Patents by Inventor Donald C. Baumgarten

Donald C. Baumgarten 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: 6548013
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing complex shape memory alloy materials is described. The method comprises generating a particulate form of a shape memory alloy, combining the particulate with a binder, molding, heating (which may include the steps of debinding and sintering), and thermo-mechanical processing. The method allows for the formation of complex shape memory alloy materials that exhibit the desirable properties of shape memory alloys, namely shape memory and superelasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kadavy, Donald C. Baumgarten
  • Publication number: 20020098105
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing complex shape memory alloy materials is described. The method comprises generating a particulate form of a shape memory alloy, combining the particulate with a binder, molding, heating (which may include the steps of debinding and sintering), and thermo-mechanical processing. The method allows for the formation of complex shape memory alloy materials that exhibit the desirable properties of shape memory alloys, namely shape memory and superelasticity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kadavy, Donald C. Baumgarten
  • Patent number: 5690635
    Abstract: A prosthesis template for aiding in the determination of a desired position of a prosthesis relative to a bone, the prosthesis having an exterior surface that simulates the exterior surface of the bone and an interior surface comprised of one or more contact surfaces to which the prepared bone must conform to provide an adequate fit of the prosthesis. The template comprises a template member having an interior surface which corresponds to an exterior surface of the prosthesis, whereby the template can be positioned adjacent to the bone and thereby provide means for evaluating a desired position of the prosthesis exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt
  • Patent number: 5571110
    Abstract: An orthopedic saw guide for confining the blade of a surgical saw to movement in a single plane while allowing translational and rotational movement of the blade within the plane. A pair of elongated guideplates are secured together at either end to form a partially enclosed space. The distance between the inner surfaces of the guide plates is adjustable, and is preferably adjusted to be slightly greater than the thickness of the specific blade to be used. Mounting means is provided for rigidly securing the saw guide relative to the bone, so that the plane defined by the space between the inner surfaces corresponds to the cut plane. The inner surfaces of the guide plates include guide liners that are comprised of a low-friction material. The liners may be permanently secured to the guide plates or removable and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt
  • Patent number: 5403319
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool relative to a patient's bone to facilitate the performance of a surgical bone alteration task. The system comprises a bone immobilization device for supporting the bone in a fixed position with respect to a reference structure, and a robot that includes a base fixed in position with respect to the reference structure. The bone imobilization device includes two semicircular frame pieces having a plurality of radial apertures through which bone gripping components adjustably extend in order to contact the bone. The bone gripping components include a shaft with a point inserted through a shaft bore of a serrated bone contact element. A support attaches to the frame to adjustably secure and position the frame relative to the reference structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt
  • Patent number: 5236432
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool relative to a patient's bone to facilitate the performance of a surgical bone alteration task. The system comprises a bone immobilization device for supporting the bone in a fixed position with respect to the reference structure, and a robot that includes a base fixed in position with respect to the reference structure. The robot also includes a mounting member, and a manipulator connected between the base and the mounting member and permitting relative movement therebetween. The tool to be positioned by the system is mounted to the mounting member. The mounting member is caused to move relative to the reference structure in response to movement commands, so that the tool can be moved to a desired task position to facilitate performance of the task. The system preferably also includes a template attachable to the mounting member, a feature of the template representing a portion of a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt
  • Patent number: 5154717
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool relative to a patient's bone to facilitate the performance of a surgical bone alteration task. The system comprises a bone immobilization device for supporting the bone in a fixed position with respect to a reference structure, and a robot that includes a base fixed in position with respect to the reference structure. The robot also includes a mounting member, and a manipulator connected between the base and the mounting member and permitting relative movement therebetween. The tool to be positioned by the system is mounted to the mounting member. The mounting member is caused to move relative to the reference structure in response to movement commands, so that the tool can be moved to a desired task position to facilitate performance of the task. The system preferably also includes a template attachable to the mounting member, a feature of the template representing a portion of a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt
  • Patent number: 4979949
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool relative to a patient's bone to facilitate the performance of a surgical bone alteration task. The system comprises a bone immobilization device for supporting the bone in a fixed position with respect to a reference structure, and a robot that includes a base fixed in position with respect to the reference structure. The robot also includes a mounting member, and a manipulator connected between the base and the mounting member and permitting relative movement therebetween. The tool to be positioned by the system is mounted to the mounting member. The mounting member is caused to move relative to the reference structure in response to movement commands, so that the tool can be moved to a desired task position to facilitate performance of the task. The system preferably also includes a template attachable to the mounting member, a feature of the template representing a portion of a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of The University of Washington
    Inventors: Frederick A. Matsen, III, Joseph L. Garbini, John A. Sidles, Donald C. Baumgarten, Brian S. Pratt