Patents Examined by Samuel G. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7862496
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering brachytherapy to a target tissue region includes an elongate body including a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a tissue tract and carrying a plurality of elongate members including pathways for receiving a source of radiation. The elongate members are movable between collapsed and expanded configurations. During use, a tract is created through tissue, and the elongate body carrying the elongate members is advanced through the tract into a target location with the elongate members in the collapsed configuration. The elongate members are directed to the expanded configuration at the target location, and radiation is delivered to treat tissue at the target location, e.g., by introducing one or more radiation sources along the pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Cianna Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George D. Hermann, Eduardo Chi Sing, Gail S. Lebovic, Mark A. Cole, Mark A. Ritchart, Than Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7862497
    Abstract: A brachytherapy device may include a plurality of rods, each configured to move between a straightened position and a bowed position, the plurality of rods configured to collectively form a shaft while each rod is in the straightened position and to collectively form at least one cage while at least some of the rods are in the bowed position, at least some of the rods having lumens that are configured to receive and hold radioactive material. A brachytherapy device may further include a rotatable mechanism configured to cause at least some of the plurality of rods to move between the straightened position and the bowed position upon rotation of the rotatable mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Michael Cutrer, Fredrick Wintch, Richard A. Terwilliger, John Zhang, David Bossi
  • Patent number: 7856987
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a magnetic valve reader used as an indicator tool. The magnetic valve reader determines a location and an orientation for a magnetic indicator device to indicate a device setting of an implantable medical device. The implantable medical device includes the magnetic indicator device coupled to a valve on the implantable medical device. External magnetic fields, specifically the Earth's magnetic field, may interfere with the compass and create an incorrect device setting indication. The electronic reader estimates the external magnetic fields to subtract the estimate from received data to minimize any influence that external magnetic field has on the accuracy of the device setting measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Bertrand, Lori C. Speckman, Robert N. Golden, Gary Sanders, Steve Vincent, Daniel R Morris
  • Patent number: 7857745
    Abstract: A method for function monitoring in medical accelerator systems, wherein at least one signal characterizing the operation of at least one medical accelerator, is acquired, digitized and deposited in digitized form in a data processing system to hold it for evaluation of the accelerator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marc Delaperriere
  • Patent number: 7850591
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to magnetize particles and objects either on the surface of the skin or inside the body are disclosed. Methods and apparatus for measuring the magnet field strength emanated by an object are also disclosed. The object may be in a body, such as a surgically implanted device. The object may also be cream externally applied to skin, the cream containing particles that can be magnetized. The object may also be a pill that can be swallowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 7850596
    Abstract: A tinnitus method and device for providing relief to a person suffering from the disturbing effects of tinnitus is described. The method can be implemented entirely in software to spectrally modify an audio signal in accordance with a predetermined masking algorithm which modifies the intensity of the audio signal at selected frequencies. A predetermined masking algorithm is described which provides intermittent masking of the tinnitus wherein, at a comfortable listening level, during peaks of the audio signal the tinnitus is completely obscured, whereas during troughs the perception of the tinnitus occasionally emerges. In practice it has been found that such intermittent masking provides an immediate sense of relief, control and relaxation for the person, whilst enabling sufficient perception of the tinnitus for habituation and long term treatment to occur. Advantageously the predetermined masking algorithm is specifically tailored to the audiometric configuration of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Neuromonics Pty Limited
    Inventors: Paul Benjamin Davis, Lachlan Stewart James, Benjamin Adam McSweeney, Linda Elizabeth Laidlaw, Robert Henry Frater, Peter John Hanley
  • Patent number: 7846084
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed for therapeutic light and sound, comprising the steps of exposing a user to spectral light and laterally directed sound and adjusting the manner of exposure sufficient to elicit a desired autonomic nervous response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Barry McNew
  • Patent number: 7841978
    Abstract: Methods and devices to externally create a restriction on the stomach are described. The devices are contoured to fit the stomach and can be further anchored to the stomach. The degree of deployment of the extragastric restriction device is controllable after implantation. Specialized wires, catheters, ports, and trocars specific for placement of extragastric restriction devices are presented. Systems are described in which adjustability of the devices is provided along with sensing and actuating ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7837613
    Abstract: Described are methods and apparatus for use in supporting tissue in a patient's body. In some embodiments, the patient's breast or another tissue is supported. One method involves introducing a superior soft tissue anchor into a patient, the anchor having an inferiorly facing total surface area; and introducing at least one inferior soft tissue anchor into the patient, such that the at least one inferior soft tissue anchor is suspended from the superior soft tissue anchor, the sum of all of the at least one inferior soft tissue anchors having a superiorly facing total surface area. The inferiorly facing total surface area of the superior anchor can be greater, such as at least two times greater than the superiorly facing total surface area of the at least one inferior anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Alure Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Lashinski, Michael J. Lee, Gordon Bishop, Anthony Beatty, Jasper Benke, Alexe Calarasu, Jeremy Kinkade, Sean Saint, Heather Saladin
  • Patent number: 7833149
    Abstract: A low profile rear tip for inflatable penile prostheses comprises a proximal end portion, and a distal end portion that is capable of being coupled to a cylinder of an IPP along a major longitudinal axis between the proximal end portion, the distal end portion, and the cylinder. A fluid chamber is provided in the distal end portion, in fluid communication with the cylinder. A fluid conduit is integrally formed with the distal end portion, having a minor longitudinal axis and being in fluid communication with the fluid chamber in the distal end portion, wherein an angle between the minor longitudinal axis and the major longitudinal axis does not exceed 5 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7832407
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods to sense parameters associated with restriction procedures and/or devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, the parameters are sensed directly from the region of the procedure and/or device and in other embodiments, associated neural pathways are sensed. Methods for further optimization of the obesity treatment regimens are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7833147
    Abstract: Processes for selectively enriching a population of viable sperm cells with respect to a characteristic without physically sorting the cells are disclosed. The cells contained in such an enriched population benefit from the advantage of not being subjected to a sorting process. Processes of inseminating a female mammal and processes of forming a sperm dispersion utilizing the processes of selectively enriching a population of viable sperm cells are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Inguran, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Graham
  • Patent number: 7828717
    Abstract: A mechanized dildo, including a motor driven coaxial plurality of longitudinally spaced drive cams, and corresponding sets of passive cams that operate within an elastic phallic sleeve to locally cyclically expand a girth of the sleeve. Optional vibratory elements are positioned proximate a distal extremity of the sleeve, and in a laterally extending arm that is formed for clitoral stimulation. A battery powered control handle provides multiple operating modes and speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Wing Pow International Corp.
    Inventor: Calvin Spencer Lee
  • Patent number: 7827993
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation system for immobile patients in a wheelchair is disclosed. A magnet multi-pole configuration that is mechanically stable is provided that lifts the body and/or load shifts (rotates the body from side to side) the body. Based on a multi-pole configuration of permanent magnets in the pelvis, a corresponding multi-pole configuration for magnet repulsion is placed below the patient, typically as part of the wheelchair. Alternatively, a unipolar repulsion with mechanical patient restraint is implemented to achieve body lift or levitation. Either permanent magnets or electromagnets, optionally with magnetic sensor-mediated active computerized feedback control below the body, are sufficient to implement a complete multi-pole repulsive configuration that is mechanically stable. The apparatus reduces compressive force on soft tissues disposed between a human pelvis and a wheelchair seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Graham P. Cameron, Wayne H. Fjerstad, Barry K. Gilbert, Kenton R. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 7828718
    Abstract: A penis exercise machine includes an attaching portion main body which is abutted against and mounted on a body surface side of a periphery of a man's penis, a pair of support rods whose one ends are turnably mounted on a surface of the attaching portion main body such that the support rods are located on both sides sandwiching the penis, a support portion which is mounted such that it can be attached to both end sides of the support rods and which is abutted such that a glans on the side of a tip end of the penis is supported, and a holding belt of the glans mounted on the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Main Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 7828712
    Abstract: Methods and devices treat treating non-stuttering pathologies having impaired or decreased communication skills by administering a frequency altered auditory feedback signal to a subject having a non-stuttering pathology while the subject is speaking or talking to thereby improve the subject's communication skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: East Carolina University
    Inventors: Michael P. Rastatter, Joseph S. Kalinowski, Andrew M. Stuart
  • Patent number: 7828719
    Abstract: A constriction device (100) for a male organ (170) of a user comprising: a substantially portable base (110); at least two bands (140, 150), each comprising of an elastic central ring (141, 151) tightly adjustable onto said base; each elastic central ring (141, 151) tightly encircling male organ (170) upon releasing the corresponding band (140, 150) from base (110), thereby substantially avoiding back-flow of blood out of the male organ (170) and therefore improving erection of male organ (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Eliyahu Michaely
  • Patent number: 7824326
    Abstract: The invention provides a surgical sling assembly for implanting in tissue to provide anatomical support in a patient. The surgical sling assembly includes a sling and a biocompatible casing enclosing at least a portion of the sling. The biocompatible casing is absorbed by the patient's tissues after the surgical sling assembly is positioned within the patient's tissue to provide anatomical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wagner, Doreen Rao
  • Patent number: 7819797
    Abstract: A cardiac constraint jacket is formed of flexible material defining a volume between an open upper end and a lower end. The jacket is dimensioned for an apex of a patient's heart to be inserted into the volume through the open upper end and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. A delivery device is used to place the jacket on the heart. The delivery device includes a plurality of attachment locations. Each of the attachment locations is releasably secured to separate positions surrounding a periphery of the open upper end of the jacket. The delivery device also includes a control arrangement which is selectively movable between an open position and a closed position. The control arrangement is connected to the attachment locations such that the attachment locations are in a compact array urging the open upper end of the jacket into a collapsed configuration when the control member is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Vanden Hoek, Jody L. Rivers
  • Patent number: 7819796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to constructs and methods used to enhance the attachment and implantation of an embryo. It is shown that modified glycolipids and glycolipid-attachment molecule constructs can be used to modify embryos, or localised to target tissues, to enhance interaction between the embryo and the target tissue, (typically the endometrium). The invention may advantageously be used to enhance implantation of embryos in the uterus, for example, in IVF treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Kode Biotech Limited
    Inventors: Deborah A. Blake, Nicola L. Carter, Stephen M. Henry