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).

  • Publication number: 20210220644
    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: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 11065444
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache and trigeminal neuralgia and the like, by noninvasive electrical stimulation of nerves of the head, particularly supraorbital, supratrochlear, infraorbital, and mental nerves in the vicinity of their foramen or notch. The system comprises a handheld mobile device, such as a smartphone, that is applied to the surface of the patient's head. One or more electrodes on the mobile device apply electrical impulses transcutaneously through the patient's skin to the targeted nerve to treat the medical condition. The system is designed to address problems that arise particularly during self-treatment, when a medical professional is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ElectroCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 11027127
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for treating medical disorders, such as migraine or other primary headaches, or fibromyalgia, by noninvasive electrical stimulation of a vagus nerve, used in conjunction with the measurement of evoked potentials (EPs). The system comprises a stimulator that is applied to the surface of the patient's neck to apply electrical impulses sufficient to stimulate a cervical vagus nerve, scalp electrodes that are used to measure EPs that are evoked by that stimulation, feedback or biofeedback circuits to vary the stimulation based upon EP characteristics, and other sensory stimulation modalities that produce EPs. The system is preferably used to optimize the placement of the stimulator, to test whether a patient is a suitable candidate for treatment using vagus nerve stimulation, and to select the stimulation parameters that optimized acute or chronic treatment, e.g., by correcting an EP habituation deficit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 11020591
    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 stimulator comprises a contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of a patient and a pulse generator coupled to the contact surface. The pulse generator is configured for attachment and electrical coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal, such as a mobile phone. The pulse generator 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: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20210085971
    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 vagus nerve. The system comprises a handheld stimulator including a housing having a contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of a patient. The housing is configured for attachment and electrical coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal. An energy source is coupled to the stimulator and the mobile device. The energy source is configured to generate an electric field that transmits an electric current through the contact surface and the outer skin surface to modulate a nerve within the patient and thereby treat a medical condition of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20210031026
    Abstract: Devices and methods for non-invasive stimulation of nerves, such as the vagus nerve, include a housing and an electrode spaced from 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 positioned within the housing and operably coupled to the electrode, either wirelessly or via a lead or other wired connection. 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. The electrical impulse comprises bursts each with a frequency from about 1 Hz to about 100 Hz, wherein each of the bursts comprises 2 pulses to 20 pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20210015628
    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: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Rafail Zubok, Michael W. Dudasik, Joseph P. Errico
  • Publication number: 20210000615
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 10874857
    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 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: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTROCORE, INC
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20200398043
    Abstract: Methods and devices for stimulating a nerve in a patient include emitting an electrical signal near a spinal nerve within the patient such that the patient experiences at least some pain relief. The methods include varying an electric field such that burst periods and constant periods are created. The electric field has a charge that alternates between positive and negative during the burst periods and a charge with a magnitude of zero during the constant periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20200398054
    Abstract: A system includes a medical device comprising a reader and a processor, and a storage medium containing a content. The reader is configured to read the content from the storage medium such that the processor switches the medical device from a first mode to a second mode based on the content. The processor or the reader is configured to interface with the storage medium based on the processor switching the medical device from the first mode to the second mode such that the content of the storage medium is deleted or scrambled. Once the content in the storage medium is erased or scrambled, it is no longer usable by the medical device until additional content has been loaded or programmed into the storage medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Arthur Ross, Basit Qari
  • Patent number: 10835385
    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: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Rafail Zubok, Michael W. Dudasik, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 10835389
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20200353240
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20200346011
    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 stimulator comprises a contact surface for contacting an outer skin surface of a patient and a pulse generator coupled to the contact surface. The pulse generator is configured for attachment and electrical coupling to a mobile device configured to receive a wireless signal, such as a mobile phone. The pulse generator 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: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20200246615
    Abstract: Methods and devices for stimulating a nerve in a patient include emitting an electrical signal near a target nerve within the patient. The electrical signal comprises bursts with a frequency of 1 to 100 Hz. Each of the bursts has 2 to 20 pulses with a duration of about 50 microseconds to about 1000 microseconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20200246616
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for treating a patient that include delivering an electrical signal to a target nerve within the patient. The electrical signal has parameters selected to modulate the target nerve for therapeutic purposes to treat a disease or disorder in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20200246617
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing or inhibiting an inflammatory response in a patient include a source of energy and one or more electrodes coupled to the source of energy and positionable near a vagus nerve of the patient to deliver the electrical impulse to the vagus nerve. The electrical impulse is sufficient to either inhibit a release of a pro-inflammatory cytokine, such as TNF-alpha, or increase an anti-inflammatory competence of a cytokine, such as TGF-beta, in the patient, thereby inhibiting the inflammatory response. The electrical impulse may be delivered transcutaneously and non-invasively through an outer skin surface of the patient to the vagus nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Francis R. Amato, Steven M. Mendez, Hecheng Hu, Bruce J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20200230408
    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. The systems and methods of the present invention reduce the expression of inflammatory mediators that are elevated in ARDS and other inflammatory or allergic disorders, thereby ameliorating the overactivity of the immune reaction in patient's suffering from certain disorders, such as the coronavirus. This therapy may include a feedback mechanism to provide potent anti-inflammatory benefits without the negative side effects of conventional immune suppression techniques and drugs, such as steroids and other nebulized drugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Bruce J. Simon, Peter Staats, Thomas Errico
  • Publication number: 20200222695
    Abstract: Methods and devices for stimulating a nerve in a patient include emitting an electrical signal near a target nerve within the patient. The electrical signal comprises bursts of about 2 to about 20 pulses and the pulses oscillate between a positive voltage and a negative voltage within each burst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle