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Claims for Patent: 9,216,260

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Claims for Patent: 9,216,260

Title:Dose counters for inhalers, inhalers and methods of assembly thereof
Abstract: A manually operated metered dose inhaler includes a dose counter chamber including a dose display tape driven by a ratchet wheel which is driven in turn by an actuator pawl actuated by movement of a canister, the tape unwinding from a stock bobbin during use of the inhaler, a rotation regulator being provided for the stock bobbin and including a wavelike engagement surface with concavities which engage against control elements in the form of protrusions on resilient forks of a split pin thereby permitting incremental unwinding of the stock bobbin yet resisting excessive rotation if the inhaler is dropped onto a hard surface.
Inventor(s): Walsh; Declan (Co. Kilkenny, IE), Fenlon; Derek (Co. Wexford, IE), Kaar; Simon (Co. Cork, IE), Hazenberg; Jan Geert (Co. Kilkenny, IE), Buck; Dan (Co. Waterford, IE), Clancy; Paul (Waterford, IE), Uschold; Robert Charles (Leominster, MA), Karg; Jeffrey A. (Hopkinton, MA)
Assignee: IVAX Pharmaceuticals Ireland (Utrecht, NL) Norton Waterford (Utrecht, NL) Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland (Utrecht, NL)
Application Number:14/103,392
Patent Claims: 1. A shaft for holding counter tape in a dose counter for an inhaler, the shaft having an engagement surface including incrementally spaced formations located around a periphery thereof, the formations comprising a series of curved concavities and convex portions.

2. The shaft of claim 1, wherein a radius of each concavity is equal to a radius of each convex portion.

3. The shaft of claim 1, wherein the convex portions are equi-spaced between the concavities.

4. The shaft of claim 1, wherein said engagement surface extends only partially along a length dimension of the shaft.

5. The shaft of claim 1 further comprising a hexagonal socket defined at one end thereof.

6. The shaft of claim 1 further comprising flat walls extending between adjacent concavities and convex portions.

7. The shaft of claim 1 wherein the concavities are evenly spaced about an interior surface of the shaft by a pre-determined distance.

8. The shaft of claim 1 wherein the convex portions are evenly spaced about an interior surface of the shaft by a pre-determined distance.

9. The shaft of claim 1, wherein a radius dimension of each concavity is a pre-determined value.

10. A shaft for holding counter tape in a dose counter for an inhaler, the shaft having an outer surface upon which counter tape is spooled, a wavy interior engagement surface for receiving a shaft, and a socket at one end thereof.

11. The shaft of claim 10, wherein the wavy interior engagement surface comprises a series of curved concavities and convex portions.

12. The shaft of claim 11, wherein a radius of each concavity is equal to a radius of each convex portion.

13. The shaft of claim 11, wherein the convex portions are equi-spaced between the concavities.

14. The shaft of claim 11, wherein said engagement surface extends only partially along a length dimension of the shaft.

15. The shaft of claim 11 further comprising flat walls extending between adjacent concavities and convex portions.

16. The shaft of claim 11 wherein the concavities are evenly spaced about an interior surface of the shaft by a pre-determined distance.

17. The shaft of claim 11 wherein the convex portions are evenly spaced about an interior surface of the shaft by a pre-determined distance.

18. The shaft of claim 11, wherein a radius dimension of each concavity is a pre-determined value.

19. A shaft for holding counter tape in a dose counter for an inhaler, the shaft having a revolved exterior surface and an interior surface engagement surface including incrementally spaced formations located around a periphery thereof, the formations comprising a series of curved concavities, convex portions and flat walls extending between adjacent concavities and convex portions.

20. The shaft of claim 19, wherein a radius dimension of each concavity is a pre-determined value.
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