Patents by Inventor James McGivern

James McGivern 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: 20080065183
    Abstract: Methods of using unidirectionally propagating action potentials (UPAPs) for vagus nerve stimulation and for certain disorders are provided. Stimulators capable of creating such UPAPs include, but are not limited to, miniature implantable stimulators (i.e., microstimulators), possibly with programmably configurable electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Rafael Carbunaru, Matthew Haller, Tom He, Kerry Bradley
  • Publication number: 20080021503
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient may include treating coronary artery disease in combination with angina pectoris and/or the control of angina pain by delivering chemical and/or electrical stimulation pulses to the cardiac and/or nervous tissue of the patient in a coordinated manner. A system for treating a patient suffering from coronary artery disease and angina may include a stimulator that generates at least one pulse in accordance with prescribed parameters, a catheter, a lead, and/or a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James Thacker, James McGivern, Kelly McClure
  • Publication number: 20070217640
    Abstract: A hearing aid module is shaped for insertion into a tunnel made through the soft tissue that connects the retro-auricular space with the ear canal. The hearing aid module contains a speaker or auditory transducer, a battery or other power source powering the module, signal processing circuitry, a microphone, and a hollow tube which contains a steroid or drug. Telemetry circuitry within the module allows the signal processing circuitry to be programmed with a desired frequency response or signal processing strategy using an external programming unit. A remote control unit permits the user to make simple adjustments, such as volume and/or tone (frequency) control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: ADVANCED BIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Maltan, Alfred Mann, James McGivern, Philip Lee
  • Publication number: 20070100393
    Abstract: Systems for treating a movement disorder include a system control unit configured to be implanted at least partially within a patient and to generate at least one stimulus in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters adjusted to treat the movement disorder. The systems further include a programmable memory unit in communication with the system control unit and programmed to store the one or more stimulation parameters to at least partially define the stimulus such that the stimulus is configured to treat the movement disorder. A means for applying the stimulus to one or more stimulation sites within the patient is operably connected to the system control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Kelly McClure
  • Publication number: 20070021800
    Abstract: Methods of using unidirectionally propagating action potentials (UPAPs) for cavernous nerve stimulation and for certain disorders are provided. Stimulators capable of creating such UPAPs include, but are not limited to, miniature implantable stimulators (i.e., microstimulators), possibly with programmably configurable electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Rafael Carbunaru, Matthew Haller, Tom He, Kerry Bradley
  • Publication number: 20060241717
    Abstract: System and methods for introducing one or more stimulating drugs and/or applying electrical stimulation to the cortex of the brain to treat movement disorders uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU), specifically an implantable signal/pulse generator (IPG) or microstimulator with two or more electrodes in the case of electrical stimulation, and an implantable pump with one or more infusion outlets in the case of drug infusion. In certain embodiments, a single SCU provides both electrical stimulation and one or more stimulating drugs. In some embodiments, one or more sensed conditions are used to adjust stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern
  • Publication number: 20060194724
    Abstract: An exemplary method of regenerating a nerve within a patient includes implanting a system control unit within the patient and applying a stimulus to the nerve with the system control unit in accordance with one or more control parameters. The stimulus is configured to promote regeneration of the nerve. An exemplary system for regenerating a nerve within a patient includes a system control unit configured to apply a stimulus to the nerve in accordance with one or more control parameters. The system control unit is implanted within the patient and the stimulus promotes the regeneration of the nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Rafael Carbunaru, Kelly McClure, Kristen Jaax
  • Publication number: 20060036286
    Abstract: An implantable system control unit (SCU) includes means for measuring tissue impedance or other condition to determine allograft health, in order to predict or detect allograft rejection. The SCU also includes at least two electrodes coupled to means for delivering electrical stimulation to a patient within whom the device is implanted, and may also include a reservoir for holding one or more drugs and a driver means for delivering the drug(s) to the patient. In certain embodiments, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one SCU includes a sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters. Alternatively, this sensory “SCU” sounds an alarm, communicates an alarm to an external device, and/or is responsive to queries regarding sensed information, such as tissue impedance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Kelly McClure, Goran Marnfeldt, James Thacker
  • Publication number: 20060036293
    Abstract: A small implantable stimulator(s) having at least two electrodes is implanted adjacent to a gastrointestinal nerve and/or muscle for the stimulation treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, including gastrointestinal motility, sphincteric disorders, and/or eating disorders. The stimulator provides a means of stimulating tissue at a stimulation site when desired, and may be implanted via a minimal surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20050240229
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stimulating tissue affecting the penis to treat erectile dysfunction may include stimulation using at least one implantable system control unit (SCU).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Inventors: Tood Whitehurst, James McGivern, Kristen Jaax, James Makous
  • Publication number: 20050209652
    Abstract: Systems and methods for introducing one or more stimulating drugs and/or applying electrical stimulation to tissue affecting the penis to treat erectile dysfunction (for instance, following prostate surgery) uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU) producing electrical pulses delivered via electrodes and/or producing drug infusion pulses, wherein the stimulating drug(s) are delivered via one or more pumps and infusion outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern
  • Publication number: 20050165465
    Abstract: A lead assembly (20) for a small implantable medical device (10) (a.k.a., microdevice (10) provides means to attach a remote electrode (14) to microdevice (10), which means inhibit fluid ingress when microdevice (10) is not attached to lead assembly (20). Microdevices may provide either or both tissue stimulation and sensing. Known microdevices (10) include spaced apart electrodes (12a, 12b) on the outer surface of the microdevice. Lead assembly (20) includes an insulated lead (16) including a proximal end and a distal end, with at least one conductor therebetween; at least one electrode (14) at the distal end of the lead and electrically connected to the at least one conductor, and a connector (18) attached to the proximal end of the lead and adapted to be removably connectable to microdevice (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Anne Pianca, Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern
  • Publication number: 20050119713
    Abstract: Methods for implanting spinal cord stimulators are provided, including implanting at least one electrode in an anterolateral area of the spine. Stimulation provided by the stimulator(s) may be used to treat patients with chronic pain. The stimulator(s) use a power source/storage device, such as a rechargeable battery. Periodic recharging of such a power source/storage device is accomplished, for example, by inductive coupling with an external applience. The stimulators provide means of stimulating a nerve(s) or other tissue when desired, without the need for external appliances during the stimulation session. When necessary, external appliances are used for the transmission of data to and/or from the stimulator(s) and for the transmission of power, if necessary. In a preferred embodiment, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one implant includes at least one sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: June 2, 2005
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, James McGivern, Carla Mann, Janusz Kuzma
  • Publication number: 20050031145
    Abstract: A hearing aid module is shaped for insertion into a tunnel made through the soft tissue that connects the retro-auricular space with the ear canal. The hearing aid module contains a speaker or auditory transducer, a battery or other power source powering the module, signal processing circuitry, and a microphone. Telemetry circuitry within the module allows the signal processing circuitry to be programmed with a desired frequency response or signal processing strategy using an external programming unit. A remote control unit permits the user to make simple adjustments, such as volume and/or tone (frequency) control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Albert Maltan, Alfred Mann, James McGivern, Philip Lee
  • Patent number: 6521077
    Abstract: A method of insulating a member, such as a cryogenic tank, pipe, or other cryogenic or extreme temperature element with multilayer insulation, and a packaged multilayer insulation blanket for use in the method. The packaged blanket includes (1) a multilayer insulation blanket including a plurality of alternating layers of aluminum or other heat-reflective foil and microfiberglass insulation spacer material, and (2) two layers of plastic sheeting sandwiching the multilayer insulation blanket therebetween. Each layer of plastic sheeting has at least one edge which is sealed to thus define an evacuated inside space containing the multilayer insulation. In the method, the edge of the packaged insulation is opened and an edge of the multilayer insulation blanket therein is attached to the cryogenic tank, container or other member to be insulated. The multilayer insulation is then guided onto or around the member, and out from between the plastic sheeting until edges of the multilayer insulation abut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth James McGivern, David R. Barber, Kathleen M. Amm
  • Patent number: 5857640
    Abstract: An improvement of the conventional method of wrapping cryogenic insulation around an inner tank disposable within an outer tank of a cryogenic tank system, where cryogenic insulation paper is unrolled from a roll thereof, wrapping the paper in serially disposed wraps around the inner tank, unrolling cryogenic insulating metal foil from a roll thereof and wrapping the foil in serially disposed wraps onto respective serial wraps of the paper. In the improvement there is provided at least one combined roll of cryogenic insulation having alternating combined layers of the paper of a defined first width and foil of a defined second width wherein the defined second width is less than the defined first width and the foil is centered on the paper so as to provide edge portions at each edge of the paper which are not contacted by the foil. Lengths of combined layers are unrolled from the combined roll, and the lengths of combined layers are serially wrapped around the inner tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Muzio, Jr., Kenneth James McGivern, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5749537
    Abstract: A method of wrapping cryogenic insulation around an inner tank disposable within an outer tank of a cryogenic tank system, where cryogenic insulation paper is unrolled from a roll thereof, wrapping the paper in serially disposed wraps around the inner tank, unrolling cryogenic insulating metal foil from a roll thereof and wrapping the foil in serially disposed wraps onto respective serial wraps of the paper. In the method there is utilized at least one combined roll of cryogenic insulation having alternating combined layers of the paper of a defined first width and foil of a defined second width wherein the defined second width is less than the defined first width and the foil is centered on the paper so as to provide edge portions at each edge of the paper which are not contacted by the foil. Lengths of combined layers are unrolled from the combined roll, and the lengths of combined layers are serially wrapped around the inner tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Muzio, Jr., Kenneth James McGivern, Sr.