Thomas D. Gross 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).
Abstract: A tympanostomy tube delivery device comprises a shaft assembly, a pressure equalization tube, and a trigger assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a cannula and a pusher operable to translate relative to the cannula. The pressure equalization tube is positioned within the shaft assembly. The pusher is operable to drive the pressure equalization tube out of the shaft assembly. The trigger assembly includes a pair of pushbuttons and a linkage. The pushbuttons are secured to the device via living hinges and are selectively pivotable. The linkage is configured to engage the delivery device to thereby selectively prevent actuation of the delivery device. The pivoting of one or both the pushbuttons is configured cause the linkage to collapse so as to disengage the delivery device and thereby actuate the delivery device.
Abstract: A tympanostomy tube delivery device comprises a shaft assembly, a pressure equalization tube, and a handpiece. All or a portion of the shaft assembly is selectively coupleable and removable from the handpiece. The shaft assembly comprises a cannula, a piercer/dilator tube, a shield tube, and a pusher tube operable to translate relative to the cannula. The pressure equalization tube is positioned within the shield tube of the shaft assembly. The piercer/dilator tube and the shield tube are operable to pierce the tympanic membrane and dilate an opening formed therein. The pusher tube is operable to drive the pressure equalization tube out of the shield tube of the shaft assembly and into the opening formed in the tympanic membrane. Upon completion of the procedure, all or a portion of the shaft assembly may then be removed and replaced.
Abstract: An instrument comprises a shaft assembly, a handpiece body, and a drive assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a plurality of coaxially arranged shafts and a tympanostomy tube. The shaft assembly further includes a flexible section. The shaft assembly extends distally from the handpiece body. The drive assembly is operable to drive the shafts of the shaft assembly in a predetermined sequence to deploy the tympanostomy tube. One or more of the shafts are configured to translate along the flexible section of the shaft assembly as a part of the predetermined sequence to deploy the tympanostomy tube.
August 11, 2014
February 11, 2016
Nga K. Van, Mathew D. Clopp, Scott J. Baron, Thomas D. Gross
Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for automatically forming an incision in a tympanic membrane of an ear and placing a tympanic membrane pressure equalization tube into the incision. The systems include a housing with a shaft extending therefrom. A mechanism is disposed within the housing. A distal end of the shaft is placed against a tympanic membrane, and the mechanism is triggered to causes the tympanic membrane to be automatically incised and dilated and a tympanic membrane pressure equalization tube to be placed in the dilated incision.
December 15, 2014
June 18, 2015
Greg Liu, Rohit Girotra, John H. Morriss, Julia D. Vrany, Hung V. Ha, Bryan D. Knodel, Jeffrey A. Walker, Thomas D. Gross, Mathew D. Clopp, Bernard H. Andreas
Abstract: An anti-backlash double universal flexible coupling for providing positive and accurate angular positioning, constant rotational velocity and constant torque between an input driving shaft and an output driven shaft. The coupling includes universal pins supported by the driving and driven shafts and an intermediate coupling link comprising two coupling plates having bearing surfaces urged against the pins by a resilient element. The pins are maintained coplanar and parallel between the coupling plates.
Abstract: An improved print element shifting apparatus having a shifting cam movable in an arc for moving a rotatable print element between two positions by means of a shifting solenoid, and for reducing the mid-stroke peak load on the solenoid. A load modifying linkage arrangement is provided between the shifting solenoid and the shifting cam for imparting movement to the shifting cam alternatively from the one of two drive elements having the greatest mechanical advantage.
Abstract: A ribbon cartridge for use in impact printers, typewriters or the like in which a supply spool and a take-up spool are enclosed in a housing with the center of each spool being supported for rotation and for floating movement along a guide path. A fixed center drive capstan imparts surface movement to the take-up spool which in turn imparts surface movement to the supply spool. A spring urges the surfaces of the spools together and the take-up spool against the drive capstan to effect the serial drive train.
July 3, 1980
Date of Patent:
November 10, 1981
Bernard D. Benz, Edward M. Carlin, Jr., Thomas D. Gross