Patents by Inventor John M Barker

John M Barker 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: 20190143099
    Abstract: One embodiment is a lead introducer including an outer needle, an inner needle, a splittable member, and an annular seal member. The outer needle, inner needle, and splittable member each include a body and hub. The splittable member fits over the outer needle body and the inner needle body and can be separated longitudinally. The splittable member hub receives at least portions of both the inner needle hub and the outer needle hub within the splittable member hub. The annular seal member is formed by either a) the inner needle hub or b) a combination of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub. The annular seal member forms a fluid-resisting seal with the interior surface of the splittable member hub when the portions of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub are received within the splittable member hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 10226616
    Abstract: One embodiment is a lead introducer including an outer needle, an inner needle, a splittable member, and an annular seal member. The outer needle, inner needle, and splittable member each include a body and hub. The splittable member fits over the outer needle body and the inner needle body and can be separated longitudinally. The splittable member hub receives at least portions of both the inner needle hub and the outer needle hub within the splittable member hub. The annular seal member is formed by either a) the inner needle hub or b) a combination of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub. The annular seal member forms a fluid-resisting seal with the interior surface of the splittable member hub when the portions of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub are received within the splittable member hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 10130806
    Abstract: A trial electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a longitudinal length; electrodes disposed along the distal end portion of the lead body; terminals disposed along the proximal end portion of the lead body; conductors electrically coupling the terminals to the electrodes; and a preventer extending proximally from the proximal end portion of the lead body. The preventer has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the lead body. The preventer prevents coupling of the trial electrical stimulation lead to an implantable control module, but permits coupling to an external trial stimulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob B. Leven, John M. Barker, Anne Margaret Pianca
  • Patent number: 10124161
    Abstract: A lead includes a ribbon cable comprising a distal end portion and a proximal end portion. The ribbon cable has a plurality of conductors disposed within an insulating body and a plurality of electrode apertures selectively disposed along the distal end portion of the insulating body. The ribbon cable further includes a plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of conductive electrodes is disposed over at least one of the plurality of electrode apertures and in electrical communication with at least one of the plurality of conductors. The lead may optionally include a flexible, flat lead body. A method of making a lead includes the steps of (1) obtaining a ribbon cable comprising a plurality of conductors; (2) selectively removing regions of the insulating body to create a plurality of apertures; and (3) placing a plurality of conductive elements over the plurality of apertures, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 9833615
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include medical apparatus, and related methods thereof. The apparatus may include a longitudinally extending lead, at least one electrode, an anchor component, and a control module. The lead may include a distal end and a proximal end. The at least one electrode may be coupled to the lead, wherein the at least one electrode may be disposed on the distal end of the lead. The anchor component may be disposed in the lead proximate of the at least one electrode. The anchor component may include solder. The control module may be operably coupled to the proximal end of the lead and may be configured to deliver energy to the at least one electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, David Ernest Wechter, John M. Barker, Jonathan Zoll, Mark W. Boden
  • Publication number: 20170281929
    Abstract: A lead includes a ribbon cable comprising a distal end portion and a proximal end portion. The ribbon cable has a plurality of conductors disposed within an insulating body and a plurality of electrode apertures selectively disposed along the distal end portion of the insulating body. The ribbon cable further includes a plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of conductive electrodes is disposed over at least one of the plurality of electrode apertures and in electrical communication with at least one of the plurality of conductors. The lead may optionally include a flexible, flat lead body. A method of making a lead includes the steps of (1) obtaining a ribbon cable comprising a plurality of conductors; (2) selectively removing regions of the insulating body to create a plurality of apertures; and (3) placing a plurality of conductive elements over the plurality of apertures, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 9669210
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes at least one anchoring unit and each anchoring unit includes a lead attachment element. Some anchoring units include one or more anchoring fins attached to the lead attachment element and extending away from the lead attachment element when in a deployed position for contact with patient tissue to anchor the lead within the patient tissue. Each anchoring fin also has a retracted position in which the anchoring fin folds down and lies next to the lead attachment element. Other anchoring units include one or more anchoring tabs defined by the lead attachment element. Each anchoring tab is partially separated from a remainder of the lead attachment element by at least one cutout and extends away from the remainder of the lead attachment element when in a deployed position for contact with patient tissue to anchor the lead within the patient tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Barker, David Ernest Wechter, Jacob B. Leven
  • Publication number: 20170143978
    Abstract: One embodiment is an electrical stimulation arrangement that includes a lead having a lead body and first contacts disposed along a first end surface of the proximal end portion of the lead body; and a lead extension having a lead extension body and second contacts disposed along the second end surface of the distal end portion of the lead extension body. Several of the first and second contacts form contact pairs with each contact pair containing one first contact and one second contact. For each contact pair, either the first contact or second contact is a male pin and the other of the first contact or second contact is a female socket configured and arranged to mate with the male pin when the proximal end portion of the lead body is mated to the distal end portion of the lead extension body forming a connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 9649489
    Abstract: An anchoring unit is disposed on a lead body of an electrical stimulation lead. The anchoring unit has a first end and a second end and includes a first attachment ring disposed at the first end, a second attachment ring disposed at the second end, and longitudinal struts extending linearly between, and coupled to, the first and second attachment rings. At least a portion of each longitudinal strut rests against the lead body in a retracted position, and each anchoring unit has a deployed position in which the first and second attachment rings are positioned closer together with the longitudinal struts extending away from the lead body to contact patient tissue and anchor the lead within the patient tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: David Ernest Wechter, John M. Barker, Jacob B. Leven, Ryan Michael Baca
  • Publication number: 20160375238
    Abstract: A trial electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a longitudinal length; electrodes disposed along the distal end portion of the lead body; terminals disposed along the proximal end portion of the lead body; conductors electrically coupling the terminals to the electrodes; and a preventer extending proximally from the proximal end portion of the lead body. The preventer has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the lead body. The preventer prevents coupling of the trial electrical stimulation lead to an implantable control module, but permits coupling to an external trial stimulation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Jacob B. Leven, John M. Barker, Anne Margaret Pianca
  • Publication number: 20160317800
    Abstract: One embodiment is a lead introducer including an outer needle, an inner needle, a splittable member, and an annular seal member. The outer needle, inner needle, and splittable member each include a body and hub. The splittable member fits over the outer needle body and the inner needle body and can be separated longitudinally. The splittable member hub receives at least portions of both the inner needle hub and the outer needle hub within the splittable member hub. The annular seal member is formed by either a) the inner needle hub or b) a combination of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub. The annular seal member forms a fluid-resisting seal with the interior surface of the splittable member hub when the portions of the inner needle hub and outer needle hub are received within the splittable member hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Publication number: 20160001067
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include medical apparatus, and related methods thereof. The apparatus may include a longitudinally extending lead, at least one electrode, an anchor component, and a control module. The lead may include a distal end and a proximal end. The at least one electrode may be coupled to the lead, wherein the at least one electrode may be disposed on the distal end of the lead. The anchor component may be disposed in the lead proximate of the at least one electrode. The anchor component may include solder. The control module may be operably coupled to the proximal end of the lead and may be configured to deliver energy to the at least one electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Peter J. PEREIRA, David Ernest WECHTER, John M. BARKER, Jonathan ZOLL, Mark W. BODEN
  • Publication number: 20150343199
    Abstract: An anchoring unit is disposed on a lead body of an electrical stimulation lead. The anchoring unit has a first end and a second end and includes a first attachment ring disposed at the first end, a second attachment ring disposed at the second end, and longitudinal struts extending linearly between, and coupled to, the first and second attachment rings. At least a portion of each longitudinal strut rests against the lead body in a retracted position, and each anchoring unit has a deployed position in which the first and second attachment rings are positioned closer together with the longitudinal struts extending away from the lead body to contact patient tissue and anchor the lead within the patient tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: David Ernest Wechter, John M. Barker, Jacob B. Leven, Ryan Michael Baca
  • Publication number: 20150297882
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes at least one anchoring unit and each anchoring unit includes a lead attachment element. Some anchoring units include one or more anchoring fins attached to the lead attachment element and extending away from the lead attachment element when in a deployed position for contact with patient tissue to anchor the lead within the patient tissue. Each anchoring fin also has a retracted position in which the anchoring fin folds down and lies next to the lead attachment element. Other anchoring units include one or more anchoring tabs defined by the lead attachment element. Each anchoring tab is partially separated from a remainder of the lead attachment element by at least one cutout and extends away from the remainder of the lead attachment element when in a deployed position for contact with patient tissue to anchor the lead within the patient tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: John M. Barker, David Ernest Wechter, Jacob B. Leven
  • Patent number: 8852154
    Abstract: A method of using a safety enclosure for a needle, the needle including an aft end and a fore end together forming a right angle, the fore end including a sharp outer end. The method includes providing a safety enclosure including a needle housing and a panel unit, the needle housing having a finger pad, orienting the safety enclosure in a desired location for insertion of the needle, and applying pressure to the finger pad sufficient to cause penetration of the needle at the desired location and to move the panel unit to the installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thor R. Halseth, John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 8694103
    Abstract: An implantable connector comprises an electrically insulative housing including an outer wall, an interior cavity surrounded by the outer wall, a port through which the lead body portion can be introduced into the interior cavity, and a pair of first apertures disposed through the outer wall on a first side of the housing. The connector further comprises an electrical spring clip contact mounted to the housing. The contact includes a common portion and a pair of legs extending from opposite ends of the common portion. The legs respectively extend through the first apertures into the interior cavity, such that the legs firmly engage the electrical terminal therebetween when the lead body portion is introduced into the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Publication number: 20140058354
    Abstract: A method of using a safety enclosure for a needle, the needle including an aft end and a fore end together forming a right angle, the fore end including a sharp outer end. The method includes providing a safety enclosure including a needle housing and a panel unit, the needle housing having a finger pad, orienting the safety enclosure in a desired location for insertion of the needle, and applying pressure to the finger pad sufficient to cause penetration of the needle at the desired location and to move the panel unit to the installation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: C. R. BARD, INC.
    Inventors: Thor R. Halseth, John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 8574197
    Abstract: A safety enclosure for a Huber needle includes a needle housing and a panel unit. The panel unit includes a series of planar panels assembled in an enclosing arrangement defining an enclosed area and is movable between an installation position where the sharp outer end of the Huber needle projects from the panel unit and a safety position where the sharp outer end is covered by the panels. The Huber needle has an aft end and a fore end connected by a bend with the fore end including a sharp outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thor R. Halseth, John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 8355787
    Abstract: An implantable connector comprises an electrically insulative housing including an outer wall, an interior cavity surrounded by the outer wall, a port through which the lead body portion can be introduced into the interior cavity, and a pair of first apertures disposed through the outer wall on a first side of the housing. The connector further comprises an electrical spring clip contact mounted to the housing. The contact includes a common portion and a pair of legs extending from opposite ends of the common portion. The legs respectively extend through the first apertures into the interior cavity, such that the legs firmly engage the electrical terminal therebetween when the lead body portion is introduced into the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Publication number: 20120184922
    Abstract: A safety enclosure for a Huber needle includes a needle housing and a panel unit. The panel unit includes a series of planar panels assembled in an enclosing arrangement defining an enclosed area and is movable between an installation position where the sharp outer end of the Huber needle projects from the panel unit and a safety position where the sharp outer end is covered by the panels. The Huber needle has an aft end and a fore end connected by a bend with the fore end including a sharp outer end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: C. R. BARD, INC.
    Inventors: Thor R. Halseth, John M. Barker