Patents Examined by Aaron Roane
  • Patent number: 10219946
    Abstract: A method and a system for detecting a movement of a surface on an irradiated sample involves a light source for irradiating the surface with a coherent light beam, a detector for detecting variations caused by the movement in a speckle pattern produced by reflections of the light beam at the surface, selecting a single speckle from the speckle pattern, and detecting the variations at the selected speckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Fritz, Ralf Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 10213618
    Abstract: Disclosed is a therapeutic lamp platform combination light therapy mask. According to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, provided is a phototherapy device comprising a therapeutic lamp platform including a mask including a plurality of radiant lamps having a mixed combination of different wavelength radiant energy and disposed to communicate the radiant energy to a user treatment area, the plurality of radiant lamps further disposed to provide radiant therapy to provide a first treatment session including a first set of wavelength radiant energy, and a second treatment session including a second set of wavelength radiant energy including at least one wavelength radiant energy not provided in the first treatment session; and a frame for supporting the mask on a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jay Tapper, Lawrence A. Blaustein, David Shuter, Charles Peter Althoff
  • Patent number: 10213617
    Abstract: Configurations are described for utilizing light-activated proteins within cell membranes and subcellular regions to assist with medical treatment paradigms, such as hypertension treatment via anatomically specific and temporally precise modulation of renal plexus activity. The invention provides for proteins, nucleic acids, vectors and methods for genetically targeted expression of light-sensitive proteins to specific cells or defined cell populations. In particular the invention provides systems, devices, and methods for millisecond-timescale temporal control of certain cell activities using moderate light intensities, such as the generation or inhibition of electrical spikes in nerve cells and other excitable cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Circuit Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lundmark, Karl Deisseroth, Fred Moll, Dan Andersen, Alexander K. Arrow
  • Patent number: 10195080
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for creating an aqueous flow pathway in the trabecular meshwork, juxtacanalicular trabecular meshwork and Schlemm's canal of an eye for reducing elevated intraocular pressure. Some embodiments described apparatus and methods useful in photoablation of tissues. In some embodiments, a photoablation apparatus is used to perforate a tissue, forming an aperture into a space behind the tissue. Gases formed during a photoablation process can be used to pressurize the space behind the tissue to enhance patency of the space. In some embodiments the tissue is the trabecular meshwork of the eye and a wall of Schlemm's canal, and the space behind the tissue is a portion of the lumen of Schlemm's canal. In some embodiments, the method is useful in the treatment of glaucoma by improving outflow from the anterior chamber of the eye into Schlemm's canal, reducing intraocular pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Michael S. Berlin
  • Patent number: 10195458
    Abstract: Disclosed is a therapeutic lamp platform controller. According to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, provided is a controller comprising a power source; a control circuit operatively connected to the power source, the control circuit including one or more outputs to drive a plurality of radiant lamps associated with a therapeutic lamp platform, the plurality of radiant lamps including a mixed combination of different wavelength radiant energy and the plurality of radiant lamps disposed to communicate the radiant energy to a user treatment area; a user display operatively connected to the control circuit; and a user control switch operatively connected to the control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to control a dosage amount of radiant energy communicated to the user treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Tapper, Lawrence A. Blaustein, David Shuter, Charles Peter Althoff, Bradley Feild Craddock
  • Patent number: 10194931
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for performing various procedures using interchangeable end effectors. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgeon to remotely and selectively attach various interchangeable surgical end effectors to a shaft located within a patient's body, thus allowing the surgeon to perform various procedures without the need to remove the shaft from the patient's body. In an exemplary embodiment, multiple end effectors can be introduced into a body cavity. The end effectors can be disassociated or separate from one another such that they float within the body cavity. A distal end of a shaft can be positioned within the body cavity and it can be used to selectively engage one of the end effectors. In particular, the device can be configured to allow each end effector to be remotely attached and detached from the distal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Coe, James W. Voegele, Gary L. Long, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Kyle P. Moore, Robert P. Gill
  • Patent number: 10183150
    Abstract: A deflectable device, such as a catheter, is provided that includes a hinge that enhances the ability of the device to deflect or bend within a predetermined plane. The catheter comprises an elongated tubular catheter body having proximal and distal ends and at least one lumen extending therethrough. A distal segment is provided distal to the distal end of the catheter body. A tubular hinge is provided between the distal end of the catheter body and the proximal end of the distal segment. The hinge has an axis and at least one lumen extending therethrough. The tube includes at least one slot, and preferably a plurality of slots, extending part of the way through the hinge generally transverse to the axis of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. McDaniel, Martin F. O'Sullivan, James K. Lee
  • Patent number: 10182734
    Abstract: A catheter for ablating tissue is provided. The catheter comprises an elongated generally-tubular catheter body having proximal and distal ends. An electrode assembly is provided at the distal end of the catheter body. The electrode assembly including a porous electrode arrangement that is generally transverse to the catheter body. The porous electrode arrangement comprises one or more electrodes electrically connected to a suitable energy source and a porous sleeve mounted in surrounding relation to the one or more electrodes and defining an open space between the porous sleeve and the one more electrodes. One or more irrigation openings fluidly connect the open space to a lumen extending through the catheter through which fluid can pass. In use, fluid passes through the lumen in the catheter, through the one or more irrigation openings, into the open space and through the porous sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin O'Sullivan, James K. Lee, Irma Hill
  • Patent number: 10172644
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method of treating a skin surface of a subject comprises heating a skin surface, abrading native skin tissue of a subject using a microdermabrasion device, wherein using the microdermabrasion device comprises moving the microdermabrasion device relative to the skin surface while simultaneously delivering at least one treatment fluid to the skin surface being treated and cooling the abraded skin surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Edge Systems LLC
    Inventors: Roger Ignon, Ed F. Nicolas, Scott R. Mallett
  • Patent number: 10166402
    Abstract: A method and device are presented for providing patient safe light to a wound. The device includes a radiation source producing flora lethal radiation wavelengths, a radiation conduit detachably optically coupled to the radiation source, and a patch remotely located from the radiation source configured to at least partially conform to a surface contour of the wound. The patch includes a flexible panel formed of a radiation transmitting material able to withstand sterilization, including at least one surface with a disturbed surface area configured to emit radiation upon the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Excelitas Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Kevin Brennan, Thomas Papanek
  • Patent number: 10143516
    Abstract: A remotely deflectable electrophysiology/ablation catheter of the type intended for placing into an interior passage of the heart. The distal end of the catheter has a pair of tension/compression members each with a flattened end portion connected to the distal electrode and extending through the catheter casing and attached to an actuator for effecting the tension/compression thereon for remotely curling the distal end of the catheter. Spaced ring electrodes are provided adjacent the distal electrode. A permanent bend is pre-formed in the casing and tension/compression members adjacent the ring electrodes about an axis perpendicular to the elongated tension/compression members. Movement of the remote actuator causes the distal portion of the catheter to curl into a lariat in a plane perpendicular to the axis along the elongated catheter casing, thus permitting electrical mapping or ablation with the distal and/or ring electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Rassoll Rashidi
  • Patent number: 10130424
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a treatment device and corresponding treatment method for laser wound healing, the device and method making use of the simultaneous action of multiple laser types and laser wavelengths which are applied at human tissue. The treatment device generally includes a laser system and a hand-piece which is coupled to the laser system. The hand-piece is designed so that one or multiple laser beams are applied at relatively small spot and at a relatively high power level, and are surrounded by a relatively large spot of another laser beam with a relatively low power level. In a preferred implementation, the hand-piece is adapted to facilitate the emission of first and second laser beams together with a third laser beam which is delivered at a different spatial profile in comparison to the first and second laser beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BIOLASE, INC.
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Vladimir Netchitailo, Amado Carino
  • Patent number: 10117777
    Abstract: Providing neuroprotective therapy for glaucoma includes generating a micropulsed laser light beam having parameters and characteristics, including pulse length, power, and duty cycle, selected to create a therapeutic effect with no visible laser lesions or tissue damage to the retina. The laser light beam is applied to retinal and/or foveal tissue of an eye having glaucoma or a risk of glaucoma to create a therapeutic effect to the retinal and/or foveal tissue exposed to the laser light beam without destroying or permanently damaging the retinal and/or foveal tissue and improve function or condition of an optic nerve and/or retinal ganglion cells of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ojai Retinal Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Luttrull, Benjamin W. L. Margolis, David B. Chang
  • Patent number: 10099066
    Abstract: A laser ionization therapy assembly having a reservoir defined by a peripheral wall and a base; a support device having a support coupling member and a support opening; and a laser module accommodating a laser diode, the laser module having an opening and a laser module coupling member, wherein the support device is fixedly attached to the peripheral wall of the reservoir and the laser module is detachably coupled thereto, wherein the laser diode is positioned at an angle relative to the base of the reservoir so that laser light is directed through the openings of the laser module and support device to a predetermined location within the reservoir at a height of between ½ inch to 1 inch above the base, and wherein the laser light has a wavelength of between about 630 and 640 nm and a peak power of about 10 mW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Hamilton, James Steve Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10064582
    Abstract: This document describes assessment of human physiological systems. Various noninvasive sensors can be used to detect vitals and other parameters and combined with mathematical models to assess the functional state of physiological systems. Conventional techniques can use invasive sensors to monitor cardiac pressures and volumes, along with pressure transit to quantify cardiovascular health. While known to be effective these invasive techniques often require surgery and are resource intensive limiting their use to cases where the risks and costs are of clear immediate benefit. In contrast, noninvasive health monitors present little if any risk and are easy to use. Further, the techniques described herein can determine trends in a person's cardiovascular health. With these trends, a person can know if the effort they expend to improve heart health actually makes a difference. Further, negative trends can be found that can spur people to improve their health or get medical attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10052152
    Abstract: A magnetically-guided catheter includes a tip positioning magnet in the distal electrode assembly configured to interact with externally applied magnetic fields for magnetically-guided movement. A magnetically-guided mapping catheter includes an electrically-conductive capsule in the form of a casing that includes a distal ablation surface and isolates the positioning magnet from bio-fluids to prevent corrosion. An open irrigation ablation catheter includes an isolated manifold that isolates the positioning magnet from contact with irrigation fluid to prevent corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy T. Tegg, James V. Kauphusman
  • Patent number: 10052121
    Abstract: A cardiac ablation method including the following steps: inserting a treatment catheter into an atrium of a heart, the treatment catheter including an ultrasound emitter; positioning the ultrasound emitter to face heart tissue within the left atrium outside of a pulmonary vein; emitting ultrasound energy from the ultrasound emitter while rotating the ultrasound emitter about a rotation axis; and ablating heart tissue with the ultrasound energy to form a lesion outside of a pulmonary vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Vytronus, Inc.
    Inventors: Hira V. Thapliyal, David A. Gallup, James W. Arenson
  • Patent number: 9987090
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may include an apparatus including an optical fiber having a distal end and configured to emit a beam of energy. The apparatus may also include a first lens coupled to the distal end of the optical fiber and a sheath including a channel and a second lens positioned on a distal region of the sheath. The optical fiber may be disposed within the channel of the sheath to permit relative movement between the first lens and the second lens and thereby adjust a beam of energy that exits the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamie Li
  • Patent number: 9987089
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device and a method for monitoring and optimizing photothermal therapy, using a high-power continuous-wave laser beam and a pulsed laser beam, both transmitted through a single soft, multi-mode optical fiber with a diffuse active tip, to interstitially irradiate the target tissue at the same time. The continuous-wave laser light induces photothermal effect and increases tissue temperature and the pulsed laser light produces a photoacoustic signal. The photoacoustic signal intensity is used to monitor the temperature changes in the target tissue and to guide the irradiation of the high-power laser to optimize the photothermal effect by adjusting the light intensity and irradiation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: University of Central Oklahoma
    Inventors: Wei R. Chen, Feifan Zhou, Zhifang Li, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 9987088
    Abstract: A method of treating a subcutaneous fat region is provided. The method includes generating electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength of about 1,200 nm to about 1,230 nm and delivering an average power density of less than or equal to about 2.3 W/cm2 of the electromagnetic radiation to the subcutaneous fat region for at least 300 seconds. The method also includes cooling an epidermal region and at least a portion of a dermal region overlying the subcutaneous fat region for at least a portion of the at least 300 seconds. The method further includes causing necrosis of at least one fat cell in the subcutaneous fat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Candela Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Schomacker, James C. Hsia