Patents Examined by Max Hindenburg
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10204718
    Abstract: Improved wiring arrangements for sensor catheters are provided to reduce wire-to-wire cross-talk wherein wires connecting the sensor of the sensor catheter to a processing unit are divided into a plurality of wire bundles contained within respective sheaths, with the wires in wire bundle twisted together reduce electromagnetic signal interference among the individual wires, or between wire bundles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Volcano Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Kent Williams, Stephen Charles Davies, Gerald L. Litzza
  • Patent number: 10194886
    Abstract: The present invention provides an acoustic wave intraocular pressure detecting device and a method thereof, which uses a driver to generate a vibration wave on the skin or bones. The energy of the vibration wave is transmitted to the orbital bones via the skin and the skeletons. A standing wave of the basin effect is generated on the eyeball inside the orbital bones. The standing wave vibrates the eyeball or the cornea to generate an acoustic wave signal with a resonance frequency. The eyeball or the cornea emits the acoustic wave outwardly. A receiver receives the acoustic wave and converts the acoustic wave into an intraocular pressure (IOP) value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Wen-Pin Shih, Po-Jen Shih, Jia-Yush Yen, I-Jong Wang
  • Patent number: 10188322
    Abstract: There is provided a method of determining the orientation of an accelerometer that is being carried or worn by a user, the method comprising measuring acceleration using the accelerometer as the user moves; processing the measured acceleration to determine a step frequency of the movements by the user; and processing the measured acceleration to identify a lateral component of acceleration as a component of acceleration having a high response at a frequency corresponding to half the step frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marten Jeroen Piijl, Johannes Henricus Maria Korst
  • Patent number: 10188320
    Abstract: A laparoscopic device and method of use for measuring the thickness of tissue is disclosed. The instrument includes an elongated tubular housing, an elongated shaft, a pair of jaws, an actuating mechanism and a tissue thickness indicator. The tissue thickness indicator includes an indicator scale on the housing and a marker located on a proximal portion of the shaft. The shaft is displaceable within the housing against the bias of a spring and is coupled to the jaws to open the jaws when the shaft is moved distally by the actuating mechanism, whereupon the tissue can be located between the open jaws. The actuator mechanism can then be released, whereupon the jaws close on the interposed tissue and move the shaft in the proximal direction so that marker is disposed adjacent to the indicator scale to thereby provide a readily visible indication of the thickness of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boehringer Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Steven C. Moulden
  • Patent number: 10178970
    Abstract: A feedback device for measuring balance related information, and for producing a stimulation of the skin that encodes that information in a way that is useful to the wearer of the device. At least one sensor detects balance information and transmits at least one balance information signal to a signal processing subsystem. The signal processing subsystem converts the received balance 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: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: RxFunction, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Oddsson, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 10172594
    Abstract: A tissue handling system includes a biopsy device configured to deliver at least one tissue sample to a location outside the body of a patient. A tissue storage container is separate from the biopsy device. A tissue collecting device is configured to releasably engage the biopsy device to receive the at least one tissue sample from the biopsy device. The tissue collecting device is configured to be disengaged from the biopsy device and engaged with the tissue storage container to deliver the at least one tissue sample to the tissue storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten Videbaek, Lasse G. Staal, Tomas Gundberg, Lasse Danborg
  • Patent number: 10172542
    Abstract: A motor performance evaluation apparatus 100 for evaluating motor performance of a subject, including: an acquisition unit 131 configured to acquire drawing stroke information including position information and time information on drawing stroke of the subject copying a predetermined single-stroke drawn figure; a detection unit 132 configured to detect a fall count indicating the number of times a drawing acceleration of the subject changes from a positive value to a negative value, based on the drawing stroke information; and an evaluation unit 133 configured to evaluate the motor performance of the subject, based on the fall count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Hideo Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10172597
    Abstract: A biopsy system is discloses that includes a percutaneous biopsy needle and an inner cannula. The percutaneous biopsy needle includes an internal passageway. At a distal end, the percutaneous biopsy needle includes an expandable section. A distal section of the internal passageway of the percutaneous biopsy needle, which corresponds to the expandable section, is tapered to enable the expandable section to expand and collapse as the inner cannula is positioned within and/or moves through the tapered distal section. The inner cannula may be configured to aspirate a sample from a location of interest within a subject's body and, in some embodiments, may cooperate with the distal end of the percutaneous biopsy needle in a manner that facilitates removal of the sample from the subject's body. Biopsy methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Leroy D. Geist, Shawn P. Fojtik
  • Patent number: 10172536
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a mapping catheter including a plurality of mapping electrodes, each mapping electrode configured to sense signals associated with an anatomical structure. The catheter system further includes a processor operatively coupled to the plurality of mapping electrodes and configured to receive the signals sensed by the plurality of mapping electrodes, characterize the signals sensed by the plurality of mapping electrodes based on a signal parameter of the sensed signals, and generate an output of a quality of contact of the plurality of mapping electrodes with the anatomical structure based on the signal characterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barun Maskara, Pramodsingh H. Thakur, Shantha Arcot-Krishnamurthy, Shibaji Shome, Sunipa Saha, Allan C. Shuros, Scott A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10165975
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to devices, systems, and methods for monitoring pregnancy of a female pregnant subject. For example, a pregnancy monitoring system can detect movement or motion of a pregnant subject and/or of the fetus in the pregnant subject. Additionally or alternatively, the pregnancy monitoring system can detect internal and/or external source loads applied to the pregnant subject. In an embodiment, the pregnancy monitoring system can compare and/or correlate two or more loads, one to another (e.g., to produce an output that is in part based on such comparison and that is related to the wellbeing of the pregnant subject and/or of the fetus). For example, the pregnancy monitoring system can include a controller that is configured to determine and compare two or more loads based on signals received from one or more sensors that can be positioned on the pregnant subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood
  • Patent number: 10165973
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to devices, systems, and methods for monitoring pregnancy of a female pregnant subject. For example, a pregnancy monitoring system can detect movement or motion of a pregnant subject and/or of the fetus in the pregnant subject. Additionally or alternatively, the pregnancy monitoring system can detect internal and/or external source loads applied to the pregnant subject. In an embodiment, the pregnancy monitoring system can compare and/or correlate two or more loads, one to another (e.g., to produce an output that is at least partially based on such comparison and that is related to the wellbeing of the pregnant subject and/or of the fetus). For example, the pregnancy monitoring system can include a controller that is configured to determine and compare two or more loads based on signals received from one or more sensors that can be positioned on the pregnant subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10165956
    Abstract: Embodiments of a compartment monitor that can be implanted and left in situ to continuously (or semi-continuously) measure compartment pressures are presented. An exemplary monitor includes a pressure sensor adapted to be implanted in a compartment, a transmitter external to the compartment and coupled to the pressure sensor, and a receiver in communication with the transmitter to receive and process pressure data received from the transmitter. The monitor may also be configured to transmit measured pressure data to a networkable device. The networkable device can then communicate the patient's status and condition to a healthcare provider through a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). This communication allows the healthcare provider to remotely monitor a patient. The networkable device, or associated computing system, can record and display trends in the pressure data over time, and log the data to the patient's electronic health records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TCI3—Pressure Applications LLC
    Inventors: Marc C. Jacofsky, David J. Jacofsky, John P. Peeters
  • Patent number: 10165974
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to devices, systems, and methods for monitoring pregnancy of a female pregnant subject. For example, a pregnancy monitoring system can detect movement or motion of a pregnant subject and/or of the fetus in the pregnant subject. Additionally or alternatively, the pregnancy monitoring system can detect internal and/or external source loads applied to the pregnant subject. In an embodiment, the pregnancy monitoring system can compare and/or correlate two or more loads, one to another (e.g., to produce an output that is in part based on such comparison and that is related to the wellbeing of the pregnant subject and/or of the fetus). For example, the pregnancy monitoring system can include a controller that is configured to determine and compare two or more loads based on signals received from one or more sensors that can be positioned on the pregnant subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10159460
    Abstract: A method for locating a catheter tip within a human body is disclosed. An audio sensor is positioned at a site on the human body. An audio signal is detected by the audio sensor, and transmitted to an audio signal processing unit. The audio signal processing unit determines if the audio signal corresponds to a target location of the catheter tip, and transmits a notification signal to a user notification unit. An infusion of fluid or an audio emitting element can be used to generate the audio signal at the catheter tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Ingold, Jr., Thomas Vincent Casey, II, Brian F. Nentwick
  • Patent number: 10159428
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and process for measuring, tracking, and analyzing unintentional muscle movements associated with upper body freezing of a user while using a handheld tool are described. The method may include receiving signals from a motion sensor of a handheld tool, the signals indicating motions of the handheld tool when used by a user during an activity. The method may also include analyzing the motions of the handheld tool. The method may also include detecting motions of the handheld tool having one or more predetermined characteristics. Furthermore, the method can include determining that the user experienced an upper extremity freezing while using the handheld tool during the activity based on the detected one or more predetermined characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Ali Shoeb, Anupam J. Pathak
  • Patent number: 10149668
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for in vivo sampling of biological species, comprising:—a capture medium made from a nanoporous material, having a capture surface for said species, said capture medium being supported by a plate,—a gripping rod,—an articulation comprising a first limb coupled to the gripping rod and a second limb coupled removably to the plate supporting the capture medium, such that the capture surface can be selectively oriented relative to the gripping rod, so as to adjust the orientation of the capture medium relative to the gripping rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Mohamed-Ali Bouamrani, François Berger, Matthieu Dreyfus, Adrien Mombrun