Patents by Inventor Thomas M. Paulson

Thomas M. Paulson 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: 8998794
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for repairing a heart include a delivery catheter and implant. The method includes gaining access to the patient's heart and identifying implantation points for the implant. The method may include marking those locations and delivering implant, which may be a tension member. Anchors for the implant may also be delivered. The length of the tension member may be measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. Pads may be secured to the tension member and the tension member trimmed to length. The pads may be secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences, LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20140100420
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for repairing a heart include a delivery catheter and implant. The method includes gaining access to the patient's heart and identifying implantation points for the implant. The method may include marking those locations and delivering implant, which may be a tension member. Anchors for the implant may also be delivered. The length of the tension member may be measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. Pads may be secured to the tension member and the tension member trimmed to length. The pads may be secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, JR., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 8579798
    Abstract: An external heart wall stress reduction apparatus is provided to create a heart wall shape change. The device is generally disposed to the exterior of a heart chamber to reshape the chamber into a lower stress configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences, LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 8540620
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences, LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20110271967
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, JR., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 7981020
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 7722523
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20080319256
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, JR., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20080312493
    Abstract: An external heart wall stress reduction apparatus is provided to create a heart wall shape change. The device is generally disposed to the exterior of a heart chamber to reshape the chamber into a lower stress configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, JR., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 6808488
    Abstract: An external heart wall stress reduction apparatus is provided to create a heart wall shape change. The device is generally disposed to the exterior of a heart chamber to reshape the chamber into a lower stress configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 6746471
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 6629921
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of a failing heart by reducing the wall tension therein. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tension member for drawing at least two walls of a heart chamber toward each other. Methods for placing the apparatus on the heart are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Todd J. Mortier, Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson
  • Patent number: 6537198
    Abstract: A splint assembly for placement transverse a heart chamber to reduce the heart chamber radius and improve cardiac function has a tension member formed of a braided cable with a covering. A fixed anchor assembly is attached to one end of the tension member and a leader for penetrating a heart wall and guiding the tension member through the heart is attached to the other end. An adjustable anchor assembly can be secured onto the tension member opposite to the side on which the fixed pad assembly is attached. The adjustable anchor assembly can be positioned along the tension member so as to adjust the length of the tension member extending between the fixed and adjustable anchor assemblies. The pad assemblies engage with the outside of the heart wall to hold the tension member in place transverse the heart chamber. A probe and marker delivery device is used to identify locations on the heart wall to place the splint assembly such that it will not interfere with internal heart structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Vidlund, Thomas M. Paulson, Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Richard F. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20030050529
    Abstract: A splint assembly for placement transverse a heart chamber to reduce the heart chamber radius and improve cardiac function has a tension member formed of a braided cable with a covering. A fixed anchor assembly is attached to one end of the tension member and a leader for penetrating a heart wall and guiding the tension member through the heart is attached to the other end. An adjustable anchor assembly can be secured onto the tension member opposite to the side on which the fixed pad assembly is attached. The adjustable anchor assembly can be positioned along the tension member so as to adjust the length of the tension member extending between the fixed and adjustable anchor assemblies. The pad assemblies engage with the outside of the heart wall to hold the tension member in place transverse the heart chamber. A probe and marker delivery device is used to identify locations on the heart wall to place the splint assembly such that it will not interfere with internal heart structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Applicant: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Vidlund, Thomas M. Paulson, Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jeffrey P. LaPlante, David A. Kusz, Richard F. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20030045771
    Abstract: Devices for treating heart failure by reducing wall tension may be configured to be positioned external to the heart. Devices may also be configured to draw portions of walls of a heart chamber toward each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Cyril J. Schweich, Todd J. Mortier, Robert M. Vidlund, Thomas M. Paulson, Peter T. Keith, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20030032979
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Applicant: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20020169358
    Abstract: An external heart wall stress reduction apparatus is provided to create a heart wall shape change. The device is generally disposed to the exterior of a heart chamber to reshape the chamber into a lower stress configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Applicant: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 6402679
    Abstract: An external heart wall stress reduction apparatus is provided to create a heart wall shape change. The device is generally disposed to the exterior of a heart chamber to reshape the chamber into a lower stress configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Publication number: 20010025171
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Applicant: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz
  • Patent number: 6260552
    Abstract: A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for the tension member, marking those locations and delivering the tension member. Anchors for the tension member are also delivered. The length of the tensions member is measured and the walls of the heart drawn together. The pads are secured to the tension member and the tension member is trimmed to length. The pads are secured to the heart surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Mortier, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Robert M. Vidlund, Peter T. Keith, Thomas M. Paulson, David A. Kusz