Patents by Inventor Ralph Schneider

Ralph Schneider 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: 10973638
    Abstract: Embodiments of a leaflet clip device and method of reducing regurgitation through a native heart valve are disclosed. A leaflet clip device can include an elongated clipping member having a first end portion and a second end portion and a tensioning mechanism coupled to the clipping member. The leaflet clip device can further include one or more tensioning members disposed within a lumen of the clipping member, wherein the one or more tensioning members are operatively connected to the tensioning mechanism to transform the clipping member from a delivery configuration to an implantation configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Lauren R. Freschauf, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10947391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to gold-colored effect pigment including a nonmetallic substrate in platelet form and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating includes at least one spacer layer. The invention further relates to a process for production of and to the use of the gold-colored effect pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10934436
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transparent effect pigment which includes a non-metallic platelet-shaped substrate and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating has a spacer layer. The invention further relates to a method for the production, as well as the use, of the transparent effect pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10799432
    Abstract: The invention relates to an absorbent effect pigment including a nonmetallic substrate in platelet form and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating includes at least one spacer layer. The invention further relates to a process for production of and to the use of the absorbent effect pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Eckart GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10759941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metal effect pigment including a metallic substrate in platelet form and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating includes a spacer layer. The invention further relates to a process for production of and to the use of the metal effect pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Eckart GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20200078011
    Abstract: Some disclosed suture securement devices comprise a flat, thin, generally planar body that has one or more suture engagement slots extending into the body from a perimeter inlet for receiving sutures laterally into the device. The slots can be resiliently widened to receive a suture and then released to clamp onto the suture. Some embodiments include two or more such suture engagement slots that independently receive and secure different sutures. Some embodiments include one or more locking tabs that have a closed position that retains the slots against widening and blocks the inlet to the slot. In some embodiment two or more slots are position next to each other on the same side of the device, while in other embodiments slots are positioned on opposite sides of the device. Other types of suture securement devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Manouchehr A. Miraki, Hengchu Cao, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10557037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a particularly effective protective coating for metallic objects, the coating method, and the special applications thereof. The particularly high protective effect is achieved by the adaptation of the inorganic fraction and the organic polymer fraction of the coating to the specific surface of the object. Further adjustments of the coating can be used for further optimization, for example of the protection properties or other product properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: ECKART GMBH
    Inventors: Simone Kreppner, Oliver Bedford, Oliver Struck, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20200009023
    Abstract: The invention relates to an absorbent effect pigment including a nonmetallic substrate in platelet form and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating includes at least one spacer layer. The invention further relates to a process for production of and to the use of the absorbent effect pigment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10517727
    Abstract: Disclosed systems for implanting annuloplasty rings and other prosthetic devices can comprise a plurality of microanchors, sutures threaded through the microanchors, the sutures passing through the prosthetic device, individual microanchor guides, such as tubes or spears, for each microanchor that contain the microanchors during delivery and allow for positioning and deployment of the microanchors into annular tissue. The systems can also comprise a bracket that is temporarily coupled to the prosthetic device, holds the plurality of microanchor guides in position relative to one another and relative to the prosthetic device, and/or guides the sutures passing through the prosthetic device. The prosthetic device can include suture locking mechanisms to secure the prosthetic device to the sutures and to the implanted microanchors after the deployment devices have been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Alexander J. Siegel, Ralph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10470759
    Abstract: Some disclosed suture securement devices comprise a flat, thin, generally planar body that has one or more suture engagement slots extending into the body from a perimeter inlet for receiving sutures laterally into the device. The slots can be resiliently widened to receive a suture and then released to clamp onto the suture. Some embodiments include two or more such suture engagement slots that independently receive and secure different sutures. Some embodiments include one or more locking tabs that have a closed position that retains the slots against widening and blocks the inlet to the slot. In some embodiment two or more slots are position next to each other on the same side of the device, while in other embodiments slots are positioned on opposite sides of the device. Other types of suture securement devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Manouchehr A. Miraki, Hengchu Cao, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20190313774
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin layer is gently pulled in a non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin layer into the bone layer to effect a “skin tightening” procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Zift Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Philip Jon Haarstad, Eric J. Simso, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Publication number: 20190307589
    Abstract: An expandable sheath is disclosed herein, which has a first polymeric layer and a braided layer positioned radially outward of the first polymeric layer. The braided layer includes a plurality of filaments braided together. The expandable sheaths further include a resilient elastic layer positioned radially outward of the braided layer. The elastic layer is configured to apply radial force to the braided layer and the first polymeric layer. The expandable sheath further includes a second polymeric layer positioned radially outward of the elastic layer and bonded to the first polymeric layer such that the braided layer and the elastic layer are encapsulated between the first and second polymeric layers. Methods of making and using the devices disclosed herein are also disclosed, as are crimping devices that may be used in methods of making the devices disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Eran Goldberg, Noa Axelrod, Yair A. Neumann, Boaz Manash, David Maimon, Eyal Leiba, Ralph Schneider, Liron Tayeb
  • Patent number: 10391043
    Abstract: The invention relates to an absorbent effect pigment including a nonmetallic substrate in platelet form and a coating applied thereto, wherein the coating includes at least one spacer layer. The invention further relates to a process for production of and to the use of the absorbent effect pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ECKART GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Grüner, Günter Kaupp, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20190209174
    Abstract: Devices and methods for deploying self-cinching surgical clips. A device can access at least two layers of tissue or material from only one side of the tissue or material and puncture through the two layers of tissue or material. The various configurations of clips disclosed herein can be made of a superelastic material such as Nitinol, and have a constrained and a relaxed state, and no sharp edges or tips so as to reduce tissue irritation following deployment. The clip can be disposed within the housing of the delivery device and held in a constrained state until deployment wherein the clip assumes its relaxed state, where the ends of the clip can be brought into close approximation, thereby securing the layers of tissue or material together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Brian S. Conklin, James A. Davidson, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20190201183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin and/or soft tissue layer is displaced in a surgical or non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin and/or soft tissue layer into the periosteum or bone layer to affect a tissue repositioning procedure. The method and apparatus may also be used to attach tissue to tissue an a shifted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Zift, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Eric J. Simso, Philip Jon Haarstad, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Publication number: 20190200973
    Abstract: A septal closure and port device for implantation in the atrial septum of a patient's heart comprises an expandable frame can comprise a central portion defining a lumen, and first and second opposing end portions. The frame is configured to expand and contract between a compressed, tubular configuration for delivery through the patient's vasculature and an expanded configuration in which the first and second end portions extend radially outwardly from the opposite ends of the central portion. The device can further comprise a valve member supported on the frame and positioned to block at least the flow of blood from the left atrium to the right atrium through the lumen of the frame. The valve member is configured to permit a medical instrument inserted through the lumen and into the left atrium, such as for performing a subsequent medical procedure in the left side of the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Ming H. Wu, Jinny Lee, Ralph Schneider, Sergio Delgado, Ilan Tamir
  • Patent number: 10285232
    Abstract: A headlight for a motor vehicle includes at least two light sources and a driver, which is arranged to vary the light intensities of the light sources with a phase shift to one another periodically between a minimum and a maximum and in the course of a period to set intermediate values between the maximum and the minimum. In a phase of the period, in which the first light source reaches the maximum of its light intensity, the light intensity of the second light source is situated at an intermediate value and increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank Langkabel, Rouven Haberkorn, Philipp Roeckl, Michael Bach, Ralph Schneider, Ingolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 10265059
    Abstract: A septal closure and port device for implantation in the atrial septum of a patient's heart includes an expandable frame having a central portion defining a lumen, and first and second opposing end portions. The frame is configured to expand and contract between a compressed, tubular configuration for delivery through the patient's vasculature and an expanded configuration in which the first and second end portions extend radially outwardly from the opposite ends of the central portion. The device can further include a valve member supported on the frame and positioned to block at least the flow of blood from the left atrium to the right atrium through the lumen of the frame. The valve member is configured to permit a medical instrument to be inserted through the lumen and into the left atrium, such as for performing a subsequent medical procedure in the left side of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Ming H. Wu, Jinny Lee, Ralph Schneider, Sergio Delgado, Ilan Tamir
  • Patent number: 10245037
    Abstract: A device and method for deploying self-cinching surgical clips. The device accesses at least two layers of tissue or material from only one side of the tissue or material and punctures through the two layers of tissue or material. The various configurations of clips disclosed herein are made of a superelastic material such as Nitinol, and have a constrained and a relaxed state, and no sharp edges or tips so as to reduce tissue irritation following deployment. The clip is disposed within the housing of the delivery device and held in a constrained state by a tube assembly until deployment wherein the clip assumes its relaxed state, where the ends of the clip are brought into close approximation, thereby securing the layers of tissue or material together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Brian S. Conklin, James A. Davidson, Ralph Schneider
  • Publication number: 20190038403
    Abstract: Methods for the conditioning of bioprosthetic material employ bovine pericardial membrane. A laser directed at the fibrous surface of the membrane and moved relative thereto reduces the thickness of the membrane to a specific uniform thickness and smoothes the surface. The wavelength, power and pulse rate of the laser are selected which will smooth the fibrous surface as well as ablate the surface to the appropriate thickness. Alternatively, a dermatome is used to remove a layer of material from the fibrous surface of the membrane. Thinning may also employ compression. Stepwise compression with cross-linking to stabilize the membrane is used to avoid damaging the membrane through inelastic compression. Rather, the membrane is bound in the elastic compressed state through addition cross-linking. The foregoing several thinning techniques may be employed together to achieve strong thin membranes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Dove, Bin Tian, Ralph Schneider, Jeffrey S. Cohen, Ivan Jankovic, John F. Migliazza, Gregory A. Wright, James M. Young, Louis A. Campbell