Patents by Inventor Martin Mintchev

Martin Mintchev 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: 20200116596
    Abstract: An example of an apparatus and method for sampling food. The apparatus includes a sampling unit for collecting the food. The apparatus further includes a transfer unit connected to the sampling unit. In addition, the apparatus includes an extraction system and a valve disposed between the transfer chamber and the extraction chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Orly YADID-PECHT, Nikhil VASTEREY, Martin MINTCHEV, Jonathan WONG
  • Publication number: 20190110725
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus for minimally-invasive capillary blood extraction comprising an apparatus capable of the harnessing the energy from frequent natural mammalian movements and then converting it into forces needed to execute skin lancing, specifically an insertion of a lancet in the body of the mammal. The apparatus consists of a rotational and a translational member which work together to effectively translate an angular displacement of the rotational element caused by mammalian movements to translational displacement of a sliding element at an angle to the plane which the force from the mammal was applied in. The ability of the invention to harness free energy and efficiently use that energy for actuating a lancet and facilitating blood extraction allows for the miniaturization of blood sampling technology into a wearable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Wilkes, Gang Wang, Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht
  • Patent number: 9579227
    Abstract: An orally administrable implement for expanding in a stomach of an animal, including a mammal, to fill a space in the stomach, is provided for weight control. The implement includes: a fluid-permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension; and a plurality of clusters comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of swelling when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the implement is ingested, the fluid in the stomach enters the container causing the clusters therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: EAT LITTLE INC.
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20150335571
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an orally administrable implement comprising expandable material designed specifically to swell in a targeted gastrointestinal (GI) organ of a mammai, including human to form a pseudobezoar. The said pseudobezoar is integrated with a gastrointestinal transplant, whether synthetic or obtained from a donor. Upon swelling of the pseudobezoar in targeted organ GI organ, the gastrointestinal transplant integrated with it is delivered to the targeted gastrointestinal organ in a timed and controllable fashion. In one design, a feedback mechanism reporting on the delivery timing, pattern, and details can be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Orly Yadid-Pecht, Martin Mintchev
  • Patent number: 9107820
    Abstract: A device for delivering a substance in situ in a body comprising at least one permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension and having contained therein the substance to be delivered; and at least one expandable particle comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of expanding when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the device is positioned in situ, bodily fluid permeates the container causing the at least one expandable particle contained therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension so that the device remains in situ for a period of time sufficient to achieve the desired delivery of the substance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: EatLittle Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pechet, Michel Fattouche
  • Patent number: 9066877
    Abstract: Bezoar-forming units for forming at least one temporary bezoar in a gastrointestinal organ of an animal, including a mammal, to fill a space in the said organ, are provided for weight control. The units include biodegradable fiber-based configurations of various length and shape having a first dimension and a second dimension; whereby when the bezoar-forming units are located in the given gastrointestinal organ, at least one temporary, permeable bezoar is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Eat Little Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20150150544
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for capsule endoscopes with tools actuated by a combination of a shape memory alloy (SMA) element and a biasing element (e.g., spring). Apparatuses and methods for biopsies actuated by an SMA element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Applicant: UTI LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Dobromir Filip, Martin Mintchev, Christopher Andrews, Orly Yadid-Pecht
  • Publication number: 20140330210
    Abstract: A device for delivering a substance in situ in a body comprising at least one permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension and having contained therein the substance to be delivered; and at least one expandable particle comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of expanding when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the device is positioned in situ, bodily fluid permeates the container causing the at least one expandable particle contained therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension so that the device remains in situ for a period of time sufficient to achieve the desired delivery of the substance is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pechet, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20140148840
    Abstract: An orally administrable implement for expanding in a stomach of an animal, including a mammal, to fill a space in the stomach, is provided for weight control. The implement includes: a fluid-permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension; and a plurality of clusters comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of swelling when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the implement is ingested, the fluid in the stomach enters the container causing the clusters therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: EATLITTLE INC.
    Inventors: MARTIN MINTCHEV, ORLY YADID-PECHT, MICHEL FATTOUCHE
  • Publication number: 20110082419
    Abstract: Bezoar-forming units for forming at least one temporary bezoar in a gastrointestinal organ of an animal, including a mammal, to fill a space in the said organ, are provided for weight control. The units include biodegradable fiber-based configurations of various length and shape having a first dimension and a second dimension; whereby when the bezoar-forming units are located in the given gastrointestinal organ, at least one temporary, permeable bezoar is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: ELECTRONIC DIETARY FOODS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20100215732
    Abstract: An orally administrable implement for expanding in a stomach of an animal, including a mammal, to fill a space in the stomach, is provided for weight control. The implement includes: a fluid-permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension; and a plurality of clusters comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of swelling when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the implement is ingested, the fluid in the stomach enters the container causing the clusters therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20100145316
    Abstract: A device for delivering a substance in situ in a body comprising at least one permeable expandable container having a first dimension and a second dimension and having contained therein the substance to be delivered; and at least one expandable particle comprising a swellable material contained within the container and capable of expanding when contacted with a fluid; whereby when the device is positioned in situ, bodily fluid permeates the container causing the at least one expandable particle contained therein to swell and the container to expand from the first dimension to the second dimension so that the device remains in situ for a period of time sufficient to achieve the desired delivery of the substance is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: ELECTRONIC DIETARY FOODS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht, Michel Fattouche
  • Publication number: 20070078494
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for controlling motility of the gastrointestinal tract using an implantable medical system. In one technique, electrical stimulation is applied to a set of electrodes implanted in the gastrointestinal tract to induce a contraction that artificially propagates in a retrograde direction. The invocation of retrograde contractions or reverse peristalsis provides at least partial control over gastric emptying and thus, indirectly, satiety and food intake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventor: Martin Mintchev
  • Publication number: 20060231110
    Abstract: A capsule containing sensors for impedance and pH monitoring with wireless communication capabilities is presented. A low cost miniature microcontroller interfaces between the sensors and a wireless transmitter. Magnetic holding is proposed as an alternative to surgical affixation of the monitoring capsule. Pins provide additional support for the capsule. The capsule may be used to detect acid and non-acid reflux.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Inventor: Martin Mintchev
  • Publication number: 20060212086
    Abstract: A method of reducing gastric volume in a portion of a gastrointestinal tract having a longitudinal axis. The method comprises repeating a stimulation cycle comprising the steps of stimulating the gastrointestinal tract at a first location for a first stimulation period and stimulating the gastrointestinal tract at a second location on for a second stimulation period. In the disclosed method the first and second locations are axially spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis and the first and second stimulation periods are sufficient to maintain a gastric volume reduction in the portion of the gastrointestinal tract at least during the stimulation cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Emil Neshev
  • Publication number: 20060178557
    Abstract: Wireless capsule endoscope technology has been used to image portions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly the small bowel. However in other GI organs, especially those having larger-lumens, the capsule may become destabilized and tumble, precluding meaningful interpretation of the acquired images. The present invention describes a method and apparatus for permitting capsule imaging of organs having larger-lumens without tumbling, and includes an outer shell surrounding the capsule that targets the colon, as an example. Once the colon has been reached, the shell breaks or dissolves, and allows expansion of expandable materials attached to each end of the capsule, thereby stabilizing the capsule in the targeted organ, while permitting it to be moved by peristalsis and/or other means for locating the capsule. Imagers and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are activated during the expansion process, and enable overlapping of images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Orly Yadid-Pecht
  • Publication number: 20060169294
    Abstract: A swallowable electronic bolus or “pill” that can monitor any one or more of the following parameters in real time as the bolus moves through the esophagus: (i) acceleration of the bolus; (ii) velocity of the bolus; (iii) position of the bolus; and (iv) contractile force on the bolus that pushes it through the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Inventors: Karan Kaler, Martin Mintchev
  • Publication number: 20060152309
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for magnetically levitating and further steering of an intraluminal device, such as a swallowable microelectronic capsule, for monitoring bodily functions is provided. The method comprises diamagnetically-stabilized levitation, followed by dynamic modification of the external magnetic field producing the said levitation, so that the levitating intraluminal device can be steered in desired direction. The said intraluminal device contains appropriate sensors and reports in real time the forces and pressures exerted on it, as well as its position, so that the levitation and the steering can be dynamically adjusted using appropriate dynamic control of external magnetic devices such as solenoids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Billy Wu
  • Publication number: 20060142803
    Abstract: A method and a multichannel implantable device are described for partial or complete restoration of impaired gastrointestinal motility, or for disturbing and/or partially or completely blocking normal gastrointestinal motility using one or multiple microsystem-controlled channels of circumferentially arranged sets of two or more electrodes which provide externally-invoked synchronized electrical signals to the smooth muscles via the neural pathways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Applicant: University Technologies International Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Mintchev
  • Publication number: 20060116564
    Abstract: Disclosed is an esophageal catheter that is capable of simultaneously measuring impedance, hydrostatic pressure and contact pressure in an esophagus from peristaltic waves, esophageal fluid and the transit bolus in a single test episode. Circumferential impedance sensors include sensing electrodes that are oppositely disposed on the circumferential impedance sensor, and reference electrodes that are also oppositely disposed on the circumferential impedance sensor and interspersed between the sensing electrodes. Accurate impedance measurements can be made in this fashion in a transverse direction in the esophagus. A hydrostatic pressure sensor is disposed at the distal tip of the esophageal probe that has a rigid cover to protect the hydrostatic pressure sensor from contact pressures of the esophagus. In this manner, the hydrostatic pressure sensor can provide purely hydrostatic pressure data from the fluids in the esophagus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Inventors: Martin Mintchev, Karan Kaler, Orly Yadid-Pecht