Patents Examined by Rene T Towa
  • Patent number: 11129970
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to multi-segment intraluminal guide wires including an elongate distal portion comprising a first metallic material (e.g., nitinol), an elongate proximal portion comprising a second metallic material (e.g., stainless steel). The distal and proximal portions may be directly joined together end to end by a solid-state weld joint. A diameter of the weld region surrounding the weld joint on either side of the weld joint may be reduced (e.g., ground down) relative to the diameter of the distal and proximal portions of the guide wire on either side of the weld region. A stiffness adjusting sleeve may be disposed over the weld joint so that a transition profile of bending stiffness across the weld region is gradual, rather than abrupt across the distal portion of the guide wire to the proximal portion of the guide wire. A polymer jacket may cover the sleeve and distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, Bruce M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11116597
    Abstract: A support or holder for a biopsy device is disclosed. The support includes a holder section that grasps or otherwise supports the biopsy device, wherein the support may be configured with flexible support members that may be bent, flexed or articulated thereby allowing the practitioner to manipulate the support for re-positioning the biopsy device into a desired position where the biopsy device may then be actuated to acquire a tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lampropoulos, Gregory R. McArthur
  • Patent number: 11103172
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide for the sensing of physiological signals during stimulation therapy by preventing stimulation waveform artifacts from being passed through to the amplification of the sensed physiological signal. Thus, the amplifiers are not adversely affected by the stimulation waveform and can provide for successful sensing of physiological signals between stimulation waveform pulses. A blanking switch may be used to blank the stimulation waveform artifacts where the blanking switch is operated in a manner synchronized with the stimulation waveform so that conduction in the sensing path is blocked during the stimulation pulse as well as during other troublesome artifacts such as a peak of a recharge pulse. A limiter may be used to limit the amplitude of the sensed signal, and hence the stimulation artifacts, that are passed to the amplifier without any synchronization of the limiter to the stimulation waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott R. Stanslaski, Peng Cong, Wesley A. Santa, Timothy J. Denison
  • Patent number: 11103138
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a patient's foot forms a thermogram of the sole of at least one foot of the patient, and determines whether the thermogram presents at least one of a plurality of prescribed patterns. The method also compares the thermogram against a prior thermogram of the same foot, and produces output information indicating the emergence of an ulcer on a given portion on the at least one foot as a function of 1) whether the thermogram is determined to present the at least one pattern, and 2) the comparison with the prior thermogram, which shows non-ulcerated tissue at the given location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Podimetrics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Robert Linders, Jonathan David Bloom, Jeffrey Mark Engler, Brian Jude Petersen, Adam Geboff, David Charles Kale
  • Patent number: 11096677
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for collecting cells from a body lumen are described. The system may include a cell collection device and a capsule configured to releasably retain the cell collection device. The cell collection device may comprise a plurality of distinct regions, each region comprising one or more material properties. In some instances, at least one material property of at least one distinct region differs from at least one material property of at least one other distinct region. The distinct regions may comprise different materials or may comprise the same material where at least one of the distinct regions is mechanically or chemically altered to yield the at least one differing material property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Alexander A. Lubinski, Mark A. Maguire, Dylan S. Reinsdorf
  • Patent number: 11096743
    Abstract: A laser system for use in an environment is disclosed. The laser system may include a base unit including a laser, a controller operatively coupled to the laser, and a first antenna operatively coupled to the controller. The laser system may further include a laser energy delivery system having a first end which receives laser energy from the laser and a second end which delivers the laser energy to the environment. The laser system may further include a switch unit located remote from the base unit and including a switch controller, a second antenna operatively coupled to the switch controller, and a user operable switch. The switch unit may be connected to the base unit through a tether. The controller may determine when the laser energy is provided to the laser energy delivery system based on a signal from the switch unit, the signal being sent wirelessly to the controller from the second antenna of the switch unit to the first antenna of the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth Chalfant
  • Patent number: 11090032
    Abstract: An intraosseous needle set is provided for penetrating a target area. The intraosseous needle set includes a cannula having a first end, a second end, and a bore. The bore may accommodate an intraosseous device, such that the intraosseous device and the cannula are operable to penetrate the target area. The bore has a length extending from the second end of the cannula through the first end of the cannula. The bore has a first cross-section with a substantially constant diameter along a majority of the length and extends from the second end of the cannula toward the first end of the cannula. The bore has a second cross-section along a minority of the length and extends from the first end of the cannula toward the second end of the cannula. The second cross-section may have a different shape than the first cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Larry J. Miller, Robert W. Titkemeyer, John Morgan, Christopher Kilcoin
  • Patent number: 11064982
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided for performing tissue removal and analysis based on the in-situ optical analysis of tissue and of liquid collected from the tissue region. In one example embodiment, a tissue removal and analysis probe includes an elongate tissue removal device, an optical fiber, and a fluid fillable conduit, where distal ends of the optical fiber and the conduit are in communication with an external region that is adjacent to a distal functional portion of the tissue removal device. The results of optical analysis one of both of external tissue and collected fluid may be employed to determine whether or not tissue removal is to be carried out. Various devices may be interfaced with the conduit for optical analysis of the collected fluid. In one example embodiment, the tissue removal device may be movable relative to the optical fiber and conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Siu Wai Jacky Mak
  • Patent number: 11045099
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device and method for controlling a solenoid valve of a portable medical device. The portable medical device comprises a power source; an electrically actuated valve, a control unit for regulating at least one of a control voltage and a control current for actuation of the valve, and at least one inertial sensor for detecting and transmitting motion signals representative of external motions applied to the portable medical device. The control unit is configured to regulate the at least one of the control voltage and the control current of the valve as a function of the motion signals of the at least one inertial sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Otto Valtteri Pekander
  • Patent number: 11039816
    Abstract: The invention provides device for needle biopsy having a novel delivery handle system for interchangeably delivering needles of various sizes to a biopsy site. The delivery handle system is adjustable in length and includes a proximal slideably disposed over a middle handle member, the middle handle member is slideably disposed over a distal handle member. The proximal handle member includes an inner hub housing component configured to interchangeably receive a needle subassembly that can be inserting into and withdrawn from the proximal handle member. The needle subassembly includes a needle of a plurality of different sizes, a needle luer, a needle hub coupled to a proximal end portion of the needle, and a needle protector subassembly. The needle protector subassembly includes a needle protection hub configured to receive the distal end of a needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John O. McWeeney, Michael E. Kelly
  • Patent number: 11006894
    Abstract: A method is provided for continuously monitoring pressure ulcer risk for a patient positioned on a support surface. The support surface has an associated pressure sensing device for sensing instantaneous pressure at the support surface. The method includes acquiring pressure data from the pressure sensing device to generate a two-dimensional instantaneous pressure (IP) map indicative of instantaneous pressure at locations of the support surface. The method further includes acquiring a body position model using the two-dimensional IP map, where the body position model includes body parts that are respectively mapped to locations on a pressure ulcer risk map. An accumulated risk is determined in associated with each body part. The pressure ulcer risk map is displayed in accordance with the accumulated risk. Further, a current body position model is compared to a previous body position model to detect a position change of the patient on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Michael Hollopeter, Richard P. Nardo, Sohrab Soltani
  • Patent number: 11000229
    Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, there are provided systems, methods, and apparatuses for integrating a body joint rehabilitation regimen with a wearable movement capture device operable in conjunction with a cloud based computing environment. For instance, a wearable apparatus for monitoring activity of a body joint such as knee or elbow for monitoring rehabilitation and recovery after surgical procedures and after injury to the joint is disclosed. Such a wearable apparatus includes a wearable harness in which a first portion of the wearable harness includes an proximal strap to be positioned proximal to the body joint and in which a second portion of the wearable harness includes a distal strap to be positioned distal to the body joint, in which the wearable harness is positionable upon a patient's body at the body joint without occluding a surgical site of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Orthini, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Leavitt, LaJean Lawson, Chris Nanson
  • Patent number: 10987168
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for coordinated laser delivery and imaging during an interventional procedure. A method may include activating an imaging source to provide a pulsed imaging signal and activating a laser source to provide a pulsed laser signal while the imaging source remains activated. The method may include coordinating the pulsed laser signal and the pulsed imaging signal to output each pulse of the pulsed laser signal and each pulse of the pulsed imaging signal in non-overlapping time windows. A system may include a controller in communication with the laser source and the imaging source for coordinating the output of the laser signal and the imaging signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Brandon Thomas Hendrick
  • Patent number: 10978195
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and processes for monitoring attributes of a user's physical activity (e.g., workout) or inactivity, and to user interfaces (e.g., an activity indicator) for displaying the same. In some examples, a device determines whether physical activity corresponds to a first type based on a first set of criteria, and whether physical activity corresponds to a second type based on a second set of criteria. In some examples, the device controls an inactivity timer that measures user's inactivity. In some examples, the device displays a first visual representation of an attribute or amount of a first type of physical activity, and a second visual representation of an attribute or amount of a second type. In some examples, the device displays a third visual representation of an attribute or amount of a third type of activity. In some examples, the third visual representation corresponds to user's inactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Blahnik, Gary Ian Butcher, Kevin Will Chen, David Chance Graham, Daniel S. Keen, Justin Shane Rushing, T. Allan Shortlidge, Anton M. Davydov, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Zachery Kennedy, Zachury Minjack, Dennis S. Park, Brian Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10945601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for monitoring a physiological parameter of a player(s) from a larger group of players engaged in a contact sport. The system includes a helmet having a protective outer shell and an internal padding assembly, a portable signaling device, and a reporting unit positioned within the helmet. The reporting unit includes a sensor, a wireless transmitter and a control unit. The reporting unit has a flexible configuration to enable removable positioning within the helmet's internal padding assembly while maintaining overall comfort and fit of the helmet. The method involves monitoring impacts sustained by the specific player; computing impact results and comparing impact results to at least one impact-related threshold; defining an alert event when an impact result surpasses a predetermined threshold value; sending an alert from the reporting unit to the signaling device; and providing an impact assessment protocol on the signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Greenwald, Jeffrey J. Chu, David W. Bertoni, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 10912521
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable sensor device including an accelerometer configured to be worn by a person and to record sensor data during an activity performed by the person; an analysis element configured to receive the sensor data from the wearable sensor, determine sensor orientation data of the wearable sensor during the activity based on the sensor data, translate the sensor orientation data of the wearable sensor to person orientation data of the person during the activity, determine, for the person during the activity, (a) a lift rate, (b) a maximum sagittal flexion, (c) an average twist velocity, (d) a maximum moment, and (e) a maximum lateral velocity, and determine a score representative of an injury risk to the person during the activity based on such data; and a tangible feedback element configured to provide at least one tangible feedback based on the score so as to reduce the injury risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: StrongArm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Petterson, Michael Dohyun Kim, Alan Vito Argondizza, Michael Patrick Spinelli
  • Patent number: 10895453
    Abstract: A process for the determination of the cross-sectional area and volume of an object including the steps of a. Providing a container having a closed bottom, an open top, a side wall, a tap at a reference height, b. Providing a flowable medium having a surface in the container, c. Providing at least one measuring means for measuring a height of the surface of the flowable medium in the container relative to the reference height, d. Providing an object having a vertical Z-axis relative to the X,Y plane of the surface and positioning the object in the container, the object being at least partly submerged in the flowable medium, e. Providing calculating means for calculating the cross-sectional area and/or volume of the object in the X,Y plane relative to a position on the Z-axis, f. Opening the tap in the container to allow the flowable medium to flow out of the container, g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Hans Stemkens, Frans Houwen
  • Patent number: 10881342
    Abstract: An assembly for sampling bodily fluid, the assembly comprising a membrane penetration device comprising a membrane penetrating element for penetrating a bodily membrane to release a bodily fluid; and, a collector configured in a collection position to take up the released bodily fluid and retain the fluid for delivery to a test element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: John Kelly, Richard Sokolov, Ian Fredrick Johnson, Ernesto Monis Hueso, Eric Siu, Melody Shiue, Kamman Law, Johannes Behrisch
  • Patent number: 10869618
    Abstract: A device for measuring an angular difference in a range of motion of the arms of a patient comprises a gripping bar, a housing, and an angle-determining assembly comprising a weighted needle and a compass. When the patient raises her arms to their unassisted physiological limits, the device indicates an angle that represents the angular difference in the range of motion between the arms of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas William Quintel
  • Patent number: 10869519
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) exhaust valve-based impact attenuating fluid filled cell for use in cushioning impact and decelerating of a wearer's body portion (e.g. head, shoulder, torso, etc.) after an impact. In combination with the use of accelerometers, pressure sensors, location and other electronics supply signals to a microcontroller, the controlled opening/closing of said exhaust valve (resulting in the expelling of said fluids with an optional combination with cell refill means) when certain parameters exceed a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond Louis Barrett, Jr.