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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor December patent applications/inventions, industry category 12/09

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12/31/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090326633 - Controlled release endoprosthetic device: wherein the micro-deepenings of said structural member and/or said polymer member comprise a pharmaceutical composition containing one or more active ingredients selected from the group consisting of agents to inhibit or at least reduce excessive proliferation of vessel wall cells, agents to enhance the downstream perfusion of tissue, agents to... Agent: Michael P. Morris Boehringer Ingelheim Usa Corporation

20090326634 - Methods for deploying stents in bifurcations: A method of deploying a stent in a bifurcation includes introducing two guidewires through the main vessel and using the two guidewires for guiding a dual lumen catheter carrying a stent first to an initial position proximal to the stent deployment position, retracting one wire, and projecting it from the... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090326635 - Arterial endoprosthesis: An arterial endoprosthesis, in particular for the aorta, having an outer face designed to press against the inner wall of an artery and including, on its outer face, projections distributed in such a manner as to reduce the speed of a flow of blood passing between the artery and the... Agent: Matthew R. Jenkins, Esq.

20090326641 - Helical ostium support for treating vascular bifurcations: A prosthesis is disclosed for placement across an ostium opening from a main body lumen to a branch body lumen. The prosthesis comprises a radially expansible support at one end, a circumferentially extending link at the other end and at least one spiral frond extending axially therebetween.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090326640 - Medical device for body cavity and method of producing the same: A medical device for body cavity which has a main stent body and a sheet-shaped member having an opening and covering at least a part of the main stent body as described above. It is desirable that, when the main stent body is dilated from the first diameter in the... Agent: Kratz, Quintos & Hanson, LLP

20090326638 - Medical devices for delivery of therapeutic agent in conjunction with galvanic corrosion: According to an aspect of the present invention, at least one ionic therapeutic agent is delivered from an implantable or insertable medical device that comprises an ion-conductive polymeric region that is disposed on a metallic region. The metallic region is in electrical contact with a dissimilar metallic region, such that... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090326639 - Medical devices having superhydrophobic surfaces: According to an aspect of the invention, medical devices are provided, which have at least two superhydrophobic surface regions which engage one another when the medical device is deployed in vivo.... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090326636 - Stent: A stent 1 having a connection part in which wire parts including a stent main wire 2, a strut 4 and a stabilizer hook 5 are connected to each other through a junction pipe 7, wherein a locking part which is locked to the junction pipe 7 is formed on... Agent: Townsend & Banta C/o Portfolio Ip

20090326637 - Stent: In a stent 1 having a joining portion 7 which integrally joins a stent main wire 2 and a strut 4, the stent main wire 2 and the strut 4 are fitted into a restraining pipe 8 in a non-joining portion of the stent main wire 2 and the strut... Agent: Townsend & Banta C/o Portfolio Ip

20090326642 - Implantable medical devices fabricated from radiopaque polymers with high fracture toughness: Medical devices, such as stents, fabricated from a polymer including degradable polymer segments joined by di-urethane linkages with radiopaque functional groups chemically bonded to the polymer are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090326643 - Balloon folding apparatus and method: A catheter assembly and related methods for preparing and assembling catheter assemblies. The catheter assembly includes main and side balloons. The main balloon includes side portions that are folded in opposite directions toward a bottom surface of the main balloon to place the main balloon in a folded state. The... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090326644 - Planar structure and method for producing a planar structure: The invention relates to a planar structure made of fibers adhered to each other in certain locations, characterized in that the adhesions and/or fibers are broken by an ultrasound treatment. Such planar structures are utilized particularly in the medical field as vascular prostheses or tissue patches.... Agent: Collard & Roe, P.C.

20090326645 - Methods of application of coatings composed of hydrophobic, high glass transition polymers with tunable drug release rates: The present invention relates to methods of applying a drug—polymer coating layer onto an implantable medical device or another substrate, and the use of a choice of solvents to adjust the release of the drug from the coating. The drug to polymer ratio is about 1:1 to 1:3 on a... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090326646 - Methods and apparatus for multiple cured formulation coated stents: The methods and apparatus of the present disclosure in a broad aspect provide stents with multiple cured formulations. Selective curing of formulations on a stent framework, such as by ultraviolet light, results in stents having multiple cured formulations as coatings which may or may not be layered in uniform or... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090326647 - Medical devices having fluorocarbon polymer coatings: In accordance with various aspects of the invention, implantable and insertable medical devices are provided, which contain (a) a substrate and (b) a polymeric layer disposed on the substrate that comprises a fluorinated polymer to which is grafted an unsaturated monomer having at least one carbon double bond and at... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090326648 - Devices, systems, and methods for reshaping a heart valve annulus, including the use of an adjustable bridge implant system: Implants or systems of implants and methods apply a selected force vector or a selected combination of force vectors within or across the left atrium, which allow mitral valve leaflets to better coapt. The implants or systems of implants and methods make possible rapid deployment, facile endovascular delivery, and full... Agent: Daniel D. Ryan Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090326649 - Turbo type blood pump: An impeller 22 includes a rotating shaft 7 supported rotatably by an upper bearing 9 and a lower bearing 20 at upper and lower ends, a plurality of vanes 6, an arm 18 coupling an inner circumferential side of the vanes to the rotating shaft, an annular coupling portion 8... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

20090326650 - Intracorneal inlay, system, and method: Method and system for modifying a refractive profile associated with an eye having a recipient cornea. The method includes obtaining a corneal tissue inlay from a donor cornea, forming a recipient bed in the recipient cornea, and positioning the corneal tissue inlay into the recipient bed to correct the refractive... Agent: Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.

20090326652 - Aberration-correcting vision prosthesis: A vision prosthesis includes an optical element having a characteristic function associated with refraction therethrough. The characteristic function is selected to reduce aberration in an eye when the optical element is implanted at a location therein.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090326651 - Ophthalmic device formed by additive fabrication and method thereof: An ophthalmic device is formed by additive fabrication, the optical device having an optical surface with a surface roughness on the order of less than 10 microns. A method is provided for making an ophthalmic device including an optical surface having a surface roughness of less than 10 microns by... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated

20090326653 - Bist (breast implant softening technology):

20090326654 - Fillable prosthetic implant with gel-like properties: A fluid-filled prosthetic implant having the properties of a gel-filled implant. The prosthetic implant includes a soft flexible shell defining an inner chamber and having a predetermined volume when the shell is filled or inflated. A quantity of dry nanoparticles is introduced into the inner chamber during manufacture. A surgeon... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20090326655 - Implant for fastening ligaments or tendons: An implant for fastening ligaments or tendons to a bone or bone replacement, generally referred to as a bone member. The implant has a housing, a device for fixing or attaching a ligament or tendon, and a device for being fastened to the bone member. The fixing device can be... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090326656 - Intervertebral prosthetic disc: A prosthetic disc for insertion between adjacent vertebrae includes upper and lower plates, a core disposed between the plates, and at least one projection extending from at least one of the upper and lower curved surfaces of the core into at least one recess of one of the inner surfaces... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090326658 - Intervertebral prosthetic disc and method of installing same: An intervertebral prosthetic disc that is configured to be installed within an intervertebral space that can be established between an inferior vertebra and a superior vertebra is disclosed. The intervertebral prosthetic disc includes an inferior articular half that can be configured to engage the inferior vertebra and a superior articular... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090326657 - Pliable artificial disc endplate: An intervertebral implant for replacing an intervertebral disc of the human spine, the implant including first and second conformable foam endplates, each endplate being conformable to a boney vertebral endplate under an anatomical load, and a core between the endplates, wherein the conformable foam endplates partition the core from the... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090326659 - High modulus crosslinked polyethylene with reduced residual free radical concentration prepared below the melt: The present invention provides an irradiated crosslinked polyethylene containing reduced free radicals, preferably containing substantially no residual free radical. Disclosed is a process of making irradiated crosslinked polyethylene by irradiating the polyethylene in contact with a sensitizing environment at an elevated temperature that is below the melting point, in order... Agent: Massachusetts General Hospital The Genreal Hospital Corporation

20090326660 - Method and instrumentation for patello-femoral joint replacement: A patello-femoral joint prosthesis is provided which allows smooth tracking of the articulating surfaces through a full range of joint motion. A novel configuration of a femoral implant component that facilitates superior adhesion to bone is also provided. Also provided is a patello-femoral joint replacement system, which permits precise, reproducible... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090326661 - Implantable patella component having a thickened superior edge: An orthopaedic implant includes a patella component having a posterior bearing surface configured to articulate with the femoral condyles of a femur, and an anterior surface having a number of pegs extending outwardly therefrom. The superior edge of the patella component is thickened relative to conventional dome-shaped patella components.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326662 - Implantable patella component having a thickened superior edge: An orthopaedic implant includes a patella component having a posterior bearing surface configured to articulate with the femoral condyles of a femur, and an anterior surface having a number of pegs extending outwardly therefrom. The superior edge of the patella component is thickened relative to conventional dome-shaped patella components.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326663 - Orthopaedic knee prosthesis having increased axial-rotation: An orthopaedic prosthesis includes a tibial bearing and a femoral component configured to articulate with the tibial bearing. The tibial bearing and the femoral component are configured to promote outward axial rotation of the femoral component with respect to the tibial component during knee flexion.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326664 - Posterior cructiate-retaining orthopaedic knee prosthesis having controlled condylar curvature: An orthopaedic knee prosthesis includes a tibial bearing and a femoral component configured to articulate with the tibial bearing. The femoral component includes a condyle surface curved in the sagittal plane. The radius of curvature of the condyle surface decreases gradually between early-flexion and mid-flexion. Additionally, in some embodiments, the... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326665 - Posterior stabilized orthopaedic knee prosthesis having controlled condylar curvature: An orthopaedic knee prosthesis includes a tibial bearing and a femoral component configured to articulate with the tibial bearing. The femoral component includes a posterior cam configured to contact a spine of the tibial bearing and a condyle surface curved in the sagittal plane. The radius of curvature of the... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326666 - Posterior stabilized orthopaedic prosthesis: A posterior stabilized knee orthopaedic prosthesis includes a tibial bearing and a femoral component configured to articulate with the tibial bearing. The tibial bearing includes a spine having a concave cam surface and a convex cam surface. The femoral component includes a posterior cam having a concave cam surface and... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326667 - Orthopaedic femoral component having controlled condylar curvature: An orthopaedic knee prosthesis includes a femoral component having a condyle surface. The condyle surface is defined by one or more radii of curvatures, which are controlled to reduce or delay the onset of anterior translation of the femoral component relative to a tibial bearing.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326668 - Tibial bearing having increased axial-rotation: An orthopaedic prosthesis includes a tibial bearing and a femoral component configured to articulate with the tibial bearing. The tibial bearing and the femoral component are configured to promote outward axial rotation of the femoral component on the tibial component during knee flexion.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326669 - Insertion of vibration-damping elements in prosthetic systems for the manipulation and damping of natural frequencies: A hip joint prosthesis with a shaft fastened on the shaft head of which there is a ball head which in turn is inserted in a rotatable manner in the spherical recess of a socket insert and the socket insert is coupled with a hip socket wherein the shaft can... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090326670 - Acetabular prosthesis system: An acetabular prosthesis system configured to be coupled to a surgically-prepared acetabulum includes an acetabular shell, an augment component, and a fastener configured to couple the acetabular shell and the augment component together.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090326672 - Modular proximal body trial: A system and method for trialing a modular hip replacement system permits evaluation and replication of the anatomic anteversion rotational angle of the femur. In one embodiment, a femoral hip implant kit includes at least one distal implant and a plurality of femoral heads, each of the plurality of femoral... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20090326673 - Polymeric material: An assembly comprises first and second parts which bear against one another, wherein said first part comprises a polyetherketoneketone and said second part comprises a polyetherketoneketone. The parts bear against one another such that one or both of the parts may have a tendency to wear and/or produce wear debris... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20090326671 - Medical devices: The invention to which this application relates is to the provision of medical devices such as implants for use in hips, knees or the like and also tools which may be used in surgery or for medical treatment. At least a portion of the external surface of the device is... Agent: Mckee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C

20090326674 - Open celled metal implants with roughened surfaces and method for roughening open celled metal implants: The present invention concerns processes for etching a porous titanium foam or porous titanium alloy foam where a clean, dry foam product is immersed into an aqueous acid solution comprising about 0.5 to about 5 volume percent HF and about 5 to about 20 volume percent HNO3 for a time... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP

20090326676 - Hernia prosthesis and method for fabricating same: A hernia prosthesis includes a first portion defining a bag joined to a second portion (B) constituting a one-piece body. A top plate of the first portion comprises a plurality of radial tabs around a central opening. The second portion comprises three distinct successive zones including a first median zone... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090326675 - Implantable device for the treatment of obesity: An implant for placement within a hollow body organ. The implant has a member with distal and proximal ends. The member has an undeployed shape for delivery to the hollow body and a deployed shape for implantation therein. The implant has at least one tensioning tether with a first end... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090326677 - Joint prosthetic device: This invention provides a compact self-contained design of a wrist device for an electrically powered prosthesis. The wrist prosthesis, which provides user controlled motion in two directions, flexion/extension and rotation. Through the unique mounting of the one or more actuators or motors, a significant space savings is achieved. The modular... Agent: John S. Pratt, Esq Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP

  
12/24/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090319016 - Process for production of porous body and uses thereof: A process for producing a porous body with different physical properties in desired regions is provided by pore forming treatment, not by bonding two or more materials made porous beforehand, with, for example, an adhesive. Raw materials are prepared, each of which contains a polymer and a raw material preparation... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

20090319021 - Bifurcated medical appliance delivery apparatus and method: p

20090319018 - Delivery system for a medical device and method for operating a delivery system for a medical device: The invention relates to a delivery system for a medical device and a method for operating a delivery system for a medical device, in particular a stent having a proximal end and a distal end, an inner shaft enclosing an inner lumen and an outer shaft surrounding the inner shaft... Agent: Greer, Burns & Crain

20090319020 - Devices, systems, and methods for promoting endothelialization: Devices, systems, and methods for promoting endothelialization and preventing restenosis are disclosed. At least some of the embodiments disclosed herein promote endothelialization and prevent restenosis by reducing local blood flow turbulence. At least some of the embodiments disclosed herein promote endothelialization and prevent restenosis by directing endothelial progenitor cells to... Agent: Ice Miller LLP

20090319019 - Expandable tip delivery system for endoluminal prosthesis: An improved delivery system for an implantable medical device includes a retention sheath for an implantable medical device. The retention sheath includes a central lumen extending from a proximal end to a distal end of the retention sheath, and a tapered portion disposed at a distal end of the retention... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090319022 - Stent graft: A stent graft (10; 40; 80) has a tubular body (12; 42; 82) of a biocompatible material and at least two fenestrations (18, 20; 48, 50; 84, 86, 88). The at least two fenestrations (10, 20; 48, 50; 84, 86, 88) are adjacent each other and each has a tube... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090319023 - Stents and stent grafts: The subjected devices include a stent, a graft and a means for attaching the graft to the stent. One or more members are received in a permanent or temporary receptacle within the stent attach the graft to the stent. In one variation, an interference fit is employed; in another, the... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090319024 - Removable stent and method of manufacture thereof: A removable stent may include, for example, an extension or protrusion, or a cut or angled end, which may be easily grasped for removal by for example forceps. A stent may be molded to form such graspable extensions, or may be cut and/or melted or otherwise deformed as part of... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090319025 - Resonator for medical device: A device resonator for medical device is provided. The resonator device includes a helical structure and a capacitor structure. The resonator device can be used in conjunction with a medical device, including a stent.... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC

20090319026 - Composite stent with reservoirs for drug delivery and methods of manufacturing: A composite stent structure and methods of manufacturing same, include a stent wall having two or more layers of the same or different material. The wall provides various means of drug delivery while maintaining the stent's overall structure. The outer layers and/or inner layers may have holes, reservoirs, or openings... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090319027 - Self-expandable stent: A self-expandable stent includes axially arranged wavy-line annular bodies having a first shared linear portion and a second shared linear portion on one end side, a third shared linear portion and a fourth shared linear portion on the other end side, a first bent linear portion coupled with the first... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090319028 - Stent fabrication via tubular casting processes: Tubular casting processes, such as dip-coating, may be used to form substrates from polymeric solutions which may be used to fabricate implantable devices such as stents. The polymeric substrates may have multiple layers which retain the inherent properties of their starting materials and which are sufficiently ductile to prevent brittle... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090319017 - Vascular stenting for aneurysms: 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

20090319029 - Docking apparatus and methods of use: A system for treating an aneurysm in a blood vessel comprises a docking scaffold having with upstream and downstream ends, and a central passageway therebetween. The upstream end engages the blood vessel upstream of the aneurysm. A portion of a first and second scaffolds are slidably received in the central... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090319030 - Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels: The present invention is directed to a stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends with a body wall having a surface extending therebetween. The surface... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090319031 - Bioabsorbable polymeric stent with improved structural and molecular weight integrity: Various embodiments of the present invention include implantable medical devices such as stents manufactured from polymers, and more particularly, biodegradable polymers including biodegradable polyesters. Other embodiments include methods of fabricating implantable medical devices from polymers. The devices and methods utilize one or more stabilizers, where each stabilizer may be chosen... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090319032 - Endoprosthesis coating: An endoprosthesis, e.g., a stent (e.g., a drug eluting stent), that includes a porous surface and hollow elements integrated with a coating on the surface and a method of making the same are disclosed.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090319033 - Method for endothelial cell extraction from adispose tissues: Adipose tissue has proven to serve as an abundant, accessible, and rich source of endothelial or vascular endothelial cells suitable for tissue engineering. We describe a detailed method for the isolation and purification of endothelial cells using purified enzymes and antibody-based selection. The cells can be obtained from liposuction procedures... Agent: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

20090319035 - Antimicrobial coating: Described herein are coatings containing water-soluble oligodynamic metal salts that are formulated and applied from hydrophobic solvents. In particular, articles of manufacture comprising polymer coatings containing oligodynamic metal salts can include hydrophobic polymer coatings made from water-reactive monomers and hydrophilic polymers compounded in hydrophobic solvents which contain a small amount... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090319034 - Method of densifying eptfe tube: The present invention relates to a prosthetic structure, including a densified layer of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and a method for manufacturing the same. The invention includes the steps of providing a layer of ePTFE, desirably a tubular layer; applying the layer of ePTFE to a mandrel; mechanically compressing the layer... Agent: Krzysztof Sowinski Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.,

20090319036 - Medical devices made from polymers with end group modification for improved thermal stability: Implantable medical devices and methods of forming thereof made from polymers with end groups providing improved thermal stability are disclosed. Implantable medical devices made from such polymers including stabilizing agents are additionally disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090319037 - Retaining mechanisms for prosthetic valves: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems used to deliver a prosthetic heart valve to a deficient valve. In one embodiment, for instance, a support stent is delivered to a position on the surface of the outflow side of a native heart valve of a patient, the... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090319038 - Connection systems for two piece prosthetic heart valve assemblies and methods for making and using them: A heart valve assembly includes a prosthesis and a prosthetic valve to replace a preexisting natural or prosthetic heart valve within a biological annulus. The prosthesis includes an annular member, a flexible core at least partially defining a sewing cuff extending radially outwardly from the annular member, a rail ring... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20090319039 - Method in eye surgery: A method for prevention of migration of epithelial cells in a capsular bag of an eye of a mammal is provided. The method comprises removing the natural lens of the eye from the capsular bag; introducing an object with at least one sharp edge into the capsular bag, in such... Agent: Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.

20090319040 - Accommodative intra-ocular lens: An accommodative intra-ocular lens deformable between the unaccommodating and accommodating configurations upon the relaxation and contraction of the ciliary muscle. The lens anterior and posterior portions are substantially sealingly joined together about their peripheral edges and define a lens internal volume filled with a substantially incompressible lens internal fluid. Causing... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20090319041 - Highly haemocompatible and biodegradable polymer and uses thereof: A new biodegradable polymer composed by poly(D,L)lactic acid (PDLLA) and Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) is disclosedα. This polymer shows a high degree of haemocompatibility compared to the original polymer (PDLLA) and is a good candidate as coating material of different biomaterials.... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090319042 - Threaded part that is to be connected to the threaded hole of an implant: Threaded part (1), designed to be connected to a threaded hole (7) of an implant (6), which comprises a main threaded area (4) ending in a decreasing-width-provided threaded tip (5). The presence of the decreasing-width-provided threaded tip (5) has two beneficial effects: due to its decreasing width, the tip of... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20090319043 - Helicoil interference fixation system for attaching a graft ligament to a bone: r

20090319045 - Cancellous constructs, cartilage particles and combinations of cancellous constructs and cartilage particles: Constructs that are at least partially constructed of allograft cancellous bone are disclosed, along with cartilage particles that may be used with the constructs for repairing articular cartilage defects. A multi-piece construct includes a base member, a cap member and at least one pin that secures the cap member to... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20090319046 - Hyoid suspension for obstructive sleep apnea: In an improved method for surgically treating a sleep-related breathing disorder, comprising hyoid distruction/expansion and hyo-mandibular suspension, an implant comprises a polypropylene and/or reticulated elastomeric biostable polyurethane matrix. The matrix is positioned between two or more segments of the distructed hyoid bone. A single or multiple midline or paramedian incisions... Agent: William H. Dippert Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

20090319044 - Methods and compositions for improving the incorporation of orthopaedic and orthodontic implants: The present invention provides methods of improving the incorporation of an implantable device into a bone of a host in need thereof. More particularly, the methods of the present invention include implanting the device into the bone of a host, wherein the device is at least partially made of a... Agent: Bryan Cave LLP

20090319047 - Recess-ramp knee joint prosthesis: A recess-ramp knee joint prosthesis comprising a femoral and a tibial component is configured to reproduce normal kinematics and function. Asymmetric condular surfaces and a cupola of the femoral component interact with corresponding dished surfaces and a ramp of the tibia thereby duplicating the behavior of the anatomical knee.... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

20090319048 - Total knee replacement prosthesis: A knee replacement prosthesis comprising a femoral component and a tibial component that enable anterior-posterior translation of the femur relative to the tibia and enable the tibia to rotate about its longitudinal axis during flexion of the knee. The femoral component connects to the distal end of a resected femur... Agent: Joseph M. Konieczny, P.C.

20090319049 - Total knee replacement prosthesis with high order nurbs surfaces: A knee replacement prosthesis comprising a femoral component and a tibial component that enable anterior-posterior translation of the femur relative to the tibia and enable the tibia to rotate about its longitudinal axis during flexion of the knee. The femoral component connects to the distal end of a resected femur... Agent: Joseph M. Konieczny, P.C.

20090319050 - Method and apparatus for wrist arthroplasty: A wrist prosthesis system to replace at least a portion of a bone of a wrist of a patient. The system includes a carpal implant to replace at least a portion of a carpal bone of a carpal complex of the patient. The carpal implant includes a base and an... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090319051 - Osteochondral plug graft, kit and method: Each of an osteochondral plug graft and a kit comprises a trapezoid shaped construct configured for osteochondral implanting. An osteochondral regeneration method comprises forming a recipient socket in a chondral area of an articular joint in need of repair; harvesting a trapezoid shaped graft from another chondral area; and implanting... Agent: Medtronic Spinal And Biologics

20090319052 - Biomaterials, their preparation and use: A calcium oxide-silica composite biomaterial either in amorphous state or crystalline state having an average pore size, as determined by the BET method, in the range of from 0.8 to 4 nm, wherein the calcium oxide-silica content of the biomaterial is at least 80 wt %, the balance being optionally... Agent: Unilever Patent Group

20090319053 - Apparatus and method for uterine preservation: In one embodiment, an implant includes a first portion having a shape and configured to support a tissue within the body of a patient. Markings disposed on the first portion indicate a portion of the implant to be removed for resizing the first portion such that the first portion after... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090319054 - Wearable action-assist device, and method and program for controlling wearable action-assist device: A wearable action-assist device which assists or executes an action of a wearer by substituting for the wearer is provided with an action-assist tool 2 having an actuator 201 which gives power to the wearer 1, a biosignal sensor 221 which detects a wearer's biosignal, a biosignal processing unit 3... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090319055 - Energy storing foot plate: Compositions are provided for a prosthetic ankle comprising: a joint housing having a bottom surface, a clevis coupled to the joint housing such that the clevis can rotate about the joint housing, a prosthetic coupling structure that couples the clevis to an amputee, and an articulating joint contained in the... Agent: Thorpe North & Western, LLP.

  
12/17/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090312830 - Balloon arc profile control: The present invention is directed to a delivery system including a stent protector to protect an end of the stent and/or stent body for delivery of the stent to an intended fixation site or treatment site within a body lumen. More specifically, the present invention is directed to balloon catheter... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090312827 - Balloon catheter with centralized vent hole: A system and method providing a catheter assembly for engaging a stenosis. The assembly includes a catheter defining a first lumen and a second lumen spaced apart and disposed about a longitudinal axis. The catheter includes an opening in communication with the first lumen to define a flow path having... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

20090312831 - Catheter delivery device: A catheter delivery device for a self-expanding stent is described. The delivery device includes a distal catheter component and a distal sheath that releases the stent by moving proximally relative to the distal catheter component and the stent. A proximal catheter shaft including a tube and a pull wire within... Agent: Rutan & Tucker, LLP.

20090312828 - Edge protection via tapered balloon wrap: A stent deployment device is provided with a tapered balloon wrap to protect the edge of a crimped stent during stent deployment. The balloon is wrapped unevenly so that the distal end is looser and has a wider circumference than the proximal end of the balloon. With a stent crimped... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090312832 - Slip layer delivery catheter: A slip layer delivery catheter includes a slip layer delivery catheter includes an outer tube configured with a plurality of strips extending therefrom and terminating in a plurality of distal strip end ends, the plurality of strips defined by empty slotted regions disposed between adjacent strips. An inner tube is... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090312829 - Stent delivery system and stent delivery method: A stent delivery system includes a tubular stent which is retained in a body cavity of a living body; a pusher tube, whose distal end contacts with a proximal end of the stent, which pushes and moves the stent to a distal end side; a filament which connects the stent... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090312833 - Implantable device: The invention relates to an implantable device for local release of at least one drug at a predefined location in a natural cavity having a wall in the body of a mammal, characterized by at least one drug reservoirs, which can be affixed in the cavity, the drug reservoirs and/or... Agent: Greer, Burns & Crain

20090312834 - Continuous double layered stent for migration resistance: The present invention relates to stent structures having improved migration resistance. In particular, the invention relates to mesh stents, such as braided or twisted stent designs, where at least a portion of the stent is folded back over itself to form a multi-layered stent device. Such multi-layered portions provide for... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090312835 - Dielectric fluid filled active implantable medical devices: Active implantable medical devices (AIMDs) are backfilled with a dielectric fluid to increase the volts per mil dielectric breakdown strength between internal circuit elements. In a method for backfilling the AIMD with dielectric fluid, substantially all air and moisture is evacuated from the AIMD housing prior to backfilling the AIMD... Agent: Kelly Lowry & Kelley, LLP

20090312836 - Ocular lens: An ocular lens has a refractive optics structure formed from a polyisobutylene-based material and a glassy segment that is non-reactive to ocular fluid and that maintains in vivo transparency for a substantial time period. The material has a central elastomeric polyolefinic block and thermoplastic end blocks (such as a triblock... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.

20090312837 - Expandable intervertebral implant: An expandable intervertebral implant including a body having a longitudinal axis and including first and second axial walls spaced apart along a transverse axis, and first and second transverse end walls extending between and interconnecting the first and second axial walls. The intervertebral implant includes an expansion member co-acting with... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090312838 - Joint prosthesis with positionable head: A prosthesis assembly in one embodiment includes a stem configured to be implanted in a bone and including a first coupling portion, a head having a bearing surface configured to mate with at least one of a natural opposing joint component and a prosthetic opposing joint component, the head further... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20090312839 - Lateral elbow prosthesis - proximal radioulnar joint: A proximal radioulnar joint (lateral elbow) prosthesis includes an ulnar brace member to be secured to the outer surface of the ulna bone. The ulnar brace member defines a bearing surface for supporting the radius. The prosthesis may also include a radial brace member which cooperates with the ulnar brace... Agent: Camoriano & Associates

20090312840 - Prosthetic elbow replacement: A prosthetic elbow replacement includes a humeral component having a stem dimensioned to fit within a medullary canal of the humerus and having a yoke connected to the stem wherein the yoke terminates in spaced apart arms. A pivot pin is mounted between the arms for rotational movement with respect... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090312841 - Bone void filler: A plug for filling a bone void, such as a void left behind after implant removal, and a method for using the same. The plug is strong and durable enough to increase the strength of the void and the bone surrounding the void upon insertion. The plug's porous, open-cell construction... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090312842 - Assembled cartilage repair graft: Bifunctional and assembled implants are provided for osteochondral implantation.... Agent: Regeneration Technologies, Inc. C/o Mcandrews, Held & Malloy

20090312843 - Tissue reconstruction devices and methods: The present invention provides an implantable prosthesis comprising a viscera separating barrier that defines a shell having a pocket with an opening that receives an insert. It is contemplated that the insert comprises at least one of an absorbable mesh, a non-absorbable mesh, or an absorbable and non-absorbable mesh combination... Agent: Fish & Associates, PC Robert D. Fish

20090312844 - Control device for walking assist device: A control system for a walking assist device includes a ground detecting means having a plurality of force sensors equipped to each foot attachment portion. Each ground sensor selectively outputs a ground state output and non-ground state output in accordance with whether the foot attachment portion is grounded at a... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

  
12/10/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090306758 - Bifurcation catheter assembly with dynamic side branch lumen: A catheter assembly and related methods having a main balloon, a branch balloon arrangement and a stent. The catheter assembly includes a main catheter branch, a side catheter branch arrangement, and a stent. The main catheter branch includes at least a main balloon and a side balloon. The side catheter... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090306759 - Covering for an endoprosthetic device and methods of using for aneurysm treatment: The present invention relates to covered endoprosthetic devices. Covered endoprosthetic devices comprise an endoprosthesis and a sheath. The sheath comprises a central portion and outer portions, wherein the central portion preferentially restricts or causes a restriction of blood flow. Blood flow can be reduced by the central portion of the... Agent: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

20090306756 - Hybrid biodegradable/non-biodegradable stent, delivery system and method of treating a vascular condition: An intraluminal stent, an intraluminal stent delivery system, and a method of treating a vascular condition. The stent includes a framework composed of a biodegradable material. At least one strut is composed of a non-biodegradable material. The framework is operably attached to the at least one strut. The delivery system... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090306757 - Side branch wiring assist sheath and methods: A vessel bifurcation wire assist device and related methods of advancing guidewires into main and branch vessels of a vessel bifurcation. The wire assist device includes a first guidewire housing member defining a first guidewire lumen sized to advance over a first guidewire, and a second guidewire housing member defining... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090306760 - Prosthesis and delivery system: A prosthesis delivery system including a prosthesis mounted on an elongate member. The prosthesis has longitudinally offset first and second locking members positioned on the prosthesis. The first and second locking members are configured to engage opposing proximal and distal sides of a radially extending member on the elongate member... Agent: Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

20090306761 - Prosthesis and delivery system: A prosthesis delivery system including a prosthesis mounted on an elongate member. The prosthesis has a locking member positioned on the prosthesis. The locking member includes a reduced diameter portion with two opposing surfaces that are configured to engage opposing proximal and distal sides of a radially extending member on... Agent: Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

20090306762 - Braided stent and method for its manufacture: A stent includes regions of differing numbers of braided filaments to provide different dimensions and/or properties in different regions along the stent length. The stent may include a first and second plurality of braided filaments each braided together. The second plurality of braided filaments is braided into the first plurality... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090306764 - Compliant blood vessel graft: A graft includes a flexible, resilient, generally tubular external support and a blood vessel segment, carried within and having an ablumenal surface in contact with and supported by the tubular support, the graft being capable of resilient radial expansion in a manner mimicking the radial compliance properties of an artery.... Agent: Haugen Law Firm

20090306763 - Low profile non-symmetrical bare alignment stents with graft: A stent graft for use in a medical procedure to treat a dissection of a patient's ascending thoracic aorta. The stent graft includes bare alignment stents at least at a proximal end, and often with a stent at both ends, each stent having opposing sets of curved apices, where the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090306765 - Bioerodible endoprosthesis: An endoprosthesis can include a body including an underlying portion and a surface portion overlying the underlying portion. The underlying portion can include a bioerodible metal in the form of a matrix and corrosion enhancing deposits within the matrix. The surface portion including the bioerodible metal of the matrix. The... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090306766 - Stent with a bio-resorbable connector and methods: A helical stent having bioresorbable connecting members connecting sections of the stent. The connecting members provide various spring rates or spring constants to the stent, and permit a change in the flexibility of the stent subsequent to implantation while maintaining the unitary design of the stent. A method of making... Agent: Proskauer Rose LLP

20090306767 - Shape memory devices: The present invention concerns shape memory devices, methods of producing same and the use of these materials.... Agent: Hogan & Hartson LLPIPGroup, Columbia Square

20090306768 - Percutaneous valve prosthesis and system and method for implanting same: A heart valve prosthesis includes a cylindrical valve cage stent constructed to be implanted percutaneously in the planar axis of a native valve annulus, an elastic and compressible, multi-leaflet valve insertable percutaneously into the body, and an attachment mechanism for attaching the valve to the superior rim of the valve... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20090306755 - Apparatus and method for maintaining fluid flow through body passages: A device (10) for maintaining fluid flow through at least one passage in a human or animal body, the device comprising two end portions (12, 14) for anchoring the device in position, and an intermediate portion (16) which allows movement of the end portions relative to each another, wherein the... Agent: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

20090306769 - Medical balloon made with hybrid polymer-ceramic material and method of making and using the same: A medical device such as a catheter, stent or balloon, or a component thereof is formed by depositing an inorganic-organic hybrid composite material on an eliminatable shape form and removing the shape form, leaving the medical device or component thereof formed of the inorganic-organic hybrid composite material. Multiple layers of... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090306770 - Tissue engineering of blood vessels: Method and apparatus for mapping the shape and dimensions of a 3-dimensional body, by applying to the 3-dimensional body a stretchable covering configured and dimensioned such that in its stretched condition it tightly engages and conforms to the shape and dimensions of the 3-dimensional body to be mapped. The stretchable... Agent: Ice Miller LLP

20090306771 - Artificial heart pump: In order to optimize the clearances between both end surfaces of a sleeve 5 and each of the end surfaces of the fixed bodies 3 and 5, respectively, magnetic forces of repulsion being caused by each of the permanent magnets 3a, 5b, 5c and 8a is adjusted. At this time,... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090306772 - Ocular scaffolds and methods for subretinal repair of bruch's membrane: The present invention provides ocular scaffolds composed of poly (e-caprolactone) configured to be inserted into the sub-retinal space of a subject, as well as methods for treating eye disease (e.g., age-related macular degeneration) with such scaffolds. The present invention also provides methods of making such scaffolds.... Agent: Casimir Jones, S.c.

20090306773 - Opaque corneal insert for refractive correction: Implants configured for corneal implantation are disclosed that have a light transmitting portion and a light-blocking portion disposed about the periphery of the implant. The implant can be an elongate member, such as a split or continuous ring, that can be implanted in the cornea to alter the refractive properties... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090306774 - Intraocular lens supporter: Disclosed is an intraocular lens supporter having a control ability. One embodiment of the present invention provides an intraocular lens supporter that is inserted into a capsular sac, including a first face coming in contact with an inner surface of the capsular sac in at least one point as a... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090306776 - Methods and procedures for ligament repair: Methods and devices for the repair of a ruptured ligament using a scaffold device are provided. Aspects of the invention, may include a scaffold attached by a suture to an anchor. In aspects of the invention, the anchor may be secured to a bone near or at the repair site.... Agent: David S. Resnick

20090306777 - Apparatus for fixing a ligament: The invention relates to an apparatus for fixing a ligament, which comprises a bone-anchoring element having a proximal end and a distal end which has a bore running in the longitudinal direction, and which comprises a clamping sleeve having a proximal end and a distal end, which clamping sleeve can... Agent: Gibson & Dernier L.L.P.

20090306775 - Artificial ligaments and tendons comprising multifilaments and nanofibers and methods for making: Prosthetic ligaments and tendons comprising ligament- or tendon-mimicking nanofibers and methods of making such nanofibers and prosthetic ligaments and tendons.... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20090306778 - Buffer for a human joint and method of arthroscopically inserting: A buffer (10) for placement in a human knee between the femur and tibia comprises an outer sack (14) formed of a pliable material and having a one-way valve (22), a generally circularly shaped inner ring (16) received within the outer sack (14), and a friction reducing fluid (18) received... Agent: Hovey Williams LLP

20090306779 - Modular anterior locking interbody cage: Apparatus and method if using a modular spinal implant system for use between adjacent vertebrae near vascular anatomy. The system includes an implant configured the fit between adjacent vertebrae, the implant having annular side walls with upper and lower surfaces configured to enclose a hollow interior, and an attachment plate... Agent: Alphatec Spine, Inc.

20090306780 - Intervertebral implant intended for osseous fusion: This implant (1) for osseous fusion is intended to be inserted between two adjacent vertebral bodies (4) of a spinal column. It comprises a main body (2) having at least two longitudinal elements of C-shaped contour (2a, 2b) placed back to back and defining:—a solid axis (9), formed by the... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090306781 - High wear-resistant bearing material and artificial joint replacement using the same: The present invention provides a bearing material that is excellent in durability and is capable of maintaining wear resistance over a long period of time. The bearing material of the present invention is a high wear-resistance bearing material 10 for being used under a humid environment comprising: a base body... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20090306782 - Reverse endoprosthesis for a shoulder joint: A reverse shoulder joint prosthesis has at least one stemless joint cup or shell (9, 11). The humeral implant can be of at least two-part construction, having a cup or shell (9) and a slide component (11) which has been inserted in the shell or cup or with which the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090306783 - Total knee prosthesis and method for total knee arthroplasty: A prosthetic knee implant for implantation into a mammal, which accommodates an anterior cruciate ligament substitute to provide stability to the knee implant. The prosthetic knee implant includes a femoral component having a pair of condylar surfaces and a tibial component having a surface portion adapted to slidably engage the... Agent: Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

20090306784 - Total knee prosthesis and method for total knee arthroplasty: A prosthetic knee implant for implantation into a mammal, which accommodates an anterior cruciate ligament substitute to provide stability to the knee implant. The prosthetic knee implant includes a femoral component having a pair of condylar surfaces and a tibial component having a surface portion adapted to slidably engage the... Agent: Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

20090306785 - Knee joint prosthesis: A knee joint prosthesis which comprises a tibial component (4, 6) and a femoral component (2). The femoral component has condyles (14, 16) which act against the tibial component, directly or indirectly, during flexing of the knee. A cam (20) on the femoral component acts against a post (26) on... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090306786 - Systems and methods for providing deeper knee flexion capabilities for knee prosthesis patients: Systems and methods for providing deeper knee flexion capabilities, more physiologic load bearing and improved patellar tracking for knee prosthesis patients. Such systems and methods include (i) adding more articular surface to the antero-proximal posterior condyles of a femoral component, including methods to achieve that result, (ii) modifications to the... Agent: David B. Tingey

20090306787 - Trial coupler systems and methods: Embodiments of the present invention provide a trial coupler system for use in preparing a patient for an implant. Certain embodiments provide a system including a coupling device (20) and a trial component interface (40) that allows a trial stem (100) to be offset in relation to the respective trial... Agent: Diana Houston Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20090306788 - Implant for resurfacing a femoral head: A resurfacing implant composed of a femoral cap (2) with an outer face (7), an inner face (8), a peripheral edge (11), a central axis XX′ passing through the pole P of the cap (2), an equatorial axis YY′ perpendicular to the first axis, and a point C of intersection... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090306789 - Biomedical filler: A bone replacement filler comprising a biomedical ceramic particulate, wherein the filler is able to flow without the application of an external shear stress or compressive force or under a relatively low shear stress or compressive force, but resists flow or does not flow when subjected to a higher shear... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090306790 - Elastase treatment of tissue matrices: A method of producing a modified acellular tissue matrix (mATM) from an acellular tissue matrix (ATM), where the mATM has a reduced stretchiness relative to the ATM, without substantially compromising its associated structural or functional integrity. The method includes providing an acellular tissue matrix (ATM) and exposing the ATM to... Agent: Finnegan/kci

20090306791 - Elevated vacuum locking system: An elevated vacuum locking system for prosthetic limb. An exemplary embodiment may include a plunger pin mounted to a flexible liner and including a through passage between a location proximate the exterior of the liner and a distal end of the plunger pin; a locking mechanism mounted within the distal... Agent: Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

20090306792 - 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

  
12/03/2009 > 44 patent applications in 25 patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090299458 - Balloon catheter for multiple adjustable stent deployment: A catheter configured to carry one or more stents and having an inflatable balloon for expanding a stent surrounding the balloon. The catheter is characterized in having a positioner for moving the one or more stents relative to the balloon torn a first position in which the stent does not... Agent: Xtent, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090299456 - Delivery system with helical shaft: A delivery system is provided for releasing a medical device within a body cavity. The delivery system may be used in an intravascular procedure to implant a self-expandable stent. A helical structure on the shaft of the delivery system engages the inner surface of the stent. As a result, the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090299451 - Device for loading self-expanding stents: A device upon which a self-expanding stent may be crimped is utilized to safely load the self-expanding stent directly into a transfer tube or a delivery tube. The device comprises a compliant member, an expandable member, an expansion member and a retrieval member.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090299452 - Devices and methods for abluminally coating medical devices: A stent crimping and coating apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a plurality of crimping blades positioned in a radial array and collectively forming a central crimping lumen, wherein the plurality of crimping blades radially movable to alter the diameter of the central crimping lumen. Each of the crimping blades... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090299457 - Endolumenal device for delivering and deploying an endolumenal expandable prosthesis: An endolumenal device (1) for delivering and deploying an endolumenal expandable prosthesis (6) at a bifurcation provided with a main conduit and at least a secondary conduit, comprises an elongated body (2) having a proximal end portion (4) and a distal end portion (3); the distal end portion (3) comprising... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090299449 - Kit for inserting a cavity-treatment element and method for preparing an associated treatment element:

20090299450 - Multi-layer balloon design for use in combination with catheter assemblies, and methods of making the same: An expandable medical device having a static state and at least one expanded state, the expandable medical device in the static state including at least one first inner layer and at least one second outer layer, the outer layer having an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer layer... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090299455 - Rotatable catheter assembly: Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and systems for a catheter assembly including a catheter shaft, a balloon positioned on the catheter shaft, where the balloon has a first balloon waist, a first lead extending longitudinally through the catheter shaft, and a first sealing member adjacent the first balloon... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC Suite 500

20090299459 - Scored catheter device: A catheter device including an elongate tubular shaft having a consistent material composition for a substantial proportion of its length. The device includes a proximal shaft portion having a first flexibility and a distal shaft portion having a second flexibility, wherein the second flexibility is greater than the first flexibility... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090299454 - Staggered two balloon bifurcation catheter assembly and methods: A catheter assembly and related methods directed to stent delivery systems that include a stent and a catheter assembly having first and second balloons. The stent includes a side branch aperture and expandable structure defining the side branch aperture. The expandable structure is configured to move into a radial outward... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090299453 - Stent crimping device: A crimping fixture for crimping a stent onto a balloon of a catheter is disclosed. The crimping fixture includes a flexible elastomeric body having a crimping lumen and one or more inflation lumens extending through the flexible elastomeric body. The flexible elastomeric body is elastically stretched such that a pre-crimped... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090299461 - Balloon catheter for multiple adjustable stent deployment: A catheter configured to carry one or more stents and having an inflatable balloon for expanding a stent surrounding the balloon. The catheter is characterized in having a positioner for moving the one or more stents relative to the balloon from a first position in which the stent does not... Agent: Xtent, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090299460 - Bifurcated stent and delivery system: A delivery system has a stent and a balloon The stent has a first section made of a plurality of interconnected framework members which define a plurality of potential side branches. The balloon is a dual lumen balloon that can inflate from the proximal end to the distal end with... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090299462 - Endovascular graft including substructure for positioning and sealing within vasculature: An endovascular graft having an improved positioning mechanism capable of positioning and securing a bifurcated graft into a bifurcated vessel described. The graft can include a sleeve affixed to graft that is used in combination with a contralateral wire loop for placement of the graft within vasculature. The graft may... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC

20090299463 - Modified surface for an implantable device and a method of producing the same: Implantable devices, such as stents, having a surface modified with TiNxCy are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090299448 - Aneurysm treatment system: An aneurysm treatment system includes a sleeve with a breach or a breachable facet disposed therein. The facet allows a guide structure to breach the sleeve and to deliver a portion of the sleeve continuously to an aneurysm.... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090299465 - Absorbable / biodegradable tubular stent and methods of making the same: Medicated or unmedicated, absorbable/biodegradable, polymeric tubular stents for temporary placement in body lumens maintain patency and provide dimensional stability at the biological site. The stent design is based on a radially fluted, tubular form having grooves or flutes along its entire length for expansion to a predetermined diameter after deployment,... Agent: Leigh P. Gregory

20090299464 - Reducing bioabsorbtion time of polymer coated implantable medical devices using polymer blends: Described herein is a system and method for reducing the risk of late thrombosis associated with drug eluting stent therapy. The stents described herein have polymeric blend coatings that can be tailored to have specific degradation times once implanted into the vasculature. The polymeric blends can have at least two... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090299466 - Local delivery of matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors: Disclosed are medical devices and methods for the local delivery and treatment of vascular conditions. The methods and treatments involve local delivery of at least one matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor. The vascular conditions described herein include plaque rupture, aneurysm, stenosis, restenosis, atherosclerosis and combinations thereof.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090299468 - Endoprosthesis coating: An endoprosthesis, e.g., a stent (e.g., a drug eluting stent), includes a surface, a first layer having a polyelectrolyte deposited on the surface, a plurality of polymeric particles deposited on the first layer, and a coating of a porous material deposited on the plurality of polymeric particles. At least one... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090299467 - Medical implant comprising a biological substrate and a diamond-like carbon coating: Described is an implant for use in medical applications and methods of making and using the implant. The implant includes a hydrated substrate and a diamond-like carbon coating on the substrate. The substrate may be a biological substrate, such as collagen or elastin. The implant may be used to replace... Agent: Intellectual Property Dept. Dewitt Ross & Stevens Sc

20090299469 - Cone-shaped aortic root replacement graft and methods for making and using same: A new aortic root replacement graft or apparatus is disclosed and method for making and using same. The graft or apparatus includes a substantially straight and uniform cylindrical conduit having an outwardly flared end section so that a diameter of the cylindrical section is less than a diameter of a... Agent: Robert W Strozier, P.l.l.c

20090299470 - Quick-release annuloplasty ring holder: A holder for an annuloplasty ring having a template defining a proximal face opposite the distal face, and a peripheral edge about which the annuloplasty ring conforms. The annuloplasty ring anchors to the template using one or more flexible filaments. The template includes a single cutting well on its proximal... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090299471 - device and method for improving the function of a heart valve: A device for improving the function of a heart valve comprises: a support member formed from a shape memory material, and a restraining member providing a restraining action on a course of the support member. The support member may abut one side of the valve conforming to the shape of... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20090299472 - Lightweight breast prosthesis: A lightweight breast prosthesis is formed as an enclosed body having therein at least two compartments chamber, wherein one of the compartments chamber is filled with silicone gel, and the other compartment chamber or compartments chamber are filled with a substance lighter than silicone gel. Thus, the breast prosthesis, which... Agent: Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PLLC

20090299473 - Lightweight implantable prosthetic device: A reduced weight implantable prosthesis, including, an outer surface shell for encapsulating the prosthesis, a gel mixture comprising a mixture of a cohesive gel and micro-spheres for filling the shell, one or more inner volumes internal to the shell which do not contain the gel mixture; and wherein the gel... Agent: D Graeser Ltd C/ O The Discovery Dispatch

20090299475 - Bone graft substitute: To provide a bone graft substitute having an appropriate absorption period in a living body and high osteoconductivity, the bone graft substitute contains a carbonate apatite and an osteoinductive factor, the osteoinductive factor is preferably at least one kind selected from a group including BMP (a bone morphogenetic protein), GDF... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090299474 - Impacted orthopedic support implant: This invention relates to a porous bone implant (10, 110, and 210), a method of manufacturing the implant and a method of orthopedic treatment. The mesh implant can be manufactured using extrusion techniques and a variety of cutting and machining processes to provide the implant with the desired structural features... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090299477 - Method and apparatus for implantation between two vertebral bodies: A method and system to assist in a planning and navigation of procedure. Generally, the system allows for image acquisition of a selected area of the anatomy. The images may then be used to mark various points to determine true anatomical definitions and planes. The definitions may assist in positioning... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090299476 - Tissue prosthesis: A tissue prosthesis system includes an envelope (10) which is able substantially to conform to a shape of a cavity (30) formed in a site in a patient's body, the envelope (10) having a filler opening (16) to enable access to be gained to an interior of an envelope (10).... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090299478 - Lordotic implant for posterior approach: An intervertebral implant for positioning in a lordotic disc space that avoids any unnecessary cutting of bone and therefore, any unwanted subsidence, is provided. Specifically, the implant can work particularly well between the L5-S1 juncture. The implant comprises an inferior component, and a superior component, wherein the superior component has... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090299479 - Suture guided implant: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to surgical implants having one or more strands extending from the implant to assist with the installation of the implants into patients. In one example, the strand may be used during installation to provide a constant reference to the trailing edge of the implant... Agent: Johnson & Associates

20090299480 - Joint actuation mechanism for a prosthetic and/or orthotic device having a compliant transmission: Disclosed herein a prosthetic or orthotic device having a joint portion and a compliant transmission assembly in operational communication with the joint portion. The device restores the normal capabilities and natural dynamics of a healthy joint for common activities. The compliant transmission assembly includes a compliant element. The compliant transmission... Agent: Polsinelli Shughart PC

20090299482 - Knee joint prosthesis system and method for implantation: A prosthesis for replacing a knee joint between a femur and a tibia can include a femoral component having a first condylar portion, a second condylar portion, a first sidewall and a second sidewall that collectively comprise a first hinge portion. A tibial component can have a first engagement portion... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090299483 - System and method for prosthetic fitting and balancing in joints: A system and method for prosthesis fitting in joints comprising an artificial condyle and a spacer which cooperates with the condyle to form an artificial joint. The spacer embedded with at least one sensor which is responsive to a force generated between the condyle and the spacer. The artificial joint... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20090299481 - Tibia platform implant: An implant (6) is provided for implantation in a condyle (21) of a proximal tibia. The implant is shaped in such a way that an anterior edge (63) at least approximately simulates the anterior contour of the tibial plateau (2). The implant is dimensioned such that it does not extend... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090299484 - Device for assembly of ball heads and adapter sleeves as integrated component part of the package: The invention relates to a package for receiving an adapter sleeve for a hip endoprosthesis, the hip endoprosthesis comprising a ball head which has to be pushed onto the adapter sleeve with a defined pushing-on force. For simplification and secure fastening of the ball head on the adapter sleeve, it... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090299485 - Implant: The invention provides a stem implant device typically for use to be received in a hip as part of hip replacement apparatus. The implant has a tapered design and includes an intermediate portion with a surface finish which encourages bone in-growth and a plurality of groups of rib members which... Agent: Grady K. Bergen

20090299486 - Gastrointestinal prostheses: Gastrointestinal prosthesis for restraining the rate of the gastric digestion consists of a compressible proximal member connected by a string to a distal member, to be introduced into the intestine. The proximal member has an internal space, which is opened to the gastric lumen and may include passageways for the... Agent: Avia Kafri

20090299487 - Satiation devices and methods: A device for inducing weight loss in a patient includes a tubular prosthesis self-expandable from a collapsed position in which the prosthesis has a first diameter to an expanded position in which the prosthesis has a second, larger, diameter. In a method for inducing weight loss, the prosthesis is placed... Agent: King & Spalding LLP

20090299488 - Prostatic stent: The invention concerns a prostatic stent including a flexible tubular member having a lateral wall equipped with anchoring means, adapted for anchoring the prostatic stent into the urethra, wherein the anchoring means includes a succession of hollow and projecting elements defining a continuous and smooth anchoring profile, thereby forming an... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090299489 - Combined active and passive leg prosthesis system and a method for performing a movement with such a system: A combined active and passive leg prosthesis system is disclosed, and a method of performing a gait cycle by a leg prosthesis system is disclosed, for replacing a missing lower extremity of an individual to perform a gait cycle by the leg prosthesis system and/or the method. In at least... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090299490 - Prosthetic limb: A prosthetic limb has an outer surface that is a mirror image of an intact limb or a generic limb design. The intact limb is scanned and the surface data is manipulated to create a virtual mirror image. If generic data is used, the intact leg can be measured and... Agent: Dergosits & Noah LLP Attn: Paul K. Tomita, Esq.

20090299491 - Modular shock absorbers for prosthetic limbs: A modular shock absorber for a prosthetic limb which may be selectively interconnected between a socket for receiving a residual limb and other prosthetic limb components. An exemplary modular shock absorber includes a generally C-shaped body having a substantially planar first extension coupled to a prosthetic socket, a substantially planar... Agent: Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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