Patents by Inventor Manfred Mueller

Manfred Mueller 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: 20220175232
    Abstract: Method and related system for marker-based navigation. A first image is capturing (S530) with a medical imaging apparatus (ENDO), whilst a light source (LS1) of an implanted marker device (MD) is in a low intensity state and a second light source (LS2) of the medical imaging apparatus (IA) is in a high intensity state, higher than the low intensity state of the marker. A second image is captured (S560) with the medical imaging apparatus (ENDO), whilst the light source (LS1) of the implanted marker device is in a high intensity state and the second light source (LS2) of the medical imaging apparatus (IA) is in a low intensity state, lower than the high intensity state of the marker. The two images may then be combined to obtain a combined image that represents the location of the marker at high signal-to-noise-ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Manfred MÜLLER, Jörg SABCZYNSKI, Joachim KAHLERT
  • Publication number: 20220144153
    Abstract: A method for making a seat includes the step of overmolding a carrier onto a fabric seat surface. The fabric surface is formed from a woven fabric material having heating element fibers. The heating element fibers are placed in contact with a conductor. The carrier and the conductor are then positioned into a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Craig Martin Oomen, Randy James Sayers, Samuel Smith, Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11267380
    Abstract: A suspension fabric seat includes a fabric seat surface formed from a woven fabric material having heating element fibers. The heating element fibers are in electrical communication with a conductor. A carrier is overmolded onto the seat surface. The carrier and the conductor are disposed in a frame and a connector is mounted to the frame in electrical communication with the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Martin Oomen, Randy James Sayers, Samuel Smith, Manfred Mueller
  • Publication number: 20210398636
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes a medical device configured to provide a function to a user, communicate via a wireless communication channel with one or more other devices, and send a signal to shift a medical device application from a locked state to an unlocked state. The system also includes a computing device having wireless communication channels and a processor and logic integrated with and/or executable by the processor. The logic is configured to cause the computing device to communicate with the medical device, execute the medical device application, and shift from the locked state to the unlocked state in response to receiving the signal from the medical device. Core functionality of the medical device application is disabled when the medical device application is in the locked state, and some functionality applicable to the medical device is enabled when the medical device application is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Dominik Ziegler, Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11202606
    Abstract: A system for detection of optically anisotropic tissue is provided. The system comprises an optical source, an optical detector, a processing unit and a probe. The probe has a shaft with a longitudinal axis and a front end, and a plurality of optical fibers; wherein an end of each of the optical fibers is arranged at the front end of the shaft, and at least one of the optical fibers is a source optical fiber adapted to transmit optical radiation emitted from the optical source to a tissue adjacent to the front end of the shaft. Another one of the optical fibers is a detector optical fiber adapted to transmit optical radiation reflected from the tissue to the optical detector, so that an optical path through the tissue is defined, wherein the optical paths differ from each other with respect to their spatial orientation, and wherein the optical paths cross each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Manfred Mueller, Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Gerhardus Wilhelmus Lucassen, Torre Michelle Bydlon
  • Publication number: 20210378528
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for measurement of pulse wave velocity of a vessel. An intravascular device comprises a first and a second marker provided at different locations along the length of the intravascular device of which positions are localizable by a tracking apparatus. The intravascular device provides plurality of measurements along the length of the vessel, while the intravascular device is moved from a first position to a second position, corresponding to a first and a second time. At the second time the position of the first marker in the vessel corresponds to the position of the second marker at the first time. The pulse wave velocity value of the vessel is ascertained based on measurements associated for the first time and the second time from the plurality of measurements and based on the distance between the locations of the two markers along the length of the intravascular device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Manfred MUELLER, Arjen VAN DER HORST
  • Publication number: 20210383908
    Abstract: The present invention relates to determining a treatment response index. In order to improve and facilitate hypertension treatment procedures, a device (10) for determining a treatment response index is provided that comprises a data input (12), a data processor (14) and a data output (16). The data input is configured to receive a value (18) of at least one first measurement of a physiological parameter of a subjects vasculature under a first condition; and to provide a value (20) of at least one second measurement of the physiological parameter of the vasculature under a second condition. In the second condition, a pre-determined stimulation is provided, and the first condition is non-stimulated or at least differently stimulated. The data processor is configured to generate a treatment response index. In an example, the data output is configured to provide a classification of the subject into one of at least two groups of subjects, based on the treatment response index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Nicolas Daniel Marie FOIN, Arjen VAN DER HORST, Manfred MUELLER, Joachim KAHLERT
  • Publication number: 20210353231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the supply of a sensor of an interventional device. In order to provide an interventional device with improved handling, an interventional device is provided, the device comprising a longitudinal elongated main body with a distal portion and a proximal portion; and a sensor provided on the distal portion. The elongated main body comprises a hollow shaft. The proximal portion of the main body comprises an optical energy generation section, in which the hollow shaft is at least partially provided as a transparent hypotube, and in which a doped material is provided inside the hollow shaft. Further, the doped material is configured to generate light as stimulated emission with a predetermined wavelength upon the doped material being radiated with a pumping wavelength. Still further, the transparent hypotube is configured to receive light from an external light source as a substantially transversal light input providing the pumping wavelength to the doped material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Manfred MUELLER, Arjen VAN DER HORST
  • Publication number: 20210339660
    Abstract: A seat and cooling system for the seat include a porous seat surface, an air spacer disposed on a side of the seat surface that defines an air channel, a substantially air impermeable barrier having an opening therein in communication with the air channel and a blower configured to draw air through the seat surface and from the air channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Craig Martin Oomen, Randy James Sayers, Samuel Smith, Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11154199
    Abstract: A medical imaging system for identifying a target structure (TS), e.g. a tumor, in a biological tissue. A hyperspectral camera system is used for imaging a surface area (A1) of the tissue (BT), e.g. with a limited spectral resolution, but enough to allow identification of suspicious areas where the target structure (TS) may be, e.g. such areas can be visually indicated on a display to the operator. A probe (PR), e.g. an optical surface probe, is used to provide probe measurement of a smaller surface area (A2) of the tissue, but with more information indicative of the target structure. The probe is selected to provide a higher specificity with respect to identification of the target structure than the hyperspectral camera (HSC). The hyperspectral processing algorithm (PP) is then calibrated based on probe measurement data performed within the suspicious areas, thus providing a calibrated hyperspectral processing algorithm resulting in images with an enhanced sensitivity to identify the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Johannes Joseph Hubertina Barbara Schleipen, Christian Reich, Gerhardus Eilhelmus Lucassen, Manfred Mueller, Vishnu Vardhan Pully
  • Publication number: 20210319616
    Abstract: A System for image processing (IPS), in particular for lung imaging The system (IPS) comprises an interface (IN) for receiving at least a part of a 3D image volume (VL) acquired by an imaging apparatus (IA1) of a lung (LG) of a subject (PAT) by exposing the subject (PAT) to a first interrogating signal. A layer definer (LD) of the system (IPS) is configured to define, in the 3D image volume, a layer object (LO) that includes a representation of a surface (S) of the lung (LG). A renderer (REN) of the system (IPS) is configured to render at least a part of the layer object (LO) in 3D at a rendering view (Vp) for visualization on a display device (DD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg SABCZYNSKI, Manfred MUELLER, Rafael WIEMKER
  • Publication number: 20210291709
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a support structure, a seat surface (14) and a molded polymeric frame (18). The frame has an edge region and the seat surface (14) is mounted to the frame (18) and the frame is mounted to the support structure. At least a portion of the edge region is flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Craig Martin Oomen, Samuel Smith, Manfred Mueller, Michael Long, Kelly Washburn, Robert A. Bratty
  • Publication number: 20210251504
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems and methods for determining a fundamental pulse wave velocity value for a vessel with minimized effect of reflections originating from the vessel network connected distal to the respective vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Manfred MÜLLER, Arjen VAN DER HORST, Jacob Roger HAARTSEN, Bruno Jean François FRACKOWIAK
  • Patent number: 11094409
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes a medical device configured to provide a function to a user, communicate via a wireless communication channel with one or more other devices, and send a signal to shift a medical device application from a locked state to an unlocked state. The system also includes a computing device having wireless communication channels and a processor and logic integrated with and/or executable by the processor. The logic is configured to cause the computing device to communicate with the medical device, execute the medical device application, and shift from the locked state to the unlocked state in response to receiving the signal from the medical device. Core functionality of the medical device application is disabled when the medical device application is in the locked state, and some functionality applicable to the medical device is enabled when the medical device application is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Dominik Ziegler, Manfred Mueller
  • Publication number: 20210236001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the context of renal denervation. In order to provide further improvement in relation to the outcome of renal denervation, an apparatus (10) for renal denervation preparation is provided that comprises an input unit (12), ha processing unit (14) and an output unit (16). The input unit is configured to receive first artery parameter data and second artery Ge parameter data. The first artery parameter data relates to artery stiffness of a renal artery part of a subject, and the second artery parameter In data relates to artery stiffness of a non-renal artery part of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Arjen VAN DER HORST, Maarten Petrus Joseph KUENEN, Manfred MÜLLER
  • Publication number: 20210227992
    Abstract: A load bearing surface includes a woven fabric surface and a carrier (18) overmolded onto the fabric surface. Portions of the woven fabric are bonded to the carriers(18) o as to remain fixed relative to the carrier during normal loading conditions and during abnormally high loading conditions. Other portions (14) of the woven fabric are bonded to the carrier so as to remain fixed relative to the carrier during normal loading conditions and to move or slip within the carrier, or to rupture, during abnormally high loading conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Craig Martin Oomen, Randy James Sayers, Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11045082
    Abstract: A catheter (12) has an image sensing system (S1-S5) for imaging the interior wall of a passageway in which the catheter is to be located. The catheter has a radial imaging system comprising a light source arrangement for generating a light output radially around the catheter and an image sensor for receiving the generally radial light after the light has been scattered back by the interior wall. The catheter is positioned within the passageway with a known position and orientation, for example a known angle with respect to the anterior-posterior plane along the length of the catheter, so that it is known where along the catheter length, and at which angular position around the catheter, it is close to the passageway wall. The light output has a different intensity at different radial directions and/or the catheter comprises a light transmission arrangement which gives rise to different transmission of the light output at different radial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11034332
    Abstract: A heater for vehicular sensors is configured to pass sensing energy and thereby permit placement of the heater directly over the sensing area in the path of the sensed energy. In this way, direct heating of the sensing area is provided minimizing the energy necessary to prevent icing and improving deicing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Manfred Mueller, Piotr Sliwa, Edward F. Bulgajewski
  • Publication number: 20210113154
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an endovascular device arrangement (1) comprising a vascular access port (10); an endovascular device (20) for inserting into a patient's blood vessel through said vascular access port; and a near-field communication module (15) including an antenna (17), wherein at least the antenna of the near-field communication module is located within the vascular access port; and the endovascular device comprises an electronic device (25) and an antenna arrangement (21) communicatively coupled to said electronic device for maintaining a near-field communication link between the electronic device and the near-field communication module whilst the endovascular device passes through the vascular access port, said antenna arrangement comprising an array of antenna elements (21) located along a shaft of the endovascular device (20), each of said antenna elements being communicatively coupled to said electronic device (25).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Joachim KAHLERT, Manfred MUELLER
  • Publication number: 20210085198
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure sensing device (10) comprising an optical fiber (12), the optical fiber (12) comprises a central axis (L) and at least one optical fiber core (14), the at least one optical fiber core (14) having one or more reflective FBG structures, and a coating (16) surrounding the optical fiber (12), the coating (16) having mechanical properties which are radially asymmetric along the central axis (L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Manfred MUELLER, Johannes Joseph Hubertina Barbara SCHLEIPEN