Patents by Inventor Paula M. Kaplan

Paula M. Kaplan 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: 20200254245
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulation system comprises a stimulation delivery lead and a neurostimulator. The stimulation delivery lead is coupled to an electrode. The neurostimulator is adapted to deliver a neurostimulation signal to the subject and comprises a microprocessor. The microprocessor is programmed to identify a stimulation operating window for the therapy including a first threshold and a second threshold. The second threshold comprises an awake level and an asleep level. Identifying the stimulation operating window comprises titrating a stimulation setting of the neurostimulator while the subject is awake until the first threshold and the awake level of the second threshold are identified. Identifying the stimulation operating window further comprises subsequently repeating the step of titrating the stimulation setting of the neurostimulator while the subject is asleep until the asleep level of the second threshold is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson, Peter R. Eastwood, David R. Hillman
  • Patent number: 10737094
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10632306
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson, Peter R. Eastwood, David R. Hillman
  • Publication number: 20190151656
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10105538
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cyberonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20180008824
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Cyberonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson, Peter R. Eastwood, David R. Hillman
  • Patent number: 9744354
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson, Peter R. Eastwood, David R. Hillman
  • Patent number: 8428727
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for maintaining patency of an upper airway of a patient to treat obstructive sleep apnea may include delivering an electrical stimulation to a portion of a superior laryngeal nerve via a nerve cuff when the nerve cuff is adjacent an external surface of the superior laryngeal nerve, the nerve cuff having a plurality of electrodes, wherein the nerve cuff is configured to be connected to an electrical stimulator via a stimulation lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apnex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Bruce J. Persson, Robert E. Atkinson, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Brian D. Kuhnley, Keith E. Jasperson, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Christopher K. Thorp
  • Patent number: 8417343
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for nerve stimulation for OSA therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Apnex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Bruce J. Persson, Robert E. Atkinson, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Brian D. Kuhnley, Keith E. Jasperson, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Christopher K. Thorp
  • Patent number: 8369965
    Abstract: A medical system for electrical stimulation includes a first column of electrodes, a second column of electrodes, an expandable member disposed between first and second columns, and an expansion mechanism adapted to transmit an externally applied pressure to the expandable member. The pressure expands the expandable member in order to force the first column of electrodes apart from the second column of electrodes. The first and second columns, disposed side-by-side, may be inserted through a percutaneous needle and into a epidural space, alongside a spinal cord; after insertion, the first column may be forced apart from the second column by applying the pressure to the expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Stephen L. Bolea, Paula M. Kaplan, Mary M. Morris
  • Publication number: 20110202106
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for nerve stimulation for OSA therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Bruce J. Persson, Robert E. Atkinson, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Brian D. Kuhnley, Keith E. Jasperson, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Christopher K. Thorp
  • Publication number: 20110160794
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20110029056
    Abstract: A medical system for electrical stimulation includes a first column of electrodes, a second column of electrodes, an expandable member disposed between first and second columns, and an expansion mechanism adapted to transmit an externally applied pressure to the expandable member. The pressure expands the expandable member in order to force the first column of electrodes apart from the second column of electrodes. The first and second columns, disposed side-by-side, may be inserted through a percutaneous needle and into a epidural space, alongside a spinal cord; after insertion, the first column may be forced apart from the second column by applying the pressure to the expandable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Stephen L. Bolea, Paula M. Kaplan, Mary M. Morris
  • Patent number: 7797054
    Abstract: A medical system for electrical stimulation includes a first column of electrodes, a second column of electrodes, an expandable member disposed between first and second columns, and an expansion mechanism adapted to transmit an externally applied pressure to the expandable member. The pressure expands the expandable member in order to force the first column of electrodes apart from the second column of electrodes. The first and second columns, disposed side-by-side, may be inserted through a percutaneous needle and into a epidural space, alongside a spinal cord; after insertion, the first column may be forced apart from the second column by applying the pressure to the expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Stephen L. Bolea, Paula M. Kaplan, Mary M. Morris
  • Patent number: 7761170
    Abstract: An implantable lead has a lead body construction designed to accommodate loading forces exerted on the lead body during patient movement. The lead body may be sufficiently stretchable to resist forces that could otherwise cause lead failure, axial migration of the electrodes, anchor damage, or tissue damage. Increasing stretchability of a lead body can also increase the vulnerability of the lead body to flex fatigue, buckling fatigue, kinking, and crush. Therefore, the lead described herein includes conductors that comprise coiled wires positioned substantially parallel to a center axis of the lead. The conductors described herein may be coiled around fibers that limit the axial stiffness of the coiled wires to ensure full recovery from axial loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula M. Kaplan, Thomas E. Cross, Jr., Stephen L. Bolea, James M. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20100174341
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of neurostimulation for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Brian D. Kuhnley, Dale G. Suilmann, Bruce J. Persson, John P. Beck, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Adam K. Hoyhtya, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20080172117
    Abstract: A medical system for electrical stimulation includes a first column of electrodes, a second column of electrodes, an expandable member disposed between first and second columns, and an expansion mechanism adapted to transmit an externally applied pressure to the expandable member. The pressure expands the expandable member in order to force the first column of electrodes apart from the second column of electrodes. The first and second columns, disposed side-by-side, may be inserted through a percutaneous needle and into a epidural space, alongside a spinal cord; after insertion, the first column may be forced apart from the second column by applying the pressure to the expandable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Stephen L. Bolea, Paula M. Kaplan, Mary M. Morris
  • Patent number: RE48024
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for nerve stimulation for OSA therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Bruce J. Persson, Robert E. Atkinson, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Brian D. Kuhnley, Keith E. Jasperson, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Christopher K. Thorp
  • Patent number: RE48025
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for maintaining patency of an upper airway of a patient to treat obstructive sleep apnea may include delivering an electrical stimulation to a portion of a superior laryngeal nerve via a nerve cuff when the nerve cuff is adjacent an external surface of the superior laryngeal nerve, the nerve cuff having a plurality of electrodes, wherein the nerve cuff is configured to be connected to an electrical stimulator via a stimulation lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LivaNova USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bolea, Thomas B. Hoegh, Bruce J. Persson, Robert E. Atkinson, Sidney F. Hauschild, Paula M. Kaplan, Brian D. Kuhnley, Keith E. Jasperson, Wondimeneh Tesfayesus, Christopher K. Thorp