Patents by Inventor Louis Crowe

Louis Crowe 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: 9675802
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles in a patient comprising applying a first electrode A1/A2 substantially centrally to the lower lumbar region of the patient's body, and applying second and third electrodes B, C respectively to opposite side flanks of the patient's body. The electrodes are energized to apply a first group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the second and third electrodes and a second group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the first electrode and the second and third electrodes alternately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 8494658
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 8209030
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Bio Medical Research
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Heskin
  • Publication number: 20120116477
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles in a patient comprising applying a first electrode A1/A2 substantially centrally to the lower lumbar region of the patient's body, and applying second and third electrodes B, C respectively to opposite side flanks of the patient's body. The electrodes are energised to apply a first group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the second and third electrodes and a second group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the first electrode and the second and third electrodes alternately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: BIO-MEDICAL RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20110276108
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicants: Bio-Medical Research Limited, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20110208266
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Heskin
  • Patent number: 7957816
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Conor Monogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Heskin
  • Publication number: 20100234919
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 7747327
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: BMR Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Publication number: 20070293911
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating a muscle of a subject are provided. The apparatus comprises a signal generator for generating an electrical pulse signal of a frequency and a current amplitude for inducing contractions in the muscle, and an electrode apparatus for applying the signal to nerves associated with the muscle to be stimulated or adjacent the muscle of the subject for stimulating the muscle. The frequency and current amplitude of the electrical pulse signal are selected so as to maximize the bulk of the muscle being subjected to the contractions so as to generate a shivering phenomenon therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield
  • Publication number: 20070106343
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for applying electrical current to the quadriceps muscle. The apparatus is in the form of a garment (to be worn on a user's thigh) having a integrated programmable stimulation device including integral electronics, LCD display, user controls and a battery. To ensure accurate and repeatable positioning of the garment, it is shaped such that it locates above the patella. Furthermore, reference lines are provided on the skin facing surface of the garment to assist the user in the accurate placement of skin engaging electrodes. In combination, the features of the invention provides a safe and convenient means of electrically stimulating the quadriceps muscle irrespective of patient size whilst minimizing the opportunity for error. Moreover, the invention dispenses with the need to employ a skilled clinician to individually place each electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Publication date: May 10, 2007
    Applicant: B M R Research & Developments Limited
    Inventors: Conor Monogue, Louis Crowe, Leonie Haskin
  • Publication number: 20060212789
    Abstract: A method and a technology has been developed to improve reading and skimming speed. Not all words are necessary for understanding so these words may be substituted or removed from the text to facilitate reading the text at a higher speed. A set of rules determines which words can be substituted/removed and what proportion of a document can be substituted/removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: Cucoco Ltd
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Michael Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 7069089
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 6885896
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject. The device comprises an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode in a general direction towards a corresponding one of the right and left mid-axillary lines of the torso intermediate the rib cage and corresponding right and left iliac crests. By applying at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes, abdominal muscles of the subject are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 6760629
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject. The device comprises an attachment mechanism that further comprises a main locating element for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes, and two secondary locating elements disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. A receiver is also provided for receiving a signal generated by a signal generator for generating at least one pulsed signal. A selector is also provided for selecting one or more of the electrodes through which a pulsed signal is to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: 6728577
    Abstract: A method for stimulating abdominal muscles of a subject, comprising the steps of providing at least three electrodes, one of the at least three electrodes being a central electrode and the other two of the at least three electrodes being side electrodes located on the subject spaced apart from the central electrode on respective sides thereof, and passing at least one pulsed signal subcutaneously through the subject between selected electrodes of the at least three electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Publication number: 20020133195
    Abstract: An electrotherapeutic device for stimulating muscles of a muscle group of a subject, comprising a plurality of electrodes for placing on the subject for applying at least one pulsed signal to the subject for stimulating the muscles. The device further comprises a signal for generating the at least one pulsed signal, and a generator selector for selectively selecting the electrodes in electrode pairs for selectively applying the at least one pulsed signal to the selected electrode pairs for selective stimulation of the muscles of the muscle group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Publication number: 20020128693
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject. The device comprises an attachment mechanism that further comprises a main locating element for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes, and two secondary locating elements disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. A receiver is also provided for receiving a signal generated by a signal generator for generating at least one pulsed signal. A selector is also provided for selecting one or more of the electrodes through which a pulsed signal is to be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Publication number: 20020128686
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least three electrodes to a subject for stimulating abdominal muscles of the subject, comprising an attachment mechanism for extending around the torso of the subject and a main locating element provided on the attachment mechanism for locating a central electrode of the at least three electrodes adjacent the umbilicus of the subject. Two secondary locating elements are also provided on the attachment mechanism disposed on respective opposite sides of the main locating element for locating two corresponding side electrodes of the at least three electrodes spaced apart from the central electrode. Application of at least one pulsed signal to the subject through the respective central and side electrodes stimulates the abdominal muscles of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Conor Minogue, Michael Louis Crowe
  • Patent number: D472640
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Francis Keating, Seamus Monley, Kevin Walsh