Patents by Inventor Conor Minogue

Conor Minogue 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: 20200016394
    Abstract: An electrolyte liner for use with an electrode for transcutaneous electrical stimulation, the liner comprising a flexible porous sheet of material containing a predetermined amount of liquid or gel electrolyte per unit area, said sheet being shaped to cover a skin facing surface of said electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventor: Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 9675802
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles in a patient comprising applying a first electrode A1/A2 substantially centrally to the lower lumbar region of the patient's body, and applying second and third electrodes B, C respectively to opposite side flanks of the patient's body. The electrodes are energized to apply a first group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the second and third electrodes and a second group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the first electrode and the second and third electrodes alternately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 9545514
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a connection with a part of a body to transfer an electromagnetic signal for a predetermined purpose, the apparatus including: a garment including one or more electrode capable of passing the signal to or from the part of the body; and a controller for controlling the nature of or processing the signal dependant on one or more parameters in order to vary the nature of the signal dependant on the purpose; wherein at least one parameter of the one or more parameters is stored on a data storage device included in the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Michel Las-Saulzais, Joseph M. Rochford
  • Patent number: 8682452
    Abstract: The invention relates to facial stimulation apparatus configured to be worn in a generally horizontal orientation on a user's head, and which uses the ear (14) as an anatomical reference to ensure correct and repeatable placement of skin electrodes (16a,16b) overlying the human facial nerves (1-5) to facilitate Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). The apparatus is provided with a headband (22) having a bend or inclination (24) proximate a distal portion (20) thereof on which the electrodes (16a,16b) are attached. The apparatus is provided with an unambiguous location feature such that a vector component between said location feature and the electrode pair (16a, 16b) is fixed and non-adjustable thus ensuring repeatable and accurate positioning of each electrode (16a, 16b). The apparatus overcomes problems inherent in known devices and, in particular, requires no anatomical knowledge on the part of the end user for its safe and most effective placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Shane Ledwidth
  • Patent number: 8494658
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 8209030
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Bio Medical Research
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Heskin
  • Publication number: 20120116477
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles in a patient comprising applying a first electrode A1/A2 substantially centrally to the lower lumbar region of the patient's body, and applying second and third electrodes B, C respectively to opposite side flanks of the patient's body. The electrodes are energised to apply a first group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the second and third electrodes and a second group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the first electrode and the second and third electrodes alternately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: BIO-MEDICAL RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20110276108
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicants: Bio-Medical Research Limited, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20110208266
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Heskin
  • Publication number: 20100312307
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrotherapy apparatus facilitating accurate and repeatable application to a neuromuscular area to be treated by a patient. The apparatus comprises a flexible garment (12) adapted to be worn by the patient. Stimulation electrodes (10) are attachable to the body-facing surface of the garment (12) on at least a predetermined portion(s) thereof. An array of spaced through passages (14) are provided in two dimensions throughout the surface area of at least the predetermined portion(s) of the garment (12) to allow passage of a connection means, such as a lead wire (L) or a stud fastener, connecting the electrode (10) to an external stimulation apparatus. The invention also discloses a method of preparing the electrotherapy apparatus for subsequent use by the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20100234919
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 7747327
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Publication number: 20100152810
    Abstract: The invention relates to facial stimulation apparatus configured to be worn in a generally horizontal orientation on a user's head, and which uses the ear (14) as an anatomical reference to ensure correct and repeatable placement of skin electrodes (16a,16b) overlying the human facial nerves (1-5) to facilitate Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). The apparatus is provided with a headband (22) having a bend or inclination (24) proximate a distal portion (20) thereof on which the electrodes (16a,16b) are attached. The apparatus is provided with an unambiguous location feature such that a vector component between said location feature and the electrode pair (16a, 16b) is fixed and non-adjustable thus ensuring repeatable and accurate positioning of each electrode (16a, 16b). The apparatus overcomes problems inherent in known devices and, in particular, requires no anatomical knowledge on the part of the end user for its safe and most effective placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Shane Ledwidth
  • Publication number: 20090105795
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a connection with a part of a body to transfer an electromagnetic signal for a predetermined purpose, the apparatus including: a garment including one or more electrode capable of passing the signal to or from the part of the body; and a controller for controlling the nature of or processing the signal dependant on one or more parameters in order to vary the nature of the signal dependant on the purpose; wherein at least one parameter of the one or more parameters is stored on a data storage device included in the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Michel Las-Saulzais, Joseph M. Rochford
  • Patent number: 7069089
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 6939275
    Abstract: The invention relates to a controllable load apparatus for use in machines for resistive exercise training of the human body. The apparatus comprises a pneumatic cylinder (10) having a piston (12) acting on a fluid and a piston rod (14), the piston/cylinder unit (10, 12) being operated on by a person undergoing training. A pressure accumulator (20) is connected to, and pressurizes the piston/cylinder unit (10, 12) at a predetermined pressure during exercise via a pneumatic control circuit (42). Once a predetermined pressure threshold is reached, a valve means operates to prevent further fluid being available for charging the accumulator (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Brian Walsh, Seamus Moneley
  • Patent number: 6885896
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject. The device comprises an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode in a general direction towards a corresponding one of the right and left mid-axillary lines of the torso intermediate the rib cage and corresponding right and left iliac crests. By applying at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes, abdominal muscles of the subject are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 6760629
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject. The device comprises an attachment mechanism that further comprises a main locating element for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes, and two secondary locating elements disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. A receiver is also provided for receiving a signal generated by a signal generator for generating at least one pulsed signal. A selector is also provided for selecting one or more of the electrodes through which a pulsed signal is to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: RE40875
    Abstract: The invention relates to a controllable load apparatus for use in machines for resistive exercise training of the human body. The apparatus comprises a pneumatic cylinder (10) having a piston (12) acting on a fluid and a piston rod (14), the piston/cylinder unit (10, 12) being operated on by a person undergoing training. A pressure accumulator (20) is connected to, and pressurizes the piston/cylinder unit (10, 12) at a predetermined pressure during exercise via a pneumatic control circuit (42). Once a predetermined pressure threshold is reached, a valve means operates to prevent further fluid being available for charging the accumulator (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Brian Walsh, Seamus Moneley
  • Patent number: D615209
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Shane Ledwidth