Patents by Inventor Steven W. Kim

Steven W. Kim 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: 10495214
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a transmission of a motor vehicle includes a source of pressurized hydraulic fluid that communicates with an analog electronic transmission range selection (ETRS) subsystem or a manual valve. The ETRS subsystem includes an ETRS valve, a park servo, a park mechanism, a mode valve, and a plurality of solenoids. The ETRS and manual valve communicate with a clutch actuator subsystem that engages a one-way clutch and six clutches/brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Todd R. Berger, Kelly Eber, Steven P. Moorman, Christopher G. Benson, Cheol W. Kim, Ryan M. Jenness, Christopher M. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 10463429
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems are provided for non-invasive delivery of microwave therapy. Microwave energy may be applied to epidermal, dermal and subdermal tissue of a patient to achieve various therapeutic and/or aesthetic results. In one embodiment, the microwave energy is applied to a target tissue via an energy delivery applicator connected to an energy generator. The energy delivery applicator may comprise one or more antennas, including monopole, dipole, slot and/or waveguide antennas (among others) that are used to direct the microwave energy to the target tissue. The energy delivery applicator may also comprise a cooling element for avoiding thermal destruction to non-target tissue and/or a suction device to localize thermal treatment at specific portions of a skin fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. Deem, Daniel E. Francis, Jessi Ernest Johnson, Steven W. Kim, Alexey Salamini
  • Patent number: 10321954
    Abstract: A tissue interface module has an applicator chamber on a proximal side of the tissue interface module and a tissue acquisition chamber on a distal side of the tissue interface module. The applicator chamber may include: an opening adapted to receive the applicator; an attachment mechanism positioned in the applicator chamber and adapted to attach the tissue interface module to the applicator; a sealing member positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber; and a vacuum interface positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber and adapted to receive a vacuum inlet positioned on a distal end of the applicator. The invention also includes corresponding methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Yoav Ben-Haim, Peter J. Bentley, Donghoon Chun, Daniel E. Francis, Jessi E. Johnson, Kevin Shan, Ted Y. Su, Steven W. Kim
  • Publication number: 20190133684
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed herein. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue can include, in some embodiments, a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply microwave energy to tissue, the applicator comprising one or more microwave antennas and a tissue interface, a vacuum source connected to the tissue interface, a cooling source connected to said tissue interface, and a controller adapted to control the signal generator, the vacuum source, and the coolant source. The tissue may include a first layer and a second layer, the second layer below the first layer, and the controller is configured such that the system delivers energy such that a peak power loss density profile is created in the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. DEEM, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi Ernest JOHNSON, Ted Y. SU, Steven W. KIM, Alexey SALAMINI, Peter SMITH, Daniel HALLOCK
  • Publication number: 20190059948
    Abstract: Components, systems and kits for capturing and removing tissue from mammalian bodies include a tissue container that may be introduced into a body cavity and within which a tissue specimen may be placed, cut and removed from the body cavity. Methods of using these components, systems and kits are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: CLARIA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven W. KIM, Joseph N. MARCHESANI, Alexey SALAMINI
  • Patent number: 10166072
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed herein. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue can include, in some embodiments, a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply microwave energy to tissue, the applicator comprising one or more microwave antennas and a tissue interface, a vacuum source connected to the tissue interface, a cooling source connected to said tissue interface, and a controller adapted to control the signal generator, the vacuum source, and the coolant source. The tissue may include a first layer and a second layer, the second layer below the first layer, and the controller is configured such that the system delivers energy such that a peak power loss density profile is created in the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. Deem, Daniel E. Francis, Jessi Ernest Johnson, Ted Y. Su, Steven W. Kim, Alexey Salamini, Peter Smith, Daniel Hallock
  • Publication number: 20170245929
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems are provided for non-invasive delivery of microwave therapy. Microwave energy may be applied to epidermal, dermal and subdermal tissue of a patient to achieve various therapeutic and/or aesthetic results. In one embodiment, the microwave energy is applied to a target tissue via an energy delivery applicator connected to an energy generator. The energy delivery applicator may comprise one or more antennas, including monopole, dipole, slot and/or waveguide antennas (among others) that are used to direct the microwave energy to the target tissue. The energy delivery applicator may also comprise a cooling element for avoiding thermal destruction to non-target tissue and/or a suction device to localize thermal treatment at specific portions of a skin fold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Mark E. DEEM, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi Ernest JOHNSON, Steven W. KIM, Alexey SALAMINI
  • Publication number: 20170156794
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed herein. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue can include, in some embodiments, a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply microwave energy to tissue, the applicator comprising one or more microwave antennas and a tissue interface, a vacuum source connected to the tissue interface, a cooling source connected to said tissue interface, and a controller adapted to control the signal generator, the vacuum source, and the coolant source. The tissue may include a first layer and a second layer, the second layer below the first layer, and the controller is configured such that the system delivers energy such that a peak power loss density profile is created in the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Mark E. DEEM, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi Ernest JOHNSON, Ted Y. SU, Steven W. KIM, Alexey SALAMINI, Peter SMITH, Daniel HALLOCK
  • Publication number: 20160213426
    Abstract: A tissue interface module has an applicator chamber on a proximal side of the tissue interface module and a tissue acquisition chamber on a distal side of the tissue interface module. The applicator chamber may include: an opening adapted to receive the applicator; an attachment mechanism positioned in the applicator chamber and adapted to attach the tissue interface module to the applicator; a sealing member positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber; and a vacuum interface positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber and adapted to receive a vacuum inlet positioned on a distal end of the applicator. The invention also includes corresponding methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Yoav BEN-HAIM, Peter J. BENTLEY, Donghoon CHUN, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi E. JOHNSON, Kevin SHAN, Ted Y. SU, Steven W. KIM
  • Publication number: 20160135888
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems, apparatus, methods and procedures for the noninvasive treatment of tissue, including treatment using microwave energy. In one embodiment of the invention a medical device and associated apparatus and procedures are used to treat dermatological conditions using, for example, microwave energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Steven W. KIM, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi Ernest JOHNSON, Alexey SALAMINI, Ted Y. SU, Donghoon CHUN, Yoav BEN-HAIM
  • Publication number: 20160045755
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for use in the reduction of fat, which may include a number of features. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may include an applicator having electrodes that form capacitors to heat tissue, an acquisition chamber having a cooling system, and a vacuum input providing a vacuum to acquire tissue to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Donghoon CHUN, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi E. JOHNSON, Steven W. KIM, Kevin LE, Ted Y. SU
  • Patent number: 8562662
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Steven W. Kim, Brian K. Shiu
  • Publication number: 20130261724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Steven W. KIM, Brian K. SHIU
  • Patent number: 8535367
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Steven W. Kim, Brian K. Shiu
  • Publication number: 20120330343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Steven W. KIM, Brian K. SHIU
  • Patent number: 8231665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Steven W. Kim, Brian K. Shiu
  • Patent number: 8231666
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the treatment of diseases in the vasculature, and more specifically, devices and methods for treatment of aneurysms found in blood vessels. In a first embodiment of the present invention, a two part prostheses, where one part is an expandable sponge structure and the other part is an expandable tubular mesh structure, is provided. In the first embodiment, the expandable sponge structure is intended to fill the aneurysm cavity to prevent further dilatation of the vessel wall by creating a buffer or barrier between the pressurized pulsating blood flow and the thinning vessel wall. In the first embodiment, the expandable tubular mesh structure is placed across the aneurysm, contacting the inner wall of healthy vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Steven W. Kim, Brian K. Shiu
  • Patent number: 7322360
    Abstract: This invention is an improved tissue localizing device for fixedly yet removably marking a volume of tissue containing a suspect region for excision. This invention also encompasses methods for deployment of the localizing device and its excision along with the marked tissue volume. At least one locator element is deployed into tissue and assumes a predetermined curvilinear shape to define a tissue border containing a suspect tissue region along a path. The locator element path preferably encompasses the distalmost portion of the tissue volume without penetrating that volume. Multiple locator elements may be deployed to further define the tissue volume along additional paths defining the tissue volume border that do not penetrate the volume. Other localization wire embodiments of the invention are disclosed in which the tissue volume may be penetrated by a portion of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas J. Fogarty, David Willis, Thomas A. Howell, George D. Hermann, Peter M. Wilson, Elizabeth M. Bush, Steven W. Kim, Roman Turovskiy
  • Patent number: 7316655
    Abstract: Devices and methods for achieving directed placement of guidewires or other flexible rails over which other catheters or other devices may be introduced to a targeted location. A guidewire directing device includes a lumen extending between a proximal end and a distal peripheral opening for directing a guidewire laterally from the device, and may have a deflecting member with a predetermined deflection angle in the lumen adjacent the peripheral opening. A snaring device is also provided that includes one or more lumens through which a snare or other grasping member is directed for releasably capturing or coupling to a guidewire. The snaring and target guidewire devices may include cooperating end effectors for releasably coupling or securing the devices together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: John Garibotto, Steven W. Kim, Jason Whitt, J. Christopher Flaherty, Joshua Makower, Motoya Hayase, John Chang
  • Patent number: 6863684
    Abstract: A plastically deformable stent for implantation within a body passage includes a plurality of cylindrical segments, and a plurality of connectors extending between adjacent segments. Each segment has an alternating pattern of curvilinear elements extending about its circumference, including first and second sets of curvilinear elements having different resistances to expansion, and preferably defining ā€œUā€ shapes with alternating lengths that are connected to one another to define a substantially sinusoidal pattern. The connectors define a sinusoidal shape adapted to extend and compress axially substantially evenly when the adjacent segments are subjected to bending. The stent may be delivered on a device including an elongate member with a nose cone, an expandable member, and a proximal shoulder thereon, and an outer sheath for slidably receiving the elongate member therein. The outer sheath and/or nose cone may have perfusion holes for allowing continued perfusion of fluid during stent delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Kim, Joshua Makower, J. Christopher Flaherty