Patents by Inventor C. Kenneth French

C. Kenneth French 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: 10420664
    Abstract: A bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions with insert portions, and a bight portion having a flexible hinge wherein the inserts are engaged via a magnetic force to retain the clamp in a closed position to partition the stomach. In another embodiment, the bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions and a bight portion having a flexible hinge, wherein the first and second elongated portions are curved to conform to a curvature of a patient's stomach. In another embodiment, the bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions each having one or more suture portions formed via one or more recesses formed in the substrate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED BARIATRIC TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, C. Kenneth French, Moises Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20190021892
    Abstract: A clamp installation tool is provided. The tool may include a longitudinal main body, a selectable retention mechanism, and a tip manipulation member. The longitudinal main body may have an elongate member with a longitudinal support platform to support a clamp. The selectable retention mechanism may have a plurality of bosses to be received into corresponding apertures of the clamp, and the tip manipulation member may be coupled to a distal end of the longitudinal main body and arcuately articulable relative to the longitudinal main body. The tool may be operable to install a clamp inside a body cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventor: C. Kenneth French
  • Publication number: 20180214234
    Abstract: This disclosure includes surgical depth gauges and related methods. Some gauges have a probe assembly including a probe having proximal and distal ends, the distal end including one or more prongs, each having a distal-most tip, being movable between a retracted position and a deployed position in which the tip is farther from a longitudinal axis of the probe than when the prong is in the retracted position, and being biased toward the deployed position. Some probe assemblies include a cannula having proximal and distal ends, where the probe is disposable within the cannula such that moving the distal end of the probe toward and away from the distal end of the cannula causes each of the prongs to move between the retracted and deployed positions. Some depth gauges include a sleeve disposable over the probe assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Steven L. HENRY, C. Kenneth FRENCH
  • Publication number: 20180043135
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a catheterization device includes a tip and includes a body member having a proximal end and a distal end. The body member can define a lumen that extends from the proximal end to the distal end. The catheterization device further includes an expandable portion extending between the tip and the proximal end of the body member. The expandable portion can include a plurality of arms bent to form a resting shape. The expandable member may be configured to expand to allow the body member to extend in response to tension applied to the body member and to retract to the resting shape when tension is withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Catheter Science, LLC
    Inventors: Courtney Creecy Chen, C. Kenneth French, Gaines W. Hammond, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180008447
    Abstract: A bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions, a bight portion having a flexible hinge, one or more inflatable portions disposed at least partially along interior sections of the first and second elongated portions; and a port coupled to at least one of the inflatable portions and configured to adjust inflation of the inflatable portions. The inflatable portions are provided to assist in retaining the clamp in a closed position to partition the stomach and to adjust a pressure of the clamp when partitioning the stomach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Moises Jacobs, Jesús R. Armenteros, C. Kenneth French
  • Publication number: 20170360447
    Abstract: A surgical clamp may have two elongated members with a bight portion that joins the two elongated members at a proximal end of the clamp and that may bias the two elongated members in an open position at a distal end. The bight portion may have one or more engagement features, such as a slotted aperture or other engagement or coupling feature. A clasp mechanism at the distal end of the clamp may have a male or first component disposed on or adjacent one of the two elongated members and a female or second component disposed on or adjacent the other of the two elongated members at the distal end of the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, Moises Jacobs, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 9808257
    Abstract: A surgical clamp may have two elongated members with a bight portion that joins the two elongated members at a proximal end of the clamp and that may bias the two elongated members in an open position at a distal end. The bight portion may have one or more engagement features, such as a slotted aperture or other engagement or coupling feature. A clasp mechanism at the distal end of the clamp may have a male or first component disposed on or adjacent one of the two elongated members and a female or second component disposed on or adjacent the other of the two elongated members at the distal end of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, Moises Jacobs, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 9719274
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present door handles include a housing, a hand sanitizer delivery system coupled to the housing, the hand sanitizer delivery system having a reservoir configured to contain hand sanitizer, a nozzle in selective fluid communication with the reservoir, and a pump configured to communicate hand sanitizer from the reservoir to the nozzle, and a first lever movably coupled to the housing, where the housing is configured to be mounted to a door having a movable latch such that movement of the first lever a first distance in a first direction actuates the door latch, and where the hand sanitizer delivery system can be actuated independently of the door latch. In some embodiments, the housing is configured to be mounted to the door such that movement of the first lever a second distance, smaller than the first distance, in the first direction actuates the hand sanitizer delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SETON HEALTHCARE FAMILY
    Inventors: James Allred, C. Kenneth French
  • Publication number: 20160230418
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present door handles include a housing, a hand sanitizer delivery system coupled to the housing, the hand sanitizer delivery system having a reservoir configured to contain hand sanitizer, a nozzle in selective fluid communication with the reservoir, and a pump configured to communicate hand sanitizer from the reservoir to the nozzle, and a first lever movably coupled to the housing, where the housing is configured to be mounted to a door having a movable latch such that movement of the first lever a first distance in a first direction actuates the door latch, and where the hand sanitizer delivery system can be actuated independently of the door latch. In some embodiments, the housing is configured to be mounted to the door such that movement of the first lever a second distance, smaller than the first distance, in the first direction actuates the hand sanitizer delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: James ALLRED, C. Kenneth FRENCH
  • Publication number: 20160058594
    Abstract: A bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions with insert portions, and a bight portion having a flexible hinge wherein the inserts are engaged via a magnetic force to retain the clamp in a closed position to partition the stomach. In another embodiment, the bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions and a bight portion having a flexible hinge, wherein the first and second elongated portions are curved to conform to a curvature of a patient's stomach. In another embodiment, the bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions each having one or more suture portions formed via one or more recesses formed in the substrate members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, C. Kenneth French, Moises Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9023105
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a molding device having one or more braces supporting a scaphal mold. The one or more braces and the scaphal mold are adapted to retain the helix and the helical rim of a misshaped ear within a space defined between the one or more braces and the scaphal mold, and to maintain a substantially correct anatomical shape of the helix and the helical rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 8948581
    Abstract: A warming unit and method for warming an infusion medium prior to introducing the medium into a patient's body. The apparatus includes an outer casing, inlet and outlet tubes secured to the outer casing, a fluid conduit for transporting the infusion medium through the warming unit, and a heating element disposed proximate to the fluid conduit for warming the infusion medium flowing therethrough. The warming unit can form part of a system, which further includes a controller for controlling various functions of and separate from the warming unit, a reservoir containing the infusion medium, and a power source for powering the warming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Thermacore Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker, Wyatt Earp
  • Patent number: 8852277
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a molding device having one or more braces supporting a scaphal mold. The one or more braces and the scaphal mold are adapted to retain the helix and the helical rim of a misshaped ear within a space defined between the one or more braces and the scaphal mold, and to maintain a substantially correct anatomical shape of the helix and the helical rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Publication number: 20140074131
    Abstract: A surgical clamp may have two elongated members with a bight portion that joins the two elongated members at a proximal end of the clamp and that may bias the two elongated members in an open position at a distal end. The bight portion may have one or more engagement features, such as a slotted aperture or other engagement or coupling feature. A clasp mechanism at the distal end of the clamp may have a male or first component disposed on or adjacent one of the two elongated members and a female or second component disposed on or adjacent the other of the two elongated members at the distal end of the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, Moises Jacobs, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Publication number: 20140046345
    Abstract: A bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions, a bight portion having a flexible hinge, a fastener portion, and an engagement portion for retaining the clamp in a closed position to partition the stomach. A method for installing may include creating an opening in a patient's abdominal cavity to access the stomach, removing tissue connected to the stomach adjacent areas the clamp is to be positioned, positioning the clamp in an open position wherein first ends of the first and second elongated portions are open relative to one another, inserting the clamp into the abdominal cavity in the open position and the first and second elongated portions of the clamp separately pass through the opening in the abdominal cavity, positioning the first and second elongated portions adjacent first and second sides of the stomach, and closing the clamp to partition the stomach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, Moises Jacobs, C. Kenneth French
  • Publication number: 20130252190
    Abstract: A warming unit and method for warming an infusion medium prior to introducing the medium into a patient's body. The apparatus includes an outer casing, inlet and outlet tubes secured to the outer casing, a fluid conduit for transporting the infusion medium through the warming unit, and a heating element disposed proximate to the fluid conduit for warming the infusion medium flowing therethrough. The warming unit can form part of a system, which further includes a controller for controlling various functions of and separate from the warming unit, a reservoir containing the infusion medium, and a power source for powering the warming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: THERMACORE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: C. Kenneth FRENCH, Garrett Barker, Wyatt Earp
  • Patent number: 8529585
    Abstract: A surgical clamp in certain embodiments may be configured to operate with a surgical installation tool. The clamp may have two elongated members with a bight portion that joins the two elongated members at a proximal end of the clamp and that may bias the two elongated members in an open position at a distal end. The bight portion may have one or more engagement features, such as a slotted aperture or other engagement or coupling feature. A clasp mechanism at the distal end of the clamp may have a male or first component disposed on or adjacent one of the two elongated members and a female or second component disposed on or adjacent the other of the two elongated members at the distal end of the clamp. The installation tool may include an elongated member with a proximal end and a distal end that has an engagement feature to engage the clamp, such as at the bight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Moises Jacobs, Jesus R. Armenteros, Garrett Barker, C. Kenneth French
  • Patent number: 8491510
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a base section defining an opening dimensioned to accommodate the passage of the ear through the opening and a top section releasably engageable with the base section defining a compartment therebetween. A first stint can be arranged on an anterior surface of the base section to maintain a desired anatomic shape of the ear essentially in an area of the antihelix and the superior limb of the triangular fossa. A second stint can be placed in an area of the scapha of the ear to maintain a desired contour of the scaphal area. A conchal stint can be placed in the concha to maintain a desired anatomic shape of the concha. The top section can be engaged to maintain a desired amount of stabilizing pressure on the ear, the first stint, the second stint, and conchal stint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Beacon Medical Limited
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 8467671
    Abstract: A warming unit and method for warming an infusion medium prior to introducing the medium into a patient's body. The apparatus includes an outer casing, inlet and outlet tubes secured to the outer casing, a fluid conduit for transporting the infusion medium through the warming unit, and a heating element disposed proximate to the fluid conduit for warming the infusion medium flowing therethrough. The warming unit can form part of a system, which further includes a controller for controlling various functions of and separate from the warming unit, a reservoir containing the infusion medium, and a power source for powering the warming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Thermacore Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker, Wyatt Earp
  • Publication number: 20120185043
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a molding device having one or more braces supporting a scaphal mold. The one or more braces and the scaphal mold are adapted to retain the helix and the helical rim of a misshaped ear within a space defined between the one or more braces and the scaphal mold, and to maintain a substantially correct anatomical shape of the helix and the helical rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker