Patents by Inventor Brett Schleicher

Brett Schleicher 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: 20130103006
    Abstract: An improved safety feature for preventing overdosage to a patient is disclosed. In one embodiment, the feature includes an improved screen member that prevents the inadvertent entry of a needle having too large a diameter. The screen member includes a plurality of holes that are configured so as to rid unwanted dead spaces that can damage an injection device during injection. Another embodiment of the safety feature includes a plurality of pins situated so as to similarly create a plurality of openings for reception of certain sized injection devices. Methods of providing a bolus dose to a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: PALYON MEDICAL (BVI) LIMITED
    Inventor: Brett Schleicher
  • Patent number: 8428746
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shapeable to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. An alternating current charging coil is housed in the charging head and configured for transcutaneously transmitting electrical energy to the implanted medical device. The shape of the coil is changeable as the charging head is shaped, and at least one sensor determines changes in the shape of the charging coil and causes the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20130046361
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shapeable to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. An alternating current charging coil is housed in the charging head and configured for transcutaneously transmitting electrical energy to the implanted medical device. The shape of the coil is changeable as the charging head is shaped, and at least one sensor determines changes in the shape of the charging coil and causes the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8364267
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for improving the fixation of implantable pulse generators. In one aspect, a device includes an implantable pulse generator that comprises electrical circuitry configured to generate an electrical pulse and a biocompatible casing that houses the electrical circuitry and on which a collection of electrodes and a collection of fixation elements are mounted. The electrodes are in electrical contact with the electrical circuitry and the fixation elements increase the surface area of the biocompatible casing to reduce the likelihood that the biocompatible casing shifts after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 8357145
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for implanting medical devices. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a flexible base member that can be flexed manually to conform to a contour of an anatomy, the base member including a radioscopic indicium that has a characteristic such that, under radioscopic imaging, passage of a skin-penetrating electromagnetic radiation is hindered to an extent that is distinguishable from a hindrance of the electromagnetic radiation by another portion of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 8352035
    Abstract: Exemplary systems include a stimulator configured to be implanted within a patient, the stimulator having a body defined by at least one side surface disposed in between distal and proximal end surfaces, and a connector assembly configured to be coupled to the stimulator and extend parallel to the at least one side surface of the stimulator. The connector assembly is further configured to facilitate removable coupling of a lead having one or more electrodes disposed thereon to the stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Greg Baldwin, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20120277676
    Abstract: A propellant pillow for use in an implantable pump is described herein. The propellant pillow generally includes a propellant bag having a septum attached thereto. In one embodiment, the pillow may further include a rigid member associated with the propellant bag to prevent piercing of the bag by an injection device inserted through the septum during a filling process. In another embodiment, the propellant pillow includes a propellant bag having a surrounding layer of resealable material encompassing the bag. The surrounding layer also serves to prevent piercing of the bag during filling of the pillow with a propellant. Methods of filling such propellant pillows with propellant as well as utilizing such pillows in connection with implantable pumps are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Palyon Corp.
    Inventor: Brett Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20120271393
    Abstract: A nerve stimulation lead has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length. The nerve stimulation lead includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductive wires electrically coupling the plurality of electrodes electrically to the plurality of terminals. The nerve stimulation lead also includes at least one anchoring unit disposed on the nerve stimulation lead. The at least one anchoring unit is configured and arranged for anchoring the nerve stimulation lead against a bony structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Rafael Carbunaru, Courtney Lane, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Patent number: 8260432
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shapeable to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. An alternating current charging coil is housed in the charging head and configured for transcutaneously transmitting electrical energy to the implanted medical device. The shape of the coil is changeable as the charging head is shaped, and at least one sensor determines changes in the shape of the charging coil and causes the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8224449
    Abstract: An implantable microstimulator includes an elongate casing, a flap coupled directly to the casing, and electrodes attached to the flap such that the electrodes extend laterally relative to the longitudinal axis of the casing. The electrodes are coupled to active circuitry that is housed within the casing. Due to the lateral arrangement of the electrodes relative to the casing, effective operation of the microstimulator may still occur even after the microstimulator migrates away from the target stimulation site. Since there are not any leads associated with the microstimulator, the entire microstimulator, including the electrodes and the casing, is implanted adjacent to the target stimulation site. The electrodes may be configured for mono-polar or multi-polar stimulation. In one example, the microstimulator includes an insulative coating on the casing and the coating and the flap are contiguous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher
  • Patent number: 8224460
    Abstract: A nerve stimulation lead has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length. The nerve stimulation lead includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductive wires electrically coupling the plurality of electrodes electrically to the plurality of terminals. The nerve stimulation lead also includes at least one anchoring unit disposed on the nerve stimulation lead. The at least one anchoring unit is configured and arranged for anchoring the nerve stimulation lead against a bony structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Rafael Carbunaru, Courtney Lane, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Patent number: 8165694
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for thermal management of implantable medical devices. In one aspect an implantable device includes an active component configured to perform medical activities, a charging component configured to convert energy from outside a body in which the implantable device is implanted into potential energy, and a thermal barrier between the charging component and the active portion. The thermal barrier thermally isolates the charging component from the active portion so that thermal resistance between the charging component and the active component is above the thermal resistance between the charging component and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafeal Carbanaru, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20110295330
    Abstract: A nerve stimulation lead has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length. The nerve stimulation lead includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductive wires electrically coupling the plurality of electrodes electrically to the plurality of terminals. The nerve stimulation lead also includes at least one anchoring unit disposed on the nerve stimulation lead. The at least one anchoring unit is configured and arranged for anchoring the nerve stimulation lead against a bony structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Rafael Carbunaru, Courtney Lane, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Patent number: 8019443
    Abstract: A nerve stimulation lead has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length. The nerve stimulation lead includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductive wires electrically coupling the plurality of electrodes electrically to the plurality of terminals. The nerve stimulation lead also includes at least one anchoring unit disposed on the nerve stimulation lead. The at least one anchoring unit is configured and arranged for anchoring the nerve stimulation lead against a bony structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Rafael Carbunaru, Courtney Lane, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Publication number: 20110137372
    Abstract: A system and method for applying stimulation to a target stimulation site within a patient, while avoiding undesirable eye movement side effects of the stimulation, are provided. The method includes determining whether eye movement, sensed by internal or external electrodes, is a side effect of a conveyed electrical stimulus. If the eye movement is a side effect, the electrical current distribution of the stimulus is modified in order to steer a locus of the electrical stimulus from one tissue region of the patient to another different tissue region of the patient, thereby mitigating the eye movement side effects. For example, the locus of the electrical stimulus may be steered away from the oculomotor nerve. Eye movement side effects of DBS treatment may include apraxia of lid opening, downward movement and adduction of only one eyeball, and/or continuous deviation of both eyeballs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Makous, Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20100331917
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shaped to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. The charging head has a plurality of malleable support members extending through the charging head for affixing the flexible charging head in the selected shape, while the flexible charging head conforms to the surface of the patient. The charging head may also include one or more sensors for determining the shape of a charging coil in the charging head, which cause the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20100331933
    Abstract: An implantable microstimulator includes an elongate casing, a flap coupled directly to the casing, and electrodes attached to the flap such that the electrodes extend laterally relative to the longitudinal axis of the casing. The electrodes are coupled to active circuitry that is housed within the casing. Due to the lateral arrangement of the electrodes relative to the casing, effective operation of the microstimulator may still occur even after the microstimulator migrates away from the target stimulation site. Since there are not any leads associated with the microstimulator, the entire microstimulator, including the electrodes and the casing, is implanted adjacent to the target stimulation site. The electrodes may be configured for mono-polar or multi-polar stimulation. In one example, the microstimulator includes an insulative coating on the casing and the coating and the flap are contiguous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20100331920
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shapeable to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. An alternating current charging coil is housed in the charging head and configured for transcutaneously transmitting electrical energy to the implanted medical device. The shape of the coil is changeable as the charging head is shaped, and at least one sensor determines changes in the shape of the charging coil and causes the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20100331918
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head comprising a flexible material that is selectively shaped to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. The flexible material is curable to become inflexible and embody a fixed shape and may comprise, for example, a thermoplastic for being re-shaped and re-cured multiple times, or a thermoset plastic that maintains a permanent shape and cannot be re-cured to form another shape. The charging head may also include one or more sensors for determining the shape of a charging coil in the charging head, which cause the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20100331919
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head comprising a plurality of pivotable hinged sections for selectively shaping the charging head to conform to a surface of a patient. The external charger further includes an alternating current (AC) charging coil housed in the charging head for transcutaneously transmitting electrical energy to the implanted medical device. The charging head may also include one or more sensors for determining the shape of a charging coil in the charging head, which cause the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin