Patents Examined by Matthew Kremer
  • Patent number: 10299769
    Abstract: An endoscopic tissue-sampling needle includes an elongate needle shaft having a proximal and a distal shaft portion. The proximal shaft portion includes an inner tubular core that may be constructed of a same material as the distal shaft portion, having a longer length and a smaller outer diameter than the distal shaft portion. The distal shaft portion extends into and is fixedly attached to an inner diameter of a distal shaft portion lumen. The distal shaft portion lumen is configured for collection of patient tissue, with a distal penetrating tip and/or a side aperture with a cutting edge configured to excise tissue from a target site in a patient body. The proximal shaft portion includes polymer coating around the inner tubular core, which is configured to provide an outer diameter for the proximal shaft portion that may be substantially the same as the outer diameter of the distal shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ciaran Toomey, Darach McGrath, Michael Clancy, Triona Campbell
  • Patent number: 10285635
    Abstract: The sample attachment level (M) of each tooth is measured in a plurality of tooth samples taken per tooth type from a plurality of teeth extracted as unconservable teeth. A lost periodontal membrane area (SL) is calculated based on the sample attachment level (M) and a total periodontal membrane area (S). A bite force coefficient (B) different according only to each tooth type, which reflects the bite force of each tooth, is found. The relation between the bite force coefficient (B) and a lost periodontal membrane area (SLB) at the time of loss of each tooth is statistically processed for each tooth type, and a linear equation showing the relation between the bite force coefficient (B) and the lost periodontal membrane area (SLB) at the time of loss of each tooth is prepared by use of the presence of a linear relation between both parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshio Motegi
  • Patent number: 10278631
    Abstract: Disclosed is a puncturing system for generating a puncture wound for obtaining a sample of a body fluid, comprising a press-on part to be pressed onto a body part in which a puncture wound is to be generated, a trigger, by the actuation of which a user can trigger a puncturing motion of a puncturing element after the press-on part is pressed on, and a testing facility for determining at least one test parameter on which a sample-obtaining probability depends. A securing facility is also provided that, in a locked state, locks the trigger such that no puncturing motion can be triggered, and, in a triggering state, releases the trigger such that a puncturing motion can be triggered by actuation thereof, whereby the securing facility is transitioned from the locked state to the triggering state by the testing facility when the test parameter determined by the testing facility meets defined minimum requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans List, Christian Hoerauf, Frank Deck, Thomas Weiss, Michael Keil, Guenther Schmelzeisen-Redeker, Heinrich Fruhstorfer, Hans-Peter Haar, Uwe Kraemer, Joachim Hoenes, Karl Miltner
  • Patent number: 10258263
    Abstract: A rectangular parallelepiped-shaped cartridge main body having a protective cap removably attached to a first end side thereof has a puncture needle retainer that retains a puncture needle provided at the back of a puncture opening provided on the first end side of the cartridge main body such that the puncture needle is slidable toward the puncture opening. Furthermore, a sensor unit having a depositing opening is provided on the first end side of the cartridge main body. The sensor unit has an introduction promoting hole that communicates with an introduction channel communicating with the depositing opening and that opens to the surface of the cartridge main body. The protective cap is provided with a puncture needle protector that covers the puncture needle, a sensor protector that covers the depositing opening of the sensor unit, and a sensor protector that covers the introduction promoting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ando
  • Patent number: 10182725
    Abstract: Heat sensors can be positioned within an anatomical vessel of a patient so as to monitor temperature changes, such as during ablation procedures in the heart. Some heat sensors can include a wire that defines an extended heat sensing region capable of detecting a change in the local temperature. Some heat sensors can be conformable to an inner surface of a wall of an anatomical vessel to maintain contact therewith or to be in close proximity thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Intermountain Intellectual Asset Management, LLC
    Inventors: T. Jared Bunch, Troy J. Orr
  • Patent number: 10149664
    Abstract: A high aspect ratio biopsy needle achieves reliable performance with large solid sample size by means of a variety of features and combinations thereof, including support to prevent bending, reinforcement of the needle, and cutting edges arranged to resist deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson D. Anderson, Daniel O. Almazan, Dnyanesh A. Talpade
  • Patent number: 10143362
    Abstract: A method for advancing a rigidizable medical device may include rigidizing a portion of an outer element of the device, and while the portion of the outer element is rigidized, advancing an inner element of the device relative to the outer element of the device by a first preestablished length of advancement. The method may also include, after advancing the inner element, relaxing the portion of the outer element of the device. The method may further include, after relaxing the portion of the outer element, advancing the outer element of the device relative to the inner element of the device by a second preestablished length of advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jaime S. Vargas
  • Patent number: 10130275
    Abstract: A method for autonomic nervous system sensitivity-point testing on a skin of a patient is described. The method includes generating an electrotherapy signal that stimulates a vagal response of an autonomic nervous system of the patient when the patient is tested. The method further includes providing an electrically conductive tip that electrically contacts but does not puncture the skin when the patient is tested and coupling the electrotherapy signal to the electrically conductive tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DYANSYS, INC.
    Inventor: Srini Nageshwar
  • Patent number: 10092719
    Abstract: A cuff pressure stabilizer includes two or more columnar units, which include respective input columns and respective output columns disposed at least partially alongside the respective input columns. The input column of an upstream-most columnar unit is shaped so as to define an upstream-most input port, which is coupleable in fluid communication with an inflation lumen proximal port of a catheter. The output column of a downstream-most columnar unit is shaped so as to define an atmosphere port that is open to the atmosphere. The columnar units include a measurement columnar unit, which includes a plurality of pressure indicia markings distributed along the measurement columnar unit for measuring a height difference between a surface level of the liquid in the measurement output column of the measurement columnar unit and a surface level of the liquid in the measurement input column of the measurement columnar unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AIRWAY MEDIX S.A.
    Inventors: Oron Zachar, Yair Ramot, Eizik Amar
  • Patent number: 10085633
    Abstract: A direct visualization (DV) system and methods are disclosed for measuring one or more anatomical features of the eye, including a depth of the iridocorneal angle of the eye. The DV system can include a wire extending distally from a handle with the wire having one or more indicators for measuring anatomical features of the eye. The DV system can be deployed into the eye and used with minimal trauma to ocular tissues. Furthermore, the DV system can be used independently or alongside other ocular instruments, such as instruments having indicators corresponding to the DV system for correctly implanting ocular implants without the use of a gonio lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Michael Schaller, Tsontcho Ianchulev, Richard S. Lilly, Luke Clauson, David Lari
  • Patent number: 10085695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mental balance or imbalance estimation system (100) and method for estimating a level of mental balance or imbalance of a user (1). The system comprises a skin conductance sensor (20) for sensing the skin conductance of the user (1), the skin conductance over time forming a skin conductance trace (22). The system further comprises a processing unit (10) for receiving and processing the skin conductance trace (22), the processing unit configured to determine at least one stimulus response (24) in the skin conductance trace (22), to determine an estimated cortisol level trace (28) of the user (1) based on the determined at least one stimulus response (24), and to determine the estimated level of mental balance or imbalance of the user (1) based on the estimated cortisol level trace (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Martin Ouwerkerk, Joanne Henriette Desiree Monique Westerink, Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Leszek Holenderski
  • Patent number: 10085727
    Abstract: A vacuum assisted handheld biopsy device includes a housing, a stylet slideable within a cannula, the stylet having a hollow tube portion and a tissue collection portion coupled together, an actuator slideable within the housing for driving at least one of the stylet and the cannula, a vacuum source in communication with the stylet, and an ambient air opening in selective communication with the vacuum source. The coupling of the hollow tube portion with the tissue collection portion provides a fluid flow path sufficient to provide a vacuum suction to the tissue collection portion. A stylet for a vacuum assisted handheld biopsy device includes a hollow tube portion and a tissue collection portion coupled together. The coupling of the hollow tube portion and the tissue collection portion provides a fluid flow path sufficient to provide a vacuum suction to the tissue collection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 2200, INC.
    Inventors: Evan Linderman, John A. Krueger, Phillip Qian, Michael Plishka
  • Patent number: 10070885
    Abstract: An excisional device for either handheld or stereotactic table/MRI use may comprise a work element configured to rotate at a first rotation rate and comprising at least one articulable beak configured to cut tissue in a longitudinal direction. Helical elements or equivalent assemblies may be configured to transport tissue cut by a work element and may be co-axially disposed relative to the work element and may be operative to rotate at rotation rates that may be different from the work element rotation rate. Flush and vacuum tissue transport mechanisms may be incorporated in replacement of or in conjunction with helical elements. A proximal sheath and a distal sheath may be co-axially disposed relative to a work element and may be configured to rotate a work element and to actuate a beak or beaks. A simplified embodiment of this device may be applicable to field use where power sources for actuation may be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TransMed7, LLC
    Inventors: James W Vetter, Daniel E Clark, Eugene H Vetter, Alisen E Vetter
  • Patent number: 10051910
    Abstract: A sensor module generates sensor data in response to an impact to protective headgear, wherein the sensor module includes an accelerometer and a gyroscope and wherein the sensor data includes linear acceleration data and rotational velocity data. A device processing module generates event data in response to the sensor data. A device interface sends the event data to a monitoring device when the device interface is coupled to the monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: THL HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 10016155
    Abstract: This liquid sample measurement device is provided with: a lancet mounting part to and from which a lancet device having a skin contact section for puncturing skin can be attached and detached; a sensor mounting part to which a biosensor, which is spotted with blood that comes out from the punctured skin, can be attached; and a measurement part that uses the biosensor attached to the sensor mounting part to measure the amounts of substances in the blood. The liquid sample measurement device includes a feature that makes it necessary to replace a lancet device that has been attached to the lance mounting part and has punctured skin, each time a lancet device is used to puncture skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: PHC Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyoshi Terashima, AKio Nagao, Masataka Nadaoka, Yoshimasa Oda
  • Patent number: 10004443
    Abstract: A protecting mechanism for a blood sampling device contains: a trigger unit and a switching assembly. The trigger unit includes a lancet holder, a triggering shaft, and a resilient element. The lancet holder has a launching portion, a first outer protrusion, a through orifice, and a first inner shoulder, wherein a bottom end of the triggering shaft moves in the through hole, and the triggering shaft has a first outer shoulder for engaging with the first inner shoulder of lancet holder, the resilient element is fitted with the triggering shaft and abuts against the lancet holder by ways of its bottom end. The switching assembly includes a fixing jacket having an abutting portion, a rotating tube having a first inner protrusion and two opposite second inner protrusions, and a driving sheath having two stopping sets, wherein each stopping set has two second outer protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIFUN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shao-Lun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10004428
    Abstract: A sensor-based quantification and analysis system includes an input device including a plurality of sensors that generate an input based on a force. The input device also includes a transmission device that transmits force information based on the input. The system also includes an output device that receives the force information. A processing unit selects, for each of the plurality of sensors, one of a plurality of levels of a likelihood of tissue damage based on the force and a predetermined time period. Further, the output device includes a display that presents or logs the one of the plurality of levels of the likelihood of tissue damage for each of the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Orpyx Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Breanne Everett, Marcel Groenland
  • Patent number: 9993204
    Abstract: The method and apparatus disclosed herein determine a user cadence from the output of an inertial sensor mounted to or proximate the user's body. In general, the disclosed cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on frequency measurements acquired from an inertial signal output by the inertial sensor. More particularly, a cadence measurement system determines a user cadence from an inertial signal generated by an inertial sensor, where the inertial signal comprises one or more frequency components. The cadence measurement system determines a peak frequency of the inertial signal, where the peak frequency corresponds to the frequency component of the inertial signal having the largest amplitude. After applying the peak frequency to one or more frequency threshold comparisons, the cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on the peak frequency and the frequency threshold comparison(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Douglas Romesburg
  • Patent number: 9974520
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically collecting urine samples from a patient are described. The apparatus includes a toilet bowel with a reservoir and a urine collection receptacle that is a flexible heat sealable plastic bag in an enclosure mounted exterior to the reservoir. The receptacle can be rotated into the toilet reservoir to collect urine and removed therefrom by rotating it back into the enclosure. The opening to the bag is then heat sealed to produce a urine sample packet. The receptacle may be automatically divided into a plurality of urine sample packets by heat sealing the bag at several locations along its length and then cutting the bag at the appropriate heat sealed locations. Each packet is then printed with patient indicia. The sample packets then pass through an opening in the enclosure for removal and subsequent analysis. An electrical activation interface is provided to control the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: WK HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Heidi Kramer, Herman Wagschal, Joseph Wagschal
  • Patent number: 9955955
    Abstract: An exemplary ultrasound biopsy device includes a probe and a holster. The probe is insertable into the holster to form a completed assembly. To assemble the probe to the holster, the probe is initially slid laterally onto the holster and then slid forward to latch the probe into engagement with the holster. The holster is coupled to a vacuum control module by one or more conduits and a power cable. The conduits and/or power cable may be retracted into the vacuum control module. The probe of the biopsy device includes a blade assembly at the distal end. The blade assembly comprises a blade that snaps onto a nosecone via a pair of resilient notched ends. A frictional fitting needle cover can be inserted over the needle and blade assembly to protect the user from the sharp blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Fiebig, John A. Hibner, Edward A. Rhad, John S. Ehlert, Morgan R. Hunter