Patents by Inventor Thomas Ressemann

Thomas Ressemann 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: 9241777
    Abstract: Animal feeding apparatuses that include a plurality of protrusions extending into a feeding well. The protrusions clean the teeth or gums of an animal as it feeds from the feeding well. Also described herein are methods of cleaning an animal's teeth with such a bowl and animals that feed from such a bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Chompers LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Matthew Ressemann, Ryan Ressemann, Suzanne Wortham-Ressemann, Nancy Altena, Joshua Baltzell
  • Publication number: 20150020741
    Abstract: Animal feeding apparatuses that include a plurality of protrusions extending into a feeding well. The protrusions clean the teeth or gums of an animal as it feeds from the feeding well. Also described herein are methods of cleaning an animal's teeth with such a bowl and animals that feed from such a bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Matthew Ressemann, Ryan Ressemann, Suzanne Wortham-Ressemann, Nancy Altena, Joshua Baltzell
  • Patent number: 8919288
    Abstract: Animal feeding apparatuses that include a plurality of protrusions extending into a feeding well. The protrusions clean the teeth or gums of an animal as it feeds from the feeding well. Also described herein are methods of cleaning an animal's teeth with such a bowl and animals that feed from such a bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Chompers LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Matthew Ressemann, Ryan Ressemann, Suzanne Wortham-Ressemann, Nancy Altena, Joshua Baltzell
  • Publication number: 20140060442
    Abstract: Described herein are animal feeding apparatuses that include a plurality of protrusions extending into a feeding well. The protrusions clean the teeth or gums of an animal as it feeds from the feeding well. Also described herein are methods of cleaning an animal's teeth with such a bowl and animal s that feed from such a bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Chompers, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Matthew Ressemann, Ryan Ressemann, Suzanne Wortham-Ressemann, Nancy Altena, Joshua Baltzell
  • Publication number: 20080033353
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway in a frontal sinus of a patient includes forming an artificial passageway into the frontal sinus of the patient with a tool. An elongate member having an inflation member thereon is inserted through the passageway. The inflation member is positioned with the constricted sinus passageway and the inflation member is expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted sinus passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Theodore Truitt, Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith
  • Publication number: 20080015472
    Abstract: A system for manipulating a guide catheter within a patient's nasal passages or sinus cavities includes a guide catheter formed from an elongate flexible member having a lumen passing there through. A wire guide is slidably disposed within the lumen of the guide catheter. The system further includes a steering member fixedly secured to a proximal end of the wire guide and a proximal hub secured to a proximal end of the guide catheter. The system further includes a recessed handle having a first recess for fixedly receiving the proximal hub of the guide catheter and a second recess for receiving the steering member, the second recess being dimensioned to permit axial and rotational movement of the steering member while disposed in the second recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith, Theodore Truitt
  • Publication number: 20080015497
    Abstract: A balloon catheter for treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes an elongate flexible shaft defining a lumen therein, the elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end and distal region. The elongate flexible shaft may include a kink-resistant coil in the distal region. A hub is affixed to the proximal end of the elongate flexible shaft, the hub including a port in communication with the lumen. An expandable member is disposed on the distal region of the elongate flexible shaft, wherein an interior portion of the expandable member is in communication with the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Keith, Thomas Ressemann, Theordore Truitt
  • Publication number: 20080015544
    Abstract: A method of confirming the location of an elongate member configured for placement within a patient's sinus cavity comprises introducing the elongate member through a nasal passageway to place a distal tip of the elongate member in a test position, the elongate member configured to emit illuminating light via the distal end of the elongate member. The location of the light is then viewed through the patient's skin to confirm the positioning of the elongate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Keith, Thomas Ressemann, Theodore Truitt
  • Publication number: 20080015626
    Abstract: A method of remodeling the uncinate process associated with a paranasal sinus includes positioning at least one shim member in the infundibulum, the shim member deforming the uncinate process and widening at least a portion of the infundibulum. The infundibulum space may be dilated with a dilating member. Dilation may occur prior to delivery of the at least one shim. The dilation member may be delivered into the sinus cavity via an access passageway formed in the canine fossa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Keith, Theodore Truitt, Thomas Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20070255210
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a blood vessel, includes providing an elongate member having proximal and distal ends, a lumen therebetween, the distal end having a braided sheath expandable between a reduced and expanded diameter, and a fluid-tight covering. The elongate member is advanced into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart. The braided sheath is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Dennis Wahr, Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith, David Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Publication number: 20070250105
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. An elongate member is inserted through the passageway, the elongate member having an inflation member such as a balloon disposed thereon. The inflation member is positioned within the constricted passageway. The inflation member is expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted sinus passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith, Theodore Truitt
  • Publication number: 20070185415
    Abstract: A steerable guide wire includes a core wire having a proximal end and a distal end. A braided filament is affixed to the distal end of the core wire. An outer coil surrounds at least a portion of the core wire and the braided filament. A proximal end of the braided filament is secured to a distal end of the coil. By locating the braided filament in the distal tip portion of the guide wire, a guide wire is provided that is highly flexible, has a high degree of tensile integrity, and is highly steerable, even in tortuous vasculature. Filter and balloon catheters having braided filaments at the distal end are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Pete Keith, Steven Willard, Peter Ness, Steven Hackett
  • Publication number: 20070010762
    Abstract: A steerable guide wire includes a core wire having a proximal end and a distal end. A multi-filament bundle is affixed to the distal end of the core wire. An outer coil surrounds at least a portion of the core wire and the multi-filament bundle. A proximal end of the multi-filament bundle is secured to a distal end of the coil. By locating the multi-filament bundle in the distal tip portion of the guide wire, a guide wire is provided that is highly flexible, has a high degree of tensile integrity, and is highly steerable, even in tortuous vasculature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith
  • Publication number: 20070010787
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of reducing or removing a blockage within a vessel without permitting embolization of particulate matter is provided. The evacuation sheath assembly includes a first elongate tubular member, having proximal and distal ends and a main lumen configured to be placed in fluid communication with a blood vessel. An expandable member is provided on a distal portion of the tubular member and is configured to form a seal with the blood vessel. The evacuation assembly further includes a second elongate tubular member having proximal and distal ends and an inflation lumen configured to be placed in fluid communication with the expandable member and a gas inflator. The gas inflator includes a high pressure gas source and a mechanism for regulating the pressure of the gas delivered by the gas inflator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Steven Hackett, Eric Stainbrook, Thomas Janecek, Chad Trembath, Andrew Dusbabek, John Drontle, Joel Phillips, Thomas Ressemann, Kyle Thunstrom, Peter Keith
  • Publication number: 20060116659
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a lesion within a blood vessel, e.g., a coronary artery, includes advancing a sheath into the blood vessel, the sheath having a lumen extending to a port at a distal end of the sheath and further having an occlusive member within a distal region of the sheath. The occlusive member is then positioned within the blood vessel proximal to the lesion. Subsequently, the occlusive member is deployed, thereby stopping antegrade flow across the lesion. A contrast agent can then be infused through a port in the sheath. A dilation balloon is then advanced across the lesion. Suction is then applied to the lumen to induce retrograde flow across the lesion after dilating the lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Wahr, Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith, David Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Publication number: 20060036282
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Wahr, David Blaeser, Peter Keith, Thomas Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20060036284
    Abstract: Devices and methods for sealing a passageway formed by a patent foramen ovale (PFO track) in the heart are provided. One method includes providing an abrading device to the PFO track and abrading the tissue within the PFO track. The abraded tissue forming the PFO track is then held together under pressure, either via lowering right atrial pressure or via applying suction to the septum primum to pull it into apposition against the septum secundum. After a sufficient period of time, the pressure is released and the abraded tissue heals to form a robust seal over the PFO track. Additionally, several devices are provided which can be placed into the PFO track to apply adhesive to the walls of the PFO track. The devices may or may not be left within the PFO track. If the devices are not left within the PFO track, the walls of the PFO track, covered with adhesive, are brought into apposition with one another and adhered together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: David Blaeser, Peter Keith, Jerome Grudem, Scott Olson, Steven Hackett, Thomas Ressemann, Joel Phillips, Mark Christianson, Dennis Wahr
  • Publication number: 20050267526
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Dennis Wahr, David Blaeser, Peter Keith, Thomas Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20050131447
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. The evacuation sheath assembly includes an elongated tube defining an evacuation lumen having proximal and distal ends. A proximal sealing surface is provided on a proximal portion of the tube and is configured to form a seal with a lumen of a guided catheter. A distal sealing surface is provided on a distal portion of the tube and is configured to form a seal with a blood vessel. A method of treatment of a blood vessel using the evacuation sheath assembly includes advancing the evacuation sheath assembly into the blood vessel through a guide catheter. Prior to advancing a device across a stenosis to be treated, normal antegrade blood flow in the blood vessel proximate to the stenosis is stopped. While blood flow is stopped, the stenosis is treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Dennis Wahr, Thomas Ressemann, Peter Keith, David Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 5645533
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for performing a balloon angioplasty procedure and for exchanging a guide wire and an intravascular catheter during the procedure. An intravascular balloon catheter includes an elongated shaft having a proximal portion adapted to extend outside the body of a patient during use, a distal portion adapted for connection to a dilation balloon and adapted for positioning intravascularly during use, and an inflation lumen extending therethrough in fluid flow communication with the balloon. In one aspect of the invention, an elongated guide lumen is connected to the catheter such that the guide lumen and catheter are movable relative to each other during use. A proximal portion of the guide lumen is adapted to extend outside the body of a patient during use, and a distal portion of the guide lumen is adapted to extend distally of the balloon during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Blaeser, Janita Burmeister, Peter Keith, Thomas Ressemann