Patents by Inventor Jeffery Van Funderburk

Jeffery Van Funderburk 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: 10918873
    Abstract: An implantable control module for an electrical stimulation system includes a housing and a connector shell extending into the housing. The housing and the connector shell collectively form a sealed cavity. The connector shell has a longitudinal length, a sidewall with a cavity-facing surface, a first end open to an environment external to the housing, and an opposing closed second end. The connector shell defines a connector lumen extending within the connector shell and open at the first end to receive a portion of a lead or lead extension. Connector contacts are arranged along the connector lumen within the connector shell. An electronic subassembly is disposed in the sealed cavity. Interconnect conductors electrically couple the electronic subassembly to the connector contacts and extend from the connector shell within the sealed cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Patent number: 10814136
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead latching kit includes a connector having a housing that defines a lead lumen and a latching lumen that at least partially intersects the lead lumen; and a latching device including a latching pin, a handle, and an attaching element that attaches the latching pin to the handle. The latching pin has a longitudinal surface and is configured for insertion into the latching lumen, and the attaching element is configured to enable the latching pin to detach from the handle when the latching pin is in the latching lumen. When the latching pin is positioned in the latching lumen and a portion of an electrical stimulation lead or lead extension is positioned in the lead lumen, the longitudinal surface of the latching pin engages the electrical stimulation lead or lead extension to latch the electrical stimulation lead or lead extension to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zdzislaw Bernard Malinowski, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20190290924
    Abstract: A cranial prosthesis for implanting over a portion of a patient's skull includes a body having a first major surface configured for positioning against the patient's skull; a second major surface opposite to the first major surface and forming a contour along which the patient's scalp is disposed against; and an outer perimeter defining a boundary between the first and second major surfaces. A cavity is defined along a portion of the first major surface and is configured for receiving and covering a portion of a medical device extending outwardly from the patient's skull. A tapered region extends radially outward along the body toward the outer perimeter and tapers the contour of the second major surface to reduce visibility of bulging along the patient's scalp caused by the portion of a medical device extending outwardly from the patient's skull when the prosthesis is disposed over the implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Patent number: 10413739
    Abstract: An implantable control module for an electrical stimulation system includes a connector housing including a connector having one or more ports and connector contacts disposed within the connector; a metal electronics housing coupled to the connector housing; an electronic subassembly disposed within the metal electronics housing; and a feedthrough assembly disposed between the connector housing and the metal electronics housing and including at least one non-conductive block and conductive feedthroughs extending through the at least one non-conductive block and electrically coupling the electronic subassembly to the connector contacts. The metal electronics housing includes a metal sheet bent to form at least a portion of the first major surface and at least a portion of the second major surface. The first major surface has a length and includes a first sealed seam extending along an entirety of the length of the first major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20190192861
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes an elongated connector housing and defines a port at one end of the connector housing for receiving a proximal end of a lead or lead extension; a lumen that extends from the port along at least a portion of the length of the connector housing; connector contacts axially spaced-apart and disposed along the lumen for coupling to a proximal end of a lead or lead extension; and non-conductive spacers disposed between adjacent connector contacts. Each of the spacers includes an outer tubular extension, an inner tubular extension, and a connection region coupling the outer tubular extension to the inner tubular extension. The inner tubular extension has a free end and the inner tubular extension is configured and arranged to form a seal against the proximal end of the lead or lead extension when inserted into the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Paul Lopez, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20190143125
    Abstract: A control module for an electrical stimulation system includes an electronic subassembly disposed within an electronics housing. A power assembly extends outwardly from the electronics housing and collectively with the electronics housing forms a sealed cavity. The power assembly includes a power source; a conduit assembly extending from the power source to the electronics housing; and one or more power conductors extending along the conduit assembly and electrically coupling the power source to the electronic subassembly. The control module further includes one or more connector assemblies. Each of the one or more connector assemblies includes a connector lumen configured to receive a lead; connector contacts arranged along the connector lumen and in electrical communication with the electronic subassembly; and connector conductors electrically coupled to the connector contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffery Van Funderburk, Zdzislaw Bernard Malinowski
  • Publication number: 20190030345
    Abstract: An implantable control module for an electrical stimulation system includes a housing and a connector shell extending into the housing. The housing and the connector shell collectively form a sealed cavity. The connector shell has a longitudinal length, a sidewall with a cavity-facing surface, a first end open to an environment external to the housing, and an opposing closed second end. The connector shell defines a connector lumen extending within the connector shell and open at the first end to receive a portion of a lead or lead extension. Connector contacts are arranged along the connector lumen within the connector shell. An electronic subassembly is disposed in the sealed cavity. Interconnect conductors electrically couple the electronic subassembly to the connector contacts and extend from the connector shell within the sealed cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20180369596
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead or lead extension with a body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinal length. Distal contacts are disposed along the distal portion of the body; terminals are disposed along the proximal portion of the body; and conductors electrically couple the terminals to the distal contacts. An auxiliary terminal includes an electrically-conductive material and is disposed along the proximal portion of the body. An antenna is attached to the auxiliary terminal and extends along the longitudinal length of the electrical stimulation lead or lead extension no more than 10 cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20180361165
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Patent number: 9956421
    Abstract: Designs and methods of construction for an implantable medical device employ an internal support structure. The single-piece support structure holds various electronic components such as a communication coil and a circuit board, and further is affixed to a battery, thus providing a subassembly that is mechanically robust. The support structure further provides electrical isolation between these and other components. A method of construction allows for the subassembly to be adhered to a case of the implantable medical device at the support structure, and possibly also at the battery, without electrically shorting the battery to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Navin N. Bunyan, Robert R. Tong, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20170340889
    Abstract: A connector for an implantable electrical medical device includes a connector lumen defined in an elongated connector housing and adapted for receiving a portion of a lead. Connector-contact assemblies are disposed in the connector lumen and adapted to couple to terminals of the lead when the lead is received by the connector lumen. Each of the connector-contact assemblies includes a contact body. An inner surface of the contact body defines an open center portion. A first base is disposed along a first end of the contact body, and a second base is disposed along an opposing second end of the contact body and is coupled to the first base. Biasing members are attached to the first base and extend towards the second base. The biasing members are not attached to the second base. When the lead is received by the connector lumen the biasing members physically contact the received lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Zdzislaw Bernard Malinowski, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20170296833
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20170281936
    Abstract: A convertible implantable stimulator that provides electrical stimulation therapy during an extended trial stimulation period (or permanently, if desired) in a fully implanted solution is disclosed. The convertible implantable stimulator preferably does not include an internal power supply and is therefore continuously powered by an external charger, such as a powering patch, in a first mode of operation. If the convertible implantable stimulator is determined to be effective and a patient desires more traditional stimulation therapy, a separate power supply module can subsequently be implanted and connected to the convertible implantable stimulator to provide power to the stimulator in a second mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Aghassian, Ken William Mariash, JR., Jeffery Van Funderburk, Zdzislaw Bernard Malinowski, Vuong Tuan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9770598
    Abstract: A connector for an implantable electrical medical device includes a connector lumen defined in an elongated connector housing and adapted for receiving a portion of a lead. Connector-contact assemblies are disposed in the connector lumen and adapted to couple to terminals of the lead when the lead is received by the connector lumen. Each of the connector-contact assemblies includes a contact body. An inner surface of the contact body defines an open center portion. A first base is disposed along a first end of the contact body, and a second base is disposed along an opposing second end of the contact body and is coupled to the first base. Biasing members are attached to the first base and extend towards the second base. The biasing members are not attached to the second base. When the lead is received by the connector lumen the biasing members physically contact the received lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Zdzislaw Bernard Malinowski, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Patent number: 9737721
    Abstract: Designs and methods of construction for an implantable medical device employ an internal support structure. The single-piece support structure holds various electronic components such as a communication coil and a circuit board, and further is affixed to a battery, thus providing a subassembly that is mechanically robust. The support structure further provides electrical isolation between these and other components. A method of construction allows for the subassembly to be adhered to a case of the implantable medical device at the battery, and possibly also at the support structure. The battery includes an insulating cover having holes. An adhesive is used consistent with the location of the holes to affix the battery to the case without electrically shorting the battery to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Navin N. Bunyan, Robert R. Tong, Kurt Douglas Hampton, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Patent number: 9496733
    Abstract: An improved medical device system is disclosed in which system devices communicate optically. An Implantable Medical Device (IMD) is disclosed having a hermetic window assembly on one side of its case, through which a photoemitter and photodetector can transmit and receive optical signals. The optical radiation in the signals is preferably visible, which permits communications from the IMD to be seen prior to implantation and even after implantation through a patient's tissue. External controllers for adjusting therapeutic operation of the IMD, external chargers for providing a magnetic charging field to charge a battery in the IMD, and combined external controllers/chargers are also disclosed that optically communicate with the IMD through the patient's tissue. The optical communication capabilities of the external charger are particularly useful in determining misalignment with the IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20160303383
    Abstract: Designs and methods of construction for an implantable medical device employ an internal support structure. The single-piece support structure holds various electronic components such as a communication coil and a circuit board, and further is affixed to a battery, thus providing a subassembly that is mechanically robust. The support structure further provides electrical isolation between these and other components. A method of construction allows for the subassembly to be adhered to a case of the implantable medical device at the support structure, and possibly also at the battery, without electrically shorting the battery to the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Navin N. Bunyan, Robert R. Tong, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20160301239
    Abstract: A holding device having an integrated charging coil assembly for an Implantable Medical Device (IMD) is disclosed which includes a pouch for carrying a controller/charger external device for the IMD. The charging coil assembly includes a charging coil and optionally a battery for providing power for driving the charging coil to produce a magnetic charging field for the IMD. The charging coil assembly is connected to a cable also integrated with the holding device, which cable terminates at a connector. The connector is proximate to a port on the controller/charger when inserted into the pouch, and thus can be connected thereto. When so connected, the controller/charger will automatically control the charging coil assembly to produce the magnetic charging field without further input by the patient or the need to access the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the controller/charger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20160220827
    Abstract: Designs and methods of construction for an implantable medical device employ an internal support structure. The single-piece support structure holds various electronic components such as a communication coil and a circuit board, and further is affixed to a battery, thus providing a subassembly that is mechanically robust. The support structure further provides electrical isolation between these and other components. A method of construction allows for the subassembly to be adhered to a case of the implantable medical device at the battery, and possibly also at the support structure. The battery includes an insulating cover having holes. An adhesive is used consistent with the location of the holes to affix the battery to the case without electrically shorting the battery to the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Navin N. Bunyan, Robert R. Tong, Kurt Douglas Hampton, Jeffery Van Funderburk
  • Publication number: 20160220826
    Abstract: An implantable control module for an electrical stimulation system includes a connector housing including a connector having one or more ports and connector contacts disposed within the connector; a metal electronics housing coupled to the connector housing; an electronic subassembly disposed within the metal electronics housing; and a feedthrough assembly disposed between the connector housing and the metal electronics housing and including at least one non-conductive block and conductive feedthroughs extending through the at least one non-conductive block and electrically coupling the electronic subassembly to the connector contacts. The metal electronics housing includes a metal sheet bent to form at least a portion of the first major surface and at least a portion of the second major surface. The first major surface has a length and includes a first sealed seam extending along an entirety of the length of the first major surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffery Van Funderburk