Patents by Inventor Richard D. Phipps

Richard D. Phipps 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: 10711930
    Abstract: A releasable connection assembly for connecting tubing sections is disclosed. The assembly includes a male bayonet connector including a shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, and a female latch connector. The male bayonet connector includes a shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, and defining a lumen extending between the distal end and the proximal end. A rib extends radially from the distal end of the shaft. The female latch connector defines an exterior opening configured to receive at least part of the distal end and the rib of the shaft. A method of using a releasable connection assembly for connecting tubing sections is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Peter D. Lewis, Ravikumar S. Narayanan, Richard W. Cairns, Riley M. Phipps
  • Patent number: 6554794
    Abstract: A non-deforming deflectable multi-lumen catheter with an outer jacket having a deflectable distal end portion, an eccentric pull wire lumen, coil and shim embedded therein. The deflectable distal portion optionally having one or more transaxial notches in the external surface of the outer jacket. A functional device is disposed within the lumen of an inner tube substantially coaxial with the outer jacket of the catheter. The distal tip of the functional device egressible from the distal tip of the catheter, and upon deflection, automatically aligns with the distal tip of the catheter and functional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Richard L. Mueller, U. Hiram Chee, Steven A. Daniel, Amr Salahieh, Robert LaDuca, Lauren K. Lundquist, Richard D. Phipps, Daniel S. Brown
  • Patent number: 6309375
    Abstract: A modular drug delivery system for use by cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists for delivery of molecular and cellular therapies that target genes, molecules and peptides. The regulated drug delivery devices comprise a modular mechanically actuated drug delivery module (DDM) that can be attached to either a surgical viewing endoscope hand-piece or specialized catheter for interventional procedures. The DDM provides metering of drugs to treatment sites and allows for quick interchangeability with other component parts such as a viewing scope end portion for MIS or other surgical procedures or a flexible catheter shaft for percutaneous procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: MicroHeart, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Glines, Richard D. Phipps, Lauren K. Lundquist, Daniel S. Brown
  • Patent number: 6183444
    Abstract: A modular drug delivery system for use by cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists for delivery of molecular and cellular therapies that target genes, molecules and peptides. The regulated drug delivery devices comprise a modular mechanically actuated drug delivery module (DDM) that can be attached to either a surgical viewing endoscope hand-piece or specialized catheter for interventional procedures. The DDM provides metering of drugs to treatment sites and allows for quick interchangeability with other component parts such as a viewing scope end portion for MIS or other surgical procedures or a flexible catheter shaft for percutaneous procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: MicroHeart, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Glines, Richard D. Phipps, Lauren Lundquist, Daniel S. Brown
  • Patent number: 6149658
    Abstract: A sutured staple, instrument and method are provided for constructing a graft-to-artery anastomosis and other soft tissue anastomoses, particularly by minimally invasive (or endoscopic) surgery. The sutured staple is comprised of a needle, pin, base and flange. The needle allows this surgical staple to be sewn through, for example, a graft and artery to be joined, and the pin, base and flange are formed to seal the graft and artery together between cooperating surfaces of the base and flange. The instrument holds the staple at its distal or working end, and controls in the handle allow application of the staple. The method employs the sutured staples and instrument to join soft tissues and to construct graft-to-artery anastomoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Coalescent Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gardiner, Paul T. McDonald, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 6074401
    Abstract: A surgical fastener in the form of a pinned retainer, instrument and method are provided for constructing a graft to artery anastomosis and other soft tissue anastomoses, particularly by minimally invasive (or endoscopic) surgery. The pinned retainer fastener is comprised of a needle and a retainer. The needle has a base, shaft and tip that allow this member to be sewn through, for example, a graft and artery to be joined. The retainer has an aperture to receive and securely engage the needle shaft to seal the graft and artery together between cooperating surfaces of the needle base and retainer. The instrument holds the needle and retainer at its distal or working end, and controls in the handle allow application of the retainer. The method employs the pinned retainer fasteners and instrument to join soft tissues and to construct graft to artery anastomoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Coalescent Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gardiner, Paul T. McDonald, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 6019756
    Abstract: A laser surgery device for performing laser myocardial revascularization procedures on a human heart comprises a hand-held body portion with a forwardly extending probe member with an enlarged head end assembly including a piercing tip. A movable fiber bundle connected to a laser source extends through the body portion and the probe member with its distal tip at the head end assembly. A control button on the body portion enables the device to move the distal tip forwardly from the head end, and selectable stop members are provided on the body portion to provide different travel distances for the optical fiber bundle during a procedure. The body portion has a rotatable nose-piece with an internal ratchet mechanism which enables the device user to rotate the probe member and its head end to a selected optimum position before commencing a procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Eclipse Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Mueller, Stuart D. Harman, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 5976164
    Abstract: A semi-automatic cardiac tissue removal device for obtaining biopsy samples and/or creating revascularization pathways in the myocardium of the heart, mechanically cuts the pathways using a handpiece with a cutting tip assembly having a hollow needle with an angled, sharpened edge rotatable mounted around a separately advancable stylet. The stylet defines a piercer to spread the myocardium prior to insertion of the needle and to allow creation of a pathway only within the myocardium. The stylet further defines a plug at the cutting edge of the needle to finish the cutting cleanly and to plug the hollow needle thereby forming a closed chamber for excised tissue. A single button on the left or right handed handpiece actuates movement of the stylet into the myocardium, movement of the needle into the path produced by the piercer, and rotation of the needle to cut tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Eclipse Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Bencini, Richard L. Mueller, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 5879371
    Abstract: A surgical fastener in the form of a ferruled loop, instrument and method are provided for constructing a graft to artery anastomosis and other soft tissue anastomoses, particularly by minimally invasive (or endoscopic) surgery. The ferruled loop fastener is comprised of a needle, a suture and a ferrule. The needle and suture member allow this fastener to be sewn through, for example, a graft and artery to be joined. The ferrule member allows a ferruled loop to be formed without knotting the suture member, and that serves as a suture stitch to fasten the graft and artery together. The instrument holds the needle and ferrule at its distal end, and controls in the handle allow manipulation of the needle and controllable application of the fastener. The method employs the ferruled loop and instruments to join soft tissues and to construct graft to artery anastomoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Elective Vascular Interventions, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gardiner, Paul T. McDonald, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 5273387
    Abstract: A binding apparatus having a base portion and a binding mechanism is disclosed which binds a stack of punched paper sheets with a plastic binding element having an elongated linear spine and integral spaced resilient curled fingers extending from the spine. The binding mechanism includes a fixed binding comb and a series of push fingers. The binding comb has a series of upstanding fixed spaced pickets having sufficient clearance between each other to allow the binding element curled fingers to be manually shifted laterally relative to the fixed pickets such that each of the curled fingers surrounds a portion of the push fingers. The binding mechanism also has a device for moving the push fingers outwardly from the pickets to uncurl the curled fingers so that a stack of punched paper sheets can be placed on the uncurled fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Taurus Tetraconcepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Groswith, III, Richard D. Phipps, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., John F. Stewart, Rick J. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 5163350
    Abstract: A paper punch and binding apparatus has two punch mechanisms, one for punching round holes in a paper sheets stack and one for punching rectangular holes in another paper sheets stack. A single lever or crank simultaneously operates and drives a series of round end punches to shear the round holes and a punch plate with integral rectangular punch elements shear rectangular holes. A four-bar linkage connects the lever to the punch plate and the series of the punches in a manner that both the plate and punches are driven in a vertical straight line and with a greater mechanical advantage at the start and over the first increments of the punching operation. In a preferred embodiment, a binding station is provided in an apparatus base portion particularly for binding with a Douvry-type plastic resilient loops binding element. The binding station has an operating knob which operates a simple gear interconnect train for uncurling the resilient loops and allowing the punched hole stack to be inserted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Taurus Tetraconcepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Groswith, III, Richard D. Phipps, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., John F. Stewart, Rick J. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 5007782
    Abstract: A paper punch and binding apparatus has two punch mechanisms, one for punching round holes in a paper sheets stack and one for punching rectangular holes in another paper sheet stack. A single layer or crank simultaneously operates and drives a series of round end punches to shear the round holes and a punch plate with integral rectangular punch elements shear rectangular holes. A four-bar linkage connects the lever to the punch plate and the series of the punches in a manner that both the plate and punches are driven in a vertical straight line and with a greater mechanical advantage at the start and over the first increments of the punching operation. In a preferred embodiment, a binding station is provided in an apparatus base portion particularly for binding with a Douvry-type plastic resilient loops binding element. The binding station has an operating knob which operates a simple gear interconnect train for uncurling the resilient loops and allowing the punched hole stack to be inserted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Taurus Tetraconcepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Groswith, III, Richard D. Phipps, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., John F. Stewart, Rick J. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 4856929
    Abstract: An interior clamping device for tubular poles which includes a driver disposed in one tubular member with a tapered end portion projecting outwardly from the tubular member. An expandable sleeve is disposed in a second tubular member. Locking means removably secure the driver to the sleeve by a fastener so that when the driver is rotated in one direction the expandable sleeve is moved radially outwardly against the inner surface of the tube to lock the tubes together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Steccone Products Co.
    Inventors: Aloys J. Smahlik, Michael A. Smahlik, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: 4719825
    Abstract: A tattooing device includes a disposable syringe in which a tattoo dye is dispensed through a passageway in a needle of the syringe. A cam member is rotated to rotate a clutch rod held in a clutch member. The clutch rod rotates a threaded rod through a fixed nut member that causes the threaded rod to move linearly towards the syringe to displace a plunger pin fixed to the threaded rod. The plunger pin thereby displaces a plunger of the syringe to dispense the tattoo dye through the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventors: Peter G. LaHaye, Richard D. Phipps, Robert L. Lathrop
  • Patent number: D320407
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Taurus Tetraconcepts
    Inventors: Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., Richard D. Phipps, Loren D. Stirling
  • Patent number: D330049
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Taurus Tetraconcepts
    Inventors: Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., Richard D. Phipps, Loren D. Stirling
  • Patent number: D389573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Eclipse Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D. Harman, Richard D. Phipps
  • Patent number: D418223
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Eclipse Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Phipps, Loren D. Stirling, Robert F. Bencini