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: 6453582
    Abstract: A snowplow apparatus as adapted to attach to a vehicle having a ball hitch assembly. The snowplow apparatus has a blade assembly connected to an elongated drawbar. A frictionally activated elevating mechanism is operatively connected to the drawbar and moves between a vertical and non-vertical orientation depending upon whether elevation of the blade or contact with the blade and the ground is desired, respectively. A further aspect relates to a lateral stabilization device associated with the opposite end of the drawbar, such stabilization device coming into contact with static members operatively associated with a hitch ball such that lateral movement of the drawbar is substantially precluded due to the contact between the stabilization members and the static elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton, III
  • Patent number: 6450989
    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: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20020058882
    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: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William R. Dubrul
  • Publication number: 20020058883
    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: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Applicant: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William Richard Dubrul
  • Publication number: 20020043009
    Abstract: A snowplow apparatus as adapted to attach to a vehicle having a ball hitch assembly. The snowplow apparatus has a blade assembly connected to an elongated drawbar. A frictionally activated elevating mechanism is operatively connected to the drawbar and moves between a vertical and non-vertical orientation depending upon whether elevation of the blade or contact with the blade and the ground is desired, respectively. A further aspect relates to a lateral stabilization device associated with the opposite end of the drawbar, such stabilization device coming into contact with static members operatively associated with a hitch ball such that lateral movement of the drawbar is substantially precluded due to the contact between the stabilization members and the static elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20020019597
    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: April 27, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis
  • Patent number: 6336281
    Abstract: A snowplow apparatus as adapted to attach to a vehicle having a ball hitch assembly. The snowplow apparatus has a blade assembly connected to an elongated drawbar. A frictionally activated elevating mechanism is operatively connected to the drawbar and moves between a vertical and non-vertical orientation depending upon whether elevation of the blade or contact with the blade and the ground is desired, respectively. A further aspect relates to a lateral stabilization device associated with the opposite end of the drawbar, such stabilization device coming into contact with static members operatively associated with a hitch ball such that lateral movement of the drawbar is substantially precluded due to the contact between the stabilization members and the static elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton, III
  • Publication number: 20010051810
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20010027307
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20010023546
    Abstract: A snowplow apparatus as adapted to attach to a vehicle having a ball hitch assembly. The snowplow apparatus has a blade assembly connected to an elongated drawbar. A frictionally activated elevating mechanism is operatively connected to the drawbar and moves between a vertical and non-vertical orientation depending upon whether elevation of the blade or contact with the blade and the ground is desired, respectively. A further aspect relates to a lateral stabilization device associated with the opposite end of the drawbar, such stabilization device coming into contact with static members operatively associated with a hitch ball such that lateral movement of the drawbar is substantially precluded due to the contact between the stabilization members and the static elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton
  • Publication number: 20010016726
    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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventors: WILLIAM RICHARD DUBRUL, RICHARD E. FULTON
  • Patent number: 6221006
    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 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Artemis Medical Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 6202328
    Abstract: A snowplow for towing by a vehicle wherein the snowplow can be manually raised to a non-plowing position, and lowered to a plowing position by a user applying leverage to a fulcrum. The snowplow blade is attached to the snowplow from the non-plowing side of the blade, thereby alleviating attachment obstacles that inhibit the flow of snow to the ends of the blade during operation. Additionally, the snowplow has a blade attachment that allows the blade to follow ground surface undulations that can, e.g., cause the blade to be at an angle to the horizontal during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton
  • Patent number: 6074374
    Abstract: A catheter for use with the vascular system includes an elongated catheter body which has a side wall defining an interior catheter lumen. A plurality of openings are provided in the side wall at a first distal zone of the catheter body. The openings are adapted for relatively low pressure movement of fluid therethrough. A plurality of normally closed pressure responsive exits are located in a side wall at a second distal zone of the catheter body, the second distal zone being spaced from and positioned proximal of the first distal zone. The pressure responsive exits permit fluid material to exit from the catheter lumen in response to internal fluid pressure which is greater than a predetermined magnitude. An intermediate zone is located between the first and second distal zones. A removable occluding member is adapted to be positioned within the catheter lumen. The occluding member has a sealing element with a collapsed insertion state and an expanded sealing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Angiodynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Fulton