Patents Examined by Carl H. Layno
  • Patent number: 10702200
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the inventive concept there is provided a method of monitoring incontinence for a user, comprising: determining, using a urine sensitive circuit provided at an absorbent article and arranged to present a changed electrical characteristic when exposed to urine, whether the user has urinated on the absorbent article, performing, using a measurement circuit, a measurement on the urine bladder to determine a parameter which varies with a fill level of the urine bladder, and in response to determining that the user has urinated on the absorbent article, recording, by a processing circuit, data representing said parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: STICHTING IMEC NEDERLAND
    Inventors: Valer Pop, Salvatore Polito
  • Patent number: 10708191
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program product embodiments are disclosed for performing electrophysiology (EP) signal processing. An embodiment includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) circuit board configured to process an ECG signal. The embodiment further includes a plurality of intracardiac (IC) circuit boards, each configured to process a corresponding IC signal. The embodiment further includes a communications interface communicatively coupled to a remote device, and a processor, coupled to the ECG circuit board, the plurality of IC circuit boards, and the communications interface. The processor is configured to receive, via the communications interface, feedback from the remote device. The processor is further configured to control, via the communication interface, the remote device based on the ECG signal, the IC signals, or the feedback from the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: BioSig Technologies, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Budimir S. Drakulic, Sina Fakhar, Thomas G. Foxall, Branislav Vlajinic, Samuel J. Asirvatham
  • Patent number: 10702702
    Abstract: A light irradiation substrate is provided which can cope with cases of emergency and which is capable of optimum irradiation with therapeutic light regardless of the shape or size of affected parts while keeping a lid on cost. The center-to-center distance between two adjacent LED chips (13) facing each other across the boundary between two unit substrates (7) adjacent to each other in an X direction or (a Y direction) and belonging to the respective unit substrates (7) is twice or less as long as the center-to-center distance between two LED chips (13) adjacent to each other in the X direction (or the Y direction) within each of the unit substrates (7). Each of the unit substrates (7) includes a connection section (10) that provides external connection of wires (12). The connection section (10) is provided on a back surface of a flexible substrate (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuji Iguchi, Jun Mori, Tohru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10695121
    Abstract: Controlling conductive fluid flow during an electrosurgical procedure. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: flowing conductive fluid from a source lumen to a suction lumen of an electrosurgical wand, the flowing with the electrosurgical wand in a first orientation; sensing a change in orientation of the electrosurgical wand to a second orientation different than the first orientation; and changing a control parameter associated with the conductive fluid flow, the changing responsive to the change in orientation of the electrosurgical wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Cox
  • Patent number: 10695565
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to mitigate motion sickness/emesis, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to: in response to an activation of a motion-equalizing device installed in an interior of a vehicle, provide electric stimulus to a vehicle occupant via the motion-equalizing device, where the electric stimulus is designed to mitigate one or more symptoms of motion sickness and/or emesis for the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sean S. Monteiro, David A. Canella
  • Patent number: 10699206
    Abstract: A probabilistic digital signal processor using data from multiple instruments is described. In one example, a digital signal processor is integrated into a biomedical device. The processor is configured to: use a dynamic state-space model configured with a physiological model of a body system to provide a prior probability distribution function; receive sensor data input from at least two data sources; and iteratively use a probabilistic updater to integrate the sensor data as a fused data set and generate a posterior probability distribution function using all of: (1) the fused data set; (2) an application of Bayesian probability; and (3) the prior probability distribution function. The processor further generates an output of a biomedical state using the posterior probability function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Rodrigo E. Teixeira
  • Patent number: 10688315
    Abstract: Modulated light therapy devices for treatment of dermatological disorders of the scalp are provided. An exemplary device includes a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) supporting at least one light emitting device having an emitter height. The FPCB includes multiple interconnected panels and bending regions defined in and between at least some of the interconnected panels as to allow the FPCB to be configured in a concave shape to cover at least a portion of a cranial vertex of the patient. At least one light-transmissive layer proximate to the FPCB is configured to transmit (e.g., incoherent) light emissions generated by at least one light emitting device. At least one standoff is configured to be arranged between the FPCB and the scalp of the patient, wherein the at least one standoff includes a standoff height that exceeds the emitter height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Know Bio, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas William Medendorp, Jr., Gerald H. Negley, Matthew Carl Reynolds, James Michael Lay
  • Patent number: 10687755
    Abstract: A wearable physiological monitoring device is provided. The wearable physiological monitoring device includes a wearable object, a sensing module and a processing module. The sensing module is disposed on the wearable object and is configured to stretch based on a local displacement of target organ of the under-test person contacted by the wearable object to generate a change of a sensing value thereof. The processing module is configured to calculate a physiological changing mode that includes physiological information and occurrence time information based on the change of the sensing value. The physiological information includes a number, duration, a degree or a combination of the above of the stretching of the wearable object to determine the health condition of the under-test person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MedicusTek Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Cheng Wang, Chia-Ming Hsu, Yu-Chun Hsu, Yi-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10682095
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a health status of a patient using a monitoring system comprising a pair of finger ring electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors. Each finger ring monitor comprises an inner ring member and an outer ring member positioned radially outward from and operably connected to the inner ring member. The inner ring member of each monitor features a conductor characterized by at least one physiological-type sensor, and an annular bladder that defines an adjustable aperture sized to receive a left-hand finger of a patient and a right-hand finger of the patient, respectively. Upon triggering by positioning the pair of finger ring ECG monitors substantially together, the conductors of each of the finger ring ECG monitors are configured to receive biopotential signals from skin on the fingers of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Marcus, Chris Chang, Scott Baskerville, Anthony Balda
  • Patent number: 10682283
    Abstract: A wearable soaking garment. The garment adapted to be worn by a user around their pelvic region. The garment forming a cavity for the placement of water and allowing a user to comfortably soak the pelvic region, similar to a Sitz Bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: James L. Evavold
  • Patent number: 10675040
    Abstract: Described herein are an apparatus and methods for automating subtasks in surgery and interventional medical procedures. The apparatus consists of a robotic positioning platform, an operating system with automation programs, and end-effector tools to carry out a task under supervised autonomy. The operating system executes an automation program, based on one or a fusion of two or more imaging modalities, guides real-time tracking of mobile and deformable targets in unstructured environment while the end-effector tools execute surgical interventional subtasks that require precision, accuracy, maneuverability and repetition. The apparatus and methods make these medical procedures more efficient and effective allowing a wider access and more standardized outcomes and improved safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Children's National Medical Center
    Inventors: Peter C Kim, Axel Krieger, Yonjae Kim, Azad Shademan, Simon Leonard
  • Patent number: 10675027
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft extends distally from the body. The end effector is located at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes an active feature configured to operate on tissue. The body includes a drive feature operable to drive the active feature of the end effector. The body is operable to selectively couple with a variety of power sources such that the drive feature may receive electrical power form a battery or from a corded power source, based on a user's preference. The body may include a handpiece that has a socket configured to receive a battery or cable adapter. The body may removably receive various kinds of shaft assemblies to provide various operating modalities. The shaft assemblies may include user interface features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Eitan T. Wiener, Robert A. Kemerling, James R. Giordano, Vincent P. Battaglia, Jr., Daniel W. Price, Sean P. Conlon, Gregory W. Johnson, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Shan Wan, Kevin L. Houser, Foster B. Stulen, Jacob S. Gee, Jeffrey A. Bullock, John A. Hibner, William B. Weisenburgh, II
  • Patent number: 10674963
    Abstract: A system for controlled neuromodulation procedures is disclosed. A system for controlled micro ablation procedures is disclosed. Systems and methods for imaging, monitoring, stimulating, and/or ablating neurological structures coupled to one or more organs of the lower urinary tract (LUT) are disclosed. Such processes may be used to alter the hormonal secretions from one or more organs, to modulate the growth of an organ, alter the growth rate or rate of perineural invasion of a tumor, or the like. In particular such processes may be used to slow, halt and/or reverse the growth of a prostate gland or a prostate tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Autonomix Medical, INC.
    Inventor: Landy Toth
  • Patent number: 10675462
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a method for identifying a site with a patient for treatment. The method may include engaging a plurality electrodes with an interior wall of the patient at a plurality of locations. The method may also generating a virtual map of a plurality of electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of electrodes is displayed with a first indicia. The method may also include displaying each of the plurality of electrodes engaged with the interior wall with a second indicia, measuring electrical activity, identifying at least one site for treatment based on the measured resulting electrical activity, and displaying each of the plurality of electrodes identified for treatment with a third indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ding Sheng He, Sandra Nagale, Allan Charles Shuros, Charles Gibson, Lynne Swanson, Dennis Werner, Timothy Paul Harrah, Mark Boden, Michael Charles Peterson, Steven Diamond, Amedeo Chiavetta
  • Patent number: 10680454
    Abstract: Provided is a power supply circuit that supplies electric power to a biological signal measurement circuit configured to detect, with an electrode set in contact with a human body, a biological signal which is a weak electric signal emitted by the human body. The power supply circuit includes a capacitance element accumulating the electric power, and a circuit switch coupled between the capacitance element and an external power supply for supplying electric power to the capacitance element, and configured to switch, not through a state where the external power supply and the biological signal measurement circuit are electrically coupled, a first state where the capacitance element establishes electrical continuity with the external power supply and is enabled to be charged, and a second state where the capacitance element establishes electrical continuity with the biological signal measurement circuit and is enabled to supply power to the biological signal measurement circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Simplex Quantum Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakamura, Yuji Hamada
  • Patent number: 10668286
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed relating to the stimulating of tissue including nerve tissue based on combinations of capacitors and resistors. Application and removal of voltage to an electrical circuit is taught as part of a method of creating voltage waveforms for nerve and other tissue with such waveforms creating neural signals. The electrical circuits taught may, include a first electrical node grounded through a first resistor; a second electrical node grounded through a second resistor; a first capacitor connected to both the first electrical node and the second electrical node; a second capacitor separating the second electrical node from a biological grounding point and direct current sources connected to the two nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventors: Jose A. Parodi Amaya, Edward F Austin, Jin-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 10667883
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to various medical device components, including components that can be incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various modular medical devices for in vivo medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Virtual Incision Corporation
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Chris Santoro, Jeff Shasho, Nishant Kumar, Mateusz Szczesiak, Jason Herman
  • Patent number: 10667868
    Abstract: System and methods for performing surgery at a target site defined by a virtual object. A surgical navigation system includes a patient tracker to be attached to a patient. A localizer cooperates with the patient tracker and generates localizer data associated with the target site during the surgery. The surgical navigation system also includes a vision device to generate image data associated with the target site and surfaces surrounding the target site. A navigation computer in communication with the localizer and the vision device is configured to determine a region to be avoided outside of the target site based on the localizer data and the image data. In some cases, a second virtual object is generated to define the region to be avoided so that a surgical instrument used during the surgery avoids the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Donald W. Malackowski
  • Patent number: 10660997
    Abstract: A blood pump has an inner housing and an actuator at least partially surrounded by the inner housing which is configured to drive a flow of blood within the body. An electronic component associated with a surface of the housing includes one or more thin film active electronic devices which implement one or more transducers configured to generate a signal based on movement associated with operation of the blood pump. An electromagnetic stator at least partially surrounds the inner housing and is configured to be magnetically coupled with the actuator in an energized state of the electromagnetic stator, wherein the electromagnetic stator may overlie at least a portion of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Casas
  • Patent number: 10661087
    Abstract: An electrical implant or implant system includes an energy supply unit or is connected to an energy supply unit and includes at least one fixing device for permanently fixing the electrical implant or implant system to bodily tissue, or is connected to the fixing device. At least two implant components are releasably mechanically connected to one another. A first of the implant components includes at least parts of the fixing device. A second of the implant components includes an electromechanical component which, as a result of current drain or current feed, can swell in such a way that it causes a swelling at an outer contour of the electromechanical component at least at one point. The electromechanical component is disposed in such a way that a swelling of the electromechanical component results in a separation of the mechanical connection between the first and second implant components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Biotronik Se & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Doerr