Patents Represented by Attorney Inskeep IP Group, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8348963
    Abstract: A support, and a method for attaching said support, for providing additional strength to existing regurgitant or prolapsed valve leaflets. The support restores an otherwise non-functioning, or poorly functioning, native valve to a functioning condition, obviating the need for a complete valve removal or replacement. The support may also be applied to a functioning valve leaflet as a prophylactic measure against future failure. The delivery method includes a delivery mechanism for attaching the support to the native valve leaflet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8342682
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for molding plastic optical articles with a hard coated film, comprising steps of coating one side of an optical film with a hard coating, pre-curing the hard coating to a tack free state while still maintaining the coating flexibility, making an insert from the coated film for the desired optical article, molding the plastic resin onto the insert through insert injection molding, and post-curing the molded article. The utilization of the pre-curing and post-curing steps have been found to eliminate hard coating cracks during the insert making and the molding step, while providing a hard coating with desired properties. Such an optical article possesses a hard coating integrated on its surface, thus, eliminating the need to further coat the optical article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Hannah Vu
  • Patent number: 8328166
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a restraint system is described for restraining a standing occupant in a vehicle such as a plane or helicopter. The restraint system includes a webbing strap that winds and unwinds from a spool assembly. The spool assembly includes a trigger assembly that locks a spool from rotation, a manual release assembly for manually releasing the trigger assembly and lock, and an adjustable payout assembly that determines the maximum length that the webbing strap can be pulled out before stopping (i.e., the number of rotations of the spool). The trigger assembly can trigger the lock assembly from one or more sensors. Further, the trigger assembly can be arranged to automatically unlock after a triggering event, manually unlocked after a triggering event or a combination of the two for different sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MillenWorks
    Inventors: Matthew M. O'Brien, Christopher C. Culbertson, Colin A. Godby, Stephen M. King, Grant R. McCloud, Charles E. Van Druff
  • Patent number: 8323306
    Abstract: A vaso-occlusive device includes a microcoil formed into a minimum energy state secondary configuration comprising a plurality of curved segments, each defining a discrete axis, whereby the device, in its minimum energy state configuration, defines multiple axes. Confinement of the device within an aneurysm causes it to assume a three-dimensional configuration with a higher energy state than the minimum energy state. Because the minimum energy state configuration of the device is larger (in at least one dimension) than the aneurysm, the deployed device is constrained by its contact with the walls of the aneurysm from returning to its minimum energy state configuration. The engagement of the device with the aneurysm wall minimizes shifting or tumbling due to blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Schaefer, Brian J. Cox, George R. Greene, Jr., David A. Ferrera, Matthew Fitz, Robert F. Rosenbluth
  • Patent number: 8313093
    Abstract: A portable vise, particularly for use in supporting elongated member, provides a convenient design for safely cutting, drilling, welding, and painting. An elongated member is inserted through an aperture of a vise body. The vise rests upon the ground or other work surface such that one end of the elongated member is supported over the work surface while the other end of the elongated member rests upon the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Tri-Vise, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond H. Losi, Jr., David W. McManama
  • Patent number: 8298671
    Abstract: A photochromic polyurethane laminate that is constructed to solve certain manufacturing difficulties involved in the production of plastic photochromic lenses is disclosed. The photochromic laminate includes at least two layers of a resinous material and a photochromic polyurethane layer that is interspersed between the two resinous layers and which contains photochromic compounds. The polyurethane layer is formed by curing a mixture of a solid thermoplastic polyurethane, at least one isocyanate prepolymer, at least one photochromic compound, and a stabilizing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Insight Equity, A.P.X, LP
    Inventors: Xuzhi Qin, Hideyo Sugimura, Michael S. Boulineau
  • Patent number: 8292823
    Abstract: A system and method for detection of a brainstem disorder, such as schizophrenia, using brainstem audiometry, is disclosed. A subject's (4) responses on the physical properties of sound, such as frequency, time and amplitude, are being detected. Sound stimuli are being presented, via a communication element (2) through a hearing organ (3) to the subject. Elements (7) are attached to the subject (4) for measurement of the subject's electrophysiological brain activity. Simultaneously as the mentioned sound stimuli (1) are presented to the subject (4) a trig signal is sent out from the organ for generation of stimuli (1), via a trig box (5), further to an organ for registration (6) of the electrophysiological brain activity in the subject (4), whereafter the electrophysiological brain activity is stored and imaged in computer equipment (8) for determination of a brainstem disorder in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: SensoDetect Aktiebolog
    Inventors: Olle Olsson, Sören Nielzén, Sara Fristedt Nehlstedt, Johan Källstrand
  • Patent number: 8273100
    Abstract: A vaso-occlusive device includes inner, intermediate, and outer elements arranged coaxially. The inner element is a filamentous element, preferably a microcoil. The intermediate element is made of a non-metallic material, preferably an expansile polymer. The outer element is substantially non-expansile and defines at least one gap or opening through which the intermediate element is exposed. In a preferred embodiment, when the intermediate element is expanded, it protrudes through the at least one gap or opening in the outer element and assumes a configuration with an undulating, convexly-curved outer surface defining a chain of arcuate segments, each having a diameter significantly greater than the diameter of the outer element. The expanded configuration of the intermediate element minimizes friction when the device is deployed through a microcatheter, thereby reducing the likelihood of buckling while maintaining excellent flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventor: George Martinez
  • Patent number: 8274171
    Abstract: A two-wire power and communication system is provided, having a decoder that draws a constant amount of current for communication signals despite changes in the voltage on the power and communication wires. In one example, decoders have a constant current sink circuit that includes a shunt regulator that controls a field effect transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Alex Korol, Eduardo Fregoso
  • Patent number: 8257376
    Abstract: A tissue lesion creating device is structured and arranged to be inserted through the vascular system into a body vessel adjacent the heart and to be subsequently subjected to a change of shape in order to penetrate into the heart tissue. The tissue lesion creating device may thus be used for treating disorders to the heart rhythm regulation system. A kit of devices provides a plurality of devices for creating a lesion pattern for treating such disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Syntach AG
    Inventor: Jan Otto Solem
  • Patent number: 8252040
    Abstract: The present application discloses an apparatus for treating vascular aneurysms and includes a radially expandable substantially cylindrical structure formed from a plurality of support members and defining a plurality of openings, and at least one reactive material strand selectively integrated into the substantially cylindrical structure. The reactive material is configured to assume a non-reacted state and a reacted state. The reactive material in the reacted state is configured to restrict a flow of blood to an aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Cox
  • Patent number: 8218846
    Abstract: A navigation system for use in a luminal network of a patient, such as the airways, that is able to analyze a three-dimensional model of the luminal network and automatically determine a pathway from an entry point to a designated target. The system further automatically assigns waypoints along the determined pathway in order to assist a physician in navigating a probe to the designated target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: superDimension, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dror Trumer, Yaniv Nir, Dorian Averbuch
  • Patent number: 8215570
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method to control the flow duration and the flow rate of each individual sprinkler head wirelessly in each zone of an automatic sprinkler system. The system comprises a plurality of sensors, preferably wireless, to control the sprinkler heads, either directly or through a controller. The system enables precise control over irrigation times for the areas covered by each sprinkler head. The system also enables each sprinkler head to control its on/off and duration decisions based on receiving data from a sensor within an irrigation zone of an automatic sprinkler system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Digital Sun, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale K. Hitt
  • Patent number: 8218847
    Abstract: A registration method whereby a sensor-based approach is used to establish initial registration and whereby upon the commencement of navigating an endoscope, image-based registration methods are used in order to more accurately maintain the registration between the endoscope location and previously-acquired images. A six-degree-of-freedom location sensor is placed on the probe in order to reduce the number of previously-acquired images that must be compared to a real-time image obtained from the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: superDimension, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dorian Averbuch, Oded Zur, Oren Weingarten
  • Patent number: 8209061
    Abstract: A multi-zone landscape irrigation and lighting system includes a personal computer equipped with a detachable wireless remote, and a multi-station controller operating a plurality of irrigation valves and lighting circuits in accordance with schedules wirelessly transmitted to it by the computer through the remote. When detached from the computer, the remote can wirelessly operate selected irrigation or lighting zones manually. The computer has an intuitive graphic user interface capable of using actual zone photographs to identify individual zones in a strip of zone icons. The icon strip is movable past a lens-like window, the zone icon under the lens at a given time determining the zone currently programmable. A residential system can be operated by a contractor from the street, and the system can be programmed by e-mail from the contractor's shop. Fully automatic operation may be derived from data obtained over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Doug Palmer, Alex Korol
  • Patent number: 8192487
    Abstract: The field of the present invention relates to a novel method for producing tissue or organ in a mammal by implanting in vivo a novel three dimensional biodegradable scaffold. The novel three dimensional biodegradable scaffolds overcome the barrier of developing large organs with tissue engineering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: BioStruxs, LLC
    Inventors: Mai Nguyen Brooks, James P Watson
  • Patent number: 8192480
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting implant detachment within the body of a patient. The activation of the heater coil causes the degradation, melting or reduction of a component that brings the heater coil into or out of electrical contact with another component, or causes the individual loops of the coil to contact each other, thereby resulting in a notable change in resistance in the circuit supplying the heater coil with electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai D. Tieu, George Martinez
  • Patent number: 8187214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for making extracorporeal blood circulation available, in a particular a heart-lung machine, comprising machine, comprising a venous connection and an arterial connection, between which a blood reservoir, a blood pump and a bubble detector for the detection of air bubbles are provided, with, downstream of the bubble detector, an arterial line leading to the arterial connection via an arterial clamp and a bypass leading via a bypass clamp back into the blood reservoir which is connected to a pump extracting air from the blood reservoir. In addition, the present invention relates to a method of operating such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Lifebridge Medizintechnik AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Brieske, Michael Brieske
  • Patent number: 8190240
    Abstract: A device and method for gas measurements in body cavities are provided. These may be any body cavity containing a free gas, where there is an interest in detecting and/or measuring the concentration of said free gas by non-invasive or minimally invasive method. According to an exemplary embodiment measurement of free oxygen in cranium cavities is performed by scattering media absorption spectroscopy, and in particular variations of such oxygen. This is particularly useful for diagnostic purposes based on the measurements, for instance for detecting sinusitis or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: GasPorOx AB
    Inventors: Sune Svanberg, Linda Person, Katarina Svanberg
  • Patent number: 8182506
    Abstract: The present invention provides for implant delivery devices and methods of use. The delivery devices and methods of the present invention include a delivery pusher, an implant, a tether connected therebetween and a heater. Activation and application of the heater to the tether allows quick release of an implant into the vasculature of a human patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Fitz, Joseph Gulachenski