Patents Examined by Christopher A. Flory
  • Patent number: 10406350
    Abstract: Described herein are microelectrode array devices, and methods of fabrication and use of the same, to provide highly localized and efficient electrical stimulation of a neurological target. The device includes multiple microelectrode elements arranged along an elongated probe shaft. The microelectrode elements are dimensioned and shaped so as to target individual neurons, groups of neurons, and neural tissue as may be located in an animal nervous system, such as deep within a human brain. Beneficially, the neurological probe can be used to facilitate location of the neurological target and remain implanted for long-term monitoring and/or stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
    Inventors: Andre Mercanzini, Philippe Renaud
  • Patent number: 10406356
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include at least one electrically stimulating electrode coupled to a pulse generator. Individuals with GERD are treated by implanting a stimulation device within and/or proximate the patient's lower esophageal sphincter, gastric fundus, or other nearby gastrointestinal structures and applying electrical stimulation to the patient's lower esophageal sphincter and/or fundus, in accordance with certain predefined protocols. Electrical stimulation provided by the disclosed systems results in an increase in the length of the high pressure zone of the LES and/or modulation of the receptive relaxation response of the fundus to decrease gastric pressure, creating a longer barrier to the reflux of gastric contents or increasing functional lower esophageal pressure respectively, thereby treating GERD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: EndoStim, Inc.
    Inventors: Virender K. Sharma, Shai Policker
  • Patent number: 10398538
    Abstract: A method of monitoring oral health including deriving a health profile of a user from information obtained from a sample taken from the user; displaying a representation of the health profile on a display, wherein the representation of the health profile includes a list of undesirable oral health characteristics that are detectable from the sample and a graphical depiction of an oral cavity divided into a plurality of regions; and wherein in response to selection of a first one of the undesirable oral health characteristics, the representation of the health profile indicates which regions of the user's oral cavity are affected by the first one of the undesirable oral health characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Elizabeth K. Gittins, Eduardo Jimenez, Sharon Kennedy, Harsh M. Trivedi
  • Patent number: 10390707
    Abstract: Disclosed is a biosensor needle including a light-transmissive main body having a width that is less than a length so as to be inserted into a testee, and a plurality of metal particles provided at at least a part of the main body and generating a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect of light incident through the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kwang-bok Kim, Young-jae Oh, Seong-je Cho, Jae-geol Cho, Chul-ho Cho, Sun-tae Jung, Hyoung-seon Choi
  • Patent number: 10384066
    Abstract: A non-invasive bodily-attached ambulatory medical monitoring and treatment device with pacing is provided. The device includes at least one therapy electrode; a memory storing information indicative of a patient's cardiac activity; circuitry for implementing a plurality of pacing routines, each pacing routine of the plurality of pacing routines corresponding to at least one cardiac condition of a plurality of cardiac conditions; and at least one processor coupled to the circuitry and configured to identify, within the information, at least one cardiac condition of the plurality of cardiac conditions; and respond to the identified cardiac condition in part by causing execution of at least one pacing routine corresponding to the identified cardiac condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason T. Whiting, Thomas E. Kaib, Rachel H. Carlson, Gregory R. Frank
  • Patent number: 10384057
    Abstract: A multi-lead multi-electrode system and method of manufacturing the multi-lead multi-electrode system includes a multi-electrode lead that may be used to deploy multiple separable electrodes to different spaced apart contact sites, such as nerve or muscle tissues, for example, that are spatially distributed over a large area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    Inventors: Anil K. Thota, Ranu Jung, Sathyakumar S. Kuntaegowdanahalli
  • Patent number: 10376688
    Abstract: In various examples, an apparatus includes a neurostimulation interconnection apparatus including an elongate lead body including a lead proximal end and a lead distal end. The lead proximal end includes a first connector portion. A stimulation device includes a header. The header includes a second connector portion including a shape complementary to a shape of the first connector portion. The first connector portion is mateably engageable with the second connector portion, wherein one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a plurality of pins and the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a plurality of sockets. There are an equal number of sockets and pins, wherein, with the first connector portion mateably engaged with the second connector portion, the pins align and electrically couple with the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Joey Chen, Leslie I. Halberg
  • Patent number: 10369355
    Abstract: An implantable neural tissue electrode assembly includes a cylindrical electrode lead with at least one electrode contact on the outer surface of the electrode lead. An active distal end fixation anchor is located at the distal end of the electrode lead and is adapted to fasten to adjacent tissue by rotation in a fastening direction. A passive rear fixation anchor is located on the outer surface of the electrode lead offset a longitudinal distance back from the distal end and has at least one curved blade with a blade tip directed away from rotation in the fastening direction. The rear fixation anchor is adapted to permanently fasten to adjacent tissue by rotation opposite to the fastening direction so that the blade tip cuts into the adjacent tissue, and the electrode assembly is adapted such that physiological induced strains are distributed along the electrode lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Birthe Rubehn, William Denny, Markus Oberparleiter, Werner Lindenthaler
  • Patent number: 10369371
    Abstract: An improved method that incorporates a user interface for a defibrillator (100) capable of being used with paddle electrodes (180) and adhesive pad electrodes (190). A shock delivery button (110) located on the defibrillator control panel delivers a shock through the pad electrodes. A second shock delivery button (210), located on the paddle electrodes, delivers a shock through the paddle electrodes. Both shock delivery buttons are configured with the same shape, operation and illumination in order to reduce user confusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Simon Edward Kozin, Anthony Matheson
  • Patent number: 10368765
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and wearable devices for measuring an ECG signal for a user wearing a wearable device includes when the ECG signal is measured in a first mode, receiving the ECG signal by an ECG sensor from a closed circuit formed by a first ECG sensor electrode and a second ECG sensor electrode, in which the wearable device includes a main body detachable to the wearable device, a connecting portion, and electrode patches, and the main body includes the ECG sensor, the first ECG sensor electrode, and the second ECG sensor electrode, and when the ECG signal is measured in a second mode, receiving the ECG signal by the ECG sensor from a closed circuit formed by electrodes of the electrode patches, in which the ECG sensor is in the main body and the main body is connected to the electrode patches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Anhui Huami Information Technology Co., Ltd., Huami Inc.
    Inventors: Wang Huang, Jixiang Su, Yajun Zhao, Fei Wang, Yuanxiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10368967
    Abstract: A dental insert (10) has a nozzle (30) supporting a grip sleeve (80). Nozzle 30 may include several components (31, 32, 33) that are assembled without the need for a weld. A grip retaining ring 60 is positioned at a nodal location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventors: Clive Swatton, Kenneth R. Guaragno, Jeremy Kile, Jared Witmer
  • Patent number: 10369368
    Abstract: An exemplary method for optimizing pacing configuration includes providing distances between electrodes of a series of three or more ventricular electrodes associated with a ventricle; selecting a ventricular electrode from the series; delivering energy to the ventricle via the selected ventricular electrode, the energy sufficient to cause an evoked response; acquiring signals of cardiac electrical activity associated with the evoked response via non-selected ventricular electrodes of the series; based on signals of cardiac electrical activity acquired via the non-selected ventricular electrodes and the distances, determining conduction velocities; based on the conduction velocities, deciding if the selected ventricular electrode is an optimal electrode for delivery of a cardiac pacing therapy; and, if the selected ventricular electrode comprises an optimal electrode for delivery of the cardiac pacing therapy, calling for delivery of the cardiac pacing therapy using the selected ventricular electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyungmoo Ryu, Xiaoyi Min
  • Patent number: 10363419
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for treating at least one of a condition or a symptom of a patient by positioning a stimulation device at a target site adjacent to or near a nerve within a patient. The stimulation device comprising an antenna and one or more electrodes. Transmitting electrical energy to the antenna and generating electrical impulses within the stimulation device with the electrical energy and applying the series of electrical impulses to the nerve via the electrode. The electrical impulses sufficient to modulate the nerve and treat the condition or symptom of the patient; and which have on periods where the electrical impulses are generated and applied to the nerve and off periods between the electrical impulses, where the electrical energy is transmitted to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Electrocore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez
  • Patent number: 10335505
    Abstract: A sterilization system uses ultraviolet radiation and ozone to eradicate deadly pathogens to sterilize wound/incision sites. The sterilization system offers a safe sterilization method prior to or after surgery and/or closure wounds/incisions. The sterilization system has ultraviolet emitters that emit ultraviolet light in wavelengths that kill pathogens and in wavelengths that produce ozone at the sites, therefore killing/disabling several hard-to-kill pathogens. The sterilization system has surface detectors to enable ultraviolet emission only when the system is properly seated against the skin so as to protect from unwanted radiation from the ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hepco Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patricia Carol Gil, Asher Gil, Daniel Gil
  • Patent number: 10335602
    Abstract: A holder for an implantable medical device (IMD) is disclosed. The holder is configured to hold the IMD in a single, operational orientation when the holder containing the IMD is implanted in a patient. The holder is designed to prevent the IMD from moving within the patient and shifting orientation. The holder may have an opening for receiving a connecting pin, for stimulating electrodes, for example, in a mating orientation with respect to a receptacle contained within the IMB. According to some embodiments, the IMB features a metal housing that can serve as an electrode and the holder is configured with a window to allow a portion of the housing to electrically contact flesh of a patient during operation. Holders for containing a single IMD and holders for containing multiple IMDs are disclosed. Holders for containing multiple IMDs are configured to maintain alignment of the IMDs with respect to each other, for example, a parallel alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Lee McDonald, Jillian Doubek, Samuel Tahmasian
  • Patent number: 10327663
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a surgical cranial drape, probe for mapping brain of a subject and their methods of use. Specifically, the disclosure relates to a sterile surgical cranial drape embedded with electrodes; an system for mapping physiologically functional brain regions using evoked electrophysiological responses in a first and a second region; and their methods of use in combination or separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Alpha Omega Neuro Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Maroun Farah, Hagai Bergman
  • Patent number: 10327832
    Abstract: A device for vaporizing a hole in tissue, including a vaporizing element, a heating element, configured to heat the vaporizing element, and a mechanism configured to advance the vaporizing element into a specific depth in the tissue and retract the vaporizing element from the tissue within a period of time long enough for the vaporizing element to vaporize the tissue and short enough to limit diffusion of heat beyond a predetermined collateral damage distance from the hole. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Novoxel Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Slatkine
  • Patent number: 10314489
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to remotely monitoring the health of an individual. The individual wears a health monitoring device, with an attached strap, capable of sensing characteristics of the individual. These characteristics may include voice level and tone, movements, blood pressure, temperature, etc. The device allows individuals to constantly monitor their health without having to physically visit a doctor or other health care professional. Wireless communication, for instance with an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) set-top box, allows measurements to be made and evaluated by a computerized healthcare service provider. For a more accurate evaluation, measurements are sent over the INTERNET to a service. The device communicates with services in order to diagnose the individual based upon the characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hisao Chang, Lusheng Ji, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 10307066
    Abstract: The present invention provides a measuring apparatus comprising: a light source unit; and a sensor unit configured to sense a plurality of properties to be measured with respect to an object by using light emitted from the light source unit, wherein the sensor unit comprises: a first region configured to sense a first property to be measured among the plurality of properties to be measured by sensing the light within a first wavelength range; and a second region configured to sense a second property to be measured among the plurality of properties to be measured by sensing the light within a second wavelength range that is different from the first wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seongman Jeon, Wonhyeog Jin, Hyoungkil Yoon
  • Patent number: 10307324
    Abstract: We disclose methods and medical device systems for selectively recruiting a nerve fiber type within a cranial nerve, a peripheral nerve or a spinal root. Such a method may comprise applying a first pressure, a heating, and/or a cooling to a second location of the nerve, the pressure, heating, or cooling sufficient to substantially block at least one of activation or conduction in at least one fiber population through the second location of the nerve for a blocking time period; and applying an electrical signal to a first location during the blocking time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio