Patents by Inventor Bruce J. Simon

Bruce J. Simon 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: 20110230701
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: ElectroCore, LLC.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20110125213
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for treating bronchial constriction related to asthma, anaphylaxis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The treatment comprises transmitting impulses of energy non-invasively to selected nerve fibers that are responsible for smooth muscle dilation. The transmitted energy impulses, comprising magnetic and/or electrical, mechanical and/or acoustic, and optical and/or thermal energy, stimulate the selected nerve fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: ElectroCore LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle, Steven Mendez
  • Publication number: 20110046432
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for treating bronchial constriction related to asthma, anaphylaxis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The treatment comprises transmitting impulses of energy non-invasively to selected nerve fibers that are responsible for smooth muscle dilation. The transmitted energy impulses, comprising magnetic and/or electrical, mechanical and/or acoustic, and optical and/or thermal energy, stimulate the selected nerve fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: ElectroCore Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle, Steven Mendez
  • Publication number: 20100174340
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, apparatus and methods for selectively applying electrical energy to body tissue. More specifically, systems and methods are provided for introducing a flowable electrode to a target site within the patient such that the flowable electrode converts to a hardened electrode after being introduced to the target site. An electrical impulse is applied to the hardened electrode to modulate one or more nerve(s) at the target site. The electrode preferably comprises a conductive polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: ElectroCore, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20100057178
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, apparatus and methods for selectively applying electrical energy to body tissue. More specifically, systems and methods are provided for introducing a spinal cord stimulation electrode device into a patient's epidural space through a small portal, such as a percutaneous penetration, and then expanding the electrode device once inside the epidural space to achieve a larger footprint of contact on the dura. This substantially prevents migration of the electrode within the epidural space and provides for more efficient and effective treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: ElectroCore, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 7621963
    Abstract: A bone graft material comprising about 50-90% quickly bioresorbable porogen particles and about 10-50% of a calcium matrix material. A bioactive substance can be included in the matrix material, the porogen particles, or both. Commercial packages containing the bone graft materials and methods for repairing bone therewith are also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Robert M. Ronk, Paul D'Antonio, Jeffrey D. Schwardt
  • Publication number: 20090149774
    Abstract: A bone aspiration needle is provided. The cannulated body can define at least a first aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a first region of an anatomy. The bone aspiration needle can also include a second aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a second region of the anatomy and a third aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a third region of the anatomy. The first aperture can be a distal most aperture and the third aperture can be a proximal most aperture. The first aperture can have a first area, the second aperture can have a second area, and the third aperture can have a third area. The second area can be greater than the first area and less than the third area so as to enable the aspiration of substantially equal amounts of bone marrow substantially simultaneously from each of the first aperture, second aperture and third aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: EBI, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, John Manocchio
  • Patent number: 7520849
    Abstract: A pulsed electromagnetic field method of treating a soft tissue wound, wherein, in one embodiment, a patient in need of treatment for a soft tissue wound is administered a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) having repetitive pulse bursts less than approximately 30 ms in duration, with a pulse burst repetition rate greater than approximately 5 Hz, the pulse bursts generated with a drive signal including pulses each having a first-polarity portion with a pulse width less than 1 ms and a second-polarity portion with a shorter pulse width, the electromagnetic field having a maximum amplitude less than approximately 4 mT and rising to its maximum amplitude during the first-polarity portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: EBI, LP
    Inventor: Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 7010353
    Abstract: A method for treating a soft tissue wound is provided and includes the steps of providing a signal generator in electrical communication with first and second electrodes, disposing the first and second electrodes on a skin surface on opposing sides of the soft tissue wound and applying an electric field in the soft tissue wound by generating a voltage at a frequency within a range of 20 to 100 kHz and having a symmetrical waveform with an amplitude within a range of 0.1 to 20 volts peak to peak through said first and second electrodes. In accordance with a first preferred embodiment the signal generator is an AC generator generating a sine wave voltage and in accordance with second and third preferred embodiments, the signal generator is a bipolar DC generator, all generating a symmetrical waveform at a frequency of 60 kHz, with an amplitude of about 5 volts peak to peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: EBI, L.P.
    Inventors: Jean C. Gan, Bruce J. Simon, Jay Penchina
  • Patent number: 6955642
    Abstract: A noninvasive method and apparatus for treating living tissue with pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) having selectively reduced high-frequency signal components, with improved bioresponse provided by magnetic field amplitudes less than approximately 40 ?T, and most preferably in the range of 4–10 ?T. Such amplitude levels for the disclosed PEMF signal are particularly effective with a treatment duration in the range of 0.25–2 hours/day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: EBI, LP
    Inventor: Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20030130707
    Abstract: A method for treating a soft tissue wound is provided and includes the steps of providing a signal generator in electrical communication with first and second electrodes, disposing the first and second electrodes on a skin surface on opposing sides of the soft tissue wound and applying an electric field in the soft tissue wound by generating a voltage at a frequency within a range of 20 to 100 kHz and having a symmetrical waveform with an amplitude within a range of 0.1 to 20 volts peak to peak through said first and second electrodes. In accordance with a first preferred embodiment the signal generator is an AC generator generating a sine wave voltage and in accordance with second and third preferred embodiments, the signal generator is a bipolar DC generator, all generating a symmetrical waveform at a frequency of 60 kHz, with an amplitude of about 5 volts peak to peak.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Jean C. Gan, Bruce J. Simon, Jay Penchina
  • Patent number: 6292699
    Abstract: A spinal fusion stimulator comprising an interbody fusion cage or other interbody fixation device adapted to be implanted in the intervertebral disc space of a patient's spine, the interbody fusion cage in the preferred embodiment having a hollow body with internal and external conductive surfaces. The stimulator includes a constant current generator connected to the interbody fusion cage and set to provide a DC current effective to produce a surface current density of at least 1 &mgr;A/cm2 in the interbody fusion cage when implanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Electro-Biology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Jeffrey D. Schwardt