Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.

Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr. 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: 10398887
    Abstract: A luer connector including a rigid housing having a first end and a second end. The housing further including a rigid tubular male portion at the first end, a rigid tubular female portion at the second end, and a longitudinal opening therethrough. The male portion is configured to be engageable with a female connector. The female portion is configured to be engageable with a male connector and to prevent the disengagement of the male connector from the female portion. In some embodiments, the female portion is configured to maintain a fixed rotational position when the male connector is being threaded therewith, but to rotate with the male connector once the male connector has become fully engaged with the female portion so as to prevent the male connector from becoming unthreaded from the female portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr., George A. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20180333568
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Patent number: 9974940
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9974939
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180036524
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180015275
    Abstract: A luer connector including a rigid housing having a first end and a second end. The housing further including a rigid tubular male portion at the first end, a rigid tubular female portion at the second end, and a longitudinal opening therethrough. The male portion is configured to be engageable with a female connector. The female portion is configured to be engageable with a male connector and to prevent the disengagement of the male connector from the female portion. In some embodiments, the female portion is configured to maintain a fixed rotational position when the male connector is being threaded therewith, but to rotate with the male connector once the male connector has become fully engaged with the female portion so as to prevent the male connector from becoming unthreaded from the female portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR., George A. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20170296801
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Patent number: 9724504
    Abstract: Some embodiments comprise a connector including a rigid housing having a first end and a second end. A second member can be positioned at a second end portion of the housing and be engageable with a second device. The second member can have a body portion having a first body portion, a second body portion, and a flow lumen extending axially through the body portion, an annular covering portion extending in a radial direction away from the body portion, a receiving portion extending away from the covering portion in an axial direction, and at least one protrusion extending radially away from an outside surface of the body portion. In some embodiments, the second member can be supported by the housing such that, in an assembled state, the first body portion is positioned within the housing and such that the annular covering portion and the second body portion are positioned outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr., George A. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20170129763
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein provide flow path inserts that can redirect flow paths in syringes with axially aligned tips to an outer edge of the syringe. When connected in line with other components, air can become trapped in the system. The syringes can be positioned generally horizontally and air bubbles can be disposed within the body of the syringe. The air bubbles rise to the top or uppermost portion of the syringe. The flow path inserts can facilitate the transfer of the air bubbles disposed within the syringe out the flow path defined by the flow path insert. Some embodiments disclosed herein provide a spinning luer connector for connecting components of a fluidics system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Patent number: 9636492
    Abstract: A medical connector includes a housing with a central axis, a hollow bore, and a narrowed passage. The connector further includes a rigid valve member configured to move along the axis of the connector as the connector moves between an open and closed configuration. The connector includes a resilient member coupled to the valve member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ICU MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9533137
    Abstract: A medical connector for use with one or more medical implements. In some embodiments, the connector minimizes or eliminates the retrograde flow of fluid into the connector from one end or port upon the disconnection of a medical implement from the other end or port. In some embodiments, the connector generates a positive flow of fluid out of the connector from one end or port when a medical implement is disconnected from the other end or port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ICU MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160213910
    Abstract: A luer connector including a housing with first end including a male luer tip and a second end. The connector further includes a rigid valve member having a first opened end and a second closed end and a retaining member configured to couple the valve member and the housing. The housing further includes a rigid conduit positioned within the housing and in fluid communication with the second end of the housing, the rigid conduit adapted to engage the first opened end of the valve member. The housing defines a first internal volume when the valve member is in a first position and a second, smaller volume when the valve member is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Patent number: 9358379
    Abstract: A luer connector including a housing with first end including a male luer tip and a second end. The connector further includes a rigid valve member having a first opened end and a second closed end and a resilient member configured to couple the valve member and the housing. The housing further includes a rigid conduit positioned within the housing and in fluid communication with the second end of the housing, the rigid conduit adapted to engage the first opened end of the valve member. The housing defines a first internal volume when the valve member is in a first position and a second, smaller volume when the valve member is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9238129
    Abstract: A valve for selectively permitting a fluid flow between first and second medical implements is disclosed. The valve has a housing with an interface suitable for receiving a connector portion of a first medical device such as a catheter, and a seal made of a flexible material. The seal has a first end in fluid communication with the interface, a second end suitable for receiving the second medical device, and at least one slit in fluid communication with the first end and the second end. The slit defines a restricted fluid flow path and a relatively small interior volume when in an undisturbed state, defines an expanded fluid flow path and a larger interior volume upon the introduction of the second medical instrument into the slit, and retracts to define a restricted flow path and a small interior volume upon the withdrawal of the second medical device from the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9192753
    Abstract: A method providing a medical connector for use in a fluid pathway including a substantially transparent housing having a proximal end with a proximal opening and a distal end with a distal opening, and a cavity extending therebetween. The connector provides a substantially visible fluid flow path extending through a substantial portion of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr., Bob Foret
  • Publication number: 20150224297
    Abstract: A valve for selectively permitting a fluid flow between first and second medical implements is disclosed. The valve has a housing with an interface suitable for receiving a connector portion of a first medical device such as a catheter, and a seal made of a flexible material. The seal has a first end in fluid communication with the interface, a second end suitable for receiving the second medical device, and at least one slit in fluid communication with the first end and the second end. The slit defines a restricted fluid flow path and a relatively small interior volume when in an undisturbed state, defines an expanded fluid flow path and a larger interior volume upon the introduction of the second medical instrument into the slit, and retracts to define a restricted flow path and a small interior volume upon the withdrawal of the second medical device from the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: ICU MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150157846
    Abstract: A luer connector including a housing with first end including a male luer tip and a second end. The connector further includes a rigid valve member having a first opened end and a second closed end and a retaining member configured to couple the valve member and the housing. The housing further includes a rigid conduit positioned within the housing and in fluid communication with the second end of the housing, the rigid conduit adapted to engage the first opened end of the valve member. The housing defines a first internal volume when the valve member is in a first position and a second, smaller volume when the valve member is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150051555
    Abstract: Some embodiments comprise a connector including a rigid housing having a first end and a second end. A second member can be positioned at a second end portion of the housing and be engageable with a second device. The second member can have a body portion having a first body portion, a second body portion, and a flow lumen extending axially through the body portion, an annular covering portion extending in a radial direction away from the body portion, a receiving portion extending away from the covering portion in an axial direction, and at least one protrusion extending radially away from an outside surface of the body portion. In some embodiments, the second member can be supported by the housing such that, in an assembled state, the first body portion is positioned within the housing and such that the annular covering portion and the second body portion are positioned outside the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, JR., George A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8956330
    Abstract: An infusion set comprises a base member (60), an introducer cap (64), and an infusion cap (54). The base member (60) preferably comprises a soft cannula (52) extending from a lower side (118) of the base member (60), and a port (62) on an upper side (92) thereof. The port (62) is configured to be in fluid communication with the cannula (52). The port (62) also comprises a septum (130) adapted to seal the port (62) against unwanted fluid flow. The introducer cap (64) is adapted to be mounted to the base member (60) and has a needle (66) adapted to extend through the septum (130) and said soft cannula (52) in an assembled position. The infusion cap (54) comprises a lumen (160) adapted to receive an elongate flexible tube (162). The infusion cap (54) also comprises a hard cannula (170) adapted to be inserted through the septum (130) and to place said soft cannula (52) in fluid communication with said lumen (160).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Techpharma Licensing AG
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8870850
    Abstract: A valve for selectively permitting a fluid flow between first and second medical implements is disclosed. The valve has a housing with an interface suitable for receiving a connector portion of a first medical device such as a catheter, and a seal made of a flexible material. The seal has a first end in fluid communication with the interface, a second end suitable for receiving the second medical device, and at least one slit in fluid communication with the first end and the second end. The slit defines a restricted fluid flow path and a relatively small interior volume when in an undisturbed state, defines an expanded fluid flow path and a larger interior volume upon the introduction of the second medical instrument into the slit, and retracts to define a restricted flow path and a small interior volume upon the withdrawal of the second medical device from the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.