Patents Examined by Henry M Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 9795803
    Abstract: A method for treating a subject with low level light therapy for enhancement of neurologic function (e.g., cognitive function) is provided. The method includes noninvasively delivering light energy having a wavelength of about 630 nanometers to about 904 nanometers to the brain of the subject. Delivering the light energy can include (i) irradiating the scalp with light energy having an incident power density less than 1000 mW/cm2 and (ii) transmitting a portion of the light energy through the scalp and the skull to the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Pthera LLC
    Inventors: Jackson Streeter, Luis DeTaboada
  • Patent number: 8858433
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for monitoring pain management using measurements of physiological parameters based on a PPG signal. A reference physiological parameter may be compared against a later measurement to identify a change in condition that may indicate a pain management problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Ireland
    Inventors: Rakesh Sethi, Paul Stanley Addison, James N. Watson, Paul A. Edney
  • Patent number: 8540633
    Abstract: The present invention provides for safe and reliable electronic circuitry that can be employed in ingestible compositions. The ingestible circuitry of the invention includes a solid support; a conductive element; and an electronic component. Each of the support, conductive element and electronic component are fabricated from an ingestible material. The ingestible circuitry finds use in a variety of different applications, including as components of ingestible identifiers, such as may be found in ingestible event markers, e.g., pharma-informatics enabled pharmaceutical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooman Hafezi, Eric Snyder, Benedict Costello
  • Patent number: 8529554
    Abstract: A treatment instrument operation unit is provided with a drive unit, an operation portion installation section and a command signal output section. The drive unit drives an operation portion for operating each treatment section of the respective treatment instruments. The operation portion is attached to the operation portion installation section provided to the drive unit. The command signal output section outputs an installation start signal to a controller for notifying that the installation of the treatment instrument has begun upon installation of the operation portion in the operation portion installation section. After outputting the installation start signal from the command signal output section to the controller, the drive unit drives the operation portion installation section to the position where the operation portion is allowed to be installed based on the control signal outputted form the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazushi Murakami, Yoshio Onuki, Takaaki Komiya, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Tsutomu Okada, Kazuki Honda, Yasuhito Kura
  • Patent number: 8523845
    Abstract: A surgical power tool has an actuation assembly which comprises a force sensor and a switch. The force sensor is provided to determine an actuation force produced by the user, and the switch is transferred by the actuation force from a first switching state to a second switching state. A combined evaluation of the force sensor signal and of the switching state enables, for example, a plausibility check for increasing the operational reliability of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Ippisch
  • Patent number: 8496695
    Abstract: A system is provided for photodynamic diagnosis and therapy of skin diseases. In particular, a camera head is provided to irradiate a white light, a fluorescent excitation light and a therapeutic light for the photodynamic therapy from the inside of a case onto the skin region being in contact with a view hole. Additionally, a digital color TV camera collects the light from the skin region and outputs a generated image signal. In particular, an image processing and analysis system receives the image signals from the camera head to process, analyze and store the same, displays a color image by the white light, a fluorescent image by the excitation light and the therapeutic light for the photodynamic therapy, obtained by the digital color TV camera, and a synthesized image thereof, and controls the general operations of the camera and the light source system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Korea Electro Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Soo Jin Bae, Geun Hie Rim, Guang Hoon Kim, Geri V. Papayan
  • Patent number: 8491574
    Abstract: A force sensor apparatus, operatively mounted in a surgical instrument includes the force transducer. The force transducer includes a transducer body having a coefficient of thermal expansion, and at least one optic fiber, fixedly attached to the transducer body, including a Bragg grating; and having a coefficient of thermal expansion matched to the coefficient of thermal expansion of the transducer body to mitigate polarization and calibration drift effects on the force transducer. The transducer body comprises a metal transducer body, and the metal transducer body is selected from a group of metal bodies including an aluminum alloy transducer body, a stainless steel alloy transducer body, a maraging steel alloy transducer body, and a titanium alloy transducer body. The at least one optic fiber comprises an optic fiber having a negative thermo-optic coefficient, such as a phosphate glass optic fiber reducing the thermal sensitivity of the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Blumenkranz
  • Patent number: 8480719
    Abstract: A method of high intensity laser treatment for stimulating regeneration of living biological tissue in a patient by applying a pulsed laser beam to a skin of the patient in need of the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: El.En. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Damiano Fortuna, Leonardo Masotti
  • Patent number: 8469885
    Abstract: The present invention provides for safe and reliable electronic circuitry that can be employed in ingestible compositions. The ingestible circuitry of the invention includes a solid support; a conductive element; and an electronic component. Each of the support, conductive element and electronic component are fabricated from an ingestible material. The ingestible circuitry finds use in a variety of different applications, including as components of ingestible identifiers, such as may be found in ingestible event markers, e.g., pharma-informatics enabled pharmaceutical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooman Hafezi, Eric Snyder, Benedict Costello
  • Patent number: 8469949
    Abstract: The hair-removal device comprises a housing, a flashlamp arranged inside the housing, the housing having an opening through which electromagnetic energy originating from the flashlamp can be transmitted towards a skin surface. The housing comprises: a cavity adjacent to the flashlamp; at least one aeration orifice; and at least one mobile component in the housing, which can be displaced between a first so-called aeration position, in which said cavity communicates with said aeration orifice and a second so-called closed position, for which said cavity is closed in order to limit the light escaping from the opening. Said mobile component can be formed by a housing portion that can close the cavity except for the opening, by moving towards a complementary housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Vincent Yves Brottier
  • Patent number: 8465476
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system is configured with rigid, curved cannulas that extend through the same opening into a patient's body. Surgical instruments with passively flexible shafts extend through the curved cannulas. The cannulas are oriented to direct the instruments towards a surgical site. Various port features that support the curved cannulas within the single opening are disclosed. Cannula support fixtures that support the cannulas during insertion into the single opening and mounting to robotic manipulators are disclosed. The support fixtures include arms that swing in an arc to insert a curved cannula, repositionable arms coupled to a stable cannula base, and an insertion cap that holds a cannula. A teleoperation control system that moves the curved cannulas and their associated instruments in a manner that allows a surgeon to experience intuitive control is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger, Charles E. Swinehart
  • Patent number: 8460277
    Abstract: An end effector is disclosed that includes a tool including a drive configured to be coupled to and drive an engaging member for engaging a workpiece and a release member configured to be displaced to permit decoupling of the engaging member from the drive. The end effector also includes a housing configured to receive at least a portion of the tool and a release actuator disposed at least partially outside of the housing and coupled to the housing to permit movement between a first position and a second position to displace the release member to permit decoupling of the engaging member from the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Suarez, Brian Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8454670
    Abstract: A light therapy device includes a number of light emitting elements, a detection module, a determination module, and a control module. The detection module is configured to detect a body parameter of a human body. The determination module is in communication with the detection module and configured to receive the body parameter and output a fatigue level corresponding to the body parameter. The control module is in communication with the determination module and the light emitting elements. The control module is configured to receive the fatigue level and control the light emitting elements to emit lights with an irradiation intensity for a preset period of time in response to receiving the fatigue level. The irradiation intensity and the preset period of time have a predetermined relationship with the fatigue level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ga-Lane Chen
  • Patent number: 8439927
    Abstract: A hand-held laser device that can simultaneously provide multiple types of low level laser therapy treatments to multiple areas of a patient's body simultaneously. The device enables laser light of different pulse repetition rate, different beam shapes and spot sizes to be applied to a patient's body. The device includes multiple laser sources. In the preferred embodiment, two semiconductor diode laser sources simultaneously provide two separate laser beams from separate probes, one laser beam producing laser light at a first pulse repetition rate and the other producing laser light at a second pulse repetition rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Erchonia Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Shanks, Kevin B Tucek
  • Patent number: 8439899
    Abstract: A remote controlled actuator includes an elongated spindle guide section and a distal end member fitted to a distal end thereof for alteration in attitude. The distal end member rotatably supports a spindle for holding a tool. The spindle guide section includes a rotary shaft for transmitting rotation of a tool rotation drive source to the spindle. An attitude altering member inserted in a guide hole is selectively advanced or retracted by an attitude control drive source. An initial attitude hold control unit controls the attitude control drive source so that an initial attitude holding force necessary to maintain the distal end member in the initial attitude can be applied to the attitude altering member. An attitude alteration control unit controls the attitude control drive source so that the attitude of the distal end member can be altered by a force larger than the initial attitude holding force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Nishio, Hiroshi Isobe, Yoshitaka Nagano
  • Patent number: 8435235
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a hollow anatomical structure can include a light delivery device. The light delivery device comprises an optical fiber that is located in a lumen of a shaft suitable for insertion into the hollow anatomical structure and has a fiber tip located proximal of a distal end of the shaft during treatment of the hollow anatomical structure. The apparatus can further include a liquid source for providing a liquid flow over the optical fiber at a predetermined liquid flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Walter J. Stevens, Stephen W. Lee, Sr., Michael S. Mirizzi, Hoa D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8435276
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is provided a system for light therapy. The system includes a light guide transmission device having at least one UV bulb for dispersing UV light a light guide cable to a light guide terminating end, an optical capturing device operable to receive an image from a lens positioned at an optical cable terminating end, and a fluid delivery/suction device along a flexible hose. Each of the cables being inserted into a probe cable having a tip adapted for use internally or externally with a patient. Further the system includes a single controller in communication with and for controlling the functionality of the light guide transmission device, the optical capturing device, and the fluid delivery/suction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Perez
  • Patent number: 8435177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process and a system for monitoring exercise motions of a person. The process comprises monitoring a first sensor signal from the person. While the first sensor signal does not deviate from a first sensor signal template by more than a pre-determined amount, signals from further sensors from the person are monitored, compared to templates processing and the comparison result is evaluated. If unit sensor signals deviate from the templates by more than a pre-determined value this is communicated to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Gerd Lanfermann, Edwin Gerardus Johannes Maria Bongers, Nicolaas Lambert, Victor Martinus Gerardus Van Acht
  • Patent number: 8430868
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are related to tools for coupling leads to header assemblies for implantable medical devices, amongst other things. A wrench is configured so that if an axial force exceeding a first threshold is applied to a handle housing, then the housing handle will rotate with respect to a shaft. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Edgell, Lawrence D. Swanson, John E. Hanson, Abhi V. Chavan
  • Patent number: 8425499
    Abstract: A device for machining the human cornea with focused pulsed femtosecond laser radiation comprises scanner components for local setting of the beam focus, a control computer for controlling the scanner components, and a control program for the control computer. The control program contains instructions that upon execution by the control computer are designed to bring about the generation of an incision figure in the cornea encompassing a flap incision (38, 40). In accordance with the invention the incision figure further encompasses an auxiliary incision (50) connected with the flap incision and leading locally, preferentially directly, away from the latter as far as the surface of the cornea. The auxiliary incision is expediently generated temporally ahead of the flap incision and forms a discharge channel through which gases can escape that may arise in the course of the cutting of the flap incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Wavelight AG
    Inventors: Christof Donitzky, Mathias Woelfel