Patents Examined by Max F. Hindenburg
  • Patent number: 10376245
    Abstract: It is an object to estimate an ovulation date using less menstrual cycles of body temperatures while preventing decrease in estimation accuracy. An information processing device obtains the equation of a function that approximates the relationship between body temperature data and dates. The information processing device determines a low-temperature-phase reference body temperature, based on a plurality of days of body temperature data identified based on the date corresponding to a local minimum value in the function, and determines a high-temperature-phase reference body temperature, based on a plurality of days of body temperature data identified based on the date corresponding to a local maximum value in the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsuhito Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10376248
    Abstract: A dart for use in gathering a tissue sample from an animal is disclosed. The dart has an adapter base for fastening to an elongated dart delivery shaft. The adapter base has a distal threaded end. A dart tip is threaded onto the adapter base. The dart tip has a sharpened tubular end portion for entering through skin of an animal and a cylindrical chamber portion for receiving and holding at least part of a tissue sample. The chamber portion has a proximal portion adapted to be removably fastened to the distal threaded end of the adapter base and a distal portion merging with the sharpened tubular end portion, wherein the dart tip is configured to hold and retain the tissue sample received within the chamber portion while the dart tip is withdrawn from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Michael K. Musyl, Lianne McNaughton
  • Patent number: 10376249
    Abstract: A cervical tissue sample device for extracting cells from the cervix. A cervical tissue sample device includes a plunger slidably disposed along a longitudinal axis within a barrel. The plunger has a first end with a seal thereon and a second end which includes a plunger flange. A plurality of bristles extends longitudinally from the seal of the plunger. The barrel has a first end with an opening thereon such that the plurality of bristles is exposed therethrough when the plunger is depressed. An outer shroud is disposed about a perimeter of the first end of the plunger and configured to encapsulate the plurality of bristles therein when the plurality of bristles is disposed within the barrel. In this way, a user is able to collect a cervical tissue sample without utilizing a medical professional to extract the cells from the cervix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: David Samsami
  • Patent number: 10369362
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is related to providing sensing functions that are similar to “human touch” when located in a prosthetic device such as a BION microstimulator that is implanted in a patient. The apparatus includes a power circuit, a communication circuit and a sensor circuit. The power circuit provides power to the communication circuit and the sensor circuit. The sensor cooperates with the communication circuit, which communicates to the brain. The sensor uses various techniques to detect changes in the environment for the surrounding tissue using criteria such as reflectivity, impedance, conductivity, return signal spectrum, return signal rate and return signal phase to name a few. For example, the impedance observed by the sensor changes when: the skin tissue is deformed around the sensor, or when the skin is surrounded by water. The sensory information is interpreted by the brain as an analog of touch or feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Karr, Joseph H. Schulman
  • Patent number: 10362972
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing an integrated analyte sensor and data processing unit assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Gary Ashley Stafford
  • Patent number: 10357176
    Abstract: A device for measuring impedance of biological tissue may include electrodes and a voltage-to-current converter coupled to the electrodes to drive an alternating current (AC) through the tissue and sense an AC voltage. The converter may include an amplifier having first and second inputs and an output, a first voltage divider coupled to the first input, a second voltage divider coupled to the second input, a filter capacitor coupled between the output and the second voltage divider, a current limiting resistor coupled between the second input the second voltage divider, and a bypass capacitor coupled to the second input of the amplifier and in parallel with the resistor. A single-ended amplitude modulation (AM) demodulator may demodulate the AC voltage and generate a corresponding baseband voltage representing the impedance. The device may also include an output circuit to generate output signals representative of DC and AC components of the baseband voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Stefano Rossi
  • Patent number: 10349880
    Abstract: A needle assembly is disclosed. The needle assembly includes a housing having a flash chamber, and having a distal end and a proximal end engageable with a specimen collection container. The assembly includes a cannula having a patient end, a non-patient end, and a sidewall extending therebetween defining a cannula interior. The patient end of the cannula projects at least partially from the distal end of the housing, and the cannula interior is in fluid communication with the flash chamber. The assembly further includes a shield restrainably engaged with a portion of the housing and axially transitionable over the patient cannula from a retracted position in which the patient end is exposed, to an extended position in which the patient end is shielded by at least a portion of the shield, wherein at least a portion of the flash chamber is visible in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Jamieson Crawford, Robert Ellis, Bradley M. Wilkinson, Benjamin Bartfeld, C. Mark Newby, Chee Leong Alvin Tan, Jon Moh, Stanley Sim, Neville Yu Leng Chia
  • Patent number: 10349850
    Abstract: A manometric probe, comprising: a main body (2) provided with a longitudinal axis (X); an extensible membrane (3) sealingly associated to at least two annular areas of the main body (2) so as to delimit a chamber (4) external to the main body (2); feed means (51,52) arranged so as to enable feeding of a fluid inside the chamber (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: THD S.P.A.
    Inventor: Filippo Bastia
  • Patent number: 10353461
    Abstract: A system includes (100) includes a display (112) that sequentially displays images from an image data set at a predetermined rate, an optical attention monitoring device (120) that senses a characteristic indicative of a clinician's attention to each displayed image of the image data set, and a processor (106) that executes an attention detection module (118) that detects a lapse in attention with respect to one or more of the displayed images based on the sensed characteristic indicative of the clinician's attention and generates a signal indicating the one or more of the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Julia Dmitrieva, Eric Cohen-Solal, Gabriel Ryan Mankovich, Yuechen Qian
  • Patent number: 10349895
    Abstract: According to certain described aspects, multiple acoustic sensing elements are employed in a variety of beneficial ways to provide improved physiological monitoring, among other advantages. In various embodiments, sensing elements can be advantageously employed in a single sensor package, in multiple sensor packages, and at a variety of other strategic locations in the monitoring environment. According to other aspects, to compensate for skin elasticity and attachment variability, an acoustic sensor support is provided that includes one or more pressure equalization pathways. The pathways can provide an air-flow channel from the cavity defined by the sensing elements and frame to the ambient air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Valery G. Telfort, Dimitar Dimitrov, Phi Trang
  • Patent number: 10349869
    Abstract: A method for an assessment of a movement of a limb-related point in a predetermined 3D space effected by a user displacing the limb in the 3D space is provided. The method includes the steps of providing display surfaces in the 3D space around the user, providing a limb position point connected to a portion of the user's limb associated to the limb-related point, and providing sensors to detect the limb position point in the 3D space in relation to the joint. A computer program calculates a direction defined by a straight line between the joint and the limb-related point and provides a representation of the position of the limb-related point in the 3D space as a function of a distance between the joint and the limb-related point on one of the display surfaces on the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOCOMA AG
    Inventors: Raphael Höver, Peter Fisch
  • Patent number: 10342460
    Abstract: A postural feedback device for assisting user awareness of joint, muscle, or body part alignment is disclosed. Embodiments include at least one linear or rotary sensing unit comfortably and discretely adhered to the user's skin, a hardwire connection cable or wireless transmission sending unit, and an electronic console for interpretation of information from the sensing unit and biofeedback of said information via stimulus to the user. The postural feedback device may comprise multiple sensing units of various sizes simultaneously allowing for variations in application, user size, and size of body part being monitored. The electronic console may provide biofeedback to the user in the form of tactile, auditory, visual, or other stimuli, aiding the user in awareness of postural alignment or instruction of a desired anatomical movement. The sensing unit may be constructed allowing a low-profile, comfortable fit, allowing the device to be worn discreetly underneath clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Mitchell Rost
  • Patent number: 10342478
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the chance that a patient will develop a bedsore may determine whether a caregiver physically approaches a patient and remains in close physical proximity to a patient for a time sufficient to perform a bedsore prevention action. If a planned bedsore prevention action does not appear to be performed, the systems and methods may alert the patient, the caregiver, or others. A determination may be made as to whether the patient's position has changed in a manner consistent with a bedsore prevention action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 10342497
    Abstract: An acoustic monitoring system has an acoustic front-end, a first signal path from the acoustic front-end directly to an audio transducer and a second signal path from the acoustic front-end to an acoustic data processor via an analog-to-digital converter. The acoustic front-end receives an acoustic sensor signal responsive to body sounds in a person. The audio transducer provides continuous audio of the body sounds. The acoustic data processor provides audio of the body sounds upon user demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Sung Uk Lee
  • Patent number: 10335125
    Abstract: A sterile cover assembly is for a biopsy device. The biopsy device includes a reusable holster including a housing and driving mechanism. The driving mechanism is for driving a cutter in a needle of a probe. The housing is adapted to releasably couple to the probe. The sterile cover assembly includes a sleeve and a flexible sterile cover. The sleeve is configured to receive at least a portion of the housing of the reusable holster. The sterile cover is coupled to the sleeve and is configured to cover the housing of the holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Robinson, Andrew Paul Nock, Edward A. Rhad
  • Patent number: 10335085
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a computer application for monitoring and tracking leg and foot movements and positions and a device for facilitating the computer tracking of the leg and foot movements. The application uses an accelerometer, gyroscope or other movement detectors in available devices such as a phone, movement tracker, personal music device, tablet computing device, other similar device or a device specifically designed to detect movements and positions and to track the movement and changes in position of the patient's leg and foot. The device can be held onto the patient's leg using a band type device that is easy to use and comfortable during sleep or by incorporation into a comfortable wearable band. The application includes a user interface and a backend for use by physicians or other healthcare staff to review and diagnose the patient's leg and foot movement patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Richard P. Allen
  • Patent number: 10335080
    Abstract: A wearable sensor apparatus comprises a motion sensor configured to sense two or three dimensional movement and orientation of the sensor and a vibration sensor configured to sense acoustic vibrations. The apparatus includes means for attaching the motion sensor and the vibration sensor to a body. The sensor apparatus enables long term monitoring of mechanomyographic muscle activity in combination with body motion for a number of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Imperial Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Ravi Vaidyanathan, Niamh Nowlan, Richard Woodward, Sandra Shefelbine
  • Patent number: 10335122
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a body, a needle, a cutter, and a tissue sample holder. The needle extends distally from the body. The cutter is longitudinally translatable relative to the needle and defines a cutter lumen. The tissue sample holder includes a rotatable member, an individual sample tray, and one or more bulk sample trays. The rotatable member defines a single chamber partially divided by a plurality of tray protrusions extending radially inwardly from a cylindrical wall of the rotatable member. The individual sample tray includes a single sample chamber that is configured to receive a single tissue sample. The bulk sample tray is configured to receive a plurality of tissue samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Paul Nock, Andrew Robinson
  • Patent number: 10327689
    Abstract: Devices are provided to automatically access blood from beneath or within skin. These devices include an injector configured to drive a needle into the skin and subsequently to retract the needle from the skin. These devices additionally include a seal to which suction is applied. To drive the needle into the skin, the needle is first driven through the seal, creating at least one hole in the seal. The suction applied to the seal acts to draw blood from the puncture formed in the skin by the needle, through the at least one hole in the seal, and to a sensor, blood storage element, or other payload. These devices can be wearable and configured to automatically access blood from skin, for example, to access blood from the skin at one or more points in time while a wearer of a device is sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin David Krasnow, Eric Peeters, Peter Howard Smith
  • Patent number: 10327699
    Abstract: A body fat measuring apparatus, system and pairing method thereof are provided. The body fat measuring apparatus and system include: a measuring unit provided for determining a current body weight and a current impedance of a user, and the current body weight and the current impedance used as a current analysis data set; a storage unit provided for cumulatively storing a user name, a user characteristic information related to the user name, and a plurality of recorded analysis data sets corresponding to the user names; and a processor provided for pairing the user name, reading the user characteristic information related to the user name, and obtaining a body fat information by calculating with the current body weight and the current impedance of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances (Nanchang) Corporation
    Inventors: Houjin Guo, Xiaolong Xu, Ying Hu