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Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39

neural stimulation system

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305

Today we high­light a 2010 patent by Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems address­ing a seri­ous con­cern dur­ing the use of elec­tro­mag­net­ic brain stim­u­la­tion methods–where unin­tend­ed stim­u­la­tion of neu­rons can cause seizures or migraine headaches.

U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neur­al stim­u­la­tion sys­tem and method respon­sive to col­lat­er­al neur­al activ­i­ty

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Brad­ford E. Glin­er
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: Novem­ber 9, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘305 patent address­es a phe­nom­e­non occur­ring dur­ing elec­tro­mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion treat­ments of neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions, where unin­tend­ed stim­u­la­tion of neu­rons can cause unde­sir­able or col­lat­er­al activ­i­ty such as seizures or migraine headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

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apparatus

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584

Today we high­light a very thought-pro­vok­ing (pun intend­ed) patent by Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584: Meth­ods and appa­ra­tus for effec­tu­at­ing a last­ing change in a neur­al-func­tion of a patient

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): W. Dou­glas Sheffield, Andrew D. Fir­lik, Kat­ri­na S. Fir­lik
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: July 13, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘584 patent dis­clos­es tech­niques for iden­ti­fy­ing stim­u­la­tion sites of the brain to facil­i­tate plas­tic­i­ty that can aid in reha­bil­i­ta­tion of dys­func­tion result­ing from a stroke, trau­mat­ic injury, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

neural stimulation efficiency

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747

Today we high­light a key brain stim­u­la­tion patent assigned to Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747: Sys­tems and meth­ods for enhanc­ing or affect­ing neur­al stim­u­la­tion effi­cien­cy and/or effi­ca­cy.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Brad­ford Evan Glin­er, Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler, W. Dou­glas Sheffield, Richard Kuntz, Kent Leyde, Leif R. Sloan
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: Jan­u­ary 27, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘747 patent dis­clos­es meth­ods for improv­ing effi­ca­cy and effi­cien­cy of brain stim­u­la­tion by pro­vid­ing two dis­tinct phas­es of elec­tro­mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion that vary from one anoth­er in para­me­ters such as time of stim­u­la­tion, ampli­tude of sig­nal, loca­tion of treat­ment, fre­quen­cy of pulse, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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