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Connecting cardiological and neurological health: Key neurotech patent by Medtronic

cardiac signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009

Today we are sharing a fascinating Medtronic patent combining cardiac monitoring with brain stimulation. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009: System and method for segmenting a cardiac signal based on brain stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Mark Turner Rise
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: June 26, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

This patent considers the inter-relationship and co-occurrence of activity between brain and heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring neurological signals to detect potential disorders: Key neurotech patent #44

neurological signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181

Today we feature an important Medtronic patent. (As mentioned, we are discussing foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181: Scoring of sensed neurological signals for use with a medical device system

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Ivan Osorio, Mark G. Frei, Nina M. Graves, Jonathon E. Giftakis
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: May 29, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

While some events caused by neurological disorders are readily apparent, other undesirable neurological activity may still occur but be less visible with the patient not exhibiting symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43

therapy control

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent from Medtronic.  (As mentioned, we are featuring 50 foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Gregory F. Molnar, Steven S. Gill, Keith A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Timothy J. Denison, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: February 21, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘694 patent discloses methods to treat patients afflicted with movement or other neurodegenerative disorders through brain-signal feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Will brain sensors be able to infer the mental state of a person–and, for example, identify sarcasm in a message?

-– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215

Today we highlight a thought-provoking patent by Intellectual Ventures. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents–from older to newer by issue date–to gain a glimpse into future applications)

U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215: Acquisition and particular association of inference data indicative of inferred mental states of authoring users

  • Assignee(s): The Invention Science Fund I, LLC (Intellectual Ventures)
  • Inventor(s): Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A.
  • Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: December 20, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

Focused on evaluating the mental state of a message’s author, the ‘215 patent describes some interesting aspects of neurotechnology that make the patent noteworthy. Read the rest of this entry »

The state of intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods: Key neurotechnology patent #40

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058

Today we highlight a 2011 patent by Dartmouth College, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, aimed at fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058: Intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods

  • Assignee(s): The Trustrees of Dartmouth College; The NIH, U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Services Government
  • Inventor(s): Metkin Akay
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: July 19, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘058 patent relates to wearable systems that allow for enhanced assessment of a patient’s physical movement and thereby fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. Read the rest of this entry »

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