US Patent No: 6,979,420

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Method of molding balloon catheters employing microwave energy

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An apparatus for molding balloon catheters is disclosed. The balloon may be molded by providing a polymeric tube within a mold having an interior cavity in the shape of the desired balloon. Microwave energy, which may be generated by a gyrotron, may then be directed toward the mold, to heat the polymeric material without heating the mold. Once heated, pressurized fluid may be injected into the tube to blow the polymeric material against the interior cavity whereupon the material can cool to form the balloon or can be further heatset by additional microwave energy and be cooled to form the balloon.

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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.MAPLE GROVE, MN4908

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Weber, Jan Maple Grove, MN 488 5935

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ABBOTT LABORATORIES VASCULAR ENTERPRISES LIMITED (1)
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Beta Raven Inc. (1)
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
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4,568,262 Apparatus for the manufacture of contact lenses using microwave energy 12 1984
 
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DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP. (1)
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MICRO DENSHI CO., LTD. (1)
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The Dow Chemical Company (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
7,264,458 Process and apparatus for forming medical device balloons 2 2004
7,465,164 Apparatus for forming medical device balloons 1 2007
7,708,928 Process for forming medical device balloons 0 2008
 
COVIDIEN LP (3)
8,590,534 Cuff for use with medical tubing and method and apparatus for making the same 0 2009
8,413,659 Self-sizing adjustable endotracheal tube 0 2010
8,807,136 Self-sizing adjustable endotracheal tube 0 2010
 
KRONES AG (1)
8,231,823 Heating device for plastic blanks 4 2007
 
RAYTHEON COMPANY (1)
8,450,951 System and method for gyrotron power regulation 0 2008
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,813,750 Self-sizing adjustable endotracheal tube 0 2010

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