Patents Examined by Todd Manahan
  • Patent number: 9642432
    Abstract: A hair collection center structure encompass a nylon halo cylinder for allowing a hair bundle to pass through the center. The nylon cylinder is tightly rolled with hair elastic connected to the nylon to extend letting the rubber band snap around the halo cylinder keeping the hair in place. The nylon cylinder is formed by placing a hole at the end of the nylon and tightly rolling it to form a thick circular bun. The thickness and strength which are extremely sufficient for facilitating the beauty bun style by placing the hair in a secure and protected bun. The elastic allows the rubber band length to stretch fixing the hair in a round circular shape, avoiding the need of uncomfortable pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Latannia Carey
  • Patent number: 9265496
    Abstract: A suture anchor comprises a tubular body having an axial bore therethrough and having one or more purchase enhancements on an exterior surface of the body adapted to enhance purchase of the body within a bone hole, such as threads. A lateral port passes through the body from the bore to the exterior surface. A length of suture for attaching soft tissue to bone passes down along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements, over a distal end of the body, up into the bore through and then back out of the bore and up along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Sebastian Sojka, Arthur G. Stephen, Andre Francisco-Guilherme, Mark W. Wolfson, Brian Henri Otrando, Daniel Paul Gamache, Justin M. Piccirillo
  • Patent number: 9204937
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to software used in planning the correction of bone deformities preoperatively or postoperatively, and in particular relates to virtually manipulating rings and struts of an external fixation frame in order to plan the steps for making a desired correction to two or more bone portions of a patient. The software can be used prior to surgery, allowing a user to virtually define a bone deformity, and virtually add and manipulate fixation rings and struts to the bone deformity. Based on the virtual manipulations, a correction plan can be generated that describes length adjustments that should be made to the plurality of model struts over a period of time to correct the bone deformity. The software can also be used after surgical fixation of the fixation frame and struts to the deformed bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma GmbH
    Inventors: Adam John Edelhauser, Ashish Gangwar, Sandeep Menon
  • Patent number: 9204887
    Abstract: A thrombus treatment device includes a support wire, a body frame portion that is disposed about an axis defined by the support wire, one or more tethers that each have a first end and a second end, and a filter element extending from the body frame portion. Each of the one or more tethers is attached at its first end to the body frame portion, and at its second end to a collar that couples the second end of each of the multiple tethers to the support wire. When the collar is positioned substantially within a region interior of the body frame portion, a rotational actuation of the support wire causes a swiveling motion of the one or more tethers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Nathan L. Friedman, Eric H. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 9204983
    Abstract: A system and method for deploying an occluding device that can be used to remodel an aneurysm within the vessel by, for example, neck reconstruction or balloon remodeling. The system comprises an introducer sheath and an assembly for carrying the occluding device. The assembly includes an elongated flexible member having an occluding device retaining member for receiving a first end of the occluding device, a proximally positioned retaining member for engaging a second end of the occluding device and a support surrounding a portion of the elongated flexible member over which the occluding device can be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Adrian Garcia, Ting Tina Ye, Quang Q. Tran, Aaron L. Berez
  • Patent number: 9198591
    Abstract: An implantable monitoring device includes a flexible lead body that includes at least one sensing element. The device also includes a rigid main body connected to the flexible lead body at an attachment point. The rigid main body is generally centered about a longitudinal axis defined by the flexible lead body when the lead body is unflexed. The device further includes a measurement circuit, which is housed within the rigid main body and electrically coupled to the at least one sensing element of the flexible lead body and at least another sensing element on an outside surface of the rigid main body. The measurement circuit is configured to measure a potential difference between the at least one sensing element of the flexible lead body and the at least another sensing element of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian P. Brockway, Perry A. Mills
  • Patent number: 9198651
    Abstract: An anchor inserter provides for inserting an anchor into a hole in body tissue. The anchor inserter has an elongated shaft with a first axis and a distal end and an insertion tip. The insertion tip has a driving tip extending distally from the distal end of the shaft to terminate in an anchor engaging interface. A resiliency between the anchor engaging interface and the shaft allows bending away from the first axis. An abutment member extends distally from the shaft and has a distally facing abutment surface adjacent the driving tip which abuts the anchor and allows an axial force to be transmitted thereto. Preferably, the abutment member comprises a collar extending from the shaft and coaxially receiving the driving tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 9198667
    Abstract: A medical device includes an outer shell defining a cavity, wherein the shell is movable between a deformed and unstressed state, a magnet disposed within the cavity, and a filler material carried within the cavity conforming to the interior shape of the shell in the unstressed state and being capable of holding its shape in the deformed state. The filler material converts from the deformed state to the unstressed state at a temperature not greater than human body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Weber
  • Patent number: 9198666
    Abstract: A system and method for deploying an occluding device that can be used to remodel an aneurysm within the vessel by, for example, neck reconstruction or balloon remodeling. The system comprises an introducer sheath and an assembly for carrying the occluding device. The assembly includes an elongated flexible member having an occluding device retaining member for receiving a first end of the occluding device, a proximally positioned retaining member for engaging a second end of the occluding device and a support surrounding a portion of the elongated flexible member over which the occluding device can be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Berez, Quang Quoc Tran
  • Patent number: 9198656
    Abstract: A surgery using a suture assembly made of a continuous length of braided suture material defining an interior lumen, and forming a loop and a tail, and further comprising a first length and a second length, conceptually divided at a midpoint of the loop. The tail includes first, intermediate and second regions. The first region is formed by the first length breaching the second length and entering the interior lumen of the second length, and extending within the second length. The intermediate region is formed by the first length breaching and exiting the second length, so that the first length and the second length extend in adjacent relation. Finally, the third region is formed by the second length breaching the first length and entering the lumen of the first length and extending within the second length. The transitions between the regions of the tail offer resistance to slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: River Point Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Edward Ferguson, Patrick Joseph Ferguson, Wayne Jay Black
  • Patent number: 9192365
    Abstract: A method of providing a surgical device for closure of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) with minimally invasive approach includes drawing a pericardial patch over a distal jaw of the surgical device, while keeping a first suture-guide channels attached to the distal jaw and a second suture-guide channels attached to a proximal jaw of the surgical device closed, inserting the surgical device through a hole incised in an intercostal space of a patient and drawing the surgical device toward the ASD, while keeping the proximal jaw of the surgical device extracorporeal, manipulating forward a guide rod of the surgical device to drive the distal jaw, opening the first suture-guide channels and the second suture-guide channels to position the first suture-guide channels and the second suture-guide channels around the ASD, and withdrawing the distal jaw such that the distal jaw latches onto the proximal jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Farideh Roshanali, Seyed Nasser Pourmoosavi, Ali Namazi
  • Patent number: 9192370
    Abstract: A suture anchor is provided including an elongate shank defining a longitudinal axis and having at least one bone-engaging thread formed thereon, and a drive head having a proximal end and a distal end mated to the elongate shank. The drive head has a substantially oval shape and includes at least one suture attachment member formed in a portion of the drive head. The configuration of the drive head is particularly advantages in that it provides a suture anchor having improved physical properties, including a high failure torque and a high stripping strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: DEPUY MITEK, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Boock, Nathan Cauldwell
  • Patent number: 9192462
    Abstract: A tubular prosthetic device for implantation into a body lumen includes a first part including a tubular lumen and a second part including an attachment member. The second part is secured to the first part via various configurations, where the device is capable of being reduced to a diameter less than the diameter of traditional devices, for ease of use during implantation. Methods of using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: TriVascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jenine S. Vinluan, Mary Jane Marston, Mark E. Purter, Riley King
  • Patent number: 9192331
    Abstract: A releasing structure for a lancing device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include: a lancet body with a lancet at the front; a lancet holder mounted with the lancet body with the lancet at the front; a stem disposed behind the lancet holder and moving the lancet holder forward/backward; a rotary housing pushing/pulling the stem while turning forward at a predetermined angle about a rotational axis defined in the movement direction of the lancet; a torsion spring storing torque for turning the rotary housing forward at a predetermined angle; and a loading handle transmitting torque to the torsion spring while turning forward at a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: I-SENS, INC.
    Inventors: Geun Sig Cha, Hakhyun Nam, Eun-Jong Cha, Kyung-Ah Kim
  • Patent number: 9185943
    Abstract: A self-adhesive artificial eyelash system attachable to a subject wearer's existing natural eyelashes to modify the appearance of the existing natural eyelashes is disclosed. The system includes an adhesive that passes between the existing natural eyelashes and adheres to surrounding support strips such that the existing natural eyelashes are disposed between upper and lower support strips and the adhered support strips are supported on the existing natural eyelashes. Artificial lash hairs extend from the support strips and thus are supported on the existing natural eyelashes via the adhered support strips. The adherence layer between the support strips may include mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NOVALASH, INC.
    Inventor: Sophy Merszei
  • Patent number: 9186249
    Abstract: Described is a valve prosthesis comprising: an annular structure, and a plurality of valve leaflets, and a plurality of anchoring members attached around the annular structure, the anchoring members including: a web portion coupled to the annular structure and extending axially thereto, and two end portions at axially opposed sides of the web portion, the end portions having: an insertion condition for insertion of the prosthesis, wherein the end portions are aligned to the web portion and extend axially with respect to the annular structure; and an anchoring condition for anchoring the prosthesis, wherein the end portions extend at an angle to the web portion radially outwardly of the annular structure to provide anchoring of the prosthesis proximally and distally, respectively, of the annulus, and wherein one end portion forms an obtuse angle with the web portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Rolando, Paolo Gaschino, Laura Ghione, Andrea Marchisio, Monica Achiluzzi
  • Patent number: 9179722
    Abstract: A method of extending eyelashes is described herein. Specifically, an adhesive-based method of extending eyelashes is disclosed. The method can comprise wearing a ring on a first hand and manipulating forceps with a second hand. The ring can comprise a bowl, while the bowl comprises eyelash adhesive. In addition, the method can comprise attaching tape, which can comprise adhesive, to a surface. Adhesive can attach a plurality of extension lashes to tape. Extension lashes from tape can be removed with forceps. Ring can be used to dip lashes into a portion of extension lash and attach eyelash extension to natural lash on user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Jessica Le
  • Patent number: 9179930
    Abstract: An endoscopic surgical device comprising a slotted clear cannula, a blade and a housing, wherein the cannula is attached to the housing, and wherein the blade is enclosed in the housing and is slidable into the cannula is disclosed. The blade is enclosed within the housing and cannula, and has a horizontally-oriented pushing component and a vertically-oriented cutting component that protrudes through the slot of the cannula. A method for a performing an operative procedure on a target tissue in a subject using the endoscopic surgical device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: A.M. SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Romi Mirza, Ather Mirza
  • Patent number: 9179721
    Abstract: The invention concerns a wig or lace wig cap, to be worn by the user underneath a wig or lace wig. The cap is comprised of a plurality of panels using stretchable and breathable material, an elasticized banding and a plurality of sew on snap fasteners affixed to, said banding to form the Press and Go Wig and Lace Wig Snap Cap. Cooperating snaps are then affixed to a wig or lace wig around the entire circumference of the outer inside wig weft, concealing the application process, thereby producing a comfortable, airy and secure fit to the user. An additional banding is included, affixed with a plurality of snap fasteners designed to fit cooperating snaps of a wig or lace wig. Also included is a tension strap affixed with two cooperating snap fasteners designed to be used as an adjustment strap to the cap banding or separate banding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Barbara Johnson Hines, Tonnette Williams Hill, Darryl Wayne Williams
  • Patent number: 9179998
    Abstract: An implantable medical device (30) for treating aortic dissections includes a stent graft part (34) having a bulbous section (48) of greater radial diameter than the radial diameter of first and second sections (60,62) of the stent graft part (34). The bulbous section (48) is able to close off the false lumen (10) of an aortic dissection, thereby to prevent any fluid backflow into the false lumen (10). Radiopaque markers (70) may be provided for orientation and deployment purposes. The device (30) is able to treat chronic dissections and reduce false lumen backflow, which remains otherwise an unresolved issue in the endovascular treatment of false lumen aneurysms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tilo K├Âlbel, Erik E. Rasmussen