Patents Examined by Max Hindenburg
  • Patent number: 9993233
    Abstract: Biopsy forceps devices used to obtain tissue samples from a patient using an endoscopic system include larger cup size, longer jaw length, a squared front face, a tapered jaw design, and an offset pivot to enable taking a larger sample size. The forceps include a drive wire attached to the jaws by linkages having pins slidable within slots on the jaws of the forceps, providing the offset pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Wolfe, Tracy Knapp
  • Patent number: 9993230
    Abstract: This disclosure includes shave biopsy devices having an elongated body with a proximal surface extending between first and second ends that are configured to be grasped by a user's fingers and a blade coupled to the body, where the body is configured to be curved such that the proximal surface is concave. In some devices, at least a portion of the body has a substantially fixed curvature. Some devices include a depth gauge disposed on at least one of the blade and proximal surface of the body, the depth gauge configured to indicate slicing depth of the blade when the body is curved to at least one predetermined curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SETON HEALTHCARE FAMILY
    Inventor: James Allred
  • Patent number: 9980705
    Abstract: A biopsy system comprising a probe and a holster. The probe comprises a rotatable needle portion a rotatable thumbwheel coupled with the needle portion and a rotatable tissue sample manifold. The holster is removably coupled to the probe. The holster comprises a selective engagement mechanism configured to selectively link rotation of the thumbwheel with rotation of the tissue sample manifold. A method of collecting tissue samples using a biopsy system unlinking rotation of the thumbwheel with rotation of the tissue sample manifold by actuating the selective engagement mechanism; and obtaining a tissue sample after the unlinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Scott Ehlert, Edward A. Rhad, Jessica Pyzoha Leimbach, Morgan Robert Hunter
  • Patent number: 9974933
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating a stricture in a body lumen. The method comprises (a) sensing pressure being exerted by a treatment device on the stricture, (b) determining if enough force is being exerted on the stricture, (c) if enough force is being exerted on the stricture, timing the application of enough force, (d) determining if too much force is being exerted by the treatment device on the stricture, (e) if too much force is being applied to the stricture, decrementing the force being applied to the stricture, (f) determining if not enough force is being applied to the stricture, (g) if not enough force is being applied to the stricture incrementing the force being applied to the stricture, and (h) repeating (a)-(g) until (i) a desired pressure has been maintained on the tissue for a desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HANSA MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dart A. Fox, Eric D. Blom, Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 9974489
    Abstract: Described is an infant monitoring and alerting system capable of determining an absence of movement by an infant. When an absence of movement is detected the monitor attempts to stimulate movement using stimuli that may include a vibration, an audible alert, or a visual alert. If no movement is detected in response to the stimuli, the monitor may provide another instance of stimuli which may include stimuli at an elevated intensity or additional and/or different stimuli. The additional instance of stimuli may further attempt to stimulate movement by the infant and may also function as an alert to the caregiver that their attention may be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CIRCUS WORLD DISPLAYS LTD.
    Inventor: Rajesh Jain
  • Patent number: 9968287
    Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for monitoring a user for a traumatic brain injury. Aspects include monitoring a speech of the user with a microphone embedded in the helmet and analyzing, by a processor, one or more characteristics of the speech of the user. Aspects also include determining whether the one or more characteristics of the speech indicate that the user may have suffered the traumatic brain injury and creating an alert that the user of the helmet may have suffered the traumatic brain injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Mark C. H. Lamorey, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Rice
  • Patent number: 9962092
    Abstract: A thermometer that displays written instructions that instruct a person what action to take based on a sensed temperature. The thermometer includes a temperature sensor that senses a temperature of a person and a display that provides written instructions that inform the person what action to take based on their temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Surbhi Chawla
  • Patent number: 9962118
    Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for monitoring a user for a traumatic brain injury. Aspects include monitoring a speech of the user with a microphone embedded in the helmet and analyzing, by a processor, one or more characteristics of the speech of the user. Aspects also include determining whether the one or more characteristics of the speech indicate that the user may have suffered the traumatic brain injury and creating an alert that the user of the helmet may have suffered the traumatic brain injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Mark C. H. Lamorey, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Rice
  • Patent number: 9955904
    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: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: RxFunction, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Oddsson, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 9955914
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting meal intake are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, one or more sensors can be used to detect or monitor physiological parameters of a user (e.g., heart rate, body movements, temperature, pH, impedance, gastric stretch, sound emissions, and the like). The outputs of the sensors can be received by a computer system configured to analyze the sensor data and make a determination as to whether meal intake has occurred or is presently occurring. The computer system's determination can be used to trigger, modulate, or otherwise control one or more therapeutic devices. Other types of devices can also be controlled using this determination, such as monitoring or logging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Adam Dunki-Jacobs, Jason L. Harris, Mathieu Lemay, Martin Pfleiderer, Martin Proença, Thierry Utard
  • Patent number: 9950084
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fluid reservoir, a sterilization member, and a transfer adapter. The sterilization member operably couples to the fluid reservoir. The sterilization member is configured to be transitioned between a first configuration, in which the sterilization member obstructs an inlet surface of the fluid reservoir and maintains the inlet surface in a substantially sterile environment, and a second configuration, in which the inlet surface is unobstructed. The transfer adapter is configured to be placed in fluid communication with a portion of a patient. The transfer adapter is configured to move relative to the sterilization member from a first position to a second position such that a surface of the transfer adapter contacts the sterilization member to transition the sterilization member to the second configuration. The fluid reservoir is placed in fluid communication with the transfer adapter when the transfer adapter is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Shan E. Gaw, Jay Miazga, Skooks Pong, Shannon Eubanks
  • Patent number: 9943250
    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: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Medical Research, Infrastructure amd Health Services Fund of the Tel Aviv Medical Center
    Inventors: Meir Plotnik-Peleg, Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, Nir Giladi, Anat Mirelman
  • Patent number: 9936922
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the determination and representation of anatomy anatomical information are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Doron Harlev, Alpar Csendes, Zsolt Badics
  • Patent number: 9931044
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for measuring pressure in a patient are provided which may include any number of features. One feature is a pressure measurement system comprising a pressure source, a compliant bladder, a catheter in communication with the pressure source, pressure sensors, and a controller configured to determine a pressure within the compliant bladder. The pressure measurement system can inflate the compliant bladder with gas or air to determine a pressure within a patient. In one embodiment, the pressure measurement system measures pressure within a peritoneal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Potrero Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Burnett, Byron Reynolds, Brian M. Neil, Gregory W. Hall, Paul B. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9924929
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kit for taking biopsies, resections, excisions, and/or autopsies. Moreover, the present invention relates to methods of taking biopsies resections, excisions, and/or autopsies using the kit of the present invention. The kits and methods of the present invention allow for fewer errors, decreased turn around time and/or more rapid processing due to a cassette and specimen numbering system that is simplified and superior over that which has been previously disclosed in the prior art. The kit of the present invention comprises one or more tissue cassettes, and optionally one or more bottles of formalin and optionally, other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Metamark Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Booker, Stephen Mark Repko, Kimberly A. Grice
  • Patent number: 9918662
    Abstract: A method for detecting deviation from a preferred cervical spine posture when using a mobile device is disclosed. The mobile device uses a front-facing camera to capture images of the user and apply a nostril tracking algorithm to the images. The nostril tracking algorithm is used in real-time to measure displacement of the user's nostrils and correlate the nostril displacement to a cervical spine flexion angle. The user's cervical spine flexion angle is communicated using an alarm device, such as a row of lights, which allows the user to monitor and correct their posture and avoid potential injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Victoria Anna Breitner
  • Patent number: 9918675
    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: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    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: 9918654
    Abstract: A muscle assessment protocol can include: attaching one or more surface electromyometry (sEMG) sensors to the skin of a subject to be operably coupled with one or more muscles; operably coupling the one or more sEMG sensors to a computing system; performing the predetermined muscle activity of a muscle assessment protocol that includes a frequency-based, amplitude-adjusted root mean square protocol; monitoring/recording sEMG data of the one or more muscles during the predetermined muscle activity; and providing the sEMG data to the subject such that the subject can improve muscle performance for the predetermined muscle activity by using the sEMG data. The muscle activity includes static or dynamic muscle use. The predetermined muscle activity can be provided to the subject by the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOMAXIS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alexander B Grey, Violetta Georgiou, Abhishek Belani
  • Patent number: 9913631
    Abstract: A cell collection device for collecting cells from the inner surface of a body lumen is disclosed. The cell collection device includes a longitudinal member, a plurality of struts that are expandable radially, and a sheath having an inner surface that constrains the outward movement of the plurality of struts when the sheath is in a first position and does not constrain the outward movement of the plurality of struts when the sheath is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nate Irwin, Triona Campbell
  • Patent number: 9907488
    Abstract: A high intensity preparation, physical exercise and recovery system configured to prepare muscles for workout through vibration, accept muscular input of high intensity, recover muscles through vibration. Embodiments provide an exercise system that enables a user to obtain a high intensity workout in a small amount of time, for example 15 minutes, and yet increase the user's metabolic rate for hours. Embodiments of the invention may further perform an initial and/or ongoing analysis in terms of body composition analysis and/or extremity composition analysis/score in order to target particular muscles, fat and/or skeletal areas. In one or more embodiments the system may provide outputs including suggested alterations in physical activity and/or food to consume in order to achieve targeted goals for example as compared to the user's trends of change over time, or in comparison to other user's trends down to the granularity of extremities and not just overall body metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GHB, LLC
    Inventors: Gene Barduson, Ted Barduson