Patents by Inventor Urban Schnell

Urban Schnell 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: 20200196858
    Abstract: Improved optical coherence tomography systems and methods to measure thickness of the retina are presented. The systems may be compact, handheld, provide in-home monitoring, allow the patient to measure himself or herself, and be robust enough to be dropped while still measuring the retina reliably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: ACUCELA INC.
    Inventors: Lukas Scheibler, Matthias Pfister, Urban Schnell, Stefan Troller, Ryo Kubota
  • Patent number: 10610096
    Abstract: Improved optical coherence tomography systems and methods to measure thickness of the retina are presented. The systems may be compact, handheld, provide in-home monitoring, allow the patient to measure himself or herself, and be robust enough to be dropped while still measuring the retina reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ACUCELA INC.
    Inventors: Lukas Scheibler, Matthias Pfister, Urban Schnell, Stefan Troller, Ryo Kubota
  • Publication number: 20190361269
    Abstract: A meniscus shaped lens module comprises one or more structures that decrease an amount of pressure or force to move one or more surfaces of the lens module and increase a separation distance of anterior and posterior surfaces of the module in order to provide an increase in optical power. A lens structure of the module comprises one or more of a pattern of a surface of a central chamber, a meniscus, a reduced diameter or a soft material in order to provide increased amounts of curvature of an outer contact lens surface with decreased amounts of pressure. The pattern can be formed in one or more of many ways, and may comprise one or more of folds, patterning, bellows or concertinaed surface of an optically transmissive material having a substantially uniform thickness such as a sheet of a membrane material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: OneFocus Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. WAITE, Amitava GUPTA, Urban SCHNELL, Jean-Christophe ROULET, Michel SAINT-GHISLAIN, Stefan TROLLER
  • Publication number: 20190361270
    Abstract: An accommodating contact lens comprises a variable focus optical module, which comprises an optical chamber and one or more eyelid engaging chambers coupled to the optical chamber with one or more extensions comprising channels extending between the optical chamber and the more eyelid engaging chambers. The module may comprise a self-supporting module capable of supporting itself prior to placement in a contact lens to facilitate placement prior to encapsulation in the contact lens. The module may comprise one or more optically transmissive materials, provides improved optical correction, and can be combined with soft contact lens materials such as hydrogels. In many embodiments, the module comprises a support structure extending between an upper membrane and a lower membrane in order to provide variable optical power accurately with decreased amounts distortion and improved responsiveness to eyelid induced pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: OneFocus Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Steven B. WAITE, Amitava GUPTA, Urban SCHNELL
  • Patent number: 10379383
    Abstract: An accommodating contact lens module is provided for use with an accommodating contact lens. Components of the accommodating contact lens module can be manufactured and assembled with low distortion optics to provide improved vision. The module comprises a self-supporting module capable of being grasped by one of the components and placed in a mold without distorting the optical components of the module when placed. The module is compatible with soft contact lens materials, and compatible with soft contact lens manufacturing processes such as molding of hydrogels and silicones. The module may comprise one or more of many components that can be placed in the mold together. These components can be placed in the mold for encapsulation in order to provide accurate optical correction of the eye of the subject, for both far vision and near vision. In many embodiments, the module is inspected prior to placement in the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ONEFOCUS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Steven B. Waite, Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell
  • Patent number: 10338411
    Abstract: An accommodating contact lens comprises a variable focus optical module, which comprises an optical chamber and one or more eyelid engaging chambers coupled to the optical chamber with one or more extensions comprising channels extending between the optical chamber and the more eyelid engaging chambers. The module may comprise a self-supporting module capable of supporting itself prior to placement in a contact lens to facilitate placement prior to encapsulation in the contact lens. The module may comprise one or more optically transmissive materials, provides improved optical correction, and can be combined with soft contact lens materials such as hydrogels. In many embodiments, the module comprises a support structure extending between an upper membrane and a lower membrane in order to provide variable optical power accurately with decreased amounts distortion and improved responsiveness to eyelid induced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: OneFocus Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Steven B. Waite, Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell
  • Patent number: 10322028
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering therapeutic agent to an eye comprises a body, a cannula, a hollow needle, an actuation assembly, and a detection/visualization system. The cannula extends distally from the body and is sized and configured to be insertable between a choroid and a sclera of a patient's eye. The actuation assembly is operable to actuate the needle relative to the cannula to thereby drive a distal portion of the needle along an exit axis. The cannula may be inserted through a sclerotomy incision and advanced through the choroid to deliver the therapeutic agent adjacent to the potential space between the neurosensory retina and the retinal pigment epithelium layer. The detection/visualization system is operable to detect or visualize penetration of the choroid of a patient's eye and provide feedback to the operator and/or automatic control of the apparatus based on penetration of the choroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ORBIT BIOMEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Brendan J. Oberkircher, Saeed Sokhanvar, Daniel J. Yasevac, Michel Bruehwiler, Leah R. Soffer, Gregory W. Johnson, William D. Dannaher, Stefan Troller, Urban Schnell, Jean Christophe Roulet, Alain Saurer, Michael F. Keane
  • Publication number: 20190167073
    Abstract: A micro-endoscope and method of making the same includes a mounting housing, a camera module received within the mounting housing, and an encapsulation material interposed between the camera module and the mounting housing for fixedly mounting the camera module within the mounting housing and/or inhibiting the passage of light between the camera module and the mounting housing. The micro-endoscope further includes a light guide having the mounting housing received therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Stefan Troller, Urban Schnell, Matthias Pfister, Michel Saint-Ghislain
  • Publication number: 20190167072
    Abstract: A micro-endoscope and method of making the same includes a mounting housing, a camera module received within the mounting housing, and an encapsulation material interposed between the camera module and the mounting housing for fixedly mounting the camera module within the mounting housing and/or inhibiting the passage of light between the camera module and the mounting housing. The micro-endoscope further includes a light guide having the mounting housing received therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Stefan Troller, Urban Schnell, Matthias Pfister, Michel Saint-Ghislain
  • Patent number: 10302968
    Abstract: A meniscus shaped lens module comprises one or more structures that decrease an amount of pressure or force to move one or more surfaces of the lens module and increase a separation distance of anterior and posterior surfaces of the module in order to provide an increase in optical power. A lens structure of the module comprises one or more of a pattern of a surface of a central chamber, a meniscus, a reduced diameter or a soft material in order to provide increased amounts of curvature of an outer contact lens surface with decreased amounts of pressure. The pattern can be formed in one or more of many ways, and may comprise one or more of folds, patterning, bellows or concertinaed surface of an optically transmissive material having a substantially uniform thickness such as a sheet of a membrane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ONEFOCUS VISION, INC.
    Inventors: Steven B. Waite, Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell, Jean-Christophe Roulet, Michel Saint-Ghislain, Stefan Troller
  • Publication number: 20190064546
    Abstract: An accommodating contact lens comprises a variable focus optical module, which comprises an optical chamber and one or more eyelid engaging chambers coupled to the optical chamber with one or more extensions comprising channels extending between the optical chamber and the more eyelid engaging chambers. The module may comprise a self-supporting module capable of supporting itself prior to placement in a contact lens to facilitate placement prior to encapsulation in the contact lens. The module may comprise one or more optically transmissive materials, provides improved optical correction, and can be combined with soft contact lens materials such as hydrogels. In many embodiments, the module comprises a support structure extending between an upper membrane and a lower membrane in order to provide variable optical power accurately with decreased amounts distortion and improved responsiveness to eyelid induced pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Steve B. Waite, Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell
  • Publication number: 20180325770
    Abstract: A device and method for desynchronizing a patient's neuronal brain activity in which the neuron population is firing in a pathologically synchronized manner. The device includes a stimulation unit that generates an acoustic stimulation signal that includes both a first tone and a second tone. The first tone is provided to shift the phase of the neuronal brain activity of a first subpopulation of the neuron population relative to the phase of the neuronal brain activity of a second subpopulation of the neuron population when the first tone is acoustically received by the patient. Further, the second tone is provided to shift the phase of the neuronal brain activity of the second subpopulation relative to the phase of the neuronal brain activity of the first subpopulation when the second tone is acoustically received by the patient. As a result, the acoustic stimulation signal desynchronizes the stimulated neuron population.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Peter A. TASS, Hans-Joachim FREUND, Oleksandr POPOVYCH, Birgit Utako BARNIKOL, Joel NIEDERHAUSER, Jean-Christophe ROULET, Urban SCHNELL
  • Patent number: 10114232
    Abstract: A fluid lens assembly including a front rigid lens, a semi-flexible membrane that is adapted to be expanded from a minimum inflation level to a maximum inflation level, and a fluid layer therebetween. The front lens of the fluid lens assembly is configured to have a negative optical power. In an embodiment, the fluid lens assembly may be configured to have an overall negative optical power when the membrane is expanded to the maximum inflation level. In an embodiment, the fluid lens assembly can be configured to have an overall negative optical power when the membrane is expanded between the minimum inflation level and the maximum inflation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Adlens Beacon, Inc.
    Inventors: Amitava Gupta, William Egan, Lisa Nibauer, Frank Stangota, Bruce Decker, Thomas M. McGuire, Urban Schnell, Karim Haroud, Hans Jaeger, Matthew Wallace Peterson, Daniel Senatore
  • Publication number: 20180271363
    Abstract: Improved optical coherence tomography systems and methods to measure thickness of the retina are presented. The systems may be compact, handheld, provide in-home monitoring, allow the patient to measure himself or herself, and be robust enough to be dropped while still measuring the retina reliably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Lukas SCHEIBLER, Matthias PFISTER, Urban SCHNELL, Stefan TROLLER, Ryo KUBOTA
  • Publication number: 20180267333
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for an adjustable fluid-filled lens is provided. In some embodiments, the actuator assembly includes a clamp configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid lens module when the clamp is compressed. In some embodiments, a magnetic element is configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a plunger changes the optical power of the fluid lens module. In some embodiments, a reservoir is configured such that deformation of the reservoir changes the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a balloon is configured to deform the reservoir. In some embodiments, an adjustable fluid-filled lens includes a septum configured to be pierceable by a needle and automatically and fluidly seal a fluid chamber after withdrawal of the needle. In some embodiments, a thermal element can heat fluid within a fluid chamber to change an optical power of the lens module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: William Egan, Karim Haroud, Lisa Nibauer, Matthew Peterson, Urban Schnell, Daniel Senatore
  • Patent number: 10018855
    Abstract: An accommodating contact lens comprises a variable focus optical module, which comprises an optical chamber and one or more eyelid engaging chambers coupled to the optical chamber with one or more extensions comprising channels extending between the optical chamber and the more eyelid engaging chambers. The module may comprise a self-supporting module capable of supporting itself prior to placement in a contact lens to facilitate placement prior to encapsulation in the contact lens. The module may comprise one or more optically transmissive materials, provides improved optical correction, and can be combined with soft contact lens materials such as hydrogels. In many embodiments, the module comprises a support structure extending between an upper membrane and a lower membrane in order to provide variable optical power accurately with decreased amounts distortion and improved responsiveness to eyelid induced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ONEFOCUS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Steve B. Waite, Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell
  • Patent number: 9987191
    Abstract: A device and method for desynchronizing a patient's neuronal brain activity in which the neuron population is firing in a pathologically synchronized manner. The device includes a stimulation unit that generates an acoustic stimulation signal that includes both a first tone and a second tone. The first tone is provided to shift the phase of the neuronal brain activity of a first subpopulation of the neuron population relative to the phase of the neuronal brain activity of a second subpopulation of the neuron population when the first tone is acoustically received by the patient. Further, the second tone is provided to shift the phase of the neuronal brain activity of the second subpopulation relative to the phase of the neuronal brain activity of the first subpopulation when the second tone is acoustically received by the patient. As a result, the acoustic stimulation signal desynchronizes the stimulated neuron population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
    Inventors: Peter A. Tass, Urban Schnell, Jean-Christophe Roulet, Oleksandr Popovych, Joel Niederhauser, Hans-Joachim Freund, Birgit U. Barnikol
  • Patent number: 9977261
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for an adjustable fluid-filled lens is provided. In some embodiments, the actuator assembly includes a clamp configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid lens module when the clamp is compressed. In some embodiments, a magnetic element is configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a plunger changes the optical power of the fluid lens module. In some embodiments, a reservoir is configured such that deformation of the reservoir changes the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a balloon is configured to deform the reservoir. In some embodiments, an adjustable fluid-filled lens includes a septum configured to be pierceable by a needle and automatically and fluidly seal a fluid chamber after withdrawal of the needle. In some embodiments, a thermal element can heat fluid within a fluid chamber to change an optical power of the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Adlens Beacon, Inc.
    Inventors: William Egan, Karim Haroud, Lisa Nibauer, Matthew Peterson, Urban Schnell, Daniel Senatore
  • Patent number: 9939659
    Abstract: A non-round fluid lens assembly includes a non-round rigid lens and a flexible membrane attached to the non-round rigid lens, such that a cavity is formed between the non-round rigid lens and the flexible membrane. A reservoir in fluid communication with the cavity allows a fluid to be transferred into and out of the cavity so as to change the optical power of the fluid lens assembly. In an embodiment, a front surface of the non-round rigid lens is aspheric. Additionally or alternatively, a thickness of the flexible membrane may be contoured so that it changes shape in a spheric manner when fluid is transferred between the cavity and the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Adlens Beacon, Inc.
    Inventors: Amitava Gupta, Urban Schnell, Karim Haroud, Hans Jaeger
  • Publication number: 20170371182
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for an adjustable fluid-filled lens is provided. In some embodiments, the actuator assembly includes a clamp configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid lens module when the clamp is compressed. In some embodiments, a magnetic element is configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a plunger changes the optical power of the fluid lens module. In some embodiments, a reservoir is configured such that deformation of the reservoir changes the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a balloon is configured to deform the reservoir. In some embodiments, an adjustable fluid-filled lens includes a septum configured to be pierceable by a needle and automatically and fluidly seal a fluid chamber after withdrawal of the needle. In some embodiments, a thermal element can heat fluid within a fluid chamber to change an optical power of the lens module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: William Egan, Karim Haroud, Lisa Nibauer, Matthew Peterson, Urban Schnell, Daniel Senatore