Patents Examined by Suba Ganesan
  • Patent number: 11071621
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for anchoring a ligament or tendon to bone. In one embodiment, a biceps tenodesis system is provided and includes a sheath inserter tool, an expandable sheath configured to couple to the sheath inserter tool, an expander inserter tool, and an expander configured to couple to the expander inserter tool. The sheath inserter tool is configured to advance the expandable sheath, with a tendon disposed therearound, into a bone hole, and the expander inserter tool is configured to advance the expander through an outer shaft of the sheath inserter tool and to drive the expander into the sheath. The expander is configured to be received within a lumen extending at least partially through the expandable sheath to thereby expand the sheath. In this way, the system delivers the tendon or ligament into the bone hole and locks the sheath and tendon within the bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Justin M. Piccirillo, Gerome Miller, Sherri Sa
  • Patent number: 11071626
    Abstract: Various features and associated advantages are described for diametrically adjustable support structures, adjustable valve structures, removable/replaceable valve structures, and associated systems and methods. Although some examples are directed toward prosthetic valve that is a conduit having a valve structure, or a “valved conduit” (e.g., used to replace a pulmonary valve and a portion of the corresponding pulmonary artery or an aortic valve and the aortic root), and other examples are directed toward prosthetic valves implanted native valve orifices (e.g., to replace an aortic or mitral valve), the features and advantages of the structures associated with those examples are interchangeable regardless of a particular application for which the examples are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle W. Colavito, Dustin V. Dienno, Paul D. Goodman, Brandon C. Hedberg, Brandon A. Lurie, Devin M. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11065104
    Abstract: Systems and tools are provided for anchoring a ligament or tendon to bone. In one embodiment, a sheath is provided having a first sidewall with proximal and distal ends and a second sidewall with proximal and distal ends. The distal ends of the first and second sidewalls can be coupled to one another by a hinge pin such that the first and second sidewalls pivot relative to one another about the hinge pin. A sheath inserter tool is also provided and it can be configured to couple to the sheath and to advance the expandable sheath, with a tendon disposed therearound, into a bone hole. An expander is also provided for expanding the sheath. In this way, a tendon or ligament is delivered into the bone hole and the sheath and tendon are locked within the bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Justin M. Piccirillo, Gerome Miller, Sherri Sa
  • Patent number: 11058562
    Abstract: A prosthetic socket, comprising a base for distal connection means for attaching a prosthesis component to the prosthetic socket and comprising at least one side wall, which extends from the base in the proximal direction and at least partially extends around a stump to be held in the prosthetic socket, and at least one support for fastening the side wall to the base being arranged on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Pawlik, Johan Nieuwendijk
  • Patent number: 11051956
    Abstract: A prosthesis cosmetic element for a prosthesis comprising a prosthesis joint which has an upper part and a lower part that is mounted thereon in a pivotal manner about a pivot axis, the prosthesis cosmetic element has a first frame part, which has at least one first securing device for fixing on the lower part, and a second frame part with at least one second securing device for securing on the upper part. The frame parts are mounted in a pivotal manner relative to each other, and the prosthesis joint is equipped with a rotational element on which an actuating element is arranged. The actuating element is accessible from the outside by a frame part or through a frame part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Markus Piller, Hans Oppel, Sonja Wagner, Johannes Bischof, Alice Frey, Raphael Scheffel, Walter Lunzer, Mario Koppe, Andreas Leiniger
  • Patent number: 11052011
    Abstract: A standing-up assistance apparatus includes a first sensor that measures a muscle potential of a lower leg of a user, a second sensor that measures a knee angle of the user, a processor that determines whether starting to assist the user in a standing-up motion from a seated state is possible, based on, at least, the measured muscle potential and the measured knee angle, and outputs an instruction signal if the processor determines that starting to assist the user in the standing-up motion is possible, and an assistance mechanism. The assistance mechanism starts assisting the user in the standing-up motion when the assistance mechanism receives the instruction signal from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kato, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Hiroyuki Motoyama, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11045381
    Abstract: A system for augmenting the motion of a person includes an assistance apparatus with a first attachment for connecting the assistance apparatus to a first point on the person's body, a second attachment for connecting the apparatus to a second point on the person's body, an actuator for applying force between the first and second attachment points, the force augmenting motion of a part of the body, and a set of sensors detecting reaction force on the person's body when moving in the manner that the actuator augments. A control system implements a negative feedback loop, in which the force applied by the actuator is based on a weighted sum of measurements from the sensors, and is updated continuously based on the sensor measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Daley, Zhen Sun, Andrew J. Kuusisto
  • Patent number: 11039915
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including a tube (20) that defines a flared downstream portion (30) that diverges toward a downstream end (32) of the tube, and a flared upstream portion (26) that diverges toward an upstream end (28) of the tube, such that a central portion (34) of the tube is narrower than at the ends of the tube. The tube defines a plurality of lateral openings (36). A support frame (24) supports the tube within a subject's vena cava, such that the downstream portion is sealed with respect to the wall of the vena cava downstream of junctions of the vena cava with all of the subject's renal veins, and the upstream portion is sealed with respect to the inner wall of the vena cava upstream of junctions of the vena cava with all of the subject's renal veins. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MAGENTA MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Yosi Tuval, Ehud Schwammenthal, Daniel Glozman, Gad Lubinsky
  • Patent number: 11034016
    Abstract: A method of using an ankle exoskeleton device is provided herein. The method includes collecting one or more biomechanical data points from an individual. The method also includes developing individualized musculoskeletal simulations based on the one or more biomechanical data points. In addition, the method includes creating predictive simulations by modeling effects of an ankle exoskeleton device on the individualized musculoskeletal simulations. The method also includes utilizing established device-user relationships with real-time measurements to adjust device control. Lastly, the method includes optimizing design and control parameters of the exoskeleton device based on the predictive simulations and user responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Northern Arizona University
    Inventor: Zachary F Lerner
  • Patent number: 11026816
    Abstract: A prosthetic device. The prosthetic device may include a flexure cut and/or a sensor to detect movement in accordance with a degree of movement. In an embodiment, the sensor may be disposed within the flexure cut. Other embodiments include at least one wire configured to connect a sensor located in a distal portion to a proximal portion, while annularly traversing a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: N. Christopher Perry, Keith D. Violette, Grant A. Peret, David D. B. Cannan, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Jacob P. Laplante, Thomas A. Doyon
  • Patent number: 11026791
    Abstract: A system for treating valvular regurgitation in a heart valve includes a flexible canopy and an elongated tether including an elastic portion and an inelastic portion. When the system is in a deployed configuration, a proximal end of the flexible canopy is coupled to an annulus of the heart valve and a distal end of the elongated tether is coupled to a ventricle. The flexible canopy is configured to overlay a first native leaflet of the heart valve, and tension on the elongated tether is applied and/or adjusted to prevent the first leaflet from prolapsing, to maximize coaptation of the flexible canopy with a second native leaflet of the heart valve, and to minimize regurgitation of the heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Genovese, Jeffrey Sandstrom, Russell Pribanic, Thomas Mcpeak, Vania Lee, Dermot O'Brien, James Calvin Allan
  • Patent number: 11013906
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided that is configured to be deployed in a lumen of a blood vessel of a subject. The apparatus includes a pump portion, including an anchor configured to engage a wall of the blood vessel in order to maintain the apparatus in place within the blood vessel, and a reciprocating valve coupled to the anchor and including a set of one or more leaflets. A valve driver is configured to drive the reciprocating valve in a reciprocating pattern between (i) a first state in which the leaflets are in an open configuration allowing blood flow through the reciprocating valve, and (ii) a second state in which the leaflets are in a closed configuration inhibiting blood flow through the reciprocating valve. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: RAINBOW MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventor: Yossi Gross
  • Patent number: 11007073
    Abstract: Devices that can be delivered into a vascular system to divert flow are disclosed herein. According to some embodiments, devices are provided for treating aneurysms b diverting flow. An expandable device can comprise, for example, a plurality of strut regions and a plurality of bridge regions. Each of the strut regions may extend circumferentially about the expandable device and include a plurality of struts. Each of the plurality of bridge regions may be attached to and extend between two of the strut regions and comprise a plurality first bridges and second bridges that intersect one another and are movable relative to one another at their intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Animesh Choubey
  • Patent number: 11007071
    Abstract: An artificial limb. The artificial includes a finger part and a drive unit for the finger part. The drive unit includes: a drive output part, a movable part and a drive rope. The movable part is configured to be connected with the drive output part and is capable of moving under a drive of the drive output part. The drive rope is configured to be disposed in the finger part and connected with the movable part and is capable of converting a movement of the movable part into a motion of the finger part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shaofei Guo, Zhonghua Li, Jian Sang, Shipeng Wang
  • Patent number: 11000082
    Abstract: Electronic assistive gloves for covering artificial prosthetic or robotic hands. The glove includes a base layer formed to fit on the artificial hand, a plurality of sensors carried by the base layer, and an encapsulation layer covering the base layer and formed of a material that mimics human skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Chi Hwan Lee, Min Ku Kim
  • Patent number: 11000375
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a coaption element; a pair of paddles connected to the coaption element; a catch point formed by a portion of at least one of the coaption element and the pair of paddles when the paddles are in the open position; and a cover covering connected to the coaption element and the paddles for covering the catch point. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 10993821
    Abstract: A double-layer blood vessel stent. A skirt-sided stent is provided on a main body stent. A first developing member and a second developing member are provided on the main body stent. The first developing member includes a first developing portion and a second developing portion, where the first developing portion and the second developing portion are flush with a free end at a position where the distance between the intersections on a plane perpendicular to the direction of an axis of the main body stent is the minimum distance; and an end, away from a first end, of the second developing member is flush with an end away from a tapered section of an extending section. This structure allows for accurate positioning of the double-layer vessel stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LIFETECH SCIENTIFIC (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yi Fang, Benhao Xiao
  • Patent number: 10993809
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a strip of material having first and second edges surrounding a central portion; a coaption element formed from the strip of material; and a pair of paddles formed from the strip of material and connected to the coaption element. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 10987221
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a collar; a coaption element attached to the collar; and a pair of paddles are connected to the coaption element. The collar has a plurality of engagement portions configured to releasably engage a delivery apparatus. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient. The paddles are circumferentially disposed between the engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 10987092
    Abstract: Remodeling of body tissue using a bioabsorbable implant that maintains or otherwise mechanically assists a more permanent implant or other treatment take, for example, by the treatment causing fibrosis. For example, the apparatus and methods can be used for hernia, organ prolapse and cosmetic purposes, such as breast and face lifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BIOPROTECT LTD.
    Inventor: Shaul Shohat