Patents by Inventor Mark Christopherson

Mark Christopherson 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: 11806537
    Abstract: A system and method for treating sleep apnea includes inserting an implantable pulse generator subcutaneously within a body of a patient and connecting a lead to the pulse generator. The lead is inserted within the vasculature and advanced transvenously through the vasculature until a stimulation portion of the lead becomes positioned in close proximity to the hypoglossal nerve. A nerve-stimulation signal is applied to the hypoglossal nerve via the stimulation portion of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Patent number: 11806525
    Abstract: An electrode cuff includes a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion. The first elongate portion is configured to removably contact a length of a nerve while the second elongate portion extends outwardly at an angle relative to a first side edge of the first elongate portion to at least partially wrap about the nerve. The electrode cuff includes a first series of electrodes that is spaced apart longitudinally along the first elongate portion. A width of the second elongate portion is sized to fit between adjacent branches extending from a nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake D. Johnson, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20230248976
    Abstract: A method of detecting catheter movement includes positioning a first sensor in a first body cavity, monitoring a first parameter profile of the first body cavity, positioning a second sensor in a second body cavity, monitoring a second parameter profile of the second body cavity, the second parameter profile different than the first parameter profile at a first time, and, when the second parameter profile is the same as the first parameter profile at a second time after the first time, taking a catheter movement action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventors: Steven C. Christian, Mark R. Christianson, Mark A. Christopherson, Steven D. Goedeke, Paula Marcia Kaplan, Gabriela Cristina Molnar, David J. Serdar, Steven L. Waldhauser
  • Publication number: 20230069123
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems employ cryolysis of oropharyngeal adipose tissues to selectively remove fat cells from the tissues causing obstructive sleep apnea. In various embodiments, a chilled liquid—e.g., a liquid or air—is applied to the target tissue at a temperature and for a duration sufficient to cause cryolysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Inventors: Orhan SOYKAN, Mark CHRISTOPHERSON, Donald A. GONZALES, Stefan SKORICH, Guy VANNEY, Douglas KRONE
  • Publication number: 20220386934
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a stimulation location on a nerve is disclosed. The system includes an image-based navigation interface used to facilitate advancing a stimulation element within a patient body toward a target nerve stimulation site. Using the system one determines, separately for each potential target nerve stimulation site, a neuromuscular response of muscles produced upon applying a stimulation signal at the respective separate potential target stimulation sites. The image-based navigation interface is configured to display a graphic identification of which muscles were activated for each respective potential target nerve stimulation site upon applying the stimulation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Rondoni, Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 11511117
    Abstract: A stimulation protocol determination system includes an input module and a selector module. The input module is provided to receive an indication of an upper airway flow limitation via sensed respiratory effort information. The selection module is provided to automatically select, based on the indicated upper airway flow limitation, a stimulation protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20220296887
    Abstract: An electrode cuff includes a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion. The first elongate portion is configured to removably contact a length of a nerve while the second elongate portion extends outwardly at an angle relative to a first side edge of the first elongate portion to at least partially wrap about the nerve. The electrode cuff includes a first series of electrodes that is spaced apart longitudinally along the first elongate portion. A width of the second elongate portion is sized to fit between adjacent branches extending from a nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake D. Johnson, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20220160295
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically implementing a therapy for treating sleep disordered breathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicant: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Patent number: 11304648
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a stimulation location on a nerve is disclosed. The system includes an image-based navigation interface used to facilitate advancing a stimulation element within a patient body toward a target nerve stimulation site. Using the system one determines, separately for each potential target nerve stimulation site, a neuromuscular response of muscles produced upon applying a stimulation signal at the respective separate potential target stimulation sites. The image-based navigation interface is configured to display a graphic identification of which muscles were activated for each respective potential target nerve stimulation site upon applying the stimulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Rondoni, Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 11285315
    Abstract: An electrode cuff includes a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion. The first elongate portion is configured to removably contact a length of a nerve while the second elongate portion extends outwardly at an angle relative to a first side edge of the first elongate portion to at least partially wrap about the nerve. The electrode cuff includes a first series of electrodes that is spaced apart longitudinally along the first elongate portion. A width of the second elongate portion is sized to fit between adjacent branches extending from a nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake D. Johnson, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20220071802
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems employ cryolysis of oropharyngeal adipose tissues to selectively remove fat cells from the tissues causing obstructive sleep apnea. In various embodiments, a chilled liquid—e.g., a liquid or air—is applied to the target tissue at a temperature and for a duration sufficient to cause cryolysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: CRYOSA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark CHRISTOPHERSON, Orhan SOYKAN, Donald A. GONZALES, Stefan SKORICH
  • Publication number: 20220023647
    Abstract: A system and method for treating sleep apnea includes inserting an implantable pulse generator subcutaneously within a body of a patient and connecting a lead to the pulse generator. The lead is inserted within the vasculature and advanced transvenously through the vasculature until a stimulation portion of the lead becomes positioned in close proximity to the hypoglossal nerve. A nerve-stimulation signal is applied to the hypoglossal nerve via the stimulation portion of the lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20210290093
    Abstract: A treatment method for stimulating a nerve includes sensing pressure relating to an organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Christopherson, Timothy Herbert, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 11083899
    Abstract: A system and method for treating sleep apnea includes inserting an implantable pulse generator subcutaneously within a body of a patient and connecting a lead to the pulse generator. The lead is inserted within the vasculature and advanced transvenously through the vasculature until a stimulation portion of the lead becomes positioned in close proximity to the hypoglossal nerve. A nerve-stimulation signal is applied to the hypoglossal nerve via the stimulation portion of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20210204871
    Abstract: A device includes a handle, an expandable structure including a plurality of splines extending from a proximal hub to a distal hub, a first electrode on a first spline of the plurality of splines, an outer tube extending from the handle to the proximal hub, and a shaft extending through the outer tube from the handle to the distal hub. The expandable structure has a collapsed state and a self-expanded state. The handle is configured to retract the shaft. Retracting the shaft may expand the expandable structure outward of the self-expanded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Steven L. Waldhauser, Mark A. Christopherson, Mark R. Christianson
  • Patent number: 10952665
    Abstract: A device includes a handle, an expandable structure including a plurality of splines extending from a proximal hub to a distal hub, a first electrode on a first spline of the plurality of splines, an outer tube extending from the handle to the proximal hub, and a shaft extending through the outer tube from the handle to the distal hub. The expandable structure has a collapsed state and a self-expanded state. The handle is configured to retract the shaft. Retracting the shaft may expand the expandable structure outward of the self-expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cardionomic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Steven L. Waldhauser, Mark A. Christopherson, Mark R. Christianson
  • Patent number: 10932682
    Abstract: A method and system for sensing respiration in the treatment of sleep apnea is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Christopherson, Timothy Herbert, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 10888267
    Abstract: A method includes applying electrical stimulation therapy via an electrode relative to an upper-airway-patency-related nerve to treat obstructive sleep apnea. A level of the electrical stimulation therapy is assessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20200230404
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described and illustrated for percutaneously implanting a stimulation lead for treating sleep-related disordered breathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20200206513
    Abstract: A stimulation protocol determination system includes an input module and a selector module. The input module is provided to receive an indication of an upper airway flow limitation via sensed respiratory effort information. The selection module is provided to automatically select, based on the indicated upper airway flow limitation, a stimulation protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, John Rondoni