Patents Examined by Corrine McDermott
  • Patent number: 10034788
    Abstract: A stent graft adaptor has an outer graft tube and an inner graft tube with the inner graft tube substantially concentric with and within the outer graft tube. A joining member extends between the inner tube and the outer tube. The joining member can be a continuous fold of graft material extending from a proximal end of the outer tube to a proximal end of the inner tube. The inner tube has at least one self expanding stent on an outer surface thereof and the outer graft tube has at least one self expanding stent on an inner surface. The outer surface of the outer tube provides a sealing surface to engage against the wall of a vessel and the inner tube provides a sealing surface to engage with a corresponding sealing surface of a stent graft deployed through it. The outer sealing surface can include barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Piotr Miroslaw Kasprzak, II, Werner Dieter Ducke, David Ernest Hartley, Blayne A. Roeder
  • Patent number: 10034628
    Abstract: Reducing the volume or drag on skin or sharpness of the penetrating member entering the wound during the cutting process will reduce the pain associated with lancing, and result in less power desired for retraction of the penetrating member from the skin. A variety of other penetrating member configuration as shown in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Dominique M. Freeman, Don Alden
  • Patent number: 9999453
    Abstract: A bone fixation system comprises an elongated implant shaft extending from a proximal end to a distal end along a central longitudinal axis and including a first channel extending from the proximal end to a side opening formed in a side wall of the implant shaft along a first channel axis. The bone fixation system further comprises a bone plate having a first plate portion and a second plate portion, the first plate portion having a first opening extending therethrough along a first opening axis and the second plate portion having a second opening extending therethrough along a second opening axis, the second opening being configured to receive the implant shaft therethrough to permit insertion thereof into a head of a bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Tom Overes
  • Patent number: 9993234
    Abstract: An intravascular delivery device is disclosed comprising a delivery wire having a proximal and a distal end and an interior lumen extending there between and wherein said distal end comprises a connection interface adapted to matingly interlock with a proximal end portion of a medical implantable device, wherein said delivery device comprises a locking unit arranged to secure said connection interface in a locking position in which said medical implant is pivotably locked before a controlled release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Occlutech Holding AG
    Inventors: Herbert Maslanka, Stevan Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9980716
    Abstract: Devices and methods for forming and securing a tissue plication are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a tissue manipulation device is described that includes a first jaw member pivotally coupled to a distal end of an elongate shaft and having an articulating portion located distal to the proximal end of the first jaw member. The device also includes a second jaw member pivotally coupled to the first jaw member such that the jaws move in a first plane, and a fastener delivery member attached to the second jaw member. The articulating portion of the first jaw member is configured to move the first and second jaw members between a straight configuration in which a longitudinal axis of the elongate shaft is contained within the first plane and an articulated configuration in which the longitudinal axis of the elongate shaft is transverse to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Kevin D. Felder, Justin W. Sherrill
  • Patent number: 9974690
    Abstract: An apparatus for LASIK is equipped with the following: a first laser radiation source for generating first laser radiation pulses; first means for guiding and shaping the first laser radiation pulses; a second laser radiation source for generating second laser radiation pulses; second means for guiding and shaping the second laser radiation pulses; a controller with: a first treatment program for controlling the first means and the first laser radiation pulses for the purpose of producing an incision in the cornea, the first treatment program generating regular corneal surface structures; a second treatment program for controlling the second means and the second laser radiation pulses for the purpose of reshaping the cornea and changing its imaging properties; and a third treatment program which controls the second means and the second laser radiation pulses for the purpose of removing the aforementioned regular structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Wavelight GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wüllner, Klaus Vogler, Christof Donitzky
  • Patent number: 9968714
    Abstract: Provided herein is a biodegradable elastomeric patch that can be implanted on a heart or other portions of the cardiovascular system to repair tissue deficiencies or tissue damage. The biodegradable elastomeric patch may be engineered to have mechanical properties similar to that of soft tissue and to provide mechanical support to the damaged tissue. The biodegradable elastomeric patch also may comprise therapeutic agents to aid in the healing process. Methods also are provided for using a biodegradable elastomeric patch for treating patients suffering from tissue damage or tissue deficiencies in the cardiac or cardiovascular system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Kazuro Lee Fujimoto, Jianjun Guan, Bradley B. Keller, Kimimasa Tobita, William R. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9968349
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for securing soft tissue to a rigid material such as bone. A tissue capture anchor is described that comprises an anchor body and a spreader such that tissue may be captured or compressed between outside surfaces on the anchor and spreader and inside surfaces of a bone hole to secure the tissue within the hole. A bone anchor is described that comprises an anchor body with expandable tines and a spreader that expands the tines into bone. The spreader captures tissue via a suture loop at the distal end of the bone anchor. Also described is an inserter that can be used to insert the anchor into bone and move the spreader within the anchor to expand the anchor and capture the tissue between the anchor and the bone. Methods are described that allow the use of bone anchors to secure tissue to bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Malcolm Heaven, Michael Ko, John P. Greelis, Mikxay Sirivong
  • Patent number: 9968342
    Abstract: A handle for surgical instruments that has a “wishbone” configuration. In one embodiment, the instrument is provided with a ratchet mechanism allows two operating handles to be locked in a predetermined position (for example, when the surgical instrument that is maneuvered is in use) or to move relative to each other when the ratchet is partially or fully released (for example, when the surgical instrument that is maneuvered is not in use). In another embodiment, the instrument is provided with a rotary gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Weber, Philip S. O'Quinn
  • Patent number: 9955994
    Abstract: An ultrasound catheter has an elongate flexible catheter body having a lumen extending longitudinally therethrough, and an ultrasound transmission member extending longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter body. The ultrasound transmission member has a proximal end that is coupled to a separate ultrasound generating device, and a distal tip that is attached to the distal end of the ultrasound transmission member and which is located at the distal end of the catheter body. The ultrasound transmission member is directly attached to the catheter body and/or to a guidewire tube either directly or via an attachment device. The catheter has an additional radiopaque marker positioned on the distal end the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Flowcardia, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Nita
  • Patent number: 9943298
    Abstract: Among other things, there is disclosed devices for closing an internal opening, e.g. a hole in a blood vessel, that includes a shape memory function. Particular substances have been found to provide advantages in use, and in particular forms of closure structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Cleon Stanley, Ram H. Paul, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9937035
    Abstract: Heart valve prostheses are provided having a self-expanding frame that supports a valve body comprising a skirt and a plurality of coapting leaflets. The leaflets are constructed with four commissure points to reduce the stress and strain applied to the commissure points and to efficiently distribute and transmit forces along the leaflets and to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC CV LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Carol Eberhardt, Tomas McNatt, Pham Lo
  • Patent number: 9925328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a balloon catheter. The invention comprises: a first shaft; an expandable balloon which is attached to the front end of the first shaft; an expandable lumen which is formed inside the first shaft and to which a liquid required for expanding the balloon is provided; a second shaft which extends from the front end of the first shaft to which the balloon is attached and has a wire hole through which a guide wire passes; and a guide wire lumen, which is formed inside the second shaft and through which the guide wire passes. According to the invention, the first and second shafts are coaxially connected and the expandable lumen and the guide wire lumen are respectively formed in each shaft in order to reduce the overall diameter of the shaft, thereby facilitating surgery and improving pushability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University
    Inventors: Yang Soo Jang, Myeong Ki Hong, Byeong Keuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9918831
    Abstract: Aspheric optical lenses (e.g., intraocular lenses and contact lenses) are provided. The intraocular lens includes a body portion defining an anterior optical surface and an opposing posterior optical surface. The anterior optical surface includes a central region surrounded by a first outer region and a second outer region. The central region has a first asphericity profile. The first outer region has a second asphericity profile that is different than the first asphericity profile of the central region. The second outer region has a third asphericity profile that is different than the second asphericity profile of the first outer region. The overall asphericity profile of the optical lens provides different depths of focus for different pupil sizes. The result is an optical lens that provides increased depth of focus or pseudo-accommodation while maintaining desired optical power and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Robert Angelopoulos, Stephen J. Van Noy
  • Patent number: 9918734
    Abstract: A rotating cutting head catheter for passage through chronic total occlusions or other refractory atherosclerotic plaque from diseased arteries is disclosed. The catheter's rotating cutting head is designed to reside safely within an outer protective sheath when not in use. The outer protective sheath contains one or more helical grooves or slots, and the cutting head contains protruding blades or projections that fit into these helical grooves or slots. Application of torque to an inner catheter or wire attached to the cutting head applies spin to the cutting head, and the force of the sheath's helical grooves or slots against the cutting head's protruding blades or projections advances the cutting head outward from the protective sheath. Once extended, the cutting head may now rotate freely. The device may use a guidewire to direct the cutting head to the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Avinger, Inc.
    Inventors: Himanshu N. Patel, John B. Simpson
  • Patent number: 9907650
    Abstract: A valve prosthesis and implantation device, and methods for use are provided. The devices may be used for transcatheter delivery of an aortic valve prosthesis or transapical delivery of a mitral valve prosthesis. The implantation device utilizes movable claspers for both positioning and anchoring the valve prosthesis, reducing the extent of imaging needed during the implantation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUZHOU JIECHENG MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Zhang
  • Patent number: 9907645
    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: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford
  • Patent number: 9901471
    Abstract: A medical device deployment assembly includes a retractable sheath and a catheter positioned inside the retractable sheath. A medical device is compressed between an outer surface of the catheter and an inner surface of the retractable sheath. A spring is positioned inside the retractable sheath, and a pusher band is positioned inside the retractable sheath between the medical device and the spring. The spring biases the medical device deployment assembly toward a deployment configuration in which a distal tip of the retractable sheath is proximal to a proximal tip of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Dean Puckett
  • Patent number: 9867691
    Abstract: Fixation assemblies having a button captured by a continuous (i.e., closed) loop of thread, such as ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber are disclosed herein. Preferred assemblies are constructed such that the intact button cannot be detached from the continuous loop without breaking or opening the loop of fiber. The closed fiber advantageously contains at least one or two stitched, or otherwise secured or reinforced, sections positioned on the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: RIVERPOINT MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Edward Ferguson, Patrick Joseph Ferguson, Aaron Joseph Sundholm
  • Patent number: 9861381
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a grip, and a strip assembly. The strip assembly releasably couples the grip with the body. The grip is movable from a first position to a second position. The grip is coupled with the body in the first position and detached from at least a portion of the body in the second position. At least a portion of the strip assembly detaches from at least a portion of the grip, the body, or another portion of the strip assembly when the grip is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Gregory W. Johnson