Patents Examined by William H. Matthews
  • Patent number: 10441405
    Abstract: An orthotopic artificial bladder endoprosthesis includes a casing made of a PGA fiber fabric; the casing having two first connectors for the connection with the ureters of a patient and a further connector for the connection with the urethra of a patient; an inflatable element inserted in the casing; the inflatable element being switchable between an inflated configuration, in which it supports and maintains in position the casing, and a deflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Antonio Sambusseti, Gianni Cancarini
  • Patent number: 10420638
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens includes an optic comprising an anterior surface, a posterior surface, and an optical axis. At least one of the anterior surface and the posterior surface has a surface profile including a base curvature, a refractive region having the base curvature, and a diffractive region comprising a diffractive profile including a plurality of diffractive steps. At least a portion of the diffractive profile constitutes a combination of a base diffractive profile defining multiple foci for the ophthalmic lens and an achromatizing structure that reduces longitudinal chromatic aberrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Xin Hong, Xin Wei
  • Patent number: 10420639
    Abstract: A foldable intraocular lens for providing vision contains an optic body that includes an optical zone and a peripheral zone entirely surrounding the optical zone. The optic body has an anterior face, a substantially opposing posterior face, an optic edge, and an optical axis. The anterior face comprises a central face, a peripheral face, and a recessed annular face therebetween that is disposed posterior to the peripheral face. The intraocular lens further comprises at least one haptic that is integrally formed with the peripheral zone. The haptic comprises a distal posterior face, a proximal posterior face, and a step edge disposed at a boundary therebetween. The haptic further comprises a side edge disposed between the optic edge and the step edge. The proximal posterior face and the posterior face of the optic body form a continuous surface. An edge corner is formed by the intersection of the continuous surface with the optic edge, the side edge, and the step edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Deacon, David J. Shepherd, Daniel G. Brady, Marlene L. Paul
  • Patent number: 10413191
    Abstract: A housing containing an electrical energy source is coupled between a first end cap comprising a control and an interstitial member comprising an LED selectively electrically couplable to the electrical energy source by the control, and a second end cap coupled to the interstitial member comprises an optical filtering component in optical alignment with light emitted by the LED. At least a portion of an exterior of at least one of the housing, the first end cap, the interstitial member, and the second end cap may have a cross-sectional shape that is not substantially circular. The end caps, housing, interstitial member, and optical filtering component may each be sealingly interconnected. A method of using the apparatus may comprise directing light emitted by the apparatus into a human oral cavity without inserting the apparatus into the human oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Pikkula, Robert Whitman
  • Patent number: 10405976
    Abstract: A self-expanding wire frame for a pre-configured compressible transcatheter prosthetic cardiovascular valve, a combined inner frame/outer frame support structure for a prosthetic valve, and methods for deploying such a valve for treatment of a patient in need thereof, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Christianson, Chad Perrin, Zachary Tegels, Craig Ekvall, Robert Vidlund
  • Patent number: 10408845
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods that include (i) determining a level of soluble ST2 in a biological sample from a subject, (i) comparing the level of soluble ST2 in the biological sample to a reference level of soluble ST2 (e.g., a level of soluble ST2 in the subject at an earlier time point), and (iii) selecting, implanting, replacing, or reprogramming an implanted cardiac device, e.g., an ICD, CRT, or CRT-D device, for a subject having an elevated level of soluble ST2 in the biological sample compared to the reference level of soluble ST2, or selecting a subject for participation in, or stratifying a subject participating in, a clinical study of a treatment for reducing the risk of a ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTA) event. Also provided are methods for evaluating the risk of a VTA event in a subject. Also provided are kits for performing any of these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Critical Care Diagnostics, Inc., Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: James V. Snider, Timothy Edward Meyer, Craig Michael Stolen, Robert W. Gerwien
  • Patent number: 10390938
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens for providing enhanced vision includes a finished optic comprising a base optic and a membrane. The base optic has an anterior surface and an opposing posterior surface, at least one of the surfaces having a first value of a surface quality parameter. The base optic also includes a membrane including an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface covering one or more of the surfaces of the base optic. The outer surface has a second value of the surface quality parameter, wherein the second value is greater than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Bumbalough, Daniel G. Brady
  • Patent number: 10390937
    Abstract: Accommodating intraocular lenses containing a flowable media and their methods of accommodation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PowerVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Terah Whiting Smiley, David John Smith, Steven Choi, Henry Wu, John A. Scholl, Denise Horrilleno Burns
  • Patent number: 10383727
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis and delivery systems are provided for replacing a cardiac valve. The heart valve prosthesis includes a self-expanding frame includes a portion having a crimp that provides additional flexibility to the self-expanding frame in the collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Dwork
  • Patent number: 10383575
    Abstract: Minimally-invasive surgical procedures for monitoring physiological parameters within internal organs of living bodies, and anchors therefor. Such an anchor may have a tubular portion defining a distal end of the anchor, a disk-shaped portion having a proximal surface at a proximal end of the anchor, and an internal passage within the tubular and disk-shaped portions for receiving a sensing device. The internal passage has a proximal portion and an oppositely-disposed distal portion that defines a distal opening in the tubular portion that is configured to retain the sensing device within the internal passage, in combination with one or more features at the proximal end of the anchor. One or more features are defined on the disk-shaped portion for securing the anchor to the wall of the internal organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nader Najafi, Catherine Hook Morgan-Leonard
  • Patent number: 10368979
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens includes an optic portion a haptic portion and a backstop. The optic portion of the lens includes an actuator that deflects a lens element to alter the optical power of the lens responsive to forces applied to the haptic portion of the lens by contraction of the ciliary muscles. Forces applied to the haptic portion may result in fluid displacements from or to the haptic portion from the actuator. The backstop provides support to the haptic so that bulk translation of the haptic is prevented in response to the forces applied by the capsular sac.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PowerVision, Inc.
    Inventors: John A Scholl, Terah Whiting Smiley, David John Smith, Denise Horrilleno Burns, Barry Cheskin
  • Patent number: 10357359
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. The apparatus includes a replacement valve and an anchor having an expandable braid. In some embodiments, the expandable braid is fabricated from a single strand of wire. In some embodiments, the expandable braid comprises at least one turn feature. The anchor and the valve preferably are configured for endovascular delivery and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Ulrich R. Haug, Hans F. Valencia, Robert A. Geshlider, Tom Saul, Amr Salahieh, Dwight P. Morejohn
  • Patent number: 10335267
    Abstract: An intraocular lens includes an optic having first and second sides. The optic has a first main lens surface at the first side, a second main lens surface at the second side, the first main lens surface providing a first main lens surface optical power, the second main lens surface providing a second main lens surface optical power, the first and second main lens surfaces providing a main lens having a main lens optical power and main optical axis defining radial, tangential and axial directions. The optic has: a first additional optical active part at the first side, providing a positive relative optical power with respect to the first main lens surface optical power; and a second additional optical active part at the second side, partly overlapping the first additional optical active part, providing a relative optical power and/or optical aberration with respect to the second main lens surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Bernardus Franciscus Maria Wanders
  • Patent number: 10327764
    Abstract: A method for creating a flexible fastener line is disclosed. The fastener line comprises fasteners oriented in directions which are transverse or oblique to a tissue incision created by a cutting member. The fasteners can translate and/or rotate within the tissue when the tissue is stretched thereby creating flexibility within the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Mark S. Zeiner, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10327900
    Abstract: Devices for treating mitral valve regurgitation, including a distal expandable anchor, a proximal expandable anchor, and a fixed length connecting member extending from the proximal expandable anchor to the distal expandable anchor, where at least one of the proximal and distal anchors includes first and second arm segments that extend from one end of the device toward the connecting member and the other anchor when in a collapsed delivery configuration, and where the at least one of the proximal and distal anchors that comprises the first and second arm segments has an expanded configuration in which the first and second arm segments extend radially outwardly such that the first and second arm segments extend away from one another toward the connector, and meet one another at a location axially spaced from the end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Dimensions Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark L. Mathis, Gregory D. Nieminen, David G. Reuter
  • Patent number: 10299911
    Abstract: A multifocal intraocular lens has an anterior lens surface which includes a first optic of a first radius and a second optic of a different radius. The posterior surface of the lens include an aspheric surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lenstec Barbados Inc.
    Inventor: John Clough
  • Patent number: 10292842
    Abstract: An endoluminal support structure includes strut members interconnected by swivel joints to form a series of linked scissor mechanisms. The structure can be remotely actuated to compress or expand its shape by adjusting the scissor joints within a range of motion. In particular, the support structure can be repositioned within the body lumen or retrieved from the lumen. The support structure can be employed to introduce and support a prosthetic valve within a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer K. White
  • Patent number: 10292810
    Abstract: Embodiments of an intraocular lens are described. The intraocular lens includes a lens having a center and having positive or negative optical power and a pinhole mask formed on the lens. The pinhole mask includes one or more annular sections whose centers substantially coincide with the center of the lens, each of the one or more concentric annular sections having variable opacity, and a central section that is permanently transparent, the radius of the central section being adapted to allow the central section to act as a pinhole when the one or more concentric annular sections are made opaque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joshua N. Haddock, Dimitri T. Azar
  • Patent number: 10285799
    Abstract: A stent graft (2) for placement in the thoracic arch of a patient has a first tubular body portion (6) with a first lumen therein for placement in the ascending aorta of a patient and a second tubular body portion (8) to extend along the thoracic arch and down the descending aorta. The second tubular body portion is of a lesser diameter than the first tubular body portion. There is a step portion (10) between the first body portion and the second body portion. The step portion is joined to and continuous with the first portion and the second portion. A first side of each of the first body portion, the step portion and the second body portion are substantially aligned so that there is a step (18) defined on a second side opposite to the first side of the body portion. There is an aperture (30) in the step portion and an internal tube (32) extending from the aperture towards the first body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: David E Hartley, Roy K Greenberg, Krasnodar Ivancev, Michael Lawrence-Brown
  • Patent number: 10278860
    Abstract: A surgical ophthalmic procedure performs a medial canthoplasty of an eyelid system having the following steps: performing a medial subciliary skin incision in the medial inferior-eyelid skin, excising an ellipse of the medial inferior-eyelid skin extending medially upwardly; exposing the medial canthal tendon, creating an orbicularis flap from the inferior-lid orbicularis muscle, suturing the orbicularis flap to the medial canthal tendon, probing the lacrimal system to confirm the integrity of the canalicular system, excising the excess portion of the medial superior-eyelid skin, closing the medial canthal skin with deep fixation in the medial canthus, closing the medial suhciliary skin incision or extending the subciliary incision, making a supraciliary skin incision in the upper lid medially and performing an orbicularisorrhaphy by suturing the orbicularis of the upper lid to the orbicularis of the lid to further close the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mary A. Stefanyszyn