Patents Examined by John R Downey
  • Patent number: 11666394
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is configured for coupling with an instrument drive unit that drives an actuation of the surgical instrument and operatively supports the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes a housing, an elongate body extending distally from the housing, an end effector extending distally from the elongate body, and a plurality of driven members rotatably disposed within the housing. The plurality of driven members is nested with one another. Each driven member of the plurality of driven members is coupled to a respective cable that is attached to the end effector. The plurality of driven members is configured for engagement with an instrument drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Simon R. Grover, Charles F. Kilby, Daniel L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 11638999
    Abstract: A system comprises a first robotic arm adapted to support and move a tool and a second robotic arm adapted to support and move a camera. The system also comprises an input device, a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to, in a first mode, command the first robotic arm to move the camera in response to a first input received from the input device to capture an image of the tool and present the image as a displayed image on the display. The processor is configured to, in a second mode, display a synthetic image of the first robotic arm in a boundary area around the captured image on the display, and in response to a second input, change a size of the boundary area relative a size of the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Itkowitz, Simon P. DiMaio, Daniel J. Halabe, Christopher J. Hasser, Brian D. Hoffman, David Q. Larkin, Catherine J. Mohr, Paul W. Mohr, Tao Zhao, Wenyi Zhao
  • Patent number: 11638564
    Abstract: A medical monitoring system for use in residential facilities, nursing homes, or home environments is disclosed. The system utilizes a variety of modules and wearable medical devices that convey vital patient information to a series of smart hubs which are connected to the cloud. In the event a change in medical status of a patient occurs, the health care workers receive an Alert notifying them of which specific patient needs attention. The system is monitored using a specialized dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: BioLink Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Roger King, Ken Heyl, Tim King, Alex Matsukevich, Tim Gardner
  • Patent number: 11633614
    Abstract: A patient-worn ambulatory cardiac monitoring device for monitoring a patient during a patient activity includes at least one physiological sensor configured to detect signals indicative of cardiac activity, an activity sensor and associated circuitry configured to monitor patient movements, and a vibrational sensor configured to monitor a cardio-vibrational signal of the patient. The at least one physiological sensor can include one of an ECG sensor and a heart rate sensor. At least one processor in communication with the at least one physiological sensor, the activity sensor, and the vibrational sensor, is configured to measure, during the patient activity, at least one time interval between an ECG fiducial point in an ECG signal and a cardio-vibrational fiducial point in the cardio-vibrational signal during a cardiac cycle of the patient's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Kent Volosin, Ramu Perumal
  • Patent number: 11633603
    Abstract: A system provides a burr hole cap assembly configured to secure a position of a lead implanted through a burr hole in a cranium of a patient. One or more electrodes are coupled to one or more components of the burr hole cap assembly. The one or more electrode is disposed within the burr hole cap assembly for sensing signals within a brain of the patient or stimulating a portion of the brain of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Erik J. Peterson, Scott R. Stanslaski, Alan Shi
  • Patent number: 11617885
    Abstract: Provided is a monopolar skin treatment apparatus using electrical energy in a high frequency wavelength band in which a retaining ligament, a blood vessel, and a fibrous tissue of a deep part is utilized as an electricity passage to actively prevent the skin from sagging due to the aging. The mouthpiece for skin treatment includes a frame, and a ground electrode unit on the frame. The frame includes a first frame disposed in front, a second frame extending rearward from one end portion of the first frame, and a third frame extending rearward from an opposite end portion of the first frame. The ground electrode unit is integrally formed with the first frame, the second frame, and the third frame while continuously extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: JEISYS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Suk Bae Seo, Ja Young Kim, Ho Joon Seo
  • Patent number: 11622455
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device is provided. The wearable electronic device includes a main body and a wearing unit that allows the main body to be worn on a user's body. The wearing unit may include a first wearing member extending from the main body, a binding member coupled to the first wearing member to be moved in a longitudinal direction of the first wearing member, and a driving member installed in the first wearing member to move the binding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Seong Seo, Wataru Kaihotsu, Yong-Woon Han, Dong-Churl Kim
  • Patent number: 11621082
    Abstract: Data streams are received from each of the plurality of sensors. These data streams comprise varying values generated by in the sensors and characterize an associated physiological parameter. A parameter score is repeatedly determined for each physiological sensor that is based on whether the varying values for the associated physiological parameter deviate from at least one pre-defined threshold. A patient health index is repeatedly generated by combining each of the determined parameter scores to characterize an overall health of the patient. Data characterizing the patient health index is repeatedly provided. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: DR√ĄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Karin Radrich, Frank Franz, Carolyn Lall
  • Patent number: 11602459
    Abstract: An ophthalmic system may comprise an imaging device having a field of view oriented toward the eye of the patient; a patient interface housing defining a passage therethrough, having a distal end coupled to one or more seals configured to be directly engaged with one or more surfaces of the eye of the patient, and wherein the proximal end is configured to be coupled to the patient workstation such that at least a portion of the field of view of the imaging device passes through the passage; and two or more registration fiducials coupled to the patient interface housing in a predetermined geometric configuration relative to the patient interface housing within the field of view of the imaging device such that they may be imaged by the imaging device in reference to predetermined geometric markers on the eye of the patient which may also be imaged by the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Gooding, Michael Wiltberger, Christine Beltran, Jonathan H. Talamo
  • Patent number: 11596792
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for treating a medical condition by applying transcutaneous electrical stimulation to a target peripheral nerve of a subject. Electrical stimulation is applied to the peripheral nerve via a stimulation electrode pattern under closed-loop control in which EMG responses are monitored and used to adjust stimulation parameters. In response to detecting an unacceptable recording, electrical stimulation is applied to the peripheral nerve under open-loop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: AVATION MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alexandru Campean, Jeff A. Weisgarber, Mingming Zhang
  • Patent number: 11559251
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to systems, devices and methods for managing pharmacological therapeutics and aspects of the same. In an embodiment, a hearing assistance device can include a control circuit, an electroacoustic transducer for generating sound in electrical communication with the control circuit, a power supply circuit in electrical communication with the control circuit, and a sensor package in electrical communication with the control circuit. The control circuit can be configured to evaluate a signal from at least one of the sensors of the sensor package to detect administration of a therapy or receive data indicating that administration of a therapy has taken place. The control circuit can also be configured to record an instance of a detected medication administration event along with a timestamp. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin R. Burwinkel, Peter J. Tetrick, Buye Xu
  • Patent number: 11559690
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a ventricular assist system and a method of using such system are disclosed. The system includes a pump adapted to be connected to a heart of a patient, an outflow cannula including a first end adapted to be connected to an outlet of the pump and a second end adapted to be connected to an artery of the patient, and an electrode disposed on an outer surface of the outflow cannula and adapted to be disposed adjacent to an exterior wall of the heart. The system further includes a controller electrically connected to the pump and the electrode, where the controller is adapted to provide a pacing signal to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Cheng, Jian Cao, Hai Huang
  • Patent number: 11547342
    Abstract: A method of analysing changes in the electrical activity of a patient's heart between a reference state and a test state, the method using a reference data set of electrophysiological data captured from the patient in the reference state and at least one test data set of electrophysiological data captured from the patient in the test state, each data set defining a plurality of electrograms for a respective plurality of spatial locations relative to the heart, the method comprising processing the electrophysiological data by, matching each electrogram in the reference data set to a corresponding electrogram in the at least one test data set to create a pair of electrograms for each of the plurality of spatial locations, and deriving a time delay for each spatial location by calculating the time delay between the electrograms of the pair of matched electrograms for that spatial location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: IMPERIAL COLLEGE INNOVATIONS LTD
    Inventors: Prapa Kanagaratnam, Darrel Parthipan Francis, Matthew Shun-Shin
  • Patent number: 11547605
    Abstract: For the purposes of working on eye tissue, an ophthalmological apparatus comprises a laser source that is configured to produce a pulsed laser beam, a focusing optical unit that is configured to focus the pulsed laser beam into the eye tissue, a scanner system for deflecting the pulsed laser beam onto work target points in the eye tissue, and a measurement system for optically capturing structures in the eye tissue. A circuit controls the measurement system in such a way that the latter captures a cut first outer face of a lenticule to be cut. The circuit controls the scanner system in such a way that the latter guides the pulsed laser beam onto work target points on a second outer face, positioned in relation to the captured first outer face, of the lenticule to be cut, in order to cut the second outer face of the lenticule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ziemer Ophthalmie Systems AG
    Inventor: Christian Rathjen
  • Patent number: 11547604
    Abstract: A method and system perform an ophthalmic procedure on an eye having an optical path from the lens to the retina. An image of at least part of the eye is received in a data processing unit. The image includes the optical path. The data processing unit determines keep out zone(s) and identifies undesirable feature(s) based on the image. The keep out zone(s) include the retina. The data processing unit also selects one of the undesirable feature(s) for removal. At least part of the undesirable feature is outside of the keep out zone(s). Confirmation for removal of the undesirable feature is received in the data processing unit. In response to receiving the confirmation, a control unit controls a laser to perform laser removal the at least the portion of the undesirable feature without targeting any portion of the keep out zone(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Tammo Heeren
  • Patent number: 11540944
    Abstract: A device and a method for the femtosecond laser surgery of tissue, especially in the vitreous humor of the eye. The device includes an ultrashort pulse laser with pulse widths in the range of approximately 10 fs-1 ps, especially approximately 300 fs, pulse energies in the range of approximately 5 nJ-5 ?J, especially approximately 1-2 ?J and pulse repetition rates of approximately 10 kHz-10 MHz, especially 500 kHz. The laser system is coupled to a scanner system which allows the spatial variation of the focus in three dimensions (x, y and z). In addition to the therapeutic laser/scanner optical system, the device includes a navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Manfred Dick, Marcus Blum, Matthias Reich
  • Patent number: 11534224
    Abstract: A method is provided for treating a patient with an arrhythmia. In some embodiments, the method collects a first patient arrhythmia cardiogram from the patient. The method identifies a first target location and a first ablation pattern associated with a first library arrhythmia cardiogram that is similar to the first patient arrhythmia cardiogram. The method then performs a first ablation near the first target location, factoring in the first ablation pattern, and after the ablation, collects a second patient arrhythmia cardiogram of the patient. The method continues to identify a second target location and a second ablation pattern associated with a second library arrhythmia cardiogram that is similar to the second patient arrhythmia cardiogram. The second library arrhythmia cardiogram is identified, in part, based on ablation characteristics of the first ablation. The method then performs a second ablation near the second target location, factoring in the second ablation pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Vektor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. T. Villongco, Robert Joseph Krummen
  • Patent number: 11538584
    Abstract: A security portal has a body having sidewalls and a top, a floor, and an entrance passageway, a remotely operable entrance barrier at the entrance passageway, a remotely operable exit barrier at the exit passageway, input apparatus in the security portal, an optical temperature sensor positioned and remotely operable to sense the subject's skin temperature, and a computerized base station remote from the security portal. The operative opens the entrance barrier to admit the subject, uses the input apparatus to solicit information, performs an evaluation process involving identity and skin temperature, and, depending on result of the evaluation process, the operative opens the entrance barrier and asks the subject to leave through the entrance passageway, or opens the exit barrier and asks the subject to leave through the exit passageway into the secured area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Michael C Castle
  • Patent number: 11517397
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes an instrument shaft with exit holes near a distal end of the shaft, a tool coupled to the distal end of the shaft, and a backend. The backend may include a mechanism that manipulates a drive element that extends through the shaft and couples to the tool, a fluid inlet, and a fluid channel assembly providing fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the proximal end of the shaft. Cleaning fluid is directed into the fluid inlet, through the fluid channel assembly, and into the shaft. A chassis or other structural piece of the backend may form part of the fluid channel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bram Gilbert Antoon Lambrecht, S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11510613
    Abstract: There is provides a biological condition determining apparatus for determining a biological condition of a subject on a bed. A biological condition determining apparatus includes a plurality of load detectors which are placed in the bed or under feet of the bed and which detect a load of the subject, a biological information extracting unit which extracts biological information from an output of at least one of the load detectors, a determining unit which determines the biological condition of the subject by comparing the extracted biological information with a referential information prepared beforehand, and an output unit which outputs the biological condition of the subject determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignees: MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Norihito Iida, Shiroh Isono