Patents Examined by Carl H. Layno
  • Patent number: 10342559
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure includes an articulating probe including inner and outer sleeves, and a surgical tool including a functional element positioned at a distal end of a tool shaft, the tool shaft having an articulation region. The articulating probe and the surgical tool are independently controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10335519
    Abstract: Provided herein relates to implantable devices and systems with dynamic silk coatings. In some embodiments, the dynamic silk coatings can be formed in situ or in vivo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRUSTEES OF TUFTS COLLEGE
    Inventors: David L. Kaplan, Lee W. Tien, Gary G. Leisk, Tim Jia-Ching Lo, Cinzia Metallo, Fiorenzo Omenetto
  • Patent number: 10327690
    Abstract: A system for human-digital media interaction tracking. One example system includes a database that stores information regarding a user's activity history for various different cognitive tasks, and a computing device that receives user behavior information indicating usage by a user of an interactive software program, the interactive software program associated with at least one of the cognitive tasks. The computing device, in response to the receipt of user behavior information indicating usage by the user of the interactive software program, updates the database information regarding the user's activity history for the at least one of the cognitive tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DIGITAL ARTEFACTS, LLC
    Inventor: Joan Severson
  • Patent number: 10327639
    Abstract: A biological information measurement apparatus includes a sensor unit, a processing unit which detects first biological information and second biological information based on sensor information obtained from the sensor unit, a communication unit which transmits the first biological information and the second biological information to an information processing apparatus, and a storage unit which stores the second biological information. The communication unit transmits the first biological information in a first communication cycle and transmits the second biological information stored in the storage unit in a second communication cycle longer than the first communication cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shintaro Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10321832
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biometric signals of a user comprising: a garment configured to be worn by the user and comprising a mounting module having an array of connection regions; a set of biometric sensors coupled to the garment and configured to communicate with the array of connection regions to receive and transmit biometric signals indicative of muscle activity of the user; and a portable control module configured to couple to the garment in a first configuration and to decouple from the garment in a second configuration and comprising: a housing comprising an array of openings; a set of contacts, each including a first region that seals at least one of the array of openings and couples to at least one of the array of connection regions in the first configuration, and an electronics subsystem coupled to the housing and in communication with a second region of each contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: James Berg, Hamid Butt, Dhananja Jayalath
  • Patent number: 10322297
    Abstract: Low-level light therapy system with an electrically passive, article of apparel that absorbs an incident spectrum including one or more of a UV wavelength, a visible wavelength, and a near infrared wavelength and emits light having an emission spectrum including visible light radiation and near infrared radiation. Light is emitted from the yarns and a textile material consisting of a network of yarns (as well as the article of apparel made from such a textile material) having an emission spectrum including visible light radiation and near infrared radiation in a direction toward a body of a person. An article of apparel that emits light in the visible/near infrared spectrum, a method of manufacture, and a low-level light therapy method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Lumia Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gates Hinds, Marco Scipioni
  • Patent number: 10321830
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring vital signs and motion from a patient. The system features: (i) first and second sensors configured to independently generate time-dependent waveforms indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart; and (ii) at least three motion-detecting sensors positioned on the forearm, upper arm, and another different body location of the patient. Each motion-detecting sensor generates at least one time-dependent motion waveform indicative of motion of the location on the patient's body to which it is affixed. A processing component, worn on the patient's body and featuring a microprocessor, receives the waveforms generated by the different sensors and processes them to determine: (i) a pulse transit time calculated using a time difference between features in two separate time-dependent waveforms, (ii) a blood pressure value calculated from the time difference, and (iii) a motion parameter calculated from at least one motion waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim Moon, Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon, Matthew Banet
  • Patent number: 10321877
    Abstract: In at least one example, a medical device is provided. The medical device includes at least one therapy electrode, at least one electrocardiogram (ECG) electrode, at least one acoustic sensor, and at least one processor coupled with the at least one acoustic sensor, the at least one ECG electrode, and the at least one therapy electrode. The at least one processor can receive at least one acoustic signal from the at least one acoustic sensor, receive at least one electrode signal from the ECG electrode, detect at least one unverified cardiopulmonary anomaly using the at least one electrode signal, and verify the at least one unverified cardiopulmonary anomaly with reference to data descriptive of the at least one acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Shane S. Volpe, Gregory R. Frank, Thomas E. Kaib, Steven J. Szymkiewicz, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10314545
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method of measuring a pulse wave. The method includes: causing receivers to respectively receive pulse wave signals that are detected at two points of an object, determining an effective pulse wave signal period by using the received pulse wave signals, and obtaining a pulse transit time (PTT) between the two points by using a result obtained after comparing a magnitude of an output signal of each of the receivers with a value that is less by a predetermined percentage than a peak value of an output signal of each of the receivers during the determined effective pulse wave signal period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongjoo Kwon, Jaemin Kang, Sunkwon Kim, Younho Kim, Sangyun Park, Seongho Cho
  • Patent number: 10315043
    Abstract: This invention provides for an energized biomedical ophthalmic device and associated method of measuring changes in biomarkers contained in tear film to generate data related to a light therapy regimen used to treat symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder. In some embodiments, the energized biomedical ophthalmic device can include an energized contact lens with a light source in communication with a processor controlling said light source according to the light therapy regimen. The light therapy regimen may be generated or modified by the processor from the measured changes and sometimes from user's preferences, and/or additional measurements, including for example, light exposure and/or circadian rhythm of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Frederick A. Flitsch
  • Patent number: 10314615
    Abstract: Methods and devices for separating an implanted object, such as a pacemaker lead, from tissue surrounding such object in a patient's vasculature system. Specifically, the surgical device includes a handle, an elongate sheath and a circular cutting blade that extends from the distal end of the sheath upon actuating the handle. The circular cutting blade is configured to engage the tissue surrounding an implanted lead and cut such tissue in a coring fashion as the surgical device translates along the length of the lead, thereby allowing the lead, as well as any tissue remaining attached to the lead, to enter the device's elongate shaft. The surgical device has a barrel cam cylinder in the handle assembly that imparts rotation of the blade and a separate cam mechanism in the tip of outer sheath assembly that imparts and controls the extension and retraction of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Carver, Weston H. Lee, Brian E. Kagarise, Bruce A. Hoo, Peter Wilbur Gleason, Phillip Charles Halbert
  • Patent number: 10307104
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for sensing health characteristics of a user using a chair pad including a set of health sensors integrated therewith and including temperature sensors, body position sensors, and body fat sensors. A method for sensing health characteristics of a user including receiving, from the temperature sensors, temperature data corresponding to a sensed body temperature of the user, receiving, from the body position sensors, body position data corresponding to a sensed body position of the user, receiving, from the body fat sensors, body fat data corresponding to a sensed body fat of the user, and transmitting, to a computer workstation, health data corresponding to the temperature data, the body position data, and the body fat data for use in determining the body temperature, the body position, and the body fat of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Samantha J. Horseman
  • Patent number: 10307602
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a lead with a lead body having proximal and distal portions. The lead body defines a longitudinal axis. Terminals are disposed along the proximal portion and a proximal tip is attached thereto. The proximal tip defines an aperture that is non-parallel to the longitudinal axis. The connector assembly further includes a connector having a connector body, a connector lumen, and connector contacts disposed within the connector body. The connector body includes a fastener aperture proximal to all of the connector contacts and intersecting the connector lumen. The fastener aperture and the aperture of the proximal tip align when the proximal portion is fully received within the connector lumen. At least one of the apertures includes internal threading. The connector assembly also includes a threaded fastener for insertion into the apertures to secure the lead to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jacob B. Leven
  • Patent number: 10307598
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for managing synchronous conducted communication for an implantable medical device (IMD). The IMD further comprises electrodes and sensing circuitry. The sensing circuitry is configured to detect physiologic events. A receiver amplifier is coupled to the electrodes. The receiver amplifier is configured to receive conducted communications signals via the electrodes. A controller is configured to establish synchronous conducted communication with a transmit device. The controller includes a receive window timing (RWT) module configured to manage an on-off cycle of the receiver amplifier based on first and second receive window timing schemes. The RWT module switches between the first and second receive window timing schemes based on a condition of the synchronous conducted communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Ciciarelli, Benjamin T. Persson
  • Patent number: 10307595
    Abstract: A therapeutic neuromodulation system configured for providing therapy to a patient. The therapeutic neuromodulation system comprises a plurality of electrical terminals configured for being respectively coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted within tissue, analog output circuitry configured for delivering therapeutic electrical energy between the plurality of electrical terminals in accordance with a set of modulation parameters that includes a defined current value, a voltage regulator configured for supplying an adjustable compliance voltage to the analog output circuitry, and control/processing circuitry configured for automatically performing a compliance voltage calibration process at a compliance voltage adjustment interval by periodically computing an adjusted compliance voltage value as a function of a compliance voltage margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jess Weiqian Shi, Jordi Parramon, Goran N. Marnfeldt
  • Patent number: 10300274
    Abstract: A signal processing arrangement generates electrode stimulation signals to stimulation contacts in a cochlear implant electrode array. A signal filter bank transforms an input sound signal into band pass signals, which each represent an associated frequency band of audio frequencies. An envelope processing module processes the band pass signals in a sequence of sampling time frames, wherein for each time frame, the processing includes calculating for each band pass signal at least one signal envelope dynamic property that is changing during the time frame. A channel selection module selects one or more of the band pass signals for each time frame based on the dynamic properties to produce the electrode stimulation signals to the stimulation contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Meister, Mathias Kals, Peter Schleich
  • Patent number: 10300279
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for treating a sexual disorder such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD). An electrical stimulation system may include an implantable stimulation unit, an external patient controller, and an external physician controller. The implantable stimulation unit has an array of electrodes disposed on one or more flexible substrates configured to conform to a patient's anatomy at the pelvic plexus. Post-implantation, the physician controller may direct the stimulation unit to stimulate with select electrode(s) of the array to determine which electrode configuration provides optimal sexual arousal. The patient controller may be used to cause the stimulation unit to stimulate using the optimal electrode configuration at desired times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Rodrigo Araujo Fraga {grave over (d)}a Silva, Nikolaos Stergiopulos
  • Patent number: 10293171
    Abstract: An example of a system for delivering neurostimulation may include a display and an interface control circuit. The interface control circuit may be configured to define a stimulation waveform according to which the neurostimulation is delivered. The stimulation waveform is defined by waveform parameters including one or more user-adjustable parameters. The interface control circuit may include a parameter selector, an effect analyzer, and a parameter generator. The parameter selector may be configured to present values for each user-adjustable parameter on the display and allow the user to select a value for each user-adjustable parameter from the presented values. The effect analyzer may be configured to estimate an interactive effect of different stimuli of the neurostimulation. The parameter generator may be configured to select a rate rule based on the estimated interactive effect and to generate the values for each user-adjustable parameter according to the selected rate rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: G. Karl Steinke
  • Patent number: 10292611
    Abstract: A medical device is utilized to monitor physiological parameters of a patient and capture segments of the monitored physiological parameters. The medical device includes circuitry configured to monitor one or more physiological parameters associated with the patient and an analysis module that includes a buffer and a processor. The buffer stores monitored physiological parameters and the processor analyzes the monitored physiological parameters and triggers capture of segments from the buffer in response to a triggering criteria being satisfied. The analysis module selects a pre-trigger duration based at least in part on the triggering criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodolphe Katra, Scott Williams, Niranjan Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 10292652
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biometric signals of a user comprising: a garment configured to be worn by the user and comprising a mounting module having an array of connection regions; a set of biometric sensors coupled to the garment and configured to communicate with the array of connection regions to receive and transmit biometric signals indicative of muscle activity of the user; and a portable control module configured to couple to the garment in a first configuration and to decouple from the garment in a second configuration and comprising: a housing comprising an array of openings; a set of contacts, each including a first region that hermetically seals at least one of the array of openings and couples to at least one of the array of connection regions in the first configuration, and an electronics subsystem coupled to the housing and in communication with a second region of each contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAD APPAREL, INC.
    Inventors: James Berg, Hamid Butt, Dhananja Jayalath, Christopher Wiebe