Patents by Inventor Gerald G. Lindner

Gerald G. Lindner 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: 20200261713
    Abstract: A medical lead may be fabricated using an electrode fixture configured to facilitate circumferential and axial alignment between electrodes of the lead. In one example, a method may include positioning an electrode fixture around at least one conductor of a plurality of conductors for a medical lead, wherein the electrode fixture at least partially retains an electrode assembly. The method may also include electrically coupling a portion of the at least one conductor with at least a portion of the electrode assembly at an attachment area defined by the electrode assembly when the electrode assembly is at least partially retained by the electrode fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Evan Mark Gustafson, Michael T. Hegland, Seth M. Humphrys, Darren A. Janzig, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20200246624
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavity. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Patent number: 10632316
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavity. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Patent number: 10549088
    Abstract: A medical lead may be fabricated using an electrode fixture ((130A)-(130D)) configured to facilitate circumferential and axial alignment between electrodes of the lead. In one example, a method includes positioning an electrode fixture around at least one conductor of a plurality of conductors (122) for a medical lead, wherein the electrode fixture at least partially retains an electrode assembly. The method also includes electrically coupling a portion of the at least one conductor with at least a portion of the electrode assembly at an attachment area defined by the electrode assembly when the electrode assembly is at least partially retained by the electrode fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale F. Seeley, Evan Mark Gustafson, Michael T. Hegland, Seth M. Humphrys, Darren A. Janzig, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20190329048
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hermetic lead connector includes fixing an electrically insulating ring between an electrically conducting contact ring and an electrically conducting spacer ring to form a hermetic ring subassembly, and fixing a plurality of the hermetic ring subassemblies in axial alignment to form a hermetic lead connector. The hermetic lead connector includes an open end, an outer surface, and an inner surface defining a lead aperture. The hermetic lead connector provides a hermetic seal between the outer surface and the inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Gerald G. Lindner, Chris J. Paidosh
  • Patent number: 10363424
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hermetic lead connector includes fixing an electrically insulating ring between an electrically conducting contact ring and an electrically conducting spacer ring to form a hermetic ring subassembly, and fixing a plurality of the hermetic ring subassemblies in axial alignment to form a hermetic lead connector. The hermetic lead connector includes an open end, an outer surface, and an inner surface defining a lead aperture. The hermetic lead connector provides a hermetic seal between the outer surface and the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Gerald G. Lindner, Chris J. Paidosh
  • Patent number: 10335603
    Abstract: Medical devices include stimulation and/or sensing circuitry that is interconnected to electrical components by a flexible circuit body having exposed portions of circuit traces that are attached to electrical contacts of the electrical components. Each circuit trace may span a separate window formed in an insulative body of the flexible circuit body, or a plurality of circuit traces may span a single window or may be freely extending from the insulative body. The exposed portion of the circuit trace may be plated with a conductive metal and then attached to the electrical contact of the electrical component. The flexible circuit body may be an extension from a flexible electrical circuit board containing the circuit. The circuit may be present on a circuit board that includes electrical contacts and where the flexible circuit body has exposed portions of circuit traces attached to the electrical contacts of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald G. Lindner, William C. Phillips, Dominique Piguet, Daniel T. Pyne, Micah A. Litow, James Strom, Mark G. Wosmek
  • Patent number: 9943695
    Abstract: A medical device lead connector includes two or more electrically conducting contact rings spaced apart by electrically insulating glass material. The electrically insulating glass material fixes the two or more electrically conducting contact rings in axial alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC
    Inventors: John E. Kast, Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Andrew J. Thom, Brad C. Tischendorf, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20170281951
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavty. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Patent number: 9724784
    Abstract: In general, the disclosure is directed toward transmitting radiant energy across a boundary of a medical device via an optical feedthrough. A system for transmitting radiant energy across a boundary of a medical device includes a first functional module of a medical device, a second functional module of the medical device, an optical feedthrough assembly coupled to the first functional module, and a radiant energy source that emits a beam through the optical feedthrough assembly to perform a manufacturing process on the first functional module and the second functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Reginald D. Robinson, David D. Differding, James A. Johnson, Bernard Q. Li, Gerald G. Lindner, Brad C. Tischendorf, Andrew J. Thom
  • Patent number: 9687660
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavity. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20170072189
    Abstract: A medical device lead connector includes electrically conducting contact rings spaced apart by an electrically insulating ring and in axial alignment. The electrically conducting contact ring and the insulating ring having an interface bond on an atomic level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Andrew J. Thom, Chris J. Paidosh, Brad C. Tischendorf, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20160354611
    Abstract: Medical devices include stimulation and/or sensing circuitry that is interconnected to electrical components by a flexible circuit body having exposed portions of circuit traces that are attached to electrical contacts of the electrical components. Each circuit trace may span a separate window formed in an insulative body of the flexible circuit body, or a plurality of circuit traces may span a single window or may be freely extending from the insulative body. The exposed portion of the circuit trace may be plated with a conductive metal and then attached to the electrical contact of the electrical component. The flexible circuit body may be an extension from a flexible electrical circuit board containing the circuit. The circuit may be present on a circuit board that includes electrical contacts and where the flexible circuit body has exposed portions of circuit traces attached to the electrical contacts of the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Gerald G. Lindner, William C. Phillips, Dominique Piguet, Daniel T. Pyne, Micah A. Litow, James Strom, Mark G. Wosmek
  • Patent number: 9409031
    Abstract: Medical devices include stimulation and/or sensing circuitry that is interconnected to electrical components by a flexible circuit body having exposed portions of circuit traces that are attached to electrical contacts of the electrical components. Each circuit trace may span a separate window formed in an insulative body of the flexible circuit body, or a plurality of circuit traces may span a single window or may be freely extending from the insulative body. The exposed portion of the circuit trace may be plated with a conductive metal and then attached to the electrical contact of the electrical component. The flexible circuit body may be an extension from a flexible electrical circuit board containing the circuit. The circuit may be present on a circuit board that includes electrical contacts and where the flexible circuit body has exposed portions of circuit traces attached to the electrical contacts of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald G. Lindner, William C. Phillips, Dominique Piguet, Daniel T. Pyne, Micah A. Litow, James Strom, Mark G. Wosmek
  • Patent number: 9278223
    Abstract: A medical device lead connector includes two or more electrically conducting contact rings spaced apart by electrically insulating ceramic ring. An electrically insulating glass material fixes the two or more electrically conducting contact rings to the insulating ceramic ring in axial alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Kast, Darren A. Janzig, Christopher J. Paidosh, Andrew J. Thom, Brad C. Tischendorf, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20160038733
    Abstract: An implantable medical device assembly comprises a sealed housing; a motor including a rotating output shaft within the sealed housing; a first coaxial shaft within the sealed housing, the first coaxial shaft being mechanically coupled to the rotating output shaft such that rotation of the rotating output shaft drives rotation of the first coaxial shaft; a second coaxial shaft external to the sealed housing, the second coaxial shaft being in axial alignment with the first coaxial shaft; an oscillating component mechanically coupling the first coaxial shaft to the second coaxial shaft, wherein rotation of the rotating first coaxial shaft drives the oscillation of the oscillating component, wherein the oscillation of the oscillating component drives rotation of the second coaxial shaft; and a flexible seal including the oscillating component. The sealed housing and the flexible seal combine to form a substantially sealed enclosure encasing the motor and the first coaxial shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Reginald D. Robinson, Mary E. Robischon, Rodney J. Haberle, Gerald G. Lindner, Don A. Rutledge, Jason R. Simoneau
  • Publication number: 20150375002
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavity. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Patent number: 9095728
    Abstract: A one-piece electrical contact ring for use in a lead receptacle of an implantable medical device includes (i) a tubular body defining a cavity extending through the body and (ii) a plurality of resiliently deflectable elements extending from the tubular body into the cavity. The deflectable elements have a lead contacting portion configured to contact the lead when received by the cavity. The lead contacting portions of the deflectable elements in a relaxed state are located in a plane that intersects the tubular body and are configured to deflect along the plane towards the tubular body as the lead is inserted in the contact ring. The contact ring may further include a plurality of stops, each configured to (i) engage a stop portion of the elements when the elements are sufficiently outwardly deflected and (ii) inhibit further outward deflection of the elements when the stops engage the stop portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren A. Janzig, Chris J. Paidosh, Paulette C. Olson, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Publication number: 20140243942
    Abstract: A medical device lead connector includes two or more electrically conducting contact rings spaced apart by electrically insulating ceramic ring. An electrically insulating glass material fixes the two or more electrically conducting contact rings to the insulating ceramic ring in axial alignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: John E. Kast, Darren A. Janzig, Christopher J. Paidosh, Andrew J. Thom, Brad C. Tischendorf, Gerald G. Lindner
  • Patent number: 8751002
    Abstract: A medical device lead connector includes two or more electrically conducting contact rings spaced apart by electrically insulating ceramic ring. An electrically insulating glass material fixes the two or more electrically conducting contact rings to the insulating ceramic ring in axial alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Kast, Darren A. Janzig, Christopher J. Paidosh, Andrew J. Thom, Brad C. Tischendorf, Gerald G. Lindner