Hollister has been granted a patent for a medical device package that includes a case with a closed end and an open end. The package also includes a cap connected to the case by a hinge, allowing the cap to be moved between an open and closed position. A seal is connected to either the cap or the case, creating a barrier to maintain a sterile environment inside the package. The package also features a latch and receptacle system to securely close the cap and prevent distortion. Additionally, a locking slide can be used to further secure the cap to the case. GlobalData’s report on Hollister gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hollister, Ostomy monitoring system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hollister's grant share as of September 2023 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A package for a medical device with a seal

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hollister Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771865B2) describes a medical device package that includes a case with a hollow tube, a cap, and a hinge. The cap is connected to one end of the hollow tube through the hinge, allowing it to be moved between an open position and a closed position. In the closed position, the cap prevents access to the open end of the hollow tube. The case also features a radial shoulder with a ferrule extending above it at the other end.

The medical device package further includes a bell mounted on the interior of the cap. The cap and the case are made of a relatively stiff material compared to the bell. When the cap is closed, it engages with the first portion of the open end of the case, providing resistance against side loads. The bell, on the other hand, engages with the second portion of the open end of the case to seal it.

Additional features of the medical device package include an enlargement at the junction of the radial shoulder and the ferrule, with a radial bead on the enlargement. The cap has a groove on its interior, and the radial bead is designed to engage with the groove when the cap is in the closed position. Both the radial bead and the cap are made of relatively stiff materials.

In another embodiment of the medical device package, the bell is mounted to the cap using a post. The bell itself is dome-shaped. The open end of the case still includes a radial shoulder with a ferrule extending above it. The lower edge of the bell has a flange that is sized to engage with the top of the ferrule when the cap is closed. The bell is made of a softer material compared to the harder material of the ferrule. Additionally, a seal ring is present on the underside of the flange.

Overall, this patent describes a medical device package with a unique design that allows for easy access to the device while providing a secure seal when closed. The combination of materials used in the cap, case, and bell ensures resistance against side loads and effective sealing of the package.

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