Patents Examined by Joseph M Dietrich
  • Patent number: 11986645
    Abstract: Example inventions treat restless legs syndrome (“RLS”). Examples affix a patch externally on a dermis of a user adjacent to a targeted nerve of the user, the patch including a flexible substrate, a processor directly coupled to the substrate, and electrodes directly coupled to the substrate. Examples detect the occurrence of RLS and in response to the detecting, activate the patch, the activating including generating an electrical stimuli via the electrodes that is directed to the targeted nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Neurostim Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Hoo-min D. Toong, William C. Altmann
  • Patent number: 11986663
    Abstract: A user interface of a computing device for programming a medical device configured to review historical user session data while disconnected from the medical device. During a programming session, the user interface on the computing device may include features to control the functionality of the medical device as well as view and manipulate available data stored at the medical device. The user interface may interactively view screens and features and manipulate data using the programming user interface, e.g., as if the external programming device were in a live programming session with the medical device, but while disconnected from the medical device and not in a live programming session. As one example, the user interface of the external programming device may permit flexible, extensive manipulation and viewing of sensed signals, patient events, and operational information, such as patient adjustments made over time or coincident with particular signals or events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Chouinard, Evan D. Schnell, Karan Chitkara, Lukas Valine, Ilan D. Gordon
  • Patent number: 11986205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid pump or rotary cutter having at least one first element (9??, 10??) which can be brought from a transport state into an operating state by changing at least one mechanical property. Such a pump can, for example, be a blood pump for the medical, microinvasive area. The object of achieving a transition between the transport state and the operating state which is as comfortable as possible and in so doing leaving a freedom in the design of the corresponding apparatus, in particular of a pump, which is as large as possible, is achieved using the means of the invention in that the first element at least partly comprises a material (24, 25, 26, 27) or can be filled with a material or material mixture which passes through a chemical reaction, in particular cross-linking, or a crystallization for transition into the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Petra Wiessler, Sven-René Friedel, Reiner Liebing, Sami Er, Henning Schlicht
  • Patent number: 11980468
    Abstract: Disclosed are wearable devices, such as rings and bracelets, for monitoring and diagnosing cardiovascular conditions of a wearer, along with related systems, algorithms and methods. The disclosed wearable devices can continuously monitor the wearer's cardiovascular status by measuring heart rate, motion, blood oxygenation, and/or other properties of the wearer. Disclosed wearable devices can further comprise three EKG electrodes, including a first electrode on the inner surface adapted to detect a signal from the finger/wrist, a second electrode on the outer surface adapted to detect a cardiovascular signal from a finger of the opposing hand, and a third electrode on the outer surface of the frame adapted to detect a cardiovascular signal from a EKG lead location on the wearer's chest or leg. The wearable devices can be linked wirelessly to a mobile device that the person can interact with, and can further be linked to other distributed system components and healthcare providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, UPMC
    Inventors: George Stuart Mendenhall, Matthew Jones
  • Patent number: 11980438
    Abstract: A physiological information transmission method includes: by an information processing apparatus: acquiring sensor identification information of a physiological information detection sensor which is adapted to be attached to a living body, and living body identification information of the living body; and transmitting first association information associating the acquired sensor identification information and the acquired living body identification information, with each other; and by the physiological information detection sensor: receiving the first association information; determining whether or not the received first association information contains sensor identification information of the own sensor; and when the received first association information contains the sensor identification information of the own sensor, transmitting second association information associating the living body identification information in the received first association information, and physiological information which is detect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Matsumura, Norihito Konno, Minori Hosoi
  • Patent number: 11980773
    Abstract: An illuminated bassinet including a light source for delivering therapeutic light and anti-bacterial light, where an interlock prevents the anti-bacterial light from being emitted while an infant is located in the bassinet. Also, a surgical illuminator configured to concurrently or alternately emit different wavelengths of light for treating a physiological condition and for affecting perception of the surgical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Peter Broer, Vedang Kothari, Alan Greszler, Joseph Dombrowski, David Felty, Michael Kerns
  • Patent number: 11975196
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assisting a patient to reprogram parameters of an implantable medical device, such as a spinal cord stimulator, are disclosed. A patient may use an external controller, which may be either a dedicated device or a personal computing device, to interact with their implantable medical device and evaluate the efficacy of their therapy. If the efficacy diminishes, the patient may use their external controller to adjust either the neural dosage (i.e., frequency, pulse width, and/or amplitude) and/or the location at which stimulation is provided. A reprogramming assistant is provided, which guides the patient in adjusting their stimulation using their external controller. The patient may use supra-perception or sub-perception stimulation for the adjustment. The implantable medical device may include pre-programmed “rescue programs” to assist the patient in recovering the efficacy of their therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Ismael Huertas Fernandez, Que T. Doan
  • Patent number: 11969206
    Abstract: Intra-cardiac voltage data display systems display a plurality of data sets derived at least from intra-cardiac voltage data sampled by an electrode. In some embodiments, at least some of the data sets are derived from a portion of the intra-cardiac voltage data that excludes an excludable portion of the intra-cardiac voltage data having a relationship with an occurrence of a particular cardiac event to facilitate identification of the existence of a transmural lesion in tissue adjacent the electrode. In some embodiments, the particular cardiac event is the occurrence of an R wave in the cardiac cycle, and the excludable portion is a V wave in the cardiac cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: KARDIUM INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Weinkam, Daniel Martin Reinders, Darrell Anthony Harrington, Douglas Wayne Goertzen, Michael Hermann Weber
  • Patent number: 11969601
    Abstract: An external control device for use with a medical component implanted within a patient. The device comprises a user interface configured for receiving user input, displaying a first graphical representation of the medical component in the context of a global graphical representation of an anatomical region of the patient, displaying a view finder defining a portion of the global graphical representation, and displaying a second graphical representation of the medical component in the context of a local graphical representation of the portion of the anatomical region portion. The external control device further comprises control circuitry configured for, in response to the input from the user, modifying the displayed view finder to spatially define a different portion of the global graphical representation, such that the second graphical representation of the medical component is displayed in the context of a local graphical representation of the different portion of the anatomical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Mun Pook Lui, Sridhar Kothandaraman, Gyuman Kim
  • Patent number: 11964163
    Abstract: Devices and methods for light therapy wherein a device for delivery of light therapy comprising a light emitting pad member (e.g., a blanket or other body cover) is positionable over all, substantially all or at least half of a subject's body and operable to deliver light therapy thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BioPhotas, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Lamberth Johnson
  • Patent number: 11964165
    Abstract: A chamber providing controlled amounts and wavelengths of photonic IR and visible light within an internal space sized for at least one human being to exercise therein. The chamber includes at least one emitter system configured to emit FIR energy and at least one emitter system configured to emit at least MIR energy. The chamber includes at least one light emitting source configured to emit full spectrum visible light and/or a selected wavelength of visible light, and a control panel configured to control the amount, wavelengths and duration of FIR, MIR, and visible light within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Steven J. Daffer
  • Patent number: 11964112
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for releasing a catheter from an implant may include a catheter comprising first and second elongate elements, first and second elongate element lumens, a tissue anchor lumen, apertures corresponding to each of the lumens, and retaining portions between adjacent apertures. The first elongate element may extend out of its lumen through the first elongate element aperture, across the retaining portion transversely with respect to a longitudinal axis, and towards the second elongate element aperture. The first elongate element may then extend into the second elongate element aperture, loop over the second elongate element, and extend back across the retaining portion and into the first elongate element lumen. In some instances, the second elongate element is retracted to uncouple the first and second elongate elements from each other and to open a channel for the release of tethered tissue anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ancora Heart, Inc.
    Inventors: Huu Nguyen, Rob Kotmel, Tiffany Mirchandani, Russel Sampson, David Scott Baron
  • Patent number: 11951321
    Abstract: A conductive fluid reservoir can be used to dispense conductive fluid to increase electrical connectivity between an electrode of a defibrillator and a patient. The reservoir includes a container that holds the conductive fluid, one or more outlets on the container, and an inflatable pouch located at least partially within the container. The inflatable pouch is capable of being inflated from a deflated state to an inflated state. In the deflated state, a free end of the inflatable pouch covers the one or more outlets. In the inflated state, the free end of the inflatable pouch is removed from the one or more outlets such that the conductive fluid is allowed to flow out of the container via the one or more outlets. Inflating the inflatable pouch causes the conductive fluid to be dispensed from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: West Affum Holdings DAC
    Inventor: Dallas Meeker
  • Patent number: 11944816
    Abstract: Methods and systems for testing and treating spinal cord stimulation (SCS) patients are disclosed. Patients are eventually treated with sub-perception (paresthesia free) therapy. However, supra-perception stimulation is used during “sweet spot searching” during which active electrodes are selected for the patient. This allows sweet spot searching to occur much more quickly and without the need to wash in the various electrode combinations that are tried. After selecting electrodes using supra-perception therapy, therapy is titrated to sub-perception levels using the selected electrodes. Such sub-perception therapy has been investigated using pulses at or below 10 kHz, and it has been determined that a statistically significant correlation exists between pulse width (PW) and frequency (F) in this frequency range at which SCS patients experience significant reduction in symptoms such as back pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Que T. Doan, Jianwen Gu, Ismael Huertas Fernandez, Rosana Esteller, Michael A. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 11944216
    Abstract: A handheld system includes a housing, a motion-generating mechanism disposed within the housing, an attachment arm extending from the housing and having a first end coupled to the motion-generating mechanism and a second end configured to receive a user assistive device, a first sensor mounted to measure a first motion of the handheld system and generate a first signal indicative of the first motion, and a control system coupled to the motion-generating mechanism and the first sensor. The control system is configured to use the first signal to stabilize the user-assistive device and compensate for human tremors imparted to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Anupam Pathak
  • Patent number: 11944842
    Abstract: A therapy device comprises a shaft extending between proximal and distal portions, a surgical instrument located at the distal portion, a handpiece located at the proximal portion, a treatment end located at the distal end of the surgical instrument that can apply photodynamic therapy (PDT). The treatment end includes an applicator to apply a photosensitizer to a surface of a target tissue and a light emitter that can emit generated phototherapeutic light to activate the photosensitizer to ablate target tissue. A method for providing PDT to the target tissue includes inserting the therapy device into the patent, applying the photosensitizer and phototherapeutic light to a surface of the target tissue, and removing the device from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Murdeshwar, Thomas J. Holman
  • Patent number: 11944840
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a photobiomodulation therapy garment having a garment structure configured to be worn by a user atop a skin surface with one or more near-infrared light sources integrated with the garment structure. The near-infrared light source is configured to emit near-infrared light directed to one or more regions of interest of the skin at a wavelength between 600 nm to 1600 nm and at a predetermined dosimetry and duration. A controller with a processor and memory is in communication with the near-infrared light source to control the operational parameters of the near-infrared light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Niraxx Light Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Cassano, Joshua Chen
  • Patent number: 11931120
    Abstract: A targeted seed implanting robot suitable for clinical treatment of a human patient in the lithotomy position includes a rack, and further includes a position and posture adjusting mechanism, a contact force feedback friction wheel type targeted seed implanting mechanism, and a sine elastic amplification moment compensation mechanism; and the specific use steps are as follows: S1, driving; S2, meshing; S3, swing; S4, transverse movement; S5, compensation moment; S6, linear motion; S7, rotary motion; S8, detection; and S9, transmission of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Yi Liang, Buyun Wang, Dezhang Xu, Benchi Jiang
  • Patent number: 11931311
    Abstract: A hydrotherapy apparatus comprises a tank, the tank comprising a panel arranged to form a wall of the tank, and an inner frame arranged to have the panel mechanically fixed to an outer side thereof, without bonding, so as to form a watertight seal. The inner frame may comprise a lower portion in a base region of the tank and two struts extending upward therefrom. The tank may further comprise a lower fixing section arranged to be mechanically connected to an outer surface of the lower portion of the inner frame, with a lower edge region of the panel therebetween, and two side fixing sections extending upward and each arranged to be mechanically connected to an outer surface of a respective strut of the struts of the inner frame, with a respective side edge region of the panel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Syspal Limited
    Inventors: Christopher John Truman, Paul Easton Preece
  • Patent number: 11931588
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plug-in accessory for operating a mobile device as an external controller for an Implantable Medical Device (IMD). The accessory includes a connector insertable into a port on the mobile device. Accessory circuitry can be powered by a battery or by the mobile device. An application on the mobile device in conjunction with the accessory configures the mobile phone for immediate use as an IMD external controller. When the accessory is inserted into the port or a switch on the accessory pressed, the application operates to validate the accessory; to unlock the phone; to secure the mobile device; and to render a graphical user interface on the mobile device for communicating with the IMD. The accessory can additionally include telemetry circuitry and an antenna for communicating with the IMD, rather than using short-range communication means provided in the mobile device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Aghassian