Intellectual Property

Starting in 2020, the Foundation is reporting on new patents issued and new patent applications filed with the US Patent Office.  This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.

For companies seeking intellectual property advice, we have also provided a curated a list of IP/regulatory lawyers.

January 1, 2020 – September 30, 2022

The list below was compiled using the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s database

Patent Applications Filed 

There have been no recent applications filed for focused ultrasound technology.


Patents Issued 

  • Patent Number: 11,452,887
  • Patent Title: Ultrasonic Stimulation Device Using Guide Framework
  • Patent Owner: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Date Issued: September 27, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,439,364
  • Patent Title: Ultrasonic Imaging Devices, Systems and Methods
  • Patent Owner: BFLY Operations, Inc (US)
  • Date Issued: September 13, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,406,848
  • Patent Title: Ultrasonic Therapy Device Using HIFU And Control Method Thereof
  • Patent Owner: Sogang University Research Foundation (Seoul)
  • Date Issued: August 9, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,383,106
  • Patent Title: Ultrasound Therapy System
  • Patent Owner: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Tokyo)
  • Date Issued: July 12, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,376,074
  • Patent Title: Simulation-based Focused-ultrasound Treatment Planning
  • Patent Owner: Insightec LTD
  • Date Issued: July 5, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,358,007
  • Patent Title: Ultrasound frequency and microbubble size optimization in microbubble-enhanced ultrasound treatment
  • Patent Owner: De Picciotto, Rafi; Grinfeld, Javier; Levy, Yoav
  • Date Issued: June 14, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,318,193
  • Patent Title: Immunogenic treatment of cancer
  • Patent Owner: Akle, Charles; Mudan, Satvinder; Grange, John
  • Date Issued: May 3, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,305,133
  • Patent Title: Efficient acoustic energy transfer through skull via excitation of Lamb waves
  • Patent Owner: Khuri-Yakub, Butrus T.; Firouzi, Kamyar
  • Date Issued: April 19, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,273,331
  • Patent Title: Systems and methods for high intensity focused ultrasound
  • Patent Owner: Jang, Ji Hoon; Stedman, George Quintin; Rasmussen, Morten Fischer; Ergun, Arif Sanli; Khuri-Yakub, Butrus T.
  • Date Issued: March 15, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,260,249
  • Patent Title: System, apparatus and method for high intensity focused ultrasound and tissue healing activation
  • Patent Owner: Carol, Mark
  • Date Issued: March 1, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,259,784
  • Patent Title: Ultrasound imaging method and system
  • Patent Owner: Du, Yigang; Fan, Rui; Li, Yong
  • Date Issued: March 1, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,255,965
  • Patent Title: Systems and methods for ultrasound beamforming using coherently compounded Fresnel focusing
  • Patent Owner: Brown, Jeremy; Samson, Christopher; Latham, Katherine
  • Date Issued: February 22, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11229810
  • Patent Title: Methods and systems for producing neuronal lesions using magnetic resonance and acoustic energy
  • Patent Owner: Kevin S. Lee, Edward H. Bertram, Max Wintermark
  • Date Issued: January 25, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,228,276
  • Patent Title: Ultrasound cleaning system for solar panels
  • Patent Owner: Elseddawy, Ahmed; Sindi, Hatem; Azzouz, Maher
  • Date Issued: January 18, 2022
  • Patent Number: 11,191,980
  • Patent Title: Automated magnetic resonance image segmentation for ultrasound thermal therapy control
  • Patent Owner: Falkovskiy, Pavel
  • Date Issued: December 7, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,156,686
  • Patent Title: Acoustic radiation force imaging
  • Patent Owner: Mougenot, Charles
  • Date Issued: October 26, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,134,846
  • Patent Title: Methods and systems for modifying electrical currents in neuronal circuits
  • Patent Owner: Yoo, Seung-Schik; Bystritsky, Alexander; McDannold, Nathan; Jolesz, Ferenc A.
  • Date Issued: October 5, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,116,405
  • Patent Title: High-intensity focused ultrasound for heating a target zone larger than the electronic focusing zone
  • Patent Owner: Partanen, Ari Ilkka Mikael; Dreher, Matthew Robert; Yarmolenko, Pavel Sergeyevich; Wood, Bradford Johns; Carvajal Gallardo, Elma Natalia
  • Date Issued: September 14, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,058,900
  • Patent Title: Methods and apparatus for treating a cervix with ultrasound energy
  • Patent Owner: Towe, Bruce C.; Garfield, Robert E.; Shi, Shao-Qing
  • Date Issued: July 13, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,052,267
  • Patent Title: Back pain treatment using microwave sources
  • Patent Owner: Diederich, Chris J.; Lotz, Jeffrey C.; Nau, Will; Bradford, David S.
  • Date Issued: July 6, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,020,617
  • Patent Title: Methods and systems for peripheral nerve modulation using non ablative focused ultrasound with electromyography (EMG) monitoring
  • Patent Owner: Konofagou; Elisa E., Downs; Matthew, Lee; Stephen, Kim; Min Gon, Kamimura; Hermes Arytto Salles
  • Date Issued: June 1, 2021
  • Patent Number: 11,013,938
  • Patent Title: Methods and systems for peripheral nerve modulation using non ablative focused ultrasound with electromyography (EMG) monitoring
  • Patent Owner: Konofagou; Elisa E., Downs; Matthew
  • Date Issued: May 25, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,974,077
  • Patent Title: Low intensity focused ultrasound for treating cancer and metastasis
  • Patent Owner: Guha; Chandan, Barry; Stephen, Macian; Fernando
  • Date Issued: April 13, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,959,768
  • Patent Title: Non-invasive methods for modifying tissue to facilitate treatment
  • Patent Owner: Slivka; Michael, et. al. (DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.)
  • Date Issued: March 30, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,945,610
  • Patent Title: Devices and methods for fractionated photoacoustic flow cytometry
  • Patent Owner: Zharov; Vladimir Pavlovich (BioVentures, LLC)
  • Date Issued: March 16, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,925,629
  • Patent Title: Transducer for therapeutic ultrasound apparatus and method
  • Patent Owner: Mitchell; Stuart B., et. al. (Novuson Surgical, Inc.)
  • Date Issued: February 23, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,898,254
  • Patent Title: Implantable thermal treatment method and apparatus
  • Patent Owner: Diederich; Chris J, et. al. (The Regents of the University of California)
  • Date Issued: January 26, 2021
  • Patent Number: 10,856,847
  • Patent Title: Monolithic ultrasonic imaging devices, systems and methods
  • Patent Owner: Rothberg; Jonathan M, et. al. (Butterfly Network, Inc.)
  • Date Issued: December 8, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,751,125
  • Patent Title: Simulation-based focused-ultrasound treatment planning
  • Patent Owner: Levy; Yoav, et. al. (Insightec)
  • Date Issued: August 25, 2020
  • Patent Number: 210,736,603
  • Patent Title: Method and apparatus for treating valvular disease
  • Patent Owner: Messas; Emmanuel, et. al. (Cardiawave)
  • Date Issued: August 11, 2020
  • Patent Number: 310,722,137
  • Patent Title: Systems and methods for accelerated MR thermometry
  • Patent Owner: Fielden; Samuel, et. al. (University of Virginia Patent Foundation, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University)
  • Date Issued: July 28, 2020
  • Patent Number: 410,716,958
  • Patent Title: Method for operating a medical robot, a medical robot, and a medical workstation
  • Patent Owner: Neff; Thomas
  • Date Issued: July 21, 2020
  • Patent Number: 510,710,873
  • Patent Title: Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ultrasonic transducers and methods for forming the same
  • Patent Owner: Rothberg; Jonathan M., et. al. (Butterfly Network, Inc.)
  • Date Issued: July 14, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,603,520
  • Patent Title: Therapeutic treatment device
  • Patent Owner: Yon, Sylvain, et al. (Theraclion)
  • Date Issued: March 31, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,603,522
  • Patent Title: Method of treating back pain with microwave sources
  • Patent Owner: Diederich, Chris, et al. (University of California)
  • Date Issued: March 31, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,595,828
  • Patent Title: Probe, ultrasound imaging apparatus and controlling method of the ultrasound imaging apparatus.
  • Patent Owner: Liberman; Alexander, et al. (Samsung Electronics, University of California)
  • Date Issued: March 24, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,589,131
  • Patent Title: Methods of delivering chemical denervation to the vertebral body
  • Patent Owner: Diederich, Chris, et al. (University of California)
  • Date Issued: March 17, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,542,963
  • Patent Title: Ultrasound phantom for focused ultrasound, method for manufacturing the same, biomimetic hydrogel phantom, method for manufacturing the same, discoloring method and drug delivering method using the same
  • Patent Owner: Kim, Se Hwa, et al. (Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KR))
  • Date Issued: January 28, 2020
  • Patent Number: 10,535,332
  • Patent Title: Confinement or movement of an object using focused ultrasound waves to generate an ultrasound intensity well
  • Patent Owner: Maxwell, Adam D., et al. (University of Washington)
  • Date Issued: January 14, 2020

List of Intellectual Property Lawyers

For companies seeking intellectual property advice, below is a curated a list of IP/regulatory lawyers with extensive experience in the medical device industry and the relevant contact information.

Cooley
Roberts Calderon Safran & Cole PC
  • Andrew M. Calderon, Head of Mechanical Engineering Group
  • IP strategy, litigation support, portfolio management, patent prosecution
  • 7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
  • Contact: 703-677-3011 | acalderon@rcsc-ip.com
  • Andrew D. Wright, Shareholder
  • Litigation support, portfolio management, patent prosecution
  • 7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
  • Contact: 703-677-3012 | awright@rcsc-ip.com
Covington & Burling
  • Melody Wu, Head of Patent Portfolio Counseling
  • IP strategy and litigation
  • One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001-4956
  • Contact: 202-662-6000 | mwu@cov.com
  • Denise Esposito, Co-Head of Food, Drug and Device Practice
  • FDA navigation
  • One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001-4956
  • Contact: 202-662-5562 | desposito@cov.com
Latham & Watkins
  • John R. Manthei, Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice
  • FDA navigation
  • 555 Eleventh Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1304
  • Contact: 202-637-2211 | john.manthei@lw.com
WilmerHale
Pillsbury
Woods Rogers PLC

*All lawyers listed above have experience in the medical device industry.