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The leading-edge in brain stimulation and neuromodulation: Key Neurotech Patent #36

brain stimulation device

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431

Today we dis­cuss a key brain stim­u­la­tion patent by Brain­lab AG.

U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431: Method and device for stim­u­lat­ing the brain

  • Assignee(s): Brain­lab AG
  • Inventor(s): Philip Tan­ner, Thomas Bauch
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: May 4, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

One of the fun­da­men­tal para­me­ters that must be deter­mined dur­ing brain stim­u­la­tion treat­ment is the quan­ti­ty or amount of ener­gy to be applied to the patient, and how the mag­ni­tude of that ener­gy can vary as a func­tion of spa­tial ori­en­ta­tion to the sub­ject and time over which treat­ment is applied. Read the rest of this entry »

The evolution of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #23

transcranial stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370

Today we are shar­ing a 2006 patent assigned to Brain­lab. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370: Method and device for tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion.

  • Assignee(s): Brain­lab Ag
  • Inventor(s): Phillip Tan­ner, Andreas Hartlep, Hen­rik Wist, Ker­stin Wen­dicke, Thomas Weyh
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: March 7, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Tran­scra­nial stim­u­la­tion of tar­get­ed regions with auto­mat­ed means requires the auto­mat­ed sys­tem to have knowl­edge of the loca­tion of the patient’s tar­get­ed brain region in ref­er­ence to the device induc­ing brain activ­i­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

Computer modeling meets Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #17

transcranial magnetic stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681

This is a very inter­est­ing 2004 patent, assigned to Brain­lab AG,  out­lin­ing a way to use com­put­er mod­el­ing to tar­get brain stim­u­la­tion.

U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681: Method and device for tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion.

  • Assignee(s): Brain­lab AG
  • Inventor(s): Phillipp Tan­ner, Andreas Hartlep, Hen­rik Wist, Ker­stin Wen­dicke, Thomas Weyh
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: Decem­ber 7, 2004

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘681 patent claims broad cov­er­age over the use of com­put­er mod­el­ing in tar­get­ed brain stim­u­la­tion tech­niques. Read the rest of this entry »

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