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 ONTARIO104

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Foley, Martin P London, CA 98 1461
Grychowski, Jerry R Lake Zurich, IL 66 771
Scarrott, Peter Mykola London, CA 13 221
Schmidt, James Nick London, CA 27 393

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TECHNICAL CONCEPTS, LLC (2)
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ACCUHALE LLC (8)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7,775,211 Snoring treatment and associated apparatus, system and method 1 2006
 
PARI PHARMA GMBH (1)
* 6,481,438 Meter 43 2001
 
NORTON HEALTHCARE LTD. (1)
* 6,701,917 Dose counter for medicament inhaler 49 2001
 
TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL (40)
6,761,161 Indicating device 52 2001
7,004,164 Indicating device for aerosol container 26 2002
6,729,330 Indicating device for aerosol container 46 2002
6,745,760 Medicament applicator 24 2002
* 6,561,384 Medicament dispensing device and method for the use thereof 46 2002
6,938,796 Indicating device 29 2003
6,953,039 Medicament dispensing device 17 2003
6,997,349 Indicating device 31 2004
7,100,530 Dose indicating device 26 2004
6,926,002 Indicating device 36 2004
7,621,273 Indicating device with warning dosage indicator 10 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 14 2005
7,575,130 Indicating device 11 2005
7,341,057 Indicating device 8 2005
7,886,934 Dispensing device 3 2006
7,743,945 Dispensing device 2 2006
7,516,738 Indicating device 1 2006
7,584,712 Dose indicating device 14 2006
7,757,688 Dispensing device 2 2006
7,650,883 Dispensing device 7 2007
8,141,550 Dispensing device 1 2007
8,973,784 Dispensing device 0 2009
8,082,873 Drive mechanism for an indicating device 4 2009
8,079,362 Method for displaying dosage indicia 0 2009
7,984,826 Indicating device 7 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 2 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 4 2011
8,869,735 Dose indicating device 0 2011
8,662,075 Dispensing device 0 2011
9,032,953 Modular aerosol delivery system 0 2012
8,505,773 Indicating device 1 2012
8,944,285 Indicating device 0 2013
 
TOYO AEROSOL INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (1)
* 7,658,338 Small fixed quantity dispenser for aerosol container 2 2004
 
APTAR FRANCE SAS (3)
8,936,177 Fluid product dispenser 0 2004
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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
 
RPC WIKO GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 6,752,153 Inhalator comprising a dosage counting device 56 2001
 
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
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