Patents Examined by Gary Jackson
  • Patent number: 11000345
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes an instrument shaft with exit holes near a distal end of the shaft, a tool coupled to the distal end of the shaft, and a backend. The backend may include a mechanism that manipulates a drive element that extends through the shaft and couples to the tool, a fluid inlet, and a fluid channel assembly providing fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the proximal end of the shaft. Cleaning fluid is directed into the fluid inlet, through the fluid channel assembly, and into the shaft. A chassis or other structural piece of the backend may form part of the fluid channel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bram Gilbert Antoon Lambrecht, S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 10994120
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including placing an impeller of a ventricular assist device inside a left ventricle of a subject, with a frame disposed around the impeller. The impeller is driven to pump blood from the left ventricle to an aorta of the subject, by rotating the impeller. The impeller is placed inside the left ventricle such that the impeller is allowed to undergo axial motion with respect to the frame, in response to cyclical changes in a pressure difference between the left ventricle and the aorta. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Yosi Tuval, Zev Sohn, Ehud Schwammenthal, Gad Lubinsky
  • Patent number: 10994136
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods for providing pain relief to a patient. Recording circuitry may receive electrical signals corresponding to evoked compound action potentials in the patient that may be produced in response to external stimulation of a location where the patient is experiencing pain. The received electrical signals may be stored in a memory. Internal stimulation may then be applied to the patient and control circuitry may receive electrical signals corresponding to evoked compound action potentials in the patient that may be produced in response to the internal stimulation. The control circuitry may then adjust electrical parameters of the internal stimulation, such as to reduce a difference between the electrical signals corresponding to evoked compound action potentials produced in response to the internal stimulation and electrical signals corresponding to evoked compound action potentials produced in response to the external stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Natalie A. Brill, Rosana Esteller
  • Patent number: 10987181
    Abstract: A manipulation device (20) for a microinvasive medical instrument (10) comprises a recess (47) for receiving a proximal region (72) of an electrically conductive transmission device (70) for transmitting electrical power and at least either a force or a torque to a distal end of a microinvasive medical instrument (10), and a contacting device (50) for producing an electrical contact to a transmission device (70) arranged in the recess (47). The contacting device (50) has a plurality of contact faces (57) for simultaneously bearing on a surface (75) of a transmission device (70) arranged in the intended manner in the recess (47).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Uwe Wittke
  • Patent number: 10980490
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a physiological aging level includes calculating a complexity corresponding to a change pattern of a physiological parameter sensed from a user, and determining an aging level indicating a physiological change progress of the user based on the complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Geun Jang, Sang Joon Kim, JongPal Kim, Seungchul Jung
  • Patent number: 10980479
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a control method of a wearable device execution module and a wearable device. The control method includes detecting at least one touch position and determining a set consisting of the detected at least one touch position as a current touch position set, the at least one touch position being a position at a predetermined touch sensing area; determining an execution module corresponding to the current touch position set as a current execution module based on a correspondence between predetermined touch position sets and execution modules and generating a control command; and transmitting the control command to the current execution module so that the current execution module executes the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Zicheng Huang
  • Patent number: 10973579
    Abstract: An optical system adapted to detect an object including a beam splitting and combing element, a catheter, a focusing element, a deformation detecting module, and an object detecting module is provided. The catheter sleeves outside an optical fiber, and the optical fiber has at least one fiber Bragg gratings. The deformation detecting module and the object detecting module are coupled to the beam splitting and combing element. A first light is reflected by the at least one fiber Bragg gratings and then transmitted to the deformation detecting module. A second light is transmitted to and reflected by the object, so as to be transmitted to the object detecting module. A first wavelength range of the first light is different from a second wavelength range of the second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Liu, Yuan-Chin Lee, De-Yi Chiou, Hung-Chih Chiang
  • Patent number: 10973471
    Abstract: An integrated home based system to measure and report vital patient physiological data via telemedicine is disclosed. The integrated medical device is a personal, affordable, portable medical monitor, providing multiple critical vital sign data for real-time face-to-face communication with qualified health care professionals, direct from the comfort of your home (or wherever you may be travelling), whenever you need it. It is also linked to a secure patient medical record so the patient and/or healthcare professional can collect, archive and track information and trends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Howard Rose, M. Samir Qamar
  • Patent number: 10974065
    Abstract: A system and method for modulating optogenetic vagus neurons in a noninvasive and transcutaneous manner is disclosed. The system and method comprises a two-dimensional array of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), a voltage-generating unit, a control unit, and a feedback loop. The array is placed on a subject's outer ear. Because the array is flexible, it can be closely placed on the skin of the outer ear. The array can deliver optical therapy and monitor heart rate variability (HRV) of the subject simultaneously, and the pixels of the array can be individually addressed. The voltage-generating unit generates pulsed voltage to the OLEDs. The control unit is connected to the array and controls the array and therapeutic patterns. The feedback loop uses the HRV to identify the therapeutic patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph T. Smith, Michael Goryll, Dixie Kullman, Jitendran Muthuswamy, Jennifer Blain Christen
  • Patent number: 10966695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a minimally invasive surgical instrument having an articulation immobilising structure. The present invention is a s minimally invasive surgical instrument and includes a shaft, an end effector connected towards one end of the shaft, a wire for controlling the articulated movement of the end effector, and an immobilising structure adapted to immobilise the state of articulated movement of the end effector. The immobilising structure includes a resilient member covering the wire, and the resilient member holds the wire when an internal space therein contracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MOVASU, INC.
    Inventors: Chang Wook Jeong, Hyung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10966662
    Abstract: Physiological signal processing systems include a photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor that is configured to generate a physiological waveform, and an inertial sensor that is configured to generate a motion signal. A physiological metric extractor is configured to extract a physiological metric from the physiological waveform that is generated by the PPG sensor. The physiological metric extractor includes an averager that has an impulse response that is responsive to the strength of the motion signal. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Douglas Romesburg
  • Patent number: 10965093
    Abstract: Methods and systems enabling the real-time monitoring of a light-induced procedure in a biological medium, and/or the acquisition of information related to this biological medium are provided. In some implementations, the light beam used for the procedure is modulated at a modulation frequency selected in view of the photoacoustic frequency response associated with the procedure. The photoacoustic feedback signal from the medium during the procedure is then monitored. This monitoring may involve filtering the photoacoustic feedback signal around the selected feedback modulation frequency. Ratiometric comparisons of the contribution of different frequencies to the photoacoustic feedback signal are also considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Robert B. Brown, Suzie Dufour, Pascal Gallant, Ozzy Mermut, Pascal Deladurantaye
  • Patent number: 10953236
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for treating or preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. In particular, systems and methods are provided for a phototherapy treatment or prevention system that delivers light radiation to a patient's body to photodissociate carbon monoxide from hemoglobin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Warren M. Zapol, R. Rox Anderson, Luca Zazzeron, Walfre Franco, William A. Farinelli
  • Patent number: 10952896
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating dry eye include an energy source configured to apply energy to an obstruction located in a meibomian gland of a patient's eyelid. The apparatus also comprises an insulator configured to be positioned between a rear portion of the patient's eyelid and a surface of the patient's eyeball. An inner surface of the insulator has a curvature greater than that of the patient's eyeball such that an air pocket is formed between the inner surface of the insulator and the patient's eyeball, wherein the air pocket provides additional insulation to reduce or eliminate an amount of heat due to the applied energy from the energy source from being conducted to the surface of the patient's eyeball, such that the applied energy does not cause the temperature to reach a temperature sufficient to cause damage to a corneal or scleral portion of the patient's eyeball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TearScience Inc
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, John Martin Jans, Jordan W. Hutchinson, Keith Gausmann, Donald R. Korb
  • Patent number: 10946212
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable device for optical stimulation of an organ of the human or animal body, having a probe comprising a tube made of a first transparent material, this tube being hermetically closed by at least one stopper; at least one light source arranged inside the tube; a plurality of electrical connection elements extending through the stopper and electrically connecting said at least one light source to the outside of the tube; and a linking cable arranged outside the tube and connected to said connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Claude Chabrol, Alim-Louis Benabid
  • Patent number: 10945790
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to an improved system and method for treatment of soft tissue, e.g., for treatment of a snoring condition. The system can include a laser source; a hand piece; and a device for directing radiation emitted by the laser source to a treatment area (e.g., an oral treatment area). In some cases, the handpiece can include an optical element (e.g., a lens) mounted within a replaceable cartridge and adapted to modulate a laser beam such that it is non-ablative, prior to its delivery to a treatment region. In various embodiments, the system includes a CO2 laser capable of performing treatment in a more efficient manner than conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Convergent Dental, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Kerbage, Ali Badreddine, Stephen Couitt, Steve Miller, Nenad Jelisavcic
  • Patent number: 10945618
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring a subject are described. A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor that is configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject and at least one motion sensor configured to detect and/or measure subject motion information. The physiological sensor and motion sensor are in communication with a processor that is configured to receive and analyze signals produced by the physiological sensor and motion sensor. The processor is configured to process motion sensor signals to identify an activity characteristic of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Edward Aumer, Steven Francis LeBoeuf
  • Patent number: 10939947
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems, and methods optionally treat dermatological and/or cosmetic defects, and/or a wide range of additional target tissues. Embodiments apply cooling with at least one small, tissue-penetrating probe, the probe often comprising a needle having a size suitable for inserting through an exposed surface of the skin of a patient without leaving a visible scar. Treatment may be applied along most or all of the insertable length of an elongate needle, optionally by introducing cryogenic cooling fluid into the needle lumen through a small, tightly-toleranced lumen of a fused silica fluid supply tube, with the supply tube lumen often metering the cooling fluid. Treatment temperature and/or time control may be enhanced using a simple pressure relief valve coupled to the needle lumen via a limited total exhaust volume space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Pacira CryoTech, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Burger, Ronald Williams, Lisa Elkins
  • Patent number: 10940038
    Abstract: Cataract surgery is in recent years more and more augmented and supported by the application of laser cuts in the eye tissue. Such laser systems are separate units from the phacoemulsification system units that are usually used for cataract extraction. The laser systems require the patient to be positioned under the laser unit and then being moved under the surgical microscope next to the phacoemulsification unit. The here described invention relates to systems combining several aspects of the laser system and the phacoemulsification system. In particular, this invention relates to combining at least some parts of the control system and the housing for both systems and thereby minimizing and optimizing setup time, operating room footprint, patient flow and cost. Furthermore the here disclosed invention relates to integrating the laser system under the surgical microscope and thereby significantly reducing the surgery setup and complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lensar, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Horvath, Vanessa Isabella Vera
  • Patent number: 10939863
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, in a processor, a two-dimensional (2D) electroanatomical (EA) map of an interior surface of at least a portion of a cavity of an organ of a patient, the 2D EA map including electrophysiological (EP) values measured at respective locations on the interior surface. A complex analytic function is fitted to a set of the EP values that were measured in a given region of the 2D EA map. A singularity is identified in the fitted complex analytic function. The region is projected onto a three-dimensional (3D) EA map of the interior surface. At least part of the 3D E A map is presented to a user, including indicating an arrhythmogenic EP activity at a location on the 3D E A map corresponding to the singularity identified in the fitted complex analytic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Assaf Govari