Electric Patents (Class 128/203.27)
  • Patent number: 11123513
    Abstract: The invention relates to a humidifier configured to humidify an aerosol, the humidifier comprising a first water compartment (100) containing water used to humidify the aerosol; a second water compartment (300) containing water used to humidify the aerosol; an intermediate chamber (200) located between the first and the second water compartment (100, 300), the intermediate chamber (200) comprising an aerosol inlet (210) and an aerosol outlet (220) and providing first boundary surfaces of a passageway (230) through which the aerosol to be humidified passes; a first layer (10) permeable to water vapour and impermeable to liquid water, which is located between the first water compartment (100) and the intermediate chamber (200), wherein a section of the first layer provides a second boundary surface of the passageway; a second layer (20) permeable to water vapour and impermeable to liquid water, which is located between the second water compartment (300) and the intermediate chamber (200), wherein a section of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Peter Iwatschenko, Gerhard Pohlmann
  • Patent number: 11098823
    Abstract: A vacuum bellows hot valve with durability and drivability not impaired by increased temperature and voltage of a heating device while having a simple, compact structure, the valve also allowing temperature control with high accuracy. In the vacuum bellows hot valve, a stem is provided inside a valve box with an inflow port and an outflow port so as to freely ascend and descend, a bellows is elastically provided to a valve body provided at a lower end of the stem and on an outer circumferential side of the stem, a cylindrical ceramic heater is arranged between an inner circumference of the bellows and an outer circumference of the stem, and a temperature measuring part of a thermocouple for control is arranged at a position close to the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KITZ SCT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Iijima
  • Patent number: 11090449
    Abstract: A smart inhaler device includes: a flow pathway having a cartridge receptacle that is able to house a cartridge, flow meter, pump, and vaporizer; a wireless communication module; and at least one sensor that captures identifying information related to the cartridge. A method of providing a measured dose using a smart inhaler device includes: enabling dosing; measuring a provided dose; and disabling dosing. A smart inhaler system includes: a smart inhaler device; a user device; and a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Vivera Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi Hatamian, Paul Edalat
  • Patent number: 11083866
    Abstract: A breathing assistance apparatus that comprises a housing with inner and outer walls and an upper surface, wherein the walls and upper surface are integrally formed as a single part to avoid seams or joins between the walls to reduce the risk of damage to electronics within the apparatus as a result of liquid leaks. Also disclosed is a control system for a heating element of a humidifier which provides a secondary or back up protection mechanism to disable power to the heating element if a first electronic protection circuit does not cause the first switching member to disable power to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Richard Wright, Peter Lawrence Grylls, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Philip John Dickinson, Yi-Cheng Sun, Silvan Terence Butler, Sergiu Constantin Filip, Samuel William Saunders, Andrew Martin Letton
  • Patent number: 11039643
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision device comprising a power cell and a vaporizer, wherein the vaporizer comprises a heater and a heater support, wherein one or more gaps are provided between the heater and the heater support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Lord
  • Patent number: 11027088
    Abstract: A humidifier system for humidifying a microenvironment in a neonatal incubator includes a reservoir configured to hold water to be evaporated for humidifying the microenvironment. A chamber divider defines a heating chamber within the reservoir, and a movable heating element is positioned at a surface level of the water inside the heating chamber so as to heat the water at the surface level inside the heating chamber. The heating element is configured such that it is moved downward within the heating chamber so as to maintain the heating element at the surface level of the water as an amount of water in the reservoir decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Anirban Ghosh
  • Patent number: 11000542
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of treating and preventing the common cold and associated secondary illnesses in a human subject, when the common cold is caused by viruses. The method comprises applying to the nasal passages of the human subject at ambient temperature, an effective amount of a pharmaceutical preparation comprising povidone-iodine (PVP-I) at a concentration of greater than 0.10% w/v and less than 2.5% in which at least 50% of the PVP-I is not associated with liposomes or other particulate carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FIREBRICK PHARMA LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Goodall, Peter Molloy
  • Patent number: 10933212
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for delivering humidified breathing gas to a patient are provided. The apparatus includes a humidification system configured to deliver humidified breathing gas to a patient. The humidification system includes a vapor transfer unit and a base unit. The vapor transfer unit includes a liquid passage, a breathing gas passage, and a vapor transfer device positioned to transfer vapor to the breathing gas passage from the liquid passage. The base unit includes a base unit that releasably engages the vapor transfer unit to enable reuse of the base unit and selective disposal of the vapor transfer unit. The liquid passage is not coupled to the base unit for liquid flow therebetween when the vapor transfer unit is received by the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: VAPOTHERM, INC.
    Inventors: William F. Niland, Owen S. Bamford, Felino V. Cortez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10918894
    Abstract: A respiratory mask includes a body configured to cover a nose and a mouth of a user. The body includes a face seal configured to at least partially seal the body to a face of the user. The face seal includes a standard reflex seal that is configured to engage in physical contact with the face to form a first segment of a seal between the body and the face. The face seal also includes a reverse reflex seal that is configured to engage in physical contact with the face to form a second segment of a seal between the body and the face. This configuration allows the mask body to float in place with respect to the face seal and preserves the seal between the mask and the face, even when the user is talking or moving his or her face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Kyle Thompson, Amy Elizabeth Quiring, Edward Powers Simmonds, Graham Peter Wilson, Carl Escort Tucker, Christopher Ward, Kyle Dane Hudson
  • Patent number: 10888683
    Abstract: Apparatus (10,226,326) for condensing water from respiratory gases, comprising a heat exchange component (20,234,334) having an inlet (22,228,328), an outlet (24,228,230) and a condensation chamber, the inlet and outlet (22,24,228,230,328,330) being connectable to a breathing system, such that respiratory gases are conveyed through the condensation chamber, in use, and a base unit (30,232,332) adapted to aid removal of heat from the walls of the heat exchange component (20,234,334), wherein the heat exchange component (20,234,334) is releasably engageable with the base unit (30,232,332), such that the heat exchange component (20,234,334) is replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: INTERSURGICAL AG
    Inventors: Andrew Miller, Marc Berrow Gibbons
  • Patent number: 10881829
    Abstract: A portable, efficient, integrated humidification system for use, e.g., with a positive airway pressure devices. The portable, efficient, integrated humidification system described herein offers many advantages over current humidification systems! There are many advantages to a portable respiratory humidifier. Portability reduces the amount of space the humidifier occupies in the user's bedroom environment. Portability enhances travel for the user. With less to pack, carry, and manage, the user is more likely to remain adherent to therapy when not at home. Portability allows for better utilization in recreational vehicles, while camping, in foreign countries, in the sleeping cabins of trucks or airliners, and on marine craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Goff, Kirby Chiang, Nathaniel L. Bowditch
  • Patent number: 10874821
    Abstract: A gases humidifier includes a gases inlet and an outlet, a removable humidification chamber cartridge with a heater source adapted to vaporize fluid, and a metering arrangement adapted to connect to and transfer fluid from a fluid supply to the humidification chamber. A gases humidifier includes a humidification chamber adapted to vaporize fluid and a metering arrangement adapted to transfer fluid from a fluid supply to the humidification chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: James Samuel Wong Doo, Andrew John Partington, Nordyn Alami
  • Patent number: 10876145
    Abstract: An aerosol collection system and method. The system includes a bio-aerosol delivery device configured to supply bioparticles in a gas stream, a moisture exchange device including a partition member coupled to the gas stream and configured to humidify or dehumidify the bioparticles in the gas stream, and an aerosol collection medium downstream from the moisture exchange device and configured to collect the bioparticles. The method includes delivering bioparticles in a gas stream, humidifying or dehumidifying the bioparticles in the gas stream by transport of water across a partition member and into a vapor phase of the gas stream, and collecting the bioparticles by a collection medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: David S. Ensor, Howard Jerome Walls, Karin K. Foarde, Susanne Vera Hering, Steven Russel Spielman
  • Patent number: 10828455
    Abstract: This invention relates to a medical tube comprises an elongate conduit having a first opening, a second opening, a longitudinal axis, a lumen extending between the first opening and the second opening along the longitudinal axis, and a corrugated wall, formed from an extruded material, extending between the first opening and the second opening and surrounding the lumen. The wall is stiffer in a first length of the conduit adjacent the first opening than in a second length of the conduit adjacent the second opening. The variable stiffness of the tube wall can improve the thermal profile of the tube as well as improve drain-back of condensation into a humidifier providing humidified gas to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Peter Kenneth Graham, Enrico Alvarez Garcia, David John Sims
  • Patent number: 10814091
    Abstract: A respiratory system provides conditioned respiratory gases to a patient within a controlled temperature environment. A humidification apparatus has an inspiratory tube that may extend to a patient interface. The inspiratory tube may have a reduced length. A thermal insulation component may insulate at least a portion of the inspiratory tube. As a result, less of the inspiratory tube may be exposed to the surrounding ambient environment, which may reduce condensate formation within the inspiratory tube and heat loss to the surrounding ambient environment. The humidification apparatus may be directly coupled to the controlled temperature environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Michael John Andresen, Natalie May Robertson, Jonathan David Harwood
  • Patent number: 10792458
    Abstract: A pressure support system includes a pressure generating device, an airflow path, and a control system. The control system is structured to determine a first measurement indicative of an amount of water vapor in the airflow path or an amount of condensation in the airflow path and generate a number of control signals structured to control an environmental control device structured to control an environmental parameter in an environment including the pressure support system, wherein the control signals are generated based on at least the first measurement and are configured to cause the environmental control device to adjust the environmental parameter in a manner that will reduce a degree or a likelihood of rainout in the airflow path, and transmit the control signals to the environmental control device so that it may be controlled to reduce the degree or likelihood of rainout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Jonathan Sayer Grashow
  • Patent number: 10786646
    Abstract: A humidification canister for humidifying a breathing gas, the humidification canister includes a fluid supply configured to supply a fluid and a first gas flow path in fluid communication with the fluid supply. A first gas flow path is configured to humidify the breathing gas with the fluid. A second gas flow path at least partially surrounds the first gas flow path. A method of insulating a breathing gas in a humidification canister using a gas is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: VAPOTHERM, INC.
    Inventors: Felino V. Cortez, Jr., Owen S. Bamford, William F. Niland, George McGarrity, Carl Buyer, Kenneth Miller, Peter Boyd
  • Patent number: 10786691
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements to powered air purifying respirators (PAPR). PAPR are known generally for use in polluted environments. A typical PAPR comprises a powered impellor arranged to draw air from the atmosphere, a filter element and a mask to provide the filtered and pressurized air to the user. Embodiments of the present invention place a generator unit, comprising a filter and impellor for pressurizing the air, behind the head of the user, and include components for improving delivery of the air to the user and improving its quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CLEANSPACE IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Dan Kao, Xiaoyi (Eric) Fu, Alexander Virr, John Michael Snow, Damian Charles Johnson
  • Patent number: 10765821
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for use with a vaporizer that vaporizes at least one active ingredient of a material. In response to receiving a first input to the vaporizer, the material is heated, in a first heating step. An indication of the temperature of the material is detected, and, in response to detecting an indication that the temperature of the material is at a first temperature, the first heating step is terminated, by withholding causing further temperature increase of the material. The first temperature is less than 95 percent of the vaporization temperature of the active ingredient. Subsequently, a second input is received at the vaporizer. In response thereto, the material is heated to the vaporization temperature, in a second heating step. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Yossef Raichman
  • Patent number: 10767210
    Abstract: An aerosol collection system and method. The system includes a bio-aerosol delivery device configured to supply bioparticles in a gas stream, a moisture exchange device including a partition member coupled to the gas stream and configured to humidify or dehumidify the bioparticles in the gas stream, and an aerosol collection medium downstream from the moisture exchange device and configured to collect the bioparticles. The method includes delivering bioparticles in a gas stream, humidifying or dehumidifying the bioparticles in the gas stream by transport of water across a partition member and into a vapor phase of the gas stream, and collecting the bioparticles by a collection medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Research Triangle, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Ensor, Howard Jerome Walls, Karin K. Foarde, Susanne Vera Hering, Steven Russel Spielman
  • Patent number: 10737043
    Abstract: An inhaler device configured to consume an accumulated capacity to contribute to generation of aerosol or aerosol imparted with flavor, a sensor configured to detect a predefined variable, an interface configured to make a notification to an inhaler of the aerosol, and a controller configured to cause the interface to function in a first mode when a detected or estimated capacity is smaller than a threshold and the variable satisfies a predefined condition for requesting the generation of the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Manabu Takeuchi, Hirofumi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10736356
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses a section of an electronic-vaping device including a pressure sensor configured to measure a current ambient pressure, the pressure sensor further configured to output the current ambient pressure measurement in accordance with a read request frequency, and a controller configured to determine a mode of operation of the electronic-vaping device, control the read request frequency based on the determined mode of operation, and detect a threshold pressure change based on the current ambient pressure and a baseline pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Phillip Diana, Sean Sundberg, David Bennett, Christopher S. Tucker, Barry S. Smith, Edmond J. Cadieux, Douglas A. Burton, Paul Butler, Jarrett Keen, Patrick J. Cobler, Kai Cao
  • Patent number: 10722675
    Abstract: The breathing assistance apparatus of the present invention includes a manifold that is provided with or retrofittable to gases supply and humidifying devices. The manifold allows gases from an oxygen concentrator to be combined with the flow through a gases supply and humidifying device, most usually air The combined output of oxygen and other breathing gases (air) is then humidified. The breathing assistance apparatus and manifold of the present invention provides a safe method to add oxygen to the input air stream of a gases supply and humidifying device and reduces the amount of accumulation of oxygen within the gases supply device, reducing fire risk should sparking occur within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Martin Paul Friedrich Kramer, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Christopher Simon James Quill, Matthew Jon Payton
  • Patent number: 10721968
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electronic smoking articles exhibiting improved moisture control of a reservoir contained therein. The reservoir can be formed of fibrous materials, such as cellulose acetate fiber, thermoplastic fiber, non-thermoplastic fiber, or a combination thereof. The disclosure further provides methods for forming electronic smoking articles and methods of packaging electronic smoking articles (including cartridges thereof) so as to improve moisture control of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Grady Lance Dooly, Stephen Benson Sears, Karen V. Williams, Gary M. Dull, Steven L. Worm, Wesley Steven Jones, Steven Lee Alderman, Paul A. Brinkley, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10625043
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a capsule container configured to contain at least one capsule, a discharge structure configured to discharge a material included in the capsule, a transceiver configured to transmit data to an external device or to receive data from the external device, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to receive, user state information and biometric information from the external device via the transceiver, select at least one capsule in the capsule container on the basis of the received user state information and biometric information, determine a spray amount of a material contained in the selected at least one capsule, and spray the material via the discharge structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keumkoo Lee, Joayoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10609958
    Abstract: Described herein is a heating device for use with apparatus for heating smokable material to volatilize at least one component of the smokable material. The heating device comprises a heating element, and smokable material bonded to the heating element. The heating element comprises a layer of electrically-conductive material, a first layer of polyimide, and a second layer of polyimide. The layer of electrically-conductive material is located between the first and second layers of polyimide. Also described are cartridges comprising the heating device, apparatus comprising the heating device, and methods of manufacturing the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Joe Robinson, Neil Litten, Harpal Singh
  • Patent number: 10537690
    Abstract: A novel device for vaporization of concentrated phyto material extracts is disclosed having a vaporization element for being fluidly coupled with an input port of a waterpipe. The vaporization element having a resistive heater for heating of phyto material extract for vaporization thereof and for inhalation of vapor from an inhalation aperture of the waterpipe. The device for vaporization of concentrated phyto material extracts having an adjustable clamping mechanism and a plurality of batteries for powering of the resistive heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vapium Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Alexander Trzecieski
  • Patent number: 10525225
    Abstract: A humidifier and humidity sensor used with a breathing assistance apparatus. The humidity sensor can sense absolute humidity, relative humidity and/or temperature at both the patient end and humidifier end. The humidifier can also control independently the humidity and temperature of the gases. Further, a chamber manifold can facilitate easy connection of the humidifier to various outlets, inlets and sensors. A heated conduit can provide a more effective temperature profile along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Seakins, Malcolm David Smith, Mohammad Thudor
  • Patent number: 10433581
    Abstract: A cartridge for an electronic vaping device may include at least one inner tube along a length of the cartridge. The inner tube defines a passageway. A heating element is within the inner tube and has a longitudinal axis. A jacket at least partially surrounds the heating element. The tube segment is positioned between the heating element and the inner tube along the longitudinal axis of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: San Li, Barry S. Smith, Christopher S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10434275
    Abstract: A portable body-cooling device, comprises: a mask suitable to be positioned on the face of the patient and to cover its mouth and nose; a connector, suitable to connect said mask to a breathable gas container; and a gas container, containing a breathable gas in compressed state, which, when expanded, undergoes cooling. Also described is a method for reducing the body temperature of the patient in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Inhaletech LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Hadash
  • Patent number: 10426902
    Abstract: This invention relates to a surgical smoke evacuation system for use in removing gases and smoke created in surgical procedures form within an insufflated surgical cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Blackhurst, James Alexander Gordon, Jonathan David Harwood, David John Bain
  • Patent number: 10398871
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for humidifying a breathing gas are presented. The system includes a source of pressurized breathing gas, a vapor transfer unit external to the source of pressurized breathing gas, a first gas tube connecting the source of pressurized breathing gas to the gas inlet of the vapor transfer unit and having a first length, a liquid supply having a heater that heats liquid, a first liquid tube coupling the liquid supply to the liquid inlet of the vapor transfer unit, and a second gas tube having a second length and connecting the gas outlet to a patient interface. The first length is greater than the second length. The vapor transfer unit includes a gas passage, a liquid passage, and a membrane separating the gas passage and the liquid passage. The membrane is positioned to transfer vapor from the liquid passage to the gas passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: VAPOTHERM, INC.
    Inventors: Felino V. Cortez, Jr., Charles Busey, George C. Dungan, II
  • Patent number: 10395867
    Abstract: A self regulating mechanism for a storage water heater for preventing the operation of heating elements while the heating elements are not submerged comprises a liquid level switch and an electrical contactor which are each integrated with a storage water heater having at least a water tank, at least one heating element and thermostat pair, and an input voltage line. In operation, the electrical contactor is wired to selectively control the flow of electricity from the input voltage line to the thermostats and heating elements and the liquid level switch is operative to determine the water level and operate the switching of the electrical contactor based on whether the level of water in the water tank meets a predetermined threshold. As such, the electrical contactor will only permit electricity to flow to the heating element when the liquid level switch indicates that the water tank is substantially full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: William Atchison
  • Patent number: 10286174
    Abstract: An expiratory limb for a breathing circuit includes an enclosing wall defining a flexible singular expiratory flow passage between an inlet and an outlet and bounding the flexible singular expiratory flow passage and ambient air. The expiratory limb includes one or more regions of the enclosing wall that made from a material that allows passage of water vapor without allowing passage of liquid water, thereby forming a water vapor flow path from the flexible singular expiratory flow passage to the ambient air through the material. The expiratory limb is configured to allow diffusion of water vapor along the flexible singular expiratory flow passage and dry the flow of expiratory gases between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Daniel John Smith, Gavin Walsh Millar, Kevin Blake Powell, David Peter Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10279140
    Abstract: A pressure support system configured to provide pressure support therapy to a subject is described. The pressure support system comprises a humidifier configured to control the humidity of gas provided to the subject during a sleep cycle to ensure an amount of liquid will remain in the humidifier at the conclusion of an estimated usage time. The pressure support system is configured to ensure humidified breathing gas is delivered to a subject during a usage time within a pressure support usage period. During times when the subject's moisture demand is greater than amount of moisture available in the humidifier, the pressure support system may decrease the amount moisture in the breathing gas so humidified therapy is available during the entire time the user is asleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ronald Winski
  • Patent number: 10178881
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly and a cigarette bottle assembly. An external thread electrode is located in one end of battery assembly. An internal thread electrode is located in one end of atomizer assembly. The battery assembly and the atomizer assembly are connected by the screwthread electrode. The cigarette bottle assembly is inserted into the other end of the atomizer assembly and both form a cigarette type or cigar type body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10155097
    Abstract: A blower unit for use as part of an integrated blower/humidification system is described. The blower unit has an outer casing, which encloses and forms part of the blower unit, the casing including an air inlet vent. The blower unit further includes a humidifier compartment for receiving a humidifier unit with a separate gases inlet and outlet, the compartment having a heater base for heating the contents of the humidifier unit. The compartment also has a blower inlet port which aligns with the humidifier unit inlet in use, the blower providing a gases path through the casing between the inlet vent and the inlet port. The blower unit also includes a fan for providing a pressurized gases stream along the gases path, and a power supply unit for powering the fan. The gases path is routed over the power supply unit in order to provide a cooling air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Venkata Subbarao Potharaju, Christie Jayne Stanton, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Yi-Cheng Sun, Hayden Briscoe, Samuel Frew, Steven John Worthington, Philip John Dickinson, Cameron Jon Haxton
  • Patent number: 10143238
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly and a cigarette bottle assembly. An external thread electrode is located in one end of battery assembly. An internal thread electrode is located in one end of atomizer assembly. The battery assembly and the atomizer assembly are connected by the screwthread electrode. The cigarette bottle assembly is inserted into the other end of the atomizer assembly and both form a cigarette type or cigar type body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10092722
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for delivering humidified breathing gas to a patient are provided. The apparatus includes a humidification system configured to deliver humidified breathing gas to a patient. The humidification system includes a vapor transfer unit and a base unit. The vapor transfer unit includes a liquid passage, a breathing gas passage, and a vapor transfer device positioned to transfer vapor to the breathing gas passage from the liquid passage. The base unit includes a base unit that releasably engages the vapor transfer unit to enable reuse of the base unit and selective disposal of the vapor transfer unit. The liquid passage is not coupled to the base unit for liquid flow therebetween when the vapor transfer unit is received by the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VAPOTHERM, INC.
    Inventors: William F. Niland, Owen S. Bamford, Felino V. Cortez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10034988
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and devices, systems for delivering one or more compounds to a subject. Also described herein are methods and devices for transitioning a smoker to an electronic nicotine delivery device and for smoking or nicotine cessation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS I B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Wensley, Michael Hufford, Jeffrey Williams, Peter Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9993602
    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. 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: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Syqe Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Perry Davidson, Aaron Schorr, Binyamin Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9974335
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision device comprising a power cell and a vaporizer, wherein the vaporizer comprises a heater and a heater support, wherein the heater is one the inside of the heater support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Lord
  • Patent number: 9974119
    Abstract: A self-contained incense burner shaped a hairdryer for safely holding, igniting and burning incense. The portable incense burner shaped a hairdryer is going to heat the incense with a certain temperature in order to help the user to direct the smoke flow in the exact direction of the nozzle using the fan thrust. The self-contained incense burner shaped a hairdryer has a small as pocket size and is portable without any wires to enhance the mobility of the users and the way of using incense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Sadeq Ahmad Qasem
  • Patent number: 9931424
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for positionable air freshener devices. The devices may comprise an insertion section. The insertion section may include electrodes effective to receive and conduct an electric current and secure the device to an electric source. The insertion section may include a ball. The devices may comprise a base. The base may include a socket. The socket may attach to the ball. The socket and ball may form a ball joint. The base may include a port effective to receive electric current from the electrodes. The base may include a collar effective to apply heat sufficient to release a fragrance from a material when electrical current is supplied to the collar from the electrodes. The device may include a cap with a ring shaped cross-section, sized and shaped so as to be connectable to the base such that the port is accessible when the cap is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Alfred Esses
  • Patent number: 9901116
    Abstract: The present application provides a battery assembly and an electronic cigarette; the battery assembly is configured for assembling with an atomizing assembly to form an electronic cigarette; and the battery assembly comprises a battery sleeve and a battery mounted in the battery sleeve; the battery includes a first electrode and a second electrode; and the battery assembly further comprises a first charging electrode connected to the first electrode electrically, and a second charging electrode connected to the second electrode electrically; and the first charging electrode is an end cover mounted on an end of the battery sleeve. The following advantageous effects can be achieved: only the end cover and the second charging electrode need to be connected to an external charger when the electronic cigarette need to be charged, which saves the time of a charging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9884163
    Abstract: A humidifier assembly for a CPAP includes a base housing with a gas inlet configured to receive respiratory gas from the CPAP unit. The base housing includes a first connecting device located at a sidewall of the base housing and configured to directly, removably connect the base housing to the CPAP unit. The base housing also includes a second connecting device configured to be coupled to an air delivery hose. The humidifier assembly further includes a liquid storage container that is removably received in the base housing. The liquid storage container includes a liquid storage space configured to store liquid and a humidifying region configured to receive the respiratory gas from the gas feed opening and receive a partial amount of the liquid stored in the liquid storage space to enrich the respiratory gas with moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: RedMed R&D Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Mayer, Harald Genger, Stefan Rolf Madaus, Andreas Klopp, Stefan Thomas Schätzl, Harald Wolfgang Vögele, Bernd Christoph Lang
  • Patent number: 9833590
    Abstract: A sterilization and humidification apparatus includes a heating chamber, a filter and a humidification chamber. The heating chamber heats a gas so as to sterilize the gas. The humidification chamber is adapted so that a liquid, which has been filtered by the filter, evaporates into the sterilized gas, thereby causing the sterilized gas to cool, and outputting a humidified gas at a desired temperature. The apparatus may include a bypass chamber to provide a path for the gas to bypass the humidification chamber. The apparatus may be adapted particularly for use in an incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mondiale Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Raymond John Avery
  • Patent number: 9808033
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly and a cigarette bottle assembly. An external thread electrode is located in one end of battery assembly. An internal thread electrode is located in one end of atomizer assembly. The battery assembly and the atomizer assembly are connected by the screwthread electrode. The cigarette bottle assembly is inserted into the other end of the atomizer assembly and both form a cigarette type or cigar type body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 9775740
    Abstract: An assembly for preventing and treating skin dermatitis includes an air flow conditioning module positioned in the output air flow increasing or decreasing the temperature of the generated air flow as received from the fan responsive to a received control signal, a temperature sensor positioned in the output air flow sensing a current temperature of the output air flow as conditioned by the air flow conditioning module, an air flow conditioning control module is coupled to the air flow conditioning module and the temperature sensor for generating the control signal, and air flow conditioning control module that has a definable temperature range of the output airflow and for receiving the sensed current temperature from the temperature sensor, comparing the current temperature to the defined temperature range, and generating the control signal to provide the generated air flow at the nozzle is within the defined temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Deborah C Bly
  • Patent number: 9750917
    Abstract: A humidifier and humidity sensor is disclosed for use with a breathing assistance apparatus. The humidity sensor preferably includes senor(s) to sense absolute humidity, relative humidity and/or temperature at both the patient end and humidifier end. The humidifier may also include provision to both control independently the humidity and temperature of the gases. Further, a chamber manifold is disclosed to facilitate easy connection of the humidifier to various outlets, inlets and sensors. A heated conduit is described which provides a more effective temperature profile along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Seakins, Malcolm David Smith, Mohammad Thudor