West Pharmaceutical Services has filed a patent for a packaging system that seals medicine containers. The system includes a container tray for stabilizing the container and a stopper clip with a hinged base that securely holds the stopper. The hinged base is designed to automatically close the stopper when released. GlobalData’s report on West Pharmaceutical Services 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 West Pharmaceutical Services, Wearable drug delivery devices was a key innovation area identified from patents. West Pharmaceutical Services's grant share as of September 2023 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Packaging system for sealing medicine container with stopper clip

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: West Pharmaceutical Services Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230286683A1) describes a packaging system for sealing medicine containers with stoppers. The system includes a container tray with a cell for stabilizing the medicine container and a stopper clip with a hinged base. The hinged base has two legs that are joined by a hinge, which is biased to urge the legs towards each other. The system also includes levers on the legs that, when compressed, allow for the insertion and securement of the stopper between the legs. The hinged base features a living hinge between the legs. Additionally, the system includes retention arms on the legs that create a gap to support the stopper and prevent its movement when secured between the legs.

The patent also describes a variation of the packaging system that includes multiple medicine containers and stoppers. In this variation, the stopper clip has multiple stopper cells aligned with multiple container cells in the container tray. The hinged bases, levers, and retention arms of the stopper cells are all aligned and attached to each other. The system allows for the simultaneous securement of multiple stoppers between the hinged legs of the stopper cells.

Another aspect of the patent is a packaging system for stoppers that includes a stopper tray with a stopper carrier and a cover. The stopper carrier has an interior space and stopper-locating surfaces, which are free end surfaces of stopper-support extensions. The cover can be secured to the stopper tray to secure the stoppers in place.

Furthermore, the patent describes a system for handling stoppers, which includes a handling tray with stopper rests for securing the stoppers. The stopper rests are arranged to keep the stoppers spaced apart from each other. The system also includes a cover that can be releasably and sealingly connected to the handling tray to cover the stoppers.

Overall, the patent presents various packaging systems and handling methods for sealing medicine containers with stoppers. These systems aim to provide secure and efficient packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.

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