Patent

Patent Pending Continuation in Part

SERIAL NO : 17/227,341           

CONFIRMATION No:  8667

APPLICANT : PHILIP WAYNE CRESSMAN

TC/Art Unit  1745

EXAMINER   ALEX BEFTA

 

Commissioner for Patents  

September 8, 2021

P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

CLAIMS

  1. (Currently Amended)  A nasal inhaler band for releasing vapors to a user’s nasal openings and allowing inhalation of the vapors along with ambient atmosphere, the nasal inhaler band comprising;
    • a main body comprising; a base layer for applying to the user’s upper lip, sized to fit flush on a  the user’s upper lip below the user’s nostrils, and in contact with the user’s comella and both nasal wings at the nasal crease , the base layer being in the form of a an elongated sheet and being made of flexible impermeable material; and  an outer layer parallel to and attached to the base layer, the outer layer being in the form of a sheet and comprising air-permeable and absorbent material for storing a vapor releasing substance and allowing vapor produced by the vapor releasing substance to exit the outer layer in the vicinity of the user’s nasal openings and wherein each of the base layer and the outer layer are elongated to extend horizontally beyond the user’s nasal wings; and wherein the width of the base layer is larger than the width of the outer layer; and wherein the outer layer is attached to the base layer leaving an exposure of the base layer below the point of contact between the base layer and the user’s comella and nasal wings; and wherein the main body is fitted with a pair of elastic retaining straps attached to opposite ends of the main body respectively and configured for fitting around the user’s ears.
  2. (Canceled)
  3. (Currently amended) The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein the base layer is uniform in thickness as taken along an entire width and horizontal length of the base layer, and a variable thickness of the outer layer as measured at any point across the width is uniform along at least a majority of a horizontal length of the outer layer.
  4. (Currently amended) The nasal inhaler band of claim 3, wherein the maximum thickness of the outer layer taken along at least a majority of the horizontal length of the outer layer is the same thickness as or less than the maximum thickness of the base layer.
  5. (Currently amended) The nasal inhaler band of claim 3, wherein the maximum thickness measured along at least a majority of the horizontal length of the outer layer is in the range of between 2mm and 6mm, and the thickness of the base layer is in the range of between 2mm and 5mm.
  6. (Cancelled)
  7. (Currently amended)   The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein a cross-section of the base layer, showing thickness and width taken along a front thereof to a back thereof, is substantially rectangular with a width larger than the width of a attached outer layer; and wherein a cross section  taken along at least a majority of the horizontal length of the outer layer, taken along a front thereof to a back thereof, is, using geometric terms for non-classical shapes, a closed curve incorporating one or more straight lines, or a rectangle; and

    wherein a cross section taken along at least a majority of the horizontal length of the main body of combined outer and base layers, as taken along a front thereof to a back thereof, is never in the shape of a rectangle but always a composite of two or more geometric shapes such as an irregular octagon or a closed curve consisting of one curved line connected at both ends at the side of a rectangular shape.

  8. (Currently amended) The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein a material of the base layer is selected from the group consisting of plastic, silicone or closed cell foam; and a material of the outer layer is selected from the group consisting of absorbent woven fabric, non-woven fabric, felt, or open cell foam.
  9. (Currently amended)   The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein the outer layer comprises a plurality of sublayers stacked one on the other. wherein a material of each of the sublayers is selected from a group consisting of woven fabric, non-woven fabric, felt, or open cell foam.
  10. (Cancelled)
  11. (Cancelled)    
  12. (Currently amended)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein each of the base layer and the outer layer are elongated in length to extend beyond both sides of nasal wings and the base layer is held in contact with the user’s comella and underside of the user’s nasal wings at the nasal crease when retained by elastic retaining straps.    
  13. (Currently amended)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein each of opposite end portions of the outer layer  are attached to the base layer, a main central portion of the outer layer is spaced from the base layer, the main central portion of the outer layer and the base layer cooperatively define a horizontal pocket, having an opening at top, located under the user’s nose and the bottom of the pocket may be sealed and the pocket is configured to fittingly and removably holding a matching cartridge, an air permeable container, containing vapor releasing substance that can be inserted by the end user.
  14. (Original)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 13, further comprising the matching cartridge.
  15. (Amended) The nasal inhaler band of Claim 1, wherein the outer layers consist of a removable adhesive strip and an air-permeable and absorbent patch that is dimensionally smaller than the size of the adhesive strip in both width and length attached to a middle of a front face of said strip, the patch constituting the outermost layer of the outer layer of the inhaler band when attached; and

    wherein the adhesive strip is removably adhered to the base layer of said device.

  16. (Currently amended)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, wherein the main body is elongated and substantially straight when not applied to a user, the base layer consisting of flexible plastic or silicone material and includes flexible tabs at opposite ends thereof, the tabs extend obliquely outward from a body of the base layer toward each other, and the tabs grip the outer layer such that the outer layer is resiliently and firmly held in place by against the base layer.
  17. (Currently amended)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, the base layer consisting of flexible plastic or silicone material and  wherein the main body is elongated and curved when not applied to a user; the base layer is curved so that a concave side of the base layer matches an overall convex curvature of a user’s upper lip; the base layer includes flexible tabs at opposite ends thereof; the tabs extend obliquely outward from a body of the base layer toward each other; and the tabs grip the outer layer such that the outer layer is resiliently and firmly held in place in a middle of a front face of the base layer.
  18. (Canceled) 
  19. (Canceled) 
  20. (Currently amended)  The nasal inhaler band of claim 1, comprising a pair of elastic retaining straps attached to opposite ends of the main body respectively and configured for fitting around the user’s ears; wherein when the nasal inhaler  band is worn by the user, the retaining straps apply inward and upward tension, and the flexing and  skin contact fitting of the  impermeable  base layer against the user’s upper lip cooperatively and resiliently retain the nasal inhaler main body in a position holding the base layer in contact with the user’s comella and nasal wings at the nasal crease whereby any blockage or interruption of airflow to and from the user’s nostrils is restricted  at only external portions of entrances to the nostrils corresponding in amount of restriction to a thickness of the  base layer along the  horizontal length of the nasal inhaler base layer positioned below the nostrils. 

  21. (New Claim) The nasal inhaler of Claim 1 wherein the elastic ear loops are attached to the main body of this device utilizing through holes located at opposing ends of said device.
  22. (New Claim) The nasal inhaler of Claim 1 wherein the cross-sectional shape of the absorbent outer layer taken along the horizontal length of the main body has an exposed and shaped surface profile formed by the outer layer joining with the base layer proximate to the vertical upper edge of the base layer, upper edge related to the user’s upper lip when fitted, and moves outwards from the base layer in a downward curve, away from the user’s nose and then inward towards the base layer in either a curve or a right-angled change of direction inwards and joins at the lower edge of the base layer; and wherein this shape performs the function of providing the flow of ambient air into the user’s nostrils during inhalation.

  23.  (New Claim)  The nasal inhaler band of Claim 1 wherein the cross sectional shape of the exterior surface of the absorbent outer layer taken along the horizontal length of the outer layer is formed by contact with the base layer proximate to the upper vertical edge of the base layer, as fitted to the user’s upper lip, moving outwards from the base layer at a right angle for a distance range of between 2mm and 6mm then curving or making a right angle downwards and continuing downwards before turning back towards the base layer and contacting the lower edge of the base layer completing the shape and; wherein this shape is functional as variable thickness of the absorbent layer in combination with a junction with the base layer at a point below the top edge of the base layer which contacts the user’s comella and nasal wings below the nasal entrances provides a clear pathway for ambient air to move into the user’s nostrils during inhalation.