Patents Represented by Attorney Thomas J. Nikolai
  • Patent number: 6819629
    Abstract: The present invention separates noise from actual return echoes of ultrasonic sound waves generated by the transducer of a sonar type fish finder by comparing the timing of generated ultrasonic pulses and received signals and disregarding signals when such timing does not match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: MarCum Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane E. Cummings, Raphael J. Marzean, Paul W. Thorne
  • Patent number: 6810287
    Abstract: Currently, brady, tachy and CRT devices all provide stored electrograms that record ambulatory electrograms with programmable trigger mechanisms. The present invention comprises an implantable device with additional capability that can store polysomnograms and phonocardiograms. The polysomnograms can be obtained from an impendent sensor of the type used in minute ventilation-based rate-adaptive pacemakers. The phonocardiograms are obtained from an accelerometer transducer or other type sensors that can detect heart sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Qingsheng Zhu, Jeffrey E. Stahmann, John Hatlestad
  • Patent number: 6808525
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical hook probe includes an end effector that includes first and second electrodes placed in parallel, closely-spaced relationship, each being of a relatively large surface area and a conductive reciprocally movable hook member that is movable into and out of a space between the first and second electrodes. A switch mechanism is provided by which an RF current can alternatively be made to flow between the first and second electrodes during electrocoagulation and from the hook electrode to each of the first and second electrodes when the instrument is operating in its cut mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Gyrus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Latterell, Douglas S. Wahnschaffe
  • Patent number: 6799494
    Abstract: The intermediate support brace is used to prevent bending or deflecting of a cylindrical work piece being machined by a journal turning lathe. A U-shaped frame is mounted to the journal turning lathe, and secured to the journal turning lathe by a first and second clamping means which secure the intermediate support brace to the guide rails of the journal turning lathe. A generally circular opening in the frame surrounds the cylindrical work piece, and the work piece is centered by a series of jacks. The clamshell lathe assembly is translated from a first end bracket to the intermediate support bracket. The clamshell lathe is then stopped; the intermediate support bracket is released and mounted downstream from the clamshell lathe assembly. The clamshell lathe assembly is then restarted and translated to a second end bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventors: Donato L. Ricci, Brent Place
  • Patent number: 6799071
    Abstract: As a safety feature for a cardiac rhythm management device in which a runaway protection feature may be disabled to allow programmed electrical stimulation and/or burst pacing to evaluate the device's ability to rein in an induced episode of tachycardia, a circuit is provided to automatically re-enable the runaway protection feature not only upon a software fault being detected, but also upon the lapse of a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Baker, David Ternes
  • Patent number: 6795735
    Abstract: An implantable medical tissue stimulating device is designed to capture fault history relating to error events in a manner that allows subsequent analysis of operational performance prior to, during and subsequent to the occurrence of a detected error. Physiologic and operational data are fed through a buffer capable of temporarily storing such data over a predetermined interval. When a fault condition is detected, a trigger signal is generated a predetermined time following the occurrence of the fault condition and, upon generation of the trigger signal, the contents of the buffer are stored away in a RAM memory for subsequent read-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Esler
  • Patent number: 6785573
    Abstract: A low pass filter especially adapted for use with ECG equipment designed to negate any noise energy that may be superimposed upon the ECG signal itself. A plurality of low-pass FIR filter stages are connected in tandem between a signal input point and a signal output point where each of the stages has a distinct cut-off frequency characteristic. Means are provided for selectively turning ones of the plurality of stages on or off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir V. Kovtun, Randall Dodson, Joseph E. Bange
  • Patent number: 6768924
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac rhythm/function management device that automatically determines whether or not a pacing stimulus to the ventricles results in capture by detecting propagated depolarizations at stimulating and non-stimulating electrodes. The device of the present invention is suitable for use in either a single or multiple electrode pacing/sensing configuration and may be utilized to verify either atrial or ventricular capture of a heart having either normal or abnormal intrinsic AV conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ding, Yinghong Yu, Julio C. Spinelli, Qingsheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 6768701
    Abstract: A flasher-type fish finder is provided with a zoom feature that allows the user to select an area of interest within a body of water and then display representations of the objects located within that area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventors: Duane E. Cummings, Raphael J. Marzean, Paul W. Thorne
  • Patent number: 6768923
    Abstract: A pacing apparatus and method for providing optimum timing for ventricular pacing without referencing atrial activities. The pacing apparatus includes a processor, at least one sensor and a pulse generator. The pacing method includes the sensing of ventricular depolarization and the identification of an early electrical event, such as a depolarization of the HIS bundle or an onset of a ventricular depolarization (Q*). The system derives the proper timing using this early electrical event which provides a predictable relationship with an optimal ventricular pacing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ding, Andrew P. Kramer, Julio C. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 6764268
    Abstract: To reduce the energy needed to unload and reload ladders from and onto the roof of utility vehicles, a ladder rack assembly has been devised which minimizes the movement of the center of gravity of the ladder load when going between a first position atop the vehicle to a second position along a vertical side of the vehicle. To achieve this advantage, the rear and front four-bar linkages are driven by a rotatable drive shaft such that a ladder support member of the front four-bar linkage is at a higher elevation than the ladder support member of the rear four-bar linkage when the two are aligned with the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Avraham Y. Levi
  • Patent number: 6760624
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the lead impedance of a medical lead used with an implantable medical stimulator which relies upon a count of the number of switching cycles of a switching converter power supply to replenish the energy delivered from an pacing capacitor in delivering a stimulating pulse to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell E. Anderson, David J. Yonce
  • Patent number: 6760614
    Abstract: To enhance the ability to visualize P-waves in surface ECG data, an algorithm is presented in which the ECG data is selectively passed through first and second signal processing channels where one of the channels includes signal processing elements for enhancing P-waves and the other channel provides a delayed version of the original data. Upon detection of an atrial pace event, the filtered or filtered and amplified data is inserted into the data stream in place of the raw input signal for a predetermined time interval sufficiently long to ensure the occurrence of an atrial depolarization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Yonce
  • Patent number: 6753784
    Abstract: An automated weather alert system using GIS technology automatically ingests weather data and processes the weather data to determine if localized weather conditions pose a threat to any of a plurality of business operations, each of which have a known location. In the event such threat exists, an employee having responsibility for a threatened business operation is provided with an alert message and asked to acknowledge receipt. Additional notification is automatically provided to the employee's supervisor if such acknowledgment is not received within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Meteorlogix, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald J. Sznaider, Douglas P. Chenevert, Robert L. Hugg, Clive F. Reece, James H. Block
  • Patent number: 6743055
    Abstract: A lead having an adapting member extending from the lead's main body, wherein the adapting member is suitable for receiving a terminal pin of a second lead thereby electrically coupling the second lead thereto. The lead may then be electrically and mechanically coupled to a single electrical port of a medical device. The lead may be unipolar, bipolar, or multipolar and suitable for use with a pacer, defibrillator or other cardiac rhythm management device, wherein the second lead is electrically connected in parallel with a selected conductor of the lead. The adapter may be positioned on the lead adjacent the terminal pin such that when the lead is coupled to the medical device the adapter engages a portion of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Flynn, Stuart R. Chastain, Steve Hahn, June M. Zytkovicz
  • Patent number: 6743198
    Abstract: An urethral drain having deep external drainage channels, a low-profiled bladder retention segment, and a reversibly detachable collection segment, facilitates the draining of urine and fluids from the bladder. The low-profiled retention means minimizes bladder irritations and the deep external channels reduce the occurrence of infections. Incorporation of a reduced diameter smooth segment on the catheter, proximate the location of the external urethral sphincter allows the patient to void normally and at will. Modifying the size of this smooth segment aids the function of a defective sphincter in controlling urine leakage. The drain can be worn concealed within the urethra. Flushing action from normal voiding washes out particulate matters in the urethra and the concealed drain further minimizes contamination. Together, these features improve quality of life for patients needing catheterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: ContiCare Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude Tihon
  • Patent number: 6741886
    Abstract: The ability of an ecg apparatus to detect and display pacing pulses from the surface electrodes on a patient in whom a minute ventilation-based rate adaptive pacemaker is implanted is improved by providing the ecg apparatus with a minute ventilation detection circuit capable of indicating the time of occurrence and repetition rate of bursts of AC carrier signals which the implanted pacemaker generates in deriving a minute ventilation related control signal for the implanted pacemaker. In addition to improving the ability of the ecg system to detect and record paced events, the incorporation of the MV detection into the ecg system accommodates leads-off detection by coordinating the generation of the leads-off drive signal with the MV carrier signal generated by the implanted pacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Yonce
  • Patent number: 6739341
    Abstract: A kit to facilitate self-placement of an incontinence prevention device within the urethra includes a deployment base member, a deployment tube, a deployment pusher along with the incontinence prevention device in a sterile pack. The base member includes a rigid shaft of a predetermined length having a finger grip member at one end and a hook member at its opposite end. The shaft of the base member is adapted to fit through the lumen of the deployment tube with the hook projecting out from a proximal end of the deployment tube and with the hook engaging a retention loop on the incontinence prevention device when in its sterile package. Upon removal of the kit components, the deployment tube is slid off the deployment base member and, in doing so, the incontinence prevention device becomes loaded into the deployment tube. The pusher is then used to urge the incontinence prevention device from the deployment tube into the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: ContiCare Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Claude Tihon, Mark A. Rydell, Alan P. Lonneman, Lloyd R. Armstrong
  • Patent number: D492950
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Brent Place
  • Patent number: D494197
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Brent Place