Patents by Inventor Ronald G. Lax

Ronald G. Lax 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: 9351787
    Abstract: A sphincter treatment apparatus includes an energy delivery device introduction member including a proximal end with a first radius of curvature and a distal end with a second radius of curvature. The introduction member is configured to be introduced into the sphincter in a non-deployed state and to be expanded to a deployed state to at least partially expand the sphincter or an adjoining structure. An energy delivery device is coupled to the introduction member. A retainer member is coupled to the energy delivery device introduction member and configured to controllably position the introduction member in an orifice of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D. Edwards, David S. Utley, Ronald G. Lax, Theodore R. Kucklick, Peter H. Muller
  • Publication number: 20150073565
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods develop static and/or kinetic and/or pressure forces to fixate or brace tissue in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Lionel M. NELSON, Eric N. DOELLING, Ronald G. LAX, Jinfang LIU, Ryan P. BOUCHER, Allan R. WILL
  • Patent number: 8790339
    Abstract: An apparatus to treat a sphincter has a support member. A sphincter electropotential mapping device includes a mapping electrode. The sphincter electropotential mapping device is coupled to the support member and configured to detect aberrant myoelectric activity of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D Edwards, David S Utley, Ronald G Lax
  • Patent number: 8752552
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods develop static and/or kinetic and/or pressure forces to fixate or brace tissue in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Eric N. Doelling, Ronald G. Lax, Jinfang Liu, Ryan P. Boucher, Allan R. Will
  • Patent number: 8590537
    Abstract: Magnetic structures develop a magnetic force between a tongue and a posterior pharyngeal wall to stabilize an orientation of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Joe Paraschac, Ryan P. Boucher, Edward M. Gillis, Eric N. Doelling, Craig A. Purdy, Ronald G. Lax
  • Publication number: 20130253509
    Abstract: A sphincter treatment apparatus includes an energy delivery device introduction member including a proximal end with a first radius of curvature and a distal end with a second radius of curvature. The introduction member is configured to be introduced into the sphincter in a non-deployed state and to be expanded to a deployed state to at least partially expand the sphincter or an adjoining structure. An energy delivery device is coupled to the introduction member. A retainer member is coupled to the energy delivery device introduction member and configured to controllably position the introduction member in an orifice of the sphincter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Mederi Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D. Edwards, David S. Utley, Ronald G. Lax, Theodore R. Kucklick, Peter H. Muller
  • Patent number: 8518032
    Abstract: A method for treating a sphincter provides a polymer material having a liquid state. The method also provides a catheter having a distal end, a tissue piercing device carried by the distal end, and an energy delivery device coupled to the tissue piercing device. The tissue piercing device has a lumen. The method introduces the catheter into an esophagus and pierces an exterior sphincter tissue surface within with the tissue piercing device. The method advances the tissue piercing device into an interior sphincter tissue site and conveys the polymer material while in a liquid state through the lumen into the interior sphincter tissue site. The method delivers energy to the tissue piercing device to transform the polymer material into a less liquid state within the interior sphincter tissue site, to thereby remodel the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D Edwards, David S Utley, Ronald G Lax, John Gaiser
  • Patent number: 8454595
    Abstract: A sphincter treatment apparatus includes an energy delivery device introduction member including a proximal end with a first radius of curvature and a distal end with a second radius of curvature. The introduction member is configured to be introduced into the sphincter in a non-deployed state and to be expanded to a deployed state to at least partially expand the sphincter or an adjoining structure. An energy delivery device is coupled to the introduction member. A retainer member is coupled to the energy delivery device introduction member and configured to controllably position the introduction member in an orifice of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc
    Inventors: Stuart D Edwards, David S. Utley, Ronald G Lax, Theodore R Kucklick, Peter H Muller
  • Patent number: 8316856
    Abstract: Systems and methods place a first magnetically interactive material in or on a tongue in an airway. The systems and methods place a second magnetically interactive material in or on tissue in a desired relationship with the tongue. The first and second materials magnetically interact to stabilize a preferred orientation of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Ronald G. Lax, Eric N. Doelling
  • Publication number: 20120197251
    Abstract: An apparatus to treat a sphincter has a support member. A sphincter electropotential mapping device includes a mapping electrode. The sphincter electropotential mapping device is coupled to the support member and configured to detect aberrant myoelectric activity of the sphincter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: MEDERI THERAPEUCTICS, INC.
    Inventors: STUART D. EDWARDS, David S. Utley, Ronald G. Lax
  • Patent number: 8152803
    Abstract: An apparatus to treat a sphincter has a support member. A sphincter electropotential mapping device includes a mapping electrode. The sphincter electropotential mapping device is coupled to the support member and configured to detect aberrant myoelectric activity of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D Edwards, David S Utley, Ronald G Lax
  • Publication number: 20110275879
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods employ magnetic force to resist tissue collapse in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit during sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. NELSON, Ronald G. LAX, Eric N. DOELLING, Jinfang LIU, Peter H. MULLER, Ryan P. BOUCHER, Michael L. REO
  • Patent number: 7958895
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods employ magnetic force to resist tissue collapse in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Ronald G. Lax, Eric N. Doelling, Jinfang Liu, Peter H. Muller, Ryan P. Boucher, Michael L. Reo
  • Patent number: 7958896
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods employ magnetic force to resist tissue collapse in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Ronald G. Lax, Eric N. Doelling, Jinfang Liu, Peter H. Muller, Ryan P. Boucher, Michael L. Reo
  • Patent number: 7921850
    Abstract: Systems and methods selectively stabilize tissue in the oral cavity. The systems and methods provide a first material sized and configured to be fitted to less mobile tissue in the oral cavity, e.g., the roof of the mouth or upper/lower teeth. The systems and methods provide a second material sized and configured to be releasably fitted to more mobile tissue in the oral cavity, e.g., a region of the tongue. The second material is magnetically attracted toward the first material to stabilize a preferred tissue orientation. During sleep, the systems and methods restrain movement of the more mobile tissue within the oral cavity toward positions in which snoring and/or sleep apnea events can occur, but are capable of otherwise leaving the tongue unaffected during waking hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Ronald G. Lax, Eric N. Doelling
  • Publication number: 20100261133
    Abstract: A system and method for making an improved mandibular repositioning device includes a pair of tooth fixation element premolds, a pressure molding cap and at least one adjustment mechanism. The premolds include resin and reinforcing material within a flexible envelope. The pressure molding cap includes a rigid shell and an inflatable bladder. The tooth fixation element premold is placed on the patient's teeth. The pressure molding cap is placed over the premold and the bladder is filled. The pressure of the bladder forms the premold to the patient's teeth. The pressure is released once the resin is set and the formed tooth fixation element may be removed from the patient's teeth. After a tooth fixation element is created for both the top and bottom sets of teeth an attachment mechanism is coupled to both tooth fixation elements to adjustably coupled the tooth fixation elements to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald G. Lax
  • Publication number: 20100087809
    Abstract: A sphincter treatment apparatus includes an energy delivery device introduction member including a proximal end with a first radius of curvature and a distal end with a second radius of curvature. The introduction member is configured to be introduced into the sphincter in a non-deployed state and to be expanded to a deployed state to at least partially expand the sphincter or an adjoining structure. An energy delivery device is coupled to the introduction member. A retainer member is coupled to the energy delivery device introduction member and configured to controllably position the introduction member in an orifice of the sphincter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Stuart D. Edwards, David S. Utley, Ronald G. Lax, Theodore R. Kucklick, Peter H. Muller
  • Patent number: 7648500
    Abstract: A sphincter treatment apparatus includes an energy delivery device introduction member including a proximal end with a first radius of curvature and a distal end with a second radius of curvature. The introduction member is configured to be introduced into the sphincter in a non-deployed state and to be expanded to a deployed state to at least partially expand the sphincter or an adjoining structure. An energy delivery device is coupled to the introduction member. A retainer member is coupled to the energy delivery device introduction member and configured to controllably position the introduction member in an orifice of the sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D Edwards, David Utley, Ronald G Lax, Theodore R Kucklick, Peter H Muller
  • Publication number: 20090076438
    Abstract: A method for treating a sphincter provides a polymer material having a liquid state. The method also provides a catheter having a distal end, a tissue piercing device carried by the distal end, and an energy delivery device coupled to the tissue piercing device. The tissue piercing device has a lumen. The method introduces the catheter into an esophagus and pierces an exterior sphincter tissue surface within with the tissue piercing device. The method advances the tissue piercing device into an interior sphincter tissue site and conveys the polymer material while in a liquid state through the lumen into the interior sphincter tissue site. The method delivers energy to the tissue piercing device to transform the polymer material into a less liquid state within the interior sphincter tissue site, to thereby remodel the sphincter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Stuart D. Edwards, David S. Utley, Ronald G. Lax, John Gaiser
  • Patent number: 7500484
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods employ magnetic force to resist tissue collapse in targeted pharyngeal structures and individual anatomic components within the pharyngeal conduit during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Ronald G. Lax, Eric N. Doelling, Jinfang Liu, Peter H. Muller, Ryan P. Boucher, Michael L. Reo