Patents by Inventor Donald F. Palme, II

Donald F. Palme, II 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: 8801598
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, James Edward Shapland, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Publication number: 20120136201
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, J. Edward Shapland, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 8109868
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, James Edward Shapland, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Publication number: 20110166413
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton A. ALFERNESS, Donald G. ROHRBAUGH, James Edward SHAPLAND, Michael J. GIRARD, Donald F. PALME, II, James E. COX
  • Publication number: 20100274075
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: ACORN CARDIOVASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. GIRARD, J. Edward SHAPLAND, Donald F. PALME, II
  • Patent number: 7806925
    Abstract: A stent includes a main body of a generally tubular shape for insertion into a lumen of a vessel of a living being. The tubular main body includes a substantially biodegradable matrix having collagen IV and laminin that enclose voids within the matrix. The tubular main body also includes a biodegradable strengthening material in contact with the matrix to strengthen the matrix. The tubular main body is essentially saturated with drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Buscemi, Elizabeth A. Stejskal, Donald F. Palme, II, Lixiao Wang
  • Publication number: 20100185050
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: ACORN CARDIOVASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Clifton A. ALFERNESS, Donald G. ROHRBAUGH, J. Edward SHAPLAND, Michael J. GIRARD, Donald F. PALME, II, James E. COX
  • Patent number: 7499757
    Abstract: A myocardial lead attachment system for securing a distal end of a lead within a myocardium of a patient's heart. The system includes a lead body, an anchor mechanism formed of a bioabsorbable or biodegradable polymer for engaging a surface of the patient's heart and a surface feature formed on a portion of the lead body for promoting formation of scar tissue around said portion of the lead body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Sean Coe, Ronald W. Heil, Jr., Peter T. Kelley, Jason Alan Shiroff, Randy W. Westlund, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 7499759
    Abstract: The present invention is a myocardial lead attachment system for securing a lead within the myocardium. The attachment system includes an anchor configured to engage the heart, a tether coupled to the anchor and a lead body. The lead body has a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen for accepting the tether and a lock housing in the lumen. A lock structure is on the tether and mates with the lock housing and restrains motion of the lead with respect to the tether in either of a proximal or a distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Sean Coe, Ronald W. Heil, Jr., Peter T. Kelley, Jason Alan Shiroff, Randy W. Westlund, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 7418298
    Abstract: The present invention is a myocardial lead attachment system and method for securing a distal end of a lead within the myocardium of a patient's heart. The system includes an anchor, a tether coupled at a distal end to the anchor and a lead body. The lead body has a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therethrough for receiving the tether. A fixation mechanism is at the distal end of the lead body, and is adapted to collapse to a first configuration during implantation and deploy to a second configuration after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Alan Shiroff, Ronald W. Heil, Jr., Peter T. Kelley, M. Sean Coe, Randy W. Westlund, Donald F. Palme, II, David B. Yingling
  • Patent number: 7326174
    Abstract: A device for treating cardiac disease of a heart having an upper portion and a lower portion divided by an A-V groove, the device including a jacket adapted to be secured to the heart, and a non-adherent material in association with the jacket. The jacket is fabricated from a flexible material defining a volume between an upper and a lower end, the jacket being adapted to be adjusted on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and permit substantially unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole. As a result of the flexible material, the jacket allows unimpeded diastolic filling of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cox, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, Hani N. Sabbah, J. Edward Shapland, II, Robert G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6951534
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, J. Edward Shapland, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 6902524
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton A. Alferness, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, J. Edward Shapland, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 6902522
    Abstract: A device for treating cardiac disease of a heart having an upper portion and a lower portion divided by an A–V groove, the device including a jacket adapted to be secured to the heart, and a delivery source for the delivery of one or more therapeutic agents to the surface of the heart. The jacket is fabricated from a flexible material defining a volume between an upper and a lower end, the jacket being adapted to be adjusted on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and permit substantially unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole. As a result of the flexible material, the jacket allows unimpeded diastolic filling of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Walsh, J. Edward Shapland, II, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 6869443
    Abstract: A stent includes a main body of a generally tubular shape for insertion into a lumen of a vessel of a living being. The tubular main body includes a substantially biodegradable matrix having collagen IV and laminin that enclose voids within the matrix. The tubular main body also includes a biodegradable strengthening material in contact with the matrix to strengthen the matrix. The tubular main body is essentially saturated with drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Buscemi, Elizabeth A. Stejskal, Donald F. Palme, II, Lixiao Wang
  • Patent number: 6730016
    Abstract: A device for treating cardiac disease of a heart having an upper portion and a lower portion divided by an A-V groove, the device including a jacket adapted to be secured to the heart, and a non-adherent material in association with the jacket. The jacket is fabricated from a flexible material defining a volume between an upper and a lower end, the jacket being adapted to be adjusted on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and permit substantially unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole. As a result of the flexible material, the jacket allows unimpeded diastolic filling of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cox, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, Hani N. Sabbah, J. Edward Shapland, II, Robert G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6682476
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton A. Alferness, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, J. Edward Shapland, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 6482146
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton A. Alferness, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, J. Edward Shapland, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 6387124
    Abstract: A stent includes a main body of a generally tubular shape for insertion into a lumen of a vessel of a living being. The tubular main body includes a substantially biodegradable matrix having collagen IV and laminin that enclose voids within the matrix. The tubular main body also includes a biodegradable strengthening material in contact with the matrix to strengthen the matrix. The tubular main body is essentially saturated with drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Buscemi, Elizabeth A. Stejskal, Donald F. Palme, II, Lixiao Wang
  • Patent number: 6270515
    Abstract: A device for closing off a septal defect including a polymeric self-hardening material in a specific conformation which is delivered by a catheter means to the area of defect either directly on the cardiac tissue or into a balloon which spans both surfaces of the defect, and hardened in-situ by change in pH or ionic concentration, organic solvents, by permeation of a secondary material capable of precipitation, or by exposure to heat, light or laser energy. In blood, the device may be hardened through photopolymerization or a cooperative effect of coagulation, precipitation or ionization. The device can be made of biodegradable material impregnated with growth factors, mitogenic factors or other determinants which can improve tissue growth such that tissue ingrowth can occur over a period of time. The catheter itself may be an ultrasonic imaging catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Scimed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Linden, Donald F. Palme, II, Paul J. Buscemi, Thomas J. Holman