Patents Examined by Brian T. Gedeon
  • Patent number: 11911181
    Abstract: A wearable device is described. The wearable device may be constructed of one or more flexible materials, and may be referred to as a flexible wearable device. The flexible wearable device may include a flexible housing that is made of a material that is elastically deformable, where the flexible housing at least partially surrounds components of the flexible wearable device. The flexible housing may include apertures disposed within the surface of the flexible housing to enable light to be transmitted and received through the flexible housing. The flexible wearable device may also include a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the flexible housing (e.g., within a cavity formed by the flexible housing). The PCB may include sensors configured to acquire physiological data from a user by transmitting light and receiving light through the apertures. The PCB may be constructed of flexible regions that are elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Oura Health Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Juhani Huttunen, Teemu Juhani Haverinen, Jouni Juhani Huopana, Antti Kalevi Lämsä, Sami Sakari Ihme, Jukka Tapani Mäkinen
  • Patent number: 11911158
    Abstract: Aspects relate to systems and methods for determining actor status according to behavioral phenomena. An exemplary system includes at least an eye sensor, wherein the at least an eye sensor is configured to detect an eye parameter and at least a physiological sensor, wherein the at least a physiological sensor is configured to detect a circulatory parameter, and a processor in communication with the at least an eye speech sensor and the at least a physiological sensor and configured to determine an eye pattern as a function of the eye parameter and correlate the eye pattern and the circulatory parameter to a cognitive status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Bradford R. Everman, Brian Scott Bradke
  • Patent number: 11903643
    Abstract: A lithotripsy apparatus includes: a treatment laser beam source that emits a treatment laser beam that crushes a stone; a guide light source that emits guide light; a photodetector that detects return light that returns as a result of the emitted guide light being reflected at the stone; and a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to: measure a distance from the treatment laser beam source to the stone on the basis of the return light; determine a condition of a bubble occurring between the treatment laser beam source and the stone on the basis of the measured distance; and adjust a light quantity of the treatment laser beam on the basis of the determined condition of the bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikutoshi Fukushima, Atsuyoshi Shimamoto, Mitsuru Namiki
  • Patent number: 11896339
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a surgical tool including a drive housing having first and second ends, a carriage movably mounted to the drive housing, and an elongate shaft extending from the carriage and penetrating the first end, the shaft having an end effector arranged at a distal end. An instrument driver is arranged at an end of a robotic arm and includes a body having proximal and distal ends and defining a central aperture extending between the proximal and distal ends, the shaft and the end effector penetrate the instrument driver by extending through the central aperture, an outer housing extending between the proximal and distal ends, a tool drive assembly provided at the proximal end and extending into the outer housing, and a drive motor operatively coupled to the tool drive assembly and operable to cause the tool drive assembly to rotate relative to the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Charles J. Scheib, Aren Calder Hill, Yanan Huang
  • Patent number: 11890472
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are provided for targeted treatment of a variety of conditions, particularly conditions that are associated with or influenced by the nervous system, such as pain. Targeted treatment of such conditions is provided with minimal deleterious side effects, such as undesired motor responses or undesired stimulation of unaffected body regions. This is achieved by directly neuromodulating a target anatomy associated with the condition while minimizing or excluding undesired neuromodulation of other anatomies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Eyad Kishawi, Mir A. Imran, Brian J. Mossop, Jeffery M. Kramer, Richard W. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11883665
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a system for treating a medical condition in a patient. The system can include a neurostimulator that is in electrical communication with a remote transducer. The neurostimulator can be sized and dimensioned for injection or insertion into a pterygopalatine fossa (PPF) of a patient. The remote transducer, when activated and brought into close proximity to the patient's head, can cause the neurostimulator to deliver an electrical signal to a target neural structure located within the PPF to treat the medical condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: UNITY HA LLC
    Inventors: William Hsu, Anthony Caparso, Thomas Luhrs, Ian G. Welsford, Mark Van Kerkwyk, Vimal Ganesan
  • Patent number: 11883673
    Abstract: In some examples, an implantable medical device includes a battery, an electronics module electrically connected to the battery, and an elongated housing comprising a side wall positioned between the battery and an end cap, wherein the electronics module is positioned within the elongated housing between the battery and the end cap. The implantable medical device also includes an electrical contact assembly comprising a first spring contact and a second spring contact. The electrical contact assembly of the implantable medical device is positioned within the elongated housing between the electronics module and the battery or the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Ries, Chunho Kim, Mark E. Henschel, Robert A. Munoz, Christopher T. Kinsey, Jeffrey S. Voss
  • Patent number: 11857283
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method of operating same includes an end effector and a shaft assembly. The shaft assembly has proximal and distal shaft portions respectively extending along proximal and distal axes, a first elongate member, and an articulation section. The articulation section extends between the proximal and distal shaft portions and is configured to articulate about a first articulation axis and about a second articulation axis to thereby respectively deflect the end effector along a first plane and a second plane. The articulation section has a first lumen radially offset from the proximal and distal axes that longitudinally intersects the first and second articulation axes. The first lumen movably supports the first elongate member such that the radial spacing of the first elongate member is maintained relative to the proximal and distal axes at each of the first and second articulation axes during deflection of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Mark A. Davison, Jason A. Hill, William G. Saulenas, Christopher W. Birri, Thomas J. Erb
  • Patent number: 11857801
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various brain injury treatment systems, including various light delivery systems and devices. The various systems include a light delivery device that can be a headpiece or headgear having at least one light array disposed therein and a controller coupled to the at least one light array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignees: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, AURORA CONCUSSION THERAPY SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Doug Devens, Kevin Goodwin, Shannon Smith Williamson, Geoff Daniel
  • Patent number: 11850187
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a current position of an eye of a patient relative to an optical axis of a laser beam of a treatment apparatus. The method includes presetting a criterion characterizing the eye, determining a first target position of the eye relative to the optical axis, positioning a patient interface in a preset area in front of the optical axis, illuminating the eye during an approaching procedure of the patient interface to the eye, capturing a Purkinje image, which is associated with a cornea of the eye, by means of an optical capturing device during the approaching procedure, comparing the captured Purkinje image to the optical axis and determining the current position of the eye depending thereon, comparing the current position to the target position and with a deviation, outputting a control signal to a control device of the treatment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SCHWIND EYE-TECH-SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Samuel Arba Mosquera, Thomas Klinner, Mario Shraiki, Nico Triefenbach
  • Patent number: 11844950
    Abstract: A method and device for dynamic device based AV delay adjustment are provided. The method provides electrodes that are configured to be located proximate to an atrial (A) site and a right ventricular (RV) site. The method utilizes one or more processors, in an implantable medical device (IMD), for detecting an atrial paced (Ap) event or atrial sensed (As) event. The method determines a measured AV interval corresponding to an interval between the Ap event or the As event and a ventricular sensed event and calculates a percentage-based (PB) offset based on the measured AV interval. The method automatically dynamically adjusting an AV delay, utilized by the IMD, based on the measured AV interval and the PB offset and manages a pacing therapy, utilized by the IMD, based on the AV delay after the adjusting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Nima Badie, Jan O. Mangual-Soto, Luke C. McSpadden, Aditya Goil, Kyungmoo Ryu
  • Patent number: 11839439
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided in which an instrument can translate along an insertion axis. Rather than relying primarily on a robotic arm for instrument insertion, the instruments described herein have novel instrument based insertion architectures that allow portions of the instruments themselves to translate along an insertion axis. For example, an instrument can comprise a shaft, an end effector on a distal end of the shaft, and a handle coupled to the shaft. The architecture of the instrument allows the shaft to translate relative to the handle along an axis of insertion. The translation of the shaft does not interfere with other functions of the instrument, such as end effector actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Aren Calder Hill, Travis Michael Schuh, Nicholas J. Eyre
  • Patent number: 11839497
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the quantitative determination of an individual's risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) is described. Risk stratification is accomplished (and may have a sensitivity and specificity of greater than about 90%) by determining the presence in any individual being tested for SCD risk of sequences identified herein to correlate quantitatively with SCD risk. Both the number of such sequences present and their alignment scores (similarity) with the SCD risk sequence ensemble are used to calculate quantitative SCD risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Spangler Scientific LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Spangler
  • Patent number: 11833081
    Abstract: Methods and systems wherein laser induced refractive index changes by focused femtosecond laser pulses in optical polymeric materials or ocular tissues is performed to address various types of vision correction, and the laser induced changes to the refractive index avoid ablation and removal of the optical polymer materials while minimizing scattering losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignees: University of Rochester, Clerio Vision, Inc., Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Leonard Zheleznyak, Corey Leeson, Jonathan D. Ellis, Theodore Foos, Sam C. Butler
  • Patent number: 11833278
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intravascular blood pump. The blood pump comprises a pump section having a proximal portion with a blood flow inlet and a distal portion with a blood flow outlet and an impeller for causing blood to flow into the blood flow inlet and towards the blood flow outlet. The blood pump further comprises at least one filter connected to the proximal portion of the pump section and arranged with respect to the blood flow inlet so as to filter the blood before it enters the blood flow inlet. The filter may comprise an expandable mesh structure made of a shape-memory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Abiomed Europe Gmbh
    Inventors: Thorsten Siess, Walid Aboulhosn, Christoph Nix
  • Patent number: 11826171
    Abstract: A catheter assembly or other elongate tubular device for use in establishing vascular or other access within the body of a patient is disclosed. The catheter assembly is equipped with one or more sensors that enable monitoring of one or more physiological aspects of the patient or physical aspect of the catheter assembly itself when the catheter assembly is disposed within the patient. Such aspects include central venous pressure, body temperature, ECG heart signals, oxygen levels, ultrasound data, glucose, etc. The catheter assembly includes the ability to wirelessly transmit or otherwise forward data relating to the detected physiological parameters to another location, such as a patient electronic medical record, smartphone or other mobile device, nurse station, etc. Catheter assemblies configured to detect the frequency of catheter flushing, flushing quality, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Gidon Ofek, Blake Allen, Todd P. McFarland, Samuel A. Francis, Bret Hamatake
  • Patent number: 11826575
    Abstract: A method for controlling an adaptive pacing therapy that includes utilizing one or more processors to perform measuring an atrial-ventricular (AV) interval corresponding to an interval between an atrial paced (Ap) event or an atrial sensed (As) event and a sensed ventricular (Vs) event, setting an AV delay based on the AV interval, and measuring an S1 heart sound characteristic of interest (COI) while utilizing the AV delay in connection with delivering a pacing therapy by the IMD. The one or more processors also perform adjusting the AV delay, repeating the measuring, and adjusting to obtain a collection of S1 heart sound COIs and corresponding AV delays, selecting one of the AV delays, that corresponds to a select one of the S1 heart sound COIs, as a resultant AV delay, and managing the pacing therapy, utilized by the IMD, based on the resultant AV delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan O. Mangual-Soto
  • Patent number: 11813466
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described herein for treating cardiac conditions using electrical stimulation delivered to and sensing nerve activity from one or both of the AV node and nerve tissue innervating the AV node using one or more neural electrodes positioned in a location within the triangle of Koch of the right atrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Lilian Kornet, Richard Cornelussen, Berthold Stegemann
  • Patent number: 11806159
    Abstract: A device includes a handle, an expandable structure including a plurality of splines extending from a proximal hub to a distal hub, a first electrode on a first spline of the plurality of splines, an outer tube extending from the handle to the proximal hub, and a shaft extending through the outer tube from the handle to the distal hub. The expandable structure has a collapsed state and a self-expanded state. The handle is configured to retract the shaft. Retracting the shaft may expand the expandable structure outward of the self-expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Cardionomic, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven D. Goedeke
  • Patent number: 11806547
    Abstract: An implantable light generation arrangement for an optical or optical/electrical stimulation system includes a light source having an emission surface, wherein the light source is configured to generate light and emit the light from the emission surface; an optical waveguide having a first end and a core; a ball lens disposed between the light source and the optical waveguide and configured to receive the light emitted from the light source and direct the light onto the core at the first end of the optical waveguide; and a fixture holding the light source, optical waveguide, and ball lens in a fixed arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Dale Howard