Patents Examined by Aaron F Roane
  • Patent number: 10772682
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Patent number: 10765884
    Abstract: Various embodiments of and methods for providing therapeutic light or electromagnetic radiation stimulation to a patient are disclosed and described. Therapeutic light stimulation is provided to a patient through a light source, and is configured to trigger or induce resonance or high amplitude oscillations in a cardiovascular system of the patient. Inducing such oscillations or resonance can aid in training autonomic reflexes and improve their functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Steven G Dean, Frederick Muench
  • Patent number: 10743849
    Abstract: A stapling system comprising an end effector, a staple cartridge, a rigid shaft, an articulation joint, an articulation system, a clamping member, and a firing system comprising a sled movable within the staple cartridge to eject staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke, an electric motor, and a firing actuator is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw rotatable relative to the first jaw between an unclamped position and a clamped position. The clamping member is configured to rotate the second iaw into the clamped position. The stapling system further comprises a system responsive to the clamping of the second iaw which enables the staple firing stroke to be performed after the second jaw has been rotated into the clamped position, and a system configured to maintain an orientation of the end effector about the articulation joint during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Stephen J. Balek, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10736781
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a device comprises a laser device and a control computer. The laser device directs a laser beam with laser energy through an outer portion of an eye to a target portion of the eye. The control computer receives an optical density measurement of the outer portion, determines the laser energy according to the optical density measurement, and instructs the laser device to direct the laser beam with the laser energy through the outer portion of the eye to the target portion of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Sissimos Lemonis, Stefan Wendl
  • Patent number: 10716588
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a shaft (1) on which a first handle (3) is formed, a pushing part (2) which is actuated by a second handle (4), and a force accumulator for returning the pushing part (2), wherein the force accumulator and the pushing part (2) are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KARL KLAPPENECKER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Spitznagel
  • Patent number: 10702414
    Abstract: An inflatable convective pad for warming a person during surgery has two ends, two sides, and at least two openings, each located in an area of the pad between the two ends and between a respective side and the center of the pad. The openings, which may be in the form of slits, allow the threading of a sheet or the person's arms through the pad to restrain the arms during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas P. Anderson, Mark J. Scott
  • Patent number: 10702209
    Abstract: Methods and systems for planning and forming incisions in a cornea, lens capsule, and/or crystalline lens nucleus are disclosed. A method includes measuring spatial dispositions, relative to a laser surgery system, of at least portions of the corneal anterior and posterior surfaces. A spatial disposition of an incision of the cornea is generated based at least in part on the measured corneal anterior and posterior spatial dispositions and at least one corneal incision parameter. A composite image is displayed that includes an image representative of the measured corneal anterior and posterior surfaces and an image representing the corneal incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Woodley, Javier Gonzalez, Katrina Bell Sheehy, Daniel Oliveira Santos, Darrel Q. Pham, Paul Daniel Gallagher, Lawrence Edward Miller
  • Patent number: 10682525
    Abstract: Aspects disclosed herein include systems, apparatuses, and methods for administration of a one or more wavelengths of UVA light in an effective amount to an area/target for reducing pathogen growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Emil I. Cohen, Lori E. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10661080
    Abstract: A cardiac lead system is provided. The lead is placed epicardially through the transverse pericardial sinus with integrated curvatures to prevent the lead from slipping out of the transverse pericardial sinus. Interaction with multiple chambers of the heart is facilitated in a single lead, without anchors that embed into the heart wall. Multiple electrodes can be grouped over each targeted heart area to ensure adequate electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Kobara Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatakrishna N. Tholakanahalli, Andy C. Pfahnl, John J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10646721
    Abstract: A method of subcutaneously injecting and anchoring a device to a bone, a muscle, and/or a tissue in a patient, the device having a clip configured to anchor the device to the bone, the muscle, or the tissue, includes making an incision in the patient. An instrument pre-loaded with the device is inserted through the incision. The instrument is advanced to the bone, the muscle, and/or the tissue upon which the device is to be anchored. A clip of the device is pushed onto the bone, the muscle, and/or the tissue using the instrument. The device is anchored to the bone, the muscle, and/or the tissue using the clip on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Manicka Institute LLC
    Inventor: Yatheendhar D. Manicka
  • Patent number: 10624699
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of a subcutaneous fat region includes a source of electromagnetic radiation generating electromagnetic radiation having a non-fat selective wavelength. A delivery system is coupled to the source of electromagnetic radiation and is configured to deliver the electromagnetic radiation to the subcutaneous fat region for at least 300 seconds. A controller is configured to adjust an average power density based on a thickness of skin overlying the subcutaneous fat region, and to cause necrosis of at least one fat cell in the subcutaneous fat region. The non-fat selective wavelength is 950 nm to 1090 nm, 1100 nm to 1160 nm, 1,300 nm to 1625 nm, or 1,800 nm to 2,200 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Candela Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Schomacker, James C. Hsia
  • Patent number: 10624786
    Abstract: A photo detector is selectively coupled to a first integrator or a second integrator with switching circuitry when the laser pulses. An integration time of the signal from the photo detector can be substantially greater than an amount of time between successive laser beam pulses in order to provide an accurate measurement of each laser beam pulse of a high repetition rate pulsed laser. The laser may comprise a clock coupled to an optical switch of the laser system, and control circuitry can control switching and coupling of the detector to the first integrator or the second integrator in response to the clock signal. The first integrator and the second integrator can be selectively coupled to an output such that the first integrator or the second integrator is coupled to the output of the energy detection circuitry when the other integrator is coupled to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Jan C. Wysopal, Yu-Tai Ray Chen
  • Patent number: 10610297
    Abstract: A device for treating spinal tissue of a patient's body may include an energy source and first and second probe assemblies. Each of the probe assemblies may have an electrically conductive energy delivery device electrically coupled to the energy source, and may also have an electrothermal device for cooling the probe assembly. The device is configured so that the energy source delivers energy to the spinal tissue through the energy delivery devices in a bipolar mode that concentrates delivered energy between the energy delivery devices to create a lesion within the spinal tissue while the electrothermal devices cool the probe assemblies. Related methods of use include cooling, at times via an electrothermal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Leung, Krishan Shah, Laura Conquergood, Subashini Chandran, Neil Godara
  • Patent number: 10603522
    Abstract: An ultrasound therapy system and method is provided that provides directional, focused ultrasound to localized regions of tissue within body joints, such as spinal joints. An ultrasound emitter or transducer is delivered to a location within the body associated with the joint and heats the target region of tissue associated with the joint from the location. Such locations for ultrasound transducer placement may include for example in or around the intervertebral discs, or the bony structures such as vertebral bodies or posterior vertebral elements such as facet joints. Various modes of operation provide for selective, controlled heating at different temperature ranges to provide different intended results in the target tissue, which ranges are significantly affected by pre-stressed tissues such as in-vivo intervertebral discs. In particular, treatments above 70 degrees C., and in particular 75 degrees C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Chris J. Diederich, Jeffrey C. Lotz, Will Nau, David S. Bradford
  • Patent number: 10603107
    Abstract: A medical laser system includes a crystal-based laser, an electrosurgery or electrocautery device, a power supply for powering the crystal-based laser and the electrosurgery or electrocautery device, and a controller operably connected to the crystal-based laser, the electrosurgery or electrocautery device, and the power supply. The controller is programmed to: (a) activate the crystal-based laser by controlling power supplied by the power supply to the laser responsive to a laser activation input by a user; and (b) activate the electrosurgery or electrocautery device by controlling power supplied by the power supply to the electrosurgery or electrocautery device responsive to an electrosurgery or electrocautery device activation input by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Lymol Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Libor Krupica
  • Patent number: 10596379
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating neurological disorders comprising at least one electrode implantable in a patient's brain and a processing and stimulation device connected to the at least one electrode. The processing and stimulation device comprises at least one stimulation module adapted to generate a stimulation signal characterised by a plurality of parameters; at least one acquisition module adapted to acquire a signal characteristic of cerebral activity and determine its power in at least one frequency band; and at least one control module of at least one parameter of the stimulation signal as a function of the power of the signal characteristic of cerebral activity acquired, based on a transfer function having a saturating trend, wherein the transfer function is configured to set the at least one parameter of the stimulation signal differently dependent on a plurality of power ranges, by keeping the parameter within a predetermined stimulation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEWRONIKA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Mattia Arlotti, Alberto Priori, Lorenzo Rossi
  • Patent number: 10589131
    Abstract: An ultrasound therapy system and method is provided that provides directional, focused ultrasound to localized regions of tissue within body joints, such as spinal joints. An ultrasound emitter or transducer is delivered to a location within the body associated with the joint and heats the target region of tissue associated with the joint from the location. Such locations for ultrasound transducer placement may include for example in or around the intervertebral discs, or the bony structures such as vertebral bodies or posterior vertebral elements such as facet joints. Various modes of operation provide for selective, controlled heating at different temperature ranges to provide different intended results in the target tissue, which ranges are significantly affected by pre-stressed tissues such as in-vivo intervertebral discs. In particular, treatments above 70 degrees C., and in particular 75 degrees C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Chris J. Diederich, Jeffrey C. Lotz, Will Nau, David S. Bradford
  • Patent number: 10575903
    Abstract: A treatment device is disclosed for treatment of a living body lumen. The treatment device can include an optical fiber having an emitting part that emits laser light from a side circumferential surface. Two or more grooves are provided in the emitting part at places different in a longitudinal direction of the emitting part. The two or more grooves have two or more kinds of shapes and intensities of the laser light emitted from the grooves adjacent to each other are different. A maximum region of intensity of the laser light emitted from the emitting part is located on one end side relative to a center position in the longitudinal direction of the emitting part. The intensity of the laser light emitted from the emitting part on the other end side of the emitting part relative to a position of the maximum region decreases toward the other end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Shimizu, Yuuki Itou, Yuuichi Tada
  • Patent number: 10569098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapy system for the treatment of the skin and subdermis with light. The system comprises a NIR light source which produces light with a wavelength adapted to an absorption maximum for exciting molecular oxygen in aqueous solution; an image recognition unit for detecting papillary end arterioles and their x-y-z coordinates, wherein a respective depth underneath the skin surface is determined as the z-coordinate by an autofocus function; an optical system for the optical coupling of the light of the NIR light source and the pattern recognition unit to the skin, with a focussing unit to controllably position the light with at least one focus point in the skin; and a control unit to control the NIR light source, the image recognition unit, and the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Euvaira Biotechs (PTY) LTD
    Inventors: Markus Depfenhart, Jörg Müller
  • Patent number: 10568691
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus for stimulating cellulite reduction using a femtosecond diode laser irradiation system. The system comprises a femtosecond diode laser capable of generating laser light that has a wavelength of 1000 nm-10,000 nm, a power level of 300 mw-5 W, and a pulse duration of less than 1 picosecond. A light-emitting device is coupled to the diode laser by means of flexible waveguide and is held over the skin. The device may be a handheld wand or an area pad comprising a plurality of light-emitting lenses on a surface of the pad. Laser setting controls are set to achieve a depth of photon absorption into the skin to reach subcutaneous adipose tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LaserStim, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Robin Segel, Jeff Adelglass