Patents by Inventor Armando M. Cappa

Armando M. Cappa 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).

  • Publication number: 20100048062
    Abstract: A universal cable connector for detachably connecting a stimulation lead to a system analyzer includes a nonconductive connector block for releasably receiving and holding fixed a proximate contact electrically in continuity with a distal electrode, a cable for selectively electrically interconnecting the proximate contact and the system analyzer, and a switch mechanism for selectively connecting electrically the system analyzer cable with the proximate contact thereby enabling the system analyzer to determine the efficacy of the chosen body tissue site. The connector block includes a nest region for receiving the proximal end of the lead and the switch mechanism includes a switch contact electrically engaged with the cable and movable between a first position disengaged from an associated and selected exposed proximate contact and a second position engaged with the proximate contact for electrically connecting the distal electrode to the system analyzer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, J. Terry Benson
  • Patent number: 7633023
    Abstract: A universal cable connector for detachably connecting a stimulation lead to a system analyzer includes a nonconductive connector block for releasably receiving and holding fixed a a proximate contact electrically in continuity with a distal electrode, a cable for selectively electrically interconnecting the proximate contact and the system analyzer, and a switch mechanism for selectively connecting electrically the system analyzer cable with the proximate contact thereby enabling the system analyzer to determine the efficacy of the chosen body tissue site. The connector block includes a nest region for receiving the proximal end of the lead and the switch mechanism includes a switch contact electrically engaged with the cable and movable between a first position disengaged from an associated and selected exposed proximate contact and a second position engaged with the proximate contact for electrically connecting the distal electrode to the system analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, J. Terry Benson
  • Patent number: 7136703
    Abstract: A programmer for implantable stimulation devices and surface ECG system in wireless communication with each other. A self-powered ECG monitor with conventional surface electrodes transceives signals from and to a programmer provided with a radio frequency transceiver to eliminate hardwiring between the surface electrodes and the programmer. The system reduces the need for supply line frequency filtering and isolation circuitry to protect against high voltage defibrillation shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Sergiu Silvian, Paul A. Levine
  • Patent number: 7092761
    Abstract: A programmer system for implantable devices including a programmer and a telemetry wand joined by a telemetry cable or via wireless. The telemetry wand includes at least partial display and control functionality for the system. The telemetry wand and telemetry cable are encapsulated to facilitate ready sterilization of the same and may be removably connected to the programmer. The system enables a clinician to remain within a sterile field, such as during an implantation procedure, and employ the programmer system while maintaining the sterile field without requiring that the entire programmer system be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Rita M. Theis
  • Patent number: 6694184
    Abstract: A method and assembly for selectively actuating features of implanted medical devices with a magneto-static field. The method includes selectively exposing the implanted device to a static magnetic field source, selectively shielding the magnetic field source, and distancing the shielded magnetic field source from the medical device. One version of the assembly includes a permanent magnet and a displaceable shield assembly that shields the magnetic field generated by the magnet in one configuration and is displaceable to a second configuration wherein the magnetic field is at least partially exposed. In another version, the assembly is an electromagnet that can be selectively activated and deactivated. The electromagnet generates minimal magnet field when it is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, J. Kelly Fox, Paul A. Levine, Matthew Whitlock, James B. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20020091413
    Abstract: A method and assembly for selectively actuating features of implanted medical devices with a magneto-static field. The method includes selectively exposing the implanted device to a static magnetic field source, selectively shielding the magnetic field source, and distancing the shielded magnetic field source from the medical device. One version of the assembly includes a permanent magnet and a displaceable shield assembly that shields the magnetic field generated by the magnet in one configuration and is displaceable to a second configuration wherein the magnetic field is at least partially exposed. In another version, the assembly is an electromagnet that can be selectively activated and deactivated. The electromagnet generates minimal magnet field when it is off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, J. Kelly Fox, Paul A. Levine, Matthew Whitlock, James B. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 5679022
    Abstract: A universal cable connector for use between an external system analyzer (54) and an implantable stimulation device includes a multi-conductor cable (60) and a universal connector block (52) having plurality of different sized female connectors adapted to mate with the proximal connectors of different sized implantable pacing leads (33, 34 or 38) and defibrillation leads (48, 50). The universal connector block (52) attaches to the system analyzer and enables the system analyzer to interface with whatever implantable stimulation leads are connected to the connector block, thereby allowing the system analyzer to perform desired tests, such as threshold-determining tests, using the implanted stimulation leads. An adapter cable (96) and clamp (94) are also provided that allow an electrical connection of the proper polarity to be established between an implantable stimulation device (24), e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: 5557210
    Abstract: A universal cable connector includes a plurality of different sized connectors adapted to mate with the proximal connectors of different sized implantable stimulation leads. The cable connector attaches to a system analyzer and enables the system analyzer to interface with whatever implantable stimulation leads are connected to the connector block, thereby allowing the system analyzer to perform desired tests, such as threshold-determining tests, using the implanted stimulation leads. An adapter cable and clamp is also provided that allows an electrical connection of the proper polarity to be established between an implantable stimulation device, e.g., an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and the connector block while the implantable stimulation device is connected to a patient and is operating, thereby permitting the system analyzer to monitor the performance of the implantable stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: 5334045
    Abstract: A universal cable connector includes a plurality of different sized connectors adapted to mate with the proximal connectors of different sized implantable leads. The cable connector attaches to a system analyzer and enables the system analyzer to interface with whatever implantable leads are connected to the connector block, thereby allowing the system analyzer to perform desired tests, such as threshold-determining tests, using the implanted leads. An adapter cable and clamp is also provided that allows an electrical connection of the proper polarity to be established between an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and the cable connector block while the ICD is connected to a patient and is operating, thereby permitting the system analyzer to monitor the performance of the ICD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Siemens Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D393252
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D393258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D395645
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D396035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D396036
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D396037
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D396457
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D396710
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren B. Heer
  • Patent number: D398000
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D414477
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer
  • Patent number: D425080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armando M. Cappa, Jeffrey D. Konopka, Warren R. Heer