Patents Assigned to MicroCHIPS, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140243624
    Abstract: In one aspect, containment devices are provided that include a microchip element having one or more containment reservoirs that are configured to be electrically activated to open; an electronic printed circuit board (PCB) or a silicon substrate positioned adjacent to the microchip element; one or more electronic components associated with the microchip element or the PCB/silicon substrate; and a first inductive coupling device associated with the microchip element or the PCB/silicon substrate, wherein the first inductive coupling device is in operable communication with the one or more electronic components. In another aspect, implantable drug delivery devices are provided that include a body housing at least one drug payload for actively controlled release, wherein the ratio of the volume of the at least one drug payload to the total volume of the implantable drug delivery device is from about 75 ?L/cc to about 150 ?L/cc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Farra
  • Publication number: 20140180262
    Abstract: Containment devices and methods of manufacture and assembly are provided. In an embodiment, the containment device includes an elongated microchip element comprising one or more containment reservoirs that are configured to be electrically activated to open. The containment device also include an elongated electronic printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a substrate. The elongated PCB comprises a first side on which one or more electronic components are fixed and an opposed second side on which the elongated microchip element is fixed in electrical connection to the one or more electronic components. Further, the containment device includes an elongated housing fixed to the elongated PCB. The elongated housing is configured to hermetically seal the one or more electronic components of the elongated PCB within the elongated housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Farra
  • Patent number: 8718787
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing transdermal wireless communication includes medical implant circuitry; a transceiver coupled to the medical implant circuitry; a first metal surface having an end portion and a base portion; a second metal surface parallel to the first metal surface and connected to the first metal surface by a conductor, the second metal surface being separated from the first metal surface by a dielectric layer; a first radiating element tuned to a first frequency and disposed within the dielectric layer between the first metal surface and second metal surface; and a feed structure in electrical communication with the transceiver and the first radiating strip. The first radiating element has a first reactive portion at a first end thereof, a second reactive portion at a second end thereof, and a first radiating strip extending between the first reactive portion and the second reactive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Utsi, Mark Norris, Jean-Daniel Richerd
  • Patent number: 8679093
    Abstract: Drug delivery devices and methods are provided. The device included two or more housing units connected together end-to-end in a fixed, linear orientation, the exterior surfaces of the connected housing units defining a sidewall of the device; discrete drug dose units disposed within the housing units; degradable timing members connected to the housing units and separating the discrete dose units from one another; first and second end pieces defining opposed ends of the device such that the discrete dose units are located between the first and second end pieces within each of the housing units, wherein the device is configured to release in vivo a first of the discrete dose units following rupture of the first or second end piece, and subsequently to release in vivo a second of the discrete dose units following rupture of the degradable timing member separating the first discrete dose unit from the second discrete dose unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Farra
  • Patent number: 8649840
    Abstract: Electrochemical sensor devices are provided, in various amperometric, potentiometric, and conductometric sensor device configurations. An amperometric sensor device may include a structural body which has at least one reservoir that has at least one opening; a working electrode located within the reservoir; analyte sensor chemistry located within the reservoir and deposited on at least the working electrode; an auxiliary electrode located outside of the reservoir; a reference electrode; at least one reservoir cap closing the opening to isolate the working electrode and analyte sensor chemistry within the reservoir and to prevent an analyte outside of the reservoir from contacting the analyte sensor chemistry; and means for rupturing or displacing the reservoir cap to permit the analyte from outside of the reservoir to contact the analyte sensor chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microchips, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman F. Sheppard, Jr., John T. Santini, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8604810
    Abstract: Arrays of biosensors are provided along with methods for operating the arrays of biosensors. The array of biosensors may include a first reference electrode that is connected to an input of a first control amplifier; a first working electrode and a second working electrode in proximity with the first reference electrode; and a counter electrode that is connected to at least an output of the first control amplifier, where the first control amplifier is operative with the counter electrode to maintain a first specified voltage between the first working electrode and the first reference electrode, and between the second working electrode and the first reference electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman F. Sheppard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130223572
    Abstract: As a digitized representation of an intermediate frequency television signal moves through a demodulator it undergoes a number of processes, including conversion from an analog signal to a digitized data, digital signal processing of the digitized data, and the like. The rate at which the digitized data moves through the digital signal processor of the demodulator for processing is referred to as the data rate of the DSP. The demodulator can vary the data rate based on a selected television channel, thereby reducing the level of interference at the demodulator resulting from noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: FRESCO MICROCHIP INC.
    Inventors: Gary Cheng, Vyacheslav Shyshkin, Steve Selby
  • Patent number: 8494054
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for computing motion vectors in a digital video sequence are disclosed. A recursive hierarchical method is used to determine a motion vector by using multiple resolution levels of the image frames. A best motion vector is first determined for the lowest resolution level. The best motion vector is propagated to a higher resolution level, where some adjustments are made and a new best motion vector is determined. The new best motion vector is propagated to yet another higher resolution level, where more adjustments are made and another new best motion vector is determined. This process is repeated until the highest, original, resolution level has been reached and a best motion vector has been identified. The identified best motion vector at the original resolution level is used for performing motion compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Genesis Microchip, Inc.
    Inventors: Hari N. Nair, Gordon Petrides
  • Publication number: 20130157604
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) receiver, such as a television tuner, includes a harmonic cancellation circuit. The harmonic cancellation circuit includes a primary signal path to generate a first intermediate frequency (IF) signal by mixing an RF signal with a reference signal and a harmonic feedforward signal path to generate a second IF signal representing signal content of the RF signal near an nth-order harmonic of a frequency fLO of the first reference signal, n comprising a positive integer. The harmonic cancellation circuit further includes a summation stage to generate a third IF signal based on a difference between the first IF signal and the second IF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FRESCO MICROCHIP INC.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Jantzi, Amr M. Fahim
  • Publication number: 20130149983
    Abstract: A receiver, such as a television tuner, includes a radio frequency (RF) filter circuit. The RF filter circuit includes a filter, a first node, and a second node coupled to the filter, and a conversion signal path having an input coupled to the first node and an output coupled to the second node, the conversion signal path having an active mixer coupled between the first node and the second node. The active mixer can include, for example, a first transconductor and a first mixer coupled in series between the first node and the second node. The RF filter circuit further includes a feedback signal path having an input coupled to the second node and an output coupled to the first node, the feedback signal path including a second transconductor and a second mixer coupled in series between the second node and the first node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: FRESCO MICROCHIP INC.
    Inventors: Amr M. Fahim, Stephen A. Jantzi, Afshin Mellati
  • Publication number: 20130126349
    Abstract: Selectively permeable membranes for biosensors are provided. In one embodiment, the membrane includes a polymer mixture that includes a polyurethane component, a siloxane component, and a hydrogel component, the components in the mixture in amounts of about 60 to about 80 wt % polyurethane, about 10 to about 20 wt % siloxane, and about 10 to about 20 wt % hydrogel. The membrane has a surface restructured to be hydrophilic, with the restructured surface being crosslinked ed via reactive end groups on at least one of the polyurethane, the siloxane, and the hydrogel components. In another embodiment, the membrane includes a solvent cast film which includes a mixture of a first polyether-based thermoplastic polyurethane copolymer, a polyether-based polyurethane copolymer, and, optionally, a second polyether-based thermoplastic polyurethane copolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Yanan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8442611
    Abstract: A medical device is provided which may include a reservoir which has an opening and contains a sensor; a reservoir cap closing off the opening to isolate the sensor from an environmental component outside the reservoirs, the reservoir cap being impermeable to the environmental component and adapted to selectively undergo a phase change to disintegrate the reservoir cap and thereby expose the sensor to the environmental component. A method of use may include (i) selectively disintegrating a reservoir cap to expose a sensor which is disposed inside a reservoir of a device implanted in a patient, the disintegrating comprising inducing a phase change in the reservoir cap; and (ii) using the sensor to generate an output signal, wherein the output signal is recorded and stored in a writeable computer memory chips, directed to a microprocessor for immediate analysis and processing, or sent to a remote location away from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Santini, Jr., Norman F. Sheppard, Jr., Chung Chang Young, Robert S. Langer
  • Patent number: 8403907
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring the status of a medical device implanted in a patient. The method includes the steps of implanting in a patient a medical device which comprises (i) a substrate in which two or more reservoirs are located, with each covered by a reservoir cap, (ii) a drug or sensor located in the reservoir, (iii) a power source and actuation electronics for disintegrating or permeabilizing the reservoir cap, and (iv) a telemetry system; and then using said telemetry system to wirelessly transmit to a remote controller data about the condition of the power source and/or data about which reservoirs have been or have yet to be activated to release the drug therefrom or to expose the sensor therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman F. Sheppard, Jr., John T. Santini, Jr., Michael J. Cima, Robert S. Langer, Dennis Ausiello
  • Patent number: 8403915
    Abstract: Devices, such as medical devices, are provided which include a body portion having at least one reservoir which has two or more openings, the two or more openings being defined in part by a reservoir cap support; reservoir contents, such as a drug formulation or sensor, disposed inside the reservoir; and a reservoir cap which closes off the two or more reservoir openings. The reservoir cap, which can be ruptured, controls release or exposure of the reservoir contents. In one embodiment, the device is an implantable medical device and provides for the controlled release of drug or exposure of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Santini, Jr., Zouhair Sbiaa, Jonathan R. Coppeta, Scott A. Uhland, Norman F. Sheppard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130053671
    Abstract: Containment devices and methods of manufacture and assembly are provided. In an embodiment, the device includes at least one microchip element, which includes a containment reservoir that can be electrically activated to open, and a first electronic printed circuit board (PCB) which comprises a biocompatible substrate. The first PCB may have a first side on which one or more electronic components are fixed and an opposed second side on which the microchip element is fixed in electrical connection to the one or more electronic components. The device may further include a second PCB and a housing ring securing the first PCB together with the second PCB. The microchip element may include a plurality of containment reservoirs, which may be microreservoirs, and/or which may contain a drug formulation or a sensor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: MICROCHIPS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Farra
  • Patent number: 8385544
    Abstract: A packet based high bandwidth copy protection method is described that includes the following operations. Forming a number of data packets at a source device, encrypting selected ones of the data packets based upon a set of encryption values, transmitting the encrypted data packets from the source device to a sink device coupled thereto, decrypting the encrypted data packets based in part upon the encryption values, and accessing the decrypted data packets by the sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Genesis Microchip, Inc.
    Inventor: Osamu Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20130002496
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing transdermal wireless communication includes medical implant circuitry; a transceiver coupled to the medical implant circuitry; a first metal surface having an end portion and a base portion; a second metal surface parallel to the first metal surface and connected to the first metal surface by a conductor, the second metal surface being separated from the first metal surface by a dielectric layer; a first radiating element tuned to a first frequency and disposed within the dielectric layer between the first metal surface and second metal surface; and a feed structure in electrical communication with the transceiver and the first radiating strip. The first radiating element has a first reactive portion at a first end thereof, a second reactive portion at a second end thereof, and a first radiating strip extending between the first reactive portion and the second reactive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: MICROCHIPS, INC.
    Inventors: Vincent Utsi, Mark Norris, Jean-Daniel Richerd
  • Patent number: 8308707
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for delivering drug to the eye. The method and system may include implanting into the eye a device which comprises two or more discrete reservoirs, each reservoir containing a drug; and directing focused light to the implanted device to open a first one of the reservoirs and thereby permit the drug to diffuse from the first reservoir to the patient's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Santini, Jr., Michael J. Cima, Robert S. Langer, Dennis Ausiello, Norman F. Sheppard, Jr., Stephen J. Herman
  • Patent number: 8285387
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing transdermal wireless communication includes medical implant circuitry; a transceiver coupled to the medical implant circuitry; a first metal surface having an end portion and a base portion; a second metal surface parallel to the first metal surface and connected to the first metal surface by a conductor, the second metal surface being separated from the first metal surface by a dielectric layer; a first radiating element tuned to a first frequency and disposed within the dielectric layer between the first metal surface and second metal surface; and a feed structure in electrical communication with the transceiver and the first radiating strip. The first radiating element has a first reactive portion at a first end thereof, a second reactive portion at a second end thereof, and a first radiating strip extending between the first reactive portion and the second reactive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Utsi, Mark Norris, Jean-Daniel Richerd
  • Patent number: 8277440
    Abstract: Method and devices are provided for extended and controlled delivery of parathyroid hormone to a patient. The method includes implanting a medical device into the patient, the medical device comprising a substrate, a plurality of reservoirs in the substrate, a release system contained in each of the reservoirs, wherein the release system comprises parathyroid hormone; and controllably releasing a pharmaceutically effective amount of the parathyroid hormone from the reservoirs. The parathyroid hormone can be released intermittently, such as once daily over an extended period (e.g., two months, ten months, or more.). The device can further include reservoirs containing a bone resorption inhibitor or other drug for release. The devices are useful in delivering PTH for the treatment and prevention of bone loss, such as associated with osteoporosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: MicroCHIPS, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Ausiello, John T. Santini, Jr., Stephen J. Herman, James H. Prescott, Scott A. Uhland, John M. Maloney, Benjamin F. Polito