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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor January USPTO class listing 01/08Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
Listing for abstract view: USPTO application #, Title, Abstract excerpt,Patent Agent. Listing format for list view: USPTO National Class full category number, title of the patent application. 01/31/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080027528 - Stent retaining mechanisms: A catheter system comprises a catheter comprising a distal portion, a proximal portion and an inner shaft. The inner shaft comprises a medical device receiving region for receiving and carrying a medical device. The retaining device is at least partially constructed of an electroactive polymer. The retaining device is located... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.
20080027531 - Stent for use in cardiac, cranial, and other arteries: The present invention is directed to a medical device, such as a stent, having a coating comprising a release component and an insoluble fibrous component. The release component is capable of being degraded thus leaving a gap between the stent and the insoluble fibrous component. Further, the insoluble fibrous component... Agent: Roetzel And Andress
20080027537 - Method for improved retinal safety using the light adjustable lens (lal): Embodiments of the invention involve intraocular lenses that are light adjustable to change a focal length of the lens after it has been implanted into a person or animal. The lens includes a layer of UV absorbent material located on a rear side, which is the side facing a retina.... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.l.p
20080027538 - Polyspheric accommodating intraocular lens: An accommodating intraocular lens where a polyspheric optic is moveable relative to the outer ends of the extended portions. The lens comprises an optic made from a flexible material combined with extended portions that is capable of multiple flexions without breaking. The optic with a single focal point has a... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department
20080027539 - \"w\" accommodating intraocular lens: An accommodating intraocular lens comprising a flexible body, a flexible optic which is moveable anteriorly and posteriorly relative to the lens body, and hinged portions longitudinally connecting the optic to the body. The body may have extending centration and fixation loops on its distal ends.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department
20080027540 - Stabilized accommodating intraocular lens: An accommodating intraocular lens where the optic is moveable relative to the outer ends of the extended portions. The lens comprises an optic made from a flexible material combined with haptics capable of multiple flexions without breaking. The haptics are narrow adjacent the optic and wider at their outer ends.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department
20080027541 - Method and device for treating breast implant encapsulation: A method and a surgical instrument are provided for treating breast implant encapsulation. The method involves creating an incision into the skin of a human chest, revealing a breast augmentation implant underneath the incision, placing a fibrin biomatrix in an area near the implant either concurrent with or subsequent to... Agent: Gernard Malina, Esq., Malina & Associates, PLLC
20080027544 - Instruments and techniques for engaging spinal implants for insertion into a spinal space: Instruments, implants and methods are provided for positioning spinal implants in a space between vertebrae. The instruments provide a low profile engagement with the implants and facilitate insertion while minimizing tissue retraction and exposure of the tissue and neural elements to the instrumentation in the approach to the space.... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP
20080027546 - Packed demineralized cancellous tissue forms for disc nucleus augmentation, restoration, or replacement and methods of implantation: A composition for spinal disc repair comprising a plurality of uniformly shaped demineralized cancellous bone pieces ranging in size from about 2.0 mm to about 4.0 mm loaded into a porous mesh container with the cancellous bone pieces being treated so that they are not osteoinductive and are packed in... Agent: John S. Hale Gipple & Hale
20080027543 - Prosthesis and method for replacing degenerative vertebral portions: A posterior arch prosthesis according to the present invention includes a main body, two transverse protuberances extending transversely from either side of the main body, articulating surfaces formed on each of the transverse protuberances, and a posterior protuberance extending posteriorly from the main body. The posterior protuberance is attached to... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
20080027547 - Prosthetic device for spinal joint reconstruction: A prosthetic device for placement in an intervertebral space defined between an upper vertebra and a lower vertebra to provide articulating motion to the upper and lower vertebrae. The prosthetic device may include a first articular portion configured to be at least partially disposed in the intervertebral space and adjacent... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080027551 - Intervertebral disk transplant and implantation method: A natural spinal disk including adjacent vertebral structures is removed from a deceased donor, rinsed in normal saline, preserved in a cryopreservative solution, and then frozen by gradually decreasing the temperature using liquid nitrogen or similar method. The implant may be thawed in normal saline solution and then implanted in... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP
20080027556 - Compliant tibial component: A tibial component. The tibial component includes a discontinuous metal backing formed by a plurality of discrete metal elements, and a non-metal bearing secured to the discontinuous metal backing.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080027559 - Variable stiffness intramedullary stem: A variable stiffness stem component for intramedullary fixation in total joint replacement implants or in a segmental replacement system. The stem component has a shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal length therebetween. The diameter of the shaft is approximately constant along the longitudinal length. A... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP (zimmer)
20080027561 - Interventional medical device system having an elongation retarding portion and method of using the same: An interventional medical device system operable while within a body vessel is provided with a generally hollow tubular proximal portion, distal portion, and intermediate portion. The proximal portion and at least part of the distal portion remains outside of the body in use, with the remainder of the distal portion... Agent: Cook, Alex, Mcfarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler Ltd
20080027562 - Method for preparing biological scaffold materials: A method for preparing a scaffold material for use in the prosthesis therapy is disclosed. The method comprises (a) lyophilizing a segment of native soft tissue of mammalian origin, heating the lyophilized tissue at a temperature of 100-200° C., and incubating the tissue with elastase to selectively remove elastin leaving... Agent: Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C.
20080027529 - Retention of exposed stent loops: A stent graft (10) is retained on an introducer (38) by retention of an exposed stent (16) of the stent graft to the introducer with trigger wires (44). The introducer has a trigger wire catheter (40) and four trigger wires and each trigger wire extending in a loop from the... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office
20080027530 - Endovascular graft joint and method for manufacture: A joint and method for producing a joint in an endovascular graft. In one embodiment, a flap of a flexible material portion of an endovascular graft is folded about a portion of an expandable member to form a loop portion. The flap is secured in the loop configuration so that... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
20080027532 - Radiopaque nitinol alloys for medical devices: A radiopaque nitinol medical device such as a stent for use with or implantation in a body lumen is disclosed. The stent is made from a superelastic alloy such as nickel-titanium or nitinol, and includes a ternary element selected from the group of chemical elements consisting of iridium, platinum, gold,... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc./ Finnegan Henderson L.L.P.
20080027533 - Dedicated bifurcation stent apparatus and method: The present invention concerns a novel bifurcated stent apparatus for use in treating lesions at or near a bifurcation point in bifurcated vessel. More particularly, a dedicated bifurcation stent apparatus is fabricated from a single tube structure for use in a bifurcated body vessel having a main lumen and a... Agent: Beyer Weaver LLP/abbott Vascular Devices
20080027534 - Self-sealing ptfe graft with kink resistance: A self-sealing vascular graft, including a substrate with a sealant layer and several optional additional layers, is described. The substrate can be ePTFE and the material used for the sealant and additional layers can be polyurethane. The sealant layer and additional layers may include one or more base layers, one... Agent: Morrison & Foerster, LLP
20080027535 - Method and apparatus for manufacturing medical support devices: Method for producing a coated medical support device capable of insertion into the body, the method including the procedures of applying a coating to a section of a work-piece, positioning the work-piece in the vicinity of an electromagnetic field generator, and substantially proximate a forming mandrel, inducing electromagnetic forces in... Agent: Paul J. Sutton, Esq., Barry G. Magidoff, Esq. Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20080027536 - Cardiocirculatory aiding device: A cardiocirculatory aiding device is disclosed generally comprising a housing with a cavity, an inlet, an outlet, and first and second sides with apertures therein, first and second shells mounted to the sides of the housing, and first and second membranes disposed between the housing and the shells such that... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC
20080027542 - Reinforced biological tissue: The present invention provides for an implantable medical device comprising a hybrid composite material including a first biological component such as an acellular tissue matrix and a second non-biological component for strengthening the device after implantation.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20080027545 - Interspinous process implants and methods of use: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080027548 - Spacerless artificial disc replacements: Spacerless artificial disc replacements (ADRs) are disclosed. One preferred embodiment includes two saddle-shaped components to facilitate more normal spinal flexion, extension, and lateral bending while limit axial rotation, thereby protecting the facet joints and the annulus fibrosus (AF). Either or both the superior and inferior components are made of a... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080027549 - Disk augmentation system: This invention relates to a disk augmentation system or situating a retainer comprising artificial supports posterior to or exterior of a spinal column and a spinal column axis. The system provides an external retainer having supports for receiving at least one artificial compression body and securing at least one artificial... Agent: Matthew R. Jenkins, Esq.
20080027550 - Cervical intervertebral disc prosthesis comprising an anti-dislocation device and instruments: A cervical intervertebral prosthesis includes lower and upper anchoring plates with a prosthesis core arranged between them to create an articulated connection. The anchoring plates are designed to bear with their anchoring plate surfaces on adjacent vertebral bodies. At least one anchoring plate surface has a rib-like projection thereon which... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP
20080027554 - Kit and methods of treatment of an intervertebral disc: Methods and kits for performing minimally invasive medical procedures are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes injecting an enzyme that is less immunogenic than chymopapain into an interior portion of an intervertebral disc. The enzyme can be mixed with a buffer prior to, during or after the injecting.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080027552 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080027553 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080027555 - Multipart component for an orthopaedic implant: In one aspect of the invention, an implant includes first and second components to replace a portion of each of a pair of opposed articulating bone ends. The second component has means for low friction articulation with the first component and means for engaging the first component to constrain the... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels
20080027557 - Knee prosthesis: A tibial plate for an endoprosthetic knee is provided, the plate having a proximal face, a distal face and at least one distal posterior reinforcement portion projecting from a posterior region of the distal face, said reinforcement portion having an abutment face bevelled with respect to the distal surface of... Agent: Senniger Powers
20080027558 - Method and apparatus for wrist arthroplasty: A prosthesis can replace at least a portion of an anatomical wrist. The prosthesis can include modular portions and bone ingrowth portions for fixation. The modular prosthesis can include selected portions that are assembled for implantation.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080027560 - Glossal engagement system and method: Methods and devices are disclosed for manipulating the tongue. An implant is positioned within at least a portion of the tongue and may be secured to other surrounding structures such as the mandible and/or hyoid bone. In general, the implant is manipulated to displace at least a portion of the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080027563 - Modular knee prosthesis: A modular knee system having various distal posterior femoral components that are interchangeable with each other and with various patellar-femoral joint components. Preferably, the modular knee system has a variety of components that are interchangeable and connectable to resurface the distal femur using either a unicompartmental femoral knee prosthesis or... Agent: Baker & Daniels LLP 111 E. Wayne Street01/24/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080021539 - Intraluminal device with flexible regions: An intraluminal device is provided with a structural member having an abluminal surface to engage a vessel wall and a luminal surface. The structural member is formed with regions having different thicknesses between the abluminal surface and luminal surface. The intraluminal device may be useful where improved axial flexibility is... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080021544 - Twisted anchoring barb for stent of abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa) device: A stent is provided for an endoprosthesis having a main body portion and two leg portions, particularly suitable for treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurism. The stent includes barbs that are twisted and shaped set to point radially outward. Each barb, as formed, points substantially perpendicular relative to the longitudinal... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080021546 - System for deploying balloon-expandable heart valves: A system and method for deploying balloon-expandable (i.e., plastically-expandable) prosthetic heart valves so that they assumed their desired operational shape. The system includes a balloon that accommodates non-uniform expansion resistance in the heart valve to expanded to its desired tubular or other shape. The heart valve may have substantially more... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
20080021547 - Tissue compatible heart valve sewing ring: A prosthetic heart valve sewing ring that is highly compatible with surrounding tissue by being made of a material that has physical properties similar to the surrounding tissue. The present invention provides an “iso-elastic” sewing ring, or one having an elasticity similar to that of soft tissue. Exemplary materials include... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
20080021548 - Low-tack ophthalmic and otorhinolaryngological device materials: Disclosed are soft, high refractive index, acrylic materials. These materials, especially useful as intraocular lens materials, contain an aryl acrylic hydrophobic monomer as the single principal device-forming monomer and a tack-reducing macromer additive. In addition to their use as intraocular lens materials, the present materials are also suitable for use... Agent: Alcon
20080021549 - Accommodating intraocular lens having an active power source: An accommodating intraocular lens, comprising an optical system adapted to provide variable optical power, and a drive mechanism configured to alter a focal plane of the optical system, the drive mechanism being adapted to provide at least one of a selectable speed of accommodation and disaccommodation. The drive mechanism may... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
20080021550 - Accommodative intraocular lens having a single optical element: An accommodative intraocular lens (AIOL) adapted to fit in a capsular bag, having an optic; at least three haptic arms, each arm being coupled to the optic along the arm's length and at least three plates, each plate having an outer surface arranged to contact the capsular bag and each... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
20080021555 - Expandable vertebral body implants and methods of use: A vertebral implant for insertion into a patient includes first and second end members that include recesses for engaging a spacer member and a distractor. The end plates include a bone contact surface and an oppositely facing surface. A peripheral surface extends around a perimeter of the end members. The... Agent: Coats & Bennett, PLLC
20080021556 - Expandable vertebral implant and methods of use: An implant for insertion between vertebral body endplates includes first and second end members, each with a respective endplate contact surface. The implant further includes a collapsible intermediate section disposed between the first and second end members and an inflatable member contained within the intermediate section. The intermediate section may... Agent: Coats & Bennett, PLLC
20080021557 - Spinal motion-preserving implants: In a particular embodiment, a prosthetic device is provided which includes a component that includes a rigid-rod polymer material and is configured to be implanted in association with two vertebrae.... Agent: Larson Newman Abel Polansky & White, LLP
20080021558 - Expandable spinal fusion cage: An expandable spinal fusion device is provided. The expandable device comprises a first part slidingly coupled to a second part. An removable expandable member extends between the first part and the second part and is coupled to a rotating operator such that rotating the operator causes the first part and... Agent: Holland & Hart, LLP (lanx, LLC) Intellectual Property Department
20080021559 - Expandable spinal fusion cage: An expandable spinal fusion device is provided. The expandable device comprises a first part slidingly coupled to a second part. An removable expandable member extends between the first part and the second part and is coupled to a rotating operator such that rotating the operator causes the first part and... Agent: Holland & Hart, LLP (lanx, LLC) Intellectual Property Department
20080021564 - Humeral head resurfacing implant and methods of use thereof: The invention features a monoblock (non-modular) humeral head (shoulder) resurfacing implant designed to replace a portion of the patient's humeral head. The humeral head may need replacing due to trauma, osteonecrosis, infection, arthritis, or other causes. The implant of the invention is designed to be performed either as a hemiarthroplasty... Agent: Clark & Elbing LLP
20080021566 - Method and apparatus for a knee implant: A prosthesis for replacing an articulating portion of bone is provided. The prosthesis can include an adaptor operable to replace a portion of the bone. The prosthesis can further include a sleeve coupled to the adaptor. The sleeve can define an offset coupling axis. The prosthesis can also include an... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080021567 - Modular orthopaedic component case: A case for modular neck components for hip implants. The case may include indicators based on independent variables associated with physical characteristics of the implant, including leg length, offset, and anteversion. During surgery, the surgeon may be confronted with a need to change a preoperatively-chosen modular neck. For example, the... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels
20080021568 - Acetabular cup augment system: A modular prosthetic acetabular cup for use in restorative hip replacement has an augment which can be attached to an acetabular cup outer shell to provide an acetabular cup with a cross section of a desired configuration. The augment can be attached to the acetabular cup by a coupling element... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080021569 - Bioabsorable implantable structure: Provided is a method of producing a bioabsorbable, implantable substrate having a graded molecular weight distribution, comprising exposing at least a portion of the implantable substrate to electron beam irradiation. There is also provided a bioabsorbable, implantable substrate comprising a bioabsorbable polymer having a graded molecular weight distribution through at... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath Attn: Intellectual Property Group
20080021533 - Thin-wall polytetrafluoroethylene tube: A thin-wall PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) tube in the form of a tube of porous expanded PTFE film wherein the porous PTFE film has a microstructure containing a multiplicity of fibrils oriented substantially parallel to each other. The tube has a wall thickness of less than about 0.25 mm and is made... Agent: Wayne D. House W. L . Gore & Associated, Inc.
20080021534 - Balloon expandable stent: The present invention relates to a balloon expandable stent mounted on a balloon catheter, the entire assembly being overcoated with a coherent polymer coating, which is preferably substantially continuous over the circumference and, more preferably, axial length of the stem on the balloon. The polymer coating improves retention of the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20080021536 - Expandable stent and method for delivery of same: An expandable stent comprising a proximal end and a distal end in communication with one another and a tubular wall disposed between the proximal end and the distal end. The tubular wall has a longitudinal axis and a porous surface defined by a plurality of intersecting members comprising a series... Agent: Patent Administrator Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20080021535 - Intravascular flow modifier and reinforcement device and deployment system for same: A stent includes a cylindrical frame consisting of a series of helical winds containing a pattern of alternating zigzag bends. The frame may be made of resilient wire or from a piece of laser cut hypo tubing by placing the stent over a notched portion of a pusher catheter member,... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20080021538 - Controlled deployment delivery system: A controlled stent-graft deployment delivery system (10 50 or 900) includes a stent-graft (30 or 63), a retractable primary sheath (40) containing the stent-graft in a first constrained diameter configuration, an outer tube (18) within the retractable primary sheath and within the stent-graft, and an inner tube (20) within the... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department
20080021537 - Varying diameter vascular implant and balloon: A method for deploying an expandable implant in a body passage of varying diameter includes selecting a balloon having a radial dimension that varies, when the balloon is inflated, in accordance with the varying diameter of the body passage. The balloon is inserted, in a deflated state, into the body... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.
20080021541 - Laser process to produce drug delivery channel in metal stents: A method for forming a stent and for also forming channels in the outer surface of selected regions of the stent structure. The method includes impinging a laser beam generated by a diode pumped Q-switched pulsed Nd/YAG laser operating at the third harmonic on an outer surface of a stent... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)
20080021540 - Method and apparatus for direct laser cutting of metal stents: An improved expandable stent for implantation in a body lumen, such as an artery, and an improved method for making it from a single length of tubing. The stent consists of a plurality of radially expandable cut cylindrical elements generally aligned on a common axis and interconnected by one or... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)
20080021542 - Expandable stent and method for delivery of same: An expandable stent having a proximal end and a distal end in communication with one another, and a tubular wall disposed between the proximal end and the distal end. The tubular wall has a longitudinal axis and a porous surface defined by a plurality of intersecting members comprising a series... Agent: Patent Administrator Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20080021543 - Methods of crimping expandable medical devices: Disclosed are methods for crimping a medical device, such as a stent, wherein the medical device is formed of a superelastic alloy. A method for crimping a medical device includes cooling the stent until the alloy becomes martensitic, allowing the stent to warm after cooling, crimping the stent with a... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
20080021545 - Mechanically attached medical device coatings: The present invention relates to nanofibrous coatings on medical devices such a surgical mesh or stent, wherein the coating is mechanically attached to the device. The principal mechanism for attaching the coating is through causing the fibers to permeate and entangle with the substrate.... Agent: Roetzel And Andress
20080021551 - Optimizing pitch and other speech stimuli allocation in a cochlear implant: Errors in pitch (frequency) allocation within a cochlear implant are corrected in order to provide a significant and profound improvement in the quality of sound perceived by the cochlear implant user. In one embodiment, the user is stimulated with a reference signal, e.g., the tone “A” (440 Hz) and then... Agent: Advanced Bionics Corporation
20080021552 - Apparatus to facilitate implantation: An apparatus includes a flange, a sleeve having a sidewall that extends longitudinally from the flange and terminates in a distal end portion, and a structure for substantially preventing flow of fluid in at least one axial direction from the distal end portion toward the flange. The structure can have... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.
20080021554 - Composite collagen material and method of forming same: A felt for repairing soft tissue defects comprising a membranous collagen substrate and a bioresorbable fiber felted onto the collagen substrate. Methods of preparing a felt and methods of repairing soft tissue damage with a felt are also provided.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080021553 - Synthesis of spider dragline and/or flagelliform proteins: The present invention is directed to a method of producing spider dragline and/or flagelliform proteins. The invention is further directed to a method of producing spider threads and to a dragline/flagelliform protein or dragline/flagelliform protein thread produced by these methods. The invention further provides the use of these proteins/threads in... Agent: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P. A.
20080021563 - Hydrogel-based joint repair system and method: The invention provides a system and method for treating an orthopedic condition using a hydrogel-forming composition, which forms a hydrogel in situ at a target location and at least bio-mechanically treats the condition. The invention also provides a hydrogel forming composition designed to form a hydrogel with desirable biocompatible and... Agent: Kagan Binder, PLLC
20080021562 - Intersomatic cage with unified grafts: An intervertebral cage includes a thin main wall having two return parts at opposite ends of the wall. The wall has an approximately constant thickness. The return parts are extended by facing end parts having a gap between them. The wall, the return parts and end parts delimit an inner... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20080021560 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080021561 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080021565 - Bimetal tibial component construct for knee joint prosthesis: This invention provides for a novel orthopedic prosthesis, specifically a prosthetic tibial component for a prosthetic total knee joint, that comprises two constructs, one being a metal base construct that engages the bone and the other being a polyethylene bearing construct that attaches to the metal base construct and articulates... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.
20080021570 - Human locomotion simulator: The present invention discloses locomotion simulator comprising a base having a surface movable along a base axis, a post mounted to the base a pelvic structure and a hip-thigh mechanism wherein coordinated displacement of the pelvic structure and pivoting of the thigh segment assembly simulates patterns of locomotion. The pelvic... Agent: Seyfarth Shaw LLP01/17/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080015675 - Balloon catheter system and method: A balloon catheter system includes a balloon dilation catheter including a balloon at a distal part thereof. The catheter is defined at least in part by at least part of a tubular element. The catheter has a proximal part of larger diameter than a reduced diameter part of a distal... Agent: Intellectual Property Department Conor Medsystems, Inc.
20080015674 - Medical devices and related systems and methods: Medical devices and related systems and methods.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC
20080015682 - Aaa repair device with aneurysm sac access port: An abdominal aortic aneurysm repair device having an access port may be utilized to percutaneously access the aneurismal sac without disturbing the repair. The access port has a self-sealing member for maintaining the port in the normally closed position. The insertion of a percutaneous device into the port opens the... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080015683 - Manufacture of fine-grained material for use in medical devices: Medical devices are manufactured from fine grained materials, processed from of a variety of metals and alloys, such as stainless steel, cobalt-chromium and nickel-titanium alloys. A fine grained metal or alloy is formed from a specimen rapidly heated to its recrystallization temperature, and then subjected to high temperature, multi-axial deformation,... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20080015672 - Graft: A graft comprises an inner interior surface defined by a relatively large radius and an outer interior surface defined by a relatively small radius for maintaining laminar flow of blood passing through the graft and thereby substantially reducing cellular proliferation and blood clotting.... Agent: Michael A. O'neil, P.C.
20080015686 - Controlled degradation of stents: Stents fabricated from hydrolytically degradable polymers with accelerated degradation rates and methods of fabricating stents with accelerated degradation rates are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
20080015691 - Orthopaedic implants having bioresorbable posts: An orthopaedic implant for replacing the surface of a bone, such as in a joint arthroplasty, includes a bone facing surface for mating with the prepared end of the bone. The surface includes a porous coating to promote bone ingrowth. A bioresorbable post extends from the bone facing surface for... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20080015695 - Dual composition vertebral defect device: A vertebral defect device, for insertion between a pair of adjacent lumbar or thoracic vertebrae, includes a frame comprised of a generally rigid first material for structural support strength and rapid fixation. The frame has an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper and lower portions are partially convex,... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
20080015697 - Prosthetic spinal disc and related methods: An intervertebral disc prosthesis including a core of elastomeric material provided within an inner component of fabric. The inner component is provided with an outer component of fabric. By providing a smooth inner contact surface between the inner component and the core, movement between the inner and outer components is... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nu Vasive, Inc.
20080015692 - Vertebral implant including preformed osteoconductive insert and methods of forming: A vertebral implant for insertion into a patient includes an insert formed from an osteoconductive material and further including a biocompatible polymer body that is formed into the insert. The insert may extend over part or substantially the entire bone contact surface of the implant. The insert includes a bone... Agent: Coats & Bennett, PLLC
20080015702 - Intervertebral implantation apparatus: An implantation apparatus for preparing adjacent vertebral bodies to receive an intervertebral implant including a plurality of keels. The implantation apparatus includes an elongated handle portion, and a template portion carried at a distal end of the handle portion substantially perpendicularly to the handle portion. The template portion defines a... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080015699 - Postero-lateral intervertebral disc prosthesis: The invention relates to a postero-lateral intervertebral disc prosthesis characterised in that: the insert (1) has a fixed planar section on the lower vertebral plateau, the element (3) has a lower planar surface for support on the insert (1) with a limited capacity for translational displacement and an upper surface... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
20080015708 - Hip stem centralizer cover and method: A hip stem centralizer and method are provided for positioning a proximal portion of a femoral hip stem component at a desired radial position within an intramedullary canal of a femur. The hip stem centralizer includes a resilient opening that is elastically compressed upon receiving the hip stem to bias... Agent: John F. Hoffman, Esq. Baker & Daniels LLP
20080015679 - Device and method for modifying the shape of a body organ: An intravascular support device includes a support or reshaper wire, a proximal anchor and a distal anchor. The support wire engages a vessel wall to change the shape of tissue adjacent the vessel in which the intravascular support is placed. The anchors and support wire are designed such that the... Agent: Shayglenn LLP
20080015680 - Device and method for modifying the shape of a body organ: An intravascular support device includes a support or reshaper wire, a proximal anchor and a distal anchor. The support wire engages a vessel wall to change the shape of tissue adjacent the vessel in which the intravascular support is placed. The anchors and support wire are designed such that the... Agent: Shayglenn LLP
20080015676 - Drug-polymer coated stent: The present invention provides a method and system for loading drug onto a stent. The method comprises positioning at least one polymer coated stent on a mandrel, positioning a drug infused sheath onto the stent and diffusing drug from the sheath into the polymer coating of the stent. The system... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department
20080015678 - Prosthesis for placement at a luminal os: An embodiment of the invention provides a prosthesis delivery system comprising a delivery catheter having an expandable member and a prosthesis carried over the expandable member. The prosthesis includes a radially expandable scaffold section and at least two anchors extending axially from an end thereof; and means for capturing at... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080015681 - Stent and catheter assembly and method for treating bifurcations: An apparatus and method is provided for stenting bifurcated vessels. A proximal angled stent is configured for implanting in a side-branch vessel wherein the proximal angled stent has an angulated portion that corresponds to the angle formed by the intersection of the side-branch vessel and the main vessel so that... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)
20080015677 - System for image-guided endovascular prosthesis and method for using same: The invention provides systems and methods for obtaining position sensor space data regarding an endovascular prosthesis within an anatomical region of a patient, wherein at least one position indicating element is movable within an endovascular prosthesis is tracked by a tracking system. A guidance portion of the endovascular prosthesis constrains... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
20080015684 - Method and apparatus for attaching radiopaque markers to a stent: A mandrel for supporting a stent and rollers for pressing a radiopaque marker into a stent are disclosed. The mandrel can have a forward portion for carrying the stent and a rear portion for urging the stent forward portion into a gap between the rollers. The mandrel may be pushed... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
20080015685 - Stent with anchors to prevent vulnerable plaque rupture during deployment: A stent for implantation in a body lumen for protecting from rupture a fibrous cap in order to treat vulnerable plaque. One embodiment of the stent achieves staged expansion through stronger and weaker circumferential regions, and includes optional anchors positioned at the circumferential transition between the stronger and weaker regions.... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20080015671 - Method and apparatus for treatment of cardiac valves: Provided is a method and apparatus for placing a valve (14) in a tubular organ having a greater diameter than the valve, comprising: an expandable tubular adapter (10) having an outer portion with a diameter suitable for contacting the inner walls of the tubular organ, and an inner portion with... Agent: Kagan Binder, PLLC
20080015673 - Conformable end sealing stent: Conformable end sealing stent for treating aortic aneurysms with acute angulation having an end portion with a circumference and configured to exert a radial force against an inner wall of the aorta, said end portion comprised of one or more filaments formed into at least three intertwined curved loops, each... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080015687 - Method of in situ formation of translumenally deployable heart valve support: A method of implanting a prosthetic valve within the heart comprises translumenally advancing a prosthetic valve comprising an inflatable structure to a position proximate a native valve of the heart. A first chamber of the inflatable structure is inflated and then, independently, a second chamber of the inflatable structure is... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080015688 - Adjustable multi-segment cardiac valve implant with selective dimensional adjustment: Methods and devices are provided for support of a body structure. The devices can be adjusted within the body of a patient in a minimally invasive or non-invasive manner such as by applying energy percutaneously or external to the patient's body. The energy may include, for example, acoustic energy, radio... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20080015689 - Accommodating intraocular lens system and method: An accommodating intraocular lens is provided having optical parameters that are altered in-situ, wherein an 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 a haptic portion to the lens by contraction of... Agent: Shayglenn LLP
20080015690 - Iol for reducing secondary opacification: An IOL implantable in an eye comprising an optic having an optical portion for directing light toward the retina of the eye and a cell barrier portion for inhibiting cell growth from the eye in front of or in back of the optical portion. The cell barrier portion circumscribes the... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC
20080015696 - Facet arthroplasty devices and methods: Devices and surgical methods treat various types of adult spinal pathologies, such as degenerative spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, degenerative lumbar scoliosis, and kypho-scoliosis. Various types of spinal joint replacement prostheses, surgical procedures for performing spinal joint replacements, and surgical instruments are used to perform the surgical procedures.... Agent: Shayglenn LLP
20080015693 - Spinal arthroplasty system: v
20080015694 - Spine reduction and stabilization device: A spine stabilization device is placed between adjacent vertebral bodies of the vertebrae of a spine to effect a reduction and to support the adjacent vertebral bodies for fusion at the desired alignment and spacing. The stabilization device includes a first plate adapted for fixation to one of the adjacent... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20080015698 - Spinal disc implant: A disc implant is provided which maintains intervertebral spacing and stability of the spine. In an embodiment, a disc implant may include four or more components. Components of the disc implant may include engaging plates and two or more members positioned between the engaging plates. In certain embodiments, a disc... Agent: Robert Deberardine Abbott Laboratories
20080015703 - C-shaped disc prosthesis: Exemplary implants and methods are provided for stabilizing adjacent vertebrae. In one embodiment, an implant is provided having a shape that allows the implant to be positioned between adjacent vertebrae using a posterior approach while avoiding contact with the spinal cord. For example, the implant can include an anterior portion... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080015701 - Spinal implant: A spinal implant may be made of two or more implant members. In an embodiment, implant members may be joined together by a rotational connection that inhibits separation of the members as well as axial movement of the members relative to each other. Implant members may be coupled together by... Agent: Robert Deberardine Abbott Laboratories
20080015700 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080015704 - Vertebral implant: An implant for insertion between a pair of spaced vertebrae has two interfitted parts relatively shiftable along an axis and having outer ends turned axially away from each other and each formed with an axially outwardly directed part-spherical convex surface. Formations such as a screwthread engaged between the parts can... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.
20080015705 - Magazine containing marking bodies for implantation: A device for implanting marking bodies into a bone is provided in the form of forceps whereby comprising a medial forceps handle, a lateral forceps handle, a medial forceps limb, a lateral forceps limb, and a spring element. The spring element acts upon the medial forceps handle and upon the... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
20080015706 - Elbow prosthesis: A prosthetic joint kit, particularly well suited for an elbow, transmits load through the prosthetic joint through a pair of spherically shaped bearing surfaces so as to transmit load over a relatively large area rather than at a point or over a line of contact. The prosthetic joint kit may... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080015707 - Hip prostheses: Bipolar prostheses which include various structures and other techniques for optimizing material wear and mechanical strength properties. Such prostheses feature, for example, improved resistance to polyethylene wear while also reducing potential for dislocation of the femoral stem from the prosthesis. Such techniques and structures include varying wear resistance and mechanical... Agent: Chief Patent Counsel Smith & Nephew, Inc.
20080015709 - Devices and methods for treating defects in the tissue of a living being: An implant for deployment in select locations or select tissue for regeneration of tissue is disclosed. The implant comprising collagen and or other bio-resorbable materials, where the implant may also be used for therapy delivery. Additionally, the implant may be “matched” to provide the implant with similar physical and/or chemical... Agent: Jeffrey C. Kelly
20080015710 - Graft ligament anchor and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone: A graft ligament anchor comprises a graft ligament engagement member disposed in an opening in a bone, the graft ligament engagement member being arranged to receive a graft ligament alongside the engagement member, and a locking member for disposition in the opening, and at least in part engageable with the... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP01/10/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080009931 - Resilient device: A device includes a somewhat cylindrical working portion having an initial equivalent diameter ranging from about 20 to about 170 mm, an insertion equivalent diameter ranging from about 5 to about 25 mm, a use equivalent diameter ranging from about 20 to about 40 mm and a length ranging from... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080009933 - Catheter assembly and method for treating bifurcations: An improved stent design and stent delivery catheter assembly for repairing a main vessel and a side branch vessel forming a bifurcation. The stent includes rings aligned along a common longitudinal axis and connected by links, where the stent has one or more portals for aligning with and partially expanding... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20080009934 - Endoprosthesis delivery system with stent holder: A device, such as a catheter, for intraluminally delivering a distensible stent includes a first elongate tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end; a band circumferentially disposed over at least a circumferential portion of the first tubular member at the proximal end, the band having at least... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
20080009932 - Stent and catheter assembly and method for treating bifurcations: An improved stent design and stent delivery catheter assembly for repairing a main vessel and a side branch vessel forming a bifurcation. The stent includes rings aligned along a common longitudinal axis and connected by links, where the stent has one or more portals for aligning with and partially expanding... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20080009937 - Method for placement of a stent assembly in a bifurcated vessel: A method for placing a stent assembly in a bifurcated vessel in an animal body, such as a human, includes inserting primary and secondary guidewires from a location external of the body through the primary vessel. The second guidewire is also inserted into the secondary or branch vessel beyond a... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
20080009938 - Stent with a radiopaque marker and method for making the same: A stent includes a marker that has a biodegradable body and a plurality of radiopaque nanoparticles dispersed in the body. The marker is disposed in a hole on a biodegradable structural element of the stent, and the marker and the hole have substantially the same configuration. A method for making... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
20080009943 - Insert for nucleus implant: Methods and devices are provided for replacing a nucleus of a spinal disc, and in particular for preventing nucleus disc replacement expulsion. The nucleus of a spinal disc can be removed from the annulus by forming a small opening in the annulus. Once the nucleus is removed, one or more... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080009935 - Stent design with sheath attachment members: A stent is provided having attachment members for allowing attachment of a sheath or sheaths. Accordingly, a practitioner is able to selectively choose a desirable sheath, such as a polymeric sleeve, a biomaterial, or a natural blood vessel, at a point-of-use and attach it to the sheath. The attachment members... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
20080009936 - Stent device for anastomoses of blood vessels and other tubular organs: A method for connecting two blood vessels or other tubular organs in end-to-end fashion and a stent therefor including a central portion that may be expanded, nipples at opposite ends of the central portion and a lumen passing through the central portion and the nipples. The nipples may be of... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Attn: Patent Docket Dept.
20080009939 - Bioabsorbable stent with radiopaque coating: Various embodiments of stents with a bioabsorbable body having a coating with a radiopaque layer are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
20080009940 - Valve prosthesis for implantation in body channels: A valve prosthesis which is especially useful in the case of aortic stenosis and capable of resisting the powerful recoil force and to stand the forceful balloon inflation performed to deploy the valve and to embed it in the aortic annulus, comprises a collapsible valvular structure and an expandable frame... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
20080009941 - Implant with an annular base: The implant has an annularly bent base, whereby the imagined surface enclosed by the base is bent. Preferably the surface enclosed by the base is a symmetrical. It is particularly advantageous if the base is enclosed by a solid material and this is enclosed by a relatively soft material. This... Agent: William Collard Collard & Roe, P.C.
20080009942 - Method for in situ repair of injured, damaged, diseased or aged articular cartilage: A method for treatment of injured, damaged, diseased or aged articular cartilage using neo-cartilage constructs implanted into a joint cartilage lesion in situ. The implantation of the construct initiates and achieves incorporation of neo-cartilage into a native surrounding cartilage including a formation of a new superficial cartilage layer overgrowing and... Agent: Peters Verny , L.L.P.
20080009944 - Spinal implant and method of use: A spinal implant having a smaller transverse cross-sectional dimension in the radially compressed configuration than in a first expanded configuration and a more linear configuration in the second delivery configuration than in the first curved configuration. The implant assumes the radially compressed configuration and second delivery configuration during delivery to... Agent: Neil D. Gershon
20080009945 - Apparatus and methods for templating and placement of artificial discs: A method of determining the size and/or placement of a prosthetic disc in a disc space between adjacent endplates of two vertebrae in a selected spinal area, comprising: using a computer to identify the disc space parameters of height, width, depth and lordosis between the adjacent vertebral endplates; using a... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20080009946 - Distractible intervertebral implant: The invention relates to a distractible intervertebral implant having a first assembly (10) constituted by a first prosthetic plate (16) and a first spacer element (18), the prosthetic plate being secured to the first spacer element; a second assembly (12) constituted by a second prosthetic plate (22) and by a... Agent: Leffert Jay & Polglaze, P.A.
20080009947 - Spinal prostheses: An article including a spinal prosthesis having a unitary body with at least three attachment points attachable to spinal structure, the unitary body including a flexure assembly positioned between first and second attachment members, wherein flexure of the flexure assembly permits movement of the first attachment member relative to the... Agent: David Klein Dekel Patent Ltd.
20080009948 - Spinal prostheses: An article including a spinal prosthesis having a unitary body with at least three attachment points attachable to spinal structure, the unitary body including a flexure assembly positioned between first and second attachment members, wherein flexure of the flexure assembly permits movement of the first attachment member relative to the... Agent: David Klein Dekel Patent Ltd.
20080009949 - Joint prosthesis and method of bone fixation: A joint prosthesis, for example, a knee joint or shoulder joint prosthesis, comprising a first, socket-holding prosthesis part for attachment to a first bone and a second, ball-holding prosthesis part for attachment to a second bone that intermates with the first prosthesis part, wherein the first bone and the second... Agent: Peacock Myers, P.C.
20080009950 - Prosthetic knee: A prosthetic knee for replacing the knee of a patient including: (a) a femoral component being coupable to a resected distal end of a femur of patient; (b) a tibial component being couplable to a resected proximal end of a tibia of the patient; and (c) an insert, wherein the... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.
20080009951 - Femoral head resurfacing implant with internal plate fixation and instrumentation: The instantly disclosed implant is designed to resurface or partially replace (two versions) the arthritic or osteonecrotic femoral head in an anatomic fashion with maximum fixation, durability and stability. It will serve a wide range of patient ages, arthritic/traumatic deformity, and bone pathologies while providing for high performance activity. The... Agent: Mchale & Slavin, P.A.
20080009953 - Flanged prosthetic acetabular cup: A kit and a method for implanting a prosthetic acetabular cup in an acetabular has a prosthetic acetabular cup having an open end for receiving a head of a prosthetic femoral component. The cup has a flange extending outwardly from a surface thereof adjacent the open end. The flange is... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080009952 - Precision acetabular machining system and resurfacing acetabular implant: This application is directed toward a quantitative high precision acetabular machining system designed to enable accurate and precise positioning of acetabular resurfacing implants, or the like bone socket resurfacing devices, in a manner which eliminates malpositioning, loss of center, drift and inappropriate depth calculations. Subsequent to site preparation, a precision... Agent: Mchale & Slavin, P.A.
20080009954 - Surface replacement of a femoral head: A method for selecting a femoral implant based on models of a femoral neck and/or a femoral head of a patient, includes: a) detecting reference points on the femoral neck and/or femoral head of the patient; b) registering the femoral neck and/or femoral head based on three-dimensional reference point spatial... Agent: Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP Nineteenth Floor
20080009955 - Coupling agents for orthopedic biomaterials: The invention provides a method for the preparation of bone-polymer composites wherein the mineral portion of the bone is treated with a coupling agent before being incorporated into a biocompatible polymeric matrix. The resulting composites may be used as such or be further processed to form an osteoimplant.... Agent: Choate, Hall & Stewart LLPPrevious industry: Surgery: light, thermal, and electrical application
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