Patents by Inventor Tim Kovac

Tim Kovac 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: 10357416
    Abstract: A modular surgical patient positioner unit apparatus, system and method for adjustably positioning human joints such as knees for surgical operating procedures having a base plate to support moveably a transformable carriage that can be releasably locked in position and which adjustably supports a boot or other limb holder which can be releasably locked in position by the carriage. The base plate also is configured with a side bar located at a mid-portion of the base plate to secure to an arc clamp configured to secure the positioning system to a side rail of an operating table in a medical procedure on the left or right side of the body. An extension unit also is provided and configured to secure to a lower surface of the base plate to extend the base plate of the system, as needed, for larger limbs of patients, which extension unit is configured with a stud and post locking portions for securing to the base plate and for positioning in a medical procedure on either side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl Cole, Tim Blackwell, Tamas Kovacs
  • Patent number: 7399313
    Abstract: A endovascular graft having sensing devices attached thereto to facilitate measurement of pertinent parameters within the vasculature into which the graft is implanted. Power sources and transmitters may be attached to the graft to facilitate transmission of measurements to a receiving device outside the patient's body. The sensing devices, may be electrically passive or integrated devices with measurement and transmission capability. The sensing devices may be attached to specific locations on the graft material or attached to the lumen, thereby providing pertinent parameters from critical points inside the vasculature, or may be dispersed over the surface of the graft material or within the lumen to provide a profile of pertinent parameters. The sensing devices may be attached to the graft material with one suture using a running stitch to minimize graft bulk and may be coated with a material to inhibit or control tissue growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventors: Peter S. Brown, Tim Kovac, Michael Wei, Robin W. Eckert
  • Publication number: 20070225643
    Abstract: A balloon anchor provides for the anchoring of a surgical instrument, such as conventional trocar sheath, within a puncture opening formed by a trocar. When used on a trocar sheath, the anchor is secured to the smooth outer surface of the sheath for extension through the puncture opening as the trocar within the sheath forms the opening. Adhesive or mechanical means are provided to secure the balloon the instrument. No modification to the structure of the instrument is required. Once in place within the opening, the balloon is inflated to the interior of the tissue to anchor the instrument in place. Certain embodiments also provide for inflation of the balloon within and/or to the exterior of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Phillip Hopper, Tim Kovac, Edmund Roschak, Wilson Eng
  • Patent number: 7261733
    Abstract: A endovascular graft having sensing devices attached thereto to facilitate measurement of pertinent parameters within the vasculature into which the graft is implanted. Power sources and transmitters may be attached to the graft to facilitate transmission of measurements to a receiving device outside the patient's body. The sensing devices, may be electrically passive or integrated devices with measurement and transmission capability. The sensing devices may be attached to specific locations on the graft material or attached to the lumen, thereby providing pertinent parameters from critical points inside the vasculature, or may be dispersed over the surface of the graft material or within the lumen to provide a profile of pertinent parameters. The sensing devices may be attached to the graft material with one suture using a running stitch to minimize graft bulk and may be coated with a material to inhibit or control tissue growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Endovascular Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter S. Brown, Mark T. Lemere, Kimberly Barkman, Tim Kovac
  • Publication number: 20060200220
    Abstract: A endovascular graft having sensing devices attached thereto to facilitate measurement of pertinent parameters within the vasculature into which the graft is implanted. Power sources and transmitters may be attached to the graft to facilitate transmission of measurements to a receiving device outside the patient's body. The sensing devices, may be electrically passive or integrated devices with measurement and transmission capability. The sensing devices may be attached to specific locations on the graft material or attached to the lumen, thereby providing pertinent parameters from critical points inside the vasculature, or may be dispersed over the surface of the graft material or within the lumen to provide a profile of pertinent parameters. The sensing devices may be attached to the graft material with one suture using a running stitch to minimize graft bulk and may be coated with a material to inhibit or control tissue growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Inventors: Peter Brown, Mark Lemere, Kimberly Barkman, Tim Kovac
  • Publication number: 20040199238
    Abstract: A endovascular graft having sensing devices attached thereto to facilitate measurement of pertinent parameters within the vasculature into which the graft is implanted. Power sources and transmitters may be attached to the graft to facilitate transmission of measurements to a receiving device outside the patient's body. The sensing devices, may be electrically passive or integrated devices with measurement and transmission capability. The sensing devices may be attached to specific locations on the graft material or attached to the lumen, thereby providing pertinent parameters from critical points inside the vasculature, or may be dispersed over the surface of the graft material or within the lumen to provide a profile of pertinent parameters. The sensing devices may be attached to the graft material with one suture using a running stitch to minimize graft bulk and may be coated with a material to inhibit or control tissue growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Peter S. Brown, Tim Kovac, Michael Wei, Robin W. Eckert
  • Patent number: 5618291
    Abstract: A gas-sealed instrument for use in laparoscopic procedures in a gas-insufflated body cavity. The instrument comprises a static portion, a moving portion, and a sealing means for preventing gas from escaping from the body cavity through the static portion. The static portion includes a handle, and an elongate outer tube having a bore, a proximal portion attached to the handle, and a distal portion adapted for inserting into the body cavity. The moving portion includes an operating lever pivotally mounted in the handle, and an elongate operating rod mounted in the bore of the elongate outer tube, and sliding axially relative thereto in response to the operating lever.The sealing means includes a cylinder in the handle and a piston slidably mounted in the cylinder. The cylinder is in gas-tight communication with the bore of the outer tube, and the piston interconnects the operating lever and the operating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Thompson, Tim Kovac
  • Patent number: 5431667
    Abstract: An gas-sealed instrument for use in laparoscopic procedures in a gas-insufflated body cavity. The instrument comprises a static portion, a moving portion, and a flexible seal for preventing gas from escaping from the body cavity through the static portion. The static portion includes a handle, and an elongate outer tube having a bore, a proximal portion attached to the handle, and a distal portion adapted for inserting into the body cavity. The moving portion includes an operating lever pivotally mounted in the handle, and an elongate operating rod mounted in the bore of the elongate outer tube, and sliding axially relative thereto in response to the operating lever. The flexible seal includes an outer portion attached to the static portion, an inner portion disposed about part of the moving portion, and a flexible mid portion between the outer portion and the inner portion. A rigid seal may be substituted for the flexible seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Thompson, Tim Kovac
  • Patent number: 5300036
    Abstract: An improved trocar is provided which includes converters for adapting to different size surgical instruments while maintaining sealing. The invention also includes an improved trocar tube body seal design which accepts and accommodates surgical tool angulation while still maintaining sealing. Still further, the invention provides a trocar obturator with a snap-fit joint which permits the forward portion of the obturator to be detached from the trocar body and separately used with the trocar tube subassembly. With this option, a latch mechanism is configured opposite to a converter to retain the obturator fixed with the trocar tube subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Mueller, Edwin J. Hlavka, Tim Kovac, Albert K. Chin
  • Patent number: 5282808
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a surgical clip applier includes means for preventing closure of the clip closing mechanism when no clips are left in the applier. The clip applier includes a shaft having distal and proximal ends, means in the shaft for advancing clips to the distal end, means at the distal end for closing clips and a jam clip carried by the advancing means proximally of the surgical clips, wherein the jam clip is positioned in the clip closing means and prevents closure thereof after all surgical clips have been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Kovac, Todd Thompson, Terrance Kloeckl, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes, Jay Daulton
  • Patent number: 5269792
    Abstract: The invention provides a surgical clip for use in conjunction with a clip applier. The clip may be closed in a curved shape, has improved gripping capabilities, and maximizes the gripping surface relative to clip size. The clip preferably includes a longitudinal channel through the gripping surfaces of the clip legs, the channel having at least one sidewall inclined to form an undercut, such that the channel is wider at its floor than at its opening in the gripping surface. The clip further may have one leg longer than the other such that the clip may be closed in a curved shape with the legs parallel and the tips of the legs substantially even. The clip may also have one or more inverse arcuate portions on at least one of its legs to improve the tightness of clip closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Kovac, Terrance Kloeckl, Jay Daulton, Peter F. Costa, William A. Holmes, Richard J. Saunders