Patents Examined by Sean P Dougherty
  • Patent number: 11654265
    Abstract: A connection structure includes a multi-thread coil formed by winding first metal element wires formed of a first metal and second metal element wires formed of a second metal arranged between a first metal body including the first metal and a second metal body including the second metal. The first metal body is connected to the first metal element wires of the multi-thread coil, and the second metal body is connected to the second metal element wires of the multi-thread coil. The connection structure imparts improved flexibility to the connection between the first and second metal bodies, and an appropriate connection can be provided even when the first and second metal bodies are made of dissimilar metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 11647806
    Abstract: Provided is a smart insole including a support layer; a plurality of pressure sensors provided to the support layer and configured to sense a pressure; a plurality of vibrators provided to the support layer and configured to generate a vibration; and a controller configured to determine a center of pressure (COP) based on a pressure sensed by each of the plurality of pressure sensors and to control the plurality of vibrators based on a positional relationship between a setting point and the COP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SNU R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Se-Gon Roh, Jeongin Moon, Prabhat Pathak, Jooeun Ahn, Changhyun Roh, Youngbo Shim
  • Patent number: 11623071
    Abstract: An intraluminal guide wire may include an elongated shaft extending between a distal and a proximal end. The guide wire may include a user actuation segment positioned proximal to the proximal end of the shaft and configured for movement relative to the shaft. The guide wire may include a core wire affixed to the user actuation segment and the distal end of the shaft. The guide wire may also include an inner member having a proximal end situated at least partially within and fixed relative to the user actuation segment and a distal end situated partially within the shaft, the core wire passing through the inner member. The guide wire may be configured with a distal segment of the inner member within the shaft exhibiting a friction-based restraint on movement within the shaft. The friction-based restraint on movement may be a frictional force between the inner member and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: RAPID MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Aharon Friedman, Matan Gedulter, Moshe Miller, Ronen Eckhouse
  • Patent number: 11617536
    Abstract: This invention provides a non-invasive system for measuring pain level in a body at a site containing a predetermined concentration of magnetic nanoparticles. A drive coil and a pickup coil transmit and measure a field passing through the site based upon response of the magnetic nanoparticles, and a processor computes a pain level based upon variations in the field. The pain level can be indexed to an absolute scale that affords more predictability and objectivity in determining true pain level. Illustratively, the processor derives values for levels of cytokine IL-6, SP and temperature at the site, which are translated into the pain level. In an embodiment, the system and method can be implemented in a handheld device in which the drive coil and pickup coil reside in a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignees: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, The Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventors: Sohail K. Mirza, John B. Weaver
  • Patent number: 11607205
    Abstract: A biopsy system for harvesting larger volumes of tissue as compared to standard core biopsy needles. The system has a needle with a lumen, an aperture disposed at the distal end of the needle and connected to the lumen, and a cutting mechanism adapted to cut tissue. When the needle is rotated after it is inserted into a target tissue, the cutting mechanism cuts from the tissue and directs the cut tissue portions into the lumen. Multi-bioimpedance measurements are used to guide a needle and direct the application of electricity for cauterizing tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Michael C. Larson, Charles T. Hennemeyer
  • Patent number: 11604115
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method for measuring the structural characteristics of an object. The object is subjected to an energy application processes and provides an objective, quantitative measurement of structural characteristics of an object. The system may include a device, for example, a percussion instrument, capable of being reproducibly placed against the object undergoing such measurement for reproducible positioning. The structural characteristics as defined herein may include vibration damping capacities, acoustic damping capacities, structural integrity or structural stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: PERIMETRICS, INC.
    Inventors: James C. Earthman, Cherilyn G. Sheets, Dipankar Ghosh, John Wallace Berger
  • Patent number: 11602336
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of sample retrieval, grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an elongated member and a retention member movably coupled to the elongated member. The elongated member includes a cutting portion configured to cut a target sample when moved, and defines an internal volume within which at least a portion of the target sample can be received. The retention member includes an engagement portion configured to move between a first position and a second position when the retention member is actuated. The engagement portion is configured to extend within the internal volume to exert a force on the target sample within the internal volume when the engagement portion is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Dearden, Jared Bruton, Trent Zimmerman, Clayton Grames, Amelia Mariah Parkinson, Brian D. Jensen, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell
  • Patent number: 11596358
    Abstract: The physical and physiological events at one end of an Abreu Brain Thermal Tunnel (ABTT) are reproduced at the opposite end. Thus, the ABTT enables the direct transfer of outputs from a brain core to an ABTT terminus without significant barriers. Accordingly, apparatuses, systems, devices, mechanisms, and methods use the ABTT terminus and the ABTT to measure the temperature of the brain core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Brain Tunnelgenix Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 11589780
    Abstract: An oral appliance includes: 1) a body defining a channel to accommodate an upper dentition; and 2) a motion sensor. The body includes a front portion defining a recess, and the motion sensor is affixed to the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Calvin Kuo, Lyndia Chun Wu, Kaveh Laksari, David B. Camarillo
  • Patent number: 11589850
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of medical equipment, more specifically to syringes, and can be used for procedures of aspiration of various fluids, for fine needle biopsy, for puncture morphological diagnostics, and for injections of liquid medicinal products. The subject matter of the invention: the disclosed device, including a barrel with a tip for attaching a needle at one end, a piston with a stem slidingly mounted inside the barrel, and a grip at the end of the stem, according to the invention, is provided with a handle moveably coupled to the stem grip and rotatable in relation to a hinge unit located on the stem grip, wherein the handle is at least formed as a bracket with a reverse grip located at the end opposite to the handle attachment and having a slot arranged in the middle portion and intended for enclosing the stem on two sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Vladislav Alexandrovich Odintsov, Mikhail Yurievich Levashov, Elena Yul'anovna Oreshchenko
  • Patent number: 11576598
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide devices and systems to monitor fullness of a patient's bladder. One embodiment of a bladder fullness (BF) measure system comprises a sensor device (SD) and a controller. The SD generates an output signal (OS) based on the force exerted by the bladder against SD the wherein the OS corresponds to a degree of BF. The SD may be attached to the bladder wall or adjoining tissue and positioned between the bladder and the pubic bone such that the SD is not affected by tissues force other than that from the bladder. The controller connects to the SD and causes an associated implant to perform a function when the SD output signal exceeds a predetermined threshold. Embodiments are particularly useful for providing information on BF to patients suffering from spinal injury or other conditions whereby they have lost the ability to sense BF and/or voluntarily urinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir A. Imran
  • Patent number: 11576747
    Abstract: A wearable body composition analyzer according to various embodiments of the present disclosure may include an induction part for inducing secretion of bodily liquid while being in contact with a body part, a collection part that collects the bodily liquid secreted, a sensor part that detects a body composition from the bodily liquid collected, and a wearable part to which the induction part and the collection part is detachably attached, wherein the wearable part may be worn on a body. The above-described wearable body composition analyzer may be implemented variously according to embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul-Ho Cho, Kwang-Bok Kim, Seong-Je Cho, Young-Kyu Cho, Seung-Min Lee, Jeong-Gun Lee, Sun-Tae Jung, Jae-Geol Cho
  • Patent number: 11576660
    Abstract: A combined system for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures includes a needle extending longitudinally from a proximal end to a distal end and including a lumen extending therethrough, the distal end including a sharp grind for cutting a tissue sample to be collected in the lumen of the needle and a protective sheath sized and shaped to be inserted through the lumen of the needle such that a distal end of the protective sheath extends distally past the distal end of the needle, the protective sheath extending longitudinally from a proximal end to the distal end and including a lumen extending therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Katharine Eckerline, Sean P. Fleury, Louis Del Ponte
  • Patent number: 11571146
    Abstract: A rotation monitoring system may be attached to a limb and can identify ranges of motion that are associated with injuries or poor performance. In some embodiments, the device is designed to monitor flexion and orientation of joints and limbs, developed specifically around identifying stress concentrating behavior on the ACL. Tests performed show that the designed device can read flexion and orientation of the knee, is durable enough to be used in real-world conditions, and does not impede on the subject's movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Christopher A. Schroeck, Antonie J. van den Bogert
  • Patent number: 11571190
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing minimally invasive procedures useful for Fallopian tube diagnostics are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the proximal os of the Fallopian tube is accessed via an intrauterine approach; an introducer catheter is advanced to cannulate and form a fluid tight seal with the proximal os of the Fallopian tube; a second catheter inside the introducer catheter is provided to track the length of the Fallopian tube and out into the abdominal cavity; a balloon at the end of the second catheter is inflated and the second catheter is retracted until the balloon seals the distal os of the Fallopian tube; irrigation is performed substantially over the length of the Fallopian tube; and the irrigation fluid is recovered for cytology or cell analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Albert Chin, Surbhi Sarna, David W. Snow
  • Patent number: 11564588
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program is described comprising: varying a magnetic field strength of a magnetic field applied to a subject; determining a rate of power loss of the magnetic field, wherein the rate of power loss is a function of the varying magnetic field strength; and providing an output signal based on the determined rate of power loss, wherein the output signal comprises information relating to a conductivity distribution of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Kim Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 11564598
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring body kinematics. A wearable coil configuration of the system comprises at least first and second electrically-conductive coils adapted to be secured to a subject in a predetermined spatial relationship and orientation relative to one another. The first coil acts as a first transmitter and generates a first magnetic flux when a first electrical current is passed through it. The second coil acts as a receiver. The first magnetic flux induces a first electrical current or voltage in the second coil. A measurement instrument of the system is configured to measure the first electrical current or voltage and to output a first measurement signal. A processor, which may be part of, or external to, the system is configured to execute a motion monitoring algorithm that processes at least the measurement signal to determine at least a first motion made by the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Asimina Kiourti, Vigyanshu Mishra
  • Patent number: 11564570
    Abstract: A biological information measuring apparatus includes a detector, a measuring unit, a calculator, and a determining unit. The detector detects pulse waves continuously. The measuring unit measures first biological information. The calculator calculates second biological information from the pulse waves based on the first biological information. The measuring unit suspends the measurement and resumes the measurement after a lapse of a period in a case where the determining unit does not determine that the result of measurement is normal, and the measuring unit continues the measurement in other cases where the body motion is not generated, the pulse waves are not irregular or the blood pressure value fails to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kitagawa, Shingo Yamashita, Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Yuki Ota
  • Patent number: 11564668
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a body, a needle, a hollow cutter, and a tissue sample holder. The needle extends distally from the body and includes a lateral aperture. The cutter is movable relative to the needle to sever a tissue sample and defines a cutter lumen. The tissue sample holder includes a manifold and an outer cover. The manifold includes a plurality of passages and an indexing portion. Each passage of the plurality of passages is configured to selectively index relative to a proximal end of the hollow cutter. The outer cover includes a resilient member. The resilient member is configured to engage with the indexing portion of the manifold to selectively index a passage of the plurality of passages with the distal end of the hollow cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Rhad, Morgan R. Hunter, Andrew P. Nock, Bryan R. Keller, Emmanuel V. Tanghal, Rachel Yoon Choung
  • Patent number: 11559232
    Abstract: Methods, systems and wearable devices for real-time mental stress assessment are provided. The methods and systems employ deep learning using a Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU) gating mechanism in a recurrent neural network with a sliding window approach applied to raw EEG data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Ubaid M. Al-Saggaf, Muhammad Moinuddin, Syed Saad Azhar Ali, Syed Faraz Naqvi, Sulhi Ali Alfakeh