Patents Examined by Charles Marmor
  • Patent number: 11975185
    Abstract: A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (“WCD”) system may include an impedance detector configured to render an impedance signal of the patient. The WCD system may determine, from the impedance signal, a characteristic of breathing by the patient that can be used as a vital sign. The WCD system may determine, from at least the breathing characteristic, whether or not a shock criterion is met. If the shock criterion is met, the WCD system may control a discharge circuit to discharge a stored electrical charge through the patient. An advantage can be that the breathing characteristic may be used to determine whether or not a patient is experiencing a condition that requires defibrillation therapy, such as sudden cardiac arrest. Even more advantages can be had in discerning the state of the patient when the breathing characteristic is combined with other data, such as from a motion detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: West Affum Holdings DAC
    Inventors: Laura M. Gustavson, Kenneth Frederick Cowan
  • Patent number: 11969230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passive transponder system comprising a first or second conductor loop structure and a first and a second capacitive pressure sensor, wherein each conductor loop structure is coupled to one of said capacitive pressure sensors to form a resonant circuit, and the first conductor loop structure is positioned at a non-vanishing angle in relation to the second conductor loop structure. The resonant frequencies of the resonant circuits are selected such that they do not overlap to result in beating. The invention also relates to a pressure wave measuring device comprising such a passive transponder system, and a readout unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: VesselSens GmbH
    Inventors: Alexej Domnich, Fabian Tutsch
  • Patent number: 11963685
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The handle assembly includes a body and an actuator. The actuator includes a rotary member that is configured to be driven by a finger of a hand that grasps the handle body. The shaft assembly includes an external sheath that is fixed to the handle body and an inner shaft that is coupled to the actuator. The inner shaft is configured to slide longitudinally relative to the external sheath in response to rotation of the first rotary member relative to the handle body. The end effector is configured to encompass a bodily lumen and includes a flexible member extending distally from the inner shaft. A first coupling element is fixed to the distal tip of the flexible member. A second coupling element is fixed to the external sheath. The flexible member defines an adjustable loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Kevin M. Fiebig, David K. Norvell
  • Patent number: 11944464
    Abstract: The invention provides a method (10) for detecting a neural respiratory drive measure of a user. The method includes obtaining (100) an EMG signal and processing (200, 280) the EMG signal to produce a surrogate respiration signal and a processed EMG signal. Inhalations of the user are then detected (300) based on the surrogate respiration signal. The detected inhalations are then used in conjunction with the processed EMG signal to determine (400) a neural respiratory drive measure of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Jakob Van De Laar, Sandrine Magali Laure Devot, Rene Martinus Maria Derkx
  • Patent number: 11510610
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eating monitoring method for judging whether chewing is performed or not by a chewing judgment algorithm on the basis of a temporal variation in a measured value of a sensor unit configured to detect a movement of a jaw while a person takes a meal, the person wearing a detection device comprising the sensor unit. The method includes the steps of: adjusting the chewing judgment algorithm on the basis of a variation in a measured value of the sensor unit, the variation corresponding to a chewing action or a mouth opening/closing action of the person wearing the detection device; and judging whether chewing is performed or not by the chewing judgment algorithm which has been adjusted, and measuring the number of chews on the basis of a temporal variation in a measured value of the sensor unit during the meal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Motoki Tanimura, Daisuke Kamata, Hiroki Terabe
  • Patent number: 11412986
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to methods of conducting an intraoperative procedure including providing an electrode assembly having a pledget substrate having a surface that is hydrophilic, at least one electrode supported by and positioned within the pledget substrate, and a lead wire assembly interconnected to the at least one electrode. Methods can further include creating an incision to access bioelectric tissue of a patient and applying the pledget substrate to the tissue, such as a nerve, for example. The pledget substrate conforms and fixates to the tissue to secure the electrode assembly in position. The electrode is then activated to record bioelectric responses of or stimulate the tissue. In some embodiments, the pledget substrate includes two bodies, each including at least one electrode, the two bodies being selectively separable so that the bodies can be repositioned with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Cantwell, David C. Hacker, John R. Prisco, Anirudhan Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 11382523
    Abstract: The instrument according to the present invention includes a band-like belt worn around a wrist, and a main body disposed at a portion of the belt corresponding to the volar surface or the dorsal surface of the wrist. An element for executing a blood pressure measuring function is mounted in the main body. A battery for supplying electric power to the element mounted in the main body is disposed at a portion of the belt located away from the main body in the circumferential direction around the wrist. A wire is provided in the belt, extends in the circumferential direction along the fluid bag, and electrically connects the element mounted in the main body and the battery. In the belt, the wire is disposed away from the fluid bag in the width direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction and extends along an edge section of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Yukiya Sawanoi, Yoshihiko Sano, Brian Brigham, Takeshi Kubo
  • Patent number: 11253726
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for radiation treatment of tumors based at least in part on patient-specific imaging information. The methods, systems and apparatuses include computer programs encoded on computer-readable media. The methods include acquiring imaging information relating to a target to be treated. The imaging information is non-anatomic imaging information relating to the target acquired from at least one imaging marker that reflects at least one of the metabolic, physiological and histological features of the target. The methods further include computing a radiation dose based at least on the imaging information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Douglas Kondziolka, Timothy Shepherd
  • Patent number: 10966601
    Abstract: A vaginal speculum includes a spreading element and at least two electromyographic sensors. At least one of the electromyographic sensors is mounted in or on the spreading element. The electromyographic sensors generate signals indicative of electromyographic activity in a vagina, cervix, or uterus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: OB Tools Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilan Calderon, Gal Ben-David
  • Patent number: 10820835
    Abstract: Systems and methods for anatomical alignment are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the systems and methods can provide accurate and continuous intraoperative validation of anatomical alignment, e.g., of the spine, hips, pelvis, and/or shoulders. An exemplary system can include a sensor and marker arrangement for measuring coronal imbalance. Another exemplary system can include a sensor and marker arrangement for shoulder or pelvic leveling. Yet another exemplary system can include a mechanical frame for establishing a simulated ground plane and projecting a plumb line from the simulated ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Saurav V. Gupta, Mark Hall, Roman Lomeli, Douglas Raymond
  • Patent number: 10709369
    Abstract: A needle assembly comprising a housing, a first needle hub provided by the housing, a first hollow needle portion mounted to the first needle hub and extending from the first needle hub in a distal direction. A second needle hub is provided by the housing. A second hollow needle portion is mounted to the second needle hub and extends from the second needle hub in a proximal direction, opposite to the distal direction, wherein a hollow flashback chamber is arranged within the housing between the first needle portion and the second needle portion. The flashback chamber communicates with the inner lumen provided within the first and second hollow needle portion and is connected to the atmosphere by a passage and wherein a filter is provided within the passage, which is designed such that it is permeable for air to pour out of the flashback chamber into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Rishi Baid
  • Patent number: 10688286
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices and methods for securing surgical guide wires. In particular, provided herein are devices for securing radiologically located guide wires prior to surgery (e.g., lumpectomy).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: David J. Hetzel
  • Patent number: 10687791
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a cannula that defines a tissue chamber configured to receive a tissue sample from a patient. A pressure chamber includes a body having a distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end has an inlet coupled in fluid communication with the cannula. The body has a first recessed area proximate the proximal end, wherein the first recessed area is configured to release positive pressure within the pressure chamber. The body has a second recessed area proximate the distal end, wherein the second recessed area is configured to release negative pressure within the pressure chamber. A piston is movably received in the body and configured to move over the first recessed area to release the positive pressure and configured to move over the second recessed area to release the negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Seiger, Rafal Chudzik, Angela Jensen, Glen Lazok
  • Patent number: 10610131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide a limb motion sensor system (100) used to objectively assist detection of equine lameness and even monitor change in gait quality over time. Biosensors (102) may be attached to the pair of front and/or hind limbs. Each conformally shaped biosensor device may be placed lateral to the metacarpal/metatarsal bone (e.g., attached to the lower limb). Inertial data may be collected by the set of sensor devices and may be wirelessly transferred to a portable, perhaps wearable, mobile controller and analytics unit (104) (e.g., smart phone, tablet, or the like). A signal processor application (108) may automatically segment each stride into phases and perform analyses to quantify limb motion metrics and uniformity over time for a single limb (unilateral consistency) or between the contralateral limbs (bilateral symmetry). Three-dimensional motion metrics may be processed, displayed, stored on, and even transmitted from the mobile information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cadence Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Thompson, Leah Estberg
  • Patent number: 10582881
    Abstract: A sensor system is for determining a breathing type of a subject. It has first and second electromagnetic radiation (e.g. optical) sensors, for example PPG sensors. The sensors are for application to the skin of the subject at different sensor locations. The signals from the first and second sensors are analyzed to determine if there is predominantly a first breathing type (e.g. chest breathing) or predominantly a second breathing type (e.g. belly breathing), or a mixture of the first and second breathing types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jozef Hubertus Gelissen, Cornelis Harm Taal, Gerard De Haan, Mark Josephus Henricus Van Gastel, Anjo Peeters
  • Patent number: 10561342
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for detecting tremors includes a contactless tremor detector, the detector including an oscillator circuit having a sensing coil, an oscillator configured to generate alternating electromagnetic fields, and a frequency counter configured to sense the resonant frequency of the oscillator circuit as the resonant frequency changes in response to movement of a body part of an individual adjacent to the sensing coil, wherein the system is configured to determine a frequency of movement of the body part from the sensed resonant frequency for the purpose of determining if the individual is experiencing tremors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventor: Jung-Chih Chiao
  • Patent number: 10485448
    Abstract: A breath sensor includes a base body, a first electrode provided on a part of a surface of the base body, a second electrode provided on a part of the surface of the base body, and a covering layer made of a material that does not pass moisture therethrough, the covering layer covering the second electrode with the base body. The base body is preferably made of a material whose surface potential changes due to attachment of moisture to one of a surface of the first electrode and the surface of the base body. A surface potential on a side of the first electrode of the base body changes when a breath containing moisture touches the surface of the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Shozo Otera
  • Patent number: 10485475
    Abstract: A method and a device to determine a hydration condition is disclosed. The wearable device may have a top wall, a bottom wall, and a perimeter wall that form an inner cavity. The external surface of the bottom wall may have a projection and an inner surface of the bottom wall may have a channel. A circuit board may have a first portion in the channel, a second portion that extends through a first side wall of the channel to a first recess in the external surface of the bottom wall, and a third portion that extends through a second side wall of the channel to a second recess in the external surface of the bottom wall. A first impedance pad may be on the second portion in the first recess and a second impedance pad may be on the third portion in the second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Halo Wearables, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Miller, Jeffrey M. Lee, Federico Calero, Trevor Calero, Devin W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10213615
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates a system that can employ micromagnetic stimulation to activate or suppress one or more areas of the central nervous system. A portion of the central nervous system can be exposed. A probe can be configured to be located in proximity to the exposed portion of the nervous system. A microcoil (of a size less than or equal to 10 millimeters) can be coupled to the probe and configured to activate or suppress the portion of the central nervous system via electromagnetic induction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: John T. Gale, Hyun-Joo Park, Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10201715
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate and a plurality of biological material stimulators positioned on the substrate. Each biological material stimulator forms a fluctuating magnetic field capable of inducing a current in biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Jian-Ping Wang, Walter C. Low, Mahendra DC