Recovery of visual function through neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #22
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
The ‘377 patent discloses treatments combining multiple neurotechnologies, coupling neurostimulation techniques (e.g., electrical, magnetic, etc.) with software-based visual training programs. Although some embodiments are explicitly directed towards implantable stimulation devices, at least some of the claims do not require implantation — making the patent span both invasive and non-invasive techniques. The five independent claims include, in some instances, elements directed towards both neural stimulation and visual training systems, while in other instances primarily focus on only neural stimulation techniques applied to specific stimulation sites associated with a population of neurons. The independent claim scope, sometimes possessing only two major limitations (and hence quite broad), along with the combination of two complimentary but diverse treatments modalities of (1) electrical/ magnetic stimulation and (2) computer software program applications, are among the factors contributing to making the ‘377 patent a key non-invasive neurotech patent.
System and methods for effectuating and/or facilitating visual function in a patient. One embodiment of a system comprises a neural stimulation system and a visual training system. The neural stimulation system can include a pulse generator and a stimulus delivery device coupled to the pulse generator. The stimulus delivery device is configured to deliver a stimulus to the brain of the patient. The visual training system can include a computer and a display coupled to the computer. The computer has a computer operable medium containing instructions to provide a visual output to the patient via the display.
Illustrative Claim 1. A system for effectuating and/or facilitating visual function in a patient, comprising:
- a neural stimulation system including a pulse generator and a stimulus delivery device coupled to the pulse generator, the stimulus delivery device being configured to deliver a stimulus to the brain of the patient via a pathway that does not include the cornea; and
- a visual training system including a computer and a display coupled to the computer, the computer having a computer operable medium containing instructions to provide a visual output to the patient via the display.
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