Patents by Inventor Amir Abolfathi

Amir Abolfathi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10412512
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for processing audio signals are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Additionally, a multiband actuation system may be used where two or more transducers each deliver sounds within certain frequencies. Also, the assembly may also utilize the sensation of directionality via the conducted vibrations to emulate directional perception of audio signals received by the user. Another feature may include the ability to vibrationally conduct ancillary audio signals to the user along with primary audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20190244264
    Abstract: A virtual health-care electronic commerce community includes a network to communicate information relating to the community; one or more patients coupled to the network; one or more treating professionals coupled to the network; and a server coupled to the network, the server storing data for each patient and performing patient data visualization in response to a user request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Amir Abolfathi, Ike Udechuku, Beth Ann Cooney, Keith Wolf
  • Patent number: 10332164
    Abstract: A virtual health-care electronic commerce community includes a network to communicate information relating to the community; one or more patients coupled to the network; one or more treating professionals coupled to the network; and a server coupled to the network, the server storing data for each patient and performing patient data visualization in response to a user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Abolfathi, Ikechukwu Chibuzo Udechuku, Phillips Alexander Benton, Beth Ann Cooney, Keith Wolf
  • Publication number: 20190158967
    Abstract: Actuator systems for oral-based appliances utilizing transducers which are attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a dental or oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such oral appliances may be a custom-made device which receives incoming sounds and transmits the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element. The transducer element may utilize electromagnetic or piezoelectric transducer mechanisms and may be positioned directly along the dentition or along an oral appliance housing in various configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph MENZEL, Amir ABOLFATHI
  • Publication number: 20190046013
    Abstract: In one example, a system includes a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen therethrough. The system further includes a balloon member projecting distally from a distal end of the deployment catheter and defining an area therein, wherein the area is in fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The system further includes a first opening at the distal end of the balloon member, a first instrument lumen extending through the balloon member from the distal end of the deployment catheter to the first opening, and a visualization element disposed within the balloon member for visualizing tissue external to the balloon member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Amir Abolfathi, Christopher A. Rothe, Kevin H. Van Bladel
  • Patent number: 10194255
    Abstract: Actuator systems for oral-based appliances utilizing transducers which are attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a dental or oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such oral appliances may be a custom-made device which receives incoming sounds and transmits the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element. The transducer element may utilize electromagnetic or piezoelectric transducer mechanisms and may be positioned directly along the dentition or along an oral appliance housing in various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Menzel, Amir Abolfathi
  • Patent number: 10064540
    Abstract: Visualization apparatus and methods for transseptal access are described herein where intravascular access across a septal wall is facilitated via devices which provide for direct visual viewing of tissue area. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an expanded configuration. In use, the imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to the tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A translucent or transparent fluid can be pumped into the imaging hood until the fluid displaces any blood leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element in the deployment catheter. Any number of therapeutic tools or a guidewire can be passed through the catheter and into the imaging hood for crossing the septal wall and passing the guidewire or instruments therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Amir Abolfathi, Chris A. Rothe, Kevin H. Van Bladel
  • Publication number: 20180176703
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a tooth or teeth are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Amir ABOLFATHI, Vahid SAADAT, Loc X. PHAN
  • Publication number: 20180176701
    Abstract: An intra-oral appliance for transmitting sound via bone conduction and optimized for comfort, safety, speech intelligibility, eating and drinking and extended wear by the user including an actuator to provide bone conduction sound transmission; a transceiver coupled to the actuator to cause the actuator to generate sound; and a first chamber containing the actuator and the transceiver, said first chamber adapted to be coupled to one or more teeth of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. ABOLFATHI
  • Patent number: 9906878
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a tooth or teeth are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other hone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Amir Abolfathi, Vahid Saadat, Loc X. Phan
  • Patent number: 9900714
    Abstract: An intra-oral appliance for transmitting sound via bone conduction and optimized for comfort, safety, speech intelligibility, eating and drinking and extended wear by the user including an actuator to provide bone conduction sound transmission; a transceiver coupled to the actuator to cause the actuator to generate sound; and a first chamber containing the actuator and the transceiver, said first chamber adapted to be coupled to one or more teeth of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20170347210
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for processing audio signals are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Additionally, a multiband actuation system may be used where two or more transducers each deliver sounds within certain frequencies. Also, the assembly may also utilize the sensation of directionality via the conducted vibrations to emulate directional perception of audio signals received by the user. Another feature may include the ability to vibrationally conduct ancillary audio signals to the user along with primary audio signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. ABOLFATHI
  • Patent number: 9826324
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for processing audio signals are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Additionally, a multiband actuation system may be used where two or more transducers each deliver sounds within certain frequencies. Also, the assembly may also utilize the sensation of directionality via the conducted vibrations to emulate directional perception of audio signals received by the user. Another feature may include the ability to vibrationally conduct ancillary audio signals to the user along with primary audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20170311102
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for processing audio signals are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Additionally, a multiband actuation system may be used where two or more transducers each deliver sounds within certain frequencies. Also, the assembly may also utilize the sensation of directionality via the conducted vibrations to emulate directional perception of audio signals received by the user. Another feature may include the ability to vibrationally conduct ancillary audio signals to the user along with primary audio signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. ABOLFATHI
  • Publication number: 20170311100
    Abstract: Actuator systems for oral-based appliances utilizing transducers which are attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a dental or oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such oral appliances may be a custom-made device which receives incoming sounds and transmits the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element. The transducer element may utilize electromagnetic or piezoelectric transducer mechanisms and may be positioned directly along the dentition or along an oral appliance housing in various configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph MENZEL, Amir ABOLFATHI
  • Patent number: 9781526
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for processing audio signals are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Additionally, a multiband actuation system may be used where two or more transducers each deliver sounds within certain frequencies. Also, the assembly may also utilize the sensation of directionality via the conducted vibrations to emulate directional perception of audio signals received by the user. Another feature may include the ability to vibrationally conduct ancillary audio signals to the user along with primary audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Patent number: 9781525
    Abstract: An intra-oral appliance for transmitting sound via bone conduction and optimized for comfort, safety, speech intelligibility, eating and drinking and extended wear by the user including an actuator to provide bone conduction sound transmission; a transceiver coupled to the actuator to cause the actuator to generate sound; and a first chamber containing the actuator and the transceiver, said first chamber adapted to be coupled to one or more teeth of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20170265011
    Abstract: An intra-oral appliance for transmitting sound via bone conduction and optimized for comfort, safety, speech intelligibility, eating and drinking and extended wear by the user including an actuator to provide bone conduction sound transmission; a transceiver coupled to the actuator to cause the actuator to generate sound; and a first chamber containing the actuator and the transceiver, said first chamber adapted to be coupled to one or more teeth of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventor: Amir A. ABOLFATHI
  • Patent number: 9736602
    Abstract: Actuator systems for oral-based appliances utilizing transducers which are attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a dental or oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such oral appliances may be a custom-made device which receives incoming sounds and transmits the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element. The transducer element may utilize electromagnetic or piezoelectric transducer mechanisms and may be positioned directly along the dentition or along an oral appliance housing in various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Menzel, Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20170171675
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a tooth or teeth are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other hone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Amir ABOLFATHI, Vahid SAADAT, Loc X. PHAN