Patents by Inventor David B. Herridge

David B. Herridge 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: 10492782
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface. The applicator can include guide features to direct tissue with respect to the driving head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20180348888
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface. The applicator can include guide features to direct tissue with respect to the driving head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 10085747
    Abstract: A surgical fastening apparatus and related methods for fastening skin tissue so as to avoid piercing the epidermis with resultant percutaneous penetration when intending placement of surgical fasteners within a dermal layer on opposed sides of a skin wound. The apparatus includes a device body having a head portion for positioning between first and second sides of the wound, wherein the head portion includes a deflector shelf that physically prevents epidermal tissue from entering a capture zone defined on the head portion through which a penetrator assembly and fastener are advanced into the dermal layer. By ensuring that the epidermal tissue is not placed within the piercing zone, the potential for inadvertent piercing and percutaneous placement of the surgical fastener though the external skin surface is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge, Christopher J. Sperry, Chad D. Naegeli
  • Publication number: 20170303920
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 9713472
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20170071602
    Abstract: A surgical fastening apparatus and related methods for fastening skin tissue so as to avoid piercing the epidermis with resultant percutaneous penetration when intending placement of surgical fasteners within a dermal layer on opposed sides of a skin wound. The apparatus includes a device body having a head portion for positioning between first and second sides of the wound, wherein the head portion includes a deflector shelf that physically prevents epidermal tissue from entering a capture zone defined on the head portion through which a penetrator assembly and fastener are advanced into the dermal layer. By ensuring that the epidermal tissue is not placed within the piercing zone, the potential for inadvertent piercing and percutaneous placement of the surgical fastener though the external skin surface is avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge, Christopher J. Sperry
  • Publication number: 20160242772
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20150112369
    Abstract: A fastener for insertion into pierced openings of a tissue wound has a body formed of a generally bioabsorbable polymer defining an initial capture area. The body includes a pair of arms, each with an inwardly projecting cleat operably joined at an elbow portion defining an internal elbow angle. The arms are operably joined to a backspan at a shoulder portion defining an internal shoulder angle. A durable tissue retention zone is defined between the cleat and the arm. The elbow portion and the internal elbow angle define an insertion width greater than a width of the pierced openings resulting in the pierced openings stretching over the cleat and being elastically retained within the durable tissue retention zone. The fastener captures wound tissue in the initial capture area and then dynamically reforms in response to lateral stresses without a fracture failure of the fastener until a minimum degradation period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 8821517
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20130267997
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20120145765
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface. Preferably, the manipulator apparatus and the applicator apparatus are arranged together as part of a hand-held instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 8074857
    Abstract: A mechanical device and method for gathering and securing tissue with a fastener. The device includes an applicator assembly configured to deploy a fastener in a first direction, a tissue manipulation assembly configured to move from a relaxed position to a grasping position in a second direction transverse to the first direction, and a translating trigger assembly coupled to the applicator assembly and the tissue manipulation assembly. The trigger assembly is configured to move from a relaxed position, through a first position, to a second position along a third direction transverse to the first and second direction. Operation of the trigger assembly from the relaxed position through the first position along the third direction causes the tissue manipulation assembly to move in the second direction to gather a portion of the tissue. Continued operation of the trigger assembly along the third direction causes the applicator assembly to deploy the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 8066736
    Abstract: A fastener for insertion into pierced openings of a tissue wound has a body formed of a generally bioabsorbable polymer defining an initial capture area. The body includes a pair of arms, each with an inwardly projecting cleat operably joined at an elbow portion defining an internal elbow angle. The arms are operably joined to a backspan at a shoulder portion defining an internal shoulder angle. A durable tissue retention zone is defined between the cleat and the arm. The elbow portion and the internal elbow angle define an insertion width greater than a width of the pierced openings resulting in the pierced openings stretching over the cleat and being elastically retained within the durable tissue retention zone. The fastener captures wound tissue in the initial capture area and then dynamically reforms in response to lateral stresses without a fracture failure of the fastener until a minimum degradation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 7950559
    Abstract: A mechanical system for bilaterally securing skin tissue preferably utilizes a tissue manipulator apparatus to approximate a portion of an interior surface of each of two pieces of living dermis tissue along a vertical interface below an exterior surface without overlapping either interior surface across the vertical interface. An applicator apparatus includes a driving head portion positioned in the vertical interface and at least partially below the exterior surface and a handle portion positioned at least partially above the exterior surface. The applicator apparatus bilaterally drives at least one portion of the fastener through each piece of the living dermis tissue behind the interior surface of that piece of tissue such that the fastener is positioned below the exterior surface and a portion of the fastener is positioned generally transverse to the vertical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, Christopher J. Sperry, Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, Delmer L. Smith, David B. Herridge
  • Publication number: 20080249563
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus directed to tissue capture, presentation and retention using a surgical apparatus. One or more tissue capture arms can include surface features that engage captured tissue and provide omni-directional support during capture and retention of the tissue. The tissue clamping arm can include improved centering features for positioning captured tissue relative to a penetrator that is advance into the capture tissue. Through improved tissue handling and tissue retention relative to the penetrator, captured tissue can be consistently pierced regardless of external forces and techniques. The tissue clamping arm can include gripping members arranged along an interface surface to improve tissue grip and presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 7244483
    Abstract: The invention is a bladder formed of multiple layers of barrier film to provide multiple pressurized layers of cushioning fluid or gas when the bladder is filled. The sidewalls of the bladder can be constructed with an inverted seam construction to eliminate finishing steps in the manufacture of cushioning bladders and alternatively to provide a clean, seamless appearance along the side walls. The inverted seam can be formed by attaching the peripheral edges of inner barrier layers to the outer barrier layers adjacent a weld between inner barrier layers to provide an inside-out inverted seam appearance. An inverted seam can also be formed by providing separate sidewall elements attached to the barrier layers of the bladder to provide a seam displaced from the center of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Tawney, David B. Herridge
  • Patent number: 7132032
    Abstract: A bladder which is particularly useful for a sole assembly of a shoe is formed of multiple layers of barrier film to provide multiple pressurized layers of cushioning fluid or gas when the bladder is filled. A multiple gas layer bladder enhances cushioning response by relying more on the response characteristics of the gas and reducing the amount of foam and the dependence on foam as a cushioning material. The internal film layers provide a truss-like geometry in cross section and act as tensile members to impart a generally smooth surface contour to the bladder. The bladder is constructed to provide complex regionalized cushioning profiles which are coupled to the anatomy of the foot and expected loads at known points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John C Tawney, Daniel R Potter, Michael A Aveni, Joel L Passke, David B Herridge, Alaric Naiman, Alastair R MacGregor, Julian A Scarfe, Colin D Ager, Edward G Colby
  • Patent number: D532107
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge, Chad D. Naegli, John L. Shannon, Jr., Christopher J. Sperry, David M. Stoen
  • Patent number: D635259
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge, John L. Shannon, Jr., Chad D. Naegli, Christopher J. Sperry, David M. Stoen, Mark E. Reader
  • Patent number: D752219
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Peterson, David B. Herridge, John L. Shannon, Chad D. Naegeli, Christopher J. Sperry, Mark E. Reader