US Patent No: 7,155,283

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Connector header grommet for an implantable medical device

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20050131481

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Improvements in connector headers of implantable medical devices (IMDs) for making electrical and mechanical connections with a connector element of a proximal connector assembly of an electrical medical lead and components thereof are disclosed. A connector block disposed within a header body of the connector header has a threaded bore aligned with a header grommet aperture and a connector block bore aligned with a header connector bore. A penetrable grommet is disposed within the header grommet aperture, and a setscrew is threaded into the threaded bore having a setscrew socket disposed to be engaged by the tool inserted through the penetrable grommet within the header grommet aperture to enable rotation of the setscrew within the threaded bore to tighten the setscrew against or to loosen the setscrew from a lead connector element received in the header connector bore.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MEDTRONIC, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN5492

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Jin, Hui Annendale, NJ 138 611
Rice, David C Edinburgh, GB 7 39
Ries, Andrew J Lino Lakes, MN 136 1029
Tidemand, Kevin K East Bethel, MN 17 1000
Zhao, Jennifer J Plymouth, MN 16 50

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (4)
4,182,345 Body implantable signal generator assembly 36 1978
5,207,218 Implantable pulse generator 114 1991
5,522,861 Access grommet assembly and devices using the assembly 20 1993
6,205,358 Method of making ultrasonically welded, staked of swaged components in an implantable medical device 59 1998
 
PACESETTER, INC. (2)
4,445,511 Pacer electrode connector assembly 31 1982
4,479,489 Mechanically self-sealing closure 22 1983
 
Cardio-Pace Medical, Inc. (1)
4,461,194 Tool for sealing and attaching a lead to a body implantable device 30 1982
 
Coratomic, Inc. (1)
4,316,471 Organ stimulating apparatus with sealing setscrew 15 1980
 
INTERMEDICS, INC. (1)
5,989,077 Connector for implantable medical device 24 1998
 
MED REL, INC. (1)
4,226,244 Electrical connector for implantable electrical generators 29 1978
 
MIROWSKI FAMILY VENTURES L.L.C. (1)
4,262,673 Fluid tight coupling for electrode lead 39 1979
 
PACESETTER AB (1)
4,932,409 Seal element in an implantable medical apparatus 10 1989
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
2001/0034,543 Ultrasonically welded, staked or swaged components in an implantable medical device 17 2001

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION (5)
8,548,601 Lead connection system for an implantable electrical stimulation system and methods for making and using the systems 0 2008
7,798,864 Low-profile connector for a neurostimulation lead 12 2009
8,688,217 Method to detect proper lead connection in an implantable stimulation system 0 2009
8,442,637 Self-sealing septum assembly 0 2012
8,666,510 Lead connection system for an implantable electrical stimulation system and methods for making and using the systems 0 2013
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (3)
8,190,260 Lead retention and sealing device 0 2009
8,032,221 Sealing setscrew 1 2009
8,628,348 Connector module assemblies, methods, and components for implantable medical electrical devices 0 2012
 
Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (2)
8,105,003 Method and apparatus for a fastener and a fastener cover including a sealable opening 1 2007
8,585,445 Apparatus and method for attaching a header to a housing of an implantable device 0 2011
 
PACESETTER, INC. (2)
7,308,312 Setscrew retention in connector block for implantable medical device 3 2005
8,359,099 Torque wrench actuated open passage septum 0 2010
 
BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
8,096,838 Header assembly for implantable medical devices 0 2010
 
MITSUI CHEMICALS AGRO, INC. (1)
8,260,424 Systems and methods for detecting a loss of electrical connectivity between components of implantable medical lead systems 0 2008

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