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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor February patent applications/inventions, industry category 02/10

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02/25/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100049292 - Balloon for a body lumen and method of use: A balloon for use in a body lumen comprises a first inflatable balloon segment and a second inflatable balloon segment. The balloon has at least one opening for receiving inflation fluid to inflate the balloon segments. The first balloon segment when inflated includes a surface that defines a recess to... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20100049293 - Controlled deployable medical device and method of making the same: Controlled deployable medical devices that are retained inside a body passage and in one particular application to vascular devices used in repairing arterial dilations, e.g., aneurysms. Such devices can be adjusted during deployment, thereby allowing at least one of a longitudinal or radial re-positioning, resulting in precise alignment of the... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20100049294 - Controlled deployable medical device and method of making the same: Controlled deployable medical devices that are retained inside a body passage and in one particular application to vascular devices used in repairing arterial dilations, e.g., aneurysms. Such devices can be adjusted during deployment, thereby allowing at least one of a longitudinal or radial re-positioning, resulting in precise alignment of the... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20100049295 - Delivery device with a protective member: A delivery device for positioning and deploying an implantable device within a lumen is provided. The delivery device includes inner and outer tubular members slidable to each other between at least a first hold position and a second release position, a handle and a deployment mechanism adapted for an operator... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20100049296 - Implantable medical device coatings with biodegradable elastomer and releasable taxane agent: A coated medical device, such as a stent, that elutes a taxane agent in a controlled manner is provided. In one embodiment, the taxane agent is paclitaxel and at least a portion of the paclitaxel is present in a dihydrate solid form. The medical device may be coated with a... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20100049297 - Method of loading a stent into a sheath: A method of loading a self-expanding stent into a delivery sheath configured to retain the stent in a radially compressed pre-deployment configuration, including the steps of radially compressing the stent from a relaxed outside diameter d0 to a compressed outside diameter d1, providing a loading sheath with an inner diameter... Agent: Rutan & Tucker, LLP.

20100049298 - Side branched endoluminal prostheses and methods of delivery thereof: An expandable prosthetic device and method of delivery that allows the initial placement of multiple guidewires into selected target sites. The prosthesis includes a main body device. This main body device has a separate side branch guidewire lumen that passes through the main body device and through a side opening... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20100049301 - Lattice part made of metal and method for the production of a lattice part: We describe a lattice part made of metal and a method for producing a lattice part made of metal or a metal alloy. The lattice has a thickness of less than 1 mm at a size of the gaps of less than 50 mm2. The lattice comprises a connection made... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20100049299 - Magnesium-based alloy with improved combination of mechanical and corrosion characteristics: Multi-component magnesium-based alloy consisting essentially of about 1.0-15.0 wt. % of scandium, about 0.1-3.0 wt. % of yttrium, about 1.0-3.0 wt. % of rare-earth metal, about 0.1-0.5 wt. % of zirconium. Purity degree of magnesium base is not less of 99.995 wt. %. Impurities of Fe, Ni and Cu do... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20100049300 - Stent and method and device for fabricating the stent: Stent, as well as a method and device for fabricating the stent, wherein the stent has a tubular lattice structure comprising individual struts and at least one strut of which at least one longitudinal section runs with at least one directional component in the radial circumferential direction of the stent,... Agent: Biotech Beach Law Group , PC

20100049302 - Stent for expending intra luminal: The present invention relates to a stent for intraluminal expansion. The stent for intraluminal expansion comprises an inner stent A, an outer stent B and fixing threads C for fixing these stents as one unit. The outer stent B is inserted over the inner stent A in such a way... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20100049304 - Endoprosthesis having foot extensions: Endoprosthesis, such as a stent, includes at least one annular element defined by a first set of strut members interconnected to define apices proximate opposite sides of the annular element. The annular element further includes a foot extension extending between at least one pair of circumferentially-adjacent strut members. The foot... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.

20100049303 - Medical device for treating a heart valve insufficiency: A medical device for treating a heart valve insufficiency, with an endoprosthesis which can be introduced into a patient's body and expanded to secure a heart valve prosthesis in the patient's aorta. In an embodiment, the endoprosthesis has at plurality of positioning arches configured to be positioned with respect to... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20100049291 - Stent with improved resistance to migration: A modular mating stent is adapted to resist migration within a receiving stent. The modular mating stent has a substantially self-expandable first section of predetermined compressibility that is adapted to permit the first section to conform to the shape of a body lumen surrounding the first section. The modular mating... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC

20100049305 - Convertible delivery systems for medical devices: A delivery system for a medical device or other devices to be deployed within a biological body including a sheath having a longitudinal joint. The joint can be either resealable or non-resealable. The joint remains intact during delivery of the medical device, thereby facilitating accurate delivery of the medical device.... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)

20100049306 - Infundibular reducer devices: Described is a prosthetic valve assembly comprising: a radially self-expandable stent configured to expand to bear against a wall of a native body lumen; and an implantable prosthetic valve, having a diameter, the valve being mounted inside the stent; wherein the diameter of the stent is greater than the diameter... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20100049307 - Stent graft having extended landing area and method for using the same: A medical device for treating a target site within a lumen having an arcuate portion is provided. The medical device includes a first tubular portion comprising a proximal and distal end, and a second tubular portion comprising a proximal and distal end. A linking portion couples the first and second... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20100049309 - Coated medical device: A coated medical device (10) including a structure (12) adapted for introduction into a passage or vessel of a patient. The structure is formed of preferably a non-porous base material (14) having a bioactive material layer (18) disposed thereon. The medical device is preferably an implantable stent or balloon (26)... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20100049308 - Vessel stent with multi drug-coatings: A stent with multi drug-coatings includes a stent body and active drugs. A portion of the surface or the entire surface of the stent body is covered with at least one layer of active drug coating. Use of such a stent not only can accelerate endothelialization of coronary, but also... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20100049310 - Method for coating a stent: Method for applying a coating layer to a tubular intraluminal implant, in particular to a vascular support (stent), where the surface of the implant is perforated by a plurality of apertures, and where the coating layer is produced by deposition of material onto the surface of the implant. The implant... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20100049311 - Methods, devices, and kits for treating mitral valve prolapse: Described here are methods, devices, and kits for treating a prolapsed valve leaflet. The devices generally comprise a flexible cord, a first anchor attached to the cord at its distal end, and a second anchor slidably attached to the cord. The first anchor may be configured to secure the cord... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20100049312 - Aortic valve replacement: A device for replacement of a bioprosthetic valve having an annulus (104) and one or more leaflets (105), the device having an outer housing (106) and an inner shaft (108) with a distal end (110). The outer housing (106) is slideable relative to the inner shaft (108) such that a... Agent: Wiggin And Dana LLP Attention: Patent Docketing

20100049313 - Prosthetic heart valve and delivery apparatus: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a prosthetic heart valve and a heart valve delivery apparatus for delivery of the prosthetic heart valve to a native valve site via the human vasculature. The delivery apparatus is particularly suited for advancing a prosthetic valve through the aorta (i. e., in a... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20100049315 - Annuloplasty with enhanced anchoring to the annulus based on tissue healing: Methods, delivery systems and engaging apparatuses for the placement and treatment of an insufficient or stenotic cardiac valve, such as the mitral valve are disclosed. One such method is based on a two step procedure, where during the first step the engaging apparatus is brought to the valve annulus using... Agent: Proskauer Rose LLP

20100049314 - Transcatheter coronary sinus mitral valve annuloplasty procedure and coronary artery and myocardial protection device: A protective device or bridge (20) comprising a central arch (24) is suitable to be placed between an annuplasty device placed in the coronary sinus and an underlying coronary artery to inhibit transmission of compressive force on the coronary artery by the annuplasty device.... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

20100049316 - Self-sealing shell for inflatable prostheses: A self-sealing shell useful as a component of a soft fluid-filled prosthetic implant is provided. The shell is at least partly constructed of a wall made of a colloid of an elastomeric polymer matrix and particles of a water-swellable material distributed therein.... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20100049317 - Self-sealing shell for inflatable prostheses: A self-sealing shell useful as a component of a soft fluid-filled prosthetic implant is provided. The shell is at least partly constructed of a wall made of a colloid of an elastomeric polymer matrix and particles of a water-soluble material distributed therein.... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20100049318 - Implantable housing with stabilizer: Components of an implant system are described. An implant housing contains system components for performing system operating functions. An implant stabilizer extends out from the implant housing and implant data lead for interacting with an underlying curved bone surface to immobilize the implant housing in a fixed position.... Agent: Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

20100049319 - Single-tunnel double bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: The present invention provides a method of performing anterior cruciate ligament replacement. Specifically, a graft tissue is harvested from a patient and single tunnels are prepared in each of the tibia and the femur of the patient. The graft is secured in the femoral tunnel and separated into an anterior... Agent: Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP

20100049320 - Apparatus and methods for tendon or ligament repair: Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor assemblies connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor assemblies or structures may take... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20100049321 - Fibrous implants for cartilage repair or replacement: An orthopedic device for repairing a cartilage defect and a method for utilizing the same. The orthopedic device includes an implant capable of attachment to bone, and a bearing portion extending from an exterior substrate of the implant. The implant may also include an anchor. The bearing portion includes a... Agent: Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

20100049322 - Osteochondral repair implants and methods: An osteochondral repair implant is provided, comprising a tissue scaffold configured to allow growth of at least bone and/or cartilage and to fit within at least a portion of an osteochondral hole, the tissue scaffold comprising one or more recesses and/or projections; and a biodegradable carrier containing a growth factor,... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20100049323 - Artificial intervertebral joint permitting translational and rotational motion: An intervertebral joint prosthesis having a ball component (22) for engagement with a first vertebra (26) and a trough component (24) for engagement with a second vertebra (27) adjacent to the first vertebra is disclosed. The trough component (24) includes a generally concave surface (50) having a substantially flat portion... Agent: Dilworth & Barrese, LLP

20100049324 - Expandable interbody fusion cage with rotational insert: An expandable intervertebral fusion cage that includes an inferior baseplate and a superior baseplate, an insert rotatbly received between the inferior and superior baseplates, and a guide pin coupled to the inferior and superior baseplates for facilitating the rotation of the insert. The insert includes a pair of protuberances, each... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20100049325 - Height-adjustable intervertebrae implant: An intervertebral implant for insertion between two vertebrae is disclosed. A first part has a first contact surface extending between its two ends a first guide surface extending out from the first contact surface. A second part has a second contact surface extending between its ends, and a second guide... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20100049326 - Joint revision implant: An osteoconductive backing implant for joint revisions is provided that may enhance bone healing and, for cementless implants, bony integration of the implant. The backing implant comprises a generally planar surface that may be formed into a generally hemispherical shape. In one embodiment, the backing implant comprises a disc having... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20100049327 - Method and apparatus for removing a bearing: A system for replacing a portion of a shoulder joint can include a tray having an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer surface can be adapted to engage a humeral stem. A bearing can include an outer bearing surface and an inner articulating surface. The outer bearing surface... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20100049329 - Coxo-femoral surface prosthesis for veterinary use: A coxo-femoral surface prosthesis for veterinary use is described. The prosthesis comprises a femoral cap and an acetabular cup which are complementary in volume, an intermediate lining and a screw fixing femoral stem. The femoral stem comprises a head portion, a shank portion and a threaded portion. (FIG. 1)... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20100049330 - Three-dimensional artificial callus distraction: The present invention relates to devices for the regeneration of bone by three-dimensional callus distraction. The invention further relates to the use of such devices and to methods for three-dimensional callus distraction.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20100049331 - Ceramic-ceramic articulation surface implants: A prosthesis for articulation (e.g., hip or joint prosthesis) is provided, which includes a pair of articulation components respectively defining a pair of articulation surfaces movably engageable with each other. In some embodiments, each of the articulation surfaces is formed from a biocompatible ceramic (e.g., doped silicon nitride ceramic) having... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20100049328 - Gastroenterological medical device, in particular stent for the gall or pancreatic duct: A gastroenterological medical device, particularly a stent for the gall or pancreatic duct, has a substantially tubular, intrinsically stable carrier that is provided with a spacer layer that is attached to the carrier surface, and a layer of an electronegative glycosaminoglycan that is attached to the spacer layer.... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20100049333 - Assist device: In the assist device, the output of an actuator adjusted so that it becomes lower as a state of charge of a battery exceeds a first threshold value, and also so that it becomes lower as the state of charge of the battery becomes lower. The output of the actuator... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20100049332 - Leg prosthesis: Leg prosthesis including a cylinder with a piston and a piston rod, the piston rod being led out of one end of the cylinder and attached to an outer tube of the prosthesis, with the lower part of the cylinder being attached to an inner tube of the prosthesis. The... Agent: Dennison, Schultz & Macdonald

20100049334 - Prosthetic limbs with means capable of reducing torque in the initial period of bend of knee joint: A technology for making the sensation at use of prosthetic limbs utilizing a hydraulic cylinder and a spring cylinder as comfortable as at use of those utilizing a pneumatic cylinder and further for improving walk following properties. In particular, the arrangement of drag generating means, such as a hydraulic cylinder... Agent: Frommer Lawrence & Haug

02/18/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100042197 - Preparation of hollow cellulose vessels: The present invention relates to an improved method for the preparation of hollow cellulose vessels produced by a microorganism, and hollow cellulose vessels prepared by this method. The method is characterized by the culturing of the cellulose-producing microorganisms being performed on the outer surface of a hollow carrier, and providing... Agent: Black Lowe & Graham, PLLC

20100042199 - Dilation balloon catheter and methods of use thereof: The present invention relates to medical devices for dilating or enlarging strictures or narrowed regions of body vessels. Specifically, the present invention relates to a high pressure dilation balloon catheter that includes an elongate shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being adapted for... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20100042200 - Method and apparatus for stenting: A method and an apparatus to create a more favorable flow regime in a lumen. An artificial shape in the lumen is created to at least one of eliminate flow disturbances and enhance aspects of fluid flow through a treatment site.... Agent: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

20100042198 - Single piece double wall dilation balloon catheter: The present invention relates to medical devices for dilating or enlarging strictures or narrowed regions of body vessels. Specifically, the present invention relates to a high pressure dilation balloon catheter that includes an elongate shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being adapted for... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20100042201 - Total aortic arch reconstruction graft: c) a collar having a diameter slightly larger than the diameter of said first segment, the collar located at a juncture where the first end of the second segment is joined to the second end of the first segment, with the collar having means for attachment to the open end... Agent: James C. Lydon

20100042202 - Composite stent having multi-axial flexibility: Composite stent structures having multi-axial flexibility are described where the composite stent may have one or more layers of bioabsorbable polymers fabricated with the desired characteristics for implantation within a vessel. A number of individual ring structures separated from one another may be encased between a base polymeric layer and... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20100042203 - Self-expanding stent: The stent of this invention is a self-expanding stent created by a scaffolding lattice. The stent may be made from a nickel-titanium alloy. The lattice is formed from two different types of helices that proceed circumferentially in opposite directions along the longitudinal axis of the stent. The helices have no... Agent: Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP Attn. Michael A. Davitz

20100042204 - Stent coating for eluting medication: A vascular stent comprising a drug-eluting outer layer of a porous sputtered columnar metal having each column capped with a biocompatible carbon-containing material is described. This is done by placing the stent over a close-fitting mandrel and rotating the assembly in a sputter flux. The result is a coating that... Agent: Greatbatch Ltd.

20100042205 - Medical devices having electrodeposited conductive polymer coatings: According to one aspect, the present invention provides implantable or insertable medical devices that comprise a substrate and a coating over the substrate that comprises at least one type of conductive polymer and at least one type of additional polymer.... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20100042206 - Bioabsorbable coatings for medical devices: A medical device that is designed to be introduced into a vascular system of a body.... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20100042207 - Resorption-controllable medical implants: Bioresorbable medical implants are designed to have different resorption rates over time or over the topography of the implants. The resorption of the medical implants are controlled by including layers having differing resorption rates. The layers resorb sequentially over time through sequential exposure to body fluids. A resorption-controllable medical implant... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20100042208 - Percutaneous heart valve: A percutaneously inserted bistable heart valve prosthesis is folded inside a catheter for transseptal delivery to the patient's heart for implantation. The heart valve has an annular ring, a body member having a plurality of legs, each leg connecting at one end to the annular ring, claws that are adjustable... Agent: Mccarter & English, LLP Stamford

20100042209 - Implantable ocular microapparatus to ameliorate glaucoma or an ocular overpressure causing disease: A microapparatus (11) implantable in the eye (13) comprises a cuasi-bistable microvalve (21) commanded by an intraocular pressure sensor (23) in situ. The microvalve mechanism includes a diaphragm (27) made of a conjugated polymer (29) that shows high deformation and biocompatibility capabilities and which volume depends from the electric potential... Agent: Young & Thompson

20100042210 - Intraoperative estimation of intraocular lens power: Apparatus for performing intraocular implant surgery, including surgical apparatus for performing intraocular implant surgery, an autorefraction device associated with the surgical apparatus, wherein the autorefraction device is configured to perform autorefraction on the aphakic eye to provide one or more aphakic refraction measurements, and a processor connected to the autorefraction... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20100042211 - Soft filled prosthesis shell with discrete fixation surfaces: A soft prosthetic implant shell, such as a silicone breast implant shell, that has discrete fixation surfaces thereon for tissue adhesion. The fixation surfaces may be provided on the posterior face of the shell, as well as either on the periphery or at discrete areas on the anterior face. Band-shaped... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20100042212 - Soft filled prosthesis shell with discrete fixation surfaces: A soft prosthetic implant shell, such as a silicone breast implant shell, that has discrete fixation surfaces thereon for tissue adhesion. The fixation surfaces may be provided on the posterior face of the shell, as well as either on the periphery or at discrete areas on the anterior face. Band-shaped... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20100042213 - Drug delivery implants: An orthopaedic implant system includes an orthopaedic implant implantable at a selected location within a corporeal body and configured for delivering at least one therapeutic agent to the corporeal body. The implant includes a reservoir and a plurality of channels. The reservoir is configured for receiving the at least one... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.

20100042214 - Drug delivery implants: An orthopaedic implant system includes an orthopaedic implant implantable at a selected location within a corporeal body and configured for delivering at least one therapeutic agent to the corporeal body, the implant defining a reservoir and a plurality of channels, the reservoir configured for receiving the at least one therapeutic... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.

20100042215 - Orthopaedic implant: An orthopaedic implant system includes an orthopaedic implant implantable at a selected location within a corporeal body. The implant includes a first structural material and a second structural material. The first structural material is non-resorbable relative to the corporeal body and is different relative to the second structural material. The... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.

20100042216 - Implant for deploying bone graft material and methods thereof: Invertebral implants are provided for carrying bone graft material and extruding the bone graft material between the implant and the adjacent vertebral bodies. The implants include first and second implant extrusion members shiftable relative to one another between a pre-implantation configuration having an enlarged cavity for receiving bone graft material... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery

20100042217 - Spine distraction implant and method: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20100042218 - Orthopaedic implant with porous structural member: An orthopaedic implant includes a first member comprised of a substantially non-porous material, and a second member coupled with the first member. The second member has a first side and an opposing second side, with each of the first side and the second side being external load bearing surfaces. The... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.

20100042220 - Bone fixation surfaces for intervertebral implants: An intervertebral implant has an implant structure providing a fixation surface for fixation to the endplate of a vertebral body. The fixation surface includes two bone contact regions at different heights in an axial direction. A transition between the two contact regions has a stepped form including at least two... Agent: Dr. Mark M. Friedman C/o Bill Polkinghorn - Discovery Dispatch

20100042219 - Expandable cage for intervertebral body fusion: An expandable cage for enhancing fusion of adjacent vertebral bodies includes a housing having a top and a bottom surface. A flexible mesh couples the top and bottom surfaces to allow movement of the top and bottom plate members relative to one another. An aperture formed on the expandable cage... Agent: Storm LLP

20100042221 - Reinforced molded implant formed of cortical bone: This invention relates to arthodesis for stabilizing the spine. More specifically, the present invention is directed to an intervertebral spacer formed of a bone material and to methods of treating patients having spinal deformities. The invention provides a spinal implant assembly comprising bone-derived components. The bone-derived components can be formed... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20100042222 - Maxillary sinus bone graft method using the sinus lift drill (sld) and hydraulic effect: The invention relates to a dental implant method using a tissue punch, sinus lift drill (SLD) and hydraulic effect which places a bone graft and embed a dental implant at a maxillary sinus area where there is not sufficient bone to embed a dental implant. The method includes: removing mucoperiosteum... Agent: Park Law Firm

20100042223 - Method of surface finishing a bone implant: A method of surface finishing a bone implant comprises the steps of roughening a surface of the implant by blasting with abrasive particles and then pickling the surface-roughened implant in a pickling solution in order to loosen any partially embedded abrasive blasting particles that may be contaminating the surface of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20100042224 - High performance knee prostheses: Knee prostheses featuring components that more faithfully replicate the structure and function of the human knee joint in order to provide, among other benefits: greater flexion of the knee in a more natural way by promoting or at least accommodating internal tibial rotation in a controlled way, replication of the... Agent: Diana Houston Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20100042225 - Knee prosthesis: A femoral component for a knee prosthesis comprises a reduced wear polyethylene (RWPE). Preferably all of the femoral component is the RWPE and/or at least one condylar surface of the femoral component is the RWPE. The use of RWPE instead of conventional metal components reduces or eliminates complications associated with... Agent: Joel D. Citron

20100042226 - Orthopaedic implant with spatially varying porosity: An orthopaedic implant includes a body member having a first region with a first porosity and a second region with a second porosity. At least one physical characteristic of the first porosity is different than at least one physical characteristic of the second porosity.... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.

20100042227 - Prosthesis comprising a shank for accommodating an amputation stump: The invention relates to a prosthesis comprising at least one artificial limb (6) of an extremity and a shank (2), connected to the artificial limb (6), comprising a proximal opening for accommodating an amputation stump. The aim of the invention is to reduce the weight of a prosthesis of the... Agent: Whitham, Curtis & Christofferson & Cook, P.C.

20100042228 - Prosthetic foot: A stable shock absorbing prosthetic foot that transfers energy between heel strike and toe-off. A toe plate is separated from one or more other plates by a bumper assembly located at each of the toe end and heel end of the foot. Certain embodiments of the shock absorbing foot of... Agent: Standley Law Group LLP

20100042229 - Activity specific finger prosthesis: Activity specific finger prostheses includes rubber thimble-like sockets that are sized and shaped to be positioned over an amputated finger residuum. Each socket has an activity specific tool attached to the distal end thereof. A display stand is included for storing the sockets and their respective tool during periods of... Agent: Ruth Eure

02/11/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100036472 - Delivery system with variable delivery rate for deploying a medical device: A delivery system utilizes a handle assembly including an actuating mechanism capable of initially providing sufficient mechanical advantage to overcome static friction when initiating deployment of the medical device. The actuating mechanism includes components which help to increase the speed of deployment as the physician continues to manipulate the actuating... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)

20100036473 - Heatable delivery device: A deployment device is provided for delivery and placement of a polymeric implant and/or stent with a polymeric coating in a body passageway. The deployment device can be used to provide temperature controlled inflation fluid and/or temperature adjusted inflation fluid to locally heat the polymeric implant and or stent with... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20100036474 - Method and assembly for distal embolic protection: Methods and assemblies are described for capturing embolic material in a blood vessel or other body cavity during cardiovascular or valve replacement and repair surgery, wherein access is provided through the apical area of the patient's heart. The distal embolic protection assembly generally comprises a sleeve having a lumen, an... Agent: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

20100036471 - Method of diagnosing and treating lower urinary tract symptoms: A method of diagnosing and treating a patient having lower urinary tract symptoms caused by insufficient blood flow to the urinary bladder, the urethra, a nerve innervating the urinary bladder, or a nerve innervating the urethra due to atherosclerosis of a pelvic artery is disclosed. A method of diagnosing the... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20100036476 - Controlled and localized release of retinoids to improve neointimal hyperplasia: Controlled release vascular implants, such as vascular grafts, stents, wraps, and gels comprising a biocompatible polymer and all trans retinoic acid (ATRA), or its derivatives, can be used to treat, prevent, or inhibit thrombosis and/or neointimal hyperplasia which may otherwise be induced by prosthetic implantation. In particular, the implants herein... Agent: Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

20100036475 - Methods and apparatus for extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass graft: The present invention is directed to extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass grafts and methods and instruments for inserting the same. In an embodiment, the invention includes a method for inserting a femoropopliteal bypass graft including forming a first aperture in a first wall of a first artery, forming a second aperture in... Agent: Pauly, Devries Smith & Deffner, L.L.C.

20100036478 - Method of improving fracture toughness of implantable medical devices through annealing: Methods of fabricating a polymeric implantable device with improved fracture toughness through annealing are disclosed herein. A polymeric construct is annealed with no or substantially no crystal growth to increase nucleation density. After the annealing, crystallites are grown around the formed nuclei. An implantable medical device, such as a stent,... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20100036477 - Stent edge protection and methods: A catheter assembly and related methods directed to stent edge protection for an edge of a stent. One example stent edge protect member is positioned with a distal end portion of the stent edge protect member arranged proximal of and adjacent to a proximal end of the stent. The stent... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20100036479 - Stented heart valve devices: A stent frame including an annular portion having first and second ends, a central longitudinal axis, and a wire portion with at least two extending posts and a generally sinusoidal series of peaks and valleys between each of the at least two extending posts; an atrial portion extending from the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20100036481 - Cardiovascular devices and methods: A material in a flowable state is applied to the interstitial pores of a radially-expandable endovascular tubular braid structure to modify the tubular braid structure for use in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The material is cured to form a membrane at least within the coated interstitial pores. A cardiovascular... Agent: Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP

20100036482 - Drug delivery system and method of manufacturing thereof: A medical device for surgical implantation adapted to serve as a drug delivery system has one or more drug loaded holes with barrier layers to control release or elution of the drug from the holes or to control inward diffusion of fluids into the holes. The barrier layers are non-polymers... Agent: Burns & Levinson, LLP

20100036480 - Endovascular magnetic method for targeted drug delivery: The method for endovascular magnetic targeting drug delivery in a vascular wall and adjoining tissues, wherein an endovascular mesh stent with paramagnetic properties is preliminary implanted in the area of interest by a catheter, a polymeric magneto-responsive carrying agent in the form of particles, containing a drug, is injected, and... Agent: Bardmesser Law Group, P.C.

20100036483 - Method and apparatus for improving mitral valve function: A method and apparatus for reducing mitral regurgitation. The apparatus is inserted into the coronary sinus of a patient in the vicinity of the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve, the apparatus being adapted to straighten the natural curvature of at least a portion of the coronary sinus in the... Agent: Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20100036484 - Low profile transcatheter heart valve: An implantable prosthetic valve, according to one embodiment, comprises a frame, a leaflet structure, and a skirt member. The frame can have a plurality of axial struts interconnected by a plurality of circumferential struts. The leaflet structure comprises a plurality of leaflets (e.g., three leaflets arrange to form a tricuspid... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20100036485 - Assembly for placing a prosthetic valve in a duct in the body: The present invention is an assembly comprising a prosthetic valve to be implanted; a radially expandable stent comprising at least one zone intended to be expanded to allow the stent, in the expanded state, to bear against the wall of the body duct to be fitted with the valve, this... Agent: Medtronic Cardiovascular

20100036486 - Apparatus and method for monitoring and controlling extracorporeal blood flow relative to patient fluid status: A system and method for controlling extracorporeal blood flow in a patient. The system includes a blood pump having a rotor, a plurality of rollers carried by the rotor and a pump chamber extended in tension about the rollers. A sensor measures an operating parameter of the blood pump and... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/ann Arbor

20100036487 - Blood pump with an ultrasound transducer: A blood pump including a ultrasonic sensor mounted in or on a blood contacting surface of said blood pump. The ultrasonic sensor measures blood velocity and reports information to a blood pump controller and wherein the ultrasonic sensor is directed to measure blood velocity in an inflow cannula connected to... Agent: Mccarter & English, LLP Stamford

20100036488 - Therapeutic device for pain management and vision: A therapeutic lens for the treatment of an epithelial defect comprises a layer of therapeutic material disposed over the stroma and/or Bowman's membrane to inhibit water flow from the tear liquid to the stroma and/or Bowman's membrane, such that corneal deturgescence can be restored to decrease corneal swelling and light... Agent: Forsight Vision 3, Inc,. & Townsend And Townsend And Crew LLP (joint Customer Number)

20100036489 - Lens design and method for preventing or slowing the progression of myopia: A lens is provided that is capable of preventing or slowing the progression of myopia when worn by a person. The lens has a power profile that reduces on-axis and off-axis hyperopic defocus created by the optics of the eye by creating on-axis and off-axis myopic defocus. The on-axis and... Agent: Ciba Vision Corporation Patent Department

20100036490 - Foldable intraocular lens and method of making: A foldable intraocular lens for providing vision contains an optic body that includes an optical zone and a peripheral zone entirely surrounding the optical zone. The optic body has an anterior face, a substantially opposing posterior face, an optic edge, and an optical axis. The anterior face comprises a central... Agent: Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.

20100036491 - Polyethylene cross-linked with an anthocyanin: A method for manufacturing of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for implants, where the implants have been machined out of UHMWPE blocks or extruded rods, has anthocyanin dispersely imbedded in the polyethylene. The implant is then exposed to γ ray or electron beam irradiation in an amount of at least... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20100036493 - Magnetic cushioning devices: A cushioning device that when implanted provides mobility and wear resisting cushioning to joints within a human body, provides a first component at least in part comprising at least one magnet, a second component at least in part comprising at least one magnet, the magnetic poles of said magnet of... Agent: Burns & Levinson, LLP

20100036492 - Osteochondral implants, arthroplasty methods, devices, and systems: Implants for resurfacing or repairing one or more articular cartilage bearing surfaces of a biological organism include an engineered tissue and a biocompatible porous substrate secured to the engineered tissue for attaching the implant to a native bone of the biological organism. The engineered tissue includes a scaffold containing a... Agent: Senniger Powers LLP

20100036495 - Device and method for treating spine: A device for treating a spine includes a proximal component positioned partially or entirely within a first vertebra and a distal component positioned partially or entirely within a second vertebra and may also include an intermediate component. A method for treating a spine includes forming a curved channel that extends... Agent: Joyce E. Lauer

20100036494 - Intervertebral spacer device having an engagement hole for a tool with an extendable post: Instrumentation for implanting an artificial intervertebral disc includes static trials and a dynamic trial for determining the appropriate size of disc to be implanted, static trial holders for manipulating the static trials, inserter/impactors for inserting and removing the static trials and for inserting the artificial intervertebral discs, repositioners/extractors for repositioning... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20100036496 - V-shaped staple for spinal prosthesis: An intervertebral implant system for positioning between an upper vertebra and a lower vertebra is provided. The implant system comprises an intervertebral implant and a staple. The implant comprises an inferior plate and a superior plate, while the superior plate has a vertebral surface facing the upper vertebra and the... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20100036498 - Fusion cage with reverse thread profile (rtp): dovetail screw threads extending along the elongated body such that when the elongated body is disposed in the two skeletal structures, the dovetail screw threads inhibit movement of the skeletal structures relative to one another, even when the skeletal structures are subject to forces other than perpendicular compressive forces.... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20100036497 - Total disc replacement device: An intervertebral implant for implantation between an upper vertebra and a lower vertebra having a central axis. The implant may have a first member with a top surface for contacting at least a portion of the upper vertebra and a bottom surface as well as a second member with a... Agent: Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP

20100036499 - Knee prosthesis: A knee prosthesis comprising a femoral component and a tibial component. The femoral component comprises a medial femoral condyle having a medial femoral condylar surface and a lateral femoral condyle having a lateral femoral condylar surface. The tibial component comprises a medial tibial condyle having a medial tibial condylar surface... Agent: Patent Docket Department Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20100036500 - Orthopaedic knee prosthesis 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

20100036501 - Metal implants: A metal implant for use in a surgical procedure is provided with a surface layer that is integral with the metal substrate, and which incorporates a biocidal material. The surface layer may be grown from the metal substrate, by anodising, and the biocidal material incorporated in it by ion exchange.... Agent: Tod T. Tumey

20100036502 - Medical device for bone implant and method for producing such device: A bone implantable medical device made from a biocompatible material, preferably comprising titania or zirconia, has at least a portion of its surface modified to facilitate improved integration with bone. The implantable device may incorporate a surface infused with osteoinductive agent and/or may incorporate holes loaded with a therapeutic agent.... Agent: Burns & Levinson, LLP

20100036503 - Composition for a tissue repair implant and methods of making the same: The invention is directed to a process for making a tissue repair implant having a porous sponge-like structure to repair bone, cartilage, or soft tissue defects by producing a connective tissue homogenate from one or more connective tissues; mixing the connective tissue homogenate with a carrier solution to produce a... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

20100036504 - Valve: An esophageal valve has a restriction to allow antegrade passage of swallowed food and controlled retrograde passage of fluid. The restriction comprises an iris having a number of folds.... Agent: Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

20100036505 - Prosthetic device: A prosthetic device (10, 20, 31) having a shell arrangement for receiving an amputation stump and a frame mechanism (13) for connecting the shell arrangement to a prosthesis (16) is described, whereby the shell arrangement has at least two shell parts (11, 12; 21, 22; 32) that are arranged, opposite... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

20100036506 - Position deviation adjustment apparatus for prosthesis: A position deviation adjustment apparatus for a prosthesis is provided. The position deviation adjustment apparatus includes a connecting member, a plate lid, an adjustment base, and a receptacle base. The connecting member is concentrically assembled with the plate lid. Then the assembled connecting member and plate lid together are assembled... Agent: Lin & Associates Intellectual Property, Inc.

20100036507 - Prostheses with mechanically operable digit members: A prosthesis (1) for providing at least one mechanically operable digit member. The prosthesis (1) has at least one digit member (3) extending generally tangentially with respect to a fixed worm gear wheel means (5) on a support member of the prosthesis and mounted for rotation about the worm gear... Agent: Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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20100030313 - Medical articles comprising biodegradable block copolymers: The present invention is directed to medial articles having bioerodible polymeric regions that contain biodegradable block copolymers. The biodegradable block copolymers include at least one first biodegradable polymer block and least one second biodegradable polymer block that differs from the first biodegradable polymer block. The bioerodible polymeric regions comprise a... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20100030315 - Bifurcation catheter assembly and methods: A catheter assembly includes a main catheter branch and a side catheter branch. The main catheter branch includes a main balloon, a side balloon and a side inflation member. The side inflation member intersects the side balloon at a location on the side balloon that is offset laterally from a... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20100030317 - Bifurcation catheter assembly side catheter branch construction and methods: A catheter assembly includes a main catheter branch and a side catheter branch. The main catheter branch includes a main balloon and a side balloon. The side catheter branch includes a transparent portion along at least a portion of a length of the side catheter branch. The transparent portion of... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20100030316 - Bifurcation catheter dual balloon bond and methods: A catheter assembly includes a main catheter branch having a catheter shaft and a distal end portion. A main balloon and a side balloon are positioned at the distal end portion of the catheter shaft. The main balloon includes a distal waste portion at a distal end thereof and a... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20100030319 - Coils for vascular implants or other uses: Medical devices comprising implants for use in blood vessels or other body lumens. The implant comprises an elongate member that, in its native configuration, follows a generally helical path. The elongate member is formed of one or more strands that are wound into a coil of minor windings, wherein the... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20100030318 - Dual capture device for stent graft delivery system and method for capturing a stent graft: A delivery system for delivering and deploying stents with proximal and distal apices includes first and second hollow lumens and a hollow apex release lumen, the first lumen having a distal end and an interior extending along a longitudinal axis, the second lumen having a distal end and being slidably... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

20100030320 - Thin film medical device and delivery system: The present invention relates to a delivery system for an intraluminal thin film medical device particularly well suited for occlusion of an aneurysm, vessel side branch or dissection of a body lumen or duct, such as an artery or vein. The delivery system has an outer sheath attached along the... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20100030321 - Medical device including corrugated braid and associated method: Embodiments of the present invention provide medical devices for treating a target site within the body and associated methods for fabricating and delivering medical devices. According to one embodiment, a medical device includes a tubular structure having proximal and distal ends and a side wall extending therebetween. At least a... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20100030322 - Bridge graft: An arterio-venous graft includes an implantable tubular member and a flow regulator. The implantable tubular member has a first end and a second end generally opposite the first end. The flow regulator is between the first end and the second end. The flow regulator is configured to regulate fluid flow... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20100030314 - Implantable support device with graft: Implantable medical devices comprising a support frame and a graft member attached to the support frame. The support frame can define one or more structural features that substantially prevent migration of the graft member along the support frame.... Agent: Buchanan Intellectual Property Office LLC

20100030323 - Tubular colored vessel prosthesis and use thereof in surgery: A tubular vessel prosthesis includes an inner surface and an outer surface and a wall, where the vessel prosthesis has a coloration on the inner and/or outer surface which brings about a contrast between the inner surface and outer surface.... Agent: Ip Group Of Dla Piper LLP (us)

20100030324 - Method for treating a body lumen: A method for treating a body conduit/lumen having an undesired reduced diameter includes determining a target diameter of the conduit/lumen in a target location of the conduit/lumen, and delivering a self-expanding metal stent in a contracted configuration to the target location. In a fully expanded configuration, the stent has a... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20100030325 - Blood anticoagulant material, coating material and indwelling device comprising the same, and treatment using blood anticoagulant material: m

20100030326 - Bioerodible endoprosthesis: An endoprosthesis includes a plurality of struts defining a flow passage. At least one strut includes (a) a body comprising a bioerodible material and having a thickness and (b) a coating overlying the body. The coating includes a plurality of regions that allow physiological fluids to contact a plurality of... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20100030328 - Apparatus for treating a heart valve, in particular a mitral valve: An apparatus for treating a heart valve apparatus includes at least two anchoring elements designed to be anchored at the annulus and/or heart wall of the valve to be treated. Each anchoring element has a support surface. At least one linking element includes a central branch and two curved side... Agent: Medtronic Cardiovascular

20100030327 - Device for the implantation of a therapeutic or diagnostic apparatus in or on a mammalian internal organ: Device (1) for the implantation of an apparatus (40) on or in a mammalian internal organ, comprising: —a tube (10) for passing the apparatus through, one end (11) of which is intended to be applied to a site chosen for the implantation of the apparatus, and the other end of... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20100030329 - Annuloplasty prosthesis: An annuloplasty prosthesis includes a bowed core (10) having an inner edge (10) and an outer edge (12). A plurality of openings (16) are defined by, and spaced apart along, the core so that struts (18) are defined between adjacent openings (16). The openings and struts provide anchoring sites (20)... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20100030330 - Device and method for mitral valve repair: Devices and methods for reshaping a mitral valve annulus are provided. One device according to the invention is configured for deployment in the right atrium and is shaped to apply a force along the atrial septum. The device causes the atrial septum to deform and push the anterior leaflet of... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20100030332 - Accommodative lens implant, controlled by the ciliary muscle: The invention relates to an accommodative lens implant controlled by the ciliary muscle, consisting of at least one or more lenses made of preferably biocompatible material and disposed on a common optical axis, the at least one lens being a component of a flexible, closed implant body that is transparent... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20100030331 - Intraocular lens system: A two or three component lens system. The first component is a ring-like supporting component that is implanted in the capsular bag following cataract surgery. The first component is a non-optical component and does not correct for any refractive errors. The first component may contain features to help reduce or... Agent: Alcon

20100030333 - Hemi-interbody spinal fusion implants manufactured from a major long bone ring: An interbody spinal implant comprising cortical bone having a width less than one-half the width of the disc space into which it is adapted to be inserted. The implant has a leading end that is asymmetrical from side to side and/or includes a straight portion adapted to be used in... Agent: Martin & Ferraro, LLP

20100030334 - Spinal implant construct and method for implantation: A spinal construct and method for implantation is provided which utilizes a spinal implant adapted for insertion within an intervertebral space between an adjacent pair of vertebral bodies, and an elongate member adapted for anchoring to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The spinal implant defines a first transverse dimension and a... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20100030335 - Compliant implantable prosthetic joint with preloaded spring: An implantable prosthetic joint has a first component for attaching to a first bone and a second component for attaching to a second bone wherein the first and second components are connected in an articulating manner to provide the motion of a prosthetic joint. The joint includes at least one... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20100030338 - Prosthesis for nucleus or inter-vertebral disc replacement: The invention relates to a nucleus or inter-vertebral disc prosthesis that comprises at least two plates capable of movement relative to each other through at least one articulation interface defined by a female surface and a male surface each having an essentially spherical shape and essentially equal diameters. The two... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20100030336 - Spinal disc prosthesis and instruments: Described is an articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis including a first member having a vertebra engaging portion and a bearing surface; a second member having a vertebra engaging portion and a bearing surface, which in use abuts the first member bearing surface to form a first bearing joint, —and motion restraint... Agent: Thompson Coburn LLP

20100030337 - Spine surgery technique and system: A system and method for use in spinal surgery to alleviate a bulging/herniated disc. The method comprises inserting a first cannula into a vertebra, and inserting a first anchor into the first cannula through the vertebra and into a disc, the first anchor generating a magnetic field pointing in a... Agent: Raymond R. Moser Jr., Esq. MoserIPLaw Group

20100030339 - Method and apparatus for adjusting height and angle for a radial head: A modular prosthesis system for replacement of a head portion of a radius. The prosthesis system includes a head component having a first connection portion that connects to a second connection portion and a collar component having the second connection portion and a third connection portion. The system also includes... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20100030340 - Plasticized grafts and methods of making and using same: The invention provides a plasticized tissue or organ that does not require special conditions of storage, for example refrigeration or freezing, exhibits materials properties that approximate those properties present in natural tissue, is not brittle, does not necessitate rehydration prior to clinical implantation and is not a potential source for... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

20100030341 - System liner and myoelectronic electrode unit system: The invention relates to a myoelectrical electrode unit for a prosthetic device, which includes a liner positioned between an amputation stump and the prosthetic device and a myoelectrical electrode unit for detecting and transmitting myoelectrical signals to control the prosthetic device.... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property

20100030342 - Energy returning prosthetic joint: An energy returning prosthetic joint arranged for use as a knee joint in prosthetic limbs includes a biasing or spring member connected to upper and lower attachment members. The spring member includes a composite material having an energy returning property. A cushion may be provided within the range of curvature... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20100030343 - Bi-modal ankle-foot device: A bi-modal ankle-foot device that provides a curved effective shape appropriate for walking and a flattened effective shape for standing. The bi-modal ankle-foot device includes a foot piece and a lockable ankle joint connected to the flat foot piece, the ankle joint and foot piece cooperating to provide a curved... Agent: Mr. Edward J. Timmer

20100030344 - Prosthetic foot with adjustable flat region: A prosthetic foot device has a foot piece having a forefoot region wherein the forefoot region has one or more adjusting elements for adjusting the length of a flat region of the foot piece for stability in standing.... Agent: Edward J. Timmer

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