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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor February patent applications/inventions, industry category 02/09

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02/26/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090054966 - Endovascular device with membrane: An endovascular device (10) for insertion into a bodily vessel (5) to treat a diseased, damaged or weakened portion of a vessel wall (50), the endovascular device (10) comprising: a mechanically expandable device (11) expandable from a first position to a second position, said mechanically expandable device (11) is expanded... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090054965 - Methods for producing embolic devices: A vascular implant is provided. The implant can comprise a first material layer and at least one metallic material disposed on at least a portion of the first material layer in a predetermined pattern. The implant can further comprise at least one hydrophobic material disposed on at least a portion... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090054967 - Flexible cells for axially interconnecting stent components: Interconnects 14 for connecting radially expandable segments 12 of stents 10 are disclosed. Interconnects 14 include a proximal connector 44, a first arm 34, a second arm 36, and a distal connector 46. The connectors 44, 46 secure the interconnect 14 to the adjacent radially expandable segments 12. The first... Agent: Kevin W. Cyr Cyr & Associates, P.A.

20090054968 - Implant implantation unit and procedure for implanting the unit: The implant implantation unit (2), at a determined position in the tubular element (51) with a wall comprising a cavity (50), is pushed there by a catheter (60) and the unit comprises deformable feelers (31) to, under the control of remote activation elements (42), change from a stowed form to... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090054969 - Repositionable heart valve and method: A method for percutaneously replacing a heart valve of a patient. In some embodiments the method includes the steps of percutaneously delivering a replacement valve and an expandable anchor to a vicinity of the heart valve in an unexpanded configuration; expanding the anchor to a deployed configuration in which the... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090054970 - Methods and devices for coupling a device insertable within a mammalian body: Methods and devices for a coupler adapted and configured for use with a device insertable within a mammalian body are disclosed. The devices comprise, for example, an elongate member having a lumen therethrough; and a flange extending from the elongate member at a first end further comprising a tissue engaging... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20090054971 - Drug eluting stent system and manufacturing process of drug eluting stent system: This invention provides a drug eluting stent system provided with a stent, which carries thereon a biologically/physiologically active substance, and a deoxidant within a package, and a manufacturing process of the drug eluting stent system. The drug eluting stent system has a substantially extended expiration date and permits a practical... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090054972 - Atraumatic stent with reduced deployment force, method for making the same and method and apparatus for deploying and positioning the stent: An implantable stent includes a plurality of elongate wires braided to form a hollow tubular structure having a tubular wall to define an interior surface and an exterior surface and having opposed open first and second ends, wherein the opposed open first and second ends are atraumatic ends The atraumatic... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090054973 - Four-leaflet stented mitral heart valve: A prosthetic mitral heart valve having four separate flexible leaflets. The heart valve includes a support frame that may be non-circular, for example elliptical or “D-shaped”. The support frame may have an undulating outflow edge defined by four inflow cusps and four outflow commissures to which each of the flexible... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090054974 - Percutaneous aortic valve: The present invention provides a valve configured for insertion on the proximal and distal sides of a heart valve annulus to replace the heart valve of a patient. The valve comprises a first substantially annular portion adapted to be positioned on a proximal side of the annulus of a patient... Agent: Neil D. Gershon Chief Patent Counsel

20090054975 - Deployment device for cardiac surgery: A deployment device for deploying a material into a patient, said deployment device having a housing and a placement device including a retracted condition within the housing for holding a material, in a collapsed condition, within the housing and an extended condition from the housing for disposing and releasing the... Agent: Kenneth I. Kohn Kohn & Associates

20090054976 - Stent loading tool and method for use thereof: A loading tool for withdrawing, crimping, and loading a stent-mounted valve into a delivery catheter, and for pushing the stent-mounted valve from the delivery catheter into a native heart valve orifice. The loading tool comprises at least one connector adapted for being removably connected to the stent of the stent-mounted... Agent: Edward Langer C/o Shiboleth Yisraeli Roberts Zisman & Co.

20090054977 - Amorphous metal alloy medical devices: Specifically, this invention provides an artificial heart component, such as an artificial heart valve or a pacemaker, wherein the artificial heart component includes an amorphous metal alloy component. The artificial heart valve may be a ball valve comprising an amorphous metal alloy cage. Alternatively, the artificial heart valve can include... Agent: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

20090054978 - Intraocular lenses essentially free from glistenings: The present invention relates a method for manufacturing an intraocular lens in a closed mould, wherein an acrylic monomer composition containing a single high refractive index monomer according to formula (I): is polymerized by employing an initiator that is activated by light having a wavelength of 390 nm or more.... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20090054980 - Device for volitional swallowing with a substitute sensory system: A device for volitional swallowing with a substitute sensory system comprises a band 101 wrapped around the neck with a vibrator 102 positioned over the larynx. Upon activation by a button 103 on a spoon 104 held by an operator, such as the subject 105, the vibrator 102 moves and... Agent: National Institutes Of Health

20090054979 - Phonatory implant: The invention concerns a phonatory implant (1) consisting of a central portion (3) forming a hollow cylindrical body having at each of its ends a lateral portion (5, 7) forming a shoulder or flange, said implant (1) being urged to be positioned in an opening or fistula running through the... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090054981 - Interventional medical device for use in mri: A medical device with metal parts to be introduced into animal or human bodies is rendered visible during RMN imaging by covering the exterior surface of the metal parts with a layer comprising Nickel monoxide. When placed within the electromagnetic field generated by a NMR apparatus, the layer reduces disturbances... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090054982 - Elastic metallic replacement ligament: This invention relates generally to orthopedic implants for reconstruction of severed, ruptured, or damaged ligaments. More particularly, this invention relates to an improved elastic replacement ligament made from metallic wires in a braided construction for replacement of a natural ligament of the body such as the anterior cruciate ligament of... Agent: William W. Cimino

20090054983 - Bioresorbable bone implant: The invention relates to an artificial bone implant for preservation, repair, and regeneration of the human musculoskeletal apparatus by means of orthopedic, dental and craniofacial implantation. More in particular, the invention relates to use of osteoinductive compositions comprising stem cells from adipose tissue and osteoconductive calcium phosphates in bioresorbable cages... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090054984 - Method for use of a double-structured tissue implant for treatment of tissue defects: A method for use of a double-structured tissue implant or a secondary scaffold stand alone implant for treatment of tissue defects. The double-structured tissue implant comprising a primary scaffold and a secondary scaffold consisting of a soluble collagen solution in combination with a non-ionic surfactant generated and positioned within the... Agent: Peters Verny , L.L.P.

20090054985 - Titanium alloy with oxidized zirconium for a prosthetic implant: A prosthetic device having a generally fixed member formed from a low friction material such as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and an articulating titanium member, which includes an articular bearing surface. The articular surface is a zirconium oxide layer formed by applying a coating of zirconium onto the titanium member... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090054986 - Motion restoring intervertebral device: A motion restoring intervertebral device includes first and second articulating components positioned between adjacent vertebrae with the articulating surface of the first component being formed by a circular domed convex projection having a first radius. The articulating surface of the second component is formed by a generally concave recess having... Agent: Jackson Law Corporation

20090054988 - Interspinous implants and methods for implanting same: A spinal implant for treating lumbar spinal stenosis or as an adjunct to spinal fusion. The implant includes a body portion having an interior cavity. A plurality of locking wings are adapted and configured to move between a stowed position retracted within the interior cavity of the body portion and... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090054989 - Intervertebral implant: Disclosed is an intervertebral implant (1) comprising a central axis (2), a bottom cover plate (3) and a top cover plate (4), which are respectively provided with an exterior surface (7; 8) that extends transversal to the central axis (2), and a central part (10). Said central part (10) is... Agent: Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP

20090054990 - Multi-lumen mold for intervertebral prosthesis and method of using same: A multi-lumen mold is for the in situ formation of a prosthesis in an intervertebral disc space located between adjacent vertebrae of a patient. The multi-lumen mold a flexible mold, a first lumen, a second lumen and a curable biomaterial. The flexible mold is shaped to be positioned in the... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090054987 - Spinal fusion assembly: An improved interbody spinal fusion assembly for fusing a first vertebra to a second vertebra includes an interbody cage, a first plate and a second plate. The interbody cage is configured to be implanted between the first and second vertebras and comprises through-apertures configured to be filled with bone fusing... Agent: Akc Patents

20090054991 - Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion cage: A spinal cage system for inserting a spinal cage assembly into a spine to separate and support adjacent spinal vertebrae, includes a first cage member; a second cage member; and an articulating mechanism adapted to connect the first cage member to the second cage member and to permit the first... Agent: Mueller And Smith, Lpa Mueller-smith Building

20090054992 - Modular ankle prosthesis and associated method: An implant for use in ankle arthroplasty is provided. The implant includes a first member for cooperation with the tibia and a second member for cooperation with the talus. The second member is operably associated with the first member. The implant also includes a third member rigidly removably connectable to... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090054993 - Coded trial neck components: A trial prosthetic hip system has a plurality of trial stems each having a recessed bore in a proximal end thereof. At least three sets of trial necks are provided each having a connection element for inserting into the bore in the trial stems. A first set of trial necks... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090054994 - Methods and kits for prophylactically reinforcing degenerated spinal discs and facet joints near a surgically treated spinal section: A method is effective for prophylactically treating discs and facet joints near a spinal section that requires surgery. The method comprises the steps of performing a surgical procedure on a section of a spine, and reinforcing a disc or a facet joint adjacent to the surgically treated area with an... Agent: Andrews Kurth LLP

20090054995 - Planar implant: m

20090054996 - Lower limb prosthesis and control unit: A self-teaching lower limb prosthesis, for an above-knee amputee, including a dynamically adjustable joint movement control unit arranged to control operation of the joint automatically. A control unit electrically stores a target relationship between a kinetic or kinematic parameter of locomotion and walking speed. The relationship defines a number of... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

02/19/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090048654 - Deployment system for soft stents: A stent delivery system and a method for delivering a stent are provided. The stent delivery system includes an outer sheath having a proximal portion, a distal portion and a first lumen extending at least partially through the sheath. The system further includes an inner shaft slidably received within the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090048653 - Endoprosthesis holder: An endoprosthesis holder includes a proximal connector structure having an outer surface. A distal connector structure has an outer surface. An intermediate connector structure is connected to the proximal and distal connector structures such that the intermediate connector structure is between the proximal and distal connector structures. The intermediate connector... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090048655 - Two-step/dual-diameter balloon angioplasty catheter for bifurcation and side-branch vascular anatomy: The present invention tackles the challenging anatomic characteristics of the coronary artery disease in the bifurcation point and the origin of side-branch. The invention has a specifically designed angioplasty balloon catheter, particularly the balloon shape and profile, to be used in the diseased vessels at these difficult anatomic locations. In... Agent: Laurence H. Pretty

20090048656 - Delivery device for delivering a self-expanding stent: The present invention provides a delivery device for self-expanding stent. The delivery device includes pipe head, inner pipe, near end controller, medium pipe, texturing tube, external protection apparatus, at least one locked coil and at least one stayguy. The external protection apparatus is a tearable external protection apparatus or a... Agent: GlobalIPServices

20090048657 - Preferentially varying-density eptfe structure: The ePTFE structure has a node and fibril micro-structure. The ePTFE structure includes first and second regions each of which has a corresponding density. The density of the first region is different from the density of the second region.... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090048661 - stent configurations: Improved stent configurations exhibiting limited recoil, resistance to compression and improved longitudinal flexibility are disclosed. The stent comprised of a plurality of annular elements aligned to form a cylindrical stent body. The annular elements are comprised of a plurality of open, generally boomerang-shaped segments interconnected top-to-bottom around each of the... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090048660 - Implant of a biocorrodable magnesium alloy and having a coating of a biocorrodable polyphosphazene: An implant of a biocorrodable metallic material comprising a coating having a biocorrodable polyphosphazene.... Agent: Powell Goldstein LLP

20090048659 - Medical devices having sol-gel derived ceramic regions with molded submicron surface features: According to one aspect of the present invention, implantable or insertable medical devices are provided, which contain sol-gel derived ceramic regions which have molded submicron surface features.... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090048658 - Skewed nodal-fibril eptfe structure: The ePTFE structure includes an ePTFE tubular structure having opposite ends and a longitudinal axis. The ePTFE tubular structure is formed from rotating the opposite ends relative to one another in a direction of rotation about the longitudinal axis. The ePTFE tubular structure has a node and fibril micro-structure in... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090048662 - Implantable vascular device: A multiple-sided medical device comprises a frame comprising wire or other resilient material and having a series of bends and interconnecting sides. The device has both a flat configuration and a second, folded configuration which a generally serpentine shape. The device is pushed from a delivery catheter into the lumen... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090048663 - Branched stent graft system: An endovascular prosthetic system comprising an prosthetic device with a major lumen extending therethrough, a major wall, at least one opening in the major wall; at least one branch extending into the major lumen of the prosthetic device having a minor lumen, a minor wall, and a fenestration in the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090048664 - Device: A stent is described and comprises an elongate strut having a first end and a second end, an aperture formed in the strut, and a barb having a base and a distal anchor. The barb base is attached to the strut and the barb extends distally from the base through... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090048665 - Fastening device: A fastening device is provided to be associated with a first object, for the attachment of the object to a second object. The device comprises at least one fastening element having a base portion and at least one securing portion. The fastening element is originally produced with its securing portion... Agent: The Nath Law Group

20090048666 - Medical devices having porous carbon adhesion layers: According to an aspect of the present invention, medical devices are provided which comprise a substrate, a porous carbon layer disposed on at least a portion of the substrate surface, and a polymeric layer disposed on at least a portion of the porous carbon layer.... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090048667 - Controlled drug-release composition and drug-releasable medical device: A drug-releasable medical device contains a controlled drug-release composition comprising 100 parts by weight of an organic polymeric material which is soluble in an organic solvent and insoluble in water, 5 to 60 parts by weight of a lipid-soluble, low molecular weight release auxiliary agent and 1 to 70 parts... Agent: The Webb Law Firm, P.C.

20090048668 - System and method for implanting a heart implant: A method and system according to one embodiment may include a plurality of apparatus configured to percutaneously deliver a heart valve implant. The method and system may include an implant comprising an anchor configured to engage cardiac tissue, a shaft coupled to the anchor, and a valve body coupled to... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090048669 - Methods and systems for modifying vascular valves: Described are methods and systems for modifying vascular valves in order to reduce retrograde blood flow through the valves. Preferred methods include connecting vascular valve leaflets with at least one remodelable material, such that the valve leaflets become fused by the ingrowth of the patient's native tissue. Preferred remodelable materials... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090048670 - Method and apparatus for universal improvement of vision: “Universal improvement” of vision is achieved by effectively changing the shape of the anterior refracting surface of the cornea to an ideal “turtleback” shape, on which is imposed the necessary curvature adjustment to achieve correction of distance vision. In accordance with one embodiment, the cornea is actually formed to the... Agent: Gibson & Dernier L.L.P.

20090048671 - Intra-ocular implant: An intra ocular implant consisting of optical elements, adapted to forming images on the retina, especially useful in treating presbyopic patients, patients with AMD, patients with other diseases of the retina, and patients in which future development of retinal disorders may occur. An intra ocular implant wherein at least one... Agent: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco Pl

20090048672 - Bone support devices and methods: Provided herein are methods, devices and kits for reducing the risk of fracturing a bone. A device is provided comprising an implantable pad for absorbing, deflecting, and/or diffusing an exterior impact force on a bone. A device is provided for strengthening and/or reinforcing a bone at typical fracture sites prior... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20090048673 - Assembly comprising an implant for replacing a vertebral body and a spinal distraction tool: The invention relates to an assembly comprising: an implant (18b), the two ends of which are equipped with plates (19,20) which are provided with slots (28); and a distraction tool consisting of blades (2) which are intended to co-operate with the slots (28). The widths of the slots (28) correspond... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090048674 - Artificial intervertebral disc having an articulating joint: An intervertebral device includes a first plate having an outer face and an inner face, and a second plate juxtaposed with the first plate, the second plate having an outer face, an inner face that opposes the first plate and a concavity that opposes the first plate. The device includes... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090048677 - Bioresorbable spinal implant and related methods: A prosthesis for the replacement of an intervertebral disc of the spine comprises a block of an elastomeric material, which is held under compression by an encapsulating textile fabric. A preferred version of the invention has flanges that are continuations of the encapsulating fabric forming an interdigitation, with the continuation... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nuvasive, Inc.

20090048678 - Spinal disc annulus augmentation: Intervertebral disc implants are provided for augmenting the annulus of the disc in a manner to bear at least part of the axial and/or torsional load on the annulus so that rents, fissures and subsequent herniation of the disc are prevented or substantially delayed. An aspect of the subject devices... Agent: Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP

20090048675 - Spinal fusion implants with selectively applied bone growth promoting agent: A spinal fusion device including a selectively applied bone growth promoting agent is disclosed. In particular, a bone growth promoting agent is selectively applied to spinal implants, spinal plugs, spinal wedges and other implantable devices.... Agent: Plumsea Law Group, LLC

20090048676 - Spine surgery method and motion preserving implant: A spinal implant may be deployable, when positioned within a vertebral space between a pair of vertebral bodies, from a first laterally non-expanded condition to a second laterally expanded condition. The spinal implant may include top beams and bottom beams separated by at least one post that is, in one... Agent: Emerson, Thomson & Bennett, LLC

20090048679 - Implant: The invention relates to an implant for the relief of damaged regions of the joint surfaces of hip or shoulder joints which may be introduced into the gap between the joint surfaces of the joint head and the joint socket in the natural joint, the implant being embodied as a... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090048680 - Artificial joint and a joint part intended for this purpose: An artificial joint as an endoprosthesis for a human joint, including a first joint part having two first functional surfaces, a second joint part having two second functional surfaces, the two first and second functional surfaces of each joint part being convex-concave, concave-convex, or convex-convex in a proximal-distal direction, a... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090048681 - Hip resurfacing implant: The presented invention is an implant meant for hip resurfacing arthroplasty, a surgical reconstruction performed on patients with diseased hips, during which the surgeon replaces the surface of the femoral head with a polished metallic spherical shell. The presented implant consists of a metallic shell (1) with a polished hemispherical... Agent: Venable LLP

20090048682 - Disposable neck trial adapter: The system to implant a prosthetic device in a long bone such as a femur or a humerus includes a stem implant having a recess. The system of present invention also includes a broach to prepare the long bone that may receive the stem implant. The broach also has a... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090048683 - Tissue positioning device: A tissue positioning device comprising a biocompatible member having a size and shape suitable for placement within a space adjacent to a tissue to be positioned and which acts to maintain the tissue in a desired position. The member may be a rigid or flexible spacer having a defined shape,... Agent: Koppel, Patrick & Heybl

20090048684 - Methods of forming a multilayer tissue implant having a compliance that simulates tissue: Disclosed are implantable tissue augmentation devices, methods, and associated tools. The devices include an inflatable body, having an inner layer and an outer layer. A valve is provided for permitting the introduction of and retaining inflation media. At least one pull tab is provided on an end of the implant,... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090048685 - Method and apparatus for occluding a lumen: A method and apparatus of occluding a lumen of a body cavity, more preferably, the lower uterine segment and/or cervix of a female patient is provided that results in a significant reduction or complete elimination of uterine bleeding, thereby providing a treatment option for conditions such as menorrhagia or dysmenorrhea.... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20090048686 - Controller for walking assistance device: A walking assistance device (1) has a receiving portion (2) which receives a part of the weight of a user (A) applied from above and a pair of left and right leg links (3R, 3L) connected to the receiving portion (2) through first joints (10R, 10L), with foot attachment portions... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20090048687 - Method for placing a malleolar implant for partial or total ankle prosthesis: A method for implanting a malleolar implant in an ankle joint. A spacer block is positioned between a lower portion of a tibia and an upper portion of an astragalus in the ankle joint. A guide attached to the spacer block is positioned opposite an outer surface of a fibular... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

02/12/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090043371 - Endoluminal device including a mechanism for proximal or distal fixation, and sealing and methods of use thereof: This invention is an endoluminal device including a stent; a tubular graft supported by the stent, wherein the graft comprises a proximal opening and a distal opening; and a variable diameter ring adjacent one of said openings, wherein the variable diameter ring comprises a coiled length of wire having two... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090043372 - Alternative micromachined structures: Medical devices and methods for making and using the same. An example medical device may include an elongate core member and a tubular member disposed about a portion of the core member. The tubular member may have a plurality of slots formed therein. The medical devices may be configured to... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090043375 - Composite expandable device with impervious polymeric covering and bioactive coating thereon, delivery apparatus and method: A composite expandable device for delivery into a vessel carrying blood comprising an expandable support frame having first and second end portions. An impervious polymer sleeve having inner and outer surfaces extending over the support frame. A coating is disposed on at least one of the inner and outer surfaces... Agent: Nfocus Neuromedical Inc.,c/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090043374 - Stent to be placed in the living body: It is intended to proved a stent to be placed in the living body which shows a low restenosis rate after being placed in the body. A stent to be placed in the living body characterized in that the stent is in a long and thin almost tubular shape having... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.

20090043373 - Vascular implants and methods of fabricating the same: The present invention is directed to vascular implants and methods for fabricating the same. The implantable devices include but are not limited to stents, grafts and stent grafts. In many embodiments, the devices include one or more side branch lumens interconnected with the main lumen.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090043377 - Branched vessel endoluminal device: An endoluminal prosthesis comprises a prosthetic trunk having a trunk lumen and a trunk wall, a first prosthetic branch having a first branch lumen and a branch wall, and a second prosthetic branch having a second branch lumen. The first branch lumen and the second branch lumen are both in... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090043376 - Endoluminal prosthetic conduit systems and method of coupling: A modular prosthetic conduit system such as a stent or stent graft system tailored for the repair of aneurysms or other compromised vessel walls. The stent or stent graft system incorporates various means to interlock the multiple modular components used in the repair procedure. The present invention further provides a... Agent: Kevin J. Boland W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

20090043378 - Biocompatible polymer system for extended drug release: A self-orienting biocompatible polymer system incorporating a hydrophilic surface and a hydrophobic core are disclosed. The hydrophilic surface aids in biocompatibility while the hydrophobic core allows the polymer system to accommodate a hydrophobic drug. Medical devices coated with the polymer system are also disclosed.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090043379 - Drug delivery systems for the prevention and treatment of vascular diseases: Provided are drug delivery systems for the prevention and treatment of proliferative diseases, particularly vascular diseases, comprising rapamycin or a rapamycin derivative having mTOR inhibiting properties, optionally in conjunction with one or more active co-agents.... Agent: Novartis Corporate Intellectual Property

20090043380 - Coatings for promoting endothelization of medical devices: A unique method and coatings are provided for promoting tissue encapsulation of medical devices, especially before antiproliferative drug therapy within a body of a patient in order to prevent excessive restenosis and while avoiding thrombosis (including late stage/stent thrombosis). The method involves delaying the activation of restenosis suppressing (i.e. antiproliferative)... Agent: Katherine N. Addison Esq.

20090043381 - Atrioventricular valve annulus repair systems and methods including retro-chordal anchors: Methods, devices and systems are disclosed to treat atrioventricular valve regurgitation accessed through the vasculature, and by standard and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Isolated leaflet fixation and annulus treatment systems are developed.... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090043382 - Mitral spacer: A heart valve implant may include a shaft and an anchor configured to be coupled to an end of the shaft. A spacer may be coupled to a portion of the shaft and comprise a plurality of individual segments including a first and at least a second individual segment. The... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090043383 - Genetically modified heart valve xenografts: The invention relates to heart valve xenografts from transgenic pigs having a disruption of an α1-3 galactosyl transferase nucleic acid sequence and use of the xenografts for treating a patient.... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090043384 - Intraocular lens: An intraocular lens of novel structure exhibiting an excellent focus adjusting power. A hollow capsule structure is filled with a transparent liquid-like or gel-like filler (32). A front wall of the capsule structure is composed of a flexible lens front film (16), and a rear wall of the capsule structure... Agent: Rossi, Kimms & Mcdowell LLP.

20090043385 - Prosthesis and method of manufacturing a prosthesis: A human prosthesis, in particularly a human mammary prosthesis, is disclosed which includes a resilient shell at least partly filled with a fluid filler material and having at least one resilient layer and at least one layer being substantially non-permeable with respect to at least the filler material of the... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20090043386 - Voice prosthesis, insertion tool and method: A tracheostoma voice prosthesis member (1) intended for insertion into a fistula between oesophagus and trachea. The member comprises a tubular body portion (2) with a proximal end opening into the trachea and a distal end opening into the oesophagus. A one-way flap valve covers a through opening of the... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090043388 - Drug eluting coatings for medical implants: Drug eluting coating compositions are composed of at least one therapeutic agent dispersed in modified, biologically active binders. The therapeutic agents included in the coating composition are paclitaxel, sirolimus, tacrolimus, everolimus, actinomycin-D, dexamethasone, mycophenolic acid, cyclosporins, estradiol, and derivatives and analogs thereof. These therapeutic agents are applied to the surface... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

20090043387 - Implantation of magnets in bone to reduce contact pressure: Permanent magnets are implanted in bone to unload compressive forces at joints using the repulsive force therebetween. A porous metal container is implanted first and becomes fixed in place by bone growth. The permanent magnet is then inserted in the container and retained in place. A magnet prescription system includes... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090043389 - Cartilage implant plug with fibrin glue and method for implantation: The invention is directed toward a cartilage repair assembly comprising a shaped structure of subchondral bone with an integral overlying cartilage cap which is treated to remove cellular debris and proteoglycans and milled cartilage in a bioabsorbable carrier. The shaped structure is dimensioned to fit in a drilled bore in... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20090043392 - Artificial spinal disc: An artificial disc prosthesis is provided. The prosthesis of the present invention enables spinal segment alignment by having a variable height across its surface. The variable height is achieved by an asymmetric artificial nucleus or by at least one variable height end plate.... Agent: Medicinelodge Inc.

20090043393 - Artificial spinal disc: An artificial disc prosthesis is provided. The prosthesis of the present invention enables spinal segment alignment by having a variable height across its surface. The variable height is achieved by an asymmetric artificial nucleus or by at least one variable height end plate.... Agent: Medicinelodge Inc.

20090043391 - Customized intervertebral prosthetic disc with shock absorption: A prosthesis system comprises plates that can be positioned against vertebrae and a selected resilient core that can be positioned between the plates to allow the plates to articulate. The selected resilient core can be chosen from a plurality of cores in response to patient characteristics, such as age and/or... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090043390 - Parts assembly and part for a prosthesis: The invention relates to a parts assembly for a prosthesis, particularly a cervical spine intervertebral disc prosthesis, comprising two base parts (1, 2), which are coupled to one another in an articulated manner by means of coupling parts (11, 12) formed on said base parts. These base parts, together with... Agent: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

20090043394 - Spinal fusion implants and tools for insertion and revision: An interbody fusion device in one embodiment includes a tapered body defining a hollow interior or chamber for receiving bone graft or bone substitute material. The body defines exterior threads which are interrupted over portions of the outer surface of the device. The fusion device includes truncated side walls so... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP

20090043395 - Artificial knee joint: The artificial knee joint of the present invention comprises a femoral component, a tibial tray and an insert plate fixed onto the top surface of the tibial tray. The femoral component comprises a femoral articular surface and a cam that is provided on the rear end of the femoral articular... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20090043396 - Moment induced total arthroplasty prosthetic: Exemplary embodiments include a mobile bearing tibial tray insert including a medial condyle receiver spaced apart from a lateral condyle receiver, the mobile bearing tibial tray insert also including a stabilizing post, where the mobile bearing tibial tray insert is adapted to rotate around a substantially vertical rotational axis offset... Agent: Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

20090043397 - Modular femoral head surface replacement, modular femoral neck stem, and related sleeve, adapter, and osteoconducting rod: Disclosed therein is a big femoral head and femoral head surface replacement, which are used for hip osteoarthritis and vascular necrosis of femoral head. As a person get older and aged, the weight bearing hip joint is indispensably changed to osteoarthritis and sometimes showed avascular necrosis of the femoral head... Agent: Park Law Firm

20090043398 - Method of producing gradient articles by centrifugation molding or casting: The present invention provides a method for producing articles with a gradient of density, porosity and/or concentration by subjecting a viscous material to centrifugation during production of the article. The viscous material may be a composite material comprising a hydrogel. The viscous material can be molded or cast into the... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP (zimmer)

20090043399 - Use of fucans for the purpose of bone grafting, engineering and regeneration: The present invention relates to the use of fucans with a weight-average molar mass of between 5000 and 100 000 g/mol, for the purposes of bone grafting, engineering and regeneration.... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090043400 - Devices and methods for treating defects inthe tissue of a living being: An implant for deployment in select locations or select tissue for regeneration of tissue is disclosed. The implant includes collagen and or other bio-resorbable materials, where the implant may also be used for therapy delivery.... Agent: Kensey Nash Corporation

20090043402 - Knee cosmesis: A cosmesis including a thigh component and a shin component that fit over a prosthetic knee joint. The thigh component and shin component are pivotally joined along an axis of rotation coinciding with that of the prosthetic knee joint. The thigh component and shin component can include internal contours molded... Agent: Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

20090043401 - Knee joint prosthesis: The invention relates to a knee joint prosthesis comprising two arched guiding elements (3, 4) with a variable curvature in a first body (1) associated with the thigh, bolts (6, 7), or the like, of a second body (2) associated with the lower leg engaging in said guiding elements. The... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.

20090043403 - Prosthetic foot: Embodiments of low cost prosthetic feet include a footplate with a connection mechanism embedded within a first foam element having a first stiffness. A second foam element is bonded to the footplate and has a recess in a proximal surface and a stiffness greater than the first foam element. The... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

02/05/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090036965 - Conjunctive stent therapy: A conjunctive method of treating coronary artery disease includes a primary treatment where a stent is placed in a coronary artery of a patient at a site of an occlusion. The conjunctive method comprises placing a therapeutic agent at an epicardial surface of a heart of the patient and at... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090036966 - Device delivery system with two stage withdrawal: A medical device delivery system provides for a two-stage withdrawal of a deflated balloon portion of a catheter and the remains of a ruptured sheath. The deflated balloon portion is withdrawn from within an expanded medical device a predetermined distance before the remains of the ruptured sheath begins being removed... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090036968 - Device for maintaining patent paranasal sinus ostia: A device for maintaining a patent paranasal sinus ostium includes a tubular element having a proximal end, a distal end, and a center region between the proximal end and distal end. The tubular element has an insertion state and a deployment state. The tubular element is locatable in the sinus... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090036967 - Medical device delivery system: A medical device delivery system comprises an inner tube, a medical device disposed about a portion of the distal region of the inner tube, a medical device sheath disposed about the medical device, a medical device sheath retraction device extending proximally from the medical device sheath and an outer sheath... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090036969 - Thin-walled vascular graft: There is provided a thin-walled self-sealing vascular graft with a first tubular structure formed from ePTFE and having a wall thickness of 0.2 mm or less, and a resealable polymer layer, such as a styrene copolymer, located on one surface of said first tubular structure. A second tubular structure may... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath Attn: Intellectual Property Group

20090036970 - Controlled fracture connections for stent: The invention provides for intra-luminal stents, especially stent having controlled fracture connection, as well as, methods of making and using the same. In one embodiment, a stent for implantation into a vessel has a plurality of annular segments collectively forming tubular shape, characterized by at least first and second adjacent... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090036971 - Ptfe layers and methods of manufacturing: Single, continuous PTFE layers having lateral zones of varied characteristics are described. Some of the lateral zone embodiments may include PTFE material having little or no nodal and fibril microstructure. Methods of manufacturing PTFE layers allow for controllable permeability and porosity of the layers, in addition to other characteristics. The... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron LLP

20090036973 - Ptfe layers and methods of manufacturing: Thin PTFE layers are described having little or no node and fibril microstructure and methods of manufacturing PTFE layers are disclosed that allow for controllable permeability and porosity of the layers. In some embodiments, the PTFE layers may act as a barrier layer in an endovascular graft or other medical... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron LLP

20090036972 - Stent with flexible sections in high strain regions: A stent for treating a bodily lumen with a flexible section in a high strain region is disclosed. A flexible section may be selectively positioned to reduce an amount of strain in the high strain region when subjected to the applied stress during use to inhibit or prevent fracturing in... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090036977 - Drug-releasing stent having extension(s) for treating long lesions: This invention generally relates to a system for treating body lumens, comprising stents, such as intravascular stents. More particularly, the invention is directed to stents having extensions attached on the ends thereof. The invention is also directed to methods for making and using such stents.... Agent: Jones Day

20090036978 - Bioabsorbable coating with tunable hydrophobicity: The present invention relates to implantable medical devices coated with polymer having tunable hydrophobicity and their use in the treatment of vascular diseases.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090036979 - Annuloplasty device for tricuspid valve repair: Annuloplasty device for implantation adjacent an annulus of a tricuspid valve, the annulus comprising anterior, posterior and septal aspects adjacent anterior, posterior and septal leaflets, respectively, of the tricuspid valve, the device comprising: a ring body comprising: an anterior portion, a posterior portion and a septal portion shaped to conform... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090036980 - Methods of obtaining ophthalmic lenses providing the eye with reduced aberrations: The present invention discloses methods of obtaining ophthalmic lens capable of reducing the aberrations of the eye comprising the steps of characterizing at least one corneal surface as a mathematical model, calculating the resulting aberrations of said corneal surface(s) by employing said mathematical model, selecting the optical power of the... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

20090036981 - Training enhanced pseudo accommodation methods, systems and devices for mitigation of presbyopia: Devices, systems, and methods for developing prescriptions for and/or treating presbyopia may use a combination of an alteration to the refractive tissues of the eye with changes in the response of the visual system. The visual system response may include using residual accommodation in a manner similar to that employed... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090036982 - Injectable intraocular implants: An injectable intraocular implant including an optics portion and a resilient, flexible haptics portion mounted coaxially with the optics portion and a method for inserting the implant into the eye.... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090036983 - Voice prosthesis gel cap loading tool: A medical device, gel-cap loading tool. The loading tool facilitates the insertion of a component of a medical device, such as the esophageal flange of a voice prosthesis, within a dissolvable gel cap. The medical device is disposed in a cavity with the component collapsed therein. A gel cap is... Agent: Freudenberg-nok General Partnership Legal Department

20090036984 - Artificial meniscus part and knee-joint prosthesis: m

20090036986 - Attachment devices and methods for spinal implants: A system for the treatment of a spine generally comprises an implant and an attachment device for securing the implant to a portion of a patient's bone. A first portion of the attachment device is sized for insertion into a hole in the bone, and a second portion of the... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090036985 - Vertebral fusion parts, devices and methods: End caps and end cap and end plate assemblies for use with a cage or mesh, for use in surgical vertebral fusion procedures are described. A first end cap comprises an annular body and a projection extending from an outer side wall of the body to limit the travel of... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090036994 - Blade-like shaft of a hip-joint prosthesis: Blade-like stem (10) of a hip joint prosthesis for anchoring in the femur, having a portion (19) comprising a prosthesis neck (18) on the one hand and a femur-anchoring portion (21) tapering towards a distal end (20) on the other hand, the lateral narrow side (22) of which comprises a... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090036995 - Joint space interpositional prosthetic device with internal bearing surfaces: Joint space interpositional prosthetic devices for positioning between surfaces of a joint in a patient are disclosed. The prosthetic device may have exterior surfaces affixed to the joint surfaces and may have internal surfaces which provide bearing surfaces. In an exemplary embodiment, the bearing surfaces are encapsulated within the device.... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090036996 - Knit ptfe articles and mesh: Disclosed is a knitted article, and a method of producing such an article, having at least one PTFE fiber with oriented fibrils forming multiple fiber cross-over points wherein PTFE fiber is self-bonded in at least one of the cross-over points.... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20090036997 - Bioresorbable implant: Bioresorbable wall reinforcement implants include a bioresorbable porous matrix based on a collagen sponge which defines first pores, a bioresorbable porous three-dimensional knit which defines second pores, with the matrix filling the knit and all the first and second pores being at least partially interconnected with one another. Tissue engineering... Agent: Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

20090036998 - Vacuum pump: The present invention in one embodiment is a vacuum pump including a compressible elastomeric member with an internal reservoir enclosing a volume of fluid, an outlet port providing fluid communication between the internal reservoir and a fluid sink, and an inlet port providing fluid communication between the internal reservoir and... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090036999 - Liner for prosthetic and orthopedic systems: A liner is arranged for use in prosthetic and orthopedic devices. The liner defines first and second end portions, and inner and outer surfaces. The liner includes an inner layer having a frictional component and forms at least part of the periphery of the inner liner surface. The inner layer... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090037000 - Prosthetic knee and leg assembly for use in athletic activities in which the quadriceps are normally used for support and dynamic function: The present invention provides a new prosthetic knee and lower leg device that enables an above-the-knee amputee to participate in demanding athletic activities in which the quadricep muscles are used extensively for support and dynamic function. The prosthetic device includes a thigh/knee plate that is coupled to a shin frame.... Agent: Angus C. Fox, Iii

20090037001 - Below knee orthosis: A below-knee orthosis comprises a footplate, which is carried by a connecting element projecting therefrom, the upper end part of which has a releasable coupling that can be coupled to an upper part of a patient's lower leg, a longitudinal section of the connecting element being formed of a spring... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

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