Patents Examined by David H. Willse
  • Patent number: 10716661
    Abstract: An intraocular lens includes an annular housing coupled to a first window to form a lensing cavity. Disposed within the lensing cavity is two immiscible liquids, including a first liquid and a second liquid which form a meniscus at an immiscibility interface between the first liquid and the second liquid within the lensing cavity. The intraocular lens includes a flexible reservoir to store a variable portion of the first liquid. The flexible reservoir is disposed about at least a portion of a periphery of the annular housing. The intraocular lens also includes at least one channel linking the flexible reservoir to the lensing cavity to permit a transfer of the first liquid between the flexible reservoir and the lensing cavity. The transfer of the first liquid changes a curvature of the meniscus to adjust optical power of the intraocular lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Stein Kuiper
  • Patent number: 10716506
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant includes a cavity that opens at an outer face of the prosthetic implant, the cavity forming a housing for receiving: a printed circuit including a radio tag; and a cover which closes the cavity at least partially when positioned on the implant in a so-called closed position, the radio tag and printed circuit being removably housed in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER, BONETAG
    Inventors: Arnaud Vena, Brice Sorli, Stéphan Cahuzac, Stéphane Naudi
  • Patent number: 10709551
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens assembly can include a first lens, a first plurality of stanchions, a second lens, and a second plurality of stanchions. A central optic axis can extend through centers of the first and second lenses. The first plurality of stanchions can each extend a first distance between a first base end and a first distal end. The first lens can be connected with the first distal ends. The second plurality of stanchions can each extend a second distance between a second base end and a second distal end. The second lens can be connected with the second distal ends. Compression at the peripheries of the stanchions induces movement of the lenses apart from one other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jitander Dudee
  • Patent number: 10709564
    Abstract: The invention relates to a knee endoprosthesis comprising a femoral component (1) which has two condylar surfaces (1a, 1b) for anchoring on the distal femur, comprising a tibial component (2) for anchoring on the proximal tibia, and comprising sliding surfaces between the two components (1, 2). It is proposed according to the invention that the entire femoral component (1), but at least its condylar surfaces (1a, 1b) are made of a solidly sintered ceramic for articulation with the tibial component (2), so that the knee endoprosthesis will have the least possible amount of abrasion with optimal reproduction of the anatomical and kinematic properties of the natural knee joint, in particular through suitable combinations of materials and by reducing the abrasion-generating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CeramTec GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Blömer
  • Patent number: 10709583
    Abstract: A prosthesis or orthosis having a movement controlling mechanism (MCM) including a first MCM part, a second MCM part and one or more intermediate elements and biasing mechanism which, in a contacting mode of operation of the MCM, bias the intermediate elements against a MCM part. When a relative torque or force is applied in a blocking sense (U) transmission of torque is allowed and, on the other hand, when a torque or force is applied in the opposite sense (V) non-blocking relative movement is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
    Inventors: Dirk Lefeber, Pierre Cherelle
  • Patent number: 10712589
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein include improved toric lenses and other ophthalmic apparatuses (including, for example, contact lens, intraocular lenses (IOLs), and the like) and associated method for their design and use. The apparatus includes one or more optical zones, including an optical zone defined by a polynomial-based surface coincident at a plurality of meridians having distinct cylinder powers, wherein light incident to a given region of each of the plurality of meridians, and respective regions nearby, is directed to a given point of focus such that the regions nearby to the given region direct light to the given point of focus when the given meridian is rotationally offset from the given region, thereby establishing an extended band of operation, and wherein each of the plurality of meridians is uniformly arranged on the optical zone for a same given added power (in diopters) up to 1.0 D (diopters).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Huawei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10702374
    Abstract: An intra ocular lens (IOL) for placement in the capsular bag and securing the IOL in an opening in an anterior part of a capsular bag, with an anterior capsular bag flap surrounding said opening. An anterior side, which in use when the IOL is implanted in an eye is directed towards a cornea of the eye. A posterior side, which in use when the IOL is implanted in an eye is directed towards a retina of the eye. The IOL comprises an optical structure, at least two posterior supports to provide support for a posterior surface of an anterior capsular bag flap, and at least two anterior supports to provide support for an anterior surface of an anterior capsular bag flap, when IOL residing inside and outside of the anterior capsular bag flap respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: OCULENTIS HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Bernardus Franciscus Maria Wanders
  • Patent number: 10702375
    Abstract: Adjustable vision modification using various systems, devices, and processes are provided. Adjustable vision modification may include sensing ocular related physiological activities of a user and making adjustments in an ocular device or ocular system to change the vision of the user. Various sensors and sensor locations may be employed in embodiments to sense or otherwise obtain these physiological activities. Likewise, various ocular devices, ocular processes, and ocular systems may be employed for improving vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: VISTA OCULAR, LLC
    Inventors: Philip C. Roholt, William Kokonaski, Jean-Noël Fehr, Randolph McDonald
  • Patent number: 10702401
    Abstract: An artificial joint with a knee axis including a swing-phase control means having a variable friction-based swing-phase controller. The variable friction-based swing-phase controller may apply different resistances at different ranges of motion by altering the torque applied upon the knee axis by altering any combination, or all of the following: the length of a lever arm and a force applied. This may be done to optimize the swing-phase control of the artificial joint to promote natural and smooth walking gait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LegWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Burke, Jan Andrysek
  • Patent number: 10695161
    Abstract: A nephroureteral catheter is provided that comprises a detachable portion such that when the detachable portion is removed, the catheter converts into an internal stent. The catheter includes a tube with two retention features, a detachable portion, and an inner tube. The inner tube is removably insertable into both the tube and the detachable portion, and a wire extends through at least a portion of a lumen of the inner tube and through the tube, to keep the pieces attached. The wire may be removed to remove the inner tube and then the detachable portion from the tube. When the detachable portion is attached to the tube, the catheter is a nephroureteral catheter. When the detachable portion is removed from the tube, the catheter becomes a stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry R. Smouse, Tim H. Williams
  • Patent number: 10687934
    Abstract: A new method for the treatment of ocular disease and injury is provided. The method involves the administration of a biocompatible implant, the porcine small intestinal serosa (or serous membrane), as graft/patch directly to the eye, for inducing restoration, remodeling, and repair of a tissue in a variety of injuries or conditions in the cornea, conjunctiva, and/or the eyelid due to trauma, diseases, or surgery. A focus on product interactions, safety profile has been fully defined and the membrane is reasonable in process, easy and convenient to prepare and significant in therapeutic effect. A simple standardized and straightforward method has been developed to fabricate this ultra-thin, delicate, and transparent material. Derived from well-defined mechanical strength, the serous membrane demonstrates consistency and flexibility that provides agile solutions for the physician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Carlos A. Alvarado
  • Patent number: 10687947
    Abstract: A method of securing an orthopedic hip prosthesis to an acetabulum of a living being. The prosthesis can be a shell or a cup, and the surgery can be a total hip arthroplasty such as a revision total hip arthroplasty. In some examples the method can include placing an augment at a bone surface of the acetabulum, applying a layer of fixation material over the bone surface in an amount sufficient to cover the augment, and then implanting the prosthesis over the layer of fixation material to secure the prosthesis to the layer of fixation material. In various aspects of the method, the augment can be an anchor or a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Keith R. Berend, Jacob Macke
  • Patent number: 10687952
    Abstract: A flexible, cannulated bone implant includes a proximal stem having a proximal end, a distal end, and a proximal conduit extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the proximal stem, a distal stem having a proximal end, a distal end, and a distal conduit extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the distal stem, and a flexible hinge interconnecting the distal end of the proximal stem with the proximal end of the distal stem for allowing the proximal and distal stems to flex relative to one another. The implant includes a proximal stem protective tube disposed within the proximal conduit of the proximal stem, and a distal stem protective tube disposed within the distal conduit of the distal stem. An elongated pin extends through the distal stem protective tube disposed within the distal stem and the proximal stem protective tube disposed within the proximal stem for securing the implant to bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Russell D. Petranto
  • Patent number: 10682225
    Abstract: A method and system provide an ophthalmic device including an optic and a haptic. The optic includes at least one optical material having a first Young's modulus. The haptic is coupled with the optic. The haptic includes at least a second Young's modulus greater than the first Young's modulus and less than 1.8 GPa. Thus, the haptic is stiffer than the optic, but more flexible than a material such as polymethyl metacrylate (PMMA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10682437
    Abstract: A medical device having improved surface hardness and wear resistance properties. The medical device has a body that includes a molybdenum and rhenium alloy. The outer surface of the body has a nitride surface layer that includes nitrogen, molybdenum and rhenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MIRUS LLC
    Inventor: Noah Roth
  • Patent number: 10675147
    Abstract: Additive manufacturing techniques are used to form an artificial intra-ocular lens (IOL) directly inside the human eye. Small openings are formed in the cornea and lens capsule of the eye, and the crystalline lens is broken up and removed through the openings; then, a material is injected into the lens capsule through the openings, and the focal spot of a pulse laser beam is scanned in a defined pattern in the lens capsule, to transform the material in the vicinity of the laser focal spot to form the IOL in a layer-by-layer manner. In one embodiment, stereolithography techniques are used where a pulse UV laser source is used to photosolidify a photopolymer resin. The liquefied resin is injected into the eye through the openings, after which only part of the resin, having the shape of the desired IOL, is selectively cured with the UV laser beam, via progressive layer formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventor: Javier G. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10675143
    Abstract: A suspensory fixation device has an elongated anchor member adapted to be transversely situated at the exit of a bone tunnel. A graft supporting loop member formed of a pair of parallel suture limbs extending from a bight portion is suspended transversely from the anchor member and has a loop length which is adjustable so the graft ligament can be supported in the bone tunnel at varying distances from the anchor member. When a graft ligament is attached to the saddle end of the loop member, the length may be shortened by pulling distally on the pair of limbs to pull the graft ligament into the bone tunnel. When tension is applied to the loop member by the graft pulling the loop proximally, the bight portion of the suture automatically locks the graft supporting loop member in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Kam, Giuseppe Lombardo, Peter C. Miller, Steven E. Fitts
  • Patent number: 10675145
    Abstract: Reversibly deformable corneal implants for replacing excised corneal tissue, the implants including an optical portion and an anchoring portion having different mechanical properties from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Keramed, Inc.
    Inventor: Yichieh Shiuey
  • Patent number: 10670885
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein include improved toric lenses and other ophthalmic apparatuses (including, for example, contact lens, intraocular lenses (IOLs), and the like) that includes a freeform-polynomial surface area that establishes a band of operational meridian for the apparatus to an intended correction meridian. The freeform-polynomial surface area is defined by a mathematical expression comprising a combination of one or more polynomial expressions (e.g., Chebyshev-based polynomial expression, Zernike-based polynomial expression, etc.) each having a distinct complex orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Huawei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10667902
    Abstract: The present invention provides a keratoprosthesis assembly comprising a central optical core; and a peripheral skirt comprising at least one porous biocompatible layer and methods of using it in keratoprosthesis procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Corneat Vision Ltd
    Inventor: Gilad Litvin