Patents Examined by Charles Marmor, II
  • 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
    Assignee: POLY MEDICURE LIMITED
    Inventor: Rishi Baid
  • 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: 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
    Assignee: SECURE SURGICAL INC
    Inventor: David J. Hetzel
  • 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
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    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
  • Patent number: 10085742
    Abstract: A medical device includes an elongate member having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The distal end portion is configured to be inserted into a body of a patient. The elongate member is configured to be associated with a bodily implant. The distal end portion of the elongate member is configured to move from a first position to a second position such that distal end potion of the elongate member may be inserted into the body of the patient in its second position and is moved to its first position while disposed within the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10058397
    Abstract: Devices for containing exposed internal body parts during insertion into the body of a human or veterinary patient are provided. The devices include a surgical pouch for containing the exposed internal body parts. The devices also include one or more sealing elements disposed on the surgical pouch between the proximal end and the distal end of the surgical pouch such that a section of the pouch is closed off when each sealing element is sealed. Also provided are methods for containing exposed internal body parts of a human or veterinary patient during insertion into the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
    Inventors: Sunghoon Kim, Olajire Idowu
  • Patent number: 10046177
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for radiotherapy. Embodiments of the present disclosure may receive a plurality of training data and determine one or more predictive models based on the training data. The one or more predictive models may be determined based on at least one of a conditional probability density associated with a selected output characteristic given one or more selected input variables or a joint probability density. Embodiments of the present disclosure may also receive patient specific testing data. In addition, embodiments of the present disclosure may predict a probability density associated with a characteristic output based on the one or more predictive models and the patient specific testing data. Moreover, embodiments of the present disclosure may generate a new treatment plan based on the prediction and may use the new treatment plan to validate a previous treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Elekta AB, Elekta Inc.
    Inventors: Jens Olof Sjölund, Xiao Han
  • Patent number: 10022210
    Abstract: Described are implants, tools, and methods useful for treating pelvic conditions such as prolapse, by placing an implant to support pelvic tissue, the implants, tools, and methods involving one or more of adjusting engagements, specific implants and pieces of implants, placement of implants at locations within the pelvic region, and insertion, adjusting, and grommet management tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. O'Hern, Richard C. Kaleta, Chaouki A. Khamis, Gary A. Rocheleau, John F. Otte, Gregory L. Koeller, David J. Kupiecki
  • Patent number: 10016574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (102) for providing biofeedback to a person (104). The system (102) comprises a source (106) for generating a source signal (108) and a transducer (110) for generating a measurement signal (112) in response to a physiological parameter (114) indicative for mental relaxation of the person (104). The system (102) furthermore comprises a filter (116) for variably filtering the source signal via modifying a cut-off frequency in response to the measurement signal (112) and an interface (118) for providing a biofeedback signal (119) to the person on the basis of the source signal as variably filtered by the filter (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Christoph Jaeger, Adrianus Johannes Maria Denissen, Murray Fulton Gillies
  • Patent number: 9999780
    Abstract: Device and method for generating brief strong current pulses in a coil for generating magnetic field pulses which according to the electromagnetic induction principle induce stimulation currents in the body tissue triggering an action potential of the nerve and/or muscle cells, where the coil is positionable close to the body tissue to be stimulated so that its magnetic field passes through the body tissue, and where the device comprises a power generating unit that can generate a freely selectable temporal course of the current through the coil during the current pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Technische Universitat Munchen
    Inventors: Thomas Weyh, Stefan M. Götz
  • Patent number: 9987302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions of treating patients suffering from, or at risk for, DNA damage and to increase life span, i.e., prevent or slow the aging process in all species. The treatment includes administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition that includes carbon monoxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo E. Otterbein
  • Patent number: 9980064
    Abstract: A sub-cranial vibratory stimulator that at least partially bypasses a recipient's skull bone and delivers vibration to fluid within a recipient's skull bone. The sub-cranial vibratory stimulator comprises an actuator that is configured to be implanted beneath a recipient's skull bone. The actuator transfers vibration to the fluid within the recipient's skull without first passing through the skull bone. The actuator is also substantially mechanically decoupled (isolated) from the recipient's skull bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Stefan Mauger, Mark Christopher Flynn
  • Patent number: 9968501
    Abstract: An incubator comprises an incubator chamber defined by a bottom part and a top casing covering a bed area of the bottom part. The incubator comprises an air treatment and circulation device for treating air and circulating it through the chamber, said air treatment and circulation device including a ventilator. The air treatment and circulation device is connected to chamber inlet openings which are arranged along one or more sides of said bed area, allowing treated air to flow from the treatment and circulation device into the chamber. The air treatment and circulation device furthermore is connected to at least one chamber outlet opening allowing air to flow out from the chamber to the treatment and circulation device. The air flows in the incubator are routed such that noise is reduced and no high air flow speeds occur near the infant in the incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ningbo David Medical Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeroen Bink, Oskar Van Dijk, Heleen Willemsen, Jeroen Van Den Hout
  • Patent number: 9955995
    Abstract: A puncture device and method are disclosed, the puncture device includes a puncture member having a puncture needle for puncturing a biological tissue, a shaft portion, and a connection portion for connecting the puncture needle and the shaft portion to each other. The puncture needle includes a needle main body for puncturing the biological tissue, and an extension needle provided for movement relative to the needle main body along a longitudinal direction of the needle main body and configured to puncture the biological tissue. The puncture device includes, as extension means for moving the extension needle in a direction toward the distal end of the needle main body with respect to the needle main body to extend the puncture needle, and/or a pusher for pushing the extension needle to move in the direction toward the distal end of the needle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Shigeki Ariura