Patents Examined by Ophelia Hawthorne
  • Patent number: 10485689
    Abstract: An Unloader assembly to control load distribution about a joint is disclosed. The assembly including an upper collar attachable above the joint and a lower collar attached below the joint, and a hinge positioned between the upper attachment and the lower attachment. The Unloader further includes a compression assembly includes an arm attached at one end to the hinge and a housing into which the arm is slidable. The housing further includes a bushing and a variable resistance beam positioned between the arm and the bushing. The variable resistance beam provides a variable degree of rigidity to provide different levels of resistance to compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Alliance Design and Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Walsh, Peter B. Tarlton
  • Patent number: 10478366
    Abstract: An adjustable orthostatic intolerance garment formed of a knitted spandex powernet construction in order to provide compression when on the leg, and including legs and a torso portion that extends upwardly into the abdominal area below the pectoral muscles; and a respective pair of elongate panels that are retained in place by attaching elements, and that are introduced into or removed from the garment to increase or reduce compression on the wearer's body as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Ann Hettich
  • Patent number: 10478344
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sealing an ear canal for retaining a solution in the ear canal. Adhesive earplugs are provided through which the solution can be delivered, and which, following delivery, retain the fluid in the ear canal. The systems and methods may also be useful for delivering an anesthetizing solution to the ear canal of a human patient and for maintaining the solution therein for use with an iontophoresis system for anesthetizing the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Girotra, Bernard H. Andreas, Alfredo Cantu, Nikhil Bhat, Mansour Saleki, Shrirang V. Ranade, Miranda Ray
  • Patent number: 10470914
    Abstract: An AFO for use in the Ponseti method which is bar-less and provides for readily interchangeable structures for providing differing articulation resistance. In one embodiment, the readily interchangeable structure is a flexible member achieving connection between and the majority of the separation between the shoe and the calf engaging structure. In another embodiment, an articulated arm with two rigid segments joined at a spring loaded hinge, with interchangeable spring canisters is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Marcus William Powell, John R Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10470959
    Abstract: A positioning system for a surgical mask utilizing an adjustable leg that is positioned on a mirror by way of a series of orifices. The adjustable leg includes a handle rotatably confined by the mirror orifice to raise and lower the surgical mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Le
  • Patent number: 10463525
    Abstract: Custom manufactured headwear for a subject's head includes an inner layer shaped to contact the head of the subject at predetermined areas. The inner layer is deposited by an additive manufacturing device. The headwear further includes an outer layer deposited by the additive manufacturing device. The inner layer and the outer layer are each formed by the additive manufacture device utilizing a device data file derived from a subject data file. The subject data file is representative of the shape of the head and the device data file determines the shape of the headwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cranial Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter
  • Patent number: 10463529
    Abstract: Domed articles are disclosed with reinforcements and adaptations for adhesively-applying them to a person's back while sleeping, to deter against the person sleeping supinely on their back, a posture that is commonly associated with louder and more dangerous snoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jennifer Sparr
  • Patent number: 10456288
    Abstract: An orthopedic rail system which has a first component with a receiving element and a second component with a connection end for connecting to the receiving element. The receiving element has two opposing stop walls, and the connection end has two opposing lateral walls. The receiving element and the connection end can be connected to each other by at least one connection element such that the lateral walls rest against the stop walls in the connected state. The stop walls and the lateral walls each taper towards each other in a conical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Matthias Schilling
  • Patent number: 10456314
    Abstract: An orthosis for stretching the tissue around a foot and a toe of a wearer includes a first member affixable to the foot and a second member operatively connected to the first member and affixable to the toe. A gear is connected to the second member and rotates relative to the first member to impart movement of the second member relative to the first member. A drive assembly is operatively coupled to the gear and drives rotation of the gear, thereby driving movement of the second member relative to the first member such that the toe moves relative to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris P. Bonutti, Peter M. Bonutti, Kevin R. Ruholl
  • Patent number: 10449077
    Abstract: A walking apparatus is provided that includes a sole having an adjustable length, the sole comprising a heel portion, a forefoot portion operatively coupled to the heel portion, the forefoot portion configured for adjustment from a first position to at least one other position relative to the heel portion, wherein a length of the sole is configured to adjust from a first length to a second length when the forefoot portion is adjusted from the first position to the at least one other position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ovation Medical
    Inventors: Tracy E. Grim, Steve Eastwood, Kenji Watabe, Mark Scott Nelson, Sr., Dwight Paul Bennett, Steven L. Hecker
  • Patent number: 10449079
    Abstract: A brace may include a body portion and a finger portion. The body portion may include a first flexible sheet configured to receive at least portions of a user's wrist and hand and may restrict movement of the wrist. The finger portion may include a second flexible sheet and a rigid stabilizing member. The finger portion may be configured to receive at least one of the user's fingers and may restrict movement of the at least one finger relative to the wrist and hand. Further, the body portion be configured to releasably receive the finger portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Matti Palo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10449110
    Abstract: Systems and methods for neuromodulation of a female patient suffering from a pelvic condition, such as incontinence, are disclosed. A mechanical stimulus such as pressure, tension, traction, friction, or vibration for example can be applied to one, two, or more clitoral structures sufficient to cause a physiologic stimulus or inhibition, such as neuromodulation to treat or prevent the pelvic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ParaPatch, Inc.
    Inventors: Cora St. Anne, Joseph St. Anne, Cindy Santa Cruz, Theodore V. Benderev, Eric Willis, Kevin Wasserstein
  • Patent number: 10441469
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of making a corded earplug, including a flexible cord material having a particular cross-section. An earplug having a nose portion for insertion into the ear and a handle portion extending from the nose portion and lying outside of the ear when the nose portion is inserted into the ear. The handle portion including at least two openings physically displaced from each other. At least one of the openings extends within the handle portion and with at least one of the openings having a cross-section different than the cross-section of the cord material. An end portion of the flexible cord material is inserted into the at least one opening extending within the handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MOLDEX-METRIC, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Magidson, Crest Turdjian, Fred Ryan
  • Patent number: 10442078
    Abstract: An exoskeleton designed to be worn by a user is generally configured to support and transfer the load supported by the head, the neck and/or the torso (shoulders, chest and/or back) of the user down to the ground. The exoskeleton is generally passive and includes at least three interconnected sections: torso, hip, and leg sections. Each of the sections generally includes of a plurality of interconnected rigid members which form the load-bearing structure of the exoskeleton. When a user wears the exoskeleton, load normally carried by the head, neck and/or torso of the user is at least partially supported and transferred to the ground by the exoskeleton, thereby reducing the load effectively supported by the user itself. The leg sections of the exoskeleton are designed to ensure that the load is entirely transferred to the inner side of the feet, in accordance with human biomechanics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc
    Inventors: Alain Bujold, Jean-Marc Sheitoyan, Fran├žois Tremblay, Patrice Paquette, Aleksander Pohl, Simon Forget, Anis Ouanes, Alain Vary
  • Patent number: 10441869
    Abstract: A hydrating mouthguard. The mouthguard includes a base having U-shape with a front periphery and a rear periphery. A labial wall upstand from the front periphery of the base and a lingual wall upstands from the rear periphery of the base. A channel sized to receive a user's upper teeth is defined in between the labial wall and the lingual wall. The mouthguard further includes at least one receptacle having an entrance opening and an exit opening. At least one tube runs from the entrance opening and includes an opposing open end 20. A valve selectively allows a fluid to travel from the receptacle to the tube and out the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael George Forrest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10434007
    Abstract: A technique for fabricating a surgical splint for use in correcting a dental condition of a patient. The technique involves obtaining a three-dimensional digital model of lower and upper arch dentitions of the patient having the dental condition. Relative positions of the lower and upper arch dentitions are adjusted with respect to each other in the three-dimensional digital model using a computing device. An electronic model of a splint is generated based on the adjusted relative positions of the lower and upper arch dentitions. A splint is then generated in a physical form from the electronic model of the splint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce W. Hultgren
  • Patent number: 10426905
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for improving airway patency are provided. A medial surface of the patient's tongue is constrained with a tongue constraint of an oral device placed in the oral cavity to generate a clear region between the medial surface and the hard palate. The clear region is in fluid communication with the soft palate. The tongue constraint has superior surface and inferior surfaces configured to generate the clear region. Negative pressure is applied within the oral cavity to hold the soft palate in a position in which the airway is at least partially open. The negative pressure is applied through one or more ports of the oral device. The one or more ports remain unobstructed by the tongue when the negative pressure is applied. The applied negative pressure causes the soft palate and tongue form a seal whereby the patient's airway is substantially fluidly isolated from the clear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SOMNICS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edward Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 10413451
    Abstract: A composite wound dressing includes an absorbent portion coupled to the vapor permeable backing with a first adhesive and a wound contact portion having a first portion coupled to the absorbent portion with a second adhesive, and the wound contact portion having a second portion coupled to the vapor permeable backing with the first adhesive is disclosed. Further a skin securement portion coupled to the backing portion with the first adhesive, the skin securement portion including a semi-self adherent adhesive, and a void having a first size, wherein at least a portion of absorbent is accessible through the void. The wound contact portion has a size greater than the first size of the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Debashish Chakravarthy
  • Patent number: 10406013
    Abstract: A dorsal night splint has dynamic adjustable features that allow the patient to adjust the splint while in use to control the stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles. A semi-rigid flexible frame is included along with a tightening strap that is anchored to the frame and by which the patient can tension the strap and adjust the structure of the frame to fit the patient's desired therapeutic or prophylactic needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DJO LLC
    Inventors: Carl Hoffmeier, Tracy Ng, Eileen Zirpolo-Kisco
  • Patent number: 10406017
    Abstract: A device comprises an arm cover to be positioned under the arm before being closed thereover, a shoulder strap to be positioned under the shoulder and adapted to wrap the shoulder when attached, over the shoulder, to the closed arm cover and a longitudinal strap to be fixed to the table opposite to the head. The longitudinal strap can apply tension on the shoulder strap when shortened. A method for installing a device on an immobilized patient comprising positioning an arm cover under the arm and a shoulder strap connected to the arm cover under the shoulder, closing the arm cover over the arm and attaching the shoulder strap, over the shoulder, to the closed arm cover, fixing an end of a longitudinal strap, connected to the arm cover, to the table opposite to the head and pulling on the longitudinal strap to apply tension on the shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Spinologics Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Parent, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Hubert LaBelle, Mark Driscoll