Patents Examined by H. Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10390748
    Abstract: A driver state monitoring (DSM) system includes a wearable device main body worn by a user, a display unit, and an information collection unit that collects information related to a body state of the user. The DSM system includes a controller that, based on the collected information, senses a situation associated with the user's body state, and converts the collected information into a numerical value representing the body state of the user in context of the sensed situation. The controller further calculates a well-driving score for the user based on the numerical value that represents the body state of the user in context of the sensed situation; and controls at least one of the display unit or an image information output device to display the well-driving score and the numerical value that represents the body state of the user in context of the sensed situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehee Lee, Hyeoncheol Lee, Kiho Lee
  • Patent number: 10376204
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for assessing thermoalgesic and vibratory sensitivity, including a first unit (1) configured to apply, to localized points of the patient, a plurality of stimuli comprising vibrations and temperature changes, a second unit (2) for gathering data communicating with the first unit, wherein the communication between the first unit (1) and the second unit (2) takes place by means of a two-way wireless transmission means. The invention also relates to a method for assessing vibratory, thermal and thermoalgesic sensitivity using the device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ariel Andres Odriozola Orlandi
  • Patent number: 10369353
    Abstract: Intracranial pressure of a patient may be monitored in order to evaluate a seizure disorder. In some examples, trends in the intracranial pressure over time may be monitored, e.g., to detect changes to the patient's condition. In addition, in some examples, a seizure metric may be generated for a detected seizure based on sensed intracranial pressures. The seizure metric may indicate, for example, an average, median, or highest relative intracranial pressure value observed during a seizure, a percent change from a baseline value during the seizure, or the time for the intracranial pressure to return to a baseline state after the occurrence of a seizure. In addition to or instead of intracranial pressure, patient motion or posture may be monitored in order to assess the patient's seizure disorder. For example, a seizure type or severity may be determined based on patient motion sensed during a seizure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Jonathan C. Werder, Eric J. Panken, Timothy J. Denison, Keith A. Miesel, Michele H. Herzog
  • Patent number: 10368849
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a biopsy sample extraction needle having a sample extraction end, a recovery end, and a transport channel linking the extraction and recovery ends. In a first configuration, a valve has a first position wherein the valve directly connects a pump to an ambient vent and the pump can reduce the pressure in at least the sample extraction end. In a second configuration, the valve has a second position wherein the valve directly connects the pump to a fluid reservoir and the pump can draw fluid from the fluid reservoir. In a third configuration, the valve has a third position wherein the valve directly connects the pump to the extraction end and the pump can supply fluid to the extraction end to flush fluid along the transport channel from the extraction end to the recovery end to transport a sample along the transport channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Coonahan, Stanley O. Thompson, Jon Taylor
  • Patent number: 10368848
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a cell collection device includes a sample brush including a proximal end, a distal end, and outwardly extending bristles provided at the distal end, and an outer sleeve adapted to receive the sample brush, the sleeve including a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the sleeve can be linearly slid along the length of the brush to encapsulate the bristles after they have been used to collect cells from a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Augusta University Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Daron G. Ferris
  • Patent number: 10307097
    Abstract: A method and a system for search/treatment of tinnitus are disclosed. The method includes outputting a tinnitus search interface, which comprises several response regions corresponding to the different frequency bands within audible frequency range of human beings, outputting an acoustic signal corresponding to the response region selected by a user, and storing the frequency information corresponding to the user's tinnitus frequency as a tinnitus frequency band. Accordingly, tinnitus may be rapidly diagnosed and treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Earlogic Korea, Inc.
    Inventor: Sangyeop Kwak
  • Patent number: 10299722
    Abstract: A footwear having a sole customized to a wearer's anatomy, the sole formed by receiving a 3D model of a sole having a volume, generating a structural lattice inside the volume of the sole, updating the structural lattice to provide strength while using reduced material, optimizing the structural lattice to maximize energy absorption by the sole, and 3D fabricating the sole with the optimized structural lattice; and sensors coupled to the sole to detect foot pressure and movement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 10293565
    Abstract: A footwear having a sole customized to a wearer's anatomy by receiving a foot model; generating an elevated foot model with a heel at a predetermined heel height from a ground and determining a structure to support a foot arch and a ball area of the foot model; and fabricating a high heel sole with the optimized structure to support the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 10292579
    Abstract: The invention is a method of automatically adjusting a retinal electrode array to the neural characteristics of an individual patient. By recording electrically evoked electroretinograms (eERG) to a predetermined input stimulus, one can alter that input stimulus to the needs of an individual patient. A minimum input stimulus is applied to a patient, followed by recording the eERG response to the input stimulus. By gradually increasing stimulus levels, one can determine the minimum input that creates a neural response, thereby identifying the threshold stimulation level. One can further determine a maximum level by increasing stimulus until a predetermined maximum neural response is obtained. However, eERG signals include a significant amount of noise. Applicants have developed novel techniques for artifact reduction and noise filtering to provide an accurate measure of neural activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Greenberg, Gislin Dagnelie, Hendrik Christiaan Stronks
  • Patent number: 10258259
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for measuring the biomechanical state of a subject using various sensors simultaneously with providing the subject with visual exercises for rehabilitation and assessment of disequilibrium, balance and motion disorders. The biomechanical state of a subject is measured during the subject's performance of a predetermined task. Such measurements are useful for the assessment of disequilibrium, balance and motion disorders and are also useful for the determination of therapeutic application of vibrotactile, auditory, or visual feedback to a subject during the subject's attempt to perform a predetermined task. An intelligent controller compares the subject's biomechanical state to a predetermined parameter to determine a variance. If the variance exceeds a threshold, feedback in the form of visual feedback, vibrotactile feedback or auditory feedback may be provided to the subject as a therapeutic means for enabling the subject to compensate for disorder effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Zets, Bruce Mortimer, Gregory R. Mort
  • Patent number: 10258780
    Abstract: The invention relates to trans-epithelial frictionally abrasive tissue sampling devices for performing biopsies and methods of inducing an immune response against a pathogen, wherein epithelial cells containing the pathogen are disrupted with the frictionally abrasive tissue sampling device to introduce the pathogen into the bloodstream of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Histologics, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Marc Lonky, Martin L Lonky
  • Patent number: 10244980
    Abstract: Systems, kits and methods are provided, which analyze the large intestine content and utilize acoustic signals detected during delivery of water into the large intestine and drained large intestine contents to derive large intestine characteristics such as microbiotal analysis. Systems may include a water delivery unit including a water supply and a nozzle connected thereto, configured to introduce water controllably into a patient's large intestine, and an analysis unit that provides information about the drained contents using optical examination or biological assays. The information may be related to acoustic analysis of signals from acoustic sensors that are attachable to a patient's abdomen. A variety of sensor configurations, positioning options, analysis strategies and large intestine characteristics are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HYGIEACARE, INC
    Inventors: Gavriel David Meron, Mordechai Yehuda Frisch
  • Patent number: 10231628
    Abstract: A process for detecting activity of a person, in which movements of the person are measured by at least one sensor attached to the person, and respective components of the movements due to external activity and due to physiological activity are separated. The process obtains a signal of the sensor, filters the signal to derive a filtered signal, the filtering including partitioning the signal of the center into a low frequency component and high frequency component, and subtracts the filtered signal from the signal of the sensor. The filtering further variably extracts portions of the high frequency component according to a criterion of either a minimal level or a minimal instability of the signal of the sensor, and the filtered signal includes the low frequency component and the extracted portions of the high frequency components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Regis Guillemaud, Yanis Caritu
  • Patent number: 10226185
    Abstract: A tube for an intravascular medical device has a longitudinal extension along a longitudinal axis. The tube comprises a tube wall having a specified thickness and a plurality of through-going slots, wherein each slot has an essentially elongated shape along a main extension extending along the circumference of the tube. At least two slots are provided in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis such that the main extension of the at least two slots are in the perpendicular plane. The lengths of the slots in the same perpendicular plane P are essentially the same, and the lengths L of the slots in different planes vary along the longitudinal extension of the tube according to a predefined pattern. A sensor guide wire for an intravascular measurement of at least one variable in a living body may comprise such a tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL COORDINATION CENTER BVBA
    Inventors: Sathees Ranganathan, Anna Norlin-Weissenrieder, Rolf Hill, Erik Hansson
  • Patent number: 10226183
    Abstract: A temperature determination method includes temporarily contacting a forehead of a subject with a first surface of a removable patch, and exposing a second surface of the patch opposite the first surface to ambient conditions. The method also includes sensing a temperature of the first surface of the patch while the first surface is in contact with the forehead at a first location thereon, sensing a temperature of the second surface of the patch, and calculating a sub-skull temperature of the subject based on the sensed temperatures of the first and second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Lia, Robert J. Wood, David E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 10219725
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system that measures changes in the pressure of one or more zones of a patient supporting surface and utilizes the changes in pressure to determine the mobility of a person supported on the patient supporting surface. The mobility of the person may be measured using one of several methods. The mobility measurement results in the determination of a mobility score. The mobility score is graphically displayed on a user interface that is interactive and allows a user to view additional information besides the mobility score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Williamson, Robert M. Zerhusen, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur, Nicholas C. Batta, Yaoning Wu
  • Patent number: 10206617
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for non-invasive analysing the structure and chemical composition of bone tissue eliminating the influence of surrounding tissues, is provided. The method consists in using a system of at least four electrodes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) placed in electrical contact with tissues surrounding the analysed bone, preferably a long bone to establish screening potential distribution using screening electrodes (7, 8). Measuring current injecting electrodes (1, 2) are used to force the measuring current flow through the internal part of the analysed bone. At the same time the screening electrodes (7, 8) reduce the measuring current flow through the tissues surrounding the analysed bone almost to zero. Then measuring current and potential at the measuring current injecting electrodes (1, 2) as well as phase difference between potential at measuring current injecting electrodes (1, 2) and measuring current are measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bone Vitae SA
    Inventors: Marcin Pawel Just, Przemyslaw Los, Michal Hugo Tyc
  • Patent number: 10201332
    Abstract: In various embodiments of the invention, a tissue biopsy sampling device is located or oriented on a site within a body cavity or canal with a retention device. In various embodiments of the invention, a tissue biopsy sampling device is retained or held in place on a desired specific location on the epithelial tissue with the retention device. In various embodiments of the invention, the epithelial tissue within the cavity or canal is presented to the tissue biopsy sampling device using the retention device. In various embodiments of the invention, the retention device is used to assist withdrawal of the tissue biopsy sampling from within the body cavity or canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HEALOE LLC
    Inventor: Neal M. Lonky
  • Patent number: 10182799
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a first cannula disposed co-axially with a second cannula. A ratchet drive mechanism is operatively coupled to the first cannula and the second cannula. The ratchet drive mechanism includes a first gear, a second gear and a torsion spring. The first gear is fixedly attached to the first cannula. The second gear is fixedly attached to the second cannula. A second side surface of the second gear is oriented to face a first side surface of the first gear. The torsion spring is interposed between the first gear and the second gear. The torsion spring has a first end portion inserted into a hole of the first gear and has a second end portion inserted into a hole of the second gear. The torsion spring stores energy which when released drivably rotates one of the first gear and the second gear relative to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Himanshu Mahesh Ranpura, Chad Van Liere
  • Patent number: 10172658
    Abstract: Provided are a medical insertion apparatus including a screw body to be inserted into a body, and a conductive portion provided in the screw body and including an externally exposed portion, wherein the conductive portion may extend in a longitudinal direction of the screw body and form a single closed loop, and a medical insertion apparatus including a screw body to be inserted into a body, a driver to engage with the screw body to be used to fasten or loosen the screw body, and a conductive portion provided in the screw body and the driver and including an externally exposed portion on one side of the screw body, wherein a portion of the conductive portion disposed in the screw body and another portion of the conductive portion disposed in the driver may be electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Kyoung Tae Kim