Patents by Inventor W.L.Gore & Associates, Inc.

W.L.Gore & Associates, Inc. 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: 20130211498
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an endoprosthesis comprising a graft component and at least one support component with varying compressibility along the length of the endoprosthesis. In various embodiments, the endoprosthesis comprises at least a first segment and a second segment, wherein the first segment is more compressible than the second. In another embodiment having a second segment between the first and third segments, the third segment can also be more compressible than the second segment. Alternatively, in an embodiment, a second segment can have greater rigidity than a first segment, as well as a third segment, if present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130203874
    Abstract: A functional TFE copolymer fine powder is described, wherein the TFE copolymer is a polymer of TFE and at least one functional comonomer, and wherein the TFE copolymer has functional groups that are pendant to the polymer chain. The functional TFE copolymer fine powder resin is paste extrudable and expandable. Methods for making the functional TFE copolymer are also described. The expanded functional TFE copolymer material may be post-reacted after expansion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130203875
    Abstract: A functional TFE copolymer fine powder is described, wherein the TFE copolymer is a polymer of TFE and at least one functional comonomer, and wherein the TFE copolymer has functional groups that are pendant to the polymer chain. The functional TFE copolymer fine powder resin is paste extrudable and expandable. Methods for making the functional TFE copolymer are also described. The expanded functional TFE copolymer material may be post-reacted after expansion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130198927
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130204347
    Abstract: The invention relates to medical devices and methods of using them. The devices are prostheses which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The prostheses are configured to have a lattice resistant to dilation and creep, which is defined by a plurality of openings. The prosthesis may also optionally have a stent disposed proximal to the lattice. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The composite materials exhibit high elongation while substantially retaining the strength properties of the fluoropolymer membrane. In at least one embodiment, the lattice is made of a composite material that includes a least one fluoropolymer membrane including serpentine fibrils and an elastomer. A lattice including a generally tubular member formed of a composite material including a least one fluoropolymer membrane containing serpentine fibrils and an elastomer is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130197624
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical device and a method of using it. The device is a stent which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The stent is configured to have a central portion defined by “open” cells and at least two end portions, defined by “closed” cells, spaced apart and directly connected to the distal and proximal ends of the central portion of the stent. The stent may also optionally have a covering or a lattice with openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130196055
    Abstract: A solid polymer electrolyte membrane having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, where the solid polymer electrolyte membrane has a failure force greater than about 115 grams and comprises a composite membrane consisting essentially of (a) at least one expanded PTFE membrane having a porous microstructure of polymeric fibrils, and (b) at least one ion exchange material impregnated throughout the porous microstructure of the expanded PTFE membrane so as to render an interior volume of the expanded PTFE membrane substantially occlusive; (c) at least one substantially occlusive, electronically insulating first composite layer interposed between the expanded PTFE membrane and the first surface, the first composite layer comprising a plurality of first carbon particles supporting a catalyst comprising platinum and an ion exchange material, wherein a plurality of the first carbon particles has a particle size less than about 75 nm, or less than about 50 nm, or less than about 25 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130197631
    Abstract: A thin, biocompatible, high-strength, composite material is disclosed that is suitable for use in various implanted configurations. The composite material maintains flexibility in high-cycle flexural applications, making it particularly applicable to high-flex implants such as heart pacing lead or heart valve leaflet. The composite material includes at least one porous expanded fluoropolymer layer and an elastomer substantially filling substantially all of the pores of the porous expanded fluoropolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130197617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical device and a method of using it. The device is a stent which can be percutaneously deliverable with (or on) an endovascular catheter or via other surgical or other techniques and then expanded. The stent is configured to have a central portion defined by “open” cells and at least two end portions, defined by “closed” cells, spaced apart and directly connected to the distal and proximal ends of the central portion of the stent. The stent may also optionally have a covering or a lattice with openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130197566
    Abstract: An improved embolic filter frame is provided. The filter frame provides enhanced longitudinal compliance, improved sealing, low profile delivery, and short deployed length. The looped support struts have high “radial” stiffness with low “longitudinal” stiffness. When deployed, the frame exerts a relatively high stress onto a vessel wall to maintain an effective seal, yet remains longitudinally compliant. Minor displacements of the support wire or catheter are therefore not translated to the filter. The looped support struts elongate when tensioned and assume a compressed and essentially linear form. When the delivery catheter constraint is removed, the struts “snap open” and assume a looped configuration, exerting a high degree of force onto the vessel wall, creating an enhanced filter to vessel wall seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130191978
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles, including articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130192753
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130189464
    Abstract: A true tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) copolymer of the fine powder type is provided, wherein the copolymer contains polymerized comonomer units of at least one comonomer other than TFE in concentrations of at least or exceeding 1.0 weight percent, and which can exceed 5.0 weight percent, wherein the copolymer is expandable, that is, the copolymer may be expanded to produce strong, useful, expanded TFE copolymeric articles having a microstructure of nodes interconnected by fibrils. Articles made from the expandable copolymer may include tapes, membranes, films, fibers, and are suitable in a variety of end applications, including medical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130184807
    Abstract: Articles comprising an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane having serpentine fibrils and having a discontinuous coating of a fluoropolymer thereon are provided. The fluoropolymer may be located at least partially in the pores of the expanded fluoropolymer membrane. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is fluorinated ethylene propylene. The application of a tensile force at least partially straightens the serpentine fibrils, thereby elongating the article. The expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane may include a microstructure of substantially only fibrils. The articles can be elongated to a predetermined point at which further elongation is inhibited by a dramatic increase in stiffness. In one embodiment, the articles are used to form a covered stent device that requires little force to distend in the radial direction to a first diameter but is highly resistant to further distension to a second diameter (stop point).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130180657
    Abstract: A selectively reflective construct, and a method for making the construct, are described. In one embodiment reflectance, transmission and absorption properties may be controlled in multiple electromagnetic bands. A construct is described comprising a) a thermally transparent, visually opaque substrate comprising a polymeric material and a colorant, and b) a thermally reflective layer comprising a low emissivity component which is optionally transparent to radar signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130184737
    Abstract: A seamless, self-expanding implantable device having a low profile is disclosed along with methods of making and using the same. The implantable device includes a frame cut out of a single piece of material that is formed into a three-dimensional shape. The implantable device may comprise an embolic filter, stent, or other implantable structure. The present invention also allows complicated frame structures to be easily formed from planar sheets of starting material, such as through laser cutting, stamping, photo-etching, or other cutting techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130184658
    Abstract: Disclosed are implantable medical devices for the occlusion of a bodily lumen, cavity, vessel, or organ, as well as methods for manufacturing such occlusion devices, and methods for treating a subject using the occlusion devices. The devices generally include a wire having shape memory properties and a flexible membranous material disposed about the wire. Some embodiments include a lateral fringe on the membranous material. Some embodiments include a fluid capture cup affixed to the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130178888
    Abstract: Retrieval devices and related systems and methods are provided. A retrieval device comprises an elongate element having a collapsible retriever at its distal end, wherein the collapsible retriever can be axially delivered over or through an introducer to the site of an object to be retrieved, e.g., a failed endoluminal device. When the retrieval device reaches the failed endoluminal device, the endoluminal device and the retrieval device are withdrawn together through the introducer. The introducer is configured to force the retrieval device down over the endoluminal device reducing the french size of the spent endoluminal device upon extraction. The collapsible retriever can be configured to side-mount a delivery element, or it can be integrated into a delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130172977
    Abstract: The over-the-wire interlock attachment/detachment mechanism includes a cylindrical lock receiving section of a small diameter attached to an implantable medical device such as a blood clot filter, a stent, or a septal occluder. This cylindrical lock receiving section has a plurality of spaced, curved cutouts to receive both the guide fingers and contoured locking fingers formed on a cylindrical locking section. The locking fingers are angled outwardly from the cylindrical body of the cylindrical locking section, and are moved inwardly into engagement with the curved cutouts of the cylindrical lock receiving section by a sheath which slides over the cylindrical locking section or other suitable operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130172980
    Abstract: An implantable medical device including a porous membrane that is treated with a hydrophilic substance to obtain rapid optimum visualization using technology for viewing inside of a mammalian body. These technologies include ultrasound echocardiography and video imaging such as that used during laparoscopic procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.