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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor May archived listing by USPTO class 05/07

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05/31/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070123968 - Self-sealing vascular graft: The present invention relates to a segmental self-sealing graft for implantation in a patient including a base tubing element, a tubular access element overlying the base tubing, and a strand-like compression element wound over the access element so as to provide radially inward compression, and a method of making same.... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070123970 - Bifurcation stent with overlapping crimped struts: A bifurcated stent has an expanded and an unexpanded state with an outer surface and an inner surface with a wall extending there between and the inner surface defining an inner stent lumen. The stent has a primary stent body with a proximal end and a distal end with a... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070123971 - Over the endoscope introducer for stents: Over-the-scope stent introducers for detachably engaging at least a portion of the outside of an endoscope insert and for delivering a stent are provided. Embodiments include an inner member having a distal first end portion and a proximal second end portion and openings defining a channel. The inner member includes... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070123972 - Modular stent graft assembly and use thereof: A modular stent graft assembly (10) for repairing a ruptured abdominal aorta aneurysm (90) and having an aortic section tubular graft (12) and an iliac section tubular graft (14). The aortic section graft has a proximal attachment stent (32) thereon for suprarenal attachment of the assembly (10) to the aorta.... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20070123973 - Biodegradable device: A device that is at least partially formed of a biodegradable polymer. The device can be at least partially formed by MEMS technology. The device can include one or more micro-structures that are also formed by MEMS technology. The device can include one or more agents that can be controllably... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20070123975 - Medical device with magnetic resonance visibility enhancing structure: A medical device that inhibits distortion of medical resonance images taken of the device. In particular, various structures are utilized to allow visibility proximate, and inside of, a tubular member, such as a stent. In one embodiment, the stent does not contain electrically conductive loops. In an alternative embodiment, rings... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070123974 - Vascular stent which is specially designed for the multiple drug loading and better drug elution: Provided is a vascular stent used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) which is specially designed for multiple drug loading and improved drug elution, including: a plurality of ring structures extending in the longitudinal direction of the vascular stent, including a plurality of struts disposed in a zigzag formation and connected... Agent: Frommer Lawrence & Haug

20070123969 - Braided stent: A stent for use in a body passageway includes a plurality of wires braided to form a self-expanding braided tubular structure. The braided wires form braiding angles along a length of the tubular structure. A portion of the wires are plastically deformed to reduce foreshortening of the braided structure.... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20070123976 - Pseudoelastic porous shape memory materials for biomedical and engineering applications: New porous shape memory materials with the use of different fabrication methods such as hot isostatic pressing technique are provided for biomedical and engineering applications. These new materials have a pseudoelasticity ranging from 0.1% to 50%. The mechanical properties of those materials can be adjusted from 1% to 10%. The... Agent: John W. Boger, Esq. Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, P.C.

20070123977 - Progenitor endothelial cell capturing with a drug eluting implantable medical device: A medical device for implantation into vessels or luminal structures within the body is provided, which stimulates positive blood vessel remodeling. The medical device, such as a stent and a synthetic graft, is provided with a coating with a pharmaceutical composition containing a controlled-release matrix and one or more pharmaceutical... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

20070123978 - Apparatuses and methods for heart valve repair: A medical device for treating a defective heart valve. The medical device comprises a delivery sheath and an implantable device moveably disposed within the delivery sheath. The implantable device further comprises a distal expandable basket, a proximal expandable basket, and a connecting member coupling at a first end to the... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20070123979 - Apparatus, system, and method for treatment of posterior leaflet prolapse: The invention is an apparatus, system, and method for repairing heart valves. A suture line is secured to a papillary muscle, and then passed through a portion of a heart valve leaflet. A reference element is provided at a desired distance from a plane defined by the heart valve annulus.... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20070123981 - Bag-in-the-lens intraocular lens with removable optic and capsular accommodation ring: This invention describes an intraocular lens (IOL) design with a removable optic, which can be inserted in and removed from a haptic device. In this haptic the anterior and posterior capsules are sealed in order to have a perfect control over the lens epithelial cell proliferation which is thereby restricted... Agent: Prof Dr. Marie-jose B. Tassignon

20070123980 - Intraocular lens and cartridge packaging with lens-loading function: A lens and cartridge packaging system and method of use which simplify the removal and transfer of an IOL to an IOL insertion device is disclosed. The packaging system enables a user to easily load an IOL into a cartridge without the use of forceps. In addition, the packaging system... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

20070123982 - Intra-ocular lens: An accommodating, intra-ocular lens that is gravity activated, and is constructed from materials that provide a specific gravity greater than that of the aqueous humor. The lens is constructed with a number of haptics: two horizontal haptics and possibly an inferior haptic which prevents the heavier-than-aqueous-fluid lens from de-centering inferiorly.... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC

20070123983 - System and method for breast augmentation: A system for cosmetic augmentation includes a plurality of microballoons. An injector can be provided for injecting microballoons into a subcutaneous pocket at a cosmetic site through an incision. A method for performing cosmetic augmentation surgery and microballoons for use in the method are also disclosed.... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20070123984 - Ligament attachment and repair device: An implantable attachment device for attaching an end of a ligament to a bone. The attachment device includes a patch formed of a woven material. The patch includes a bone engaging face and a ligament engaging face. The patch is positionable between the bone and the end of the ligament... Agent: Baker & Daniels LLP 111 E. Wayne Street

20070123987 - Curvilinear cervical interbody device: An interbody spacer assembly includes a pair of end pieces spaced apart by a connector extending between them. The end pieces extend generally parallel to the end plates of adjoining vertebral bodies. Fasteners connect the end pieces to the vertebral bodies. Bone graft material or solid bone can be placed... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20070123985 - Intervertebral disc and insertion methods therefor: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070123986 - Methods of distracting tissue layers of the human spine: The present invention relates to methods of separating, supporting or both separating and supporting layers of tissue in the human spine. Such methods generally comprise inserting at least one member between layers of tissue in the human spine and changing the configuration of the member to define a support structure... Agent: Cook, Alex, Mcfarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler Ltd

20070123988 - Tapered anchor for tendon graft: A tapered tendon graft anchor employed during a tendon graft reconstruction surgical procedure. The anchor of the invention comprises a “hair-pin” configuration formed of a loop and two opposing leafs. Each of the leafs include inwardly extending teeth in facing alignment with each other. The outer surfaces of the leafs... Agent: Holland & Knight LLP Attn: Stefan V. Stein/IPDept.

20070123990 - Dynamic interbody device: An intervertebral implant includes an upper plate having an outer surface and an inner surface, a lower plate having an outer surface and an inner surface, and an intermediate plate having a first surface opposing the inner surface of the upper plate and a second surface opposing the inner surface... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070123989 - Method and instruments to treat spondylolisthesis by an anterior minimally invasive approach of the spine: A method for intra-operative surgical treatment of spondylolisthesis by an anterior minimally invasive approach of the lumbar spine includes inserting an interbody spacer between two vertebrae, attaching an anatomically designed reduction plate to at least one of the two vertebrae, and attaching the interbody spacer to the reduction plate by... Agent: Jones Day

20070123991 - Foldable prosthetic implant element: The present invention seeks to provide improved joint implants and methods relating to joint implantation. An embodiment is described wherein an implant is constructed of a resilient material which may be deformed to facilitate implantation and final fixation at the joint.... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

20070123992 - Provisional orthopedic implant and recutting instrument guide: A provisional component for use with differently sized first and second prosthetic orthopedic components. The provisional component has a configuration which is substantially similar to the first prosthetic component and has a predefined correspondence to the second prosthetic component. The provisional component is mounted on a bone to assess the... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20070123993 - Trapezal or trapezo-metacarpal implant: The implant comprises a stem (10) terminating in a head (20). The stem is adapted to be inserted in the metacarpus of the thumb and the head to be disposed in a space obtained particularly by removing at least a portion of the trapezium. The surface of the head is... Agent: Young & Thompson

20070123995 - Method and apparatus for reducing femoral fractures: An improved method and apparatus for reducing a hip fracture utilizing a minimally invasive procedure which does not require incision of the quadriceps. A femoral implant in accordance with the present invention achieves intramedullary fixation as well as fixation into the femoral head to allow for the compression needed for... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20070123996 - Stem cell comprising tissue substitutes: A biocompatible composite includes a solid biocompatible material and stem cells attached thereto. The biocomposite provides a stable interface with endogenous tissue and the implanted composition resulting in accelerated repair to damaged bones and tissues. A method of repairing bone includes the steps of obtaining live stem cells from a... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20070123994 - Internally placed gastric restriction device: Various devices for reducing the size of a passageway, such as, in an exemplary embodiment, a gastrointestinal passageway are provided. The device generally includes a cylindrical member, serving as a restriction element, having proximal and distal ends, at least one of which can be adapted to couple to a wall... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20070123997 - Exoskeletons for running and walking: An exoskeleton worn by a human user consisting of a rigid pelvic harness worn about the waist of the user and exoskeleton leg structures each of which extends downwardly alongside one of the human user's legs. The leg structures include hip, knee and ankle joints connected by adjustable length thigh... Agent: Charles G. Call

20070123998 - Suspension liner system with seal: A suspension liner sleeve adapted to provide an interface between a residual limb and a prosthetic socket, and having outer and inner surfaces. The liner sleeve includes an elongate, generally conical body portion formed from at least one material segment defining the liner outer surface. The at least one material... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

  
05/24/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070118202 - Balloon catheter for multiple adjustable stent deployment: A catheter configured to carry one or more stents and having an inflatable balloon for expanding a stent surrounding the balloon. The catheter is characterized in having a positioner for moving the one or more stents relative to the balloon from a first position in which the stent does not... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20070118203 - Balloon catheter for multiple adjustable stent deployment: A catheter configured to carry one or more stents and having an inflatable balloon for expanding a stent surrounding the balloon. The catheter is characterized in having a positioner for moving the one or more stents relative to the balloon from a first position in which the stent does not... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20070118204 - Balloon catheter for multiple adjustable stent deployment: A catheter configured to carry one or more stents and having an inflatable balloon for expanding a stent surrounding the balloon. The catheter is characterized in having a positioner for moving the one or more stents relative to the balloon from a first position in which the stent does not... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20070118200 - Bifurcation stent delivery system: A catheter assembly includes a catheter, a balloon, a plurality of guidewire housings, and a stent. The stent is disposed about the balloon. At least a portion of each of the guidewire housings is positioned between the stent and the balloon.... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20070118201 - Delivery system for a medical device: The invention is directed to a delivery system for delivering a medical device. The delivery system includes an inner member having a proximal end and a distal end. The inner member defines a longitudinal axis between the proximal end and the distal end. A tip is formed at the distal... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.

20070118206 - Low profile medical stent: The present invention relates to a medical prosthesis having a low profile for delivery into a body lumen. The stent includes a plurality of geometric cells defining the stent, which has first and second opposed open ends; and a plurality of wire strands woven to form a plurality of crossed... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20070118205 - Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels: The present invention is directed to a stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends with a body wall having a surface extending therebetween. The surface... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070118207 - System for controlled delivery of stents and grafts: The present invention provides a delivery mechanism for percutaneously routing a stent or graft through the vascular system and procedures for addressing an aneurysm or an otherwise damaged vessel. The delivery system includes an outer tubular guide catheter 20, an inner tubular delivery (pusher) catheter 14 coaxially disposed and slidable... Agent: Nikolai & Mersereau, P.A.

20070118208 - Stent/graft assembly: A stent/graft assembly includes a tubular graft having an upstream end, a downstream end and a tubular passage between the ends. The assembly also includes a tubular stent having an upstream end, a downstream end and a tubular passage. The upstream end of the tubular graft is affixed in substantially... Agent: Casella & Hespos

20070118209 - Implantable valve system: An implantable valve having a valve element or leaflet and a base that is attachable to a vessel wall using a connector such as a screw, pin or a staple. The valve can be implanted using a catheter to position the valve in a desired location and drive the connector... Agent: Brooks & Cameron, PLLC

20070118210 - Trileaflet heart valve: A prosthetic heart valve is described that includes three leaflet members which open and close in unison with the flowing of blood through the aorta. The leaflets are made of a composite multilayer polymer material that includes a central porous material such as polyethylene terephthalate sandwiched between two other polymer... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.

20070118211 - Method for preparing drug eluting medical devices and devices obtained therefrom: The present invention relates to a method for preparing a drug eluting medical device comprising the application to a stent of a polymer having functional groups capable of chemically binding biological molecules, characterised in that said application is carried out in a single step by means of cold plasma methods.... Agent: Hogan & Hartson LLPIPGroup, Columbia Square

20070118212 - Composite stent with regioselective material: A composite stent and a method for making the same are provided.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20070118213 - Methods, devices, and kits for treating mitral valve prolapse: Described here are methods, devices, and kits for treating a prolapsed valve leaflet. The devices generally comprise a flexible cord, a first anchor attached to the cord at its distal end, and a second anchor slidably attached to the cord. The first anchor may be configured to secure the cord... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20070118214 - Methods and apparatus for performing valvuloplasty: The present invention relates to apparatus and methods for performing valvuloplasty. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an expandable braid valvuloplasty device. In some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may be used as an adjunct to percutaneous heart valve replacement. In some embodiments, the apparatus and methods may provide a... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070118215 - Magnetic engagement of catheter to implantable device: An annuloplasty device for supporting a heart valve is described. The system includes a body member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length extending therebetween. The body member is configured to be implanted within a patient's heart at or near a base of a heart valve. The... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20070118216 - Accommodative intraocular lens: An intraocular lens (IOL) comprising an apparatus capable of changing power in response to ciliary body movement. An IOL is provided that comprises a first optical power element, and a second optical power element. The second optical power element is mechanically coupled to the first optical power element, and at... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated

20070118217 - Method for fixing traction threads to ends of a prosthetic ligament: Method for production of a prosthetic ligament (1), for the replacement of a natural joint ligament, having a global cylindrical form and including a medial intra-articular section (3) between two intra-osseous end parts (2). The method includes a step of the rolling or folding on itself of a web of... Agent: Young & Thompson

20070118218 - Facet joint implant and procedure: A method for repairing a facet joint of a human vertebra having a joint capsule surrounding the facet joint. In the method, a synthetic elastic material is introduced into the facet joint. The synthetic elastic material can be a solid, swellable polymer that expands when hydrated upon being placed in... Agent: Robert Deberardine Abbott Laboratories

20070118221 - Prosthetic disc and vertebral body replacement device having pyrolytic carbon bearing members: A spinal motion device for implanting in the spine as a replacement for the natural disc, to permit motion between adjacent vertebral bodies or as a vertebral body replacement that permits motion at its ends. The spinal motion device comprises a composite structure formed by a body having at least... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20070118219 - Transosseous spine core approach method implant and instrumentation: The transosseous spinal core approach (TOSCA) represents a novel approach to the interior of the spine or disc space by removing a core from a first bone and performing a procedure, and/or making further enlargements and cuts in the first bone and performing a procedure, and/or making another cut into... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20070118220 - Vertebral implant for promoting arthrodesis of the spine: A vertebral implant for impaction in a disc space to restore and/or maintain desired disc space height and spinal orientation is provided. The implant has an elongated basis body having a generally lens-shape provided by convex upper and lower surfaces. Bearing surfaces are provided on the cross-edge surfaces of the... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP

20070118222 - Intervertebral devices and methods: An expandable device for spinal fusion or vertebral disc replacement that is inserted via a minimally invasive surgery approach and that is expanded inside the vertebral disc space. The device is configured to expand in at least one of a medial, a lateral, an anterior, a posterior, a superior and... Agent: Philipp Lang, M.d., Mba Vertegen, Inc.

20070118223 - Posterior articular disc and method for implantation: A method for implanting an articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis into an intervertebral disc space comprises surgically accessing the intervertebral disc space through an opening on a first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space and inserting a first half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis through the opening and into... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP

20070118224 - Intervertebral implant and associated method: An intervertebral implant and associated method. The intervertebral implant can include a first component having a first articulating surface and a first bone engagement surface for engaging a first vertebra, and a second component having a second articulating surface and a second bone engagement surface for engaging a second vertebra... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20070118225 - Artificial spinal discs and methods: An artificial disc includes a top vertebra-attachment portion and a lower spacer support connected to the top vertebra-attachment portion; a bottom vertebra-attachment portion and an upper spacer support connected to the bottom vertebra-attachment portion. The spacer supports are disposed between the vertebra-attachment portions, and the lower spacer support is disposed... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)

20070118226 - Intervertebral anulus and nucleus augmentation: Systems for minimally invasive disc augmentation include an anulus augmentation component and a nucleus augmentation component. Both are suited for minimally invasive deployment. The nucleus augmentation component restores disc height and/or replaces missing nucleus pulposus. The anulus augmentation component shields weakened regions of the anulus fibrosis and/or resists escape of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070118227 - Composite prosthetic bearing constructed of polyethylene and an ethylene-acrylate copolymer: An implantable prosthetic bearing is constructed of a composite material having a first layer and second layer. The first layer has an articulating surface defined therein, whereas the second layer has a engaging surface defined therein for engaging either another prosthetic component or the bone itself. The first layer of... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20070118229 - Fluted sleeve hip prosthesis for modular stem: An intramedullary implant for mounting within an intramedullary canal of a bone is disclosed. The intramedullary implant includes a lower stem portion, an upper stem portion, and a modular sleeve body. The modular sleeve body is connected to one of the lower stem portion or the upper stem portion. The... Agent: Joel R. Petrow Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20070118230 - Adjustable bone prostheses and related methods related applications: Adjustable prostheses and related methods provide a wide range of adjustment along or about multiple axes. The prostheses and related methods make possible a straightforward, yet robust way of securing, e.g., a humeral head prosthesis in a desired position and maintaining the prosthesis in the desired position during use.... Agent: Daniel D. Ryan Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20070118228 - Retaining stent: A medical device for use within a body of a patient includes at least two retention members located at a first end of an elongated section of the medical device. The retention members are adapted to limit longitudinal movement of the elongated section when the medical device is placed within... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

  
05/17/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070112406 - Platforms, particularly prostheses, having biologically active coverings: The invention relates to the use of extracellular matrix regulators for producing a pharmacologically active covering on a platform or a prosthesis. This covering is of application to endoluminal prostheses, preferably using decorine or a fragment or derivative thereof as cellular matrix inhibitor.... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20070112408 - Balloon catheter with stent and method for manufacturing it: The invention relates to a balloon catheter comprising a catheter tube, an inflatable balloon, the ends of which are attached to the catheter tube, and a stent attached around the balloon. The stent extends at least partly along the length of the balloon. In an uninflated state, at least the... Agent: Proskauer Rose LLP

20070112407 - Twisting bifurcation delivery system: A catheter system comprises a catheter having an elongate catheter shaft such that a portion of the catheter shaft proximal a stent retaining region defines at least one bend that is bent around the longitudinal axis of a vessel. The catheter also has a side branch guidewire housing, defining a... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20070112409 - Delivery system for medical devices: The invention is directed a delivery system for implantation a self-expanding medical device in a body which includes a control handle and a catheter portion. The catheter portion includes an outer restraining member which covers the collapsed, medical device, an inner catheter member having a distal end including a region... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070112413 - Endoluminal device and system and method for detecting a change in pressure differential across an endoluminal device: An endoluminal device for deployment in a body lumen includes a radially expandable stent, a graft attached to the stent, and a plurality of indicator members affixed to the graft and adapted to form a normal pattern in response to a normal pressure differential and an abnormal pattern in response... Agent: Ratner Prestia

20070112412 - Endoluminal vascular prosthesis: Disclosed is a tubular endoluminal vascular prosthesis, useful in treating, for example, an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The prosthesis comprises a self expandable wire support structure surrounded by a flexible tubular membrane. A delivery catheter and methods are also disclosed.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070112411 - Stent graft devices having collagen coating: Described are stent graft devices and methods for their preparation and use. Expandable stent graft devices of the invention include inner and/or outer coverings uniquely applied and associated with surfaces of the stent. In certain described embodiments, bioremodelable materials such as ECM materials are vacuum pressed onto and/or around elements... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070112410 - Systems and methods for securing graft material to intraluminal devices: A stent graft having graft material attached to a stent structure while providing a low profile to the stent graft in its crimped state. The graft material may be attached to an internal surface, an external surface, or both the internal surface and the external surface of the stent. The... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070112415 - Braided stent: A radially self-expanding stent for implantation in a body passage comprises first and second sets of mutually counter-rotating metallic filaments which are braided together and define a tubular stent body having two ends which is mechanically biassed towards a first radially expanded configuration in which it is unconstrained by externally... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070112414 - System and method for local delivery of antithrombotics: Dipyridamole is an antithrombotic agent which also promotes the growth of endothelial cells. An endothelial cell lining within a stent is necessary for complete healing on the interior of the stent. A dual drug dipyridamole stent includes a first drug formulation of dipyridamole and polymer arranged in a first set... Agent: Cindy A. Lynch Conor Medsystems, Inc.

20070112416 - Expandable medical device for delivery of beneficial agent: An expandable medical device has a plurality of elongated struts joined together to form a substantially cylindrical device which is expandable from a cylinder having a first diameter to a cylinder having a second diameter. At least one of the plurality of struts includes at least one opening extending at... Agent: Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

20070112417 - Expandable medical device for delivery of beneficial agent: An expandable medical device has a plurality of elongated struts joined together to form a substantially cylindrical device which is expandable from a cylinder having a first diameter to a cylinder having a second diameter. At least one of the plurality of struts includes at least one opening extending at... Agent: Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

20070112419 - Stent with spiral side-branch: In at least one embodiment, a stent comprises a plurality of interconnected framework members defining a plurality of cells. A portion of the interconnected framework members comprise a side branch structure having an inner side branch cell that is shaped differently from other cells of the stent. The side branch... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070112418 - Stent with spiral side-branch support designs: An expandable stent may be made having an expandable spiral side branch support section having a spiral configuration and disposed about a center point. The expandable spiral side branch support section is configured to expand outward to allow for the formation of a bifurcated stent with a side branch.... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070112420 - Detachable therapeutic tube: The invention provides a detachable tube deliverable to a body lumen using a catheter. The detachable tube is detached from the catheter using an expandable stent disposed within the tube to break perforations or attachments engineered to connect the tube to the catheter until the stent is expanded. The detached... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20070112421 - Medical device with a grooved surface: This invention relates generally to medical devices, such as stents, for providing a medical treatment to an area of a patient, such as a body lumen. More particularly, the invention is directed to a stent comprising a grooved surface. The invention is also directed to a method for manufacturing a... Agent: Jones Day

20070112423 - Devices and methods for treatment of venous valve insufficiency: Devices and methods for improvement of functioning of a valve of a subject are disclosed. A device exhibiting an outward bias at its proximal end and an outward bias at its distal end, disposed at an angle to the bias at the proximal end is described. A device having a... Agent: Deanna J. Shirley

20070112422 - Transapical heart valve delivery system and method: A delivery system and method for delivering a prosthetic heart valve to the aortic valve annulus. The system includes a balloon catheter having a steering mechanism thereon for delivering a balloon-expandable prosthetic heart valve through an introducer in an antegrade fashion to the aortic annulus. The balloon catheter passes through... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20070112424 - Catheter based tissue fastening systems and methods: Catheter based systems and methods for securing tissue including the annulus of a mitral valve. The systems and methods employ catheter based techniques and devices to plicate tissue and perform an annuloplasty.... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20070112425 - Catheter-based tissue remodeling devices and methods: Methods and systems for closing an opening or defect in tissue, closing a lumen or tubular structure, cinching or remodeling a cavity or repairing a valve preferably utilizing a purse string or elastic device. The preferred devices and methods are directed toward catheter-based percutaneous, transvascular techniques used to facilitate placement... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070112426 - Thin flexible intraocular implant: A capsular bag intraocular implant having an optic portion and a haptic portion with the haptic portion having at least two arms extending radially relative to the optic portion. Each arm of the haptic portion has a main portion, a connection end connected to the edge of the optic portion... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane

20070112427 - Intervertebral spacer: Provided is an intervertebral implant operably configured to maintain limited mobility between adjacent vertebrae. Versions of the intervertebral implant may take the place of an intervertebral disk and may function in a manner substantially similar to an intervertebral disk. In one version, the intervertebral implant includes a spacer having a... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20070112428 - Facet repair and stabilization: An implant for use with the opposing facets of two adjacent vertebrae includes a facet bearing body having a cavity for receiving a filler material, and at least one fixation wing for securing the facet bearing body to at least one of the two vertebrae, wherein the facet bearing body... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)

20070112429 - Artificial intervertebral disc: An artificial intervertebral disc for at least partially replacing a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc. The artificial disc includes a concave-convex articulating surface. The artificial disc can be used in the cervical region of the spine, where a concave-convex articulating surface is advantageous for improved anatomical fit and region appropriate... Agent: Ip Section Monique A. Vander Molen

20070112430 - Endoprosthesis for a shoulder joint: The present invention relates to an endoprosthesis for a shoulder joint having a stem member (10), extending axially along a first axis (100), with a distal end piece (11) insertable into the humerus of a patient and a proximal end piece (12), a stem head (20) being provided on the... Agent: Knobble Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070112431 - Ankle-joint endoprosthesis: An endoprosthesis for replacing the ankle joint includes a lower component which is configured to be connected to the ankle bone, an upper component which is configured to be connected to the shin bone, and an intermediate part which forms a slide joint both with the lower and upper components.... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20070112432 - Systems and methods for installing ankle replacement prostheses: An ankle implant for use in ankle arthroplasty in total ankle replacement is provided. The implant includes an upper prosthesis anchored to the tibia and a lower prosthesis anchored to the talus. The lower prosthesis is operable associated with the upper prosthesis. The implant also includes a stem which is... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20070112433 - Orthopaedic implants and methods for making the same: Orthopaedic implants, orthopaedic implant sets, and/or methods for making the same. Aspects and embodiments of the present invention may include orthopaedic implants having an elongated insertion region including proximal, distal, and transition portions, wherein at least portions of at least one face each of the proximal and transition portions are... Agent: Chief Patent Counsel Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20070112435 - Ball and shaft of joint prothesis: A prosthesis for replacement of a ball and socket joint in the human body. The prosthetic components comprise a plurality of separate parts which may be inserted through a hole in the femur of the patient and assembled and attached to the prepared acetabulum of the hip bone to form... Agent: Christopher Paradies, Ph.d.

20070112434 - Material for repairing biological tissues and process for producing the same: A bone substitute (a material for repairing biological tissues) made from β-TCP as the raw material comprises a plate-type base member on the surface of which a plurality of grooves extending in a single direction are formed and separated from each other by partition wall members having an almost uniform... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20070112436 - Sintered body of titanium compound: b

20070112437 - Anti-reflux stent: An anti-reflux stent includes an extended inner sleeve, a stent surrounding at least a portion of the inner sleeve and a coating that bonds the stent to the inner sleeve whereby the extended inner sleeve can have a cross-sectional thickness that varies along the length of the inner sleeve. The... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20070112438 - Tissue regeneration substrate, complex thereof with cells, and method for its production: A tissue regeneration substrate comprising a film with a honeycomb structure composed primarily of a polymer compound and a phospholipid. A tissue regeneration complex comprising the tissue regeneration substrate and cells held in the tissue regeneration substrate. The substrate is particularly suitable for regeneration of cartilage tissue, and allows growth... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070112439 - Power evacuation valve for prosthetic limb socket: A power evacuation valve for a prosthetic limb socket wherein the socket is adapted for direct contact between a patient's skin of a residual limb and an inside surface of the socket, the socket further having an aperture therein for receipt of a valve body of the power evacuation valve,... Agent: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

20070112440 - Valve system for prosthesis: A valve system may attach to the distal area of the outer surface of a prosthetic hard socket without leaks in spite of the high amount of curvature of the distal area. The preferred valve stem is biased to slide inside the valve housing(s) to a closed position sealing with... Agent: Pedersen & Company, PLLC

  
05/10/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070106361 - Structural hydrogel polymer device: The present invention relates generally a manufacturing process which results in a completely hydrogel polymer device that maintains lumen patency which allows for numerous applications. Catheters and stents are particular examples, and their composition, mechanical characteristics, and the significantly unique ability to conduct and allow fluids to pass from one... Agent: Lambert & Associates, P.l.l.c.

20070106366 - Application system for a stent: An application system for a stent comprising a catheter having at least one retention structure permanently connected to the catheter and a stent drawn onto the catheter using at least one retention element. The retention structure provides a retention area which receives and fixes the retention element. The retention element... Agent: Powell Goldstein LLP

20070106364 - Deployment system for an intraluminal medical device: An intraluminal medical device delivery system that distributes forces more uniformly across an intraluminal medical device during loading and delivery of the device to an intended treatment site. A support member provided on an inner member of a catheter delivery system helps to more uniformly distribute forces across the device... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070106363 - Medical devices having particle-containing regions with diamond-like coatings: According to an aspect of the present invention, various medical devices, including implantable or insertable medical devices, are provided, which comprise at least one particle-containing region whose surface is at least partially coated with a diamond-like coating.... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20070106367 - Self-expanding stent delivery system: A stent delivery system delivers a self-expanding stent to a predetermined location in a body lumen. The delivery system has a catheter body, a retractable outer sheath and a proximal retraction handle connected to a proximal end of the catheter body. The catheter body carries the stent near a distal... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

20070106365 - Stent deployment systems and methods: A stent deployment system includes a catheter shaft, an expandable member mounted to the catheter shaft, and one or more stents or stent segments slidably positioned on the expandable member. The stent deployment system is adapted for deployment of stents or stent segments in very long lesions and in tapered... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP (client No 021629-000000)

20070106368 - Graft-stent assembly: A graft-stent assembly comprising a stent and a substantially tubular graft branching therefrom is disclosed. The stent is preferably deployed in a trunk vessel to support trunk vessel patency while the tubular graft is preferably deployed in a branching vessel. In embodiments, the downstream end of the tubular graft is... Agent: Martin Moynihan Prtsi, Inc.

20070106369 - Flexible stent: A flexible tubular stent including loosely interlocked annular elements without intersections or cross-over points.... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070106370 - Multi-section filamentary endoluminal stent: A multi-section filamentary stent comprises a braided section, which is a cylindrical mesh of a first set of filaments, connected to at least one wound section comprising a second set of one or more filaments having a repeating configuration with a bent portion. The two sections are preferably connected by... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20070106371 - Biodegradable stent: A biodegradable stent for implantation into a lumen in a human body. The stent in one embodiment is made from a biodegradable fiber having an inner core and an outer layer. The outer layer is a blend of two polymer components. The inner core has a first degradation rate, and... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070106372 - Implantable medical device with constrained expansion: Medical devices for implantation in a body vessel are provided. A medical device according to the invention comprises a support structure and one or more graft members comprising a valve portion and a constraining portion. The support structure has a first, unexpanded configuration and a second, expanded configuration. The constraining... Agent: Dunlap, Codding & Rogers, P.C.

20070106373 - Internal formation for a conduit: An internal formation (3) for a conduit (1). The formation (3) has a longitudinally extending member adapted to extend along an inside surface of at least a portion of the length of the conduit (1). The longitudinally extending member has an asymmetric profile in a direction transverse of the longitudinal... Agent: Demont & Breyer, LLC

20070106374 - Radiopaque coating for biomedical devices: A medical device has a porous metallic coating that can withstand the high strains inherent in the use of such devices without delamination. A coating of the metal is applied to a medical device, such as a stent, by vapor deposition so that the thermomechanical properties of the stent are... Agent: Simpson & Simpson, PLLC

20070106375 - Bifurcated stent assembly: A bifurcated stent assembly using a flexible membrane, preferably a tubular membrane, as a stent connector to bendably hold and functionally associate two or more component stents is disclosed. The flexible stent connector allows the relative orientation of the two stents to be varied with no deformation of the component... Agent: Martin Moynihan Prtsi, Inc.

20070106362 - Mr-compatible vascular endoprosthesis: The invention relates to a medicinal implant or instrument, more particularly to a vascular endoprosthesis (1), having a radially dilatable hose part (2) comprised of a tubular knitted fabric of interdigitating meshes composed of one or more individual fibres (9). To provide such an implant or instrument that allows for... Agent: William Collard Collard & Roe, P.C.

20070106376 - Method and apparatus for enhanced corneal accommodation: A method and apparatus related to enhancing corneal accommodation to address the effect of presbyopia. Corneal/scleral topology measurements in accommodating and non-accommodating states are indicative of a presbyopic subject's nominal corneal accommodative power. A desired accommodative power intended to improve on the effect of presbyopia can be determined, suggesting a... Agent: Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

20070106377 - Accommodating intraocular lens system having spherical aberration compensation and method: An accommodating intraocular lens includes an optic portion, a haptic portion. The optic portion of the lens includes an actuator that deflects a lens element to alter the optical power of the lens responsive to forces applied to the haptic portion of the lens by contraction of the ciliary muscles... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

20070106378 - Intraocular lens for inhibiting cell growth and reducing glare: An intraocular lens implantable in an eye includes an optic for placement in the capsular bag of the eye and for directing light toward the retina of the eye. The optic has a central optical axis, an anterior face, an opposing posterior face and a peripheral edge between the faces.... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

20070106379 - Intraocular lens: In an intraocular lens for implantation in the anterior chamber of an eye, to improve the compatibility and the imaging characteristics, a peripheral surface extending between an anterior optic surface and a posterior optic surface extends parallel to an optical axis and optic edges defining the peripheral surface are of... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20070106380 - Method of implanting an intraocular lens: A method for implanting an intraocular lens into the eye of a subject includes placing the intraocular lens into the eye of a subject and administering a drug in an amount sufficient to maintain an accommodative state of the eye. The method further includes permitting at least a portion of... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

20070106381 - Umbrella-shaped accommodating artificial ocular lens (aaol) device: An accommodating artificial ocular lens (AAOL) device including a lens optic portion connected to a pleated lens haptic portion to provide accommodation of vision of the eye.... Agent: Klima Law Offices, P.l.l.c.

20070106382 - Nose mask: A nose mask including mask portions that can be inserted from nares into a nasal vestibule to fix the mask portions to a nasal cavity of a user. Each of the mask portions includes a cellulose sponge and a pair of perforated silicon rubber members arranged on opposite sides of... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20070106383 - Devices and methods for inter-vertebral orthopedic device placement: Disclosed are devices and methods for the placement of a bone fusion implant between vertebral bodies in a human or animal subject. In an exemplary method a pathway is formed in the first sacral vertebrae along a trajectory that has a starting point between the inferior aspect of the facet... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC

20070106384 - Implant subsidence control: An interbody device for the fixation and support of adjacent bone bodies includes a body for implantation at a location between the two vertebrae and one or more protrusions extending from the body. The protrusion(s) are configured for engagement with one of the vertebrae upon implantation and for progressive penetration... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP

20070106385 - Interspinous process apparatus and method with a selectably expandable spacer: The present invention is an interspinous process inplant with a selectably expandable spacer that can be placed between adjacent spinous processes.... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20070106386 - Check reins for artificial disc replacements: Check reins in the form of elongated members are used to limit the extreme range of motion which would otherwise be permitted by some ADR designs. The check reins serve two main purposes. First, they retain disc spacers, if present. Additionally, the wedge shape of ADRs and the removal of... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20070106387 - Associating hydrogels for nucleus pulposus replacement in intervertebral discs: A prosthetic nucleus prepared from blends of polyvinylalcohol and polyvinyl pyrollidone or its copolymers for replacement of the nucleus pulposus in intervertebral discs is provided. Also provided are methods of replacing the nucleus pulposus and treating disc degeneration-associated pain in mammals using this prosthetic nucleus.... Agent: Jones Day

20070106388 - Flanged interbody spinal fusion implants: A flanged interbody spinal fusion implant for insertion at least in part between adjacent vertebral bodies has opposed upper and lower surfaces adapted to contact each of the adjacent vertebral bodies from within the disc space, a leading end for insertion between the adjacent vertebral bodies, and a trailing end... Agent: Martin & Ferraro, LLP

20070106389 - Variable geometry rim surface acetabular shell liner: There is provided an acetabular shell liner, and particularly a constrained liner, having a variable rim surface geometry to improve the range of motion of a femoral component within the liner and decrease the incidence of dislocation and subluxation. There are also provided methods of making and using the acetabular... Agent: Chief Patent Counsel Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20070106390 - Rotating constrained liner: An acetabular component for a prosthetic hip joint generally consists of an acetabular shell and an acetabular liner. The acetabular liner includes a cup portion and at least one constraining portion. The cup portion has a hemispherical or dome-shape that defines a hemispherical cavity for receiving a femoral head of... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20070106391 - Method and apparatus for reducing rim loading of an acetabular shell: A prosthesis for replacing a portion of the anatomy including an outer bone engaging surface and an inner bearing surface. The prosthesis may include a rim disposed between the inner bearing surface and the outer bone engaging surface. The rim may include at least one contour operable to reduce loading... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20070106392 - Acetabular cup locking mechanism: A prosthetic cup assembly is disclosed. The assembly preferably includes a shell portion, a metallic insert and a polymeric insert. The cooperation between each of the inserts and the shell portion is preferably such that alignment of the components is assured and movement between the inserts and the shell portion... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070106393 - Bone substitute material: A method of fabricating a bone substitute material comprises the steps of providing a foam material (3) having an open cell structure, distorting the shape of the foam material (3) and holding the material in a distorted shape, coating the walls of the cells of the foam material with a... Agent: Jackson Walker LLP

20070106394 - Cultured tissue transplant device: A device for transplanting a graft such as a layer or layers of cultivated, autologous, allogenic or xenogenic cells to cover an accidental or surgical wound. The graft is cultivated and carried on a bed of collagen or other dissolvable or releasable material mounted on a protective substrate molded to... Agent: Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP

20070106395 - Foot prosthesis with resilient multi-axial ankle: The present foot prosthesis includes various structural features that provide the foot with advantageous rollover properties. In certain embodiments, the foot guides rollover toward the medial side. For example, an asymmetrical upper element and a correspondingly shaped resilient ankle member support more of the wearer's weight on the lateral side... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070106397 - Mobility assistance apparatus: An improved mobility assistance apparatus for use by a person as a walking aid, e.g. a cane, crutch, or walker, has a support capable of bearing vertical forces during use of the apparatus as a walking aid and a resilient device connected to a lower portion of the support for... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070106396 - Multi-axis prosthetic ankle: A multi-axis prosthetic ankle having an adjustable range of articulation and a method of adjusting the range of articulation of such an ankle. A lower leg connection component extends from the receiving cavity of a prosthetic foot connection component. The remainder of the receiving cavity is substantially filled with an... Agent: Standley Law Group LLP

20070106398 - Method for regenerating bone: The present invention relates to the methods of treating periodontal disease and bone resorption in the maxilla or mandible comprising the inversion of the adjacent periosteum. The adjacent periosteum is inverted in an effort place the proper regenerative cells in the area of tissue loss in a mammal in need... Agent: Gregory Gene Steiner

  
05/03/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070100424 - Apparatus and methods for delivery of multiple distributed stents: Blood vessels and other body lumens are stented using multiple, discreet stent structures. Stent structures may be balloon expandable or self-expanding and are delivered by a delivery catheter which is repositioned to spaced-apart delivery sights. By coating the stents with particular biologically active substances, hyperplasia within and between the implanted... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP (client No 021629-000000)

20070100423 - Apparatus and methods for positioning prostheses for deployment from a catheter: Apparatus for delivering stents to body lumens include a flexible catheter shaft, an expandable member, a tubular prosthesis selectively movable in an axial direction over the expandable member, and a stop member disposed on the catheter shaft near the distal end of the catheter shaft for stopping the prosthesis at... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP (client No 021629-000000)

20070100416 - Covering electrolytic restraint implant delivery systems: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100421 - Delivery device with anchoring features and associated method: A delivery device for positioning and deploying an implantable device within a lumen is provided. The device includes an inner tube positioned within an outer tube and capable of sliding therein, wherein the inner and outer tubes have proximal and distal ends. A mechanism is coupled to at least one... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP Bank Of America Plaza

20070100422 - Delivery system for a medical device: The invention is directed to a delivery system for delivering a medical device. The delivery system includes an inner member having a proximal end and a distal end. The inner member defines a longitudinal axis between the proximal end and the distal end. A tip is formed at the distal... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.

20070100429 - Delivery system for medical devices: The invention is directed a delivery system for implantation a self-expanding medical device in a body which includes a control handle and a catheter portion. The catheter portion includes an outer restraining member which covers the collapsed, medical device, an inner catheter member having a distal end including a region... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070100427 - Device for treating a blood vessel and associated treatment kit: This device comprises a tubular endoprosthesis which can be radially deployed between a retracted state and an expanded state. It comprises an axially rigid support which has at least one retention opening. The device comprises at least one filamentary connection which comprises a region for clamping the endoprosthesis, at least... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20070100420 - Guided stent delivery systems of minimal diameter: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in a variety of other procedures.... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100413 - Implant delivery apparatus: An apparatus for delivering an implant within a lumen or passageway is provided. The apparatus comprises a flexible, hollow outer member having an elongated section that is inserted into and navigated through the lumen of passageway. The implant is mounted within the distal end of the elongated section. An elongated... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100414 - Indirect-release electrolytic implant delivery systems: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100415 - Indirect-release electrolytic implant delivery systems: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100426 - Medical device: A method for treating a bifurcation or trifurcation aneurysm (201) occurring on a first artery, the first artery and a second artery joining to a third artery, the method comprising: inserting a medical device (202) such that it is at least partially located in the first artery and is at... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20070100412 - Method for preparing and employing an implant delivery apparatus: A method for pre-loading an implant delivery apparatus and for delivering an implant is provided. An implant is mounted within the distal end of an elongated section of a delivery apparatus. After the implant is mounted within the elongated section, fluid is drawn into a chamber within the delivery apparatus... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100428 - Multiple-wing balloon catheter and membrane to reduce damage to coated expandable medical implants: System for reducing the damage to a coated medical implant during the expansion of the coated implant is provided. The system may include a coated medical implant, a multi-wing balloon catheter having at least four expandable wings, and an expandable membrane positioned between the balloon and the medical implant.... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20070100425 - Noncylindrical stent deployment system for treating vascular bifurcations: A device and method for treating pathological narrowing of fluid-carrying conduits of the human body (such as blood vessels) in an area of a bifurcation is disclosed. In particular, a stent system carries a self expandable noncylindrical stent, which is particularly suited for treating a widened portion of a blood... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070100418 - Pass-through restraint electrolytic implant delivery systems: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100419 - Tubular restraint release approaches for electrolytic implant delivery system: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100417 - Untwisting electrolytic restraint implant delivery system: Medical devices and methods for delivery or implantation of prostheses within hollow body organs and vessels or other luminal anatomy are disclosed. The subject technologies may be used in the treatment of atherosclerosis in stenting procedures or be used in variety of other procedures. The systems may employ a self... Agent: Cardiomind, Inc.

20070100430 - Medical device: A medical device for insertion into a bodily vessel to treat an aneurysm (201), the device comprising: a mechanically expandable device (202) expandable from a first position to a second position, said mechanically expandable device (202) is expanded radially outwardly to the second position such that the exterior surface of... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20070100431 - Intraluminal medical device with strain concentrating bridge: An intraluminal medical device having axially adjacent segments connected by at least one strain concentrating bridge. The axially adjacent segments remain connected during delivery to an intended treatment site. After delivery, at least one of the at least one strain concentrating bridge may yield to separate at least two of... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100433 - Intravascular stent and method of use: An expandable stent is implanted in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or other body lumen for treating an area of vulnerable plaque. The invention provides for a an intravascular stent having a plurality of cylindrical rings connected by undulating links. The stent has a high... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070100432 - Removable covering for implantable frame projections: Medical devices for implantation in a body vessel, and methods of using and making the same, are provided. A medical device can include a frame with one or more projections each having at least one edge extending from the surface of the frame, and a biocompatible, water-soluble removable material coated... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/indy/cook

20070100434 - Stent configurations: A stent may comprise a plurality of serpentine bands, wherein adjacent serpentine bands are connected by at least one connector strut. A serpentine band may comprise alternating straight struts and s-shaped struts. Connector struts may comprise first connector struts and second connector struts, wherein the first connector struts are nonparallel... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070100435 - Artificial prostheses with preferred geometries: Implantable medical devices, such as intraluminally implantable stents and valves, are provided having certain preferred shapes. Preferably, a portion of the implantable medical device can define a sinus region having a preferred geometry. The sinus region can have one or more preferred geometric configurations described herein, for example to mitigate... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/indy/cook

20070100436 - Methods and devices for delivering therapeutic agents to target vessels: Methods of preparing intravascular stents with a polymeric coating containing macrocyclic lactone (such as rapamycin or its analogs), stents and stent graphs with such coatings, and methods of treating a coronary artery with such devices. The macrocyclic lactone-based polymeric coating facilitates the performance of such devices in inhibiting restenosis.... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP

20070100437 - Drainage stent and associated method: A stent for facilitating flow between a branch of a bifurcated lumen and an interior region of the stent is provided. The stent includes proximal and distal ends and an interior region defined therethrough. The stent typically includes scaffolding having a cover applied thereto. The stent also includes at least... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20070100438 - Vascular stents: The disclosure describes a coating for medical implants, in particular, vascular stents, said coating comprising silicon dioxide, towards medical implants with a coating containing silicon dioxide and towards a method for their production. The coating can contain additional admixtures and have functionalization coats. The substrate of the coating is produced... Agent: Duane Morris, LLPIPDepartment

20070100439 - Chordae tendinae restraining ring: A ring for surrounding the chordae tendinae of a heart valve, and a system for delivering the ring. The ring gathers the chordae tendinae into a bundle to effectively shorten the chordae tendinae to resolve or reduce valve leaflet prolapse. The body of the ring has an elongated generally linear... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20070100440 - Device for the implantation and fixation of prosthetic valves: A device for the transvascular implantation and fixation of prosthetic heart valves having a self-expanding heart valve stent (10) with a prosthetic heart valve (11) at its proximal end is introducible into a patient's main artery. With the objective of optimizing such a device to the extent that the prosthetic... Agent: Cesari And Mckenna, LLP

20070100442 - Device and method for treatment of mitral insufficiency: A device for treatment of mitral annulus dilatation comprises an elongate body having two states. In a first of these states the elongate body is insertable into the coronary sinus and has a shape adapting to the shape of the coronary sinus. When positioned in the coronary sinus, the elongate... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20070100441 - Saddle-shaped mitral valve annuloplasty prostheses with asymmetry, and related methods: A mitral valve annuloplasty prosthesis (ring or C) has a generally saddle shape, i.e., portions of the prosthesis that are or will be adjacent the anterior and posterior commissures of the valve are relatively low as compared to at least some other portions of the prosthesis that are or will... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070100443 - Intraocular lens adapted for accommodation via electrical signals: A lens system is provided. The lens system can include a lens adapted to be part of the optical pathway of an eye and a sensor. The sensor is adapted to sense a condition. The lens system also includes a control unit. The control unit is adapted to receive a... Agent: Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd LLP

20070100444 - Haptic for accommodating intraocular lens: A haptic is provided for use in an accommodating intraocular lens. The haptic has multiple filaments, each connected to the edge of the optic at one end. Each filament has a shape that conforms to an equatorial region of the capsular bag. The haptic couples the forces exerted by the... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

20070100445 - Intraocular lenses and business methods: An intraocular accommodating lens comprising a resilient polymer monolith with a peripheral component that has a Young's modulus and an equilibrium memory shape that imparts to the capsular sac's periphery the natural shape of the capsule in an accommodated state. The intraocular lens includes a central deformable optic that provides... Agent: John H. Shadduck

20070100446 - Intraocular lens: A lens for an eye including an optic element and a plurality of supports connected to the optic element, wherein the lens may be implanted in the eye. The plurality of supports may be symmetrical and each may include an aperture. A related method is also provided.... Agent: King & Schickli, PLLC

20070100447 - Cushion bearing implants for load bearing applications: The present invention seeks to provide improved joint implants and methods relating to joint implantation.... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

20070100448 - Microtubes for therapeutic delivery: A medical implant that delivers therapeutic via microtubes and a method of making the same is provided. In one embodiment a biologically implantable structure adapted to fit within the body of a patient is provided. This structure may have a plurality of individual microtubes in physical communication with its outer... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20070100449 - Injectable soft tissue fixation technique: The present invention is directed toward a method for easily and securely attaching soft tissue graft materials to bone without puncturing the graft material and to provide for regeneration of bone removed for attachment.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100450 - Joint spacer implant: A spacer implant designed for placement between the bones of a joint, which includes soft tissue components. The spacer includes a spacer body positionable between the bones and defined by an outer periphery. The spacer also includes at least one tether. Each of the tethers has a first end fixed... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20070100451 - Attachment for apparatus of artificial nail: An apparatus for attaching an artificial nail. In patients who have a deformity of the fingernail or the toenail due to previous injuries, birth defects, or have undergone partial or entire matricectomies (wherein the root of the nail, which creates growth, is removed) due to severe cases of ingrown toenails,... Agent: Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC

20070100452 - Vertebral body replacement cage assembly: A cage assembly adapted to be implanted in a spinal column for treating degenerative or ruptured discs and replacing damaged vertebral bodies. The assembly includes one or more rigid cages formed in an annular configuration and having opposed upper and lower perimeter surfaces, an annular side wall extending between said... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20070100453 - Intervertebral disc prosthesis: An intervertebral disc prosthesis comprises a first prosthesis component, a second prosthesis component, and an intermediate prosthesis component positioned between the first prosthesis component and the second prosthesis component. The first prosthesis component and second prosthesis component are configured to rotate upon the intermediate prosthesis component. The first prosthesis component... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20070100454 - Intervertebral disc prosthesis: A method of implanting an intervertebral disc prosthesis in a patient comprises selecting a superior and inferior endplates from a plurality of endplates having different endplate features. The different endplate features include different structural and material composition features. In addition, a core is selected from a plurality of cores having... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck LLP

20070100456 - Intervertebral disc prosthesis with shear-limiting core: An intervertebral disc prosthesis comprises a superior endplate, an inferior endplate, and an intermediate core positioned between the endplates. The core comprises a central disc portion and a radial flange. The central disc portion of the core is defined by a superior bearing surface and inferior bearing surface. The radial... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20070100455 - Method and apparatus for fixation of intervertebral disc prosthesis: An intervertebral disc prosthesis comprises a superior endplate and an inferior endplate. The superior and inferior endplates include vertebra fixation surfaces designed to engage vertebral bodies. A composite material is provided on the vertebra fixation surfaces. The composite material includes an osteoconductive component and an osteoinductive component. The osteoconductive component... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20070100457 - Paramagnetic liquid interface: Natural joint interfaces wear out and/or are damaged causing pain and disability. They can be currently replaced by artificial surfaces made of materials or in the near future by magnetic fields. They would benefit from a PVES (paramagnetic visco-viscoelastic supplement) that can replace or augment natural joint interfaces or augment... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20070100458 - Attachment element for a prosthesis for the articulation of the shoulder: Attachment element for a prosthesis of the shoulder for the articulation of a humerus in a scapula of a shoulder having a glenoid cavity. The prosthesis comprises a first articulation element associated with the top of the humerus, and a second articulation element associated with the glenoid cavity. The attachment... Agent: Stevens Davis Miller & Mosher, LLP

20070100461 - Knee prosthesis: The invention relates to an orthopedic prosthetic device and a method of implanting such device. More particularly, the invention relates to a knee replacement prosthesis having femoral, patellar, and tibial components having surfaces for receiving bone cement and surfaces which promotes bone ingrowth.... Agent: Edwards & Angell, LLP

20070100459 - Method of repairing a knee joint: A knee joint is repaired by implanting a trochlear implant component, a patellar implant component and an anti-abrasion stud. The stud has a bearing surface, a bone-facing surface and a fixation post. The fixation post is implanted in the distal femur so that the bearing surface of the stud stands... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100460 - Orthopaedic implant systems with anti-abrasion studs: An orthopaedic implant system includes a trochlear, patellar, a uni-condylar implant component, and an anti-abrasion stud. The anti-abrasion stud has a head with a bearing surface, a bone-facing surface and a fixation post extending outward from the bone-facing surface of the head. The bearing surface of the stud is sized... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100462 - Joint arthroplasty devices: A mobile bearing implant includes a first component. The first component includes a bone facing surface for engaging one of a substantially uncut articular cartilage surface and a substantially uncut subchondral bone surface. The bone facing surface substantially matches the one of the articular cartilage surface and the subchondral bone... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

20070100463 - Modular fixed and mobile bearing prosthesis system: A knee prosthetic system includes a femoral component, a fixed tibial bearing component, a mobile tibial bearing component and an integrated or common tibial base component. The same tibial base component can be used with either the fixed tibial bearing component or the mobile tibial bearing component. The fixed bearing... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100464 - Orthopaedic implant sleeve and method: A protective sleeve is provided that is useful during minimally invasive surgery to facilitate assembly of modular components. The sleeve prevents contamination of a second component as it is engaged with a previously inserted component. The sleeve may also serve to guide insertion of the second component to facilitate aligning... Agent: John F. Hoffman, Esq. Baker & Daniels LLP

20070100465 - Method of construction of moulded products: A method of construction of a moulded product which includes the steps of impregnating non-metallic fibres in epoxy resin whereby said impregnated fibres may be arranged to form a sheet of said fibres; cutting a plurality of pre-pregs from said sheet; forming successive layers of said pre-pregs so that said... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20070100466 - Prosthetic foot devices: An improved prosthetic foot achieves minimal weight, robust structure, and anatomically correct behaviors by means of structural arrangement and maximized material application. The improved prosthetic foot includes a forefoot leaf spring longitudinally strengthened by a raised or inverted channel and a heel assembly having a non-linear loading response as the... Agent: Michael O. Scheinberg

20070100467 - Method for attachment of artificial nail: A method for attaching an artificial nail. In patients who have a deformity of the fingernail or the toenail due to previous injuries, birth defects, or have undergone partial or entire matricectomies (wherein the root of the nail, which creates growth, is removed) due to severe cases of ingrown toenails,... Agent: Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC

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