Placed In Body Patents (Class 607/116)
  • Patent number: 10729456
    Abstract: A reservoir of a system for deploying an implantable lead to an extravascular location delivers a flow of fluid through a lumen of one or both of a tunneling tool and an introducer of the system. In some cases, the tunneling tool includes a pressure sensor assembly for monitoring a change in a pressure of the flow through the lumen thereof. Alternately, or in addition, a flow-controlled passageway, through which the flow of fluid from the reservoir is delivered to the lumen of the introducer, includes a compliant chamber to hold a reserve of the fluid. Fluid from the reserve may be drawn into the lumen of the introducer as the tunneling tool is withdrawn therefrom. Alternately, the introducer may include a chamber located between two seals, wherein fluid that fills the chamber is drawn distally into the lumen of the introducer, as the tunneling tool is withdrawn therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Drake, Kenneth C. Gardeski, Zhongping Yang, Rick D. McVenes
  • Patent number: 10729901
    Abstract: Biomaterials, such as hydrogels, can be mechanically secured to an electrode of an implantable device using a non-swellable shell. Hydrogel can be applied to an electrode surface and then mechanically constrained in place by a non-swellable shell. The non-swellable material can be secured to a substrate supporting an electrode or can otherwise surround an electrode and the hydrogel. The non-swellable shell can include openings or passthroughs that allow for electrical conduction across the non-swellable shell. The hydrogel can extend out of the openings to contact adjacent biological tissue. In some cases, an outer layer of hydrogel can surround the non-swellable shell and connected to the inner layer of hydrogel through the openings of the non-swellable shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Huanfen Yao, Kimberly Kam, Daniel Otts
  • Patent number: 10716947
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an implantable electronic device. The device includes a housing and a header connector assembly coupled to the housing. The header connector assembly includes a DF4/IS4 assembly and a header including a bore. The DF4/IS4 assembly is locked within the bore via a locking datum arrangement that exists between the DF4/IS4 assembly and the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Sheldon, Armando M. Cappa, Christopher J. Fleck, Arees Garabed
  • Patent number: 10715938
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes: a hearing aid housing with a connector socket; and an earpiece connector with a connector plug; wherein the connector plug of the earpiece connector is configured to releasably couple to the connector socket of the hearing aid housing for connecting the earpiece connector to the hearing aid housing; and wherein the connector plug of the earpiece connector comprises a connector plug body having a deadbolt movably arranged in the connector plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventors: Laurids Egedal Kirchhoff, Anders Hjermø Michaelsen
  • Patent number: 10709886
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes a body having distal and proximal end portions, a longitudinal length, at least one anchoring lumen, and at least one open slot spaced apart from each end of the lead body. Each anchoring lumen is open at a slot and extends both distally and proximally from the slot. The lead also includes electrodes; terminals; conductors electrically coupling the terminals to the electrodes; and at least one anchoring element at least partially disposed in an anchoring lumen. Each anchoring element includes at least one bent portion biased to extend an extension portion of the anchoring element out of a slot when the anchoring element is in a deployed position and can retract the extension portion into an anchoring lumen when the anchoring element is in a constrained position. The lead further includes an attachment member attached to each anchoring element and disposed proximal to each slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Koji Nagaoka, Jacob B. Leven, Abraham Molina Ortega
  • Patent number: 10695564
    Abstract: A flexible sheet for neurostimulation is described having a flexible non-conductive substrate matrix in which electrodes are embedded along a lower surface. Electrically conductive wires extend from the electrodes through the flexible substrate to another exterior surface of the substrate. Methods of making the flexible sheet and making a device using the flexible sheet are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: John Bartholomew, Jeffrey Friend
  • Patent number: 10695567
    Abstract: A neurostimulation paddle lead, method of neurostimulation, and neurostimulation system are provided. The neurostimulation paddle lead carries a plurality of electrodes comprising at least four columns of electrodes having a spacing between two inner electrode columns less than a spacing between the inner electrode columns and adjacent outer electrode columns. The inner electrode columns may also be longitudinally offset from the outer electrode columns. The methods and neurostimulation systems steer current between the electrodes to modify a medial-lateral electrical field created adjacent spinal cord tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Dongchul Lee, Kerry Bradley, David K. L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10639483
    Abstract: A subcutaneously implantable device includes a housing, a clip attached to a top side of the housing, and an electrode. The clip is configured to anchor the device to a muscle, a bone, and/or a first tissue. The electrode is configured to contact an organ, a nerve, the first tissue, and/or a second tissue. Circuitry in the housing is in electrical communication with the electrode and is configured to sense an electrical signal from the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; deliver electrical stimulation to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; and/or deliver a signal to a drug pump to provide a targeted or systemic therapeutic drug to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Manicka Institute LLC
    Inventor: Yatheendhar D. Manicka
  • Patent number: 10639097
    Abstract: Extraction devices for extracting chronically implanted devices such as leadless cardiac pacemakers (LCP). In some cases, the extraction devices may be configured to cut, tear or ablate through at least some of the tissue ingrowth around and/or over the chronically implanted device such that a retrieval feature on the chronically implanted device may be grasped for removal of the chronically implanted device. Implantable medical devices such as LCPs may include features that facilitate their removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Allan Charles Shuros, Arjun D. Sharma, Brian Soltis
  • Patent number: 10639472
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for manufacturing at least one implant for focal electrical stimulation of a nervous structure, said implant being of the type including in a supporting structure a network of cavities at the bottom of which are placed microelectrodes, the cavities being bounded by walls erected and located around the microelectrodes, the supporting structure being produced beforehand by implementing the following steps: deposition and etching, in a planar manner, on an insulating substrate, of electrical contacts, of electrical tracks and of microelectrodes, first tracks electrically connecting the microelectrodes and the electrical contacts, second electrical tracks being electrically connected to a ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Chambre de Commerce et D'Industrie de Region Paris Ile de France (ESIEE Paris), Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie (Paris 6), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM)
    Inventors: Lionel Rousseau, Gaëlle Lissorgues, Myline Cottance, Serge Picaud, Julie Degardin
  • Patent number: 10632310
    Abstract: An electronic stimulation device is adapted for electrically stimulating a target zone of an organism. The electronic stimulation device comprises at least one electronic stimulation unit. The electronic stimulation unit includes at least one first electrode and at least one second electrode. The electronic stimulation unit receives an electrical stimulation signal to impel the first electrode and the second electrode to generate an electric field. The range of the electric field covers the target zone, and the electric field strength ranges from 100 V/m to 1000 V/m. The target zone is selected from the group consisting of a dorsal root and a dorsal root entry zone of a spinal cord, and the electronic stimulation unit is configured to be disposed in an anatomical space of the organism, and said anatomical space is selected from the group consisting of a spinal canal, a lateral recess and an epidural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GIMER MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Heng Chang
  • Patent number: 10625072
    Abstract: A method of monitoring electrical stimulation includes electrically stimulating tissue of a patient using at least one electrode of an implanted electrical stimulation lead. A distal portion of the electrical stimulation lead is disposed adjacent to the tissue of the patient to be stimulated. The electrical stimulation lead includes the at least one electrode and at least one light receiver disposed along the distal portion of the electrical stimulation lead. The method also includes receiving light from the tissue at the at least one light receiver of the lead. Other methods include emitting light from the lead to induce the emission of light or electrical signals from the tissue which are then received by the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Raul Enrique Serrano Carmona
  • Patent number: 10617354
    Abstract: An electrode system for sensing biometric signals from a body region of a user and a method of manufacture thereof, the electrode system comprising: a substrate comprising a reference region and a signal communication region, the signal communication region including a set of conductive leads; a set of biosensing contacts coupled to the set of conductive leads; a non-conductive region ensheathing each of the set of biosensing contacts, the non-conductive region including: a set of openings that expose at least a portion of each of the set of biosensing contacts for interfacing with the body region of the user, upon coupling of the electrode system to the user; a first bonding layer that couples the substrate to a fabric base; and a second bonding layer coupled to the first bonding, wherein the substrate is hermetically sealed between the first bonding layer and the second bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAD Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: James Artel Berg, Chris Glaister, Dhananja Pradhan Jayalath, Hamid Hameed Butt, Gaston MacMillan, Christopher John Wiebe
  • Patent number: 10596375
    Abstract: A cochlear implant device comprises a receiver, a processing device, a first electrode and a second electrode. The receiver is configured to receive outside voice signal. The processing device is coupled to the receiver, configured to receive and transfer the voice signal to an electrical stimulation signal. The first electrode connects to the processing device, disposed on stapes footplate ligament or oval window. The second electrode connects to the processing device, disposed on round window. Wherein the electrical stimulation signal is applied to stapes footplate ligament, oval window or round window to stimulate acoustic nerve through the first electrode or the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Chia-Fone Lee, Yuan-Fang Chou, Chung-Yu Wu, Ming-Dou Ker, Chung-Chih Hung, Xin-Hong Qian
  • Patent number: 10576292
    Abstract: An Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) operable as a Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) is disclosed which is mountable to the skull of a DBS patient, and which therefore is much closer to the site of intended therapy. The IPG includes an electronics section, a charging coil section, a connector block section configured to connect to the proximal end of implanted leads, and an electrode wire section connecting the connector block section to the electronics section. The electronic section includes a housing that is positionable into a hole formed in the patient's skull. Once so positioned, the housing may be affixed to the skull via bone screws. The charging coil section may be separate from and non-overlapping with the electronics section, or the charging coil section may encircle the electronics section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: William G. Orinski
  • Patent number: 10576291
    Abstract: A subcutaneously implantable device includes a housing, a clip attached to a top side of the housing, and an electrode. The clip is configured to anchor the device to a muscle, a bone, and/or a first tissue. The electrode is configured to contact an organ, a nerve, the first tissue, and/or a second tissue. Circuitry in the housing is in electrical communication with the electrode and is configured to sense an electrical signal from the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; deliver electrical stimulation to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; and/or deliver a signal to a drug pump to provide a targeted or systemic therapeutic drug to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Manicka Institute LLC
    Inventor: Yatheendhar D. Manicka
  • Patent number: 10555722
    Abstract: A CMUT transducer array comprising a first column (58) of spaced CMUT cells on at least one silicon island, a second column (58) of spaced CMUT cells on at least one further silicon island, the second column being staggered in alignment with the first column such that cells of the second column are partially located in spaces between successive cells of the first column, the first column and the second column being spaced apart by a gap, and a flexible foil retaining the respective silicon islands, the flexible foil comprising conductive interconnects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Adrianus Henneken, Marcus Cornelis Louwerse, Ronald Dekker
  • 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: 10525600
    Abstract: Robotic system includes a control system and a slave device which is controlled by the control system. The slave device has a robotic grasping device formed of a rigid base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects. At least one sensor is provided which senses a force applied to the finger. A cutting tool having a cutting jaw is also attached to the base. The cutting jaw is arranged to pivot on a pivot axis responsive to a pivot motion of the finger. The forces exerted on the cutting jaw are sensed with the sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer, Michael E. Bowman, Nicholas Murphy-DuBay, Loran J. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10525257
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body; terminals disposed along the proximal portion of the lead body; electrodes disposed along the distal portion of the lead body, the electrodes including at least one segmented electrode; and an asymmetric marker disposed along the distal portion of the lead body and including a first ring and a longitudinal band extending longitudinally from the first ring. The asymmetric marker and lead body are formed of different materials that are distinguishable from each other in the radiological images to facilitate radiological determination of the rotational orientation of the lead when implanted. The marker may also include one or more of a longitudinal extension, a second ring, and non-straight longitudinal edges. The marker may also include the longitudinal band and longitudinal extension without a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael X. Govea, G. Karl Steinke, Hemant Bokil, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10518083
    Abstract: A therapy delivery element configured for at least partial insertion in a living body. A braided structure surrounds the conductor assembly. A distal end of the braided structure is attached to an electrode assembly and a free floating proximal end is located near a connector assembly. An outer tubing surrounds the braided structure. The outer tubing includes a proximal end attached to the connector assembly and a distal end attached to the braided structure near the electrode assembly. A proximal tension force applied to the connector assembly acts substantially on the outer tubing and the conductor assembly and a proximal tension force applied to the free floating proximal end acts substantially on the braided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NUVECTRA CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Finley, John M. Swoyer
  • Patent number: 10512411
    Abstract: A brain mapping system includes a brain signal acquisition device for collecting brain signals corresponding to different locations of the brain, a stimulator for generating a stimulus based upon a pseudorandom sequence, and a processor for segmenting the brain signals into a plurality of epochs and correlating features extracted from the epochs with the pseudorandom sequence to generate correlation functions, wherein a brain map is constructed by the correlation functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Chiun-Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 10507024
    Abstract: A long nose manipulatable catheter is described herein. The catheter generally comprises a flexible joint region defining a main lumen and an adjacent wire lumen. The wire lumen has an opening near or at a distal end of the flexible joint region and a push/pull wire can be pushed or pulled through the wire lumen. The catheter assembly may also comprise at least one radio-opaque marker band for securing the push/pull wire. The joint region has a predetermined length sized to affect a flexure of the joint and is generally located at the distal end of the catheter. The joint region itself may be varied to extend distally from where the braid terminates, or it may extend to encompass a portion of the braid. By varying a length of the joint region, the amount of curvature and flexure of the joint region can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Marc-Alan Levine, Stephen Hebert
  • Patent number: 10500395
    Abstract: Delivery devices, systems, and methods for delivering implantable leadless pacing devices are disclosed. An example delivery device may include an intermediate tubular member and an inner tubular member slidably disposed within a lumen of the intermediate tubular member. A distal holding section may extend distally of a distal end of the intermediate tubular member and define a cavity therein for receiving an implantable leadless pacing device. The device may further include a handle assembly including at least an intermediate hub portion affixed adjacent to the proximal end of the intermediate tubular member and a proximal hub portion affixed adjacent to the proximal end of the inner tubular member. A longitudinally extending groove having a proximal end and a distal end may be disposed in the intermediate hub portion. A first locking mechanism may be configured to releasably couple the intermediate hub portion and the proximal hub portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Soltis, Benjamin J. Haasl, Allan C. Shuros, Brian L. Schmidt, James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 10493267
    Abstract: Electrode arrays for biological implants are disclosed, particularly for stimulating a retina. The present disclosure provides array for improving apposition (reducing the space between the array and the retina. The present disclosure also provides electrode array designs that can be made approximately spherical to increase the field of view of a visual prosthesis while still maintaining good apposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Greenberg, Neil Talbot, Jerry Ok, Proyag Datta, Andrew Sha, Brianna Thielen, Dustin Tobey, Deborah Sigel
  • Patent number: 10492701
    Abstract: A flexible conductive track arrangement has a pre-flexing condition in which the arrangement is generally planar. Conductive tracks are formed from a metal layer and they are covered above and below by insulator layers. The elongate conductive tracks are generally planar but locally corrugated perpendicularly to the general plane. This enables improved binding performance, for example to form tight windings using the conductive tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Theodorus Agricola, Alfons Wouter Groenland
  • Patent number: 10478616
    Abstract: Provided herein are a method and system are provided for the localization of clinically relevant electrophysiological signals necessary for the proper placement of the electrodes for nervous system stimulation. The system provides electrical and mechanical means to stimulate or excite neural structures in order to elicit specific neural responses. The method can include mechanical vibratory stimulation, cutaneous electrical stimulation, electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerves, or photic stimulation, and recording of local field potentials and extracting evoked potentials in response to stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Greenville Neuromodulation Center
    Inventors: Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., He Huang
  • Patent number: 10482227
    Abstract: An authentication method, system, and computer program product for decoding brain activity into a brain pattern sequence, applying brain dialog to interact with a user while the user is entering the brain pattern sequence, and matching the brain pattern sequence with a predetermined password to allow access to a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hao Chen, Ya Bin Dang, Qi Cheng Li, Shao Chun Li, Jie Ma, Lijun Mei, Jian Wang, Yipeng Yu, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10478265
    Abstract: Cranial fixation devices are provided. For example, a cranial fixation device may include positive stops that provide visual and tactical feedback when a predetermined compression is applied once a medical device is inserted therein and placed in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. DeFusco, Gregory M. Schorn
  • Patent number: 10478615
    Abstract: This invention relates to an implantable medical system, where an implantable device including a power source operable connected to electrical components is adapted to generate electrical pulses, and a probe having a distal-end and a proximal-end. The distal-end has one or more electrodes adapted to be in electrical contact with a target tissue and wires for connecting the one or more electrodes to the implantable device. The wires conduct the electrical pulses from the implantable device to the one or more electrodes and into the target tissue. The probe has at least one capacitor and wires for connecting the at least one capacitor to the electrical components in the implantable device such that the at least one capacitor forms a part of the electrical components of the implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Bakken Research Center B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Jacob Arnold Tol, Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 10449352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a guiding tube for stimulation leads, including comprising a longitudinal, dimensionally stable tubular body enclosing an inner channel adapted to receive a stimulation lead, wherein at least one section of an otherwise electrically insulated inner surface of the tubular body has electroconductive properties. The present invention further relates to a corresponding stimulation lead placing system including such guiding tube, and to a corresponding computer program for placing a stimulation lead, utilizing such guiding tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventor: Dimitar Kurtev
  • Patent number: 10426947
    Abstract: An implantable electrode and a process to produce an implantable electrode. To make it possible to produce the implantable electrode in a simple and economical manner, a connection cable of the electrode is at least partly embedded in a sheath of the electrode and the sheath is in the shape of a hollow cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eckardt Bihler
  • Patent number: 10426948
    Abstract: An implantable electrode having a connection portion. So as to be able to easily stretch the electrode lengthwise, provision is made so that the connection portion is embodied in a coiled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eckardt Bihler, Marc Hauer
  • Patent number: 10427234
    Abstract: A method for brazing a metal part onto a surface of a zirconia component. The method involves the steps of altering the surface state of the component to permit the attachment of a first metallization layer, cleaning the component to eliminate the impurities from its surface, depositing a first metallization layer, having mainly titanium, on the surface of the component, depositing a second metallization layer, having mainly niobium, on the first metallization layer, applying the part against the second metallization layer, depositing a gold brazing metal on the part and the second metallization layer, cooling the brazed area in a temperature-controlled manner, and stress-relieving heat treatment being performed under load on the metal part before brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: PNL HOLDING
    Inventors: Didier Nuvoli, Yvan Paquin
  • Patent number: 10420933
    Abstract: A cardiac pacing system that includes an implantable pulse generator and electrical leads that include a lead body portion having a distal end and a proximal end, a connector configured to electrically connect the proximal end of the lead body to the pulse generator, and at least one electrode disposed at the distal end of the lead body for delivering electrical stimulation to a patient's heart, wherein the distal end of the lead body is configured to terminate within the mediastinum of the thoracic cavity of the patient, proximate to the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: AtaCor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Sanghera, Alan Marcovecchio, Sean McGeehan, Martin Burke
  • Patent number: 10357649
    Abstract: The neural interface system of the preferred embodiments includes an electrode array having a plurality of electrode sites and a carrier that supports the electrode array. The electrode array is coupled to the carrier such that the electrode sites are arranged both circumferentially around the carrier and axially along the carrier. A group of the electrode sites may be simultaneously activated to create an activation pattern. The system of the preferred embodiment is preferably designed for deep brain stimulation, and, more specifically, for deep brain stimulation with fine electrode site positioning, selectivity, tunability, and precise activation patterning. The system of the preferred embodiments, however, may be alternatively used in any suitable environment (such as the spinal cord, peripheral nerve, muscle, or any other suitable anatomical location) and for any suitable reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Bakken Research Center B.V.
    Inventors: Rio J. Vetter, Daryl R. Kipke, David Pellinen, David J. Anderson, Jamille Farraye Hetke
  • Patent number: 10357650
    Abstract: An implantable stimulation lead is disclosed that includes an elongated lead body having opposed proximal and distal end portions, the lead body being formed from a material having at least one circumferential seal region associated with the distal end portion thereof within which a cylindrical electrode is positioned, the seal region being formed from at least one transition component made from a material that is softer than the material from which the lead body is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oscor Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Osypka
  • Patent number: 10357174
    Abstract: An adjustable leadwire device for connecting at least one surface electrode to a physiological monitor includes a length of insulated wire between a first attachment end and a second attachment end. The first attachment end includes a first connection means configured to conductively connect to the surface electrode and the second attachment end includes a second connection means configured to conductively connect to the physiological monitor. At least a portion of the length of insulated wire is coiled to form a helix. A sheath surrounds the helix and has a first end opening and a second opening. The sheath is configured such that coiled insulated wire is extendable out of at least one of the first end opening or the second end opening by pulling a respective one of the first attachment and the second attachment end in order to adjust a length of the adjustable leadwire device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert Filip Arnold Santala
  • Patent number: 10349978
    Abstract: This disclosure provides various embodiments of implant tools and implant techniques utilizing those tools. In one embodiment, an implant tool comprises a handle and a shaft. The shaft includes a proximal end adjacent the handle, a distal end, an open channel that extends from near the proximal end to the distal end, and at least one lumen that extends from a proximal end of the shaft to a location near the distal end of the shaft. The implant tool may also include a coupler configured to connect to a fluid delivery device. In one example, the fluid delivery device may be a syringe. In some instances, the handle of the implant tool may include a compartment or a recess configured to receive the fluid delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Nathan L. Olson, Becky L. Dolan
  • Patent number: 10335590
    Abstract: A lead for an implanted medical device is disclosed in which the lead is adapted for electrical communication with an electrical signal source and has a distal tip with an electrode. The lead comprises a wire adapted to be placed in electrical communication with electrode. The wire includes: (i) a core comprising a polymeric material, and (ii) a metallic layer surrounding an outer surface of the core. The metallic layer includes a first section having a first thickness and a second section having a second thickness, wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness. The lead is substantially transparent to radio frequency waves in clinically-applicable magnetic resonance environments to reduce radio frequency absorption and avoid substantial heating effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Husam Katnani, Giorgio Bonmassar
  • Patent number: 10327810
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced implantation of an electrode lead for neuromuscular electrical stimulation of tissue associated with control of the lumbar spine for treatment of back pain, in a midline-to-lateral manner are provided. The implanted lead may be secured within the patient and used to restore muscle function of local segmental muscles associated with the lumbar spine stabilization system without disruption of the electrode lead post-implantation due to anatomical structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Mainstay Medical Limited
    Inventors: Jason Alan Shiroff, Henry Demorett, John Beck, Sidney Hauschild
  • Patent number: 10322288
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and techniques for managing heat generated in coils for wireless energy transmission are disclosed. Inductive coupling between two coils may be used to recharge the power source of an implantable medical device. A phase change material may be thermally coupled to a flexible coil to absorb heat generated during the inductive coupling and reduce temperature increases of the flexible coil. The flexible coil may be configured to at least one of transmit energy to or receive energy from a second coil, and the phase change material may be configured to deform with the flexible coil and absorb heat from the flexible coil. The phase change material may be contained within thermally conductive tubes or channels configured in shapes that promote flexibility of the flexible coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Kallmyer, John E. Kast, David P. Olson, Randy S. Roles, Venkat R. Gaddam
  • Patent number: 10321839
    Abstract: An electrocardiogram system is provided. The system includes an array of sensors configured to generate electrical signals relating to cardiac activity. The system further includes a plurality of lead cables. Each lead cable includes a sensor terminal, an opposing sensor terminal, and an intermediate segment. The intermediate segment is interposed between the sensor terminal and the opposing sensor terminal. The array of sensors are electrically coupled to the sensor terminals. The intermediate segment is configured to carry the electrical signals from the sensor terminal to the opposing sensor terminal. The intermediate segment is enclosed by a non-conductive enclosure. The non-conductive enclosure having opposing linear surfaces and opposing lateral surfaces extending from the opposing linear surfaces. The opposing linear surfaces are parallel with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michael P. McLeod
  • Patent number: 10315027
    Abstract: A proto microelectrode from which a micro electrode is formed in situ upon insertion into soft tissue comprises a flexible oblong electrode body of electrically conducting material having a front end and a rear end. The electrode body having a metal or a metal alloy or an electrically conducting form of carbon or an electrically conducting polymer or a combination thereof. A first coat of a water soluble and/or swellable and/or degradable material is disposed on the electrode body and extends along is at least over a distal portion thereof. A second coat of electrically insulating, water insoluble flexible polymer material is disposed on the first coat. The second coat comprises one or more through openings at or near its front end. Also disclosed is a corresponding micro electrode and a method of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NEURONANO AB
    Inventor: Jens Schouenborg
  • Patent number: 10301421
    Abstract: Sulfur containing, hydroxyl-telechelic PIBs, hydrolytically and oxidatively resistant, biocompatible and biostable polyurethanes (PUs) made therefrom, and methods for making both are disclosed. Well-defined hydroxyl telechelic PIBs are synthesized by a thiol-ene click photochemical reaction between PIBs carrying unsaturated end groups and 2-mercaptoethanol (HS—CH2CH2—OH). This regioselective process affords HO—CH2CH2—S-PIB-S—CH2CH2—OH (abbreviated herein as HO—S-PIB-S—OH) in high yield. In some embodiments, these HO—S-PIB-S—OH polymers may be reacted with diisocyanates and a chain extender to form sulfur containing PIB-based PUs. These sulfur containing PIB-based PUs have been found to have properties and chemical stability that are very similar to that of PUs made from di-hydroxyl terminated PIBs (OH-PIB-OHs) without sulfur, but have surprisingly increased creep resistance and are easier and less expensive to make.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
    Inventors: Joseph Kennedy, Kalman Toth, Nihan Nugay, Turgut Nugay
  • Patent number: 10279172
    Abstract: A lead wire assembly apparatus for an implantable medical device (IMD), the apparatus including a lead having first and second ends and a plurality of separate conductive segments serially located therebetween; a cover defining at least one cavity situated about ends of adjacent conductive segments; and a fluid located in the at least one cavity and coupling the adjacent conductive segments to each other. The fluid electrically couples adjacent conductive segments to pass driving signals of the implantable medical device. The fluid may further attenuate induced signals generated by radiofrequency (RF) signals of a magnetic resonance (MR) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Dilys Gore
  • Patent number: 10272253
    Abstract: A feedthrough subassembly is attachable to an active implantable medical device. A via hole is disposed through an electrically insulative and biocompatible feedthrough body extending from a body fluid side to a device side. A composite fill partially disposed within the via hole extends between a first and a second composite fill end. The first composite fill end is disposed at or near the device side of the feedthrough body. The second composite fill end is disposed within the via hole recessed from the body fluid side. The composite fill includes a first portion of a ceramic reinforced metal composite including alumina and platinum and a second portion of a substantially pure platinum fill and/or a platinum wire. A via hole metallization covers a portion of the second composite fill end. A metallic leadwire is at least partially disposed within the via hole and gold brazed via hole metallization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Keith W. Seitz, Thomas Marzano, Robert A. Stevenson, Christine A. Frysz, Jason Woods, Richard L. Brendel
  • Patent number: 10238782
    Abstract: A catheter apparatus can include a first magnet coupled to a catheter and a second magnet configured to couple to a patient's skin. When the catheter and the first magnet are positioned within a patient's body, the second magnet can exert a magnetic force on the first magnet that stabilizes the catheter relative to the second magnet. The second magnet can be directly attached to the patient's skin or secondary devices such as straps can be used to place the second magnet in a fixed position relative to the patient's body. In some implementations, a plurality of magnets can facilitate holding the catheter in a substantially fixed position within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Abiomed, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Barry
  • Patent number: 10226617
    Abstract: In various examples, a therapy delivery element for at least partial implantation in a patient includes an elongate body. The elongate body includes a substantially tubular braided structure that extends from proximate a proximal end to proximate a distal end of the elongate body. A substantially tubular structure is coaxially disposed with respect to the braided structure. The tubular structure is attached to the braided structure proximate a distal braid end. At least a majority of the braided structure proximal from the distal braid end is unattached to the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NUVECTRA CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Finley, Jesse Geroy
  • Patent number: 10206820
    Abstract: A percutaneous implant for reducing the risk of post-implant infection by reducing the likelihood of epidermal down-growth between the dermis of the skin and the implant. In one example, the implant comprises a barrier member between the epidermis and the dermis about the implant. In another example, a barrier is provided by removing a portion of the epidermis from the dermis about the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Marcus Andersson