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).

  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200146620
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically implementing a therapy for treating sleep disordered breathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Patent number: 10583297
    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: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20200069935
    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: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: BLAKE D. JOHNSON, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20200030609
    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: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, John Rondoni
  • Patent number: 10543366
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described and illustrated for percutaneously implanting a stimulation lead for treating sleep-related disordered breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni, John Rondoni
  • Patent number: 10448884
    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: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cardionomic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Mark A. Christopherson, David J. Serdar, Steven C. Christian
  • Publication number: 20190193288
    Abstract: An ergonomically designed, auto-retracting utility knife that can safely remain in the user's hand while performing non cutting tasks. This invention allows a person to continue with the jobs they were performing by having the ability to use both hands and not having to set the utility knife down between manual tasks, thus saving time and increasing efficiency. An auto-retracting blade decreases the risk lacerations and other hand/wrist injuries to the user and others during routine use of the knife.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Gordon Hooper, Rodney Miller, David Christopherson
  • Patent number: 10286206
    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: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake D. Johnson, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20190134384
    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: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Blake D. Johnson, Mark Christopherson, John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 10188343
    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: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cardionomic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Mark A. Christopherson, David J. Serdar, Steven C. Christian
  • Publication number: 20190009093
    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: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20180296829
    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: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni
  • Publication number: 20180220921
    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: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Rondoni, Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni
  • Publication number: 20180169414
    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: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Mark A. Christopherson, David J. Serdar, Steven C. Christian
  • Publication number: 20180161577
    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: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Steven D. Goedeke, Mark A. Christopherson, David J. Serdar, Steven C. Christian
  • Publication number: 20180103860
    Abstract: A method and system for sensing respiration in the treatment of sleep apnea is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Christopherson, Timothy Herbert, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 9888864
    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: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rondoni, Mark A. Christopherson, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 9889299
    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: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Quan Ni, Mark A. Christopherson, Timothy P. Herbert, John Rondoni