Patents Examined by Scott A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10779821
    Abstract: Anvils for surgical devices designed to cut and staple tissue. The anvils include tissue stop arrangements for positioning the tissue to be cut and stapled in the device so that the tissue is stapled prior to being cut. The anvils are moved between open and closed positions by a corresponding closure member. The tissue stops and/or closure members are configured to avoid adjacent tissue from being pinched between the closure member and tissue stops when the anvil is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Patent number: 10772613
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical instrument including an actuation lockout system as well as its method of use are disclosed. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument includes a trigger and a driveshaft coupled to the trigger such that actuation of the trigger causes the driveshaft to move from a first position to a second position, thereby resulting in deployment of a surgical fastener. An actuation lockout system restrains distal movement of the driveshaft until a force greater than or equal to a threshold force is applied to the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Nathan Stewart Cauldwell, Donald E. Ziniti
  • Patent number: 10773367
    Abstract: A nail blocking member for a nail gun. The nail gun includes a firing portion for firing a nail. When an object is pressed upon the nail blocking member by the firing portion, the nail is fired by the firing portion to enter the object. The nail blocking member includes a main body having a contact face, with a formation groove concavely disposed on the contact face, and a guiding block protruding from the formation groove. An object is pressed upon the contact face by the firing portion, and a nail is fired by the firing portion to enter the object to hit the guiding block, such that the nail is guided by the guiding block to move toward the formation groove, so as to be bent along the formation groove and reversely folded back into the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: EVERWIN PNEUMATIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wen-Sheng Huang, Wei-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10776564
    Abstract: A method for displaying webpage content includes acquiring webpage source code of a webpage to be accessed, and stopping rendering the webpage to be accessed, in the acquired webpage source code, searching for a location where a webpage node of a webpage interface needs to be inserted, inserting a webpage node code segment of the webpage interface into the webpage source code at the found location where the webpage node of the webpage interface needs to be inserted, and performing webpage rendering on the webpage source code into which the webpage node code segment of the webpage interface has been inserted, and displaying a rendered webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UC Mobile Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Li
  • Patent number: 10765432
    Abstract: A surgical device comprising a first clamping member, a second clamping member, an electric motor, and a control system is disclosed. The electric motor is configured to drive at least one of the first clamping member and the second clamping member toward a predetermined tissue gap between the first clamping member and the second clamping member to clamp the tissue of a patient. The control system is configured to monitor a parameter of the electric motor. The parameter is indicative of a clamping force exerted to the tissue by the first clamping member and the second clamping member. The control system is further configured to control the electric motor based on the parameter to limit the clamping force to a predetermined maximum limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kyle P. Moore, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Mark H. Ransick, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10765430
    Abstract: A knife member that can have a blade portion configured operation within a surgical stapling device. A first frame portion can extend from the blade portion to a first connection portion. A second frame portion can extend from the first frame portion to a second connection portion. At least one of the first and second frame portions can include a fused portion. The fused portion can be configured to fail when a predetermined amount of force is applied to the fused portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Wixey
  • Patent number: 10765424
    Abstract: A surgical stapler can comprise an anvil comprising a staple pocket formed in a tissue contacting surface. The staple pocket can comprise a midline or centerline, a first forming cup, and a second forming cup. The first forming cup can comprise a first interior sidewall comprising a first vertical portion which is substantially perpendicular to the tissue contacting surface. The second forming cup can comprise a second interior sidewall comprising a second vertical portion which is substantially perpendicular to the tissue contacting surface. The first vertical portion and the second vertical portion can extend through the centerline, wherein the first interior sidewall and the second interior sidewall can comprise a trap for deforming a first staple leg of a staple to a first side of the centerline and for deforming a second staple leg of the staple to a second side of the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, James J. Bedi
  • Patent number: 10758226
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling staple firing include an end effector including a first jaw and a second jaw holding staples, a drive system configured to apply a force or torque to cause staple firing to occur, and a processor. The processor is configured to monitor the applied force or torque and control application of the force or torque by the drive system based on a comparison of the applied force or torque to an acceptable range of force or torque. In some embodiments, the processor is further configured to determine one or more of a position of the first jaw and the second jaw or a displacement of the drive system and control application of the force or torque by the drive system based on one or more of the position of the first jaw and the second jaw or the displacement of the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Weir, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, David W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10758235
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for selectively interconnecting a surgical end effector including at least one axially translatable drive member and a powered actuator device including at least one rotatable drive shaft is provided. The adapter assembly includes an actuation shaft configured to convert rotation of a first drive shaft of the powered actuator device into an axial translation of a first drive member of the surgical end effector. The adapter assembly further includes an elongate tube configured to convert rotation of a second drive shaft of the powered actuator device into an axial translation of a second drive member of the surgical end effector. The actuation shaft is disposed within the elongate tube, and the actuation shaft and the elongate tube translate axially independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Teddy R. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10751864
    Abstract: A switching device for a nail gun includes a trigger, a rod, a resilient member and an actuating member. The trigger includes a pair of slots each including first and second ends. Each of the first and second ends includes a small diameter portion, a large diameter portion and a shoulder portion disposed therebetween. The rod extends through the slots and includes a sliding portion and a positioning end having a diameter larger than that of the sliding portion. The movable rod is movable between an engaging position where the positioning end contacts a wall defining one of the first and second shoulder portions, and a disengaging position where the positioning end is disengaged from the one of the first and second shoulder portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PANREX INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chen-Ho Ou
  • Patent number: 10743870
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus. Various embodiments include a handle assembly that has a movable handle that is movable through actuation strokes relative to a stationary handle housing. An actuation is shaft supported at least in part within the stationary handle housing and is movable in response to manipulation of the movable handle. Various embodiments further include a firing lock out assembly that is configured to selectively prevent longitudinal movement of the actuation shaft in a distal direction. A firing release trigger is supported on the movable handle for travel therewith and is configured to interface with the firing lockout assembly to selectively release the firing lockout assembly to permit the actuation shaft to move longitudinally in the distal direction upon manipulation of the movable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10744630
    Abstract: A fastener driver comprises a drive blade movable from a retracted position to an extended, driven position for driving a fastener into a workpiece and a gas spring mechanism for driving the drive blade from the retracted position to the driven position. The gas spring mechanism includes a drive cylinder and a drive piston attached to the drive blade for movement therewith. The drive piston is acted on by a driving force resulting from a pressure differential created by the gas spring mechanism. The fastener driver also includes an adjustable valve for selectively limiting a flow of gas into the drive cylinder above the drive piston, or a flow of ambient air at atmospheric pressure from the drive cylinder beneath the drive piston, thereby changing the pressure differential acting on the drive piston, as the drive piston and the drive blade move from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TTI (MACAO COMMERCIAL OFFSHORE) LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward Pomeroy, Zachary Scott, John Schnell, Essam Namouz
  • Patent number: 10747952
    Abstract: An application automatically saves drafts of a document in association with the document. Drafts are saved, for example, whenever the application closes the document. Thus, the application stores a separate draft of the document for each session in which the document was used. The saved drafts are logically associated with each other and their original document. Because of this association, whenever the user accesses the document in the application, the application may present to the user a list of the various drafts of the documents. The user may continue working on the last saved draft, or the user may select another draft from which to continue working. The application further includes a collaborative interface for listing objects at a server. The server pushes new changes or additions to the objects directly to the client, and the client updates the interface accordingly, without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Aymeloglu, Nicholas Miyake, Brandon Burr, Derek Cicerone, Kevin Simler, Garry Tan
  • Patent number: 10744631
    Abstract: The invention relates to a setting tool for fastening elements, comprising a driving piston that can be driven by a primary drive, and comprising a secondary drive. In order to create a lightweight, handy setting tool, the primary drive is combined with the secondary drive in a hybrid drive system for the driving piston in such a way that the driving piston can be driven by both the primary drive and the secondary drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Tilo Dittrich
  • Patent number: 10747951
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of generating a webpage template and a server. The method of generating a webpage template comprises: collecting webpage data of a webpage, and generating a webpage template of the webpage according to the webpage data. By means of the present invention, the problem in the prior art that a method of generating a webpage template depends relatively strongly on a target website is solved, thereby reducing the dependence of the method of generating a webpage template on the target website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UC Mobile Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangya Zhai, Haihong Zheng, Weiran Jiang, Xianggen Zhou
  • Patent number: 10737404
    Abstract: A nailing machine for assembling wood pallets includes a nailing station and an advancement and guiding component which form a substantially horizontal resting surface at the nailing station configured for the assembly of at least two superimposed wood pieces to be assembled by nailing to provide a pallet. The nailing station includes at least one nailing head, each of which is associated with at least one nailing stem, which can move along a substantially vertical direction with respect to the resting surface between an inactive position, in which the lower end of the nailing stem is spaced from the upper surface of the superimposed wood pieces, and an active position, in which the lower end of the nailing stem is moved closer to, or made to penetrate, the upper surface of the superimposed wood pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Giancarlo Storti
  • Patent number: 10736630
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus is disclosed which comprises a tissue stop configured to inhibit tissue from flowing out of the distal end of the stapling instrument as the tissue is being stapled and/or incised. Also disclosed is a surgical stapling apparatus comprising one or more interruptions, or absent staple cavities, in the rows of staple cavities defined therein. Also disclosed is a surgical stapling apparatus comprising a channel configured to receive tissue and/or another surgical instrument therein. In at least one instance, such a stapling apparatus could comprise staple cavities on one side of a longitudinal knife slot and no staple cavities on the other side of the knife slot. Further disclosed are methods for using the surgical stapling devices disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10730156
    Abstract: A start device is for a chainsaw having a combustion engine. The start device includes an electric motor with a control device, which initiates operation of the electric motor and starts up the combustion engine. The chainsaw has a brake device for bringing the tool to a standstill, wherein the brake device can be operated via an actuation lever. For this purpose, the actuation lever can be moved from a first position (A) into at least one further position (B). The control device is connected to a signal transmitter, which is actuated, and emits a signal to the control device, when the actuation lever is moved from the first position (A) into the further position (B), wherein the signal forms a start signal for initiating operation of the electric motor and for starting up the combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ernst Gorenflo
  • Patent number: 10733355
    Abstract: An information processing system obtains, from an OS, metrics information of a font included in form information of a business form when the form information of the business form is edited; and stores the metrics information together with the edited form information; and generates a business form page by calculating a layout configuration of the business form based on the metrics information that has been stored, and by performing overlay output of the form information and field data of the business form based on the calculated layout configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yutaka Kato
  • Patent number: 10723005
    Abstract: An electric fastener driving tool assembly can include a driver designed to drive a fastener into a workpiece. The driver can reciprocate along an axial driver path between an extended position and a home position. A home position sensor can be located laterally adjacent the axial driver path. The home position sensor can be located to sense the presence of the driver in the home position when a lateral distance between the driver and the sensor changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Meyer, Dylan Parker, Alastair Valentine