Patents Examined by George Manuel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9867597
    Abstract: A method for determining a fertility period for a female human individual (FU), carried out in a device comprising a controller, a non-invasive heart sensor placed in contact or opposite to a portion of the skin of the individual, during the sleep of the individual, the heart sensor being configured to sense heart pulses of the individual and the controller being configured to determine the heart rate, the method comprising the following steps: /a/ collecting, at the sensor, heart pulses signals of the individual; /b/ extracting therefrom, at the controller, current heart rate during a night; /c/ calculating a minimal sleep heart rate denoted MSHR(i), over the night; /d/ comparing MSHR(i) with values of MSHR(k) recorded previously, and/or comparing MSHR(i) with a long term average of the minimal sleep heart rate values denoted LTHR; /e/ deducing therefrom a current ovulation probability index, according to a predefined criteria; /f/ if the ovulation probability index is higher than a predefined threshold deno
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: WITHINGS
    Inventors: Nadine Buard, Ruiyi Yang, Marc Besnard, Cédric Hutchings
  • Patent number: 9867599
    Abstract: An interventional device, e.g. a Vacuum Assisted Biopsy (VAB) needle, incorporating optical fibers such that biological tissue in a volume at a side of the interventional device can be substantially completely optically probed by optical spectroscopy. In a VAB embodiment, a plurality of optical fiber pairs connected to respective optical ports, are placed at opposite positions along the suction cavity, and they are readout subsequently allowing to make a map of the tissue properties along the place where the tissue will be cut by the VAB needle. Based on decision software in an optical console, it can be determined whether the tissue present in the cutting cavity is completely normal tissue or not, prior to actually performing the biopsy on the tissue. In this way a well defined end point for VAB is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Christian Reich, Waltherus Cornelis Jozef Bierhoff, Manfred Mueller, Franciscus Marinus Antonius Maria Van Gaal, Jozef Christiaan Mathieu Versleegers, Vishnu Vardhan Pully, Sven Stoffelen
  • Patent number: 9861434
    Abstract: An operation device for performing a procedure on a lumen in a body comprises: a single protection tube formed of a flexible material; first and second tube members provided in the protection tube; and first and second clamp-type effectors respectively provided at respective front ends of the first and second tube members, wherein operational wires, respectively, are inserted into the first and second tube members to connect the clamp-type effectors positioned at the front ends thereof with first and second manipulation handles positioned at rear ends thereof, wherein the first and second clamp-type effectors are manipulated by moving the operational wires using the first and second manipulation handles in front or rear directions, and wherein electric lines are connected with the first and second clamp-type effectors to electrothermally treat a lesion portion in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Joon-sang Kim
  • Patent number: 9861808
    Abstract: An active implantable medical device (AIMD) lead implanted into a patient's body may include at least one conductive filer electrically coupled to a distal electrode and a polymer jacket for insulating the conductive filer. A conductive multi-layer polymer catheter may be disposed around an outside of the insulating polymer jacket to reduce, or entirely eliminate, the conductive filer's exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MRIsafetymodeling, LLC
    Inventors: Ji Chen, Francois Alesch
  • Patent number: 9855428
    Abstract: A device includes a pulse generator coupled to a neurostimulation lead placed around the nerve and a set of electrodes individually connected to the generator by a splitter circuit controlled to preferentially stimulate certain regions of the nerve relative to other regions. The device performing an iterative search of an optimal configuration operating by selection of a plurality of different stimulation configurations, storing of a cardiac physiological parameter measured for each selected stimulation configuration, and designation as optimal stimulation configuration of the one of said selected different stimulation configurations, depending on at least the stored values of the physiological parameter measured for different electrode configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: SORIN CRM SAS, INRIA—Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique
    Inventors: Christine Henry, Laure Laporte-Duchemin, David Andreu, Christine Azevedo-Coste, David Guiraud, Pawel Maciejasz, Olivier Rossel
  • Patent number: 9855415
    Abstract: A medical electrical lead includes an insulative lead body extending from a distal region to a proximal region, a conductor disposed within the insulative lead body and extending from the proximal region to the distal region, an electrode disposed on the insulative lead body and in electrical contact with the conductor, and a fibrous matrix disposed on at least part of the electrode. The fibrous matrix includes fibers. The fibers include a polyvinylidene fluoride-based (PVDF-based) polymer and a crystal-modifying additive. The PVDF-based polymer includes an amorphous PVDF phase and a crystalline PVDF phase. The crystalline PVDF phase includes a beta form crystalline structure in an amount exceeding any other crystalline structure form in the crystalline PVDF phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Delaney, Jr., David R. Wulfman, Adeniyi O. Aremu, Adegbola O. Adenusi
  • Patent number: 9848823
    Abstract: A device can estimate the heart rate of an active user by using a physiological model to refine a “direct” measurement of the user's heart rate obtained using a pulse sensor. The physiological model can be based on heart rate response to activity and can be informed by context information, such as the user's current activity and/or intensity level as well as user-specific parameters such as age, gender, general fitness level, previous heart rate measurements, etc. The physiological model can be used to predict a heart rate, and the prediction can be used to assess or improve the direct measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, James M. Silva, Alexander Kanaris, Barker N. Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 9849290
    Abstract: According to various method embodiments, a person is indicated for a therapy to treat a cardiovascular disease, and the therapy is delivered to the person to treat the cardiovascular disease. Delivering the therapy includes delivering a vagal stimulation therapy (VST) to a vagus nerve of the person at a therapeutically-effective intensity for the cardiovascular disease that is below an upper boundary at which upper boundary the VST would lower an intrinsic heart rate during the VST.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Weiying Zhao, Quan Ni, Stephen B. Ruble, Jason J. Hamann
  • Patent number: 9849295
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method and system that allows a user to configure electrical stimulation therapy by defining a three-dimensional (3D) stimulation field. After a stimulation lead is implanted in a patient, a clinician manipulates the 3D stimulation field in a 3D environment to encompass desired anatomical regions of the patient. In this manner, the clinician determines which anatomical regions to stimulate, and the system generates the necessary stimulation parameters. In some cases, a lead icon representing the implanted lead is displayed to show the clinician where the lead is relative to the 3D anatomical regions of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Stone, Warren W. Ball, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Steven M. Goetz, Lynn M. Otten
  • Patent number: 9844409
    Abstract: A catheter including an elongated shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, where the catheter includes a thermal element at the distal end thereof. The thermal element may be used in an ablation procedure or other procedure to heat a tissue adjacent a vessel. In some instances, the thermal element may be positioned in a first vessel and may operate to heat tissue adjacent a second vessel or adjacent an ostium between the first vessel and the second vessel. Further, the catheter may include an expandable portion on which the thermal element may be connected or positioned. The expandable portion(s) may comprise a basket or cage, a balloon, a memory shape and formable portion, and/or to other mechanical expanders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin R. Willard
  • 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: 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: 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: 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