Patents by Inventor Melinda K. Kovach

Melinda K. Kovach 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: 10105219
    Abstract: A device for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include an outer tube extending in an elongation direction and having an open distal end, a capture tool movable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, and a tissue securing component disposed at a distal end of the outer tube and adapted to be applied to captured tissue of the heart valve leaflet to hold the captured tissue in a gathered configuration. The outer tube may have an inner surface and a lumen extending therethrough. The capture tool may be operable to capture tissue of the heart valve leaflet and to draw the captured tissue into the outer tube in the gathered configuration. The tissue securing component may be a suture having a looped portion. At least part of the looped portion may extend through a lumen of at least one support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20180263623
    Abstract: A clip used to repair the tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include a shaft having a barb and a plurality of legs connected to the shaft. The plurality of legs may extend away from the barb in a first condition, and may extend towards the barb in a use condition. The clips may be delivered to the heart valve leaflet and applied to the same in a minimally invasive procedure using a transcatheter device. The device may be used to apply a single clip to the leaflet tissue or multiple clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 10076328
    Abstract: A device for repair of a heart valve leaflet includes an elongated body having a lumen extending therethrough in a longitudinal direction, a proximal end, and an open distal end. The device further includes a plurality of clips disposed at spaced positions within the lumen, the plurality of clips being configured and arranged to couple to a portion of the heart valve leaflet. At least one clip in the plurality of clips and the heart valve leaflet are capable of translation relative to one another in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 10028834
    Abstract: An adjustable prosthetic anatomical holder system may include an adjustable annuloplasty ring, a ring holder, and a positioning handle. The adjustable annuloplasty ring holder facilitates placement and adjustment of the annuloplasty ring during a cardiac surgical procedure. An optional positioning handle holds the adjustable annuloplasty ring during placement and suturing of the ring. The ring holder is constructed from two members that are slidably fit together in telescopic arrangement to accommodate adjustment of the ring size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Eric E. Bielefeld, Simon McKnight Furnish
  • Patent number: 9999425
    Abstract: A clip used to repair the tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include a shaft having a barb and a plurality of legs connected to the shaft. The plurality of legs may extend away from the barb in a first condition, and may extend towards the barb in a use condition. The clips may be delivered to the heart valve leaflet and applied to the same in a minimally invasive procedure using a transcatheter device. The device may be used to apply a single clip to the leaflet tissue or multiple clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20180000486
    Abstract: A clip for leaflet tissue includes a substantially cylindrical hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end. In an initial configuration of the clip, the distal end has a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the hollow body. The distal end is held in an expanded condition for delivery into a patient. When deployed, the distal end collapses to its initial configuration to grasp onto captured leaflet tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracee Eidenschink, Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 9788842
    Abstract: A clip for leaflet tissue includes a substantially cylindrical hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end. In an initial configuration of the clip, the distal end has a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the hollow body. The distal end is held in an expanded condition for delivery into a patient. When deployed, the distal end collapses to its initial configuration to grasp onto captured leaflet tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracee Eidenschink, Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 9314336
    Abstract: An adjustment assembly for an adjustable prosthetic valve device includes a gearbox housing formed from two gearbox shells coupled to one another and held together by two gearbox sleeves each having an internal cavity adapted to accommodate respective lateral portions of the gearbox shells when the gearbox shells are coupled to one another. A gear assembly, including a center gear and two driven gears, is supported within the gearbox housing. Gear teeth of each of the driven gears engage gear teeth of the center gear such that rotation of the center gear causes rotation of the driven gears. At least one of the driven gears is adapted to engage a transmission mechanism that transmits the rotation thereof to another part of the adjustable prosthetic valve device to accomplish an adjustment to the size and/or shape of the adjustable prosthetic valve device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Furnish, Brian K. Wells, Christopher Bethards, Bruce R. Weir, Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 9125653
    Abstract: A for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include an outer tube extending in an elongation direction and having an open distal end, a capture tool movable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, a tissue securing component disposed at the open distal end of the outer tube, a nosecone removably assembled over the open distal end of the outer tube in a protective condition, and an actuation member joined to a central portion of the nosecone and extending into a lumen of the outer tube. The capture tool may be operable to capture tissue of the heart valve leaflet. The nosecone may have a central portion that extends across the open distal end of the outer tube and a peripheral portion surrounding the central portion and overlying an outer surface of the outer tube adjacent the open distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20150057682
    Abstract: A device for repair of a heart valve leaflet includes an elongated body having a lumen extending therethrough in a longitudinal direction, a proximal end, and an open distal end. The device further includes a plurality of clips disposed at spaced positions within the lumen, the plurality of clips being configured and arranged to couple to a portion of the heart valve leaflet. At least one clip in the plurality of clips and the heart valve leaflet are capable of translation relative to one another in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 8961602
    Abstract: An adjustable annuloplasty ring includes a body in the form of an endless loop having an internal lumen therethrough, an adjustment suture extending through at least a portion of the internal lumen, a first portion of the suture exiting the lumen through a first opening in the body and a second portion of the suture exiting the lumen through a second opening in the body, and a first adjustment marker on the first portion of the suture outside of the body. The suture may be adapted to reduce the length of the body around the loop when tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Melinda K. Kovach, Rebecca Volovsek, XueMei Li
  • Publication number: 20140276971
    Abstract: A clip used to repair the tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include a shaft having a barb and a plurality of legs connected to the shaft. The plurality of legs may extend away from the barb in a first condition, and may extend towards the barb in a use condition. The clips may be delivered to the heart valve leaflet and applied to the same in a minimally invasive procedure using a transcatheter device. The device may be used to apply a single clip to the leaflet tissue or multiple clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20140257341
    Abstract: A clip for leaflet tissue includes a substantially cylindrical hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end. In an initial configuration of the clip, the distal end has a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the hollow body. The distal end is held in an expanded condition for delivery into a patient. When deployed, the distal end collapses to its initial configuration to grasp onto captured leaflet tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracee Eidenschink, Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 8784484
    Abstract: A support for an adjustable annuloplasty ring generally includes a body and a groove. The body has a first end, a second end and an outer surface. The body may also include an inner surface defining a longitudinal bore. The outer surface is configured to slidably receive an annuloplasty ring and a length of adjustable suture. The groove is formed along at least a portion of the outer surface of the body and is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: XueMei Li, Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Scott Martin, Rebecca Volovsek
  • Publication number: 20140142690
    Abstract: An adjustable prosthetic anatomical holder system may include an adjustable annuloplasty ring, a ring holder, and a positioning handle. The adjustable annuloplasty ring holder facilitates placement and adjustment of the annuloplasty ring during a cardiac surgical procedure. An optional positioning handle holds the adjustable annuloplasty ring during placement and suturing of the ring. The ring holder is constructed from two members that are slidably fit together in telescopic arrangement to accommodate adjustment of the ring size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Eric E. Bielefeld, Simon McKnight Furnish
  • Publication number: 20140067055
    Abstract: An adjustment assembly for an adjustable prosthetic valve device includes a gearbox housing formed from two gearbox shells coupled to one another and held together by two gearbox sleeves each having an internal cavity adapted to accommodate respective lateral portions of the gearbox shells when the gearbox shells are coupled to one another. A gear assembly, including a center gear and two driven gears, is supported within the gearbox housing. Gear teeth of each of the driven gears engage gear teeth of the center gear such that rotation of the center gear causes rotation of the driven gears. At least one of the driven gears is adapted to engage a transmission mechanism that transmits the rotation thereof to another part of the adjustable prosthetic valve device to accomplish an adjustment to the size and/or shape of the adjustable prosthetic valve device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Furnish, Brian K. Wells, Christopher Bethards, Bruce R. Weir, Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20140039531
    Abstract: A for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include an outer tube extending in an elongation direction and having an open distal end, a capture tool movable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, a tissue securing component disposed at the open distal end of the outer tube, a nosecone removably assembled over the open distal end of the outer tube in a protective condition, and an actuation member joined to a central portion of the nosecone and extending into a lumen of the outer tube. The capture tool may be operable to capture tissue of the heart valve leaflet. The nosecone may have a central portion that extends across the open distal end of the outer tube and a peripheral portion surrounding the central portion and overlying an outer surface of the outer tube adjacent the open distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20140039607
    Abstract: A device for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include an outer tube extending in an elongation direction and having an open distal end, a capture tool movable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, and a tissue securing component disposed at a distal end of the outer tube and adapted to be applied to captured tissue of the heart valve leaflet to hold the captured tissue in a gathered configuration. The outer tube may have an inner surface and a lumen extending therethrough. The capture tool may be operable to capture tissue of the heart valve leaflet and to draw the captured tissue into the outer tube in the gathered configuration. The tissue securing component may be a suture having a looped portion. At least part of the looped portion may extend through a lumen of at least one support tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20120078359
    Abstract: A support for an adjustable annuloplasty ring generally includes a body and a groove. The body has a first end, a second end and an outer surface. The body may also include an inner surface defining a longitudinal bore. The outer surface is configured to slidably receive an annuloplasty ring and a length of adjustable suture. The groove is formed along at least a portion of the outer surface of the body and is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the suture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: XueMei Li, Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Scott Martin, Rebecca Volovsek
  • Publication number: 20040022479
    Abstract: A normally latched MEMS device and a method of making a normally latched MEMS device. The MEMS device includes a first discrete MEMS structure with an operational surface having an outer boundary. A second discrete MEMS structure in a neutral position includes an operational surface engaged with the first discrete MEMS structure. An actuator is provided to displace the second discrete MEMS structure from the engaged position to a disengaged position outside of the outer boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Michael E. Hamerly, Melinda K. Kovach