Patents Examined by Kennedy Schaetzle
  • Patent number: 10342474
    Abstract: The present invention collects data on circadian intervals between two cardiac contractions (RR intervals) and, on the basis of the collected data on circadian RR intervals, provides a system for analysis of the human circadian heart rhythm autonomic nervous system balance, and analysis of heart rate (HR). The invention focuses on HR fluctuations that are divided into three groups: slow fluctuations of the circadian period, higher frequencies compared with circadian, and chaotic. The division into parts is executed by applying adequate empiric and mathematical methods to determine a series of envelope curves, closely and individually related to the principal circadian series, followed by their separation from the input HR series, and then applying HR variability (HRV) methods to increase accuracy of the analysis of HRV results and add new HR regulation criteria to the analysis outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: UAB METAPRO HOLDING
    Inventor: Albinas Stankus
  • Patent number: 10342977
    Abstract: Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) can be treated using high frequency (HF) electrostimulation. This can include selecting or receiving a subject presenting with RLS or PLMD. At least one electrostimulation electrode can be located at a location associated with at least one of, or at least one branch of, a sural nerve, a peroneal nerve, or a femoral nerve. HF electrostimulation can be delivered to the subject, which can include delivering subsensory, subthreshold, AC electrostimulation at a frequency that exceeds 500 Hz and is less than 15,000 Hz to the location to help reduce or alleviate the one or more symptoms associated with RLS or PLMD. A charge-balanced controlled-current HF electrostimulation waveform can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NOCTRIX HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Shriram Raghunathan
  • Patent number: 10327695
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for determining the degree of improvement after a therapeutic procedure. The method can involve determining a baseline measurement prior to conducting a therapeutic procedure, conducting the therapeutic procedure, and determining a post-therapy measurement after conducting the therapeutic procedure. The method further involves comparing the post-therapy measurement to the baseline measurement, thereby determining the degree of improvement after conducting the therapeutic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VOLCANO CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Anderson
  • Patent number: 10322280
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a microprobe for selective electroporation comprising at least two metal electrodes (A) immersed in a glass rod (E), characterized in that the glass rod (E) made of a primary glass is 50 ?m to 2 mm in diameter, preferably 50 ?m to 500 ?m, the metal electrodes (A) made of a metal alloy are formed as rods with diameter of 1 ?m to 100 ?m, preferably 20 ?m to 30 ?m, wherein endings of those rods are exposed, wherein the primary glass and the metal alloy are matched in such manner that dilatometric softening temperature DTM of the primary glass is highly similar to the temperature of melting for the metal alloy. The invention also includes a method of manufacturing of such a microprobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGII MATERIALOW ELEKTRONICZNYCH
    Inventors: Ryszard Buczynski, Dariusz Pysz, Ryszard Stepien
  • Patent number: 10322292
    Abstract: A flexible catheter includes two electrical contacts in a distal region of the catheter and a distal aperture of a hose line. The electrical contacts are connected to a high frequency pulse generator for applying pulsed radio frequency energy for nerve stimulation. A temperature sensor is located in the distal region of the catheter. The flexible catheter is inserted into a region in the spinal canal and the pulsed radio frequency generator is operated, thereby applying pulsed radio frequency energy to a localized region to be treated. The temperature at the distal region of the catheter can also be monitored, and the pulsed radio frequency energy is applied in dependence on the monitored temperature. With the catheter, pain and other medical conditions being related to and influenced by a nervous system are treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Omar Omar-Pasha
  • Patent number: 10322284
    Abstract: A system and method for treating nausea and vomiting are provided, including one or more electrodes (10, 12) applied on or under the skin, the electrodes being connected to an external current source (34). The electrodes can be implanted under the skin and connect to internal stimulator electronics (22), which can form a magnetic inductive link to the external current source (34). Alternatively, the electrodes can be placed on the skin and directly linked by wires to the external current source. As a further alternative, the vagus nerve can be directly stimulated in the neck, or the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, or intestines can be directly stimulated by magnetic stimulation. The electrodes can stimulate the vagus nerve in the neck to reduce nausea and vomiting, or can be arranged near the chest or abdomen, so as to stimulate the esophagus, stomach, duodenum or intestines. Because the current source is provided outside the body, it is not necessary to implant batteries or another power supply in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The John Hopkins University
    Inventors: Ronald P. Lesser, Robert S. Webber
  • Patent number: 10321836
    Abstract: The present disclosure encompasses an “artifact score” derived from the signal characteristics of an acquired 12-lead ECG, (2) a “patient context score” derived from key elements of the patient's history, presentation, and prehospital emergency care, and (3) techniques for integrating these scores into an emergency medical care system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert G. Walker, Daniel W. Piraino
  • Patent number: 10315038
    Abstract: An example of a system may include a processor and a memory device comprising instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to receive, in a graphical user interface, a clinician input of physiological information and therapy information for neurostimulation treatment of a human subject using a neurostimulation device, and request a neurostimulation program corresponding to the physiological information and the therapy information from a remote programming guidance information system. For example, program data of a neurostimulation program may be provided from the programming guidance information system, selected on the basis of a best match to the physiological information and the therapy information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Annasaheb Suryavanshi
  • Patent number: 10299681
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable medical device system comprising an active medical device having or connected to at least one electrode and circuitry connected to the electrode. The active medical device comprises a telemetry unit. The circuitry connected to the electrode comprises at least one single conductor that provides a radio frequency antenna for the telemetry unit. The implantable medical device system further comprises at least one electronic filter that is arranged between the single conductor of circuitry connected to the electrode and the telemetry unit. The least one electronic filter comprises at least one inductor having a core that comprises a ferromagnetic material with saturating behavior when exposed to an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Biotronik SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: James W. Hess
  • Patent number: 10300276
    Abstract: A cochlear implant is disclosed including a cochlear lead, an antenna, a stimulation processor, a magnet apparatus, associated with the antenna, including a case, a divider, and a plurality of magnetic material particles that are movable relative to one another within sub-volumes defined by the divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Sung Jin Lee, James George Elcoate Smith
  • Patent number: 10300184
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for estimating flow rate in a blood circulation assist system employing impeller eccentricity. A method includes magnetically rotating an impeller within a blood flow channel of a blood pump. The impeller is levitated within the blood flow channel transverse to the impeller axis of rotation. A rotational speed for the impeller is determined. At least one impeller transverse position parameter is determined. The at least one impeller transverse position parameter is based on at least one of (1) an amount of a bearing current that is used to levitate the impeller transverse to the impeller axis of rotation, and (2) a position of the impeller within the blood flow channel transverse to the impeller axis of rotation. A flow rate of blood pumped by the blood pump is estimated based on the impeller rotational speed and the at least one impeller transverse position parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Cotter
  • Patent number: 10293166
    Abstract: A method for configuring stimulation pulses in an implantable stimulator device having a plurality of electrodes is disclosed, which method is particularly useful in adjusting the electrodes by current steering during initialization of the device. In one aspect, a set of ideal pulses for patient therapy is determined, in which at least two of the ideal pulses are of the same polarity and are intended to be simultaneous applied to corresponding electrodes on the implantable stimulator device during an initial duration. These pulses are reconstructed into fractionalized pulses, each comprised of pulse portions. The fractionalized pulses are applied to the corresponding electrodes on the device during a final duration, but the pulse portions of the fractionalized pulses are not simultaneously applied during the final duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Rafael Carbunaru, Matt I. Haller
  • Patent number: 10293158
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for controlling an ear stimulation device with a personal computing device, in response to determination of electrical contact of an electrode in a stimulator earpiece with an ear of a user of the personal computing device, are described. If the electrode is not in good electrical contact with the ear of the user, delivery of the stimulus is prevented and the user is notified of the status of the electrode. In various aspects, the user is instructed to reposition the earpiece or replace, clean, moisten, or apply gel to at least a portion of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: eQuility LLC
    Inventors: Eleanor V. Goodall, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Melanie K. Kitzan, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Stephen L. Malaska, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Brittany Scheid, Katherine E. Sharadin, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10293174
    Abstract: Flexible subcutaneous implantable medical device (IMD), including an elongated and flexible body, a plurality of electronic components, at least one rechargeable battery, at least one antenna, at least one lead and at least one transition unit, the antenna for receiving and transmitting electromagnetic radiation and the lead for providing an electric shock, wherein the elongated and flexible body is structured from a plurality of units, wherein a first one of the plurality of units encapsulates the rechargeable battery, wherein each one of the other plurality of units respectively encapsulates a respective one of the plurality of electronic components, wherein the antenna is positioned in the transition unit, wherein the transition unit is covered with a biocompatible polymer, wherein the antenna receives electromagnetic radiation for recharging the rechargeable battery and wherein the antenna includes a copper coil having a generally cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NewPace Ltd.
    Inventors: Jack Amir, Moty Mocha, Gera Strommer, James Kelley, Avraham Broder
  • Patent number: 10279180
    Abstract: A method of treating heart failure in a patient is disclosed that includes implanting a stimulation device into the identified patient to electrically stimulate the spinal cord, and activating the device to deliver electrical stimulation to the spinal cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    Inventors: Robert D. Foreman, Jeffrey L. Ardell, John A. Armour, Michael J. L. DeJongste, Bengt G. S. Linderoth
  • Patent number: 10279191
    Abstract: A system for treating neurological conditions by low-frequency time varying electrical stimulation includes an electrical device for applying such low-frequency energy, in a range below approximately 10 Hz, to the patient's brain tissue. An implantable embodiment applies direct electrical stimulation to electrodes implanted in or on the patient's brain, while a non-invasive embodiment causes a magnetic field to induce electrical currents in the patient's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Fischell, Adrian R. M. Upton
  • Patent number: 10271897
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing that supports an elongated shaft. A selectively movable drive rod extends through the elongated shaft and carries a cam pin in a longitudinal direction. An end effector for surgically treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft and includes upper and lower jaw members pivotally coupled to one another about a pivot axis. The upper jaw member includes a first pair of laterally spaced flanges, and the lower jaw member includes a second pair of laterally spaced flanges defining a camming slot for engaging the cam pin. The flanges are arranged in an offset configuration where one flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flange of the lower jaw member, and the other flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally interior side of the other flange of the lower jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Joseph D. Bucciaglia
  • Patent number: 10271950
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method of transcatheterly delivering a band to encircle multiple papillary muscles in a heart. The method may comprise transcutaneously inserting a catheter into a heart and delivering a first end of a first guidewire to a ventricle in the heart via the catheter. The method may further comprise looping a first end of a first guidewire around a first papillary muscle and a second end of a second guidewire around a second papillary muscle. The first end of the first guidewire and the second end of the second guidewire may be brought out of the body while the first and second guidewires remain looped around the first and second papillary muscles, respectively. The first and second guidewires may be interconnected, and at least one end of the first and second guidewires may be pulled to establish a single loop around the papillary muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Success Ltd.
    Inventor: David Neustadter
  • Patent number: 10258790
    Abstract: A system for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient includes a mouthpiece and a controller. The mouthpiece includes an elongated housing, a printed circuit board, control circuitry mounted within the elongated housing, and a cable for connecting to a controller. The controller includes an elongated u-shaped element, an electronic receptacle, and a microcontroller. A method for providing non-invasive neurorehabilitation of a patient including connecting a mouthpiece to a controller, transmitting a numeric sequence to the mouthpiece, generating a first hash code, transmitting the first hash code to the controller, generating a second hash code, comparing the second hash code with the first hash code, enabling electrical communication between the mouthpiece and the controller only if the first hash code matches the second hash code, contacting the mouthpiece with the patient's intraoral cavity, and delivering neurostimulation to the patient's intraoral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Helius Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Guarraia, Adam Muratori, Justin Fisk, Aidan Petrie, Jeffrey M. Wallace, Daniel P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10251576
    Abstract: A system and method for ECG data classification for use in facilitating diagnosis of cardiac rhythm disorders is provided. ECG data is obtained via an electrocardiography monitor with a patient button. A press of the patient button is identified within the ECG data. A button window with a segment of data prior to and after the button press is defined within the ECG data. The ECG data is divided into blocks. Noise detection analysis is applied to the data blocks. A classification of noise or valid data is assigned to each data block based on the noise detection analysis. At least one data block that overlaps the button window is assigned the noise classification. The at least one data block is trimmed to align with one of the start and end of the button window. The trimmed blocks assigned with the noise classification are removed from the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Ezra M. Dreisbach