Patents Examined by Nathaniel C. Chukwurah
  • Patent number: 10806479
    Abstract: A stapling assembly is disclosed. The stapling assembly comprises a first jaw comprising a first ledge and a second jaw comprising a second ledge. The second jaw is movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the first jaw. The stapling assembly also comprises a closure member movable between a first position and a second position. The second jaw is in the open position when the closure member is in the first position, and the second jaw is in the closed position when the closure member is in the second position. The stapling assembly also comprises a firing member movable through a staple firing stroke. The firing member comprises a first extending member which rides along the first ledge during the staple firing stroke and a second extending member which rides along the second ledge during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Stephen J. Balek, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10808818
    Abstract: An oscillating power tool, including a housing; a motor; a drive shaft driven by the motor; an output shaft driven by the drive shaft; a transmission mechanism for converting rotary motion of the drive shaft into oscillation of the output shaft, wherein the transmission mechanism includes an eccentric device mounted on the drive shaft and a shifting fork assembly connecting the eccentric device with the output shaft; the eccentric device includes at least two drive members, the shifting fork assembly includes a shifting fork member connected to the output shaft and a supporting member movably connected to the shifting fork member, the supporting member includes a matching portion, the oscillating power tool further includes an adjusting mechanism disposed in the housing, and the adjusting mechanism operably adjusts the supporting member to move, such that the matching portion is selectively abutted against different drive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua Gu, Tianhong Ju, Gangliang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10807746
    Abstract: A packaging system for the selection, grouping and loading of varying size and/or configuration product packs into cartons as provided. The packaging system includes a selection area having a primary selector for forming an initial product pack configuration, and a secondary selector adapted to select and direct an additional grouping of products into a nested arrangement against the initial product pack so as to form a nested product pack. The nested product packs thereafter can be engaged by loader arms of a pair of opposed loading assemblies, which move the nested product packs into a series of cartons moving through the packaging machine. Thereafter, the ends of the cartons can be closed and sealed to complete the packaging of the product packs therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, David F. Warner, Colin Ford
  • Patent number: 10806449
    Abstract: Articulation joints for use in connection with a surgical instrument that has a portion that must be passed through a trocar or similar structure and then articulated relative to another portion of the instrument received within the trocar. Various embodiments of the articulation joint include at least one flexible driven member to articulate the surgical implement relative to the handle assembly of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 10806459
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus includes a staple cartridge assembly, an anvil assembly operatively associated with the staple cartridge assembly, and a surgical buttress releasably coupled to the staple cartridge assembly or the anvil assembly. The staple cartridge assembly includes a tissue facing surface having staple retaining slots defined therein, each staple retaining slot housing a staple therein, and a circular knife disposed radially inwardly of the tissue facing surface. The anvil assembly includes an anvil member including a tissue facing surface and an anvil shaft extending from the anvil member. The surgical buttress has a circular configuration defining a central aperture therethrough. The surgical buttress includes an inner concentric portion having a therapeutic coating disposed thereon and an outer concentric portion free of the therapeutic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Gerald Hodgkinson, Michael Soltz, Emily Jacobs, Sulaiman Hussaini, Daniel Schulz-Jander
  • Patent number: 10806448
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can include a shaft, an end effector, and an articulation joint configured to permit the end effector to rotate relative to the shaft about the articulation joint. The surgical instrument can further comprise a first articulation actuator for rotating the end effector in a first direction and a second articulation actuator for rotating the end effector in a second direction. The articulation actuators can be configured to push the end effector. The articulation actuators can assume different configurations depending on whether they are experiencing a compressive load or a tensile load. The articulation joint can comprise an articulation frame which forms a proximal joint with the shaft and a distal joint with the end effector. The joints can comprise fixed axis joints and/or ball-and-socket joints, for example. The articulation joint can comprise links having different sizes to facilitate the articulation of the articulation joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10796859
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool, in particular an angle grinder, includes a tool receiver, a tool housing, and a drive motor arranged in the tool housing. The drive motor is configured to be switched on and off via an electric On/Off switch for driving the tool receiver. The hand-held power tool also includes an actuating device configured to actuate the On/Off switch. The actuating device has a pivotably mounted actuating element and a pivotably mounted pawl that is configured to be coupled to the actuating element. The pawl is further configured, in a free-running state, to move pivotably relative to the actuating element and, in an actuation state, to exert upon the actuating element an actuating force that actuates the actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Lutz, Peter Stierle
  • Patent number: 10792794
    Abstract: Installation tools systems and methods for use with an elongated adapter. The elongated adapters have a proximal end and a distal end; and a driver which generates torque mounted to a first end of the elongated adapter; a torque transfer unit engaging the elongated adapter and the driver to transfer torque produced by said driver to a fastener. Fastener installation tools engaging the distal end of the elongated adapter include a first member wherein the first member has a distal end and two projection elements positioned in a plane and a channel between the projection elements further wherein at least one of the first members has a notch at a distal end on a channel-facing side, a positioning member formed integrally with the first member wherein the positioning member has a linear marker on a first side, an angled marker on a second side, and a rocker positioned between the angled marker and the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY INC.
    Inventors: Adam Tillinghast, Troy Hale
  • Patent number: 10792047
    Abstract: This disclosure provides design, material, manufacturing method, and use alternatives for medical devices. An example medical device may include a medical device for delivery of a surgical closure member. The medical device includes an elongate tubular member having a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen extending therein. The elongate tubular member is adapted to be delivered through the working channel of an endoscope and the lumen is adapted to receive a surgical closure member. The medical device also includes a tissue support extending from the distal end of the elongate tubular member. The tissue support includes a support surface and the support surface is adapted to support tissue as a surgical closure member engages the tissue thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Laura E. Christakis, John B. Golden, Samuel Raybin, Priya Khanchandani, Naroun Suon, Sean P. Fleury, Dylan Murphy, Liam Rolle, Bernard B. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10787284
    Abstract: An inflatable-cushion inflation and sealing device is provided. The device includes an inflation assembly that inflates with a fluid a cushion cavity disposed between overlapping portions of first and second plies of a film, which plies form a flexible structure. The device also includes a sealing mechanism having a first compression element having a curved surface operable to bend the flexible structure about a bend axis, a second compression element positioned such that the first and second compression elements are operable to receiving the flexible structure at a first pinch area in which the first compression element and the second compression element are positioned against the flexible structure to pinch the flexible structure, and a third compression element configured for receiving the flexible structure at a second pinch area in which the first compression element and the third compression element contact the flexible structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wetsch, Paul F. Ostwald, William James Watts
  • Patent number: 10787337
    Abstract: A module (M) for a machine (100) for processing flat objects having a support structure (1, 2, 3, 4) above which the flat objects are transported along a given transport path. The module includes a discharge system for such objects, the discharge system is capable of discharging any flat object which falls below the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventor: Sacha Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10779833
    Abstract: An anvil assembly suitable for trans-oral delivery is provided. The anvil assembly includes a housing configured to receive a guide suture that is severed during a stapling procedure. An anvil delivery assembly including the anvil assembly and a suture guide assembly secured to the anvil assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10780562
    Abstract: A hand tool device has a tool spindle and a hammer mechanism which includes a hammer and at least one curve guide driving the hammer at least during a hammer drilling operation. The tool spindle has at least one bearing surface on which the hammer is movably supported in at least one operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Tobias Herr
  • Patent number: 10779819
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applier having a handle and a fastener housing extending from the handle. The housing contains at least one anvil movable within the staple housing, the anvil has a proximal position and a distal position. When in the distal position a distal end of the anvil extends distal to the distal end of the staple housing. The housing contains a plurality of surgical fasteners each of which in the shape of a loop. At least one of the fasteners is placed around a portion of the anvil when in the distal position. The applier has a first mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed, and a second mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed. The second means is independent of the first means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Holcomb, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Stokes, Mark S. Zeiner, Lawrence Crainich
  • Patent number: 10779822
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 10780565
    Abstract: A housing device for a hand-held power tool includes at least one receiving interface configured to receive a battery unit. The at least one receiving interface is further configured to receive a mains power connection unit as an alternative to the battery unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10781091
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are presented for removing container covers within a controlled environment enclosure without using gloves. The apparatus comprises an articulated arm apparatus and a gripping apparatus and can further comprise a controller. The articulated arm apparatus can be configurable for holding and moving a container in three dimensions; and the gripping apparatus can be configured for gripping a container cover sealing the container. The method comprises moving the container using the articulated arm apparatus while holding a gripping area of the container cover substantially stationary using the gripping apparatus. The apparatus can further comprise a sensor configured for supplying information to the controller for determining the location of the container cover gripping area and an orientation of the container cover. The method can further comprise inspecting the container cover using the sensor. The container can be moved along a path and within a space determined by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Procyshyn, Ross M. Gold, Steve Sang Joon Park, Jeroen Immerzeel, Paul Nowakczyk
  • Patent number: 10780566
    Abstract: A pneumatic tool includes a main body unit, a control valve unit, a switch unit and a trigger unit. The main body unit has a flow path for guiding inflow of air. The control valve unit removably blocks the flow path. The switch unit includes a sleeve member movable between an open position where the control valve unit is driven to unblock the flow path, and a block position where the control valve unit is driven to block the flow path. The trigger unit includes a trigger member operable to move the sleeve member between the open position and the block position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Basso Industry Corp.
    Inventor: San-Yih Su
  • Patent number: 10773860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to absolute safe closure of beverages, food, medical bottles so that they cannot be opened and reclosed assuming the shape of first production in the factory. The first closing of the bottle's closure is only once in an absolute and tight manner, such that if the bottle is opened for the first time in any manner, it cannot be closed tightly and safely via intervention and engagement of the stopper with the neck of the bottle upon its closure for the first time. Using such closure manner, two parts are constituting one part such that they are non-detachable in any way, unless safety strip of stopper is tampered, that it cannot be reused as it was in the first case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AL IBTIKAR PACKAGING & INVESTMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ismail Omar Ismail Dabbur
  • Patent number: 10773446
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing plastic bottles comprising: a blow moulding machine including a blow moulding carousel being configured to transform a succession of plastic preforms into respective bottles; a filling machine including: a filling carousel, and a plurality of handling units; a labeling unit configured to feed a succession of labels to be attached to the respective bottles; and a conveying system configured to transfer the bottles within the apparatus. The labeling unit is arranged peripherally to the filling carousel and is configured to feed the labels to the handling units carrying the respective bottles while the handling units are advanced by the filling carousel. The conveying system includes a plurality of consecutive transport star wheels transferring the bottles in a continuous stream from the blow moulding carousel to the filling carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Tim Bast, Roberto Zoni