Patents Assigned to National University of Ireland
  • Publication number: 20190167437
    Abstract: An implant (30) for a mammalian bone joint (3) for spacing a first bone (2) of the joint from a second bone (1) of the joint while allowing translational movement of the second bone in relation to the first bone is described. The implant comprises (a) a distal part (31) configured for intramedullary engagement with an end of the second bone, (b) a proximal part (34) having a platform (15) configured for non-engaging abutment of an end of the first bone and translational movement thereon, and (c) an articulating coupling (10, 16) provided between the distal and proximal ends allowing controlled articulation of the first and second bones. The bone-abutting platform is shaped to conform to and translate upon the end of the first bone. A kit for assembly to form the implant of the invention, and the use of the implant to treat osteoarthritis in a bone joint, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Gerry CLARKE, Brendan BOLAND, Mark BRUZZI, Amy L. LADD, Arnold-Peter C. WEISS, Filip STOCKMANS
  • Patent number: 10311243
    Abstract: Secrecy scheme systems and associated methods using list source codes for enabling secure communications in communications networks are provided herein. Additionally, improved information-theoretic metrics for characterizing and optimizing said secrecy scheme systems and associated methods are provided herein. One method of secure communication comprises receiving a data file at a first location, encoding the data file using a list source code to generate an encoded file, encrypting a select portion of the data file using a key to generate an encrypted file, and transmitting the encoded file and the encrypted file to an end user at a destination location, wherein the encoded file cannot be decoded at the destination location until the encrypted file has been received and decrypted by the end user, wherein the end user possesses the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Inventors: Flavio du Pin Calmon, Muriel Medard, Linda M. Zeger, Mark M. Christiansen, Kenneth R. Duffy
  • Patent number: 10284491
    Abstract: An indicator can be received from a client device. The indicator can indicate an agreement by a user of the client device to share device resources of the client device with an entity distinct from the client device and distinct from the user of the client device. Responsive to receiving from the mobile device the indicator indicating the agreement of the user of the of the mobile device to share the device resources of the mobile device with the entity, a level of a quality of service provided by a communication network to the mobile device can be increased. The mobile device can be allowed to enter sleep mode only after a particular duration of time in which use of the device resources has been shared or when a charge level of a battery providing power to the mobile device falls below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., David W. Malone, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10279083
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for treating an individual having (suffering from) an acute myocardial infarction and drug eluting stents useful for treating such individuals. These methods include treating an individual by introducing, such as by surgically inserting, at a site of an acute coronary artery occlusion upstream of the site of acute myocardial infarction, a drug eluting stent (DES) that is capable of eluting from 25 pg to 950 pg of IGF-1 directly into the coronary circulation. The treatment is specifically directed to stimulation of repair or survival of damaged cardiac muscle or left ventricular remodeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork
    Inventor: Noel Caplice
  • Patent number: 10265186
    Abstract: An implant (30) for a mammalian bone joint (3) for spacing a first bone (2) of the joint from a second bone (1) of the joint while allowing translational movement of the second bone in relation to the first bone is described. The implant comprises (a) a distal part (31) configured for intramedullary engagement with an end of the second bone, (b) a proximal part (34) having a platform (15) configured for non-engaging abutment of an end of the first bone and translational movement thereon, and (c) an articulating coupling (10, 16) provided between the distal and proximal ends allowing controlled articulation of the first and second bones. The bone-abutting platform is shaped to conform to and translate upon the end of the first bone. A kit for assembly to form the implant of the invention, and the use of the implant to treat osteoarthritis in a bone joint, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Gerry Clarke, Brendan Boland, Mark Bruzzi, Amy L. Ladd, Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, Filip Stockmans
  • Patent number: 10243692
    Abstract: Provided is a method for correcting errors in a data transmission network, comprising: transmitting a plurality of uncoded information packets across a network path; transmitting a plurality of coded packets for recovering information packets lost in transmission across said network path, the coded packets being temporally interspersed among said uncoded information packets, wherein the coded packets are encoded based on information packets transmitted prior to a previously transmitted coded packet; and determining the interspersion of the coded packets according to a packet loss rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, MAYNOOTH, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Andres Garcia Saavedra, Mohammad Karzand, Douglas Leith, Muriel Medard
  • Patent number: 10221427
    Abstract: The Applicant has identified a novel DON-responsive orphan gene (ENST1—SEQ ID NO: 1), and its promoter, which features DON-responsive elements, which can be used to drive the expression of FHB resistance genes. The Applicant has isolated two variants of the gene from wheat that share approximately 94% homology with ENST1. The Applicant has shown that this gene has homologs of >62% nucleotide sequence identity exist in Aegilops tauschii, Brachypodium distachyon, Festuca pratensis, Hordeum vulgare and Triticum aestivum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Inventors: Fiona Doohan, Guillaume Erard, Alexandre Perochon, Khairul Ansari, Arunachalam Chanemougasoundharam, Joanna Kacprzyk
  • Publication number: 20190056380
    Abstract: A method for the early prediction of risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnant women, including for example eclampsia, mild pre-eclampsia, chronic hypertension, EPH gestosis, gestational hypertension, superimposed pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, or nephropathy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
    Inventors: Louise Kenny, Philip Newton Baker, David Broadhurst
  • Publication number: 20190047853
    Abstract: A method of generating hydrogen from photoelectrochemical water splitting using a technique that combines an external electric field with light-driven water splitting. In particular, an electric field is applied at a semiconductor-water interface in a manner that boosts the efficiency and performance of photoelectrochemical water splitting, e.g. by selecting properties of the external electric field to increase susceptibility of water molecules to break up. The radiation that drives water-splitting may be solar radiation, which effectively represents a zero-cost energy input. The advantage of the invention arises because the increase in hydrogen generated that follows from application of the external electric field can have a calorific value greater than the energy required to generate the external electric field. The external electric field thus has a quasi-catalytic effect to promote more efficient conversion of the radiation into hydrogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
    Inventor: Niall J. ENGLISH
  • Patent number: 10154790
    Abstract: A method of monitoring sleep comprises simultaneously recording a person's electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmogram (PPG), deriving a plurality of parameters from the recorded data, and providing an output indicative of a sleep characteristic based upon an analysis of the parameters. The ECG and PPG may be recorded using an apparatus which is a combination of a Holter monitor and a pulse oximeter, which is wearable in ambulatory manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Eric C.-P. Chua, Gareth McDarby
  • Patent number: 10158537
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for determining quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a plurality of intrusive quality of experience scores associated with a plurality of intrusive audio transmission samples. The method may also include determining a plurality of non-intrusive quality of experience scores associated with a plurality of non-intrusive audio transmission samples. The method may further include deriving a quality of experience coefficient based upon a relationship between the plurality of intrusive quality of experience scores and the plurality of non-intrusive quality of experience scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama
  • Publication number: 20180344303
    Abstract: A fistula treatment system comprises a guide such as a guide coil 1101 which is adapted to extend partially around a tissue tract and an implant element 1102. The implant element 1102 is activated to draw tissue surrounding the tract inwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Eoin Bambury, Moshe ZILVERSMIT
  • Patent number: 10148526
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for determining quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a plurality of intrusive quality of experience scores associated with a plurality of intrusive audio transmission samples. The method may also include determining a plurality of non-intrusive quality of experience scores associated with a plurality of non-intrusive audio transmission samples. The method may further include deriving a quality of experience coefficient based upon a relationship between the plurality of intrusive quality of experience scores and the plurality of non-intrusive quality of experience scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama
  • Patent number: 10124172
    Abstract: A monitoring system has biomechanical sensors, physiological sensors and a controller which receive sensory inputs from the sensors to provide output signals for the output device, and it detects from the sensory inputs risk of a syncopal event The bio-mechanical sensors include sensors arranged to allow the processor to detect a user postures and posture transitions. The processor operates a finite state machine, in which there is a state corresponding to each of a plurality of user physical postures and to each of a plurality of transitions between said postures, and the processor determines a relevant state depending on the sensory inputs. A device output may be muscle stimulation to prevent syncope, and there are stimulation permissions associated with the finite state machine states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Declan Lyons, Colin Quinn, Gearóid Ó Laighin, Paul Breen, Brian Deegan, Fabio Quondamatteo
  • Patent number: 10100203
    Abstract: A curable coating composition comprising: (a) a silicate, such as sodium silicate, potassium silicate or lithium silicate; (b) a phosphate, such calcium phosphate, magnesium phosphate or sodium phosphate; and (c) a metal oxide, such as magnesium oxide, aluminum (III) oxide, scandium (III) oxide, yttrium (III) oxide, or zirconium oxide. Such curable coating compositions may be used as non-thermochromic (tailored based on expected operating environment) thermal control coating compositions for application to spacecraft and components thereof. As an alternative metal oxide component, for use in lower temperature applications, or in applications for which thermochromism at elevated temperatures is not a concern, the metal oxide may comprise zinc oxide. Also provided is a curable coating composition comprising: (a) a silicate (e.g. as above); (b) a phosphate (e.g. as above); and (c) a metal sulphate, such as a barium sulphate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Kevin A. J. Doherty, Barry Twomey, Kenneth Stanton
  • Patent number: 10091131
    Abstract: An indicator can be received from a client device. The indicator can indicate an agreement by a user of the client device to share device resources of the client device with an entity distinct from the client device and distinct from the user of the client device. Responsive to receiving from the client device the indicator indicating the agreement of the user of the of the client device to share the device resources of the client device with the entity, at least one network resource provided to the client device can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., David W. Malone, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20180271556
    Abstract: A device suitable for use in a body lumen and comprises an elongated control member having a distal and a proximal end, and a radially expansible member disposed at or near the distal end and adapted for collection and/or shearing of matter (i.e. thrombus) from a wall of the body lumen (i.e. a vein or an artery). The radially expansible member has a proximal end and a distal end and is adjustable between a contracted orientation and an expanded orientation. The elongated control member comprising a proximal arm connected at or adjacent to the proximal end of the radially expansible member and a distal arm connected at or adjacent to the distal end of the radially expansible member such that movement of one arm relative to the other arm effects adjustment of the diameter or radial strength of the radially expansible member. The device comprises a control mechanism operatively connected to both arms and adapted to provide resistance to the movement of one arm relative to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: National University of Ireland Galway
    Inventors: Mark BRUZZI, Saeid KASIRI GHAHI, Paul HENEGHAN
  • Patent number: 10078082
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the provision of antibody fragments capable of binding selectively to the Gal-?-(1?3)-Gal epitope. The invention further relates to assay systems comprising these antibody fragments for use in testing transplantation tissue for possible rejection complications. This epitope is often found on porcine tissue destined for human transplantation. The epitope is also found on biopharmaceuticals and on some infectious agents and accordingly the invention also provides assay systems for these applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
    Inventors: Stephen Cunningham, Emily Starr, Iain Shaw, John Glavin, Marian Kane, Lokesh Joshi
  • Patent number: 10079775
    Abstract: An indicator can be received from a client device. The indicator can indicate an agreement by a user of the client device to share device resources of the client device with an entity distinct from the client device and distinct from the user of the client device. Responsive to receiving from the client device the indicator indicating the agreement of the user of the of the client device to share the device resources of the client device with the entity, at least one network resource provided to the client device can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., David W. Malone, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10028733
    Abstract: A fistula treatment system comprises a guide such as a guide coil 1101 which is adapted to extend partially around a tissue tract and an implant element 1102. The implant element 1102 is activated to draw tissue surrounding the tract inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Eoin Bambury, Moshe Zilversmit