US Patent No: 6,328,037

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Indicating device for aerosol container

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An indicating device for indicating the number of metered doses of medicaments that have been dispensed from or remain in a container having a valve stem extending longitudinally therefrom and moveable between an open and closed position. The indicating device includes a base member adapted to be mounted to the container, a cap member moveably connected to the base member, an indicator member rotatably mounted to the cap member and an indicating mechanism adapted to rotate the counter member an incremental amount upon a predetermined number of axial movements of the cap member relative to the base member. A preferred embodiment of the indicating device includes a ratchet wheel, a drive member selectively engaging the indicating member, a pawl selectively engaging the ratchet wheel, and a non-return member adapted to selectively engage the ratchet wheel so as to maintain a unidirectional rotation of the ratchet wheel. A method for indicating the number of metered doses dispensed from or remaining in the container comprises moving the cap member toward and away from the base member, engaging the ratchet wheel with the pawl and engaging the indicating member with the drive member. A method of assembling an inhalation device including an indicating device is also provided.

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TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONALLONDON ONTARIO99

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Foley, Martin P London, CA 96 1350
Grychowski, Jerry R Lake Zurich, IL 65 711
Scarrott, Peter Mykola London, CA 13 207
Schmidt, James Nick London, CA 27 370

Cited Art Landscape

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5,242,067 Adaptor for indicator device 53 1991
5,638,970 Child-resistant indicator cap 70 1993
5,421,482 Indicator device responsive to axial force 74 1993
5,732,836 Indicator closure for closing a container 71 1993
5,611,444 Indicator device responsive to axial force 60 1995
5,718,355 Indicator device responsive to axial force for use with inhaler 79 1995
* 5,803,283 Snap-on indicator cap 51 1995
5,799,651 Indicator device responsive to axial force 71 1997
 
ARADIGM CORPORATION (4)
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ING. ERICH PFEIFFER GMBH (3)
5,228,586 Media dispenser with removable use index 71 1991
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5,335,823 Dispenser for media 58 1993
 
WESTMED, INC. (3)
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* 5,809,997 Electronic medication chronolog device 154 1995
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Aktiebolaget Draco (2)
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5,331,953 Device in connection with an inhaler 129 1993
 
ASTRA AKTIEBOLAG (2)
5,549,101 Dosage inhalator with indicating/interrupting means 72 1994
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BESPAK PLC (2)
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5,184,761 Dispensing apparatus 76 1991
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (2)
5,448,042 Surgical device with counter for recording usage 44 1993
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GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC. (2)
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Riker Laboratories, Inc. (2)
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SENETICS, INC. (2)
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TECHNICAL CONCEPTS, LLC (2)
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THE CLOROX COMPANY (2)
5,328,597 Electronic monitoring unit for monitoring number of uses of cartridge 118 1992
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TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL (2)
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BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH (1)
6,149,054 Mechanical counter for a metering apparatus 50 1998
 
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ELETTRO PLASTICA S.P.A. (1)
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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
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Gereg; Gordon A. (1)
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GLAXO GROUP LIMITED (1)
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HEALTH O METER, INC. (1)
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HELEN OF TROY LIMITED (1)
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Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft (1)
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Kossoff-Sukel, Inc. (1)
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LANPHER DIAGNOSTIC WORKSTATIONS, INC. (1)
5,363,842 Intelligent inhaler providing feedback to both patient and medical professional 313 1991
 
MEDCOR, INC. (1)
5,082,129 Snap-lock for screw-cap container 75 1990
 
Medimpex Ets. (1)
5,509,905 Injector display 60 1993
 
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1)
5,349,945 Aerosol dispenser comprising an indicator assembly 89 1991
 
New-Med Corporation (1)
5,505,192 Dispenser monitoring system 92 1994
 
NOVARTIS;CORPORATE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1)
5,263,475 Inhaler 133 1992
 
Oneida Research Services, Inc. (1)
5,676,129 Dosage counter for metered dose inhaler (MDI) systems using a miniature pressure sensor 81 1996
 
Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation (1)
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Primary Delivery Systems, Inc. (1)
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R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY (1)
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ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
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RYAN, WILLIAM A. (1)
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SCOTT PAPER COMPANY (1)
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Seaquist Valve Company (1)
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Senetics Corporation (1)
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SIERRA BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANY, L.C. (1)
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SNECMA (1)
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UNDERSEA SENSOR SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND (1)
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VALOIS (1)
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WEATHERCHEM CORPORATION (1)
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Wiley; Sheldon (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (28)
4,436,223 Device for recording the dispensing of fluids 67 1981
4,405,045 Automatic two-component medication time-interval reminder cap and container 97 1981
4,432,300 Pill dispenser with sequential dispensing and indicating cap 73 1981
4,365,722 Reminder closure 86 1981
4,538,744 Device for supplying material with unit doses of parasiticidal composition 47 1982
4,501,370 Medicine bottle closure having an indicator 64 1982
4,528,933 Container with indicating closure 90 1983
4,500,005 Tamper-evident cap assembly for a container 59 1984
4,489,834 Counting cap for medicine bottles 68 1984
4,666,051 In cap medication reminder 68 1985
4,634,012 Safety bottle closure having a time indicator 50 1985
4,662,520 Lid construction for bowls and the like 56 1986
4,641,759 Safety bottle closure having a time indicator 57 1986
4,749,093 Child-resistant medication reminder 97 1987
4,723,673 Tamper resistant cap with indicator 57 1987
4,782,966 Compliance-enhancing prescription vial 83 1987
4,890,572 Measurement indicating gauge 51 1988
5,011,032 Patient dosage regimen compliance bottle cap 130 1990
5,356,012 Container with counter 66 1993
5,382,243 Apparatus with indicator for administration of eye medication 61 1993
5,411,173 Counter attachment for product dispensers 67 1993
5,564,414 Pressurized and metered medication dose counter on removable sleeve 89 1994
5,482,030 Aerosol and non-aerosol spray counter 120 1994
5,397,028 Automatic fluid dispenser and method 111 1994
5,625,334 Indicating device for warning a user that a prescribed interval of the time after event has not elapsed 70 1995
5,694,882 Indicator 57 1995
5,617,844 Aerosol medication delivery system 131 1995
* 5,758,638 Indicator for a medicament inhaler 60 1996
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL (37)
6,761,161 Indicating device 49 2001
7,004,164 Indicating device for aerosol container 24 2002
6,729,330 Indicating device for aerosol container 43 2002
6,745,760 Medicament applicator 23 2002
* 6,561,384 Medicament dispensing device and method for the use thereof 43 2002
6,938,796 Indicating device 26 2003
6,953,039 Medicament dispensing device 17 2003
6,997,349 Indicating device 26 2004
7,100,530 Dose indicating device 24 2004
6,926,002 Indicating device 34 2004
7,621,273 Indicating device with warning dosage indicator 8 2004
7,568,481 Indicating device 3 2005
7,597,102 Indicating device for aerosol container 0 2005
7,543,582 Dose indicating device with display elements attached to container 13 2005
7,575,130 Indicating device 8 2005
7,341,057 Indicating device 7 2005
7,886,934 Dispensing device 2 2006
7,743,945 Dispensing device 1 2006
7,516,738 Indicating device 0 2006
7,584,712 Dose indicating device 13 2006
7,757,688 Dispensing device 1 2006
7,650,883 Dispensing device 5 2007
8,141,550 Dispensing device 1 2007
8,082,873 Drive mechanism for an indicating device 3 2009
8,079,362 Method for displaying dosage indicia 0 2009
7,984,826 Indicating device 5 2009
8,181,591 Domed actuator for indicating device 2 2009
8,074,594 Dose indicating device 2 2009
8,327,847 Indicating device for aerosol container 1 2009
8,578,934 Indicating device with warning dosage indicator 0 2009
8,596,265 Modular aerosol delivery system 0 2009
8,381,719 Medicament delivery system with dose indicator and oversleeve actuator 0 2009
8,074,643 Dispensing device 4 2010
8,157,128 Indicating device 3 2011
8,869,735 Dose indicating device 0 2011
8,662,075 Dispensing device 0 2011
8,505,773 Indicating device 0 2012
 
GLAXO GROUP LIMITED (4)
7,107,986 Dispenser with doses' counter 23 2003
8,113,199 Counter for use with a medicament dispenser 6 2005
8,245,704 Dispenser with doses' counter 0 2006
8,245,906 Counter for use with a medicament dispenser 3 2007
 
APTAR FRANCE SAS (2)
* 7,510,100 Dose indicator for a fluid dispenser device 2 2004
7,766,188 Dose indicator device for a fluid or powdery product dispenser 5 2006
 
HILL-ROM SERVICES PTE. LTD (1)
8,251,876 Breathing exercise apparatus 0 2008
 
NORTON HEALTHCARE LTD. (1)
* 6,701,917 Dose counter for medicament inhaler 45 2001
 
PARI PHARMA GMBH (1)
* 6,481,438 Meter 38 2001
 
RPC WIKO GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 6,752,153 Inhalator comprising a dosage counting device 52 2001
 
TOYO AEROSOL INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (1)
* 7,658,338 Small fixed quantity dispenser for aerosol container 2 2004
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7,775,211 Snoring treatment and associated apparatus, system and method 1 2006
* Cited By Examiner