Nipple Attachment Or Structure Patents (Class 606/236)
  • Patent number: 10493002
    Abstract: A modular pacifier assembly having a modular mouth guard assembly including a nipple. The modular mouth guard assembly includes a mouth guard shield and a removable mouth guard plate that interconnects into the mouth guard shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Munchkin Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Yun Chan, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 10463578
    Abstract: An infant intraoral device can include an intraoral portion and a sensory material carried by the intraoral portion. The intraoral portion may be formed of a biocompatible and food-safe polymeric material, with the intraoral portion being shaped and configured to sooth an infant upon one of sucking and chewing on the intraoral portion. The secondary sensory material can have one or more of a flavor or a scent associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Evans, Mollie Evans
  • Patent number: 10172766
    Abstract: A pacifier or a teething device comprising of a mouth-guard having a body, said body having a front-surface, a back-surface, and a thickness wherein said thickness makes an interior space; a mouth-piece having a proximal end to be placed in a mouth and a distal end connected to said front-surface of said mouth-guard; an instrument embedded in said interior space or being connected to said back-surface of said mouth-guard or being connected to the front-surface of the said teething device; and a handle connected to said back-surface of said mouth-guard or connected to said instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Rohan Shaanti
  • Patent number: 10080707
    Abstract: A pacifier assembly including a compressible pacifier, a cover, a clip and a strap. The compressible pacifier has a nipple with a radial base which is secured between a ring and a handle. The cover is adapted to be secured to the compressible pacifier while the clip is adapted to be fastened to a general object. The strap is attached to the clip at a first end and the compressible pacifier at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Nairi Khachikian, Sung Yun Chan, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 10076470
    Abstract: A hygienic pacifier is set forth. The pacifier includes a base section having a nipple extending therefrom. The base section has a cross-sectional thickness. A substantially spherical recoil shield section is integrally formed with the base section. The shield section forms a wall having a cross-sectional thickness that is thinner in cross section than the cross-sectional thickness of the base section. The wall has recoil properties due to the spherical geometry of the shied section. The wall forms a shield around the nipple when recoiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Doddle & Co., LLC
    Inventors: Janna Badger, Jared Aller
  • Patent number: 9757616
    Abstract: An oral function device. The oral function device may include an elongated hollow handle with a flange disposed around a first opening of the elongated hollow handle. The oral function device may include an elongated chew piece fixated by the end plug to prevent the elongated chew piece from falling off the elongated hollow handle. The elongated chew piece may rotate freely inside the elongated hollow handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Leung Kwan tai
  • Patent number: 9724272
    Abstract: A teat (1, 1?, 1?) comprising at least a shaft (4) and a nipple (2), wherein structured surface areas are provided at least in a partial region thereof, and the structured surface areas are formed by at least one rough surface zone (7) having a surface roughness of 100 ?m at the most, in particular of 50 ?m at the most.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BAMED AG
    Inventor: Peter Röhrig
  • Patent number: 9585815
    Abstract: A pacifier for use with premature newborns and infants. The pacifier has a shield and a hollow bulb projecting from one side of the shield, the bulb defining a generally rectangular cross-sectional profile or internal shape along at least a portion of its length from the shield to its distal free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: David Tesini, Joshua Wiesman
  • Patent number: 9308152
    Abstract: A shield for a pacifier, teether, feeding device, sippy cup or the like. The shield carries a structure that is adapted to be inserted into the mouth of a young child. There is a body defining an opening at which the structure is carried and an inner surface surrounding this opening and encompassing the perioral areas surrounding the lips. The body defines a superior portion superior to the opening and an inferior portion inferior to the opening, and defines a lateral axis passing laterally through the opening. The superior portion is generally concave laterally on both sides of the vertical midline, to define an inner surface that closely conforms to the upper lip and perioral areas. At least the part of the inferior portion close to and on either side of the vertical midline is offset outward away from the face compared to the inner surface of the superior portion that is close to and on either side of the vertical midline, to allow the mandible to move anteriorly without being inhibited by the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Tesini David A., Joshua P. Wiesman
  • Patent number: 9301904
    Abstract: A feeding kit forming a storage and preparation assembly for infant feeding implements that includes a receptacle to receive a teether and a plurality of wells to form food/drink inserts for the teether. The teether includes a lid that is removably coupled to a feeding portion, such that the inserts may be inserted into the feeding portion, a portion which includes a feeding member with a plurality of apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Paxson, Jacob J. Clark, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Charlie Smith
  • Patent number: 9198836
    Abstract: A pacifier with retractable nipple that includes a pacifier nipple alternately extendible from, and retractable within, a cup member concavity, wherein said pacifier nipple is more expediently presented to, and alternately removed from, a suckling child, said pacifier with retractable nipple thereby storable with said pacifer nipple disposed within said cup member concavity, there removed from contact with extant objects or surfaces during storage between uses, whereby likelihood of contamination to the pacifier nipple is lessened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Olubimpe Akinyelure
  • Patent number: 9161888
    Abstract: A pacifier apparatus comprising a plurality of framing elements forming a hollow-bodied member, a planar surface within an aperture defined by the hollow-bodied member, and a nipple assembly with a nipple extending through an opening in the planar surface from a first side of the planar surface beyond a second side of the planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Michelle Lamar
  • Publication number: 20150142054
    Abstract: A teat with a base and a hollow and flexible mouthpiece protruding from it with a palate contact area, characterized in that the mouthpiece has a planar thinning area fully or partially extending over the palate contact area, in which the mouthpiece has a smaller wall thickness than in its adjacent areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MAPA GMBH
    Inventor: Eckhard Itzek
  • Patent number: 8961562
    Abstract: A nipple simulating the shape, surface geometry and function of a woman's breast is provided. The nipple has a stem and a base. The base has an areola region and a bulbous region. The areola region is positioned between the stem and the bulbous region, and can simulate the areola of a woman's breast. The bulbous region can simulate the region of a woman's breast surrounding the areola. The areola region has a texture or surface geometry that is different from the texture or surface geometry of the stem or bulbous region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Steven Randolph, Charles John Renz, John George Rousso, Brenda O'Grady Liistro
  • Publication number: 20150051646
    Abstract: A modular pacifier assembly having a modular mouth guard assembly including a nipple. The modular mouth guard assembly includes a mouth guard shield and a removable mouth guard plate that interconnects into the mouth guard shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Sung Yun CHAN, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 8945182
    Abstract: Methods and devices for orally administering fluids and medical instrumentation to individuals for the promotion of health are disclosed. An apparatus is described comprising a pacifier configured to hold fluid and configured for sucking. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a balloon positioned within a cavity of the pacifier. The balloon is configured to facilitate expulsion of the fluid from the cavity and to limit a user's ingestion of air. In other embodiments, the apparatus includes a cartridge or ampoule configured to store a fluid and expel the fluid through the pacifier. Systems are disclosed which include the pacifier apparatus, a known quantity of fluid or powder, and sterile packaging. Other systems are disclosed whereby various attachments, both medical and non-medical, couple to the apparatus. Methods of using and methods of manufacturing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pedia Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bradley Oates, II, Brian Paul Brock, Cory James Spivey, Dee L. Conger
  • Patent number: 8911474
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a suture anchor into an internal anatomical site through a cannula, or percutaneously, has a curved hollow guide for insertion into the cannula and/or tissue. The guide has a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end has a “parabolic” shape for engaging the intended anatomical site such as a glenoid. A flexible obturator is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end to facilitate insertion of the guide through the cannula. A flexible drill is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal to the distal end once the guide is in place. A flexible inserter is provided for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20140316464
    Abstract: A device placeable over a nipple and shaped for easy latching. Sucking on the device draws the nipple inside the device to shape the nipple and draw it into the infant's mouth. The device then dissolves leaving the infant's mouth in direct contact with the nipple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia Morgetano
  • Publication number: 20140296915
    Abstract: A multi-pack of disposable, liquid-containing pacifiers includes a plurality of pacifiers and an outer packaging containing the plurality of pacifiers therein. Each pacifier includes a bulb containing liquid, a nipple operatively coupled to a proximal end of the bulb, the nipple having an aperture located at a proximal end thereof, and a valve coupled to a proximal end of the bulb, the valve defining open and closed positions. The valve is configured to move to the open position when a pressure is applied to at least one of the nipple and bulb, so as to allow at least a portion of the liquid to flow from the bulb to the nipple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Claudia Finney
  • Publication number: 20140277135
    Abstract: A consumable pacifier for an infant is provided herein. The invention provides a consumable gelatinous nipple where the gelatinous nipple may also contain a nutrient. The base of the gelatinous body is trapped between a seat and retainer. A variety of flavors and nutrients may be infused in the consumable gelatinous nipple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Bobbie DeLaurier
  • Patent number: 8833575
    Abstract: Teats adapted to be placed in an infant's mouth, comprising a nipple comprising at least one perforation adapted for the flow of a liquid, an areola, and an isthmus joining the nipple to the areola, wherein the nipple comprises asymmetrical palatine and lingual parts and the isthmus joins the nipple and the areola in a manner adapted for the correct positioning of lower and upper jawbones during use, and further wherein the teats are adapted to allow controlled expulsion and flow during use. Also disclosed are feeding bottles comprising such teats and feeding systems comprising such feeding bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Francois Fave-Lesage
  • Publication number: 20140257387
    Abstract: A compressible pacifier having a nipple, a conical protective sleeve and a handle. The protective sleeve has a first end connected to the nipple and a second end which covers the nursing end of the nipple when in an extended position. The handle is connected to the first end of the protective sleeve. While the protective sleeve is in a retracted position, a second end of the sleeve is concentrically disposed over the first end of the sleeve thereby exposing the nursing end of the nipple for use by an infant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph SAXTON
  • Publication number: 20140257388
    Abstract: A pacifier assembly including a compressible pacifier, a cover, a clip and a strap. The compressible pacifier has a nipple with a radial base which is secured between a ring and a handle. The cover is adapted to be secured to the compressible pacifier while the clip is adapted to be fastened to a general object. The strap is attached to the clip at a first end and the compressible pacifier at a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Nairi Khachikian, Sung Yun Chan, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 8827093
    Abstract: A bottle nipple device featuring a generally circular base having a top surface, a side edge, and a bottom surface; and a thumb-shaped nipple extending upwardly from the top surface of the base, the thumb-shaped nipple is generally hollow and has a top end, wherein a slot is disposed in the top end. The base is adapted to be sandwiched between a top end of a standard bottle a standard bottle cap, the standard bottle cap has a center hole that allows the nipple to protrude outwardly away from the bottle, the slot is fluidly connected to the bottom surface of the base allowing liquid to flow through the base and out of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Maria A. Mendez, Silvia M. Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20140236232
    Abstract: A multi use pacifier including a teething ring, where the teething ring includes a twist top; a nipple, where the nipple includes a plurality of orifices over the surface of the nipple; a mouth guard at one end of the nipple; a receiver extending beyond the mouth guard, where the twist top attaches the ring to the pacifier; an opening in the receiver for inserting a food product; and safety tabs, where the safety tabs lock the teething ring to the nipple. The safety tabs may be placed on each side of the receiver. The receiver includes an opening that is used to insert food into the receiver and passed through to the interior of the nipple. The nipple includes a first end and tabs are provided at the first end to prevent retraction of food out of the nipple near the mouth guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Williams Knierim
  • Publication number: 20140228882
    Abstract: A nipple simulating the shape, surface geometry and function of a woman's breast is provided. The nipple has a stem and a base. The base has an areola region and a bulbous region. The areola region is positioned between the stem and the bulbous. region, and can simulate the areola of a woman's breast. The bulbous region can simulate the region of a woman's breast surrounding the areola. The areola region has a texture or surface geometry that is different from the texture or surface geometry of the stem or bulbous region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Eveready Battery Company Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Steven Randolph, Charles John Renz, John George Rousso, Brenda O'Grady Liistro
  • Patent number: 8696705
    Abstract: Pacifiers having a softer shield component for comfort and safety and a harder shield component for structural integrity. Baby bottle nipples and pacifier baglets having harder portions and softer portions, and raised portions as a teething aid. A multistage baglet system for a pacifier and a multistage nipple system. Baglets and nipples with bumps thereon are initially provided to accustom a baby to the use of such baglets and nipples. Subsequently, baglets and nipples with bumps are provided to assist the baby with teething.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Luv n' care, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Publication number: 20140046231
    Abstract: A method for providing vestibular stimulation includes: providing an infant in a vestibular stimulation device; associating sensors to the infant; moving the vestibular stimulation device to provide vestibular stimulation treatment; and obtaining sensor data during the treatment. The vestibular stimulation device includes a holder member; a platform; a mechanical system coupling the holder member to the platform; sensors configured to detect one or more parameters of the infant; and a computing system having a user input and/or output interface operably coupled to the mechanical system and the sensors to provide mechanical data to the mechanical system in order to control movement of the holder member relative to the platform and to collect the one or more parameters of the living subject from the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: The University of Kansas
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, Douglas S. Kieweg, Emily Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20140046370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a comforter intended for children who have their primary or permanent dentition and whose central and lateral incisors have fully erupted, comprising in particular an intra-oral part (C), which has a hook-shaped lower incisor groove (2) comprising an inclined bite plane (6), the hollow of the groove and a retro-incisor return of reduced thickness. The intra-oral part can also have two opposite labial grooves (4) and (5), an upper incisor groove (1) opposite the groove (2) and separated therefrom by the inclined bite plane (6), and also a lingual bulb (3) centred on the upper part of the retro-incisor return of the groove (2), favouring the upper and forward position of the tongue. The invention further relates to a personalized comforter which, in the incisor groove (1) and/or in the incisor groove (2), has the impression of the incisors of the child for whom said personalized comforter is intended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ILTET
    Inventor: Francois Fave-Lesage
  • Publication number: 20140039553
    Abstract: A hygienic pacifier is set forth. The pacifier includes a base section having a nipple extending therefrom. The base section has a cross-sectional thickness. A substantially spherical recoil shield section is integrally formed with the base section. The shield section forms a wall having a cross-sectional thickness that is thinner in cross section than the cross-sectional thickness of the base section. The wall has recoil properties due to the spherical geometry of the shied section. The wall forms a shield around the nipple when recoiled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Janna Badger, Beau Oyler, Jared Aller
  • Patent number: 8636768
    Abstract: A pacifier having a nipple, which can be fastened to the pacifier guard with a stem-shaped end, wherein on the pacifier guard a fastening part that is or can be connected to the pacifier is provided on a side provided for placing the lips thereon such that the pacifier is connected to the pacifier guard when the fastening part is fastened to the pacifier guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mam Babyartikel Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Peter Rohrig
  • Publication number: 20130331888
    Abstract: An infant pacifier is provided with a nipple having a fillable interior volume, whereby fluid can be communicated into the nipple interior and thereafter frozen. The nipple secures to a pacifier guard that prevents swallowing of the device, while the distal end of the nipple includes an aperture for communicating the frozen contents of the nipple interior into the infant's mouth as the fluid melts. The device soothes the infant's gums while frozen, provides a compressible pacifier structure, and further provides a means to communicate flavored water into the infant's mouth for calming and enjoyment purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Michelle Antinnes
  • Publication number: 20130331887
    Abstract: A pacifier with a nipple shield around the nipple to protect the nipple from dirt when it falls from the mouth of the baby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Narayanan M. Subramanian
  • Patent number: 8597235
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a food container having an open end and a closed end. A plurality of apertures is formed on the container. A first coupling member has an opening in communication with the container open end. A second coupling member cooperates with the first coupling member and movable between an open configuration allowing food to pass through the opening and into the container, and a sealed configuration where the second coupling member covers and seals the open end of the container. The container is made of a soft resilient material, and the apertures and the container are sized and shaped such that normally the container stays in its original shape and the food stays inside the container. The container collapses by external force during feeding, and returns to its original shape upon release of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Dongguan Kidsme Trading Company Limited
    Inventor: Fu Man Herman Lo
  • Patent number: 8597329
    Abstract: A dummy teat including a nipple carrier and a hollow dummy nipple projecting from the nipple carrier, which has areas of a smaller wall thickness at least on two opposed longitudinal sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: MAPA GmbH Gummi- und Plastikwerke
    Inventors: Alexander Du Chesne, Guenter Marr, Helmut Tomforde
  • Publication number: 20130317547
    Abstract: A method for producing a pacifier teat, and a pacifier teat with a teat section which forms a hollow space and which is adjoined by a stem, wherein an elastic hollow body comprising the teat section and the stem is injection moulded or pre-formed by a dipping method, and opposite wall sections of the pre-formed hollow body are connected to each other in the region of the stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: MAM BABYARTIKEL GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventor: Peter Rohrig
  • Publication number: 20130304122
    Abstract: A medical article resembling a soother has a teat portion for insertion into a baby's mouth and a mouth shield portion adapted to fit over the baby's face around the mouth and serving in use to limit the extent of insertion of the teat portion into the baby's mouth. The teat portion is of sufficient length and extends from the mouth shield at an angle towards the hard palate in the roof of the mouth when the shield is so fitted whereby a distal end portion of the teat portion is adapted in use to bear against the hard palate in the roof of the mouth. The teat portion is formed without voids with a relatively soft surface layer and a relatively harder inner core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Nicola Jane Bateman
  • Patent number: 8579131
    Abstract: The invention relates to a teat for feeding bottles, including a receiving head, produced from a dimensionally stable material, and a rubber-elastic suction element. An entry channel leads to the bottle interior and channels lead from there to the outer surface of the receiving head. The suction element, in an initial position, elastically and sealingly rests on at least one section of an outer surface of the receiving head. Milk ducts are located in the contact area between the suction element and the receiving head and communicate with the channels of the receiving head which lead towards the outlet channel in the mouthpiece so that, when a vacuum is produced in the mouthpiece, milk can flow from the feeding bottle through the milk ducts to the outlet channel, the suction element being returnable to its initial position and the flow of milk being interrupted when there is no vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Rochus Stöckli
  • Patent number: 8568352
    Abstract: A nursing device for feeding infants with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate includes upper and lower portions. The upper portion includes a bottle with an opening in its top for containing a liquid, a nipple and a screw cap for maintaining the nipple in sealing engagement with the opening. A submersible pump is disposed in the bottom of the bottle and connected to an opening in the nipple by a tube. A lower portion of the device includes a motor and a magnetic coupling for activating the pump. A microprocessor control timer includes means for regulating the timing and flow of a feeding cycle with a display for help in regulating the feeding cycle. Alternatively, the motor, pump, controls, and power supply may be disposed at the top of the bottle as a removable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Fatemah S. Al Thalab
  • Patent number: 8568351
    Abstract: A nursing device for feeding infants with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate includes a nipple body and a tube operatively attached at one end to a pump for pumping liquid and operatively attached at the other end to the nipple body. The tube passively regulates the amount of liquid being pumped, ensuring that the infant can feed with minimal mess from the infirmities of cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The nipple body includes an outer flange and a cap for sealing engagement with the top of a nursing bottle. A shield can be used to cover the nipple body, which serves to protect and form a temporary reservoir for the liquid dispensed through the nipple body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Fatemah S. Al Thalab
  • Patent number: 8545439
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a food container. The food container includes an open end and a closed end. The food container is provided on a surface thereof with a plurality of apertures and a plurality of protrusions. The food container is made of a resilient material for use with foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dongguan Kidsme Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Fu Man Herman Lo
  • Publication number: 20130123846
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a pacifier having a base section, an upper mouth member extending from the base section, a sublingual member extending from the base section, and a transition section connecting the upper mouth member and sublingual member. The upper mouth member is configured to be positioned adjacent a roof of a mouth of a user when in use. The sublingual member is configured to be received in a sublingual pocket of the mouth of the user located below a tongue. The transition section has a profile that defines a pocket configured to receive a portion of the tongue of the user, thereby opening the sublingual pocket and positioning the sublingual member of the pacifier in the sublingual pocket of the mouth. A temperature sensor is fitted to the sublingual member so as to acquire a body temperature of the user from the sublingual pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: David A. Guerra
  • Patent number: 8439947
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percautaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, Margaret Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20130046342
    Abstract: Pacifier having a shield having a brace forming a circumferential outer frame on both sides of a central fixing portion having a teat opening, so that on both sides respectively one or two large-area openings are provided between the fixing portion and the brace, and respectively one further brace forming an inner frame is provided in these openings, wherein regions of the brace of the outer frame and of the brace of the inner frame, which are adjacent to one another at least in sections are not connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: MAM BABYARTIKEL GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventor: Peter Rohrig
  • Patent number: 8357117
    Abstract: A device for delivering an agent into breast milk while breastfeeding. In one embodiment, the device includes a breast shield modified to engage a non-woven material which has been impregnated with a milk soluble active agent such as sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS). A lactating animal, e.g. a woman, uses this agent-delivering breast shield during breastfeeding to administer prophylactic or therapeutic agents to a suckling infant. The inventions are particularly well suited to preventing transmission of HIV virus from mother to child. Alternatively, the agent-laden material could be used with a baby bottle nipple or pacifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Family Health International
    Inventors: David C. Sokal, Stephen E Gerrard, Elizabeth Kneen, Ryan Hubbard, Geoff Galgon, Tombozgani Banda
  • Publication number: 20130012991
    Abstract: A multistage baglet system for a pacifier and a multistage nipple system. Baglets and nipples with bumps thereon are initially provided to accustom a baby to the use of such baglets and nipples. Subsequently, baglets and nipples with bumps are provided to assist the baby with teething.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 8298263
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein provides a device, system, and method for weaning a child off a sucking device, such as a pacifier, by introducing a series of sucking devices with successively smaller nubs. A child is given a first sucking device having a nub of a certain size, and, after a time period, the child is given a second sucking device having a nub smaller than that of the first sucking device. This method may be repeated in multiple iterations, until the child is weaned off sucking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: TinkLab, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Parker, Timothy Ramundo
  • Publication number: 20120265245
    Abstract: An artificial nipple can include a nipple tip section that can sufficiently reach the sucking fossa and can be appropriately squashed. The artificial nipple have a base section that widens to match an attachment object; an areola section that narrows gradually; and a nipple section that extends without widening halfway up to a tip and while narrowing slightly and gradually at a diameter-narrowing rate that is smaller than the diameter-narrowing rate of the areola section. The areola section has a wall thickness greater than that of the nipple section, the nipple section has a length sufficient to reach the sucking fossa, and a wall thickness at a boundary between the areola section and the nipple section is smaller than that of the areola section but greater than that of the nipple section, as a result of which a band-like weakened section is formed along the circumference of that site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamashita, Satoru Saito
  • Patent number: 8282518
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided, which includes a plurality of elongated strands having joinder regions uniting adjacent strands at a distance along a length of an outer perimeter of the elongated strands, the elongate strands being configured to couple together for a distance along their lengths. The elongated strands form a surface of a mesh when the joinder regions are coupled. The apparatus may further include a manducable protrusion coupled to the mesh and extending a distance away from an exterior surface of the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: GOT I, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Silverglate, Brian Gulassa
  • Publication number: 20120221046
    Abstract: A nipple simulating the shape, surface geometry and function of a woman's breast is provided. The nipple has a stem and a base. The base has an areola region and a bulbous region. The areola region is positioned between the stem and the bulbous region, and can simulate the areola of a woman's breast. The bulbous region can simulate the region of a woman's breast surrounding the areola. The areola region has a texture or surface geometry that is different from the texture or surface geometry of the stem or bulbous region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Ross Steven Randolph, Charles John Renz, John George Rousso, Brenda O'Grady Liistro