Patents by Inventor Bradley B. Hill

Bradley B. Hill 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: 11627969
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi, Bryan Duenas
  • Publication number: 20220330945
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2022
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Patent number: 11324514
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VENOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Publication number: 20200178980
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Publication number: 20200170644
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi, Bryan Duenas
  • Patent number: 10548610
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VENOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Publication number: 20150201947
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Patent number: 6921414
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis includes a coiled body and a graft material covering at least part of the coiled body to create a coiled stent graft. The average stent graft diameter to turns width ratio may be about 0.8 to 1 to about 2.4 to 1 when expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Publication number: 20040153142
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: VASCULAR ARCHITECTS, INC., A Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6660032
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Publication number: 20030225444
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis includes a coiled body and a graft material covering at least part of the coiled body to create a coiled stent graft. The average stent graft diameter to turns width ratio may be about 0.8 to 1 to about 2.4 to 1 when expanded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: VASCULAR ARCHITECTS, INC., a Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6645237
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6572648
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis includes a coiled body and a graft material covering at least part of the coiled body to create a coiled stent graft. The average stent graft diameter to turns width ratio may be about 0.8 to 1 to about 2.4 to 1 when expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6488700
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a coiled endoluminal prosthesis (122, 190, 198) and a catheter (136) having at least first and second telescoping shafts (138, 140, 142). The prosthesis is releasably engaged to the distal ends (144, 146, 148) of the telescoping shafts. The prosthesis is capable of assuming a second, expanded diameter state from a first, reduced diameter state. The length and number of turns (128) of the coiled prosthesis can be changed by the relative translation and rotation of the shafts. The catheter assembly is especially useful for placing a coiled stent graft (122), in which one turn (132, 134) of the prosthesis has a greater pitch than the adjacent turns, at the intersection (184) of a bifurcation within a blood vessel (182). Remotely viewable marker elements (188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 197) may be used and include a marker element (193, 190A, 197) configured to indicate orientation as well as axial position of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Publication number: 20010044621
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: KATHERINE J. KLUMB, THOMAS J. FOGARTY, KIRTI P. KAMDAR, BRADLEY B. HILL
  • Publication number: 20010020173
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a coiled endoluminal prosthesis (122, 190, 198) and a catheter (136) having at least first and second telescoping shafts (138, 140, 142). The prosthesis is releasably engaged to the distal ends (144, 146, 148) of the telescoping shafts. The prosthesis is capable of assuming a second, expanded diameter state from a first, reduced diameter state. The length and number of turns (128) of the coiled prosthesis can be changed by the relative translation and rotation of the shafts. The catheter assembly is especially useful for placing a coiled stent graft (122), in which one turn (132, 134) of the prosthesis has a greater pitch than the adjacent turns, at the intersection (184) of a bifurcation within a blood vessel (182). Remotely viewable marker elements (188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 197) may be used and include a marker element (193, 190A, 197) configured to indicate orientation as well as axial position of the prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Publication number: 20010020182
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6238430
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a coiled endoluminal prosthesis (122, 190, 198) and a catheter (136) having at least first and second telescoping shafts (138, 140, 142). The prosthesis is releasably engaged to the distal ends (144, 146, 148) of the telescoping shafts. The prosthesis is capable of assuming a second, expanded diameter state from a first, reduced diameter state. The length and number of turns (128) of the coiled prosthesis can be changed by the relative translation and rotation of the shafts. The catheter assembly is especially useful for placing a coiled stent graft (122), in which one turn (132, 134) of the prosthesis has a greater pitch than the adjacent turns, at the intersection (184) of a bifurcation within a blood vessel (182). Remotely viewable marker elements (188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 197) may be used and include a marker element (193, 190A, 197) configured to indicate orientation as well as axial position of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 5879321
    Abstract: A shunt includes a tubular body having first and second legs at a proximal end and a third leg at a distal end. A fluid distensible balloon and cooperating insufflation conduit are carried on the tubular body. The first leg of the tubular body includes a longitudinal slit for receiving the second leg whereby the first and second legs may be positioned substantially coaxial so as to allow easier introduction of the shunt into the blood vessel of a patient. Similarly, the second leg having a longitudinally slit for receiving a portion of the cooperating insufflation conduit and also holding it in a coaxial position. A leader tube with a blunt atraumatic tip is received over the proximal end of the tubular body to further aid in the introduction of the shunt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: The University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventor: Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 5752961
    Abstract: A snare assembly includes an outer, flexible sheath having a distal opening and a loop received for relative sliding movement with respect to the sheath. The loop has a proximal end and a distal end. The loop is formed from a resilient wire and includes a substantially 180.degree. reverse bend at a midpoint forming the distal end and the ends of the wire are fastened together at the proximal end. A control handle is carried on the sheath for extending and retracting the loop out of and into the sheath through the distal opening. A flexible connector connects the control handle to the proximal end of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: The University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventor: Bradley B. Hill