Patents Assigned to Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
  • Publication number: 20190209208
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Patent number: 10231754
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Publication number: 20170258493
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Patent number: 9662139
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Publication number: 20160030081
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Patent number: 9155550
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Publication number: 20140180015
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White
  • Patent number: 8466659
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rendering a battery safe for disposal by completing a circuit between positive and negative terminals to rapidly deplete the battery of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 7678125
    Abstract: A surgical ligation clip for double ligating a vessel, duct or other fluid carrying structure and a method for double ligating such structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 7582095
    Abstract: The clip applier of the current invention solves the problems of prior art tools by incorporating a pre-clamp mechanism, the function of which is to pre-clamp the vessel to be ligated to a dimension such that the center leg of the spring of the ligation clip need be lifted only slightly. In this manner the spring clip can be slid over the smaller pre-clamped dimension. This insures that the clip spring material will remain within its elastic limit while allowing the tool to maintain a low profile for use in endoscopic surgery, even on large diameter vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., Robert L. Lathrop, III, Donald R. Reichel, Robert J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 6350269
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 5593414
    Abstract: A surgical ligation clip is preformed from a continuous piece of metal wire to assume a shape having a reduced cross-sectional area. A clamping arm of the clip is alternately moveable from a clamped to an unclamped position above a vessel support member. A tension coil joins the vessel support member to the clamping arm and provides the hemostatic clamping force from the clip to the targeted blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, George Crothall, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., Donald R. Reichel
  • Patent number: 5408268
    Abstract: A sequential video imaging system uses a video sensor having full frame whereby image data is moved from sensor image elements to a video amplifier. The object being viewed is sequentially illuminated with colored light sources to produce RGB or luminance and chrominance video signals. A digital signal processor includes data buffering and summing circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 5394187
    Abstract: A sequential video imaging system uses a video sensor having interline architecture whereby image data is moved from sensor elements to adjacent interlined storage elements. The object being viewed is sequentially illuminated with colored light sources to produce luminance and chrominance video signals. Binning of image data corresponding to low level color signals is carried out in the sensor. A digital signal processor includes data buffering and averaging circuits whereby the camera head and base unit can be operated asynchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp