Patents Examined by Brian E. Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 10406006
    Abstract: Methods of providing a stent assembly that includes a stent jacket formed from an expansible mesh structure having apertures and that includes a fiber having a diameter of about 7 micrometers and about 40 micrometers, and an expansible stent operatively associated with the stent jacket. The method further comprises administering to the subject an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) eluted from the stent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INSPIREMD, LTD.
    Inventors: Eli Bar, Asher Holzer, Ofir Paz
  • Patent number: 10406008
    Abstract: An intravascular device configured to treat an aneurysm that includes a support structure including metal struts configured to be positioned in a body lumen and defining a central fluid passage that extends axially along the support structure, and a knitted mesh cover disposed over an exterior thereof and across a radial arc and along a length of the support structure sufficient to exceed an opening of an aneurysm to be treated, and the cover includes a polymer fiber having a diameter of at least 40 nanometers to 30 microns and apertures therethrough, the apertures being sized to prevent blood from passing through the device to prevent further expansion of the aneurysm. Devices including apertures that are at least 20 microns and sized to minimize or prevent an aneurysm-filling material from exiting the aneurysm through the knitted mesh cover and support structure, and methods of stenting, are also encompassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INSPIREMD, LTD.
    Inventors: Asher Holzer, Eli Bar, Ofir Paz
  • Patent number: 10398541
    Abstract: The multi-material stent includes a renal portion and a bladder portion with respective, different hardness. A valve is disposed within the stent to guide liquid from the renal portion of the stent to the bladder portion of the stent. The present invention relates towards systems and method for stents. More particularly, the invention relates to a stent designed to increase patient comfort by minimizing irritation and reflux through the use of a stent that incorporates one or more flexible elements, which may involve materials with varying degrees of hardness, and a valve disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian H. Eisner, Scott Miller
  • Patent number: 10398561
    Abstract: A talar implant system and method in one embodiment includes an articulation component with an articulating surface extending upwardly from a first plane and configured to articulate with a tibial component, and a distal portion for implanting in a bone, the distal portion having a longitudinal axis and configured to be rigidly coupled with respect to the first plane at any angular position selected from a range of angular positions within a second plane perpendicular to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack F. Long
  • Patent number: 10390864
    Abstract: An interspinous implant is provided. The interspinous implant can include a first member having a first end and a second end. At least one of the first end and the second end can include a mating portion. The interspinous implant can also include a second member, which can have a first end, a second end and at least one receiving portion formed adjacent to at least one of the first end and the second end. The at least one receiving portion can receive the mating portion to couple the first member to the second member at a desired orientation. The interspinous implant can also include a first extension, which can be substantially opposite the mating portion, and adapted to engage a spinous process. The interspinous implant can comprise a second extension, which can be substantially opposite the at least one receiving portion, and adapted to engage a second process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett A Sheffer, Nathaniel E Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10385886
    Abstract: A soft buckling linear actuator is described, including: a plurality of substantially parallel bucklable, elastic structural components each having its longest dimension along a first axis; and a plurality of secondary structural components each disposed between and bridging two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components; wherein every two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components and the secondary structural components in-between define a layer comprising a plurality of cells each capable of being connected with a fluid inflation or deflation source; the secondary structural components from two adjacent layers are not aligned along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis; and the secondary structural components are configured not to buckle, the bucklable, elastic structural components are configured to buckle along the second axis to generate a linear force, upon the inflation or deflation of the cells. Methods of actuation using the same are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Dian Yang, George M. Whitesides
  • Patent number: 10350342
    Abstract: This document relates to continuity monitoring of electrical conductors. For example, materials and methods for continuity monitoring of conductors for use providing power to a blood pump (e.g., an assist device) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Douglas C. Thomas, David J. Burke, Steven H. Reichenbach, Bryce A. Stammerjohan, Thomas C. Rintoul
  • Patent number: 10350130
    Abstract: An exoskeleton includes first and second compression members configured to be coupled to a wearer of the exoskeleton. A tensegrity joint connects the first compression member to the second compression member, the joint including a tensile member having a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to the first compression member on a first side of the joint, and the second end is coupled to the first compression member on a second side of the joint opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Hughes, Russdon Angold, Jeff Vickers, Bradley Roan, Kurt Amundson, Nicholas Fleming
  • Patent number: 10322015
    Abstract: A motion assistance apparatus including a fixing module attached to a user, a driving module fixed to the fixing module to generate rotation power, a supporting module configured to support a portion of a body of the user and driven by the driving module, a sensor configured to measure a width of the fixing module, and a controller configured to adjust the rotation power of the driving module based on the measured width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minhyung Lee, Jeonghun Kim, Se-Gon Roh, Youn Baek Lee, Jongwon Lee, Byungjune Choi, Hyun Do Choi
  • Patent number: 10314621
    Abstract: Laminoplasty plates are engageable to at least one portion of a divided lamina to maintain a desired spacing relative to the spinal canal. The laminoplasty plates include a spacer portion having a first end and a second end that spans a gap formed by at least one of a divided lamina portion. The laminoplasty plates can include a lamina engagement portion at one end for engagement with the divided lamina portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Null, Robert W. Weakley, Gregory C. Marik, John G. Heller, Jeffrey C. Wang
  • Patent number: 10307189
    Abstract: A prosthetic joint is secured to the bones forming the original joint by utilizing strictly mechanical fasteners, for example, a threaded rod engaging a tapped intramedullary canal. Cross locking members may be provided. The need for bone cement is avoided. The prosthetic joint may be used to replace one end of one bone forming the joint, utilizing the naturally occurring end of the other bone. Alternatively, both bone ends may be replaced with prosthetic joint portions. The decision to replace one or both bone ends may be made mid-surgery. The prosthetic joint portions are secured together utilizing ligament reconstruction members made from portions of the patient's tendons or allograft tendons. A bearing forming the interface between the two joint portions is designed to wear in order to protect the remaining components from wear, and to be easily replaced in relatively simple future surgeries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10307256
    Abstract: A knee replacement system, and a method for supplying and implanting a knee replacement system, for enabling natural knee movement in a leg in a patient, including: a medial femoral component having a medial femoral articulating surface with a sagittal plane profile including four medial femoral arcuate portions scaled by a first femoral scaling factor; a lateral femoral component having a lateral femoral articulating surface with a sagittal plane profile including four lateral femoral arcuate portions scaled by a second femoral scaling factor; a medial tibial component having a medial tibial articulating surface that articulates with the medial femoral articulating surface and includes a first raised medial edge that increases in width in an anterior direction; and a lateral tibial component having a lateral tibial articulating surface that articulates with the lateral femoral articulating surface and includes a second raised medial edge that increases in width in the anterior direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. Andriacchi, Jorge O. Galante
  • Patent number: 10299907
    Abstract: The present invention features systems for orthopedic repair of, for example, a joint. The present systems deviate from conventional systems by virtue of combining a finer prosthetic ligament with a robust anchor. The relationship between these components and their various features are described herein and result in joint reconstruction in human and veterinary settings that is less likely to fail over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Kyon AG
    Inventors: Slobodan Tepic, Randy Acker, Kent Harrington, Daniela Hitz, Daniel Martin, Phillips B. Stearns
  • Patent number: 10294455
    Abstract: An improved method of implanting cells in the body of a patient includes positioning viable cells on a support structure. One or more blood vessels may be connected with the support structure to provide a flow of blood through the support structure. A support structure may be positioned at any desired location in a patient's body. The support structure may be configured to replace an entire organ or a portion of an organ. An organ or portion of an organ may be removed from a body cells and/or other tissue is removed to leave a collagen matrix support structure having a configuration corresponding to the configuration of the organ or portion of an organ. Alternatively, a synthetic support structure may be formed. The synthetic support structure may have a configuration corresponding to a configuration of an entire organ or only a portion of an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 10285822
    Abstract: An implant for the application in spinal or trauma surgery is provided that has a variable axial length, the implant including a first member and a second member guided relative to the first member to be movable relative thereto in an axial direction for adjusting an overall length of the implant; and at least one engagement member that is in a first configuration configured to engage the first member and the second member such that the first member and the second member are locked with respect to each other and in a second configuration configured to engage the first member such that the second member is movable with respect to the first member; wherein, in the second configuration, the engagement member is configured to be secured against disengagement from the first member by an abutment, and wherein the engagement member is a monolithic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10258471
    Abstract: The invention relates to a catheter (10a), comprising a flexible catheter body (10a) forming at least two hollow spaces (90, 100/110) along the longitudinal extension thereof, characterized in that the catheter body (10a) comprises at least two consecutively arranged sections (20) having sheaths (60) that are arranged between the sections (20) and seal the hollow spaces (90, 100/110) at least in some sections, wherein the one hollow space (90) is designed so it communicates with at least one opening (70) penetrating the catheter wall in each section (20), and the other hollow space (100/110) is equipped to introduce an element (40/50) that brings about a longitudinal change of at least one of the sections (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VDYNE, LLC
    Inventors: Georg Lutter, Lucian Lozonschi
  • Patent number: 10231838
    Abstract: A venous valve prosthetic implant for treatment of venous disease may include an expandable anchoring frame, a valve seat attached to the anchoring frame, a ball retention member attached to the anchoring frame, and a ball disposed within the lumen of the anchoring frame, between the valve seat and the ball retention member. The anchoring frame may include a first end, a second end, and a middle valve portion, where the middle valve portion expands to a smaller diameter than a diameter of either the first end or the second end. The ball may move back and forth within the middle valve portion, between a fully open position and a fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVEIN, INC.
    Inventors: Albert K. Chin, Austin Walker, Thomas A. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8721705
    Abstract: A stent has a plurality of cells disposed about the circumference of the stent, with at least one cell having a plurality of struts that are connected together to form the cell. At least one strut has a portion that compensates for foreshortening of the struts during expansion of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Endosystems LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Hamilton White, Russell J. Redmond, Alan K. Plyley
  • Patent number: 8715349
    Abstract: An intervertebral spacer device includes a first plate and a second plate, each plate having an outer surface for seating against opposing vertebral bone surfaces. The device includes a ball captured in a central opening of a coupling element, the coupling element being maintained against the first plate by a retaining ring coupled with the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Stephen Tatar
  • Patent number: 8685086
    Abstract: An apparatus for replacing a diseased cardiac valve is movable from a radially collapsed configuration to a radially expanded configuration. The apparatus comprises an expandable support member and a prosthetic valve secured therein. The main body portion extends between first and second end portions and includes an outer circumferential surface, a circumferential axis extending about the circumferential surface, and a plurality of wing members spaced apart from one another by an expandable region. Each of the wing members includes first and second end portions and a flexible middle portion extending between the end portions. The second end portion is integrally formed with the main body portion. The first end portion is adjacent the circumferential axis and substantially flush with the outer circumferential surface in the radially collapsed configuration. The first end portion extends substantially radial to the outer circumferential surface in the radially expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Jose L. Navia, Ji-Feng Chen, Shengqiang Gao, Brian L. Davis, Samantha Stucke