Patents by Inventor Michael Gilmore

Michael Gilmore 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: 20180064535
    Abstract: A torque-delivery tool includes a cable and a distal coupling element. A tissue anchor includes an anchor head, which includes a shaft having a proximal coupling element. The distal and proximal coupling elements are shaped so as to define corresponding interlocking surfaces. An outer tether-securing element of the anchor is shaped so as to define a lateral opening through which a tether is disposed, and at least partially radially surrounds the shaft and a spring. In an unlocked state, a distal spring depressor restrains the spring in an axially-compressed state. In a locked state, the distal and proximal coupling elements are not coupled with one another, the distal spring depressor does not restrain the spring in the axially-compressed state, and the spring is in an axially-expanded state, in which the spring inhibits the sliding of the tether through the lateral opening by pressing the tether against the outer tether-securing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Paolo DENTI, Andrea GUIDOTTI, Mohamed Azeem LATIB
  • Patent number: 9907681
    Abstract: A radially-expandable stent (20) is shaped so as to define one or more tether interfaces (50), a lower-securement portion (56), and a higher-securement portion (64). The lower-securement portion (56) extends (a) along at least a contiguous lower-securement axial segment (58) of the stent (20) and (b) circumferentially around a contiguous lower-securement circumferential portion (60) of the stent (20), which lower-securement axial segment (58) and lower-securement circumferential portion (60) include the one or more tether interfaces (50). The higher-securement portion (64) extends (a) along at least a contiguous higher-securement axial segment (65) of the stent (20) and (b) circumferentially around between 215 and 330 degrees of a circumference (C), at all circumferential locations other than those of the lower-securement circumferential portion (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Idan Tobis, Charlotte Murphy, Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 9907547
    Abstract: A tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) includes a shaft (122), a tissue-coupling element (128), and a flexible elongate tension member (202). The tissue-coupling element (128) includes a wire (150), which is shaped as an open loop (154) having more than one turn when the tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) is unconstrained. The tension member (202) includes a distal portion (204) that is fixed to a site (206) on the open loop (154), a proximal portion (208), which has a longitudinal segment (209) that runs alongside at least a portion (210) of the shaft (122), and a crossing portion (212), which (i) is disposed between the distal and the proximal N portions (204, 208) along the tension member (202), and (ii) crosses at least a portion of the open loop (154) when the tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) is unconstrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilmore, Paolo Denti, John Mullins, Charlotte Murphy, Kevin Lynn, Andrea Guidotti, Hugo Vanermen, Thomas Campbell
  • Patent number: 9801720
    Abstract: A method is provided including making an opening (300) through an atrial septum (302) at a septal site (304) at least 5 mm from a fossa ovalis (330). A first tissue anchor (204) is endovascularly advanced to a left-atrial site (306) on an annulus of a mitral valve (310) or a wall of a left atrium (308) above the annulus. The first tissue anchor (204) is implanted at the left-atrial site (306). A second tissue anchor (24) is endovascularly advanced to a right-atrial site (320) on an annulus of a tricuspid valve (207) or a wall of a right atrium (200) above the annulus. The second tissue (24) anchor is implanted at the right-atrial site (320). The left-atrial site (306) and the right-atrial site (320) are approximated by tensioning a tether (22) that passes through the opening (300) of the atrial septum (302) and connects the first and the second tissue anchors (204, 24). Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilmore, Paolo Denti, Andrea Guidotti, Mohamed Azeem Latib, Kevin Lynn, John Mullins, Francesco Maisano, David Zarbatany
  • Publication number: 20170304051
    Abstract: A system for repairing an atrioventricular valve of a patient is provided. First and second tissue-engaging elements are configured for implantation at first and second implantation sites of the patient, respectively. First and second flexible longitudinal members are coupled at respective first end portions thereof to the first and the second tissue-engaging elements, respective. Each of the first and the second flexible longitudinal members comprises a braided polyester suture or a plurality of wires that are intertwined to form a rope structure. First and second flexible-longitudinal-member-coupling elements are coupled to respective second end portions of the first and the second flexible longitudinal members. The first and the second flexible-longitudinal-member-coupling elements are configured to be couplable together during an implantation procedure to couple together the first and the second flexible longitudinal elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Idan TOBIS, Michael GILMORE
  • Patent number: 9788948
    Abstract: A tissue anchor is provided that includes a proximal head at a proximal end of the tissue anchor, and a helical tissue-coupling element disposed about a longitudinal axis thereof, extending to the proximal head, and having a distal tissue-penetrating tip. The helical tissue-coupling element includes a first helical portion and a second helical portion more distal than the first axial portion. The first and the second helical portions of the helical tissue-coupling element have a first axial stiffness and a second axial stiffness, respectively. The second axial stiffness is greater than the first axial stiffness, such that if excessive tension is applied to the helical tissue-coupling element, the helical tissue-coupling element generally elongates along the first helical portion before along the second helical portion, such that the first helical portion serves as a mechanical fuse that reduces force applied to the second helical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: 4 TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilmore, Charlotte Murphy, Idan Tobis
  • Publication number: 20170273681
    Abstract: A tissue anchor is provided for delivery in a constrained state within a deployment tool. The tissue anchor includes a tissue-coupling element; a flexible elongate tension member, which includes (a) a distal portion that is fixed to a site on the tissue-coupling element, and (b) a proximal portion, which is slidably disposed through a passage defined by the tissue anchor; and a load-limiting element, which is attached to the flexible elongate tension member. The load-limiting element and the passage are sized and shaped such that the size and shape of the passage prevent proximal movement of the load-limiting element past the passage, such that the load-limiting element limits a total load that can be applied to the tissue-coupling element by the flexible elongate tension member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: 4 TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Paolo DENTI, John MULLINS, Charlotte MURPHY, Kevin LYNN, Andrea GUIDOTTI, Hugo VANERMEN, Thomas CAMPBELL
  • Publication number: 20170258594
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided that includes a tissue anchor, which (a) includes a helical tissue-coupling element which has a distal tissue-penetrating tip at a distal end of the tissue anchor, and which is configured to be advanced into soft tissue, and (b) is shaped so as to define a longitudinal channel extending to the distal end of the tissue anchor. The apparatus further includes a depth-finding tool, which includes a radiopaque bead that is axially moveable along the channel so as to serve as a marker indicating a depth of penetration of the tissue-coupling element into the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: 4 TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Charlotte MURPHY, Idan TOBIS
  • Publication number: 20170209137
    Abstract: A tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) includes a shaft (122), a tissue-coupling element (128), and a flexible elongate tension member (202). The tissue-coupling element (128) includes a wire (150), which is shaped as an open loop (154) having more than one turn when the tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) is unconstrained. The tension member (202) includes a distal portion (204) that is fixed to a site (206) on the open loop (154), a proximal portion (208), which has a longitudinal segment (209) that runs alongside at least a portion (210) of the shaft (122), and a crossing portion (212), which (i) is disposed between the distal and the proximal N portions (204, 208) along the tension member (202), and (ii) crosses at least a portion of the open loop (154) when the tissue anchor (200, 258, 300) is unconstrained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: 4TECH INC. c/o OXO Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Paolo DENTI, John MULLINS, Charlotte MURPHY, Kevin LYNN, Andrea GUIDOTTI, Hugo VANERMEN, Thomas CAMPBELL
  • Publication number: 20170193821
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for using magnetic signatures at predetermined positions along a roadway to monitor traffic travelling along the roadway by comparing the predetermined magnetic signatures with magnetic signatures being dynamically and continuously measured by each vehicle as they travel along the roadway. Magnetometers incorporated into mobile devices or otherwise incorporated within the vehicle measure magnetic signatures for comparison to the predetermined magnetic signatures that form a connection graph or database of points that correspond to possible paths along a roadway. When a magnetic signature match is made, the system recognizes that the vehicle has passed a particular point on a roadway and forwards that information to the appropriate entity for further processing, analysis, or toll assessment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Alex Baranga, Chris Georgieff, Michael Gilmore, Thomas Ward
  • Patent number: 9693865
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided that includes a tissue anchor, which (a) includes a helical tissue-coupling element which has a distal tissue-penetrating tip at a distal end of the tissue anchor, and is configured to be advanced into soft tissue, and (b) is shaped so as to define a longitudinal channel extending to the distal end of the tissue anchor. The apparatus further includes (a) a depth-finding tool, which includes a radiopaque bead, which is shaped so as to define a hole therethrough, and which is positioned within and axially moveable along the channel so as to serve as a marker indicating a depth of penetration of the tissue-coupling element into the soft tissue, and (b) and a shaft that is removably positioned within the channel, such that the shaft passes through the hole of the bead, and such that the bead is axially moveable along the shaft and along the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: 4 TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilmore, Charlotte Murphy, Idan Tobis
  • Publication number: 20170086975
    Abstract: A method is provided including making an opening (300) through an atrial septum (302) at a septal site (304) at least 5 mm from a fossa ovalis (330). A first tissue anchor (204) is endovascularly advanced to a left-atrial site (306) on an annulus of a mitral valve (310) or a wall of a left atrium (308) above the annulus. The first tissue anchor (204) is implanted at the left-atrial site (306). A second tissue anchor (24) is endovascularly advanced to a right-atrial site (320) on an annulus of a tricuspid valve (207) or a wall of a right atrium (200) above the annulus. The second tissue (24) anchor is implanted at the right-atrial site (320). The left-atrial site (306) and the right-atrial site (320) are approximated by tensioning a tether (22) that passes through the opening (300) of the atrial septum (302) and connects the first and the second tissue anchors (204, 24). Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Paolo DENTI, Andrea GUIDOTTI, Mohamed Azeem LATIB, Kevin LYNN, John MULLINS, Francesco MAISANO, David ZARBATANY
  • Publication number: 20170064208
    Abstract: A camera system includes a processor, a camera coupled to the processor, a display coupled to the processor, and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to store a first image in the memory, modify the first image to generate a modified first image, the modified first image corresponding to the first image at a reduced opacity, control the camera to capture a real-time preview, overlay the modified first image on the real-time preview to generate a combined preview, output the combined preview to the display, capture a second image using the camera, and store the second image in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Ariella Salimpour, Michael Gilmore, David Swartz, Andrew Maltin
  • Publication number: 20170000611
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided that includes a tissue anchor, which (a) comprises a helical tissue-coupling element which has a distal tissue-penetrating tip at a distal end of the tissue anchor, and which is configured to be advanced into soft tissue, and (b) is shaped so as to define a longitudinal channel extending to the distal end of the helical tissue-coupling element. The apparatus further includes a depth-finding tool, which comprises a radiopaque bead that is axially moveable along the channel so as to serve as a marker indicating a depth of penetration of the tissue-coupling element into the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: 4 TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Charlotte MURPHY, Idan TOBIS
  • Publication number: 20160338941
    Abstract: Devises, methods and systems for applying substances to a user's skin are disclosure. A device for applying at least one Essential Oil to a user's skin may include a first member, a second member, and at least one third member. The disclosure may allow users to customize the amount, type, mixture and level of concentration of Essential Oils used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: David Reece DeMille, Hiram James Thompson, Douglas Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 9470385
    Abstract: An illuminating device is disclosed for projecting an electromagnetic radiation. The device includes a base having a first mounting leg and a second mounting leg extending in any generally descending orientation. The first mounting leg and the second mounting leg are positioned on opposing sides of an object. The base removably engages with a power source, a solar panel and a light illuminating. The light illuminating device projects an electromagnetic radiation in a generally descending orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AFMODEL, LLC.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Ploucher, Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 9468548
    Abstract: A stent delivery system configured to deliver a stent to a target region of a body lumen may include a catheter; a stent associated with the catheter, the stent having a first region and a second region; a balloon associated with the catheter, the balloon having a first balloon portion associated with the catheter proximate the first region of the stent and a second balloon portion associated with the catheter proximate the second region of the stent; and a sheath about the stent and the balloon, the sheath maintaining the stent in an undeployed configuration for delivery to a target region of a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CAPPELLA, INC.
    Inventors: David Slattery, Michael Gilmore, Aemon Curley, Damian Kelly
  • Publication number: 20160262741
    Abstract: A tissue anchor includes a shaft, a tissue-coupling element, and a flexible elongate tension member. The tissue-coupling element includes a wire, which is shaped as an open loop having more than one turn when the tissue anchor is unconstrained. The tension member includes a distal portion that is fixed to a site on the open loop, a proximal portion, which has a longitudinal segment that runs alongside at least a portion of the shaft, and a crossing portion, which (i) is disposed between the distal and the proximal portions along the tension member, and (ii) crosses at least a portion of the open loop when the tissue anchor is unconstrained. The tissue anchor is configured to allow relative axial motion between the at least a portion of the shaft and the longitudinal segment of the proximal portion of the tension member when the tissue anchor is unconstrained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Paolo DENTI, Kevin LYNN, Idan TOBIS, Evin William DONNELLY, Charlotte MURPHY, Thomas CAMPBELL
  • Publication number: 20160242762
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes implanting (a) a venous first tissue anchor in a vein selected from the group of veins consisting of: a superior vena cava and an inferior vena cava, (b) an atrial second tissue anchor at an atrial site selected from the group of sites consisting of: an annulus of a tricuspid valve, and a wall of a right atrium of a heart above the annulus of the tricuspid valve, (c) a venous third tissue anchor in a coronary sinus, and (d) one or more tethers, which connect the venous first tissue anchor, the atrial second tissue anchor, and the venous third tissue anchor. A size of a tricuspid orifice is reduced by tensioning the one or more tethers. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Idan TOBIS, Charlotte MURPHY, Kevin LYNN
  • Publication number: 20160235533
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes implanting (a) a first venous tissue anchor in a superior vena cava, an inferior vena cava, or a coronary sinus, (b) exactly two atrial tissue anchors, which consist of second and third atrial tissue anchors, at respective different atrial sites, each of which sites is selected from: an annulus of a tricuspid valve, and a wall of a right atrium of a heart above the annulus, and (c) a pulley system, which includes (i) a pulley, which is connected to the second atrial tissue anchor, and (ii) a tether, which (A) is connected to the first venous tissue anchor and the third atrial tissue anchor, (B) is moveable through the pulley, and (C) has a length, measured between the first venous and the third atrial tissue anchors, of at least 30 mm. A size of a tricuspid orifice is reduced by tensioning the tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael GILMORE, Idan TOBIS, Charlotte MURPHY, Kevin LYNN