Patents by Inventor Jordi Parramon

Jordi Parramon 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: 11179568
    Abstract: Systems of techniques for controlling charge flow during the electrical stimulation of tissue. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a charge setting describing an amount of charge that is to flow during a stimulation pulse that electrically stimulates a tissue, and generating and delivering the stimulation pulse in a manner such that an amount of charge delivered to the tissue during the stimulation pulse accords with the charge setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodufation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kelly H. McClure, Jordi Parramon
  • Patent number: 11129987
    Abstract: An Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) or External Trial Stimulator (ETS) system is disclosed that is capable of sensing an Evoked Compound Action Potential (ECAP), and (perhaps in conjunction with an external device) is capable of adjusting a stimulation program while keeping a location of a Central Point of Stimulation (CPS) constant. Specifically, one or more features of measured ECAP(s) indicative of its shape and size are determined, and compared to thresholds or ranges to modify the electrode configuration of the stimulation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rosana Esteller, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Natalie A. Brill, David M. Wagenbach, Pujitha Weerakoon, Jordi Parramon
  • Publication number: 20210069514
    Abstract: The disclosed techniques allow for externalizing errors from an implantable medical device using the device's charging coil, for receipt at an external charger or other external device. Transmission of errors in this manner is particularly useful when telemetry of error codes through a traditional telemetry coil in the implant is not possible, for example, because the error experienced is so fundamental as to preclude use of such traditional means. By externalizing the error via the charging coil, and though the use of robust error modulation circuitry in the implant designed to be generally insensitive to fundamental errors, the external charger can be consulted to understand the failure mode involved, and to take appropriate action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Goran N. Marnfeldt, Jordi Parramon, Christopher Britton Gould
  • Patent number: 10940317
    Abstract: A therapeutic neuromodulation system configured for providing therapy to a patient. The therapeutic neuromodulation system comprises a plurality of electrical terminals configured for being respectively coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted within tissue, analog output circuitry configured for delivering therapeutic electrical energy between the plurality of electrical terminals in accordance with a set of modulation parameters that includes a defined current value, a voltage regulator configured for supplying an adjustable compliance voltage to the analog output circuitry, and control/processing circuitry configured for automatically performing a compliance voltage calibration process at a compliance voltage adjustment interval by periodically computing an adjusted compliance voltage value as a function of a compliance voltage margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jess Weiqian Shi, Jordi Parramon, Goran N. Marnfeldt
  • Publication number: 20210008365
    Abstract: The problem of a potentially high amount of supra-threshold charge passing through the patient's tissue at the end of an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) program is addressed by circuitry that periodically dissipates only small amount of the charge stored on capacitances (e.g., DC-blocking capacitors) during a pulsed post-program recovery period. This occurs by periodically activating control signals to turn on passive recovery switches to form a series of discharge pulses each dissipating a sub-threshold amount of charge. Such periodic pulsed dissipation may extend the duration of post-program recovery, but is not likely to be noticeable by the patient when the programming in the IPG changes from a first to a second program. Periodic pulsed dissipation of charge may also be used during a program, such as between stimulation pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Emanuel Feldman, Jordi Parramon, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Adam T. Featherstone
  • Patent number: 10874864
    Abstract: The disclosed techniques allow for externalizing errors from an implantable medical device using the device's charging coil, for receipt at an external charger or other external device. Transmission of errors in this manner is particularly useful when telemetry of error codes through a traditional telemetry coil in the implant is not possible, for example, because the error experienced is so fundamental as to preclude use of such traditional means. By externalizing the error via the charging coil, and though the use of robust error modulation circuitry in the implant designed to be generally insensitive to fundamental errors, the external charger can be consulted to understand the failure mode involved, and to take appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Goran N. Marnfeldt, Jordi Parramon, Christopher Britton Gould
  • Publication number: 20200368529
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to provide a paresthesia therapy to a patient using an implantable neuromodulation system, wherein providing the paresthesia therapy may include delivering to the patient an electrical waveform having a duration and a distribution of frequencies in the range of 0.001 kHz to 20 kHz, wherein the distribution of frequencies includes a first frequency group of one or more frequencies and a second frequency group of one or more frequencies, and wherein the patient continuously experiences paresthesia throughout the duration of the electrical waveform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Que T. Doan
  • Publication number: 20200346007
    Abstract: Recovery circuitry for passively recovering charge from capacitances at electrodes in an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is disclosed. The passive recovery circuitry includes passive recovery switches intervening between each electrode node and a common reference voltage, and each switch is in series with a variable resistance that may be selected based on differing use models of the IPG. The passive recovery switches may also be controlled in different modes. For example, in a first mode, the only recovery switches closed after a stimulation pulse are those associated with electrodes used to provide stimulation. In a second mode, all recovery switches are closed after a stimulation pulse, regardless of the electrodes used to provide stimulation. In a third mode, all recovery switches are closed continuously, which can provide protection when the IPG is in certain environments (e.g., MRI), and which can also be used during stimulation therapy itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Emanuel Feldman, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Jordi Parramon
  • Patent number: 10806930
    Abstract: An algorithm programmed into the control circuitry of a rechargeable-battery Implantable Medical Device (IMD) is disclosed that can quantitatively forecast and determine the timing of an early replacement indicator (tEOLi) and an IMD End of Life (tEOL). These forecasts and determinations of tEOLi and tEOL occur in accordance with one or more parameters having an effect on rechargeable battery capacity, such as number of charging cycles, charging current, discharge depth, load current, and battery calendar age. The algorithm consults such parameters as stored over the history of the operation of the IMD in a parameter log, and in conjunction with a battery capacity database reflective of the effect of these parameters on battery capacity, determines and forecasts tEOLi and tEOL. Such forecasted or determined values may also be used by a shutdown algorithm to suspend therapeutic operation of the IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Goran N. Marnfeldt, Rafael Carbunaru, Jordi Parramon
  • Publication number: 20200316381
    Abstract: A current generation architecture for an implantable stimulator device such as an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is disclosed. Current source and sink circuitry are both divided into coarse and fine portions, which respectively can provide coarse and fine current resolutions to a specified electrode on the IPG. The coarse portion is distributed across all of the electrodes and so can source or sink current to any of the electrodes. The coarse portion is divided into a plurality of stages, each of which is capable via an associated switch bank of sourcing or sinking a coarse amount of current to or from any one of the electrodes on the device. The fine portion of the current generation circuit preferably includes source and sink circuitry dedicated to each of the electrode on the device, which can comprise digital-to-analog current converters (DACs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, David K.L. Peterson, Paul J. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10792491
    Abstract: The problem of a potentially high amount of supra-threshold charge passing through the patient's tissue at the end of an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) program is addressed by circuitry that periodically dissipates only small amount of the charge stored on capacitances (e.g., DC-blocking capacitors) during a pulsed post-program recovery period. This occurs by periodically activating control signals to turn on passive recovery switches to form a series of discharge pulses each dissipating a sub-threshold amount of charge. Such periodic pulsed dissipation may extend the duration of post-program recovery, but is not likely to be noticeable by the patient when the programming in the IPG changes from a first to a second program. Periodic pulsed dissipation of charge may also be used during a program, such as between stimulation pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Emanuel Feldman, Jordi Parramon, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Adam T. Featherstone
  • Patent number: 10786677
    Abstract: Multi-phasic fields are produced at a neuromodulation site using electrodes. A first phase is directed at a target region such that a first-polarity electrical charge is injected to the target region, and a second phase is directed at portions of the neuromodulation site other than the target region, such that a second-polarity electrical charge opposite the first-polarity electrical charge is injected to those portions of the neuromodulation site to essentially neutralize the first-polarity charge injected at the neuromodulation site while maintaining at least a portion of the first-polarity charge at the target region. In some embodiments, each anode used to produce the first phase is used as a cathode to produce the second phase, and each cathode used to produce the first phase is used as an anode to produce the second phase, and the quantity of charge injected by each electrode in both phases is essentially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Tianhe Zhang, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 10780274
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to provide a paresthesia therapy to a patient using an implantable neuromodulation system, wherein providing the paresthesia therapy may include delivering to the patient an electrical waveform having a duration and a distribution of frequencies in the range of 0.001 kHz to 20 kHz, wherein the distribution of frequencies includes a first frequency group of one or more frequencies and a second frequency group of one or more frequencies, and wherein the patient continuously experiences paresthesia throughout the duration of the electrical waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Que T. Doan
  • Patent number: 10744325
    Abstract: A current generation architecture for an implantable stimulator device such as an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is disclosed. Current source and sink circuitry are both divided into coarse and fine portions, which respectively can provide coarse and fine current resolutions to a specified electrode on the IPG. The coarse portion is distributed across all of the electrodes and so can source or sink current to any of the electrodes. The coarse portion is divided into a plurality of stages, each of which is capable via an associated switch bank of sourcing or sinking a coarse amount of current to or from any one of the electrodes on the device. The fine portion of the current generation circuit preferably includes source and sink circuitry dedicated to each of the electrode on the device, which can comprise digital-to-analog current converters (DACs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, David K. L. Peterson, Paul J. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10716937
    Abstract: Recovery circuitry for passively recovering charge from capacitances at electrodes in an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is disclosed. The passive recovery circuitry includes passive recovery switches intervening between each electrode node and a common reference voltage, and each switch is in series with a variable resistance that may be selected based on differing use models of the IPG. The passive recovery switches may also be controlled in different modes. For example, in a first mode, the only recovery switches closed after a stimulation pulse are those associated with electrodes used to provide stimulation. In a second mode, all recovery switches are closed after a stimulation pulse, regardless of the electrodes used to provide stimulation. In a third mode, all recovery switches are closed continuously, which can provide protection when the IPG is in certain environments (e.g., MRI), and which can also be used during stimulation therapy itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Emanuel Feldman, Goran N. Marnfeldt, Jordi Parramon
  • Publication number: 20200086126
    Abstract: A neuromodulation system configured for providing sub-threshold neuromodulation therapy to a patient. The neuromodulation system comprises a neuromodulation lead having at least one electrode configured for being implanted along a spinal cord of a patient, a plurality of electrical terminals configured for being respectively coupled to the at least one electrode, modulation output circuitry configured for delivering sub-threshold modulation energy to active ones of the at least one electrode, and control/processing circuitry configured for selecting a percentage from a plurality of percentages based on a known longitudinal location of the neuromodulation lead relative to the spinal cord, computing an amplitude value as a function of the selected percentage, and controlling the modulation output circuitry to deliver sub-threshold modulation energy to the patient at the computed amplitude value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Bradley L. Hershey, Dongchul Lee
  • Publication number: 20200086125
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits and methods for a multi-electrode implantable stimulator device incorporating one decoupling capacitor in the current path established via at least one cathode electrode and at least one anode electrode. In one embodiment, the decoupling capacitor may be hard-wired to a dedicated anode on the device. The cathodes are selectively activatable via stimulation switches. In another embodiment, any of the electrodes on the devices can be selectively activatable as an anode or cathode. In this embodiment, the decoupling capacitor is placed into the current path via selectable anode and cathode stimulation switches. Regardless of the implementation, the techniques allow for the benefits of capacitive decoupling without the need to associate decoupling capacitors with every electrode on the multi-electrode device, which saves space in the body of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Kiran Nimmagadda, Emanuel Feldman, Yuping He
  • Patent number: 10525266
    Abstract: An example of a system may include an electrode arrangement, a neural modulation generator configured to use electrodes in the electrode arrangement to generate a modulation field, a communication module configured to receive commands, a memory configured to store modulation field parameter data, and a controller configured to control the neural modulation generator to generate the modulation field. The controller may be configured to implement a trolling routine to troll the modulation field through neural tissue positions, and implement a marking routine multiple times as the modulation field is trolled through the neural tissue positions to identify when the modulation field provides patient-perceived modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Changfang Zhu, Jordi Parramon, Sridhar Kothandaraman
  • Publication number: 20200001087
    Abstract: An example of a system may include electrodes on at least one lead configured to be operationally positioned for use in modulating a volume of neural tissue, where the neural tissue has an activation function. The system may further include a neural modulation generator configured to deliver energy using at least some electrodes to generate a modulation field within the volume of neural tissue. The neural modulation generator may be configured to use a programmed modulation parameter set to generate the modulation field. The programmed modulation parameter set having values selected to control energy delivery using the at least some electrodes to achieve an objective function specific to the activation function of the volume of neural tissue to promote uniformity of a response to the modulation field in the volume of neural tissue along a span of the at least one lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Michael A. Moffitt, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10518091
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are circuits and methods for a multi-electrode implantable stimulator device incorporating one decoupling capacitor in the current path established via at least one cathode electrode and at least one anode electrode. In one embodiment, the decoupling capacitor may be hard-wired to a dedicated anode on the device. The cathodes are selectively activatable via stimulation switches. In another embodiment, any of the electrodes on the devices can be selectively activatable as an anode or cathode. In this embodiment, the decoupling capacitor is placed into the current path via selectable anode and cathode stimulation switches. Regardless of the implementation, the techniques allow for the benefits of capacitive decoupling without the need to associate decoupling capacitors with every electrode on the multi-electrode device, which saves space in the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Kiran Nimmagadda, Emanuel Feldman, Yuping He