Patents Examined by Alex M Valvis
  • Patent number: 11980461
    Abstract: A method of monitoring depth of muscle relaxation of a patient includes applying a series of stimulations to a nerve of a patient and measuring muscle responses thereto. A maximal stimulus current, a supramaximal stimulus current, and/or a submaximal stimulus current are determined based on the muscle responses, wherein the maximal stimulus current is a current at which a maximal muscle response is produced from stimulating the nerve, the supramaximal stimulus current is greater than or equal to the maximal stimulus current, and the submaximal stimulus current is less than the maximal stimulus current. A first set of stimulations are applied to the nerve of the patient. Either the supramaximal stimulus current or the submaximal stimulus current are then selected for a subsequent series of stimulations based on the measured muscle responses to the first series of stimulations, and the subsequent series of stimulations are performed accordingly to monitor the patient's depth of muscle relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Mika Olli Kristian Sarkela, Mari Johanna Partio
  • Patent number: 11980464
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, a headset and a system for determining heart rate data of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GN AUDIO A/S
    Inventor: Tomasz Goldman
  • Patent number: 11974837
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement device includes an outer case; a base; a pump provided on the base such that the pump is shifted from a center of the outer case and located on one side as viewed in a circumferential direction of a living body; a drive unit provided on the base and located on one side of the pump as viewed in a direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction; an on-off valve provided on another side of the pump as viewed in the direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction; a pressure sensor provided on said another side of the pump as viewed in the direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction; and packing provided between the on-off valve and the pressure sensor and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignees: OMRON CORPORATION, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Mizuno, Noboru Kohara, Hirokazu Tanaka, Tomoyuki Nishida, Takashi Ono, Takanori Nishioka
  • Patent number: 11969245
    Abstract: Disclosed is an analyte measuring patch for invasive measuring a concentration of an analyte, in particular glucose. The analyte measuring patch includes a sensor with a working electrode (101), a counter electrode (103) and a reference electrode 102). The patch further includes an electronics unit with a microcontroller (1200) and a current measurement unit. The microcontroller (1200) includes a control output (DAC), a first analogue input (ADC-1) and a second analogue input (ADC-2). The control output (DAC) is operatively coupled with a control electrode, the control electrode being either of the working electrode or (101) or the counter electrode (103). The first analogue input (ADC-2) is operatively coupled with a measurement electrode via the current measurement unit, the measurement electrode being either of the working electrode (101) or the counter electrode (103). The second analogue input (ADC-1) is operatively coupled with the reference electrode (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Koelker, Frederic Wehowski
  • Patent number: 11969237
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement device includes an outer case; a base; a pump provided on a surface of the base such that the pump is shifted from a center of the outer case and located on one side as viewed in a circumferential direction of a living body; a first pressure sensor and a second pressure sensor that are provided such that the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor are arranged side by side in the circumferential direction and located on one side as viewed in a direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction; and a first on-off valve and a second on-off valve that are provided such that the first on-off valve and the second on-off valve are arranged side by side in the circumferential direction with reference to the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignees: OMRON CORPORATION, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Mizuno, Hirokazu Tanaka, Tomoyuki Nishida, Noboru Kohara, Kotaro Kitajo, Takashi Ono, Takanori Nishioka, Yoshihiko Sano
  • Patent number: 11969564
    Abstract: A guidewire comprises a core shaft, a coil body covering a distal end portion of the core shaft, and a coating agent covering an outer periphery of the coil body, wherein the coil body includes a distal coil body disposed on a distal side of the coil body, and a proximal coil body disposed on a proximal side of the distal coil body, a surface roughness of the proximal coil body is higher than a surface roughness of the distal coil body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Ushida
  • Patent number: 11963792
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods that track various aspects of a person's sleep and environment to optimize one or more aspects of the user's environment and sleep conditions, quality and duration, together or alone, and help make the one or more users maintain and prolong his or her deep sleep status and improve the their sleep duration and quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, Mark Andrew Christensen, Venkat Easwar, Steven D. Powell
  • Patent number: 11957467
    Abstract: Techniques (methods and devices) for neural stimulation through audio with dynamic modulation characteristics are disclosed. The techniques include receiving a mapping of sensor-input values and modulation-characteristic values, wherein each sensor-input value corresponds to a respective modulation-characteristic value; receiving an audio element from an audio source, wherein the audio element comprises at least one audio parameter; identifying an audio-parameter value of the audio parameter; receiving a sensor-input value from a sensor; determining a sensor-input value based on the sensor-input value; selecting from the mapping of sensor-input values and modulation-characteristic values, a modulation-characteristic value that corresponds to the sensor-input value; generating an audio output based on the audio-parameter value and the modulation-characteristic value; and playing the audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BrainFM, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. P. Woods, Daniel Clark
  • Patent number: 11957477
    Abstract: An allergen delivery system with a tray and delivery set. The delivery set includes a dispensing well. The dispensing well holds a wettable material to receive an allergen and provide it to a delivery barb that has been received into the dispensing well. A conduit is connected to the dispensing well, to receive the allergen and provide it to the dispensing well. A reservoir is connected to the conduit to receive the allergen and provide it to the conduit. A cap is disposed on the reservoir, with a hole, such that when a finger depresses the cap, the finger covers the hole and the depression creates pressure within the reservoir, which motivates an amount of the allergen to flow out from the reservoir through the conduit and into the dispensing well, to be absorbed by the wettable material, where the allergen is available for delivery to the barbed delivery applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Ty L. Prince, Herman J. Novak
  • Patent number: 11950878
    Abstract: Parametric model based computer implemented methods for determining the stiffness of a bone, systems for estimating h the stiffness of a bone in vivo, and methods for determining the stiffness of a bone. The computer implemented methods include determining a complex compliance frequency response function Y(f) and an associated complex stiffness frequency response function H(f) and independently fitting a parametric mathematical model to Y(f) and to H(f), and using a first measure of conformity and a second measure of conformity of the collected data to determine accuracy and repeatability of measurements. The systems include a device for measuring the stiffness of the bone in vivo and a data analyzer to determine a complex compliance frequency response function Y(f) and an associated complex stiffness frequency response function H(f).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: Lyn Bowman, Anne B. Loucks
  • Patent number: 11944420
    Abstract: The measurement of electrodermal activity (EDA) can be facilitated by a sensing surface. The sensing surface can have a plurality of electrode pairs. An electrode pair can include a first electrode and a second electrode that are electrically isolated from each other. The plurality of electrode pairs can be electrically isolated from each other. A distance between neighboring electrode pairs can be larger than a distance between the first electrode and a second electrode of each electrode pair. One or more sensors can be configured to detect contact with the sensing surface. In response to the one or more sensors detecting contact with the sensing surface, one or more electrode pairs can be selected to be activated. In response to the one or more electrode pairs being selected to be activated, the selected one or more electrode pairs can be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederico Marcolino Quintao Severgnini, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 11937910
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided for identifying the position of a catheter relative to internal tissue and controlling injection of a therapeutic substance(s) into the internal tissue. In one embodiment, a catheter includes one or more position sensing electrodes disposed at or near a distal end of the catheter that allow identifying the position of the catheter relative to the internal tissue. The catheter also includes one or more contact sensors that provide an indication of contact and/or contact forces between the catheter and internal tissue before and after a therapy delivery needle is extended from the catheter into the internal tissue. Outputs of the contact sensor(s) allows for confirming insertion of the therapy delivery needle into the internal tissue to a desired depth. Once inserted to the desired depth, a therapeutic substance may be injected into the internal tissue at the desired depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventor: Richard J. Olson
  • Patent number: 11931013
    Abstract: A capsule configured for collecting samples in the intestine, comprising a body delimiting at least one compartment for receiving samples and comprising at least one opening for samples intake, and a mobile mechanism for opening and/or closing the opening controlled by the dissolution of a material which is dissolvable in the intestine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES, CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE GRENOBLE
    Inventors: Philippe Cinquin, Denis Favier, Thierry Alonso, Aziz Bakri, Nawel Khalef, Jacques Thelu, Sylvain Besson, Donald Martin
  • Patent number: 11925444
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement device includes a bag-like pressing cuff wound around a measurement target site of a living body; a back plate arranged on the living body side of the pressing cuff; a bag-like sensing cuff arranged on the living body side of the back plate; a supply device configured to supply a fluid into the cuffs; first guides arranged on the living body side of the pressing cuff and configured to form wrinkles in a direction intersecting the winding direction; and second guides arranged on the living body side of the sensing cuff and configured to form wrinkles in the direction intersecting the winding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignees: OMRON CORPORATION, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nishida, Takanori Nishioka, Yoshihiko Sano, Brian Brigham, Takashi Ono
  • Patent number: 11925443
    Abstract: High blood pressure measurement accuracy can be achieved with a blood pressure monitor employing a double cuff structure. A blood pressure monitor of the present invention includes a pressing member that includes a pressure cuff having a bag shape capable of containing fluid and generates a pressing force toward a measurement site of a subject when the pressing member is wound around the measurement site and the pressure cuff is inflated, and a controller that controls an operation of the adjuster such that the fluid is contained in the sensing cuff in an amount corresponding to biometric information about the subject and the pressure cuff is inflated or inflated and deflated in this state when performing a blood pressure measurement, and calculates a blood pressure value of the subject based on an output from the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignees: OMRON CORPORATION, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Nishikawa, Shuhei Ojiro
  • Patent number: 11925485
    Abstract: An example of a system for monitoring and treating respiratory distress in a patient may include one or more non-invasive monitoring devices to acquire patient condition signals and a respiratory distress monitoring circuit to monitor a state of the respiratory distress using the patient condition signals. The respiratory distress monitoring circuit may include a signal processing circuit to generate patient condition parameters using the patient condition signals and a respiratory distress analyzer, which may include a parameter analysis circuit and a notification circuit. The parameter analysis circuit may be configured to produce a patient condition metric being a function of the patient condition parameters and to perform prediction and/or detection of an exacerbation of the respiratory distress based on the patient condition metric. The notification circuit may be configured to produce an alert notifying a result of the performance of the prediction and/or detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Mary Annoni, Bryan Allen Clark, Jeffrey E. Stahmann, Viktoria A. Averina
  • Patent number: 11918348
    Abstract: Medical devices configured for in vivo assays of one or more analytes can sometimes be problematic if left inserted in a tissue, such as skin, for an extended time. Certain medical device surface profiles may aid in alleviating this issue. Accordingly, medical devices may comprise a base surface having a tissue-facing surface profile defined thereon, and a sensor extending through the base surface and at least a portion of the tissue-facing surface profile. The tissue-facing surface profile deviates from the base surface, and the tissue-facing surface profile is also configured to undergo a change in shape, hardness, or a combination thereof after contacting a tissue for a length of time. A dynamic material may be present in at least a portion of the tissue-facing surface profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan McCanless, Hyun Brian Cho, Benjamin Feldman, Frank David Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 11911188
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for non-invasively monitoring a health condition. The apparatus for monitoring health according to an example embodiment of the disclosure includes: a pulse wave sensor configured to obtain a first pulse wave signal in a first contact state of an object and a second pulse wave signal in a second contact state of the object; and a processor configured to estimate a degree of vasodilation based on an alternating current (AC) component of each of the first pulse wave signal and the second pulse wave signal, configured to monitor a vascular health condition based on the estimated degree of vasodilation, and configured to output a result of monitoring the vascular health condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: So Young Lee, Jeong Eun Hwang, Ka Ram Choi
  • Patent number: 11911172
    Abstract: An automated allergy office system and method provides a medical professional with a new allergy treatment plan to administer to a patient. The automated allergy office system comprises a viewing device to select a test site on the patient's skin that is clear. A multiple test applicator is in cooperative engagement with a fluid tray and delivers a small amount of a first allergen to a first test site on the patient's skin as a small amount of a second allergen is delivered to a second test site on the patient's skin. The allergy condition of the patient is detected as a wheal forms at the first test site after fifteen minutes. The elements of the treatment plan are retrieved from a database for treating the patient's allergy condition. The patient's electronic medical record is checked to confirm that the allergy treatment is new for this patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Ty L. Prince, Herman J. Novak
  • Patent number: 11903685
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating bio-information includes a sensor part configured to measure a pulse wave signal and a contact force of an object, while the object is in contact with the sensor part. The apparatus further includes a processor configured to extract a first feature from the measured pulse wave signal and the measured contact force, select one estimation model from a plurality of estimation models, based on a second feature of a user corresponding to the object, and estimate the bio-information, by inputting the extracted first features in the selected estimation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang University
    Inventors: Jin Woo Choi, Joon-Hyuk Jang, Youn Ho Kim, Chang Mok Choi, Tae-Jun Park, Kwangsub Song