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Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747

Today we highlight a key brain stimulation patent assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747: Systems and methods for enhancing or affecting neural stimulation efficiency and/or efficacy.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler, W. Douglas Sheffield, Richard Kuntz, Kent Leyde, Leif R. Sloan
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: January 27, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘747 patent discloses methods for improving efficacy and efficiency of brain stimulation by providing two distinct phases of electromagnetic stimulation that vary from one another in parameters such as time of stimulation, amplitude of signal, location of treatment, frequency of pulse, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Reducing negative side effects from neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #24

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247

We are featuring today a 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, especially relevant for brain stimulation methods which may carry some negative side effects.

U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247: Systems and methods for reducing the likelihood of inducing collateral neural activity during neural stimulation threshold test procedures.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Kent Leyde
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 4, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Dealing with the problem of undesirable collateral activity during stimulation treatment, the ‘247 patent describes a “test” stimulation to determine thresholds for both patient responsivity (to the stimulation) and the parameters of a second treatment stimulation (to avoid collateral activity). Read the rest of this entry »

Recovery of visual function through neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #22

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377

Today we are sharing a very interesting 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, spanning both invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies.

U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377: Systems and methods for facilitating and/or effectuating development, rehabilitation, restoration, and/or recovery of visual function through neural stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner, Warren D. Sheffield
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: January 24, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘377 patent discloses treatments combining multiple neurotechnologies, coupling neurostimulation techniques (e.g., electrical, magnetic, etc.) with software-based visual training programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12

Magnetic-field-stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528

Today we are discussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hospital, pioneering brain stimulation techniques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Magnetic field stimulation techniques

  • Assignee(s): McLean Hospital
  • Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Parrow, Perry F. Renshaw
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: June 3, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘528 patent discloses magnetic stimulation techniques for enhancing brain function with a variety of stimulation techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (St Jude Medical): #2 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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Founded in 1979, Advanced Neuromodulation Systems developed into a technology leader for implantable neuromodulation devices. ANS specializes in Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), which can be used for chronic pain treatments. ANS holds patents for Read the rest of this entry »

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