Patents Examined by John P. Lacyk
  • Patent number: 10661097
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems can be used to facilitate generation of VMAT treatment plans for providing radiation therapy to patients. Starting from a seed plan, a library of alternative plans, each with an associated outcome for a set of treatment objectives, can be generated via a set of parallel optimization operations performed on the seed plan. A graphical user interface is provided, via which the user can navigate within a treatment space defined by the alternative plans to identify a satisfactory outcome. Based on the satisfactory outcome and a candidate plan selected from the alternative plans, a deliverable VMAT treatment plan can be generated using another optimization operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Tuomas Tallinen, Stephen K. Thompson, Joona Hartman, Perttu Niemelä
  • Patent number: 10661096
    Abstract: A control circuit uses a (possibly self-generated) seed radiation treatment plan to identify a portion (possibly only a point) of a multi-criteria optimization (MCO)-based Pareto surface. The control circuit then selects a sampling plan set for MCO planning by enlarging that portion of the Pareto surface region to thereby facilitate developing an optimized radiation treatment plan. A radiation treatment platform then uses that optimized radiation treatment plan to treat a patient by administering the radiation in accordance with the plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Esa Kuusela, Janne I. Nord, Joakim Pyyry, Perttu Niemelä
  • Patent number: 10661046
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein to reduce sound sensitivities, improve state regulation, and/or reduce auditory processing and social engagement deficits in individuals with such deficiencies by recruiting the anti-masking functions of the middle ear muscles in order to optimize the transfer function of the middle ear for the processing of human speech. In certain embodiments, an individual may be subjected to a training protocol comprising one or more training sessions. During each training session, acoustic stimuli are provided to a subject for a period of time, with or without accompanying visual stimulation. A user response may be determined, for example, before beginning the protocol, during a session, after a session, and/or upon completion of the protocol. Such user response may be employed to adjust the acoustic stimulation, and the adjusted acoustic stimulation may be provided to the subject during a subsequent training session (or at a subsequent time within the same training session).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Polyvagal Science LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Porges
  • Patent number: 10660757
    Abstract: A method of implanting a penile prosthetic in treating erectile dysfunction is described. The method includes providing a pump having a pump bulb including a mid-section having a first face that is planar in longitudinal cross-section and a second face that is concave and arced in longitudinal cross-section. The method includes implanting an inflatable member into a penis; implanting a reservoir into an abdomen; intraoperatively coupling the pump between the inflatable member and the reservoir; and implanting the pump in a scrotum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 10653525
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an implant includes a sheath defining a lumen, a cable member disposed within the lumen defined by the sheath, and a tensioner. The tensioner is configured to engage the cable to apply tension to the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Edward DiLoreto, Karl Alan Jagger, Thomas Skoog, Robert J. Berkenes, Alex Alden Peterson
  • Patent number: 10653881
    Abstract: A system and method for pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) tissue engineering enhances musculoskeletal tissue stimulation. A tissue engineering device may include both low and high pulse frequency signal generation components that may alternatively drive one or more coils to generate PEMFs. These PEMFs may be applied to bone tissue, tendons, ligaments, and/or cartilage. A prescribed treatment regimen using the tissue engineering device may include a first period of time where a first pulse frequency is used in treatment that supports tissue proliferation followed by a second period of time where a second pulse frequency (less than the first pulse frequency) is used in treatment that supports tissue differentiation. A treatment regimen may also include, with the frequency characteristic, applying a slew rate to the pulse characteristics that is on the order of around 30 to 100 Tesla per second to drive tissue differentiation in a targeted manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Orthofix, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Ryaby, Erik Waldorff, Ronald Midura, Maciej Zborowski
  • Patent number: 10646727
    Abstract: Aspects herein are directed to an anchorable brachytherapy device configured to be permanently implanted in a tumor bed at the time of operative removal of the tumor. In exemplary aspects, the brachytherapy device may comprise a plurality of hollow tubes that form a spherical or ellipsoid shape. Protrusions or grooves may be formed on an outer surface of the tubes to help anchor the brachytherapy device in the tumor bed. Radioactive seeds or strands may be positioned within the tube channels to provide radiation to the tumor bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Positive Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Ibrahim Abdalla
  • Patent number: 10646398
    Abstract: A medical, or fertility aid, or sensual device including: an outer cylindrical phallic shaped outer cover; a cylindrical phallic shaped liquid filled enclosed casing pocket; rechargeable vibrating/infrared/ultrasound core inserted into the outer cover, wherein the liquid filled pocket contains a ferrous metal disk which can be bent; and a sheath encasing the outer cover. One embodiment relates to a vibrating, and or infrared, and/or ultrasound, and heat emitting and self-hardening dildo fertility devise which offers a solution for women with endometrial or uterine caused infertility. It can also be used as an aid in re-habilitation for women recovering from trauma to the vagina due to radiation therapy in the treatment of cervical and uterine cancers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Loanna Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10646399
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for performing at least one of enhancing female sexual arousal, enhancing female sexual pleasure, or enhancing an ability to achieve or experience a more pleasurable orgasm for a female. In some cases, an acoustic wave stimulus is combined with one or more of providing a suction stimulus and a vibration stimulus as this may be further beneficial to the female.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Cliovana Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Gordon
  • Patent number: 10646344
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an inflatable penile prosthesis includes 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 in an inflation mode, and facilitate the transfer of the fluid from the inflatable member to the reservoir when in a deflation mode. The pump assembly may include a pump, and a valve body defining at least three ports operatively coupled to the pump such that three separate fluid channels extend to the pump. The valve body defines at least one port operatively coupled to the reservoir, and at least one port operatively coupled to the inflatable member. The pump assembly includes a spool configured to move within the valve body to switch between the inflation mode and the deflation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Edward DiLoreto
  • Patent number: 10639231
    Abstract: An intercourse assistance device for reducing the length of a penis that enters a vagina. The intercourse assistance device has a support body with a front side and a rear side. The support body is made of resistantly-rigid material. The device includes a region of deformably-soft material monolithically positioned centrally within the support body. The deformably-soft material is adapted to deform when in contact with the penis. The device also includes a reflexively-closable opening cut out from the region of reflexively-deformable material. The opening is adapted to removably receive the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ovid, LLC
    Inventors: Julie Fryman, Michelle Larue
  • Patent number: 10639138
    Abstract: A method for providing support to a urethra in treating urinary incontinence includes passing first and second elongate members coupled to a urethral support through an incision in the vaginal wall, around sides of the urethra and behind a pubic bone. The method includes locating the urethral support under the urethra applying tension to one of the elongate members with a rotary force tensioner and adjusting tension of the urethral support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 10639493
    Abstract: A blood magnetic stimulation device includes a magnetic stimulation unit that has a stimulating coil for being connected to a blood delivering unit or directly worn by a user. The stimulating coil is further connected to a pulse-generating unit that outputs a pulse current to excite the stimulating coil, so as to use electromagnetic pulses to apply strong yet transient magnetic stimulation to blood passing through the magnetic stimulation unit or to blood in the user's subcutaneous vessels, thereby providing magnetic treatment for viremian and related diseases. As compared to the existing blood treating devices, the magnetic stimulation provided by the blood magnetic stimulation device incurs no sharp pain and uncomfortableness, and is safer and more acceptable to patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: VENITAS RESEARCH CENTER INC.
    Inventors: Kun-Mei Fu, Con-Way Ho
  • Patent number: 10632008
    Abstract: A device to keep a male glans penis exposed, by extending the glans penis or retracting the foreskin, consisting of a glans penis loop around the glans penis or foreskin and attached to a base strap extending along the underside of the scrotum and penis, which base strap is adjustable to extend the glans penis or retract the foreskin and thereby keeping the glans penis exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kent Williams
  • Patent number: 10631856
    Abstract: A method of implanting a penile prosthesis includes providing a tool including a needle having a locking groove formed in a shaft of the needle, where the locking groove has a ridge or a notch. The method includes accessing a penile implant having a length of suture coupled to a distal end of the penile implant, securing the length of suture into the locking groove of the needle; inserting the tool and the needle into a corpora cavernosum of a penis; passing the needle and the length of suture through a glans of the penis; disengaging the length of suture from the locking groove of the needle; and pulling the penile implant into the corpora cavernosum of the penis with the length of suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Tariq Hakky
  • Patent number: 10617887
    Abstract: A method and related system to adjust an existing treatment plan. A second optimization is run based on a dual objective function system that includes a first objective function used for the optimization in respect of the existing plan and a second, extended objective function that includes the said first objective function as a functional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Vaitheeswaran Ranganathan, Gipson Joe Anto, Prashant Kumar
  • Patent number: 10617842
    Abstract: An ear-worn electronic device includes a right ear device comprising a first processor and a left ear device comprising a second processor communicatively coupled to the first processor. A physiologic sensor module comprises one or more physiologic sensors configured to sense at least one physiologic parameter from a wearer. A motion sensor module comprises one or more sensors configured to sense movement of the wearer. The first and second processors are coupled to the physiologic and motion sensor modules. The first and second processors are configured to produce a three-dimensional virtual sound environment comprising relaxing sounds, generate verbal instructions within the three-dimensional virtual sound environment that guide the wearer through a predetermined mental exercise that promotes wearer relaxation, and generate verbal commentary that assesses wearer compliance with the predetermined mental exercise in response to one or both of the sensed movement and the at least one physiologic parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Miguel Espi Maques, Sahar Akram, Navin Chatlani, Karim Helwani, Carlos Renato Nakagawa, Tao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10610445
    Abstract: A device for massaging male testicles, includes a control part, a vibration part, a bendable part and wherein all the parts can be attached to a human body after being assembled together so as to massage testicles in a vibration manner. The device is convenient and labor-saving to use; and massaging testicles by utilizing the device can improve sperm and secretion of male sex hormones, thereby promoting physical health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Hui Li
  • Patent number: 10603506
    Abstract: A coil apparatus for use in a transcranial magnetic stimulation apparatus is provided in which the coil apparatus includes a coil arranged to oppose a surface of a head of a human to generate a current by an induced electric field in a magnetic stimulation-target region in a brain by electromagnetic induction, and to stimulate neurons. The coil apparatus includes the coil configured by winding a conductive wire along a predetermined reference surface; and a magnetic body arranged between the head and the coil to oppose the coil, and arranged at a position at an opposite side of the head. The magnetic body is provided for flowing a current therein by an induced electric field when the coil is driven, and for increasing the current flowing by the induced electric field in a magnetic stimulation-target region of the brain as compared with that with no magnetic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Youichi Saitoh, Masaki Sekino, Yu Miyawaki, Keita Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10589115
    Abstract: An inner ear therapy device includes a magnetic field generation unit configured to generate a magnetic field toward the inner ear of a user, multiple light sources configured to irradiate multiple lights having different wavelengths toward the inner ear, and a control unit configured to control operations of the magnetic field generation unit and the multiple light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: YONSEI UNIVERSITY WONJU INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Yong Heum Lee, Na Ra Lee