Patents by Inventor Mark Follman

Mark Follman 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: 20230083808
    Abstract: Disclosed is a suturing needle having a thread attachment portion and a ramp portion comprising a tapered portion extending from a proximal end of the needle to cover at least a portion of a suture thread swaged in the thread attachment portion. The tapered portion of the ramp portion provides a smooth transition from a diameter of the suture thread to a diameter of the needle body. The tapered transition portion allows for engaging the suture needle on rollers of a rotational needle driver in one smooth motion. The suturing needle includes a hollow flexible extension component having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end connected to the proximal end of the thread attachment component, and the proximal end attached to the distal end of the tapered extension ramp portion. The suturing needle can include a combination of flexible and non-flexible sections and/or a combination of straight and curved sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: March 16, 2023
    Inventors: Luis Jose Almodovar, Mark A. Follman
  • Publication number: 20230052272
    Abstract: Disclosed is a suturing needle having a flexible portion extending from a proximal end of the needle to provide flexure of the needle. Various designs for the flexible portion of the suturing needle are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Publication date: February 16, 2023
    Inventors: Luis Jose Almodovar, Mark A. Follman
  • Publication number: 20220378416
    Abstract: Disclosed is a suturing needle having a thread attachment portion and a ramp portion comprising a tapered portion extending from a proximal end of the needle to cover at least a portion of a suture thread swaged in the thread attachment portion. The tapered portion of the ramp portion provides a smooth transition from a diameter of the suture thread to a diameter of the needle body. The tapered transition portion allows for engaging the suture needle on rollers of a rotational needle driver in one smooth motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Luis Jose Almodovar, Mark A. Follman
  • Patent number: 11311707
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device (100) comprising a housing (200) having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length therebetween, an activation device (300) disposed within the housing (200), a bottle (400) at least partially receivable in the proximal end of the housing (200), the bottle (400) containing a fluid medium therein and sealed by a laminate seal element, wherein the laminate seal element is proximate the activation device (300) and disposed a predetermined distance dimension therefrom, and a foam pad (500) coupled to a distal end of the housing (200), wherein the bottle (400) is axially movable with respect to the housing (200) at least the predetermined distance dimension to engage the laminate seal element with the activation device (300) to dispense the fluid medium from the bottle (400) through the foam pad. A method of using such a delivery device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Alan Bachman, John Tanayan, Margarita Bastos
  • Patent number: 11160962
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device and method is provided, comprising a handle, a plate, a foam applicator coupled to a bottom surface of the plate and impregnated with an antiseptic solution. A lid member protects the foam applicator from an external environment and defines at least one aperture therein, wherein the lid member is coupled to the plate to form a breakable seal between the plate and the lid member. A tray member, having a bottom surface and at least one sidewall to define a volume therein, contains the foam applicator. The foam applicator is hermetically sealed from the external environment by the lid member, plate and tray member. The lid member is detachable from both the plate and the tray to release the foam applicator from the fluid delivery device and is in a ready-to-use condition without further activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Alan Bachman, John Tanayan, Vincent Mata, Jeff Ransden
  • Patent number: 11123536
    Abstract: An antimicrobial cap and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes and disinfecting a port are disclosed. The antimicrobial cap comprises an assembly that includes an outer cap, an inner member and a pad disposed within the inner member and impregnated with an antimicrobial agent in order to disinfect the port. The antimicrobial cap includes attachment features and a lock out mechanism allowing the disinfection of different types of ports and connectors and their safe disengagement and thereafter enabling the lock out mechanism in order to prevent re-use of the antimicrobial cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, John Tanayan, Kathryn Spencer, Jesse R. Dlugos, Jeffrey E. Ransden
  • Publication number: 20190209816
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device (100) comprising a housing (200) having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length therebetween, an activation device (300) disposed within the housing (200), a bottle (400) at least partially receivable in the proximal end of the housing (200), the bottle (400) containing a fluid medium therein and sealed by a laminate seal element, wherein the laminate seal element is proximate the activation device (300) and disposed a predetermined distance dimension therefrom, and a foam pad (500) coupled to a distal end of the housing (200), wherein the bottle (400) is axially movable with respect to the housing (200) at least the predetermined distance dimension to engage the laminate seal element with the activation device (300) to dispense the fluid medium from the bottle (400) through the foam pad. A method of using such a delivery device is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Alan Bachman, John Tanayan, Margarita Bastos
  • Publication number: 20180333566
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device and method is provided, comprising a handle, a plate, a foam applicator coupled to a bottom surface of the plate and impregnated with an antiseptic solution. A lid member protects the foam applicator from an external environment and defines at least one aperture therein, wherein the lid member is coupled to the plate to form a breakable seal between the plate and the lid member. A tray member, having a bottom surface and at least one sidewall to define a volume therein, contains the foam applicator. The foam applicator is hermetically sealed from the external environment by the lid member, plate and tray member. The lid member is detachable from both the plate and the tray to release the foam applicator from the fluid delivery device and is in a ready-to-use condition without further activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Alan Bachman, John Tanayan, Vincent Mata, Jeff Ransden
  • Publication number: 20180256880
    Abstract: An antimicrobial cap and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes and disinfecting a port are disclosed. The antimicrobial cap comprises an assembly that includes an outer cap, an inner component and a pad disposed within the inner component and impregnated with an antimicrobial element in order to disinfect the port. The antimicrobial cap includes flexible attachment features configured to engage a port and a lockout mechanism configured to prevent and disable re-use of the cap, allowing the disinfection of different types of ports and connectors and safe disengagement of a single-use cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Jesse R. Dlugos, Kathryn Spencer, Jeffrey E. Ransden, John Tanayan
  • Publication number: 20180256883
    Abstract: An antimicrobial cap and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes and disinfecting a port are disclosed. The antimicrobial cap comprises an assembly that includes an outer cap, an inner member and a pad disposed within the inner member and impregnated with an antimicrobial agent in order to disinfect the port. The antimicrobial cap includes attachment features and a lock out mechanism allowing the disinfection of different types of ports and connectors and their safe disengagement and thereafter enabling the lock out mechanism in order to prevent re-use of the antimicrobial cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: PROFESSIONAL DISPOSABLES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Follman, John Tanayan, Kathryn Spencer, Jesse R. Dlugos, Jeffrey E. Ransden
  • Patent number: 9662048
    Abstract: A blood glucose meter having a test strip port and an adjustable lancet device disposed at the same end of the device body is disclosed. The device body further includes an enclosure at the proximal end of the device body which houses a test strip storage vial and which facilitates one-handed opening and closing of the vial to simplify access to test strips contained therein. The enclosure is further provided with a window which allows the reading of the lot numbers on the label of the test strip vial therein without necessitating removal of the vial. A data connector is also provided on the device body for communication access, such as to upload data from other devices or to download data to other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gregg R. Draudt, Dirk Ahlgrim, Jan Schminke, Mark Follman, José Colucci, Jr., Raymond Yao, Robert J. McCaffrey, Victor Chan
  • Patent number: 9486581
    Abstract: An injectable substance delivery device comprising a pen device body, a cartridge, a plunger, a drive mechanism, and at least one of a lock-out mechanism and a rate-limiting mechanism. The lock-out mechanism is provided through a ratchet engagement between the body and the plunger to restrict plunger movement and to ensure that the required needle puncture depth is realized prior to injection by locking out the injection mechanism from advancing until a specified force is applied to the skin. A rate-limiting mechanism is also provided through a user compressed plunger drive spring to ensure that a specific rate of injection is realized during the injection of a medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: John Lovell, Robert E. West, Todd M. Chelak, William Easterbrook, Mark A. Follman, Edward P. Browka
  • Patent number: 8357107
    Abstract: A blood glucose meter having a test strip port and an adjustable lancet device disposed at the same end of the device body is disclosed. The device body further includes an enclosure at the proximal end of the device body which houses a test strip storage vial and which facilitates one-handed opening and closing of the vial to simplify access to test strips contained therein. The enclosure is further provided with a window which allows the reading of the lot numbers on the label of the test strip vial therein without necessitating removal of the vial. A data connector is also provided on the device body for communication access, such as to upload data from other devices or to download data to other devices. By combining these multiple components into a single device body, the blood glucose meter requires fewer steps for sampling and testing, and makes device use easier and more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gregg R. Draudt, Dirk Ahlgrim, Jan Schminke, Mark Follman, José Colucci, Jr., Raymond Yao, Robert J. McCaffrey, Victor Chan
  • Publication number: 20120089051
    Abstract: A blood glucose meter having a test strip port and an adjustable lancet device disposed at the same end of the device body is disclosed. The device body further includes an enclosure at the proximal end of the device body which houses a test strip storage vial and which facilitates one-handed opening and closing of the vial to simplify access to test strips contained therein. The enclosure is further provided with a window which allows the reading of the lot numbers on the label of the test strip vial therein without necessitating removal of the vial. A data connector is also provided on the device body for communication access, such as to upload data from other devices or to download data to other devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Gregg R. Draudt, Dirk Ahlgrim, Jan Schminke, Mark Follman, José Colucci, JR., Raymond Yao, Robert J. McCaffrey, Victor Chan
  • Patent number: 7981081
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for injecting fluid into areas having high density tissue that creates a high backpressure resistance on the injection device is disclosed. The high backpressure resistance is overcome through a mechanical advantage achieved by using a secondary reservoir having a cross-sectional area smaller than the cross-sectional area of a primary reservoir. Exemplary injection device reservoir housings may comprise a primary reservoir, a secondary reservoir, a check valve, a septum penetrating cannula, travel limits, a pen needle connecting portion, sliding seal guide ribs, a sliding seal, a pen needle assembly, a needle stop, and a patient needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ronald W. Marsh, Mark Follman, Edward P. Browka
  • Patent number: 7901383
    Abstract: A medical regimen can be administered with a diagnostic and medication delivery system. In one form the system includes a medication delivery pen with a controller and a monitor for monitoring a characteristic of a bodily fluid with a controller. A case includes a compartment for removably storing the medication delivery pen and the monitor. The case includes a communications link for establishing communication between the controller of the pen and the controller of the monitor. The medication delivery pen and monitor are operable in a first mode cooperative with one another and in a second mode independent of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Ray Yao, Scott Gisler, Victor Chan
  • Publication number: 20100049140
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for injecting fluid into areas having high density tissue that creates a high backpressure resistance on the injection device is disclosed. The high backpressure resistance is overcome through a mechanical advantage achieved by using a secondary reservoir having a cross-sectional area smaller than the cross-sectional area of a primary reservoir. Exemplary injection device reservoir housings may comprise a primary reservoir, a secondary reservoir, a check valve, a septum penetrating cannula, travel limits, a pen needle connecting portion, sliding seal guide ribs, a sliding seal, a pen needle assembly, a needle stop, and a patient needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald W. Marsh, Mark Follman, Edward P. Browka
  • Patent number: 7645264
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for injecting fluid into areas having high density tissue that creates a high backpressure resistance on the injection device is disclosed. The high backpressure resistance is overcome through a mechanical advantage achieved by using a secondary reservoir having a cross-sectional area smaller than the cross-sectional area of a primary reservoir. Exemplary injection device reservoir housings may comprise a primary reservoir, a secondary reservoir, a check valve, a septum penetrating cannula, travel limits, a pen needle connecting portion, sliding seal guide ribs, a sliding seal, a pen needle assembly, a needle stop, and a patient needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ronald W. Marsh, Mark Follman, Edward P. Browka
  • Publication number: 20090200185
    Abstract: A medical regimen can be administered with a diagnostic and medication delivery system. In one form the system includes a medication delivery pen with a controller and a monitor for monitoring a characteristic of a bodily fluid with a controller. A case includes a compartment for removably storing the medication delivery pen and the monitor. The case includes a communications link for establishing communication between the controller of the pen and the controller of the monitor. The medication delivery pen and monitor are operable in a first mode cooperative with one another and in a second mode independent of one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Ray Yao, Scott Gisler, Victor Chan
  • Patent number: 7534230
    Abstract: A medical regimen can be administered with a diagnostic and medication delivery system. In one form the system includes a medication delivery pen with a controller and a monitor for monitoring a characteristic of a bodily fluid with a controller. A case includes a compartment for removably storing the medication delivery pen and the monitor. The case includes a communications link for establishing communication between the controller of the pen and the controller of the monitor. The medication delivery pen and monitor are operable in a first mode cooperative with one another and in a second mode independent of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Mark Follman, Ray Yao, Scott Gisler, Victor Chan