Patents by Inventor Edward H. Cully

Edward H. Cully 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).

  • Publication number: 20210138121
    Abstract: A length extensible implantable device includes a porous member and a longitudinal constraining member. The longitudinal constraining member can constrain at least a portion, up to the entire length of, the porous member in the longitudinal direction. The length of the longitudinally constrained portion can be expanded by applying force to the porous member. The porous member may be a porous tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20210106682
    Abstract: A catheter package and method of use which serve to straighten a curved catheter shaft. The straightening of the catheter shaft may be accomplished by passing the shaft through a pathway that bends the catheter in the opposite direction of the curvature imparted to the catheter shaft. The catheter shaft pathway may incorporate various shaped bumps, ridges, pins or rollers or other features which assist in straightening the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, James L. Goepfrich, William G. Hardie, Raymond P. Torrez
  • Patent number: 10959715
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes medical devices comprising a bio-corrodible stent member and a graft member. The bio-corrodible stent member can comprise a metal applied directly to the graft member via a vapor deposition process, such as a chemical or physical vapor deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Sherif A. Eskaros
  • Publication number: 20210077246
    Abstract: A diametrically adjustable endoprosthesis includes a controlled expansion element extending along at least a portion of a graft and is supported by a stent. The controlled expansion element diametrically constrains and limits expansion of the endoprosthesis. Upon deployment from a smaller, delivery configuration, the endoprosthesis can expand to the initial diameter set by the controlled expansion element. Thereafter, the endoprosthesis can be further diametrically expanded (e.g., using balloon dilation) by mechanically altering the controlled expansion element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Marisa L. Sylvester, Daniel W. Yates, Michael J. Vonesh
  • Publication number: 20210068996
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Mark Y. Hansen, William D. Montgomery, Wendy J. Terry
  • Patent number: 10933225
    Abstract: Novel catheter constructions comprising thin covering or wrapping materials such as polymer films. A catheter provided with a guidewire catheter lumen having a thin covering that is easily punctured by a guidewire at virtually any desired point along the catheter length. The thin covering may be integral with the catheter shaft, or may be a separate component that covers only the portion of the catheter shaft immediately adjacent the outer portion of the guidewire lumen, or may be a thin tubular construct that surrounds the entire catheter shaft. Moreover, polymer film can be used in combination with one or more elements to produce novel catheter constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Carey V. Campbell, Edward H. Cully, Sherif Eskaros, George N. Foutrakis, James William Mann, Peter J. Roeber, Benjamin M. Trapp, Michael J. Vonesh
  • Patent number: 10932930
    Abstract: A retrieval device includes an elongate element having a collapsible retriever at its distal end, wherein the collapsible retriever can be axially delivered over or through an introducer to the site of an object to be retrieved, e.g., a failed endoluminal device. When the retrieval device reaches the failed endoluminal device, the endoluminal device and the retrieval device are withdrawn together through the introducer. The introducer is configured to force the retrieval device down over the endoluminal device reducing the french size of the spent endoluminal device upon extraction. The collapsible retriever can be configured to side-mount a delivery element, or it can be integrated into a delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody L. Bliss, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan
  • Patent number: 10926064
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure comprise occlusion and drug delivery devices and methods. One aspect of the disclosure comprises a drug delivery device comprising an inner expansion member and an outer drug delivery component. Another aspect of the disclosure comprises bioabsorbable, lumen-occluding implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Douglas S. Paget, Rachel Radspinner, Edward E. Shaw, Michael J. Vonesh
  • Patent number: 10918510
    Abstract: A medical device includes a vessel member, a port that couples a compartment interior of the vessel member to a region exterior of the vessel member, and a tubular member that defines a lumen. A distal end of the tubular member is attached to an internal surface of the vessel member within the compartment so that a portion of the internal surface of the vessel member provides a seal at a distal end of the lumen. The tubular member passes through the port, and the proximal end of the tubular member is configured to remain exterior of the compartment. A delivery of a sufficient amount of a filling material into the lumen of the tubular member causes a length of the tubular member to pass through the port and into the vessel compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Michael J. Vonesh
  • Publication number: 20210038413
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Mark Y. Hansen, William D. Montgomery, Wendy J. Terry
  • Patent number: 10905576
    Abstract: Controlled deployable medical devices that are retained inside a body passage and in one particular application to vascular devices used in repairing arterial dilations, e.g., aneurysms. Such devices can be adjusted during deployment, thereby allowing at least one of a longitudinal or radial re-positioning, resulting in precise alignment of the device to an implant target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanislaw L. Zukowski, Edward H. Cully, Keith M. Flury, Michelle L. Gendron, Patrick S. Young
  • Publication number: 20210023334
    Abstract: An endoluminal device comprises a tubular member and a reinforcement member that is separable from, or together with, a wall of the tubular member, and removable in-situ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Brian C. Martonik
  • Publication number: 20210022846
    Abstract: An implantable containment apparatus for receiving and retaining a plurality of cells for insertion into a patient, such as into a tissue bed, is disclosed. The device includes a chamber having structural spacers therein to maintain an average distance between the first interior surface and the second interior surface of the chamber and to define at least one reservoir space for the placement of cells within the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Bernadette Parsons, Lauren Zambotti, Paul D. Drumheller
  • Patent number: 10881426
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a device comprising a balloon assembly including a balloon, a film template, and a rigid element. The film template may have a fixed upper distension limit and may include at least one aperture. The rigid element may lay substantially flush with an outer surface of the balloon at a first inflated state of the balloon. The first upper distension limit of the balloon may be greater than the fixed upper distension limit of the film template and the balloon may outwardly protrude through the at least one aperture at a second inflated state. The rigid element may be extended in a radial direction away from the outer surface of the balloon as the balloon outwardly protrudes through the at least one aperture relative to the outer surface of the film template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Bacino, Carey V. Campbell, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Douglas S. Paget, John M. Squeri, Benjamin M. Trapp, Michael J. Vonesh, Edward E. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10869925
    Abstract: A catheter package and method of use which serve to straighten a curved catheter shaft. The straightening of the catheter shaft may be accomplished by passing the shaft through a pathway that bends the catheter in the opposite direction of the curvature imparted to the catheter shaft. The catheter shaft pathway may incorporate various shaped bumps, ridges, pins or rollers or other features which assist in straightening the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, James L. Goepfrich, William G. Hardie, Raymond P. Torrez
  • Patent number: 10849731
    Abstract: An implantable containment apparatus for receiving and retaining a plurality of cells for insertion into a patient, such as into a tissue bed, is disclosed. The device includes a chamber having structural spacers therein to maintain an average distance between the first interior surface and the second interior surface of the chamber and to define at least one reservoir space for the placement of cells within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Bernadette Parsons, Lauren Zambotti, Paul D. Drumheller
  • Patent number: 10842918
    Abstract: A length extensible implantable device includes a porous member and a longitudinal constraining member. The longitudinal constraining member can constrain at least a portion, up to the entire length of, the porous member in the longitudinal direction. The length of the longitudinally constrained portion can be expanded by applying force to the porous member. The porous member may be a porous tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan
  • Patent number: 10835397
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Mark Y. Hansen, William D. Montgomery, Wendy J. Terry
  • Patent number: 10828185
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Armstrong, Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Mark Y. Hansen, William D. Montgomery, Wendy J. Terry
  • Patent number: 10806892
    Abstract: An endoluminal device comprises a tubular member and a reinforcement member that is separable from, or together with, a wall of the tubular member, and removable in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Brian C. Martonik