Patents Examined by Pamela M Bays
  • Patent number: 10368791
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, devices, compositions, and kits for monitoring neuromodulation efficacy based on changes in the level or activity of one or more target biomarkers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Adrian Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Ayala Hezi-Yamit, Rudy Beasley, Susan Thornton Edwards, Lori Garcia, Michele Lee Silver, Christopher W. Storment, Carol M. Sullivan, Joseph A. Traina, Stefan Stoyanov Tunev
  • Patent number: 10368764
    Abstract: A system and method to select segments of cardiac signals. Each of a plurality of segments in a first signal is correlated at a plurality of offsets to determine a highest correlation coefficient for each of the plurality of segments in the first signal. Each of a plurality of segments in a second signal is correlated at the plurality of offsets to determine a highest correlation coefficient for each of the plurality of segments in the second signal. A plurality of composite correlation coefficients is generated using highest correlation coefficients for segments of the first signal and segments of the second signal. The segments of the first and second signals are approximately contemporaneous. A set of segments including a segment from the first signal and a segment from the second signal is selected. The set is associated with a highest composite correlation coefficient from the plurality of composite correlation coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Topera, Inc.
    Inventors: Carey Robert Briggs, Ruchir Sehra
  • Patent number: 10362988
    Abstract: A method for knitting a garment having a tubular form, including knitting at least one conductive textile electrode on a machine having N participating feeders and M needles. The method includes the steps of continuously knitting the tubular form with one or more flexible non-conductive yarns, and knitting the electrode integrally within the tubular form, using a conductive yarn, in addition to the non-conductive yarns. The conductive yarn is knitted in a float-loop form by knitting a stitch and skipping over y needles, as follows: repeatably knitting a line segment Lk, using feeder Fi and starting at needle D1; and knitting line segment Lk+1, using the next feeder and start stitching the first float-loop at needle D1+s where 0<s<y. The tubular form has a preconfigured 10 knitting density, wherein the electrode has a knitting density that is higher than the preconfigured knitting density of the tubular form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HEALTHWATCH LTD.
    Inventors: Boaz Shoshani, Renen Ben David
  • Patent number: 10357655
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a processing facility and a control facility. The processing facility is configured to 1) divide an audio signal presented to a cochlear implant patient into a plurality of analysis channels each containing a frequency domain signal, and 2) maintain data representative of a crossover frequency. The control facility is configured to 1) direct a cochlear implant to apply electrical stimulation representative of each frequency domain signal included in a plurality of low frequency analysis channels located below the crossover frequency in accordance with a low frequency stimulation strategy that includes a degree of focusing, and 2) direct the cochlear implant to apply electrical stimulation representative of each frequency domain signal included in a plurality of high frequency analysis channels located above the crossover frequency in accordance with a high frequency stimulation strategy that includes a lesser degree of focusing than the low frequency stimulation strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: Nobutaka Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10335051
    Abstract: A method including measuring cardiac beats in signals at one or more electrodes on a catheter in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity and collecting a plurality of additional data signals related to the cardiac beats, computing criteria that is used to characterize beat morphology of a cardiac beat in the plurality of additional data signals, the criteria based on a comparison of the plurality of additional data signals and a beat template, selecting a subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes by determining, based on the criteria, whether to select the cardiac beat and include beat data for the cardiac beat, and determining physiological information based on the selected subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rhythmia Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Harlev, Rotem Eldar
  • Patent number: 10300290
    Abstract: Aspects are generally directed to techniques for determining weights for stimulation channels of a stimulating hearing prosthesis. The determined weights are used to provide stimulation to a recipient of the stimulating hearing prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Zachary M. Smith, Christopher van den Honert
  • Patent number: 10300280
    Abstract: An active implantable medical device includes a VNS pulse bursts generator for stimulation of the vagus nerve according to several selectable configurations. The device may further include a sensor of the current activity level of the patient. The generator is controlled on the activity signal via a classifier determining the of class the current level of activity among a plurality of classes of activity. A controller selects a configuration of VNS therapy depending on the class of activity thus determined. Limits of the activity classes are dynamically changeable by a calibration module that conducts a historical analysis of the successive current activity levels over a predetermined analysis period. The calibration module can prepare a histogram of the historical analysis, and can define the limits of the activity classes depending on the outcome of the historical analysis and the histogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Bonnet
  • Patent number: 10292766
    Abstract: A cutting element for a cutting head for a device for cutting hair is disclosed. A laser beam is directed across a cutting zone, in the cutting head, substantially parallel to a user's skin. The laser beam has an effective cutting region in which the laser beam is of a sufficient intensity to cut hair entering said region. The cutting element has a guard adjacent to the cutting zone to contact a user's skin and space the laser beam there from. The guard has a non-planar shape in a direction extending across the cutting zone so that it substantially follows the contours of an edge of the effective cutting region of the laser beam to reduce any variation in the distance between the edge of the effective cutting region and the user's skin across the length of the cutting zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Rieko Verhagen, Bastiaan Wilhelmus Maria Moeskops, Mark Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 10292602
    Abstract: A blood flow index calculating method includes: obtaining, by a camera, an image capturing a first site of a living body and a second site of the living body; extracting an area of the first site of the living body and an area of the second site of the living body, by a processor; detecting a pulse wave pattern of the first site of the living body from the area of the first site of the living body and detecting a pulse wave pattern of the second site of the living body from the area of the second site of the living body, by the processor; first calculating a delay amount from the pulse wave pattern of the first site and the pulse wave pattern of the second site, by the processor; and second calculating an index related to blood flow by using the delay amount, by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masato Sakata, Daisuke Uchida, Akihiro Inomata, Hidenori Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10278765
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling the application of energy to tissue using measurements of impedance are described. The impedance, correlated to the temperature, may be set at a desired level, such as a percentage of initial impedance. The set impedance may be a function of the initial impedance, the size and spacing of the electrodes, the size of a targeted passageway, and so on. The set impedance may then be entered into a PID algorithm or other control loop algorithm in order to extract a power to be applied to a treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Jarrard
  • Patent number: 10279164
    Abstract: A medical therapy arrangement, for applying electrical stimulation to a subject, includes a garment having electrodes at an inner surface. A control unit controls each electrode to work as one or more of anode, cathode or disconnected state, per a predetermined therapy stimulation program. Furthermore, the arrangement includes: at least one connection unit having a predetermined number of connection elements respectively electrically connected to the electrodes via separate connection lines being flexible and elastic and integrated into the garment; at least one connection board having a predetermined number of connection pads electrically connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Inerventions AB
    Inventors: Jonas Wistrand, Fredrik Lundqvist, Emma Sjoberg, Johan Gawell, Andreas Hallden
  • Patent number: 10271727
    Abstract: A system for monitoring cardiac health of a user including a local sensing subsystem, a contactless interrogation subsystem, and a remote monitoring subsystem. The local sensing subsystem may include a sensor patch configured to attach to the user and include a substrate, a passive radio-frequency identification transponder, and a first antenna. The contactless interrogation subsystem may include an interrogator separated from the sensor patch, which may include a second antenna, a demodulator, and a communications link. The remote monitoring subsystem may include a computing system comprising a processor for executing instructions. The local sensing subsystem may be adapted to perform at least one scan. The contactless interrogation subsystem may be adapted to operate the demodulator to receive a cardiac event and to operate the communications link to transmit the cardiac event. The remote monitoring subsystem may be adapted to execute the instructions to detect an arrhythmia from the cardiac reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Marcus, Chris Chang, Scott Baskerville
  • Patent number: 10264969
    Abstract: A method of operating a wireless ECG sensor system may include (1) wirelessly transmitting, using a second antenna, electromagnetic radiation having a frequency equal to the resonant frequency of a first antenna of a sensor patch; (2) inductively receiving, using the first antenna, power for operating a passive RFID transponder of the sensor patch; and (3) operating the microcontroller of the sensor patch to perform at least one scan, wherein performing the at least one scan is defined as: (a) receiving a cardiac activity signal from at least one of the positive and negative electrodes of the sensor patch, (b) retrieving a location identifier from the storage medium of the sensor patch, and (c) operating the load modulation switch of the sensor patch to alter a voltage amplitude of the electromagnetic radiation to transmit to a demodulator a cardiac event reading comprising the cardiac activity signal and the location identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Marcus, Chris Chang, Scott Baskerville
  • Patent number: 10226621
    Abstract: A pacemaker is provided. The pacemaker includes an electrode line having a lead and an electrode. The electrode includes a carbon nanotube composite structure having a matrix and at least one carbon nanotube structure located in the matrix. A first end of each carbon nanotube structure protrudes out of a first surface of the matrix for stimulating the human tissue, and a second end of each carbon nanotube structure protrudes out of a second surface of the matrix to electrically connect to the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li Qian, Yu-Quan Wang, Liang Liu, Li Fan, Wen-Mei Zhao, Chen Feng
  • Patent number: 10201385
    Abstract: An irrigated ablation catheter adapted for direct tissue contact has micro-elements that provide more accurate sensing of tissue, including thermal and electrical properties for temperature and impedance measurements. The micro-elements extend through a hollow chamber of an irrigated ablation electrode, and distal ends thereof can protrude outside of electrode or be flush with the electrode. The micro-elements have a protective guide tube in which components enabling temperature sensing or electrical sensing are encased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Debby Grunewald, Meir Bar-Tal
  • Patent number: 10201696
    Abstract: A defibrillation electrode pad includes an electrode section and a CPR administration section. The electrode section and the CPR administration section are positioned in the defibrillation electrode pad relative to each other such that the CPR administration section is located above a sternum of an adult subject and the electrode section is located in a position appropriate for the administration of a defibrillation shock to the adult subject when the defibrillation electrode pad is oriented in a first orientation and such that the CPR administration section is located above a sternum of a pediatric subject and the electrode section is located in a position appropriate for the administration of a defibrillation shock to the pediatric subject when the defibrillation electrode pad is oriented in a second orientation different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Ward Hamilton, Deborah T. Jones, David N. Craige, III, Melissa M. Dascoli, E. Jane Wilson, Ian B. Durant
  • Patent number: 10159833
    Abstract: A lead anchor includes a body defining a lead lumen having a first opening and a second opening through which a lead can pass. The body further defines a transverse lumen that intersects the lead lumen. An exterior member is disposed around at least a portion of the body. The exterior member is formed of a biocompatible material. A fastener anchors the lead to the body through the transverse lumen by deforming a portion of the lead. The transverse lumen is configured and arranged to receive the fastener. At least at least two suture tabs extend from the exterior member and are configured and arranged for receiving a suture to suture the lead anchor to patient tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Quynh Nguyen-Stella, Kenny Kinyen Chinn, John Michael Barker, Surekha B. Husmann, Roger Chen
  • Patent number: 10124164
    Abstract: An EMI/energy dissipating filter for an active implantable medical device (AIMD) is described. The filter comprises a first gold braze hermetically sealing the insulator to a ferrule that is configured to be mounted in an opening in a housing for the AIMD. A lead wire is hermetically sealed in a passageway through the insulator by a second gold braze. A circuit board substrate is disposed adjacent the insulator. A two-terminal chip capacitor disposed adjacent to the circuit board has an active end metallization that is electrically connected to the active electrode plates and a ground end metallization that is electrically connected to the at least one ground electrode plates of the capacitor. A ground path electrically extends between the ground end metallization of the chip capacitor and the ferrule. The ground path comprises a conductive pin electrically and mechanically connected to the ferrule by a third gold braze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Christine A. Frysz, Richard L. Brendel
  • Patent number: 10098544
    Abstract: A wireless ECG sensor system includes a sensor patch configured to attach to a user. The sensor patch may include a substrate having a positive and a negative electrode, and a passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponder carried by the substrate. The RFID may include a first antenna, a non-transitory and non-volatile storage medium in electrical communication with the first antenna, a load modulation switch in electrical communication with the first antenna, and a microcontroller in electrical communication with the first antenna and in data communication with both the storage medium and the load modulation switch. The system may also include an interrogator device having a second antenna configured to wirelessly transmit electromagnetic radiation having a resonant frequency of the first antenna of the sensor patch, and a demodulator configured to measure a voltage amplitude of the electromagnetic radiation wirelessly transmitted by the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Marcus, Chris Chang, Scott Baskerville
  • Patent number: 10099051
    Abstract: An EMI/energy dissipating filter for an active implantable medical device (AIMD) is described. The filter comprises a first gold braze hermetically sealing the insulator to a ferrule that is configured to be mounted in an opening in a housing for the AIMD. A lead wire is hermetically sealed in a passageway through the insulator by a second gold braze. A circuit board substrate is disposed adjacent the insulator. A two-terminal chip capacitor disposed adjacent to the circuit board has an active end metallization that is electrically connected to the active electrode plates and a ground end metallization that is electrically connected to the at least one ground electrode plates of the capacitor. A ground path electrically extends between the ground end metallization of the chip capacitor and the ferrule. There is also an active path electrically extending between the active end metallization of the chip capacitor and the lead wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Christine A. Frysz, Richard L. Brendel