Patents Examined by Carrie R Dorna
  • Patent number: 10524977
    Abstract: Flexible stimulation devices are disclosed that allow for angular motion of the distal portion for enhanced pleasure. The devices include a base portion and a distal portion connected by flexible elastic connection portion. The flexible elastic connection portion is positioned between the handle and the distal portion of the stimulation device to allow for an increased angular range of motion of the distal portion and to reduce or eliminate the transmission of vibration from the distal portion to the base portion. The angular range of motion of the distal portion of the flexible stimulation device enables the user to experience enhanced labial, clitoral, penetrative or “G” spot stimulation depending on their desired use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: American Latex Corp.
    Inventor: Calvin Spencer Lee
  • Patent number: 10499923
    Abstract: Veins and other blood vessels may be reshaped by introducing an implant through the vessel walls with anchors positioned on opposite sides of the wall. The anchors typically include an elongate body having coils or other anchors formed therein. The implants may be delivered percutaneously using a cannula which can hold the anchor externally or internally. The methods and devices are useful in treating a dorsal vein to reduce blood flow in patients suffering from erectile dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sano V Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Eitan Konstantino, Gary Binyamin, Steven Wiesner, Li Min Koh
  • Patent number: 10500116
    Abstract: An infant care device and, more particularly an apparatus for providing the combined functions of an infant incubator and a radiant infant warmer and which includes a radiant heater assembly contained within a housing and mechanisms and methods to quickly reduce the heating from the radiant heater assembly when the infant care device is quickly converted from an open infant radiant warming device to an enclosed incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: International Biomedical, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael H. Mackin, Christopher A. Dykes
  • Patent number: 10500028
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a medical assembly and method to deliver and place a bodily implant inside a patient's body. The medical assembly includes an insertion tool such that a portion of the insertion tool defines a lumen. The medical assembly further includes a carrier configured to be coupled to the insertion tool and including a passageway. The medical assembly also includes a flexible elongate member configured to pass through the passageway of the carrier and the lumen. The elongate member is also configured to be coupled to the bodily implant such that a portion of the elongate member between the bodily implant and the carrier defines a length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Danna, Kristina Yim Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10492970
    Abstract: Completely self-contained and self-supported mobile isolation and containment unit (ICU) facilities are disclosed that can be transported on roads and highways to a location in need of an isolation facility and rapidly deployed to provide isolation and treatment. In some embodiments, exemplary ICUs can safely provide isolation and treatment to a level that meets or exceeds “bricks and mortar” hospital isolation and containment facilities and any applicable regulations. In some examples, the mobile ICUs include sophisticated heating ventilation and air Conditioning (HVAC) systems that can separately maintain areas within the facility at different levels of pressure to ensure contaminated air does not escape the facility. And the mobile ICUs may also incorporate a multiple-vestibule with airlock design for ensuring safe entry and exit from the facility. The mobile ICUs disclosed herein may also include automated decontamination systems for disinfecting and/or sterilizing spaces within the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: AMOHS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Merino, William C. Waugh, Anton E. Hosch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10478278
    Abstract: Described are devices, implants, kits, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions such as urinary in incontinence, in a male or a female patient. The invention includes, in one embodiment, a multi-piece implant, including a tissue support piece, extension portion, and one or more self-fixating tips. The device may be employed through a medial incision in the pelvic region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan G. Wirbisky, Andrew P. VanDeWeghe, Randall C. Lieser
  • Patent number: 10478332
    Abstract: In certain aspects, the present invention is directed to a device selected from (a) an operating microscope with an attached or attachable magnet and (b) a magnet that is configured for attachment to an operating microscope. In either case, the magnet is configured to allow a patient's tissue to be viewed through the operating microscope while at the same time permitting the creation of a magnetic field of sufficient magnitude and direction to move a magnetic therapeutic and/or diagnostic agent lying within the tissue to a preferred location in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: EMMETROPE OPHTHALMICS LLC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Goldberg, Roger A. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10471281
    Abstract: A surgical method uses a surgical instrument having an operative tip or end effector and an applicator of energy having an energy-transmitting interface, the applicator being different from the surgical instrument and separate therefrom. The method contemplates conducting an interventional procedure including steps of: (i) manipulating the instrument to place the operative or end effector in contact with bone tissue of a patient at a surgical site, (ii) using the surgical instrument to surgically operate on the bone tissue at the surgical site, (iii) prior to a termination of the procedure, manipulating the applicator to place the interface in contact with bone of the patient at or proximate the surgical site, and (iv) operating the applicator to apply, to the bone via the interface, energy with parameters of type, intensity, and duration selected for stimulating the healing of bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MISONIX, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Mikus
  • Patent number: 10463303
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in securing a reusable medical device to an exterior surface of a patient's body includes a cushion, a first adhesive member, and a second adhesive member. The cushion includes a bottom side, a top side opposite the bottom side, and an opening adapted to receive at least a portion of the reusable medical device therein. The first adhesive member includes an upper adhesive surface and lower adhesive surface opposite the upper adhesive surface. The second adhesive member is interposed between the cushion and the first adhesive member, and includes a first adhesive surface and a second adhesive surface opposite the first adhesive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Donnay, Lawrence D. Swanson, Adam Fischbach
  • Patent number: 10463492
    Abstract: An anchoring system and related methods are provided for treatment of dilated hearts and of functional valve regurgitation, the system comprising one or more self-expandable or manually expandable anchors and associated devices for fixating a valve splint within the heart. For example, a spade-shaped assembly may be configured to be deployed in a right ventricle of the heart and to stabilize a puncturing instrument to puncture the septum. Various puncturing instruments may also be part of the anchoring system, including one or more of a flexible needle having a multiplicity of slits disposed along the length of the needle, a trocar catheter with a retractable head, and a catheter needle having a blunt introducer to protect nearby tissue within the heart during advancing a guidewire. A cutter catheter and puncture location catheter may also be part of the system and be used during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Arie Tylis, Nikolay Gurovich, Eran Goldberg, Boaz Manash, Dan Rottenberg, Hagar Adika, Tal Regev, Dikla Kersh, Danny M Garmahi, Hernan Altman, Amir Blumenfeld
  • Patent number: 10456592
    Abstract: A mechanism facilitates the insertion of radioactive sources/source strands into soft tissue, such as breast tissue, that improves the reproducibility of the procedure and ensures that the sources are reliably and consistently inserted in an exact position per a patient prescription treatment plan from patient to patient as well as improve the ease-of-use of the device and procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BREAST MICROSEED, INC.
    Inventor: Charlie Pitman
  • Patent number: 10456594
    Abstract: A brachytherapy method and apparatus include implanting an applicator having at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel (62) into soft tissue adjacent a target region (40) to be irradiated. A high resolution planning image (64) of the target region including the applicator is generated, wherein the high resolution planning image is used for determining a three-dimensional treatment plan (66). A position of the applicator is tracked relative to the target region (40) and the treatment plan (66). Tracking the position includes measuring, via shape-sensing, a location and shape of the at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Laurent Verard, Luis Felipe Gutierrez, Dirk Binnekamp
  • Patent number: 10449387
    Abstract: A mechanism to facilitate the insertion of radioactive sources/source strands into soft tissue, such as breast tissue, and a method that utilizes this mechanism with the goal of improving the reproducibility of the procedure and ensuring that the sources are reliably and consistently inserted in an exact position per a patient prescription treatment plan from patient to patient as well as improve the ease-of-use of the device and procedure are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BREAST MICROSEED, INC.
    Inventor: Charlie Pitman
  • Patent number: 10449391
    Abstract: Systems comprising a processor in electrical communication with a tangible, non-transitory memory that, in response to an execution by the processor, cause the processor to measure a relative biological effectiveness of a beam on a region of a human body, and a beam applicator in electrical communication with the processor, wherein a characteristic of the beam can be adjusted based on the measured relative biological effectiveness are disclosed. Methods of treatment comprising measuring, by a processor capable of detecting potential biological hot spots, a relative biological effectiveness of a beam on a region of a human body, designing a beam therapy treatment plan based on the measured relative biological effectiveness, and applying a beam to a patient with a region in need of beam therapy with a beam applicator in electrical communication with the processor capable of detecting potential biological hot spots are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Buchsbaum
  • Patent number: 10449386
    Abstract: A control circuit optimizes a brachytherapy radiation treatment plan for a patient target volume by defining a radiation-control structure that conformally surrounds the patient target volume and then automatically removes part, but not all, of the radiation-control structure to control consideration of radiation sources that are not disposed within the patient target volume. By one approach the control circuit selectively removes parts of the radiation-control structure as a function of the geometry as corresponds to placement of one or more of the radiation sources. For many application settings it serves well for the radiation-control structure to represent a radiation-avoidance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Joni Bask, Toni Taiminen
  • Patent number: 10441814
    Abstract: A control circuit administers a radiation treatment plan that specifies a planned total radiation dose for a radiation treatment session for a given patient by modulating a radiation beam with at least one high-resolution aperture that is formed using one of a plurality of linearly-sequential high-resolution aperture possibilities. By one approach the foregoing comprises modulating the radiation beam using at least substantially only high-resolution apertures that are formed using a plurality of the linearly-sequential high-resolution aperture possibilities. In some cases the foregoing can comprise administering the radiation treatment plan using at least two separate radiation exposures for only a single treatment field, in which case, by one approach, each of the separate radiation exposures for the single treatment field can comprise modulating the radiation beam using at least substantially only high-resolution apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Janne I. Nord, Jarkko Y. Peltola, Esa Kuusela, Steven W. Prince
  • Patent number: 10426585
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an implant system for treating fecal incontinence are provided. The devices and systems can include a mesh or like device that can include a variable porosity to control the degree of expansion of the anal canal. The mesh can be constructed at least in part of patterned strut members allowing for various geometric configurations, with varying load and tension properties for the designated portions of the device according to the needs for a particular patient application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Frigstad, Amanda J. Heys, Benjamin Y. Arcand, Natalie Ann Borgos, William A. Sturos, Daniel R. Parks
  • Patent number: 10426446
    Abstract: The container straw comprises a tube (11) and a stopper (12) that is permeable to gasses and impermeable to liquids, which stopper (12) is arranged in the tube (11) near one end (16), characterized in that it comprises an indicator component (20) configured to emit, at least when the container straw (10) is full, light the spectrum of which contains at least one spike having a peak of predetermined wavelength. The assembly comprises the container straw (10) and a container straw recognition device (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMV TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Eric Schmitt, Olivier Carion, Jean-Charles Gorges
  • Patent number: 10420958
    Abstract: These teachings provide for administering a radiation treatment plan to a patient in a single radiation treatment session using a multi-leaf collimator that is comprised of pairs of selectively movable collimating leaves. By one approach this comprises administering a sequential plurality of modulated radiation doses to the patient, where the sequential plurality of modulated radiation doses comprises at least a substantial majority of a planned total radiation dose for the radiation treatment session and where each modulated radiation dose is administered while modulating a radiation beam with the multi-leaf collimator using a curtain pattern (or, perhaps more typically, a plurality of curtain patterns).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Juha Kauppinen, Esa Kuusela
  • Patent number: 10420582
    Abstract: A puncture apparatus is disclosed, which can include an insertion portion that is insertable into a living body, the insertion portion including an urethral insertion portion and a vaginal insertion portion, the urethral insertion portion and the vaginal insertion portion each having at least two sensors; a puncture needle that punctures living body tissues near the insertion portion in a state in which the insertion portion is inserted into the living body, the puncture needle having at least one sensor on a distal portion of the puncture needle; and a monitor configured to receive information relating to a positional relationship between a distal portion of the puncture needle and the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Mandai, Nobuo Takahashi, Thomas J. Fogarty, David Willis, Thomas Howell, Peter Carlotto, Shuji Uemura