Patents by Inventor Thomas V. Taylor

Thomas V. Taylor 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).

  • Publication number: 20200100597
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a first section and a second section configured to be coupled to the first section. Each of the first section and the second section includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box frame of a bed. A top plate is hingedly attached to the base plate. A bladder is positioned between the base plate and the top plate and inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN, Andrew Robert TAYLOR, Alistair Andrew James WARD, Martyn Thomas MITCHELL
  • Publication number: 20200100969
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a first section and a second section configured to be coupled to the first section. Each of the first section and the second section includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box frame of a bed. A top plate is pivotable relative to the base plate. A bladder structure is positioned between the base plate and the top plate and inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN, Andrew Robert TAYLOR, Alistair Andrew James WARD, Martyn Thomas MITCHELL, Ibne SOREEFAN
  • Patent number: 7731757
    Abstract: A food intake-limiting device for peroral implantation in the stomach adjacent a gastroesophageal junction is disclosed. The device can have an inner basket nested in an outer basket, a proximal entry opening and a distal exit opening to limit a rate of efflux, mesh openings in the outer basket for protrusion of stomach lining into the outer basket, and a plurality of spikes mounted tangentially on the inner basket for transfixing the protruding stomach lining. The inner basket is rotatable with respect to the outer basket to effect the transfixation. Also disclosed are an implantation/extraction tool, and methods for implanting and removing the device in a patient in need of obesity treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Reflux Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas V. Taylor, Frank G. Weeden
  • Patent number: 6958079
    Abstract: Disclosed are esophageal anti-reflux valve prostheses, and tools and procedures for peroral implantation and extraction of the prostheses. The prostheses disclosed have a semipermeable membrane to allow retrograde passage of gas, magnets disposed at a distal end of the sleeve to facilitate closure, and an outwardly bendable array of spikes that are longitudinally aligned for peroral insertion and lockable into a radially outwardly deployed configuration to keep the prosthesis from dislocating implantation. The implantation tool has inner and outer concentric tubes, the inner tube releasably threadably connected to the prosthesis, the outer tube reverse threaded with the inner tube to advance a distal headpiece to engage, deploy and lock the spikes into the deployed configuration. A vacuum assist can be used to help impact the lumen wall on the spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Reflux Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas V. Taylor, Frank G. Weeden
  • Publication number: 20040243152
    Abstract: A food intake-limiting device for peroral implantation in the stomach adjacent a gastroesophageal junction is disclosed. The device can have an inner basket nested in an outer basket, a proximal entry opening and a distal exit opening to limit a rate of efflux, mesh openings in the outer basket for protrusion of stomach lining into the outer basket, and a plurality of spikes mounted tangentially on the inner basket for transfixing the protruding stomach lining. The inner basket is rotatable with respect to the outer basket to effect the transfixation. Also disclosed are an implantation/extraction tool, and methods for implanting and removing the device in a patient in need of obesity treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas V. Taylor, Frank G. Weeden
  • Patent number: 6558429
    Abstract: Disclosed is an instrument, valve prosthesis and procedure for the minimally invasive implantation of a sutureless anti-reflux valve in a patient for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Self-anchoring or stapleable one-way anti-reflux valve prostheses are provided, which may be implanted proximate a patient's gastroesophageal junction without open or laparoscopic surgery. An instrument for the peroral insertion, positioning and fixing of the valve prosthesis to the tissue of the esophagus is described for the implantation of either the self-anchoring or stapleable prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Reflux Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6544291
    Abstract: Disclosed are an instrument, valve prosthesis and procedure for the minimally invasive implantation of a sutureless anti-reflux valve in a patient for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. A prosthesis is provided that comprises a cylindrical housing, a mounting ring and a one-way anti-reflux valve depending from the mounting ring. The cylindrical housing is constructed of a memory material that can be fixed in the gastroesophageal junction. The mounting ring and the anti-reflux valve are fixed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6419640
    Abstract: A biopsy forceps for obtaining multiple tissue specimens of an organ through a biopsy channel of an endoscope is disclosed. The biopsy forceps comprises a tubular body, a central wire, a set of jaws, and an activating handle. The central wire is disposed in the tubular body with the distal end of the central wire extending therethrough. A set of jaws is cooperatively mounted to the distal end of the central wire such that as the central wire is displaced by the activating handle, the distal end of the central wire is drawn toward the tubular body, which forces the jaws to close. A space is provided between the wire and the housing for retaining multiple tissue specimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20010020190
    Abstract: Disclosed is an instrument, valve prosthesis and procedure for the minimally invasive implantation of a sutureless anti-reflux valve in a patient for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Self-anchoring or stapleable one-way anti-reflux valve prostheses are provided, which may be implanted proximate a patient's gastroesophageal junction without open or laparoscopic surgery. An instrument for the peroral insertion, positioning and fixing of the valve prosthesis to the tissue of the esophagus is described for the implantation of either the self-anchoring or stapleable prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20010020189
    Abstract: Disclosed are an instrument, valve prosthesis and procedure for the minimally invasive implantation of a sutureless anti-reflux valve in a patient for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. A prosthesis is provided that comprises a cylindrical housing, a mounting ring and a one-way anti-reflux valve depending from the mounting ring. The cylindrical housing is constructed of a memory material that can be fixed in the gastroesophageal junction. The mounting ring and the anti-reflux valve are fixed within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6254642
    Abstract: Disclosed is an instrument, valve prosthesis and procedure for the minimally invasive implantation of an anti-reflux valve in a patient for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Self-anchoring or stapleable one-way anti-reflux valve prostheses are provided, which may be implanted proximate a patient's gastroesophageal junction without open or laparoscopic surgery. An instrument for the peroral insertion, positioning and fixing of the valve prosthesis to the tissue of the esophagus is described for the implantation of either the self-anchoring or stapleable prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5562102
    Abstract: A multiple biopsy forceps and method for obtaining a biopsy are disclosed. The forceps comprises an outer tube which can be passed through a biopsy channel of an endoscope and an inner tube concentric with the outer tube and slideably received therein. The tubes slide with respect to each other to operate a set of jaws which can be positioned to grasp and remove a tissue sample for biopsy. The grasped tissue sample is then transfixed by a needle at the end of a wire which is slideably mounted in the inner tube and positioned between the jaws. The needle is advanced and retracted with the opening and closing of the jaws. After one tissue sample is removed, the forceps is repositioned at a second tissue area from whence another tissue sample can be taken in similar fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4522205
    Abstract: Apparatus for inducing thrombosis in a blood vessel subjacent a surface 14 of a living human or animal body comprises a therapeutic electrode 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, in the form of an inflatable balloon which is flexible enough to conform to the surface, and which maintains the electrode in contact with the surface and restricts the flow of blood through the blood vessel during induction of thrombosis therein. Direct current is flowed through the electrode as anode and a counter cathode to coagulate the blood in the blood vessel adjacent the anode. The apparatus is useful to treat active oesophageal variceal bleeding, in which application the electrode 15 may have the general form of a Sengstaken-Blakemore oesophageal tamponade tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: The University Court of The University of Edinburgh
    Inventors: Thomas V. Taylor, James M. Neilson