Patents Examined by Gary Jackson
  • Patent number: 10881768
    Abstract: A driveline for an implantable blood pump including a percutaneous outer tube configured to connect with the blood pump when the blood pump is implanted within a body of a patient and an external controller outside of the body of the patient and at least one ultra-violet light emitter coupled to the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Casas
  • Patent number: 10881770
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including a blood pump configured to be placed inside a body of subject, the blood pump including an impeller that includes proximal and distal bushings, and a frame disposed around the impeller, the frame including proximal and distal bearings. An axial shaft passes through the proximal and distal bearings of the frame and the proximal and distal bushings of the impeller. The impeller defines a radially-constrained configuration in which the impeller is introduced into the subject's body and a non-radially-constrained configuration in which the impeller is configured to pump blood within the subject's body. The impeller changes from its radially-constrained configuration to its non-radially constrained configuration by the distal bushing sliding over the axial shaft. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAGENTA MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Yosi Tuval, Zev Sohn, Ehud Schwammenthal, Gad Lubinsky
  • Patent number: 10874390
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to hand held powered surgical devices, loading unit detection assemblies, surgical adapters and/or adapter assemblies for use between and for interconnecting the powered surgical device or handle assembly and an end effector for clamping, cutting, stapling and/or sealing tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Nicholas, John Beardsley, Russell Pribanic, Michael Zemlok
  • Patent number: 10874874
    Abstract: A device for treating the brain includes a light source configured to emit near infrared light. The device also includes a collimator configured to receive the near infrared light emitted by the light emitter. The collimator is further configured to collimate the near infrared light. The device also includes an optic configured to focus collimated light. A reflector of the device is configured to change a direction of the collimated light. The reflector is at a distal end of the device, and the distal end is configured to fit between an upper portion of an eyelid of a patient and an orbital socket of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
    Inventors: Alexander Samaha, Griffin Cummings, Thomas M. DiMauro, Alexandru Paunescu
  • Patent number: 10869619
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for measuring respiratory effort of a subject are provided. According to the method, a thoracic effort signal (T) is obtained, the thoracic effort signal (T) being an indicator of a thoracic component of the respiratory effort. An abdomen effort signal (A), the abdomen effort signal (A) being an indicator of an abdominal component of the respiratory effort. A respiratory flow (F) is obtained. The respiratory effort is determined by adjusting the components of a model of the respiratory system based on the thoracic effort signal (T), the abdomen effort signal (A), or the respiratory flow (F) or any combination of the thoracic effort signal (T), the abdomen effort signal (A), and the respiratory flow (F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: NOX MEDICAL
    Inventors: Sveinbjorn Hoskuldsson, Jon Skirnir Agustsson
  • Patent number: 10869781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ophthalmic treatment apparatus and a method for controlling same. The ophthalmic treatment apparatus according to the present invention comprises: an image unit for generating an image of the retina area of an eyeball in a horizontal direction with respect to the plane of the focal spot of a therapeutic beam directed by a beam delivery unit; a pattern unit for providing a grid pattern to the retina area so as to correspond to the curvature of the retina area generated by the image unit; and a control unit for controlling the operation of a beam generation unit and the beam delivery unit to radiate the therapeutic beam to the intersection points of the grid pattern on the basis of the grid pattern provided by the pattern unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LUTRONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tae Ho Ha
  • Patent number: 10849702
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system with an input device has two operational modes by which both steerable and non-steerable elongate instruments can be effectively controlled, such as steerable catheters which can move in at least three orthogonal axes and non-steerable guidewires which can move via axial insertion/retraction or axial rotation. The robotic surgical system may include mapping schemes and haptic feedback to enhance the functionality, operation and ease of use of the input device when controlling non-steerable elongate instruments such as guidewires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Joseph Hsu, June Park, Ruchi Choksi Bhatt
  • Patent number: 10842584
    Abstract: A component (14) for a medical instrument includes a shaft (15), a transmission device (16), which is movable in the shaft (15), for transmitting a force from a manipulation device (18) coupled to the proximal end of the component (14) to a tool (13) at the distal end of the component (14), an abutment surface (86) on the shaft (15), and an abutment surface (36) on the transmission device (16). The abutment surface (86) of the shaft (15) and the abutment surface (36) of the transmission device (16) are arranged such that a mechanical contact between the abutment surface (36) of the transmission device (16) and the abutment surface (86) of the shaft (15) limits a movement of the transmission device (16) relative to the shaft (15) in the proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Kärcher, Jochen Stefan
  • Patent number: 10842989
    Abstract: Techniques for determining the location of a physiological midline and utilizing the physiological midline location to improve a spinal cord stimulation model are disclosed. A first improvement constructs a target stimulation field along a line that is parallel with the determined physiological midline. An allocation of stimulation among the electrodes to mimic the target field is computed. A second improvement models a response of neural elements at evaluation positions that are parallel with the physiological midline based on the electric field that is generated for the computed allocation of stimulation among the electrodes. The stimulation amplitude is adjusted based on the neural element modeling to maintain stimulation intensity, and the stimulation amplitude and allocation of stimulation among the electrodes are compiled into an electrode configuration that is communicated to a neurostimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Natalie Brill, Raul Serrano Carmona, Rosana Esteller
  • Patent number: 10835215
    Abstract: A method for minimally invasive laser ablation of a target tissue within a patient while sparing tissue within a safety zone proximate to the target tissue, comprising: guiding a laser fiber within a patient with a guidance tool; measuring a temperature within the target tissue and the safety zone based on an invasive and a non-invasive thermal sensor; computing a thermal profile in conjunction with a real-time tissue image adapted for guidance of the laser fiber with the guidance tool within the patient; and controlling a laser to deliver energy through the laser fiber, to deliver a minimally therapeutic ablation therapy to the target tissue while ensuring that the safety zone is maintained in a non-ablation condition, based on at least a treatment plan, the measured temperature, and the thermal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CONVERGENT LIFE SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Dinesh Kumar, Amit Vohra, Daniel S. Sperling
  • Patent number: 10821285
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for identifying optimal or near optimal complex stimulation waveforms for a neurostimulator device or neuromodulation device are disclosed. An example method includes using a dueling bandits algorithm with correlation among stimulation arms to select a batch of stimulation arms for sequential application to a patient during a therapy session. Each of the stimulation arms specifies complex stimulation waveform parameter values. Feedback from applying the stimulation arms to the patient is recorded and used to update feedback reward values corresponding to at least some of the stimulation arms using a stimulation arm correlation index. A second batch of stimulations arms is selected based upon the updated feedback reward values and applied to a patient. The method is iteratively repeated over a number of therapy sessions until an optimal or near optimal batch of stimulation arms (defining complex stimulation waveforms) is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joel W. Burdick, Yanan Sui, Yisong Yue, Nicholas A. Terrafranca
  • Patent number: 10820942
    Abstract: Embodiments include a catheter system comprising an elongated housing having a housing channel disposed between a first proximal end and a first distal end. The first distal end includes a ramp, having an inclining proximal section and an apex section, and a nose section. The catheter system further includes a rail wire channel in communication with the ramp but not the nose section and a laser delivery member being at least partially disposed within the housing channel and movable therein. In some embodiments, the catheter system includes a rail wire fixedly attached to and terminating at the first distal end of the elongated housing, wherein the rail wire extends through the rail wire channel, and wherein the laser delivery member is slidably coupled to the rail wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Hendrick, Ali Hartley, Grant Donnelly Foy
  • Patent number: 10821052
    Abstract: An eye moisturizer includes: a pair of hot water containers for storing hot water from which water vapor is generated; a connection panel coupled to the hot water containers to allow the hot water containers to be spaced apart from each other; a glabella support disposed between the hot water containers to maintain a height of a user's face; a lower support protruding from the underside of the connection panel to prevent falling; and water vapor discharge portions formed on tops of the hot water containers or the connection panel to discharge the water vapor therefrom, while preventing the hot water containers from coming into contact with the eyes, where the waver vapor is fed to the eyes seeing vertically the hot water containers and to the skin around the eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Min Gyu Park
  • Patent number: 10813694
    Abstract: A light based skin treatment device (10, 20) is provided, comprising a light source (18) for providing an incident light beam (21) for treating a skin (30) by laser induced optical breakdown (LIOB) of hair or skin tissue, a transparent exit window (14) for allowing the incident light beam (21) to exit the device (10, 20), and an optical system for focusing the incident light beam (21) into a focal spot (221, 222) in the hair or skin tissue outside the skin treatment device (10, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Thomas Johnson, Petrus Theodorus Jutte, Bastiaan Wilhelmus Maria Moeskops, Rieko Verhagen
  • Patent number: 10814135
    Abstract: Various implantable device embodiments may comprise a neural stimulator configured to deliver a neurostimulation therapy to stimulate tissue. A prescribed dose of the neurostimulation therapy relates to a therapeutically-effective and safe amount of charge delivered to the stimulated tissue over a period of time. The neural stimulator may include a power supply used to deliver the neurostimulation therapy, and a charge/current monitor configured to monitor a delivered dose of the neurostimulation therapy with respect to the prescribed dose to determine whether the delivered dose is delivering the therapeutically-effective and safe amount of charge to the stimulated tissue over the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug M. Birkholz, Douglas J. Brandner, Douglas J. Gifford, David J. Ternes, William J. Linder
  • Patent number: 10799107
    Abstract: Disclosed is a patient interface for affixment on onto a patient eye, said patient interface including a negative pressure cavity with a top wall and a circumferential outer wall, an optical passage, wherein the top wall circumferentially surrounds the optical passage and wherein the circumferential outer wall projects from the top wall and circumferentially surrounds the optical passage; a number of rib members, the rib members projecting separately from each other from the top wall into the negative pressure cavity between the circumferential outer wall and the optical passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems AG
    Inventor: Thomas Studer
  • Patent number: 10792187
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include an actuation structure, a nosecone fixed to the actuation structure by one or more links and one or more link pins, a flexible housing tube, and an optic fiber disposed in the flexible housing tube and the actuation structure. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually curve the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually straighten the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 10786612
    Abstract: A driveline for an implantable blood pump including a percutaneous connector including an outer tube, the outer tube defining an exterior surface and having a proximal portion and a distal portion opposite the proximal portion, the proximal portion being couplable to the implantable blood pump disposed within a body of a patient and the distal portion being couplable to a controller outside of the body of the patient and at least one electronic instrument coupled to the outer tube and fluidically sealed from the exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Casas
  • Patent number: 10786271
    Abstract: A surgical tool with links between the distal end of the tool shaft and the working member located forward of the shaft. Steering cables attached to the working member are selectively tensioned and slackened to bend the links. Once the links have desired curvature, a lock assembly tensions the plural cables. The tensioning of the cables urges the links against each other. As a result of the abutment of the links against each other, the links resist buckling from the desired curved shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: James G. Walen
  • Patent number: 10786272
    Abstract: A surgical instrument with improved end-effector gripping force. The instrument comprises a shaft, which may be inserted into a body of a patient. The articulated end-effector is mounted on the distal extremity of the instrument shaft and comprises a plurality of links interconnected by a plurality of joints, whose movements are remotely actuated by the surgeon's hands. This remote actuation is accomplished through mechanical transmission, mainly along flexible elements, which are able to deliver motion from a set of actuation elements, placed at a proximal extremity of the shaft, to the instrument's articulated end-effector. The articulated end-effector further comprises one or more cam-and-follower mechanisms that are able to amplify the force transmitted by the flexible elements so that the actuation force at the instrument jaws is maximized and the tension on the transmission elements minimized, thus increasing the fatigue resistance and life of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Distalmotion SA
    Inventor: Ricardo Daniel Rita Beira