Patents Examined by Michael A. Brown
  • Patent number: 9724260
    Abstract: A graduated compression garment is disclosed that includes a plurality of longitudinal fuzzy wales arranged to form a fabric with a plurality of transverse elastomeric threads under variable tension connecting the adjacent longitudinal fuzzy wales to deliver a first level of elastic compression distally on a limb and a gradually decreasing level of elastic compression as the limb increases in diameter proximally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Compression Dynamics, LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Winkler, Sr., Alan S. Neil
  • Patent number: 9700718
    Abstract: A brace includes a closed loop feedback system that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to a joint of a human patient in response to feedback from the joint and surrounding muscles. In one aspect, a brace for treating a human joint of a patient is provided. The brace includes one or more sensors in physical contact with the skin of the patient and configured to obtain a galvanic reading of resistance of the skin. The brace also includes brace control electronics in communication with the sensor(s) to form a closed loop system via a combination of bracing the joint and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The brace control electronics is configured to receive the galvanic reading of the resistance of the skin of the patient and is further configured to instruct the sensor to apply a current/voltage/power onto the skin based on the galvanic reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: CYMEDICA, INC.
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, Calvin Domenico
  • Patent number: 9681976
    Abstract: An interdigital pad for toes having a larger diameter engaging ring fitted on the big toe, a smaller diameter engaging ring fitted on the fourth toe, a base connecting said engaging rings and positioned on the sole of the foot, a projection fitted between and caught by the second and third toes, said base and two engaging rings forming an arched edge contacting the roots of respective toes, and a thickness of a lower ring of said larger diameter engaging ring and a thickness of the base of the second toe being thicker than a thickness of a portion located from the third to the fifth toes, so a height from the floor surface at a side of the little toe and fourth toe is a higher than at a side of the big toe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: E-SMILE Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9675492
    Abstract: A sacroiliac belt with a non-elastic inner belt to wrap around the user's hips and an elastic outer belt to wrap from the back to opposite sides of the inner belt. Non-cinchable hook and loop fastener construction is used to secure the inner and outer belts in position. The inner belt includes an inside elastomeric foam layer with open-cell frictional gripping surface, a non-elastic outside layer of loop material, and a hook tab for engaging the loop material to close the belt. The inner belt may be established with a non-elastic composite foam-fabric structure comprising a bi-laminate of the foam and elastic fabric, and a strip of loop material secured lengthwise onto the fabric side of the bi-laminate. The outer belt includes an elastic strip and hook tabs for connecting to the strip of loop material. The non-elastic composite foam-fabric may be used in other orthopedic braces and supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Richard J. Serola
  • Patent number: 9668888
    Abstract: An Active Ankle Foot Orthosis (AAFO) is provided where the impedance of an orthotic joint is modulated throughout the walking cycle to treat ankle foot gait pathology, such as drop foot gait. During controlled plantar flexion, a biomimetic torsional spring control is applied where orthotic joint stiffness is actively adjusted to minimize forefoot collisions with the ground. Throughout late stance, joint impedance is minimized so as not to impede powered plantar flexion movements, and during the swing phase, a torsional spring-damper (PD) control lifts the foot to provide toe clearance. To assess the clinical effects of variable-impedance control, kinetic and kinematic gait data were collected on two drop foot participants wearing the AAFO. It has been found that actively adjusting joint impedance reduces the occurrence of slap foot, allows greater powered plantar flexion, and provides for less kinematic difference during swing when compared to normals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Hugh Herr, Joaquin Blaya, Gill A. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9668906
    Abstract: A cervical collar including an anterior portion having a rigid or semi-rigid shell anterior main support piece. The anterior portion defines resilient or flexible edges formed along the periphery of the main support piece. The flexible edges form a three-dimensional anatomically configured proximal support portion defined along a proximal area of the anterior portion. The anterior main support piece defines a supporting spring portion centrally located along the proximal area of the anterior portion. The proximal support portion is formed around and encompasses the supporting spring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Thora Thorgilsdottir, Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Palmi Einarsson
  • Patent number: 9668904
    Abstract: A segmented lumbosacral orthosis with two side members conjoined by a cord threaded through an array of seamless tubes that are independently mounted and swivel from an axis point proximal to the end points of each tube. Each tube array is housed in a mounting bracket made from a continuous piece of material folded over to form a gap in between two sides. Each mounting bracket is attached to a side member by sliding a pin along the folded edge of the bracket through knuckles (or loops) attached to the side member similar to a hinge. A removable posterior member is connected to each posterior end of the side members using an elastic material that expands and contracts in parity with the mechanical advantage closure system. The removable posterior panel is designed to hold a rigid or semi-rigid insert stored in three separate sections: one in a center compartment juxtaposed by one on each side that sway along a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Neurotron Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Guldalian
  • Patent number: 9668822
    Abstract: A medical drape is disclosed. The drape comprises a base drape portion and an insert drape portion removably attached to the base drape portion. A plurality of independently configured insert drape portions may be used, each insert being configured differently for a different procedure. The base drape portion may be made of environmentally friendly biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis A. Czajka, Jr., Robert A. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9662256
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a first section and a second section which can be removably coupled to the first section. The first section is configured for attachment to a positioning system, thereby providing an interface between the removable second section and the positioning system. A combined support surface is formed when the second section is coupled to the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Marle, Neil Starks
  • Patent number: 9655764
    Abstract: A surgical boot includes a shell shaped to receive a patient's foot. The shell has a plurality of handles molded integrally with a main body. The handles are sized and arranged for gripping by a surgeon during surgery to reposition the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darwin Keith-Lucas, Orlando Soto, David E. Chella
  • Patent number: 9655759
    Abstract: A brace for use in supporting a joint of a body of a subject is configured to provide the joint with a normal range of motion or a substantially normal range of motion while preventing abnormal and/or pathologic motion that might damage the joint or a connective band (e.g., a ligament, tendon, fascia, etc.) associated with the joint. The brace may include one or more engagement elements that engage a body part or body parts adjacent to the joint and one or more straps that are attached to the engagement element(s) at a location or locations that approximate the location(s) of one or more connective bands associated with the joint. The present invention also includes articles of clothing into which a brace is incorporated, as well as methods for supporting a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Shane D. Draper
  • Patent number: 9655760
    Abstract: Provided is a knee support capable of correcting/alleviating an inner rotation or outer rotation of a knee joint. A knee support comprising a support main body for covering a knee joint, and a strap to be wound around and attached on an outer surface of the support main body helically while being pulled in the direction opposite to an inner rotation direction of the joint, wherein a projection to be contacted with an inner side of a shinbone below the knee when wearing is provided on the inner surface of the support main body or the inner surface of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON SIGMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotaka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9642736
    Abstract: An integrated thermoformable splint and heater and method for manufacturing same includes a thermoplastic material and an oxygen activated heater operatively associated with the thermoplastic material. The integrated thermoformable splint and heater are sealed within an oxygen impermeable housing. Oxygen is allowed to activate the heater either by removing the assembly from the sealed housing, or, by displacement of a removable seal that will allow oxygen to penetrate a porous region in the housing, and, in turn, come into contact with the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Adam Laubach, Alberto Macias Barrio
  • Patent number: 9630082
    Abstract: This invention is an athletic protective mouthpiece and lip shield apparatus used in contact sports and is designed to attach to a helmet's chin strap. The mouthpiece, Air Channel, and Lip Shield structures are particularly designed to comfortably protect both upper and lower jaw of the athlete while removing unwanted impact stress from the front teeth (Incisors) and placing such stress to the stronger Cuspid and Molars regions of the athlete's dentures. This invention solves the problems of airflow restriction and impact stress of the front teeth from other athletic mouthpieces by removing the position of the Incisors from atop the breathing orifice to behind said orifice, whereby providing an improved larger non-condensing airway for the passing of unrestricted airflow. The apparatus is designed to pivot and operate by way of an attachment strap affixed to the Lip shield and fitted into an opening on the helmet's chin strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Shawn Alan Zents
  • Patent number: 9622899
    Abstract: A device and method for using the device arranged to maintain anatomical alignment between a joint by creating a dynamic load around the joint to restore and maintain the anatomical alignment. The orthotic device uses a hinge to create a directed force on a tibia by maintaining misalignment of an instant center of rotation (ICoR) of the hinge at a position relative to an anatomical knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Harry Duane Romo, Bjorn Omarsson, Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 9615967
    Abstract: A therapy wrap for treatment of at least a portion of an animate body having improved kink resistance. The therapy wrap may be selectively reinforced for improved kink resistance in only a portion of the wrap. The reinforcement may decrease the kink radius. The wrap may include a kink reducer in all or only a selected kink-prone region. The kink reducer may be selectively configured attachment points or spot welds. The therapy wrap may include a reinforcement layer of one or more discrete reinforcement members. The wrap may be formed by pre-tensioning the material layers while forming the fluid bladder and/or gas pressure bladder. The therapy wrap may be adapted to compensate for conditions that normally cause kinking of the wrap or buckling of the fluidic channels. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing the wrap and methods of administering a temperature-controlled treatment to an anatomical body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Krister Bowman
  • Patent number: 9610185
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a brace may include a motorized tensioning device, a tensioning member operationally coupled with the motorized tensioning device to tighten the brace about the limb, and a control unit communicatively coupled with the motorized tensioning device to control adjustment of a tension of the tensioning member. A method for providing therapy with the brace fitted about a limb may include communicating a first instruction from the control unit to the motorized tensioning device to adjust the tension of the tensioning member according to a therapeutic regimen that is designed to aid in recovery of the limb via repetitive movement of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: James Capra, Ilya Minkin, Rebecca Peterson, Mark Soderberg, Aaron Venturini, Brett Vladika, Daniel Hipwood
  • Patent number: 9610731
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a custom orthosis, such as an ankle brace, includes use of scanning processes. A digital model of a surface may be applied to a digital orthosis model to define a custom digital orthosis model. The digital model and, thus, the custom digital orthosis model may include one or more standard features. The custom digital orthosis model may be used with an automated manufacturing process to make some or all of the custom orthosis. In some embodiments, additive manufacturing processes may be used to form a portion or all of the custom orthosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: 3D Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph T. Zachariasen
  • Patent number: 9597216
    Abstract: Intentions of a user are read from movements of the joints of the user without the use of a myoelectric sensor, and a force to support motions of the user is generated. Even if there is friction that is difficult to model in a gear portion of a joint actuator, the friction is compensated for, and joint units are controlled to follow an idealized mathematical model. In this manner, the force to support motions is generated, without giving any uncomfortable feeling to the joints of the user wearing the device. When motions of the user are supported, a mathematically-determined torque is applied to the joint units, so that a natural supporting force is constantly provided to the user in various circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Kenichiro Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 9597224
    Abstract: Contraceptive methods, systems, and devices generally improve the ease, speed, and reliability with which a contraceptive device can be deployed transcervically into an ostium of a fallopian tube. The contraceptive device may remain in a small profile configuration while a sheath is withdrawn proximally, and is thereafter expanded to a large profile configuration engaging the surrounding tissues, by manipulating one or more actuators of a proximal handle with a single hand. This leaves the other hand free to manipulate a hysteroscope, minimizing the number of health care professional required to deploy the contraceptive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Christian Lowe, Donnell Gurskis, Ashish Khera, Monica Sharmane Barnhart Nachbar, Steven Bacich, Betsy Swann, Roberto Silva-Torres