Patents Examined by Paula J Stice
  • Patent number: 10413730
    Abstract: An implantable pulse generator (IPG) that generates spinal cord stimulation signals for a human body has a programmable signal generator that can generate the signals based on stored signal parameters without any intervention from a processor that controls the overall operation of the IPG. While the signal generator is generating the signals the processor can be in a standby mode to substantially save battery power. The IPG also contains circuitry to indicate to a patient that proper alignment exists between the IPG and an external charger to charge a battery in the IPG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cirtec Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Saif Khalil, Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Daniel Fellmeth, Hrishikesh Gadagkar
  • Patent number: 10413651
    Abstract: A TET system is operable to vary an amount of power transmitted from an external power supply to an implantable power unit in accordance with a monitored condition of the implantable power unit. The amount of power supplied to the implantable power unit for operating a pump, for example, can be varied in accordance with a cardiac cycle, so as to maintain the monitored condition in the power circuit within a desired range throughout the cardiac cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry M. Yomtov, John R. Batty
  • Patent number: 10414022
    Abstract: An implant for implantation into bone tissue includes an elongated body having an outer surface. The outer surface has at least one thread. The thread makes a number of turns around the body of the implant and includes a root, a flank and a crest. The root and a segment of the flank have a roughened portion compared to the crest. A method of forming an implant having a threaded outer surface including a root, a flank, and a crest includes treating the threaded outer surface at only the root and a portion of the flank while the crest remains untreated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Mayfield, Michael D. Scalise, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 10413240
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a balloon configured to contact a surface of a human conduit and one or more a biometric sensors operatively coupled to or on or in or within the balloon for detecting a biometric signal. The electronic device in some examples is a biometric sensor or measuring device. In other examples, the electronic device is an integrated device such as an earpiece having biometric sensors. In yet other examples, the electronic device can be operatively coupled to other device and other biometric sensors. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wayne Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10406368
    Abstract: An Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is disclosed that is capable of sensing a degree to which recruited neurons in a patient's tissue are firing synchronously, and of modifying a stimulation program to promote desynchronicity and to reduce paresthesia. An evoked compound action potential (ECAP) of the recruited neurons is sensed as a measure of synchronicity by at least one non-active electrode. An ECAP algorithm operable in the IPG assesses the shape of the ECAP and determines one or more ECAP shape parameters that indicate whether the recruited neurons are firing synchronously or desynchronously. If the shape parameters indicate significant synchronicity, the ECAP algorithm can adjust the stimulation program to promote desynchronous firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley L. Hershey, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10406323
    Abstract: The invention relates to a catheter device, having a catheter (1), an actuation device (8) at a first end of the catheter and also a mechanical transmission element (9, 10) for transmitting a movement along the catheter to the actuation device, the actuation device having a coupling element (14) which is connected to the transmission element (9, 10) and can be actuated by the latter relative to the longitudinal direction of the catheter in a first degree of freedom, and also a conversion element (15) which can be actuated by the coupling element and which converts the actuation movement at least partially into a movement in a second degree of freedom. As a result, a combined movement at the distal end of the catheter can be produced particularly simply for compression and release of a functional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Mario Scheckel
  • Patent number: 10405769
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation and bio-potential measurement device is provided. The electrical stimulation and bio-potential measurement device comprises at least one electrode module which comes into contact with the scalp of a user, a current supply unit, connected to the at least one electrode module, for supplying a current to the at least one electrode module so that the at least one electrode module can apply electrical stimulation to the user, and a signal processing unit, connected to the at least one electrode module, for processing bio-potential signals detected by the at least one electrode module, wherein the current supply unit comprises at least one switch which is arranged between the at least one electrode module and a voltage source for supplying the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Y-BRAIN INC.
    Inventors: Ki Won Lee, Cheon Ju Ko, Jong Min Jang, Byung Gik Kim
  • Patent number: 10405760
    Abstract: A heart rate monitor system having at least one primary heart rate sensor (110) for measuring or determining a heart rate of a user and for outputting an output signal (HR) is provided. The output signal (HR) is based at least on measured heart beats and/or artifacts. The heart rate monitor system also comprises a model unit (132) for estimating or predicting a heart rate (HRM) of a user based on a model stored in the model unit (132) and the information received from at least one secondary sensor (120) measuring at least one physiological factor influencing heart rate of a user. The heart rate monitor system furthermore comprises a processing unit (131) for correlating the output signal (HR) received from the primary sensor (110) with the estimated or predicted hear rate (HRM) received from the model unit (132) to differentiate the measured heart beats from the artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Cristian Nicolae Presura, David Antoine Christian Marie Roovers, Ruxandra Valentina Bobiti
  • Patent number: 10405789
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the volume of urine in a human bladder is described. The apparatus uses light to determine the length of a flexible tube attached vertically to the outside of the bladder, and converts the length into a fullness value that is transmitted to an external device that notifies a user about the state of the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Avner Ramu, Nehemia Hampel
  • Patent number: 10398375
    Abstract: The invention provides a wearable device, a physiological information monitoring system and a physiological information monitoring method. The wearable device includes a device body, a measurement circuit, and a measurement trigger interface. The measurement circuit is disposed on the device body and adapted to perform a physiological information measurement operation to measure a physiological signal and generate physiological information accordingly. The measurement trigger interface is triggered to generate a measurement trigger signal. The measurement circuit performs the physiological information measurement operation in response to the measurement trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Bo-Wen Xiao, Ming-Tien Lin, Tun-Chun Yang, Chih-Jen Hu
  • Patent number: 10398384
    Abstract: It is possible to reduce power consumption of a pulsimeter while suppressing a degradation in an accuracy of measuring pulse. A pulsimeter (1) includes a light emitter (10), a photodetector (12), an AD converter (14), a frequency analyzing unit (15), and an adjusting unit (17). The light emitter (10) emits light to a blood vessel of a measurement target. The photodetector (12) detects light emitted by the light emitter (10) via the blood vessel. The AD converter (14) analog/digital converts an output signal of the photodetector (12). The frequency analyzing unit (15) frequency-analyzes data converted by the AD converter (14). The adjusting unit (17) adjusts an amount of light emitted by the light emitter (10) based on the analysis result by the frequency analyzing unit (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Akane Hiroshima, Yuji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10376625
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for measuring and calculating parameters to control and monitor a power transfer in an implanted medical device, including operating the device in a plurality of scalable power modes and/or coupling modes. The system may shift between or among power and/or coupling modes based on input such as data received over system communication lines, programmable timers, or electrical loading information. The system may also shift between or among power and/or coupling modes based on calculated amounts of coupling, levels of detected heat flux, and/or amounts of estimated temperature changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Minnetronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Vlad Bluvshtein, Lori Lucke, William Weiss
  • Patent number: 10376154
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for detecting the likelihood of an aortic coarctation in an infant using photoplethysmographic pulse signals obtained from the hand and foot of the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Jerusalem College of Technology
    Inventors: Robert Koppel, Meir Nitzan
  • Patent number: 10376169
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect, a wearable medical device is provided. The wearable medical device may include a sensing electrode to sense an electrocardiogram signal of a patient, a therapy electrode to provide treatment to the patient, a garment to be worn about a torso of the patient and receive the sensing electrode and the therapy electrode, and a controller operatively coupled to the sensing electrode and the therapy electrode. The controller may be configured to determine a current location of the wearable medical device based on a previous position of the medical device and at least a speed and a direction of movement of the wearable medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kaib, Guy Johnson
  • Patent number: 10369363
    Abstract: A method of providing therapy to a patient having a medical condition comprises delivering electrical stimulation energy to the spinal cord of the patient in accordance with a stimulation program that preferentially stimulates dorsal horn neuronal elements over dorsal column neuronal elements in the spinal cord. The delivered electrical stimulation energy generates a plurality of electrical fields having different orientations that stimulate the dorsal horn neuronal elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10369367
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of a method for providing neural stimulation, activity is sensed, and neural stimulation is automatically controlled based on the sensed activity. An embodiment determines periods of rest and periods of exercise using the sensed activity, and applies neural stimulation during rest and withdrawing neural stimulation during exercise. Other embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Andrew P. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10368767
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include a system for mapping the electrical activity of the heart. The system may include a catheter shaft with a plurality of electrodes. The system may also include a processor. The processor may be capable of collecting a set of signals from at least one of the plurality of electrodes. The set of signals may be collected over a time period. The processor may also be capable of calculating at least one propagation vector from the set of signals, generating a data set from the at least one propagation vector, generating a statistical distribution of the data set and generating a visual representation of the statistical distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob I. Laughner, Shibaji Shome, Paul Hultz, Kevin J. Stalsberg, Pramodsingh H. Thakur
  • Patent number: 10367178
    Abstract: A neuromuscular stimulator device is described having a plastic casing housing control electronics which are maintained in contact with a power source by a metal retaining clip. The casing includes an integral cover which may be opened by breaking lines of weakness formed in the cover. The cover and clip are of such relative sizes and shapes so that once the cover is open, the clip may only be removed from the casing by deforming the clip. This deformation will ensure that the clip and other components cannot be replaced back in the casing, such that the device cannot easily be reused. In addition, the cover is not replaceable, due to the broken portions of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sky Medical Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Fenton, Ali Ersan, Martin Gordon
  • Patent number: 10350405
    Abstract: System, method, and tool for implanting an electrode cuff. The system can include a cuff and a slider implement, where the cuff is temporarily retained within and/or onto the slider implement by a retainer mechanism during implantation. The cuff can be structured to exhibit a natural rolled shape, but can be resiliently bendable so as to flex from the rolled shape while having a tendency to move back to the rolled shape. The cuff can be releasably secured to a portion of the slider implement, which may include holding the cuff in an unrolled shape. The cuff can then be positioned adjacent the nerve. The retainer mechanism can then be actuated to allow the cuff to advance towards its naturally rolled shape, thereby wrapping around the nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wantjinarjo Suwito, Isaac Kreft, Andrew B. Kibler, Jeffrey A. von Arx
  • Patent number: 10350424
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an optoelectronic stimulating device for use in a medical treatment involving delivering an electrical current to an electrically excitable tissue (Zbio) by means of two electrodes (3n, 3p) electrically coupled to said tissue, said optoelectronic stimulating device comprising: (a) a source (4) of electrical impulses, which is electrically connected to (b) a source of light emission (2), in optical communication with (c) a photovoltaic cell (1) electrically connected to two electrodes (3n, 3p) for establishing two electrical contacts with said tissue and thus forming an electrical stimulating circuit fed by the photovoltaic cell (1) which is energized by the radiation of the source of light emission (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Pascal Doguet