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Claims for Patent: 10,022,509

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Summary for Patent: 10,022,509
Title:Dose counter for inhaler having a bore and shaft arrangement
Abstract: A dose counter for an inhaler, the dose counter having a display tape arranged to be incrementally driven from a tape stock bobbin onto an incremental tape take-up drive shaft, the bobbin having an internal bore supported by and for rotation about a support shaft, at least one of the bore and support shaft having a protrusion which is resiliently biased into frictional engagement with the other of the bore and support shaft with longitudinally extending mutual frictional interaction.
Inventor(s): Walsh; Declan (County Kilkenny, IE), Fenlon; Derek (County Wexford, IE), Kaar; Simon (County Cork, IE), Hazenberg; Jan Geert (County Kilkenny, IE), Buck; Daniel (County Waterford, IE), Clancy; Paul (Waterford, IE), Uschold; Robert Charles (Leominster, MA), Karg; Jeffrey A. (Hopkinton, MA)
Assignee: Ivax Pharmaceuticals Ireland (Waterford, IE) Norton (Waterford) Limited (Waterford, IE) Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland (Waterford, IE)
Application Number:15/269,102
Patent Litigation and PTAB cases: See patent lawsuits and PTAB cases for patent 10,022,509
Patent Claims: 1. A dose counter for an inhaler, the dose counter having a display tape arranged to be incrementally driven from a tape stock bobbin onto an incremental tape take-up drive shaft, the bobbin having an internal bore supported by and for rotation about a support shaft, at least one of the bore and the support shaft having a radially extending protrusion having a leading portion edge, a trailing portion edge, wherein at least one of the leading portion edge and the trailing portion edge are tapered, and a friction edge between the leading portion edge and the trailing portion edge, wherein the friction edge is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the support shaft and the leading portion edge and trailing portion edge are not parallel to the longitudinal axis of the support shaft, and the friction edge is resiliently biased into frictional engagement with the other of the bore and support shaft with longitudinally extending mutual frictional interaction and wherein the friction edge extends further in a longitudinal direction than the protrusion extends radially.

2. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the support shaft is forked and configured to resiliently bias the support shaft and bore into frictional engagement.

3. The dose counter of claim 2, wherein the support shaft includes a plurality of tines, each of the plurality of tines having the radially extending protrusion.

4. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein at least a portion of the bore is a smooth substantially cylindrical bore.

5. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the inhaler includes a medicament canister mounted thereto.

6. The dose counter of claim 5, wherein the canister comprises a pressurised metered dose canister having a reciprocally movable stem extending therefrom and movable into a main canister body for releasing a metered dose of medicament under pressure.

7. The dose counter of claim 6, wherein the canister is configured to be manually operable.

8. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the bore includes a major diameter and a minor diameter, the major diameter being greater than the minor diameter.

9. The dose counter of claim 8, wherein the bore includes a generally cylindrical polygonal shape with a wavelike surface configured to engage the friction edge.

10. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the bobbin includes an inner wall having a rib configured to extend from the inner wall into the internal bore.

11. The dose counter of claim 10, wherein the rib is one of a plurality of ribs, each of the plurality of ribs being spaced from another of the plurality of ribs.

12. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein each of the leading portion edge and the trailing portion edge are tapered.

13. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the leading portion edge is disposed at a first angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the support shaft, wherein the trailing portion edge is disposed at a second angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the support shaft, and wherein the first angle is different than the second angle.

14. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the friction edge is longer along the longitudinal axis than the leading portion edge.

15. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the friction edge is longer along the longitudinal axis than the trailing portion edge.

16. The dose counter of claim 1, wherein the friction edge is longer along the longitudinal axis than the each of the leading portion edge and the trailing portion edge.

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