Nihon Kohden has been granted a patent for a bite block that includes a hollow oral cavity insert part, a plate, and a hollow outside part. The bite block allows for the attachment of an external device and includes a connector part for attaching a nasal adapter. The design separates the oral cavity insert part from the attachment mechanism and allows for movement of the nasal adapter in a predetermined direction. GlobalData’s report on Nihon Kohden 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 Nihon Kohden, Treatment progress monitoring was a key innovation area identified from patents. Nihon Kohden's grant share as of September 2023 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for a bite block with attachment mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nihon Kohden Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766533B2) describes a bite block that is used in medical procedures involving the oral cavity. The bite block consists of several components, including a tubular oral cavity insert part, a plate, a tubular outside part, and a connector part. The tubular outside part has at least one through hole or groove on its exposed portion, allowing for the attachment of an external device to the bite block. The plate separates the oral cavity insert part from the through hole or groove on the tubular outside part. The attachment mechanism of the connector part allows for the attachment of a nasal adapter, which can be moved in a predetermined direction.

In addition to the main claims, the patent also includes several additional claims. These claims specify various features of the bite block, such as the planar shape of the opening surface of the tubular outside part, the elongated shape of the attachment hole in the attachment mechanism, and the cylindrical shape of both the tubular oral cavity insert part and the tubular outside part.

The patent also describes the use of the bite block in two different gas sensor kits. In one kit, the nasal adapter is attached to the connector part of the bite block, allowing it to be positioned near the nostril when the bite block is attached to the subject. In the other kit, an external device is attached to the through hole or groove on the tubular outside part of the bite block.

Overall, this patent presents a bite block design that offers versatility and functionality in medical procedures involving the oral cavity. The ability to attach external devices and nasal adapters provides additional capabilities for monitoring and administering treatments. The bite block can be used in gas sensor kits, allowing for the measurement of gases in the oral cavity. The patent also emphasizes the specific shapes and arrangements of the various components of the bite block, highlighting their importance in achieving the desired functionality.

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