Patents Examined by John P. Lacyk
  • Patent number: 11000268
    Abstract: A method of placing an anchor into tissue includes providing an anchor assembly including an anchor and a suture, handling the anchor assembly by holding the insertion tab, and inserting the anchor into a bore of a cannula by holding the insertion tab outside of the bore of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Neal Poucher, Sarah J. Schuchardt, Allen Gaynor
  • Patent number: 10993794
    Abstract: An implantable cerclage sacrocolpopexy medical device includes an elongate strip of flat, flexible material extending longitudinally from a first end to an opposite second end; a surgical needle attached to the first end of the elongate strip; and a loop at either the first end or the second end of the elongate strip. The medical device is positioned circumferentially around the cervix. The end of the elongate strip opposite the end having the loop is passed through the loop and attached to the sacrum or sacrospinous ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Gynapex Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Peter L. Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10987242
    Abstract: An apparatus for enhancing erection of a penis includes an expandable first member that partially encircles an upper portion of the penis and partially constricts at least a first vein of the penis to reduce the volume of blood carried away from the penis via the first vein. A second member is mounted to the first member includes left and right shoulder sections configured to contact the penis shaft along the left and right sides the urethra. A contoured section is formed between and extends outwards away from the shoulders so that, when the shoulder sections contact the penis shaft and the first member encircles at least partially encircles the upper portion of the penis, the contoured section extends over and does not constrict the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10987223
    Abstract: Penile implant and system comprising such an implant. The penile implant comprises a number of features which improves the function of the penile implant, e.g. a certain surface structure end portions with specific functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10980654
    Abstract: A method of performing bariatric surgery includes inserting a gastrectomy device into a stomach of a patient, positioning the gastrectomy device in a selected location in the stomach, transecting a portion of the stomach thereby reducing a size of the stomach, and applying a reinforcement scaffold to an outer surface of the stomach. The reinforcement scaffold is configured to maintain the reduced size of the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi
  • Patent number: 10981019
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: one or more input communicatively coupled to one or more medium storing current treatment plan data and a current image of a patient, the one or more input configured to obtain the current treatment plan data and the current image of the patient, wherein the current treatment plan data is for processing by a treatment machine; and a re-planning decision processor configured to determine a re-plan information based at least in part on the current treatment plan data, the current image, and a re-plan triggering model, the re-plan triggering model based on previous treatment plan data and previous image(s), wherein the re-plan information indicates a recommendation regarding treatment re-planning; wherein the re-planning decision processor is configured to output the re-plan information for reducing a burden, or for obviating a need, for a user of the apparatus to manually decide whether the treatment re-planning is desirable or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: María Isabel Cordero Marcos, Hannu Mikael Laaksonen, Esa Kuusela
  • Patent number: 10980639
    Abstract: The invention pertains to implants that facilitate tissue expansion while not substantially inhibiting normal anatomical movement. The implants may be made of different materials or made in different configurations such that such that a measured property at a first location on said implant is different than said same measured property at a second location on said implant. In one particular embodiment the implants may be a cosmetic penile implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Augmenta, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Cornell, David J. Nichols, Hans A. Mische
  • Patent number: 10980637
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an inflatable penile prosthesis having an inflatable member; a reservoir configured to hold fluid; and a pump assembly configured to facilitate a transfer of the fluid from the reservoir to the inflatable member when the prosthesis is in an inflation mode, and facilitate a transfer of the fluid from the inflatable member to the reservoir when the prosthesis is in a deflation mode, the pump assembly including a valve housing and a reinforced pump bulb member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Elizabeth Felton, James Ryan Mujwid, Scott L. Sjoquist, Ryan Earl Fredrick, John Anders Bostrom
  • Patent number: 10980638
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a penile implant includes a first member having a coupling portion and a locking portion and a second member having a coupling portion and a locking portion. The coupling portion of the first member is configured to engage the coupling portion of the second member to movably couple the first member to the second member such that the first member is configured to be placed in a first position with respect to the second member and a second position with respect to the second member. The locking portion of the first member is configured to engage the locking portion of the second member help retain the first member in its second position with respect to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Edward DiLoreto, Karl Alan Jagger, Thomas Skoog, Robert Berkenes, Alex Alden Peterson
  • Patent number: 10974070
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to improve the radiotherapy workflow. This object is achieved by a medical product configured to be used for image based radiotherapy planning. The medical product is configured to be connected to: —a medical imaging system configured for acquiring medical images of a patient; —a contour module configured for segmenting one or more contours based on one or more of the medical images and; —a treatment planning system configured for calculating a radiotherapy plan based on the one or more contours. The medical product comprises a user interface configured to receive user input on a treatment target in the patient and to receive user input on a treatment technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Erkki Tapani Vahala, Kumar Raja Gattamaneni
  • Patent number: 10974017
    Abstract: A device and method for sensory training and assessment are provided. The device includes a plurality of haptic drivers connected to a processing circuitry, wherein the plurality of haptic drivers are configured be secured to a body of a user to create vibrotactile stimuli; a feedback interface configured to receive feedback from the user in response to the vibrotactile stimuli; and a memory configured to store therein a sensory training program, wherein the sensory training program includes instructions for the haptic drivers to create the vibrotactile stimuli based on a selected sensory training program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TRAINPAIN LTD
    Inventors: Elan Schneider, Brooks Tanner, Laurence Nash
  • Patent number: 10966890
    Abstract: A warming device configured to warm an infant. The warming device includes a base that supports the infant and an overhead portion that includes an enclosure. An arm is coupled to the base and to the overhead portion. The arm supports the overhead portion above the base. A heating element is operated to generate heat to warm the infant. The overhead portion includes the heating element. A portion of the heat is dissipated into the overhead portion as a waste heat. A warming blanket has a stored state and a deployed state. In the stored state, the warming blanket is at least partially inside the overhead portion. In the deployed state, the warming blanket is outside the overhead portion. The warming blanket is designed to store the waste heat when the warming blanket is in the stored state and to warm the infant when in the deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Santhosh Kumar Ramchandran Nair, Sakthi Narasimhan T, Harry Edward Belsinger, Jr., Steven Mitchell Falk
  • Patent number: 10952855
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an inflatable penile prosthesis includes an inflatable member, a reservoir configured to hold fluid, and a reversible flow pump assembly configured to facilitate a transfer of the fluid from the reservoir to the inflatable member when in an inflation mode, and facilitate the transfer of the fluid from the inflatable member to the reservoir when in a deflation mode. The reversible flow pump assembly includes a pump, an input check valve coupled to the pump, an output check valve coupled to the pump, and a reversing valve. The input check valve is configured to permit transfer of fluid into the pump. The output check valve is configured to permit transfer of fluid out of the pump. The reversing valve is configured to switch between the inflation mode and the deflation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Evans, Karl A. Jagger, Mark E. DiLoreto
  • Patent number: 10945876
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a fluency aid comprising: a masking signal generator; a switch operable to switch the masking signal generator between an ON state and an OFF state, wherein, when in the ON state, the masking signal generator is operable to generate a masking signal; a sound generator operable to receive the masking signal from the masking signal generator and generate a masking sound for output to a user of the fluency aid; and a voice detector operable to detect a voice of the user, wherein the masking signal generator is operable to generate the masking signal at least until the voice of the user is detected by the voice detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Tahir Rashid
  • Patent number: 10940078
    Abstract: The invention provides a vibration massage apparatus wherein one or more vibrators which can be housed in rigid elongate capsules are supported by respective pairs of flexible members relative to a main body that can serve as a handle and/or a relatively non vibrational flesh-contacting surface, thus having a wide range of application and significantly optimizing user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AMERICAN LATEX CORP.
    Inventor: Calvin Spencer Lee
  • Patent number: 10933213
    Abstract: A device for stimulation of a patient with acoustic stimulation signals includes a stimulation unit for generating acoustic stimulation signals and a control unit for controlling the stimulation unit. The control unit is configured so that it determines a bandwidth of an auditory filter with a frequency of a predetermined tone as a center frequency, wherein this bandwidth is a reference bandwidth. The control unit determines a frequency of a first acoustic therapy signal such that a measure of coverage between the reference bandwidth around the frequency of the predetermined tone and a first bandwidth of an auditory filter with the frequency of the first acoustic therapy signal as a center frequency assumes a predetermined first value, and controls the stimulation unit such that the stimulation unit generates the first acoustic therapy signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY, FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JÜLICH GMBH
    Inventors: Gerald R. Popelka, Peter Alexander Tass
  • Patent number: 10932945
    Abstract: A dual modality system includes a flexible chassis including a durable energy subsystem and a replaceable thermal subsystem. The durable energy subsystem has a plurality of energy emitters disposed in an emission region of the chassis having a length and a width, wherein the emission region length and emission region width are both substantially greater than an emission region depth. The replaceable thermal subsystem has a thermal source affixed to flexible web having an adhesive surface and at least one structure arranged and configured to couple the thermal subsystem to a chassis comprising a durable energy subsystem in a configuration wherein the thermal source is substantially superposed over the emission region of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Deng, Laura Higgins, Alexandru Paunescu, Ryan Walsh
  • Patent number: 10932941
    Abstract: A sex toy includes a mounting ring body (10). The mounting ring body has a center provided with a mounting hole (11) which perforates the mounting ring body. The mounting hole of the mounting ring body has a complex slope shape. The mounting hole of the mounting ring body includes a looped restriction section (111) and an oblique tapered section (112). The mounting ring body has an outer face provided with at least one arcuate groove (12). At least one expanding ring (20) is mounted in the at least one arcuate groove of the mounting ring body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Ching-Kuei Su
  • Patent number: 10925644
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for delivering fluid are provided. Devices include a housing configured for intravaginal deployment and retention, at least one reservoir configured to contain a fluid, and a fluid dispensing mechanism configured to dispense the fluid past the cervix and to the uterus of the subject. Methods include intravaginally deploying and retaining a device in the subject, and dispensing the fluid from the device such that the fluid is driven past the cervix to the uterus of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David Mathew Johnson, Scott A. Uhland, Ramkumar Abhishek, Robert Thomas Krivacic, Martin Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10912949
    Abstract: Multi-criteria optimization of radiation therapy tools for receiving a plurality of criteria including one or more sets of competing objectives. The competing objective can include delivery time criteria, fractionation criteria or similar time-based criteria. One or more radiation therapy plans can be determined based on a multi-criteria optimization of the plurality of criteria for the radiation therapy treatment. The one or more optimized radiation therapy plans can be output for consideration by one or more members of a radiation oncology team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Timo Koponen, Perttu Niemela, Markus Bach, Jan Timmer, Christel Smith