Patents Assigned to W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11123174
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes treatment of the vasculature of a patient with an expandable implant. The implant is constrained to a reduced delivery diameter for delivery within the vasculature by at least one sleeve. The implant can be constrained to other diameters, such as an intermediate diameter. The sleeves can be expanded, allowing for expansion of the diameter of the expandable implant, by disengaging a coupling member from the sleeve or sleeves from outside of the body of the patient. The expandable implant can comprise a steering line or lines which facilitate bending and steering of the expandable implant through the vasculature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin C. Burkart, Patrick M. Norris
  • Patent number: 11122842
    Abstract: Disclosed are protective hoods including particle barrier layers to reduce or prevent penetration of the hoods by particulates in the environment of a wearer. The particle barrier layer of a hood is accessible when the hood is intact. A hood described herein optionally includes an aperture for accessing the particle barrier layer. A hood described herein optionally includes a face opening that engages with a face mask to form a protective seal. A hood described herein optionally includes a visual indicator to indicate when the hood is properly positioned with respect to a face mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., W. L. Gore & Associates GMBH
    Inventors: Holly Blake, Seth Harper, Allen Maples, Shawn Riley, Bernd Zischka, Werner Stübiger
  • Patent number: 11123183
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward centrally-opening leaflet prosthetic valve devices having a leaflet frame and a leaflet construct including one or more leaflets. In some examples, the leaflet construct is coupled to the leaflet frame via a retention element. In some examples, the retention element is in the form of an outer frame that is coaxially arranged with the leaflet frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Bennett, Joshua A. Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 11116621
    Abstract: A stent graft including a stent having a wall having at least one opening, an outer surface, and an inner surface and a covering of a composite material having a least one expanded fluoropolymer membrane and an elastomer is provided. The cover can be used to cover the outer and/or the inner surface of the stent. The expanded fluoropolymer membrane contains serpentine fibrils. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite material may be axially and/or circumferentially wrapped around the stent. The composite material is fold-free throughout its operating diameter range and exhibits a sharp increase in stiffness at a predetermined diameter. The stent graft can be designed to have a stop point in either a radial or axial direction. The stent graft can advantageously be implanted undersized with respect to a nominal diameter without having material infolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Ryan D. Kariniemi, Thomas E. Kariniemi, Jeffrey J. Kustusch, Jared S. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11116947
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward devices, systems and methods that reduce stress being exerted directly onto balloon seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Carey V. Campbell, Seana Giardini, James L. Goepfrich, Matthew E. Maulding, Benjamin M. Trapp
  • Patent number: 11116282
    Abstract: The invention is an article of footwear comprising a waterproof upper (30) material having a breathability of less than 3 mg/cm<2>/h according to ISO (11092, 14268) 14268 (2012). The upper (30) material comprising at least one vent having a vent assembly (31) disposed within the at least one vent. The vent assembly (31) further comprises a waterproof, water vapor permeable functional layer (38) and a plurality of slats (32) disposed adjacent to the functional layer (38) and spaced apart from each other and from the functional layer (38) to provide for water-vapor flow through the vent assembly (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 11122365
    Abstract: An acoustic protective cover assembly can include a retracted membrane material traversing across an acoustic pathway defined by an opening in a housing. The retracted membrane material can include a fibril structure characterized by serpentine fibrils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Zero, Zachary Lampert, Theresa Tonge
  • Patent number: 11109856
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that include a cord that is flexible and elongated defining a length. The cord may include a core having a porous surface and a porosity-reducing element on at least a portion of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany Gemetta, Rachel Radspinner, Elena Ten, Franklin C. Wetherell
  • Patent number: 11109963
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward centrally-opening leaflet prosthetic valve devices having a leaflet frame and a mechanically coupled leaflet. The described leaflet frames have projections that are configured to couple with a leaflet attachment region of a leaflet. Some embodiments include a leaflet retention feature that engages the leaflet frame projections and operates to secure the leaflet to the leaflet frame. Methods of making and using such prosthetic valve devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin V. Dienno, Cody L. Hartman, Ryan S. Titone, David J. Arcaro, Roy Manygoats, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11105039
    Abstract: A method is described for reducing the afterflame of a flammable, meltable material. A textile composite is described comprising an outer textile comprising a flammable, meltable material, and a heat reactive material comprising a polymer resin-expandable graphite mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Dattatreya Panse, Allen B. Maples
  • Patent number: 11103372
    Abstract: A stent incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent, spaced-apart stent elements. Preferably the spaced-apart adjacent stent elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having space provided between adjacent windings. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used. The connecting elements are typically web-shaped and result from creating slits or apertures in a covering of graft material applied to the stent and then, for example, applying heat to cause the slits or apertures to enlarge. The remaining graft material forms the interconnecting webs between the adjacent stent elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin C. Burkart, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Cody L. Hartman, James D. Silverman
  • Patent number: 11103373
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a deployment system for an endoluminal device. The deployment system includes a confining sheath placed around a compacted endoluminal device. A deployment line is provided in the system. As the deployment line is actuated, the sheath retracts from around the compacted endoluminal device. Once the sheath is retracted from around the compacted endoluminal device, the endoluminal device is operable to expand. Any remaining sheath material is removed from the implantation site along with the deployment line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Mark J. Ulm, Michael J. Vonesh
  • Patent number: 11090153
    Abstract: An implantable device is disclosed. The device includes a two or three-piece frame assembly that is configured to be delivered in a series configuration and subsequently nested or telescoped in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua C. Haarer, Cody L. Hartman, Roy Manygoats, Jr., Ryan S. Titone, Eric M. Tittelbaugh
  • Patent number: 11078821
    Abstract: A catalytic composite is formed of a catalytic layered assembly including a porous catalytic fluoropolymer film and one or more felt batts connected with the porous catalytic fluoropolymer film. At least one felt batt is positioned adjacent the upstream side of the porous catalytic fluoropolymer film to form the catalytic composite. The fluoropolymer film is perforated to allow for enhanced airflow therethrough while retaining the capability of catalyzing the reduction or removal of chemical species in fluid flowing through the catalytic composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eves, Tarun Poddar, John A. Tomanovich
  • Publication number: 20210229020
    Abstract: Systems and methods of filtering with filter assemblies including a frame having a header structure, an end cap structure, and a plurality of side plates coupling the header structure to the end cap structure are provided. The filter pleated media may include an upstream surface and a downstream surface opposite the upstream surface in a direction of flow through the filter assembly, and the filter pleated media may include a pleated configuration. The filter assemblies may further include a support member coupled to a portion of the frame and along at least one of the upstream surface or the downstream surface of the filter pleated media. The support member may at least partially penetrate the pleated configuration and extend into a pleat of the pleated configuration of the filter pleat media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai Poon, Ryder William Pingry, Chinedu David Chikwem
  • Patent number: 11071947
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method of regenerating at least one filter medium comprising: providing at least one filter medium, wherein the at least one filter medium comprises: at least one catalyst material; and ammonium bisulfate (ABS) deposits, ammonium sulfate (AS) deposits, or any combination thereof; flowing a flue gas stream transverse to a cross-section of a filter medium, such that the flue gas stream passes through the cross section of the at least one filter medium, wherein the flue gas stream comprises: NOx compounds comprising: Nitric Oxide (NO), and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2); and increasing an NOx removal efficiency of the at least one filter medium after removal of deposits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuonan Song, Stephen Stark
  • Patent number: 11071626
    Abstract: Various features and associated advantages are described for diametrically adjustable support structures, adjustable valve structures, removable/replaceable valve structures, and associated systems and methods. Although some examples are directed toward prosthetic valve that is a conduit having a valve structure, or a “valved conduit” (e.g., used to replace a pulmonary valve and a portion of the corresponding pulmonary artery or an aortic valve and the aortic root), and other examples are directed toward prosthetic valves implanted native valve orifices (e.g., to replace an aortic or mitral valve), the features and advantages of the structures associated with those examples are interchangeable regardless of a particular application for which the examples are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle W. Colavito, Dustin V. Dienno, Paul D. Goodman, Brandon C. Hedberg, Brandon A. Lurie, Devin M. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11064985
    Abstract: Tissue plugs for occlusion of hollow anatomical structures and methods for their use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Sherif A. Eskaros, John M. Herman
  • Patent number: 11065112
    Abstract: Described embodiments are related to a prosthetic valve for surgical placement with a sewing cuff durably attached to a frame. The durability of the attachment is accomplished by sandwiching a fabric between the frame and a composite material. The fabric extends beyond the frame base to form a sewing cuff that is integral to a frame assembly. The sewing cuff facilitates tissue ingrowth while tissue ingrowth is discouraged elsewhere around the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gassler
  • Patent number: D926322
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Bennett, Ryan D. Smith, Ryan S. Titone