Patents by Inventor Ethan Franklin

Ethan Franklin 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: 9023063
    Abstract: A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of a patient. The system includes a safety cap which lies substantially flush against the anchor base to provide no space for movement of the anchors. The safety cap prevents the anchors from deploying prematurely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Craig Olroyd, Christopher S. Mudd
  • Patent number: 9023062
    Abstract: A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of a patient. The delivery tool includes a handle having a generally longitudinal axis and a delivery head structured to engage the access port assembly, and an activation mechanism for enabling deployment of the attachment mechanism when the delivery head is so engaged with the access port assembly. The delivery tool is configured such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is spaced apart from the generally central axis of the access port when the delivery head is so engaged with the access port assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Janel A. Birk
  • Publication number: 20150093362
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating lipoaspirate for use in fat grafting procedures are provided and generally include a canister for containing lipoaspirate, a separation mechanism structured to separate both oils and other materials from cellular components of lipoaspirate contained in the canister. The separation mechanism includes filters having different filtering capacities, for example, different pore sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Allegran, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Dominguez, Justin Schwab, Tiago Bertolote, Jason Metzner, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20150078911
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20140350517
    Abstract: Described are devices and systems for protection of injectable substances such as adipose cells from excessive stress or pressure during injection procedures. Further described are stress control mechanisms for detecting and/or controlling stress or pressure within injection devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary P. Dominguez, Tiago Bertolote, Ethan Franklin, Justin J. Schwab, Mike Augarten, Jason Metzner
  • Patent number: 8876483
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Neptco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20140276384
    Abstract: Described are devices, systems, and methods for processing adipose tissue for reintroduction into a body. In some embodiments, adipose tissue is mixed with an additive prior to reintroduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Schwab, Mike Augarten, Darin Messina, Jason Metzner, Ethan Franklin
  • Patent number: 8801597
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a gastric banding system, including an implantable access port. The access port assembly may comprise a self-sealing septum, a housing, a mesh rivet and a mesh layer. The housing may include a septum retaining portion for holding the septum in place, and a base for defining an internal fluid reservoir and further defining a rivet receiving portion and a rivet engaging member, the housing further including a tubing connector configured to connect to a tubing for the movement of fluid into and out of the internal fluid reservoir. The mesh layer may be positioned beneath the housing and may define a plurality of spaces. The mesh rivet may engage the rivet engaging member to hold the mesh rivet in place while holding the mesh layer between a base of the mesh rivet and the housing of the access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Dustin Leslie, Kristopher Turner, Vernon Vincent
  • Publication number: 20140090781
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: NEPTCO, INC.
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20140066696
    Abstract: A method and system for determining pressure in a syringe, and more specifically to a syringe pressure accessory which can be connected to a syringe to determine pressure in a syringe and a gastric band. The syringe pressure accessory can detect a pressure of a syringe and/or a gastric band and digitally display the pressure. The syringe pressure accessory can include a durable unit and a disposable unit. The disposable unit can be disposed of after a single use, while the durable unit can be reused with multiple disposable units. The syringe pressure accessory can also include a syringe attachment unit and one or more display units for a caretaker or a patient. The display unit can be wirelessly connected to the syringe attachment unit to display a pressure chart or the results of various analysis of the pressure data. Markers can be added to the pressure chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Mike Augarten, Christian Y. Perron, Ethan Franklin, Robert E. Hoyt, Jr., Marcos Borrell, Babak Honaryar
  • Publication number: 20140066697
    Abstract: An implantable device used in a gastric band system includes an access port, a tube coupled to the access port, and a shielding device covering a portion of the tube. The shielding device is positioned adjacent to the access port and covers the end of the tube coupled to the access port. The shielding device is made from a puncture resistant material, to protect the tube from puncture by a misplaced syringe needle inserted by a physician.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Christopher R. Deuel
  • Publication number: 20140023514
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: NEPTCO, INC.
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20130331643
    Abstract: Generally described herein are automatic, self-adjusting, gastric banding systems and improvements thereof, that are capable of automatically relaxing and contracting in response to a large bolus passing through the area of a patient's stomach constricted by a gastric band. Alternatively, and/or in addition in one or more embodiments, the gastric banding systems described herein may also help prevent pouch dilatation and/or erosion. The apparatus and systems described herein aid in facilitating obesity control and/or treating obesity-related diseases while generally being non-invasive once implanted. Furthermore, certain embodiments of the self-adjusting gastric banding systems disclosed herein are automatically adjustable without complicated fluid control mechanisms, flow rate limiting devices, and/or valves. The automatic adjustments may also be made in response to other changes in the patient's esophageal-gastric junction, for example, in response to size, shape, and or location changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Mitchell H. Babkes, Marcos Borrell, Christopher Deuel, Zachary Dominguez, Ethan Franklin, Babak Honaryar, Erik Torjesen
  • Patent number: 8540491
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Neptco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20130102840
    Abstract: Injection ports are disclosed for use with a gastric band for the treatment of obesity. An injection port may include a septum having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side wall connecting the top surface to the bottom surface. The injection port may also include a housing including a first inner side wall being tapered inwards such that an opening defined at a first end is larger than an opening defined at a second end, the tapering of the first inner side wall being used to secure the septum within the housing. The housing may further include a second inner side wall having a first end and a second end, the first end of the second inner side wall joined to the second end of the first inner side wall, and a bottom surface joined to the second end of the second inner side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Justin Schwab, Zachary P. Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8409221
    Abstract: A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of a patient. The system includes a safety cap which lies substantially flush against the anchor base to provide no space for movement of the anchors. The safety cap prevents the anchors from deploying prematurely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Craig Olroyd, Christopher S. Mudd
  • Patent number: 8398654
    Abstract: A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of a patient. The delivery tool includes a handle having a generally longitudinal axis and a delivery head structured to engage the access port assembly, and an activation mechanism for enabling deployment of the attachment mechanism when the delivery head is so engaged with the access port assembly. The delivery tool is configured such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is spaced apart from the generally central axis of the access port when the delivery head is so engaged with the access port assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Janel A. Birk
  • Publication number: 20130053629
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a gastric banding system, including an implantable access port. The access port assembly may comprise a self-sealing septum, a housing, a mesh rivet and a mesh layer. The housing may include a septum retaining portion for holding the septum in place, and a base for defining an internal fluid reservoir and further defining a rivet receiving portion and a rivet engaging member, the housing further including a tubing connector configured to connect to a tubing for the movement of fluid into and out of the internal fluid reservoir. The mesh layer may be positioned beneath the housing and may define a plurality of spaces. The mesh rivet may engage the rivet engaging member to hold the mesh rivet in place while holding the mesh layer between a base of the mesh rivet and the housing of the access port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Dustin Leslie, Kristopher Turner, Vernon Vincent
  • Publication number: 20120308394
    Abstract: Structural preform layers of multiple rigid unidirectional strength elements or rods are constructed and arranged for use in fabricating load-bearing support structures and reinforcements of wind turbine blades. Individual preform layers include multiple elongate unidirectional strength elements or rods arranged in a single layer along a longitudinal axis of the preform layer. Each preform layer includes one or more fibrous carrier layers to which the multiple strength elements or rods are joined and arranged in the single layer. Each strength element or rod is longitudinally oriented and adjacent to other elements or rods. Individual strength elements or rods include a mass of substantially straight unidirectional structural fibers embedded within a matrix resin such that the elements or rods have a substantially uniform distribution of fibers and high degree of fiber collimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 8323180
    Abstract: A self-regulating gastric band apparatus for adjusting stoma size. The apparatus includes an adjustable gastric band with an expandable inner ring. A band adjustment assembly includes a sensor for sensing fluid pressure in the inner ring and a pump assembly connected to the inner ring and to a controller for adjusting the volume of the fluid in the band based on the sensed fluid pressure. A memory stores an operating range of a target fluid pressure, and the pump assembly maintains the sensed band pressure within the operating range. An elongated fluid reservoir extends along part of a fill tube. An expandable fluid reservoir stores a volume of the fluid for adjusting the volume of fluid in the lumen. A protective outer sheath is provided around the exterior of an expandable fluid reservoir in both a first, deflated state, and a second, inflated state of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Ethan Franklin