Patents by Inventor Anton G. Clifford

Anton G. Clifford 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: 11389298
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones. In one embodiment, there is provided a system for manipulating energy transferred by members defining a joint, the members collectively defining a path of motion and having a cartilage having an energy absorption component configured therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Moximed, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Publication number: 20210022876
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10736746
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10702371
    Abstract: A system for manipulating energy transferred by members defining a joint. The system includes a first attachment structure configured to be attached to a first member of the joint and a second attachment structure configured to be attached to a second member of the joint. There is also an adjustable energy absorbing device attached to the first attachment structure and second attachment structure, wherein adjusting the energy absorbing device changes the load manipulating characteristics of the energy absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Clinton N. Slone, Alan C. Regala, Michael E. Landry, Anton G. Clifford, William G. Tammen
  • Patent number: 10639161
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones. In an exemplary embodiment, a coil spring or elastic member is positioned around a piston, and together act to transfer load around a joint during a portion of its range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10631990
    Abstract: Implant apparatus and methods are directed toward treating conditions involving the knee joint, and the patella specifically, maintain alignment or address misalignment of a patella through a full range of motion of the knee joint Exemplary devices include an elastomeric, Y-shaped device which is secured to the femur and patella on opposite ends thereof by bone anchors. The elastomeric device can be either rotatably or non-rotatably connected to the bone anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Josef L. Friedmann, Michael E. Landry, David Lowe, Mary O'Connell, Heber Saravia
  • Publication number: 20200113703
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Anton G. Clifford, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10596007
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one aspect, the method involves identifying link pivot locations, fixing base components and minimally invasive insertion techniques. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Mary O'Connell, Joshua Makower, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10531897
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method for controlling a load on a human ankle joint during normal gait while preserving motion. The approach is intended to treat osteoarthritis and pain of the ankle without substantially resisting an angular displacement associated with full mobility of the ankle joint. In one particular embodiment, the device includes a first load transmission support, a second load transmission support and an implantable compressible absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Landry, Stefan Gabriel, Anton G. Clifford, David Lowe
  • Publication number: 20190388277
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube are provided. One device may include a lumen with a valve. A portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent muscle. Another portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent cartilage. When the muscle contracts the valve may open through movement of the tethers, and provide a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, John H. Morriss, Earl A. Bright, II, Eric Goldfarb, Julia D. Vrany, Ketan P. Muni, William E. Bolger, Joseph Roberson
  • Patent number: 10383736
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to base components that are usable with implantable mechanical energy absorbing systems. According to one embodiment, the base component includes a low-profile body having a elongate, straight portion at a first end and a curved body portion at a second end. The second end is elevated as compared to the first end. An inner surface of the low-profile body has a raised portion extending along the elongate, straight portion of the low-profile body. The base component also includes a plurality of openings positioned along the low-profile body for alignment and purposes of affixation to body anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, Michael E. Landry, Clinton N. Slone
  • Patent number: 10376416
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube are provided. One device may include a lumen with a valve. A portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent muscle. Another portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent cartilage. When the muscle contracts the valve may open through movement of the tethers, and provide a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, John H. Morriss, Earl A. Bright, II, Eric Goldfarb, Julia D. Vrany, Ketan P. Muni, William E. Bolger, Joseph Roberson
  • Patent number: 10327816
    Abstract: A system for manipulating energy transferred by members defining a joint. The system includes a first attachment structure configured to be attached to a first member of the joint and a second attachment structure configured to be attached to a second member of the joint. There is also an adjustable energy absorbing device attached to the first attachment structure and second attachment structure, wherein adjusting the energy absorbing device changes the load manipulating characteristics of the energy absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, Clinton N. Slone, Alan C. Regala, Michael E. Landry, Anton G. Clifford
  • Patent number: 10258776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating target tissues within the ears are disclosed. Systems include a device including a cutting edge configured to form an incision in a tympanic membrane, a pressure equalization tube positionable within an interior space of the device in a compressed configuration and configured to expand into an expanded configuration when released from the interior space, and an elongate positioning element configured to release the pressure equalization tube from the interior space such that the pressure equalization tube is deployed in the incision formed in the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Greg Liu, John H. Morriss, Joshua Makower, William M. Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 10238425
    Abstract: An implantable assembly (21) for a knee joint includes a force absorber assembly (33) connected to a first attachment structure (25) for a tibia and a second attachment structure (29) for a femur. The absorber assembly includes a cylinder body (47) connected to the first attachment structure and a piston (41) connected to the second attachment structure. The piston includes a first portion (39) connected to the second attachment structure and a second portion receivable in a cylinder body opening (43) of the cylinder body, the second portion of the piston being of greater flexibility than the first portion of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Nathaniel Skinner
  • Publication number: 20180304059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating target tissues within the ears are disclosed. Systems include a device including a cutting edge configured to form an incision in a tympanic membrane, a pressure equalization tube positionable within an interior space of the device in a compressed configuration and configured to expand into an expanded configuration when released from the interior space, and an elongate positioning element configured to release the pressure equalization tube from the interior space such that the pressure equalization tube is deployed in the incision formed in the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. CLIFFORD, Greg LIU, John H. MORRISS, Joshua MAKOWER, William M. FACTEAU, Eric GOLDFARB, John Y. CHANG
  • Patent number: 10070964
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing and absorbing energy between body parts. In one aspect, the method involves identifying link pivot locations, fixing base components and minimally invasive insertion techniques. In one particular aspect, the system facilitates absorbing energy between members forming a joint such as between articulating bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Mary O'Connell, Joshua Makower, Richard G. Vecchiotti
  • Patent number: 10045848
    Abstract: Implant apparatus and methods directed toward treating conditions involving the knee joint are disclosed. Full range of motion of the knee joint and tissue integrity are maintained in treatment approaches. In one particular approach, osteoarthritis of the knee joint is addressed by unloading one or more of the lateral and medial compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Andrew H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10022154
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to base components that are usable with implantable mechanical energy absorbing systems. According to one embodiment, the base component includes a low-profile body having a elongate, straight portion at a first end and a curved body portion at a second end. The second end is elevated as compared to the first end. An inner surface of the low-profile body has a raised portion extending along the elongate, straight portion of the low-profile body. The base component also includes a plurality of openings positioned along the low-profile body for alignment and purposes of affixation to body anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Moximed, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, Michael E. Landry, Clinton N. Slone
  • Publication number: 20180085563
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating target tissues within the ears are disclosed. Systems include a tubular member defining a first lumen configured to deliver a solution containing a therapeutic agent into a space adjacent to a tympanic membrane in an ear canal; a support structure defining a second lumen separate from the first lumen; and an iontophoresis electrode disposed in the second lumen and configured to deliver a current to the solution to apply the therapeutic agent to the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. CLIFFORD, Greg LIU, John H. MORRISS, Joshua MAKOWER, William M. FACTEAU, Eric GOLDFARB, John Y. CHANG