Patents by Inventor Martin R. Willard

Martin R. Willard 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: 20210000539
    Abstract: Medical devices for sympathetic nerve modulation are disclosed. An example medical device for sympathetic nerve modulation may include a catheter shaft having a distal region. An expandable member may be coupled to the distal region. A flexible circuit assembly may be attached to the expandable member. The flexible circuit assembly may include a first electrode strip, a second electrode strip, and a sensor strip disposed between the first electrode strip and the second electrode strip. The first electrode strip may include a first electrode. The second electrode strip may include a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode may define a pair of bipolar electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: PATRICK A. HAVERKOST, MARTIN R. WILLARD, DEREK C. SUTERMEISTER, JOEL N. GROFF, JEFFREY S. LINDQUIST, ROBERT N. SQUIRE
  • Patent number: 10828090
    Abstract: Medical devices for sympathetic nerve modulation are disclosed. An example medical device for sympathetic nerve modulation may include a catheter shaft having a distal region. An expandable member may be coupled to the distal region. A flexible circuit assembly may be attached to the expandable member. The flexible circuit assembly may include a first electrode strip, a second electrode strip, and a sensor strip disposed between the first electrode strip and the second electrode strip. The first electrode strip may include a first electrode. The second electrode strip may include a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode may define a pair of bipolar electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Martin R. Willard, Derek C. Sutermeister, Joel N. Groff, Jeffrey S. Lindquist, Robert N. Squire
  • Publication number: 20200261151
    Abstract: Systems for nerve and tissue modulation are disclosed. An illustrative system may include an intravascular nerve modulation system including a catheter shaft, an expandable basket and one or more electrode assemblies affixed to the expandable basket. The one or more electrode assemblies may be affixed to the expandable basket using one or more covers or coatings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: MARTIN R. WILLARD, PATRICK A. HAVERKOST
  • Publication number: 20200222057
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns release mechanisms for medical implants, particularly embolic coils and the like, which utilize bulbous elements and receiving elements to constrain the bulbous elements. In some cases, the receiving elements are sized and shaped to help constrain the bulbous element axially and/or radially, and may work in concert with constraining elements and/or release wires that are optionally moveable independently of the receiving elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas TASSONI, Mary-Claire Anderson, Gary Pederson, Ken Zhang, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 10695124
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include a catheter shaft. An expandable balloon may be coupled to the catheter shaft. The balloon may be capable of shifting between a folded configuration and an expanded configuration. A support structure may be coupled to the balloon. The support structure may be capable of shifting the balloon toward the folded configuration. A plurality of elongate flexible electrode assemblies may be disposed on the balloon. The elongate flexible electrode assemblies may be oriented at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel N. Groff, Patrick A. Haverkost, Martin R. Willard, Hong Cao, Daniel J. Horn, Kenneth R. Larson, John Jianhua Chen
  • Patent number: 10660698
    Abstract: Systems for nerve and tissue modulation are disclosed. An illustrative system may include an intravascular nerve modulation system including a catheter shaft, an expandable basket and one or more electrode assemblies affixed to the expandable basket. The one or more electrode assemblies may be affixed to the expandable basket using one or more covers or coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Martin R. Willard, Patrick A. Haverkost
  • Patent number: 10660703
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include a renal nerve modulation device. The renal nerve modulation device may include an elongate shaft. A balloon may be coupled to the shaft. The balloon may have a hydrophilic electrode region. A sensor may be coupled to the balloon and may be disposed adjacent to the hydrophilic electrode region. An electrode may be coupled to the catheter shaft and may be disposed within the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Raed Rizq, Martin R. Willard, Daniel T. Quillin, James M. Anderson, Derek C. Sutermeister
  • Patent number: 10661092
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to mixtures of LaFeSiH magnetic nanoparticles having different Curie temperatures useful for improved inductive hyperthermia efficiency, injectable formulations containing the nanoparticles, and methods of raising the temperature of selected cells using the nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Cao, Martin R. Willard, Patrick A. Haverkost, Derek C. Sutermeister
  • Patent number: 10631869
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns release mechanisms for medical implants, particularly embolic coils and the like, which utilize bulbous elements and receiving elements to constrain the bulbous elements. In some cases, the receiving elements are sized and shaped to help constrain the bulbous element axially and/or radially, and may work in concert with constraining elements and/or release wires that are optionally moveable independently of the receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Tassoni, Mary-Claire Anderson, Gary Pederson, Ken Zhang, Martin R Willard
  • Patent number: 10575855
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for forming the medical devices are disclosed in the present application. In one illustrative example an occlusion balloon comprises an outer balloon member, and an inner balloon member having an inner wall and an outer wall and extending through at least a portion of the outer balloon member. In at least some examples, when forces acting on the inner wall of the inner balloon member equal forces acting on the outer wall of the inner balloon member, the inner balloon member defines a lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Cass A. Hanson, Joseph M. Connolly, Katherine Routh, Jaydeep Y. Kokate, Gary J. Pederson, Derek C. Sutermeister, Michele C. Tessmer, Jeffrey S. Lindquist, Robert N. Squire, Steven L. Kangas, David Raab, Joel Munsinger, Derek K. Larson, Martin R. Willard
  • Publication number: 20200046332
    Abstract: A clip for reducing a dimension of an opening in tissue may include a continuous member having a plurality of legs and a plurality of preformed bends connecting adjacent legs, wherein the plurality of legs form: a first group having two protrusions; a second group having two protrusions; and a third group having two protrusions, wherein each protrusion of each group includes two legs of the continuous member and a corresponding preformed bend connecting the two legs, and each protrusion of each group extends from a region adjacent a first end of the clip to a region adjacent a second end of the clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard, Anthony Frank Tassoni, JR., Nicholas Lee Tassoni, Gary John Pederson, JR., Joseph Michael Connolly
  • Patent number: 10543035
    Abstract: Methods and devices (e.g., for nerve modulation) may include at least one thermistor and a balloon having a balloon wall. In one or more embodiments, the medical device is configured and arranged to transfer heat to the medical device surroundings. In one or more embodiments, the at least one thermistor is a portion of a thermistor array disposed on the balloon wall, the thermistor array including a plurality of thermistors and operatively engaged with a source of electric current. In one or more embodiments, the device includes at least one flexible circuit mounted on the outer surface of the expandable balloon, the at least one flexible circuit including at least one temperature-sensing device that includes at least one thermistor, wherein at least a portion of a conductive layer is electronically coupled to the thermistor, with the proviso that no electrode is associated with the conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek C. Sutermeister, Patrick A. Haverkost, Timothy A. Ostroot, Cass Alexander Hanson, Jeffrey S. Lindquist, Joseph Alan Kronstedt, Jan Weber, James M. Anderson, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 10485526
    Abstract: A clip for reducing a dimension of an opening in tissue may include a continuous member having a plurality of legs and a plurality of preformed bends connecting adjacent legs, wherein the plurality of legs form: a first group having two protrusions; a second group having two protrusions; and a third group having two protrusions, wherein each protrusion of each group includes two legs of the continuous member and a corresponding preformed bend connecting the two legs, and each protrusion of each group extends from a region adjacent a first end of the clip to a region adjacent a second end of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard, Anthony Frank Tassoni, Jr., Nicholas Lee Tassoni, Gary John Pederson, Jr., Joseph Michael Connolly
  • Patent number: 10342609
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example medical device may include a medical device for tissue ablation. The medical device may include an elongated shaft having a distal region. An inflatable balloon may be mounted to the distal region. The inflatable balloon may include a body region, a proximal waist, a distal waist, a proximal cone region, and a distal cone region. A skirt may be attached to the inflatable balloon and may extend proximally from the body region. An electrode assembly may be applied directly to an outer surface of the body region of the inflatable balloon. The electrode assembly may include a first conductive member applied directly to the outer surface of the body region of the inflatable balloon and extending proximally therefrom along an outer surface of the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Cass A. Hanson, Derek C. Sutermeister, Daniel T. Quillin, Hong Cao, Jeffrey S. Lindquist, Adam J. Royer, Timothy A. Ostroot, James M. Anderson, Jan Weber, Robert N. Squire, Martin R. Willard, Patrick A. Haverkost, Daniel J. Horn
  • Publication number: 20180289948
    Abstract: Some embodiments of pacing systems employ wireless electrode assemblies to provide pacing therapy. The wireless electrode assemblies may wirelessly receive energy via an inductive coupling so as to provide electrical stimulation to the surrounding heart tissue. In certain embodiments, the wireless electrode assembly may include one or more biased tines that shift from a first position to a second position to secure the wireless electrode assembly into the inner wall of the heart chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM J. DRASLER, MICHAEL J. PIKUS, ROGER HASTINGS, SCOTT R. SMITH, DANIEL M. LAFONTAINE, DOUGLAS R. SAHOLT, GRAIG L. KVEEN, MARTIN R. WILLARD
  • Publication number: 20180221086
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include a catheter shaft. An expandable member may be coupled to the catheter shaft. The expandable member may be capable of shifting between a folded configuration and an expanded configuration. A plurality of flexible elements may be attached to the expandable member, with a plurality of electrode assemblies disposed on the flexible elements. The flexible elements may have a grooved substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: JEFFREY S. LINDQUIST, CASS A. HANSON, PATRICK A. HAVERKOST, DANIEL J. HORN, MARTIN R. WILLARD, DEREK C. SUTERMEISTER
  • Patent number: 10029070
    Abstract: An intravascular catheter is disclosed that includes an elongated shaft defined by a wall including at least one port extending through the wall into a lumen. At least one channel may be defined between layers of polymer making up the catheter shaft. The channel extends along at least a portion of the shaft and is in fluid communication with the port. Outer and inner diameters of the catheter may be substantially constant along the length of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Martin R. Willard, Peter G. Edelman, Jonathan S. Stinson, Jacob D. Edick, Joel N. Groff, Anthony F. Tassoni, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10022182
    Abstract: A medical device for renal denervation may include a catheter shaft including an outer shaft having a lumen formed therein and an inner shaft extending within the lumen of the outer shaft. The catheter may further include an expandable member having a proximal region coupled to a distal region of the outer shaft, and a distal region of the expandable member may be coupled to a distal region of the inner shaft. In some embodiments, one or more active electrodes may be disposed on an exterior surface of the expandable member and capable of providing the renal denervation treatment. In some embodiments, the inner shaft may be rotatable in relation to the outer shaft and/or the outer shaft may be rotatable in relation to the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Willard, Patrick A. Haverkost, Gary J. Pederson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10022538
    Abstract: Some embodiments of pacing systems employ wireless electrode assemblies to provide pacing therapy. The wireless electrode assemblies may wirelessly receive energy via an inductive coupling so as to provide electrical stimulation to the surrounding heart tissue. In certain embodiments, the wireless electrode assembly may include one or more biased tines that shift from a first position to a second position to secure the wireless electrode assembly into the inner wall of the heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Drasler, Michael J. Pikus, Roger Hastings, Scott R. Smith, Daniel M. Lafontaine, Douglas R. Saholt, Graig L. Kveen, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 9986917
    Abstract: A sensor device for sensing endoluminal geometry may include an expandable element disposed on the distal region of a shaft. The expandable element may be configured to move a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expandable element may include one or more sensor elements configured to sense proximity of the sensor element to tissue. The sensor device may include an indicator configured to distinguish between contact of the sensor element with tissue, loss of contact and proximity of the sensor element to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Adam D. Grovender, James M. Anderson, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard