US Patent No: 7,837,681

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Structures for supporting multiple electrode elements

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A catheter assembly comprises a first branch body having a first axis, a second branch body extending in a non-parallel relationship with respect to the first axis, and at least one electrode carried by the second branch body. In use, the first branch body can be located within a pulmonary vein within the left atrium, while the electrode carried by the second branch body is located in contact with endocardial tissue outside the pulmonary vein. Ablation energy can be transmitted from the electrode to contacted endocardial tissue while the first branch body is located within the pulmonary vein.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
EP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.SUNNYVALE, CA246

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fleischman, Sidney D Durham, NC 187 10814
Swanson, David K Campbell, CA 421 22463
Thompson, Russell B Los Altos, CA 132 7680
Whayne, James G Chapel Hill, NC 283 14146
Yang, Yi San Diego, CA 223 1748

Cited Art Landscape

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EP Technologies, Inc. (18)
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5,836,947 Flexible structures having movable splines for supporting electrode elements 315 1994
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6,071,279 Branched structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 316 1996
6,076,012 Structures for supporting porous electrode elements 124 1996
6,332,880 Loop structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 82 1996
6,013,052 Catheter and piston-type actuation device for use with same 66 1997
5,910,129 Catheter distal assembly with pull wires 176 1997
6,048,329 Catheter distal assembly with pull wires 186 1997
6,203,525 Catheterdistal assembly with pull wires 106 1997
6,071,274 Loop structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 126 1998
6,607,505 Catheter distal assembly with pull wires 41 2000
6,454,758 Loop structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 109 2000
6,402,746 Branched structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 105 2000
7,025,766 Structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 26 2002
7,029,471 Loop structures for supporting multiple electrode elements 28 2002
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (8)
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6,064,902 Pulmonary vein ablation catheter 227 1998
6,464,700 Loop structures for positioning a diagnostic or therapeutic element on the epicardium or other organ surface 165 2000
6,413,234 Assemblies for creating compound curves in distal catheter regions 39 2000
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (5)
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MEDTRONIC, INC. (4)
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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (2)
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THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (2)
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VENTURE LENDING & LEASING, INC. (2)
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BARD S.P.A. (1)
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CARDIAC PATHWAYS CORPORATION (1)
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COOK INCORPORATED (1)
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COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
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CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (1)
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E.P. Technologies Inc. (1)
5,820,591 Assemblies for creating compound curves in distal catheter regions 130 1996
 
HEARTPOINT, INC. (1)
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IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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LIGHTWAVE ABLATIOIN SYSTEMS (1)
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MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (1)
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MEDTRONIC CARDIORHYTHM (1)
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Symbiosis Corporation (1)
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The British Petroleum Company p.l.c. (1)
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UROLOGIX, INC. (1)
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5,702,438 Expandable recording and ablation catheter system 307 1995
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EP Technologies, Inc. (1)
8,114,073 Structures for supporting electrode elements 0 2010
 
MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L. (1)
8,347,891 Methods and apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen 9 2006

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