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).

  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080262468
    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: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Clifford, Greg Liu, John Morriss, Joshua Makower, William Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Publication number: 20080183128
    Abstract: A method for irrigating a paranasal sinus may involve advancing a distal portion of a sinus irrigation catheter through an ostium of a paranasal sinus into the sinus and passing fluid through multiple ports disposed at different locations along a length of the catheter distal portion into the sinus. A flexible irrigation catheter device for irrigating a paranasal sinus may include: an elongate catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen therebetween, and a tapered distal portion extending proximally from the distal end of the catheter body; a proximal hub coupled with the proximal end of the catheter body for connecting to a source of irrigation fluid; multiple side ports disposed along the catheter body closer to the distal end than the proximal end and in fluid communication with the lumen; and a distal end port at the distal end of the catheter body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: John Morriss, Mei Pader, Joshua Makower
  • Publication number: 20080103361
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Chang, Ketan Muni, John Morriss, Hung Ha, Isaac Kim, Julia Vrany
  • Publication number: 20080103521
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Chang, Ketan Muni, John Morriss, Hung Ha, Isaac Kim, Julia Vrany
  • Publication number: 20080097154
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Chang, Ketan Muni, John Morriss, Hung Ha, Isaac Kim, Julia Vrany
  • Publication number: 20080082045
    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: September 15, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau
  • Publication number: 20070293727
    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: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Chang
  • Publication number: 20070208301
    Abstract: Balloon catheter, guide catheter and method for dilating openings in paranasal sinuses. A non-removable guide member (e.g., guidewire) extends from the distal end of the balloon catheter. The non-removable guide member initially passes through the opening of the paranasal sinus and is followed by the catheter body on which the balloon is mounted. The balloon is then inflated causing dilation of the opening of the paranasal sinus. In some embodiments, the non-removable guide member may be shapeable so that the operator may place the non-removable guide member in a desired shape prior to insertion of the balloon catheter. In some embodiments, the length of the non-removable guide member may be adjustable such that the operator may adjust the length of the non-removable guide member prior to insertion of the balloon catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Evard, Ketan Muni, John Morriss, John Chang
  • Publication number: 20070167682
    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 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Morriss, John Chang
  • Publication number: 20070135789
    Abstract: Sinusitis and other disorders of the ear, nose and throat are diagnosed and/or treated using minimally invasive approaches with flexible or rigid instruments. Various methods and devices are used for remodeling or changing the shape, size or configuration of a sinus ostium or duct or other anatomical structure in the ear, nose or throat; implanting a device, cells or tissues; removing matter from the ear, nose or throat; delivering diagnostic or therapeutic substances or performing other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Introducing devices (e.g., guide catheters, tubes, guidewires, elongate probes, other elongate members) may be used to facilitate insertion of working devices (e.g. catheters e.g. balloon catheters, guidewires, tissue cutting or remodeling devices, devices for implanting elements like stents, electrosurgical devices, energy emitting devices, devices for delivering diagnostic or therapeutic agents, substance delivery implants, scopes etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Chang, Joshua Makower, Julia Vrany, John Morriss, Ketan Muni, Isaac Kim, Hung Ha, William Facteau, Amrish Walke
  • Publication number: 20060210605
    Abstract: Sinusitis and other disorders of the ear, nose and throat are diagnosed and/or treated using minimally invasive approaches with flexible or rigid instruments. Various methods and devices are used for remodeling or changing the shape, size or configuration of a sinus ostium or duct or other anatomical structure in the ear, nose or throat; implanting a device, cells or tissues; removing matter from the ear, nose or throat; delivering diagnostic or therapeutic substances or performing other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Introducing devices (e.g., guide catheters, tubes, guidewires, elongate probes, other elongate members) may be used to facilitate insertion of working devices (e.g. catheters e.g. balloon catheters, guidewires, tissue cutting or remodeling devices, devices for implanting elements like stents, electrosurgical devices, energy emitting devices, devices for delivering diagnostic or therapeutic agents, substance delivery implants, scopes etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Chang, Joshua Makower, Julia Vrany, John Morriss, Ketan Muni, Isaac Kim, Hung Ha, William Facteau, Amrish Walke
  • Publication number: 20060106361
    Abstract: Devices and methods for delivering drugs and other therapeutic or diagnostic substances to desired locations within the bodies of human or non-human animal subjects. An implantable delivery device comprising a reservoir is initianlly attached to a deliver catheter or delivery tool and is introduced into the body and positioned at a desired site. A therapeutic or diagnostic substance is then introduced into the reservoir and the delivery catheter or deliver tool is then removed, leaving the implantable delivery device implanted within the body. The substance is then delivered from the reservoir at a rate that causes the desire diagnostic or therapeutic effect. Also provided are substance eluting stents that elute substance from a selected surface of the stent (e.g., the outer surface) but not from another surface of the stent (e.g., the inner surface).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan Muni, Hung Ha, Joshua Makower, John Morriss, John Chang, William Facteau, Amrish Walke
  • Publication number: 20060063973
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Chang, Ketan Muni, John Morriss, Hung Ha, Isaac Kim, Julia Vrany
  • Publication number: 20060004286
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for performing image guided interventional and surgical procedures, including various procedures to treat sinusitis and other disorders of the paranasal sinuses, ears, nose or throat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Chang, Joshua Makower, Julia Vrany, John Morriss, Ketan Muni
  • Publication number: 20050119694
    Abstract: A tissue approximation device and method, particularly in the mid-face region, are provided. The device is an implantable, biodegradable construct that has attachment points emanating from a supportive backing. The device also has an extension member or leash which extends from the backing which is configured to receive a tissue or bone attachment device at one of a plurality of selectable locations along the elongated member, for example via engagement holes extending in a line away from the backing. Once tissue is engaged with the attachment points, the extension member is pulled until the tissue is approximated in the desired position. Then the appropriate extension member hole(s) are selected to attach the extension member to supportive tissue or bone (for example temporal fascia) for permanent tissue approximation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 2, 2005
    Inventors: Daniel Jacobs, Robert Elson, Melissa Davis, John Morriss, Mark Senatori, Greg Lamps