Patents Examined by Tammie K Marlen
  • Patent number: 11660035
    Abstract: Long-term electrocardiographic and physiological monitoring over a period lasting up to several years in duration can be provided through a continuously-recording insertable cardiac monitor. The sensing circuitry and the physical layout of the electrodes are specifically optimized to capture electrical signals from the propagation of low amplitude, relatively low frequency content cardiac action potentials, particularly the P-waves that are generated during atrial activation and storing samples of captured signals. In general, the ICM is intended to be implanted centrally and positioned axially and either over the sternum or slightly to either the left or right of the sternal midline in the parasternal region of the chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Jason Felix
  • Patent number: 11663898
    Abstract: A data collection system collects and stores physiological data from an ambulatory patient at a high resolution and/or a high data rate (“more detailed data”) and sends a low-resolution and/or downsampled version of the data (“less detailed data”) to a remote server via a wireless network. The server automatically analyzes the less detailed data to detect an anomaly, such as an arrhythmia. A two-tiered analysis scheme is used, where the first tier is more sensitive and less specific than the second tier. If the more sensitive analysis detects or suspects the anomaly, the server signals the data collector to send more detailed data that corresponds to a time period associated with the anomaly. The more specific second tier analyses the more detailed data to verify the anomaly. The server may also store the received data and make it available to a user, such as via a graphical or tabular display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: INFOBIONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Fahey
  • Patent number: 11647947
    Abstract: A method for titrating a stimulation parameter for one or more electrode contacts in a system for stimulating a hypoglossal nerve of a patient includes activating one of the one or more electrode contacts to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve of the patient, obtaining a first and/or second physiological measurement from the patient, comparing the first and/or second physiological measurement to a first and/or second predetermined target value, adjusting a stimulation parameter for the one of the one or more electrode contacts if the first and/or second physiological measurement differs from the first and/or second predetermined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 11633591
    Abstract: Cochlear implant systems can comprise an implantable subsystem comprising a cochlear electrode, a stimulator, a battery, and a first near field communication interface positioned subcutaneously proximate an ear canal. Cochlear implant systems can further comprise a removable earplug comprising a sensor, a second near field communication interface, and a signal processor. The removable earplug can be inserted into an ear canal to align the first and second near field communication interfaces. Once aligned, the battery can provide electrical power to the removable earplug via the near field communication interfaces. The signal processor can receive input signals from the sensor of the removable earplug and generate a stimulation signal representative of the auditory signals. The signal processor can communicate the stimulation signal to the stimulator via the near field communication interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Envoy Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Paul R. Mazanec
  • Patent number: 11633595
    Abstract: Electrical non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) delivers weak electrical currents to the brain via electrodes that are affixed to the scalp. NIBS can excite or inhibit the brain in areas that are impacted by that electrical current during and for a short time following stimulation. Electrical NIBS can be used to change brain structure in terms of increasing white matter integrity as measured by diffusion tensor imaging. Together the electrical NIBS can induce changes in brain structure and function. The present methods and devices are adaptable to and configurable for facilitating the enhancement of brain performance, and the treatment of neurological diseases and tissues. The present methods and devices are advantageously designed to utilize modern electrodes deployed with, inter alia, various spatial arrangements, polarities, and current strengths to target brain areas or networks to thereby enhance performance or deliver therapeutic interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: STIMSCIENCE INC.
    Inventor: Michael P. Weisend
  • Patent number: 11627887
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to wearable devices and methods for measuring a photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal. The wearable devices and methods described herein are capable of obtaining PPG signals by employing a PPG sensor array configured to receive light at angles associated with a high perfusion index. Viewing components may be coupled to the PPG sensor array to effect transmission of light at these preferential angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rui L. Peterson, Chin San Han
  • Patent number: 11622723
    Abstract: A compact integrated patch may be used to collect physiological data. The patch may be wireless. The patch may be utilized in everyday life as well as in clinical environments. Data acquired by the patch and/or external devices may be interpreted and/or be utilized by healthcare professionals and/or computer algorithms (e.g., third party applications). Data acquired by the patch may be interpreted and be presented for viewing to healthcare professionals and/or ordinary users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: LIFESIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Raghavendra Mulinti, Krishna Sankar Madhavan Pillai, Guruprasad Shimoga Revanna, Surendar Magar
  • Patent number: 11607163
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods allow inductive recharging of a power source located within or coupled to an implantable medical device (IMD) while the device is implanted in a patient. The IMD may include a rechargeable battery having a battery housing; a non-metallic substrate attached to the battery housing, wherein the non-metallic substrate and the battery housing form an outer housing of the implantable medical device; control circuitry formed on the non-metallic substrate within the outer housing of the IMD; a receive coil within the outer housing of the IMD, the receive coil configured to receive energy from outside of the outer housing of the IMD; and recharge circuitry within the outer housing of the IMD and coupled to the receive coil, the recharge circuitry configured to receive the energy from the receive coil, and recharge the rechargeable battery using the received energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh V. Iyer, Gordon O. Munns, Andrew J. Ries, Craig L. Schmidt, Paul B. Young
  • Patent number: 11602281
    Abstract: Injectable biophotonic sensors, systems relating to biophotonic sensors, and methods of using the injectable biophotonic sensors and systems are described. Methods and devices for delivering injectable biophotonic sensors to a subject are described. In an embodiment, an injectable biophotonic sensor comprises a printed circuit board (PCB); a light source; a first sensing element; a second sensing element; a receiver device or a induction coil; and an outer casing, wherein the first sensing element, the second sensing element, and the receiver device or the receiver induction coil are coupled to the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Alper Bozkurt
  • Patent number: 11596795
    Abstract: An implantable medical device (IMD) is described capable of determining whether a patient is susceptible to freezing of gait events during ambulatory movement without the patient demonstrating an episode of freezing of gait. In one example, the IMD senses, via one or more electrodes, a bioelectrical signal of a brain of the patient while the patient performs movement associated with freezing of gait. The IMD determines, based on the bioelectrical signal, whether the patient is susceptible to freezing of gait while the patient is not experiencing an episode of freezing of gait. Further, upon detecting the movement associated with freezing of gait, the IMD delivers electrical stimulation therapy to the patient configured to suppress freezing of gait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jianping Wu, Scott R. Stanslaski
  • Patent number: 11596353
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to monitoring one or more physiological parameters of a subject using a multilayer wearable device. In an embodiment, a multilayer wearable device is configured to be attached to a subject. The multilayer wearable device comprises a substrate having multiple layers including a first portion connected to a second portion. The first portion has a first side and a second, opposite side. And the second portion has a first side and a second, opposite side. The first side of the first portion is configured to be attached to the subject and the second portion is arranged on top of the first portion such that the first side of the second portion is disposed adjacent the second side of the first portion. And, the wearable device includes one or more electrical components configured to sense a physiological parameter of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Jeffrey E. Stahmann, James M. Peck, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 11589951
    Abstract: A holding arm for medical purposes, in particular for holding surgical mechatronic assistance systems and/or surgical instruments, includes a proximal end for attaching the holding arm to a base and a distal end for receiving a surgical mechatronic assistance system and/or surgical instrument; at least one first and one second arm segment, wherein the first arm segment is connected to a first joint and the second arm segment is connected to a second joint, wherein each joint is releasable and lockable. An operating unit is provided for bringing the holding arm into a desired pose, wherein the operating unit is adapted to release the associated joint upon contact between an operator and one of the first and second arm segments. A corresponding method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Brainlab Robotics GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Krinninger, Stephan Nowatschin
  • Patent number: 11590338
    Abstract: A heart pump assembly includes an elongate catheter with a proximal portion and a distal portion, a rotor at the distal portion of the elongate catheter, a driveshaft, and a bearing. The rotor can include an impeller blade shaped to induce fluid flow in a first axial direction. The drive shaft may be coupled to or integrally formed with a proximal end of the rotor and can include a pump element formed in a surface of the drive shaft. The bearing can include a bore into which the drive shaft extends. The pump element is shaped so as to induce fluid flow through the bore in a second axial direction which can be the same or opposite to the first axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: ABIOMED, INC.
    Inventor: Vincent Barry
  • Patent number: 11571157
    Abstract: A wearable sensing device includes a connector socket provided with contact pads connectable to sensing electrodes for sensing biological electrical signals. A supply module is provided with a battery, which is housed in a first casing configured for reversible coupling with the connector socket. A control module is housed in a second casing distinct from the first casing and configured for coupling with the supply module and with the connector socket. The control module is equipped with a processing unit configured to process biological electrical signals detectable through the contact pads. Mechanical-connection members couple the supply module to the connector socket. Electrical-connection members distinct from the mechanical-connection members are configured to connect the battery and the contact pads to the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Alessandro Gumiero, Marco Passoni, Luigi Della Torre, Stefano Rossi
  • Patent number: 11572879
    Abstract: A device to assist the performance of a heart with at least one pump that is formed as a rotary pump and driven via a magneto coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Miracor Medical SA
    Inventor: Werner Mohl
  • Patent number: 11534200
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an implant tool and cannula used to facilitate the implantation of a medical device into a patient. The implant tool includes a housing that is held by a user and a needle attached to the housing. The cannula may be positioned over the needle and delivered to a target tissue within the patient. The cannula includes an electrode at a distal portion to deliver test stimulation to confirm the location of the target site or placement of the implant tool relative to the target site before removing the needle of the implant tool. In this manner, the cannula may be repositioned within the patient until the position of the implant tool and cannula relative to the target site is verified with the test stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric H. Bonde, Martin T. Gerber
  • Patent number: 11529189
    Abstract: An ablation instrument comprises an elongate shaft having a cannula channel and a scope channel, and an electrode disposed in the cannula channel. The electrode is slidable between a first position in which a distal end of the electrode is contained within the cannula channel, and a second position in which the distal end of the electrode extends out of a distal opening of the cannula channel. The ablation instrument further comprises a distal head coupled to the elongate shaft and configured for engaging tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin J. Hlavka, Thomas V. Ressemann, Eric Whitbrook, John Christian Knudson
  • Patent number: 11529202
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a robotic surgical system. The robotic surgical system includes at least one robot arm, a camera, and a console. The console includes a first handle, a second handle, and a selector switch configured to select between a robotic control mode and a camera control mode. In the system the first handle or the second handle control the at least one robot arm in the robotic control mode and the first handle and the second handle control the camera in the camera control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William Peine
  • Patent number: 11524168
    Abstract: A self-contained automated external defibrillator (SCAED) system includes an AED operations block for controlling shock generation and administration, including pads for attachment to a patient, an electrocardiogram monitoring circuitry for monitoring patient heartbeat, shock generating electronics for generating electrical shock signal to be applied to the patient through the pads, a battery for supplying power to the AED operations block, a power management block for managing power consumption by the shock generating electronics and monitoring power status of the battery, a memory, a user-interface block for providing use instructions and receiving user input, and a controller for regulating the ECG monitoring circuitry, shock generating electronics, and the power management block. The SCAED system also includes a communications block for communicating with an external system separate from the SCAED system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: HeartHero, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Montague, Randolph Kerry Armstrong, Satyajit Ketkar
  • Patent number: 11524172
    Abstract: Photobiomodulation therapy systems provide a highly effective way to treat many common ailments to the human body. Many embodiments described herein enable two or more light therapy devices to be communicatively coupled together in various ways. In some embodiments, the light therapy system includes a first light device and a second light device arranged and configured to be communicatively coupled to the first light device. Each of the light devices may include a housing, a communication module, and a plurality of lights arranged and configured to emit at least one of red light and near infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Joovv, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Strahan, Scott Nelson, Greg Pfiffner