Patents by Inventor David C. Lindh, Sr.

David C. Lindh, Sr. 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: 9173766
    Abstract: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) may be caused by a collapse of the pharyngeal wall as a result of increasing negative airway pressure. This invention is directed to systems and methods to resist collapse of the pharyngeal wall by minimally invasive upper pharyngeal airway surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: An-Min Jason Sung, Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9161855
    Abstract: A tissue supporting device is provided and method of use. The device includes an anchor element having a plate-like element and first and second side walls extending upwardly therefrom. The plate-like element is defined by front and rear edges, and first and second side edges, with the rear edge being longer than the front edge. The first and second side walls are aligned substantially along at least a portion of the first and second side edges of the plate-like element such that a distance between the first and second side walls at a front side is less than a distance between the first and second side walls at a rear side. The device also includes a soft tissue supporting element adapted for engaging and supporting soft tissue. The soft tissue supporting element is coupled to the plate-like element and extends outwardly from the anchor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: ETHICON, INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9011487
    Abstract: A surgical suture includes an elongated core having a first leg and a second leg, a first set of barbs projecting from the first leg of the core, and a second set of barbs projecting from the second leg of the core. The suture has a stop projecting from the core that is located between the first and second sets of barbs, and a braid surrounding the elongated core and the stop for strengthening the suture. The suture includes a pledget having first and second openings extending through the pledget, with the first leg extending through the first pledget opening, the second leg extending through the second pledget opening, and the stop extending between the first and second pledget openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lindh, Sr., Jesse G. Nawrocki, Dennis L. Furman, Krasimira Hristov, Jason T. Perkins
  • Patent number: 8911466
    Abstract: An insertion device and method of use for treating obstructive sleep apnea. The device includes an outer tubular element with a tissue penetrating end and a side opening, an inner tubular element positioned partially within the outer member and movable longitudinally relative to it, a grasping device fixedly coupled to the inner element, and a central shaft extending through the inner tubular element and movable longitudinally relative to the inner and outer tubular elements. The central shaft is slidably coupled with the grasping device. The inner tubular element is further movable between a retracted position wherein the grasping device is positioned entirely within the outer tubular element, and an extended position wherein it extends outwardly therefrom through the side opening. In the extended position, the grasping device is adapted to grasp a filamentary element positioned external of the outer tubular element and in proximity thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140290470
    Abstract: A system for making braided barbed sutures includes a filament winding assembly, a barbed insert including an elongated core and barbs extending outwardly from the elongated core, and a barbed insert dispenser opening defining a passageway for orienting the barbed insert as the barbed insert is dispensed into the filament winding assembly. The barbed insert dispenser opening allows longitudinal movement of the barbed insert relative to the barbed insert dispenser opening while simultaneously preventing twisting movement of the barbed insert relative to the barbed insert dispenser opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lindh, SR., Jason T. Perkins, Krasimira Hristov, Jesse G. Nawrocki, Robert J. Tannhauser
  • Patent number: 8747436
    Abstract: Surgical sutures having a core extending along a length thereof between a first end and a second end, and a plurality of sets of first and second projections, wherein the first projections extend in a direction of a first end of the suture and the second projections extend in a direction of a second end of the suture. The first projections may be sized and shaped, and positioned relative to the second projections so as to be capable of substantially shielding the second projections when the surgical suture is drawn through tissue by the second end thereof. The first projections may additionally or alternatively be capable of overlapping and substantially covering a distal end of the respective second projections when the suture is drawn through tissue by the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, David C. Lindh, Sr., J. Jenny Yuan
  • Patent number: 8733223
    Abstract: A system for making braided barbed sutures includes a filament winding assembly, and a guide assembly including at least one barbed insert dispenser opening defining a passageway for orienting a barbed insert. The guide assembly is adapted to dispense at least one barbed insert from the dispenser opening into the filament winding assembly for winding a plurality of filaments around the at least one barbed insert for making a braided barbed suture. The passageway of the dispenser opening is adapted to allow longitudinal movement of the barbed insert relative to the passageway while simultaneously preventing twisting movement of the barbed insert relative to the passageway. As the barbed insert is being dispensed, the barbed insert dispenser opening is selectively rotatable for imparting rotation to the barbed insert as the filaments are wound about the barbed insert. The passageway may be an elongated slit having a greater width than height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lindh, Sr., Jason T. Perkins, Krasimira Hristov, Jesse G. Nawrocki, Robert J. Tannhauser
  • Patent number: 8715320
    Abstract: A suture assembly and a method for making the same is provided. The suture assembly includes a plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements intertwined with one another and at least one barbed filamentary element having a longitudinal axis and having plurality of barbs extending outwardly therefrom in a first direction less than 90 degrees from the longitudinal axis. According to exemplary embodiments, the at least one barbed filamentary may be intertwined along its length with the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements, and the plurality of barbs extending outwardly beyond the unbarbed filamentary elements, or the primary outer periphery of the at least one barbed filamentary element may be contained within the intertwined unbarbed filamentary elements with the plurality of barbs extending through and outwardly from the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140081321
    Abstract: A wound closure device includes a filamentary element having a proximal end and a distal end, and a plurality of barbs extending outwardly from the filamentary element. Each barb has a base connected with the filamentary element, a tip spaced from the base, and an outer edge that extends between the base and the tip. The outer edge includes a first section having a concave surface that extends between the base and a transition point of the barb and a second section having a convex surface that extends between the transition point of the barb and the tip of the barb. The outer edge transforms from the concave surface of the first section to the convex curve of the second section at the transition point of the barb. The tip of the barb has a convexly curved surface facing the distal end of the filamentary element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, Jason T. Perkins, David C. Lindh, SR.
  • Patent number: 8663277
    Abstract: A suture assembly and a method for making the same is provided. The suture assembly includes a plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements intertwined with one another and at least one barbed filamentary element having a longitudinal axis and having plurality of barbs extending outwardly therefrom in a first direction less than 90 degrees from the longitudinal axis. According to exemplary embodiments, the at least one barbed filamentary may be intertwined along its length with the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements, and the plurality of barbs extending outwardly beyond the unbarbed filamentary elements, or the primary outer periphery of the at least one barbed filamentary element may be contained within the intertwined unbarbed filamentary elements with the plurality of barbs extending through and outwardly from the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Collier, David C. Lindh, Sr., Jesse G. Nawrocki, Krasimira Hristov
  • Publication number: 20130319427
    Abstract: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) may be caused by a collapse of the pharyngeal wall as a result of increasing negative airway pressure. This invention is directed to systems and methods to resist collapse of the pharyngeal wall by minimally invasive upper pharyngeal airway surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: An-Amin Jason Sung, Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, SR.
  • Patent number: 8591534
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis for repairing or reinforcing a tissue or muscle wall defect including a first composite structure including at least one layer of a non-absorbable material, wherein the first composite structure has a central portion sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the tissue or muscle wall defect, and has an outer periphery. The prosthesis further includes a second structure having a reinforced central region and an outer peripheral edge, a reinforcing element positioned between the first and second structures, and having an outer periphery and a stiffness greater than that of the first and second structures, and at least one pulling element coupled to the reinforced central region of the second structure. The second structure is coupled to the first structure substantially only at their respective peripheries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, Sr., John R. Jacobs, Ilya S. Koyfman, Gaoyuan Gavin Chen, Donald G. Hill
  • Publication number: 20130139828
    Abstract: An insertion device and method of use for treating obstructive sleep apnea. The device includes an outer tubular element with a tissue penetrating end and a side opening, an inner tubular element positioned partially within the outer member and movable longitudinally relative to it, a grasping device fixedly coupled to the inner element, and a central shaft extending through the inner tubular element and movable longitudinally relative to the inner and outer tubular elements. The central shaft is slidably coupled with the grasping device. The inner tubular element is further movable between a retracted position wherein the grasping device is positioned entirely within the outer tubular element, and an extended position wherein it extends outwardly therefrom through the side opening. In the extended position, the grasping device is adapted to grasp a filamentary element positioned external of the outer tubular element and in proximity thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, SR.
  • Publication number: 20130098371
    Abstract: A tissue supporting device is provided and method of use. The device includes an anchor element having a plate-like element and first and second side walls extending upwardly therefrom. The plate-like element is defined by front and rear edges, and first and second side edges, with the rear edge being longer than the front edge. The first and second side walls are aligned substantially along at least a portion of the first and second side edges of the plate-like element such that a distance between the first and second side walls at a front side is less than a distance between the first and second side walls at a rear side. The device also includes a soft tissue supporting element adapted for engaging and supporting soft tissue. The soft tissue supporting element is coupled to the plate-like element and extends outwardly from the anchor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Robert A. ROUSSEAU, David C. Lindh, SR.
  • Publication number: 20130085525
    Abstract: A wound closure device having a filamentary element having a proximal end and a distal end, and a stop element coupled thereto and having a leading edge area defined by thickness and a width and having a total surface area. The leading edge area is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the filamentary element. The device may have a ratio of the leading edge area to the total surface area that is less than 10%, a ratio of the length to the maximum thickness of the stop element that is at least 4, or a ratio of the length to the width of the stop element is at least 1 for any given thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Jesse G. NAWROCKI, David C. LINDH, SR., Jason T. PERKINS, Dennis L. FURMAN
  • Publication number: 20130066369
    Abstract: A suture assembly and a method for making the same is provided. The suture assembly includes a plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements intertwined with one another and at least one barbed filamentary element having a longitudinal axis and having plurality of barbs extending outwardly therefrom in a first direction less than 90 degrees from the longitudinal axis. According to exemplary embodiments, the at least one barbed filamentary may be intertwined along its length with the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements, and the plurality of barbs extending outwardly beyond the unbarbed filamentary elements, or the primary outer periphery of the at least one barbed filamentary element may be contained within the intertwined unbarbed filamentary elements with the plurality of barbs extending through and outwardly from the plurality of unbarbed filamentary elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Collier, David C. Lindh, SR., Jesse G. Nawrocki, Krasimira Hristov
  • Patent number: 8388633
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis for repairing or reinforcing a tissue or muscle wall defect including a first composite structure including at least one layer of a non-absorbable material, wherein the first composite structure has a central portion sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the tissue or muscle wall defect, and has an outer periphery. The prosthesis further includes a second structure having a reinforced central region and an outer peripheral edge, a reinforcing element positioned between the first and second structures, and having an outer periphery and a stiffness greater than that of the first and second structures, and at least one pulling element coupled to the reinforced central region of the second structure. The second structure is coupled to the first structure substantially only at their respective peripheries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rousseau, David C. Lindh, Sr., John R. Jacobs, Ilya S. Koyfman, Gaoyuan Gavin Chen, Donald G. Hill
  • Publication number: 20120272817
    Abstract: A system for making braided barbed sutures includes a filament winding assembly, and a guide assembly including at least one barbed insert dispenser opening defining a passageway . for orienting a barbed insert. The guide assembly is adapted to dispense at least one barbed insert from the dispenser opening into the filament winding assembly for winding a plurality of filaments around the at least One barbed insert for making a braided barbed suture. The passageway of the dispenser opening is adapted to allow longitudinal movement of the barbed insert relative to the passageway while simultaneously preventing twisting movement of the barbed insert relative to the passageway. As the barbed insert is being dispensed, the barbed insert dispenser opening is selectively rotatable for imparting rotation to the barbed insert as the filaments are wound about the barbed insert. The passageway may be an elongated slit having a greater width than height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lindh, SR., Jason T. Perkins, Krasimira Hristov, Jesse G. Nawrocki, Robert J. Tannhauser
  • Patent number: 8226684
    Abstract: A surgical suture includes a shaft having a leading end, a trailing end, and an outer surface extending between the leading and trailing ends. The surgical suture includes a plurality of flexible protrusions extending from the shaft, and a lumen extending between the leading and trailing ends of the shaft. The shaft includes a plurality of openings formed in the outer surface thereof that are in communication with the lumen. The shaft includes a first axial opening at the leading end thereof in communication with the lumen and a second axial opening at the trailing end thereof in communication with the lumen. A flowable material may be disposed in the lumen. After the surgical suture is implanted, the flowable material is adapted to pass from the lumen and through the plurality of openings in the outer surface of the shaft for contacting tissue surrounding the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, David C. Lindh, Sr., Robert A. Rousseau
  • Patent number: D690810
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, David C. Lindh, Sr.