Patents Examined by Timothy J. Neal
  • Patent number: 11909431
    Abstract: A capsule-type endoscope capable of two-way communication includes an RFID receiving antenna receiving an RFID signal, a first matching circuit for impedance matching with the RFID receiving antenna, a human body communication electrode comprised of a ground electrode and a signal electrode transmitting a signal for human body communication, and a second matching circuit for impedance matching with the human body communication electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Chosun University
    Inventors: Youn Tae Kim, Jong Jin Baek, Ji Won Park, Min Gu Kang
  • Patent number: 11903558
    Abstract: A direct intracardiac imaging catheter capable of entering chambers of the heart and providing an image through a vein or an artery percutaneously, or through direct access during open surgery. The intracardiac imaging catheter apparatus is a small optical fiber imaging system. The catheter is deflectable and capable of navigating within all heart chambers to acquire detailed images, and adjacent large vessels during percutaneous cardiac procedures. The catheter can access the arterial system to acquire blood vessel images. It can pass through the intra-atrial septum (foramen ovale) for cardiac procedures in the left chambers and large vessels adjacent the left heart, including pulmonary veins and the aorta. During open heart surgery, images can be provided from hard to access regions including the back of the heart during off pump cardiac surgery. The apparatus includes balloon tip that can be inflated and deflected based the movement of catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: John Jun Cai
  • Patent number: 11896198
    Abstract: Provided are a flexible portion shape estimating device and an endoscope system having the same. According to the present disclosure, the flexible portion shape estimating device includes a probe adapted to be inserted into a flexible portion and having a torque transmission wire transmitting a torque applied to one end thereof to other end thereof, and a rotation information measuring part coupled to other end of the probe to measure rotation information on the other end of the torque transmission wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Yonho Park
  • Patent number: 11896440
    Abstract: A medical delivery system including a carrier and a lead delivery device. The carrier defines a carrier body configured to engage a stereotactic system (or a similar pointing device with or without navigation/robotic assistance). The carrier defines a carrier channel configured to engage the lead delivery device and impart a torque to a portion of the lead delivery device. The lead delivery device and carrier are configured to cause the imparted torque to cause a cannula of the lead delivery device to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the lead delivery device. The cannula is configured to cause a rotation of an implantable lead within the cannula when the cannula is caused to rotate. The cannula is configured to translate substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis relative to the implantable lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Janardan Vaidyanathan, Charles T. Graves
  • Patent number: 11889977
    Abstract: A medical apparatus includes: a casing that forms an exterior, a single manipulation ring rotatably provided on an outer surface of the casing, and control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to detect rotation of the single manipulation ring; calculate a rotation direction and a rotation angle of the single manipulation ring based on a detection result; execute a first function or a second function depending on the rotation direction and the rotation angle of the single manipulation ring calculated, wherein the first function is a different type of adjustment than the second function; and switch a function executed by the control circuitry to the first function or the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Atsuomi Ohno
  • Patent number: 11890027
    Abstract: An endoscopic grasping device for use during an endoscopic procedure. The device includes at least a fork operably connected to a pair of jaws pivotally mounted about a pivot point to the fork. A pusher is disposed within the fork and operably connected to a drive wire and a pair of arms. Each arm is attached to a respective jaw and configured to move that jaw upon a movement of the pusher in a distal direction or proximal direction resulting in the pair of jaws being in a closed position and a open position. Each jaw includes a plurality of teeth extending therefrom and towards the opposite jaw. One or more of the teeth are backwards curved and angled in a proximal direction from the jaw to improve a grasping, cutting, and handling feature of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jessica Russo, Keith R. John, Alex Uspenski, Gerald Chiappone
  • Patent number: 11883049
    Abstract: Surgical tool can include an outer shaft, a guide, an end effector, and a drive shaft. The outer shaft can extend along a longitudinal axis. The guide can be connected to the outer shaft. The end effector can include a first jaw connected to the outer shaft distal of the guide and a second jaw pivotably connected to the outer shaft distal of the guide. The drive shaft can be located within the outer shaft and can extend along the longitudinal axis. The drive shaft can be connected to the end effector and the drive shaft can be engageable with the guide to limit movement of the drive shaft with respect to the outer shaft in a direction not parallel with the guide. The drive shaft can be translatable along the outer shaft to operate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mensch, Zane R. Ward, Hanam Pham, Jeffrey D. Holton
  • Patent number: 11883059
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a first modular assembly including at least one operator input feature an ultrasonic transducer supported by the first modular assembly, and a second modular assembly configured to be removably coupled with the first modular assembly. The second modular assembly includes at least a portion of an end effector extending distally from a distal end portion of the second modular assembly. The instrument includes a mechanical lockout assembly configured to switch between at least an unlocked configuration and a locked configuration. In the locked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are partially coupled together such that the operator is physically prevented from activating the instrument using the operator input feature. In the unlocked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are completely coupled together and the operator is able to activate the instrument using the operator input feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Kevin M. Fiebig, Ellen Burkart, Demetrius N. Harris, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Jason R. Lesko, Stephen M. Leuck, Guion Y. Lucas, Cameron D. McLain, Andrew S. Meyers, Candice Otrembiak, Grace E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 11883007
    Abstract: Controlled motion capsules and associated systems and methods are described. Controlled motion capsules can decelerate, and stop, without damaging epithelial walls. If any components fail, a controlled motion capsule, without added energy, becomes its most compact shape, passing harmlessly through the GI tract. Controlled motion capsule may include a shape changing material, comprising a reversible soft copolymer, in a container in the capsule, with a nonionizing radiation emitter, and a controller to activate the nonionizing radiation to expand and contract the shape changing material, on detection of certain conditions or instructions. Expansion of the shape changing material, including contact with epithelial walls, decelerates and can stop the controlled motion capsule movement. Motion control allows scientists to study the microbiome, doctors to deliver intestinal drugs at precise locations, and to closely examine signs of precancerous growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Brian Michael Coyle
  • Patent number: 11883326
    Abstract: A phacoemulsification system including a phacoemulsification probe having a probe body, a horn disposed at least partially in the probe body, a needle coupled with the horn and configured to be inserted into an eye, and a piezoelectric actuator disposed in the probe body and configured to vibrate the horn and the needle in a first direction with a stroke length with respect to the probe body; a signal generator configured to generate a drive signal to drive a vibration of the piezoelectric actuator; a stroke measurement apparatus configured to provide indications of the stroke length of the needle over time; and a controller configured to dynamically adjust a frequency of the drive signal so as to maximize the stroke length and maintain mechanical resonance of the needle responsively to the provided indications of the stroke length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: JOHNSON & JOHNSON SURGICAL VISION, INC.
    Inventor: Vadim Gliner
  • Patent number: 11882997
    Abstract: A distal tip of an endoscopic device and a cylindrical cap is disclosed. The distal tip comprises a pattern of alternating grooves and lands on its outer surface. The cylindrical cap is configured to fit tightly over the lands, thereby changing the grooves into closed channels through which liquid or gas can flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SCOUTCAM LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Govrin, Yekaterina Dlugach, Tsafrir Kolatt
  • Patent number: 11883058
    Abstract: A jaw member, end effector assembly including the jaw member and an ultrasonic blade, and an ultrasonic surgical instrument including the end effector assembly are provided. The jaw member includes a structural body and a jaw liner. The structural body includes a pair of proximal flanges and an elongated distal portion extending distally from the proximal flanges. The elongated distal portion includes spaced-apart side rails defining an elongated opening therebetween and interconnected at distal ends thereof via a distal cap. The jaw liner is engaged within the elongated opening and includes a base and first and second arms extending from the base. Each arm defines an inwardly-angled tissue contacting surface. The jaw liner defines a jaw liner compliance feature extending longitudinally therealong between the inwardly-angled tissue-contacting surfaces of the first and second arms to facilitate outward deflection of the first and second arms relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Netzel, David J. Van Tol
  • Patent number: 11882988
    Abstract: A deployment device for a tissue repair system includes a front delivery assembly that is detachable from a base assembly of the deployment device. The front delivery assembly includes at least one prosthesis and at least one driven assembly that actuates the at least one prosthesis. The base assembly includes a driving assembly that may engage the at least one driven assembly of the at least one prosthesis. The front delivery assembly can be rotated so that the position of a prosthesis in the front delivery assembly is moved in and out of alignment with the driving assembly. A kit of parts may be provided that includes a base assembly as well as two or more detachable front delivery assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: JMEA Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Sack, Jack Y. Yeh
  • Patent number: 11877768
    Abstract: Provided is a medical device capable of easily changing a position of the device inside a biological lumen and effectively removing a cut object. The medical device for removing the object in the biological lumen has a drive shaft, a cutting portion, a first housing that accommodates the drive shaft to be rotatable, a second housing that is rotatable with respect to the first housing, and a support portion that supports the first housing and the second housing. The second housing and the support portion relatively move along an axis to restrict relative rotation of the first housing and the second housing. The support portion supports the second housing to be rotatable around the axis, and restricts a relative movement and a relative inclination of the second housing and the support portion in a direction intersecting with the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mizuho Shiraishi, Yuichi Tada, Akihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11877763
    Abstract: A surgical tool including a housing having a proximal end and a distal end, a yoke disposed within the housing between the proximal end and the distal end, a handle pivotally coupled to the housing, and a pivot assembly coupling the yoke to the housing. The pivot assembly includes a first link having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the housing and the second end of the first link rotatably coupled to a second link at a first end of the second link. The second link has a second end rotatably coupled to the yoke. The handle is coupled to the pivot assembly such that movement of the handle causes movement of the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minami, Hideo Sanai, Tatsuya Suzuki, Kirara Kono, Shunsuke Matsui, Yuki Amano
  • Patent number: 11882768
    Abstract: A handset for an ultrasonic device for bone cement removal and/or osteotomy operations comprises a handset body which encloses ultrasound generating means including at least one piezoelectric transducer and a horn, connection means configured to connect the handset to a tool to which the ultrasounds generated by the ultrasound generating means are transmitted, a duct for circulation of a cooling medium, the duct extending at least partially on the outside of the handset, a triggering element whose activation causes the activation of the ultrasound generating means, and a control lever coupled to the handset body at a connection point, the control lever being configured to activate the triggering element by means of its movement about the connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Orthofix S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Venturini, Mario Donnici
  • Patent number: 11877724
    Abstract: A distal end member of an insertion apparatus includes: a base; a recessed portion which is recessed on a surface of the base; an opening forming surface formed on a surface of the base so as to surround a periphery of an opening of the recessed portion; and a lid member with a plate shape including a contact surface which is larger than the opening of the recessed portion and is brought into contact with the opening forming surface, the lid member closing the opening of the recessed portion by bringing the contact surface into contact with the opening forming surface. The lid member is formed so as to expose at least a portion of a side surface of the lid member disposed adjacently to the contact surface of the lid member to an outer surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumitoshi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11877721
    Abstract: A surgical system includes at least two laparoscopic instruments having distal portions positionable in a body cavity. An endoscopic camera is carried by a robotic automated assistant and is positionable in the body cavity to capture images of a surgical site and the distal portions of the laparoscopic instruments. At least one computerized platform is configured for receiving input from a user input device indicating a user selection of a selected one of the laparoscopic instruments, visually identifying the selected one of said laparoscopic instruments using a graphic designator on said displayed images of the surgical site, tracking the selected laparoscopic instrument using image information received from said endoscopic camera, and causing the automated assistant to maneuver the endoscopic camera so as to focus said endoscope on s the selected laparoscopic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: AAsensus Surgical Europe S.à.R.L.
    Inventors: Mordehai Sholev, Gal Atarot, Motti Frimer
  • Patent number: 11871956
    Abstract: Microinvasive medical scissors include a first scissor blade (30) with a first cutting edge (35, 36) between a flank surface (33) and a beveled surface (37, 38), a relatively moveable second scissor blade (40) with a second cutting edge (45, 46) between a flank surface (43) and a beveled surface (47, 48), a guiding device (24) for mechanical guiding of the second cutting edge to touch the first cutting edge at any time in a point of intersection (50). The guiding device is connectable to a shaft (16) of a microinvasive instrument (10). The cutting edges have respective parameters which increase and decrease several times along the second cutting edge. The parameters are the wedge angle (?1, ?2,) between the flank surface and the beveled surface, the cutting angle (?1, ?2), or the width (b1, b2) of the beveled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jochen Stefan
  • Patent number: 11871903
    Abstract: An endoscopic image processing apparatus includes an image acquiring unit, a region-of-interest detection unit, a detection cessation determination unit, a display determination unit, and a display output unit. The detection cessation determination unit determines whether a detection of a region of interest in the region-of-interest detection unit has ceased. The display determination unit performs a display propriety determination as a determination of whether to display assisting information on a display unit, when a cessation determination is acquired in the detection cessation determination unit. The assisting information is information for assisting the region of interest, the detection of which has ceased, to be restored on a screen of a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidekazu Iwaki