Telemetry Or Communications Circuits Patents (Class 607/60)
  • Patent number: 10697917
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a bi-directional signal transmission pin connected to a sensing electrode of a salinity sensor, an RF interface which generates operating voltages on the basis of an RF signal received through an antenna, different types of driving signal generators having a structure in which each output terminal is connected to the pin, different types of analog-to-digital converters having a structure in which each input terminal is connected to the pin, and a microcontroller unit which generates a first control signal and a second control signal according to a type of the salinity sensor, in which one of the different types of driving signal generators is enabled based on the first control signal, one of the different types of analog-to-digital converters is enabled based on the second control signal, and the operating voltages are supplied to an enabled signal generator and an enabled analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: 3A LOGICS Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Pyeong Han Lee, Kwang Beom Park, Sung Hun Chun, Chang Ho Ryu, Sung Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 10695570
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for enhancing learning of an activity by a subject are described. A prompt for causing the subject to perform the activity is delivered repeatedly, in combination with a neural stimulus, with timing of delivery of prompts and neural stimuli controlled by electrical control circuitry. Neural stimuli are delivered with a transcutaneous neural stimulator located fitted in or on at least a portion of an ear of the subject. The system is implemented in connection with a personal computing device such as a smart phone or tablet computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Eleanor V. Goodall, Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Elizabeth A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10687719
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed biocompatible pressure sensor module configured for implant at a desired site at which a pressure is to be measured. Anodic bonding of the pressure module package components which have similar thermal coefficients of expansion provides low stress bonding and maintains long term reliability, dependability and accuracy. The pressure sensor module includes a pressure sensitive membrane which is in direct contact with the environment at which a pressure is to be measured. The pressure sensor module forms a part of a pressure measuring system which uses a telemetry link between the pressure sensor module and an external controller for data transmission and transfer. Operating power for the pressure sensor module is provided by the external controller and an internal rechargeable energy storage component. Accordingly, the pressure measuring system provides a dual stage power and data transfer capability for use with an implantable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Siegmar Schmidt, Charles L. Byers, Guangqiang Jiang, Brian R. Dearden, John C. Gord, Daniel Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10667687
    Abstract: A system for detecting a physiological parameter of a subject includes a sensing device attached to a patient and an interrogation device for monitoring an operation of the sensing device. The interrogation device is used to interrogate the sensing device to confirm that the sensing device is in proper operation while being attached to the patient. The interrogation device further performs user authentication and determines a type and/or extent of information that can be presented on the interrogation device based on the level of user authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventor: John A. Lane
  • Patent number: 10659597
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a computer-implemented-method of operating a computing device. The computer-implemented method includes using a local touch-activated sensor of the computing device to receive an input signal, wherein the input signal has been generated at a remote touch-activated sensor based on capacitive coupling between the remote touch-activated sensor and a human, passed to the human using the capacitive coupling between the remote touch-activated sensor and the human, passed through the human, and transmitted from the human to the local touch-activated sensor of the computing device using a capacitive coupling between the human and the local touch-activated sensor. Functionality of the computing device is limited based at least in part on analyzing, using the computing device, at least one characteristic of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Pasquale A. Catalano, Samuel R. Connor, Andrew G. Crimmins, John Thomas Kinnear, Jr., Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, John S. Werner
  • Patent number: 10653317
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing data communication in medical systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Fennell, Lei He, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 10658745
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are generally directed to implantable medical devices that are configured for both near-field communication and far-field communication via the same implantable loop antenna. More specifically, the implantable medical devices include implant electronics that are independently coupled to the loop antenna via a transformer and an isolation coupler. The transformer is configured to provide near-field signals received at the loop antenna to the implant electronics, while the isolation coupler is configured to provide far-field signals received at the loop antenna to the implant electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Guilhem Vavelin, Gauthier Jodin
  • Patent number: 10652808
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems are described for managing communication modes on a network used for physiological status monitoring. The methods may include receiving indications that a network had been selected and that a communication or operation mode for the network had been selected. The communication or operation mode may be based at least in part on a number of remote physiological monitoring devices that are to be allowed to communicate on the radio access network. A beacon may be transmitted to indicate one or more transmission parameters associated with the selected communication or operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LLP
    Inventors: Benjamin David Morris, Istvan Roland Fellner, Jeremy Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10639488
    Abstract: An implantable medical device (IMD) includes a tap sensor configured to detect an impact event occurring on the surface of the patient's body. The tap sensor is configured to determine whether the impact event (which may be, for example, a tap of a finger or hand upon a surface of the body) likely is a communication directed at the tap sensor. In response to determining that the impact event likely is a communication directed at the tap sensor, the IMD is configured to transition from a first state to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kalgren, Keith R. Maile, Jonathan H. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10632314
    Abstract: A computer-assisted method that includes: establishing a communication link between a programming device and a controller device, the controller device wirelessly and non-inductively powering and controlling a passive implantable stimulator device; presenting configuration options to the patient user of the passive implantable stimulator device, the configuration options comprising stimulation waveform parameters for driving the passive implantable stimulator; receiving a specification of the configuration options in response to the presented configuration options; receiving user feedback when the user specified configuration options are transferred to the controller device which, in turn, drives the implantable stimulator device according to the specified configuration options; building, at the programming device, a profile that correlates the user specified configuration options with the corresponding quantitative index of pain; and recommending at least one configuration option based on the profile built f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Tyler Perryman, Chad David Andresen, D. Alan Corbett
  • Patent number: 10614025
    Abstract: A system comprises a plurality of nodes connected in a peer-to-peer network via a communication interface. At least one node of the plurality of nodes comprises a transceiver, at least two connectors, at least one termination resistance module coupled to the transceiver, the at least one termination resistance module providing termination resistance within the node, a first detection circuit coupled to a first connector of the at least two connectors, and a second detection circuit coupled to a second connector of the at least two connectors. The first and second detection circuits are configured to detect that the node is coupled to one or more other nodes in the peer-to-peer network, and automatically adjust the termination resistance based on the detecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: A-dec, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Williams, Paul Scott Bontrager
  • Patent number: 10607468
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a controller. The controller is configured to: receive a message, such as a communication request; determine a type for said message; select a first recipient layer based on said type, said first recipient layer comprising at least one recipient; transmit said message to at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer; receive a confirmation from said at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer; and in response thereto transmit said confirmation from said at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer to at least another one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Doro AB
    Inventors: Peter Cullin, Jérôme Arnaud, Acher Criou, Fredrik Palmqvist, David Kay, Xavier Corbin, Fredrik Jacobsson, Peter Johansson, Alf Ingvarsson
  • Patent number: 10602471
    Abstract: A synchronization method is suitable between a first electronic apparatus and a second electronic apparatus. The synchronization method include following steps. A first interrupt signal is generated to trigger a first timer on the first electronic apparatus. A radio frequency packet is transmitted from the first electronic apparatus to the second electronic apparatus. In response to that the radio frequency packet is received by the second electronic apparatus, a second interrupt signal is generated to trigger a second timer on the second electronic apparatus. The second timer is synchronized with the first timer or a timestamp of the first timer is estimated according to the second interrupt signal and the radio frequency packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng-Kang Lin
  • Patent number: 10601121
    Abstract: Examples of implantable devices having a hermetically-sealed, metal container are disclosed. In one example, the implantable device has a Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) beacon inside the hermetically-sealed, metal container. The hermetically-sealed, metal container may have a micro-strip type transmission line on an internal side of the container such that the container acts as the ground plane of the micro-strip transmission line. A slot at a specific location and having specific characteristics (such as shape, length, and/or width) may be cut into the ground plane of the micro-strip to act as a radiator. Thus, the size of implantable devices can be reduced by using a slot antenna in the hermetically-sealed, metal container. Such a device implanted in a suitable location and at a suitable depth in a user can communicate with an external computing device, such as a smartphone held in the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Korhummel
  • Patent number: 10576290
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and non-transitory computer readable media facilitating telemetry data communication security between an implantable device and an external clinician device are provided. An implantable device can include a security component configured to generate security information based on reception of a clinician telemetry session request from the clinician device via a first telemetry communication protocol. The security information can include a session identifier and a first session key, and the clinician telemetry session request can include a clinician device identifier associated with the clinician device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Schilling, Christopher T. House, Gary P. Kivi, Karen J. Kleckner, John W. Komp, Nicholas C. Wine, Matthew R. Yoder, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10568806
    Abstract: An electrical discharge device including an array of spring-load electrical contacts, said contacts electrically coupled to a multiplexer and a programmable power supply; a processor, said processor coupled to the power supply and the multiplexer; a memory, coupled to said processor, said memory including non-transitory, processor instructions operable to direct the processor to perform a method including measuring relative resistance between each pair of said electrical contacts, and applying a pre-determined electrical discharge to a pair of the electrical contacts in response to said measuring. Embodiment includes applying at least a portion of the electrical contacts to human skin substantially near an acupoint wherein said pair of electrical contacts is the pair having the least resistance between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mindframers, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Hirashiki, Carl J. Bailey, John Levy
  • Patent number: 10561842
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are discussed herein for wirelessly transmitting power and/or data to an implanted device, such as an implanted electrostimulator device. In an example, the subject matter includes a layered transmitter device with multiple conductive planes and excitation features. The transmitter device can be tuned to identify and apply device parameters for efficient wireless communication with a deeply implanted device. The transmitter is generally configured for midfield powering applications by providing signals that give rise to propagating signals inside of body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NeuSpera Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Yeh, Hui Zhang, Thomas Burpee Ellsworth, III
  • Patent number: 10552170
    Abstract: A computer-implemented tool for use with an medical device having a computer system, the tool including an unsecured software-implemented suite of diagnostic tools and utilities configured to read logs, read system configuration provide a Telnet function, eject USB, and deactivate itself, and a secured software-implemented suite of diagnostic tools and utilities configured to interpret a key file received from an external source, upload the tool into the computer system of the medical device, run the tool upon booting up of the computer system to enable a replacement component in the medical device to be activated after installation in the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Summit Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Nguyen, James B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10546146
    Abstract: In the present invention, a medical device authorization system is employed to associate software contained on a medical computing system/computer, such as an EP mapping and recording system, that pertains to a specific medical device, e.g., a catheter, connected to the computer such that the software is only utilized by the computer in conjunction with a catheter that is authorized for use with the computer. The authorization system utilizes an analog authorization waveform/signal that is mixed with the analog device/catheter measured signals transmitted to the computer. The authorization waveform distorts the measured signals in a manner that renders the signals able to be displayed by the system but unusable, unless the computer includes a signal filter operably connected to the device/catheter interface that is configured to remove the interfering authorization waveform from the measured signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adrian F. Warner, Daniel R. Schneidewend, Rodger F. Schmit, Nathan Dworshak
  • Patent number: 10543369
    Abstract: An antenna having an inductor assembly including at least two conductors, which each define a conductor diameter Dc, and an electrically non-conductive carrier defining at least two lumens in which the at least two conductors are respectively located. The carrier maintains a conductor spacing S between the at least two conductors, and the inductor assembly defines at least one turn. The conductor spacing S and conductor diameter Dc together define a S/Dc ratio that ranges from about 0.5 to about 1.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: David André Nyberg, Markus Michael Heerlein, Jeryle L. Walter, Sung Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10537095
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using an impact-activated device for repelling sharks from marine geophysical survey equipment. An embodiment discloses a marine geophysical survey system, comprising: marine geophysical survey equipment configured to be located in a body of water when in operation; and an impact-activated device coupled to the marine geophysical equipment, wherein the impact-activated device comprises a circuit configured to release a shark repellent in response to a pre-determined impact on the impact-activated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Bruce William Harrick, Andre Stenzel
  • Patent number: 10530179
    Abstract: An integrated external controller/charger system for an implantable medical device is disclosed comprising an external controller/charger device with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and first battery, and an external charging coil assembly coupleable to the external controller/charger device and including or associated with a second battery. The second battery is used to energize a charging coil in the external charging coil assembly, while the first battery is used to power other aspects of the system (data telemetry circuitry, control circuitry, the GUI, etc.). Because the second battery powers the relatively high-power charging function, the first battery in the external controller/charger device can be made smaller. Additionally, the second battery enables a suitable external controller device (e.g. a mobile device such as a cell phone) to provide charging functionality even if its first battery is otherwise inadequate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Aghassian, Terril G. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10517508
    Abstract: Ingestible bio-telemetry communication network and associated systems are described. The communication network can include one or more ingestible bio-telemetry tags; and a reader, wherein each of the one or more ingestible bio-telemetry tags generates an out-link signal comprising, for each bit of data in a frame, a pulse reverse keyed symbol. Multiple ingestible bio-telemetry tags can be managed at the same time by allowing the frequency of the transmit carrier signal to change, or “hop” to different frequencies so as to minimize likelihood of collision. A reader can identify the proper frequency either by a signal from the tags indicated the frequency of the next hop or, when no bi-directional communication is available, by deducing the carrier signal frequency from the start bits of a received frame from the tag and scanning for the shifted carrier signal frequency within a tolerance of the deduced carrier signal frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: etectRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Arnold Myers, Judd Sheets
  • Patent number: 10512777
    Abstract: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system having a recharging system with self-alignment, a system for mapping current fields using a completely wireless system, multiple independent electrode stimulation outsource, and [PG control through software on Smartphone/mobile device and tablet hardware during trial and permanent implants. SCS system can include multiple electrodes, multiple, independently programmable, stimulation channels within an implantable pulse generator (IPG) providing concurrent, but unique stimulation fields. SCS system can include a replenishable power source, rechargeable using transcutaneous power transmissions between antenna coil pairs. An external charger unit, having its own rechargeable battery, can charge the IPG replenishable power source. A real-time clock can provide an auto-run schedule for daily stimulation. A bi-directional telemetry link informs the patient or clinician the status of the system, including the state of charge of the IPG battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cirtec Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Saif Khalil, Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Daniel Fellmeth
  • Patent number: 10511193
    Abstract: The present invention is about a device with a receiving antenna (110), wherein the receiving antenna (110) comprises a secondary coil (112), and being arranged for inductively connecting to a transmitting antenna (200) comprising a primary coil (202). The device of the invention is characterized in that the receiving antenna (110) further comprises a tertiary coil (114) arranged to have connection to a load in the device; and a capacitor (142) to which the secondary coil (112) is connected; and there is an encapsulation (120) comprising a low liquid permeability and non-conductive material encapsulating at least a part of the receiving antenna (110). Additionally, the present invention is about a power transfer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Synoste Oy
    Inventors: Juha Kalevi Haaja, Kevin Lambertus Hubertus Salden, Harri Olavi Hallila, Jorge Luiz Duarte, Antti Gabriel Ritvanen
  • Patent number: 10506517
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to broadcast a wireless signal when a processing circuitry of the apparatus is in a non-active state. The broadcasted signals can be used to localize the apparatus when the apparatus is lost. The apparatus has a first processing circuitry configured to operate in an active power consuming mode and a non-active low power consuming mode. The apparatus further has a wireless transmit circuitry configured to be in an active mode and broadcast a wireless signal when the first processing circuitry switches operation mode from the active mode to the non-active mode. The first processing circuitry is powered by a battery supply, and the first processing circuitry may be configured to automatically switch from the active mode to the non-active mode when the supply voltage provided by the battery supply decreases below a threshold voltage, whereby the wireless circuitry will be broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Patrik Dai Javad, Jacob Lerenius, Hakan Lundqvist
  • Patent number: 10499824
    Abstract: A portable medical device having improved ECG trace display and reporting. Embodiments implement features to ameliorate artifacts created by virtue of attempting to eliminate compression artifacts due to mechanical compression devices. Other embodiments additionally implement features to seek to detect the occurrence of ROSC while chest compressions are ongoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10483628
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a device housing having electronic components therein, a feedthrough assembly joined to the device housing, an antenna assembly, and a header body mounted to the device housing and enclosing the antenna assembly and feedthrough assembly. The antenna assembly including an inner conductor, a dielectric material, and an outer conductor arranged to form a coaxial structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Li, James T. Dean, Christopher A. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10476317
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless energy transfer are described. A transmitter unit has a transmitter resonator with a coil that is coupled to a power supply to wirelessly transmit power to a receiver unit. A receiver unit has a receiver resonator with a coil coupled to a device load. The receiver unit can include a ferrite enclosure to prevent transmission of magnetic flux into electronics of the receiver unit, and can include ferrite fins to increase a coupling between the transmitter resonator and the receiver resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TCI LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Wong, George Chao-chih Hsu, John Duc Nguyen, Carine Hoarau, Steven Reichenbach, Kevin Gerald Heppell
  • Patent number: 10463314
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting and/or detecting cardiac events based on real-time biomedical signals are discussed herein. In various embodiments, a machine learning algorithm may be utilized to predict and/or detect one or more medical conditions based on obtained biomedical signals. For example, the systems and methods described herein may utilize ECG signals to predict and detect cardiac events. In various embodiments, patterns identified within a signal may be assigned letters (i.e., encoded as distributions of letters). Based on the known morphology of a signal, states within the signal may be identified based on the distribution of letters in the signal. When applied in the in-vehicle environment, drivers or passengers within the vehicle may be alerted when an individual within the vehicle is, or is about to, experience a cardiac event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Kayvan Najarian, Hendrikus Derksen, Zhi Li, Jonathan Gryak, Pujitha Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 10460079
    Abstract: In the performance of a procedure on a patient by a medical system, target values for each substep of the procedure are determined in a computer. Actual values for each substep of the procedure are detected. The target values are compared in the computer to the actual values for each substep of the procedure, in order to determine a deviation between the target values and the actual values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Igler
  • Patent number: 10433754
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an electrical interface to a body are provided. In one embodiment, an implantable module is disclosed, comprising: an implantable electrode array, implantable within a body and capable of providing a plurality of communication channels for communicating electrical signals detected in a body; an amplifier circuit for processing electrical signals received from the electrode array; a wireless transceiver for sending and receiving telemetry data between the amplifier circuit and a wireless receiver located outside of the body; and a sealed enclosure that houses the amplifier circuit and the wireless transmitter and is biocompatible with surrounding tissue, the enclosure having a window that is transparent to a wireless medium used by the wireless transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Brown University
    Inventors: Arto V. Nurmikko, Ming Yin, William R. Patterson, Juan Aceros, David A. Borton, Christopher W. Bull, Farah Laiwalla
  • Patent number: 10438015
    Abstract: System and method for enabling data modification, classification and enforcement of IRM capabilities in standard isolated software applications is disclosed, according to which an add-on code is installed on the terminal device of a user that runs the standard application. The add-on code is adapted to interact with the virtual keyboard used by the standard application, to form a custom virtual keyboard to which the features of classifying data item(s) and/or of modifying the content of the data item are added, without changing the natural environment, the user is normally used to. Then a custom virtual keyboard that includes a designed UI interfacing objects is created, for adding inputs that are associated with classification and modification in the data item in the form of a hidden tag to the content of the data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Israel Research and Development (2002)
    Inventors: Yuval Eldar, Roee Oz
  • Patent number: 10430552
    Abstract: A vital-signs enhanced telemedicine system and method allowing a plurality of medical teams assisting a plurality of patients to interact with and get assistance from a plurality of remote physicians via a plurality of audio, video, and vital signs transmissions and interactive remoting sessions including alarms, analysis, recording, and live playback capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Dan M. Mihai
  • Patent number: 10413735
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for providing neuromodulation are provided. One such system can include an implantable pulse generator. The implantable pulse generator can include a circuit board having a microcontroller that generates signals that are input into an ASIC. The ASIC serves as pulse generator that allows electrical pulses to be outputted into leads. The implantable pulse generator is capable of receiving and/or generating signals either via a wireless communication (e.g., a wireless remote control), a touching force (e.g., pressure from a finger), a motion sensor or any combination of the above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cirtec Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Saif Khalil, Jason Highsmith
  • Patent number: 10398899
    Abstract: Techniques for delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to a patient are disclosed. In one example, a processor controls delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to a patient by an electrical neurostimulation therapy device and via a plurality of combinations of a plurality of electrodes disposed along a lead inserted across an anatomical midline of a spinal cord of the patient and angled relative to the anatomical midline, the lead connected to the electrical neurostimulation therapy device. The processor determines, based on the electrical neurostimulation therapy, a location of a physiological midline of the spinal cord. The processor selects, based on the location of the physiological midline, at least one electrode of the plurality of electrodes for subsequent delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to the patient. Further, the processor displays a representation of the physiological midline and the anatomical midline relative to the spinal cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan A. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 10390515
    Abstract: A bolus that communicates with an external transceiver by way of radio waves produced by an electrically small H-antenna is described. The electrically small H-antenna is connected to a conductive cylindrical antenna that houses a battery and chipset that includes a transceiver, identification information and at least one sensor. The H-antenna and the conductive cylindrical antenna are arranged so that electrical currents that produce the radio waves are essentially always aligned to work together. The bolus is essentially a hermetically sealed capsule containing the antennas that is meant to be ingested by a cow or other ruminant animal. The bolus is configured to transmit radio waves in essentially an omnidirectional pattern more efficiently when the boluses inside of a cow stomach than when the boluses outside of the cow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Herdstrong LLC
    Inventors: Randy Cecil Bancroft, Scott David Dalgleish
  • Patent number: 10383990
    Abstract: Systems and designs for tuning a wireless power transfer system are provided, which may include any number of features. In one embodiment, a wireless power transfer system can include first and second switched capacitor circuits electrically connected to opposite poles of the inductor of a resonator in the wireless power system. The first and second switched capacitor circuits can be switched on and off with MOSFETS to change a capacitance of the circuits, and thus an effective capacitance of the resonator. Methods of use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventor: Ethan Petersen
  • Patent number: 10362629
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for establishing a bi-directional communication link with an implantable medical device. The systems and methods include an implantable medical device (IMD) and an external instrument configured to establish a wireless bi-directional communication link there between over a wireless protocol. The wireless bi-directional communication link is established based on a scanning interval. The external instrument includes one or more processors electrically coupled to a radio frequency (RF) circuit and a memory device. The one or more processors are configured to define the scanning interval based on an advertising schedule received from the IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Hellman, Tejpal Singh, Yongjian Wu, Reza Shahandeh, Youjing Huang, Chao-Wen Young
  • Patent number: 10342984
    Abstract: A charging system for an Implantable Medical Device (IMD) includes a split charging coil for generating a magnetic field to provide power to the IMD. The split charging coil includes a first coil portion and a second coil portion, each of which can be formed as a mechanical winding of an insulated conductor. The first and second coil portions are connected to each other in a way that substantially reduces or eliminates any current-carrying path that is routed radially with respect to the coil. As a result, the split coil produces a uniform magnetic field that enables a more accurate determination of alignment between the coil and the IMD than is available using traditional charging coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas W. Stouffer
  • Patent number: 10335598
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation device configured to perform an electrical stimulation therapy on a patient includes a stimulation circuit, at least one electrode lead comprising one or more electrodes, a communication circuit and a controller. The controller is configured to execute a stimulation program received through the communication circuit. Electrical stimulation pulses are generated by the stimulation circuit and delivered to the at least one electrode lead in response to the execution of the stimulation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Yonce
  • Patent number: 10321832
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biometric signals of a user comprising: a garment configured to be worn by the user and comprising a mounting module having an array of connection regions; a set of biometric sensors coupled to the garment and configured to communicate with the array of connection regions to receive and transmit biometric signals indicative of muscle activity of the user; and a portable control module configured to couple to the garment in a first configuration and to decouple from the garment in a second configuration and comprising: a housing comprising an array of openings; a set of contacts, each including a first region that seals at least one of the array of openings and couples to at least one of the array of connection regions in the first configuration, and an electronics subsystem coupled to the housing and in communication with a second region of each contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: James Berg, Hamid Butt, Dhananja Jayalath
  • Patent number: 10322291
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) systems that include patient parameter electrodes, such as ECG electrodes, that are at least substantially electrically isolated from other circuits of the WCD system. In embodiments, the WCD system includes a power source, an energy storage module, and a processor each connected to a first circuit ground. A patient parameter sense port, such as an ECG port, is coupled to the patient. A measurement circuit may render a physiological input from the sensed patient parameter received at the patient parameter sense port, and the measurement circuit includes an isolating circuit that electrically isolates the patient parameter sense port from the first circuit ground. The sensing of physiological inputs of the patient can be improved, resulting in fewer erroneous readings and false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Keith Medema, Kenneth Frederick Cowan, Zhong Qun Lu
  • Patent number: 10315037
    Abstract: Devices that communicate using wireless proximal communications measure pulse width to find distortion in the received signal. The distortion may be due to the devices being too close to one another for a transmission power level currently being used which causes ringing of a receiving coil. The distortion may be used to find a correction that the receiving device may use to correct for the distortion in the received pulse train when decoding the pulse train. The distortion may be used to adjust a transmission power level of the receiving device and/or to send an instruction to the transmitting device to adjust the power transmission power level of the transmitting device. The distortion may be used for other purposes including determining a device depth and/or location for an implanted device, such as an implantable medical device within a body of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Warren Ball
  • Patent number: 10319517
    Abstract: A method for adjusting reactance includes an adjustable reactance generator including a comparator receiving an input sinusoidal waveform and outputting a square wave that retains the frequency and phase of the applied sinusoidal waveform. The reactance adjustment is generated using a power switching circuit that receives the square wave from the comparator as a control signal and outputs a square wave that retains the frequency and phase of the applied sinusoidal voltage waveform, an adjustable power supply that adjusts the amplitude of the square wave output by the power switching circuit, and an amplitude detector that controls the output level of the adjustable power supply. The power switching circuit output, when converted to a sinusoid, provides the effect of an adjustable reactance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Momentum Dynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Richard Long, Andrew William Daga, Daniel S. Hackman
  • Patent number: 10293167
    Abstract: Implantable medical systems enter an exposure mode of operation, either manually via a down linked programming instruction or by automatic detection by the implantable system of exposure to a magnetic disturbance. A controller then determines the appropriate exposure mode by considering various pieces of information including the device type including whether the device has defibrillation capability, pre-exposure mode of therapy including which chambers have been paced, and pre-exposure cardiac activity that is either intrinsic or paced rates. Additional considerations may include determining whether a sensed rate during the exposure mode is physiologic or artificially produced by the magnetic disturbance. When the sensed rate is physiologic, then the controller uses the sensed rate to trigger pacing and otherwise uses asynchronous pacing at a fixed rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hyun J. Yoon, Wade M. Demmer, Matthew J. Hoffman, Robert A. Betzold, Jonathan D. Edmonson, Michael L. Ellingson, Ben W. Herberg, Juliana E. Pronovici, James D. Reinke, Todd J. Sheldon, Paul R. Solheim
  • Patent number: 10292364
    Abstract: A implant tracking system for allowing the location of an animal to be tracked from an implanted device that is not readily removable includes an implant member having an internal positioning component that is connected to an internal rechargeable power component and a wearable charger implement that includes an inductive charging band, a wire charging port, an internal charger battery, and an attachment mechanism. In one instance, the positioning component is a satellite positioning system receiver. In use, it is contemplated that the implant member is implanted under the skin of a pet or other animal whose location is desired to be tracked while the wearable charger can be removably positioned on the pet in order to wirelessly recharge the power component of the implant member through inductive charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Barry Barton, Dana Barton
  • Patent number: 10292569
    Abstract: A signal processing device 6 is connected to an endoscope 2 that examines a subject and outputs a signal in accordance with a result of the examination. The signal processing device 6 includes a plurality of internal modules 61 to 64 that process the signal output from the endoscope 2. The internal modules 61 to 64 are connected via an interface supporting a communication protocol and having a connector geometry, at least the communication protocol or both communication protocol and connector geometry conforming to a communication interface standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Noriaki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10286217
    Abstract: Far field telemetry communications are conducted during recharge sessions between an external device and an implantable medical device. The two devices may not have been previously paired together for far field telemetry and may have been paired with other devices for far field telemetry during previous recharge sessions and/or programming sessions. Embodiments provide for temporary bonding of the two devices for far field telemetry during the recharge session. The implantable medical device of the recharge session may maintain a programming bond with an external device other than the external device conducting the recharge session. Safeguards against establishment of inadvertent programming sessions between the external device that has conducted a recharge session and implantable medical devices that may or may not be bonded to that external device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Reid K. Bornhoft, Garrett R. Sipple, Nathan A. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 10279186
    Abstract: A system may include a processor configured to automatically obtain magnetic resonance imaging compatibility information relating to compatibility of an active implantable medical device implantable in a patient with an MRI modality from at least two information sources. The processor may also be configured to automatically determine compatibility of the active implantable medical device with the magnetic resonance imaging modality based on the magnetic resonance imaging compatibility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Gadagkar, James Zimmerman, James M. Olsen, Robyn L. Jagler, Timothy R. Abraham, Jeffrey R. Dixon