Patents by Inventor Benjamin E. Morris

Benjamin E. Morris 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).

  • Publication number: 20190298969
    Abstract: An introducer with a steerable distal tip section is disclosed. The steerable distal tip section may comprise an articulation support member comprising a laser-cut pattern of symmetrical elongated apertures in which the shape of each aperture is defined by at least three radii, a central radii being the largest and two end radii being smaller. This pattern of apertures can minimize ovaling of the cross-sectional shape of introducer shaft over the length of the deflectable section. The introducer can articulate in multiple planes. A tension pull wire can allow the introducer to resist directional bias.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Theodore P. Dale, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Asela lndaka D. Gunasekara
  • Patent number: 10405869
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Mark Griffin, Eric E. Bielefeld, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 10293137
    Abstract: An introducer (10) with a steerable distal tip section (17) is disclosed. The steerable distal tip section may comprise an articulation support member comprising a laser-cut pattern of symmetrical elongated apertures in which the shape of each aperture is defined by at least three radii, a central radii being the largest and two end radii being smaller. This pattern of apertures can minimize ovaling of the cross-sectional shape of introducer shaft over the length of the deflectable section. The introducer can articulate in multiple planes. A tension pull wire can allow the introducer to resist directional bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore P. Dale, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Asela Indaka D. Gunasekara
  • Patent number: 10265173
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 10058348
    Abstract: A method of gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet 2 may include inserting an elongated catheter assembly 12 to a position adjacent the heart valve leaflet, the catheter assembly including a capture tool 22 and a tissue support member 30. The capture tool 22 and the tissue support member 30 may each be independently moveable between a retracted position and an extended position. Partially retracting the capture tool 22 with the tissue support member 30 in the extended position gathers tissue 15 of the heart valve leaflet 2 between the capture tool and the tissue support member. A clip 55 may then be applied from the catheter assembly 12 to the gathered tissue 15 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, John Miser, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne A. Johnson, Mark Griffin
  • Patent number: 10034667
    Abstract: An apparatus for gathering of tissue of a heart valve leaflet comprises an elongated member and a grasping assembly movable in the elongated member between a retracted position and an extended position. The grasping assembly includes an actuating arm having a proximal end and a distal end. The grasping assembly is attached to the distal end of the activating arm. The grasping assembly is operable to gather and clamp the tissue of the heart valve leaflet such that clamped tissue has a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Mark Griffin
  • Patent number: 10028834
    Abstract: An adjustable prosthetic anatomical holder system may include an adjustable annuloplasty ring, a ring holder, and a positioning handle. The adjustable annuloplasty ring holder facilitates placement and adjustment of the annuloplasty ring during a cardiac surgical procedure. An optional positioning handle holds the adjustable annuloplasty ring during placement and suturing of the ring. The ring holder is constructed from two members that are slidably fit together in telescopic arrangement to accommodate adjustment of the ring size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Eric E. Bielefeld, Simon McKnight Furnish
  • Publication number: 20180125497
    Abstract: A tissue clipping apparatus comprises a clip including a proximal end received within a capsule. The clip includes a clip locking member biased to engage a first locking structure of the capsule to lock the clip in the capsule in a closed configuration. The apparatus also comprises a tension member releasably coupling the clip to a proximal end of the device which, during use, remains accessible to a user. The tension member is coupled to the clip by a joint designed to release when subject to a predetermined load to separate the clip from the device, release of the joint releasing the locking member to engage the first locking structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Adam L. COHEN, Bryan R. OGLE, Russell F. DURGIN, Gregory R. FURNISH, Michael GOLDENBOGEN, Gary A. JORDAN, Benjamin E. MORRIS, Mark A. GRIFFIN, Willaim C. Mers KELLY, Vasiliy P. ABRAMOV
  • Publication number: 20180078369
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi A. Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier
  • Patent number: 9895154
    Abstract: A tissue clipping apparatus comprises a clip including a proximal end received within a capsule. The clip includes a clip locking member biased to engage a first locking structure of the capsule to lock the clip in the capsule in a closed configuration. The apparatus also comprises a tension member releasably coupling the clip to a proximal end of the device which, during use, remains accessible to a user. The tension member is coupled to the clip by a joint designed to release when subject to a predetermined load to separate the clip from the device, release of the joint releasing the locking member to engage the first locking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Cohen, Bryan R. Ogle, Russell F. Durgin, Gregory R. Furnish, Michael Goldenbogen, Gary A. Jordan, Benjamin E. Morris, Mark A. Griffin, William C. Mers Kelly, Vasily P. Abramov
  • Patent number: 9867701
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier
  • Patent number: 9839765
    Abstract: A device for repair of a heart valve leaflet includes an elongated catheter assembly having a proximal end and a distal end, and a tip at the distal end of the catheter assembly. A capture mechanism having a first free end and a second free end is rotatably coupled to a distal end of the tip. A plication mechanism has an open configuration and a closed configuration, and extends between the first free end and the second free end of the capture mechanism when in the open configuration. The device may also include a clip housing at a proximal end of the tip configured to hold a clip therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Wayne Johnson, Mark Griffin, Cory Celestino, Jeffrey Clarke, Indi Gunasekara, Gregory R. Furnish, Theodore Paul Dale
  • Publication number: 20170325823
    Abstract: Release mechanism for medical device includes a bushing having a proximal end, a distal end and a channel extending therethrough. Plurality of extend proximally from the distal end are biased toward a release configuration in which engagement surfaces at distal ends thereof retract radially into the channel. A core pin insertable through the channel applies a radially expansive pressure to move the arms radially outward to a locking configuration. Engagement surfaces of the first and second arms connect to a retaining surface of a tissue treatment device containing capsule, which extends at an angle relative to the engagement surfaces selected so that a first portion of a force transmitted along an axis of the bushing moves the arms radially inward toward the release configuration before a second portion of the force exceeds a threshold level associated with the removal of a tissue treatment device from gripped tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Molly PHILLIPS-HUNGERFORD, Mark WOOD, Shawn RYAN, Benjamin E. MORRIS
  • Patent number: 9743933
    Abstract: Release mechanism for medical device includes a bushing having a proximal end, a distal end and a channel extending therethrough. Plurality of extend proximally from the distal end are biased toward a release configuration in which engagement surfaces at distal ends thereof retract radially into the channel. A core pin insertable through the channel applies a radially expansive pressure to move the arms radially outward to a locking configuration. Engagement surfaces of the first and second arms connect to a retaining surface of a tissue treatment device containing capsule, which extends at an angle relative to the engagement surfaces selected so that a first portion of a force transmitted along an axis of the bushing moves the arms radially inward toward the release configuration before a second portion of the force exceeds a threshold level associated with the removal of a tissue treatment device from gripped tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Molly Phillips-Hungerford, Mark Wood, Shawn Ryan, Benjamin E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20170231475
    Abstract: Several embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to medical visualization systems that comprise combinations of disposable and resuable components, such as catheters, functional handles, hubs, optical devices, etc. Other embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to features and aspects of an in-vivo visualization system that comprises an endoscope having a working channel through which a catheter having viewing capabilities is routed. the catheter may obtain viewing capabilities by being constructed as a vision catheter or by having a fiberscope or other viewing device selectively routed through one of its channels. The catheter is preferably of the steerable type so that the distal end of the catheter may be steered from its proximal end as it is advanced with the body. A suitable use for the in-vivo visualization system includes but is not limited to diagnosis and/or treatment of the duodenum, and particularly the biliary tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John O. McWEENEY, Michael S.H. CHU, Jozef SLANDA, Benjamin E. MORRIS, David W. ROBERTSON, David I. FREED, James F. SCHUERMANN, John B. GOLDEN, Brian Keith WELLS, Jesse Leonard FARRIS, Oscar R. CARRILLO, JR., Todd A. HALL, Yem CHIN, Mark L. ADAMS
  • Publication number: 20170189013
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Mark Griffin, Eric E. Bielefeld, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 9610082
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson, Mark Griffin
  • Publication number: 20170007405
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 9532874
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Allen Johnson
  • Patent number: 9498228
    Abstract: A transcatheter method of gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include inserting an elongated catheter assembly to a position adjacent the heart valve leaflet, the catheter assembly including a capture tool moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, a tissue support, and a clamping member moveable between an open position and a closed position. The capture tool may be partially retracted to gather tissue of the heart valve leaflet between the tissue support and the clamping member. The clamping member may then be moved from the open position toward the closed position so as to clamp a substantial portion of the gathered tissue of the heart valve leaflet between the tissue support and the clamping member. Subsequently, a clip may be applied from the catheter assembly to the clamped tissue so as to hold the clamped tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Paul Dale, Richard J. Olson, Benjamin E. Morris, John Miser