Patents Examined by Melanie Tyson
  • Patent number: 10172706
    Abstract: Intraocular lens inserters and methods of use are disclosed. An example intraocular lens inserter may include an interior assembly having a movable member disposed therein. The movable member is movable in response to a pressure of a compressed gas. In response to the pressure of the compressed gas, the moveable member pressurizes a substantially incompressible fluid. The pressurized substantially incompressible fluid is used to advance a plunger. The plunger advances an intraocular lens through a lumen for insertion into an eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Jack Robert Auld, John Christopher Huculak, Matthew Douglas McCawley, Matthew Braden Flowers, James Lescoulie
  • Patent number: 10172702
    Abstract: A vascular graft with trim lines is described, the trim lines providing a guide for precision shaping of the cuff. The trim lines may be printed or otherwise disposed on a surface of the cuff or included on a template designed for disposition over the cuff. The trim lines may also be disposed on a side of a pocket into which the cuff is positioned for trimming. Also described is an apparatus and method for precise trimming of a vascular graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans Scholz, John D. McDermott, Robert M. Carr, Debra A. Bebb
  • Patent number: 10166144
    Abstract: Disclosed here is an apparatus and method for cataract surgery. The apparatus is an instrument referred to as a chopper that allows the reduction or elimination of ultrasound and/or laser energy introduced into the eye during cataract surgery. The chopper instrument is bent at an angle, such as an angle less than 110 degrees or less than 90 degrees, to provide a posterior (to anterior) chopping, and a wedge compression of the cataract. The bend in the chopper instrument, among other features, introduces refined vector forces that help in breaking/chopping the cataract with ease. The apparatus allows laser free/ultrasound free cataract extraction in dense cataracts. The chopper apparatus, a vacuum-tip and the proper vacuum settings, when used for performing a cataract surgery by a surgeon, allows the surgeon to break up the nucleus into small enough fragments that a true ultrasound-free/laser-free small incision cataract surgery can be accomplished with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Michael Jerome Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Jerome Depenbusch
  • Patent number: 10166012
    Abstract: A holding device for surgical instruments, in particular for minimally invasive surgery, is provided. The device includes a holding arm that holds an instrument support at the distal end of the holding arm. The instrument support can have which a surgical instrument is mounted thereon. The surgical instrument is operated by way of a drive device. To permit a simple replacement of the instrument support, the drive device is connected to the holding arm by way of a holding device, such that the drive device can easily be changed from a drive position to a replacement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT-LUND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
    Inventors: Sophie Lantermann, Ulrich Seibold, Ulrich Hagn, Thomas Staebler
  • Patent number: 10166127
    Abstract: An endoluminal device can be configured for precise positioning during deployment within a vessel. The endoluminal device can be a tack, stent, vascular implant or other type of implant. The endoluminal device can have circumferential member with an undulating configuration having multiple inward and outward apexes and struts extending therebetween. Two of the struts can be used to establish a foot for the precise positioning of the device during deployment. A method of placing the endoluminal device can include withdrawing an outer sheath such that a portion of the endoluminal device is expanded prior to the rest of the endoluminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intact Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Giasolli, Peter Schneider
  • Patent number: 10166093
    Abstract: A hernia repair device is provided which may include a soft tissue repair prosthesis and an expandable device configured to be removably connected with the soft tissue repair prosthesis. Attachment components may be used to removably connect the soft tissue repair prosthesis with the expandable device. The hernia repair device may be manipulated into a reduced configuration for insertion into the body. When expanded, the expandable device may be configured to position the soft tissue repair prosthesis adjacent a hernia defect. The expandable device and/or the attachment components may be shaped and/or configured to minimize the maximum dimension of the hernia repair device in its reduced configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Augustus Felix, Michael F. Jacene
  • Patent number: 10159491
    Abstract: A surgical clip applier is provided and includes a handle assembly and an endoscopic assembly selectively connectable to a housing of the handle assembly. The handle assembly includes a housing, a trigger pivotally supported on and extending from the housing, and a drive assembly supported within the housing and operatively actuatable by the trigger. The endoscopic assembly includes a shaft assembly extending from the housing, the shaft assembly including an outer tube and a pair of jaws supported in and extending from a distal end of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Rajkumar Gokharu
  • Patent number: 10137013
    Abstract: An endoluminal device can be configured for precise positioning during deployment within a vessel. The endoluminal device can be a tack, stent, vascular implant or other type of implant. The endoluminal device can have circumferential member with an undulating configuration having multiple inward and outward apexes and struts extending therebetween. Two of the struts can be used to establish a foot for the precise positioning of the device during deployment. A method of placing the endoluminal device can include withdrawing an outer sheath such that a portion of the endoluminal device is expanded prior to the rest of the endoluminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intact Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Giasolli, Peter Schneider
  • Patent number: 10130472
    Abstract: A system for treating mitral valve regurgitation includes a tensioning device having a plurality of helical anchors and a tensioning filament. One embodiment of the invention includes a method for attaching a tensioning device to the annulus of a mitral valve in a trans-leaflet configuration, and applying a tension force to the tension filament in order to exert force vectors on the annulus, thereby reshaping the mitral valve annulus so that the coaption of the anterior and posterior leaflets of the mitral is improved during ventricular contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia O'Beirne, Nasser Rafiee
  • Patent number: 10117762
    Abstract: An endoluminal device can be configured for precise positioning during deployment within a vessel. The endoluminal device can be a tack, stent, vascular implant or other type of implant. The endoluminal device can have circumferential member with an undulating configuration having multiple inward and outward apexes and struts extending therebetween. Two of the struts can be used to establish a foot for the precise positioning of the device during deployment. A method of placing the endoluminal device can include withdrawing an outer sheath such that a portion of the endoluminal device is expanded prior to the rest of the endoluminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intact Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Giasolli, Peter Schneider
  • Patent number: 10111664
    Abstract: A closure system and methods of use are provided for use in sealing an opening in a body tissue, such as a vascular puncture site. A method of closing the opening in the body tissue can be performed with the closure system having a closure clip. The method can include positioning the closure clip in a first closure clip position adjacent to the opening in the body tissue such that a plurality of spikes of the closure clip are inserted into the tissue at a location outward from a central axis of the opening. Subsequently, the closure clip can be positioned in a second closure clip position such that the plurality of spikes are pulled inward toward the central axis of the opening so as to pull the tissue between the opening and each of the spikes together and close the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRATED VASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard S. Ginn, William N. Aldrich, William Martin Belef
  • Patent number: 10098722
    Abstract: Absorbable composite medical devices such as surgical meshes and braided sutures, which display two or more absorption/biodegradation and breaking strength retention profiles and exhibit unique properties in different clinical settings, are made using combinations of at least two types of yarns having distinctly different physicochemical and biological properties and incorporate in the subject construct special designs to provide a range of unique properties as clinically useful implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Poly-Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalaby W. Shalaby, Shawn Peniston, Scott Taylor, Douglas D. Greene
  • Patent number: 10085826
    Abstract: Absorbable composite medical devices such as surgical meshes and braided sutures, which display two or more absorption/biodegradation and breaking strength retention profiles and exhibit unique properties in different clinical settings, are made using combinations of at least two types of yarns having distinctly different physicochemical and biological properties and incorporate in the subject construct special designs to provide a range of unique properties as clinically useful implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Poly-Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalaby W. Shalaby, Shawn Peniston, Scott Taylor, Douglas D. Greene
  • Patent number: 10085884
    Abstract: Glaucoma can be treated by implanting an intraocular shunt into the eye. Such procedures can employ various deployment devices, shunts, and implantation techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AQUESYS, INC.
    Inventors: Herbert A. Reitsamer, Guenther Grabner, Christopher Horvath, Laszlo O. Romoda
  • Patent number: 10080888
    Abstract: A shaft of an interventional medical system catheter has a distal end formed by opposing elastically deformable retention features that protrude into a lumen of the shaft, and that define an expandable distal opening of the lumen. The retention features secure an implantable medical device to the catheter by an interlocking engagement within a gap defined by a necked-in portion of a device holding member. Each retention feature includes a distal-facing surface defining the distal opening, and, when an elongate release member of the catheter, which extends within the shaft lumen, applies a push force against proximal-facing surfaces of the features, the distal opening expands from a constricted to an open configuration, wherein the open configuration allows passage of the device holding member through the distal opening, and the constricted configuration allows for the interlocking engagement with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas K Kelly, Gwenda Francis, Brendan P Geraghty, Pat McHugh, Sean Ward
  • Patent number: 10080654
    Abstract: A delivery system and method for percutaneous aortic valve (PAV) replacement and apparatus used therein. A temporary aortic valve including a reversibly expandable occluding medium surrounds a central catheter mechanism. The temporary valve is positioned within the ascending aorta, just above and downstream from the coronary ostia. The occluding medium is configured such that, when fully expanded against the aortic wall, gaps are left that promote continuous coronary perfusion during the cardiac cycle. The temporary valve substitutes for the function of the native aortic valve during its replacement. The native aortic valve is next dilated, and then ablated through deployment of low profile, elongated, sequentially delivered stents. The stent(s) displace the native tissues and remain within the aortic annulus to receive and provide a structure for retaining the PAV. The PAV is delivered, positioned and deployed within the stent(s) at the aortic annulus with precision and relative ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: HOCOR Cardiovascular Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Paul C. Ho
  • Patent number: 10076386
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The wound closure system includes a plurality of skin anchors mechanically attached to external skin tissue around a periphery of a wound, a line extending between the skin anchors, the line slidably engaged with each skin anchor, and a biasing member that provides tension on the line to draw all of the skin anchors toward the wound. The method of closing a wound includes the steps of attaching a plurality of skin anchors to external skin around a periphery of a wound, extending a line between the skin anchors around substantially the entire periphery of the wound, and providing tension to the line to draw the skin anchors toward the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Wilke, Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10076352
    Abstract: A non-coring hair implantation needle is provided which provides for a smaller opening than a conventional hypodermic needle, and includes a bevel of shorter length. The needles are configured to provide a non-cutting feature, and aid in placement and retention of an implanted hair graft when the needle is withdrawn from the body surface. Furthermore, methods of fabricating needles includes bevels of shorter length and non-cutting features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: RESTORATION ROBOTICS, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Oostman, Jr., Steven E. Jakubowski
  • Patent number: 10064677
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for retracting a cutting assembly in the event of a failure on a motorized electrosurgical device. As an example, a surgical device is provided that includes a handle portion with an elongate shaft extending distally that has first and second jaws configured to engage tissue therebetween. A cutting assembly cuts tissue engaged between the first and second jaws. A drive shaft extends from the handle through the elongate shaft and moves the cutting assembly. A motorized gear assembly moves the drive shaft. The drive shaft is movable between a first position in which the drive shaft is engaged with the motorized gear assembly such that actuation of the motorized gear assembly drives the drive shaft, and a second position in which the drive shaft is disengaged from the motorized gear assembly such that the drive shaft can move independent of the gear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Jason R. Lesko, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 10058328
    Abstract: An anastomosis device for joining hollow lumens or viscera, suitable for deployment at the surface of two superposed adjacent lumens. The device has a main tubular body of longitudinal axis (L), having first and second open ends and opposite outside and inside faces. The main tubular body has at least three columns of loops and at least three rows of loops and sets of proximal and distal radial projections extending along at least a depth (E) at the peripheries of the first and second ends respectively. The distal and proximal sets are spaced apart by a minimum internal distance (D), and further include a set of intermediate radial projections extending along at most a depth (e) and arranged between the sets of proximal and distal radial projections. The depth (e) is less than (E), and the minimum internal distance (D) is determined so as to receive two superposed adjacent lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: COUSIN BIOTECH, UNIVERSITE DE LILLE
    Inventors: Valéry Dalle, Gilles Solecki, François Pattou, Jacques Himpens, Robert Caiazzo