Patents Represented by Attorney Rutan & Tucker, LLP
  • Patent number: 8347730
    Abstract: A substantially flexible implant holder for holding a substantially tubular implant structure during fatigue testing of the implant structure, the implant holder having a substantially elongate cavity for occupation by the tubular implant structure and a cavity-surrounding part which extends from at least a first longitudinal end of the cavity to at least a second longitudinal end of the cavity, the cavity-surrounding part having a stiffness which gradually changes from a relatively high stiffness adjacent each of the longitudinal ends of the cavity to a relatively low stiffness adjacent a middle portion which is situated between the two longitudinal ends of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Lorenz, Thiemo Blank, Roman Forreiter
  • Patent number: 8337411
    Abstract: Described herein are devices, systems, kits and methods for measuring intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) from a patient catheterized with a urinary catheter system. Devices may include a bypass lumen configured to connect to a pressure transducer, a sampling port connector connected to the bypass lumen, a drain tube housing configured to at least partially enclose a portion of the drain tube of a urinary catheter system, and a clamp mechanism. The sampling port connector may be configured for removable attachment to the sampling port of the urinary catheter system to form a fluid connection between the urinary catheter system and the bypass lumen of the IAP device. The clamp mechanism may be configured to controllably occlude the lumen of the urinary catheter system drain tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasu Nishtala, Rex Nagao, Scott D. Ferguson, Robin J. Hanson, Anatoly Solunin, Alexander Shamray
  • Patent number: 8337484
    Abstract: A proximally trimmable catheter is disclosed. In one embodiment, the catheter includes a multi-lumen catheter tube, one or more extension tubes, and a hub for fluidly connecting the two. In a first unlocked state, the hub is axially slidable along the catheter tube. The hub includes tube pins that are in fluid communication with the extension tubes. A cutting member is positioned to longitudinally cut the catheter tube during axial sliding of the hub along the catheter tube such that distal portions of the tube pins remain disposed within the lumens of the catheter tube. When positioned as desired, the hub is locked into a second locked state and is no longer axially slidable along the catheter tube. The tube pins are fluidly sealed within the lumens of the catheter tube as to establish fluid communication between the extension tubes and the lumens via the tube pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Band, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel B. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8341051
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an online property auction whereby the system allows for identifying an owner of property willing to sell his property by an online auction, entering into a contract with the owner obligating him to complete the sales of his property conducted pursuant to terms of the contract; pre-arranging a minimum auction price for his property that accounts for the owner's interest, plus costs and fees, conducting the on-line auction with a plurality of bidders for his property whereby at the on-line auction's conclusion there is a winning bidder and ensuring the transfer of the winning bidder's funds to the escrow holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Property Liquidators LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Curtis Collett, Norman Alan Zahler
  • Patent number: 8337650
    Abstract: A method for forming a self-expanding stent-graft, including coupling a shape memory member to a polymer cladding to form a polymer clad member, disposing a length of the polymer clad member in an overlapping helical manner about a longitudinal axis, joining and sealing adjacent overlapping regions of the polymer clad member to form a stent-graft, manipulating the stent-graft from a first diameter to a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, and loading the stent-graft into a restraining sheath at the second diameter, the restraining sheath preventing expansion of the stent-graft from the second diameter to the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarun J. Edwin, Rajagopal R. Kowligi, Brendan McCrea, Christopher E. Banas
  • Patent number: 8336151
    Abstract: The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert of foam material that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant that is housed within a housing of alcohol compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After the removal of the lid, the insert of foam material is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a plurality of resilient fingers that substantially occupy a cross sectional area of the cavity to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior luminal surface of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall Kerr, Michael J. Vaillancourt, Catherine C. Breiter
  • Patent number: 8337475
    Abstract: A corporeal drainage system including a fluid receptacle. The fluid receptacle in one embodiment is disposable and may be manipulated to generate a negative fluid pressure. The fluid receptacle in another embodiment is reusable and includes features to enable the insertion of a disposable bag therein. A pump may be integral to the fluid receptacle, the pump including a pair of unidirectional check valves. A catheter connection system is described, which facilitates connection between a fluid flow conduit and an implanted catheter. Methods of producing active and passive siphon systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Steven M. Smith, Jim C. Beasley, Kelly B. Powers
  • Patent number: 8336152
    Abstract: The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant and that is housed within a housing of alcohol-compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After removal of the lid, the insert is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a base from which extends an outer wall that defines a chamber. A plurality of complaint fingers extend from the base into the chamber. A plurality of wipers extend radially inward from the outer wall into the chamber to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior surface of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vaillancourt, Marshall Kerr, Jeffrey D. Bright
  • Patent number: 8333799
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of a stent with a high degree of flexibility are shown and described. The stent can include a continuous helical winding having interconnected struts joined at vertices, and having bridges connecting sections of the helical winding to each other. An annular ring can be provided at one or both ends of the helical winding, and the annular ring can have five extensions extending to connect to the helical winding. One of the extensions can connect to a bridge and another extension can connect to a vertex. The struts at the ends of the helical winding can have strut lengths that differ from the strut lengths of the struts in a central portion of the winding between the ends of the winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Scott L. Jahrmarkt, Charles R. Slater, Peter K. Kratsch
  • Patent number: 8333737
    Abstract: Systems and methods for administering drugs to a patient, including a syringe system. The syringe system includes a plastic needle coupled to an end of a syringe barrel, the needle including a proximal taper and a distal taper. A cannula assembly is removably coupled to the plastic needle, the cannula including mating surfaces for the proximal and distal tapers of the plastic needle. The syringe system can also include a cannula cover with a first and second end with different sizes to respectively attach to the cannula assembly and the barrel when the cannula assembly is removed. The cannula may have a distal tip cut at an angle to ensure maximum removal of drug from a given vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: JMS North America Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Nagase, Shenna Tang, Penghai Zhao
  • Patent number: 8333785
    Abstract: A filter with translating hooks is described. The filter can include strut members having first and second struts connected by a connecting portion. A translating hook is disposed adjacent the connecting portion of the strut members, the hook including a first elongate member attached at one end to the first strut and a second elongate member attached at one end to a second strut, the opposite ends of the elongate members connected together to define a tip. The translating hooks are configured to bend toward a central axis of the filter when the filter is in a collapsed configuration for delivery to a blood vessel and recovery from a blood vessel, and away from the central axis of the filter when the filter is in an expanded configuration within a blood vessel such that the hooks engage a vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej J. Chanduszko, Scott L. Randall, William R. Bratt
  • Patent number: 8333753
    Abstract: A drain for use in medical applications may include an elongated conduit configured to be implanted in a body cavity, wherein the conduit has a proximal end and a distal end. The conduit may include at least one channel configured to drain fluid from the body cavity and at least one lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the conduit. The lumen may be at least partially surrounded by the at least one channel and may be separated from the at least one channel by a wall. At least one hole in the wall may be configured to provide fluid communication between the lumen and the at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Vasu Nishtala
  • Patent number: 8328797
    Abstract: Method and device for cutting a blood vessel using a cutting tool from within the blood vessel. A first cut portion of the blood vessel is fused to a second blood vessel to provide a flow channel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Wilson, Alan B. Bachman
  • Patent number: 8328865
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of a stent with a high degree of flexibility are shown and described. The stent can include a continuous helical winding having interconnected struts joined at vertices, and having bridges connecting sections of the helical winding to each other. An annular ring can be provided at one or both ends of the helical winding, and the annular ring can have extensions extending to connect to the helical winding. One of the extensions can connect to a bridge and another extension can connect to a vertex. The struts at the ends of the helical winding can have strut lengths that differ from the strut lengths of the struts in a central portion of the winding between the ends of the winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Scott L. Jahrmarkt, Charles R. Slater, Peter K. Kratsch
  • Patent number: 8328792
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pre-wetted intermittent catheter apparatus including a collapsible container having a conduit positioned therein as well as a wetting fluid. The conduit has a lubricious coating disposed thereon such that the coating is hydrated upon contact with the wetting fluid in the container, providing a slippery surface for the conduit, which facilitates introduction of the conduit into a user. An introduction member may be incorporated into the distal end of the container and a disposal member may be incorporated into the proximal end, each respectively being positioned in an opening in the container and in communication with the conduit such that fluid flow through the conduit (positioned in the container) is enabled. A bag may be attached to or incorporated into the disposal member to provide a closed system such that the user or assistant is not exposed to potential contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasu Nishtala, Michael O'Grady, Robert Young
  • Patent number: 8323326
    Abstract: A catheter device having a shaft that extends from a proximal end to a distal end to carry on its distal end a self-expanding implant for intraluminal advance on a guidewire and delivery of the implant to an implant site by proximal withdrawal of a longitudinal sheath that lies radially outside the implant in the catheter, the catheter including a first shaft element to pull the sheath proximally and a second shaft element to push the implant distally to prevent the implant moving proximally with the sheath when the sheath is pulled proximally, wherein the sheath is freely rotatable with respect to the first shaft element during the said intraluminal advance and, during proximal movement, is caused to abut the first shaft element at an abutment position by a reduced inner diameter portion of the sheath proximal of the abutment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Angiomed GmbH & Co. Medizintechnik KG.
    Inventors: Jürgen Dorn, Martin Wuebbeling, Erhard Elsässer
  • Patent number: 8323227
    Abstract: Multi-lumen catheters with improved tip configurations, including a triple-lumen catheter which may be useful for apheresis. In one variation, the catheter has three lumens with distal openings angularly spaced apart and staggered axially with respect to one another. In another variation, the catheter has two lumens exiting distally and one centrally positioned lumen exiting proximally. A third variation is a catheter with a single distal opening and two proximal openings. The staggered lumen openings along the axial length of the catheter may decrease recirculation while maximizing flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Hamatake, Jason R. Stats, Amir Orome, Joseph H. Barrett, Dallen Glen Herzog
  • Patent number: 8323331
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a radially expansible stent formed from a tube, comprising a continuous spiral of tube material with a plurality of turns (30, 32) wrapping about a longitudinal axis from a first end of the stent to a second end of the stent, the spiral including a plurality of struts (40, 42) in a zig-zag arrangement joined at points of inflection (44), wherein each strut includes a double bend (46) remote from a point of inflection (44) and first (58, 60) and second (62, 64) length portions on opposite sides of the double bend (46); adjacent struts (40, 42) have handed double bends that are substantially mirror images of one another, the handed double bends facing each other such that in a stent collapsed configuration the length portions (58, 60) of adjacent struts on a first side of the double bends (46) are spaced closer than the length portions (62, 64) of adjacent struts on a second side of the double bends (46) opposite the first side, the adjacent struts on said first side of the double bend
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Gael Dreher
  • Patent number: 8322593
    Abstract: A method of cutting, polishing and then welding together two metallic components (10, 18), in which the respective components (10, 18) are cut to define respective cut surfaces (14, 16) that are to be polished and fitted together, both to define the relative positions of the two components (10, 18) to be fixed by the welding and to provide facing weld surfaces at which the two components (10, 18) can be welded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Thilo Wack
  • Patent number: D672092
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Mitch Junkins