Patents by Inventor Kenneth E. Hughes

Kenneth E. Hughes 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: 8114129
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor assemblies connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor assemblies or structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon and/or ligament-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employ similar concepts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignees: Tendon Technology, Ltd., Ortheon Medical L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, IV, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward, Matthew J. Huddleston, Mark A. Goldin, William J. Christy, Perry DeFazio, Brian Scott Schumacher, Terence Lee Murphy, Nickola Symone Lewis, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Publication number: 20100129859
    Abstract: An automated machine for handling and embedding tissue samples contained on microtome sectionable supports. The machine includes an input member configured to hold a plurality of the microtome sectionable supports prior to a tissue embedding operation. An output member is configured to hold a plurality of the microtome sectionable supports after the tissue embedding operation. A cooling unit is configured to hold at least one of the microtome sectionable supports during the tissue embedding operation. A motorized carrier assembly is mounted for movement and configured to hold at least one of the microtome sectionable supports. The carrier assembly moves the support from the input member to the cooling unit and, finally, to the output member. A dispensing device dispenses an embedding material onto the microtome sectionable support and at least one tissue sample carried by the microtome sectionable support during the embedding operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: BIOPATH AUTOMATION, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Douglas P. Allen, Dominic P. DiNovo, Matthew J. Huddleston, Kenneth E. Hughes, George A. Keller, Keith A. Kuisick, Rebeccah P. Quam, Cecil R. Robinson, Jonathan E. Turner, Ernest D. VanHoose, Thomas J. Ward, Warren P. Williamson, IV
  • Patent number: 7722810
    Abstract: An automated machine for handling and embedding tissue samples contained on microtome sectionable supports. The machine includes an input member configured to hold a plurality of the microtome sectionable supports prior to a tissue embedding operation. An output member is configured to hold a plurality of the microtome sectionable supports after the tissue embedding operation. A cooling unit is configured to hold at least one of the microtome sectionable supports during the tissue embedding operation. A motorized carrier assembly is mounted for movement and configured to hold at least one of the microtome sectionable supports. The carrier assembly moves the support from the input member to the cooling unit and, finally, to the output member. A dispensing device dispenses an embedding material onto the microtome sectionable support and at least one tissue sample carried by the microtome sectionable support during the embedding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Biopath Automation, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas P. Allen, Dominic P. DiNovo, Matthew J. Huddleston, Kenneth E. Hughes, George A. Keller, Keith A. Kuisick, Rebeccah P. Quam, Cecil R. Robinson, Jonathan E. Turner, Ernest D. VanHoose, Thomas J. Ward, Warren P. Williamson, IV
  • Patent number: 7708759
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor structures connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon-to-bone repair apparatus and methods are also disclosed employing similar concepts. Tendon retrieval devices include helical members for rotating into a tendon end and subsequently moving the tendon to an appropriate operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Tendon Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, IV, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100049320
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor assemblies connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor assemblies or structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon and/or ligament-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employ similar concepts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicants: TENDON TECHNOLOGY, LTD., ORTHEON MEDICAL L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, IV, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward, Matthew J. Huddleston, Mark A. Goldin, William J. Christy, Perry DeFazio, Brian Scott Schumacher, Terence Lee Murphy, Nickola Symone Lewis, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Patent number: 7611521
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor assemblies connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor assemblies or structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon and/or ligament-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employ similar concepts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignees: Tendon Technology, Ltd., Ortheon Medical L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, IV, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward, Matthew J. Huddleston, Mark A. Goldin, William J. Christy, Perry DeFazio, Brian Scott Schumacher, Terence Lee Murphy, Nickola Symone Lewis, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Patent number: 6984241
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor structures connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. The invention further provides tendon-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employing similar concepts. Tendon retrieval devices of the invention include helical members for rotating into a tendon end and subsequently moving the tendon to an appropriate operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Tendon Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, IV, Craig B. Berky, Matthew J. Huddleston, Thomas J. Ward, Mark A. Goldin, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Publication number: 20040193217
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor assemblies connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor assemblies or structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon and/or ligament-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employ similar concepts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicants: Tendon Technology, Ltd., Ortheon Medical L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward, Matthew J. Huddleston, Mark A. Goldin, William J. Christy, Perry DeFazio, Brian Scott Schumacher, Terence Lee Murphy, Nickola Symone Lewis, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Publication number: 20040024420
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor structures connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. Tendon-to-bone repair apparatus and methods are also disclosed employing similar concepts. Tendon retrieval devices include helical members for rotating into a tendon end and subsequently moving the tendon to an appropriate operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: Tendon Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, Craig B. Berky, Thomas J. Ward
  • Publication number: 20030088270
    Abstract: Implantable devices and methods for fixation of soft tissue to soft tissue or soft tissue to bone tissue. Generally, the devices can include a body having at least a first area with a plurality of projections extending from the first area for attaching to the soft tissue, and a second area discrete from the first area. The body has physical characteristics sufficient to approximate or to support the soft tissue adjacent the first area with respect to the second area. The plurality of projections are configured to attach to the soft tissue and to distribute tension between the first area and the soft tissue. A soft tissue to bone tissue approximation device is configured to be attached to bone tissue and, using a plurality of projections, also attached to soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: Tendon Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20020077631
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor structures connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. The invention further provides tendon-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employing similar concepts. Tendon retrieval devices of the invention include helical members for rotating into a tendon end and subsequently moving the tendon to an appropriate operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman, Warren P. Williamson, Craig B. Berky, Matthew J. Huddleston, Thomas J. Ward, Mark A. Goldin, Jeremy Jarrett, Joseph E. Young
  • Patent number: 6083244
    Abstract: A device and method for repairing a torn tendon or ligament wherein three incisions are made. A suture is passed from one side of the tear to the other. The suture is tightened to achieve an abutting relationship between the two sides and is secured. A similar product is also shown for use with a flexible suture for repairing bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Tendon Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Lubbers, Kenneth E. Hughes, Carl R. Coleman
  • Patent number: 6053877
    Abstract: An instrument for obtaining tissue samples from a site deep within the body. The instrument has an elongated proximal portion that is constructed to follow a long, torturous path to the site and has a distal end constructed to sever and remove a tissue sample from the body, including tissue specimens, polyps or the like. The instrument is constructed to take multiple biopsy samples without being withdrawn from the body. The instrument includes a tissue sample retractor. The retractor is axially movable between an extended tissue-engaging position and a retracted position. There is an open passage into which the retractor moves when moving from the extended to the retracted position. The retractor has a distal end portion constructed to engage tissue and apply axial transporting force thereto while moving from the extended to the retracted position. The retractor is constructed to be advanced and retracted repeatedly to accumulate a series of samples in the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Banik, Joseph E. Young, Scott E. Swaffar, Michael B. Mosholder, Kenneth E. Hughes, Jan B. Yates, Norman J. Hedman, Jeremy M. Harris, Alan A. Alten
  • Patent number: 5871453
    Abstract: An instrument for obtaining tissue samples from a site deep within the body. The instrument has an elongated proximal portion that is constructed to follow a long, torturous path to the site and has a distal end constructed to sever and remove a tissue sample from the body, including tissue specimens, polyps or the like. The instrument is constructed to take multiple biopsy samples without being withdrawn from the body. The instrument includes a tissue sample retractor. The retractor is axially movable between an extended tissue-engaging position and a retracted position. There is an open passage into which the retractor moves when moving from the extended to the retracted position. The retractor has a distal end portion constructed to engage tissue and apply axial transporting force thereto while moving from the extended to the retracted position. The retractor is constructed to be advanced and retracted repeatedly to accumulate a series of samples in the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Banik, Joseph E. Young, Scott E. Swaffar, Michael B. Mosholder, Kenneth E. Hughes, Jan B. Yates, Norman J. Hedman, Jeremy M. Harris, Alan A. Alten
  • Patent number: 5846216
    Abstract: An infusor system for administering medications to a patient comprises a delivery tube with one of the ends couplable to a supply of liquid medication. A dispenser head is coupled to the other end of the delivery tube and medication is directed through the tube to the dispenser head. The dispenser head includes a contact surface and is configured to be placed within a body cavity of a patient such that the contact surface contacts a portion of a mucous membrane in the body. The dispenser head is operable for directing medication from the delivery tube to the contact surface and on to the mucous membrane to be absorbed by the mucous membrane and distributed in a body of a patient. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the dispenser head includes a portion of compressible foam which is configured to fit within the rectal cavity of a patient. The dispenser head channels, wicks or otherwise directs medication to the rectal mucous membrane to be absorbed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: G & P Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilbert Gonzales, David A. Easter, Douglas E. Boyd, Kenneth E. Hughes
  • Patent number: 5830186
    Abstract: An infusor system for administering medications to a patient comprises a delivery tube with one of the ends couplable to a supply of liquid medication. A dispenser head is coupled to the other end of the delivery tube and medication is directed through the tube to the dispenser head. The dispenser head includes a contact surface and is configured to be placed within a body cavity of a patient such that the contact surface contacts a portion of a mucous membrane in the body. The dispenser head is operable for directing medication from the delivery tube to the contact surface and on to the mucous membrane to be absorbed by the mucous membrane and distributed in a body of a patient. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the dispenser head includes a portion of compressible foam which is configured to fit within the rectal cavity of a patient. The dispenser head channels, wicks or otherwise directs medication to the rectal mucous membrane to be absorbed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: G. & P. Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilbert Gonzales, David A. Easter, Douglas E. Boyd, Kenneth E. Hughes
  • Patent number: 5810970
    Abstract: A method for making a collagen strengthened cellulosic sheet by providing a cellulosic pulp slurry; adding solubilized collagen to the pulp slurry, and mixing for a time effective for interaction of the cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen; forming the interacted cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen into a sheet; and drying the sheet; also, a method for using solubilized collagen for strengthening paper by mixing the solubilized collagen with a cellulosic pulp slurry; and making a cellulosic pulp product from the mixture and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Hughes, David C. Masterson, David J. Fink, Barbara A. Metz, Gordon E. Pickett, Paul M. Gemmer
  • Patent number: 5744002
    Abstract: A method for making a collagen strengthened cellulosic sheet by providing a cellulosic pulp slurry; adding solubilized collagen to the pulp slurry, and mixing for a time effective for interaction of the cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen; forming the interacted cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen into a sheet; and drying the sheet; also, a method for using solubilized collagen for strengthening paper by mixing the solubilized collagen with a cellulosic pulp slurry; and making a cellulosic pulp product from the mixture and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Hughes, David C. Masterson, David J. Fink, Barbara A. Metz, Gordon E. Pickett, Paul M. Gemmer, Richard S. Brody
  • Patent number: 5736010
    Abstract: A method for making a collagen strengthened cellulosic sheet by providing a cellulosic pulp slurry; adding solubilized collagen to the pulp slurry, and mixing for a time effective for interaction of the cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen; forming the interacted cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen into a sheet; and drying the sheet; also, a method for using solubilized collagen for strengthening paper by mixing the solubilized collagen with a cellulosic pulp slurry; and making a cellulosic pulp product from the mixture and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Hughes, David C. Masterson, David J. Fink, Barbara A. Metz, Gordon E. Pickett, Paul M. Gemmer, Richard S. Brody
  • Patent number: 5714042
    Abstract: A method for making a collagen strengthened cellulosic sheet by providing a cellulosic pulp slurry; adding solubilized collagen to the pulp slurry, and mixing for a time effective for interaction of the cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen; forming the interacted cellulosic pulp slurry and solubilized collagen into a sheet; and drying the sheet; also, a method for using solubilized collagen for strengthening paper by mixing the solubilized collagen with a cellulosic pulp slurry; and making a cellulosic pulp product from the mixture and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Hughes, David C. Masterson, David J. Fink, Barbara A. Metz, Gordon E. Pickett, Paul M. Gemmer, Richard S. Brody