Patents by Inventor Alfred Rodrigue Berube

Alfred Rodrigue Berube has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10052090
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a cannula and a sealing cap releasably coupled to the cannula. The cap includes a body and a sealing member integrally molded with the body to form a fluid-tight seal between the cap and cannula. The cap includes a member defining an opening for passage of a medical instrument therethrough in a fluid-tight manner. The member includes a first portion surrounding the opening and being thickened to limit tearing of the first portion, and a second portion surrounding the first portion being tapered down in thickness toward the first portion to increase flexibility of the member. The assembly includes a shaft receivable in a lumen defined by an inner surface of the cannula. The shaft includes a protrusion and the inner surface further defines a protrusion receiving formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lipchitz, Justin Dye, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr., Paul Alexander Torrie
  • Patent number: 9913710
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member, a graft connecting element coupled to the platform member such that a portion of the graft connecting element forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft, and an enclosure member coupled to the loop of the graft connecting element and configured to enclose a biologic material. The enclosure member defines an opening configured to receive the biologic material. The graft connecting element and the enclosure member are configured such that, during use, the tissue graft is coupled to the loop and in contact with the enclosure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr., Steven Mark Bowman, John Albert Slusarz, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170049558
    Abstract: A method and device for securing a tissue graft within a bone passage includes providing a graft fixation device that houses a closed loop having both braided and non-braided portions. A tissue graft is looped through the closed loop at the non-braided portion to attach the tissue graft to the graft fixation device. The graft fixation device is passed through the bone passage and seated against the surface of the bone to secure the tissue graft within the bone passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Santangelo, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR.
  • Patent number: 9561027
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a member defining at least two openings, and a suture tied to the member by passing the suture through the at least two openings in the member to form two suture loops through which ends of the suture pass. The two suture loops are interconnected. A method of securing a tissue graft includes providing the fixation member, attaching the suture to a tissue graft, and adjusting the length of the suture between the fixation member and the tissue graft by pulling the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Patent number: 9517062
    Abstract: A method and device for securing a tissue graft within a bone passage includes providing a graft fixation device that houses a closed loop having both braided and non-braided portions. A tissue graft is looped through the closed loop at the non-braided portion to attach the tissue graft to the graft fixation device. The graft fixation device is passed through the bone passage and seated against the surface of the bone to secure the tissue graft within the bone passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Santangelo, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160157861
    Abstract: A method and device for securing a tissue graft within a bone passage includes providing a graft fixation device that houses a closed loop having both braided and non-braided portions. A tissue graft is looped through the closed loop at the non-braided portion to attach the tissue graft to the graft fixation device. The graft fixation device is passed through the bone passage and seated against the surface of the bone to secure the tissue graft within the bone passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Santangelo, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160143725
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member defining an opening, a suture having a first portion and a second portion, and a fixation member mating with the opening in the platform member. The first portion and the second portion pass through the opening such that a third portion of the suture forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft. The fixation member includes a retaining mechanism configured to allow the first portion or the second portion to pass through the opening in a manner that decreases a size of the loop and to prevent the first portion or the second portion of the suture from passing through the opening in a manner that increases a size of the loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR., Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Publication number: 20160058550
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member, a graft connecting element coupled to the platform member such that a portion of the graft connecting element forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft, and an enclosure member coupled to the loop of the graft connecting element and configured to enclose a biologic material. The enclosure member defines an opening configured to receive the biologic material. The graft connecting element and the enclosure member are configured such that, during use, the tissue graft is coupled to the loop and in contact with the enclosure member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR., Steven Mark Bowman, John Albert Slusarz, JR.
  • Patent number: 9204959
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member, a graft connecting element coupled to the platform member such that a portion of the graft connecting element forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft, and an enclosure member coupled to the loop of the graft connecting element and configured to enclose a biologic material. The enclosure member defines an opening configured to receive the biologic material. The graft connecting element and the enclosure member are configured such that, during use, the tissue graft is coupled to the loop and in contact with the enclosure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr., Steven Mark Bowman, John Albert Slusarz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9192368
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member defining an opening, a suture having a first portion and a second portion, and a fixation member mating with the opening in the platform member. The first portion and the second portion pass through the opening such that a third portion of the suture forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft. The fixation member includes a retaining mechanism configured to allow the first portion or the second portion to pass through the opening in a manner that decreases a size of the loop and to prevent the first portion or the second portion of the suture from passing through the opening in a manner that increases a size of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr., Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Publication number: 20150112385
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a member defining at least two openings, and a suture tied to the member by passing the suture through the at least two openings in the member to form two suture loops through which ends of the suture pass. The two suture loops are interconnected. A method of securing a tissue graft includes providing the fixation member, attaching the suture to a tissue graft, and adjusting the length of the suture between the fixation member and the tissue graft by pulling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Patent number: 8926662
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a member defining at least two openings, and a suture tied to the member by passing the suture through the at least two openings in the member to form two suture loops through which ends of the suture pass. The two suture loops are interconnected. A method of securing a tissue graft includes providing the fixation member, attaching the suture to a tissue graft, and adjusting the length of the suture between the fixation member and the tissue graft by pulling the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Publication number: 20130345726
    Abstract: A suture puller includes a tubular body member with a first end and a second end. First and second conical end members are coupled to the first and second ends of the tubular body member, respectively. The first conical end member and the tubular body member define a slot, configured to receive a suture, that extends through the first conical end member and a portion of the tubular body member along a central axis of the suture puller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR., Gary Robert McCarthy, Benjamin K. Graf
  • Publication number: 20130268000
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a member, a woven material attached to the member, and suture extending through the woven material and including free regions for securing the woven material to a tissue graft. A method of securing a tissue graft includes providing a fixation member having a woven material attached thereto and suture extending through the woven material; determining a desired distance between the fixation member and a tissue graft; and attaching the woven material to the tissue graft using the suture at a position to obtain the desired distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher D. Harner, Michael Charles Ferragamo, Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130204367
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member, a graft connecting element coupled to the platform member such that a portion of the graft connecting element forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft, and an enclosure member coupled to the loop of the graft connecting element and configured to enclose a biologic material. The enclosure member defines an opening configured to receive the biologic material. The graft connecting element and the enclosure member are configured such that, during use, the tissue graft is coupled to the loop and in contact with the enclosure member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR., Steven Mark Bowman, John Albert Slusarz, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130197580
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a member defining at least two openings, and a suture tied to the member by passing the suture through the at least two openings in the member to form two suture loops through which ends of the suture pass. The two suture loops are interconnected. A method of securing a tissue graft includes providing the fixation member, attaching the suture to a tissue graft, and adjusting the length of the suture between the fixation member and the tissue graft by pulling the suture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Publication number: 20130131455
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a cannula and a sealing cap releasably coupled to the cannula. The cap includes a body and a sealing member integrally molded with the body to form a fluid-tight seal between the cap and cannula. The cap includes a member defining an opening for passage of a medical instrument therethrough in a fluid-tight manner. The member includes a first portion surrounding the opening and being thickened to limit tearing of the first portion, and a second portion surrounding the first portion being tapered down in thickness toward the first portion to increase flexibility of the member. The assembly includes a shaft receivable in a lumen defined by an inner surface of the cannula. The shaft includes a protrusion and the inner surface further defines a protrusion receiving formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lipchitz, Justin Dye, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR., Paul Alexander Torrie
  • Publication number: 20130116787
    Abstract: A graft attachment device includes a platform member, a ratchet mechanism, and a graft connecting element. The ratchet mechanism includes a rack member and a pawl member coupled to the rack member. The rack member has a first end, a second end, and teeth between the first end and the second end. The platform member is coupled to the first end. The pawl member is configured to engage with the teeth of the rack member such that movement of the pawl with respect to the rack member and the platform member is free in a first direction towards the first end of the rack member while being limited in a second direction towards the second end of the rack member. The second direction is opposite the first direction. The graft connecting element is coupled to the pawl member and configured for attachment to a graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Ferragamo, Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, JR.