US 10,376,696 B2
Medical self-treatment using non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation
Bruce J. Simon, Mountain Lakes, NJ (US); Joseph P. Errico, Warren, NJ (US); and John T. Raffle, Austin, TX (US)
Assigned to Electrocore, Inc., Basking Ridge, NJ (US)
Filed by ElectroCore, LLC, Basking Ridge, NJ (US)
Filed on Feb. 1, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/12,689.
Application 15/012,689 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/858,114, filed on Apr. 8, 2013, granted, now 9,248,286.
Application 13/858,114 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/603,799, filed on Sep. 5, 2012, granted, now 8,918,178.
Application 13/603,799 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/279,437, filed on Oct. 24, 2011, granted, now 9,174,045.
Application 13/279,437 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/222,087, filed on Aug. 31, 2011, granted, now 9,174,066.
Application 13/222,087 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/183,765, filed on Jul. 15, 2011, granted, now 8,874,227.
Application 13/183,765 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/183,721, filed on Jul. 15, 2011, granted, now 8,676,324.
Application 13/183,721 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/109,250, filed on May 17, 2011, granted, now 8,676,330.
Application 13/109,250 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/075,746, filed on Mar. 30, 2011, granted, now 8,874,205.
Application 13/075,746 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/005,005, filed on Jan. 12, 2011, granted, now 8,868,177.
Application 13/005,005 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/964,050, filed on Dec. 9, 2010, abandoned.
Application 12/964,050 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/859,568, filed on Aug. 19, 2010, granted, now 9,037,247.
Application 12/859,568 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/612,177, filed on Nov. 4, 2009, granted, now 8,041,428.
Application 12/612,177 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/408,131, filed on Mar. 20, 2009, granted, now 8,812,112.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/752,895, filed on Jan. 15, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/488,208, filed on May 20, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/487,439, filed on May 18, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/471,405, filed on Apr. 4, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/451,259, filed on Mar. 10, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/415,469, filed on Nov. 19, 2010.
Prior Publication US 2016/0144175 A1, May 26, 2016
Int. Cl. A61N 1/36 (2006.01); G06F 19/00 (2018.01); A61N 1/372 (2006.01); A61N 1/04 (2006.01); A61N 1/40 (2006.01); A61N 2/00 (2006.01); A61N 2/02 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/36021 (2013.01) [A61N 1/36014 (2013.01); G06F 19/328 (2013.01); G06F 19/3481 (2013.01); A61B 5/4836 (2013.01); A61B 2560/0456 (2013.01); A61N 1/0456 (2013.01); A61N 1/37235 (2013.01); A61N 1/40 (2013.01); A61N 2/006 (2013.01); A61N 2/008 (2013.01); A61N 2/02 (2013.01)] 27 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device for treating a medical condition in a patient comprising:
a housing comprising a contact surface configured to contact an outer skin surface of the patient;
an energy source positioned within the housing, wherein the energy source generates and transmits an electrical impulse through the contact surface and the outer skin surface of the patient to a nerve at a target region within the patient, non-invasively, wherein the electrical impulse is sufficient to modulate the nerve;
a microprocessor coupled to the energy source;
a first communication interface that enables communication between the microprocessor and a first computer, wherein the energy source performs a first function under control of the microprocessor based on a first communication from the first computer; and
a second communication interface distinct from the first communication interface, wherein the second communication interface enables communication between the microprocessor and a second computer, wherein the energy source performs a second function under control of the microprocessor based on a second communication from the second computer, wherein the first function is distinct from the second function and the first computer is distinct from the second computer.