Patents by Inventor John Morriss

John Morriss 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: 8545535
    Abstract: Various devices, systems and methods for knotless anchoring of sutures to repair bodily tissue are disclosed. These devices allow sutures to be anchored to bone or other tissues, and more specifically provide a suture anchor which eliminates the need for the operator to knot the suture to secure the suture under tension. Thus, damaged tissue may be re-attached to a substrate tissue. The anchors have a minimum of moving parts and find particular utility in hip and shoulder arthroscopy, e.g. labral re-attachment, rotator cuff repair, and similar procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Foundry Newco XI, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hirotsuka, Michael Hendricksen, Darin C. Gittings, John Morriss
  • Publication number: 20130231735
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for treating native heart valves are disclosed herein. A system for delivering a prosthetic device into a heart of a patient includes an elongated catheter body and a delivery capsule. The delivery capsule can be hydraulically driven to deploy at least a portion of a prosthetic heart valve device. The delivery capsule can release the prosthetic heart valve device at a desired treatment site in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: FOUNDRY NEWCO XII, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Deem, Hanson Gifford, III, John Morriss, Matt McLean, Michael Luna
  • Patent number: 8485199
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided which shield at least one turbinate from trauma or damage during sinus surgery that could be caused by direct contact with diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The devices and methods provided are particularly useful for protecting nasal turbinates during FESS and FTIS procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: John Morriss
  • Patent number: 8425488
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second ear, function by mounting a support structure to the head of the patient; aligning the support structure with a target tissue in an ear canal of the first ear; stabilizing the support structure relative to the target tissue by injecting a material into the canal and hardening the material; and actuating a device while the device is supported by the support system so that the device therapeutically remodels the target tissue of the first ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Clifford, Greg Liu, John Morriss, Joshua Makower, William Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Publication number: 20120310145
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second ear function by mounting a support system to the head of the patient so that the support system is aligned with a target tissue of the first ear; applying a therapeutic agent to the first car by energizing an iontophoresis electrode supported by the support system; and actuating a device while the device is supported by the support system so that the device therapeutically remodels the target tissue of the first ear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: ACCLARENT, INC.
    Inventors: Anton Clifford, Greg Liu, John Morriss, Joshua Makower, William Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Publication number: 20120220923
    Abstract: A method of anesthetizing a tympanic membrane of an ear of a patient using iontophoresis is disclosed. The method involves delivering an anesthetizing drug solution to an ear canal of the patient's ear, wherein the drug solution includes an anesthetic and a buffer, and wherein the drug solution has a pH in the range of about 6.5 to about 7.5; and applying an amount of current to the drug solution, wherein the amount of applied current is increased at a rate of less than about 0.5 milliamp per second until a maximum current is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: ACCLARENT, INC.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Greg Liu, Kate Hames
  • Publication number: 20120165930
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: The Foundy, LLC
    Inventors: Hanson S. GIFFORD, III, James I. FANN, John MORRISS, Mark DEEM, Jeffry J. GRAINGER
  • Patent number: 8192420
    Abstract: A method of anesthetizing a tympanic membrane of an ear of a patient using iontophoresis is disclosed. The method involves delivering an anesthetizing drug solution to an ear canal of the patient's ear, wherein the drug solution includes an anesthetic and a buffer, and wherein the drug solution has a pH in the range of about 6.5 to about 7.5; and applying an amount of current to the drug solution, wherein the amount of applied current is increased at a rate of less than about 0.5 milliamp per second until a maximum current is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Greg Liu, Kate Hames
  • Publication number: 20120136207
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: ACCLARENT, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang
  • Publication number: 20120116254
    Abstract: Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal end portion of the measuring device appropriately adjacent to or into the target ostium and determining the diameter(s) of the target ostium by comparing the length, diameter and/or the circumference of the portion of the distal end portion of the measuring device adjacent to or within the target ostium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ACCLARENT, INC.
    Inventor: John Morriss
  • Patent number: 8118757
    Abstract: Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal end portion of the measuring device appropriately adjacent to or into the target ostium and determining the diameter(s) of the target ostium by comparing the length, diameter and/or the circumference of the portion of the distal end portion of the measuring device adjacent to or within the target ostium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: John Morriss
  • Publication number: 20100292732
    Abstract: Various devices, systems and methods for knotless anchoring of sutures to repair bodily tissue are disclosed. These devices allow sutures to be anchored to bone or other tissues, and more specifically provide a suture anchor which eliminates the need for the operator to knot the suture to secure the suture under tension. Thus, damaged tissue may be re-attached to a substrate tissue. The anchors have a minimum of moving parts and find particular utility in hip and shoulder arthroscopy, e.g. labral re-attachment, rotator cuff repair, and similar procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Foundry Newco XI, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hirotsuka, Michael Hendricksen, Darin C. Gittings, John Morriss
  • Publication number: 20090240237
    Abstract: Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal end portion of an illuminating device internally into a patient, emitting light from the distal end portion of the illuminating device, observing transillumination resulting from the light emitted from the distal end portion of the illuminating device that occurs on an external surface of the patient, and correlating the location of the observed transillumination on the external surface of the patient with an internal location of the patient that underlies the location of observed transillumination, to confirm positioning of the distal end portion of the illuminating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Acclarent Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau
  • Publication number: 20090240112
    Abstract: Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal end portion of an illuminating device internally into a patient, emitting light from the distal end portion of the illuminating device, observing transillumination resulting from the light emitted from the distal end portion of the illuminating device that occurs on an external surface of the patient, and correlating the location of the observed transillumination on the external surface of the patient with an internal location of the patient that underlies the location of observed transillumination, to confirm positioning of the distal end portion of the illuminating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau
  • Publication number: 20090187098
    Abstract: Various diagnostic procedures and devices are used to perform imaging studies, mucus flow studies, air/gas flow studies, anatomic dimension studies, endoscopic studies and transillumination studies. Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal end portion of an illuminating device internally into a patient, emitting light from the distal end portion of the illuminating device, observing transillumination resulting from the light emitted from the distal end portion of the illuminating device that occurs on an external surface of the patient, and correlating the location of the observed transillumination on the external surface of the patient with an internal location of the patient that underlies the location of observed transillumination, to confirm positioning of the distal end portion of the illuminating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, William M. Facteau
  • Patent number: 7559925
    Abstract: Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal end portion of an illuminating device internally into a patient, emitting light from the distal end portion of the illuminating device, observing transillumination resulting from the light emitted from the distal end portion of the illuminating device that occurs on an external surface of the patient, and correlating the location of the observed transillumination on the external surface of the patient with an internal location of the patient that underlies the location of observed transillumination, to confirm positioning of the distal end portion of the illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Acclarent Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau
  • Publication number: 20090163848
    Abstract: A method of anesthetizing a tympanic membrane of an ear of a patient using iontophoresis is disclosed. The method involves delivering an anesthetizing drug solution to an ear canal of the patient's ear, wherein the drug solution includes an anesthetic and a buffer, and wherein the drug solution has a pH in the range of about 6.5 to about 7.5; and applying an amount of current to the drug solution, wherein the amount of applied current is increased at a rate of less than about 0.5 milliamp per second until a maximum current is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Greg Liu, Kate Hames
  • Publication number: 20090030409
    Abstract: Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal end portion of an illuminating device internally into a patient, emitting light from the distal end portion of the illuminating device, observing transillumination resulting from the light emitted from the distal end portion of the illuminating device that occurs on an external surface of the patient, and correlating the location of the observed transillumination on the external surface of the patient with an internal location of the patient that underlies the location of observed transillumination, to confirm positioning of the distal end portion of the illuminating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau
  • Publication number: 20080281300
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided which shield at least one turbinate from trauma or damage during sinus surgery that could be caused by direct contact with diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The devices and methods provided are particularly useful for protecting nasal turbinates during FESS and FTIS procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: John Morriss
  • Publication number: 20080269643
    Abstract: Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal end portion of the measuring device appropriately adjacent to or into the target ostium and determining the diameter(s) of the target ostium by comparing the length, diameter and/or the circumference of the portion of the distal end portion of the measuring device adjacent to or within the target ostium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: John Morriss