Patents by Inventor J. Christopher Flaherty

J. Christopher Flaherty 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: 10729891
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, and methods for providing access to a patient. The patient access device comprises a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen therethrough. The patient access device further comprises a hollow shaft, an input port and a liquid supply port. At least a portion of the lumen passes through the shaft. The input port is coupled to the lumen, and the lumen and the input port are constructed and arranged to receive an elongate probe. The liquid supply port is in fluid communication with the lumen. The patient access is constructed and arranged to reduce gas from exiting the distal end while a portion of the elongate probe is positioned in the patient access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ACUTUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Randell L. Werneth, David Zarbatany, Mark MacGregor, Ricardo David Roman, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200229957
    Abstract: The present teachings provide a medical system for delivering and deploying a medical implant, and the method of using thereof. Specifically, one aspect of the present teachings provides a medical system having an implant with an engagement loop, and a delivery system having an engagement wire and an interface. During implant delivery, the engagement wire engages the engagement loop of the implant. The engagement wire further interacts with the interface in order to prevent unintended disengagement of the engagement loop from the engagement wire. Certain embodiment of the present teaching also includes an implant release control mechanism fixedly attaching to a proximal end of the engagement wire. During implant delivery, the implant release control mechanism attaches the proximal end of the delivery system. During implant deployment, the implant release control mechanism detaches the proximal end of the delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: WALLABY MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Earl BARDSLEY, Dean SCHAEFER, Jerome CHOE, Tan DINH, Luis CARDENAS, Mindy FENG, Cheng IAN, Paul DAO, Jonathan POLANSKY, J Christopher FLAHERTY, Paul EHLINGER
  • Publication number: 20200223070
    Abstract: A system includes an articulating probe, a surgical tool, and a controller. The controller is constructed and arranged to manipulate at least one of the articulating probe and the surgical tool. The system further includes a human interface device (HID) configured to generate a first control signal and a second control signal. The articulating probe is manipulated in response to the first control signal and the surgical tool is manipulated in response to the second control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: J. Christopher Flaherty, Brett Zubiate, Cornell Wright, III, Ian J. Darisse
  • Publication number: 20200214573
    Abstract: A system for producing surface temperature estimations of a tissue surface is provided. A first optical assembly receives infrared light emitted from multiple tissue surface areas. A fiber receives the infrared light from the first optical assembly, and a sensor that is optically coupled to the fiber proximal end produces a signal that correlates to an average temperature of each of the multiple tissue surface areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: John T. Garibotto, Steven R. Auger, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200205846
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a proximal end. A distal end has an articulation region, a movement of which is controlled from the proximal end. A shaft is between the proximal end and the distal end. A plurality of steering cables extend from the proximal end to the distal end. An end effector comprises a clevis, the clevis including at least one channel that receives a portion of a steering cable of the plurality of steering cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: David Baker, Michael S. Castro, Richard S. Walsh, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10695162
    Abstract: A system for applying a fiber matrix on a tubular member is provided. A mandrel, configured for atraumatic placement within the tubular member, is included. Methods for atraumatic placement of a mandrel into a tubular member are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Xeltis AG
    Inventors: Lorenzo Soletti, Mohammed S. El-Kurdi, Jon McGrath, J. Christopher Flaherty, Liem Vu, Jerry Brightbill, Stephen Evans, Joseph Ting, David Rezac, Timothy Robinson
  • Patent number: 10660787
    Abstract: A medical apparatus for the treatment of one or more sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea in a patient is provided. The apparatus has an elongate member with a middle portion, a first fixation element and a second fixation element. The middle portion applies a force to a segment of a patient's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Lumen Devices, LLC
    Inventors: J. Christopher Flaherty, John T. Garibotto, William J. Gorman, John N. Irwin, III, Michael Friedman
  • Publication number: 20200155217
    Abstract: A system for ablating surface tissue of a patient is provided. The system includes a console and an ablation catheter fluidly attached to the console. The console includes an ablative fluid supply, a neutralizing fluid supply, an injectate fluid supply, a pump assembly, and a vacuum supply. The ablation catheter includes an expandable functional assembly, a tissue expansion subsystem for expanding sub-surface tissue in the intestine of the patient, and a tissue ablation subsystem for ablating surface tissue in the intestine of the patient. Methods of ablating surface tissue are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara Morneau, Michael Biasella, Jay Caplan, Harith Rajagopalan, MIchael Riches, Andrew Hollett, Brendan Zarechian, Kyle Dalbec, Mark Manasas, Chris Kadamus, Jeff Lesica, David A. Rezac, Richard Wisdom, J. Christopher Flaherty, R. Maxwell Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200155183
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure includes an articulating probe including inner and outer sleeves, and a surgical tool including a functional element positioned at a distal end of a tool shaft, the tool shaft having an articulation region. The articulating probe and the surgical tool are independently controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200155196
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure at a target location of a patient, including: an articulating probe including at least a distal portion; a feeder configured to advance, retract, and steer the articulating probe; a first introducer attached to the feeder and configured to slidingly receive the articulating probe; and a second introducer for providing access to an internal location of the patient. The first introducer operably attaches to the second introducer, such that the articulating probe can be advanced through the second introducer to the target location. The system further includes at least one sealing element configured to maintain insufflation pressure at the target location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Ian Darisse, Pat Koczela, Liam O'Shea, Andras Pungor, Leland Witherspoon, David Zitnick, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200138505
    Abstract: A system for treatment target tissue comprises an ablation device and an energy delivery unit. The ablation device comprises an elongate tube with an expandable treatment element. The system delivers a thermal dose of energy to treat the target tissue. Methods of treating target tissue are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip S. Levin, Jay Caplan, Harith Rajagopalan, Mark A. Manasas, Andrew Coats, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200129205
    Abstract: Described is a tool positioning system comprising an introduction device, a first tool support and a second tool support. The introduction device is constructed and arranged to slidingly receive an articulating probe. The first tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a first tool. The first tool support is oriented toward a first operator location. The second tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a second tool. The second tool support is oriented toward a second operator location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, Chistopher P. DeGeorge, J. Christopher Flaherty, R. Maxwell Flaherty, Arnold Oyola, Joseph A. Stand, III, Samuel F. Straface
  • Patent number: 10610663
    Abstract: A method for performing a medical procedure in an intestine of a patient is provided. The method comprises providing a system comprising: a catheter for insertion into the intestine, the catheter comprising: an elongate shaft comprising a distal portion; and a functional assembly positioned on the shaft distal portion and comprising at least one treatment element. The catheter is introduced into the patient, and target tissue is treated with the at least one treatment element. The target tissue comprises mucosal tissue of the small intestine, and the medical procedure can be configured to treat at least one of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, Craig M. Gardner, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200086047
    Abstract: A stimulation system for treating a patient comprises: a stimulator comprising at least one stimulation element for delivering stimulation to the patient, the delivered stimulation based on a set of stimulation settings; a controller for adjusting a stimulation setting of the stimulator; and a diagnostic device for measuring a physiologic response to the test stimulation on the patient. The set of stimulation settings comprise a set of test stimulation settings and a set of therapeutic stimulation settings. The stimulation comprises test stimulation delivered to the patient for a test duration, and therapeutic stimulation delivered to the patient for an extended duration. The test stimulation is based on the set of test stimulation settings and the therapeutic stimulation is based on the set of therapeutic stimulation settings. The set of therapeutic stimulation settings is based on an assessment of the measured physiologic response. Methods of delivering stimulation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Andres Lozano, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10576283
    Abstract: A system for treating a patient comprises a stimulator for stimulating brain tissue, a controller for setting stimulation parameters and a diagnostic tool for measuring patient parameters and producing diagnostic data. The stimulation parameters comprise test stimulation parameters and treatment stimulation parameters. The stimulator delivers test stimulation energy to the brain tissue based on at least one test stimulation parameter and delivers treatment stimulation energy to the brain tissue based on at least one treatment stimulation parameter. One or more treatment stimulator parameters are determined based on the diagnostic data produced by the diagnostic tool The system is constructed and arranged to treat a neurological disease or a neurological disorder. Methods of treating a neurological disease or neurological disorder are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Functional Neuromodulation, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Christopher Flaherty, Daniel J. O'Connell, Todd Langevin, R. Maxwell Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200060942
    Abstract: A method for performing a medical procedure in an intestine of a patient is provided. The method comprises providing a system comprising: a catheter for insertion into the intestine, the catheter comprising: an elongate shaft comprising a distal portion; and a functional assembly positioned on the shaft distal portion and comprising at least one treatment element. The catheter is introduced into the patient, and target tissue is treated with the at least one treatment element. The target tissue comprises mucosal tissue of the small intestine, and the medical procedure can be configured to treat one or more diseases or disorders based on a measured physiologic parameter of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200060758
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for treating a patient include providing a tissue treatment element constructed and arranged to deliver energy to tissue and treating tissue of the gastrointestinal tract by causing the tissue treatment element to deliver energy to an energy delivery zone. Treatment results in a reduction in the luminal surface area of at least a portion of the gastrointestinal tract. In particular embodiments, the methods, systems and devices are used to treat diabetes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10568613
    Abstract: A device for performing a procedure may include an elongate tube having a proximal end and a distal end and an adapted link having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end may include a first mating surface, where the proximal end may be configured to attach to the distal end of the elongate tube. The device may also include a rotating link having a second mating surface configured to rotatably interface with the adapted link first mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Brett Zubiate, Howard Choset, Amir Degani, Anthony Kolb, Kevin P. GilMartin, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20200001047
    Abstract: A system for treating a patient comprises a delivery device and injectate. The delivery device comprises an elongate shaft with a distal portion and at least one delivery element positioned on the elongate shaft distal portion. The delivery device is constructed and arranged to deliver the injectate through the at least one delivery element and into tissue to create a therapeutic restriction in the gastrointestinal tract. Methods of creating a therapeutic restriction are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: Fractyl Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10492769
    Abstract: An oral retraction device comprises a tongue depressor blade, an articulation assembly constructed and arranged to articulate the tongue depressor blade with at least three degrees of freedom, and a support element constructed and arranged to provide a stabilizing force to the articulation assembly during articulation of the tongue depressor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Castro, Joseph Karcsmar, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty