Patents by Inventor John Mims

John Mims 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: 20210330320
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system includes an endoscope, a suturing device, a needle assembly movable through tissue by the suturing device, and first and second devices used in association with the suturing device. The cap assembly includes a rotatable needle arm supporting the needle assembly and actuatable by a proximal handle via a transmission assembly. First and second separate lumen extends outside the endoscope from the cap assembly to a proximal handle to advance instruments therethrough to engage the needle assembly and target the tissue. The cap assembly is retained at an end of the endoscope by a securing arm. The securing arm may be resilient or rotatable. Ancillary clips are also provided about the first and second lumen and transmission assembly to couple them to the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, John Mims
  • Patent number: 11141147
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. The strap may be a continuous band. In one embodiment, a distal cap apparatus includes a mount having a strap and a buckle for adjusting a size of a loop formed at least partially by the strap about the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims, Ryan Gilkey, Landon Gilkey
  • Patent number: 11090041
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. A tool is provided to facilitate properly seating of the strap within the mount of the cap assembly. The tool includes a window and a swing arm rotatable within the window to cause a portion of the arm to contact a free end of the strap to force the strap into a fully seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims
  • Patent number: 11051800
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system includes an endoscope, a suturing device, a needle assembly movable through tissue by the suturing device, and first and second devices used in association with the suturing device. The cap assembly includes a rotatable needle arm supporting the needle assembly and actuatable by a proximal handle via a transmission assembly. First and second separate lumen extends outside the endoscope from the cap assembly to a proximal handle to advance instruments therethrough to engage the needle assembly and target the tissue. The cap assembly is retained at an end of the endoscope by a securing arm. The securing arm may be resilient or rotatable. Ancillary clips are also provided about the first and second lumen and transmission assembly to couple them to the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, John Mims
  • Publication number: 20200261074
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10639028
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190209160
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. A tool is provided to facilitate properly seating of the strap within the mount of the cap assembly. The tool includes a window and a swing arm rotatable within the window to cause a portion of the arm to contact a free end of the strap to force the strap into a fully seated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims
  • Publication number: 20180042603
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. The strap may be a continuous band. In one embodiment, a distal cap apparatus includes a mount having a strap and a buckle for adjusting a size of a loop formed at least partially by the strap about the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims, Ryan Gilkey, Landon Gilkey
  • Publication number: 20180042602
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system includes an endoscope, a suturing device, a needle assembly movable through tissue by the suturing device, and first and second devices used in association with the suturing device. The cap assembly includes a rotatable needle arm supporting the needle assembly and actuatable by a proximal handle via a transmission assembly. First and second separate lumen extends outside the endoscope from the cap assembly to a proximal handle to advance instruments therethrough to engage the needle assembly and target the tissue. The cap assembly is retained at an end of the endoscope by a securing arm. The securing arm may be resilient or rotatable. Ancillary clips are also provided about the first and second lumen and transmission assembly to couple them to the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, John Mims
  • Publication number: 20170119371
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20060202413
    Abstract: A rotary gatherer has drums for delivering printed sheet materials and a conveyor having a conveyor chain and a first pin and a second pin connected to the chain and defining a pocket for receiving the printed sheet materials from the drums. The first pin may include a first section movable horizontally and vertically along a predetermined path with respect to the conveyor chain when subjected to a vertical force. A conveyor, a pin and a related method also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Publication date: September 14, 2006
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Mims
  • Publication number: 20050188345
    Abstract: An example of a solution provided here comprises assessing readiness for transformation, based on a number of desirable application attributes; planning development work (which may involve mapping desirable application attributes to kinds of help); generating a proposal for transformation, and outputting the proposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: August 25, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kyusun Chang, Jagadish Dasari, Hari Madduri, Alfredo Mendoza, John Mims
  • Publication number: 20050081058
    Abstract: A router containing a firewall capable of supporting a plurality of different security levels. The router of the present invention creates a plurality of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) using a network switch. The VLAN Rules Table (VRT) allows a network administrator to designate a trust level for each VLAN. The trust level may be different for every VLAN and the administrator may designate different rules for each VLAN. The Security Program (SP) analyzes each packet passing through the firewall and determines if the packet is permitted under the rules for the VLAN trust level. An alterative embodiment in which the switch in the router is divided into a plurality of sub-switches is also disclosed. In the alternative embodiment, the firewall need only compare the packet to rules which were not applied in the lower trust levels, eliminating the redundant rules from the comparison process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: April 14, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kyusun Chang, John Mims, Allen Wilson