Patents by Inventor Roger de la Torre

Roger de la Torre 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: 10548580
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can be introduced to the abdominal cavity through a current trocar puncture to place a suture in the deep facia and peritoneum of the anterior abdominal wall. The instrument is lightweight and easy to use, and can be operated quickly and efficiently to close the trocar puncture wound in a simple and economical manner. The instrument is used to suture the deep facia and peritoneum of the anterior abdominal wall on opposite sides of the trocar puncture wound inside the abdomen to close the trocar puncture wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Roger de la Torre, Jaya Ghosh, Ellie Koehly, Yaw Sarpong
  • Publication number: 20190388260
    Abstract: A method for performing a gastrectomy (stomach reduction surgery).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Freehold Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger de la Torre
  • Patent number: 10434032
    Abstract: A tool for use in assisting soft tissue mobilization and bodily tissue amelioration, such as stimulation of superficial tissue, deep tissue mobilization, breaking up scar tissue, and soft tissue massaging, are described. The tool comprises a device for application to bodily tissue that includes a body having a substantially teardrop shape in a vertical section. In a longitudinal aspect, the body includes a first and a second portion. The first portion of the device corresponds at least in part to a substantially bulbous handle part of the teardrop shape of the vertical section and is adapted for ease of grasping and manipulation at the first end. The second portion of the device corresponds at least in part to a substantially tapered converging double-beveled linear edge of the teardrop shape of the vertical section and is adapted for facilitated application of the device to bodily tissue at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Jaya Ghosh, Ellie Koehly, Yaw Sarpong, Roger de la Torre, Jonathon Buehler, Brett Hayes, Teresa Graff, Katherina Chen
  • Patent number: 10398581
    Abstract: A method for performing a gastrectomy (stomach reduction surgery).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Freehold Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger de la Torre
  • Publication number: 20180194967
    Abstract: The present invention, in certain embodiments, is directed to a peptide amphiphile coating on the hydrophobic surface of an object, such as a medical device, in which non-covalent associations attach the hydrophobic portion of the peptide amphiphile to the hydrophobic surface. Other embodiments of the invention are directed to a method for forming the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: BRET ULERY, ROGER DE LA TORRE, JOSIAH SMITH, JULIE NGUYEN
  • Publication number: 20180168561
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can be introduced to the abdominal cavity through a current trocar puncture to place a suture in the deep facia and peritoneum of the anterior abdominal wall. The instrument is lightweight and easy to use, and can be operated quickly and efficiently to close the trocar puncture wound in a simple and economical manner. The instrument is used to suture the deep facia and peritoneum of the anterior abdominal wall on opposite sides of the trocar puncture wound inside the abdomen to close the trocar puncture wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: University of Missouri-Columbia
    Inventors: Roger de la Torre, Jaya Ghosh, Ellie Koehly, Yaw Sarpong
  • Publication number: 20180140375
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to improving the overall image of the patient's tissues displayed on the television monitor or optical googles or glasses and viewed by the surgeon or endoscopist when using dyes or other processes such as ICG.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Roger de la Torre
  • Publication number: 20170202694
    Abstract: A method for performing a gastrectomy (stomach reduction surgery).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Freehold Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger de la Torre
  • Patent number: 9615952
    Abstract: A method for performing a gastrectomy (stomach reduction surgery).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Freehold Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger de la Torre
  • Publication number: 20160184124
    Abstract: A method for performing a gastrectomy (stomach reduction surgery).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: Freehold Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger de la Torre
  • Publication number: 20160166459
    Abstract: A tool for use in assisting soft tissue mobilization and bodily tissue amelioration, such as stimulation of superficial tissue, deep tissue mobilization, breaking up scar tissue, and soft tissue massaging, are described. The tool comprises a device for application to bodily tissue that includes a body having a substantially teardrop shape in a vertical section. In a longitudinal aspect, the body includes a first and a second portion. The first portion of the device corresponds at least in part to a substantially bulbous handle part of the teardrop shape of the vertical section and is adapted for ease of grasping and manipulation at the first end. The second portion of the device corresponds at least in part to a substantially tapered converging double-beveled linear edge of the teardrop shape of the vertical section and is adapted for facilitated application of the device to bodily tissue at the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Jaya Ghosh, Ellie Koehly, Yaw Sarpong, Roger de la Torre, Jonathon Buehler, Brett Hayes, Teresa Graff, Katherina Chen
  • Publication number: 20140018722
    Abstract: An apparatus is positioned in a hollow viscus organ and functions as a template for creating a lumen of a desired shape and size in the organ from the tissue of the organ. The apparatus is comprised of an elongate, flexible tube having opposite proximal and distal ends. The tube has several lumens or pathways that extend through the interior of the tube between the proximal and distal ends of the tube. A directional, steerable feature extends through one of the lumens of the tube. An anchor feature is provided at the tube distal end and is manually operable from the tube proximal end. An exterior surface dimension adjustable feature is provided adjacent the tube distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: MIS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Roger De la Torre
  • Patent number: 7753928
    Abstract: A space occupying device for deployment within a patient's stomach and methods of deploying and removing the device. The device includes an expandable member and fasteners, such as sutures, that extend to least partially through the patient's stomach wall, and that anchor the device with the patient's stomach. The device can be deployed and/or removed through transesophageal approaches and/or through a combination of transesophageal and transabdominal approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Satiety, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger de la Torre, J. Stephen Scott, Thomas A. Howell, George D. Hermann, David Shields, Robert T. Chang, Neil Holmgren, David Willis
  • Patent number: 7559937
    Abstract: A surgical fastener apparatus is provided with a reinforcement material holder, where the holder positions a sheet of reinforcement material adjacent body tissue that is sutured by a plurality of surgical staples dispensed by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: TowerTech Research Group
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, Matthew P. LaConte
  • Patent number: 7500993
    Abstract: A method of repairing a patient's ventral hernia involves the steps of joining the patient's left and right rectus sheaths on opposite sides of the hernia, thereby closing the hernia, and cutting through the joined sheaths thereby forming one sheath interior containing the left and right rectus muscles. Next, a piece of surgical mesh is positioned in the joined rectus sheath interior and is sutured over the area of the closed hernia to further reinforce the closure. Additionally, sutures joining the left and right rectus sheaths are reinforced with reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Towertech Research Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, Matthew P. LaConte
  • Patent number: 7417331
    Abstract: An engine drive electric generator apparatus converts the reciprocating movements of a pushrod of an internal combustion engine to electricity. Each generator apparatus has an electric coil surrounding a combustion engine pushrod, and a magnet on the pushrod that reciprocates with the pushrod through the coil. The relative reciprocating movement between the magnet and coil generates an electric current in the coil that is communicated with a battery of the vehicle to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Towertech Research Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, Matthew P. LaConte, Matthew Allen Adam
  • Publication number: 20070273153
    Abstract: An engine drive electric generator apparatus converts the reciprocating movements of a pushrod of an internal combustion engine to electricity. Each generator apparatus has an electric coil surrounding a combustion engine pushrod, and a magnet on the pushrod that reciprocates with the pushrod through the coil. The relative reciprocating movement between the magnet and coil generates an electric current in the coil that is communicated with a battery of the vehicle to charge the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Roger de la Torre, Matthew LaConte, Matthew Adam
  • Patent number: 7261171
    Abstract: An apparatus and its method of operation convert relative movements between a vehicle wheel and a body of the vehicle to electricity that is used to recharge a battery of the vehicle. The apparatus includes a generator provided on the vehicle and a linear motion to rotary motion converter that is connected between a wheel of the vehicle and an armature of the generator. Reciprocating movements of the wheel relative to the vehicle body are converted by the motion converter to rotations of the armature in the generator which produces electricity for recharging the battery of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Towertech Research Group
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, Matthew P. LaConte
  • Patent number: RE44380
    Abstract: A skin seal or trocar stabilizer with an inflatable membrane disposed inside, whereby medical instruments may be passed through the skin seal into a endoscopic work space while the inflatable membrane is inflated, thereby allowing the use of normal short conventional open surgery instruments during endoscopic procedures and during insufflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, George D. Hermann, Christopher Eric Thayer
  • Patent number: RE44790
    Abstract: A skin seal or trocar stabilizer with an inflatable membrane disposed inside, whereby medical instruments may be passed through the skin seal into a endoscopic work space while the inflatable membrane is inflated, thereby allowing the use of normal short conventional open surgery instruments during endoscopic procedures and during insufflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Roger A. de la Torre, George D. Hermann, Kelly Thayer