Patents by Inventor Bret J. Kilgrow

Bret J. Kilgrow 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: 10595874
    Abstract: A medical device may include a catheter, an expandable member, a cover, and an actuator. The catheter may include a longitudinal axis, proximal and distal ends, and a cover lumen extending from the proximal to the distal end. The expandable member may include proximal and distal ends and may be disposed on a distal section of the catheter. The cover may include a first region that may be disposed along the expandable member, and a second region that may extend along a length of the catheter beyond the proximal end of the expandable member towards the proximal end of the catheter. A first end of the cover may invert into the cover lumen. The actuator may be coupled to the first end of the cover and configured to move the first end of the cover towards the proximal end of the catheter along the longitudinal axis of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Broyles, Bret J Kilgrow
  • Patent number: 10543116
    Abstract: An improved medical device reduces the loss of longitudinal length during expansion of a stent-graft from a compressed state to an expanded state. For example, the stent-graft is placed over a cover that provides resistance to expansion of the balloon during inflation, which reduces longitudinal compressing forces exerted on the stent-graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane K. Bohn, Cody L. Hartman, Deenu G. Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Joseph B. Koenig, James J. Nickerson, Thomas G. Triebes
  • Publication number: 20190388252
    Abstract: An open stent (a stent having open space through its thickness at locations between the ends of the stent), incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent, spaced-apart stent elements. Preferably the spaced-apart adjacent stent elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having space provided between adjacent windings. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used. The connecting elements are preferably longitudinally oriented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Mark Y. Hansen, Brian L. Johnson, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, James D. Silverman
  • Patent number: 10456281
    Abstract: An open stent (a stent having open space through its thickness at locations between the ends of the stent), incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent, spaced-apart stent elements. Preferably the spaced-apart adjacent stent elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having space provided between adjacent windings. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used. The connecting elements are preferably longitudinally oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Mark Y. Hansen, Brian L. Souter, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, James D. Silverman
  • Publication number: 20190298556
    Abstract: An improved medical device reduces the loss of longitudinal length during expansion of a stent-graft from a compressed state to an expanded state. For example, the stent-graft is placed over a cover that provides resistance to expansion of the balloon during inflation, which reduces longitudinal compressing forces exerted on the stent-graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Jane K. Bohn, Cody L. Hartman, Deenu G. Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Joseph B. Koenig, James J. Nickerson, Thomas G. Triebes
  • Publication number: 20190167459
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an endoprosthesis delivery system comprising an elongate member, such as a catheter, an endoprosthesis, and an end cap having one or more protrusions extending therefrom. The protrusions may assist in retraction of end cap into an outer sheath, such as an introducer sheath. In some examples, the protrusion includes fins. In some embodiments, the endoprosthesis delivery system further includes a covering member disposed about the endoprosthesis. The protrusions may support the covering member, which may extend beyond the distal end of the endoprosthesis and onto the end cap. In some embodiments, the end cap comprises a tapered profile, which may assist in retraction of the catheter tip and end cap into an outer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Brandon C. Short, Anna F. Timbie
  • Patent number: 10299948
    Abstract: An improved medical device reduces the loss of longitudinal length during expansion of a stent-graft from a compressed state to an expanded state. For example, the stent-graft is placed over a cover that provides resistance to expansion of the balloon during inflation, which reduces longitudinal compressing forces exerted on the stent-graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane K. Bohn, Cody L. Hartman, Deenu G. Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Joseph B. Koenig, James J. Nickerson, Thomas G. Triebes
  • Publication number: 20190133750
    Abstract: A vascular graft incorporating a stent into a portion of its length. While various materials may be used for the vascular graft, the graft is preferably an ePTFE graft. The stent is preferably a self-expanding stent, although it may alternatively be a balloon expandable stent. The vascular graft preferably has a continuous inner tubular liner that extends between the opposing ends of the graft and provides a continuous luminal surface for blood contact that is uninterrupted by seams or joints. The length portion of the graft that does not include the stent has a greater wall thickness than does the portion including the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Deenu Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Timothy T. Stringer
  • Publication number: 20190083103
    Abstract: A medical device may include a catheter, an expandable member, a cover, and an actuator. The catheter may include a longitudinal axis, proximal and distal ends, and a cover lumen extending from the proximal to the distal end. The expandable member may include proximal and distal ends and may be disposed on a distal section of the catheter. The cover may include a first region that may be disposed along the expandable member, and a second region that may extend along a length of the catheter beyond the proximal end of the expandable member towards the proximal end of the catheter. A first end of the cover may invert into the cover lumen. The actuator may be coupled to the first end of the cover and configured to move the first end of the cover towards the proximal end of the catheter along the longitudinal axis of the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Broyles, Bret J Kilgrow
  • Publication number: 20190083101
    Abstract: A medical device may include a catheter, an expandable member, a cover, and an actuator. The catheter may include a longitudinal axis, proximal and distal ends, and a cover lumen extending from the proximal to the distal end. The expandable member may include proximal and distal ends and may be disposed on a distal section of the catheter. The cover may include a first region that may be disposed along the expandable member, and a second region that may extend along a length of the catheter beyond the proximal end of the expandable member towards the proximal end of the catheter. A first end of the cover may invert into the cover lumen. The actuator may be coupled to the first end of the cover and configured to move the first end of the cover towards the proximal end of the catheter along the longitudinal axis of the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Broyles, Bret J. Kilgrow
  • Patent number: 10195064
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an endoprosthesis delivery system comprising an elongate member, such as a catheter, an endoprosthesis, a covering member disposed about the endoprosthesis, a tip, and an end cap. The tip and end cap can be integral to each other. The covering member can extend beyond the distal end of the endoprosthesis and onto the end cap. The end cap can comprise a tapered profile, which may assist in retraction of the catheter tip and end cap into an outer sheath. The end cap can further comprise one or more fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Brandon C. Short, Anna F. Timbie
  • Publication number: 20180296377
    Abstract: An improved medical device reduces the loss of longitudinal length during expansion of a stent-graft from a compressed state to an expanded state. For example, the stent-graft is placed over a cover that provides resistance to expansion of the balloon during inflation, which reduces longitudinal compressing forces exerted on the stent-graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Jane K. Bohn, Cody L. Hartman, Deenu G. Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Joseph B. Koenig, James J. Nickerson, Thomas G. Triebes
  • Patent number: 10080643
    Abstract: A vascular graft incorporating a stent into a portion of its length. While various materials may be used for the vascular graft, the graft is preferably an ePTFE graft. The stent is preferably a self-expanding stent, although it may alternatively be a balloon expandable stent. The vascular graft preferably has a continuous inner tubular liner that extends between the opposing ends of the graft and provides a continuous luminal surface for blood contact that is uninterrupted by seams or joints. The length portion of the graft that does not include the stent has a greater wall thickness than does the portion including the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: W. L. Gore Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Deenu Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Timothy T. Stringer
  • Publication number: 20180049898
    Abstract: An open stent (a stent having open space through its thickness at locations between the ends of the stent), incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent, spaced-apart stent elements. Preferably the spaced-apart adjacent stent elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having space provided between adjacent windings. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used. The connecting elements are preferably longitudinally oriented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Mark Y. Hansen, Brian L. Johnson, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, James D. Silverman
  • Patent number: 9622888
    Abstract: An open stent (a stent having open space through its thickness at locations between the ends of the stent), incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent, spaced-apart stent elements. Preferably the spaced-apart adjacent stent elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having space provided between adjacent windings. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used. The connecting elements are preferably longitudinally oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Mark Y. Hansen, Brian L. Johnson, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, James D. Silverman
  • Publication number: 20160235518
    Abstract: A vascular graft incorporating a stent into a portion of its length. While various materials may be used for the vascular graft, the graft is preferably an ePTFE graft. The stent is preferably a self-expanding stent, although it may alternatively be a balloon expandable stent. The vascular graft preferably has a continuous inner tubular liner that extends between the opposing ends of the graft and provides a continuous luminal surface for blood contact that is uninterrupted by seams or joints. The length portion of the graft that does not include the stent has a greater wall thickness than does the portion including the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Deenu Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Timothy T. Stringer
  • Publication number: 20160143759
    Abstract: An improved medical device reduces the loss of longitudinal length during expansion of a stent-graft from a compressed state to an expanded state. For example, the stent-graft is placed over a cover that provides resistance to expansion of the balloon during inflation, which reduces longitudinal compressing forces exerted on the stent-graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jane K. Bohn, Cody L. Hartman, Deenu G. Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Joseph B. Koenig, James J. Nickerson, Thomas G. Triebes
  • Patent number: 9295542
    Abstract: A vascular graft incorporating a stent into a portion of its length. While various materials may be used for the vascular graft, the graft is preferably an ePTFE graft. The stent is preferably a self-expanding stent, although it may alternatively be a balloon expandable stent. The vascular graft preferably has a continuous inner tubular liner that extends between the opposing ends of the graft and provides a continuous luminal surface for blood contact that is uninterrupted by seams or joints. The length portion of the graft that does not include the stent has a greater wall thickness than does the portion including the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Deenu Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Timothy T. Stringer
  • Publication number: 20160045349
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an endoprosthesis delivery system comprising an elongate member, such as a catheter, an endoprosthesis, a covering member disposed about the endoprosthesis, a tip, and an end cap. The tip and end cap can be integral to each other. The covering member can extend beyond the distal end of the endoprosthesis and onto the end cap. The end cap can comprise a tapered profile, which may assist in retraction of the catheter tip and end cap into an outer sheath. The end cap can further comprise one or more fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Brandon C. Short, Anna F. Timbie
  • Patent number: 9107744
    Abstract: A vascular graft incorporating a stent into a portion of its length. While various materials may be used for the vascular graft, the graft is preferably an ePTFE graft. The stent is preferably a self-expanding stent, although it may alternatively be a balloon expandable stent. The vascular graft preferably has a continuous inner tubular liner that extends between the opposing ends of the graft and provides a continuous luminal surface for blood contact that is uninterrupted by seams or joints. The length portion of the graft that does not include the stent has a greater wall thickness than does the portion including the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Deenu Kanjickal, Bret J. Kilgrow, Larry J. Kovach, Timothy T. Stringer