Pigeon. has filed a patent for a breast pump with a vacuum motor device that creates vibrations to increase milk flow rates. The device includes a motor, electromechanical device, and controller to customize vibration patterns during pumping cycles. GlobalData’s report on Pigeon 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 Pigeon, Wearable breast pumps was a key innovation area identified from patents. Pigeon's grant share as of January 2024 was 20%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Breast pump with customizable vibration patterns

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

A newly filed patent (Publication Number: US20240033405A1) describes a vacuum motor device designed to facilitate milk extraction from a user's breast. The device includes an inlet portion, an outlet portion, and a motor that generates suction by causing air to flow in and out during a breast pumping cycle. An electromechanical device is integrated to create a vibratory waveform by selectively allowing air into the inlet or outlet portion, controlled by a programmed controller. The device offers customization options for the user to manipulate the vibratory waveform, with a frequency range between 2 Hz and 20 Hz.

Furthermore, the patent outlines additional features such as a second motor or electromechanical device to enhance the vibratory waveform manipulation capabilities. The device includes mechanisms like a solenoid or multiple solenoids, a feedback control mechanism, and a bleeder valve to fine-tune the vibratory waveform. Users can also control a restricting device, a fastener, or an opening to adjust the vibratory waveform according to their preferences. Additionally, a flap valve is incorporated to regulate air flow during different phases of the breast pumping cycle, ensuring efficient milk extraction. Overall, the patent presents a comprehensive vacuum motor device with advanced functionalities to improve the breast pumping experience for users.

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