Patents Examined by John P. Lacyk
  • Patent number: 10292733
    Abstract: An assembly includes a catheter that has an insemination lumen for injecting sperm into a uterus. The insemination lumen includes two branches (sub-lumens), one directed toward a left ostium and the other directed to a right ostium of fallopian tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Amnon Weichselbaum, Yechiel Lisner
  • Patent number: 10292821
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an external cardiac basal annuloplasty system (ECBAS or BACE-System: basal annuloplasty of the cardia externally) and methods for treatment of regurgitation of mitral and tricuspid valves. The BACE-System provides the ability to correct leakage of regurgitation of the valves with or without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly when the condition is related to dilation of the base of the heart. This ECBAS invention can be applied to the base of the heart epicardially, either to prevent further dilation or to actively reduce the size of the base of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CARDIAC DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: JaiShankar Raman, P. Sriramo Rao
  • Patent number: 10286223
    Abstract: An induction coil and method for heating susceptors within a portion of a living body, include an effective diameter that is determined based on a cross-sectional area of the induction coil, a length determined along an axis of the induction coil that is orthogonal to the cross-sectional area, and a ratio of the length to the effective diameter that ranges between 0.25 and 0.75, such that a magnetic field is generated that ranges between 1 kA/m and 40 kA/m with an input frequency that ranges between 50 kHz and 1 MHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AMF LIFESYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Robert C. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10285815
    Abstract: A dual poppet valve assembly for a pump assembly of an implantable penile prosthesis having a suction poppet engagable by a plurality of fingers allowing free travel of the poppet and to prevent vacuum lockup of the pump assembly. The suction poppet can also include an elongated shaft receivable within a corresponding bore of a cylinder poppet to prevent the suction poppet from becoming misaligned during the operation of the pump assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Henkel, Gary A. Rocheleau, Scott E. Jahns
  • Patent number: 10285792
    Abstract: Using a sling that includes a central portion and at least two arms extending from the central portion, a method of treating anal incontinence may include positioning the central portion posteriorly to the rectum and/or anus of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective obturator region. Using a sling having the same or similar structure, a method of treating pelvic organ prolapse may include positioning the central portion beneath the anorectum of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective thigh incision near the obturator region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenblatt Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Peter L. Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10278800
    Abstract: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes making a vaginal incision in a patient, and positioning a tape under the urethra through the incision such that one portion of the tape extends from under the urethra and diverts away from the bladder and other vital organs. In one embodiment, once positioned within the patient, the tape adopts a V-shape and provides support for the urethra without altering the position of the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Patrice Suslian, Emmanuel Delorme
  • Patent number: 10278822
    Abstract: A penile prosthesis kit of parts includes an inflatable implant, a reservoir adapted to contain a volume of liquid, a pump, tubing and tubing connectors provided for attachment of the inflatable implant and the reservoir to the pump, and instructions for use provided for implantation and use of the pump. The pump has a rotary valve located in a first flow path entering into the pump and in a second flow path exiting from the pump. When implanted, the rotary valve is constrained to rotate in only one direction to move a portion of the volume of the liquid from the reservoir through the first flow path and through the second flow path into the inflatable implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Geoffrey A. Daniel
  • Patent number: 10279190
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to an electromagnetic resonance-based disease treatment system that comprises a processing unit configured to generate a resonant frequency signal and a radiating antenna configured to radiate an electromagnetic field based on the resonant frequency signal. The resonant frequency signal may carry at least one frequency at which reference materials related to a disease condition resonate. An antenna configuration may be used to determine one or more resonant frequencies of the reference materials. A subject having or at risk of having the disease condition may be exposed to the electromagnetic field in order to treat the disease condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Anapole Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Botsford, Boris I. Kokorin, Joseph F. Startari
  • Patent number: 10272011
    Abstract: An electromechanical device for male sexual stimulation that uses a reciprocal linear motion similar to sexual intercourse, and wherein the penis remains fully inserted during use. The reciprocal linear motion is generated by a small motor which drives a screw and nut mechanism, to which a bracket and gripper is attached. Inserted into the gripper is a flexible sleeve. A penis may be inserted into the device inside the flexible sleeve. The movement of the gripper and sleeve against the penis provides pressure and motion against the penis inside the sleeve in a manner similar to sexual intercourse. The speed, pattern, and location of the motion can be controlled by the user through controls on the outside of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Sloan
  • Patent number: 10265497
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for at least one of preventing, reducing, and treating a level of or change in at least one of amyloid-? (A?) peptide, C-terminal fragment-? (?-CTF), ?-secretase (BACE1), ?-secretase, neuroinflammation, and/or dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease or age-related decline) in a subject by inducing synchronized gamma oscillations in the brain of the subject using, for example, a stimulus-emitting device to emit a stimulus (e.g., light, sound, and/or haptic) at a frequency (e.g., about 40 Hz) that synchronously activates in vivo a specific cell type (e.g., fast-spiking-parvalbumin (FS-PV) immunoreactive interneurons) and/or brain region (e.g., a sensory cortex and/or hippocampus) of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Li-Huei Tsai, Emery Brown, Hannah Iaccarino, Anthony James Martorell, Chinnakkaruppan Adaikkan
  • Patent number: 10238573
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide a mechanism for transducing transverse vibrational energy into an elastic body of a sexual stimulation device by directly driving the transverse modes of vibration of the elastic body. Additionally, by using an actuator that transduces a force that is proportional to the input current or voltage, the vibration may be driven with any arbitrary waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Joseph Norton
  • Patent number: 10232139
    Abstract: A pillow cover device for promoting for a user restorative sleep and minimizing sleep inertia and fatigue upon waking comprising at least one non-invasive brain stimulator for stimulation of the brain at various selected frequencies; an alarm; sensors to monitor sleep; and a microprocessor, wherein the sensors provide the microprocessor data regarding the state of sleep of the user; wherein the microprocessor calculates brain activity indicating deep sleep slow-wave activity and activates the at least one brain stimulator to emit low frequency tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CHRONA SLEEP, INC.
    Inventors: Zimin Hang, Blake Sakran, Alan Sze, Shaun Vaidyan
  • Patent number: 8469875
    Abstract: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes making an incision in a region adjacent to the urethra, and positioning a tape under the urethra through the incision such that one portion of the tape extends from under the urethra through one obturator foramen and another portion of the tape extends from under urethra through the other obturator foramen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Patrice Suslian, Emmanuel Delorme
  • Patent number: 8152710
    Abstract: An implantable restriction device can be configured to provide a restriction in a patient, for example as a function of the pressure of fluid. The implantable restriction device can include one or more sensors configured to sense a variety of parameters, such as pressure of the fluid within the implantable restriction device, pulse width, pulse amplitude, pulse count, pulse duration, or frequency, electrical characteristics, or other parameters. Data obtained by the one or more sensors (for example, the data representing pressure, pulse characteristics, and so on) may be communicated to a device located external to the patient, such as a data logger, using telemetry coils or other communicators. The data logger may store the data, and may communicate the data to a remote location via a network such as the Internet. A docking station may be provided to couple the data logger to a network and/or to recharge a cell in the data logger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Peter Brockmeier, Matthew A Berger, Randal T. Byrum, Kevin R. Doll, Gaspar M. Gayoso, Dustin R. Jensen, David T. Krumanaker, Amy L. Marcotte, Mark S. Ortiz, David N. Plescia, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 8128553
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an external cardiac basal annuloplasty system (ECBAS or BACE-System: basal annuloplasty of the cardia externally) and methods for treatment of regurgitation of mitral and tricuspid valves. The BACE-System provides the ability to correct leakage of regurgitation of the valves with or without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly when the condition is related to dilation of the base of the heart. This ECBAS invention can be applied to the base of the heart epicardially, either to prevent further dilation or to actively reduce the size of the base of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: JaiShanker Raman, P. Srirama Rao
  • Patent number: 8083663
    Abstract: In a method of treating urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, constipation and/or pathological retention of urine, at least one electrode of a lead is implanted in contact with a pelvic muscle of the patient. A proximal end of the lead is connected to a hermetically sealed implantable stimulator device configured to apply an electrical waveform through the at least one electrode. The electrical waveform is delivered from the stimulator device to the pelvic muscle through the lead and the at least one electrode. The electrical waveform provides at least partial relief from at least one of urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, constipation and pathological urine retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Ehud Cohen, Israel Nissenkorn, David Lifschitz
  • Patent number: 8075469
    Abstract: The disclosure describes devices and methods for asymmetrical irradiation at a body cavity or site, such as after removal of tissue, e.g. biopsy or cancer. One device includes a lumen which is off-set or off-settable from a longitudinal axis to increase the intensity of radiation received from a radiation source by a first tissue portion surrounding the body cavity and to reduce or minimize radiation received by a second tissue portion (e.g. healthy tissue) surrounding the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Senorx, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Michael L. Jones, Frank R. Louw
  • Patent number: 8025064
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of treating a patient, comprising providing a compressible attenuation device that is moveable from a first, introduction configuration to a second, implanted configuration. The attenuation device is introduced into a treatment site. In one embodiment, the treatment site is a patient's eye. The volume of the attenuation devices changes in response to pressure changes in the treatment site and attenuates pressure changes in the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin G Connors, Edward Bullister
  • Patent number: 8016740
    Abstract: A therapeutic device is provided. The therapeutic device can include a flexible housing and can be configured to be positioned within an anatomical structure. The therapeutic device can also include at least one high vapor pressure media having a vapor pressure greater than the pressure within the anatomical structure and a permeability of less than 1 ml/day at body temperature through said outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Attenuex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, John Randall Liddicoat
  • Patent number: 8012082
    Abstract: A sexually stimulating system includes a device insertable within a body cavity of a recipient, a signal generated by a non-recipient, and a controller attached to a recipient body. The controller is in wireless communication with the device and includes a mechanism for toggling the device between active and inactive modes based upon instructions from the activation signal. The mechanism generates and transmits a control signal to the device. An internal power supply source and a switch are intermediately seated between the power supply source and the device toggling mechanism. A first communications link transmits the activation signal to the controller and a second communications link transmits the control signal to the device. Each device includes a switch and an internal power supply source electrically mated thereto. A receiver is coupled to a digital to analog converter and a transducer is electrically coupled to the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Lefew