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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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