Patents Assigned to Ethicon, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11454485
    Abstract: A system for measuring the diameter of a suture includes a test bench, a first suture clamping assembly slidably mounted to the test bench, and a second suture clamping assembly fixed to the test bench. The system includes a suture diameter gauge slidably mounted to the test bench and located between the first and second suture clamping assemblies for obtaining suture diameter measurements for a suture secured to the clamping assemblies. The system has a rotation assembly coupled with the first and second suture clamping assemblies for simultaneously rotating the first and second suture clamping assemblies on an axis between a first position and a second position that defines a right angle with the first position. The system includes a suture tensioning assembly for applying tension to a suture secured to the first and second suture clamping assemblies as the suture is rotated on its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Pfefferkorn, Elizabeth Vailhe, Kevin Hengst, Michael Logue
  • Patent number: 11452641
    Abstract: A surgical incision drape, comprises a flexible substantially flat areal substrate having an upper side and an opposing tissue-facing side, having a longitudinal axis and a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed on the tissue-facing side; at least one hollow microtubular compartment containing a flowable medical agent, said hollow microtubular compartment positioned to intersect the longitudinal axis and embedded into the substrate or positioned on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Quintero, Robert J. Tannhauser, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Publication number: 20220296422
    Abstract: A surgical incision drape, comprises a flexible substantially flat areal substrate having an upper side and an opposing tissue-facing side, having a longitudinal axis and a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed on the tissue-facing side; at least one hollow microtubular compartment containing a flowable medical agent, said hollow microtubular compartment positioned to intersect the longitudinal axis and embedded into the substrate or positioned on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Quintero, Robert J. Tannhauser, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Publication number: 20220296423
    Abstract: A surgical incision drape, comprises a flexible substantially flat areal substrate having an upper side and an opposing tissue-facing side, having a longitudinal axis and a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed on the tissue-facing side; at least one hollow microtubular compartment containing a flowable medical agent, said hollow microtubular compartment positioned to intersect the longitudinal axis and embedded into the substrate or positioned on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Quintero, Robert J. Tannhauser, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Patent number: 11446407
    Abstract: An article, such as a tissue bonding article, includes a flexible material, a polymerization initiator or rate modifier disposed in or on the flexible material, and a polymerizable adhesive composition permeated throughout at least a portion of the flexible material, where the polymerization initiator or rate modifier is a polymerization initiator or rate modifier for the polymerizable adhesive composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Y. Jonn, Julian Quintero, Glenn Hoskin
  • Patent number: 11426759
    Abstract: Novel apparatus and methods for coating surgical needles in batch processes are disclosed. The apparatus and methods are particularly useful for applying uniform silicone lubricious coatings to surgical needles in bulk quantities using a novel separation and spray coating system and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. Cannara, Frank Richard Cichocki, Jr., Duan Li Ou
  • Patent number: 11413039
    Abstract: An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners including a housing, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, surgical fasteners disposed in the elongated shaft, a firing system for dispensing the surgical fasteners from the distal end of the elongated shaft, and a trigger coupled with the housing for activating the firing system. The firing system includes a firing rod disposed in the elongated shaft and an energy storing element disposed in the housing for building up energy for dispensing the surgical fasteners from the distal end of the elongated shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Cohn, Michael Cardinale, Richard P. Fuchs, Matthew Rohr Daniel, Jeremy David Jarrett, Robert Nering, Anthony Miksza
  • Patent number: 11413192
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a flowable hemostatic paste comprising a crosslinked carboxymethyl cellulose and at least one non-toxic dispersant. More specifically the present invention relates to a hemostatic paste containing citric acid cross-linked CMC, which is suspended or dispersed as a powder in a mixture of a first non-toxic glycerol-containing hygroscopic dispersant and a second non-toxic alcohol functionalized dispersant comprising propylene glycol or 1,3-butanediol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Guangzhou Bioseal Co., Ltd., Johnson & Johnson China Ltd., Ethicon Inc.
    Inventors: Dengmin Feng, Ling Teng, Yanhui Zhang, Guojun Ni, Yufu Li, Xiang Wan
  • Patent number: 11413370
    Abstract: A tissue bonding article includes a flexible material, an adhesive substance applied over at least a portion of a bottom side of the flexible material, and a polymerizable adhesive composition permeated throughout at least a portion of the flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Y. Jonn, Julian Quintero, Glenn Hoskin
  • Patent number: 11413335
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to hemostatic compositions comprising at least partially integrated agglomerated ORC fibers, fibrinogen, and thrombin and methods of forming a powdered hemostatic composition, comprising the steps of: forming a suspension of a mixture comprising particles of fibrinogen, thrombin, ORC fibers in a non-aqueous low boiling solvent, agitating and shearing said suspension in a high shear mixing reactor, adding water to allow particles to agglomerate, allowing the non-aqueous solvent to evaporate, drying and sieving the composition; and thus forming the powdered hemostatic composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Guangzhou Bioseal Biotech Co. Ltd, Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuang Chen, Yufu Li, Aibin Yu, Jianping Yu
  • Patent number: 11400180
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to agents and devices for promoting hemostasis and tissue sealing and, more particularly, to hemostatic pads comprising bioabsorbable scaffolds that can deliver lyophilized hemostasis promoting proteins, such as fibrinogen and thrombin, to a wound site or injured organ or tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolph W. Hubbell, James Eckhardt, Jerome Riebman, Yufu Li, Michael Elser
  • Patent number: 11376131
    Abstract: An inflatable central distractor is inserted in to a disc space between two vertebral endplates. A perimeter balloon is inserted into the disc space in such a manner as to surround the central inflatable distractor. The perimeter balloon and the central inflatable distractor are simultaneously expanded such that as the central inflatable distractor expands the perimeter balloon surrounds the central inflatable distractor and such that the central inflatable distractor and the perimeter balloon, when expanded, contribute to forcing adjacent vertebral endplates apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: William Cohn, Terry Daglow, Megan Greenwood, Joseph Labdik, Roman Lomeli, Ravi Patel, Byron Smith, Fergus Wong
  • Patent number: 11358165
    Abstract: A spray device includes a first spray tip having a first fluid pathway defining a first flow area, and a second spray tip includes a second fluid pathway that defines a second flow area that is larger than the first flow area of the first spray tip. The first and second spray tips are side-by-side and spaced from one another at a distal end of the spray device. When a first fluid having a volumetric flow rate is introduced into the first spray tip and a second fluid having the same volumetric flow rate is introduced into the second spray tip, the first fluid will flow through the first fluid pathway at a greater velocity than the second fluid will flow through the second fluid pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Trezza, II, Salim A. Ghodbane, Simon Cohn
  • Patent number: 11311288
    Abstract: A suture needle having a bendable region includes an elongated body having a proximal section, a distal section, and a bendable region located between the proximal and distal sections. The bendable region has a reduced cross-section and/or is made of a superelastic material that is more flexible than the proximal and distal sections of the elongated body for enabling the suture needle to transform from a first configuration having a larger dimension to a second configuration having a smaller dimension. When in the first configuration, the suture needle is larger than an inner diameter of an elongated conduit of a trocar. In order to pass the suture needle through the elongated conduit of the trocar, the elongated body is bent at the bendable region so that the suture needle is smaller than the inner diameter of the elongated conduit of the trocar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Richard Cichocki, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20220105502
    Abstract: Novel, lubricious coatings for medical devices are disclosed. The coatings provide improved lubricity and durability, and are readily applied in coating processes. The present invention is also directed to a novel platinum catalyst for use in such coatings. The catalyst provides for rapid curing, while inhibiting cross-linking at ambient temperatures, thereby improving the production pot life of the coatings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Duan Li Ou
  • Publication number: 20220097106
    Abstract: A non-hazardous cleaning solution/process has been developed to remove oxide residues from the surface of blackened needles. Low concentrations of citric acid solution are mixed with blackened needles and treated in an ultrasonic tank for short period of time (<5 minutes). The oxide residues are substantially removed. Quite surprisingly and unexpectedly, the penetration performance of the cleaned needles are greatly improved by up to 50% over other tested cleaning solutions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Duan Li Ou, Christophe Vailhe
  • Patent number: 11272923
    Abstract: A needle and suture assembly includes a needle made of a superelastic alloy, such as Nitinol, including an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end with a sharpened tip, a suture having a free end juxtaposed with the proximal end of the elongated body of the needle, and a connector disposed between the needle and the suture. The connector includes a first end attached to the proximal end of the elongated body of the needle and a second end attached to the free end of the suture. The connector is made of a material, such as stainless steel, having less elasticity and greater plasticity than the superelastic alloy of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Richard Cichocki, Jr., Christophe Vailhe, Thomas Nering, Alexander M. Cannara, Duan Li Ou
  • Patent number: 11254061
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to agents and devices for promoting hemostasis and, more particularly, to bioresorbable hemostatic pads or patches releasably supported on non-resorbable scaffolds for ease of delivery in the field. A sealant and/or hemostat delivery device comprises a resorbable hemostatic pad having a wound facing side and an opposite back side, with a hemostatic and/or wound sealing agent disposed on the wound facing side; a non-resorbable scaffold having an attachment zone on said scaffold; wherein said hemostatic pad is releasably attached with the back side to the attachment zone. The bond between the scaffold and the resorbable hemostatic pad or wound dressing is either (i) severed prior to removal of the scaffold or (ii) is weakened due to the adhesive bonding them together being moisture-deactivated, or (iii) is released by mechanical disentanglement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome B. Riebman, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Patent number: 11246579
    Abstract: The invention relates to syringes for storing and mixing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Ltd., Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Yair Pilpel, Sivan Doron, Yuri Zherdev, Lior Erez, Ashley DeAnglis
  • Patent number: 11234691
    Abstract: A reconfigurable suture needle includes an elongated body having a curved proximal section and a curved distal section. A joint interconnects a distal end of the curved proximal section and a proximal end of the curved distal section. The joint enables the curved proximal section and the curved distal section to rotate relative to one another between a first configuration having a higher profile and a second configuration having a lower profile. Each of the curved proximal and distal sections of the elongated body defines about one-quarter of a circle. The elongated body has a semi-circular shape when in the first configuration and a wave shape when in the second configuration. The elongated body is rotated into the smaller profile for passing through a cannula and, after passing through the cannula, rotated back into the higher profile for use as a suturing needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Vailhe, Robert J. Tannhauser, Leo B. Kriksunov