Patents by Inventor Gerard von Hoffmann

Gerard von Hoffmann 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: 20160038783
    Abstract: Disclosed is a garment configured to receive resistance elements for elevating physiological load under motion. The garment includes left and right docking platforms for receiving left and right resistance elements which provide resistance to movement throughout an angular range of motion. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath conventional clothing. Force transfer layers may be provided to transmit torque from the docking platforms to the garment while minimizing stretching or wrinkling of the garment. The garment may be a compression garment, including or constructed from fabric having at least about 30% stretch prior to tensile failure. Sensors may be provided for sensing any of a variety of biometric parameters and for determining exerted power or calories consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Belinko K. Matsuura, David G. Matsuura, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20150258360
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle specific exercise device. The device may provide passive or active resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The device may be low profile, and worn by a wearer, such as beneath conventional clothing. Exercise of selective joints or motion of the body may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20150190669
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle toning garment with resistance elements, which may be fluid filled dampers. The garment provides resistance to movement throughout an angular range of motion. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath conventional clothing. Toning may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques. Sensors may be provided for sensing any of a variety of biometric parameters and for determining exerted power or calories consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Belinko K. Matsuura, David G. Matsuura, Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20150164642
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for treating neurovascular venous outflow obstructions, with or without implantation of a prosthetic valve. The valve may be carried by a support, such as a stent, which may be self-expandable or balloon expandable. Both transvascular and direct surgical access is contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Fred Khosravi, Gwendolyn Watanabe, Gerard Von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8986177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle specific exercise device. The device may provide passive or active resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The device may be low profile, and worn by a wearer, such as beneath conventional clothing. Exercise of selective joints or motion of the body may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tau Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20150057538
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for monitoring total delivered dose of an analyte of interest, such as an iodine containing contrast media used during intravascular procedures. The device includes a flow rate measuring capability, and an analyte concentration measuring capability. Total cumulative delivered dose of the analyte can be determined, without regard to the number of sources of analyte and variations in concentration of the analyte delivered over the course of an intravascular procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew H. Cragg, Gerard Von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8939931
    Abstract: Disclosed is an access catheter, having a distal segment which is moveable from a reduced outside diameter for positioning at a target site, and an enlarged outside diameter to create an enlarged internal working lumen. In one application, the catheter is configured for use as an intracranial aspiration catheter. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Onset Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140336020
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle toning garment with force dampening resistance elements, which may be fluid filled rotary dampers. The garment provides resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath conventional clothing. Toning may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140200121
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle toning garment with detachable, interchangeable resistance elements. The garment provides resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath conventional clothing. Toning may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Tau Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140179497
    Abstract: Disclosed is a neutral bias, dynamic constant resistance exercise device. The device provides resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The device may be low profile, and worn by a wearer, such as beneath conventional clothing. Exercise of selective joints or motion of the body may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Tau Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140142629
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fracture fixation device, such as for reducing and compressing fractures in the proximal femur. The fixation device includes an elongate body with a helical cancellous bone anchor on a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device. The device is rotated into position across the fracture or separation between adjacent bones and into the adjacent bone or bone fragment, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to apply secondary compression and lock the device into place. The device may also be used for soft tissue attachments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Interventional Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Patent number: 8551094
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fracture fixation device, such as for reducing and compressing fractures in the proximal femur. The fixation device includes an elongate body with a helical cancellous bone anchor on a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device. The device is rotated into position across the fracture or separation between adjacent bones and into the adjacent bone or bone fragment, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to apply secondary compression and lock the device into place. The device may also be used for soft tissue attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Interventional Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20120296254
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for attaching or maintaining the position of a therapeutic or diagnostic device in a body lumen, such as the GI tract without necessarily requiring any penetrating attachments through any body walls. The system can include at least two elements: a proximal orientation element and a distal support element. The proximal orientation element can be configured to reside at least partially within the esophageal lumen and the distal support element can be configured to reside in the stomach, such as along the greater curve of the stomach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Swain, Cole Chen, Mitchell Dann, Greg Fluet, John Hancock, Josiab Verkaik, Gerard von Hoffmann, James Wright
  • Publication number: 20120283633
    Abstract: Disclosed is an access catheter, having a distal segment which is moveable from a reduced outside diameter for positioning at a target site, and an enlarged outside diameter to create an enlarged internal working lumen. In one application, the catheter is configured for use as an intracranial aspiration catheter. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Onset Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20120277795
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fracture fixation device, such as for reducing and compressing fractures in the proximal femur. The fixation device includes an elongate body with a helical cancellous bone anchor on a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device. The device is rotated into position across the fracture or separation between adjacent bones and into the adjacent bone or bone fragment, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to apply secondary compression and lock the device into place. The device may also be used for soft tissue attachments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: INTERVENTIONAL SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20120265186
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a steerable, curvable catheter with one, two, or more ablation elements that can be used for various applications including vertebroplasty. The catheter can include an elongate, tubular body, having a proximal end, a distal end, and a central lumen extending therethrough; a deflectable zone on the distal end of the tubular body, deflectable through an angular range; a handle on the proximal end of the tubular body; and a deflection control on the handle; an energy delivery control on the handle; and one or more energy delivery elements on the distal end of the device for ablating tissue within bone. The energy delivery elements could be RF heating electrodes in a monopole or dipole arrangement although other energy delivery modalities are also contemplated. For example, the energy delivery elements include cryoprobes. Systems and methods involving the ablation catheter are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Keith Burger, John Stalcup, Michael T. Lyster, Gerard von Hoffmann, Arvind Soni
  • Publication number: 20120232459
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for attachment of an endolumenal gastrointestinal device, such as an artificial stoma device, a gastrointestinal bypass sleeve or other therapeutic or diagnostic device, within a patient's digestive tract. In one application of the invention, an endolumenal bypass sleeve is removably attached in the vicinity of the gastroesophageal junction to treat obesity and/or its comorbidities, such as diabetes. The bypass sleeve may be at least partially deployed by eversion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Mitchell Dann, Joshua Butters, Greg Fluet, Lee Guterman, Jonathan Kagan, Paul Swain, Gerard von Hoffmann, James Wright
  • Patent number: 8231600
    Abstract: Disclosed is an access catheter, having a distal segment which is movable from a reduced outside diameter for positioning at a target site, and an enlarged outside diameter to create an enlarged internal working lumen. In one application, the catheter is configured for use as an intracranial aspiration catheter. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Onset Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20120130468
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for treating neurovascular venous outflow obstructions, with or without implantation of a prosthetic valve. The valve may be carried by a support, such as a stent, which may be self-expandable or balloon expandable. Both transvascular and direct surgical access is contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Fred Khosravi, Gwendolyn Watanabe, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8182441
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for attaching or maintaining the position of a therapeutic or diagnostic device in a body lumen, such as the GI tract without necessarily requiring any penetrating attachments through any body walls. The system can include at least two elements: a proximal orientation element and a distal support element. The proximal orientation element can be configured to reside at least partially within the esophageal lumen and the distal support element can be configured to reside in the stomach, such as along the greater curve of the stomach. An intragastric support system can have a first configuration in which the long axis of the proximal orientation element is substantially parallel and/or substantially coaxial with the long axis of the distal support element, and a second configuration in which the long axis of the proximal orientation element is not substantially coaxial with the long axis of the distal support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Swain, Cole Chen, Mitchell Dann, Greg Fluet, John Hancock, Josiah Verkaik, Gerard von Hoffmann, James Wright