Patents by Inventor Joshua Mark Inouye

Joshua Mark Inouye 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: 11992220
    Abstract: An example occlusive implant is disclosed. The example occlusive implant includes an expandable framework configured to shift between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the expandable framework includes a plurality of strut members circumferentially spaced around a longitudinal axis of the expandable framework, wherein one or more of the plurality of strut members includes a first twisted portion and a face portion. The occlusive implant also includes a plurality of fixation members disposed along the face portion of one or more of the plurality of strut members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Brian Joseph Tischler
  • Publication number: 20240164784
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as, but not limited to an LAAC (left atrial appendage closure) device includes an expandable frame that is moveable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment, the expandable frame having a variable diameter in the expanded configuration. The expandable frame includes a central member, and a grouping of arcuate articulating members joined at one end to the first central member, each of the first grouping of arcuate articulating members extending outwardly from the first central member. A covering is disposed relative to the first grouping of arcuate articulating members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2023
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, Joshua Mark Inouye, Jerry Wang
  • Publication number: 20240164785
    Abstract: Implanting a left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device within a patient's left atrial appendage (LAA) may include advancing an assembly to a position proximate the patient's LAA. The assembly includes an LAAC device releasably secured to an LAAC delivery catheter, and one or more ultrasound transducers disposed relative to the LAAC delivery catheter. Once the LAAC device is deployed, the ultrasound transducers may be rotated relative to the LAAC device to look for leaks between the LAAC device and the LAA. In some cases, the LAAC device may be repositioned relative to the LAA when excessive leaks are found via ultrasound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2023
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Jerry Wang, James M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11986390
    Abstract: Solutions for reducing irritation and/or trauma which may result upon contact of an implanted implantable device with tissue surrounding or adjacent to the implantable device. Various embodiments include features which allow a tangential or otherwise atraumatic contact of the implantable device with the tissue, in contrast with a sharper contact which may occur with prior art implantable devices. The broad principles are applicable to annuloplasty devices, and have other broader applications as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Padraig J. Savage, Michael Lee, Matthew Rust, Joshua Mark Inouye, Levi Wolterstorff, Graham Krumpelmann
  • Publication number: 20240156463
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as but not limited to a left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device includes an expandable frame that is movable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment. The expandable frame may include a plurality of articulating members that are biased into the expanded configuration. The expandable frame may include a biasing member. The LAAC device includes a membrane or covering that spans across an end of the expandable frame. In some cases, the LAAC device may be adjustable to better fit a non-circular ostium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2023
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Jerry Wang, James M. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20240138844
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes an expandable frame that is expandable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment, the expandable frame including a periphery defined by the expandable frame. A covering spans at least part of the expandable frame. An expandable element is secured relative to the periphery, the expandable element is adapted to seal against an irregular body opening such as an irregular-shaped ostium of a patient's LAA (left atrial appendage).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, Jerry Wang, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Publication number: 20240115269
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as but not limited to a left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device includes an expandable frame that is movable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment. The expandable frame may include a plurality of articulating members that are biased into the expanded configuration. The expandable frame may include a biasing member. The LAAC device includes a membrane or covering that spans across an end of the expandable frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2023
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Wang, James M. Anderson, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Publication number: 20240108353
    Abstract: A medical device system may include an occlusive implant including a central hub and a plurality of elongate members configured to shift between extended and radially expanded configurations. The central hub includes a plurality of conduits extending from a proximal end to a radially outward facing surface. The plurality of elongate members is configured to extend through the conduits in the radially expanded configuration. An implant remodeling tool may include an elongate sheath having at least one lumen, a plunger guide, and a plurality of plunger shafts extending from the at least one lumen through the plunger guide. The plunger guide is configured to direct the plunger shafts radially outward as the plunger shafts are advanced distally. The plunger shafts are configured to engage a medical implant and urge at least a portion of the implant radially outward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Wang, James M. Anderson, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Patent number: 11944314
    Abstract: An implant for occluding a left atrial appendage may include an expandable framework configured to shift between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the expandable framework includes an attachment point configured to secure the expandable framework to a delivery device, and an occlusive element disposed on a proximal portion of the expandable framework, wherein the occlusive element covers the attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, James M. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20240081830
    Abstract: A medical implant for occluding a left atrial appendage may include an expandable framework configured to shift between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expandable framework may include a plurality of interconnected struts and a plurality of anchor members extending radially outward from the plurality of interconnected struts in the expanded configuration. Each anchor member of the plurality of anchor members may include a base portion fixedly attached to the plurality of interconnected struts and an anchor tip portion. The anchor tip portion may include a central penetrating element and at least one tissue support element extending outward from the central penetrating element. The at least one tissue support element may be configured to be non-penetrating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Neal Eidenschink, Joshua Mark Inouye, Harishankar Natesan
  • Publication number: 20240074763
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as but not limited to a left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device includes an expandable frame that is movable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment. The expandable frame may include a plurality of frame members that are biased into the expanded configuration. The expandable frame may include a biasing member. The LAAC device includes a membrane or covering that spans across an end of the expandable frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Wang, Joshua Mark Inouye, James M. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20240058012
    Abstract: A medical implant for occluding a left atrial appendage may include an expandable framework configured to shift radially between a first configuration and a second configuration, and an occlusive element secured to the expandable framework. The framework includes a plurality of strut groups, each strut group comprising first and second joints, and first, second, and third struts. The first and second struts move laterally from a first position in the first configuration to a second position in the second configuration. The third strut is configured to shift radially from a first position in the first configuration to a second position in the second configuration. The first and second struts and a majority of the third struts of each strut group may be oriented parallel to each other in the first configuration and nonparallel to each other in the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Brian Joseph Tischler, Neal Eidenschink
  • Publication number: 20240050079
    Abstract: A delivery system for deploying a medical implant includes a delivery catheter with a lumen, an elongate shaft axially slidably within the lumen, a housing attached to the elongate shaft, and an actuation element disposed within the housing and configured to axially advance and retract the elongate shaft. The actuation element is in direct contact with the elongate shaft and rotation of the actuation element causes axial movement of the elongate shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: JOSHUA MARK INOUYE, JAMES M. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20240041462
    Abstract: An example occlusive implant is disclosed. The example occlusive implant includes an expandable framework configured to shift between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the expandable framework includes a plurality of strut members circumferentially spaced around a longitudinal axis of the expandable framework, wherein one or more of the plurality of strut members includes a first twisted portion and a face portion. The occlusive implant also includes a plurality of fixation members disposed along the face portion of one or more of the plurality of strut members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2023
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Brian Joseph Tischler
  • Patent number: 11890018
    Abstract: An example medical device for occluding the left atrial appendage is disclosed. The example medical device for occluding the left atrial appendage includes an expandable member having a first end region, a second end region and an inflation cavity. The example medical device includes at least one fixation member having a first end and a second end coupled to the expandable member. The at least one fixation member is configured to move from a delivery configuration to a deployed configuration in response to an expansion of the expandable member. Additionally, the example medical device includes a valve member extending at least partially into the inflation cavity and the expandable member is configured to expand and seal the opening of the left atrial appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, Uchenna Junior Agu, David John Onushko, Lloyd Radman, Jose A. Meregotte, John M. Edgell, David Raab, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Publication number: 20240023969
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as but not limited to a left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device includes an expandable frame that is movable between a collapsed configuration for delivery and an expanded configuration for deployment, the expandable frame including a proximal portion, a distal portion and an intervening intermediate portion. The expandable frame includes a plurality of anchors extending about a periphery of the expandable frame. A primary covering extends over the proximal portion of the expandable frame and may interact with the plurality of anchors. A secondary covering extends over part of the expandable frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Tischler, Thyna Michael Chau, Joshua Mark Inouye, Harishankar Natesan, Jan-Hung Chen
  • Publication number: 20240016496
    Abstract: A medical implant for occluding a left atrial appendage may include an expandable framework configured to shift between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and an occlusive element secured to the expandable framework. The expandable framework includes a proximal hub and a plurality of interconnected struts extending from the proximal hub, the plurality of interconnected struts defining a main body in the expanded configuration. The expandable framework includes a plurality of elongate anchoring appendages extending from the main body, the plurality of elongate anchoring appendages each including a plurality of anchoring barbs extending therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Levi Joel Wolterstorff, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Publication number: 20240000457
    Abstract: A medical implant for occluding a left atrial appendage includes an expandable framework configured to shift between a first configuration and a second configuration, and an occlusive element secured to the expandable framework. The expandable framework includes a plurality of interconnected struts extending from a proximal hub. The plurality of interconnected struts includes a first plurality of struts and a second plurality of struts. In the second configuration, the first plurality of struts each extend radially along a first strut path from the proximal hub to one of a first plurality of strut intersections, and the second plurality of struts each extend radially along a second strut path from the proximal hub to one of a second plurality of strut intersections. In the second configuration, the first plurality of struts forms a depression in the expandable framework and the second plurality of struts extends into the depression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Levi Joel Wolterstorff
  • Publication number: 20230397912
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a medical implant for occluding a left atrial appendage may include cutting an expandable scaffold in a first configuration, wherein the expandable scaffold includes a plurality of struts having ends joined together at intersection points and a plurality of anchor members extending from the plurality of struts such that each anchor member extends from a medial portion of a strut of the plurality of struts, forming the expandable scaffold into a second configuration, wherein forming the expandable scaffold into the second configuration includes bending each anchor member along its bending axis, the bending axis being oriented parallel to a longitudinal axis of its respective strut of the plurality of struts, and heat setting the expandable scaffold in the second configuration. The method may include securing an occlusive element to the expandable scaffold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2023
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Josh Tillman, Joshua Mark Inouye
  • Publication number: 20230389908
    Abstract: A latch locking and release system having a control knob operably coupled with a latch system, and a tubular latch release mechanism. The cross-section of the tubular latch release mechanism is shiftable between a locking configuration and a release configuration. In the locking configuration, the control knob maintains latches in the latch system in an engaged configuration, and is blocked from moving to allow the latches to be disengaged. In the release configuration, the control knob may be moved to allow the latches to be disengaged. The latch release mechanism and control knob may have further features preventing inadvertent actuation of the latch locking and release system to allow the latch system to be disengaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Mark Inouye, Graham Krumpelmann, James M. Anderson