Patents Examined by Max Hindenburg
  • Patent number: 10251608
    Abstract: A system (10) for detecting and displaying baropostural parameters comprises a platform (11) with a footplate (15) intended to accommodate a person standing on it and provided with sensors for detecting the pressure distribution of the imprint of the two feet on the footplate. An electronic acquisition device (32) is connected to the sensors for digital acquisition of the pressure distribution in order to create a map of the pressure points of the feet on the footplate. Calculation means (33a) are designed to calculate, for each foot and for both feet on the footplate, the geometric centers (52, 53, 54) and the barycenters (55, 56, 57) of the map of the pressures and display means (33b) display on a screen (31) a graphical representation of the imprints of the two feet on the footplate together with the corresponding geometric centers (52, 53, 54) and barycenters (55, 56, 57) calculated by the calculation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Francesco Galasso
  • Patent number: 10251630
    Abstract: An excision device including a guide rod assembly and methods of operating the same are disclosed. An excision device includes a housing coupled to a coring cannula, a stylet with a blade, and a guide rod assembly. A hollow central passageway extends through the center of the excision device. The guide rod assembly is coupled to the housing and includes a guide element having first and second ends and comprised of a guide rod and a locking member. The guide rod is slidably disposed within the central passageway. The locking member is fixed to the second end of the guide rod. The guide rod assembly further includes an anchor stabilization rod slidably disposed within the central passageway. A coupling device, a first portion of which is fixed to the guide rod and a second portion fixed to the anchor stabilization rod, couples the anchor stabilization rod to the guide rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SiteSelect Inc.
    Inventor: Martin L. Flatland
  • Patent number: 10248765
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The device may comprise a first portion comprising at least a sample collection channel configured to draw the fluid sample into the sample collection channel via a first type of motive force. The sample collection device may include a second portion comprising a sample vessel for receiving the bodily fluid sample collected in the sample collection channel, the sample vessel operably engagable to be in fluid communication with the collection channel, whereupon when fluid communication is established, the vessel and/or another source provides a second motive force different from the first motive force to move a majority of the bodily fluid sample from the channel into the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Theranos IP Company, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Holmes, Clarissa Lui, Michael Chen, Daniel Young, Adrit Lath, Zachary Morrison, Brian Argyres, William Westrick
  • Patent number: 10244976
    Abstract: A device or a system for measuring muscle signals. A system may include at least one processor, memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the system to perform at least the following: measure a signal from a muscle to obtain a muscle activation signal; carry out at least one transform on the muscle activation signal to obtain a muscle activation spectrum; and determine a muscle state indicator from the muscle activation spectrum by using signal characteristics from a first and a second band of the muscle activation spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FIBRUX OY
    Inventors: Mika Herrala, Markku Vimpari, Pasi Tavi, Juha Lampela
  • Patent number: 10244983
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes: a terminal body forming an outer appearance; a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with an external device including a first electrode unit installed to be in contact with a part of a user's body; a second electrode unit disposed in a region of the terminal body and brought into contact with the user's body to form a closed sloop with the first electrode unit; and a control unit configured to form a body fat measurement result using a voltage formed by a current flowing between the first and second electrode units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Hyunok Lee, Youngho Sohn, Seonghyok Kim, Mihyun Park, Jisoo Park
  • Patent number: 10244973
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample transport systems, devices, and method are provided. In at least one embodiment described herein, methods are provided for the physical transport of small volumes of bodily fluid in liquid form from one location to another location. By way of nonlimiting example, the samples are collected in liquid form at a collection site, transported in liquid form, and arrive at an analysis site in liquid form. In many embodiments, the liquid form during transport is not held in a porous matrix, wicking material, webbing, or similar material that prevents sample for being extracted in liquid form at the destination site. In one embodiment, small volume of sample in each sample vessel is in the range of about 1 ml to about 1 microliter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Theranos IP Company, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Holmes, Clarissa Lui, Michael Chen, Daniel Young
  • Patent number: 10238318
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for targeted training of a person walking on a powered backward moving surface. Kinematic information of motor performance, such as ankle position and velocity, is measured throughout one or more phases of a gait cycle with a detector. The gait phase is determined, and a resistive/assistive force is applied to the leg that differs depending upon the gait phase and the measured kinematic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Inventors: Ming Wu, Brian D. Schmit, T. George Hornby
  • Patent number: 10238371
    Abstract: A method is provided for measuring an opening of an appendage of an atrium of a subject, the method including inserting a catheter into the atrium of the subject. At least one loop is deployed from a wall of the catheter, such that a distal end of the loop is distal to a distal end of the catheter. The loop is used to measure the opening of the appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Elad Sapir
  • Patent number: 10238300
    Abstract: A passive planar thermo-optical structure for detection of a region of changed temperature on patient's skin is provided. The thermo-optical structure has a layered structure including a transparent film layer, a thermochromic layer, a securing layer, an adhesive layer, and a protective layer. At least one dye in the thermochromic layer is above a temperature threshold range of 31°-37° C., which adopts the first color and keeps it in a temperature range greater than or equal to 0.6° C. A width of this temperature range, in which the color is indefinite, is smaller than 0.3° C. A method of diagnosing allergy using the above-structure is provided. The method includes the steps of stimulation, measurement and comparison. After stimulating three regions of patient's skin, an evaluation of extent of histamine reaction is performed. Then, the extent of histamine reaction in the third region is compared to that in the first and second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nexus Ekspertyzy I Badania Dr Jacek Stepień
    Inventor: Jacek Stepien
  • Patent number: 10231785
    Abstract: Implant orientation data representing a range of functional orientations of a first implant part relative to a first bone is determined. The first implant part is part of an implant pair to be implanted in an associated patient. The implant pair includes the first implant part and a second implant part. Second implant orientation data representing an orientation of the second implant part relative to a second bone is acquired. Implant shape data representing shapes of the first and the second implant parts is acquired. Activity data representing a desired activity of the associated patient is acquired. The desired activity has an associated original range of motion between the first bone and the second bone. The implant orientation data is determined based on the second implant orientation data, the implant shape data, and the activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Lars Dohmen, Mario Schubert, Anna Wiedenmann
  • Patent number: 10231717
    Abstract: A device for collecting a tissue sample includes a needle body extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end and including a channel extending longitudinally therethrough and a plurality of cut outs extending laterally into the needle body, each of the plurality of cut outs extending at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis from an outer surface of the needle body toward the distal end thereof so that the channel is open to an exterior of the needle body via the plurality of cut outs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Rohl, Katharine Eckerline, Michael J. Rebrovich, David Lehse, Christopher A. Benning, Oscar R. Carrillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10231648
    Abstract: A method and system for provoking gait disorders, such as freezing of gait; usable, for example, for diagnosing and/or treatment thereof. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, displays of situations calculated to cause freezing of gait are presented to a subject, optionally using virtual reality displays. Optionally or alternatively, incipit freezing of gait is identified using changes in gait parameters, and optionally used to guide attempts at causing freezing of gait. Optionally or alternatively, a portable device is provided which detects incipit freezing of gait and generates a corrective signal to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Medical Research, Infrastructure and Health Services Fund of the Tel Aviv Medical Center
    Inventors: Meir Plotnik-Peleg, Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, Nir Giladi, Anat Mirelman
  • Patent number: 10219694
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and kits for detecting, screening, quantifying or localizing the etiology for reduced or impaired cranial nerve function or conduction or associated cranial nucleus or supranuclear input, useful for detecting, diagnosing or screening for increased intracranial pressure, or useful for detecting, diagnosing, monitoring progression of or screening for a disease or condition featuring increased intracranial pressure by tracking eye movement of the subject. The methods may be performed by a) analyzing eye movement of the subject; b) comparing eye movement of the subject to eye movement of a control or the subject's own baseline eye movement; and c) identifying the subject as having eye movement significantly different from the control or the subject's own baseline eye movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: New York University, The United States of America as Represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Uzma Samadani, Shani Offen, Marisa Carrasco-Queijeiro, David Heeger
  • Patent number: 10213148
    Abstract: A system and method for modeling patient-specific spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is disclosed. The system and method acquire impedance and evoked compound action potential (ECAP) signals from a lead positioned proximate to a spinal cord (SC). The lead includes at least one electrode. The system and method determine a patient-specific anatomical model based on the impedance and ECAP signals, and transform a dorsal column (DC) map template based on a DC boundary of the patient-specific anatomical model. Further, the system and method map the transformed DC map template to the patient-specific anatomical model. The system and method may also include the algorithms to solve extracellular and intracellular domain electrical fields and propagation along neurons. The system and method may also include the user interfaces to collect patient responses and compare with the patient-specific anatomical model as well as using the patient-specific anatomical model for guiding SCS programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Min, Alexander Kent
  • Patent number: 10213136
    Abstract: A method for invariant gait analysis using gyroscope data wherein the improvement comprises the step of using pairs of raw measurements to factor out orientation, wherein a motion representation which is both invariant to sensor orientation changes and highly discriminative to enable high-performance gait analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Yu Zhong
  • Patent number: 10213160
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring EMG signals of a patient's laryngeal muscles includes an endotracheal tube having an exterior surface. Conductive electrodes are formed on the endotracheal tube. The conductive electrodes are configured to receive the EMG signals from the laryngeal muscles when the endotracheal tube is placed in a trachea of the patient. At least wireless sensor is formed on the endotracheal tube, and is configured to wirelessly transmit information to a processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Hacker, Maria Charles Vijay Stanislaus, Wenjeng Li, Dwayne S. Yamasaki, William C. Brunnett, Kevin L. McFarlin, James Britton Hissong, Robert K. Vaccaro, John M. Murphy, Carla A. Pagotto, Tino Schuler
  • Patent number: 10206575
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein of methods and systems for measuring at least one mechanical characteristic of a soft material are provided according to the teachings herein. The embodiments described herein generally employ the use of a mechanical inclusion in the soft material, measuring at least one pressure and volume data point and applying a mechanical relation associated with the mechanical characteristic(s) to the measured data point(s) to determine the mechanical characteristic(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Adil Al-Mayah
  • Patent number: 10206664
    Abstract: Disclosed is an instrument useful for taking tissue samples from human or animal patients that includes a cannula or other similar elongate body cooperating with a stylet or similar device coaxially positioned within the cannula such that the cannula and stylet are useful for capturing and excising tissue. The cannula body includes at least one flexing region having one or more slits disposed in a generally helical slit pattern arranged around and along the cannula. Methods for taking tissue samples from a patient are also disclosed including navigating the cannula and stylet through various internal structures of the patient's body where the flexing region aids to avoid binding between the cannula and the stylet during the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas W. McGhie
  • Patent number: 10206613
    Abstract: A syringe-based device includes a housing, a pre-sample reservoir, and an actuator. The housing defines an inner volume between a substantially open proximal end portion and a distal end portion that includes a port couplable to a lumen-defining device. The pre-sample reservoir is fluidically couplable to the port to receive and isolate a first volume of bodily fluid. The actuator is at least partially disposed in the inner volume and has a proximal end portion that includes an engagement portion and a distal end portion that includes a sealing member. The engagement portion is configured to allow a user to selectively move the actuator between a first configuration such that bodily fluid can flow from the port to the pre-sample reservoir, and a second configuration such that bodily fluid can flow from the port to a sample reservoir defined at least in part by the sealing member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Richard G. Patton, Shan E. Gaw
  • Patent number: 10201367
    Abstract: A tissue collection needle with a hollow interior provides two opposing tips with beveled edges on facets that drive tissue toward the hollow interior where the tissue can be gathered and severed from surrounding tissue as the needle advances through a biological specimen. The points and bevels are advantageously formed from a minimal number of cuts amenable to rapid fabrication from readily available hollow needle stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Nikolai David Michael Begg