US 10,376,138 B2
Vaginal speculum apparatus
Michael T. McMahon, Syracuse, NY (US); Allan I. Krauter, Skaneateles, NY (US); Robert L. Vivenzio, Auburn, NY (US); Dale C. Saddlemire, Cortland, NY (US); Dominick Danna, Skaneateles Falls, NY (US); Stephen W. Burnett, Locke, NY (US); Daniel C. Briggs, Memphis, NY (US); Scott G. Spanfelner, Camillus, NY (US); and Jon R. Salvati, Skaneateles, NY (US)
Assigned to Welch Allyn, Inc., Skaneateles Falls, NY (US)
Filed by Welch Allyn, Inc., Skaneateles Falls, NY (US)
Filed on Feb. 5, 2018, as Appl. No. 15/888,248.
Application 15/888,248 is a continuation of application No. 15/453,436, filed on Mar. 8, 2017, granted, now 9,949,633.
Application 15/453,436 is a continuation of application No. 15/149,747, filed on May 9, 2016, granted, now 9,883,792.
Application 15/149,747 is a continuation of application No. 14/169,850, filed on Jan. 31, 2014, granted, now 9,332,898, issued on May 10, 2016.
Application 14/169,850 is a continuation of application No. 11/910,387, granted, now 8,821,395, issued on Sep. 2, 2014, previously published as PCT/US2006/012116, filed on Apr. 3, 2006.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/667,505, filed on Apr. 1, 2005.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/735,576, filed on Nov. 10, 2005.
Prior Publication US 2018/0153391 A1, Jun. 7, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 1/303 (2006.01); A61B 1/32 (2006.01); A61B 1/00 (2006.01); A61B 1/06 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 1/32 (2013.01) [A61B 1/00105 (2013.01); A61B 1/00114 (2013.01); A61B 1/06 (2013.01); A61B 1/0669 (2013.01); A61B 1/0684 (2013.01); A61B 1/303 (2013.01); Y10T 29/49826 (2015.01)] 31 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vaginal speculum apparatus comprising:
a vaginal speculum comprising:
an upper blade,
a lower blade, and
a mechanism for causing relative movement between the upper and lower blade in order to dilate the cervix of a female patient, said lower blade further including a handle having an elongated receiving cavity with an open lower end; and
an illuminator comprising an illuminator housing that retains a light source and at least one battery, in which the illuminator housing has an upper portion and a lower base portion wherein only the upper portion of the illumination housing can be fitted in the receiving cavity of the handle and in which the lower base portion includes a lower surface that enables the apparatus to rest upright on a support surface when the illuminator is fitted in the receiving cavity.