Patents Examined by Michael C Stout
  • Patent number: 9974476
    Abstract: A handheld device detects and measures orofacial activity, including oral cavity pressure and one or more compressions, deformations, displacements, or deflections of a pacifier engaged to the device. The compressions, deformations, displacements, or deflections of the pacifier refer to changes in the shape of the pacifier, caused by patient, relative to an initial state of the pacifier. The device translates the oral cavity pressure and compressions into an electrical signal, digitizes the electrical signal, and performs analytical processing of the digitized signal to extract physiological artifacts salient to the patient's ability to orally feed using a software application executing on a processor within the device. The device automates and simplifies the assessment of a patient's readiness to orally feed by presenting graphical and numeric scores for organization and effort of non-nutritive suck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Aron, David L. Stalling, John Kean, Allen Ingling
  • Patent number: 9974473
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods for assessing and altering swallowing, speech, and breathing function. In particular, the present disclosure relates to devices and systems to assess and improve speech, breathing, and swallowing function in subjects in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SWALLOW SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Tye Gribb, JoAnne Robbins, Jackie Hind, John Peterman
  • Patent number: 9962116
    Abstract: A sampling device for a sampling container. A pair of elongate flexible arms extend from a side wall away from a bottom end. The arms being oppositely located across a base chamber. A lower member has a flange and an aperture. A collar extends from the flange and is adapted to retain an end of a spring. An elongate cover has a first end and a second end. The first end being adapted in use to connect to a base and the second end being adapted in use to connect to an upper member. The upper and lower members are adapted to move along the axis by the positioning of a sampling container in the sampling chamber and the application of a force towards a base, permits a needle or blood bag tube located within a connector to discharge liquid into a sampling container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: IKASHMORE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Avtar Kashmirian
  • Patent number: 9962084
    Abstract: An implantable pressure sensor arrangement is disclosed. The arrangement includes a substrate, a coil positioned on the substrate, a flexible membrane positioned proximate to the coil and configured to be moveable with respect to the coil, thereby forming a fluid chamber, fluidly sealed from outside of the implantable pressure sensor arrangement, a porous membrane positioned on the flexible membrane and configured to transfer pressure from outside of the implantable pressure sensor arrangement onto the flexible membrane wherein a differential pressure is generated on the two sides of the flexible membrane thereby causing the flexible membrane to deflect towards and away from the coil, and an electrode coupled to the flexible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Babak Ziaie, Marcus Anthony Brown, Teimour Maleki-Jafarabadi, Seung Hyun Song
  • Patent number: 9955922
    Abstract: This special gut microbe and chemical substance sampling technology, utilizing swallowable capsules, is for purpose of determining roles gut contents play in some 52 of most costly, in lives and dollars, of diseases with their known origin in the human gut. Gut microbes and substances are collected, analyzed, medicinal substances and objects deployed, and special provisions for attracting, capturing and preserving certain strains of microbes, and means for perturbing the gut environment and immune system are all intended to research, discover, and ultimately find both the causes and cures for the most devastating human diseases, and in the process, create gut microbiome profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Lowell Zane Shuck
  • Patent number: 9949671
    Abstract: Diagnostic mouthpieces and separate pads for same allow dental devices of various types to have a dual purpose. The diagnostic mouthpieces allow frequent use and early intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Rudman, Michael K. Lowe, David W. Ward
  • Patent number: 9950137
    Abstract: A guidewire device comprising: a micro-fabricated elongated outer member having an outer surface and an interior surface forming a lumen extending from a proximal end to a distal end, wherein said outer member is formed from two or more stock materials; and an inner member disposed within a portion of said lumen, and embodiments thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Scientia Vascular, LLC
    Inventors: John Lippert, Edward J. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9949840
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for accessing and operating on an intervertebral disc at the lumbosacral junction via a trans-iliac approach. The instruments and methods described employ nerve monitoring to direct passage of the instruments through a safe zone between the L5 nerve root lying posterior to the trans-iliac path and the iliac vein (and iliac artery) lying anterior to the trans-iliac path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: William D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9949654
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting the onset of seizures comprising a measuring unit having one or more sensors for detecting the electromyographic signal of one or more muscles of the user. The sensors are connected to a pre-processing module comprising a high-pass filter which filters out noise and motion artefacts related to normal muscle activities. The pre-processing module is connected to a feature extraction module comprising a threshold detector which counts the number of crossings with a hysteresis within a predetermined time window. The feature extraction module is connected to a classification module which compares the extracted features to a first and second threshold and generates an event signal if the extracted features are above the first and second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: BRAIN SENTINEL, INC.
    Inventors: Isa Conradsen, Kim Gomme Gommesen, Karsten Hoppe
  • Patent number: 9949669
    Abstract: A method of determining patient follow-up subsequent to an orthopaedic procedure includes determining the number of cycles of use of an orthopaedic joint of the patient. If a predetermined threshold is exceeded, communication with an orthopaedic care provider is initiated. A patient monitoring system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark R. DiSilvestro, Terry L. Dietz, Robert S. Hastings
  • Patent number: 9949685
    Abstract: A sleeve is provided for determining the location and severity of joint pain in a patient. The sleeve includes sensors in communication with a display device that allow for areas of pain to be quickly and accurately determined. Methods of utilizing the sleeve are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Michael James Dunbar
  • Patent number: 9949712
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the presence of pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the central nervous system (CNS) includes a digital computer, a speaker unit and a microphone unit. The digital computer is programmed with generally available software which is capable of generating a spectrum of sound and receiving microphone data. The software is able to receive microphone signals and represent resulting data in graphical form showing sound intensity in dB as a function of frequency in kHz. An operator places the speaker and the microphone on the subject's body so that sound travels through at least a portion of the CNS, runs the software, and collects the resulting sound propagation data. If the propagation of sound through the CNS is indicative of altered CSF or CNS, then a disease state is suspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: John William Millard, Curtis Lane Prichard
  • Patent number: 9943258
    Abstract: A safety blood-collection needle, comprising a needle base, a needle hub, a flexible tube, a straight needle, a straight needle shaft, and a needle head; the safety blood-collection needle further comprises a protective cover, a slider, a handle, and a position limiting mechanism; one end of the needle base is fixed and is in communication with the needle head; the slider movably sleeved on the needle base; the position limiting mechanism is arranged on the slider and needle base. The slider is arranged on the needle base and slides in order to cover the needle head, so that safety is greatly increased when handling the needle head following blood collection; the use of a spring-type needle head is avoided, thus reducing the suffering of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Shanghai Jinta Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chunyuan Mao
  • Patent number: 9943259
    Abstract: An analytical magazine is proposed, which comprises a plurality of analytical aids accommodated in chambers. The analytical magazine is arranged to be accommodated in at least two orientations in an analytical system. The analytical magazine is furthermore arranged to provide the analytical system, in the orientations, in each case with a plurality of analytical aids. At least one sampling movement can be executed by means of the analytical aids. The analytical magazine is arranged to make a remagazining of the analytical aids possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Kuhr, Hans List, Wilhelm Leichner, Uwe Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9943291
    Abstract: A cassette (2600) for use with a medical waste collection system (30). The cassette includes a housing (2602, 2612) shaped to be removably attached to a receptacle (1699) integral with the housing. A sleeve (2640) is attached to the cassette so as to be located forward of the housing. The sleeve is formed with a void space. A fitting (2664) for collection to a suction line is attached to the sleeve. A screen (2714) is removably fitted in the sleeve void space. The screen is fitted in the sleeve void space when it is desirable to catch tissue that may be entrained in the fluid stream from the suction line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian VanderWoude, Brian MacLachlan, Stephen Isham, Stephen Reasoner, David Hershberger, Chad Drake, Benjamin Edinger
  • Patent number: 9936891
    Abstract: A biometric feedback system for providing biometric feedback to a subject while the subject performs a controlled physical movement includes an applied-force-recording interface and at least one controller electrically coupled to the applied-force-recording interface. The at least one controller receives applied force from the subject during the controlled physical movement and the applied-force-recording interface records data related to the applied force. The biometric feedback system also includes a dynamic surface electromyograph (“sEMG”) device that detects muscle tension along at least one muscle group of the subject while the subject performs the controlled physical movement and records data related to the muscle tension. A hub receives and processes data from the applied-force-recording interface and the dynamic sEMG device. A visual display displays the processed data from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Biometrics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Marcarian, Michael Lawrence Peters
  • Patent number: 9931080
    Abstract: Provided is a catheter that includes a catheter tube and a temperature sensor. The catheter tube includes a tip-flexible part and a base end part. The base end part includes a first base end section having rigidity higher than the tip-flexible part, and a second base end section having rigidity lower than the first base end section. The tip-flexible part has an axial length from 40 mm to 100 mm, the first base end section has an axial length from 200 mm to 400 mm, and the second base end section has an axial length from 200 mm to 900 mm. A value of the rigidity of each of the first and the second base end sections decreases linearly from the first base end section to the second base end section, in a region around a boundary between the first base end section and the second base end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Lifeline Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Masuda
  • Patent number: 9918653
    Abstract: The invention relates to electrophysiology catheter systems and their use, such as in an MRI environment, and in particular to analysis of electric signals from such. An electrophysiology (EP) catheter with a plurality of electrically isolated electrode segments arranged in longitudinally spaced bands around the catheter is used to detect electric signals. A workstation receives the electrical signals which are then processed by a processing unit. Electric signals from electrode segments can be used to determine roll angle information of the catheter in relation to patient anatomy by determining signals from electrode segments in contact with tissue. Also, electric signals can be used to extract a reference signal that can be used to correct for gradient induced artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Oliver Lips, Bernd David, Sascha Krueger, Steffen Weiss
  • Patent number: 9913692
    Abstract: The description relates to surgical computer systems, including computer program products, and methods for implant planning using captured joint motion information. Data is captured representative of a range of motion of a joint associated with a particular individual, where the joint includes a first bone and a second bone. The first bone of the joint is represented and a first implant model is associated with the representation of the first bone. Based on the captured data, a relationship is determined between the first implant model and a representation of the second bone or a second implant model through at least a portion of the range of motion of the joint. Information is displayed representative of the determined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Louis Arata, Alon Mozes, Jason Otto, Robert Van Vorhis
  • Patent number: 9916421
    Abstract: The description relates to surgical computer systems, including computer program products, and methods for implant planning using corrected captured joint motion information. Data representative of a corrected limb pose at a plurality of poses within a range of motion of a joint associated with a particular individual is captured, the joint comprising a first bone and a second bone, while the first bone, the second bone, or both are subject to a corrective force aligning the first and second bones in a desired alignment. The first bone of the joint is represented. The second bone of the joint is represented. A first implant model is associated with the representation of the first bone. A second implant model is associated with the representation of the second bone. Based on the captured data, a relationship is determined between the first implant model and the second implant model at one or more poses of the plurality of poses within the range of motion of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Van Vorhis, Timothy Blackwell