Patents by Inventor Tom Saul

Tom Saul 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: 10413409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and methods for endovascularly delivering and releasing a prosthesis, e.g., an aortic prosthesis, within and/or across a patient's native heart valve, referred to hereinafter as replacing the patient's heart valve. In some embodiments the delivery system comprises a plurality of first actuatable element adapted to engage a plurality of second elements in a first configuration to capture the implant within the delivery system, and wherein the plurality of first actuatable element are adapted to engage the plurality of second elements in a second configuration and to release the implant from the delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Hans F. Valencia, Brian D. Brandt, Claudio Argento, Ulrich R. Haug, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Daniel K. Hildebrand, Dwight P. Morejohn, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10413412
    Abstract: The invention includes methods of and apparatus for endovascularly replacing a heart valve of a patient. One aspect of the invention provides a method including the steps of endovascularly delivering a replacement valve and an expandable anchor to a vicinity of the heart valve in an unexpanded configuration; and applying an external non-hydraulically expanding or non-pneumatically expanding actuation force on the anchor to change the shape of the anchor, such as by applying proximally and/or distally directed force on the anchor using a releasable deployment tool to expand and contract the anchor or parts of the anchor. Another aspect of the invention provides an apparatus including a replacement valve; an anchor; and a deployment tool comprising a plurality of anchor actuation elements adapted to apply a non-hydraulically expanding or non-pneumatically expanding actuation force on the anchor to reshape the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Hans F. Valencia, Brian D. Brandt, Dwight P. Morejohn, Claudio Argento, Tom Saul, Ulrich R. Haug
  • Publication number: 20190274823
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid reservoir. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. The fluid reservoir comprises a bellows region with fold(s) extending circumferentially around an optical axis of the eye. The bellows engages the lens capsule, and a compliant fold region between the inner and outer bellows portions allows the profile of the AIOL to deflect when the eye accommodates for near vision. Fluid transfers between the inner fluid chamber and the outer fluid reservoir to provide optical power changes. A third lens component coupled to the first or second component provides additional optical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20190274829
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an expandable anchor supporting a replacement valve, the anchor and replacement valve being adapted for percutaneous delivery and deployment to replace the patient's heart valve, the anchor having a braid having atraumatic grasping elements adapted to grasp tissue in a vicinity of the patient's heart valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: AMR SALAHIEH, DANIEL K. HILDEBRAND, TOM SAUL
  • Publication number: 20190240008
    Abstract: A method for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve including the following steps: endovascularly delivering an anchor and a replacement valve supported within the anchor to a vicinity of the heart valve in a collapsed delivery configuration, the anchor having grasping elements adapted to grasp tissue in a vicinity of the heart valve; expanding the anchor, thereby rotating the grasping elements; and grasping the tissue with the rotating grasping elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Daniel K. Hildebrand, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20190239637
    Abstract: A proprioceptive foot stimulator assembly having a cross bar that connects to the leg structure of a desk. The assembly includes a bottom channel that pivotably attaches to the cross bar, and a foot stimulating member that attaches to the bottom channel, so that it can pivot in relation to the crossbar. Mounting flanges are located at the longitudinal ends of the cross bar. A pivot assembly, generating the pivotable attachment between the bottom channel and the cross bar, includes two threaded fasteners and a bushing, secured by lock nuts; the bushing connecting the first threaded fastener to the second threaded fastener, such that the second threaded fastener can pivot in relation to the first threaded fastener. In another embodiment, the proprioceptive foot stimulator assembly has at least one slider track capable of being attached to a desk and a foot stimulating member that slidably connects to the slider track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: School Specialty, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Asmuth, Greg Saul
  • Patent number: 10370150
    Abstract: The invention provides a two-part package and method of use for a pre-attached medical implant and delivery tool system. The package includes a wet compartment and a dry compartment and allows a pre-attached implant and delivery tool system to be at least partially stored immersed in a fluid in the wet compartment and at least partially stored in the dry compartment. In one embodiment the implant comprises a replacement heart valve, and the heart valve is stored inside the wet compartment while the heart valve delivery tool remains dry in the dry compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Robert Geshlider, Andrea Johnson, Dwight Morejohn, Daniel Hildebrand, Jean-Pierre Dueri
  • Patent number: 10357359
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. The apparatus includes a replacement valve and an anchor having an expandable braid. In some embodiments, the expandable braid is fabricated from a single strand of wire. In some embodiments, the expandable braid comprises at least one turn feature. The anchor and the valve preferably are configured for endovascular delivery and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC
    Inventors: Ulrich R. Haug, Hans F. Valencia, Robert A. Geshlider, Tom Saul, Amr Salahieh, Dwight P. Morejohn
  • Patent number: 10350057
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens comprises a first lens component, a second lens component, and an adhesive between portions of the two lens components. The cured adhesive bonds the lens components to form a fluid chamber. The lens components are bonded to one another along a seam which extends circumferentially along at least a portion of the lens components. The lens components may comprise the same polymer material. The cured adhesive also comprises the polymer or a prepolymer of the polymer to provide increased strength. The polymer is hydratable such that the lens components and the cured adhesive therebetween can swell together to inhibit stresses between the lens components and the cured adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Bob Vaughan, Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10349824
    Abstract: Visualization and ablation systems and catheters. The systems can capture a plurality of different 2D images of the patient's anatomy adjacent an expandable member, each of which visualizes at least one part of the patient that is in contact with the expandable membrane, tag each of the plurality of different 2D images with information indicative of the position and orientation of a locational element when each of the plurality of different 2D images was captured, create a patient map, wherein creating the patient map comprises placing each of the plurality of different 2D images at the corresponding tagged position and orientation into a 3 space, and display the patient map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apama Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Claude, Jonah Lepak, Adnan Merchant, Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10350056
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid reservoir. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. The fluid reservoir comprises a bellows region with fold(s) extending circumferentially around an optical axis of the eye. The bellows engages the lens capsule, and a compliant fold region between the inner and outer bellows portions allows the profile of the AIOL to deflect when the eye accommodates for near vision. Fluid transfers between the inner fluid chamber and the outer fluid reservoir to provide optical power changes. A third lens component coupled to the first or second component provides additional optical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10335273
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus for methods for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. The apparatus includes an expandable anchor with leaflet engagement elements on the proximal end of the anchor and a replacement valve. The leaflet engagement elements can be used to prevent distal migration and insure proper positioning of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Brian D. Brandt, Robert A. Geshlider, Dwight P. Morejohn, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20190175884
    Abstract: An implantable body fluid drainage system includes a metering shunt having a housing with an internal chamber. A movable barrier divides the chamber into a first section and a second section, and the barrier can be displaced by a differential pressure. A first powered inlet valve providing a fill path to the first section of the chamber, and a first powered drain valve providing a drain path from the first section of the chamber. A CSF inlet conduit connects a CSF space to the first powered inlet valve. A CSF outlet conduit connects the first powered outlet valve to a discharge location. A controller opens the first powered inlet valve and close the first powered drain valve to fill the first section to a volume defined by the barrier and chamber geometry and closes the first powered inlet valve and opens the first powered drain valve to discharge the filled volume from the first section through the outlet conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: CSF Refresh Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Saul, Kristof Hovaten
  • Patent number: 10314695
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an expandable anchor supporting a replacement valve, the anchor and replacement valve being adapted for percutaneous delivery and deployment to replace the patient's heart valve, the anchor having a braid having atraumatic grasping elements adapted to grasp tissue in a vicinity of the patient's heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Daniel K. Hildebrand, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20190167407
    Abstract: Methods of treating COPD, including bronchoscopically positioning a lung anchor in lung tissue, positioning an outer implant member in pleural space proximate the lung anchor, and coupling the lung anchor to the outer implant member and thereby compressing lung tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Alan SCHAER, Tom SAUL, Amr SALAHIEH, Lilip LAU, Don TANAKA, Sid GANDIONCO, Hung HA, Arindam DATTA
  • Publication number: 20190159890
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid reservoir. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. The fluid reservoir comprises a bellows region with one or more folds of the bellows extending circumferentially around an optical axis of the eye. The bellows engages the lens capsule, and a compliant fold region between the inner and outer bellows portions allows the profile of the AIOL to deflect when the eye accommodates for near vision. Fluid transfers between the inner fluid chamber and the outer fluid reservoir to provide optical power changes when the eye accommodates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Amr SALAHIEH, Claudio P. ARGENTO, Tom Saul, Bob VAUGHAN, Eric WILLIS, Ali SALAHIEH
  • Publication number: 20190152651
    Abstract: The invention provides a two-part package and method of use for a pre-attached medical implant and delivery tool system. The package includes a wet compartment and a dry compartment and allows a pre-attached implant and delivery tool system to be at least partially stored immersed in a fluid in the wet compartment and at least partially stored in the dry compartment. In one embodiment the implant comprises a replacement heart valve, and the heart valve is stored inside the wet compartment while the heart valve delivery tool remains dry in the dry compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Robert Geshlider, Andrea Johnson, Dwight Morejohn, Daniel Hildebrand, Jean-Pierre Dueri
  • Publication number: 20190143018
    Abstract: Devices for moving blood within a patient, and methods of doing so. The devices can include a pump portion that includes an impeller and a housing around the impeller, as well as a fluid lumen. The impeller can be activated to cause rotation of the impeller and thereby move fluid within the fluid lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Amr SALAHIEH, Tom SAUL, Brady ESCH, Anna KERLO, Daniel HILDEBRAND, Daniel VARGHAI
  • Publication number: 20190117303
    Abstract: Multi-purpose electrodes for use during ablation are provided. The electrodes comprise a variable impedance region and a relatively constant impedance region. The relatively constant impedance region can be used for mapping, and both regions can be used for ablating. The mapping region can obtain low frequency electrophysiological signals during mapping, while both regions can conduct higher frequency ablation electrical signals to a patient during ablation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: John P. Claude, Tom Saul, Amr Salahieh
  • Patent number: 10258465
    Abstract: A method for endovascularly replacing a patient's heart valve including the following steps: endovascularly delivering an anchor and a replacement valve supported within the anchor to a vicinity of the heart valve in a collapsed delivery configuration, the anchor having grasping elements adapted to grasp tissue in a vicinity of the heart valve; expanding the anchor, thereby rotating the grasping elements; and grasping the tissue with the rotating grasping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Daniel K. Hildebrand, Tom Saul