Patents by Inventor Richard E. Fulton

Richard E. Fulton 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: 7491210
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 7331980
    Abstract: Wires, catheters, endoscopes, etc. and their methods that have flow directed distal ends, which allow and facilitate management of these devices during use are disclosed. Additionally instant invention allows for distal anchoring so that the device will remain in a location once it has arrived and its method for use. Further, the instant invention describes an apparatus and method for a tensioning characteristic to be applied along the device once it is place that will facilitate the passing of another member along the initially placed member. Last, a novel occluder is disclosed and its method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 7318793
    Abstract: Exercise devices that have a novel mechanical that allow the force required to do push-ups, pull-ups or dips to be varied to aid with athletic training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 7232432
    Abstract: A particle-removing medical device includes an outer, hollow tube having a tube distal end and a porous braided structure having a distal part and a proximal part. Structure, housed within the tube and having a distal end positioned distally of the tube distal end, is used to move the braided structure from a contracted condition to an expanded condition by moving the distal ends of the tube and the structure towards one another. The braided structure is constructed to inhibit particles from moving completely through the braided structure when in the expanded condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, III, William R. Dubrul
  • Patent number: 7011654
    Abstract: A dilating and support apparatus with disease inhibitors and methods for use is disclosed that is particularly useful for repairing and/or serving as a conduit for body passageways that require reinforcement, dilatation, disease prevention or the like. Such apparatuses are utilized to deliver a therapy, that therapy being from a family of devices, drugs, or any of a variety of other elements to a specific location within the body. The instant disclosure provides a system of combining a novel radial deployment and/or drug delivery therapy with existing balloon dilatation therapy into one device. This combination will yield a significant decrease in cost to the healthcare system as well as providing a therapy to the patient with increased safety and efficacy. Further, the instant invention provides a novel and improved platform for synthetic/tissue interface between the device and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 6852097
    Abstract: A device and method to dissolve or eliminate blood clots from a patient relies upon a non-rapid moving mechanism to physically dissolve clots without damaging endothelium of the arteries and veins of a patient. In one embodiment, in addition to mechanical agitation of a clot, a thrombolytic agent is administered simultaneously with such agitation. Preferably, intermittent agitation is utilized over a prolonged period of time to effectuate clot removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton, III
  • Publication number: 20040210160
    Abstract: A biopsy localization device made according to the invention includes a bioresorbable element, such as a cellulose. The bioresorbable element preferably carries a radiopaque marker. The bioresorbable element preferably swells to fill the biopsied open region. The bioresorbable element and radiopaque marker permit the biopsy site to be relocated by various techniques, including mammography and ultrasound. In addition, the bioresorbable element can be used as a therapeutic tool for treatment of the diseased lesion and for hemostasis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William Richard Dubrul
  • Publication number: 20040204660
    Abstract: A biopsy localization device made according to the invention includes a swellable bioresorbable element. The bioresorbable element preferably contains radiopaque marker. The bioresorbable element preferably swells to fill the biopsied open region. The bioresorbable element and radiopaque marker permit the biopsy site to be relocated by various techniques, including mammography and ultrasound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William Richard Dubrul
  • Publication number: 20040102296
    Abstract: Exercise devices that have a novel mechanical that allow the force required to do push-ups, pull-ups or dips to be varied to aid with athletic training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 6730042
    Abstract: A biopsy localization device made according to the invention includes a bioabsorbable element (34), such as a dehydrated collagen plug, delivered in a pre-delivery state to a soft tissue biopsy site (18) of a patient by an element delivery device (32). The bioabsorbable element preferably swells to fill the biopsied open region (26) and preferably is palpably harder than the surrounding soft tissue at the biopsy site. The bioabsorbable element permits the biopsy site to be relocated by palpation to eliminate the need to use metallic clips during biopsies and often eliminates the need for a return to the radiologist for pre-operative localization. In addition, the bioabsorbable element can be used as a therapeutic tool for treatment of the diseased lesion and for hemostasis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William Richard Dubrul
  • Patent number: 6695858
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Publication number: 20040010206
    Abstract: Intraoperative tissue treatment methods are used following the removal of target tissue, e.g. diseased tissue, from a target site, e.g. within a patient's breast, leaving access to the target site. In one method an expandable element is introduced into and expanded within a void at the target site. If it is determined that all of the target tissue was not removed, then a layer of tissue at least partially surrounding the expanded element is removed from the patient, preferably in a substantially intact form, to permit inspection for evidence of the target tissue still within the patient. In a second method the suction inlet of a suction device is located so to be in fluid communication with the void. Fluid is then withdrawn through the suction inlet so to at least partially collapse the tissue defining the void.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20030199890
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20030199913
    Abstract: Wires, catheters, endoscopes, etc. and their methods that have flow directed distal ends, which allow and facilitate management of these devices during use are disclosed. Additionally instant invention allows for distal anchoring so that the device will remain in a location once it has arrived and its method for use. Further, the instant invention describes an apparatus and method for a tensioning characteristic to be applied along the device once it is place that will facilitate the passing of another member along the initially placed member. Last, a novel occluder is disclosed and its method of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 6635068
    Abstract: Wires, catheters, endoscopes, etc. and their methods that have flow directed distal ends, which allow and facilitate management of these devices during use are disclosed. Additionally instant invention allows for distal anchoring so that the device will remain in a location once it has arrived and its method for use. Further, the instant invention describes an apparatus and method for a tensioning characteristic to be applied along the device once it is place that will facilitate the passing of another member along the initially placed member. Last, a novel occluder is disclosed and its method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Publication number: 20030195537
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 6602265
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 6602204
    Abstract: Intraoperative tissue treatment methods are used following the removal of target tissue, e.g. diseased tissue, from a target site, e.g. within a patient's breast, leaving access to the target site. In one method an expandable element is introduced into and expanded within a void at the target site. If all of the target tissue was not removed, then a layer of tissue at least partially surrounding the expanded element is removed from the patient, preferably in a substantially intact form. In a second method the suction inlet of a suction device is in fluid communication with the void. If all of the target tissue has not been removed, at least a portion of the collapsed tissue is removed from the patient and analyzed. With a third method, a flexible implant is passed through the sheath and into the void to at least substantially fill the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20030109896
    Abstract: Target tissues are accessed and removed using various types of devices and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis
  • Patent number: 6530923
    Abstract: Target tissues are accessed and removed using various types of devices and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis