New Jersey Patent of the Month – February 2024

Covellus, LLC, a trailblazer in the realm of medical device innovation, has been granted a patent for their design for a catheter adaptor. This revolutionary adapter is not just an accessory; it’s a game-changer in the field of medical procedures, offering a modular approach to catheter design that promises enhanced flexibility and customization.

The first peripheral vascular PTA balloon intervention was invented more than 40 years ago and ever since, unitary catheter assemblies have been used to advance interventional therapeutic techniques throughout the body. Covellus takes a new approach to catheters, working to expand functionality and purpose. With conventionally designed catheters, there is no means to configure the device for specific procedural situations. This means that a medical facility must stock dozens or hundreds of units to be a viable product. By creating a modular catheter, Covellus is working to unlock ideas to advance the state of care in many critical areas, ushering in a new era of agile Modular Catheter Systems.

At its core, the newly patented adapter boasts a sophisticated design, featuring an attachment mechanism meticulously engineered to couple seamlessly with a medical device catheter. The slender element extending from the distal portion of the adapter along the outer surface of the catheter is a stroke of genius, adding a dynamic dimension to the conventional catheter structure.

The adapter’s architecture incorporates an elongated element, enhancing its versatility. This element, intricately woven into the attachment mechanism, provides both stability and adaptability. The attachment mechanism itself is a marvel, with a two-part design ensuring a secure connection with the catheter, yet allowing for easy detachment when needed.

Covellus has taken the concept of adaptability a step further. The adapter is not confined within the catheter but extends beyond, showcasing a design that can engage the lumen of the catheter’s distal end. This feature opens up possibilities for modifying or augmenting the medical device’s configuration, offering a tailored approach to various medical procedures.

The modular medical device catheter system introduced by Covellus allows for dynamic coupling, expanding the capabilities of medical devices. The adapter’s slender element plays a key role, extending along the parent module’s outer surface, creating a cohesive and functional unit.

Covellus’s adapter is not just a standalone invention; it’s part of a continuum. The patent details reveal a meticulous continuation of ideas, building upon previous innovations and incorporating them into a comprehensive modular catheter system. This approach showcases Covellus’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the realm of medical technology.

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