Articles including expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membranes with serpentine fibrils having a discontinuous fluoropolymer layer thereon

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9987395
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15341467

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Articles comprising an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane having serpentine fibrils and having a discontinuous coating of a fluoropolymer thereon are provided. The fluoropolymer may be located at least partially in the pores of the expanded fluoropolymer membrane. In exemplary embodiments, the fluoropolymer is fluorinated ethylene propylene. The application of a tensile force at least partially straightens the serpentine fibrils, thereby elongating the article. The expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane may include a microstructure of substantially only fibrils. The articles can be elongated to a predetermined point at which further elongation is inhibited by a dramatic increase in stiffness. In one embodiment, the articles are used to form a covered stent device that requires little force to distend in the radial direction to a first diameter but is highly resistant to further distension to a second diameter (stop point). A large increase in diameter can advantageously be achieved prior to reaching the stop point.

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W L GORE & ASSOCIATES INCDELAWARE

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Kovach, Larry J Flagstaff, US 24 773
Radspinner, Rachel Flagstaff, US 17 63

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