ICU Medical had 13 patents in future of work during Q1 2024. ICU Medical Inc filed patents for luer connectors designed to prevent disengagement and allow fluid flow between medical devices. The connectors have rigid male and female portions, with the female portion rotating to prevent unthreading once fully engaged. The connectors also include luer-compatible and luer-incompatible connection portions, with a resilient seal to facilitate attachment with other medical devices. The design allows for a transition from initial to subsequent stages of use, enabling rotation between different regions of the connector. GlobalData’s report on ICU Medical gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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ICU Medical grant share with future of work as a theme is 69% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Medical connector (Patent ID: US20240024652A1)

The patent filed by ICU Medical Inc. describes a luer connector with a rigid housing, a male portion at one end, and a female portion at the other end, with the female portion designed to prevent disengagement of the male connector once fully engaged. The female portion can maintain a fixed rotational position during engagement but will rotate with the male connector once fully engaged to prevent unthreading.

The method outlined in the claims involves engaging a medical connector by aligning and rotating the second connector against the female member, inhibiting rotation in one direction, and then enabling engagement by rotating the second connector in that direction. The design ensures that the female member cannot be decoupled from the second connector engagement portion, does not move axially between arrangements, and includes features like protrusions and channels to prevent rotation and ensure secure engagement. Additionally, the housing and female member have side surfaces that interact to prevent disengagement, and the female member may include engaging surfaces that project outward from its cylindrical surface. The method may also involve a valve member to control fluid flow through the connector.

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