Patents by Inventor Paul M. Meadows

Paul M. Meadows 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: 10646714
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulator system is disclosed, the neurostimulator system comprising a hollow cylindrical electronics enclosure having a top, a bottom, and a side; a coil extending from a first part of the electronics enclosure; and at least one electrode operatively connected to the electronics enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig
  • Patent number: 10631779
    Abstract: A method for titrating a stimulation parameter for one or more electrode contacts in a system for stimulating a hypoglossal nerve of a patient includes activating one of the one or more electrode contacts to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve of the patient, obtaining a first and/or second physiological measurement from the patient, comparing the first and/or second physiological measurement to a first and/or second predetermined target value, adjusting a stimulation parameter for the one of the one or more electrode contacts if the first and/or second physiological measurement differs from the first and/or second predetermined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 10279185
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. Methods may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi
  • Patent number: 10195436
    Abstract: A system for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. The system may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig, Faisal N. Zaidi, Monir M. Elias
  • Publication number: 20180264269
    Abstract: A device comprises an implantable pulse generator having a plurality of stimulator outputs and a plurality of neutral electrodes. A lead splitter is configured to electronically map the stimulator outputs to the plurality of neutral electrodes. The present invention generally relates to implanted neurostimulation systems and, more particularly, to a lead splitter for neurostimulation systems and methods to increase the number of effective output channels of a single or multi-channel neurostimulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Meadows
  • Publication number: 20180250509
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcelo G. Lima, Paul M. Meadows, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 10004904
    Abstract: A device comprises an implantable pulse generator having a plurality of stimulator outputs and a plurality of neural electrodes. A lead splitter is configured to electronically map the stimulator outputs to the plurality of neural electrodes. The present invention generally relates to implanted neurostimulation systems and, more particularly, to a lead splitter for neurostimulation systems and methods to increase the number of effective output channels of a single or multi-channel neurostimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC
    Inventor: Paul M. Meadows
  • Patent number: 9987491
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Marcelo G. Lima, Paul M. Meadows, Jasper Benke
  • Publication number: 20180133474
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulator system is disclosed, the neurostimulator system comprising a hollow cylindrical electronics enclosure having a top, a bottom, and a side; a coil extending from a first part of the electronics enclosure; and at least one electrode operatively connected to the electronics enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig
  • Publication number: 20180126159
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. Methods may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi
  • Patent number: 9895541
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. Methods may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi
  • Patent number: 9884191
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulator system is disclosed, the neurostimulator system comprising a hollow cylindrical electronics enclosure having a top, a bottom, and a side; a coil extending from a first part of the electronics enclosure; and at least one electrode operatively connected to the electronics enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig
  • Patent number: 9849288
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulator system is disclosed, the neurostimulator system comprising a hollow cylindrical electronics enclosure having a top, a bottom, and a side; a coil extending from a first part of the electronics enclosure; and at least one electrode operatively connected to the electronics enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig
  • Publication number: 20170224988
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcelo G. Lima, Paul M. Meadows, Jasper Benke
  • Publication number: 20170216590
    Abstract: A system for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. The system may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig, Faisal N. Zaidi, Monir M. Elias
  • Publication number: 20170215791
    Abstract: A method for titrating a stimulation parameter for one or more electrode contacts in a system for stimulating a hypoglossal nerve of a patient includes activating one of the one or more electrode contacts to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve of the patient, obtaining a first and/or second physiological measurement from the patient, comparing the first and/or second physiological measurement to a first and/or second predetermined target value, adjusting a stimulation parameter for the one of the one or more electrode contacts if the first and/or second physiological measurement differs from the first and/or second predetermined target value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: ImThera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 9662496
    Abstract: A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Marcelo G. Lima, Paul M. Meadows, Jasper Benke
  • Patent number: 9662497
    Abstract: A system for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's Hypoglossal nerve and applying an electric signal through the electrode to at least one targeted motor efferent located within the Hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue. The system may also include the use of more than one contact to target more than one motor efferent and stimulating more than one muscle. The stimulation load to maintain the position of the tongue may be shared by each muscle. The position of the patient's tongue may be controlled in order to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Stanley R. Craig, Faisal N. Zaidi, Monir M. Elias
  • Patent number: 9656083
    Abstract: A method for titrating a stimulation parameter for one or more electrode contacts in a system for stimulating a hypoglossal nerve of a patient includes activating one of the one or more electrode contacts to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve of the patient, obtaining a first and/or second physiological measurement from the patient, comparing the first and/or second physiological measurement to a first and/or second predetermined target value, adjusting a stimulation parameter for the one of the one or more electrode contacts if the first and/or second physiological measurement differs from the first and/or second predetermined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Meadows, Marcelo G. Lima, Faisal N. Zaidi, Jasper Benke
  • Publication number: 20170120056
    Abstract: An implantable pulse generator includes a current steering capability that allows a clinician or patient to quickly determine a desired electrode stimulation pattern, including which electrodes of a group of electrodes within an electrode array should receive a stimulation current, including the amplitude, width and pulse repetition rate of such current. Movement of the selected group of electrodes is facilitated through the use of remotely generated directional signals, generated by a pointing device, such as a joystick. As movement of the selected group of electrodes occurs, current redistribution amongst the various electrode contacts takes place. The redistribution of stimulus amplitudes utilizes re-normalization of amplitudes so that the perceptual level remains fairly constant. This prevents the resulting paresthesia from falling below the perceptual threshold or above the comfort threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Carla Mann Woods, David K.L. Peterson, Paul M. Meadows, Gerald E. Loeb