Patents Examined by Julian W. Woo
  • Patent number: 10729416
    Abstract: Devices for closing an internal opening, e.g. a hole in a blood vessel, include a shape memory function. Particular substances have been found to provide advantages in use, and in particular forms of closure structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Cleon Stanley, Ram H. Paul, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10722362
    Abstract: An implantable heart valve device has a main body including a first end portion and a second end portion. The main body is configured to be implanted around a native leaflet of a heart valve such that the first end portion is on an atrial side of the leaflet and the second end portion is on a ventricular side of the leaflet, and such that the main body can coapt with an opposing native leaflet during operation of the heart valve. One of the first or second end portions comprises a coupling assembly, and the other of the first or second end portions comprises a coupling member configured to extend through the native leaflet when the heart valve device is implanted in a heart valve. The coupling assembly is configured to releasably engage the coupling member to permit adjustment of the relative positions of the first and second end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Devin H. Marr, David M. Taylor, Yoon H. Kwon, Alexander J. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10716690
    Abstract: A system for deploying a prosthesis over a Carina between an ipsilateral lumen and a contralateral lumen includes a guidewire, a guidewire capture catheter, a self-expanding tubular prosthesis, and a delivery catheter. The guidewire is first placed in the ipsilateral lumen. The guidewire capture catheter is then advanced from the contralateral lumen to a position at or above the ipsilateral lumen. The guidewire is typically advanced through an occlusion, which may be a total occlusion, and captured by a capture element on the guidewire capture catheter. The guidewire capture catheter pulls the guidewire out through the contralateral side, and the guidewire is used to advance a delivery catheter from the ipsilateral side. The delivery catheter delivers a first segment of the tubular prosthesis in the ipsilateral lumen and a second segment of the prosthesis in the contralateral lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: New Karyna, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Joye, Michael Fourkas, Shuji Uemura, James Silver, Alison Acly
  • Patent number: 10709592
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating obesity are provided. More particularly, intragastric devices and methods of fabricating, deploying, inflating, locating, tracking, monitoring, deflating, and retrieving the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Brister, Neil R. Drake, Sheldon Nelson
  • Patent number: 10695172
    Abstract: A transcatheter heart valve prosthesis configured in accordance herewith includes an expandable frame having a plurality of commissure posts extending therefrom, a radially expandable tubular component attached to the plurality of commissure posts, and a locking mechanism operably coupled to a wire. The wire is at least partially slideably disposed within a channel formed in a wall of the tubular component and the locking mechanism is configured to permit the wire to be advanced within the channel to thereby transition the tubular component into a deployed configuration that at least partially engages tissue at the native heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Rothstein, Jeffrey Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 10695206
    Abstract: Catheter systems and methods for deployment of an endoluminal prosthesis in a body lumen of a patient while maintaining control of a position of the endoluminal prosthesis during the deployment process. Some of the systems and methods are configured to minimize frictional forces of components of the catheter systems during deployment procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TRIVASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Diego Aristizabal, Dale L Ehnes, Teresa Woodson
  • Patent number: 10687982
    Abstract: A tympanostomy tube is provided for insertion into and residence in a tympanic membrane of a mammal. The tympanostomy tube has a body including a first end portion, a second end portion and a central portion disposed between the first and second end portions. Additionally, an axially extending passageway is provided having a first open end and a second open end. The first end portion includes a relatively enlarged diameter radially extending flange disposed adjacent a first end of the first end portion, and a relatively reduced diameter portion. The second end portion includes at least first and second moveable legs having first ends coupled to the first end portion and second ends. The second ends include sharpened surfaces that are sufficiently sharpened to incise through the tympanic membrane during insertion of the tympanostomy tube in the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Domestic Legacy Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael H Fritsch
  • Patent number: 10682132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instrument and method for passing a medical implement through tissue with magnetic forces. The implement can be an implant, either permanent or temporary, and is provided with a magnetic component. A magnetic field is established and the magnetic component and/or magnetic field is manipulated to drive the implant through tissue. Alternatively, the instrument itself is the implement and includes at least one magnetic element so that a magnetic field established by an external magnetic generator drives the instrument through tissue. In another embodiment, the instrument includes two magnetic elements that are moveable with respect to one another and interaction between the magnetic elements drives the instrument through the tissue. Examples of applications of the present invention include a suture passer and a tissue anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 10682159
    Abstract: The invention relates to an abrasive body (6) for a grinding tool with an abrasive layer (8), which has at least one binding agent (12) and abrasive grains (13), characterised in that thermochromic colouring agents are provided in the abrasive layer (8). The invention relates further to a grinding tool (1) with an abrasive body (6) according to the invention and elements (5) for connecting the grinding tool (1) to a driving device for rotatingly driving the abrasive body (6). The invention relates further to a use of the abrasive body (6) according to the invention or of the grinding tool (1) according to the invention for treating human body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Lukas-Erzett Vereinigte Schlief- und Fraswerkzeugfabriken GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Gerd Fischer, Bernhard Runden
  • Patent number: 10682213
    Abstract: A surgical implant is provided for implantation into a body of a patient to treat a vaginal prolapse in the patient. The surgical implant is made of non-absorbable material and includes a knitted mesh having a mass density of less than 25 g/m2. The knitted mesh includes polypropylene strands having a diameter of less than about 600 ?m, major spaces located between adjacent ones of the strands, the major spaces having a width of from about 1 mm to 10 mm, and pores located within the strands, the pores having a diameter of from about 50 ?m to 200 ?m. The knitted mesh is secured in place to treat the prolapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 10682253
    Abstract: A method may include accessing a terminal branch of an ophthalmic artery through a face of a subject. Additionally, the method may include positioning a device within the ophthalmic artery of the subject and treating at least one of a blockage, a stenosis, a lesion, plaque or other physiology in at least one of the ophthalmic artery or a junction between an internal carotid artery and the ophthalmic artery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: J.D. Franco & Co., LLC
    Inventors: Michael Calhoun, Jeff Franco, Robert M. Vidlund
  • Patent number: 10675041
    Abstract: An end effector for a surgical clip applier includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, a clip cartridge coupled to the body and containing one or more surgical clips, and a head rotatably coupled to the distal end. First and second jaw members are mounted to the head such that rotation of the head correspondingly moves the first and second jaw members. The head is rotatable between a loading position, where the first and second jaw members are aligned to receive a distal-most surgical clip of the one or more surgical clips, and a clamping position, where the first and second jaw members are positioned to crimp a surgical clip interposing the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Stokes, Chester Baxter, III, Tyler Brehm
  • Patent number: 10667873
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a pair of movable members and a pair of jaw members. The movable members include drive and guide pins that are received within holes and slots defined by the jaw members. The jaw members are movable relative to one another in response to movement of the movable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Daniel Wallace
  • Patent number: 10660774
    Abstract: A delivery catheter includes an inner shaft having an atraumatic distal catheter tip. The inner shaft is configured to carry the implant thereon. The catheter tip includes a region that is fixed to the inner shaft and a region that is deformable and not fixed to the inner shaft. An outer shaft surrounds the inner shaft and is displaceable relative thereto. An implant capsule at a distal end of the outer shaft is configured to encase the implant and to release the implant at the target site via relative displacement of the inner and outer shafts. A plunger is axially displaceable with respect to the catheter tip in response to movement of the outer shaft to apply axial compressive force to the catheter tip and deform the region that is deformable and expand that region radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK AG
    Inventors: Mark Keller, Markus Hepke
  • Patent number: 10653897
    Abstract: A surgical instrument having a transmission assembly, a transducer, and a handle assembly is configured for coupling the transmission assembly to the handle assembly using a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is operable to restrict the rotational movement of an actuator coupling member and the transducer relative to the handle assembly. The locking mechanism may also be operable to lock a trigger of the handle assembly in a first position. An inner tubular actuating member of the transmission assembly may be threadably attachable to the actuator coupling member or the actuator coupling member may include a latching mechanism to couple to a flared portion of the inner tubular actuating member. A waveguide of the transmission assembly may also be threadably attachable to the transducer. In one alternative, the trigger may be configured to operate the locking mechanism, either in the first position or when pivoted distally to a third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10653440
    Abstract: A tip engageable with an elongated sheath member for extracting an implanted elongated structure, such as a cardiac lead, from an obstruction in a body vessel of a patient. The tip includes a tip body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a passageway extending therethrough. The tip body proximal end is engageable with the distal end of the sheath member distal end. The passageway of the tip is aligned with the passageway of the sheath such that the implanted structure is receivable therein. The tip body distal end includes a segment tapering toward a leading edge. A disrupter element, such as a plurality of helices, is disposed along the outer surface of the tip body distal end. The disruptor element is configured for non-cuttingly disrupting the obstruction as the tip is advanced over the implanted structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Goode, Chun Kee Lui, Robert Booker
  • Patent number: 10653402
    Abstract: A device, method, and use of a device for temporary management of a wound, such as a wound in a heart. The device has a shaft, a blood flow blocking membrane at the first end of the shaft for blocking blood flow through the wound, and an abutment member that is mounted to the shaft and is axially movable along the shaft towards and away from the blood flow blocking membrane for abutting the wound and holding the blood flow blocking membrane adjacent the wound. The blood flow blocking membrane is resiliently flexible and movable between at least a first collapsed state for inserting the blood flow blocking membrane through the wound, and a deployed state for blocking blood flow through the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: João Baptista De Rezende Neto
  • Patent number: 10646342
    Abstract: A delivery system includes an elongate shaft, a handle, a first clasp control member, a second clasp control member, and an actuator. The handle is connected to a proximal portion of the elongate shaft. The first and second clasp control members each extend into a distal portion of the elongate shaft, through at least a portion of the elongate shaft, out of the proximal portion of the elongate shaft, and through the handle. The actuator is coupled to the handle and has a first side portion connected to the first clasp control and a second side portion connected to the second clasp control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Devin H. Marr, Sergio Delgado, Eric Robert Dixon, David M. Taylor, Asher L. Metchik, Matthew T. Winston
  • Patent number: 10639151
    Abstract: An intravascular delivery system includes a threaded coil. The threaded coil includes one or more wires coiled to form a spiral coil with at least one thread extending along a length of the threaded coil. The threaded coil is elastically deformable for delivery of the threaded coil to a target location in the body and is rotatable to longitudinally position an intravascular device at the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cephea Valve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolf von Oepen, Sean A. McNiven
  • Patent number: 10631986
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve, the delivery device including an inner shaft, a distal sheath disposed about a portion of the inner shaft and forming a compartment with the inner shaft, the compartment adapted to receive the valve, the inner shaft and the distal sheath being movable relative to one another, and a handle including a frame having a longitudinal axis, a proximal end and a distal end, the handle including a deployment actuator and a hub, the deployment actuator and the hub being independently capable of opening and closing the compartment, a resheathing lock configured to alert a user of a position of the distal sheath and to impede movement of the distal sheath, and an indicator disposed on the frame and capable of showing an extent of deployment of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Copeland, Travis Michael Beckerle, Joseph Gordon, Bruce Edward Frohman, Michael William Metz, Savannah Grace Kyle, Kelsey Hill, Michael Shane Morrissey