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: 8308630
    Abstract: A self-regulating gastric band apparatus for adjusting stoma size. The apparatus includes an adjustable gastric band that has an inner ring expanding with injected fluid. A band adjustment assembly is provided for implanting with the gastric band that includes a sensor for sensing fluid pressure in the inner ring. The band adjustment assembly further includes a pump assembly connected to the expandable inner ring and to a controller that can operate the pump assembly to adjust the volume of the fluid in the band based on the sensed fluid pressure. The band adjustment assembly includes memory storing an operating range relative to a target fluid pressure, and the pump assembly is operated to maintain the sensed band pressure within the operating range. The target pressure being set to maintain pressure variations below a predefined variation limit generally corresponding with satiated fill volumes for a particular patient and implanted band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20120277524
    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: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Craig Olroyd, Christopher S. Mudd
  • Publication number: 20120095288
    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: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Mitchell H. Babkes, Marcos Borrell, Christopher R. Deuel, Zachary P. Dominguez, Ethan Franklin, Babak Honaryar, Erik Torjesen
  • Publication number: 20120088962
    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 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Sean Snow, Erik Torjesen, Justin J. Schwab, Zachary P. Dominguez
  • Publication number: 20110306826
    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: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: ALLERGAN INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Justin J. Schwab
  • Publication number: 20110270131
    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: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Mike Augarten, Christian Y. Perron, Ethan Franklin, Babak Honaryar, Robert E. Hoyt, JR., Marcos Borrell
  • Publication number: 20110270030
    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: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20110270023
    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: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Christopher R. Deuel
  • Publication number: 20110243750
    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: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: Neptco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel D. Gruhn, Ethan Franklin, Kameshwaran Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20110213199
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Janel A. Birk
  • Publication number: 20100324358
    Abstract: A self-regulating gastric band apparatus for adjusting stoma size. The apparatus includes an adjustable gastric band that has an inner ring expanding with injected fluid. A band adjustment assembly is provided for implanting with the gastric band that includes a sensor for sensing fluid pressure in the inner ring. The band adjustment assembly further includes a pump assembly connected to the expandable inner ring and to a controller that can operate the pump assembly to adjust the volume of the fluid in the band based on the sensed fluid pressure. The band adjustment assembly includes memory storing an operating range relative to a target fluid pressure, and the pump assembly is operated to maintain the sensed band pressure within the operating range. The target pressure being set to maintain pressure variations below a predefined variation limit generally corresponding with satiated fill volumes for a particular patient and implanted band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Ethan Franklin
  • Patent number: 7798954
    Abstract: A self-regulating gastric band apparatus for adjusting stoma size. The apparatus includes an adjustable gastric band that has an inner ring expanding with injected fluid. A band adjustment assembly is provided for implanting with the gastric band that includes a sensor for sensing fluid pressure in the inner ring. The band adjustment assembly further includes a pump assembly connected to the expandable inner ring and to a controller that can operate the pump assembly to adjust the volume of the fluid in the band based on the sensed fluid pressure. The band adjustment assembly includes memory storing an operating range relative to a target fluid pressure, and the pump assembly is operated to maintain the sensed band pressure within the operating range. The target pressure being set to maintain pressure variations below a predefined variation limit generally corresponding with satiated fill volumes for a particular patient and implanted band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20100217198
    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: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Craig Olroyd, Christopher S. Mudd
  • Publication number: 20090264901
    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: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Janel A. Birk
  • Publication number: 20070265645
    Abstract: A self-regulating gastric band apparatus for adjusting stoma size. The apparatus includes an adjustable gastric band that has an inner ring expanding with injected fluid. A band adjustment assembly is provided for implanting with the gastric band that includes a sensor for sensing fluid pressure in the inner ring. The band adjustment assembly further includes a pump assembly connected to the expandable inner ring and to a controller that can operate the pump assembly to adjust the volume of the fluid in the band based on the sensed fluid pressure. The band adjustment assembly includes memory storing an operating range relative to a target fluid pressure, and the pump assembly is operated to maintain the sensed band pressure within the operating range. The target pressure being set to maintain pressure variations below a predefined variation limit generally corresponding with satiated fill volumes for a particular patient and implanted band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Janel Birk, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20070134627
    Abstract: The invention provides a water blocking tape for use in a variety of cable designs, such as power cable, data communications cable and telecommunications cable. A water blocking tape according to the invention includes layers of lightweight nonwoven fabric with one or more swellable water blocking compounds, such as water absorbent polymers, disposed between the layers. The nonwoven fabric layers are bonded in a pattern using an ultrasonic bonding technique. The bonding pattern helps to contain and to restrain movement of the water blocking compounds between the layers. The bonding pattern compartmentalizes the water blocking compounds to prevent pooling of the compounds and to facilitate a substantially consistent distribution of the compounds between the layers such that when a tape contacts water, the tape achieves a substantially consistent swell height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventors: Craig Bahlmann, Ethan Franklin
  • Publication number: 20050197022
    Abstract: The invention provides a water blocking tape for use in a variety of cable designs, such as power cable, data communications cable and telecommunications cable. A water blocking tape according to the invention includes layers of lightweight nonwoven fabric with one or more swellable water blocking compounds, such as water absorbent polymers, disposed between the layers. The nonwoven fabric layers are bonded in a pattern using an ultrasonic bonding technique. The bonding pattern helps to contain and to restrain movement of the water blocking compounds between the layers. The bonding pattern compartmentalizes the water blocking compounds to prevent pooling of the compounds and to facilitate a substantially consistent distribution of the compounds between the layers such that when a tape contacts water, the tape achieves a substantially consistent swell height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventors: Craig Bahlmann, Ethan Franklin
  • Patent number: 6624359
    Abstract: The invention provides a composite wrapping and shielding tape for use in cable manufacture. Embodiments of the composite tape include a single tape configuration to separate and shield individual pairs of insulated conductors housed within a cable such as a high-speed data communications cable. The single tape configurations of the invention are multifolded and assembled from foil/film laminates to form a plurality of longitudinal channels or grooves to accommodate one or more pairs of insulated conductors and a variety of cable designs. During cable manufacture, one or more pairs of insulated conductors is wrapped within a continuous shield provided by each longitudinal channel or groove, thereby separating and shielding each pair of insulated conductors and, hence, isolating or at least substantially reducing crosstalk between pairs of insulated conductors contained within the cable. The invention also provides methods for making a multifolded composite tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Neptco Incorporated
    Inventors: Craig Bahlmann, David Braun, Ethan Franklin, Tom Siekierka, Philip Shows
  • Publication number: 20030111241
    Abstract: The invention provides a composite wrapping and shielding tape for use in cable manufacture. Embodiments of the composite tape comprise a single tape configuration to separate and shield individual pairs of insulated conductors housed within a cable such as a high-speed data communications cable. The single tape configurations of the invention are multifolded and assembled from foil/film laminates to form a plurality of longitudinal channels or grooves to accommodate one or more pairs of insulated conductors and a variety of cable designs. During cable manufacture, one or more pairs of insulated conductors is wrapped within a continuous shield provided by each longitudinal channel or groove, thereby separating and shielding each pair of insulated conductors and, hence, isolating or at least substantially reducing crosstalk between pairs of insulated conductors contained within the cable. The invention also provides methods for making a multifolded composite tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Craig Bahlmann, David Braun, Ethan Franklin, Tom Siekierka, Philip Shows