Patents by Inventor Dale F. Seeley

Dale F. Seeley 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: 10258801
    Abstract: An implantable electrical medical device includes (i) electronics configured to generate or receive an electrical signal and containing a plurality of channels through which the electrical signal may be transmitted; (ii) a first lead receptacle having a defined number of internal contacts, wherein each of the internal contacts are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics; and (iii) a second lead receptacle having the same number of internal contacts as the first lead receptacle, and wherein each of the internal contacts of the second receptacle are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics. Each channel of the electronics to which a contact of the first receptacle is operably coupled is also operably coupled to a channel of the second receptacle. The first and second lead receptacles are configured to receive leads having contacts with different spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale F. Seeley
  • Publication number: 20180331483
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices include elongated conductor bodies and related features including an attachment to the medical device at one end and a connector that receives a medical lead at the other end. The connector may have various features such as a modular design whereby the connector is constructed from a series of stacked contact modules. Other features of the connector include electrical contacts that are relatively thin conductors or the order of 0.040 inches or less and that may include radial protrusions to establish contact with the electrical connectors of the lead. Furthermore, electrical contacts may be mounted within the connector in a floating manner so that radial movement of the electrical contact may occur during lead insertion. Additional features include a feedthrough where conductors exposed beyond a housing of the implantable medical device make direct electrical connection to conductors present within the elongated body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Publication number: 20180236219
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this disclosure concern assembly of a lead having one or two modular lead ends. A modular lead end can be made by aligning a plurality of wires exposed on an end of a main lead body with a plurality of conductors exposed on an end of a lead end. The lead end may comprise a spine, the plurality of conductors circumferentially arrayed about the spine, and an outer surface comprising a plurality of exposed electrical elements and polymer material, the plurality of electrical elements arrayed on the spine and electrically connected with the plurality of conductors. The assembly can further include making electrical connections between the plurality of electrical wires and the plurality of conductors and insulating the plurality of wires and the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 10038294
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices include elongated conductor bodies and related features including an attachment to the medical device at one end and a connector that receives a medical lead at the other end. The connector may have various features such as a modular design whereby the connector is constructed from a series of stacked contact modules. Other features of the connector include electrical contacts that are relatively thin conductors or the order of 0.040 inches or less and that may include radial protrusions to establish contact with the electrical connectors of the lead. Furthermore, electrical contacts may be mounted within the connector in a floating manner so that radial movement of the electrical contact may occur during lead insertion. Additional features include a feedthrough where conductors exposed beyond a housing of the implantable medical device make direct electrical connection to conductors present within the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Publication number: 20180169404
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are disclosed for forming an elongate lead body module of a modular lead. The method may comprise rotating a mandrel, wherein the mandrel extends through a through-hole of a conductor hub, wherein each conductor of a plurality of conductors extend through a respective channel of a plurality of channels of the conductor hub, wherein each conductor of the plurality of conductors extends from a respective bobbin of plurality of bobbins to the channels, wherein the plurality of bobbins are coupled to a carriage, the carriage defining a central opening through which the mandrel passes. The method may comprise moving the carriage away from the conductor hub along a length of the mandrel while the mandrel rotates causing the conductors to coil around the mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Publication number: 20180169415
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are disclosed for a modular medical lead system. The modular medical lead system may comprise an elongate lead body module including a plurality of coiled electrical conductors extending from a first end to a second end of the elongate lead body module, and a conductor hub adjacent the first end of the elongate lead body module. The plurality of conductors are electrically isolated from one another and mechanically coupled to the conductor hub such that the plurality of conductors are in a fixed arrangement relative one another. A first end of the conductor hub is nearer the first end of the elongate lead body module than a second end of the conductor hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9962539
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this disclosure concern assembly of a lead having one or two modular lead ends. A modular lead end can be made by aligning a plurality of wires exposed on an end of a main lead body with a plurality of conductors exposed on an end of a lead end. The lead end may comprise a spine, the plurality of conductors circumferentially arrayed about the spine, and an outer surface comprising a plurality of exposed electrical elements and polymer material, the plurality of electrical elements arrayed on the spine and electrically connected with the plurality of conductors. The assembly can further include making electrical connections between the plurality of electrical wires and the plurality of conductors and insulating the plurality of wires and the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9962552
    Abstract: An implantable electrical medical device system includes a device body portion having a plurality of contacts operably coupled to discrete channels of electronics. One or more swappable headers may be attached to the device body portion by an end user, such as an implanting physician, to operably couple internal lead receptacle contacts in the header to the contacts of the device body portion. The swappable headers may have lead receptacles configured to receive differing types or combinations of leads, allowing an end user to select one or more appropriate headers as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Jason D. Rahn, Michael T. Hegland, Carl D. Wahlstrand
  • Publication number: 20180054034
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices include elongated conductor bodies and related features including an attachment to the medical device at one end and a connector that receives a medical lead at the other end. The connector may have various features such as a modular design whereby the connector is constructed from a series of stacked contact modules. Other features of the connector include electrical contacts that are relatively thin conductors or the order of 0.040 inches or less and that may include radial protrusions to establish contact with the electrical connectors of the lead. Furthermore, electrical contacts may be mounted within the connector in a floating manner so that radial movement of the electrical contact may occur during lead insertion. Additional features include a feedthrough where conductors exposed beyond a housing of the implantable medical device make direct electrical connection to conductors present within the elongated body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9889252
    Abstract: Multicomponent infusion device assemblies include locking and unlocking mechanisms that allow for locking and unlocking of components via actions capable of being carried out by at least some patients suffering from movement disorders. Tools or disengagement components may be used to unlock or disengage the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hegland, Dale F. Seeley
  • Patent number: 9819135
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices include elongated conductor bodies and related features including an attachment to the medical device at one end and a connector that receives a medical lead at the other end. The connector may have various features such as a modular design whereby the connector is constructed from a series of stacked contact modules. Other features of the connector include electrical contacts that are relatively thin conductors or the order of 0.040 inches or less and that may include radial protrusions to establish contact with the electrical connectors of the lead. Furthermore, electrical contacts may be mounted within the connector in a floating manner so that radial movement of the electrical contact may occur during lead insertion. Additional features include a feedthrough where conductors exposed beyond a housing of the implantable medical device make direct electrical connection to conductors present within the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Publication number: 20170312500
    Abstract: An implantable medical electrical lead includes an electrode assembly in which an electrical junction between a first conductor and an inner surface of a first electrode of the assembly is wedged within a first channel of at least one core member of the assembly, around which the first electrode extends. The at least one core member is formed from an insulating material, and the first channel may be one of a plurality of longitudinally extending channels arrayed around a circumference of a central lumen of the assembly, which is defined by the at least one core member. The first conductor extends along a length of the assembly, for example, defined between the first electrode and a second electrode thereof, in a helical path that travels around the central lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Bret R. Shoberg, Gregory A. Boser, Michael T. Hegland, Robert L. Olson, Dale F. Seeley, Jacob W. Silverberg, Suraj Rama
  • Publication number: 20170266432
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this disclosure concern assembly of a lead having one or two modular lead ends. A modular lead end can be made by aligning a plurality of wires exposed on an end of a main lead body with a plurality of conductors exposed on an end of a lead end. The lead end may comprise a spine, the plurality of conductors circumferentially arrayed about the spine, and an outer surface comprising a plurality of exposed electrical elements and polymer material, the plurality of electrical elements arrayed on the spine and electrically connected with the plurality of conductors. The assembly can further include making electrical connections between the plurality of electrical wires and the plurality of conductors and insulating the plurality of wires and the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9713705
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this disclosure concern assembly of a lead having one or two modular lead ends. A modular lead end can be made by aligning a plurality of wires exposed on an end of a main lead body with a plurality of conductors exposed on an end of a lead end. The lead end may comprise a spine, the plurality of conductors circumferentially arrayed about the spine, and an outer surface comprising a plurality of exposed electrical elements and polymer material, the plurality of electrical elements arrayed on the spine and electrically connected with the plurality of conductors. The assembly can further include making electrical connections between the plurality of electrical wires and the plurality of conductors and insulating the plurality of wires and the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9707338
    Abstract: An ambulatory infusion device includes a common module having a pump mechanism and a fluid flow path in communication with the pump mechanism. The device also includes a custom module operably coupleable to the common module. The custom module includes a reservoir for housing a liquid composition comprising a medicament and control electronics. The reservoir is configured to fluidly couple with the fluid flow path, and the control electronics are configured to electrically couple to the pump mechanism when the common module and the custom module are operably coupled. When the common module and the custom module are operably coupled, the pump mechanism is configured to drive the liquid composition from the reservoir to a patient via the fluid flow path, and the control electronics are configured to control the rate at which the pump mechanism drives the liquid composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael C. Schmitz, Keith R. Hildebrand, Edwin Rivera
  • Publication number: 20170050031
    Abstract: An implantable electrical medical device includes (i) electronics configured to generate or receive an electrical signal and containing a plurality of channels through which the electrical signal may be transmitted; (ii) a first lead receptacle having a defined number of internal contacts, wherein each of the internal contacts are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics; and (iii) a second lead receptacle having the same number of internal contacts as the first lead receptacle, and wherein each of the internal contacts of the second receptacle are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics. Each channel of the electronics to which a contact of the first receptacle is operably coupled is also operably coupled to a channel of the second receptacle. The first and second lead receptacles are configured to receive leads having contacts with different spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventor: Dale F. Seeley
  • Publication number: 20170025809
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices include elongated conductor bodies and related features including an attachment to the medical device at one end and a connector that receives a medical lead at the other end. The connector may have various features such as a modular design whereby the connector is constructed from a series of stacked contact modules. Other features of the connector include electrical contacts that are relatively thin conductors or the order of 0.040 inches or less and that may include radial protrusions to establish contact with the electrical connectors of the lead. Furthermore, electrical contacts may be mounted within the connector in a floating manner so that radial movement of the electrical contact may occur during lead insertion. Additional features include a feedthrough where conductors exposed beyond a housing of the implantable medical device make direct electrical connection to conductors present within the elongated body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9522281
    Abstract: An implantable electrical medical device includes (i) electronics configured to generate or receive an electrical signal and containing a plurality of channels through which the electrical signal may be transmitted; (ii) a first lead receptacle having a first defined number of internal contacts, wherein each of the internal contacts are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics; and (iii) a second lead receptacle having a second defined number of internal contacts, wherein the second defined number is less than the first defined number, and wherein each of the internal contacts of the second receptacle are independently operably coupled to a discrete channel of the electronics. At least one of the internal contacts of the first lead receptacle and at least one of the internal contacts of the second lead receptacle are operably coupled to the same channel of the electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale F. Seeley
  • Publication number: 20160346531
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this disclosure concern assembly of a lead having one or two modular lead ends. A modular lead end can be made by aligning a plurality of wires exposed on an end of a main lead body with a plurality of conductors exposed on an end of a lead end. The lead end may comprise a spine, the plurality of conductors circumferentially arrayed about the spine, and an outer surface comprising a plurality of exposed electrical elements and polymer material, the plurality of electrical elements arrayed on the spine and electrically connected with the plurality of conductors. The assembly can further include making electrical connections between the plurality of electrical wires and the plurality of conductors and insulating the plurality of wires and the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Michael T. Hegland
  • Patent number: 9463889
    Abstract: Prefilled reservoir apparatuses for use in ambulatory infusion devices include a rigid top and a flexible bag that forms at least a portion of a reservoir containing a liquid medicament composition. The reservoir apparatuses include a septum assembly that includes a fluid flow path in communication with the reservoir and a self-sealing septum disposed in or over the fluid flow path. The septum is positioned and configured to be pierced by a cannula of a base of an infusion device when the reservoir apparatus is received by the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Schmitz, Dale F. Seeley, Keith R. Hildebrand