Patents Examined by Rex R Holmes
  • Patent number: 10398901
    Abstract: An implantable medical device (IMD) may include a housing having a proximal end and a distal end and a set of one or more electrodes connected to but spaced apart from the housing. The IMD may further include a controller disposed within the housing, wherein the controller is configured to sense cardiac electrical signals, and deliver electrical stimulation pulses via the first set of one or more electrodes. In some embodiments, a first portion of the housing is configured to be disposed at least partly within a coronary sinus of a patient's heart and a second portion of the housing is configured to be disposed at least partly within a right atrium of the patient's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Brendan E. Koop
  • Patent number: 10391322
    Abstract: Timing channel circuitry for controlling stimulation circuitry in an implantable stimulator is disclosed. The timing channel circuitry comprises a addressable memory. Data for the various phases of a desired pulse are stored in the memory using different numbers of words, including a command indicative of the number of words in the phase, a next address for the next phase stored in the memory, and a pulse width or duration of the current phase, control data for the stimulation circuitry, pulse amplitude, and electrode data. The command data is used to address through the words in the current phase via the address bus, which words are sent to a control register for the stimulation circuitry. After the duration of the pulse width for the current phase has passed, the stored next address is used to access the data for the next phase stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. Griffith, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Jordi Parramon
  • Patent number: 10391217
    Abstract: A mechanical circulatory support device includes an inner housing having an inlet end, an outlet end, and a flow path there between. The flow path defines a longitudinal axis. A volute downstream of the outlet end has an outlet port. A rotor mounted within the inner housing upstream of the volute and configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis is included. The volute includes an inner surface having a minimum radius immediately adjacent the rotor and a maximum radius at the outlet port that is larger than the minimum radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Ertan Taskin, Charles R. Shambaugh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10390764
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a stress level of a user may include determining, based on biological measurements on one or more physiological markers received in a first sampling mode, the stress level of the user, and then dynamically switching to a second sampling mode when it is determined that one or more of the physiological markers are above a threshold level, the second sampling mode being different from the first sampling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jawahar Jain, James Young, Cody Wortham, Sajid Sadi, Pranav Mistry
  • Patent number: 10390769
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that facilitate providing guidance to a user during performance of a program or routine using a personalized avatar. In an aspect, a system includes a reception component configured to receive physiological and movement information about a user during performance of a routine or program, and an analysis component configured to analyze the physiological and movement information based on reference physiological and movement metrics for the routine or the program to determine whether, how and to what degree the user deviates from requirements of the routine or the program. The system further includes a reaction component configured to determine a response for an avatar displayed to the user based on a determination regarding whether, how and to what degree the user deviates from the requirements of the routine or the program, and an avatar control component configured to initiate manifestation of the response by the avatar as displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KC Holding I
    Inventors: Robert Louis Kaleal, III, Dominic Guy Carbone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10376155
    Abstract: A system for generating physiological signals using a cloth capacitive sensor, includes a cloth, at least one conductive area arranged on the cloth, a signal circuit; a capacitive sensor formed between the cloth and a human body; a resistor R, a capacitor C, an inductor L, an operational amplifier, a diode, a Schmitt trigger, CMOS, a transistor, or an IC that forms a charge or discharge circuit, connected with the cloth capacitive sensor to change a signal range of frequency, cycle, voltage or current; wherein when a force, pressure, tensile force, torsion or tension is applied between the human body and the cloth, the capacitance changes, the circuit sends a signal, and the system receives the change in capacitance between the conductive cloth and the human body; wherein the change is represented by a frequency, cycle, voltage or current change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Chang-Ming Yang, Tzulin Yang, Ching Wen Yang, Hao Yang
  • Patent number: 10369275
    Abstract: A mechanism for transferring energy from an external power source to an implantable medical device is disclosed. A sensor may be used to measure a parameter that correlates to a temperature of the system that occurs during the transcutaneous coupling of energy. For example, the sensor may measure temperature of a surface of an antenna of the external power source. The measured parameter may then be compared to a programmable limit. A control circuit such as may be provided by the external power source may then control the temperature based on the comparison. The programmable limit may be, for example, under software control so that the temperature occurring during transcutaneous coupling of energy may be modified to fit then-current circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Olson, William C. Phillips, Andrew L. Schmeling
  • Patent number: 10362979
    Abstract: FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Horst-Wolfgang Spechtmeyer
  • Patent number: 10363427
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed herein for a low impedance detection system. The detection system includes an electrical insulation and an impedance measurement device. The impedance measurement device can be used to test the impedance of the system when the barrier is placed between the user of the barrier and a source of electrical power. In a defibrillation system, a rescuer can place the barrier over the patient. An electrical power source can deliver electrical shocks to the patient. The impedance measurement device can monitor impedances of the system across various frequencies to detect electrical conditions that might be harmful to the rescuer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Shane Lloyd, Jonathan Jason Langberg
  • Patent number: 10363350
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including identifying a subject as suffering from cardiac dysfunction, congestive heart failure, reduced renal blood flow, increased renal vascular resistance, arterial hypertension, and/or kidney dysfunction, and, in response thereto, reducing blood pressure within a renal vein of the subject, by activating at least one impeller to pump blood from the renal vein into a vena cava of the subject, by the impeller rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Ehud Schwammenthal, Yosi Tuval, Daniel Glozman
  • Patent number: 10349888
    Abstract: The invention provided herein relates to a wearable medical device and methods of use thereof for monitoring brain signals by electroencephalography technology in critically ill subjects suspected of having abnormal brain wave patterns including but not limited to electrographic seizures, spike and waves, periodic discharges and rhythmic delta activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Carlos Federico Muniz
  • Patent number: 10350409
    Abstract: A method and instrument for treating the toxic effect a patient experiences as a result of insect bites and snakebites comprises applying multiple instantaneous 20,000 to 30,000 volt electric discharges from a hand-operated piezoelectric device to a site of the bite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Ottfried Waldenburg
  • Patent number: 10350007
    Abstract: An ablation catheter adapted for use with a guide wire has a 3-D shaped portion that carries ring electrodes for ablating a vessel or tubular region, including the renal artery. The 3-D shaped portion, for example, a helical portion, enables the ring electrodes to contact an inner surface of the vessel at a plurality of locations at different depths along the vessel to form a conduction block without forming a closed conduction loop which would otherwise increase the risk of stenosis of the vessel. In one embodiment, the catheter has a lumen with entry and exit ports to allow the guide wire to pass through the lumen but bypass the 3-D shaped portion. In another embodiment, the catheter has outer bands providing side tunnels through which the guide wire can pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Kristine B. Fuimaono, Debby Esther Grunewald
  • Patent number: 10350003
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices allow percutaneous mapping, orientation and/or ablation in bodily cavities or lumens. Such may include a structure that is percutaneously positionable in a cavity, such as an intra-cardiac cavity of a heart. Transducers carried by the structure are responsive to blood flow. For example, the transducers may sense temperature, temperature being related to convective cooling caused by blood flow. A controller discerns positional information or location, based on signals from the transducers. For example, blood flow may be greater and/or faster proximate a port in cardiac tissue than proximate tissue spaced from the port. Position information may allow precise ablation of selected tissue, for example tissue surround a port in the intra-cardiac cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KARDIUM INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Weinkam, Jeffery Charles Brewster
  • Patent number: 10342915
    Abstract: A sensor pad kit includes a sensor pad (701) which is flexible, and one surface of which is adhesive, having a sensor holding portion (702a) to which a sensor device (550) is to be attached, and at least two extended portions (718) extending toward an outer side from the sensor holding portion (702a) in a plan view, a fixing member (775) which fixes the sensor device to the sensor holding portion, and a peelable film (771) which is stuck to an adhesive surface of the sensor pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nemoto Kyorindo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Fukikoshi, Shigeru Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10342449
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described that provide improved diagnosis from the processing of physiological data. The methods include use of multiple algorithms and intelligently combing the results of multiple algorithms to provide a single optimized diagnostic result. The algorithms are adaptive and may be customized for particular data sets or for particular patients. Examples are shown with applications to electrocardiogram data, but the methods taught are applicable to many types of physiological data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ventrilink Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Baumann, Lev Korzinov, David Churchville
  • Patent number: 10335124
    Abstract: A marker delivery device includes a cannula with a first end, a second end, a marker exit near the second end, a handle into which the cannula extends or to which the cannula is attached, the cannula being capable of receiving a plunger and rod that are operable to deploy a marker from the marker exit, the marker delivery device further including a tapered adaptor portion attached to or surrounding the cannula and abutting the handle. The tapered adaptor portion is configured to engage a plurality of different sleeves for differing biopsy devices. Various aspects offer improved ease of removal from commercially available biopsy devices due to its “pinch release” feature. Various aspects of the device allow use with multiple commercially available biopsy devices so as to ensure proper positioning of the devices for marker deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Robinson, Emmanuel Tanghal
  • Patent number: 10328258
    Abstract: Electrotherapeutic systems, devices, and methods are described. In one embodiment, a portion of a hepatic branch of a vagus nerve in a liver is stimulated with a lead implanted in the liver. In another embodiment, a stimulation member is delivered to a location in the gastrointestinal tract and implanted in a target area endoscopically and under ultrasound visualization. In another embodiment, a stimulation device is magnetically coupled to a stimulation member in order to electrically couple stimulation generation circuitry with a lead implanted in a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Shaun Davis Gittard, John Crowder Sigmon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10314956
    Abstract: A mounting element defining a bore, the mounting element being configured to mount to an exterior surface of an organ of a patient. A one way valve sized to be received and retained within the bore of the mounting element is included, the one way valve having an open position and a closed position. The one way valve substantially occludes the bore when the valve is in the closed position. The one way valve is biased in the closed position. A plug having a lumen extending there through is included, the plug being configured to be releasably inserted through at least a portion of the one way valve. The plug is configured to transition the one way valve from the closed position to the open position and to maintain the one way valve in the open position when the plug is inserted within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Lance Lynn Andrus
  • Patent number: 10307071
    Abstract: A method for assessing the electrical function of a heart, a method for determining a subject's need for the implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or the need for administration of an anti-arrhythmic agent, and apparatus for assessing the function of the heart and a computer program product. The methods and products involve analysis of ECG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: University of Leicester
    Inventors: William B. Nicolson, Andre G. Ng