Patents Examined by Gary Jackson
  • Patent number: 10660641
    Abstract: A joint assembly including first and second supports, a spring cage, first and second drive shafts, and first and second cables. The spring cage having a first end fixed to the first support and a second end fixed to the second support and defining a spring channel between the first and second supports. The first drive shaft rotatably disposed along a first longitudinal axis defined by the first support and the second drive shaft rotatably disposed along a second longitudinal axis defined by the second support. The first and second cables extending through the first support and having an end secured to the second support. The first and second cables translatable in a direction parallel to the first longitudinal axis to articulated the second support relative to the first support such that the second longitudinal axis is disposed at a total joint angle relative to the first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: John Beardsley
  • Patent number: 10646274
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for determining a type of a material in a region within a vascular system of a patient are provided. The determination is made after light has been reflected from the region after being supplied to the region from a light source by at least one optical fiber. The determination is made based on an analysis of the light reflected from the region and of a received at least one indication of a force applied to the material in the region by one or more of the at least one optical fiber. The indication of the force applied by the one or more of the at least one optical fiber is provided by at least one force sensor coupled to the at least one optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Timothy M. Kowalewski, Darrin D. Beekman, Sachin Bijadi
  • Patent number: 10646118
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for determining a type of a material in a region within a vascular system of a patient and/or a distance to the material are provided. At least one source fiber is provided that supplies light from a light source to a region within a vascular system of a patient. At least one return fiber is provided to receive light reflected from the region within the vascular system. At least one controller is provided to determine at least one property of the region within the vascular system from the reflected light, and to determine a type of a material in the region within the vascular system and/or an indication of a distance to the material. Techniques such as laser ablation may then be performed based on the determined material type and/or distance to remove unwanted buildup, deposits, etc., while avoiding harmful results such as tearing of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Timothy M. Kowalewski, Darrin D. Beekman, Jack B. Stubbs, Paul Anthony Iaizzo, Gregory K. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10646275
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for ablating material in a region within a vascular system of a patient are provided. A determination of at least one of a type of material in the region and an indication of a distance to the material in the region is made based on at least one property of the region determined from light reflected from the region. Light from a light source is transmitted in at least one of a plurality of optical fibers based on the determination, and at least some of the transmitted light is received at a first emitter disposed along a length of a laser catheter proximate a distal end thereof. The first emitter radially transmits the at least some of the light from the length of the laser catheter so that the light impinges upon and ablates the material through an opening in the length of the laser catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Timothy M. Kowalewski, Darrin D. Beekman, Jack B. Stubbs, Gregory K. Peterson, Sachin Bijadi, Arthur G. Erdman
  • Patent number: 10639503
    Abstract: Devices, systems, kits and methods are provided, that simplify focused ultrasound treatment. Devices comprise a supporting structure and a focused ultrasound (FUS) transducer having a central axis that is affixed to the supporting structure. Devices may further comprise an imaging ultrasound transducer and/or an x-ray aim, that may be attached to the supporting structure along the central axis of the FUS transducer. The FUS transducer is connected to a controller configured to control application of focused ultrasound by the transducer and may be associated with an imaging unit for imaging the treatment region using ultrasound and/or x-ray image data. The devices are hand held and easy to manipulate and aim correctly, utilizing coupling member(s) as well as feedback from the concurrently imaged treatment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FusMobile Inc.
    Inventors: Ari Hananel, Ron Aginsky
  • Patent number: 10631792
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a patient's susceptibility to develop cardiorespiratory instability wherein physiological parameters are analyzed with respect to a dynamics systems model to produce and indicator associated with a probability that the patient will become unstable is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH—OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HGIHER EDUCATION
    Inventor: Michael R. Pinsky
  • Patent number: 10631790
    Abstract: A vital sign measurement apparatus including: an input operation section; a first measurement section capable of measuring first vital signs; first and second operating systems; a first arithmetic processing section that runs on the first operating system and that arithmetically processes the first vital signs on the basis of an input signal from the input operation section, thereby generating a first arithmetically processed signal; a second arithmetic processing section that runs on the second operating system, that is communicable with the first arithmetic processing section, and that generates a second arithmetically processed signal on the basis of the input signal from the input operation section by use of the first arithmetically processed signal transmitted from the first arithmetic processing section; and an output control section that can receive the first and second arithmetically processed signals and that outputs at least one of the received arithmetically processed signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Toyomura, Asao Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10624787
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a tissue part of an eye by means of laser radiation includes a suction-ring unit (16) which is capable of being mounted onto the eye, with a ring axis (22), a mechanical interface unit (34) which is separate from the suction-ring unit (16), which is capable of being moved along the ring axis (22) in coupling contact with the latter, and which is capable of being mechanically coupled with optical means (70) which focus the laser radiation onto or into the tissue part (12) of the eye, and sealing means (44, 52) which upon movement of the interface unit (34) in coupling contact with the suction-ring unit (16) form a space (58) which is capable of being evacuated and which is delimited by sealing surfaces (46, 60) of the interface unit (34) and of the suction-ring unit (16) and of the sealing means (44, 52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Christof Donitzky, Thomas Deisinger, Bernd Zerl
  • Patent number: 10610411
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting an angle of incidence of a laser surgery system include a laser source to produce a laser beam and an optical delivery system to output the laser beam pulses to an object at an adjustable incident angle. A first rotator assembly receives the beam from the laser source along a first beam axis. The first rotator assembly rotates around the first beam axis and the first rotator assembly outputs the beam along a second beam axis different from the first beam axis. A second rotator assembly receives the beam from the first rotator assembly along the second beam axis. The second rotator assembly rotates around the second beam axis. The second rotator assembly follows the rotation of the first rotator assembly and the first rotator assembly is independent of the rotation of the second rotator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Hong Fu, Bryant M. Moore
  • Patent number: 10610158
    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 a 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. Once an activity characteristic is determined, the processor is configured to select a biometric signal extraction algorithm or circuit in response to the activity characteristic of the subject, and then process physiological sensor signals via the biometric signal extraction algorithm or circuit to produce physiological information about the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Edward Aumer, Steven Francis LeBoeuf
  • Patent number: 10602987
    Abstract: In one implementation, a multi-vital-sign smartphone system detects multiple vital signs from sensors such as a digital infrared sensor, a photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor and at least one micro dynamic light scattering (mDLS) sensor, and thereafter in some implementations the vital signs are transmitted to, and stored by, an electronic medical record system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ARC Devices Limited
    Inventors: Mark Khachaturian, Christine Cherepy, Michael Smith, Irwin Gross
  • Patent number: 10595776
    Abstract: A method and system for determining energy expenditure (EE) are disclosed. The method comprises determining a plurality of sensor streams using a plurality of detected physiological signals and processing the plurality of sensor streams to determine the EE. The system includes at least one sensor to detect a plurality of physiological signals, a processor coupled to the at least one sensor, and a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to determine a plurality of sensor streams using a plurality of detected physiological signals and to process the plurality of sensor streams to determine the EE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventors: Nandakumar Selvaraj, Toai Doan
  • Patent number: 10595730
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a subject includes detecting subject head motion information via a microelectromechanical systems sensor associated with an earpiece worn by the subject, processing, via a processor associated with the earpiece, the head motion information to determine subject head displacement relative to an origin and to determine if the subject has fallen down and/or is not moving, and transmitting the processed head motion information to a remote device. The method further includes communicating corrective action to the subject from the remote device and/or communicating corrective action for the subject from the remote device to a third party. The earpiece may include an audio headset, a hearing aid, or an earpiece fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Francis LeBoeuf, Jesse Berkley Tucker, Michael Edward Aumer
  • Patent number: 10596039
    Abstract: A corneal ablation system for correcting vision by using a laser is provided. The corneal ablation system includes: an operation device for creating an integrated corneal ablation plan for correcting a shape and a curvature error of a cornea based on corneal status data; a laser control unit for controlling a laser module according to an ablation position and an ablation shape of the cornea based on the integrated corneal ablation plan transmitted from the operation device; and the laser module for generating a laser and transmitting the laser to an optical unit under control of the laser control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Jin Young Park, Jin A. Park, Ki Sung Park, In Kyung Park, Kee Cheol Park
  • Patent number: 10588539
    Abstract: An electrode with varying impedances includes a plurality of layers that are compressed together with varying compressions forces. A first compression force is used at the perimeter of the electrode and a second compression force is used towards the center of the electrode. The first compression force at the perimeter is lesser than the second compression force towards the center and creates a greater measured impedance at the perimeter of the electrode than at the center of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Tomasz Andrzej Kosierkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10582862
    Abstract: A method and system for continuously monitoring basal heart rate are disclosed. The method comprises detecting a plurality of physiological signals of a user and in response to determining that the user is inactive, filtering the plurality of physiological signals to provide a set of data. The method further includes calculating the basal heart rate of the user using the set of data and an algorithmic process. The system includes at least one sensor to detect a plurality of physiological signals of a user, a processor coupled to the at least one sensor, and a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to carry out the steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventor: Nandakumar Selvaraj
  • Patent number: 10582973
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to various medical device components, including components that can be incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various modular medical devices for in vivo medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Virtual Incision Corporation
    Inventors: John Wilson, Jeff Shasho, Nishant Kumar, Matt Mahin, Chris Santoro, Erik Mumm, Jason Herman, Shane Farritor
  • Patent number: 10574139
    Abstract: A reference signal generator includes a voltage reference, an amplifier coupled to the voltage reference, and a precharge circuit coupled to the amplifier. The voltage reference is configured to generate a constant voltage. The amplifier is configured to receive the constant voltage from the voltage reference and generate a regulating primary output signal and a non-regulating secondary output signal. The precharge circuit is configured to charge a noise reduction capacitor with the non-regulating secondary output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Roy Alan Hastings
  • Patent number: 10560025
    Abstract: A switching power converter is configured to control switching noise by implementing a plurality of pulse width modulation modes of operation. The peak current in each pulse width modulation mode of operation is controlled so that an output power for the switching power converter is continuous with regard to transitions between the pulse width modulation modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: John Shi, John Kesterson, Cong Zheng, Kai-Wen Chin
  • Patent number: 10560029
    Abstract: A controller for increasing efficiency of a power converter includes a comparison module and a gate signal generation unit. The comparison module is used for generating a detection voltage according to a direct current (DC) input voltage of a primary side of the power converter, and comparing the detection voltage with a predetermined value to generate a comparison result. The gate signal generation unit is used for changing a sink current flowing through a gate pin of the controller according to the comparison result, wherein the gate pin of the controller is coupled to a power switch of the primary side of the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Leadtrend Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Ming-Chang Tsou, Shun-Yao Liu, Jiun-Sheng Huang