Patents Examined by George Manuel
  • Patent number: 9993173
    Abstract: ECG data is analyzed by detecting points in the ECG data which represent ventricular activity; measuring time intervals between each two consecutive points in the ECG data which represent ventricular activity; and then within a set of such time intervals, evaluating the time intervals by computing at least one comparative dimension for at least one time interval subset. The time interval subset includes at least two time intervals, and the comparative dimension represents variations between the interval lengths between the time intervals of the time interval subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steven Bellock, R. Hollis Whittington, Garth Garner
  • Patent number: 9993279
    Abstract: A cryoablation method, system, and device that allows for real-time and accurate assessment and monitoring of PV occlusion and lesion formation without the need for expensive imaging systems and without patient exposure to radiation. The system includes a cryoballoon catheter with a cryoballoon, a distal electrode, a proximal electrode, and a temperature sensor. Impedance measurements recorded by the electrodes may be used to predict ice formation, quality of pulmonary vein occlusion, and lesion formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic CryoCath LP
    Inventors: Boaz Avitall, Catherine R. Condie
  • Patent number: 9968781
    Abstract: Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of a head mountable power supply to power an implantable cochlear stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Roehrlein, Stefan Launer, Lee F. Hartley, Lakshmi Mishra, Abhijit Kulkarni, Logan P. Palmer, Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 9955911
    Abstract: An electrocardiography and respiratory monitor recorder is provided. The recorder includes a sealed housing adapted to be removably secured into a non-conductive receptacle on a disposable extended wear electrode patch and an electronic circuitry comprised within the sealed housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Jon Mikalson Bishay, Jason Felix
  • Patent number: 9956394
    Abstract: A connector to couple an electrical stimulation lead to a lead extension can include lead terminals and extension connector contacts that interlock with each other. Another connector can include lead terminals and extension connector contacts that form a hook and loop fastener. Yet another connector defines a lumen for receiving a proximal portion of an electrical stimulation lead and a side-loading slit extending along at least a portion of the longitudinal surface of the connector and extending inwardly to the lumen for side-loading the electrical stimulation lead into the lumen through the side-loading slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Michael X. Govea
  • Patent number: 9955895
    Abstract: A apparatus for detecting electrooculograph (EOG) signals, comprising: a pair of temple pieces connected to a bridging structure; at least one electrode on each temple piece configured to contact the skin at the temple, and to receive an EOG signal from a proximate orbital socket; a reference electrode displaced from each temple; and a processor configured to process signals from the sensors to detect saccade movements of the eyes. A wavelet-based algorithm permits analysis and coding of the saccade movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventors: Zhanpeng Jin, Sarah Laszlo
  • Patent number: 9949687
    Abstract: A system and method for correlating health related data for display. The system includes a medical device recording data and a display producing device which correlates the data and simultaneously displays different types of data or displays two sets of the same type of data along with the circumstances at which the two sets of data were recorded. Such displays aid a physician in prescribing and ascertaining the efficacy of cardiac therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kalgren, Rene H. Wentkowski, Jeffrey E. Stahmann
  • Patent number: 9943685
    Abstract: According to aspects of the present disclosure, an implantable electrical system may include an implantable pulse generator with a bore sized to receive an electrical lead, with an engagement mechanism that does not require the use of set screws to secure the lead within the bore. The engagement mechanism may include a deformable component that may be moved or deformed to allow entry of the lead into the bore, and then moved or deformed again to engage a surface of the lead to secure the lead within the bore. The engagement mechanism may allow rotation of the lead within the bore while maintaining electrical connections between the generator and the lead. The engagement mechanism may also allow the securing and/or release of the lead relative to the bore without the need to manipulate a set screw or breach a seal of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cyberonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Ramesh, David L. Thompson, Steven W. Allis
  • Patent number: 9943696
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for supplying an electrical energy-converting implant with electrical energy, wherein an electrical voltage source is provided, wherein electrical voltage is generated by the linear movement of a piston of a free-piston generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Helmut Schmid, Wilhelm Eckl
  • Patent number: 9937350
    Abstract: An embodiment relates to a method for delivering a vagal stimulation therapy to a vagus nerve, including delivering a neural stimulation signal to non-selectively stimulate both afferent axons and efferent axons in the vagus nerve according to a predetermined schedule for the vagal stimulation therapy, and selecting a value for at least one parameter for the predetermined schedule for the vagal stimulation therapy to control the neural stimulation therapy to avoid physiological habituation to the vagal stimulation therapy. The parameter(s) include at least one parameter selected from the group of parameters consisting of a predetermined therapy duration parameter for a predetermined therapy period, and a predetermined intermittent neural stimulation parameter associated with on/off timing for the intermittent neural stimulation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Andrew P. Kramer
  • Patent number: 9936925
    Abstract: According to the present invention, improved methods and apparatus are provided for providing cushioning and other ergonomic surfaces on devices requiring the patient or tissue to be compressed, such as radiography machines, fluoroscopy units, mammography units and the like. In particular a radiolucent pad element is provided for releasable attachment to at least one surface of a compression device to be used under x-ray, for example, during mammography. The pad element of the present invention can be disposable or constructed to be reusable and in some cases may be applied directly to the patient's breast. Furthermore, a cushioned paddle is provided wherein the compression paddle and the cushion can be separately or integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BIOLUCENT, LLC
    Inventors: Gail S. Lebovic, George D. Hermann, David Willis, Thomas A. Howell
  • Patent number: 9931159
    Abstract: A forceps includes an end effector assembly having a stop and a plurality of overmold teeth within at least one jaw member. One (or both) of the jaw members is moveable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue therebetween. One (or both) of the jaw members includes a stop molded within an insulative housing, and an insulator plate with the overmold teeth formed from plastic. The overmold teeth extend through openings within a sealing plate and protrude past the tissue sealing surface of the sealing plate. The stop primarily controls the gap distance between opposing jaw members by bearing most of an applied load and the overmold teeth assist in controlling the gap distance by bearing the remaining applied load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: John R. Twomey, Dylan R. Kingsley, James D. Allen, IV, Sean T. O'Neill, Jeffrey M. Roy
  • Patent number: 9918673
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein relate to systems, devices, and methods for tracking abdominal orientation and activity for purposes of preventing or treating conditions of pregnancy or other types of medical conditions. In certain specific embodiments, the system, device, or method relates to identifying abdominal orientation risk values, calculating and updating a cumulative risk value, comparing the cumulative risk value to a threshold, and outputting a warning when the cumulative risk value crosses the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Human Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Dugan
  • Patent number: 9919086
    Abstract: A blood flow conduit includes a first conduit portion defining a first portion of a lumen; and a second conduit portion defining a second portion of a lumen. At least one of the first or second conduit portions may include a tip portion and the other of the first or second conduit portions may include an enlarged area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Abiomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Dowling, Robert T. V. Kung, Paul Spence, Thorsten Siess, Gerd Spanier, Eric Gratz, Caitlyn Hastie
  • Patent number: 9913687
    Abstract: A microwave ablation device including a cable assembly configured to connect a microwave ablation device to an energy source and a feedline in electrical communication with the cable assembly. The microwave ablation device further includes a balun on an outer conductor of the feedline, and a temperature sensor on the balun sensing the temperature of the balun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Casey M. Ladtkow, Darion R. Peterson, Eric W. Larson, William J. Dickhans, Richard A. Willyard, Jason A. Case
  • Patent number: 9907478
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials related to the non-invasive measurement of analytes in blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Paul A. Friedman, Kevin E. Bennet, Charles J. Bruce, Virend K. Somers
  • Patent number: 9910964
    Abstract: Exemplified method and system facilitates monitoring and/or evaluation of disease or physiological state using mathematical analysis and machine learning analysis of a biopotential signal collected from a single electrode. The exemplified method and system creates, from data of a singularly measured biopotential signal, via a mathematical operation (i.e., via numeric fractional derivative calculation of the signal in the frequency domain), one or more mathematically-derived biopotential signals (e.g., virtual biopotential signals) that is used in combination with the measured biopotential signals to generate a multi-dimensional phase-space representation of the body (e.g., the heart). By mathematically modulating (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Analytics For Life
    Inventors: Timothy Burton, Shyamlal Ramchandani, Sunny Gupta
  • Patent number: 9901262
    Abstract: A transducer holder assembly for attachment to a patient includes a support member with a contact surface and an oppositely disposed connection surface. The support member includes at least one electrode disposed on the contact surface. A first mating member is coupled to the connection surface. A housing is configured to receive and hold at least a portion of a transducer. The housing includes a second mating member configured to releasably mate with the first mating member via a snap-fit mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Lee Hammerling
  • Patent number: 9877684
    Abstract: A physiological monitoring system features a Floormat and Handheld Sensor connected by a cable. A user stands on the Floormat and grips the Handheld Sensor. These components measure time-dependent physiological waveforms from a user over a conduction pathway extending from the user's hand or wrist to their feet. The Handheld Sensor and Floormat use a combination of electrodes that inject current into the user's body and collect bioelectric signals that, with processing, yield ECG, impedance, and bioreactance waveforms. Simultaneously, the Handheld Sensor measures photoplethysmogram waveforms with red and infrared radiation and pressure waveforms from the user's fingers and wrist, while the Floormat measures signals from load cells to determine ‘force’ waveforms to determine the user's weight, and ballistocardiogram waveforms to determine parameters related to cardiac contractility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: TOSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Banet, Marshal Singh Dhillon, Susan Meeks Pede, Lauren Nicole Miller Hayward, Arthur Deptala, Jonas Dean Cochran, Mark Singh Dhillon
  • Patent number: 9878157
    Abstract: An input sound signal is processed to generate band pass signals that each represent an associated band of audio frequencies. Stimulation timing signals are generated for each band pass signal, including for one or more selected band pass signals using a timing function defined to determine a mapped instantaneous frequency by adjusting instantaneous frequency based on a frequency relation factor representing a relationship between: (1) the range of audio frequencies for the band pass channel, and (2) a patient-specific, channel-specific range of stimulation rates defined based on patient-specific pitch perception measurements to enhance patient pitch perception within the range of audio frequencies for the band pass channel, and iii. generate the stimulation timing signal for the selected band pass signal at the mapped instantaneous frequency of the selected band pass signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Meister