Patents Represented by Attorney Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Patent number: 8343096
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system including one or more robotic catheter manipulator assemblies supported on a manipulator support structure. The robotic catheter manipulator assembly may include one or more removably mounted robotic catheter device cartridges and robotic sheath device cartridges, with each cartridge being generally linearly movable relative to the robotic catheter manipulator assembly. An input control system may be provided for controlling operation of the robotic catheter manipulator assembly. A visualization system may include one or more display monitors for displaying a position of a catheter and/or a sheath respectively attached to the robotic catheter and sheath device cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Kirschenman, John A. Hauck
  • Patent number: 8343076
    Abstract: A flexible guidewire comprising a hollow tube, having a proximal section and a distal section, the distal section having a distal tip, the outer diameter of the distal section gradually decreasing toward the distal tip, the outer diameter of the distal tip being larger than the smallest outer diameter of the distal section, the flexible guidewire further comprising a plug coupled with the distal tip of the hollow tube for creating a non-traumatic tip, and the flexible guidewire further comprising a tubular spring, being place around the distal section of the hollow tube for maintaining the outer diameter of the hollow tube over the length thereof and for supporting compressive loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: MediGuide, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ran Sela, Nimrod Meller, Lior Sobe, Aharon Gildin, Gera Strommer, Uzi Eichler
  • Patent number: 8342029
    Abstract: An apparatus for guarding a pressure sensor for a washing machine is provided, which adjusts the water level required to wash laundries. The apparatus for guarding a pressure sensor includes a diaphragm built in a space part of a housing to operate in accordance with the water pressure of washing water being supplied through an inlet, a metal core mounted on an upper surface of the diaphragm through a coil spring, a first sensing part installed in a moving path of the metal core to output a signal required for adjustment of a water level of the washing water, a measurement part mounted on an upper surface of the metal core to ascend/descend along an operation path of the coil spring, a second sensing part mounted on an upper side of the space part to sense maximum and minimum positions of the measurement part, and a controller outputting a blocking signal to an inlet path of the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Useong Electro Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ro Gwan Ho
  • Patent number: 8333705
    Abstract: Catheter navigation is coupled with ultrasound imaging to yield a context map showing the location on a heart of the ultrasonically imaged frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Hauck
  • Patent number: 8334612
    Abstract: A wind-power unit with a wind turbine, a generator with vertical axis a supporting pillar which supports the wind turbine, and a foundation for the supporting pillar (2). The generator includes a stator which is integrated with the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Vertical Wind AB
    Inventor: Hans Bernhoff
  • Patent number: 8327785
    Abstract: A roll-on and roll-off ship comprising a front part, a rear part and a central part is disclosed. The ship is arranged with holds adapted to accommodate containers etc. in the front part and in the rear parts and roll on/roll off cargo in the central part of the ship. The central part extends from the tank top to a level above the weather deck. A ramp is provided in the aft part of the ship, and the roll on/roll off cargo transits from the ramp to the third cargo hold section via a passageway arranged in the aft part of the ship. The passageway may be arranged as a tunnel, which may be adapted to support cargo stowed above the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Jens M. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8332013
    Abstract: Method for delivering a stent coupled with a catheter, to a selected position within a lumen of the body of a patient, the method includes the procedures of: selecting a single image of the lumen, among a plurality of images of an image sequence of the lumen, receiving a position input associated with the selected image and respective of the selected position, the position input is defined in a coordinate system respective of a medical positioning system (MPS), detecting the current position of the stent in the coordinate system, according to position data acquired by an MPS sensor attached to the catheter in the vicinity of the stent, superimposing on at least one maneuvering associated image of the lumen, at least one stent representation respective of the current position, and at least one marking representation respective of the position input, according to a real-time organ timing signal of an inspected organ of the body, maneuvering the catheter through the lumen, toward the selected position, according
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MediGuide, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gera Strommer
  • Patent number: 8327465
    Abstract: A neck pad is pulled out with a smaller force in an easy manner while assuring a positive characteristic of attached state of the neck pad. An inserting plate that can be moved in a clearance S along a peripheral direction of a putting-on or taking-off opening is provided with a fitting part and in turn the fitting part is provided with an engaging part that is resiliently fitted in opposition to a pulling-out direction of the inserting plate through insertion of the inserting plate into the clearance S, the fitting part moves to a non-opposite position against the engaging part as the inserting plate moves in a peripheral direction to cause the fitted state of the engaging part to be released, thereby the inserting plate can be pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Patent number: 8324519
    Abstract: A MEMS switch includes a latch mechanism, first and second electrical conductors, a first latch actuator, a second latch actuator, and an axial actuator. The latch mechanism may include a transfer rod and a contact member, the contact member extending radially outwardly from a position along the axial length of the transfer rod. The first and second electrical conductors may extend along, and may be radially offset from, a portion of the transfer rod. The first latch actuator may include a first latch pin, and the second latch actuator may include a second latch pin, the first and second latch actuators being configured to move toward and away from the transfer rod, and the first and second latch pins configured to engage the contact member. The at least one axial actuator may be configured to move the contact member towards and away from the first and second electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignees: Microstar Technologies LLC, Oakland University
    Inventors: James Melvin Slicker, Hongwei Qu
  • Patent number: 8323239
    Abstract: An apparatus for imparting a tensile force to deflect a distal portion of a catheter while maintaining its exterior dimensions may include a handle grip including a cross-section of generally predetermined exterior dimensions, and a longitudinal axis. A flexible elongate member may include proximal and distal end portions, with the proximal end portion being coupled to the handle grip. An adjustment knob may include a cross-section of generally predetermined exterior dimensions, and is rotatably coupled to the handle grip around the longitudinal axis. An elongate deflection member may be operably coupled to the adjustment knob and to the distal end portion of the elongate member. Rotation of the adjustment knob may impart a tensile force to the deflection member thereby causing the distal end portion of the elongate member to deflect from a prior configuration while maintaining the generally predetermined exterior dimensions of the handle grip and the adjustment knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Bednarek, Eric J. Wilkowske, Richard E. Stehr, William E. Butler
  • Patent number: 8318320
    Abstract: An adhesiveless copper clad laminate, which does not have defects on a copper film part due to a pin hole generated at the time of forming a base metal layer on an insulating film by dry plating process, has excellent adhesion between the insulating film and the base metal layer and corrosion resistance, and has a copper film layer having high insulation reliability The adhesiveless copper clad laminate is provided by forming a base metal layer directly at least on one plane of an insulating film without having an adhesive in between, and then by forming a copper film layer on the base metal layer, the base metal layer having a film thickness of 3 to 50 nm is formed by dry plating method and mainly contains a chrome-molybdenum-nickel alloy wherein the chrome ratio is 4 to 22 weight %, the molybdenum ratio is 5 to 40 weight %, and the balance is nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Nagata, Yoshiyuki Asakawa
  • Patent number: 8317744
    Abstract: A robotic catheter manipulator assembly may include a support member including a catheter manipulation base and a sheath manipulation base movable relative to each other and to the support member. Each respective manipulation base may be releasably connectable to a catheter cartridge and a sheath cartridge. A drive mechanism may be provided for moving the catheter and sheath manipulation bases relative to each other and to the support member. The manipulation base or the cartridge may include a first element engageable with a complementary second element slidably engaged with the other one of the manipulation base or the cartridge for controlling movement of a component connected to the cartridge. The cartridge, for example, may be a transseptal cartridge, a catheter cartridge or a sheath cartridge, and the component may respectively be a surgically insertable device such as a transseptal needle, a catheter or a sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark B. Kirschenman
  • Patent number: 8317745
    Abstract: A robotic catheter rotatable device cartridge may include a housing member attachable to a drive mechanism for rotating the cartridge and a catheter attached to the cartridge along an axial direction of the catheter. A slider block may be generally slidable relative to the housing and engaged with one or more steering wires for controlling movement of the catheter in a transverse direction relative to the axial direction. The catheter may include the steering wire(s) engaged therewith and movable in the transverse direction when the slider block is linearly driven in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Kirschenman, Troy T. Tegg, John A. Hauck
  • Patent number: 8313202
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a wing mirror unit for a motor vehicle comprising a central shaft and a mirror housing pivotably arranged around the central shaft. In an embodiment, a bottom surface of the mirror housing is supported on a supporting surface at the base of the central shaft and, through cooperation, first and second run-on surfaces define a predetermined angular position between the central shaft and the mirror housing corresponding to a folded-out position of the mirror housing. In an embodiment, first run-on surfaces are provided on a side of the mirror housing remote from the supporting surface, and second run-on surfaces are connected with the central shaft to be axially compliant and rotation-coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Paulus Gerardus Maria van Stiphout, Peter Alexander Hamming, Peter Jeroen Kerkhof, Marinus Roose, Marinus Jacobus Maria Van Zuijlen
  • Patent number: 8314525
    Abstract: An electrical actuator comprising a housing of plastic with a reversible low voltage motor (2), electrical equipment for controlling and supplying the motor with power, where the electrical equipment (19,15) is enclosed in an enclosure (20) of fire resistant material. By this the housing (1) can be designed according to strength, hygiene and sealing, while fire prevention as a result of defect in the electrical equipment can be limited to the separate enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Tom T. Kragh, René Sørensen, Finn Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 8313075
    Abstract: A lifting column for treatment tables, hospital- and care beds with a casing consisting of three telescopic members (11, 12, 13) with a drive unit located in the hollow of the intermediate member (12). The drive unit comprises a body element (22) with chain wheels (25, 33) and one chain (47) provided with driving rods (50, 51) secured to the two other telescopic members (11, 13). The drive unit further comprises a linear actuator (18) with an electric motor (19), which drives a spindle (21) located within the cross section of the body element (22) and a spindle nut (28) secured thereto for longitudinal displacement of the body element (22) with the chain wheels (25, 33), so that the telescopic members (11, 12, 13) are extended or retracted depending on the direction of rotation of the motor. Thus a compact structure is achieved as the guide is constructed as a casing and the actuator is integral with the body element which has one chain only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Tom Toft Kragh, Martin Kahr Knudsen
  • Patent number: D671007
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Lovelace, Jr., Sarah J. Perez
  • Patent number: D671573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Behr A/S
    Inventor: Kristian Ib Schmidt Behr
  • Patent number: D672737
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Aktieselskabet af 18. Juli 2011
    Inventor: Anders Hermansen
  • Patent number: D672915
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Martin Professional A/S
    Inventor: Uffe Kjaergaard Toft