Patents by Inventor Kenneth N. Horne

Kenneth N. Horne 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: 20100179617
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for delivering therapy from an implanted neurostimulator to a patient are provided. One feature is an external controller that acts as a gateway for therapy. The external controller can be a handheld controller that communicates wirelessly with the implanted neurostimulator. In some embodiments, the controller communicates with a database to determine a therapy approval status of the neurostimulator. Therapy can be approved by a physician prescription, or by prepayment, for example. In some embodiments, the neurostimulator is deactivated when no approved therapies remain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Kellie S. Fletcher, Benjamin David Pless, Anthony Caparso, Kenneth N. Horne
  • Publication number: 20100057056
    Abstract: Cellulite is treated by severing septae, which interconnects the skin with the underlying muscle. The septae may be severed in connection with a liposuction procedure or independent of a liposuction procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. Gurtner, Kenneth N. Horne, Drew A. Hoffmann, Gordon Saul
  • Publication number: 20090065009
    Abstract: Methods and devices for removing excess skin are described. The excess skin is gathered into a bundle, which is mechanically unloaded relative to the skin around the bundle. The bundle of excess skin is maintained for an extended period of time, such as at least three weeks, to permit the body to absorb some of the excess tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. Gurtner, Kenneth N. Horne
  • Publication number: 20080140112
    Abstract: A method for orienting an energy delivery device, including: providing a catheter device having a plurality of electrically independent electrodes; guiding the catheter device to a target location using at least one of a guide wire and imaging means; measuring at least one of an impedance and electrocardiac conductivity between a given pair of electrodes and adjusting the orientation and or position of the catheter device in accordance with the measured value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: CIERRA, INC.
    Inventor: KENNETH N. HORNE
  • Publication number: 20080140069
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering energy to tissue, including: an elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end and a distal end; a sheath disposed over at least a portion of the flexible shaft; a resilient substrate near the distal end of the flexible shaft; a plurality of compression members coupled with the substrate; and a plurality of electrodes spaced from one another and operably connected with the plurality of compression members, the plurality of electrodes adapted to individually advance or retract relative to the substrate so as to appose the tissue, wherein the substrate is adapted to be housed in a collapsed state within the sheath prior to deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: CIERRA, INC.
    Inventors: DOMINIQUE J. FILLOUX, KENNETH N. HORNE, UDAY N. KUMAR
  • Publication number: 20080140170
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering energy to tissue, comprising an elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end and a distal end; a sheath disposed over at least a portion of the flexible shaft; a resilient housing near the distal end of the flexible shaft, the housing adapted to deflect so as to appose the tissue; and at least one electrode mounted to the distal housing; an elongated pusher coupled with one of the housing and the at least one electrode and adapted to deflect the at least one electrode into apposition with the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: CIERRA, INC.
    Inventors: DOMINIQUE J. FILLOUX, KENNETH N. HORNE, UDAY N. KUMAR, RAJ SUBRAMANIAM
  • Publication number: 20080140074
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering energy to tissue, comprising an elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end and a distal end; an first electrode operably connected to the elongate flexible shaft; and an second electrode operably connected to the elongate flexible shaft and electrically independent from the first electrode, said second electrode at least partially surrounding and spaced apart from the first electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: CIERRA, INC.
    Inventors: KENNETH N. HORNE, JOHN F. MARONEY, RAJ SUBRAMANIAM, VENKATA VEGESNA, MIRIAM H. TAIMISTO
  • Patent number: 6004395
    Abstract: A valve array for supporting objects such as paper with controlled fluid flow is disclosed. Optional valve arrays can be used to controllably eject marking agents for marking or coating a paper or other suitable substrate. Each valve in the valve array has one or more flap elements positioned in a valve chamber. These flap elements are movable to alternatively block the fluid flow through valve chamber outlets with the aid of various catch mechanisms for controllably latching the flap elements. The catch mechanisms have a disabled state and an activated state for holding and allowing release of the flap elements. Once the catch mechanism are disabled, the flap elements are free to move to another position, provided they can overcome the mechanical fluid flow forces that tend to hold it in position. To counter and utilize such forces for moving the flap elements, an impulse mechanism kicks the flap element into the valve chamber, away from the catch mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Xerox Coporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, Warren B. Jackson, James G. Chase, David K. Biegelsen, Patrick C. P. Cheung, Andrew A. Berlin, Kenneth N. Horne
  • Patent number: 5967187
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve chamber and at least two flaps capable of opening to provide an outlet for fluid or closure to block fluid flow. In or immediately adjacent to the valve chamber are catch mechanisms for controllably latching flap elements in an open or a closed position. In normal operation, the flaps open and close at a certain oscillation frequency in response to oscillatory fluid pressure differentials. Since the flap elements move, oscillations eventually bring the flap elements into catchment range of catch mechanisms capable of holding the flaps open or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth N. Horne, Mark H. Yim