KINGSTON, ON — BKIN Technologies Ltd. is pleased to announce that its KINARM™ robotic assessment system has been granted three patents.
Two patents, for “Method and Apparatus for Assessing Proprioceptive Function,” were granted by patent offices of China and the United States, respectively. The patents relate to the KINARM’s method and apparatus for detecting, quantifying, and/or treating impairments in processing sensory information relating to limb movements and motor control. A U.S. patent was also issued for “Robotic Exoskeleton for Limb Movement.”
The breakthrough KINARM™ robotic assessment system was invented at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada, by Drs. Stephen Scott and Ian Brown.
“These patents are significant on two fronts,” says Anne Vivian-Scott, President and CEO of BKIN. “The “method” patents validate how our system is used to diagnose neurological function, and help to crystallize the very important research findings being made by clinicians who are using the system. The second U.S. patent is important because it extends the lifespan of our protection. It provides additional time for this valuable, disruptive technology to expand its global markets while helping to increase scientific understanding of sensorimotor neuroscience.”
BKIN’s KINARM™ is the world’s first robotic system for measuring, with exquisite sensitivity and precision, the effects of brain injury on an individual’s ability to perform ordinary movements and tasks. The system is being used to examine a wide range of brain injuries, from stroke and concussion to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The KINARM™ is now in use at 35 research institutions worldwide, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Tokyo and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
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