Patents by Inventor Sean Christopher Daniel

Sean Christopher Daniel 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: 8387620
    Abstract: An oral device for temporary placement in a patient's oral cavity includes a base, a tongue-engaging member and a tongue pocket. Partial vacuums are separately drawn through the tongue-engaging member and the tongue pocket in order to advance and control the position of the tongue in order to clear the patient's airway to reduce sleep apnea or treat other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan L. Podmore, Nicholas R. Vitale, Michael C. Hozbaur, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Publication number: 20120132215
    Abstract: An oral device for improving airway patency comprises a tongue constraint and a negative pressure source. The tongue constraint engages the patient's tongue to maintain a clear region below the palate in an oral cavity. By applying a negative pressure in the clear region, an airway behind the soft palate or tongue of the patient can be maintained. The tongue constraint is usually connected to an anchor. The anchor may be held between the patient's teeth or may engage the inferior surface of the palate. Another oral device for improving airway patency comprises a lateral tongue structure and a negative pressure source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 8122889
    Abstract: An oral device for improving airway patency comprises a tongue constraint and a negative pressure source. The tongue constraint engages the patient's tongue to maintain a clear region below the palate in an oral cavity. By applying a negative pressure in the clear region, an airway behind the soft palate or tongue of the patient can be maintained. The tongue constraint is usually connected to an anchor. The anchor may be held between the patient's teeth or may engage the inferior surface of the palate. Another oral device for improving airway patency comprises a lateral tongue structure and a negative pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Publication number: 20120017917
    Abstract: An oral device for improving airway patency comprises a base adapted to be held between a patient's upper and lower teeth and a tongue-engaging member. The tongue-engaging member engages the tongue and displaces the tongue anteriorly when the base is held between the patient's teeth. A vacuum is applied through the base and the tongue-engaging member in order to draw the soft palate against a posterior region of the tongue in order to stabilize the soft palate and open or clear the patient's airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: ApniCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Podmore, Matthias Vaska, John E. Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Publication number: 20110220124
    Abstract: An oral device for improving airway patency comprises a tongue constraint and a negative pressure source. The tongue constraint engages the patient's tongue to maintain a clear region below the palate in an oral cavity and allow an anterior portion of the tongue to rise. By applying a negative pressure in the clear region, an airway behind the soft palate or tongue of the patient can be maintained. The tongue constraint is usually connected to an anchor. The anchor may be held between the patient's teeth or may engage the inferior surface of the palate. Another oral device for improving airway patency comprises a lateral tongue structure and a negative pressure source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Publication number: 20090120446
    Abstract: An oral device for improving airway patency comprises a tongue constraint and a negative pressure source. The tongue constraint engages the patient's tongue to maintain a clear region below the palate in an oral cavity. By applying a negative pressure in the clear region, an airway behind the soft palate or tongue of the patient can be maintained. The tongue constraint is usually connected to an anchor. The anchor may be held between the patient's teeth or may engage the inferior surface of the palate. Another oral device for improving airway patency comprises a lateral tongue structure and a negative pressure source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Publication number: 20030191416
    Abstract: A valve sizer having a movable element mounted to the distal end of a shaft. A valve sizing portion includes the movable element so that the valve sizing portion may be adjusted to correspond to a number of different available replacement valve sizes. An indicator mounted to the proximal end of the shaft indicates the valve size corresponding to the outer dimension of the valve sizing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel C. Rosenman, Michi E. Garrison, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 6322526
    Abstract: A valve sizer having a movable element mounted to the distal end of a shaft. A valve sizing portion includes the movable element so that the valve sizing portion may be adjusted to correspond to a number of different available replacement valve sizes. An indicator mounted to the proximal end of the shaft indicates the valve size corresponding to the outer dimension of the valve sizing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventors: Daniel C. Rosenman, Michi E. Garrison, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 6042554
    Abstract: A valve sizer having a movable element mounted to the distal end of a shaft. A valve sizing portion includes the movable element so that the valve sizing portion may be adjusted to correspond to a number of different available replacement valve sizes. An indicator mounted to the proximal end of the shaft indicates the valve size corresponding to the outer dimension of the valve sizing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Rosenman, Michi E. Garrison, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 5885228
    Abstract: A valve sizer having a movable element mounted to the distal end of a shaft. A valve sizing portion includes the movable element so that the valve sizing portion may be adjusted to correspond to a number of different available replacement valve sizes. An indicator mounted to the proximal end of the shaft indicates the valve size corresponding to the outer dimension of the valve sizing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Rosenman, Michi E. Garrison, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 5860992
    Abstract: The invention provides devices and methods for suture placement while performing less invasive surgical procedures within a body cavity. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides for the placement of sutures within the heart or a great vessel that is accessed from outside the closed chest. According to one exemplary method, the patient's heart valve is accessed through an intercostal port in the patient's chest. At least one needle having a suture is then directed into the annulus while visualizing through the port placement of the needle into the annulus. The needle is then passed through the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Heartport, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Christopher Daniel, Brian S. Donlon, Michi E. Garrison, Hanson S. Gifford, III, Daniel C. Rosenman, William S. Peters, Robert L. Lathrop, II, George Crothall, James B. Mullin, Gerald R. Anderson, Wiley A. Kittrell