ElectroCore has been granted a patent for a system that treats seizures by non-invasively stimulating the vagus nerve. The system includes a stimulator with a contact surface that can be wirelessly coupled to a mobile device. The stimulator transmits electrical impulses through the contact surface and the patient’s outer skin surface to modulate a nerve and alleviate seizure symptoms. GlobalData’s report on ElectroCore gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on ElectroCore, Cardiac stimulation implants was a key innovation area identified from patents. ElectroCore's grant share as of September 2023 was 65%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Non-invasive electrical stimulation system for treating seizures

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ElectroCore Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766562B2) describes a system for treating patients suffering from seizures. The system includes a stimulator that has a contact surface for contacting the outer skin surface of a patient. The stimulator is wirelessly coupled to a mobile device and is capable of receiving a wireless signal from the mobile device. This signal includes an electrical stimulation signal that consists of at least one electrical impulse. The purpose of this impulse is to modulate a nerve within the patient's body and alleviate one or more symptoms of a seizure.

The patent claims also mention that the system is specifically designed for treating epileptic seizures. The mobile device that the stimulator is wirelessly coupled to is described as a mobile phone. The contact surface of the stimulator includes an electrode, and the system further includes a pulse generator that can be connected to an energy source within the mobile device. This pulse generator is responsible for generating the electrical impulse.

Additionally, the system includes a software program that can be wirelessly downloaded onto the mobile phone. This program is used to transmit parameters of the electrical impulse to the pulse generator. The software program also contains data that includes a therapy regimen for treating the medical condition in the patient. It is worth noting that the software program is capable of modulating a property of the electrical impulse.

To ensure the safety and effectiveness of the system, a filter is included in the system. This filter is connected in series between the energy source and the contact surface of the stimulator. Its purpose is to filter out any high-frequency components of the electric current.

The electrical impulse generated by the system can consist of bursts of pulses with a frequency ranging from about 10 to about 100 Hz. Alternatively, the electrical impulse can consist of pulses with a frequency ranging from about 1 kHz to about 20 KHz.

Finally, the stimulator is configured to transmit the electrical impulse through the outer skin surface of a patient's neck to the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is specifically mentioned as the target nerve for the electrical stimulation.

In conclusion, the granted patent describes a system that utilizes electrical stimulation to treat patients suffering from seizures, particularly epileptic seizures. The system is wirelessly connected to a mobile device and includes a stimulator, a pulse generator, and a software program for controlling the parameters of the electrical impulse. The system is designed to be safe and effective, with the ability to modulate the electrical impulse and filter out high-frequency components. The stimulator is configured to transmit the electrical impulse to the vagus nerve through the patient's neck.

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