Patents Examined by George Manuel
  • Patent number: 9839785
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents methods and apparatuses for mapping a target physiological region, for example, during baroreceptor stimulation therapy. In an aspect, such an example apparatus of the present disclosure may include a surgical instrument configured to be securely coupled to a patient and to allow access to a target physiological region. Furthermore, the example apparatus may include an attachment element coupled to the surgical instrument and configured to releasably engage a lead, stabilize the lead during mapping of the target physiological region, and allow the lead to be repositioned relative to the target physiological region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Mokelke, Eric F Hammill, Brian Soltis
  • Patent number: 9839491
    Abstract: A dental handpiece may comprise a detachable light source assembly comprising a light source, a power source, and at least one switch, and the detachable light source assembly may be configured to be selectively removable from the handpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: CAO Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Nichols, Robert Larsen, Bruce Draper, Densen Cao
  • Patent number: 9833628
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media that facilitate monitoring the integrity of telemetry connectivity between an implantable device and an external device are provided. In one embodiment, an implantable device includes a monitoring component that monitors advertisement signal information identifying an amount of advertisement signals transmitted to the external device within a defined time period, and telemetry session information identifying an amount of the telemetry sessions that are established between the external device and the implantable device within the defined time period. A connectivity assessment component of the implantable device further determines whether a telemetry connectivity problem exists between the external device and the implantable device based on a degree of miscorrelation between the advertisement signal information and the telemetry session information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Yoder, Bo Zhang, Gary P. Kivi, Richard A. Sanden
  • Patent number: 9833155
    Abstract: A heart beat detection device comprises at least one optical reflection sensor to be positioned on the skin of a person. The sensor unit is provided with a light emitter and a corresponding light receiver which converts the light reflected by the skin into an electric signal and comprises electrically adjustable opt cal filters connected to the emitter, to the receiver or to both of them in order to select, upon operation, a desired light wavelength and perform processing of the signals thus obtained in order to reinforce the heart beat signal. A system with this device and a detection method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Empatica Srl
    Inventors: Simone Tognetti, Ivan Cenci, Daniele Resnati, Maurizio Garbarino, Matteo Lai
  • Patent number: 9826941
    Abstract: A vehicular system includes a wearable device and a computing device. The wearable device is configured to be worn by an operator of a vehicle. The wearable device includes a sensor configured to measure a physiological state of the operator. The wearable device is configured to output physiological data indicative of the physiological state of the operator or operator health alert data indicative of a determined health problem associated with the operator. The computing device includes a processor configured to receive the physiological data associated with the operator or the operator health alert data from the wearable device and to determine whether the operator is experiencing a health problem based on the physiological data or the operator health alert data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick M. Serovy, Charles J. Sitter
  • Patent number: 9821100
    Abstract: Blood pump assemblies and methods of manufacturing and operating blood pump assemblies are provided. The blood pump assembly includes a pump and an impeller blade rotatably coupled to the pump. The blood pump assembly also includes a pump housing component sized for passage through a body lumen and coupled to the pump. The pump housing component includes a peripheral wall extending about a rotation axis of the impeller blade. The peripheral wall includes an inner peripheral wall surface and an outer peripheral wall surface. The peripheral wall also includes one or more blood exhaust apertures. Each blood exhaust aperture in the one or more blood exhaust apertures is defined by an inner aperture edge and an outer aperture edge. Each inner aperture edge is chamfered between the inner peripheral wall surface and the outer peripheral wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Abiomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Corbett, Zhongwei Qi, Kar Lee
  • Patent number: 9820665
    Abstract: A remotely-interfaceable extended wear electrocardiography and physiological sensor monitor recorder is provided. A sealed housing forms on a bottom surface a cavity shaped to accommodate an upward projection of a battery compartment formed on a non-conductive receptacle of a disposable extended wear electrode patch and includes a set of electrical contacts that protrude from the bottom surface and are arranged in alignment with electrical pads provided on the non-conductive receptacle. Electronic circuitry is provided within the sealed housing and includes an externally-powered micro-controller operable to execute under micro programmable control. An electrocardiographic front end circuit is electrically interfaced to the micro-controller. A wireless transceiver electrically interfaces with the micro-controller and externally-powered flash memory is electrically interfaced with the micro-controller and operable to store samples of the electrocardiographic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Felix, Jon Mikalson Bishay, Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 9821160
    Abstract: The present invention is a new configuration for the external portion of a visual prosthesis in the form of a visor or glasses, including a frame supported by a user's nose and ears. The video processing unit is adapted to be connected by temple portions of the visor and rest on the user's upper back behind the user's neck, or behind the user's head. Controls for the video processor are on one or both temple portions of the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arup Roy, Robert J. Greenberg, Kelly H. McClure, Sanjay Gaikwad, Timothy M. Nugent
  • Patent number: 9814520
    Abstract: A wall of a uterus is ablated by expanding a structure in the uterus and applying energy across the wall of the structure into the uterine wall. An exterior surface of the structure conforms to an inner wall of the uterus, and the energy may cause vapor to collect between the wall and the structure. The vapor is released by providing a barrier to release which is inflated at a pressure above which the barrier at least partially collapses to allow the vapor to leave the uterus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9814375
    Abstract: A light source device includes: excitation light sources configured to emit a plurality of excitation light including mutually different spectra; wavelength converting members configured to wavelength-convert the excitation light emitted from the excitation light sources into light having mutually different spectra and configured to be disposed in a common application region of the excitation light; and a light source control unit configured to switch a combination of the excitation light sources that are lighted among the excitation light sources based on the observation mode including a normal light observation mode and a special light observation mode to highlight a particular observation target input to an input unit, wherein light emitted from the wavelength converting members is used as illumination light, and the illumination light corresponding to the observation modes is emitted from a same emitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Bakusui Daidoji, Kazuaki Tamura, Takeshi Ito, Hiroyuki Kamee
  • Patent number: 9802055
    Abstract: An implantable device system for delivering electrical stimulation pulses to a patient's body includes a pulse delivery device having a piezoelectric element that is enclosed by a housing and produces voltage signals delivered to the patient's body in response to receiving ultrasound energy. The pulse delivery device includes a circuit having a rate limiter configured to filter voltage signals produced by the piezoelectric element a rate faster than a maximum stimulation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James D Reinke, Sarah A Audet, Andrew J Ries, Robert W Stadler, John D Wahlstrand, Zhongping Yang
  • Patent number: 9795314
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example method may include a method of identifying an activation time in a cardiac electrical signal. The method may include sensing a cardiac electrical signal, generating an approximation signal based at least in part on one or more parameters of the cardiac electrical signal, identifying a fiducial point on the approximation signal and determining, based at least in part on a timing of the fiducial point in the approximation signal, an activation time in the cardiac electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Jacob I. Laughner, Paul Hultz, Shibaji Shome, Pramodsingh H. Thakur, Scott A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9795796
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an implantable electronic device. The device has a housing and a header connector assembly coupled to the housing. The header connector assembly has a connector assembly and a header enclosing the connector assembly. The connector assembly has a subassembly including an electrically conductive component at least partially residing within a first material that is provided about the electrically conductive component. The header has a second material that is provided about the connector assembly and the subassembly subsequent to the first material setting up about the electrically conductive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Dino Bortolin, Ofer Rosenzweig, Christopher R. Jenney, Avi Bilu
  • Patent number: 9788886
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating nasal airways are provided. Such devices and methods may improve airflow through an internal and/or external nasal valve, and comprise the use of mechanical re-shaping, energy application and other treatments to modify the shape, structure, and/or air flow characteristics of an internal nasal valve, an external nasal valve or other nasal airways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AERIN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Scott J. Wolf, Andrew Frazier
  • Patent number: 9788782
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus related to identification of apnea type. One aspect of the present subject matter provides a method for real-time apnea discrimination. The method includes sensing an impedance-based tidal volume signal to monitor a respiratory cycle of a patient, and detecting a reduction in tidal swing using the sensed impendence to detect an apnea event. When the apnea event is detected, a shape of the sensed signal is compared to a stored signal shape to determine whether the apnea event is primarily an obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) event or primarily a central sleep apnea (CSA) event, in various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, David J. Ternes, Stephen B. Ruble
  • Patent number: 9775668
    Abstract: A forceps includes an end effector assembly having first and second jaw members moveable with respect to one another between an open position and a closed position. A knife channel having a body and a base is defined within each jaw member. A knife assembly includes a knife having a bifurcated distal end. The bifurcated end includes first and second cutting members each defining an opposed cutting surface and having a tab at a free end thereof for translation through the base of a knife channel. The knife is translatable into the channels when the jaw members are in the closed position such that the cutting members are approximated when translated through the channels. The knife is also translatable into the channels when the jaw members are in the open position such that the cutting members are flexed apart when translated through the jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kathy E. Rooks, Glenn A. Horner, Duane E. Kerr, Jeffrey R. Townsend, William H. Nau, Jr., David M. Garrison, Edward M. Chojin
  • Patent number: 9776006
    Abstract: System and methods for adjusting electrical therapy based on impedance changes are disclosed herein. A method in accordance with a particular embodiment includes applying a therapeutic electrical signal to a patient via an implanted portion of a patient stimulation system that includes a signal delivery device in electrical communication with a target neural population of the patient. The electrical signal is delivered in accordance with a signal delivery parameter having a first value. Using the implanted portion of the patient stimulation system, a change in an impedance of an electrical circuit that includes the signal delivery device is detected. Based at least in part on the detected impedance change, the method can further include automatically adjusting the value of the signal delivery parameter from the first value to a second value different from the first, without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Jon Parker, Andre B. Walker, Udai Singh
  • Patent number: 9776010
    Abstract: This disclosure includes techniques for securing the proximal ends of a medical lead to the connector block of an IMD with a fastener device that incorporates a flexible clamp. A fastener device for a medical device comprising a flexible clamp forming a clamp aperture, wherein the flexible clamp includes a clamp protrusion configured to facilitate actuation of the flexible clamp, a rigid body, wherein the rigid body connects to and surrounds the flexible clamp, and an actuator configured to actuate on the clamp protrusion to change a perimeter of the clamp aperture, wherein the change of the perimeter of the clamp aperture by the actuator is configured to apply a compressive force about a perimeter of an electrical contact of a medical lead in the clamp aperture to electrically and mechanically connect the medical lead to the fastener device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren A. Janzig
  • Patent number: 9775633
    Abstract: A device may include a sheath including a lumen, a distal end, and a proximal end. The device may further include an end-effector unit and an elongate member connected to the end-effector unit. The end-effector unit and the sheath may be movable relative to each other to achieve a first state of the end-effector unit and a second state of the end-effector unit. Moreover, the medical device may include a handle having a first handle portion connected to the proximal end of the sheath, a second handle portion connected to the proximal end of the elongate member, and a compliant member longitudinally aligned with the sheath between the first handle portion and the second handle portion. The first and second handle portions may be configured such that relative movement of the first and second handle portions causes the end-effector to move between the first and second states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lingeman, Jennifer Keeler
  • Patent number: 9772280
    Abstract: A diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging (DOSI) apparatus for tissue spectroscopy measures absorption and scattering properties of tissue using multi-frequency frequency domain photon migration in a modular or networkable platform to provide full broadband information content. The apparatus includes: a broadband signal generator; a driver having an input coupled to the signal generator; a light source coupled to the driver, the light source for exposing the tissue to broadband modulated light at a plurality of wavelengths; an optical detector for receiving returned light from the tissue; an amplitude detection circuit communicated to the optical detector; a phase detection circuit communicated to the optical detector; and a plurality of filters and amplifiers, wherein the optical detector, amplitude detection circuit and phase detection circuit are interconnected with each other by corresponding ones of the plurality of filters and amplifiers to isolate signals and increase signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Albert Cerussi, Bruce Tromberg, Keun-sik No, Brian Hill, Pai Chou