Patents by Inventor Joseph P. Errico

Joseph P. Errico 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: 11406825
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, ischemic stroke, post-concussion syndrome, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the like by electrical noninvasive stimulation of a vagus nerve. The system comprises a handheld stimulator that is applied to the surface of the patient's neck, wherein the stimulator comprises or is joined to a smartphone. A camera of the smartphone may be used to position and reposition the stimulator to a particular location on the patient's neck. The system may also comprise a base station that is used to meter the charging of a rechargeable battery within the stimulator. The base station and stimulator transmit data to one another regarding the status of a stimulation session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 11400288
    Abstract: A method for modulating a nerve within a body of a patient includes generating a single signal comprising an electrical impulse, contacting an interface with an outer skin surface of a patient and delivering the electrical impulse from an electrode through the interface and the outer skin surface of the patient to a vagus nerve, thereby modulating the vagus nerve. The electrical impulse may comprise bursts of pulses with a silent intra-burst interval between each of the bursts based on the single signal, wherein each of the bursts has a frequency of about 5 Hz to about 100 Hz and each of the pulses has a duration from about 50 microseconds to about 1000 microseconds. The electrode may be spaced from the interface by a distance of about 0.25 to about 4 times an outer dimension of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20220233845
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the non-invasive stimulation of nerves, such as the vagus nerve, include a housing and an electrode coupled to the housing. The electrode is configured to be positioned adjacent to, or in contact with, an outer skin surface of a patient. A source of energy is coupled to the housing and operably coupled to the electrode. The source of energy emits an electrical impulse to the electrode such that the electrical impulse passes through the outer skin surface of the patient to a nerve at a target region in the patient sufficient to modulate the nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 11389103
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed that treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache, by electrically stimulating a nerve noninvasively, which may be a vagus nerve situated within a patient's neck. Preferred embodiments allow a patient to self-treat his or her condition. Disclosed methods assure that the device is being positioned correctly on the neck and that the amplitude and other parameters of the stimulation actually stimulate the vagus nerve with a therapeutic waveform. Those methods comprise measuring properties of the patient's larynx, pupil diameters, blood flow within an eye, electrodermal activity and/or heart rate variability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 11389646
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to treat or prevent symptoms of headache in a patient. The headache may include primary headache, such as migraine and cluster headache, or secondary headache resulting from an underlying medical condition, such as post-concussion headache. The methods comprise transmitting impulses of energy to the vagus nerve according to a treatment paradigm that includes single doses of between about 30 seconds to about 5 minutes. The electrical impulses may have a frequency of about 1 kHz to about 20 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 11382762
    Abstract: Instrumentation for implanting a cervical disc replacement device includes cervical disc replacement trials for determining the appropriate size of replacement device to be implanted, an insertion plate for maintaining the elements of the replacement device in fixed relation to one another for simultaneous manipulation, an insertion handle for attachment to the insertion plate for manipulation of the elements, an insertion pusher for releasing the insertion handle from the insertion plate, a drill guide that cooperates with the insertion plate to guide the drilling of tap holes for bone screws to be placed through bone screw holes in the flanges of the replacement device, clips that are applied to the flanges after placement of the bone screws to resist screw backout, and a clip applicator for applying the clips to the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Rafail Zubok, Michael W. Dudasik, Joseph P. Errico
  • Publication number: 20220217479
    Abstract: Vagal nerve stimulation devices and methods are provided for treating medical conditions, such as conditions associated with insufficient dopamine and/or endogenous opioids in the brain. A device includes one or more electrodes having a contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of a patient and an energy source coupled to the electrodes. The energy source generates one or more electrical impulses and transmits the electrical impulses to the electrodes and transcutaneously through the outer skin surface of the patient at or near a vagus nerve. The one or more electrical impulses is sufficient to modulate the vagus nerve and release dopamine and/or endogenous opioids in a brain of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 11351363
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating and/or averting cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, are provided. A device comprises a housing including an energy source, a contact surface and an electrode. The energy source is configured to transmit an electrical impulse to the electrode through the outer skin surface to a vagus nerve of the patient. The electrical impulse comprises bursts of about 2 pulses to about 20 pulses with each of the bursts having a frequency of about 3 Hz to about 100 Hz. The electrical impulse modulates the vagus nerve to treat a cardiac arrhythmia of the patient. A system includes a sensor for detecting a physiological parameter of a patient's heart, such as heart rate variability, and a controller configured to activate the stimulator based on the physiological parameter to cause the stimulator to generate the electrical impulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ElectroCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20220143404
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache, by electrical non-invasive stimulation of a nerve, such as the vagus nerve. A nerve stimulator is configured for coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal, such as a mobile phone. The stimulator is further configured to generate an electrical impulse and to transmit the electrical impulse through one or more electrodes and the outer skin surface of the patient to modulate a nerve within the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 11324943
    Abstract: Methods and devices for stimulating a nerve in a patient include positioning a device adjacent an outer skin surface of the patient and emitting an electrical field near the vagus nerve within the patient. The electric field is varied to create burst periods and constant periods. The charge of the electric field emitted during the burst periods alternates between positive and negative. The charge of the electric field emitted during the constant periods has a magnitude of zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20220118252
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as headache, by noninvasive stimulation of a nerve. A system comprises a stimulator having an interface configured to contact an outer skin surface of a patient and an energy source coupled to the interface. The energy source transmits an electrical impulse through the interface transcutaneously through the outer skin surface of the patient to a nerve of the patient such that the nerve is modulated. The system further comprises a mobile device coupled to the stimulator to transmit data to the stimulator. The data includes a therapy regimen to reduce one or more symptoms of a headache in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 11298535
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache, by electrical noninvasive stimulation of a vagus nerve. The system comprises a stimulator that applies an electrical impulse transcutaneously through an outer skin surface of the patient. The electrical impulse includes pulses having a frequency of about 1 kHz to about 20 kHz. The device housing may transmit data to or from a patient interface device, such as a mobile phone or computer, relating to the stimulation parameters. The interface device in turn may communicate with a database contained within other computers, via a network or the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 11297445
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20220088382
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for treating seizures, such as epileptic seizures, by electrical non-invasive stimulation of a nerve, such as the vagus nerve. A stimulator comprises a contact surface, such as an electrode, for contacting an outer skin surface of a patient. The stimulator is configured for coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal. The stimulator is configured to transmit the electrical impulse through the contact surface and the outer skin surface sufficient to modulate a nerve within a patient and to ameliorate one or more symptoms of a seizure in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20220079502
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote therapy and patient monitoring are provided. A method comprises contacting an outer skin surface of a patient with a contact surface of a stimulator and transmitting an electrical impulse from the stimulator transcutaneously through the outer skin surface to a nerve within the patient. Data related to parameters of the electrical impulse applied to the nerve is stored and transmitted to a remote source. The data may include duration of treatment, amplitude of the electrical impulse, compliance with a prescribed therapy regimen or other relevant data related to the therapy. The method may further include collecting patient status data, such as symptoms of a medical condition (e.g., severity of a headache) before, during and/or after stimulation. The patient status data is correlated with the treatment data to monitor compliance and/or the effectiveness of the therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 11260225
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache, by electrical non-invasive stimulation of a nerve, such as the vagus nerve. A nerve stimulator is configured for coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal, such as a mobile phone. The stimulator is further configured to generate an electrical impulse and to transmit the electrical impulse through the contact surface and the outer skin surface of the patient to modulate a nerve within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20220044828
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for treating an inflammatory or allergic response associated with a replicating pathogen, such as a virus in the coronaviridae family. The methods include emitting an electrical impulse near a vagus nerve within the patient sufficient to inhibit or reduce an inflammatory or allergic response in the patient, provide relief for bronchoconstriction that results in the tightening of airways and the inability to breath without ventilator support and/or lessen the abnormal blot clotting that develops in some patients. The systems and methods are particularly useful for treating post-COVID conditions or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 that develop in “long-haul” or COVID patients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Bruce J. Simon, Peter Staats, Thomas Errico
  • Publication number: 20220040473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating and/or averting cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, are provided. A device comprises a housing including an energy source, a contact surface and an electrode. The energy source is configured to transmit an electrical impulse to the electrode through the outer skin surface to a vagus nerve of the patient. The electrical impulse comprises bursts of about 2 pulses to about 20 pulses with each of the bursts having a frequency of about 3 Hz to about 100 Hz. The electrical impulse modulates the vagus nerve to treat a cardiac arrhythmia of the patient. A system includes a sensor for detecting a physiological parameter of a patient's heart, such as heart rate variability, and a controller configured to activate the stimulator based on the physiological parameter to cause the stimulator to generate the electrical impulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20220023619
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to treat or prevent symptoms of headache in a patient. The headache may include primary headache, such as migraine and cluster headache, or secondary headache resulting from an underlying medical condition, such as post-concussion headache. The methods comprise transmitting impulses of energy to the vagus nerve according to a treatment paradigm that includes single doses of between about 30 seconds to about 5 minutes. The electrical impulses may have a frequency of about 1 kHz to about 20 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 11229790
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat epileptic seizures by electrical noninvasive stimulation of a vagus nerve. The system comprises a handheld stimulator that is applied to the surface of the patient's neck, wherein the stimulator comprises or is joined to a smartphone. A camera of the smartphone may be used to position and reposition the stimulator to a particular location on the patient's neck. The system may also comprise a base station that is used to meter the charging of a rechargeable battery within the stimulator. The base station and stimulator transmit data to one another regarding the status of a stimulation session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: electroCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon