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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor November recently filed with US Patent Office 11/09

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11/26/2009 > 25 patent applications in 20 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090292347 - Systems and methods for heating and cooling during stent crimping: Methods of heating and cooling during a crimping process are disclosed. One method includes providing a cooling source to cool the stent and/or drug eluting coating of the stent while crimping the stent onto the balloon, and providing a heating source to heat the balloon while crimping the stent onto... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

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20090292348 - Vascular stenting and other procedures: Described herein are flexible implantable occluding devices that can, for example, navigate the tortuous vessels of the neurovasculature. The occluding devices can also conform to the shape of the tortuous vessels of the vasculature. In some embodiments, the occluding devices can direct blood flow within a vessel away from an... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090292350 - Stents for prosthetic heart valves: A stented valve including a stent structure including a generally tubular body portion having a first end, a second end, an interior area, a longitudinal axis, and a plurality of vertical wires extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis around a periphery of the body portion, wherein the plurality of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090292352 - Methods of making medical devices: A method of making a stent includes providing a tubular member having a first layer, the first layer and the tubular member having different compositions, removing a portion of the tubular member, and removing a portion of the first layer from the tubular member.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090292351 - Stents having bioabsorbable layers: Provided herein is a device comprising: a. stent; b. a plurality of layers on said stent framework to form said device; wherein at least one of said layers comprises a bioabsorbable polymer and at least one of said layers comprises one or more active agents; wherein at least part of... Agent: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

20090292353 - Systems and methods to control the dimension of a heart valve: The cinching apparatus (800) comprising: an anchoring component having a distal end a proximal end; the distal end of the anchoring component having an engaging member (805). A locking component (815) and a tension member (820) wherein the anchoring component is enabled to be positioned on a first target site... Agent: Troutman Sanders LLP Bank Of America Plaza

20090292354 - Optimized intraocular lens: An optimized aspheric lens has improved optics when implanted into a patient having a curved retina. Light entering the optimized aspheric lens on-axis or at an angle to the optical axis is properly focused by the lens, reducing aberrations and producing a much smaller spot size of light on the... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20090292355 - Intraocular, accommodating lens and methods of use: An intraocular lens comprises an optical element adapted to be implanted within the capsular bag of a human eye. The optical element includes one or more internal layers formed by one or more planes that are moveable relative to one another in order to effect the power of the optical... Agent: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c

20090292356 - Reduced profile intraocular lens: An improved multifocal design for IOL is provided. A particular embodiment includes an intraocular lens (IOL) with a foldable optic. The IOL also includes multi-hinged haptics coupled to the foldable optic operable to position the IOL within an eye. Each of the multi-hinged haptics includes a first hinge and a... Agent: Alcon

20090292357 - Material and uses thereof: A material comprising at least one polymer and at least one sensitizer wherein the sensitizer is localised at a surface of the material wherein the sensitizer is an agent or compound able to provide improved anti-bacterial and/or anti-viral activity following exposure of the sensitizer to a particular wavelength or range... Agent: Pepper Hamilton LLP

20090292358 - Nasal implant introduced through a non-surgical injection technique: A method for non-surgically treating an internal nasal valve of a patient comprising, injecting a working device into the internal nasal valve of the patient, wherein the injected working device in the nasal tissue causes an alteration of an internal or external nasal valve. A device introduced by injection into... Agent: Bio Intellectual Property Services (bio Ips) LLC

20090292359 - Porous and nonporous materials for tissue grafting and repair: “Implants, such as interbody spacers, fusion devices and bone grafts, are provided having improved mechanical properties and/or degradation profiles. Such implants include a three-dimensional scaffold formed from particles, such as microspheres, which may in some embodiments be resorbable or biodegradable and which may have at least two different degradation rates.... Agent: Globus Medical, Inc. Attn: Brian Malm

20090292360 - Porous and nonporous materials for tissue grafting and repair: Implants, such as interbody spacers, fusion devices and bone grafts, are provided having improved mechanical properties and/or degradation profiles. Such implants include a three-dimensional scaffold formed from particles, such as microspheres, which may in some embodiments be resorbable or biodegradable and which may have at least two different degradation rates.... Agent: Globus Medical, Inc. Attn: Brian Malm

20090292361 - Intervertebral implant and installation tool: An intervertebral implant, an installation tool, and related methods are provided for ensuring a minimum distance between two vertebrae. The implant can comprise a pair of opposing body portions and an expansion component. The expansion component can rotate relative to the body portions in order to urge a head portion... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090292362 - Intervertebral implant and methods of implantation and manufacture: In one aspect, an intervertebral prosthetic device for implantation within a disc space between adjacent first and second vertebral endplates includes a body including a main body with an outer surface bearing portion configured to interface with and articulate relative to one of the first and second vertebral endplates. It... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090292363 - Intervertebral prosthesis: A prosthesis for replacing a native disc between first and second adjacent vertebral bodies. The prosthesis includes a compliant element having a first composition and a geometry for providing a plurality of element stiffnesses for the compliant element substantially matching spatial stiffnesses of the native disc. The prosthesis also includes... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C. Church Street Station

20090292364 - Shoulder implant with first and second composite sub-assemblies and improved mounting anchors for establishing a secure joint: The present invention discloses an improved shoulder joint implant assembly including a plastic ball secured to a first joint defining bone end face and a plastic receiver secured to a second joint defining bone end face. Each of the ball and receiver implants are constructed of a composite hardened plastic... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20090292365 - Implants with roughened surfaces: Provided are methods for processing a green body that includes compacted metal powder, comprising impacting the green body with a particulate material for a time and under conditions effective to displace a portion of the metal powder from the green body. The present methods can be used to prepare green... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP

20090292366 - Material based on a partially stabilized zirconia matrix with cerium oxide and yttrium oxide as stabilizing oxides of zirconia, a process for preparation and use of the material: A sintered ceramic material comprising: a) from 98-50% by volume of zirconia as a matrix, i) stabilized with a stabilizing composition having ii) of from about 2 to about 3 mole percent of yttria and of from about 10 to about 15 mole percent of ceria; wherein the term mole... Agent: Dardi & Associates, PLLC

20090292367 - Porous and nonporous materials for tissue grafting and repair: Implants, such as interbody spacers, fusion devices and bone grafts, are provided having improved mechanical properties and/or degradation profiles. Such implants include a three-dimensional scaffold formed from particles, such as microspheres, which may in some embodiments be resorbable or biodegradable and which may have at least two different degradation rates.... Agent: Globus Medical, Inc. Attn: Brian Malm

20090292369 - Device and method for decreasing energy consumption of a person by use of a lower extremity exoskeleton: A lower extremity exoskeleton, configurable to be coupled to a person, includes: leg supports configurable to be coupled to the person's lower limbs and designed to rest on the ground during stance phases, with each leg support having a thigh link and a shank link; two knee joints, each configured... Agent: Diederiks & Whitelaw, PLC

20090292368 - Prosthetic limb connector: A prosthetic limb connector for connecting a human prosthesis to an artificial base. The connector includes a connection body and a rotatable securing member to retain a portion of the prosthesis to the connection body.... Agent: Trego, Hines & Ladenheim, PLLC

20090292370 - Device for adjusting the configuration of a modular prosthetic leg: The invention relates to a device for adjusting the configuration of a modular prosthetic leg, the leg prosthesis having a foot section, a lower leg section and a knee joint, and the knee joint being disposed via a lower part on the lower leg section and an upper part being... Agent: Whitham, Curtis & Christofferson & Cook, P.C.

20090292371 - Correlated magnetic prosthetic device and method for using the correlated magnetic prosthetic device: A prosthetic device is described herein that incorporates correlated magnets which enable an artificial prosthesis (e.g., artificial limb) to be easily and effectively attached to and removed from an interface that is secured to a residual limb on a person. In addition, a method is described herein for enabling a... Agent: Law Office Of William J Tucker

  
11/19/2009 > 25 patent applications in 20 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090287289 - Bifurcation stent crimping systems and methods: A stent crimping system and method for use in preparing a bifurcation catheter assembly for use in a patient. The catheter assembly includes main and side catheter branches and a stent. The stent includes a side branch aperture through which the side catheter branch extends. The stent is crimped onto... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090287292 - Braid implant delivery systems: Embolic implants delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm and/or fistula treatment. The designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining advantageous delivery and implant detachment control features.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090287290 - Delivery systems and methods of implantation for prosthetic heart valves: A delivery system for delivering a stented prosthetic heart valve to a lumen of a patient, the delivery system including a tubular body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a base portion with a plurality of extending elements, wherein each of the extending elements is engageable with a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090287291 - Embolic device delivery systems: Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm treatment and/or parent vessel occlusion. Implant designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining other necessary features such as density for occlusion purposes and desirable radial strength characteristics.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090287294 - Braid-ball embolic devices: Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm treatment and/or parent vessel occlusion. Implant designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining other necessary features such as density for occlusion purposes and desirable radial strength characteristics.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090287293 - Magnetically induced radial expansion vascular stent: A magnetically induced radially expandable vascular stent for use inside a human body to hold open a stenosed vascular lumen. The stent comprises a flexible yet non elastic tubular main body, defining a peripheral wall having a radially outwardly expanded limit condition. A plurality of magnets are mounted in closely... Agent: Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC

20090287295 - Method of manufacturing a polymeric stent with a hybrid support structure: Methods of manufacturing polymeric intraluminal stents and intraluminal stents are disclosed. The methods provide a method of manufacturing polymeric intraluminal stents having a structure with hybrid strut configuration containing at least one circumferential ring element in the structure in combination with 1 geometric strut columns.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090287296 - Atraumatic prosthetic heart valve prosthesis: An atraumatic heart valve prosthesis includes a prosthetic valve coupled to an expandable anchoring structure including a outflow portion configured to taper inwardly in a distal direction towards a central axis of the prosthesis. By this configuration, the distal end of the anchoring structure imparts less force upon the vessel... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property

20090287288 - Methods and apparatus for luminal stenting: Described herein are flexible implantable occluding devices that can, for example, navigate the tortuous vessels of the neurovasculature. The occluding devices can also conform to the shape of the tortuous vessels of the vasculature. In some embodiments, the occluding devices can direct blood flow within a vessel away from an... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090287297 - Aneurysm treatment device and method of use: The present invention is directed to aneurysm treatment devices which are capable of being delivered to the situs of a vascular aneurysm through a catheter. The treatment devices comprise, in general, a body member formed by at least one support member and a reactive material selectively applied to the at... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20090287298 - Cardiac valve, system, and method: A cardiac valve with a support frame having a first end member and a second end member opposing the first end member in a substantially fixed distance relationship, and a cover extending over the support frame to allow for unidirectional flow of a liquid through the valve.... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC

20090287299 - Stents for prosthetic heart valves: A stented valve including a stent structure including a generally tubular body portion that has a first end and a second end, wherein an area adjacent the first end has a first stiffness, an area adjacent the second end has a second stiffness, and a central region between the areas... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090287300 - Extraction of solvents from drug containing polymer reservoirs: A process for reducing solvent contents in drug-containing polymeric compositions may be utilized to reduce the solvent content in implantable medical device wherein the compositions are in reservoirs. Specifically, the solvent contents in the drug-containing polymeric compositions are first reduced by one or more conventional drying methods, to a range... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090287301 - Coating for medical implants: A medical implant can include a body including a bioerodible metal and a coating overlying a surface of the bioerodible metal. The coating can include a matrix that includes a fatty acid salt and nano-particles within the matrix.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090287302 - Polymer coated spinulose metal surfaces: Spinulose surfaces such as titanium and zirconium can be coated with a range of polymers used to form thin, adherent polymer surface films. Selected polymer coatings are useful for use as biocompatible surfaces on implants, catheters, guidewires, stents and a variety of medical devices for in vivo applications. The polymer... Agent: Chameleon Scientific Corporation Aka Ionic Fusion Corporation

20090287303 - Physiologically harmonized tricuspid annuloplasty ring: A prosthetic tricuspid remodeling annuloplasty ring having two free ends that are upturned in the inflow direction to help avoid unnecessary leaflet abrasion. The free ends are desirably separated across a gap that is large enough to reduce the risk of passing sutures through the conductive system of the heart,... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090287304 - Medical device for constricting tissue or a bodily orifice, for example a mitral valve: A medical apparatus positionable in a cavity of a bodily organ (e.g., a heart) may constrict a bodily orifice (e.g., a mitral valve). The medical apparatus may include tissue anchors that are implanted in the annulus of the orifice. The tissue anchors may be guided into position by an intravascularly... Agent: Kardium Inc.

20090287305 - Wholly implantable non-natural heart for humans: A wholly implantable non-natural heart for humans is a double pump configuration provided with two auricles and two ventricles. Both the said auricles and ventricles are driven by solenoid actuators interacting with high energy magnets; the auricles and ventricles which are hollow chambers are provided with one-way valves in the... Agent: Dinesh Agarwal, P.C.

20090287306 - Optical hydrogel material with photosensitizer and method for modifying the refractive index: A method for modifying the refractive index of an optical, hydrogel polymeric material. The method comprises irradiating predetermined regions of an optical, polymeric material with a laser to form refractive structures. To facilitate the formation of the refractive structures the optical, hydrogel polymeric material comprises a photosensitizer. The presence of... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated

20090287307 - Orthopaedic implant and prosthesis systems, devices, instruments and methods: The present invention provides a replacement ligament comprising first and second ends, two or more securing portions for securing said ligament to a portion of bone material and a body portion comprising a first component having a first, higher, elongation per unit load characteristic; and a second component having a... Agent: Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire

20090287308 - Medical constructs of twisted lengths of collagen fibers and methods of making same: The disclosure describes medical constructs with a plurality of collagen fibers twisted together and methods of twisting the collagen fibers to form the medical constructs.... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec

20090287309 - Intra-articular joint replacement: A method for implanting an intra-articular shoulder prosthesis is provided. The method includes removing a proximal portion of a humerus. The proximal portion of the humerus preferably forms a resected portion. The resected portion has a convex outer surface and an inner surface. The method further includes engaging the convex... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property

20090287310 - Dynamic knee balancer with pressure sensing: A device for performing a surgical procedure on a knee includes an adjustable femoral portion, a tibial portion and at least one sensor coupled with the femoral and/or tibial portions to sense pressure exerted by the femoral and tibial portions against one another. The femoral portion is adapted for removably... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090287311 - Asymmetric design of hip socket for reducing socket deformations: A hip socket for use in a hip joint prosthesis comprising a shaft on which a ball head may be fixed, the ball head may be rotatably inserted in a socket insert and the socket insert may be inserted and fixed in the hip socket the shaft and the hip... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090287312 - Acetabular cup conversion ring: An acetabular implant for hip replacement surgery includes a shell component and first and second alternative bearing components interchangeably engageable with the shell component to provide a choice in bearing materials. The shell component has an engagement mechanism suitable for locking engagement with the first alternative shell component. A conversion... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090287313 - Tissue adhesive sealant: A tissue adhesive sealant includes a cross-linkable protein in a solution that when combined with a cross-linking agent solution including an aldehyde and amino acid containing species reactive with the aldehyde cross-links to form a seal. The sealant is well suited for bonding tissue alone or in combination with a... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20090287314 - Joints for prosthetic, orthotic and/or robotic devices: An artificial foot device may include a core, a talus body operatively coupled with the core by a first joint, and a toe operatively coupled with the core by a second joint. The first joint may provides for constrained relative movement between the talus body and the core. The second... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney, LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090287315 - Foot prosthesis with resilient multi-axial ankle: The present foot prosthesis includes various structural features that provide the foot with advantageous rollover properties. In certain embodiments, the foot guides rollover toward the medial side. For example, an asymmetrical upper element and a correspondingly shaped resilient ankle member support more of the wearer's weight on the lateral side... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090287316 - Prosthetic split hook terminal device with adjustable pinch force, functional grasping contours and illumination: A voluntary opening prosthetic split hook terminal device is provided with an adjustable pinch force, functional grasping contours and illumination capabilities. Embodiments of the present invention include a tensioning mechanism that permits adjustment of the tension of a spring member to increase or decrease the pinching force of the device.... Agent: Sheridan Ross PC

  
11/12/2009 > 25 patent applications in 20 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office
  
11/05/2009 > 25 patent applications in 20 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090276031 - Apparatus and methods for deployment of multiple custom-length prostheses (ii): Apparatus for delivering stents to body lumens include one or more tubular prostheses carried at the distal end of a catheter shaft, a sheath slidably disposed over the prostheses, and a guidewire tube extending from within the sheath to the exterior of the sheath through an exit port in a... Agent: Xtent, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090276028 - Cartridge delivery system for delivery of medical devices: A delivery cartridge, delivery system and a method for delivering a medical device are provided. The delivery cartridge includes a housing having a proximal end, a distal end and a cavity defined therein. The delivery cartridge further includes a proximal end covering member connected to the proximal end, a distal... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090276030 - Everting stent and stent delivery system: Devices and methods for delivering stents to target vessel regions, including stent delivery through microcatheters to narrow cerebral arteries. One stent delivery device includes a stent having the distal region everted over the distal end of a delivery tube, having the everted stent distal end captured by a distal element... Agent: Rissman Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090276029 - Helical stent: An expandable balloon for insertion in a fluid conduit of a human or animal body is movable between a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. The balloon has, when in the expanded condition, a center line which follows a substantially helical path. The balloon can be combined with a stent... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20090276027 - Stent graft delivery system and method of use: A stent graft delivery system and method of use including a delivery system for a stent graft including a nosecone assembly having a nosecone and a nosecone shaft; a spindle assembly defining a spindle assembly lumen through which the nosecone shaft can slide, the spindle assembly having a spindle fitting... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090276033 - Clad composite stent: A body compatible stent is formed of multiple filaments arranged in at least two sets of oppositely directed helical windings interwoven with one another in a braided configuration. Each of the filaments is a composite including a central core and a case surrounding the core. In the more preferred version,... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090276032 - Docking head for connecting vascular device to a vessel: A docking head of the present invention is provided to be mounted on a vascular graft having an outer diameter comparable with the inner diameter of the blood vessel so as to couple the vascular graft to a vessel wall in a suture-less manner. The docking head comprises a thin-walled... Agent: William H. Dippert Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

20090276034 - Expandable medical device for delivery of beneficial agent: An expandable medical device having a plurality of elongated struts, the plurality of elongated struts being joined together to form a substantially cylindrical device which is expandable from a cylinder having a first diameter to a cylinder having a second diameter, and the plurality of struts each having a strut... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090276035 - Anastomosis method: The present invention provides improved and simplified methods of vascular or hollow organ suture-less anastomosis for attachment of artificial standard vascular graft to the vessel wall in order to reduce the duration of the surgical procedure and its costs.... Agent: William H. Dippert Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

20090276036 - Stent: It is intended to provide a stent having little or no risk of the breakage of a coating layer that is formed on the stent surface in the course of producing or transporting the stent or during the step of expanding the stent in clinical use. In other words, a... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090276037 - Method and apparatus for circulatory valve repair: An apparatus for the repair of a cardiovascular valve has leaflets comprising a grasper capable of grabbing and co-apting the leaflets of the valve. In a preferred embodiment, the grasper has jaws that grasp and immobilize the leaflets, and then a fastener is inserted to co-apt the leaflets. The apparatus... Agent: William H. Dippert Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

20090276038 - Method and apparatus for tissue connection: A tissue connecting device is provided. The device comprise an elongate delivery device having a lumen, a proximal end, and a distal end. The distal end is configured to engage tissue and advance said device into tissue. At least one anchor deliverable through a lumen of the elongate delivery device.... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator

20090276039 - Implantable prosthetic valve: An implantable prosthetic valve for regulating fluid flow through a body vessel is provided. The prosthetic valve comprises an anchoring member, at least one leaflet, and a restraining member capable of temporarily preventing substantial movement of the leaflet between and open and closed position so as to allow fluid flow... Agent: Kalow & Springut LLP

20090276040 - Device and method for replacing mitral valve: A prosthetic mitral valve assembly and method of inserting the same is disclosed. In certain disclosed embodiments, the prosthetic mitral valve assembly has a flared upper end and a tapered portion to fit the contours of the native mitral valve. The prosthetic mitral valve assembly can include a stent or... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090276041 - Device for connection between a heart prosthesis and the natural auricles: Device for connection between a heart prosthesis and the natural auricles. According to the invention, the means of joining to the natural auricles are formed by individual suture attachments (11) mounted in such a may as to be free in rotation and to be movable.... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC James E. Ledbetter, Esq.

20090276042 - Biological polysiloxanes: The present invention relates to a macromonomer having a polydimethylsiloxane backbone that has a mol % dimethyl siloxanes, b mol % siloxanes substituted with -K-RIM, c mol % siloxanes substituted with -K-RIM-Z and d mol % siloxanes substituted with -L-Z, and in which the terminal siloxane groups are tri-substituted with... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090276043 - Two-layer external breast prosthesis with self-shaping feature and process for manufacture thereof: A two-layer external breast prosthesis comprising a first inner layer comprised of a self-shaping dispersion and a second outer layer comprised of an elastic material, wherein the second outer layer is relatively stiffer than the first inner layer.... Agent: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

20090276044 - Sheaths for extra-articular implantable systems: Various embodiments are directed to a sheath for covering one or more components of an extra-articular implantable mechanical energy absorbing system. The sheath is generally an elongated structure having an inner space extending the length thereof. In use, the sheath can exclude the energy absorbing system from surrounding tissue and... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson - Exploramed Nc4, Inc.

20090276045 - Devices and methods for treatment of facet and other joints: Embodiments of the present invention describe methods, devices and instruments for resurfacing or replacing facet joints, uncovertebral joints and costovertebral joints. The joints can be prepared by smoothing the articular surface on one side, by distracting the joint and by implant insertion. Implants can be stabilized against a first articular... Agent: Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

20090276046 - Prosthesis for correction of flatfoot deformity: An internal human prosthesis used in surgical procedures to treat flatfoot deformities, including pediatric, adult congenital, and adult acquired deformities. The internal prosthesis is inserted between the human talus and calcaneus bones. In a preferred embodiment, the prosthesis has a truncated conical shape along its long axis and a central... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20090276048 - Devices and method for bilateral support of a compression-fractured vertebral body: Described herein are devices and systems for restoring compression fractured vertebral bodies to a decompressed configuration and methods of restoring compression fractures by bilateral implantation of such devices.... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090276047 - Rail-based modular disc prosthesis: A method and apparatus for repairing a damaged intervertebral disc nucleus in a minimally invasive manner utilizes a modular disc prosthesis preferably comprised of at least three modular segments and at least two rails that operably connect adjacent modular segments. In one embodiment, each modular segment includes a harder inner... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090276049 - Implant for transforaminal intracorporeal fusion: The invention relates to an implant for the transforaminal intracorporeal fusion of lumbar vertebral column segments. At least some sections of the surface areas that are in direct contact with the spinal column are provided with an anti-dislocation mechanism (1) while an attachment part (4) for a positioning instrument (10)... Agent: Bodner & O'rourke, LLP

20090276051 - Polyaryletherketone artificial intervertebral disc: An intervertebral prosthesis for insertion between adjacent vertebrae, in one embodiment, includes upper and lower prosthesis plates and a movable core. The prosthesis plates and optionally the core are formed of polyaryletherketone (PAEK) for improved imaging properties. A metallic insert is provided on each of the PAEK prosthesis plates providing... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090276050 - Space keeper with adjustable axial length: A space keeper for insertion between two vertebrae which has a variable axial length is provided. The space keeper possesses a sleeve-like first member (2) and a second member (3) guided in the latter and movable relative to the first member in the axial direction for adjusting an overall length.... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20090276052 - Ball and socket assembly: A ball and socket assembly including a ball component with a notch formed therein. The socket is a one-piece structure including an opening sized to receive the ball component.... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson - Exploramed Nc4, Inc.

20090276053 - Coated implants: An implantable device which provides structural support for the skeletal system, such as the spine, coated with hydroxyapatite (HA). This invention provides a mechanically and bioactively functional coating of hydroxyapatite (HA) without altering the biocompatibility profile of the poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) substrate.... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery

20090276054 - Surgical implantation method and devices for an extra-articular mechanical energy absorbing apparatus: A surgical implantation approach for preparing a patient and precisely and effectively placing an energy absorbing apparatus relative to the patient's anatomy. Various surgical implantation apparatus and methods for achieving proper device-to-anatomy juxtapositional relationships are employed in the implantation approach.... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson - Exploramed Nc4, Inc.

20090276055 - Method for gastric volume reduction surgery: A method for treating a patient includes creating at least one incision to gain access to an petitoneal cavity, performing a gastric volume reduction procedure and introducing a device to prevent gastric contents from interacting with at least a portion of the duodenum.... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20090276057 - Double layer surgical prosthesis to repair soft tissue: A prosthesis for the treatment of hernias and/or laparoceles via an intraperitoneal route, having a mesh of filaments of non-resorbable and biocompatible polymer material having interstices permitting tissue growth and a sheet of polymer material having barrier properties and low adhesion to sensitive organs and tissues. The sheet is superimposed... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090276056 - Resorbable ceramics with controlled strength loss rates: Particular aspects provide bioresorbable and biocompatible compositions for bioengineering, restoring or regenerating tissue or bone, comprising a three-dimensional porous or non-porous scaffold material comprising a calcium phosphate-based ceramic having at least one dopant therein selected from metal ion or ion dopants and metal oxide dopants, wherein the composition is sufficiently... Agent: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP/seattle

20090276058 - Movement assisting device and movement assisting method: A movement assisting device including a plurality of attachments to be attached over a joint of a user; an actuator suspended between the plurality of attachments; a sensor, attached to the user, for detecting movement of a muscle; and a control unit for controlling the actuator based on the movement... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.

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