Patents by Inventor Douglas James Ball

Douglas James Ball 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: 10350807
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for extruding an article of uniform cross-section, the article including a thermoplastic material and at least one cable for inhibiting stretch of the article. The cable is supplied to a respective tube and is conveyed between upstream and downstream ends. The thermoplastic material may be supplied to the downstream end of the tube. The thermoplastic material is brought together with the cable to embed the cable within the thermoplastic material, thereby forming a composite extrudate. The tube is configured to at least hinder movement of loose windings of the cable from the downstream end towards the upstream end, which may prevent or at least reduce incidence of “birdcaging”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: EHC CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Oliver Kenny, Douglas James Weatherall, Viqar Haider, Ronald Harold Ball, Alexander Stuart Caunce, Reginald Anthony Butwell
  • Patent number: 9801642
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter may include a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly may have a plurality of preconnected components including a tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto. A barcode reader may sense specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and may provide an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West, Chad Nicolas Grant
  • Publication number: 20160038163
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter may include a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly may have a plurality of preconnected components including a tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto. A barcode reader may sense specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and may provide an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West, Chad Nicolas Grant
  • Patent number: 9161765
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement of disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Publication number: 20130310845
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment for operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement of disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Frederick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 8491523
    Abstract: Methods of conducting thrombectomy procedures and deploying a thrombectomy catheter are disclosed. A thrombectomy procedure is conducted with a thrombectomy catheter deployment system. A drive unit configured to operate an infusion pump is provided. The drive unit is operable according to one or more operating modes. A preconnected and consolidated pump and catheter assembly configured for loading in the drive unit is also provided. The assembly is separate from the drive unit prior to loading. The infusion pump and a catheter of the assembly are in communication prior to loading. The assembly provides one or more digital instructions to the drive unit. The drive unit is operable according to the one or more operating modes referenced by the one or more digital instructions. The assembly is loaded into the drive unit, and the drive unit is engaged to the infusion pump for operation of the infusion pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 8162878
    Abstract: An exhaust-pressure-operated balloon catheter system which is a cross stream thrombectomy catheter, such as, but not limited to, an Angiojet® catheter with a flexible and expandable balloon, wherein the balloon is formed from and is continuous with the catheter tube which, in part, forms the cross stream thrombectomy catheter, wherein the balloon is deployable and expandable about the distal region of the cross stream thrombectomy catheter to act as an occluder device, and wherein the balloon is located proximal to the fluid jet emanator and inflow and outflow orifices upstream of ablative cross stream flows. The balloon is expandably deployed by the exhaust or back pressure created by the operation of the cross stream flows as generated by the fluid jets of the operating exhaust-pressure-operated balloon catheter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: MEDRAD, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Bonnette, Eric Joel Thor, Douglas James Ball, Debra M. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20110208205
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment system which greatly simplifies setup procedures and operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement or disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator. A bubble trap incorporated for effective debubbling of saline solution is closely coupled to an insert molded pump having an improved valve arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, Chad Nicholas Grant, Mark Alfred Hilse, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Sherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Patent number: 7935077
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter deployment system which greatly simplifies setup procedures and operation of a thrombectomy catheter includes a stand alone drive unit and a disposable pump/catheter assembly which is manually placed into a carriage assembly in the drive unit. The pump/catheter assembly has a plurality of preconnected components including tubular structure and a thrombectomy catheter connected thereto and is transported into or out of the interior of the drive unit for automatic high pressure pump piston head engagement or disengagement with a reciprocating linear actuator and for automatic engagement or disengagement of an effluent waste tube with a roller pump. A barcode reader senses specific operational data pertaining to an individual pump and provides an interface for operation of the reciprocating linear actuator. A bubble trap incorporated for effective debubbling of saline solution is closely coupled to an insert molded pump having an improved valve arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Joel Thor, Michael John Bonnette, Nicole Jaye Aasen, Martyn Stuart Abbott, Douglas James Ball, Walter Charles Croll, David Charles Cummings, Chad Nicholas Grant, Mark Alfred Hilse, James Fredrick Karpinski, Daniel Joseph Kneip, Jeffrey William Rogers, Ernest Ralph Scherger, III, John Lloyd Teschendorf, Stephen Earl Weisel, David Woodruff West
  • Publication number: 20090149807
    Abstract: An exhaust-pressure-operated balloon catheter system which is a cross stream thrombectomy catheter, such as, but not limited to, an Angiojet® catheter with a flexible and expandable balloon, wherein the balloon is formed from and is continuous with the catheter tube which, in part, forms the cross stream thrombectomy catheter, wherein the balloon is deployable and expandable about the distal region of the cross stream thrombectomy catheter to act as an occluder device, and wherein the balloon is located proximal to the fluid jet emanator and inflow and outflow orifices upstream of ablative cross stream flows. The balloon is expandably deployed by the exhaust or back pressure created by the operation of the cross stream flows as generated by the fluid jets of the operating exhaust-pressure-operated balloon catheter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Michael John Bonnette, Eric Joel Thor, Douglas James Ball