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Patent Application Titled "External Unit of an Implanted Medical Device" Published Online

June 5, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Meskens, Werner (Opwijk, BE), filed on November 15, 2012, was made available online on May 22, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions may benefit from the use of an implanted medical device. Depending on the type and the severity of the medical condition, an individual can employ a partially implanted medical device or a totally implanted medical device. Partially implanted medical devices typically include an external unit that performs at least some processing functions and an implanted unit that at least delivers a stimulus to a body part of a user, such as an organ. In the case of a totally implantable medical device, the entire device is implanted in the body of a user. Additionally, the implanted medical device is often configured to communicate with a remote device that allows an individual to adjust a component or a function of the implanted medical device."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A method is disclosed. The method includes determining whether an external unit of an implanted medical device is coupled to an implanted unit of the implanted medical device. In response to determining that the external unit is coupled to the implanted unit, the method includes causing the external unit to operate in a first operating mode. In response to determining that the external unit is not coupled to the implanted unit, the method includes causing the external unit to operate in a second operating mode.

"A system is disclosed. The system includes an implanted unit of a hearing prosthesis an implanted unit of a hearing prosthesis that is configured to deliver a stimulus to a recipient. The system also includes an external unit of a hearing prosthesis. The external unit is configured to generate and send at least a power signal to the implanted unit via a first communication channel in a first operating mode. The external unit is further configured to send a command signal to an electronic device via a second communication channel when operating in a second operating mode. The command signal includes instruction for causing the electronic device to perform a function.

"A non-transitory computer-readable memory is disclosed. The non-transitory computer-readable memory includes instructions executable by a processor to cause the processor to perform functions. The functions include determining a range between an implanted unit of a hearing prosthesis and an external unit of a hearing prosthesis. The functions further include causing the external unit to send a first signal to the implanted unit upon determining that the range is below a threshold range. The functions additionally include causing the external unit to send a second signal to an electronic device upon determining that the range is above the threshold range.

"A device is disclosed. The device includes an inductive coil configured to inductively transfer at least a power signal to an implanted unit. The device further includes a power supply configured to provide the power signal. The device also includes a user interface configured to receive an input signal. The device additionally includes an antenna and a transceiver. The transceiver is configured to transmit a control signal to an electronic device via the antenna. The device further includes a processor. The processor is configured to determine an operating mode. In response to determining that the operating mode is a first operating mode, the processor is configured to cause the power supply to provide the power signal to the inductive coil in response to determining that the operating mode it the first operating mode. The processor is additionally configured to receive an input signal from a user interface, generate a command signal that includes information indicative of the input signal, and cause the transceiver to transmit a command signal to an electronic device in response to determining that the operating mode is a second operating mode.

"These as well as other aspects and advantages will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art by reading the following detailed description, with reference where appropriate to the accompanying drawings. Further, it is understood that this summary is merely an example and is not intended to limit the scope of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

"Presently preferred embodiments are described below in conjunction with the appended drawing figures, wherein like reference numerals refer to like elements in the various figures, and wherein:

"FIG. 1A illustrates a first example hearing prosthesis, according to an example;

"FIG. 1B illustrates a second example hearing prosthesis, according to an example;

"FIG. 2A is a block diagram of an external unit depicted in FIG. 1A, according to an example;

"FIG. 2B is a block diagram of an external unit depicted in FIG. 1B, according to an example;

"FIG. 3A is a block diagram of an implanted unit depicted in FIG. 1A, according to an example;

"FIG. 3B is a an electrical diagram of a component configured to separate a power signal and a data signal, according to an example;

"FIG. 3C is a block diagram of an implanted unit depicted in FIG. 1B, according to an example;

"FIG. 4A illustrates a hearing prosthesis that include an external unit operating in a second operating mode, according to a first example;

"FIG. 4B illustrates a hearing prosthesis that include an external unit operating in a second operating mode, according to a second example and

"FIG. 5 is a flow diagram for determining an operating mode of an external unit of a hearing prosthesis, according to an example."

For more information, see this patent application: Meskens, Werner. External Unit of an Implanted Medical Device. Filed November 15, 2012 and posted May 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1433&p=29&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140515.PD.&OS=PD/20140515&RS=PD/20140515

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Prosthetics, Medical Devices.

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