Patents by Inventor Joshua Dale Howard

Joshua Dale Howard 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: 11020586
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead including a lead body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length, wherein the distal end of the lead body is formed into a hook or coil shape; a plurality of electrodes disposed along the hook or coil at the distal end of the lead body; a plurality of terminals disposed on the proximal end of the lead body; and a plurality of conductors, each conductor electrically coupling at least one of the electrodes to at least one of the terminals. The lead can be used to stimulate, for example, a dorsal root ganglion with the hook-shaped or coil-shaped distal end disposed around a portion of the dorsal root ganglion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Jacob B. Leven
  • Patent number: 10981011
    Abstract: An operating room cable assembly for electrically coupling at least one implantable electrical stimulation lead to a trial stimulator includes an elongated body; a trial stimulator connector disposed at one end of the elongated body; and a lead connector disposed at another end of the elongated body. The lead connector can include one or more buttons that can be pushed to load a lead into the lead connector and released to retain the lead. Alternatively, the lead connector can include a lever that can be operated to load the lead. A further alternative is a slider with a lead engagement element that can be slid between positions allowing loading of a lead and engagement of the lead. Other alternatives include a lead connector with doors that can swing open to allow loading of a lead or a collet/sleeve that can be tightened on the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Christopher Shanahan, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10974053
    Abstract: An example of a system may include a processor subsystem; and a memory device comprising instructions, which when executed by the processor subsystem, cause the processor subsystem to: receive at an application executing on a user device, a request to modify the application; transmit the request to an administrative user device for approval; receive a response to the request from the administrative user device; and modify a functionality of the application in response to receiving the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Anne M. Pianca
  • Publication number: 20210030357
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a patient includes a sensor unit having a housing and sensors disposed in or around the housing; and a base having a shell and configured and arranged to be adhesively attached to skin of the patient. The sensors can be used to monitor physical therapy and rehabilitation of the patient. The sensor unit can provide information to a patient or clinician device to facilitate the monitoring. The sensor data can be used to determine measurements such as tilt angle of the sensor unit and range of motion measurements (such as extension, flexion, or forces associated with movement) of the anatomical region to which the sensor unit is attached. The sensor data can also be used for automated identification or classification of exercises performed by the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Curt Wiedenhoefer, Justin Anthony Creel, Brian James Katerberg, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Publication number: 20200337629
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a joint of a patient includes multiple sensors to be disposed near a joint and to measure or observe actions or physical quantities associated with the joint; and at least one communications module coupled to the sensors to receive data from the sensors and to transmit sensor information to an external device. In some embodiments, the sensors are implantable near the joint. In other embodiments, the sensors are disposed in a sensor module that is positioned adjacent the skin of the patient near the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Curt Wiedenhoefer, Justin Anthony Creel, Brian James Katerberg, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Patent number: 10709377
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a joint of a patient includes multiple sensors to be disposed near a joint and to measure or observe actions or physical quantities associated with the joint; and at least one communications module coupled to the sensors to receive data from the sensors and to transmit sensor information to an external device. In some embodiments, the sensors are implantable near the joint. In other embodiments, the sensors are disposed in a sensor module that is positioned adjacent the skin of the patient near the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CONSENSUS ORTHOPEDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Curt Wiedenhoefer, Justin Anthony Creel, Brian James Katerberg, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Publication number: 20200094047
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead includes at least three modular lead elements configured to couple together to form the lead, each of the modular lead elements including a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and a male connector element or a female connector element disposed on at least one of the proximal end portion or the distal end portion of the modular lead element, The modular lead elements are coupleable together by insertion of a male connector element into a female connector element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Michael X. Govea, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Patent number: 10582891
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a patient includes a sensor unit having a housing and sensors disposed in or around the housing; and a base having a shell and configured and arranged to be adhesively attached to skin of the patient. The sensors can be used to monitor physical therapy and rehabilitation of the patient. The sensor unit can provide information to a patient or clinician device to facilitate the monitoring. The sensor data can be used to determine measurements such as tilt angle of the sensor unit and range of motion measurements (such as extension, flexion, or forces associated with movement) of the anatomical region to which the sensor unit is attached. The sensor data can also be used for automated identification or classification of exercises performed by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: CONSENSUS ORTHOPEDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Curt Wiedenhoefer, Justin Anthony Creel, Brian James Katerberg, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Publication number: 20200009374
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead can be used for spinal cord stimulation. Leads with segmented electrodes can be used to provide both medial and lateral stimulation. Multiple leads with segmented electrodes can provide paddle-like stimulation. Leads with bent distal portions can facilitate stimulation of multiple elements of the spinal cord and associated anatomy such as, for example, the dorsal column, dorsal, horn, dorsal root ganglia, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Natalie A. Brill, Michael A. Moffitt, Jacob B. Leven
  • Publication number: 20200001097
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a parameter set and programming a neuromodulation system with the parameter set are disclosed. The system includes a user interface having a display screen to display simplified graphical representations (SGRs) of the lead with at least one virtual electrode (VE) that represents one or more electrodes, and control elements. The SGRs of the lead can provide longitudinal and circumferential representations of the VE, respectively representing longitudinal or circumferential position, size, shape, or spread of the VE. The control elements may include longitudinal and circumferential control elements to enable the user to respectively adjust the longitudinal or circumferential position, size, shape, or spread of the VE. The system may generate the neuromodulation parameter set using the longitudinal and circumferential representations of the VE, and program the neuromodulation system with the neuromodulation parameter set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, G. Karl Steinke, Richard Mustakos
  • Patent number: 10456584
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a parameter set and programming a neuromodulation system with the parameter set are disclosed. The system includes a user interface having a display screen to display simplified graphical representations (SGRs) of the lead with at least one virtual electrode (VE) that represents one or more electrodes, and control elements. The SGRs of the lead can provide longitudinal and circumferential representations of the VE, respectively representing longitudinal or circumferential position, size, shape, or spread of the VE. The control elements may include longitudinal and circumferential control elements to enable the user to respectively adjust the longitudinal or circumferential position, size, shape, or spread of the VE. The system may generate the neuromodulation parameter set using the longitudinal and circumferential representations of the VE, and program the neuromodulation system with the neuromodulation parameter set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, G. Karl Steinke, Richard Mustakos
  • Patent number: 10384055
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a paddle lead includes an insertion tool body having a receiving end portion; a stylet channel extending along the insertion tool body; a stylet disposed in the stylet channel; and an actuator assembly disposed along the handling end portion of the insertion tool body and coupled to the stylet. The actuator assembly controls transitioning of the stylet between a first position and a second position. In some instances, the stylet can be a wire stylet that is inserted into a lumen in the paddle body of the paddle lead. In some instances, the stylet of the insertion tool pushes lead bodies of the paddle lead out of the insertion tool to release the paddle lead. In some instances, the insertion tool includes a paddle envelope to hold the paddle lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Robert Black, Anne Margaret Pianca, Joshua Dale Howard, Carolyn Madeleine Nohejl
  • Patent number: 10286205
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body that defines an alignment feature extending distally from a proximal end of the lead body and inwardly from an outer surface of the lead body. The lead also includes electrodes disposed along the distal portion of the lead body, segmented terminals disposed along the proximal portion of the lead and arranged in sets of segmented terminals, and lead conductors electrically coupling the electrodes to the terminals. Each set of segmented terminals includes at least two segmented terminals disposed in a circumferential arrangement at a same longitudinal position of the lead. A system can include the lead and a connector for receiving the proximal end of the lead. The connector can include an alignment protuberance extending into a connector lumen and configured to be received into the alignment groove of the lead to align the lead with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: G. Karl Steinke, Joshua Dale Howard, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta
  • Publication number: 20190105501
    Abstract: An operating room cable assembly for electrically coupling at least one implantable electrical stimulation lead to a trial stimulator includes an elongated body; a trial stimulator connector disposed at one end of the elongated body; and a lead connector disposed at another end of the elongated body. The lead connector can include one or more buttons that can be pushed to load a lead into the lead connector and released to retain the lead. Alternatively, the lead connector can include a lever that can be operated to load the lead. A further alternative is a slider with a lead engagement element that can be slid between positions allowing loading of a lead and engagement of the lead. Other alternatives include a lead connector with doors that can swing open to allow loading of a lead or a collet/sleeve that can be tightened on the lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Christopher Shanahan, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Peter Yoo
  • Patent number: 10232169
    Abstract: A burr hole plug includes a first plug base defining a burr hole aperture and including first grooves; a second plug base to be disposed around the first plug base and including second grooves to receive a portion of an electrical stimulation lead; a cover to be disposed on the second plug base; a cap to be disposed over the burr hole aperture and coupled to the first plug base; and an extension coupled to, and extending away from, the cover. The extension includes conductors and the second plug base and the cover include conductive elements to electrically couple the terminals of the electrical stimulation lead, when disposed in the second grooves, to the conductors of the extension. An alternative burr hole plug includes a lead connector disposed on the cap and having a connector aperture to receive the proximal end of the electrical stimulation lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael X. Govea, Joshua Dale Howard, David Ernest Wechter
  • Patent number: 10195446
    Abstract: An operating room cable assembly for electrically coupling at least one implantable electrical stimulation lead to a trial stimulator includes an elongated body; a trial stimulator connector disposed at one end of the elongated body; and a lead connector disposed at another end of the elongated body. The lead connector can include one or more buttons that can be pushed to load a lead into the lead connector and released to retain the lead. Alternatively, the lead connector can include a lever that can be operated to load the lead. A further alternative is a slider with a lead engagement element that can be slid between positions allowing loading of a lead and engagement of the lead. Other alternatives include a lead connector with doors that can swing open to allow loading of a lead or a collet/sleeve that can be tightened on the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Christopher Shanahan, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10173055
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation system includes a lead or lead extension; a control module coupleable to the lead or lead extension; and a continuous conductive RF shield having a first portion extending along at least a portion of the lead and a second portion configured and arranged to form a perimeter band disposed around the housing of the control module. Alternatively, an electrical stimulation lead or lead extension includes a body; first contacts disposed along the distal end portion of the body; second contacts disposed along the proximal end portion of the body; a conductive RF shield disposed over, and extending along, at least a portion of the body; and a non-conductive jacket disposed over the conductive RF shield. The non-conductive jacket defines at least one window which exposes a portion of the conductive RF shield radially beneath the at least one window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORAATION
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Richard Mustakos
  • Publication number: 20180154139
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead including a lead body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length, wherein the distal end of the lead body is formed into a hook or coil shape; a plurality of electrodes disposed along the hook or coil at the distal end of the lead body; a plurality of terminals disposed on the proximal end of the lead body; and a plurality of conductors, each conductor electrically coupling at least one of the electrodes to at least one of the terminals. The lead can be used to stimulate, for example, a dorsal root ganglion with the hook-shaped or coil-shaped distal end disposed around a portion of the dorsal root ganglion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Jacob B. Leven
  • Patent number: 9962541
    Abstract: A stimulation lead includes an electrode carrier disposed along a distal portion of a lead body. The electrode carrier defines multiple segmented-electrode-receiving apertures extending between an outer surface and a central lumen. Each of the segmented-electrode-receiving apertures includes a ledge disposed around a perimeter of that segmented-electrode-receiving aperture and inset from the outer surface of the electrode carrier. The stimulation lead also includes multiple segmented electrodes, with each of the segmented electrode disposed in a different one of the segmented-electrode-receiving apertures with an outer stimulation surface exposed through the segmented-electrode-receiving aperture and an inner surface abutting the ledge disposed around the perimeter of that segmented-electrode-receiving aperture. Conductive wires extend along the lead body and couple the segmented electrodes to terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, James Robert Black, Jose Ulloa, Anne Margaret Pianca
  • Patent number: 9956394
    Abstract: A connector to couple an electrical stimulation lead to a lead extension can include lead terminals and extension connector contacts that interlock with each other. Another connector can include lead terminals and extension connector contacts that form a hook and loop fastener. Yet another connector defines a lumen for receiving a proximal portion of an electrical stimulation lead and a side-loading slit extending along at least a portion of the longitudinal surface of the connector and extending inwardly to the lumen for side-loading the electrical stimulation lead into the lumen through the side-loading slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Michael X. Govea