Patents Examined by Christopher D. Prone
  • Patent number: 10383736
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to base components that are usable with implantable mechanical energy absorbing systems. According to one embodiment, the base component includes a low-profile body having a elongate, straight portion at a first end and a curved body portion at a second end. The second end is elevated as compared to the first end. An inner surface of the low-profile body has a raised portion extending along the elongate, straight portion of the low-profile body. The base component also includes a plurality of openings positioned along the low-profile body for alignment and purposes of affixation to body anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, Michael E. Landry, Clinton N. Slone
  • Patent number: 10376402
    Abstract: The present invention is a mechanical assembly for single point torque adjustment, an apparatus and method of use of an improved belt for body support and for assisting body during musculoskeletal activities like heavy lifting, kneeling, bending and walking. The belt employs the single point torque adjusting mechanical assembly with an adjustable hinge along with resilient means which stores potential energy when the user alters from a neutral position and may help the body to return to the neutral position. The belt employs structure to share and direct load from head, neck and back to waist and ground. The apparatus may prevent the user from acquiring spondylitis, kyphosis or osteoporosis. The apparatus may be used for users who are subjected to frequent muscular work like bending up and down while carrying heavy loads, sitting too long, walking and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ganesh Ram Jangir
  • Patent number: 10368997
    Abstract: The three-dimensional lattice structures disclosed herein have applications including use in medical implants. Some examples of the lattice structure are structural in that they can be used to provide structural support or mechanical spacing. In some examples, the lattice can be configured as a scaffold to support bone or tissue growth. Some examples can use a repeating modified rhombic dodecahedron or radial dodeca-rhombus unit cell. The lattice structures are also capable of providing a lattice structure with anisotropic properties to better suit the lattice for its intended purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HD LifeSciences LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Jones, Ian Helmar, Lucas Diehl, Jason Tinley, Kevin D. Chappuis, John F. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10368993
    Abstract: A three component system for repairing critically sized bone defects having a first shape memory polymer (SMP) component formed as a scaffold that fills the defects, a second SMP component formed as a restricting sleeve that stabilizes and supports osseointegration and osteoconduction, and a third SMP component formed as a two-dimensional cell culture substrate for engineering periosteal grafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Syracuse University
    Inventors: James Henderson, Patrick T. Mather
  • Patent number: 10363151
    Abstract: An intraluminal vascular prosthesis assembly, having a hollow cylindrical body with a first end and a second end is provided. The assembly includes, at its first end, a first vascular prosthesis portion, and at its second end, a second vascular prosthesis portion which has only a prosthesis material. The vascular prosthesis assembly has a stent portion which is provided between the first vascular prosthesis portion and the second vascular prosthesis portion, the stent portion being free of prosthesis material to allow fluid flow therethrough and received within the aortic arch and spanning the brachiocephalic artery, left common carotid artery, and left subclavian artery when placed within the aortic arch of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Aortic Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Ali Shahriari
  • Patent number: 10357357
    Abstract: A medical implant including an anchor portion including a plurality of arms adapted to engage an internal tissue wall of a body from two opposite faces, wherein the anchor portion is configured such that at least one of the arms does not have an entirely overlapping arm on the other side of the wall and an opening portion adapted to define an opening for blood flow through the internal tissue wall, when the anchor portion engages the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: V-Wave Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamir Levi, Meir Rosenberg, Ori Ben-Amotz, Yoram Rozy, Eyal Benbenisti, Roey Shafrir, Doron Kopelman, Itshak Cohen, Tamar Harel
  • Patent number: 10342700
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device for effecting deformation of a sclera of an eye, including an expandable, mesh tube having holes dispersed through an entire surface thereof and with first and second tapered ends, and inserted unexpanded to deform the sclera when expanded. A central portion is intrascleral, with the first and second tapered ends external to the sclera on top of an intact scleral surface to deform during expansion, and simultaneously causes the sclera to be deformed so that the sclera moves towards the inside of the eye while simultaneously causing the sclera to move towards the outside of the eye. The mesh tube includes struts, connecting points of the struts are of different sizes, the first and second tapered ends and the connecting points within the tapered ends are thicker than the connecting points of the mesh tube, and the mesh tube includes fixation tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Ira H. Schachar, Ronald A. Schachar
  • Patent number: 10335282
    Abstract: A joint prosthesis includes first and second articulated corresponding joint components implantable within a body of a patient, wherein the corresponding joint components have corresponding surfaces that are relatively displaceable with respect to each other over a predefined functional range of motion of the corresponding joint components. The corresponding joint components each comprise one or more magnetic elements creating gradient magnetic fields having relatively strongest and weakest field areas over different portions of each of the corresponding surfaces, wherein the gradient magnetic fields are strongest in attraction at positions of the corresponding surfaces which align when the corresponding surfaces are at a boundary of the predefined functional range of motion, and deter joint dislocation by deterring relative movement of the corresponding surfaces beyond the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Richard A. Rogachefsky
  • Patent number: 10327870
    Abstract: Methods and devices for subperiosteal minimally invasive aesthetic ridge augmentation and reconstruction, including of the mandible and maxilla. Implementation of procedures that manipulate the tissue to accept an implantable article are carried out. The reconstruction or augmentation involves selecting a surgical site at which an implantable article is to be installed, making one or more incisions in the tissue remote from the selected site, developing a tunnel leading to the site, forming a pouch under the periosteum at the site, and positioning an implantable article, such as a bone graft, in the pouch using the tunnel as the passageway. Implementations may include forming a customized bone graft to address a specific defect, and providing specially configured instruments for use in carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Ernesto A. Lee
  • Patent number: 10327816
    Abstract: A system for manipulating energy transferred by members defining a joint. The system includes a first attachment structure configured to be attached to a first member of the joint and a second attachment structure configured to be attached to a second member of the joint. There is also an adjustable energy absorbing device attached to the first attachment structure and second attachment structure, wherein adjusting the energy absorbing device changes the load manipulating characteristics of the energy absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Clinton N. Slone, Alan C. Regala, Michael E. Landry, Anton G. Clifford
  • Patent number: 10321986
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward prosthetic valves and systems and methods of making prosthetic valves. In accordance with an embodiment, a prosthetic valve comprises and leaflet frame, and outer frame and a film. The leaflet frame has a generally tubular shape defining a plurality of leaflet windows. The outer frame has a generally tubular shape. The leaflet frame is coaxially disposed at least partially within the outer frame. The leaflet frame and outer frame is coupled at least in part by a contiguous portion of the film. At least a portion of the contiguous portion of the film is contained between and coupling the leaflet frame and outer frame operable to prevent relative movement and contact therebetween. The film defines a leaflet extending from each of the leaflet windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Bruchman, Daniel A. Crawford, Logan R. Hagaman, Cody L. Hartman
  • Patent number: 10321992
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices and associated methods for percutaneous or transcatheter heart valve replacement are disclosed herein. A heart valve prosthesis configured in accordance herewith includes a frame having a valve support and a plurality of support arms extending therefrom. The plurality of support arms may include a main support arm configured to extend from the valve support for capturing at least a portion of a valve leaflet of a native heart valve therebetween when the valve prosthesis is in an expanded configuration and deployed within the native heart valve. In addition, the plurality of support arms may include multiple supplemental support arms disposed about the circumference of the valve support that when deployed in the expanded configuration are configured to at least partially engage subannular tissue at the native heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Quill, Padraig Savage, Joshua Dwork, Kshitija Garde, Sarah Ahlberg, Igor Kovalsky
  • Patent number: 10321994
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve for replacing a native valve includes a collapsible and expandable stent extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the stent including an annulus section adjacent the proximal end and an aortic section adjacent the distal end. The annulus section has cells arranged in at least one annulus row, each annulus row having a same first number of cells, the first number defining a first cell density. The aortic section has cells arranged in at least one aortic row, each aortic row having a same second number of cells, the second number defining a second cell density, the first cell density and the second cell density being different. A valve assembly is disposed within the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Erzberger, Yousef F. Alkhatib
  • Patent number: 10321991
    Abstract: A heart valve assembly (100) includes a heart valve (116), a self-expandable and collapsible stent (112), and a sealing member (114). The stent (112) includes an inflow end (120) and an outflow end (122), and surrounds and supports the heart valve (116). The sealing member (114) is connected to the inflow end (120) of the stent (112) and extends around a periphery of the stent (112). The sealing member (114) is connected to the inflow end (120) of the stent (112), overlaps a portion of the heart valve (116), and extends around an outer periphery of the stent (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Mathias Charles Glimsdale
  • Patent number: 10314694
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve is provided with a cuff having features which promote sealing with the native tissues even where the native tissues are irregular. The cuff may include a portion adapted to bear on the LVOT when the valve is implanted in a native aortic valve. The valve may include elements for biasing the cuff outwardly with respect to the stent body when the stent body is in an expanded condition. The cuff may have portions of different thickness distributed around the circumference of the valve in a pattern matching the shape of the opening defined by the native tissue. All or part of the cuff may be movable relative to the stent during implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Peter N. Braido, Paul E. Ashworth, Julia Schraut
  • Patent number: 10279083
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for treating an individual having (suffering from) an acute myocardial infarction and drug eluting stents useful for treating such individuals. These methods include treating an individual by introducing, such as by surgically inserting, at a site of an acute coronary artery occlusion upstream of the site of acute myocardial infarction, a drug eluting stent (DES) that is capable of eluting from 25 pg to 950 pg of IGF-1 directly into the coronary circulation. The treatment is specifically directed to stimulation of repair or survival of damaged cardiac muscle or left ventricular remodeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork
    Inventor: Noel Caplice
  • Patent number: 10278711
    Abstract: A medical device for preparing an elongated bone, such as a proximal femoral bone, for receiving an implant includes a patient-specific femoral guide and an elongated alignment element. The femoral guide has a patient-specific three-dimensional bone-engaging surface configured according to a preoperative plan based on a three-dimensional image model of the femoral bone to mate complementarily with the surface of the proximal femoral bone extending between the greater trochanter, the femoral neck and the femoral shaft of the proximal femur. The femoral guide includes a first guide end forming a planar guide configured for guiding a neck resection. The alignment member can be removably attached to the femoral guide and defines a reference axis for guiding a cutting tool into the femoral bone through a resected surface of the femoral neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Meridew, Tony Siebeneck, Robert Metzger
  • Patent number: 10278810
    Abstract: A device and method for forming an adaptive optic in the capsule of a human eye is disclosed, comprising a capsular interface enclosing an optically acceptable medium. The device establishes a physiologic range of optical power in response to a range of ciliary contractile states. The preferred bi-phasic medium of the device is comprised of a solid three dimensional polymeric network suspended in a liquid aqueous phase and bonded to a capsular interface. The polymeric network provides shape to the capsular interface, optical power, and a physiologic response to the suspensory ligament. The three dimensional network of the bi-phasic medium mimics the stacked fiber configuration and elasticity of a natural lens. An alternative embodiment utilizing a single phase medium is also disclosed with associated structural features provided in the capsular interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OJO, LLC
    Inventors: Liane Clamen, Paul Glazer, Michael T. Milbocker
  • Patent number: 10278744
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10265167
    Abstract: Stent-valves (e.g., single-stent-valves and double-stent-valves), associated methods and systems for their delivery via minimally-invasive surgery, and guide-wire compatible closure devices for sealing access orifices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SYMETIS SA
    Inventors: Ludwig K. Von Segesser, St├ęphane Delaloye