Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus
  • Patent number: 8348992
    Abstract: A stent is provided with a plurality of annular elements. Each annular element has a compressed state and an expanded state. At least one connecting member connects adjacent annular elements to form a plurality of cells with each cell having an area. The stent has a first segment and a second segment, with the first segment having a plurality of combined adjacent cells that impart greater flexibility to the first segment than the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Brown, Michael L. Davis
  • Patent number: 8349237
    Abstract: Composite fiber reinforced balloons for medical devices are prepared by applying a web of fibers to the exterior of a preformed underlayer balloon, encasing the web with a matrix material to form an assembly, and inserting the assembly into a preformed outer layer balloon to form the composite balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Horn, John J. Chen, Ying Xiong, Joe Khammoungkhoune, John Blix, Aaron Khieu
  • Patent number: 8348617
    Abstract: Method for the emergency braking of a wind power plant, in which at least one rotor blade of the wind power plant is adjusted into its feathering position, wherein a first phase, in which the at least one rotor blade is adjusted with a first speed, and a second phase, in which the at least one rotor blade is adjusted as of a predetermined first blade pitch angle with a second speed, which is increased until a maximum speed is reached and/or until a second determined blade pitch angle is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nordex Energy GmbH
    Inventor: Winulf Machold
  • Patent number: 8349474
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hob cutter tool with a coating, wherein the coating is produced by a physical vapor deposition method, in which in a coating chamber in an atmosphere containing nitrogen, an arc discharge is generated in each case between at least one anode and at least one pure Al cathode on the one hand, and at least one pure Cr cathode on the other hand, and in this way, Al and Cr are vaporized from the cathode, in which the hob cutter tool to be coated is rotated in the coating chamber, wherein the tool is subsequently guided past the at least two cathodes, and in which the vaporized Al and Cr is deposited in atomic or ionized form together with nitrogen from the atmosphere containing nitrogen onto the hob cutter tool led rotating past the cathodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fette GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Morstein, Tibor Cselle, Andreas Lumkemann, Jorn Kohlscheen
  • Patent number: 8349450
    Abstract: A thermal spray powder contains granulated and sintered particles composed of an oxide of any of the rare earth elements having an atomic number from 60 to 70. The average particle size of the primary particles constituting the granulated and sintered particles is 2 to 10 ?m. The crushing strength of the granulated and sintered particles is 7 to 50 MPa. A plasma resistant member includes a substrate and a thermal spray coating provided on the surface of the substrate. The thermal spray coating is formed by thermal spraying, preferably plasma thermal spraying, the thermal spray powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujimi Incorporated
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ibe, Isao Aoki, Junya Kitamura, Hiroaki Mizuno, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Nobuyuki Nagayama
  • Patent number: 8348991
    Abstract: A stent can comprise a tubular body having a first region and a second region. The tubular body is defined by a plurality of serpentine bands. Each serpentine band comprises a plurality of alternating proximal turns and distal turns connected by struts. The second region comprises a first serpentine band and a second serpentine band that overlap one another about a common stent circumference. The first region comprises a serpentine band that is not overlapped by another serpentine band about a common stent circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Karl A. Jagger, Tracee Eidenschink, James Anderson
  • Patent number: 8348993
    Abstract: Stents having a plurality of serpentine bands including a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and a middle portion therebetween are herein disclosed. Each of the bands includes peaks and valleys. Serpentine bands of the proximal end portion are connected together in a repeating pattern of connected and unconnected peaks and valleys. Serpentine bands of the distal end portion are connected together in a repeating pattern of connected and unconnected peaks and valleys. The repeating pattern of the proximal end portion is different than the repeating pattern of the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Tischler, Ben Bidne, Dennis Peiffer, James F. Hemerick, Chad Perrin
  • Patent number: 8343211
    Abstract: A stent assembly comprises a second stent body and a substantially tubular first stent body defining a first lumen and containing a side branch opening. In an undeployed state, the second stent body is at least partially comprised of rings having peaks and valleys at least some of the valleys of adjacent rings being interconnected by bridges. In an expanded state, the rings of the second stent body define a second lumen opening in fluid communication with the first lumen. The second lumen has superior body vessel coverage and is flexible enough to form an oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the first stent body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Gregorich, Michael P. Meyer, Richard C. Tooley, Shawn Sorenson
  • Patent number: 8343213
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus for methods for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. The apparatus includes an expandable anchor with leaflet engagement elements on the proximal end of the anchor and a replacement valve. The leaflet engagement elements can be used to prevent distal migration and insure proper positioning of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sadra Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Brian D. Brandt, Robert A. Geshlider, Dwight P. Morejohn, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 8343207
    Abstract: An implantable composite medical device having a longitudinal length a woven textile portion having yarns interlaced in a woven pattern, a knitted textile portion having yarns interlooped in a knitted pattern. The woven and knitted portions are securably attached to one and the other to provide a composite woven and knitted textile surface along the longitudinal length of the device. The woven portion may have a permeability from about 30 to about 500 ml/min/cm2, and the knitted portion may have a permeability from about 30 to about 15,000 ml/min/cm2. Further, a crimped woven portion with a resiliently longitudinal stretchability from about 10 to about 100 linear percent over its quiescent longitudinal dimension or an uncrimped woven portion with a resiliently longitudinal stretchability of less than about 10 linear percent over its quiescent longitudinal dimension are useful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald Rakos, Krzysztof Sowinski
  • Patent number: 8337968
    Abstract: A medical device, for instance a device inserted into the body such as catheter or a balloon, at least a portion of which is made of a thermoplastic polymeric material. The thermoplastic polymeric material comprises a blend or laminate of an aromatic protectant polymer and a radiation sensitive polymer, and/or the polymeric material includes a stabilizer against radiation oxidative degradation. The device is sterilized by exposure to high energy radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Lixiao Wang, John Jianhua Chen
  • Patent number: 8340731
    Abstract: A wireless headset has a body, an ear clip, and at least two devices for converting at least two different sources of energy into electrical power. The body includes an RF integrated circuit in electrical communication with an antenna and a baseband circuit, the baseband circuit being in electrical communication with a microphone and a speaker. The at least two devices for converting at least two different sources of energy into electrical power are in electrical communication with the RF integrated circuit and the baseband circuit. The ear clip is engaged to the body. The at least two sources of energy are selected from the group consisting of solar energy, thermoelectric energy, piezoelectric energy, and vibration energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Braden Kroll, Mark W. Kroll
  • Patent number: 8337543
    Abstract: A system for intraluminally delivering and deploying stents and other prostheses includes an outer catheter, an inner catheter movable axially relative to the outer catheter, and an anchoring device mounted to a distal end region of the inner catheter. The anchoring device includes one or more control features that interact with a linking structure proximally disposed on the prosthesis, preferably including one or more loops. The control features and loops interact by surface engagement to anchor the prosthesis relative to the inner catheter in a nonfrictional manner, thus to maintain lower axial prosthesis deployment and retraction forces. In one version of the anchor, the control features extend radially outward from a sleeve. In another version, the control features are formed in respective recesses which also receive the loops or other linking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Jordan, Gary J. Leanna, Dean Molloy, Paul K. Norton
  • Patent number: 8336572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a double seat valve which is capable of cleaning the seat. The double seat valve includes a closing element (4), when in its closed position rests with a stop surface (4e), arranged on a boundary surface thereof radially adjacent on an inner side to a seal (7), on a second seating surface (2b) and directly adjacent to a first seating surface (2a, 2g) with a central recess (4d) provided in a front face of the closing element (4) facing a leakage cavity (5). The closing element (4) further includes a deflector surface (4b) opening in a front face (4c), wherein the deflector surface (4b) and the slop surface (4e) form a circumferential edge (U2) directly adjacent to a first end section (2g) of the first seating surface (2a) in the closed position of the closing element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Burmester, Matthias Suedel
  • Patent number: 8337741
    Abstract: A method for operating a rotary press, comprising a rotor rotatably driven about a vertical axis that has a die-plate and upper and lower rams which, while being guided vertically in guides of the rotor, interact with holes of dies in the die-plate wherein at least one compression station is provided and has an upper and a lower pressing roller past which the presser rams run along and by which they are moved towards the die-bore for the purpose of compacting the material in the die-hole, wherein the upper and lower rams are lifted subsequent to the compression procedure, causing the lower ram to eject a compact from the die and the compact to be stripped by a stripper in the direction of a discharge chute, characterized in that while an compact ejection procedure is under way the upper ram stands upright on top of the compact and is lifted therewith and the stripper seizes the compact laterally while the upper ram is still standing upright on top of the compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fette GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Romer, Ulrich Zeuschner, Ingo Schmidt, Thorsten Ehrich, Kurt Marquardt
  • Patent number: 8333758
    Abstract: Improved systems, devices, and methods for delivering cryogenic cooling fluid to cryosurgical probes such as cryosurgical endovascular balloon catheters take advantage of the transients during the initiation and termination of cryogenic fluid flow to moderate the treatment temperatures of tissues engaged by the probe. A flow limiting element along a cryogenic fluid path intermittently interrupts the flow of cooling fluid, often cycling both the fluid flow and treatment temperature. This can maintain the tissue treatment temperature within a predetermined range which is above the treatment temperature provided by a steady flow of cryogenic fluid. In another aspect, room temperature single-use cooling fluid cartridges are filled with a sufficient quantity of cryosurgical fluid to effect a desired endovascular cryosurgical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed
    Inventors: James Joye, Richard S. Williams, Ronald Williams
  • Patent number: 8328236
    Abstract: A floor conveyor, with a frame on which a drive unit and a load unit are attached, the load unit having a load carrying means adjustable in its height, further with two parallel wheel arms which are adapted to be mounted on the outer sides of the frame, each wheel arm mounting one load wheel, and with means for reducing the distance of the wheel arms from each other, wherein a frame portion or a frame plate is fixedly connected to the frame on each outer side thereof, said frame portion or frame plate having an outer bearing surface and holes which result in a first hole pattern, wherein a wheel arm plate is connected to the wheel arms, which has first through bores resulting in a second hole pattern, and an inner bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Jungheinrich AG
    Inventors: Rainer Faehndrich, Lars Hildebrand, Matthias Roder
  • Patent number: 8332076
    Abstract: A wind farm with plural wind turbines which are connectible to a farm grid that is in turn connectible to an electricity supply mains via a connection point, wherein the wind farm features the following: a central control system, which determines a correction value for a local desired value for one or plural wind turbines by way of a first regulator, depending on an actual value of an electric variable before or after the connection point, and a turbine control for at least one wind turbine, which determines a local desired value for an electric variable to be generated by the wind turbine by way of a second regulator, depending on an actual value of an electric variable measured in the farm grid, wherein the turbine control determines the sum of the local desired value and the correction value as the total desired value for the electric variable of the wind turbine to be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nordex Energy GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Fischle, Ulrich Harms, Mark Jurkat, Kay Richter
  • Patent number: 8330599
    Abstract: An intelligent video/audio observation and identification database system may define a security zone or group of zones. The system may identify vehicles and individuals entering or exiting the zone through image recognition of the vehicle or individual as compared to prerecorded information stored in a database. The system may alert security personnel as to warrants or other information discovered pertaining to the recognized vehicle or individual resulting from a database search. The system may compare images of a suspect vehicle, such as an undercarriage image, to standard vehicle images stored in the database and alert security personnel as to potential vehicle overloading or foreign objects detected, such as potential bombs. The system may track individuals or vehicles within a zone or between zones. The system may further learn the standard times and locations of vehicles or individuals tracked by the system and alert security personnel upon deviation from standard activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: John C. Pederson
  • Patent number: D672267
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Lawrence Anonychuk