Multiple Prong, E.g., Nailing Plate, Staple, Etc. Patents (Class 411/457)
  • Patent number: 10376386
    Abstract: A self-drilling bone fusion screw apparatus is disclosed which includes at least first and second sliding boxes. A first screw member having a tapered end and a threaded body is disposed within the first sliding box, and a second screw member having a tapered end and a threaded body disposed within the second sliding box. An adjuster adjusts the height of the sliding boxes. The screw members are screwed into vertebral bodies in order to fuse the vertebral bodies together. A plurality of the self-drilling bone fusion screw apparatuses may be attached together and/or integrated via a plate or cage. Also disclosed is a cervical facet staple that includes a curved staple base and at least two prongs attached to the bottom surface of the curved staple base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Moskowitz Family LLC
    Inventors: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz, Pablo A. Valdivia Y. Alvarado, Mosheh T. Moskowitz, Nathan C. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10309100
    Abstract: A mullion cover hanger and a curtain wall insulation system incorporating the mullion cover hanger are provided. The mullion cover hanger includes an elongated main body having hook members extending therefrom. When the mullion cover hanger is attached to a mullion, a mullion cover can be secured to the mullion cover hanger without using electric tools or additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Long, Saul Salgado
  • Patent number: 10299792
    Abstract: A fastener cartridge can comprise fastener cavities arranged in longitudinal rows. A first fastener having a first configuration and a second fastener having a second configuration can be stored within a longitudinal row. First fasteners having a first configuration can be stored within a first longitudinal row and second fasteners having a second configuration can be stored within a second longitudinal row. Each first fastener can have a proximal leg, or leg portion, extending at a first proximal angle and a distal leg, or leg portion, extending at a first distal angle and each second fastener can have a proximal leg, or leg portion, extending at a second proximal angle and a distal leg, or leg portion, extending at a second distal angle. The first proximal angle can be different than the second proximal angle and/or the first distal angle can be different than the second distal angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Huitema, Kevin R. Doll, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Emily A. Schellin, Jason L. Harris, Geoffrey C. Hueil
  • Patent number: 10143473
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a medical device includes an elongate member and a tissue anchor. The elongate member defines a lumen. The elongate member has a retention member disposed within the lumen. The tissue anchor has a first arm portion, a second arm portion, and a base portion extending between the first arm portion and the second arm portion. The tissue anchor has a first configuration and a second configuration. The first arm portion is substantially linear when the tissue anchor is in its first configuration and the first arm portion is non-linear when the tissue anchor is in its second configuration. The tissue anchor is biased to its second configuration. The tissue anchor is configured to be disposed within the lumen defined by the elongate member such that the retention member engages the tissue anchor to help retain the tissue anchor in its first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jianmin Li
  • Patent number: 9918714
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods for closing a perforation in a bodily wall are provided. The medical device generally includes an introducer device having a base defining a plurality of recesses formed therein. Visceral staples are disposed within the recesses in a delivery state and are biased toward a deployed state. A holding mechanism retains the staples in the delivery state, and the holding mechanism is moveable relative to the base to allow the staples to extend out of the recesses. The biased nature of the staples will cause them to transition into the deployed state after the staples have been released, such that the staples will thereby pierce adjacent tissue and remain closed. The holding mechanism can be retractable or pivotable out of engagement with the staples. The introducer device can include upper and lower jaws or a slidable cover relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William S. Gibbons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9597073
    Abstract: A surgical device for applying a plurality of surgical staples is provided. The device includes a staple fastening assembly attached to a surgical instrument. The staple fastening assembly includes a pair of cooperating jaws, a jaw operating mechanism, and a gap sensor. A staple magazine having a plurality of staples and an anvil member having a plurality of staple pockets are attached to the jaws. The staple magazine includes a staple crimping cam and a staple dimpling cam that are operatively coupled to the surgical instrument. The jaw operating mechanism is operatively connected to a drive assembly in the surgical instrument for moving the jaws for automatically setting a tissue gap between the cooperating jaws. The gap sensor cooperates with the jaw operating mechanism for controlling staple formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Sorrentino, Frank J. Viola, Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9474526
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a medical device includes an elongate member and a tissue anchor. The elongate member defines a lumen. The elongate member has a retention member disposed within the lumen. The tissue anchor has a first arm portion, a second arm portion, and a base portion extending between the first arm portion and the second arm portion. The tissue anchor has a first configuration and a second configuration. The first arm portion is substantially linear when the tissue anchor is in its first configuration and the first arm portion is non-linear when the tissue anchor is in its second configuration. The tissue anchor is biased to its second configuration. The tissue anchor is configured to be disposed within the lumen defined by the elongate member such that the retention member engages the tissue anchor to help retain the tissue anchor in its first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jianmin Li
  • Patent number: 9394091
    Abstract: A method for fastening wrapping sheets made of paper or cellulose in pulp-bale packaging, wherein a pulp bale is wrapped using a single-piece or two-part wrapping sheet made of paper or using a lower sheet and upper sheet made of cellulose. The method is characterized in that, at the location of overlap of the two paper or cellulose sheets, or at the end fold of the wrapping sheets made of cellulose or paper, one or more clip(s), including a decomposable material, not leaving behind any harmful components, as bale processing continues, is introduced into the bale. This makes it possible to avoid a costly binding machine or paper-strapping machine, and does away with the outlay required for disposing of the wire by the end user. A fastening device which includes a decomposable material which does not leave behind any harmful components, as bale processing continues is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ANDRITZ AG
    Inventor: Walter Writzl
  • Patent number: 9289207
    Abstract: A circular stapler apparatus for stapling tissue includes a staple and pledget assembly and a circular staple head operable to drive staples toward an anvil. A staple of the staple and pledget assembly has a pair of legs disposed substantially perpendicular to a crown of the staple in a first position. The pair of legs is operable to advance against a pocket in the anvil to form a staple with bent legs. The staple and pledget assembly includes the staple and a pledget configured to receive the pair of legs of the staple. The pledget comprises a bioabsorbable material. The pledget is configured to advance distal ends of the pair of legs to a position in which the distal ends are laterally offset from a plane in which the crown of the staple is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9168038
    Abstract: A fastener cartridge can comprise a support portion, a tissue thickness compensator positioned relative to the support portion, and a plurality of fasteners positioned within the support portion and/or the tissue thickness compensator which can be utilized to fasten tissue. In use, the fastener cartridge can be positioned in a first jaw of a surgical fastening device, wherein a second jaw, or anvil, can be positioned opposite the first jaw. To deploy the fasteners, a staple-deploying member is advanced through the fastener cartridge to move the fasteners toward the anvil. As the fasteners are deployed, the fasteners can capture at least a portion of the tissue thickness compensator therein along with at least a portion of the tissue being fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Joseph E. Young
  • Patent number: 9017329
    Abstract: A method for applying compression to a joint includes providing an intramedullary fixation assembly having a proximal screw member positioned at a proximal end of the intramedullary fixation assembly and a lag screw member positioned at a distal end of the intramedullary fixation assembly. Medullary canals are drilled in a first and second bone and the medullary canals are reamed. The proximal screw member is inserted into the first bone and a drill is used create a dorsal hole in the first bone. The lag screw member is slideably coupled to the dorsal hole and to the proximal screw member and into the second medullary canal. A torque is applied to the lag screw member to apply compression to the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Extremity Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Tyber, Jamy Gannoe, Lawrence Kiefer, Brian Gerard Donley, Brian Adams
  • Patent number: 9011063
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and device for supporting conductors. Using a non-metallic insulating material extending beyond one or both parallel legs of a staple the thumb and forefinger may grip this extension while the staple is being driven into a supporting structure. This finger grip allows for a small, insulated staple to be held with increased safety to thumb and forefinger during penetration of staple into support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dale Derrig, Jeffrey S. Roy
  • Patent number: 8974166
    Abstract: A device (H) to be mounted to a friable wall (W) comprises a body (10) and at least one main saber tooth (12) extending rearwardly from an upper portion of the body (10) and adapted to be driven into the wall (W) for securing the device (H) thereto. The main saber tooth (12) is arcuate and has a pointed rear free end (22), and is adapted to be arcuately driven into the wall (W). An arcuate and pointy secondary saber tooth (14) extends rearwardly from a lower portion of the body (10) for insertion into the wall (W) before the main saber tooth (12) is inserted therein. The main saber tooth (12) defines a lower enlarged, and typically flat, load-bearing surface (30) for bearing against material of the wall (W). The main saber tooth (12) includes an upper transversely curved surface (32). A hook member (20) is provided on a front part of the body (10) for suspending items therefrom once the device (H) has been mounted to the wall (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cobra Fixations Cie Ltee-Cobra Anchors Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pierre McDuff
  • Patent number: 8858146
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and device for supporting conductors. Using a non-metallic insulating material extending beyond the inside of one or both parallel legs of a staple the thumb and forefinger may grip this extension while the staple is being driven into a supporting structure. This finger grip allows for a small, insulated staple to be held with increased safety to thumb and forefinger during penetration of staple into support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Derrig, Jeffrey Roy
  • Patent number: 8777084
    Abstract: A system for performing anastomosis includes a plurality of staples, an annular staple support having structure for holding the staples, and a staple closing device for closing the staples to secure the canal ends together. A method for performing anastomosis and staples for performing anastomosis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Biorep Technologies, Inc., University of Miami
    Inventors: Ramon E. Poo, Andreas G. Tzakis
  • Patent number: 8728119
    Abstract: A generally U-shaped surgical staple comprises a base 10 and a pair of generally “L”-shaped legs 12 extending substantially perpendicularly from opposite ends of the base respectively. The legs 12 in use of the staple are bent through approximately 90° relative to the base. To effect a greater compression of the stapled tissue the legs include a penetrative portion 16 adjacent the tip and a compressive structure 30 which, due to its increased height relative to that of the penetrative portion, spreads the compressive forces of the staple further along the length of the incision being closed. The compressive portion also provides a depth stop to avoid the tip penetrating too deeply into the tissue in which it is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Vascular Inc.
    Inventor: Christy Cummins
  • Patent number: 8728120
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a biomechanical fastener is provided and includes a backspan defining an upper surface, a lower surface and a pair of side surfaces; at least a pair of legs depending from the backspan; and at least one contact pad extending from the lower surface to the upper surface of the backspan. At least one of the pair of legs contacts at least one of the contact pads upon a formation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Blier
  • Patent number: 8721245
    Abstract: A penetration load reduced staple includes a pair of leg portions configured to penetrate sheets of paper, a crown portion connecting the pair of leg portions. Each of the leg portions includes a protrusion protruding in a direction intersecting with a longitudinal direction of the leg portion, from a portion of a side surface of the leg portion between the crown portion and a distal end portion of the leg portion and near the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kanai
  • Patent number: 8720766
    Abstract: A surgical staple including a crown and a deformable member extending from the crown, the deformable member having a notch configured to cause the deformable member to bend at the notch when the staple is deformed from a first shape into a second shape. The crown of the surgical staple, in various embodiments, further includes a forming surface, or anvil, which is configured to deform the deformable member and/or guide a distal end of the deformable member when the distal end contacts the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hess, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, James W. Voegele, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joshua Uth
  • Patent number: 8672600
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clip having a general T-shape. The clip may be mounted to a deck board structure for engagement with a joist. The clip may include a base for mounting to a structure, such as a deck board, and barbs located on the base. The clip may also include a pair of supporting arms having clamping tabs with barbs. The barbs of the base and the clamping tabs may grip onto a joist. The clip may also include an aperture that is capable of connecting the base to the deck board. Once assembled with the deck board and joist, the clip may remain completely hidden from view after deck completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tinnerman Palnut Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Reznar, Robert Dziadula, Robert Taylor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8631992
    Abstract: An exemplary surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt; at least one staple including a crown fixed to and frangibly separable from the feeder belt, the crown having a first width, and a free end extending from the crown; and at least one pad wider than the first width, wherein each pad is associated with a corresponding crown. An exemplary surgical method using that exemplary apparatus may include placing the feeder belt in proximity to tissue; penetrating the free end of at least one staple into tissue, such that tissue is positioned between the free end and the crown; compressing the free end of at least one staple toward the crown, such that a compressive force is exerted toward the crown; distributing the compressive force across the pad of at least one staple; and shearing at least one staple from the feeder belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard A. Hausen, Bryan D. Knodel, Patrick Flanagan, Bennie Thompson
  • Patent number: 8591545
    Abstract: A suture anchor for anchoring a suture to a bone, including a distal end having a bifurcated tip, in which the bifurcated tip defines a suture-engaging slot, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis between the distal end and the proximal end, and two substantially flat surfaces extending between the distal end and the proximal end, in which the two substantially flat surfaces are substantially parallel, in which the two substantially flat surfaces are separated by a thickness of no more than about 0.1 inches, and in which the two substantially flat surfaces extend along an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis by a width of no more than about 0.4 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lunn, David A. Paulk, Paul L. Salvas
  • Patent number: 8523506
    Abstract: Consistent with embodiments described herein, a one-piece staple for affixing electrical or communications wires or staples includes a body portion and at least three leg elements extending from the body portion. The first leg element and the second leg element define a first cable receiving area, and the second leg element and the third leg element define a second cable receiving area. The at least three leg elements are configured for secure insertion into a structural support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Brian MacDonald, Daniel Lalancette, Mike Di Lillo
  • Patent number: 8469645
    Abstract: A pneumatically drivable fastener secures drywall or other construction material to a metal stud. Each fastener comprises a driving head; and a one piece shank component, secured at one end to the driving head. Each shank component has an axial length extending perpendicularly and longitudinally from the driving head and is divided into two or three sections: (a) an optional, solid section closest to the driving head; (b) an intermediate section with grooves that define stud cutting edges; and (c) two or more forked ends opposite the driving head. A method for fastening drywall to a plurality of metal studs is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Dichiera
  • Patent number: 8454289
    Abstract: A staple with a breakaway staple holding prong enables a person to more easily observe, hold, position, prepare and/or steady the staple for driving and embedding into a structure. The person can hold the breakaway staple holding prong with two or more fingers of one hand and drive and embed the staple into the structure with the other hand, while minimizing or eliminating the possibility that the incoming blows of the other hand will come into contact with and harm the fingers of the hand holding the staple. The staple includes a first nail prong and a second nail prong connected by a member, creating a substantially U-shaped body, the staple further including a breakaway staple holding prong coupled to the substantially U-shaped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Frantin
  • Patent number: 8448832
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus having a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw includes a cartridge body having plurality of surgical fasteners disposed therein. The plurality of surgical fasteners include a plurality of first surgical fasteners having a first backspan with a first configuration, and a plurality of second surgical fasteners having a second backspan with a second, different configuration such that the plurality of first surgical fasteners apply a first compressive force to tissue upon formation and the plurality of second surgical fasteners apply a second, different compressive force to tissue upon formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Frank J. Viola, Keith L. Milliman
  • Patent number: 8424735
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus having a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw includes a cartridge body having plurality of surgical fasteners disposed therein. The plurality of surgical fasteners include a plurality of first surgical fasteners having a first backspan with a first configuration, and a plurality of second surgical fasteners having a second backspan with a second, different configuration such that the plurality of first surgical fasteners apply a first compressive force to tissue upon formation and the plurality of second surgical fasteners apply a second, different compressive force to tissue upon formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Frank J. Viola, Keith L. Milliman
  • Patent number: 8414239
    Abstract: A device (H) to be mounted to a friable wall (W) comprises a body (10) and at least one main saber tooth (12) extending rearwardly from an upper portion of the body (10) and adapted to be driven into the wall (W) for securing the device (H) thereto. The main saber tooth (12) is arcuate and has a pointed rear free end (22), and is adapted to be arcuately driven into the wall (W). An arcuate and pointy secondary saber tooth (14) extends rearwardly from a lower portion of the body (10) for insertion into the wall (W) before the main saber tooth (12) is inserted therein. The main saber tooth (12) defines a lower enlarged, and typically flat, load-bearing surface (30) for bearing against material of the wall (W). The main saber tooth (12) includes an upper transversely curved surface (32). A hook member (20) is provided on a front part of the body (10) for suspending items therefrom once the device (H) has been mounted to the wall (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cobra Anchors Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pierre McDuff
  • Patent number: 8393842
    Abstract: A strip of metallic fasteners in which a plurality of metallic fastener materials are aligned and adhered to each other, wherein a coating agent for adhering adjacent metallic fastener materials to each other includes 100 parts by weight of an acid group-containing styrene-butadiene base rubber and 10 to 100 parts by weight of a resin having a softening point of 120° C. or more, both being dissolved by an organic solvent. The strip of metallic fasteners are adhered to each other by a coating that does not contain a halogen compound. The strip of metallic fasteners has improved blocking resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignees: Konishi Co., Ltd., Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Asano, Kunihiro Onishi, Ryo Koike, Ichinari Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8387848
    Abstract: A surgical staple comprising a first deformable leg, a second deformable leg and a backspan having first and second transverse portions spaced apart to create a gap therebetween. The backspan further includes a third transverse portion spaced distally from the first and second transverse portions and distally of the gap. A first non-linear backspan portion extends between the first transverse portion and the first end portion of the third transverse portion and a second non-linear backspan portion extends between the second transverse portion and the second end portion of the third transverse portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Johnson, Daniel Robert Morgan Edwards
  • Patent number: 8381961
    Abstract: A fastener system includes an open loop member and a receiving plate. The open loop member has first and second legs and a base. Each leg defines a longitudinal axis therethrough. The receiving plate has a body including a pair of spaced apart channels. The body defines a longitudinal axis therethrough. Each channel is positioned to receive a portion of one of the first or second legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Henry E. Holsten, Kenneth Blier
  • Patent number: 8348128
    Abstract: A system for performing anastomosis includes a plurality of staples, an annular staple support having structure for holding the staples, and a staple closing device for closing the staples to secure the canal ends together. A method for performing anastomosis and staples for performing anastomosis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Biorep Technologies, Inc., University of Miami
    Inventors: Ramon E. Poo, Andreas G. Tzakis
  • Patent number: 8277160
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting and fastening a wire to a mounting object includes a molded unibody having a first section connected to a second section, wherein the first section includes a surface that operates to receive a fastener, such as a staple, therethrough to secure the wire in place against the mounting object, and the second section protrudes from the surface of the first section and extends away from the surface of the first section for a user to safely hold the first section in place as the user mounts the apparatus and the wire to the mounting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Theodore A. Strauel
  • Patent number: 8240101
    Abstract: A roofing material fastener comprises a shank having a length dimension and a point. The shank is adapted to enable it to be driven through at least a first course of roofing material and into a roof deck. A fastener head is positioned in a region of the shank distal from the point. A spike protrusion projects from the distal region of the shank to a terminus. The length of the spike protrusion is less than one half the length of the shank, measured from the point to the fastener head. The spike protrusion is adapted to penetrate a depth less than the full depth of a second course of roofing material installed above the first course. The spike protrusion is shaped to inhibit sawing through the second course of roofing material by the spike protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Alvin Binkley, Jason L. Wolfe, Lou Hahn
  • Patent number: 8231040
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus comprising a cartridge body including a plurality of fastener retention slots arranged in a plurality of rows including at least an inner row and an outer row, a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in inner and outer rows and configured such that a plurality of fasteners disposed in the inner row have a backspan that has a greater height than a backspan of a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in the outer row, and an anvil having an inner row and an outer row of depressions for forming the fasteners. A plurality of pushers are operably associated with the plurality of surgical fasteners and configured to eject the surgical fasteners toward a respective depression in an anvil for formation thereof such that upon formation, the plurality of surgical fasteners ejected from the inner row provide a greater compressive force to tissue than the plurality of surgical fasteners ejected from the outer row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, Frank J. Viola
  • Patent number: 8192571
    Abstract: Provided in some embodiments is a method that includes coupling portions of one or more members using at least one impact driven fastener. At least one impact driven fastener includes at least one penetrating portion formed of plastic, and at least one head portion having a heat deformation temperature less than about 250° F. Plastic of the penetrating portion provides the penetrating portion with a flexural strength greater than about 9500 psi. The method also includes applying heat to at least partially deform the head portion of at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Utility Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela S. Tucker, Nancy Showers
  • Patent number: 8142128
    Abstract: An anchor that can fasten to a fibrous or pierceable substrate employs a base with a spaced pair of bores. A pair of hubs are rotatably mounted to axially reciprocate in the pair of bores between a retracted and a deployed position. Each of the hubs has on one side thereof a plurality of spiral prongs. The spiral prongs on one of the hubs spiral in the opposite direction from the spiral prongs on the other one of the hubs. The hubs when in the deployed position project the plurality of prongs beyond the base. A thrust member mounted over the pair of hubs can thrust them from the retracted to the deployed position. With the hubs placed side by side and with the spiral prongs against the substrate, the hubs can be rotated in opposite directions to embed the spiral prongs in the substrate. An object can then be anchored by being lashed to the hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: James Haas
  • Publication number: 20110255937
    Abstract: There is disclosed a bracket for joining together a pair of pieces of wood at right angles, and a method of making the bracket from a single blank. The bracket includes a pair of upstanding flanges being integrally connected to one another, and having horizontal flanges connected at right angles to the upstanding flanges. A pair of retainers are integrally connected at right angles to the horizontal flanges. A pair of retainers are integrally connected at right angles to the horizontal flanges and are generally parallel to and spaced from the upstanding flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: MODULAR MERCHANTS, INC. dba GARDENS TO GRO
    Inventor: Lisa R. Singer
  • Publication number: 20110158771
    Abstract: A multiple legged nail (100) whose legs (11) are shaped with slopes (13) which ensure that when inserted into a panel, such as a wood or plaster panel, the legs (11) will bend outwards in order to achieve good grip of the panel, while keeping the head (16) of the nail at the desired angle with the panel, and a multiple legged nail insertion device (200), which includes a handle (24), a cylindrical guide (23), and an internal hammer, and which enables the insertion of multiple legged nail (100), with ease and precision, and without incurring any damage to it. Optionally the multiple legged nail (100) has a shoulder disc (14) having two planes to which the legs are attached on the first plane, in which the shoulder disc (14) is conical on the second plane. A plurality of such nails may optionally support a plate (1000), for example by being inserted through holes in said plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Yaakov Zvi Davidovitch
  • Patent number: 7954687
    Abstract: A coated surgical fastener is provided for an easy visualization within tissue. The coated surgical fastener includes a core and a relatively non-reflective coating applied about the core. There is also disclosed an illuminated staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapling device having a light source. The illuminated staple cartridge includes a transparent insert and a relatively nontransparent U-shaped outer channel at least partially surrounding the transparent insert. Windows formed in sides of the U-shaped outer channel allow defined amounts of light to project from the sides of the illuminated staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael Zemlok, Adam J. Ross, Peter Hathaway
  • Patent number: 7926691
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus having a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw includes a cartridge body having plurality of surgical fasteners disposed therein. The plurality of surgical fasteners include a plurality of first surgical fasteners having a first backspan with a first configuration, and a plurality of second surgical fasteners having a second backspan with a second, different configuration such that the plurality of first surgical fasteners apply a first compressive force to tissue upon formation and the plurality of second surgical fasteners apply a second, different compressive force to tissue upon formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group, L.P.
    Inventors: Frank J. Viola, Keith L. Milliman
  • Publication number: 20110038689
    Abstract: Consistent with embodiments described herein, a one-piece staple for affixing electrical or communications wires or staples includes a body portion and at least three leg elements extending from the body portion. The first leg element and the second leg element define a first cable receiving area, and the second leg element and the third leg element define a second cable receiving area. The at least three leg elements are configured for secure insertion into a structural support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Brian MacDonald, Daniel Lalancette, Mike Di Lillo
  • Patent number: 7874778
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and device for supporting conductors. Using a non-metallic insulating material extending beyond one or both parallel legs of a staple the thumb and forefinger may grip this extension while the staple is being driven into a supporting structure. This finger grip allows for a small, insulated staple to be held with increased safety to thumb and forefinger during penetration of staple into support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventors: Dale R. Derrig, Jeffrey S. Roy
  • Publication number: 20110000040
    Abstract: An ansate implement, especially a toothbrush, having improved tuft retention and a staple for use therewith. The staple has a specially designed topography that provides reliable anchoring and creation from cost effective materials. In one embodiment, the invention is an ansate implement comprising: a handle; a head connected to said handle and having at least one hole extending into the head from a surface; at least one cleaning element positioned in the hole; and a staple located in the hole anchoring the cleaning element in the tuft hole, the staple having a longitudinal axis and a first major surface, wherein a plurality of spaced apart grooves are formed into the first major surface, each of the grooves extending along a linear axis from a bottom edge of the staple toward a top edge of the staple, the linear axis intersecting the longitudinal axis at an acute angle of 40 to 70 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Francis P. Paciullo
  • Publication number: 20100221088
    Abstract: An autonomous flexible pin and a method is introduced for connecting a pin to a material or for connecting together materials using a single action from one side of the materials, possibly using a single hand. The preferred embodiment comprises a U-shaped pin with two sharp-pointed ends. For insertion into the material, the user's fingers are presented with a wider surface area than in the common pin. The ends are bent slightly inward to produce a spring action so that the pin would remain in place until the user will use some force to remove it, without deforming the material. Safety is enhanced relative to the common pin since when this pin is in place, the sharp ends point downwards, parallel to the fabric and slightly towards it in a limp manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Nitzan Chamiel
  • Publication number: 20100175227
    Abstract: A fastening assembly that has an item made of, or that includes, a water-soluble material; and related methods for manufacturing, or dissolving or weakening, the fastening assembly, which has at least one water-soluble portion that includes the water-soluble material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Charles J. Burout, III, Thomas Shilale
  • Publication number: 20100158636
    Abstract: A tack set to fix items to be posted is disclosed. The tack set is configured as a first embodiment wherein a fixing pin having a coupling part and a wire formed with a loop and coupled with the coupling part in order to be connected to the fixing pin are formed, or a connection member is not integral with the fixing pin but is formed with push-pin rings on both ends thereof, through which the pin of a conventional push-pin may be inserted and removed, thereby being capable of attaching or detaching items to be posted with a fixing pin or a conventional insertion pin, and a second embodiment having an improved shape and structure of the tack set, capable of facilitating fixation or removal of items to be posted with the fixing pin through a rectangular-shaped thin plate having coupling parts shaped with continuous convex and concave portions and fixing pins formed on predetermined opposite positions of the thin plate, to fix the items to be posted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Sung Jin Park
  • Patent number: 7736110
    Abstract: A staple for attaching together first and second metal sheets is made of a length of round wire bent at the ends to form spaced apart depending metal legs, each having a metal piercing point at the end thereof adapted to pierce completely through the first sheet and at least partially through the second sheet and also adapted to spread the legs further apart during the piercing to a spread position in which the legs are anchored within the metal sheets and thereby attach the metal sheets together. The metal piercing points each having an outside bevel surface on the outside of the leg, an inside bevel surface on the inside of the leg, and a blunt end surface between the inside and outside bevel surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc, Tianjin University
    Inventors: Shuxin Wang, Pei-Chung Wang, Lianhong Zhang, Yuhong Liu, Weijing Liu, John D. Fickes
  • Patent number: 7721400
    Abstract: A plate (10) with spikes (11) projecting therefrom to impale a log on respective opposite sides of a crack (20) in the end of the log and wherein the plate has pull tabs (18, 19) integral therewith and grippingly engageable by a tool (30) used to remove the plate from the end of the log. A tool for inserting and removing the plate from the log includes means (37) for driving and means (33) for removing the plate from the log including a slot (35) adjacent the impact end of the tool and into which the pull tab on the plate is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Ellis ENZ Splits, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen E. Parent, Daniel L. Day
  • Publication number: 20100071170
    Abstract: A fastening assembly that has an item made of, or includes, a sustainable material; and a related method for manufacturing the fastening assembly, which has at least one portion. The method includes providing a sustainable material, and forming the at least one portion of the fastening assembly from the sustainable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Charles J. Burout, Thomas Shilale