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).

  • Patent number: 8182459
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Dann, Joshua Butters, Greg Fluet, Lee Guterman, Jonathan Kagan, Paul Swain, Gerard von Hoffmann, James Wright
  • Publication number: 20110111932
    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: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20100323859
    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: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20100114017
    Abstract: Systems and methods for removing obstructions from, delivering implantable devices or substances in or near and/or restoring flow through body lumens, such as blood vessel lumens. A catheter having a proximal portion of a first diameter and a distal portion of a second diameter (smaller than the first diameter) is advanced into a body lumen. The distal portion of the catheter is caused to expand to a diameter that is larger than the second diameter but no larger than the first diameter. A working device is then advanced out of the distal end of the catheter and used to remove obstructive matter, deliver an implantable device or substance and/or restore flow. The distal portion can be reduced in diameter prior to removal from the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Reverse Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jay A. Lenker, Brian Michael Strauss, Gerard Von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7695512
    Abstract: Disclosed are implants and methods for remote remodeling of a mitral valve annulus. The implant comprises a body transformable from a flexible configuration for navigation to a treatment site, to a remodeling configuration for, in one application, applying pressure to the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve. On board electronics allow post deployment adjustment of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Randall T. Lashinski, Gerard von Hoffmann, Richard S. Kusleika, Michael R. Forman, David Mark Taylor
  • Patent number: 7556629
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fracture fixation device, for reducing and compressing fractures in a bone. The fixation device includes an elongate body comprising a first portion and a second portion that are detachably coupled to each other. The first portion defines a helical cancellous bone anchor and the second portion defines a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device and is rotationally locked to the first portion. The device is rotated into position across the femoral neck and into the femoral head, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to lock the device into place. The second portion is then detached from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Interventional Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20090069813
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fracture fixation device, for reducing and compressing fractures in a bone. The fixation device includes an elongate body comprising a first portion and a second portion that are detachably coupled to each other. The first portion defines a helical cancellous bone anchor and the second portion defines a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device and is rotationally locked to the first portion. The device is rotated into position across the femoral neck and into the femoral head, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to lock the device into place. The second portion is then detached from the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: INTERVENTIONAL SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20090012553
    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: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Swain, Mitchell Dann, Greg Fluet, John Hancock, Gerard von Hoffmann, James Wright
  • Publication number: 20080065045
    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: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7309334
    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: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20060195103
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fixation device of the type useful for connecting soft tissue or tendon to bone or for connecting two or more bones or bone fragments together. The device comprises an elongate body having a distal anchor thereon. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device, to accommodate different bone dimensions and permit appropriate tensioning of the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Marty Padget, Brad Culbert, Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor Cachia
  • Patent number: 6942668
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fixation device of the type useful for connecting soft tissue or tendon to bone or for connecting two or more bones or bone fragments together. The device comprises an elongate body having a distal anchor thereon. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device, to accommodate different bone dimensions and permit appropriate tensioning of the fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Triage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Marty Padget, Brad S. Culbert, Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia
  • Publication number: 20050151623
    Abstract: Disclosed is a personalized security system for use with a PDA or other portable electronic device. An interrogator signal is transmitted from the portable electronic device, triggering a responsive transmission of a password from an electronic key carried by the wearer. Certain selected functions or all functions of the electronic device are therefore only enabled if the electronic device is within a predetermined operating proximity of the electronic key. Also disclosed is a personal preference monitoring system, for allowing personal preferences to be automatically implemented in response to a user passing within a predetermined distance of an interrogation signal transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 6908465
    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: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Triage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Patent number: 6890333
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fracture fixation device, for reducing and compressing fractures in a bone. The fixation device includes an elongate body comprising a first portion and a second portion that are detachably coupled to each other. The first portion defines a helical cancellous bone anchor and the second portion defines a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device and is rotationally locked to the first portion. The device is rotated into position across the femoral neck and into the femoral head, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to lock the device into place. The second portion is then detached from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Triage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20050060030
    Abstract: Disclosed are implants and methods for remote remodeling of a mitral valve annulus. The implant comprises a body transformable from a flexible configuration for navigation to a treatment site, to a remodeling configuration for, in one application, applying pressure to the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve. On board electronics allow post deployment adjustment of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Inventors: Randall Lashinski, Gerard von Hoffmann, Richard Kusleika, Michael Forman, David Taylor
  • Publication number: 20040204753
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tubular endoluminal vascular prosthesis, useful in treating, for example, an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The prosthesis comprises a self expandable wire support structure surrounded by a flexible tubular membrane. A delivery catheter and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Mehrdad M. Shokoohi, Michael R. Henson, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20040199162
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fracture fixation device, for reducing and compressing fractures in a bone. The fixation device includes an elongate body comprising a first portion and a second portion that are detachably coupled to each other. The first portion defines a helical cancellous bone anchor and the second portion defines a distal end. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device and is rotationally locked to the first portion. The device is rotated into position across the femoral neck and into the femoral head, and the proximal anchor is distally advanced to lock the device into place. The second portion is then detached from the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia, Brad S. Culbert
  • Publication number: 20040138665
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone fixation device of the type useful for connecting soft tissue or tendon to bone or for connecting two or more bones or bone fragments together. The device comprises an elongate body having a distal anchor thereon. An axially moveable proximal anchor is carried by the proximal end of the fixation device, to accommodate different bone dimensions and permit appropriate tensioning of the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Marty Padget, Brad S. Culbert, Gerard von Hoffmann, Victor V. Cachia
  • Publication number: 20040111112
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for retaining embolic microcoils or other embolic materials within an aneurysm, such as a distal basilar artery aneurysm. The device includes a self expandable tubular support structure for positioning within the basilar artery. The support structure holds a barrier across the opening of the aneurysm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Gerard von Hoffmann