Patents by Inventor Gaoyuan Chen

Gaoyuan Chen 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: 20210332499
    Abstract: A spinneret for extruding fibers includes a plate having a proximal surface and a distal surface. The spinneret includes a plurality of holes formed in the plate that extend between the proximal surface and the distal surface of the plate. The holes are spaced from one another, and each hole has a distal end that extends along a central axis. The spinneret has a plurality of contoured entrance zones formed in the proximal surface of the plate, whereby each contoured entrance zone is associated with one of the holes. Each contoured entrance zone extends distally from the proximal surface of the plate to a proximal end of the hole associated therewith. Each contoured entrance zone has substantially no planar or flat surfaces normal to the direction of the central axis of the distal end of the hole associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Jianxin Guo, Gaoyuan Chen, Jianguo Zhou, John Collier, Joseph Richard Vliet, JR., Glenn R. Cook
  • Patent number: 9592362
    Abstract: A method for making an absorbable microtube comprising the steps of a) extruding an absorbable polymer melt through a die to produce a molten extrudate; b) passing the molten extrudate vertically through an air gap ranging from about 0.1 to 0.5 inch as measured-from-the tip of the die to the surface of a liquid quenching medium to produce a quenched extrudate; and c) drawing the quenched extrudate to produce a drawn tube having an outer diameter of about 4 to about 12 mil; and an absorbable microtube that is made according to this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaoyuan Chen, James Matrunich
  • Publication number: 20080221618
    Abstract: A co-extruded tissue grasping monofilament and a method for making the same. The monofilament includes a core made of a first material and extending along a length of said monofilament, and a plurality of tissue grasping elements extending outwardly from the core at least along a predetermined portion of the length of the monofilament. The plurality of tissue grasping elements are made of a second, different material having a greater stiffness than the first material. The method for making the monofilament is by co-extrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Gaoyuan Chen, J. Jenny Yuan, James A. Matrunich
  • Patent number: 7378045
    Abstract: A PGA/PLA copolymer suture fiber having a fiber tenacity of between approximately 7.2 to 8.0 grams per denier and a fiber elongation between approximately 22% and 35% is produced by a process that utilizes extruder apparatus having at least one heated zone that is maintained at a temperature of from about 20° C. below the copolymer melting point to about 5° C. above the copolymer melting point, a metering pump and a heated block that are maintained at a temperature of no more than about 40° C. above the copolymer melting point, a spinneret that is maintained at a temperature of from about 40° C. to about 60° C. above the copolymer melting point, and an elongated heated sleeve extending between six and twenty inches from the spinneret that is maintained at a temperature of at least about 60° C. above the copolymer melting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaoyuan Chen, Dominick Egidio
  • Publication number: 20070035061
    Abstract: A method for making an absorbable microtube comprising the steps of a) extruding an absorbable polymer melt through a die to produce a molten extrudate; b) passing the molten extrudate vertically through an air gap ranging from about 0.1 to 0.5 inch as measured-from-the tip of the die to the surface of a liquid quenching medium to produce a quenched extrudate; and c) drawing the quenched extrudate to produce a drawn tube having an outer diameter of about 4 to about 12 mil; and an absorbable microtube that is made according to this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventors: Gaoyuan Chen, James Matrunich
  • Patent number: 6743505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process of forming bioabsorbable, multifilament yarn from Lactide-rich copolymers, including the steps of extruding and spinning a Lactide-rich copolymer to form a spun multifilament yarn, pre-tensioning the spun multifilament yarn to form a pre-tensioned yarn, heating the pre-tensioned yarn to form a pre-tensioned, preheated yarn, annealing and drawing the pre-tensioned, preheated yarn for a first time, annealing and drawing the yarn for a second time, cooling the twice-drawn yarn to a lower temperature, and taking-up the cooled multifilament yarn, to yarns prepared by the process and to medical devices prepared from such yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Antal, Gaoyuan Chen, Dominick Egidio, Anthony Tiano, Edward Walker
  • Publication number: 20030236554
    Abstract: A PGA/PLA copolymer suture fiber having a fiber tenacity of between approximately 7.2 to 8.0 grams per denier and a fiber elongation between approximately 22% and 35% is produced by a process that utilizes extruder apparatus having at least one heated zone that is maintained at a temperature of from about 20° C. below the copolymer melting point to about 5° C. above the copolymer melting point, a metering pump and a heated block that are maintained at a temperature of no more than about 40° C. above the copolymer melting point, a spinneret that is maintained at a temperature of from about 40° C. to about 60° C. above the copolymer melting point, and an elongated heated sleeve extending between six and twenty inches from the spinneret that is maintained at a temperature of at least about 60° C. above the copolymer melting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaoyuan Chen, Dominick Egidio
  • Publication number: 20030219596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process of forming bioabsorbable, multifilament yarn from Lactide-rich copolymers, including the steps of extruding and spinning a Lactide-rich copolymer to form a spun multifilament yarn, pre-tensioning the spun multifilament yarn to form a pre-tensioned yarn, heating the pre-tensioned yarn to form a pre-tensioned, preheated yarn, annealing and drawing the pre-tensioned, preheated yarn for a first time, annealing and drawing the yarn for a second time, cooling the twice-drawn yarn to a lower temperature, and taking-up the cooled multifilament yarn, to yarns prepared by the process and to medical devices prepared from such yarns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventors: Attila Antal, Gaoyuan Chen, Dominick Egidio, Anthony Tiano, Edward Walker