Patents by Inventor Darla Gill

Darla Gill 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: 20200146860
    Abstract: Delivery systems and methods for deploying an implantable device are disclosed, which can include a delivery device having an outer tubular member and an inner assembly. The inner assembly is disposed within and is slidably movable relative to the outer tubular member. The inner assembly can include a pusher at a distal portion. The pusher abuts and restricts proximal movement, relative to the inner assembly, of a crimped implantable device within the outer tubular member. The pusher can include a slot to accommodate a suture binding mechanism of the implantable device. The delivery device can include a tip disposed at a distal end. The tip includes a tip transition zone. The inner sheath and outer tubular member can each have sections of distinct rigidity along their lengths with transition zones between the sections. A transition zone of the outer tubular member and a transition zone of the inner sheath can be longitudinally offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Zeke Eller, Thomas Patrick Robinson, Barton Gill, Darla Gill, Bryan K. Elwood
  • Patent number: 10588762
    Abstract: Implantable device embodiments, such as stents, and particularly esophageal stents, formed of a scaffolding structure are disclosed. The scaffolding structure is formed of one or more strand elements arranged in a braided pattern. A covering may coat the scaffolding structure. A valve can be secured to the scaffolding structure and/or the covering. Anti-migration features may be formed by bends in the one or more strand elements. The bends forming the anti-migration features protrude outwardly away from an outer surface of the implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Patent number: 10470906
    Abstract: Delivery systems and methods for deploying an implantable device are disclosed, which can include a delivery device having an outer tubular member and an inner assembly. The inner assembly is disposed within and is slidably movable relative to the outer tubular member. The inner assembly can include a pusher at a distal portion. The pusher abuts and restricts proximal movement, relative to the inner assembly, of a crimped implantable device within the outer tubular member. The pusher can include a slot to accommodate a suture binding mechanism of the implantable device. The delivery device can include a tip disposed at a distal end. The tip includes a tip transition zone. The inner sheath and outer tubular member can each have sections of distinct rigidity along their lengths with transition zones between the sections. A transition zone of the outer tubular member and a transition zone of the inner sheath can be longitudinally offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeke Eller, Thomas Patrick Robinson, Barton Gill, Darla Gill, Bryan K. Elwood
  • Patent number: 10285798
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider
  • Patent number: 9713522
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a valve and a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Patent number: 9687367
    Abstract: Stent embodiments formed of a scaffolding structure are disclosed. Some embodiments may include a valve. A portion of the scaffolding structure may include a lattice structure formed by a plurality of interconnected arms arranged to form quadrilateral-shaped cells, such as diamond-shaped cells. The scaffolding structure may be formed by rows of strut arms arranged as annular segments and adjacent annular segments interconnected by connectors that extend in the longitudinal direction. The scaffolding structure may also be formed by rows of strut arms arranged in a helical pattern. The scaffolding structure has components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Publication number: 20170071772
    Abstract: Delivery systems and methods for deploying an implantable device are disclosed, which can include a delivery device having an outer tubular member and an inner assembly. The inner assembly is disposed within and is slidably movable relative to the outer tubular member. The inner assembly can include a pusher at a distal portion. The pusher abuts and restricts proximal movement, relative to the inner assembly, of a crimped implantable device within the outer tubular member. The pusher can include a slot to accommodate a suture binding mechanism of the implantable device. The delivery device can include a tip disposed at a distal end. The tip includes a tip transition zone. The inner sheath and outer tubular member can each have sections of distinct rigidity along their lengths with transition zones between the sections. A transition zone of the outer tubular member and a transition zone of the inner sheath can be longitudinally offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Zeke Eller, Thomas Patrick Robinson, Barton Gill, Darla Gill, Bryan K. Elwood
  • Patent number: 9561327
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to lockable syringe assemblies and related devices and methods. The syringe assembly may include a barrel, a plunger, and a locking mechanism. In some arrangements, the locking mechanism is an elastomeric locking ring or a rigid partial ring. The plunger may include a plurality of ribs and is longitudinally moveable within the barrel. Once the plunger is disposed at a desired longitudinal location, the plunger can be axially rotated and locked in such a way that further longitudinal movement is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Mottola, Darla Gill, Gregory R. McArthur
  • Patent number: 9132254
    Abstract: Various embodiments of mouthpieces for use during endoscopic procedures are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, a mouthpiece may include a shield, a primary instrument channel, a bite block, an oxygen administration channel and a tongue depressor. The shield, bite block, oxygen administration channel and tongue depressor may be integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Anca, Faiz Bhora, Darla Gill, Trent Clegg, Jeremy W. Snow
  • Publication number: 20150190220
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a valve and a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Patent number: 8986368
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a valve and a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Patent number: 8926683
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for deploying an implantable device, such as a stent, within a lumen of a body of a patient. The delivery device may include an inner member and an outer sheath surrounding a distal portion of the inner member and configured to retain the implantable device sheathed near the distal end of the outer sheath until deployment. The outer sheath is slidably moveable relative to the inner member such that proximal movement of the outer sheath relative to the inner member deploys the implantable device. A trigger assembly of the delivery device can include an internal connector coupled to the outer sheath, a plurality of triggers, and a floater coupling two of the triggers. The triggers are serially retracted to deploy the stent. A panchor secures the stent against proximal and distal movement relative to the inner member during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Rich Snider, Zeke Eller, Jim Mottola, Tom Robinson, Brenda Lyons
  • Publication number: 20140277573
    Abstract: Implantable device embodiments, such as stents, and particularly esophageal stents, formed of a scaffolding structure are disclosed. The scaffolding structure is formed of one or more strand elements arranged in a braided pattern. A covering may coat the scaffolding structure. A valve can be secured to the scaffolding structure and/or the covering. Anti-migration features may be formed by bends in the one or more strand elements. The bends forming the anti-migration features protrude outwardly away from an outer surface of the implantable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Publication number: 20140276592
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to lockable syringe assemblies and related devices and methods. The syringe assembly may include a barrel, a plunger, and a locking mechanism. In some arrangements, the locking mechanism is an elastomeric locking ring or a rigid partial ring. The plunger may include a plurality of ribs and is longitudinally moveable within the barrel. Once the plunger is disposed at a desired longitudinal location, the plunger can be axially rotated and locked in such a way that further longitudinal movement is restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jim Mottola, Darla Gill, Gregory R. McArthur
  • Publication number: 20140209095
    Abstract: Various embodiments of mouthpieces for use during endoscopic procedures are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, a mouthpiece may include a shield, a primary instrument channel, a bite block, an oxygen administration channel and a tongue depressor. The shield, bite block, oxygen administration channel and tongue depressor may be integrally formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Anca, Faiz Bhora, Darla Gill, Trent Clegg, Jeremy W. Snow
  • Patent number: 8684919
    Abstract: Various embodiments of mouthpieces for use during endoscopic procedures are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, a mouthpiece may include a shield, a primary instrument channel, a bite block, an oxygen administration channel and a tongue depressor. The shield, bite block, oxygen administration channel and tongue depressor may be integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Anca, Faiz Bohra, Darla Gill, Trent Clegg, Jeremy W. Snow
  • Publication number: 20130325141
    Abstract: Stent embodiments formed of a scaffolding structure are disclosed. Some embodiments may include a valve. A portion of the scaffolding structure may include a lattice structure formed by a plurality of interconnected arms arranged to form quadrilateral-shaped cells, such as diamond-shaped cells. The scaffolding structure may be formed by rows of strut arms arranged as annular segments and adjacent annular segments interconnected by connectors that extend in the longitudinal direction. The scaffolding structure may also be formed by rows of strut arms arranged in a helical pattern. The scaffolding structure has components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Publication number: 20130110253
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a valve and a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider, Trent Clegg
  • Publication number: 20120310363
    Abstract: A stent comprised of a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Zeke Eller, Rich Snider
  • Publication number: 20120310320
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for deploying an implantable device, such as a stent, within a lumen of a body of a patient. The delivery device may include an inner member and an outer sheath surrounding a distal portion of the inner member and configured to retain the implantable device sheathed near the distal end of the outer sheath until deployment. The outer sheath is slidably moveable relative to the inner member such that proximal movement of the outer sheath relative to the inner member deploys the implantable device. A trigger assembly of the delivery device can include an internal connector coupled to the outer sheath, a plurality of triggers, and a floater coupling two of the triggers. The triggers are serially retracted to deploy the stent. A panchor secures the stent against proximal and distal movement relative to the inner member during deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darla Gill, Rich Snider, Zeke Eller, Jim Mottola, Tom Robinson, Brenda Lyons