Patents by Inventor F. Joseph Obermiller

F. Joseph Obermiller 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: 10470749
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member connected to an elongate plug member. The capping member is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and the elongate plug member is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. A graft product of this sort may be particularly adapted to allow a portion of the capping member to be positioned alongside an exterior, lateral surface of the plug member, e.g., when placed in a delivery device lumen. Such a capping member may be hingedly or non-hingedly coupled to the elongate plug member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Steve Chen
  • Patent number: 10441256
    Abstract: Among other things, there are disclosed apparatuses and methods for medically sealing an opening in a vessel or wall. For example, in medical applications, a delivery tube is provided for insertion through a sheath into a vessel (e.g. a blood vessel). A dome-shaped seal fixed to a filament, an absorbent and/or compressible buffer, and a locking member are provided in the delivery tube. The delivery tube is configured so that it can be inserted into the vessel through a sheath. Tension is maintained on the filament to hold the seal against the tube or sheath. The sheath is pulled out, which pulls out the tube at the same time, leaving the seal over the opening in the vessel wall. The locking member compresses the buffer against the outside of the vessel and with the filament holds the seal in place against the inside of a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Ram H. Paul, Jr., Cleon Stanley, Brian L. Bates, F. Joseph Obermiller, Thomas A. Osborne, Sean D. Chambers
  • Patent number: 10420636
    Abstract: Described are stent graft devices and methods for their preparation and use. Expandable stent graft devices of the invention include inner and/or outer coverings uniquely applied and associated with surfaces of the stent. In certain described embodiments, bioremodelable materials such as ECM materials are vacuum pressed onto and/or around elements of a stent in the manufacture of a stent graft device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Patent number: 10342523
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member connected to an elongate plug member. The capping member is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and the elongate plug member is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. A graft product of this sort may be particularly adapted to allow a portion of the capping member to be positioned alongside an exterior, lateral surface of the plug member, e.g., when placed in a delivery device lumen. Such a capping member may be hingedly or non-hingedly coupled to the elongate plug member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Steve Chen
  • Publication number: 20190167122
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the flow of blood within an endoluminal passage is provided comprising a medical device and a sensor. The medical device is implantable within the endoluminal passage and includes a shaft and an expandable segment coupled to the shaft. The expandable segment is movable between a first state and a second state. Movement of the expandable segment is responsive to a change in the fluid pressure external to the expandable segment. The sensor is positioned on the medical device and is adapted to collect information associated with the state of the expandable segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicants: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Muffin Incorporated d/b/a Cook Advanced Technologies
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, William J. Havel
  • Publication number: 20190133599
    Abstract: A vascular pulsation device may be provided including a pulsation portion and a reservoir portion. The pulsation portion may be insertable into a bodily passageway and may include an expandable segment, a first end, and a second end. The reservoir portion may be in fluid connection with the pulsation portion by a supply passage and a return passage. An opening of the supply passage may be positioned proximate to the second end of the pulsation portion. An opening of the return passage may be positioned proximate to the first end of the pulsation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Richard D. Hadley, Kenneth A. Haselby, Jarin A. Kratzberg, Keith R. Milner
  • Patent number: 10226256
    Abstract: This invention relates in one aspect to the treatment of a vascular vessel with a biomaterial. The biomaterial can be a remodelable material that strengthens and/or supports the vessel walls. Additionally the biomaterial can include a variety of naturally occurring or added bioactive agents and/or viable cellular populations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian C. Case, Jacob A. Flagle, Michael C. Hiles, Umesh H. Patel, F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Publication number: 20190046211
    Abstract: A filamentous graft has an elongate filament body including one or more intact segments of a decellularized collagenous tissue membrane. The graft can have a length of at least about 20 cm. The graft can be cut from a laminate of two or more decellularized collagenous tissue membranes. The graft can have a generally rectangular cross-section and can have substantially uniform dimensions and tensile strength along at least a substantial portion of its length. Methods for preparing and using filamentous grafts are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: COOK BIOTECH INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christine Bronikowski, F Joseph Obermiller, Wade Colburn
  • Patent number: 9956315
    Abstract: Described are medical products, systems, and methods for treating fistulae having a primary opening, such as in the alimentary canal. Certain methods of the invention include providing an implantable material including a compliant sheet form biocompatible material, and forcing this sheet form biocompatible material into the primary opening so as to deform the sheet form biocompatible material to conform to and block the primary opening. The biocompatible material preferably comprises a remodelable material, for example, a remodelable extracellular matrix material such as submucosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Umesh H. Patel, F. Joseph Obermiller, Matthew R. Graham
  • Patent number: 9931439
    Abstract: Described are medical graft materials and devices which can be usefully modified with liquid additives such as cell suspensions, bioactive agents, or combinations of these. The medical graft materials and devices can have a first outer surface and a second outer surface and can define an internal chamber between the first outer surface and the second outer surface. The medical graft materials and devices can also have at least one region of the graft material interrupting the chamber and surrounded by the chamber. Also described are methods for making and using these medical graft materials and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: Cook Biotech Incorporated, Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Neal E. Fearnot, Michael C. Hiles, Jeremy Metz, F. Joseph Obermiller, Andrew J. Kaucher, Steven Charlebois
  • Publication number: 20180071526
    Abstract: Disclosed are electrostimulative grafts that include at least one galvanic couple with an anode spaced from a cathode. The anode and cathode can be made from biodegradable metals. The graft can include a porous graft matrix material receptive to tissue ingrowth that occurs between the anode and cathode. The electrostimulation provided by the galvanic couple after implantation of the graft can impact the development of tissue within and/or around the porous graft matrix material. Also disclosed are methods for making electrostimulative grafts and for galvanically electrostimulating tissue growth in a porous graft matrix material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: TYLER NOVAK, F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Patent number: 9788821
    Abstract: Described are expanded collagenous materials and methods for their preparation and use. Certain expanded collagenous materials can be prepared by treating a first collagenous material with an alkaline substance under conditions effective to expand the first collagenous material, and recovering the expanded material. Expanded materials can exhibit beneficial persistence and tissue generation characteristics when implanted, and can be used in the formation of highly porous medical implant bodies which can be compressed to fractions of their original volume and will thereafter substantially recover their original volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Chad E. Johnson, David M. J. Ernst, Michael Hiles, F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Publication number: 20170245847
    Abstract: Described are devices, methods, and systems useful in the treatment of fistulae, and in certain embodiments those having openings extending into the alimentary canal, such as anorectal fistulae. Illustratively, an anorectal fistula can be treated by placing a volumetric construct within the primary opening of the fistula. In certain embodiments, the volumetric construct can include a rolled remodelable material processed to form a substantially unitary body. Advantageous such remodelable materials can include collagenous extracellular matrix materials, such as small intestine submucosa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Michael C. Hiles, Matthew R. Graham, Clay D. Fette
  • Patent number: 9687215
    Abstract: Described are devices, methods, and systems useful in the treatment of fistulae, and in certain embodiments those having openings extending into the alimentary canal, such as anorectal fistulae. Illustratively, an anorectal fistula can be treated by placing a volumetric construct within the primary opening of the fistula. In certain embodiments, the volumetric construct can include a rolled remodelable material processed to form a substantially unitary body. Advantageous such remodelable materials can include collagenous extracellular matrix materials, such as small intestine submucosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Michael C. Hiles, Matthew R. Graham
  • Publication number: 20170086808
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods for treating fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening, e.g., one occurring in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member, which is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and an elongate plug member extending from the capping member, which is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. In certain embodiments, a graft body component has the capacity to expand or otherwise change form to provide a suitable capping arrangement. Such a component can include a resilient wire frame, e.g., one that is self-expandable or one that requires at least some manipulation in order to expand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Umesh H. Patel, F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Patent number: 9572556
    Abstract: Described are devices, methods, and systems useful in the treatment of fistulae, and in certain embodiments those having openings extending into the alimentary canal, such as anorectal fistulae. Illustratively, an anorectal fistula can be treated by placing a volumetric construct within the primary opening of the fistula. In certain embodiments, the volumetric construct can include a rolled remodelable material processed to form a substantially unitary body. Advantageous such remodelable materials can include collagenous extracellular matrix materials, such as small intestine submucosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Michael C. Hiles, Matthew R. Graham
  • Publication number: 20170007223
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member connected to an elongate plug member. The capping member is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and the elongate plug member is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. A graft product of this sort may be particularly adapted to allow a portion of the capping member to be positioned alongside an exterior, lateral surface of the plug member, e.g., when placed in a delivery device lumen. Such a capping member may be hingedly or non-hingedly coupled to the elongate plug member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Steve Chen
  • Patent number: 9538996
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods for treating fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening, e.g., one occurring in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member, which is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and an elongate plug member extending from the capping member, which is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. In certain embodiments, a graft body component has the capacity to expand or otherwise change form to provide a suitable capping arrangement. Such a component can include a resilient wire frame, e.g., one that is self-expandable or one that requires at least some manipulation in order to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Umesh H. Patel, F. Joseph Obermiller
  • Patent number: 9504458
    Abstract: Described, in certain respects, are unique methods and systems for treating fistulae and other passageways and openings in the body. In some embodiments, treatment will be performed on fistulae that include a passage extending through a subcutaneous wall or wall-like structure. Illustratively, such a passage can extend through a subcutaneous tissue wall that includes, at a minimum, portions of an intestinal wall, and in this regard, such a wall can have a first side that is provided by the luminal side of the intestines and a second subcutaneous side that is provided, for example, by the abluminal side of the intestines and/or by other subcutaneous tissues adhered to this abluminal side. Some inventive products and methods involve sealing off the passage from both sides of the wall, for example, where a sealing element is placed on each side of the wall over an opening to the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Kevin D. Parish, Mark Duncan, Derick C. Miller, P. Arun Mohan
  • Patent number: 9492149
    Abstract: Described are medical products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain inventive products are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One product includes a graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member connected to an elongate plug member. The capping member is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, with the elongate plug member extending into at least a portion of the fistula. A product of this sort may be particularly adapted to allow a portion of the capping member to be positioned alongside an exterior, lateral surface of the plug member, e.g., when placed in a delivery device lumen. Such a capping member may be hingedly or non-hingedly coupled to the elongate plug member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Steve Chen