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Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

magnetic stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848

Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus for targeting and producing deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
  • Inventor(s): M. Bret Schneider, David J. Mishelevich
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 21, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘848 patent discloses techniques for stimulating deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

cognitive-emotive profiles

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent describing how to combine a number of neurotechnologies (EEG feedback, TMS brain stimulation, monitoring/ training software) to help “upgrade” one’s cognitive-emotive profile.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and system for a real time adaptive system for effecting changes in cognitive-emotive profiles

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pineda, Brendan Z. Allison
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes coupling neuromonitoring with brain activity inducing technologies by combining techniques including EEG brainwaves, TMS devices, and a set of software tools to enhance brain functionality in adaptive and durable ways, via upgraded individual cognitive-emotive profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

The state and future of robotics applied to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #25

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008

Today we are sharing a key 2006 patent assigned to The Regents of The University of Texas, the NIH, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008: Apparatus and methods for delivery of transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): The Regents of The University of Texas; The NIH, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Government
  • Inventor(s): Peter Fox, Jack Lancaster
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: August 8, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

With a fairly extensive specification (spanning 19 illustration sheets and 18 pages of written material), the ‘008 discloses teachings that leverage the precision of robotic movement capabilities to enhance targeted transcranial stimulation. Four independent claims provide broad and interweaving claim coverage over the robotic/transcranial stimulation system and methods. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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– 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 »

Facilitating clinical treatments via Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotechnology Patent #21

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660

Today we are sharing a key 2005 patent assigned to Neuronetics, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660: Facilitating treatment via magnetic stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Neuronetics, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Stanford W. Miller
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: August 9, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

TMS treatments procedures are more effective and efficient if targeted stimulation to the patient can be quickly and easily repeated, rather than blindly hunting for the correct location and orientation after initial dosing/ testing procedures conducted to determine the appropriate stimulation field strength and location. Read the rest of this entry »

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