Patents Examined by Matthew W Schall
  • Patent number: 10532125
    Abstract: The presently-disclosed subject matter includes a compound comprising a first monomer, which is allyl-functionalized and crosslinkable, and a second monomer, which is not crosslinkable. In some embodiments the compounds are photocrosslinkable, and in certain embodiments are photocrosslinkable by ultraviolet light. Also provided are shape memory vascular grafts comprised the of present compounds that can transition from a temporary shape to an original shape when heated above a melting temperature of the graft. Still further provided are methods for treating vascular conditions that utilize embodiments of the present grafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Hak-Joon Sung, Timothy C. Boire, Mukesh K. Gupta, Angela L. Zachman, Sue Hyun-Lee, Colleen M. Brophy
  • Patent number: 10524911
    Abstract: An annuloplasty repair segment for heart valve annulus repair. In one embodiment a multi-stranded cable replaces solid core wire for both the tricuspid and mitral valves. Cable allows for greater deployment flexibility for minimally-invasive surgical (MIS) implant, while still maintaining the required strength and similar tensile properties of solid-core wire. In addition, selective placement of point-welds or other such control points locally control other parameters such as the amount and direction of displacement as the ring undergoes external loading. Cable with well-placed control points result in a MIS annuloplasty ring with sufficient flexibility in the x-y plane to allow a surgeon to squeeze the ring into a small incision, such as for example 1 cm×1 cm, while maintaining structural rigidity under forces exerted on the implanted ring by the cardiac cycle and allowing for asymmetrical deflection to be designed into the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Migliazza, Bob Crockett, Tim Abram
  • Patent number: 10512537
    Abstract: A polymeric heart valve is disclosed which includes a valve body having a central axis and including a conduit extending along the central axis from an inflow end to an outflow end; and at least three flexible leaflets extending from the body into the conduit, each of the leaflets defining an attachment curve with the body. Respective pairs of leaflets each define a commissure located proximal the body. The at least three leaflets define a partially open position at rest, a fully open position deflecting away from the central axis during forward blood flow along a direction from the inflow end to the outflow end, and a closed position deflecting toward the central axis during reverse blood flow along a direction from the outflow end to the inflow end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ABIOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Scott C. Corbett, Mike Finnegan, Stephen Vaughan, Jeffery Juretich
  • Patent number: 10507272
    Abstract: There is disclosed apparatus and methods for providing a reserve power source for a ventricular assist device. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a primary power source for powering the device, and a controller housing having a reserve battery for powering the device when the primary power source provides inadequate power, and the controller housing configured for use externally of the patient with a percutaneous cable to the device. In another embodiment, a method includes powering the device with a primary power source, monitoring power provided to the device, powering the device when the power is monitored as inadequate to the device with a reserve power source disposed within a controller housing, the device disposed subcutaneously within a patient, the controller housing disposed externally of the patient, and the device and the controller housing connected by a percutaneous cable. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: WorldHeart, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Lee, James Malmstrom, James Long
  • Patent number: 10507124
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Mark Y. Hansen, William D. Montgomery, Wendy J. Terry
  • Patent number: 10492934
    Abstract: A medical fixation device having a device attachment portion, a compression bearing portion and a barb portion. The barb portion is separated from a device constraining means by the incorporation of the compression bearing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward E. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10492834
    Abstract: A surgical implant driver includes a member that defines a longitudinal axis and includes a first mating surface and a second mating surface spaced from the first mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. May, William A. Rezach
  • Patent number: 10485663
    Abstract: An epicardial clip for reshaping the annulus of the mitral valve of a heart includes a curved member having an anterior segment configured to be positioned in the transverse sinus of the heart, a posterior segment configured to be positioned on the posterior side of the heart, such as on or inferior to the atrioventricular groove, and a lateral segment extending between the anterior segment and the posterior segment. The lateral segment includes a curve such that the first end of the member is positioned at or above the plane of the mitral valve and the second end of the member is positioned at or below the plane of the mitral valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Maquet Cardiovascular LLC
    Inventors: Peter Tachi Callas, Pierluca Lombardi, Michael C. Stewart, Liming Lau, Mark S. Juravic, Evan Anderson, Joe Lamberti, Albert K. Chin, Tammy Wang
  • Patent number: 10478301
    Abstract: The invention is a cardiac implant, and associated methods therefore, configured to repair and/or replace a native heart valve, and having a support frame configured to be reshaped into an expanded/changed form in order to receive and/or support an expandable prosthetic heart valve therein. The implant may be configured to have a generally rigid and/or expansion-resistant configuration when initially implanted to replace/repair a native valve (or other prosthetic heart valve), but to assume a generally non-rigid and/or expanded/expandable form when subjected to an outward force such as that provided by a dilation balloon. The implant may be configured to have a generally D-shaped configuration when initially implanted, but to assume a generally circular form when subjected to an outward force such as that provided by a dilation balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Konno, Yaron Keidar
  • Patent number: 10470863
    Abstract: Various embodiments of craniofacial implants, surgical instruments, and techniques are described to provide improved surgical results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Michael J. Yaremchuk
  • Patent number: 10463490
    Abstract: A differential pressure regulating device is provided for controlling in-vivo pressure in body, and in particularly in a heart. The device may include a shunt being positioned between two or more lumens in a body, to enable fluids to flow between the lumens, and an adjustable flow regulation mechanism being configured to selectively cover an opening of the shunt, to regulate the flow of fluid through the shunt in relation to a pressure difference between the body lumens. In some embodiments a control mechanism coupled to the adjustable flow regulation mechanism may be provided, to remotely activate the adjustable flow regulation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: V-Wave Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Rottenberg, Ori J. Braun, Avraham Aba Zakay, Ascher Shmulewitz, Yoram Rozy, Gad Keren
  • Patent number: 10463480
    Abstract: A low pressure gradient prosthetic heart valve for implant in a human. The valve includes a support frame with undulating inflow cusps and outflow commissure posts to which flexible leaflets attach and coapt in a flow area. The commissure posts angle outward in a neutral state to widen the outflow orifice area. Also, the leaflets are designed to fit within the support frame and expand outward in a valve open state without creating a shelf or belly that would restrict flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Hengchu Cao, Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 10456514
    Abstract: A device for providing assistance to ventricular systole, the device comprising a pressuriser and a driver, wherein the pressuriser is adapted to be able to apply localised pressure to only the external wall of one ventricle, or a portion thereof, and the driver is operatively linked to the pressuriser so as to be able to drive a cycle of increased and decreased pressure applied by the pressuriser. The invention also relates to a method of implanting the device and a method of treating cardiac pump failure in which the device is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: University of Leicester
    Inventors: David Adlam, Samara-Ratna Piyal
  • Patent number: 10456279
    Abstract: A method of introducing the stent and a system for intravascular implantation is disclosed. The stent for bifurcation includes two cylindrical parts: a distal part of smaller diameter and a proximal part of greater diameter, connected by two arranged as opposite longitudinal connectors having length of 0.5 to 8 mm and forming a cell of the stent having an enlarged surface area, the connectors having a curvilinear shape, in particular a sinusoidal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BALTON SP. Z O.O.
    Inventors: Emil Plowiecki, Leszek Hurkala
  • Patent number: 10456248
    Abstract: A heart valve stent having a section with a heart valve implant and several proximally disposed tissue anchors, also comprising a plurality of anchoring threats, each with a proximate end fastened to the stent or valve and a distal end attached to tissue within a heart chamber to provide tension between the heart chamber tissue and the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Georg Lutter, Lucian Lozonschi
  • Patent number: 10449277
    Abstract: A high efficiency cardiac support system is suitable for chronic use in treating heart failure, wherein the system includes an implantable rotary blood pump, an implantable power module, a wireless power transfer subsystem, a patient monitor, and a programmer. In a cardiac support system, the cumulative efficiencies of the components of the system are capable of providing therapeutically effective blood flow for a typical day of awake hours using the energy from a single wireless recharge of an implanted rechargeable energy source. Moreover, the implantable rechargeable energy source may be recharged during a normal sleep period of 8 hours or less. The system may provide full or partial cardiac support without the need for external wearable batteries, controllers, or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: EVERHEART SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Greg S. Aber, Neil H. Akkerman, Randolph K. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10441492
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus includes a driving joint unit having a first driving gear fixed to a first driving shaft and a second driving gear fixed to a second driving shaft, an operating joint unit fixed on an operating shaft and having an operating gear rotating together with the operating shaft, a first operating belt connected to the first driving gear and the operating gear, a second operating belt connected to the second driving gear and the operating gear to apply a torque in opposite directions, a driving link having one end connected to the first driving shaft or the second driving shaft and the other end connected to the operating shaft, and an operating link fixed to the operating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Junho Choi, Seung-Jong Kim, Jaehwan Park, Seunghan Park
  • Patent number: 10441427
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an artificial joint comprising a first joint portion (101), a second joint portion (105) and an intermediate portion (103). The first joint portion and the second joint portion each comprise an electrically conductive material and the intermediate portion comprises a non-conductive material and is arranged in between the first joint portion and the second joint portion such that the first joint portion is electrically isolated from the second joint portion. The artificial joint further comprises an internal electronic unit (110) provided inside of the isolating portion being connected to the first joint portion via at least one first electrode (111) and to the second joint portion via at least one second electrode (113). Thus, a first voltage can be applied to the first joint portion and a second electric voltage can be applied to the second joint portion, the voltages being with reference to a common reference potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Adrián Bermudez Castel, Lluís Font Vizcarra
  • Patent number: 10426642
    Abstract: A membrane for covering a peripheral surface of a stent is provided, the membrane including a plurality of line openings formed therein. Each line opening may be a straight line opening, for example in the form of a slit, a curved line opening, or any line opening of a suitable shape or curvature, e.g. U-shaped or V-shaped. Blood pressure opens the slits to allow blood to flow through the membrane, while curved line openings create a flap in the membrane that can open to allow blood to pass through. According to further embodiments of the present invention, a method of forming a membrane on a stent and a device for use in a blood vessel are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: National University of Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Pei Ho, Hwa Liang Leo, Sum Huan Ng, Fangsen Cui, Foad Kabinejadian
  • Patent number: 10420643
    Abstract: A prosthetic device for attachment to a vascular structure includes a body with an axial length configured to be adjustable by manipulation of at least one design feature but not materially affected by simple luminal pressurization. The at least one design feature includes at least one of a reducing mechanism or a purse-string provided along at least part of a circumference of the body to actuate reduction of a diameter of the device. The prosthetic device may include a body with an axial length configured to be adjustable and at least one roll-down segment at one end of the body. The at least one roll-down segment may be configured to be facilitated or supported by integrated shape memory materials to maintain the roll-down characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Corfigo, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Scott Sperling