Patents Examined by Robert N Wieland
  • Patent number: 10004407
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the instance disclosure are assessing a fitness of a user using a weighing scale apparatus. Specific embodiments concern an arrangement of devices configured and arranged to monitor physiological parameters while the user is standing on a platform region of the device, and communicate an assessed fitness to the user as feedback. Further specific embodiments concern methods of monitoring physiological parameters of a user using the apparatus, assessing the fitness of the user based on one or more of the physiological parameters, and communicating the assessed fitness to the user as feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9987404
    Abstract: A catheter pump is disclosed. The catheter pump can include an impeller and a catheter body having a lumen therethrough. The catheter pump can also include a drive shaft disposed inside the catheter body. A motor assembly can include a chamber. The motor assembly can include a rotor disposed in the at least a portion of the chamber, the rotor mechanically coupled with a proximal portion of the drive shaft such that rotation of the rotor causes the drive shaft to rotate. The motor assembly can also comprise a stator assembly disposed about the rotor. The motor assembly can also include a heat exchanger disposed about the stator assembly, the heat exchanger may be configured to direct heat radially outward away from the stator assembly, the rotor, and the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Adam R. Tanner, Michael R. Butler, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9987491
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Marcelo G. Lima, Paul M. Meadows, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 9981133
    Abstract: A method for defining connections between a plurality of lead bodies and a plurality of output ports of a neurostimulator, and an external control device for performing the method are disclosed. The external control device includes a user interface and control circuitry. The method includes displaying the lead bodies and the output ports of the neurostimulator; selecting a first one of the lead bodies; dragging a connector from the first lead body to a first one of the output ports of the neurostimulator; and dropping the connector onto the first output port of the neurostimulator, thereby defining a connection between the first lead body and the first output port of the neurostimulator. In another embodiment, a method includes defining the connection between the first lead body and the first output port, and graphically displaying the connection between the first lead body and the first output port of the neurostimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Sridhar Kothandaraman, Mun Pook Lui
  • Patent number: 9981134
    Abstract: A neuromodulation system comprises a plurality of electrical terminals configured for being respectively coupled to electrodes, modulation output circuitry configured for respectively outputting a plurality of individual electrical pulse trains in a plurality of timing channels to the electrical terminals, wherein each of the timing channels prevents the respective pulse train from having a specific characteristic, and control circuitry configured for controlling the modulation output circuitry in a manner that outputs the pulse trains to a common set of the electrical terminals, thereby creating a combined electrical pulse train at the common set of electrical terminals that has the specific characteristic. A method of providing therapy to a patient comprises delivering a plurality of electrical pulse trains respectively in a plurality of timing channels to a common set of electrodes implanted within the patient, thereby creating a combined electrical pulse train at the common set of electrical terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Que T. Doan, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 9974606
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes an elongated housing having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end is configured to couple to a source of electrosurgical energy via first and second channels extending along a length of the housing to the distal end thereof. The distal end includes a reflector having a dielectric load operably coupled thereto and configured to receive at least a portion of the first conductor therein. In a first mode of operation, electrosurgical energy is transmitted to the first channel and reflected from the reflector to electrosurgically treat tissue. The reflector is configured to receive at least a portion of the second channel therein. In a second mode of operation, electrosurgical energy is transmitted to the second channel to dissect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Casey M. Ladtkow
  • Patent number: 9974600
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical instrument is provided. The bipolar electrosurgical instrument includes first and second shafts each having a jaw member extending from a distal end thereof and a handle disposed at a proximal end thereof for effecting movement of the jaw members relative to one another. A first conductive lead is adapted to connect to a first electrical potential and a second conductive lead is adapted to connect to a second electrical potential. One of the first and second conductive leads extends through the pivot to connect to a respective jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Roy, Mark J. Huseman, Ryan C. Artale, Roy Goodwin, David Galbraith
  • Patent number: 9962549
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a neurostimulation device coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted adjacent tissue of a patient are provided. A first electrode configuration corresponding to a first mode of programming the neurostimulation device is defined. A second programming mode of programming the neurostimulation device different from the first programming mode is selected. A second electrode configuration is defined based on the first electrode configuration in response to the selection of the second programming mode. The neurostimulation device is programmed using the second programming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Sridhar Kothandaraman, Dongchul Lee, Mun Pook Lui
  • Patent number: 9962127
    Abstract: A catheter-based optical imaging system for imaging a patient includes a catheter-based imaging device configured to direct optical radiation towards a vessel wall and to receive reflected radiation therefrom. A displacement mechanism is configured to vary the position of the imaging device relative to the catheter as a function of time during an imaging scan. An input is configured to receive cardiac event timing data, such as ECG data, from the patient. A trigger module is configured to initiate an imaging scan based on the cardiac event timing obtained from the cardiac event timing data. By triggering the optical imaging scans between cardiac events, artifacts in the image data can be reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
    Inventors: Tianshi Wang, Charles Theodoor Lancee, Antonius Franciscus Wilhelmus Van Der Steen, Gijs Van Soest
  • Patent number: 9956026
    Abstract: A blood vessel cauterizing tool assembly includes a housing that has a first end, a second end and a perimeter wall which is attached to and extends between the first and second ends. A cauterizing rod is attached to the housing and extends outwardly away from the first end. A power source is mounted within the housing and is electrically coupled to the cauterizing rod. A switch is mounted on the housing and is operationally coupled to the power source and the cauterizing rod. The switch is actuated to turn the cauterizing rod on or off. A pull tab extends through the perimeter wall and is positioned in a cut off position breaking a circuit between the switch and the power source. The pull tab is removable from the housing to close the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Virginia Rost
  • Patent number: 9956043
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to various medical device components, including components that can be incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various actuation system embodiments, including fluid actuation systems, drive train actuation systems, and motorless actuation systems. Additional embodiments include a reversibly lockable tube that can provide access for a medical device to a patient's cavity and further provides a reversible rigidity or stability during operation of the device. Further embodiments include various operational components for medical devices, including medical device arm mechanisms that have both axial and rotational movement while maintaining a relatively compact structure. medical device winch components, medical device biopsy/stapler/clamp mechanisms, and medical device adjustable focus mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Michael Farritor, Mark Rentschler, Amy Lehman, Stephen R. Platt, Jeff Hawks
  • Patent number: 9956058
    Abstract: A physical model of at least a portion of a patient's dentition has model dental surfaces corresponding to real dental surfaces of the patient's dentition. The physical model includes one or more targets, each configured for facilitating placement of an orthodontic appliance on the model at a desired location. The targets lack mechanical stops that are outwardly protruding from the original model dental surfaces. Also provided are a method of manufacturing a physical model for use in indirect bonding procedures, a method for indirect bonding for use in an orthodontic procedure, a method for providing an indirect bonding transfer tray for use in an orthodontic procedure, and a system for providing a physical model for use in indirect bonding orthodontic procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Avi Kopelman
  • Patent number: 9956032
    Abstract: An internally-cooled RF electrode can have a construction that provides for an electrode hub having reduced weight and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: COSMAN INSTRUMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Eric R. Cosman, Eric R. Cosman
  • Patent number: 9950183
    Abstract: A computing device includes a memory configured to store instructions. The computing device also includes a processor to execute the instructions to perform operations that include providing an alternating electrical signal to a patient through at least a pair of electrodes, and determining transthoracic impedance of the patient from a measurement associated with the applied alternating electrical signal. Operations also include identifying, from the transthoracic impedance, a sequence of resistance values for controlling the discharge of a charge storage device located external to the patient, and controlling the discharge of the charge storage device using the identified sequence of resistance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Donald R. Boucher, Frederick J. Geheb
  • Patent number: 9943361
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient's mucus hypersecretion condition are disclosed herein. Certain implementations may involve a method for reducing mucus secretion in an upper airway of a patient to treat at least one of post nasal drip or chronic cough. The method may include advancing a treatment delivery portion of an energy-based treatment device into a nostril of the patient. The treatment delivery portion may contact mucosal tissue of the upper airway without piercing the mucosal tissue. The treatment delivery portion may deliver treatment to at least one tissue selected from the group of the mucosal tissue and another tissue underlying the mucosal tissue to modify a property of the at least one tissue and thus treat at least one of post nasal drip or chronic cough in the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AERIN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Scott J. Wolf, Andrew Frazier
  • Patent number: 9931271
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus for treating a sexual dysfunctional female patient, comprising a stimulation device adapted to stimulate an erectile blood passageway to increase the amount of blood in the female erectile tissue and thereby obtaining engorgement with blood of the female erectile tissue by affecting said erectile blood flow passageway. Moreover there is disclosed a system and an operation method for treating a sexual dysfunctional female patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Forsell Peter
  • Patent number: 9925318
    Abstract: An implantable device for improving the pump function of the heart of a human patient by applying an external force on the heart muscle is provided. The device comprises at least one pump device having a pump. The pump comprising: a piston adapted for reciprocating movement, an operating device for operating the piston, a heart contacting organ. The movement of the piston assists the pump function of the heart through said heart contacting organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9918792
    Abstract: A method and system for atrial fibrillation ablations utilizing a fluoroscopy and/or medical image(s) based cardiac mapping system adapted for balloon based catheters including cryoballoon catheter. The method and system incorporates overlaying two or more sets of images on top of each other where the transparency between the images can be adjusted as an aid in the optimal placement of the balloon based catheters. Further, tags and markers are also placed on fluoroscopic and/or other medical images indicative of where the tissue that has been ablated. The method and system also comprises the ability to monitor esophageal temperature, and to activate alarms and/or energy delivery interrupt based on pre-determined esophageal temperature parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Birinder R. Boveja, Angely Widhany
  • Patent number: 9918805
    Abstract: Embodiments of a medical or dental handpiece are disclosed. A medical or dental handpiece may include a rotatable drive element to drive a tool that can be connected to the handpiece, a rotational speed measuring device which is designed to generate a variable electric rotational speed measurement signal assigned to the rotational speed of the drive element, a lighting device that can be supplied with electric power for emitting radiation, in particular visible light, onto a treatment site, and at least one shared electric line, which is provided for transmitting electric power to the illumination device and the rotational speed measurement signal of the rotational speed measurement device. Further a corresponding method for the operation of a medical or dental handpiece is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Pruckner
  • Patent number: 9913989
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media facilitating management of operation of an implantable medical device (“IMD”) using a number of communication modes are provided. An IMD is configured to operate in a disabled mode wherein radio frequency (RF) telemetry communication is disabled, or operate in a first advertising mode using the RF telemetry communication. The IMD receives a clinician session request from a clinician device via an induction telemetry protocol while operating in the disabled mode or the first advertising mode, and transitions to operating from the disabled mode or the first advertising mode to operating in a second advertising mode based on receiving the clinician session request. From the second advertising mode, the IMD can establish a clinician telemetry session with the clinician device using the RF telemetry communication and a unique security mechanism facilitated by an identifier for the clinician device included in the clinician session request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Schilling, Christopher T. House, Gary P. Kivi, Karen J. Kleckner, John W. Komp, Nicholas C. Wine, Matthew R. Yoder, Bo Zhang