Patents Examined by Catherine M Voorhees
  • Patent number: 11147620
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a microwave antenna assembly is disclosed. The antenna assembly includes a feedline having an inner conductor, an outer conductor and an inner insulator disposed therebetween and a radiating portion including a dipole antenna having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The antenna assembly also comprises a sheath disposed over the feedline and the radiating portion defining a chamber around the feedline and the radiating portion. The chamber is adapted to circulate coolant fluid therethrough. The antenna assembly further includes a connection hub having cable connector coupled to the feedline, an inlet fluid port and an outlet fluid port. The connection hub includes a bypass tube configured to provide for flow of the coolant fluid from the cable connector directly to the outlet fluid port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Richard A. Willyard, Joseph D. Brannan
  • Patent number: 11147516
    Abstract: The exemplified methods and systems described herein facilitate the quantification and/or removal of asynchronous noise, such as muscle artifact noise contamination, to more accurately assess complex nonlinear variabilities in quasi-periodic biophysical-signal systems such as those in acquired cardiac signals, brain signals, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Analytics For Life Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Garrett, Timothy William Fawcett Burton, Shyamlal Ramchandani, Abhinav Doomra
  • Patent number: 11129984
    Abstract: In electrically stimulating neural tissue it is important to prevent over stimulation and unbalanced stimulation, which would cause damage to the neural tissue, the electrode, or both. It is critical that neural tissue is not subjected to any direct current or alternating current above a safe threshold. Further, it is important to identify defective electrodes, as continued use may result in neural damage and further electrode damage. The present invention presents system and stimulator control mechanisms to prevent damage to neural tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Jay Greenberg, Kelly Hobart McClure, James S. Little, Rongqing Dai, Arup Roy, Richard Agustin Castro, John Reinhold, Kea-Tiong Tang, Sumit Yadav, Chunhong Zhou, David Daomin Zhou, Pishoy Maksy
  • Patent number: 11123000
    Abstract: A biocompatible recording system includes a number of input channels for acquiring electronic information from the neural system of a living being. The recording system includes a preamplifier and further amplifier stages. An input of a second amplifier stage is coupled to an output of the preamplifier. A low-pass filter having a capacitance multiplier is connected to the second amplifier stage. The preamplifier of the recording system is designed using P-MOS technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NEUROLOOP GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kuhl, Yiannos Manoli, Dennis Plachta, Thomas Stieglitz, Oscar Cota
  • Patent number: 11123041
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus and method enabling general users to easily acquire ultrasound images even when the users are unskilled at using ultrasound diagnosis apparatuses, including a probe comprising an analog front-end controller, an analog-to-digital converter, a field-programmable gate array, and a communication module, the probe being configured to acquire ultrasound data of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Jae-young Ryu, Dong-ki Kim, Young-hwan Kim, Min-woo Seo, Jei-young Lee
  • Patent number: 11123560
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for preventing, reducing or reversing cytokine storm in a subject in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick M. Nemechek
  • Patent number: 11123562
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, devices and methods for acquiring, measuring, monitoring, processing and analyzing physiological signals. More particularly, the present invention relates to using physiological signals to determine a subject's response to various conditions, variables or constraints. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to monitoring the subject's external body motion and/or environmental factors and determining the amount of pain a subject is suffering as a result of the motion and factors. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to a system, device and methods of quantifying a subject's pain to provide an objective measurement of the subject's pain. The present invention further relates to establishing and improving pain management protocols and therapy or treatment for the subject's pain based on the quantified pain measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L Pulliam, Joseph P Giuffrida
  • Patent number: 11123563
    Abstract: A system for adjusting neuromodulation parameters used by a neuromodulator operably connected to a plurality of electrodes to modulate a neural target, may comprise a translation trigger detector configured to determine that a translation trigger has occurred, a first parameter setting storage configured to store first parameter settings for use by the neuromodulator to modulate the neural target, and a neuromodulation parameter translator. The neuromodulation parameter translator may be operably connected to the translation trigger detector to automatically translate the first parameter settings into a second parameter settings in response to determining the translation trigger has occurred, and replace the first parameter settings with the second parameter settings, or store the second parameter settings in a second parameter setting storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Mustakos, Stephen Carcieri, Chirag Shah, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 11116982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of medical devices and discloses an implantable medical device for treating arrhythmia. The implantable medical device includes a control unit and, each coupled to the control unit, a sense amplifier, a first switch and a second switch. The sense amplifier includes a polarity selection module, an amplification unit and a filtering unit, which are sequentially connected. The first switch is disposed within the polarity selection module, and the second switch within the filtering unit. The control unit is configured to shield the sense amplifier from interference from a pacing pulse signal by providing multi-stage on/off control over the first and second switches according to a pacing period and a discharging period in a pacing interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Ningjuan Chen, Bin Zhou
  • Patent number: 11110269
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device and method for delivering constant target current to a muscle for electro-stimulation of that muscle. One device is a completely self-contained device with no external means for the adjustment and control of the electro-stimulation delivered to the muscle during treatment. The microprocessor based device monitors indirectly the actual current delivered to the muscle during electro-stimulation via measurement of the return path voltage through the muscle and optionally in addition monitors and adjusts for the internal battery voltage during use of the device in order to deliver a more consistent an accurate and effective target output current to the muscle being stimulated at each and every pulse delivered from the device. The device is pre-programmed with an electro-stimulation treatment cycle and the whole treatment cycle, including the monitoring and adjustment required to achieve this treatment cycle, is automatic within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FEMEDA LTD.
    Inventor: Ian Gregson
  • Patent number: 11109911
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting relative location of a surgical laser fiber tip relative to a surgical laser target during a surgical laser procedure utilizes a spectrophotometer to detect radiation indicative of the relative location. For example, the detected radiation may indicate contact between the fiber tip and a stone being subjected to laser lithotripsy, so as to prompt the surgeon to withdraw the fiber tip from the stone and/or take other action to limit contact-induced erosion of the fiber tip, and to avoid saturation of the endoscope camera resulting from the flash that occurs following contact. In addition, the absence of any detected radiation by the spectrophotometer may be used to indicate that the stone is no longer present, or that the fiber tip is no longer aimed at the stone, prompting the operator to reposition the fiber and/or temporarily cease firing of the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Joe Denton Brown
  • Patent number: 11109815
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile of a user, present the user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user during a communication exchange between the user and the avatar, identify from the one or more responses a need to determine a medical status of the user, establish communications with a medical diagnostic system, receive physiological information associated with the user, submit the physiological information to the medical diagnostic system, receive from the medical diagnostic system a diagnostic analysis of the physiological information, and present the diagnostic analysis to at least one of the user and a medical agent of the user, wherein the user is presented the diagnostic analysis by way of the avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Horst Juergen Schroeter, E-Lee Chang, Linda Roberts, Madhur Khandelwal, Darnell Clayton
  • Patent number: 11103750
    Abstract: An exercise feedback system monitors the performance of athletes wearing a garment with sensors while exercising. The sensors generate physiological data such as muscle activation data, heart rate data, or data describing the athlete's movement. The system extracts features from the physiological data and compares the features with reference exercise data to determine metrics of performance and biofeedback. Based on the physiological data, the system may also modify exercise training programs for the athlete. The exercise feedback system can display the biofeedback using visuals or audio, as well as modified exercise training programs, via the athlete's client device in real time while the athlete is exercising. By reviewing the biofeedback, the athlete may correct the athlete's exercise form to properly use the target muscles for the exercise, or change the certain workouts to personalize the training program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Wiebe, Dhananja Pradhan Jayalath, Rose Yao
  • Patent number: 11103719
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring the readiness state of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and communicating the state to a remote receiver is described. An associated method is described as well. The monitoring device captures a non-acoustic parameter related to the activation of the AED readiness state beeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Eric Grant Halsne
  • Patent number: 11103181
    Abstract: A bio-information processing apparatus includes: an in vivo material measurer which measures an in vivo material of a user; and a processor which extracts a pattern of change of the in vivo material of the user based on a measurement result of the in vivo material, compares the extracted pattern of change of the in vivo material with a biological rhythm reference model, and determines whether biological rhythms of the user are disrupted based on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Ki Young Chang, Jung Yong Nam, Kun Sun Eom, Joon Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 11096754
    Abstract: A sterile drape assembly for a surgical robot having a robotic arm, a cart coupled to the robotic arm, and optical tracking elements coupled to the robotic arm. The sterile drape assembly includes a surgical drape having an arm drape portion adapted to be disposed over the robotic arm. The sterile drape assembly also includes a drape holder cooperating with the surgical drape to cover the optical tracking elements located on the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Victor Soto, Oscar Williams, Donald W. Malackowski, Kathryn Aubrey
  • Patent number: 11096618
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to accurately identify an appearance position of a desired waveform pattern. A signal feature extraction apparatus extracts a feature peak value of a waveform pattern from an output signal of a feature extraction filter that extracts a waveform pattern of an input signal. A local maximum value detection part 1 stores a time index and a value of the output signal when an absolute value of the output signal is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value and takes a local maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Suehiro Shimauchi, Kana Eguchi, Tsutomu Yabuuchi, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Osamu Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11096752
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system comprising a surgical instrument comprising an end effector comprising (i) a blade, (ii) a first jaw member including a first electrode, and (iii) a second jaw member including a second electrode. The robotic surgical system may also comprise a motor and a control circuit configured to: (i) produce control signals comprising a first control signal and a second control signal, (ii) deliver an electrosurgical energy signal to the first electrode and the second electrode via the first control signal, (iii) deliver a drive signal to the motor via the second control signal (iv) receive at least one feedback signal, (v) determine a rate of change based on a first feedback signal of the at least one feedback signal, and (vi) maintain the rate of change at a predetermined rate or within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, Randolph C. Stewart, Chad P. Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 11090499
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes an enclosure sleeve that includes grade 5 titanium. Within the enclosure sleeve is a circuit board that includes at least a portion of circuitry that provides a pulse generator and a battery that is electrically coupled to the at least the portion of circuitry. A bottom cap is attached to the enclosure sleeve. A connector block module assembly is coupled to the enclosure sleeve. A plurality of lead connections are within the connector block module assembly with the at least the portion of circuity. Feedthrough pins carry stimulation signals of the pulse generator to the lead connections of the connector block module assembly. A ground conductor extends within the enclosure sleeve and is electrically coupled to the circuit board, and a ground pin is electrically coupled to the ground conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Michael J. Baade, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 11083899
    Abstract: A system and method for treating sleep apnea includes inserting an implantable pulse generator subcutaneously within a body of a patient and connecting a lead to the pulse generator. The lead is inserted within the vasculature and advanced transvenously through the vasculature until a stimulation portion of the lead becomes positioned in close proximity to the hypoglossal nerve. A nerve-stimulation signal is applied to the hypoglossal nerve via the stimulation portion of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni