System for optimizing anchoring force

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7695493
APP PUB NO 20050277983A1
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10865736

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Systems for optimizing anchoring force are described herein. In securing tissue folds, over-compression of the tissue directly underlying the anchors is avoided by utilizing tissue anchors having expandable arms configured to minimize contact area between the anchor and tissue. When the anchor is in its expanded configuration, a load is applied to the anchor until it is optimally configured to accommodate a range of deflections while the anchor itself exerts a substantially constant force against the tissue. Various devices, e.g., stops, spring members, fuses, strain gauges, etc., can be used to indicate when the anchor has been deflected to a predetermined level within the optimal range. Moreover, other factors to affect the anchor characteristics include, e.g., varying the number of arms or struts of the anchor, positioning of the arms, configuration of the arms, the length of the collars, etc.

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USGI MEDICAL, INC.SAN CLEMENTE, CA80

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ewers, Richard C Fullerton, US 145 12030
Khairkhahan, Alexander Palo Alto, US 57 2797
Maahs, Tracy D Rancho Santa Margarita, US 99 10732
Michlitsch, Kenneth J Livermore, US 76 5419
Saadat, Vahid Atherton, US 264 19846

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Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Oct 13, 2017
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Oct 13, 2021
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00