Patents by Inventor Richard A. Schatz

Richard A. Schatz 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: 10337227
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a two-door closure system for a motor vehicle including a body having an A-pillar and a C-pillar being spaced from one another. According to an aspect of the disclosure, the closure system includes a front door having a front edge that is pivotably connected to the A-pillar. The closure system also includes a rear door that has a rearward edge that is pivotably coupled to the C-pillar of the vehicle body. At least one swivel hinge unit is provided that has a first pivot pin that is pivotably connected to the rearward edge of the rear door, and a second pivot pin for being pivotably connected to the C-pillar of the vehicle body to allow the rear door to initially pivot and translate away from the front door prior to pivoting the rear door between an open and closed position about the second pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Frank Stoof, Kris Tomaszewski, Roman Cetnar, Kurt M. Schatz, Peter Lance Oxley, James J. Ferri, Jeffrey Richard F. Domenchini, Joseph Scheuring
  • Publication number: 20190153770
    Abstract: A detection module for a closure panel of a motor vehicle and method for sensing at least one of an object and a motion adjacent a closure panel of a vehicle to facilitate operation of the closure panel is provided. The detection module includes a housing and a radar emitting sensor disposed in the housing. The radar emitting sensor is configured to sense at least one of an object and a motion adjacent the closure panel and to output data corresponding to at least one of an object and motion. A radar shield portion is operably attached to the housing. The radar shield portion is configured to shape a radar beam and form a patterned detection zone emitted from the radar emitting sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: J. R. Scott MITCHELL, Gabriele Wayne SABATINI, Jeffrey Richard F. DOMENCHINI, Kurt Matthew SCHATZ
  • Patent number: 9662458
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a positioning catheter for receiving an injection needle into its lumen. Structurally, the injection needle incorporates a plurality of loops that are mounted directly onto its shaft. As the injection needle is moved in a distal direction to exit from the lumen of the catheter, the loops are individually biased to transition from a folded configuration, and into a deployed configuration. In their deployed configurations, the loops create a barrier that is oriented perpendicular to the needle. Thus, the barrier acts to limit the depth of insertion of the needle into target tissue of a patient, to a predetermined depth, and to prevent perforation of the target tissue by the catheter tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20150202381
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a positioning catheter for receiving an injection needle into its lumen. Structurally, the injection needle incorporates a plurality of loops that are mounted directly onto its shaft. As the injection needle is moved in a distal direction to exit from the lumen of the catheter, the loops are individually biased to transition from a folded configuration, and into a deployed configuration. In their deployed configurations, the loops create a barrier that is oriented perpendicular to the needle. Thus, the barrier acts to limit the depth of insertion of the needle into target tissue of a patient, to a predetermined depth, and to prevent perforation of the target tissue by the catheter tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20140081207
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a positioning catheter for receiving an injection needle into its lumen. The injection needle incorporates a web member mounted directly onto its shaft. As the injection needle is moved in a distal direction to exit from the lumen of the catheter, the web member is biased to transition from a folded configuration, and into a flared configuration. Specifically, this transition occurs when the injection needle is deployed more than a predetermined distance “d” beyond the distal end of the catheter. In its flared configuration, the web member is disk-shaped and is oriented perpendicular to the needle. Thus, it acts as a barrier to limit the depth of insertion of the needle into target tissue of a patient, to a depth less than “d”, and to prevent perforation of the target tissue by the catheter tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Patent number: 8414558
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing injections in the ventricle of a patient. The system includes an injection catheter with a proximal and distal end. Importantly, a flexible array is mounted at the distal end of the injection catheter and is moveable between a protective configuration and a flared configuration. Also, a needle of variable length is mounted on the distal end of the injection catheter and is covered by the flexible array when the array is in its protective configuration. In order to manipulate the flexible array, a locking mechanism is mounted on the proximal end of the injection catheter for engagement with the flexible array. When selectively operated, the locking mechanism moves the array from its protective configuration to the flared configuration, holds the array in its flared configuration for an injection, and subsequently moves the array back to its protective configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Patent number: 8361039
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing injections in the ventricle of a patient. The system includes an injection catheter with a proximal and distal end. Importantly, a flexible array is mounted at the distal end of the injection catheter and is moveable between a protective configuration and a flared configuration. Also, a needle of variable length is mounted on the distal end of the injection catheter and is covered by the flexible array when the array is in its protective configuration. In order to manipulate the flexible array, a locking mechanism is mounted on the proximal end of the injection catheter for engagement with the flexible array. When selectively operated, the locking mechanism moves the array from its protective configuration to the flared configuration, holds the array in its flared configuration for an injection, and subsequently moves the array back to its protective configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20120179105
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a flexible abutment at its distal end. Functionally, the abutment serves to stabilize and align (orient) the distal portion of the catheter as its distal tip is advanced into contact with a tissue surface. Structurally, the flexible abutment is an arrangement of wires that creates a hollow conical shaped frame having two open ends. One end is affixed to the distal end of the catheter. And, the other is presented as a plurality of separated end points that collectively define an annulus at a distal distance from the catheter's tip. For its operation, the flexible abutment is moved from a folded (tube-shaped) configuration, for travel through the vasculature of a patient, to a flared configuration with end points on the frame extended outwardly from the catheter axis, for contact with the tissue surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Richard A. Schatz, Christopher J. Birchard, Jennifer Maffre
  • Publication number: 20120165785
    Abstract: A catheter system includes a positioning catheter for receiving an injection needle into its lumen. The injection needle incorporates a web member mounted directly onto its shaft. As the injection needle is moved in a distal direction to exit from the lumen of the catheter, the web member is biased to transition from a folded configuration, and into a flared configuration. Specifically, this transition occurs when the injection needle is deployed more than a predetermined distance “d” beyond the distal end of the catheter. In its flared configuration, the web member is disk-shaped and is oriented perpendicular to the needle. Thus, it acts as a barrier to limit the depth of insertion of the needle into target tissue of a patient, to a depth less than “d”, and to prevent perforation of the target tissue by the catheter tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20110112623
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that use a balloon/stent catheter for placing a stent at the ostium of a blood vessel. Included is a barrier member that is attached to the catheter at a location proximal the balloon. In use, the barrier member is reconfigured, prior to insertion of the balloon/stent portion of the catheter through the ostium. With this reconfiguration, a barrier (array) is established that limits advancement of the catheter into the blood vessel to ensure proper placement of the stent at the ostium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20110054444
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing injections in the ventricle of a patient. The system includes an injection catheter with a proximal and distal end. Importantly, a flexible array is mounted at the distal end of the injection catheter and is moveable between a protective configuration and a flared configuration. Also, a needle of variable length is mounted on the distal end of the injection catheter and is covered by the flexible array when the array is in its protective configuration. In order to manipulate the flexible array, a locking mechanism is mounted on the proximal end of the injection catheter for engagement with the flexible array. When selectively operated, the locking mechanism moves the array from its protective configuration to the flared configuration, holds the array in its flared configuration for an injection, and subsequently moves the array back to its protective configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Patent number: 7803136
    Abstract: A device is provided for performing intra myocardial injections. The device comprises a needle, a catheter formed with a lumen, and an abutment member mounted within the lumen for axial movement. The abutment member is movable between a first configuration, wherein it is substantially tube-like and is positioned within the lumen of the catheter, and a second configuration, wherein it extends beyond the distal end of the catheter and is substantially radially flared. Before the needle is advanced to perform an injection, the abutment member is moved to its second configuration to prevent contact between the catheter and the myocardial tissue during the injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20100191222
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing injections in the ventricle of a patient. The system includes an injection catheter with a proximal and distal end. Importantly, a flexible array is mounted at the distal end of the injection catheter and is moveable between a protective configuration and a flared configuration. Also, a needle of variable length is mounted on the distal end of the injection catheter and is covered by the flexible array when the array is in its protective configuration. In order to manipulate the flexible array, a locking mechanism is mounted on the proximal end of the injection catheter for engagement with the flexible array. When selectively operated, the locking mechanism moves the array from its protective configuration to the flared configuration, holds the array in its flared configuration for an injection, and subsequently moves the array back to its protective configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20090104194
    Abstract: A system and method for treating ocular disorders are disclosed. Specifically, the system and method administer bi-directional antibodies to treat a retina. Structurally, each bi-directional antibody has a first receptor arm and a second receptor arm. Further, each first receptor arm possesses binding affinity for retinal cells and each second receptor arm possesses binding affinity for melanin. After the antibodies are administered to the retina, the first receptor arms attach to the retinal cells. Thereafter, melanin is delivered to the retina and the second receptor arms are fixed to the melanin. In this manner, melanin is concentrated at the retinal cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20080228169
    Abstract: An over-the-wire catheter includes a guide wire lumen that is defined by a distal bracket and a proximal bracket. Both brackets are formed as part of the catheter, and the lumen is dimensioned for receiving a guide wire therethrough. Between the distal bracket and the proximal bracket is a lateral aperture that extends along the length of the catheter and provides for selective access to the guide wire during the use and operation of the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20070282267
    Abstract: A device is provided for performing intra myocardial injections. The device comprises a needle, a catheter formed with a lumen, and an abutment member mounted within the lumen for axial movement. The abutment member is movable between a first configuration, wherein it is substantially tube-like and is positioned within the lumen of the catheter, and a second configuration, wherein it extends beyond the distal end of the catheter and is substantially radially flared. Before the needle is advanced to perform an injection, the abutment member is moved to its second configuration to prevent contact between the catheter and the myocardial tissue during the injection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20070282257
    Abstract: A device is provided for performing intra myocardial injections. The device comprises a needle, a catheter formed with a lumen, and an inflatable abutment member. The abutment member is movable between a first configuration, wherein it is substantially tube-like and is deflated, and a second configuration, wherein it inflates beyond the distal end of the catheter and extends radially. Before the needle is advanced to perform an injection, the abutment member is moved to its second configuration to prevent contact between the catheter and the myocardial tissue during the injection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Richard A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20060149353
    Abstract: A plurality of expandable and deformable intraluminal vascular grafts are expanded within a blood vessel by an angioplasty balloon associated with a catheter to dilate and expand the lumen of a blood vessel. The grafts may be thin-walled tubular members having a plurality of slots disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tubular members, and adjacent grafts are flexibly connected by a single connector member disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tubular members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Schatz, Julio Palmaz
  • Publication number: 20060140915
    Abstract: A medicament and corresponding treatment protocol for in-vivo cellular regeneration within a mammal is described. Applications include the treatment of injuries to bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons in humans and animals. Treatment includes the step of administering one or more therapeutically effective doses of medicament into an injured, living mammal. For the treatment, the medicament includes a plurality of stem cells and an angiogenic factor such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In one implementation, non-embryonic stem cells are harvested from the mammal after injury for use in the medicament. Once harvested, the stem cells are typically concentrated (by removing non-stem cells from the harvested cell population) in a laboratory and then mixed with angiogenic factor to prepare the medicament. In an exemplary procedure, approximately ten therapeutically effective doses are injected into the body at or near the injured tissue during a healing period following the injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Schatz, William de Burgh
  • Patent number: RE39800
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for the prevention of atherosclerosis, its genesis, progression and restenosis in human patients undergoing treatments for arterial lesions such as PTA or atherectomy, and which may be accompanied by stent implantation. Further, the treatment method disclosed has applicability in all stages of atherosclerosis in which monocytes play a role. The compound utilized in the present method as the active agent is a 2-halo-2?-deoxyadenosine such as 2-chloro-deoxyadenosine (2-CdA). The treatment method of the present invention includes the administration of 14 doses of 2-CdA in the amount of 0.12 mg/kg. One dose is given intravenously before the coronary intervention, another is given intravenously after the intervention and the remaining twelve doses are given subcutaneously at weekly intervals over a subsequent three month period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Conor Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Schatz, Alan Saven