Patents by Inventor Joseph W. Boggs, II

Joseph W. Boggs, II 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: 7996092
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for recording, and/or stimulation, and/or blocking of a nerve make use of a molded nerve cuff electrode. One or more electrodes are positioned in one or more frames within a casing. The exterior surface of the casing is wrapped in an insulating material, and the wrapped casing is positioned within a cover tube. One or more additional electrodes may be positioned anywhere outside of the casing. An applicator tool having a body to hold the molded nerve cuff in an expanded configuration is used to implant the cuff about a nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: NDI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Mrva, Kenneth P. Rundle, Joseph W. Boggs, II
  • Publication number: 20110093032
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention use an electrical pulse generator system, which may be external to or implanted in an animal body, to provide therapeutically effective electrical stimulation to maintain or improve airway patency, such as to treat sleep apnea by the stimulation of target nerve(s) or their branches using one or more leads and one or more electrodes implanted in, on, around, or near the target nerve(s). Examples of a target nerves to be stimulated to maintain or improve upper airway patency, preferably through upper airway muscle reflex activation, are the internal branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (iSLN), the glossopharyngeal nerve, and/or the trigeminal nerve, and/or any of the trunks, branches, or divisions of such nerves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, II, Paul Byong Suk Yoo
  • Publication number: 20100274310
    Abstract: Systems and Methods treat bladder dysfunctions using neuromodulation stimulation. Bladder emptying through stimulation of urethral afferents, and continence through stimulation of the dorsal genital nerve, is provided with one or more implanted pulse generators and one or more leads. A simple surgical procedure preserves all existing functions. A stimulating catheter is provided to be used as a clinical screening tool. The stimulating catheter is used to measure bladder pressures and stimulate the urethra at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: NDI MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, II, Maria E. Bennett, Julie Grill, Joseph J. Mrva, Robert B. Strother, Geoffrey B. Thrope
  • Publication number: 20100152808
    Abstract: It has been discovered that pain felt in a given region of the body can be treated, not by motor point stimulation of muscle in the local region where pain is felt, but by stimulating muscle close to a “nerve of passage” in a region that is superior (i.e., cranial or upstream toward the spinal column) to the region where pain is felt. Spinal nerves such as the intercostal nerves or nerves passing through a nerve plexus, which comprise trunks that divide by divisions and/or cords into branches, comprise “nerves of passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph W. Boggs, II
  • Publication number: 20100152809
    Abstract: Systems and methods make possible the placement of one or more electrode leads in a tissue region for providing functional and/or therapeutic stimulation to tissue. The systems and methods are adapted to provide the relief of pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph W. Boggs, II
  • Publication number: 20100036445
    Abstract: Neurostimulation assemblies, systems, and methods make possible the providing of short-term therapy or diagnostic testing by providing electrical connections between muscles and/or nerves inside the body and stimulus generators and/or recording instruments mounted on the surface of the skin or carried outside the body. Neurostimulation assemblies, systems, and methods may include a carrier and an electronics pod, the electronics pod including stimulation generation circuitry and user interface components. A power source and/or flash memory may be incorporated in neurostimulation assembly and/or the return electrode. The assemblies, systems, and methods are adapted to provide coordinated neurostimulation to multiple regions of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Johnathan L. Sakai, Maria E. Bennett, Joseph W. Boggs, II, Robert B. Strother, Geoffrey B. Thrope, Kenneth P. Rundle, Stuart F. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20090326603
    Abstract: Apparatus to control physiological functions, including urinary track physiological functions are described. The apparatus includes an electrode(s) configured to be placed on or in a targeted component of a pudendal nerve and to stimulate the targeted pudendal nerve pudendal. The targeted component of the pudendal nerve includes a pudendal nerve urethral afferent, and afferent nerve fibers in the deep perineal nerve. The apparatus includes a controller coupled to the electrode to apply an electrical signal having an amplitude and a selected frequency chosen to stimulate the targeted component. The controller operates in a first mode to apply a first frequency without substantially changing the amplitude for achieving a first physiologic response and the controller operates in a second mode to apply a second frequency, different than the first frequency, for achieving a second physiologic response different than the first physiologic response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph W. BOGGS, II, Brian J. Wenzel, Kenneth J. Gustafson, Warren M. Grill
  • Patent number: 7571000
    Abstract: Apparatus for control of physiological functions, including physiological functions of the urinary tract, using at least one electrode sized and configured to be located on, in, or near a targeted component of the pudendal nerve, and/or its branch(es), and/or its spinal root(s). The apparatus includes a controller coupled to the electrode to apply an electrical signal having an amplitude to the electrode at a selected frequency to stimulate the targeted component. The controller operates in a first mode to apply a first frequency or range of frequencies without substantially changing the amplitude for achieving a first physiologic response (e.g., controlling urinary continence) and the controller operates in a second mode to apply a second frequency or range of frequencies, different than the first frequency, for achieving a second physiologic response different than the first physiologic response (e.g., controlling micturition).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, II, Brian J. Wenzel, Kenneth J. Gustafson, Warren M. Grill
  • Patent number: 7047078
    Abstract: Systems and methods control physiological functions of the urinary tract using at least one electrode sized and configured to be located on, in, or near a targeted component of the pudendal nerve. The systems and methods apply an electrical signal to the electrode at a selected frequency to stimulate the targeted component. The selected frequency is a first frequency or range of frequencies for achieving a first physiologic response (e.g., controlling urinary continence) and a second frequency or range of frequencies, different than the first frequency, for achieving a second physiologic response different than the first physiologic response (e.g., controlling micturition).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, II, Brian J. Wenzel, Kenneth J. Gustafson, Warren M. Grill