Patents by Inventor Peter F. Costa

Peter F. Costa 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: 10959797
    Abstract: An articulating joint comprising a multi-cluster joint where every consecutive pair of links is interfaced by a gimbal, which offers rotation about two orthogonal axes within the same plane. Thus, the articulating joint comprises an alternating sequence of links and gimbals. Furthermore, there may be multiple cables attached to one or more of the links. As these cables are selectively pulled and released, one can achieve any desired articulation of the articulating joint. There may be a transmission member extending through the links and gimbals, parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the joint in its nominal non-articulated condition. This transmission member may be either a tension member that is pulled on (e.g. a cable or flexible pull rod) and that loads the articulating joint in compression, or the transmission member may be a flexible push rod that loads the articulating joint in tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FlexDex, Inc.
    Inventors: James Michael Licht, Shorya Awtar, Deepak Sharma, Zachary Zimmerman, Bruce Johnson, Christopher K. Holmes, Peter F. Costa, Brian Douglas Larose, Randall Sullivan, Ryan Brook Rank
  • Publication number: 20180221045
    Abstract: A jaw closure transmission system is presented comprising an input sub-system, output sub-system and a transmission sub-system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Zachary ZIMMERMAN, Shorya AWTAR, Bruce JOHNSON, Christopher K. HOLMES, Peter F. COSTA, Ryan Brook RANK
  • Patent number: 9869339
    Abstract: A jaw closure transmission system is presented comprising an input sub-system, output sub-system and a transmission sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FlexDex, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Zimmerman, Shorya Awtar, Bruce Johnson, Christopher K. Holmes, Peter F. Costa, Ryan Brook Rank
  • Patent number: 9867430
    Abstract: Disclosed is a closure system used in combination in any of a variety of applications including clothing, for example as a footwear lacing system comprising a lace attached to a tightening mechanism. The lace extends through a series of guide members positioned along two opposing footwear closure portions. The lace and guides preferably have low friction surfaces to facilitate sliding of the lace along the guide members so that the lace evenly distributes tension across the footwear member. The tightening mechanism allows incremental adjustment of the tension of the lace. The closure system allows a user to quickly loosen the lace and inhibits unintentional and/or accidental loosing of the lace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Hammerslag, Mark Soderberg, Christopher K. Holmes, Peter F. Costa, Bruce K. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170097035
    Abstract: A Jaw Closure Transmission system is presented comprising an input sub-system, output sub-system and a transmission sub-system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Zachary ZIMMERMAN, Shorya AWTAR, Bruce JOHNSON, Christopher K. HOLMES, Peter F. COSTA
  • Publication number: 20170095922
    Abstract: An articulating joint comprising a multi-cluster joint where every consecutive pair of links is interfaced by a gimbal, which offers rotation about two orthogonal axes within the same plane. Thus, the articulating joint comprises an alternating sequence of links and gimbals. Furthermore, there may be multiple cables attached to one or more of the links. As these cables are selectively pulled and released, one can achieve any desired articulation of the articulating joint. There may be a transmission member extending through the links and gimbals, parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the joint in its nominal non-articulated condition. This transmission member may be either a tension member that is pulled on (e.g. a cable or flexible pull rod) and that loads the articulating joint in compression, or the transmission member may be a flexible push rod that loads the articulating joint in tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: James Michael LICHT, Shorya AWTAR, Deepak SHARMA, Zachary ZIMMERMAN, Bruce JOHNSON, Christopher K. HOLMES, Peter F. COSTA, Brian Douglas LAROSE, Randall SULLIVAN
  • Patent number: 8617190
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20110172686
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. Dicesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 7935129
    Abstract: A device for engaging tissue having a preexisting opening includes a generally annular-shaped ring having a width disposed about a longitudinal axis, and at least two staple members extending from the ring. Each of the at least two staple members have a thickness and at least a distal portion formed of an elastic material. The distal portions of the staple members have a first configuration, where the distal portions are separated by a first distance and wherein the distal portions are substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, and a second configuration, where the distal portions are separated by a second distance, the second distance being less than the first distance, and the at least two staple members engage tissue surrounding the preexisting opening. The annular-shaped ring has a width that is greater than the thickness of the at least two staple members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 7112211
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6984238
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6899718
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20040199188
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20040199189
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20040186490
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20040167551
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6699257
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6695857
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6682541
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6676678
    Abstract: A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass surgery, particularly in port-access CABG surgery. A first aspect of the invention includes a vascular anastomosis staple. A first configuration has two parts: an anchor member, forming the attachment with the target vessel wall and a coupling member, forming the attachment with the bypass graft vessel. The anastomosis is completed by inserting the coupling member, with the graft vessel attached, into the anchor member. A second configuration combines the functions of the anchor member and the coupling member into a one-piece anastomosis staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, Lee R. Bolduc, Jeffrey A. Stein, Paul C. DiCesare, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes