Patents Examined by Max F. Hindenburg
  • Patent number: 10729367
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing phlebotomy through a peripheral intravenous line. The apparatus includes an introducer and a catheter configured to advance the catheter through a peripheral intravenous line. A y-adapter with a port of larger diameter is configured to receive the catheter and place in fluid communication with the peripheral intravenous line. When advanced the catheter is configured to transport a bodily fluid (i.e. blood) to a volume outside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VELANO VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventor: Pitamber Devgon
  • Patent number: 10729900
    Abstract: Example defibrillator electrode assemblies compression assemblies are described that may be dimensioned and configured for use on a patient despite physical constraints that limit the area or locations on a patient onto which an electrode assembly may be placed. A cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) assembly is also described that protects a patient with a transthoracic incision from further injury during application of CPR compressions proximate to the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Annemarie Silver, Paolo Giacometti, Guy Johnson, Gary Freeman, Lisa Campana, Frederick Geheb
  • Patent number: 10729825
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for clearing obstructions from a medical tube are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a spool drive system is disclosed for actuating a guide wire within a medical tube. The spool drive system can be a hand held, disposable device having a spool housing with a spool therein for alternately advancing and withdrawing a guide wire through an inlet of the spool housing. A track can be spaced from and extend about a perimeter of the spool to direct the guide wire onto or off of the spool as the spool is rotated. Other embodiments and devices for actuating the guide wire, and methods therefor, also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CLEARFLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Edward M. Boyle, Jr., Paul Molloy, Wayne A. Noda, Kenneth J. Chesnin, Al Diaz, Daniel Hyman, Jon D. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10729545
    Abstract: A dynamic, adjustable annuloplasty ring sizer can include an adjustable ring replica, which can be adjusted through a range of sizes corresponding to available prosthetic annuloplasty repair ring sizes. Actuation of an adjustment trigger on a handle portion of the ring sizer can displace tension wires that extend through a malleable shaft and through a plurality of articulating segments that form the ring replica. Displacement of the tension wires causes flexion of the joints between adjacent articulating segments, thereby reducing the overall size of the ring replica. Releasing the tension wires can allow an elastic extension wire to act on the ring replica, enlarging the ring replica to its maximum, at-rest size. In this manner, the appropriate size of annuloplasty ring prosthesis can be determined with a single device, without requiring a plurality of static ring sizers that require individual insertion and placement for the conventional trial-and-error sizing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Brian S. Conklin
  • Patent number: 10722220
    Abstract: A non-invasive system for sampling gastrointestinal microbiota with their associated environment for discovery, characterization, medical research, diagnostics, and treatment using an ingestible, non-digestible sampling capsule. The capsule device, with ports open for acquiring a sample of gastrointestinal microbiota and content, is placed inside an immediate or delayed release capsule. When the outer capsule dissolves according to its specifications, enteric fluid and content enters the sampling capsule through the ports triggering a hydrophilic stop to release a pulling force to close the ports by enveloping the capsule outer casing over the inner casing, capturing the sample, and holding it sealed until it completes passage through the digestive track, and is recovered from feces for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: James Phillip Jones
  • Patent number: 10722221
    Abstract: The present invention utilizes tetherless microtools to biopsy tissue. The invention provides a device and method for deployment and retrieval of tetherless microtools. The size of the microtools ensures that tissue damage at a site targeted for biopsy is negligible. As such, large numbers of microtools may be deployed ensuring that a true statistical sampling of biologic tissue is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Anthony N. Kalloo, David H. Gracias, Florin M. Selaru, Evin Gultepe, Mouen A. Khashab
  • Patent number: 10716531
    Abstract: The invention relates essentially to equipment (100) to be positioned against the body of a subject, said equipment including an acoustic measurement device (105) having at least one acoustic sensor (110) for measuring acoustic signals given off by the subject's body, wherein said measurement device (105) further comprises: a rigid structure (120) that is stationary relative to the equipment; and connection means (450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 950) for connecting the acoustic sensor (110) to the rigid structure (120); the connection means (450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 950) and the acoustic sensor (110) being movable relative to the rigid structure (120), and the connection means (450, 550, 650, 750, 850, 950) defining predetermined degrees of freedom of movement for the acoustic sensor (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: H4D
    Inventor: Franck Baudino
  • Patent number: 10709449
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and methods for guide elements configured with variable stiffness, with one or more flexible portions and one or more stiff portions. The flexible portion is be used as a tensioning element of a cinchable implant to tighten or compress tissues while the stiff portion is used to facilitate the insertion or withdrawal of portions of the implant or instruments acting on the implant. The guide element is further configured to be separated or severed between the flexible and stiff portions so that a flexible portion is left within the body as part of the implant, while the stiff portion is withdrawn from the body after implantation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ancora Heart, Inc.
    Inventors: Niel F. Starksen, Joe Eder
  • Patent number: 10709385
    Abstract: Intravascular devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, side-loading electrical connectors for use with intravascular devices are provided. The side-loading electrical connector has at least one electrical contact configured to interface with an electrical connector of the intravascular device. A first connection piece of the side-loading electrical connector is movable relative to a second connection piece between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position an elongated opening is formed between the first and second connection pieces to facilitate insertion of the electrical connector between the first and second connection pieces in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the intravascular device and wherein in the closed position the at least one electrical contact is electrically coupled to the at least one electrical connector received between the first and second connection pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THERAPY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David H. Burkett, Mark Richardson, Joseph Burnett
  • Patent number: 10702207
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system (10) configured to determine spectral boundaries (216, 218) for sleep stage classification in a subject (12). The spectral boundaries may be customized and used for sleep stage classification in an individual subject. Spectral boundaries determined by the system that are customized for the subject may facilitate sleep stage classification with higher accuracy relative to classifications made based on static, fixed spectral boundaries that are not unique to the subject. In some implementations, the system comprises one or more of a sensor (16), a processor (20), electronic storage (22), a user interface (24), and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Xi Long, Reinder Haakma, Pedro Miguel Ferreira Dos Santos Da Fonseca, Ronaldus Maria Aarts
  • Patent number: 10702202
    Abstract: A feedback device for measuring pressure related information, and for providing that information in a way that is useful to the wearer of the device. At least one sensor detects pressure information and transmits at least one pressure information signal to a signal processing subsystem. The signal processing subsystem converts the received pressure information signal into at least one stimulation control signal. The signal processing subsystem then transmits the stimulation control signal to at least one stimulator, which provides stimulation to a wearer of the device reflecting the stimulation control signal received from the signal processing subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RxFunction, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Oddsson, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 10694942
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for diagnosing declarative memory loss using mouse tracking to follow the visual gaze of a subject taking a visual paired comparison test. Also disclosed are methods for diagnosing dementia such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: EMORY UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yevgeny E. Agichtein, Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Dmitry Lagun, Cecelia Manzanares, Stuart Zola
  • Patent number: 10687974
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices that aid a user in ceasing bruxism. The devices may be placed between a user's teeth, such as during sleep, and alert the user when the user clenches his/her teeth. In an aspect, a device includes a housing containing a battery power source, a vibration device, and an electrical contact mechanism having a movable element which closes a circuit to actuate the vibration device. A disk-shaped portion adapted to be emplaced in a person's mouth between a cheek and adjacent teeth is disposed around the housing. A resilient bite portion extends from the housing and is adapted to be emplaced between upper and lower teeth. A compressible element is disposed in the bite portion and causes the movable element of the electrical contact to close to actuate the vibration device in response to compression of the bite portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SJS Group, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Schlatter, Justin James May, Scott Steffensmeier
  • Patent number: 10687752
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining an energy expenditure of a user by detecting unmeasurable loads using heart rate and work rate are described. Time-stamped heart rate data and work rate data can be collected by one or more sensing modules. A processor circuit can calculate a heart rate-based energy expenditure and a work rate-based energy expenditure. The processor circuit can output a hybrid energy expenditure based on a heart rate confidence parameter, an exercise type, a fraction of heart rate reserve, and a hear rate-based metabolic equivalents of task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hung A. Pham, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Hengliang Zhang, Edith Merle Arnold
  • Patent number: 10687891
    Abstract: A catheter assembly for assessing contact between the catheter assembly and tissue is disclosed. The assembly includes a catheter shaft and a pressure sensitive conductive composite member whose electrical resistance varies with pressure applied to the catheter assembly. The assembly also includes at least one measurement terminal to permit the measurement of changes in the electrical characteristics of the pressure sensitive conductive composite member. The assembly may optionally include a measurement device to measure resistance, impedance and/or other electrical characteristics. The assembly may utilize a reference electrode secured to the patient's tissue, which permits the measurement device to measure changes between the reference electrode and the at least one measurement terminal. Optionally, the assembly may include a conductive outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibriliation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Kedar Ravindra Belhe, Saurav Paul
  • Patent number: 10674965
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring workplace safety and evaluating risks is provided, the method comprising receiving signals from at least one wearable device, identifying portions of the signals corresponding to physical activities, excerpting the portions of the signals corresponding to the physical activities, and calculating risk metrics based on measurements extracted from the excerpted portions of the signals, the risk metric indicative of high risk lifting activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ONE MILLION METRICS CORP.
    Inventors: Haytham Elhawary, Aditya Bansal, Firdaus Janoos, Selim Youssry, Enrique Ruiz de Villa
  • Patent number: 10674950
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing phlebotomy through a peripheral intravenous line. The apparatus includes an introducer and a catheter configured to advance the catheter through a peripheral intravenous line. A y-adapter with a port of larger diameter is configured to receive the catheter and place in fluid communication with the peripheral intravenous line. When advanced the catheter is configured to transport a bodily fluid (i.e. blood) to a volume outside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VELANO VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventor: Pitamber Devgon
  • Patent number: 10667680
    Abstract: Aspects extend to methods, systems, and computer program products for forecasting eye condition progression for eye patients. When a patient visits an eye practitioner, the patient (or when appropriate their guardian) may be interested in the current eye condition as well as a prediction of eye condition progression in the future and/or as the patient ages. Aspects of the invention can be used to predict the progress of an eye condition for a patient (e.g., a child) at a number of different post-examination times after an examination. Predicting the progress of an eye condition for a patient over time can be used to assist the eye practitioner in tailoring a treatment plan and/or tailoring a subsequent examination schedule for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Prashant Gupta, Joy Mustafi
  • Patent number: 10660547
    Abstract: Tools and techniques for providing joint position error test system are provided. A system includes a head sensing unit coupled to a joint position error processor. The head sensing unit may include a positional sensor and further be configured to be coupled to the head of a test subject. The joint position error processor may include a processor, and non-transitory computer readable media comprising instructions executable by the processor to record reference sensor data from the positional sensor when the test subject's head is in a reference position, record return sensor data when the test subject's head is in a return position. The instructions may further be executable to determine a position error based on the reference sensor data and the return sensor data, and to further determine the presence of a condition of the test subject based on the position error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventor: Barry E. Kosofsky
  • Patent number: 10660621
    Abstract: A device for collecting a biological sample in a patient includes a collection portion having a first axial end portion and a second axial end portion. The second axial end portion has a collapsed position and an expanded position. The second axial end portion moves in an axial direction relative to the first axial end portion when the second axial end portion moves between the collapsed position and the expanded position. The second axial end portion extends axially into the first axial end portion and has a concave shape when in the collapsed position. The second axial end portion is convex when in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Sanford Markowitz, Amitabh Chak, Joseph Willis, Jeffrey Silver Taggart, Rebecca Blice, Dean Secrest, Dennis Siedlak