Patents Examined by Alyssa M. Alter
  • Patent number: 11065442
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulating device and system provides for a remote determination of the identity of the person in whom the stimulating device is implanted. The stimulating device may be a pacemaker, a defibrillator, another medical device or a non-medical device. The bases for the remote identification are (1) the comingling of (A) biologic identification information of the person linked to the stimulating device, and (B) information pertaining to a physiologic parameter (e.g. heart rate information) of that person, and (2) the modulation of the physiologic parameter by external information. Embodiments of the invention in which the stimulating device is external to the person are possible. By utilizing the apparatus providing for the remote identification of a person plus stimulating device, one aspect of secure communication—that based on reliable mutual identification of each participant in a communication—is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Matos
  • Patent number: 11064938
    Abstract: Provided are systems, methods, and devices for providing mediation of a traumatic brain injury. Systems may include an interface, processing devices, and a controller. The interface is configured to obtain measurements from a brain of a user with a traumatic brain injury. A first processing device is configured to generate multiple brain state parameters characterizing one or more features of a brain state of the user. A second processing device is configured to generate models of the brain of the user based on the plurality of brain state parameters and the plurality of measurements, and determine, using the models and training data comprising one or more mediation data points, a mediation procedure for reducing one or more symptoms of the traumatic brain injury. The mediation procedure is provided to one or more entities, and one or more control signals are generated by the controller based on the mediation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: StimScience Inc.
    Inventor: Anantha K. Pradeep
  • Patent number: 11065155
    Abstract: System and method for providing diagnostic, imaging procedures and surgical laser treatments generating patterns of laser light on target tissue of a patient. The system includes aiming and treatment light beams originating from the same visible laser emitting diode, a scanner for generating patterns of points of light of the generated light, a controller, and a user interface that allows the user to select one of several possible point of light patterns, adjusts the point of light intensity and/or duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: VISUMEDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tarek A. Shazly, Mark A. Latina
  • Patent number: 11065466
    Abstract: A system for managing care of a person receiving emergency cardiac assistance is disclosed that includes one or more capacitors for delivering a defibrillating shock to a patient; one or more electronic ports for receiving signals from sensors for obtaining indications of an electrocardiogram (ECG) for the patient; a patient treatment module executable on one or more computer processors to provide a determination of a likelihood of success from delivering a future defibrillating shock to the person with the one or more capacitors, using (a) information about a prior defibrillating shock, and (b) a value that is a function of current ECG signals from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Weilun Quan, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 11058349
    Abstract: A monitoring non-invasive device for handling of sleep apnea, snoring and emergency situations operates for breathing assistance by means of transdermal stimulation of muscle groups including the pectoralis majoris, the serratus anterior, and the abdominal muscles. A wrist mounted version may alarm drivers or others requiring focus or concentration when they fall asleep and may alert a medical center. The invention may have a pulse oximeter on a person's wrist/finger to monitor their breathing while asleep, and in the event of a serious snoring or sleep apnea episode, activate the breathing assistance pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ovadia Sagiv, Moshe Hayik
  • Patent number: 11058344
    Abstract: A system and method for accelerating confirmation of cardiac arrhythmias is provided. The system includes memory to store specific executable instructions. One or more processors are configured to execute the specific executable instructions for obtaining a far field cardiac activity (CA) data set that includes far field CA signals for a series of beats. The CA data set includes a first CA data subset and a remainder CA data subset. The system analyzes the CA data set for an arrhythmia of interest utilizing a primary detection process having primary criteria. During a first phase of the primary detection process the system analyzes the first CA data subset to determine whether the first CA data subset satisfies at least a portion of the primary criteria. When the first CA data subset satisfies at least the portion of the primary criteria, the system initiates a secondary confirmation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Fady Dawoud, Diming Cao
  • Patent number: 11040193
    Abstract: An implantable nerve electrode is provided that comprises an electrically insulating substrate with conductor traces running therein, electrode contacts and connection contacts, wherein the conductor traces connect the electrode contacts to the connection contacts, and wherein the electrode contacts can be connected to the nerves of a nervous system, each of the conductor traces having an at least partial sheathing made of a polymer that is mechanically strong and a good insulator. Also provided is a method for producing an implantable nerve electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: CorTec GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schüttler, Fabian Köhler
  • Patent number: 11027123
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for applying electrical stimulation to a body by an electrode spaced from a target nerve of passage. It has been discovered that pain felt, or perceived to be felt, in a given region of the body can be treated by stimulating muscle close to a “nerve of passage” in a region that is superior (i.e., cranial or upstream toward the spinal column) to the region where pain is felt, such as in a case of post-amputation residual limb pain, or purportedly felt in the case of post-amputation phantom limb pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, Rosemary H. Zang
  • Patent number: 11020586
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead including a lead body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length, wherein the distal end of the lead body is formed into a hook or coil shape; a plurality of electrodes disposed along the hook or coil at the distal end of the lead body; a plurality of terminals disposed on the proximal end of the lead body; and a plurality of conductors, each conductor electrically coupling at least one of the electrodes to at least one of the terminals. The lead can be used to stimulate, for example, a dorsal root ganglion with the hook-shaped or coil-shaped distal end disposed around a portion of the dorsal root ganglion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Jacob B. Leven
  • Patent number: 11020600
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes a housing. A first ID tag is secured relative to the housing at a first position and defines a first radiopaque manufacturer code section that visually identifies a manufacturer of the implantable medical device. A second ID tag is secured relative to the housing at a second position that is offset from the first position in at least one dimension. The second ID tag defines a second radiopaque manufacturer code section that also visually identifies the manufacturer of the implantable medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Brian L. Schmidt, Bryan J. Swackhamer, Robert Allen Jones, Steven A. Kubow
  • Patent number: 11013914
    Abstract: An implantable device for providing electrical stimulation of cervical vagus nerves for treatment of chronic cardiac dysfunction is provided. A stimulation therapy lead includes helical electrodes configured to conform to an outer diameter of a cervical vagus nerve sheath, and a set of connector pins electrically connected to the helical electrodes. A neurostimulator includes an electrical receptacle into which the connector pins are securely and electrically coupled. The neurostimulator also includes a pulse generator configured to therapeutically stimulate the vagus nerve through the helical electrodes in alternating cycles of stimuli application and stimuli inhibition that are tuned to both efferently activate the heart's intrinsic nervous system and afferently activate the patient's central reflexes by triggering bi-directional action potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Badri Amurthur, Bruce H. Kenknight
  • Patent number: 10994131
    Abstract: Methods of treating pain are disclosed, wherein a non-pulsed, low-frequency electrical current is applied to the nerve carrying the pain signals in order to suppress transmission of those signals. In desired embodiments, the current is applied in a direction transverse to the nerve axis. Such currents have been found not to induce motor-neuron recruitment, meaning these methods can treat pain without causing muscle spasm or other muscular responses. A cuff for applying such a current transverse to the nerve axis is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Dominique M. Durand, Brian Wodlinger
  • Patent number: 10980595
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating tissue parameters, including mass of tissue to be treated and a thermal resistance scale factor between the tissue and an electrode of an energy delivery device, are disclosed. The method includes sensing tissue temperatures, estimating a mass of the tissue and a thermal resistance scale factor between the tissue and an electrode, and controlling an electrosurgical generator based on the estimated mass and the estimated thermal resistance scale factor. The method may be performed iteratively and non-iteratively. The iterative method may employ a gradient descent algorithm that iteratively adds a derivative step to the estimates of the mass and thermal resistance scale factor until a condition is met. The non-iterative method includes selecting maximum and minimum temperature differences and estimating the mass and the thermal resistance scale factor based on a predetermined reduction point from the maximum temperature difference to the minimum temperature difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert H. Wham
  • Patent number: 10980570
    Abstract: Implantation of a cardiac stimulus system using the intercostal veins. Superior, intercostal, and inferior access methods are discussed and disclosed. Superior access may be performed by entering the brachiocephalic vein from a jugular, subclavian, or other vein, and then accessing the internal thoracic vein, traversing a portion of the internal thoracic vein and then accessing an intercostal vein therefrom. Inferior access may be accomplished inferior to the lower rib margin via the superior epigastric vein, advancing superiorly into the internal thoracic vein and then accessing an intercostal vein therefrom. Intercostal access may include creating an opening in an intercostal space between two ribs and advancing a needle using ultrasound guidance to enter the intercostal vein directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Andrew L. De Kock, James O. Gilkerson, James K. Cawthra, Jr., Christopher Alan Fuhs, Daniel J. Foster, Peter Hall
  • Patent number: 10974041
    Abstract: The invention provides devices, apparatuses, systems and methods for treating and ameliorating inflammation of the gut. In particular, the invention provides devices, apparatuses and methods in which a neuromodulatory signal is delivered a splenic nerve and/or superior mesenteric plexus (SMP). The signal is able to treat inflammatory disorders, e.g., colitis, for example in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel John Chew, Wouter Jacob De Jonge, Hans Jakob Kristoffer Famm, Sonal Patel, Olaf Welting
  • Patent number: 10952685
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for detecting onset of cardiac arrest utilizing a perfusion monitor. Detecting cardiac arrest comprises transmitting a signal toward a user to interact with the skin of the user, receiving a reflection of the signal, generating a photoplethysmogram, and processing the photoplethysmogram to detect whether the user is experiencing cardiac arrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Health Alert, LLC
    Inventors: Walter L. Seale, Alois A. Langer, Nicholas J. Pauly, Mark Francis Anderson
  • Patent number: 10945634
    Abstract: An electrophysiology mapping system is provided with modules which can be attached thereto, each module including an item of subcutaneous interventional equipment and information about the item of subcutaneous interventional equipment, including shape information and size information. At least one sensor is placed upon the item of subcutaneous interventional equipment at a known location thereon. This sensor allows for position, and also preferably orientation, of the item within an image presented on a display of the electrophysiology mapping system. The at least one sensor can be at least one electrode or two or more electrodes, with different known positions for the electrode, or electrodes. The at least one sensor can be one or more magnetic field sensors interacting with a magnetic field associated with the electrophysiology mapping system. Transthoracic ultrasound fitted with sensors thereon can also be utilized as a further module attachable to the electrophysiology mapping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Walter Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 10946207
    Abstract: An external defibrillator system is configured with at least two different algorithms for determining the duration of a shock administered to a patient being treated and selects the algorithm based on one or more patient parameters such as, for example, the patient's TTI. The patient's TTI can be measured prior to or while the shock is being administered to the patient. The shock can be, for example, a multiphasic defibrillation or a multiphasic cardioversion shock. The charge voltage of the system's energy storage device can additionally be varied depending on the one or more patient parameters. For example, the system may charge the energy storage device so that the charge voltage is higher or lower than a nominal charge voltage responsive to the patient's TTI is higher or lower compared to an average TTI, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: West Affum Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Tyson G. Taylor, Douglas K. Medema
  • Patent number: 10926091
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods for managing pain in a subject. A system may include one or more sensors configured to sense from the subject information corresponding to emotional reaction to pain, such as emotional expression. The emotional expression includes facial or vocal expression. A pain analyzer circuit may generate a pain score using signal metrics of facial or vocal expression extracted from the sensed information. The pain score may be output to a user or a process. The system may additionally include a neurostimulator that can adaptively control the delivery of pain therapy by automatically adjusting stimulation parameters based on the pain score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Harish Srivastava, Bryan Allen Clark, Elizabeth Mary Annoni, Sandra Nagale, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Jianwen Gu
  • Patent number: 10926084
    Abstract: Some implementations provide a method for modulating excitable tissue in a body of a patient, the method including: placing a wireless implantable stimulator device at a target site in the patient's body, the stimulator device including one or more electrodes; reconfiguring the wireless implantable stimulator device to form an enclosure that substantially surrounds the excitable tissue at the target site with the electrodes on the inside of the enclosure and facing the nerve; and causing electrical impulses to be delivered to the electrodes on the wireless implantable stimulator device such that neural modulation is applied to the excitable tissue substantially surrounded by the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Tyler Perryman, Patrick Larson, Chad Andresen