Patents Examined by Natasha N Patel
  • Patent number: 8195296
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, including an implantable mechanical support, shaped to support a portion of a urethra of a patient. One or more electrodes are coupled to the mechanical support, so as to contact tissue of the patient when the mechanical support is implanted in the patient. A control unit drives the electrodes to apply a current to the tissue. A method for treating a patient is also provided, including implanting a mechanical support in a position that supports a urethra of a patient. In response to increased pelvic pressure of the patient, a substance stored in a portion of the mechanical support that is not under the urethra is moved to a portion of the mechanical support that is under the urethra. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ross A. Longhini, Yosef Gross
  • Patent number: 8068914
    Abstract: A case for use with a speech processor unit including a housing configured to receive the speech processor unit and a connector configured to be connected to a connector on the speech processor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Walsh, Carla Mann Woods, Richard C. Ross, Rankiri Tissa Karunasiri, Anthony K. Arnold
  • Patent number: 8019429
    Abstract: Generation of electrode stimulation signals for an implanted electrode array is described. An acoustic audio signal is processed to generate band pass signals which include a fine structure carrier signal and a modulator envelope signal. For each band pass signal, fine time structure information is extracted from the carrier signal to determine a sequence of stimulation event signals. For one or more low frequency band pass signals, the modulator envelope signal is sampled synchronously with the carrier signal to create envelope weighted stimulation event signals. For one or more higher frequency band pass signals, if and only if the modulator envelope signal exceeds a sampling threshold value, then the modulator envelope signal is sampled synchronously with the carrier signal to create envelope weighted stimulation event signals. The envelope weighted stimulation event signals are then processed to produce electrode stimulation signals for the implanted electrode array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Aschbacher, Peter Schleich
  • Patent number: 8010208
    Abstract: An electrode device is disclosed. The electrode device comprises an electrically conductive core of micrometric size coated by at least one electrically isolating layer. The electrically conductive core comprises a substrate coated by at least one metallic layer having a nanometric pattern thereon and being at least partially exposed at a tip of the electrically conductive core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Nano Biosensors Ltd.
    Inventors: Emad Nimer, Nabil Jadaon, Fauzi Silbaq
  • Patent number: 8002711
    Abstract: Easy to use, cost-effective methods and devices for evaluating and treating stress and thereby disorders caused or exacerbated by stress are provided. More particularly methods and devices for identifying RSA waves during respiration which provide a subject with real-time RSA wave information are provided. These methods and devices also can be used to identify drop points in RSA waves. Such methods and devices provide subjects with the ability to maintain parasympathetic outflow and thereby prevent and/or reduce levels of stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wood, Adam Forbes, Kirstin Rhys
  • Patent number: 8000778
    Abstract: A system and method provide for detecting atrial arrhythmias within an implantable medical device capable of sensing and pacing at least an atrium of a heart. Arrhythmia of the atrium is detected. In response to detecting atrial arrhythmia, delivery of pacing signals to the atrium is inhibited under certain conditions. While delivery of the pacing signals to the atrium is inhibited, the detected arrhythmia of the atrium is confirmed during a period of further evaluation. Delivery of pacing signals to the atrium is enabled upon ceasing of the atrial arrhythmia. Inhibiting delivery of the pacing signals during atrial arrhythmia evaluation advantageously provides for an increase in the rate at which the detected arrhythmia is confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Seim, David Perschbacher
  • Patent number: 7991477
    Abstract: Methods for the treatment of CNS damage are described, and include inducing in a subject in need of such treatment, a therapeutically effective amount of functional electronic stimulation (FES) sufficient to evoke patterned movement in the subject's muscles, the control of which has been affected by the CNS damage. The induction of FES-evoked patterned movement at least partially restores lost motor and sensory function, and stimulates regeneration of neural progenitor cells in the subject patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventor: John W. McDonald, III
  • Patent number: 7979127
    Abstract: An retaining device for attaching to a contractile organ such as a digestive tract organ or stomach is provided. One aspect may include a lead for stimulating a digestive organ. The device may be an electrical stimulation device configured to deliver electrical signals to the organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Intrapace, Inc.
    Inventor: Mir A. Imran
  • Patent number: 7979123
    Abstract: A device and method for delivering electrical stimulation to the heart in a manner which provides a protective effect against subsequent ischemia is disclosed. The protective effect is produced by configuring a cardiac pacing device to intermittently switch from a normal operating mode to a stress augmentation mode in which the spatial pattern of depolarization is varied to thereby subject a particular region or regions of the ventricular myocardium to increased mechanical stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Frits Prinzen, Richard Cornelussen, Ward Vanagt, Joseph M. Pastore, Julio C. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 7972276
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes acquiring intrathoracic impedance values over one or more respiratory cycles, acquiring myocardial evoked response values and assessing cardiac condition based at least in part on the intrathoracic impedance values and the evoked response values. Other exemplary methods, devices, systems, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoyi Min
  • Patent number: 7974685
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods detect or classify tachyarrhythmias or make a therapy decision. A tachyarrhythmia can be classified using a rhythm discrimination parameter having a value. In certain examples, the value of the rhythm discrimination parameter can be adjusted using a relationship between a detected atrial rate and a detected ventricular rate, or the value can be adjusted using information about at least one of the atrial rate or the ventricular rate in addition to using the relationship between the atrial rate and the ventricular rate. These techniques can improve the specificity of arrhythmia detection or classification, allow anti-tachyarrhythmia therapy to be better tailored to the particular tachyarrhythmia, or provide more automatic operation making it easier for a physician to use an implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Julie Thompson
  • Patent number: 7970465
    Abstract: New decision paradigms for ICDs are described. In one implementation, an implantable system senses cardiac output and arterial pressure parameters and shocks the heart in inverse relation to the arterial pressure, if the cardiac output is insufficient. In another implementation, the implantable system applies atrial anti-tachycardia pacing before applying ventricular anti-tachycardia pacing, if the heart rate is tachycardic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Kroll
  • Patent number: 7962226
    Abstract: An elongate electrode carrier member including a longitudinally-extending central region, two side regions laterally extending from opposing sides of the central region, a lateral surface defined by the central and side regions together forming a convex circumferential surface, a medial surface defined by a convex surface of the central region and a concave surface for each of the side regions, a plurality of longitudinally-spaced electrodes disposed on or in the convex surface of the central region of the medial surface, and a support structure including a plurality of longitudinally extending wires each connected to one or more of the electrodes, wherein a subset of the plurality of wires is disposed in the central region and at least one of the plurality of wires is disposed in one of the side regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Ernst Lehnhardt, Horst Hessel, Peter Gibson, John Parker, Ernst von Wallenberg
  • Patent number: 7962211
    Abstract: System, method and antenna for an external power source for an implantable medical device having therapeutic componentry and a secondary coil operatively coupled to the therapeutic componentry. A housing has a first surface adapted to be placed closest to the secondary coil of the implantable medical device. A primary coil is operatively coupled to the external power and is capable of inductively energizing the secondary coil, the primary coil being wound forming generally concentric loops having an axis. The housing has a protrusion extending from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan A. Torgerson, John E. Kast, Kevin J. Kelly, Todd P. Goblish
  • Patent number: 7953480
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for treating mitral regurgitation with electrical stimulation. By providing pacing stimulation to the left atrium during ventricular systole, a beneficial effect is obtained which can prevent or reduce the extent of mitral regurgitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Cadiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Tamara Colette Baynham
  • Patent number: 7941223
    Abstract: A system and method for activating electrodes in an implanted electrode array with a stimulation signal is described. A stimulation definition stage, for each of a plurality of defined sound signal characteristics (C), assigns each electrode to one of a plurality of stimulation groups (G) each having an associated group stimulation amplitude function (A), where (G) varies with (C). An electrode stimulator activates each electrode as the stimulation signal varies based on spectral components of the stimulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Clemens M. Zierhofer, Peter Nopp, Peter Schleich, Andrea Nobbe, Ernst Aschbacher
  • Patent number: 7933662
    Abstract: A medical electrical lead includes an inductance augmenter assembly. The assembly includes an inductor coil formed of an insulated wire, which is wound about a non-conductive core and is electrically coupled in series between a conductor coil of the lead and an electrode of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Mark T. Marshall, Henry D. Schroder
  • Patent number: 7917225
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treating movement disorders are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment can include determining that the movement disorder affects the patient's gait, oral functioning, and/or other functioning, and applying electrical stimulation proximate to the interhemispheric fissure, the Sylvian fissure, or between the two fissures, respectively. In another embodiment, the method can include selecting at least one neural process from among a plurality of processes sequentially carried out by a patient to cause a muscle movement in the patient (e.g., a planning process, an initiation process, and an execution process), and applying electrical stimulation to a location of the patient's brain associated with the at least one neural process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler
  • Patent number: 7908009
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treating movement disorders are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment can include determining that the movement disorder affects the patient's gait, oral functioning, and/or other functioning, and applying electrical stimulation proximate to the interhemispheric fissure, the Sylvian fissure, or between the two fissures, respectively. In another embodiment, the method can include selecting at least one neural process from among a plurality of processes sequentially carried out by a patient to cause a muscle movement in the patient (e.g., a planning process, an initiation process, and an execution process), and applying electrical stimulation to a location of the patient's brain associated with the at least one neural process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler
  • Patent number: 7894901
    Abstract: A patient's response to therapy such as CRT is assessed by cross correlation of a patient's evoked response and physical activity surrogates. Based on the cross correlation, a determination may be made as to whether or how much the therapy is helping the patient's physical activity. For example, the degree of cross correlation index between IEGM parameters and activity threshold parameters may be used to assess whether the patient's heart condition improves the patient's physical activity. The therapy may then be modified as necessary in the event the patient is not sufficiently responding to the therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Koh