Patents Examined by Christopher D. Prone
  • Patent number: 10729532
    Abstract: A bifurcated endovascular prosthesis that includes a tubular main body having a diameter, a proximal end, a distal end, an internal lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end, an anterior side, and a posterior side. The anterior and posterior sides are opposite each other circumferentially around the internal lumen. The prosthesis also includes a first limb that extends from the distal end of the tubular main body along the anterior side of the main body. The first limb has a diameter less than the diameter of the tubular main body and having a proximal end and a distal end. The prosthesis also includes a fenestration adjacent to the proximal end of the first limb. The fenestration extends from the proximal end of the first limb to the posterior side of the tubular main body. The prosthesis also includes a second limb that extends within the internal lumen from the fenestration toward the proximal end of the tubular main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Eaton, Blayne A. Roeder
  • Patent number: 10722351
    Abstract: A transcatheter prosthesis with radially compressed and expanded configurations. An elongate member encircling at least a portion of the prosthesis, and configured to provide a seal between the prosthesis and a native anatomy when the prosthesis is deployed in the radially expanded configuration. The elongate member may be a resilient elongate member having a radially contracted state, when in tension, to hold at least the portion of the prosthesis in the radially compressed configuration, and having a radially expanded state, when relaxed, to provide the seal between at least the portion of the prosthesis and a native anatomy when the prosthesis is deployed. A system for delivering the transcatheter prosthesis may include a delivery catheter having an elongate cinching member encircling at least a second portion of the prosthesis, wherein the elongate cinching member is configured to hold the second portion of the prosthesis in the radially compressed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Griffin, James R. Keogh
  • Patent number: 10722361
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis is proposed, including a housing, at least one leaflet installed within the housing, at least one sensor and/or valve performance monitoring device. The sensor and/or monitoring device is built into the housing and/or leaflet. In an embodiment, the housing and/or leaflet has an oscillating circuit including an inductor coil connected to the sensor and/or monitoring device. One such coil can be built into the housing, and another coil can be built into the leaflet. In another embodiment, one coil can be built into a first leaflet, and another coil can be built into a second leaflet, wherein the sensor and/or monitoring device determines a degree of opening/closing the leaflets by measuring inductive interconnection between the coils, and operation timing characteristics of the valve. In an embodiment, the valve may include an emission sensor disposed within the leaflet and/or housing capable of detecting the valve's open/closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander V. Samkov, Dmitry V. Cherkesov, Anton D. Solodukhi
  • Patent number: 10716679
    Abstract: A flexible chain implant for insertion into an interior volume of a vertebral body. The implant may be implanted in an insertion position for sliding through a cannula and is flexible for packing into the interior volume in an implanted configuration. The implant randomly separates in the implanted configuration. The implant includes a top member and a bottom member, wherein the top and bottom members are coupled to one another at a coupled portion. The top and bottom members preferably each include an inner surface such that the inner surfaces include a plurality of alternating projections and recesses so that the projections are received within the recesses in an insertion position. Alternatively, the implant may include a plurality of substantially non-flexible bodies and a plurality of substantially flexible links interconnecting the bodies. The non-flexible bodies include a plurality of facets and/or abutment surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Compton, Dennis Chien, Robert Delurio, Dominique Messerli
  • Patent number: 10716606
    Abstract: A bone fixation system has a bone implant with an implant body. The implant body defines an upper surface, a bone-facing surface spaced from the upper surface along a transverse direction, and at least one aperture defined by an inner wall. A bone fixation element is configured for insertion at least partially through the aperture. The bone fixation element has a head and a shaft that extends relative to the head in a distal direction. The head defines a ridge and at least one thread that is spaced from the ridge in the distal direction. The ridge is configured to compress a bone implant against the at least one thread so as to fixedly retain the bone implant with respect to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Appenzeller, Daniel Fluri
  • Patent number: 10716660
    Abstract: An endograft comprising a proximal end and a distal end is disclosed. The endograft includes a tube of biocompatible material. The tube includes a main lumen extending longitudinally from the proximal end to the distal end, the main lumen including a proximal portion, an intermediate portion and a distal portion; a branch lumen within the intermediate portion of the main lumen; and a seam, the seam extending longitudinally beside both the branch lumen and the distal portion of the main lumen, wherein the tube includes a lateral cross-section defining a tubular wall pinched together by the seam to form a branch portion. The branch portion includes an entrance within the intermediate portion of the main lumen and an exit through the tubular wall of the main lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Chantelle King, Blayne A. Roeder
  • Patent number: 10709481
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer or member having an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the expandable member in an expanded configuration has a size, volume and/or shape configured for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae in order to distract the vertebrae relative to each other. The systems include one or more expandable members and an expansion medium for injection within or for filling the interior of the expandable member via the port. The methods involve the implantation of one or more devices or expandable spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Daniel H. Kim
  • Patent number: 10702390
    Abstract: A glenoid component for securement to a glenoid surface of a scapula comprises a body portion having a first surface adapted to contact the glenoid surface of a scapula and a second surface configured to receive the head portion of a humerus. The glenoid component further includes an anchor peg for penetrating the glenoid surface of the scapula so as to secure the body portion to the glenoid surface of the scapula. The anchor peg includes a cylindrical shaft extending from the first surface of the body portion and a fin secured to and extending outwardly from the cylindrical shaft. The glenoid component further includes a feature that prevents rotation of the glenoid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Chavarria, Kyle E. Lappin
  • Patent number: 10702378
    Abstract: The present technology is a prosthetic heart valve device, and related systems and methods, for treating a native valve of a human heart having a native annulus and native leaflets. One embodiment comprises a valve support having an inflow region and an outflow region, and a prosthetic valve assembly within the valve support. The device further includes an anchoring member having a base attached to the outflow region of the valve support, a plurality of arms projecting laterally outward from the base and inclined in an upstream direction in a deployed state, and a fixation structure extending upstream from the arms. The fixation structure has a plurality of struts that define an annular engagement surface configured to press outwardly against the native annulus and a plurality of fixation elements projecting from the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TWELVE, INC.
    Inventor: Katherine Miyashiro
  • Patent number: 10702405
    Abstract: A radially expandable, tubular stent, includes a first section having a first crush resistance force and a second section have a second crush resistance force, wherein the first crush resistance force is less than the second crush resistance force. The first section is connected to the second section to form a tube, connection of the first and second sections extending in an axial direction of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vesper Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Longo, Christopher N. Korkuch, William James Harrison, Thea Rose Sander
  • Patent number: 10702272
    Abstract: A method comprises rotating a first rotating element to cause rotation of a second rotating element and restricting, by an elongate slot of a first body portion and a pin affixed to a second body portion, a range of rotational motion of first and second jaw portions of a medical instrument. The first jaw portion is coupled to the second jaw portion by the first body portion and the second body portion. The rotation of the second rotating element causes translation of a first actuation element along a rotational axis of the second rotating element. The translation of the first actuation element causes pivotal motion of the first jaw portion towards the second jaw portion about a single pivot pin. The elongate slot of the first body portion and the pin affixed to the second body portion are positioned between the second rotating element and the single pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Gold, David J. Danitz
  • Patent number: 10702371
    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: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Clinton N. Slone, Alan C. Regala, Michael E. Landry, Anton G. Clifford, William G. Tammen
  • Patent number: 10695464
    Abstract: Provided is a medical base material that is suitable for regeneration of a cardiovascular system being exposed to high pressure from a lumen, such as an aorta and is absorbed by a living body after transplantation. The medical base material of the present invention has a sheet shape, a tube shape, or a combined shape thereof and is used for regeneration of a cardiovascular system by being transplanted in a body. The medical base material has a multilayer structure at least including an inner layer to be arranged on the intimal side of the cardiovascular system and an outer layer to be arranged on the adventitial side of the cardiovascular system from the inner layer and made from a material at least including a stereo complex polylactic acid. The layer to be arranged on the adventitial side of the cardiovascular system from the inner layer is formed in a porous form such that a nutrient blood vessel reaches the inner layer or enters the vicinity of the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Akeo Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 10695203
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a branched endoprosthesis comprising a graft component and at least one support component. In various embodiments, the branched endoprosthesis comprises a body portion and a plurality of leg portions, wherein the legs are in an aligned configuration for ease of cannulation. In various embodiments, at least one leg is in an open configuration for ease of cannulation. Cannulation methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle R. Buckley, Benjamin I. Espen, Douglas C. Helsel, Stanislaw L. Zukowski
  • Patent number: 10687951
    Abstract: A glenoid assembly includes a base component having a humeral-facing side and a scapula-facing side, the base component defining a bearing surface defined on the humeral-facing side, a first peg extending from the scapula-facing side of the base component, the first peg including a first shaft with a first passageway extending through the first shaft, and a second peg extending from the scapula-facing side of the base component, the second peg including a second shaft with a second passageway extending through the second shaft, wherein the first peg and the second peg are positioned in non-parallel orientation with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Basamania, Kyle E. Lappin
  • Patent number: 10682218
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for improving airflow within an airway. One example embodiment includes a method for treating a subject. The method includes (1) placing an expandable object into one or more airways of the bronchial tree of the subject, (2) expanding the expandable object within at least one of the one or more airways such that at least a portion of a wall of the one or more airways is expanded, and (3) placing a stent in the airway such that a portion of the stent is adjacent to the portion of the wall of the one or more expanded airways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Martin Mayse
  • Patent number: 10682223
    Abstract: A hair implant suitable for subcutaneous implantation is provided having an anchor comprising an anchor body, and at least one collagen receiving structure selected from the group consisting of at least one tunnel disposed through the anchor body and an external surface feature of the anchor body. The anchor further comprises at least one hair strand projecting from a distal end of the anchor body, wherein the at least one collagen receiving structure is configured to support collagen ligature growth after subcutaneous implantation of the hair implant so as to anchor the anchor to a hair implant recipient, and the collagen receiving structure is free of hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Loria Products, LLC
    Inventor: Victor Loria
  • Patent number: 10682222
    Abstract: A hybrid modular endovascular graft wherein a main graft is sized to span at least a portion of a target vessel lesion in a large percentage of patients. Graft extensions may be secured to the main graft to extend the main graft and provide a sealing function for some applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TriVascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chobotov, Robert G. Whirley, Joseph W. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 10667904
    Abstract: Sensor-integrated prosthetic valves that can comprise a variety of features, including a plurality of valve leaflets, a frame assembly configured to support the plurality of valve leaflets and define a plurality of commissure supports terminating at an outflow end of the prosthetic valve, a sensor device associated with the frame assembly and configured to generate a sensor signal, for example, a sensor signal indicating deflection of one or more of the plurality of commissure supports, and a transmitter assembly configured to receive the sensor signal from the sensor device and wirelessly transmit a transmission signal that is based at least in part on the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Salvador Marquez, Da-Yu Chang, Cindy Woo, Hao-Chung Yang, Lynn T. Dang, Javier A. Sanguinetti, Alexander H. Siemons, Yaron Keidar, Virginia Qi Lin, Brian S. Conklin, Donald E. Bobo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10653456
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a receiving portion configured for seating a spinous process of a scoliotic spine or a spine with misaligned spinous processes. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the superior and inferior arms of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: VERTIFLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim