Patents by Inventor Peter J. Wilk

Peter J. Wilk 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: 20030105514
    Abstract: A conduit is provided to provide a bypass around a blockage in the coronary artery. The conduit is adapted to be positioned in the myocardium or heart wall to provide a passage for blood to flow between a chamber of the heart such as the left ventricle and the coronary artery, distal to the blockage. The stent is self-expanding or uses a balloon to expand the stent in the heart wall. Various attachment means are provided to anchor the stent and prevent its migration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Applicant: Percardia, Inc.
    Inventors: David Y. Phelps, Greg R. Furnish, Todd A. Hall, Mark Griffin, Scott J. Wolf, Peter J. Wilk, Jay Schmelter, Simon Furnish
  • Patent number: 6572529
    Abstract: A surgical method for assisting cardiac function utilizes a balloon initially in a collapsed configuration. The balloon is inserted into an intrapericardial space about a patient's heart and is disposed about one portion of the patient's heart. The method further includes inflating the balloon in the intrapericardial space to compress one portion of the patient's heart. A lower end portion of the patient's heart is separately compressed by an additional instrumentality to reduce ventricular volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6554810
    Abstract: A container for the collection and disposal of emesis comprises a rigid frame and a flexible bag. The frame and the bag are typically stored as separate parts prior to use and assembled just prior to or in anticipation of a use. Subsequent to use the bag is dissembled from the frame and sealed and disposed of, with the frame optionally reused or disposed of. Optionally the frame and bag are disposed of as a unit without subsequent disassembly. Frames, bags, and other ancillary parts of the unit are inexpensively manufactured of molded polymers or plastics, and are inexpensive enough for single use as warranted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Karen A. Cashel
  • Publication number: 20030060808
    Abstract: Using a mobile medical facility such as a surgical operating room, a physician may perform various diagnostic and surgical instruments on a patient located at a distance from the physician. The mobile medical facility is carried on a vehicle such as a truck, a ship or and aircraft. Generally, it is contemplated that the vehicle is stationary during the performance of a medical procedure. However, it is possible to conduct an examination or treatment even when the medical facility is in motion. Control signals and feedback signals are transmitted redundantly, over multiple communications pathways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Publication number: 20030055371
    Abstract: Left ventricular conduits and related methods are disclosed for achieving bypass of a partially or completely occluded coronary artery. More broadly, conduits for allowing communication of bodily fluids from one portion of a patient's body to another and related methods are disclosed, including conduits for forming a blood flow path from a chamber of the heart to a vessel or from one vessel to another. In other embodiments, the conduits achieve a coronary artery bypass by allowing blood communication between the left ventricle and the coronary artery or between a proximal portion of the coronary artery and a distal portion of the coronary artery. The conduits may be placed completely through the heart wall or extend only partially therein. Conduits may take on a variety of configurations for allowing the control of blood flow therethrough, including curved or tapered shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: Percardia, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Wolf, Greg R. Furnish, Todd A. Hall, David Y. Phelps, Peter J. Wilk, Nancy C. Briefs, William Santamore, Daniel Burkhoff, Simon Furnish, Stephen Evans, Roger D. Kamm, Richard Renati, Gerald Melsky, Eun Bo Shim
  • Publication number: 20030052962
    Abstract: A communications device such as a portable videophone includes a video camera and monitor disposed on a frame. An object selector is operatively linked to the monitor for selecting an object in an image displayed on the monitor. An image tracker is operatively coupled to the object selector and the camera for retaining an image of the selected object encoded in a video signal from the camera during subsequent relative motion of the object and the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Publication number: 20030045828
    Abstract: Left ventricular conduits and related methods are disclosed for achieving bypass of a partially or completely occluded coronary artery. More broadly, conduits for allowing communication of bodily fluids from one portion of a patient's body to another and related methods are disclosed, including conduits for forming a blood flow path from a chamber of the heart to a vessel or from one vessel to another. In other embodiments, the conduits achieve a coronary artery bypass by allowing blood communication between the left ventricle and the coronary artery or between a proximal portion of the coronary artery and a distal portion of the coronary artery. The conduits may be placed completely through the heart wall or extend only partially therein. Conduits may take on a variety of configurations for allowing the control of blood flow therethrough, including curved or tapered shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6520864
    Abstract: In a method for assisting a golf player in tracking golf shots comprises, a video camera is operated at one point along a golf course fairway to generate a video signal encoding an image of a plurality of substantially stationary objects and of a target golf ball moving relative to the stationary objects. A computer is operated to process the video signal to detect the target golf ball, to automatically determine a path of motion of the target golf ball, and to modify at least a portion of the video signal to superimpose on a display of the stationary objects a curvilinear indication of the determined path of motion of the target golf ball. The camera is moved along the fairway toward the resting golf ball. The image displayed in modified to incorporate the changing view of the fairway, as well as a changed portion of the golf ball's path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6517484
    Abstract: An ultrasonic medical imaging system comprises a calibration system, a transducer position determination system and an image formation system. The calibration system adjusts the remaining two systems and is part of the overall medical imaging system. A position determination system may discretely determine positions of sensors or sensor arrays considered as rigid bodies, or may continuously determine a shape of a flexible essentially two-dimensional body or mat in which the sensors or sensor arrays are embedded. The position determination system may be internal to a mechanical skeleton or armature joining the transducers or transducer arrays, internal to a two-dimensional body in which the transducers or arrays are embedded, or external to such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Robert C. Stirbl
  • Patent number: 6514077
    Abstract: A method for dental plaque removal intended for consumer use comprises filling the mouth with a physiologically acceptable cleaning solution, solvent, or wash, holding such solution in the mouth under voluntary muscular control, thereafter inserting through the lips an elongate acoustically excitable probe forming, under muscular control, a seal with the lips. The probe is energized and a sonic or ultrasonic cleaning action in the mouth removes incipient plaque deposits from the teeth, without the necessity of visiting each tooth individually with a manual or partially automatic mechanical cleaning implement, such as a toothbrush. In an alternative embodiment, fluid fill is provided through a channel in the probe and filling of the mouth is accomplished following insertion. The method may be used in a more general sense to acoustically clean articles in a flexible portable enclosure by means of a portable probe or tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Publication number: 20030008719
    Abstract: A golf course has a single fairway having a first green disposed at a first end of the fairway for play from the fairway, and a second green disposed at a second end of the fairway for play from the fairway. A first tee is disposed approximately at the first end of the fairway for play onto the fairway towards the second green, whiule a second tee is disposed approximately at the second end of the fairway for play onto the fairway towards the first green. At least one of the tees includes a supporting framework and a shell, the framework and the shell being movable together relative to the fairway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6494886
    Abstract: A surgical clamping device comprises a first jaw and a second jaw, with a self-locking surgical fastener mountable thereon. The jaws have at least a first closing configuration and a second closing configuration, the first closing configuration designed to reduce a lateral dimension of a clamping device with mounted fastener, without thereby engaging locking devices on the selflocking surgical fastener, the second closing configuration designed to cause an engagement of the self-locking devices, thereby allowing a demounting of the fastener and a permanent disposition thereof in tissue. In a first closing configuration an approximation of the jaws in a transverse plane thereof is accompanied by an out-of-plane movement, comprising translation, or rotation about an axis in the plane, the rotation in turn comprising twisting—rotation about an axis essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the jaws, or skewing—rotation about an axis essentially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignees: Granit Medical Innovation, Inc., Weck Closure Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, James R. Whitney
  • Publication number: 20020187226
    Abstract: A bagel filling kit includes a plurality of hollow tubular members, and a plurality of plunger members insertable into respective ones of the tubular members. The tubular members may be preloaded with respective charges of flowable comestible materials. Optionally, the plunger members are partially inserted into respective tubular members. Where the tubular members are preloaded, the user need only select a tubular member with a desired filling, insert a nozzle end of the tubular member into a hole in a bagel, where the hole communicates with a chamber inside the bagel, and push the plunger to thereby eject the filling material into the bagel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Joshua Weisberger
  • Publication number: 20020165479
    Abstract: Left ventricular conduits and related methods are disclosed for achieving bypass of a partially or completely occluded coronary artery. More broadly, conduits for allowing communication of bodily fluids from one portion of a patient's body to another and related methods are disclosed, including conduits for forming a blood flow path from a chamber of the heart to a vessel or from one vessel to another. In other embodiments, the conduits achieve a coronary artery bypass by allowing blood communication between the left ventricle and the coronary artery or between a proximal portion of the coronary artery and a distal portion of the coronary artery. The conduits may be placed completely through the heart wall or extend only partially therein. Conduits may take on a variety of configurations for allowing the control of blood flow therethrough, including curved or tapered shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Applicant: Percardia, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Publication number: 20020165606
    Abstract: Disclosed is a conduit that provides a bypass around a stenosis or occlusion in a coronary artery. The conduit is adapted to be positioned in the myocardium to provide a passage for blood to flow from a heart chamber to a coronary artery, at a site distal to the blockage or stenosis in the coronary artery. The conduit has a one-way valve positioned therein to prevent the backflow of blood from the coronary artery into the heart chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: SCOTT J. WOLF, GREG R. FURNISH, TODD A. HALL, DAVID Y. PHELPS, PETER J. WILK, NANCY C. BRIEFS, WILLIAM SANTAMORE, DANIEL BURKHOFF
  • Publication number: 20020146494
    Abstract: A machine for making a food product includes a cooking apparatus for cooking an aliquot of dough disposed in an elongate straight shape about a straight cooking member made of a material which has a chemical composition essentially impervious to cooking temperatures. The machine also incorporates a mechanism for extracting the cooking member from the cooked dough, thereby creating a chamber in the cooked dough. This mechanism has a contact member which is disposable in engagement with an end of the cooking member, a holder disposable in contact with the cooked dough for restraining the cooked dough, and a motive component operatively connected to at least one of the holder and the contact member for moving the one of the holder and the gripper relative to the other to remove the cooking member from cooked dough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Joshua Weisberger
  • Patent number: 6447400
    Abstract: A golf course has a single fairway with multiple greens. At least two greens are provided, at opposite ends of the fairway. One or more additional greens may be provided between the first two greens and along the fairway. Also, multiple tees are provided for the one fairway. At least one tee is provided at each end of the fairway, the tee facing down the fairway towards the green at the opposite end of the fairway. Each green may be the target of two or more tees disposed at different locations on the fairway. The golf course is occupied for a predetermined limited period of time by an individual or a single group of golfers. The individual or single group of golfers plays back and forth along the fairway, for as long as they have reserved the course. They can play at their own pace, undisturbed by other golfers because there are no other golfers on the course. The only limitation is duration: eventually they will have to stop because their reserved interval of play has terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
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    Publication number: 20020119726
    Abstract: A self-propelled toy. Capable of climbing at least some kinds of walls. Suction cups are provided on leg-like appendages which are movable relative to a frame or body member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Publication number: 20020112908
    Abstract: A personal transportation apparatus has a frame defining a surface for supporting a load, and a plurality of air-cushion cells mounted to the frame and depending from a lower side thereof, the air-cushion cells each having a changeable height to accommodate variations in an underlying terrain during a translation of the frame over the terrain. A pressure source is mounted to the frame and is operatively connected to the air-cushion cells for supplying air under pressure to the cells, thereby generating an air-cushion support for the frame. An elevation mechanism is mounted to the frame for lifting the frame from one step to a next higher step of a stairway so that the frame ascends the stairway from a lowermost step to an uppermost step of the stairway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6429431
    Abstract: A medical diagnostic apparatus includes a carrier body, a plurality of rigid substrates each bearing at least one solid-state gamma ray sensor, the substrates being attached to the carrier body, and a computer operatively connected to the sensors for receiving signals therefrom and deriving information about location and size of a source of radioactivity in the patient. The carrier body enables disposition of different gamma ray sensors on different sides of the patient so that the sensors at least partially surround the patient. In an associated medical diagnostic method, a chemical composition containing a radioactive isotope is administered to a patient. A plurality of solid-state sensors sensitive to gamma rays generated by radioactive decay of the isotope are subsequently disposed about the patient, and signals from the sensors are conducted to a computer, which is then operated to derive information about location and size of a source of radioactivity in the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk