Patents Assigned to Ethicon, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10398802
    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: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Y. Jonn, Julian Quintero, Glenn Hoskin
  • Patent number: 10398800
    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: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Y. Jonn, Julian Quintero, Glenn Hoskin
  • Patent number: 10368860
    Abstract: A surgical fastener for anchoring medical devices to tissue includes first and second legs lying in a first plane, and third and fourth legs lying in a second plane that is orthogonal with the first plane. A bridge interconnects proximal ends of the four legs for forming a closed end of the surgical fastener. Each leg has a proximal end, a distal end, and an insertion tip with a distal point located at the distal end of the leg. Each leg has an insertion tool alignment guide that extends between the proximal and distal ends of the leg and along a longitudinal axis that is aligned with the distal point of the insertion tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nering, Glenn Cook, James A. Flint
  • Patent number: 10363058
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use during a surgical procedure includes an instrument body, an ultrasonic transducer assembly extending along a longitudinal axis, a power cord, and a transducer slip joint. The ultrasonic transducer assembly is rotatably mounted within the instrument body about the longitudinal axis and defines a first outer profile. The power cord projects from the instrument body to provide electrical power to the ultrasonic transducer assembly for operating an acoustic waveguide. The transducer slip joint is positioned between the power cord and the ultrasonic transducer assembly and electrically and mechanically connects the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly. The ultrasonic transducer assembly selectively rotates relative to the power cord for inhibiting the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly. The transducer slip joint also defines a second outer profile that fits within the first outer profile of the ultrasonic transducer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Ethicon LLC, SAMTEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Roberson, James E. Borgelt, Douglas E. McCartin
  • Patent number: 10364501
    Abstract: A novel method of blackening surgical needles is disclosed. Surgical needles having outer surfaces are first placed into a first pretreatment bath having a novel composition. The needles are then placed into a second blackening bath having a novel composition for a sufficient period of time to effectively blacken the surfaces of the needles. The novel methods for blackening the surfaces of a stainless steel alloy surgical needle provide a chromium (VI)-free alternative to current needle manufacturing processes. Another unique feature of this novel method is its short processing time. The blackening processes of the present invention can be utilized for in-line treatment processes which can be easily incorporated into high speed needle manufacturing processes, such as strip mounted processes. In addition, the processes of the present invention are readily adaptable to batch processes. Also disclosed are novel systems for blackening surgical needles and novel blackening baths for surgical needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Duan Li Ou, Christophe Vailhe, Inas Alhamyery
  • Patent number: 10336001
    Abstract: A suture device including an improved welded fixation device at its distal end, to provide improved holding strength during and after implantation of the suture in tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Perkins, Jesse G. Nawrocki, Jason Huff, David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10328170
    Abstract: A method for dynamic dosing of disinfectant solution in a medical device reprocessing system includes calculating a volume of an initial dose of concentrated disinfectant solution for dilution to make a first in-use disinfectant solution. The initial dose of concentrated disinfectant solution is diluted with diluting fluid to make the first in-use disinfectant solution comprising a target concentration of disinfectant agent. The first in-use disinfectant solution is applied to a medical device. A concentration of the disinfectant agent in the first in-use disinfectant solution is then calculated. The actual concentration of the disinfectant agent in the concentrated disinfectant solution is then calculated based upon the concentration of disinfectant agent in the first in-use disinfectant solution. It is then determined whether a volume of a second dose of concentrated disinfectant solution is increased or about the same as the volume of the initial dose to make a second in-use disinfectant solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungwook Yang, Cindy L. Ellis, Robert P. Michaloski, Marc Bellotti, Yan Fang, Marco A. Mangiaterra
  • Patent number: 10314929
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing an article such as a flexible endoscope is performed in a sterilization chamber. A vacuum is applied in the sterilization chamber while the article is contained in the sterilization chamber. A sterilant is then introduced into the sterilization chamber. The pressure within the sterilization chamber is incrementally increased to provide a step-wise transition from a high vacuum state to atmospheric pressure. The article is thereby sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Keyvan Nowruzi, Navid Omidbakhsh
  • Patent number: 10300165
    Abstract: Novel semi-crystalline, p-dioxanone-rich ABA triblock copolymers of p-dioxanone and epsilon-caprolactone, where “B” block is a random copolymer of p-dioxanone and epsilon-caprolactone, and absorbable devices for long term medical applications are disclosed. The novel polymer compositions are useful for long term absorbable surgical sutures, and other medical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sasa Andjelic, Kenneth Keilman
  • Patent number: 10299905
    Abstract: An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing, a firing system disposed in the housing, an actuator coupled with the housing for activating the firing system, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, the elongated shaft having a proximal end secured to the housing, a distal end, and a first axis extending between the proximal and distal ends, one or more surgical fasteners disposed in the elongated shaft, and a distal end cap secured to the distal end of the elongated shaft. The distal end cap has a surgical fastener dispensing window for dispensing the one or more surgical fasteners from the distal end cap. The firing system includes a firing rod that extends through the elongated shaft for dispensing the one or more surgical fasteners from the distal end cap. The firing rod has a proximal section that moves along the first axis of the elongated shaft and a distal section that moves along a second axis that defines an angle with the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cardinale, Doug Souls, Anthony Miksza, Aaron J. Brickner, Jared Schneider, Todd Sack, David R. Schiff, Erin Elizabeth Wenig
  • Patent number: 10292702
    Abstract: An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a handle and an articulating shaft extending from the distal end of the handle. The articulating shaft includes a proximal shaft section, a distal shaft section, and an articulating joint. An articulation control element is coupled with the proximal shaft section for articulating the distal shaft section relative to the proximal shaft section via the articulating joint. The applicator instrument includes an incompressible member interconnecting the proximal and distal shaft sections that maintains a fixed distance between the distal end face of the distal shaft section and the distal end of the handle as the articulating shaft moves between a straight configuration and an articulated configuration to ensure a consistent firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cardinale, Danial Paul Ferreira, Doug Souls, Simon Cohn, Jianxin Guo
  • Patent number: 10278701
    Abstract: An implant having an adhesive structure comprising a planar surface having two sides and rectangular cuboid-based protrusions having pyramidal tips extending from at least one of said sides, optionally having a porous basic supporting structure, and methods of making and using such implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: ETHICON, INC., AGENCY FOR SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Sriram Natarajan, Joseph J. Hammer, Kevin Cooper, Murty Vyakarnam, Hong Yee Low, Isabel Rodriguez, Chee Tiong Lim, Audrey Yoke Yee Ho
  • Patent number: 10279074
    Abstract: An implantable structure, method for making the structure and method for using the structure, where the structure includes a combination of non-absorbable and absorbable components, and the implantable structure has a randomly uniform array of materials. The resulting implantable structure provides improved tissue ingrowth and flexibility after implantation and after absorption of the absorbable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Susanne Landgrebe, Daniel Smith, Oliver Dick
  • Patent number: 10278703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to circular anastomosis stapler and kits comprising reinforcing buttress materials and fixation tools that are slidably installed on the anvil shaft of such staplers which provides a temporary mechanical fixation of a reinforcing buttress to the anvil surface of a circular stapler during the insertion of the anvil into the tubular tissue. When the anvil, loaded with the buttress, is in the desired location, the fixation tool is pulled back along the anvil shaft and removed. The shaft is then connected to the stapling head and the stapling is performed. The present invention also relates to methods for using the kits and devices therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Nir I. Nativ, Yufu Li, John Matonick, Glenn Cook, Michael Logue
  • Patent number: 10258335
    Abstract: A dispensing device configured to operate with an adhesive backed mesh and backing film for tissue bonding is disclosed. The dispensing device provides for low-friction, low force pay-out of a desired length of an adhesive backed mesh to a wound site. The device prevents or eliminates distortion of the mesh prior to application to the wound site, and includes means for reducing or eliminating binding during use. The dispensing device is configured to operate in a “forward” mode (substrate to which mesh is applied passes beneath applicator after mesh is applied) to provide essentially an unobstructed view of the wound site during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John Goodman, Gregory Hake, Thomas Schoon
  • Patent number: 10258326
    Abstract: A tissue fastener having fixed points of tissue attachment including a first elongate elastic component and a second elongate component having one or more elongate sections each adjacent section delineated by at least one frangible point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: An-Min Jason Sung
  • Patent number: 10251641
    Abstract: A method of attaching a surgical suture to a needle and testing the attachment includes dispensing a length of suture from a spool by using a first suture gripper, and using a surgical needle gripper for holding a surgical needle stationary. A leading end of the suture is inserted into and attached to a receiving end of the surgical needle. A second suture gripper is located between the first suture gripper and the spool. After the second suture gripper is closed for gripping the suture, the second suture gripper is advanced downstream toward the surgical needle to reduce the tension on the suture. The tension on the suture is reduced by moving the second suture gripper a pre-determined distance. The first suture gripper is opened for releasing the suture and the first suture gripper is moved toward the suture spool for re-grasping the suture at a location between the second gripper and the suture spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Lenihan, Yasemar Perez
  • Patent number: 10245817
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel processes for the lamination of semi-crystalline, high-melting point, low glass transition polymeric films, which are extruded and subsequently laminated on various thermally sensitive substrates to form laminated medical device constructs in a specific time interval to allow low processing temperatures to avoid polymer film and/or substrate degradation or heat-related distortions. Also disclosed are laminated medical device constructs made from such processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sasa Andjelic, Dominick Egidio
  • Patent number: D848624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian A. Quintero
  • Patent number: D848845
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Dacey, Jesse Winker