Patents Examined by Eric D. Bertram
  • Patent number: 11980751
    Abstract: A first drive unit, in a state where a top end of a tubular joint is interposed into a chest of a target person and is located at a lower heart part, pushes a diaphragm out from the top end of the tubular joint while pressing a gas into the diaphragm, and simultaneously causes the diaphragm to start flexing to cover and wrap the lower heart part, and then stops pressing the gas into the diaphragm at a time point where compression balloons are positioned at atriums and ventricles of a heart, respectively; and second drive units support a pumping function of the heart by alternately repeating an ejecting operation to fill each of the compression balloons with a fluid and cause each compression balloon to expand and an absorbing operation to cause each compression balloon to discharge the fluid and contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sankai
  • Patent number: 11980752
    Abstract: A surgical tool including first connecting elements, contacting elements, and conductive elements. The contacting elements are configured to contact nerve tissue of a patient. The conductive elements extend from the connecting elements to the contacting elements. The conductive elements have respective insulative outer layers. The insulative outer layers isolate the conductive elements from each other. The first connecting elements are configured to connect to and receive monophasic stimulation pulses from second connecting elements on a modular stimulation module. The modular stimulation module is configured to connect to the tool and other tools via the second connecting elements. The conductive elements are configured to transfer the monophasic stimulation pulses from the connecting elements to the contacting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. McFarlin, Bryan L. Courtney, Matthew L. Cantwell
  • Patent number: 11975192
    Abstract: A hearing-aid apparatus includes an audio collector, an audio processor, a speaker and an inner-ear implant device. The audio collector collects audio information. The speaker generates a sound wave by reference to the audio information. The sound wave is transmitted to an inner ear of a user. The inner-ear implant device is implanted aside a round window of the user for generating an electrical signal encoded by the audio processor based on the audio information to stimulate high frequency auditory nerve cells of the user with an electrode of the inner-ear implant device. The audio wave sent to the inner ear of and the electrical signal stimulating the auditory nerve cells together form an integrated auditory recognition corresponding to the audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Taiting Chen
  • Patent number: 11975205
    Abstract: Practitioners who use sacral neuromodulation on a regular basis have sought ways to simplify the procedure and performing percutaneous nerve evaluations in the office setting have become increasingly more popular. However, many practitioners are limited by the lack of availability of fluoroscopy or similar imaging systems in the office setting and do not feel comfortable executing the procedure without it, for a variety of reasons. The disclosed system and method demonstrate an avenue to circumvent the lack of fluoroscopic guidance in the office setting enabling execution of percutaneous nerve evaluations successfully and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Melanie Crites-Bachert
  • Patent number: 11969603
    Abstract: An illustrative stiffening member includes a body configured to integrate with a portion of an electrode lead so as to maintain the portion of the electrode lead in a substantially linear configuration in an absence of a flexure force. The stiffening member includes a plurality of slots distributed along the body and configured to bias the body, in a presence of the flexure force, to flex inwardly on a first side of the body that is closer to electrodes of the electrode lead than is a second side opposite the first side. The stiffening member also includes an orientation retainer coupled to the body and configured to interface with the electrode lead to maintain, while the body is integrated with the portion of the electrode lead, the first side of the body closer to the electrodes than the second side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Anil K. Patnala, Kurt J. Koester
  • Patent number: 11964154
    Abstract: The present technology is generally directed to systems and methods for addressing a patient's sleep apnea. At least some embodiments include an electrode array and a controller. The electrode array can include one or more electrodes and can be configured to be implanted at least proximate to a target tissue of the patient in an orientation, with at least a vector component of the orientation aligned along an inferior-superior axis of the patient. The controller can be communicatively coupled to the electrode array and include one or more non-transitory, computer-readable media having instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of the controller, cause the controller to direct an electrical signal to be delivered by the electrode array to the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Invicta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillaume Raux, David Herron, Richard W. O'Connor, Richard Hamilton Lewis, Timothy A. Fayram
  • Patent number: 11957896
    Abstract: Provided is an intraesophageal electrostimulator configured so that other medical tools can also be easily inserted into an esophagus and misalignment in the esophagus can be reduced. An intraesophageal electrostimulator 100 includes a stimulator body 101, stimulating electrodes 111, 112, and power feed lines 113, 114. The stimulator body 101 is formed, in order to insert the stimulator body 101 into an esophagus S, in an elongated flat plate shape with flexibility in a longitudinal direction. The stimulator body 101 includes a first flat plate member 102, a second flat plate member 103, and an exterior body 104. On one plate surface of the first flat plate member 102, each of the stimulating electrodes 111, 112 is provided so as to protrude from the plate surface. The second flat plate member 103 overlaps with the other plate surface of the first flat plate member 102 such that the second flat plate member 103 and the first flat plate member 102 sandwich the power feed lines 113, 114.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
    Inventor: Norihiko Shiiya
  • Patent number: 11957904
    Abstract: A method of using an electrode array to deliver tumor treating electric fields to a patient including the steps of: placing a plurality of electrode elements in optimized locations on the patient, each of the electrode elements being independently programmable, the optimized locations are optimized relative to a target area wherein at least one tumor is located; programming a control device with a frequency range, a firing configuration and a firing sequence for the plurality of electrode elements; and generating electrical signals in the frequency range, the electrical signals being directed to at least two of the plurality of electrode elements in a sequence determined by the firing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: LifeBridge Innovations, PBC
    Inventors: Peter F. Travers, Ken Watkins, Scott Krywick, Matthew Travers
  • Patent number: 11957924
    Abstract: An airway cardioverter-defibrillating system comprises a conductive Nano-balloon inserted to an airway tube. The airway cardioverter-defibrillating system functions either with unipolar or bipolar circuit configuration. The system is operatively arranged to supply safe continuous defibrillation pulses directly to the heart with simultaneous continuous external cardiac massage. The system also provides ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Rashid Mazhar Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 11951303
    Abstract: The epicardial pacing system and related method includes an epicardial catheter configured to be disposed in the middle mediastinum of the thorax of a subject for use in electrical pacing of the heart at one or more locations on the epicardial surface. The epicardial pacing catheter may include at least one electrode whereby the electrode is insulated on at least one side to allow pacing of the heart without damage to adjacent anatomical structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Srijoy Mahapatra, George T. Gillies
  • Patent number: 11951304
    Abstract: The device, such as an autonomous cardiac implant of the leadless capsule type, has a device body with a means for its anchoring to a patient's organ wall. The anchoring means includes a screw with a helix wire wound into a plurality of non-contiguous turns, the screw having a clamped end integral with the front face of the device body and a free end with a beveled end defined by at least one oblique surface. The normal to the oblique surface of the beveled end is directed away from the front face, in such a way that the oblique surface is directed towards the patient's organ wall. The normal to the oblique surface forms an angle between 30° and 60° with respect to the helix axis, and the screw is elastically deformable in axial compression, with a stiffness coefficient of at most 5 N/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: CAIRDAC S.A.S.
    Inventors: Willy Regnier, An Nguyen-Dinh
  • Patent number: 11950917
    Abstract: An animated electrophysiology map is generated from a plurality of data points, each including measured electrophysiology information, location information, and timing information. The electrophysiology and location information can be used to generate the electrophysiology map, such as a local activation time, peak-to-peak voltage, or fractionation map. Animated timing markers can be superimposed upon the electrophysiology map using the electrophysiology, location, and timing information. For example a series of frames can be displayed sequentially, each including a static image of the electrophysiology map at a point in time and timing markers corresponding to the state or position of an activation wavefront at the point in time superimposed thereon. The visibility or opacity of the timing markers can be adjusted from frame to frame, dependent upon a distance between the timing marker and the activation wavefront, to give the illusion that the timing markers are moving along the electrophysiology map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hagfors, Michael A. Quinn
  • Patent number: 11950767
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dental instruments having video capabilities. Specifically, the present invention relates to a dental instrument having a video camera for viewing a user's or patient's mouth when utilizing the dental instrument. More specifically, the dental instrument provides video output to a wireless device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer or other like computer. Methods of using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Onvi, LLC
    Inventor: Craig S. Kohler
  • Patent number: 11944832
    Abstract: An active implantable medical device (AIMD), for electrical stimulation of a tissue includes a light source, lodged in an encapsulation unit, for delivering optical energy pulses of optical power (Popt). A stimulation optical fibre for transferring optical energy from the light source of the encapsulation unit to the tissue coupling unit is also provided. The tissue coupling unit is configured for being coupled to a tissue to be electrically stimulated by electrodes (65) belonging to an electrical circuit. The PV-unit includes Us units arranged in series, each unit having Pp photovoltaic cells (PV-cells) arranged in parallel. Us and Pp, ?N, and Us×Pp=N=constant. The electrical circuit includes switches configured for varying the values of Us and alternatively or concomitantly, the light source is an addressable optical emitters array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Synergia Medical
    Inventors: Pascal Doguet, Jérôme Garnier, Yohan Botquin
  • Patent number: 11944823
    Abstract: Methods and systems can facilitate identifying effective electrodes and other stimulation parameters, as well as determining whether to use cathodic and anodic stimulation. Alternately, the methods and systems may identify effective electrodes and other stimulation parameters based on preferential stimulation of different types of neural elements. These methods and systems can further facilitate programming an electrical stimulation system for stimulating patient tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Stephen Carcieri
  • Patent number: 11931092
    Abstract: A method comprises operably coupling a surgical instrument to a first connector port of a plurality of connector ports of a flux supply unit. The method further comprises, in response to operably coupling the surgical instrument, altering an appearance of a first graphical user interface section of a plurality of graphical user interface sections presented on a display, each of the plurality of graphical user interface sections being aligned with a differing connector port of the plurality of connector ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Julie L. Berry, Paul W. Mohr
  • Patent number: 11925799
    Abstract: A muscle-stimulating waist trainer is an apparatus that strengthens and tones abdominal muscles. The apparatus includes a piece of athletic wear, a plurality of muscle-stimulation pads, a pair of conductive snaps, and a controller unit. The piece of athletic wear covers and compresses the body of a user. The piece of athletic wear positioned the plurality of muscle-stimulation pads against a desired muscle group. The piece of athletic wear may be, but is not limited to, a pair of athletic pants, a waistband, and an arm sleeve. The plurality of muscle-stimulation pads stimulates the desired muscle group, promoting increased tension for the desired muscle group and a toned physique after prolonged use. The pair of conductive snaps mounts the controller unit onto the piece of athletic wear and transmits the current from the controller unit through the athletic wear, and to the plurality of muscle-stimulation pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Nicole Britta Cristiani, Nino Cristiani
  • Patent number: 11925812
    Abstract: The present technology generally includes devices, systems, and methods for providing electrical stimulation to the left ventricle of a human heart in a patient suffering from Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB). In particular, the present technology includes an implantable receiver-stimulator and an implantable controller-transmitter for leadless electrical stimulation of the heart. The receiver-stimulator can include one or more sensors capable of detecting the electrical conduction of the heart and the receiver-stimulator can be configured to pace the stimulation of the left ventricle based off the sensed electrical conduction to achieve synchronization of the left and right ventricles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: EBR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Kim, Nathaniel Parker Willis
  • Patent number: 11918802
    Abstract: Examples of implantable medical leads or implantable medical systems with implantable medical leads to be anchored to a sacrum are disclosed. The implantable medical leads include a lead body having a distal portion. A fixation mechanism is coupled to the distal portion. An electrode array is mechanically coupled to the fixation mechanism. In one example, the electrode array is directly coupled to the fixation mechanism. The electrode array is electrically coupled to the lead body and configured to generate a stimulation field. The fixation mechanism is configured to anchor the implantable medical lead to a sacrum and effect the stimulation field in a foramen of the sacrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah J. Offutt, Juan G. Hincapie, Jerel K. Mueller, Robert T. Sandgren, Katie Bittner
  • Patent number: 11918813
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for delivering neurostimulation therapies to patients for treating chronic heart failure. A titration process is used to gradually increase the stimulation intensity to a desired therapeutic level. This titration process can minimize the amount of time required to complete titration so as to begin delivery of the stimulation at therapeutically desirable levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Bruce H. KenKnight, Badri Amurthur