US 9,808,589 B2
Method for assembling a patient interface
Michael K Gunaratnam, Sydney (AU); Gregory S Smart, Sydney (AU); and Philip R Kwok, Sydney (AU)
Assigned to RESMED LIMITED, Bella Vista (AU)
Filed by ResMed Limited, Bella Vista, New South Wales (AU)
Filed on Feb. 10, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/176,402.
Application 10/751,926 is a division of application No. 10/123,484, filed on Apr. 17, 2002, granted, now 6,796,308, issued on Sep. 28, 2004.
Application 14/176,402 is a continuation of application No. 12/314,975, filed on Dec. 19, 2008, granted, now 8,667,965, issued on Mar. 11, 2014.
Application 12/314,975 is a continuation of application No. 11/297,410, filed on Dec. 9, 2005, granted, now 7,487,777, issued on Feb. 10, 2009.
Application 11/297,410 is a continuation of application No. 10/751,926, filed on Jan. 7, 2004, granted, now 7,021,311, issued on Apr. 4, 2006.
Application 10/123,484 is a continuation of application No. 09/501,004, filed on Feb. 9, 2000, granted, now 6,412,487, issued on Jul. 2, 2002.
Application 09/501,004 is a continuation in part of application No. 09/498,705, filed on Feb. 7, 2000, granted, now 6,491,034, issued on Dec. 10, 2002.
Application 09/498,705 is a continuation in part of application No. 09/316,227, filed on May 21, 1999, granted, now 6,513,526, issued on Feb. 4, 2003.
Application 09/316,227 is a continuation in part of application No. 29/101,860, filed on Mar. 12, 1999, granted, now D428139, issued on Jul. 11, 2000.
Application 29/101,860 is a continuation in part of application No. 29/101,861, filed on Mar. 12, 1999, granted, now D430663, issued on Sep. 5, 2000.
Application 29/101,861 is a continuation in part of application No. 29/101,862, filed on Mar. 12, 1999, granted, now D428988, issued on Aug. 1, 2000.
Application 29/101,862 is a continuation in part of application No. 29/115,618, filed on Dec. 16, 1999, granted, now D443355, issued on Jun. 5, 2001.
Claims priority of application No. 3922/1998 (AU), filed on Dec. 9, 1998; application No. 3923-1998 (AU), filed on Dec. 9, 1998; application No. 3924/1998 (AU), filed on Dec. 9, 1998; application No. PP8550 (AU), filed on Feb. 9, 1999; application No. 1916/99 (AU), filed on Jun. 18, 1999; application No. PQ1029 (AU), filed on Jun. 18, 1999; and application No. PQ1040 (AU), filed on Jun. 18, 1999.
Prior Publication US 2014/0150238 A1, Jun. 5, 2014
Int. Cl. A61M 16/06 (2006.01); A61M 16/00 (2006.01); A61M 16/08 (2006.01); A61M 16/20 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 16/0057 (2013.01) [A61M 16/06 (2013.01); A61M 16/065 (2014.02); A61M 16/0616 (2014.02); A61M 16/0622 (2014.02); A61M 16/0633 (2014.02); A61M 16/0638 (2014.02); A61M 16/0666 (2013.01); A61M 16/0683 (2013.01); A61M 16/08 (2013.01); A61M 16/208 (2013.01); A61M 2210/0618 (2013.01); Y10T 29/49863 (2015.01)] 25 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for assembling a patient interface for treatment of sleep apnea by delivering breathable gas under pressure above ambient to at least one airway of a patient while sleeping, said patient interface including a substantially rigid frame defining a cavity with an opening, a silicone seal to seal with the patient's face, and a substantially rigid clip member, the method comprising:
engaging the clip member with the silicone seal; and, thereafter,
moving a resilient portion of the clip member to clip the clip member to the frame such that the clip member retains the seal in contact with the frame and such that the clip member is detachable from the frame.