Patents Examined by Nicole F Lavert
  • Patent number: 10342603
    Abstract: A medical for removing tissue from a patient includes an elongated probe with a working end. A pair of jaws is provided at the working end. The jaws may be closed for cutting and treatment of the tissue. Cutting may be effective through a sharpened cutting blade, and RF cutting blade, and similar cutting edges. The tissue may be remodeled using heat generated from passive heating elements on the jaws, active heating elements on the jaws, a PTCR heating element carried by the jaws, or resistive heaters on the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: RELIGN Corporation
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Aaron Germain, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 10342985
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a treatment apparatus using high frequency waves, and to a method for controlling same. The treatment apparatus using high frequency waves comprises: a high frequency wave generating unit; a plurality of needles for providing, into the skin of a user, high frequency energy transferred from the high frequency wave generating unit; and a driving unit for inserting the plurality of needles into the skin of the user, wherein the apparatus further comprises a control unit for controlling the driving unit such that the plurality of needles are inserted into a first target point within the skin and then move to a second target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Lutronic Corporation
    Inventor: Kwang Chon Ko
  • Patent number: 10342981
    Abstract: A medical device system for controlling ventricular pacing therapy during cardiac resynchronization therapy that includes a sensing device to sense a cardiac signal and emit a trigger signal in response to the sensed cardiac signal, a therapy delivery device to deliver the ventricular pacing in response to the emitted trigger signal, and a processor configured to identify a fiducial point of the cardiac signal sensed in real-time, set a window comprising a start point positioned a first distance prior to the fiducial point and an endpoint positioned a second distance less than the first distance subsequent to the fiducial point, determine a signal characteristic of the cardiac signal within the window, determine whether a P-wave is detected in response to the signal characteristic, determine whether an atrio-ventricular interval timer has expired, and emit a trigger signal to deliver the ventricular pacing timed off of the local maximum in response to the P-wave being detected and not timed off of the local m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Subham Ghosh, Kushagr Gupta
  • Patent number: 10342463
    Abstract: Devices for determining the likelihood that a user of a primary monitoring device (“PMD”) has developed a medical condition, generally comprising sensors coupled to the PMD, wherein the PMD detects changes to sensor readings over time, and wherein the changes indicate a change in the likelihood that a user of the PMD has developed a medical condition. In some embodiments, motion sensors are operably coupled to the PMD, and the PMD monitors and saves data relating to characteristics of motion detected, which are used to determine whether there has been a change in a likelihood that a user is undergoing a medical event. In further embodiments, the PMD comprises cameras, and the PMD monitors and saves data relating to movement of a user's eyes, which is utilized to determine whether there has been a change to a likelihood that the user is currently undergoing a medical event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Stephen Shuster, Brian Mark Shuster, Charles Marion Curry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10335083
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biosignals of a user includes a first end region, positionable proximate a first ear of a user and including a first sensor array; a second end region, positionable proximate a second ear of the user and including a second sensor array; an intermediate region, positionable on a neck region of the user; a coupling element configured to couple the first and second end regions to the intermediate region; and a first attachment element and a second attachment element. The first attachment element couples the first end region to a head-mounted accessory and the second attachment element couples the second end region to the head-mounted accessory. The first end region includes a first electrode and the second end region includes a second electrode, such that there is a fixed distance between the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Courtland Keith Keteyian, Jinyong Kim
  • Patent number: 10335253
    Abstract: A tooth-positioning appliance for closing spaces has at least two appliance segments, each segment having a thin elastomeric shell with recesses for removably engaging a set of teeth, and tooth-clasping elements for removably engaging bonded attachments protruding from the teeth. One of the appliance segments includes a flat receptacle extending horizontally on the thin shell of the appliance segment, and the other appliance segment has a thin elongated tab extending laterally from the second appliance segment spanning the space to be closed, and in sliding engagement with the flat receptacle of the other appliance segment. An activating element is connected between the appliance segments to exert a force to change the size of the space between the sets of teeth as the tab slides with respect to the flat receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Martz Inc.
    Inventors: Martin G. Martz, Andrew S. Martz
  • Patent number: 10328259
    Abstract: A system for treatment of biological tissues is provided. The system can deliver electric pulses to a targeted region within a biological tissue. The system includes an antenna assembly and a lens. The antenna assembly is configured to generate and direct electromagnetic radiation. The lens is configured to be positioned between a surface of the biological tissue and the antenna assembly. The lens can have a plurality of lossy portions. The lens can be configured to be adjustable to create a patient-specific desired electric field distribution by selective positioning of the plurality of lossy portions within the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Old Dominion University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Shu Xiao, Andrei Pakhomov, Karl H. Schoenbach
  • Patent number: 10328269
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device including a plurality of electrodes for stimulation of both ventricles with application of an atrioventricular delay and of an interventricular delay, a processor configured to multidimensionally measure an interventricular conduction delay, and monitor the evolution of a patient's condition. For the multidimensional measurement of the interventricular conduction delay, the device produces stimulation of one of the ventricles and collects, in the other ventricle, two endocardial electrogram signals on separate respective channels, giving two respective temporal components. Both temporal components are combined in one single parametric 2D characteristic representative of the cardiac cycle, and a comparison is made with reference descriptors for deriving an index representative of the evolution of the patient's condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventors: Marie-Anne Euzen, Paola Milpied
  • Patent number: 10322249
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a template for marking injection sites on a biological surface prior to performance of a medical procedure, wherein the template comprises a flexible sheet having marked positions or demarcated areas for each injection site, and wherein each marked position or demarcated area is associated with a unique identifier. Also provided are methods of using such disclosed templates in a medical procedure where an agent or material is injected into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Iliana E. Sweis
  • Patent number: 10322261
    Abstract: A catheter with three distinct compression resistance coils, including a body coil and two pull wire coils, is disclosed. The triple coil system can provide maximal resistance to compression of the catheter's proximal shaft, as well as maximization of the curve angle that the catheter tip can achieve. Additionally, the tri-coil catheter can allow for a lower initial compression load and a more flexible proximal shaft. A gap between the outer diameter of the pull wire and the inner diameter of the pull wire compression coil that is equal to about 10-30% of inner diameter of the pull wire compression coil can provide optimal catheter performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer D. Pai, Zachary L. Helgeson, Troy T. Tegg
  • Patent number: 10321902
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a housing, an endoscopic portion, a shaft portion, and an end effector is disclosed. The endoscopic portion extends distally from the housing and defines a longitudinal axis. The shaft portion is selectively connectable to a distal end of the endoscopic portion. The end effector is selectively connectable to a distal end of the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, David Racenet, Adam Ross
  • Patent number: 10315034
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. The system includes at least one SCS lead including a lead body, at least one distal electrode located at a distal end of the lead body, the at least one distal electrode configured to apply electrical stimulation to a stimulation target of a patient, and a pain reduction assembly coupled to the lead body and configured to reduce post-operation pain at an incision site associated with implantation of the at least one SCS lead. The system further includes a pulse generator coupled to the at least one SCS lead and configured to control electrical stimulation delivered to the patient via the at least one SCS lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Wenbo Hou, Alexander Kent, Edward Karst, Gene A. Bornzin, Riddhi Shah, Caroline Jordan, Yelena Nabutovsky
  • Patent number: 10314504
    Abstract: Methods and devices for correcting electrocardiogram (EKG) indication saturation may include receiving an EKG indication from at least one sensor and determining that a saturation condition has been met in response to receiving the EKG indication. Additionally, the methods and devices may include incrementing an EKG saturation level based on a determination that the saturation condition has been met. Moreover, the methods and devices may include determining whether the EKG saturation level satisfies an EKG saturation threshold. The methods and device may include disregarding at least a second EKG indication in accordance with a determination that the saturation level satisfies the EKG saturation threshold. The methods and devices may further include transmitting the second EKG indication to an output device in accordance with a determination that the saturation level does not satisfy the EKG saturation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Haithem Albadawi, Chris Reidy, Zongyi Liu
  • Patent number: 10314651
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring and performing tissue modulation are disclosed. An example system may include an elongate shaft having a distal end region and a proximal end and having at least one modulation element and one sensing electrode disposed adjacent to the distal end region. The sensing electrode may be used to determine and monitor changes in tissue adjacent to the modulation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard B. Richardson, Scott R. Smith, Mark L. Jenson
  • Patent number: 10315044
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide methods for treating various conditions and diseases using an optical signal. In one or more embodiments an apparatus is providing having an optical window, which is used to deliver an optical signal to provide stimulation to one or more tissue sites in the body such as the brain, optic nerve, eye, ganglia, spine, or other like site. The optical signals can be used to treat a variety of neurological diseases and conditions including epilepsy, migraine headaches and chronic pain. In particular applications the optical signals can be used to treat, inhibit or prevent epileptic or other neurological seizures by providing an optical input to a foci or surrounding tissue in the brain causing the seizure. The optical signal may also be combined with an electrical signal to produce an aggregate effect in tissue for treating the disease or condition such as a neurological disease or condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 10307133
    Abstract: A therapeutic device comprises a therapy electrode that includes a substrate, a conductive layer disposed on a lower surface of the substrate, an electrically conductive gel reservoir configured to release an electrically conductive gel onto a surface of the conductive layer, and an acoustic sensor coupled to the therapy electrode. The acoustic sensor is configured to acoustically couple to a body of a subject to which the therapy electrode is applied and to detect sounds indicative of a state of health of the subject. The therapeutic device is configured to transmit data regarding the sounds detected by the acoustic sensor to an external system for processing and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 10300278
    Abstract: A method of operating an implantable neuromodulator includes calculating an index for each of a plurality of modulation parameter sets, wherein each modulation parameter set includes a respective plurality of modulation parameters from which the respective index is calculated, serially conveying electrical modulation energy to a patient in accordance with each of the plurality of modulation parameter sets, causing the patient to perceive paresthesia in response to the conveyance of the electrical modulation energy to the tissue in accordance with one of the plurality of modulation parameter sets, identifying the calculated index for that one modulation parameter set as a perception threshold index based on the perceived paresthesia, and storing the identified perception threshold index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Sarvani Grandhe
  • Patent number: 10300288
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for pairing two or more devices into a wireless network and transferring data between two or more electro-stimulation devices. Specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include pairing two or more devices into a network configuration using, in part, a pairing device to distinctly identify the devices to be paired and to pair the identified devices into a network. Moreover, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include transferring data between two or more devices using, in part, one or more electro-stimulation contacts for electro-stimulation therapy and using, in part, the same one or more electro-stimulation contacts for transferring data between two or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Flavien Baumgartner, Stéphane Perroud, Philippe Vuadens, Nicolas Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10299690
    Abstract: An electronic device for measuring biometric information is provided. The electronic device includes a sensor unit configured to detect an attitude of the electronic device, a biometric information measurement unit configured to detect biometric information on an examinee through a plurality of electrodes formed on at least one surface of the electronic device, a switch unit including a plurality of switches electrically connected to the plurality of electrodes and a controller configured to recognize an array of the plurality of electrodes based on the detected attitude of the electronic device and control the switch unit such that the recognized electrode array corresponds to a preset electrode array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ah-Young Choi, Young-Hyun Kim, Seong-Wook Jo, Jin-Hong Min
  • Patent number: 10299684
    Abstract: A system and method to support exploring the interior of an object. The system 100, 200 includes a graphical user interface generator (GG) to generate a graphical user interface (GUI). The graphical user interface (GUI) includes an indicator (NC) of a current position of an interventional tool (IT) inside an object (OB). There is also an exploratory indictor (PC) to indicate material composition and/or type that surrounds the tool's tip (TP) at a current position in the object (OB). The exploratory indicator (PC) includes a pointer element for a current reading against a dial element for a range of possible values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Torre Michelle Bydlon, Arnoldus Theodorus Martinus Hendricus Van Keersop, Gerhardus Wilhelmus Lucassen, Vijay Parthasarathy, Vishnu Vardhan Pully, Marjolein Van Der Voort, Manfred Mueller, Gerardus Henricus Maria Gijsbers