inhalation based on readings from the sensor. The control unit is configured to: monitor the cumulative period of inhalation (Ti) over a predetermined window (Tw); and transfer the electronic vapor provision system to a sleep mode if the cumulative period (Ti) exceeds a predetermined threshold (Th).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Lord, Martin Mullin
  • Patent number: 10155094
    Abstract: An inhaler is proposed having an insertable container and a monitoring device for counting uses of the inhaler. The monitoring device is arranged in a detachable housing part or fitted onto a mouthpiece of the inhaler. A supply air current is detected by means of a pressure sensor. A position sensor may further be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Wachtel, Andree Jung
  • Patent number: 10155092
    Abstract: A delivery device for delivery of medicament to a user including a container defining a reservoir storing the medicament, a body in which the container is received, a spray nozzle arranged on one of the body and the container for receiving medicament expelled from the container, and a pusher actuatable for pushing the medicament from the container reservoir through the nozzle, said pusher being moveable from a rest position to a fully activated position relative to said body in response to an actuating force. The assembly is particularly applicable to nasal syringes where it is desirable to deliver the medicament in the form of a spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Lionel Vedrine