Patents by Inventor Gary A. Thill

Gary A. Thill 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: 20210322157
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Publication number: 20210275183
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer
  • Patent number: 11045202
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer
  • Patent number: 11026784
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 10646337
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 10624619
    Abstract: Described herein are a collapsible medical device and associated methods of occluding an abnormal opening in a body organ, wherein the medical device is shaped from plural layers of a heat-treatable metal fabric. Each of the fabric layers is formed from a plurality of metal strands and the assembly is heat-treated within a mold in order to substantially set a desired shape of the device. By incorporating plural layers in the thus-formed medical device, the ability of the device to rapidly occlude an abnormal opening in a body organ is significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Xiaoping Gu, John C. Oslund, Gary A. Thill
  • Publication number: 20190175185
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer
  • Patent number: 10231737
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial filbrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer
  • Publication number: 20180360604
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 10080655
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 10022221
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gainor, Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, Christopher M. Banick
  • Publication number: 20180132835
    Abstract: A collapsible medical device and associated methods of occluding an abnormal opening in, for example, a body organ, wherein the medical device is shaped from plural layers of a heat-treatable metal fabric. Each of the fabric layers is formed from a plurality of metal strands and the assembly is heat-treated within a mold in order to substantially set a desired shape of the device. By incorporating plural layers in the thus-formed medical device, the ability of the device to rapidly occlude an abnormal opening in a body organ is significantly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Xiaoping Gu, John C. Oslund, Gary A. Thill
  • Publication number: 20180028312
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 9877710
    Abstract: A collapsible medical device and associated methods of occluding an abnormal opening in, for example, a body organ, wherein the medical device is shaped from plural layers of a heat-treatable metal fabric. Each of the fabric layers is formed from a plurality of metal strands and the assembly is heat-treated within a mold in order to substantially set a desired shape of the device. By incorporating plural layers in the thus-formed medical device, the ability of the device to rapidly occlude an abnormal opening in a body organ is significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Xiaoping Gu, John C. Oslund, Gary A. Thill
  • Patent number: 9827095
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 9814575
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Patent number: 9743932
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer
  • Publication number: 20170020664
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Publication number: 20170020665
    Abstract: A stentless support structure capable of being at least partly assembled in situ. The support structure comprises a braided tube that is very flexible and, when elongated, becomes very long and very small in diameter, thereby being capable of placement within a small diameter catheter. The support structure is preferably constructed of one or more thin strands of a super-elastic or shape memory material such as Nitinol. When released from the catheter, the support structure folds itself into a longitudinally compact configuration. The support structure thus gains significant strength as the number of folds increase. This radial strength obviates the need for a support stent. The support structure may include attachment points for a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: HLT, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Thill, Robert Foster Wilson, John P. Gainor, Christopher M. Banick
  • Publication number: 20170007262
    Abstract: Implantable occlusion devices that include one or more flanges extending from a tubular body are disclosed. The flange or flanges may assist in retention of the device within a vessel, cavity, appendage, etc. At least one flange on the occlusion device may include a concave surface proximate one end of a body. Because of the shape of the flange, e.g., its concavity, the occlusion device may resist dislocation due to e.g., the forces generated within the left atrial appendage during atrial filbrillation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Kurt Amplatz, Gary A. Thill, Pat Russo, Xiaoping Gu, Jana Santer