Patents Examined by Mark W Bockelman
  • Patent number: 11172852
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to methods of using near infra-red radiation, such as from a near infra-red spectroscopy device, to monitor physical activity in a person. In one aspect, a method of measuring physiological parameters is provided. The method further includes determining a NIRS-derived measure of a tissue of a person using near infra-red spectroscopy over a time period, associating the NIRS-derived measure to the time period to determine a function-related change, and associating the function-related change to a biomechanical function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of Houston System
    Inventors: Luca Pollonini, Clifford C. Dacso
  • Patent number: 11167141
    Abstract: Described are a system and method that utilize bioelectric signaling to balance electrical potentials in a subject's body via neuro-hormonal circuit loops, to increase elasticity of the subject's arteries to promote protein release to dampen arterial blood pressure, and to change arterial electrical charges to reduce narrowing of the arteries. The described system is designed to localize and stimulate the fibers inside the vagus nerve without inadvertent stimulation of non-baroreceptive fibers causing side effects like bradycardia and bradypnea. The system also controls release of specific proteins known to lower blood pressures including tropoelastin (known to increase elasticity in the aorta and other peripheral blood vessels).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Howard J. Leonhardt
  • Patent number: 11167128
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes terminals disposed along the proximal portion of the electrical stimulation lead; segmented electrodes disposed along the distal portion of the electrical stimulation lead; conductors electrically coupling the terminals to the electrodes; and an electrode carrier with divider segments extending from shoulder segments and disposed between, and separating, at least two of the segmented electrodes. The electrical stimulation lead can be formed by disposing electrode strips on an electrode carrier, each of the electrode strips comprising a plurality of pre-electrodes and at least one connection region in an alternating, longitudinal arrangement with one of the at least one connection region disposed between each adjacent pair of the pre-electrodes of the electrode strip; and removing each of the connection region(s) to separate the pre-electrodes into segmented electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey Abellana Villarta
  • Patent number: 11166763
    Abstract: A laser resonator includes a gain medium that produces light from pump energy and a variable light attenuator, which receives light and emits either (i) a first light including a continuous series of micropulses, or (ii) a second light including a series of macropulses at spaced time intervals, where each macropulse includes a series of micropulses. Each micropulse has a duration of 0.1 to 10 microseconds, and a duration of each macropulse is less than the time interval between each macropulse, and the micropulses have a frequency of 5 kHz to 40 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Hyun Wook Kang, Raymond Adam Nemeyer, Michael Ray Hodel
  • Patent number: 11160970
    Abstract: A catheter pump system is disclosed. The catheter pump system can include a shaft assembly and an impeller coupled with a distal portion of the shaft assembly. A motor assembly can impart rotation on the impeller through the shaft assembly, the motor assembly comprising a motor which rotates the shaft assembly. The catheter pump system can include a fluid pathway which conveys fluid proximally during operation of the catheter pump system. A seal can be disposed between the motor assembly and the impeller. The seal can be configured to impede or prevent the fluid from the fluid pathway from entering the motor assembly at least about an outer periphery of the shaft assembly. The seal can comprise an opening through which a portion of the shaft assembly extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Paul F. Muller, Keif M. Fitzgerald, Michael R. Butler, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 11154718
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials involved in detecting and delivering neurochemical signals, electrophysiological signals, ions, or combinations thereof within a mammal. For example, systems that can include one or more implantable devices containing probes configured to detect neurochemical signals (e.g., neurotransmitter concentrations), electrical signals, ions, or combinations thereof and one or more implantable devices containing electrodes and/or microfluidic delivery components configured to deliver neurochemical signals (e.g., neurotransmitters), electrical signals, ions, or combinations thereof to one or more locations within a mammal are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Kevin E. Bennet, Kendall H. Lee
  • Patent number: 11147500
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for analyzing electrocardiogram (ECG) data of a patient using a substantial amount of ECG data. The systems receive ECG data from a sensing device positioned on a patient such as one or more ECG leads. The system may include an application that communicates with an ECG platform running on a server(s) that processes and analyzes the ECG data, e.g., using neural networks for delineation of the cardiac signal and classification of various abnormalities, conditions and/or descriptors. The processed ECG data is communicated from the server(s) for display in a user-friendly and interactive manner with enhanced accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Cardiologs Technologies SAS
    Inventors: Jia Li, Romain Pomier, Chiara Scabellone, Cyril Gaudefroy, Benjamin Barre, Julien Fontanarava, Christophe Gardella, Mathieu Sornay, Thomas Bordier
  • Patent number: 11147496
    Abstract: A system including a catheter including multiple, spatially distributed electrodes configured to measure electrical signals of a heart, a system configured to determine a position of the electrodes at multiple, different catheter positions in the heart, and a processing unit for mapping electrical activity in the heart. The processing unit is configured to receive the measured electrical signals from each position of the multiple, different catheter positions and determine whether the measured electrical signals at the position are organized. If the measured electrical signals at the position are organized, the processing unit is configured to determine at least one of velocity vectors, cycle length, and degree of organization at the position from the measured electrical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed Inc.
    Inventors: Alireza Ghodrati, Nathan H. Bennett, Brian Stewart
  • Patent number: 11147969
    Abstract: A cochlear implant system comprising an external component having an external speech processor unit, and an internal component. The speech processor unit monitors one or more parameters, and the speech processor unit is configured to reduce the power consumption of the cochlear implant system in the absence of one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Peter Scott Single
  • Patent number: 11141219
    Abstract: A method of treating tissue of a patient uses a device including a mother case, a belt, at least one treatment unit and at least two applicators. The treatment method may include attaching first and second applicators to the belt at a working distance to the patient's surface, and providing different treatment energy to the first applicator and the second applicator. A treatment pattern is created by the applicators providing the different treatment energies. The hardware pattern or positions of the applicators on the belt may be changed before and/or during the treatment. The hardware pattern may be based on selected treatment effect and body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BTL Healthcare Technologies, a.s.
    Inventor: Tomás̆ Schwarz
  • Patent number: 11134895
    Abstract: A method for guiding electrocardiogram (ECG) electrode placement on a person includes acquiring an image of the person, identifying an externally discernable anatomical landmark on the image, determining target locations for first through nth electrodes as a function of the location of the landmark, and highlighting the target locations on the person. A system for guiding placement of ECG electrodes comprises an imaging device, an illumination source, a processor, and machine readable instructions. The instructions, when executed by the processor, identify at least one marker in an image acquired by the imaging device, determine, as a function of the location of the at least one marker, target locations on the person at which first through nth ECG electrodes should be placed, and cause the illumination source to illuminate the first through nth target locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharone Zlochiver
  • Patent number: 11129983
    Abstract: A wireless implant and associated system for motor function recovery after spinal cord injury, and more particularly a multi-channel wireless implant with small package size. The wireless implant can further be used in various medical applications, such as retinal prostheses, gastrointestinal implant, vagus nerve stimulation, and cortical neuromodulation. The system also includes a method and its implementation to acquire the impedance model of the electrode-tissue interface of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Victor R. Edgerton, Chih-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 11123544
    Abstract: A system for electrically stimulating and/or detecting bioelectrical signals of a user comprising: an array of permeable bodies configured to absorb a solution that facilitates electrical coupling with a body region of the user; a housing defining an array of protrusions conforming to the body region and comprising: an array of channels distributed across the array of protrusions, each channel at least partially surrounding a permeable body, configured to deliver the solution to the permeable body, and comprising a barrier that prevents passage of the permeable body past the barrier, and a manifold configured to distribute the solution to the array of channels; and a coupling subsystem comprising a first electrical coupling region in electrical communication with an interior of the manifold, wherein the first electrical coupling region is configured to couple to a second electrical coupling region that couples the first electrical coupling region to the electronics subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Flow Neuroscience, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Wingeier, Daniel S. Chao, Andrew Chang, Lee von Kraus, Amol Sarva
  • Patent number: 11110268
    Abstract: A transcranial brain stimulation apparatus comprises an acoustic detection device for detecting acoustic signals as analog sound signals and an electrode arrangement including a plurality of electrodes which can be arranged in an operating configuration on a skull, wherein in the operating configuration during energization of the electrodes a current flow is generated through at least one auditory cortex of the cerebral cortex in the skull. A signal conversion device is configured to convert a respective analog sound signal into a first digital signal, and to determine a second digital signal from the first digital signal by extracting the envelope from the first digital signal and shifting the envelope by a predetermined amount of time greater than zero into the future or leaving it unshifted; and to convert the second digital signal into a current, and to energize the electrode arrangement in the operating configuration with this current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Christoph Herrmann
  • Patent number: 11110274
    Abstract: Described is a low voltage, pulsed electrical stimulation device for reducing inflammation in a subject, which can be useful in the treatment of concussions, traumatic brain injury, cancer, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Howard J. Leonhardt
  • Patent number: 11103189
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to produce a combined heart sound signal of a patient using a first signal including heart sound information over a first physiologic interval and a second signal including heart sound information over the first physiologic interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bennett Shute, Bin Mi, Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur
  • Patent number: 11103701
    Abstract: A method for operating an external component of a cochlear implant hearing system. The external component includes a speech processor module operable in a stand-alone mode of operation and a body-worn mode of operation, and a protective case. The method includes operating the speech processor module in the stand-alone mode, determining when the speech processor module is mounted in the case, and operating the speech processor module in the body-worn mode in response to determining that the speech processor module is mounted in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Michael Goorevich, Peter Scott Single
  • Patent number: 11064934
    Abstract: A surgical access system including a tissue distraction assembly and a tissue refraction assembly, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative corridor to a surgical target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Miles, Scot Martinelli, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 10245429
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for renal neuromodulation using a pulsed electric field to effectuate electroporation or electrofusion. It is expected that renal neuromodulation (e.g., denervation) may, among other things, reduce expansion of an acute myocardial infarction, reduce or prevent the onset of morphological changes that are affiliated with congestive heart failure, and/or be efficacious in the treatment of end stage renal disease. Embodiments of the present invention are configured for percutaneous intravascular delivery of pulsed electric fields to achieve such neuromodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Mark E. Deem, Hanson Gifford, III, Denise Zarins, Douglas Sutton, Erik Thai, Mark Gelfand, Howard R. Levin
  • Patent number: 10238344
    Abstract: A method for acquiring electrical signals from a living subject, including injecting, via an injection electrode attached to the subject, a known calibration signal to the subject and measuring respective levels of output signals generated at input electrodes attached to the subject in response to the calibration signal. The method further includes deriving respective weighting factors for the input electrodes in response to the respective levels, and applying the respective weighting factors to physiological signals acquired by the input electrodes, so as to generate respective corrected physiological signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Levin, Meir Bar-Tal