Measuring “brain temperature” in the future?: Key Neurotech Patent #27

biologic parameters

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960

Today we are shar­ing a 2007 patent assigned to Geelux Hold­ings, Ltd. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960: Appa­ra­tus and method for mea­sur­ing bio­log­ic parameters

  • Assignee(s): Geelux Hold­ings, LTD.
  • Inventor(s): Mar­cio Marc Abreu
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: March 6, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

As explained in the back­ground of the ‘960 patent, blood tem­per­a­ture is a key indi­ca­tor of health that is nei­ther var­ied by emo­tion­al state nor eas­i­ly con­trolled by vol­un­tary action. The inven­tors have dis­closed sys­tems and tech­niques that non-inva­sive­ly allow for mea­sur­ing brain tem­per­a­ture, address­ing prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with tra­di­tion­al body core tem­per­a­ture tech­niques such as rec­tal or oral instru­ments (that can be inva­sive) or skin mea­sure­ment approach­es (that can be unre­li­able and inprecise). While the effi­ca­cy of brain tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ment by detect­ing tem­per­a­ture at the end of a “brain tun­nel” sys­tem will require ver­i­fi­ca­tion, the 10 inde­pen­dent claims and 29 depen­dent claims cre­ate a pick­et fence around both the sys­tem and meth­ods rel­e­vant to such a tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ment, are among the fac­tors mak­ing the ‘960 patent a key non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nol­o­gy patent.


Sup­port struc­tures for posi­tion­ing sen­sors on a phys­i­o­log­ic tun­nel for mea­sur­ing phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal para­me­ters of the body and to pro­duce an action accord­ing to the mea­sured val­ue of the para­me­ters. The sup­port struc­ture includes a sen­sor fit­ted on the sup­port struc­tures using a spe­cial geom­e­try for acquir­ing con­tin­u­ous and undis­turbed data on the phys­i­ol­o­gy of the body. Sig­nals are trans­mit­ted to a remote sta­tion by wire­less trans­mis­sion such as by elec­tro­mag­net­ic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being report­ed local­ly by audio or visu­al trans­mis­sion. The phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal para­me­ters include brain func­tion, meta­bol­ic func­tion, hydro­dy­nam­ic func­tion, hydra­tion sta­tus, lev­els of chem­i­cal com­pounds in the blood, and the like. The sup­port struc­ture includes patch­es, clips, eye­glass­es, head mount­ed gear and the like, con­tain­ing pas­sive or active sen­sors posi­tioned at the end of the tun­nel with sens­ing sys­tems posi­tioned on and access­ing a phys­i­o­log­ic tunnel.

Illus­tra­tive Claim 1. A sup­port struc­ture for place­ment on the skin at an end of a brain tun­nel, said sup­port struc­ture comprising

  • a hous­ing includ­ing a por­tion for place­ment between an eye­brow and an eye of a sub­ject on the skin at the end of the brain tun­nel, and
  • a sen­sor eccen­tri­cal­ly posi­tioned in the hous­ing for mea­sur­ing sig­nals pro­duced on said skin at the end of the brain tunnel,
  • said sen­sor being locat­ed adja­cent to an edge of said housing.

To learn more about mar­ket data, trends and lead­ing com­pa­nies in the dig­i­tal brain health space –dig­i­tal plat­forms for brain/ cog­ni­tive assess­ment, mon­i­tor­ing and enhance­ment– check out this mar­ket report. To learn more about our analy­sis of 10,000+ patent fil­ings, check out this IP & inno­va­tion neu­rotech report.

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