Patents Examined by Daniel L Cerioni
  • Patent number: 10660564
    Abstract: A compliance monitoring system (40) for an intraoral appliance comprises a power source (460), a detector (410) for detecting when the intraoral appliance is positioned in the mouth for use, a recorder (430) configured to record measurement data, and a transponder (440) configured to communicate the measurement data. The monitoring system is adjustable based on a particular property of a patient or a group of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: RESMED SAS
    Inventors: Ludovic Baratier, Fabrice Paublant, Denis Ropp, Yannick Favre, Ronald James Huby, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana
  • Patent number: 10660618
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a disposable negative-pressure anterior chamber Paracentesis syringe which belongs to the technical field of medical supplies. It comprises nine parts, including a needle cap, a Paracentesis syringe, a needle base, an internal needle, a protective cover of the internal needle, an airlock, a needle tube, a collection tube and a collection tube rack. The invention has the advantages that it fixes the Paracentesis syringe during puncture and limits the depth of the needle insertion, releases the aqueous humor slowly to prevent a sudden drop of the intraocular pressure, reduces the risk of the intraocular infection by separating the anterior chamber from outside and the collection tube can collect and store the aqueous humor directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hangzhou Sightnovo Medical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan Zhao
  • Patent number: 10660556
    Abstract: A sampling element (110) for generating a sample of a body fluid is disclosed. The sampling element (110) comprises a housing (114), the housing having a chamber (122) with at least one puncture element (112) stored therein. A tip (132) of the puncture element (112) is movable through at least one puncture opening (124) of the housing (114) in order to perforate a skin portion of a user. The sampling element (110) further comprises at least one compression element (150), which is adapted to increase a pressure of the body fluid within a body tissue of the user in a region of puncturing when pressed onto the skin portion of the user. The compression element (150) is movably mounted to the housing (114). The sampling element (110) comprises at least one locking mechanism (168) for releasably locking the compression element (150) in at least two positions. The at least two positions comprise a first position (170) and a second position (172), the second position (172) being offset from the first position (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC.
    Inventor: Hans List
  • Patent number: 10653341
    Abstract: Generally, a method performed by one or more processing devices includes generating a graphical user interface that when rendered on a display of the one or more processing devices renders a visual representation of an environment and a visual representation of an object in the environment; retrieving an auditory stimulus with one or more auditory attributes indicative of a location of a virtual target in the environment; receiving information specifying movement of the object in the environment; determining, based on the movement of the object, a proximity of the object to the virtual target; adjusting, based on the proximity, one or more values of the one or more auditory attributes of the auditory stimulus; and causing the one or more processing devices to play the auditory stimulus using the adjusted one or more values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Daniel B. Polley, Kenneth E. Hancock
  • Patent number: 10638969
    Abstract: Pressure monitoring methods and systems for warning a patient or caregiver that soft tissue pressure has exceeded some predetermined level that over time would necessitate moving the patient to prevent or at least reduce a risk of soft tissue damage. The methods and systems entail the use of a pressure sensing unit adapted to be applied to or near a surface of the patient's body, and a sensor associated with the sensing unit to generate electrical outputs corresponding to soft tissue pressure sensed at the surface. The electrical outputs are wirelessly monitored over a preselected time period to generate a cumulative output signal based on the electrical outputs and corresponding to whether or not the soft tissue pressure has exceeded a predetermined pressure level during the preselected time period. An alarm is generated if the cumulative output signal exceeds a predetermined cumulative threshold until the soft tissue pressure drops below the predetermined pressure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Walgreens Health Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Denis Burke Drennan
  • Patent number: 10638964
    Abstract: Various components of an interventional therapy assembly are disclosed. One such component is a pointer which may be configured to indicate the disposition of another portion or component of the assembly. A rotary indexing device which may be configured to control or facilitate rotation of other components is also disclosed. Further, various components of an elongate instrument having flexible segments and operative segments are also disclosed. In some embodiments, the elongate instrument may comprise a biopsy assembly and may be used in connection with other components of the disclosed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Lampropoulos, Ayad Agha, Nicholas Gerald Accisano
  • Patent number: 10631835
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and devices comprising a scraping element used to contact circumferentially and longitudinally the surface walls of the uterine cavity to provide for broad contact of the intended surface with the device, resulting in attainment of a sufficient volume and comprehensive tissue sample for analysis as an endometrial biopsy or screening uterine cancer. The device may provide for a reservoir for the obtained sample to be contained when removing from the uterine cavity, cervical canal, and vagina. The device may be comprised of a detachable means or be of a material that allows the user to cut the sampling head of the device for placement in collection means to maximize the amount of tissue or cells being sent to the laboratory for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Femasys Inc.
    Inventor: Kathy Lee-Sepsick
  • Patent number: 10631731
    Abstract: An actively-powered temperature data logger patch with wireless data communication includes a sealed, flexible battery configured to provide continuous electrical power, and a flexible circuit including a microprocessor, a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature of a target subject, a wireless communication transmitter and an antenna. In one example, the temperature sensor is located at a first end of the patch, and the antenna is located at an opposite, second end of the patch. The patch is configured to conform to a curved surface of the target subject and includes an adhesive configured to be removably applied to skin of the patient. An external computing device is capable of receiving communication from the wireless communication transmitter of the patch via an electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BLUE SPARK TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Gannon, Matt Ream, Gary R. Tucholski
  • Patent number: 10631751
    Abstract: In order to estimate a movement command that a central nervous system is to select to implement a desired movement based on three feature amounts under the concepts of an antagonistic muscle ratio and an antagonistic muscle sum and based on a musculoskeletal model, a movement analysis apparatus includes: a myoelectric potential measurement unit to measure a myoelectric potential of a person who performs a movement; a movement measurement unit to measure a body movement; and a stiffness-ellipse calculation unit, an equilibrium-point calculation unit and a muscle synergy calculation unit to calculate, from measurement information obtained at the measurement units, feature amounts of a stiffness ellipse, an equilibrium point, and a muscle synergy that are base vectors describing the equilibrium point at an operating point based on a musculoskeletal model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Osaka University
    Inventors: Fumio Miyazaki, Hiroaki Hirai, Mitsunori Uemura, Kanna Uno, Takanori Oku
  • Patent number: 10631770
    Abstract: A lancet needle with an alignment and engagement notch, with material of the lancet body extending into the notch to more securely retain the needle to the lancet body, whereby a shorter needle can be utilized than with typical lancets. The notch optionally also provides a registration point for rotational and/or axial alignment of the needle during overmolding to form the lancet body, for example to maintain consistent positioning of the needle's beveled point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin J. Seifert
  • Patent number: 10624562
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a hearing testing probe apparatus. The hearing testing probe apparatus includes a probe tube detachably coupled at a first end to a probe body and extending through a center hole in an eartip to align proximate a face of the eartip at a second end. The probe tube includes a plurality of stimulus lumens for receiving and carrying stimulus from the first end of the probe tube for output at the second end of the probe tube. The probe tube includes one or more microphone lumens for receiving and carrying one or more measured responses from the second end of the probe tube to one or more microphones at the first end of the probe tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Steve Iseberg, Mead C. Killion, Jonathan Siegel, Sumitrajit Dhar, Viorel Drambarean, Dan Mapes-Riordan, Steve Viranyi
  • Patent number: 10624977
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fluid reservoir, a sterilization member, and a transfer adapter. The sterilization member operably couples to the fluid reservoir. The sterilization member is configured to be transitioned between a first configuration, in which the sterilization member obstructs an inlet surface of the fluid reservoir and maintains the inlet surface in a substantially sterile environment, and a second configuration, in which the inlet surface is unobstructed. The transfer adapter is configured to be placed in fluid communication with a portion of a patient. The transfer adapter is configured to move relative to the sterilization member from a first position to a second position such that a surface of the transfer adapter contacts the sterilization member to transition the sterilization member to the second configuration. The fluid reservoir is placed in fluid communication with the transfer adapter when the transfer adapter is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Shan E Gaw, Jay M. Miazga, Skooks Pong, Shannon E. Eubanks
  • Patent number: 10617341
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a processor for processing skin conductance data of a living being, comprising an input unit (12) for receiving a skin conductance data signal (13) comprising a plurality of data peaks, a calculating unit (14) for computing a skin conductance peak data signal over a long-term period by deriving a feature related to said data peaks from said skin conductance data signal (13) and forming a summation of said feature per time unit and an analyzing unit (16) for analyzing an average and/or an absolute value of said skin conductance peak data signal over at least a portion of said period to get information on at least one stage of burnout and/or chronic fatigue syndrome of said living being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Martin Ouwerkerk, Joanne Henriette Desiree Monique Westerink, Alphons Antonius Maria Lambertus Bruekers
  • Patent number: 10617397
    Abstract: A sample capture and transport unit comprises a housing defining a substrate chamber for containing a sample-capture substrate. The housing comprises at least a first part and a second part which are movable relative to one another ? i) from a first closed configuration in which the substrate chamber is inaccessible; ? ii) to a first open configuration in which access to the substrate chamber is enabled to allow capturing of a skin-print on a sample-capture substrate contained within the substrate chamber; and subsequently ? iii) into a second closed configuration in which the substrate chamber is again inaccessible. The unit further comprises a retaining mechanism for retaining it in the second closed configuration. The retaining mechanism is disablable to permit movement of the unit out of the second closed configuration. A sample can be obtained at a first location, secured for transport and analysed at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT FINGERPRINTING LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Hudson, Nicholas Earl, Daniel Peterson Godfrey, John Dunton
  • Patent number: 10617470
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical laser systems may include a laser source configured to generate a laser energy; a laser fiber optically coupled to the laser source to discharge laser energy; a photodetector configured to generate an output signal indicative of an intensity level of electromagnetic energy feedback produced in response to the discharge of the laser energy; and a controller configured to control the laser source based on the output signal. Embodiments of a method of controlling a surgical laser system also are disclosed, wherein laser energy is generated using a laser source and discharged through a laser fiber. Electromagnetic energy feedback produced in response to discharging the laser energy is delivered to a photodetector. An output signal from the photodetector is analyzed using a controller. The laser source is controlled in response to analyzing an output signal using the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongwei Jason Xuan, Brian P. Watschke, Douglas L. Evans, Guangjian Wang, Wen-Jui Ray Chia, Nathan Brown, Thomas C. Hasenberg, Jian James Zhang, Hyun Wook Kang
  • Patent number: 10610667
    Abstract: A catheter system comprising a guidewire and a support catheter is disclosed. The support catheter may comprise an elongate shaft having a proximal region, a distal region, and a lumen extending therebetween. The support catheter may further comprise a helical section extending distally from the distal region of the elongate shaft. The helical section may comprise a tubular member wound into a plurality of rings a lumen in communication with the lumen of the elongate shaft. The plurality of rings may each have an outer diameter. A minimum diameter of each of the outer diameters may be greater than an outer diameter of the elongate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Munsinger, Joel WasDyke
  • Patent number: 10602961
    Abstract: A respiration rate determining apparatus includes: an obtaining unit which obtains accelerations in directions that are mutually different, the accelerations being obtained by an acceleration sensor measuring a body movement by respiration of a user; a transform unit which transforms the accelerations in the directions obtained by the obtaining unit, into spectrum information items in a frequency domain; a phase removing unit which transforms the spectrum information items into amplitude spectra by removing phase information from the spectrum information items; a peak detector which adds up the amplitude spectra and detects a peak frequency based on an amplitude spectrum resulting from the adding up, the peak frequency indicating a respiratory component; and a respiration rate calculator which calculates a respiration rate using the peak frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Hirose, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 10602951
    Abstract: The invention includes, in part, methods and apparatus for determining the status of labor in a pregnant subject. In some embodiments of the invention, organ-level uterine function is determined as a measure of the status of labor such as non-labor (e.g., false labor), latent phase labor, active phase labor, or post-delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Roger C. Young
  • Patent number: 10602966
    Abstract: A method for detecting characteristics of a Eustachian tube of a patient includes communicating pressurized air into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient. The method further includes directing an energy signal into the oro-nasal cavity. The method further includes detecting transmission of the energy signal from the oro-nasal cavity through the Eustachian tube with a sensor. The method further includes determining at least one characteristic of the Eustachian tube based on whether the energy signal is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Makower
  • Patent number: 10595943
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for model-based surgical planning. A surgical planning system can include a prescreening tool configured to provide an initial classification of a set of patients according to a pelvic tilt, measured as a position of a pelvis of the patient relative to the position of a spine of the patient, in a plurality of body positions. A model constructor is configured to construct a model of a pelvis of the patient according to the initial classification of the patient. A finite element modeling component is configured to simulate relative motion of the model of the pelvis and a model of an implant. A patient classifier is configured to select at least one of a position of the implant and an orientation of the implant for the patient according to the simulated relative motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Wael K. Barsoum, Juan Suarez, Preetesh Patel, Kyle Walker