Patents Assigned to EMPI, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10485732
    Abstract: A processor-controlled, energy-based therapy apparatus includes a pressure wave therapy device configured to provide therapeutic acoustic pulses to a patient and a processor that controls the output of the device. The pressure wave therapy device may include a control unit configured to control the pressure wave therapy device to deliver a treatment program, the treatment program comprising a plurality of acoustic pulses, each acoustic pulse comprising a pressure, the control unit including a memory storing patient-specific treatment information relating to a pain threshold of the patient; and a pain threshold indicator coupled to the control unit, the pain threshold indicator operable by the patient to provide an indication to the control unit of when a patient's pain threshold has been reached because an energy level delivered to the patient is unbearable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventor: Lotta Hart
  • Patent number: 10410751
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the placement of energy-delivery nodes of an energy-based therapeutic device. In one aspect, recommended placement locations are customized by analyzing an image or video of the user and may be superimposed on an image corresponding to an affected body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Lampo
  • Patent number: 10300288
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for pairing two or more devices into a wireless network and transferring data between two or more electro-stimulation devices. Specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include pairing two or more devices into a network configuration using, in part, a pairing device to distinctly identify the devices to be paired and to pair the identified devices into a network. Moreover, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include transferring data between two or more devices using, in part, one or more electro-stimulation contacts for electro-stimulation therapy and using, in part, the same one or more electro-stimulation contacts for transferring data between two or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Flavien Baumgartner, Stéphane Perroud, Philippe Vuadens, Nicolas Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10166383
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a metallized film electrode having a metallized film and an electrical connector. The metallized film has a base layer and a metal coating disposed on a bottom surface of the base layer. The metallized film has at least one metal-coated area and may be formed into various shapes for application of therapeutic electrical stimulation to a patient's tissue. The connector provides electrical communication to the first metal-coated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Jerome Bachinski
  • Patent number: 10130805
    Abstract: The set for the electrical stimulation of a patient, comprises a backing, at least one electrically active zone and a wire connected to said electrically active zone for connection to a stimulator. Said backing has the shape of a bandage or of a plaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Schonenberger, Valere Vriz
  • Patent number: 10071251
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing noninvasive electrotherapy and electrical stimulation are described herein. In one aspect, a device for noninvasive electrotherapy includes wireless communication circuitry configured to receive pulse generation control signals wirelessly transmitted from a computing device. The device can include pulse generation circuitry configured to deliver electrical waveforms according to instructions encoded in the pulse generation control signals. The computing device can include a cellular telephone device, a portable media player, a personal digital assistant, a tablet computer, or an internet access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: EMPI, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Michael Wayne Moore, Joseph Winn, Jay Dave, David Orr, Dain Silvola
  • Patent number: 9861824
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for pairing two or more devices into a wireless network and transferring data between two or more electro-stimulation devices. Specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include pairing two or more devices into a network configuration using, in part, a pairing device to distinctly identify the devices to be paired and to pair the identified devices into a network. Moreover, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include transferring data between two or more devices using, in part, one or more electro-stimulation contacts for electro-stimulation therapy and using, in part, the same one or more electro-stimulation contacts for transferring data between two or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Flavien Baumgartner, Stéphane Perroud, Philippe Vuadens, Nicolas Fontaine
  • Patent number: 9852262
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the placement of energy-delivery nodes of an energy-based therapeutic device. In one aspect, recommended placement locations are customized by analyzing an image or video of the user and may be superimposed on an image corresponding to an affected body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Lampo
  • Patent number: 9669226
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing stimulation interference between two stimulation modules positioned on a user's body, which may be used in stimulation systems without a central treatment controller. Systems and methods are also provided for stimulation treatment using multiple independent stimulators wirelessly managed by a remote management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Fontaine, Steve Guex, Flavien Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 9630013
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing noninvasive electrotherapy and electrical stimulation are described herein. In one aspect, a device for noninvasive electrotherapy includes wireless communication circuitry configured to receive pulse generation control signals wirelessly transmitted from a computing device. The device can include pulse generation circuitry configured to deliver electrical waveforms according to instructions encoded in the pulse generation control signals. The computing device can include a cellular telephone device, a portable media player, a personal digital assistant, a tablet computer, or an internet access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Michael Moore, Joseph Winn, Jay Dave, David Orr, Dain Silvola
  • Patent number: 9440095
    Abstract: A processor-controlled, energy-based therapy apparatus includes a device configured to provide therapeutic energy to a patient and a processor that controls the output of the device. The output of the device is based on output profiles programmed into the processor. The output profiles include a therapeutic energy output profile and a ramp-up energy profile. The therapeutic energy output profile includes a desired target energy level and a therapeutic duration for controlling the output of the device during a therapeutic period. The ramp-up energy output profile includes an initial treatment energy level and a ramp-up duration for controlling the output of the device during a ramp-up period. The energy output specified by the ramp-up energy output profile incrementally increases over the ramp-up duration as a function of the desired target energy level and the ramp-up duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventor: Lotta Hart
  • Patent number: 9381353
    Abstract: A patch for a therapeutic electrical stimulation device includes a shoe connected to the first side of the patch, the shoe including a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, and having first and second surfaces, the first end of the shoe defining at least two ports, and the first surface of the shoe defining a connection member. The patch also includes at least one conductor positioned in the ports of the first end of the shoe. The shoe is configured for sliding insertion into a receptacle defined by a controller so that the conductor is connected to the controller to deliver electrical current from the controller, through the conductor, and to the electrodes, and the connection member is at least partially captured by a detent defined by the controller in the receptacle to retain the shoe within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Patent number: 9242091
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the invention disclosed herein provides systems, devices and methods for providing electrical stimulation to a patient. An electrical mechanical interconnection is provided to facilitate user friendly systems and devices. Exemplary therapeutic electrical stimulation devices include a shoe connected mechanically and electrically to a conductor that provides signals for electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Patent number: 9220896
    Abstract: A patch for a therapeutic electrical stimulation device includes a shoe connected to the first side of the patch, the shoe including a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, and having first and second surfaces, the first end of the shoe defining at least two ports, and the first surface of the shoe defining a connection member. The patch also includes at least one conductor positioned in the ports of the first end of the shoe. The shoe is configured for sliding insertion into a receptacle defined by a controller so that the conductor is connected to the controller to deliver electrical current from the controller, through the conductor, and to the electrodes, and the connection member is at least partially captured by a detent defined by the controller in the receptacle to retain the shoe within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Patent number: 9211400
    Abstract: Multilayer electrodes, electrode systems, and stimulation systems are disclosed. An electrode may include a conductive layer with a unitary tail, a connector disposed on a distal end of the tail, and a nonconductive top layer disposed along a top portion of the conductive layer. An electrode may include a magnetic lead connector socket, or a receptacle formed by a depression in the conductive layer configured to receive a male connector. An electrode system may include a plurality of conductive zones and a plurality of connectors. A stimulation system may include an electronics layer in electrical contact with a conductive layer via a puncture connection, and may provide an iontophoretic treatment followed by a TENS treatment. Other electrodes, systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Michael Moore, Jay Dave, Joseph Winn
  • Patent number: 9174042
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein pertains to wound healing electrodes and devices. The technology disclosed herein also pertains to electrode sets for electrically induced wound healing that can be adjusted to the wound size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Schonenberger, Valere Vriz
  • Patent number: 9147046
    Abstract: A processor-controlled, energy-based therapy apparatus includes a device configured to provide therapeutic energy to a patient and a processor that controls the output of the device. The output of the device is based on output profiles programmed into the processor. The output profiles include a therapeutic energy output profile and a ramp-up energy profile. The therapeutic energy output profile includes a desired target energy level and a therapeutic duration for controlling the output of the device during a therapeutic period. The ramp-up energy output profile includes an initial treatment energy level and a ramp-up duration for controlling the output of the device during a ramp-up period. The energy output specified by the ramp-up energy output profile incrementally increases over the ramp-up duration as a function of the desired target energy level and the ramp-up duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI, INC.
    Inventor: Lotta Hart
  • Patent number: 9144688
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for pairing two or more devices into a wireless network and transferring data between two or more electro-stimulation devices. Specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include pairing two or more devices into a network configuration using, in part, a pairing device to distinctly identify the devices to be paired and to pair the identified devices into a network. Moreover, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include transferring data between two or more devices using, in part, one or more electro-stimulation contacts for electro-stimulation therapy and using, in part, the same one or more electro-stimulation contacts for transferring data between two or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI, INC.
    Inventors: Flavien Baumgartner, Stéphane Perroud, Philippe Vuadens, Nicolas Fontaine
  • Patent number: 9044587
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the invention disclosed herein provides systems, devices and methods for providing electrical stimulation to a patient. An electrical mechanical interconnection is provided to facilitate user friendly systems and devices. Exemplary therapeutic electrical stimulation devices include a shoe connected mechanically and electrically to a conductor that provides signals for electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Patent number: 8977366
    Abstract: A patch for a therapeutic electrical stimulation device includes a shoe connected to the first side of the patch, the shoe including a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, and having first and second surfaces, the first end of the shoe defining at least two ports, and the first surface of the shoe defining a connection member. The patch also includes at least one conductor positioned in the ports of the first end of the shoe. The shoe is configured for sliding insertion into a receptacle defined by a controller so that the conductor is connected to the controller to deliver electrical current from the controller, through the conductor, and to the electrodes, and the connection member is at least partially captured by a detent defined by the controller in the receptacle to retain the shoe within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz