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On July 14, 2015, the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9,079,028 to Dr. Virender Sharma, which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.
14 Jul, 2015
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The '028 patent is directed towards methods of treating a gastrointestinal condition, including administering a chemical or electrical stimulus to an artery of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject, a vein of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject, a nerve supplying an artery of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject, and/or a nerve supplying a vein of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject, where the chemical or electrical stimulus is effective for treating a gastrointestinal condition.

Independent Claim 1 describes “a method of treating a gastrointestinal condition in a subject, the method comprising: providing an apparatus comprising at least one electrode operably connected to a stimulus generator; placing the at least one electrode in direct contact with a portion of a celiac artery or a portion of a branch of a celiac artery in order to electrically stimulate the celiac artery or the branch of a celiac artery; and causing the stimulus generator to generate an electrical stimulus administered to the portion of the celiac artery or the portion of the branch of a celiac artery through the at least one electrode, wherein the electrical stimulus is effective to cause vasoconstriction in the portion of a celiac artery or the portion of a branch of a celiac artery, thereby reducing a flow of blood into the subject's gastrointestinal tract and causing at least one of a loss of appetite in the subject or a feeling of satiety in the subject.”