Patents Examined by John P. Lacyk
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7993261
    Abstract: A method for cystocele repair comprising the steps of: establishing four pathways in tissue around a bladder of a patient, introducing a strap into each of said pathways, and positioning beneath said bladder of said patient a support member having each said strap connected thereto such that said bladder of said patient is supported by said support member and a bulge of said bladder into a vagina of said patient is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Watschke, Karen Pilney Montpetit, Kimberly A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7988613
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating electromagnetic fields for healing. A device preferably includes a microcontroller and associated memory, a wire coil in electrical communication with a driving circuit that is controlled by the microcontroller in accordance with a program stored in the associated memory, wherein the driving circuit is effective to produce a pulsed DC output having a frequency in the range of about 0-45 Hz, more preferably in the range of 0.5-14.1 Hz and most preferably around 9.6 Hz. A user interface is provided for selecting one of a plurality of modes of operation and a port (e.g., a USB port) is provided to allow the program stored in the associated memory to be modified by way of a computer, memory card or the Internet. In another embodiment, the apparatus takes the form of a medallion that can be worn around a user's neck or strategically placed on a user's body or embedded in other user hardware such as a combat or racing helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Paul F. Becker
  • Patent number: 7985173
    Abstract: An anterior implant adapted to treat central and lateral cystoceles present in a female patient includes laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's bladder and vagina independently of the patient's arcus tendineous fascia pelvis. Rectocele and hysterocele repairs can be carried out using a single posterior implant which, like the anterior implant, is provided with laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's rectum and vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Jacquetin
  • Patent number: 7981020
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 7976456
    Abstract: A cardiac harness for treating or preventing congestive heart failure is configured to be placed about at least a portion of a patient's heart so as to apply a mild compressive force on the heart. In one embodiment, the cardiac harness comprises a plurality of spaced apart conductive panels arranged so that there is no electrical continuity circumferentially around the harness. In an additional embodiment, a cardiac harness is provided that is insulated so as not to conduct electricity circumferentially about the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Paracor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Lilip Lau, James Hong, Steven Meyer, Matthew G. Fishler, Craig Mar, Anuja H. Patel, Sieu Duong
  • Patent number: 7972260
    Abstract: A method and device for applying a radioactive source to a tissue site is disclosed. The device facilitates the precise placement of, for example, 125Iodine seeds relative to the surgical margin, assures the seeds remain fixed in their precise position for the duration of the treatment, overcomes the technical difficulties of manipulating the seeds through the narrow surgical incision, and reduces the radiation dose to the clinicians. The device incorporates the radioactive seeds into a fastening means, preferably surgical staples, used in the surgical procedure. In this way, the seeds are concurrently secured in position directly adjacent to the surgical resection and remain immobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventors: David E. Wazer, Thomas A. DiPetrillo
  • Patent number: 7967739
    Abstract: A sleep system includes sensors capable of gathering sleep data from a person and environmental data during a sleep by the person. A processor executes instructions that analyze this data and control the sleep of the person and the environment surrounding the person. Typically, the instructions are loaded in a memory where they execute to generate an objective measure of sleep quality from the sleep data from the person and gather environmental data during the sleep by the person. Upon execution, the instructions receive a subjective measure of sleep quality from the person after the sleep, create a sleep quality index from the objective measure of sleep quality and subjective measure of sleep quality, correlate the sleep quality index and a current sleep system settings with a historical sleep quality index and corresponding historical sleep system settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Raphael Auphan
  • Patent number: 7963907
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods to sense parameters associated with restriction procedures and/or devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, the parameters are sensed directly from the region of the procedure and/or device and in other embodiments, associated neural pathways are sensed. Methods for further optimization of the obesity treatment regimens are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Michael E. Gertner
  • Patent number: 7963909
    Abstract: A fluid reservoir for a penile implant device that includes a body portion having a sleeve from which a tube may extend. The body portion includes support structure positioned at an interior surface of the body portion near an orifice of the reservoir, which orifice leads to a fluid passage of the tube. The support structure may comprise a plurality of protrusions that are arranged around the orifice and that extend from a base portion of the body portion. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a fluid reservoir for a penile implant device, which includes positioning a tube in a mold and injection molding a reservoir body onto the tube. More particularly, the method may include providing a mold, positioning a tube in the mold, injecting material into the mold, curing the material, and opening the mold to remove the reservoir body and tube assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Stephanie A. George, Jon D. Albrecht, Robert L. Rykhus, Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7963902
    Abstract: This invention describes the use of a process for treating neoplastic masses, in which the damage to healthy cells surrounding the mass is reduced as compared to current treatment processes, hi embodiments, computer programs are used to prescribe a timed treatment sequence to mitigate some of the deleterious effects of cancer radiation treatment or chemotherapy. By initiating natural cell repair mechanisms with an application of a low dose of radiation to healthy tissue prior to the full cancer treatment, the post-treatment damage to the healthy cells can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Blankenbecler