Patents by Inventor Brian M. Conley

Brian M. Conley has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10154878
    Abstract: An electrosurgical balloon includes an inflatable balloon body formed of a non-conductive substrate material. One or more electrodes are disposed on an exterior surface of the balloon body. The electrodes can include a pair of bipolar electrodes, and the balloon body can have at least one fluid outlet hole configured to provide fluid to the pair of bipolar electrodes. A second inflatable balloon body can be disposed inside the first inflatable balloon body. The electrosurgical balloon can be incorporated into a catheter assembly, in which the electrosurgical balloon is a balloon electrode tip at a distal end of a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Vaclav O. Podany, Chad M. Greenlaw, Brian M. Conley
  • Publication number: 20180250062
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly to couple an electrosurgical device to treat tissue with an electro surgical unit includes a cartridge member to operate with a power delivery apparatus of the electro surgical unit and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electro surgical unit. An electrosurgical unit includes a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus arranged to operate with a cartridge member to be located in a cartridge receptacle of the electrosurgical unit. An electrosurgical device includes a first electrode spaced alongside the second electrode, with each electrode having a blade shaped member. Each blade shaped member has opposing sides bounded by edges, with the edges having a medial edge and a lateral edge. At least one fluid outlet is adjacent each blade shaped member, and each fluid outlet is in fluid communication with a fluid passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Eliot F. BLOOM, Brian M. CONLEY, Jonathan J. BARRY, Roger D. GREELEY, Steven G. MILLER, Chad M. GREENLAW
  • Patent number: 9943356
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device includes a first electrode spaced alongside a second electrode. The device can be operated as either a bipolar device or a monopolar device and includes a switch to inhibit capacitive coupling to one of the electrodes when the other electrode is used in monopolar fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Brian M. Conley, Jonathan J. Barry, Roger D. Greeley, Steven G. Miller, Chad M. Greenlaw
  • Patent number: 9895191
    Abstract: This invention provides an electrosurgical device comprising a handle, a shaft member distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip at a distal end of the shaft member with the first electrode tip laterally spaced from the second electrode tip, and an electrode sheath movable to cover and uncover a side of the electrode tips while a distal end of the electrode tips is uncovered to treat tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Roger D. Greeley, Christopher W. Maurer, Anthony R. DePasqua
  • Publication number: 20180028258
    Abstract: An electrosurgical hand piece device is configured to cut tissue with monopolar RF energy to extract a medical lead submersed in fluid. The device includes an electrode surrounded by an electrically insulating coating that can be exposed from a distal edge of the electrode when power is supplied to the device, thereby focusing the energy at the distal edge and enabling tissue to be more easily and safely cut from around the medical lead while in fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Nathan ZAMARRIPA, Mark M. GUIRGUIS, Jessica SACKS, Brian M. CONLEY, Stephen R. POLGAR
  • Publication number: 20170340383
    Abstract: An electrosurgical balloon includes an inflatable balloon body formed of a non-conductive substrate material. One or more electrodes are disposed on an exterior surface of the balloon body. The electrodes can include a pair of bipolar electrodes, and the balloon body can have at least one fluid outlet hole configured to provide fluid to the pair of bipolar electrodes. A second inflatable balloon body can be disposed inside the first inflatable balloon body. The electrosurgical balloon can be incorporated into a catheter assembly, in which the electrosurgical balloon is a balloon electrode tip at a distal end of a catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Eliot F. BLOOM, Vaclav O. PODANY, Chad M. GREENLAW, Brian M. CONLEY
  • Patent number: 9750565
    Abstract: An electrosurgical balloon includes an inflatable balloon body formed of a non-conductive substrate material. One or more electrodes are disposed on an exterior surface of the balloon body. The electrodes can include a pair of bipolar electrodes, and the balloon body can have at least one fluid outlet hole configured to provide fluid to the pair of bipolar electrodes. A second inflatable balloon body can be disposed inside the first inflatable balloon body. The electrosurgical balloon can be incorporated into a catheter assembly, in which the electrosurgical balloon is a balloon electrode tip at a distal end of a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Vaclav O. Podany, Chad M. Greenlaw, Brian M. Conley
  • Publication number: 20160278844
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device including an elongate body including a rigid proximal portion, a distal portion, and defining a lumen there though. A fluid delivery tube is disposed within the lumen. A first electrode coupled to the distal end of the elongate body is included, the first electrode is configured to ablate tissue with radiofrequency energy. The distal portion includes a plurality of slots in fluid communication with the lumen. The plurality of slots are spaced a longitudinal distance proximal from the first electrode. The plurality of slots are configured to aspirate gas released from tissue ablated with the first electrode. The plurality of slots are further configured to provide malleability to the distal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Nathan ZAMARRIPA, Brian M. CONLEY, Tarquinio A. BRUNO
  • Patent number: 9445858
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical device is disclosed. The bipolar electrosurgical device includes a handle having a shaft and a distal end. The handle can be coupled to a source of electrical energy and a fluid source. A U-shaped first electrode extends distally in a plane from a pair of openings on the distal end of the shaft. The first electrode is in electrical communication with one of an active pole or a return pole of the source of electrical energy. A longitudinal second electrode extends distally from a middle opening on the distal end of the shaft. The second electrode is coplanar to the first electrode and electrically isolated from the first electrode. The second electrode is in electrical communication with the other of the active pole or the return pole of the source of electrical energy. The second electrode forms a lumen configured to be in fluid communication with the fluid source and a fluid opening for dispersing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Jonathan J. Barry, Roger D. Greeley, Chad M. Greenlaw, Lorenzo C. Vaccarella, Joseph Sylvester
  • Patent number: 9345541
    Abstract: The invention provides a cartridge assembly to couple a tissue treatment device with an electrosurgical unit, with the cartridge assembly operable with a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electrosurgical unit. The invention also provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus operable with the cartridge assembly and a system thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Greeley, Brian M. Conley, David J. Flanagan, Aaron J. Gifford, Steven G. Miller, Blaine T. Murakami, Thomas P. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150351824
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system including a test fixture for an electrosurgical device. Embodiments of the test fixture may include a tissue carriage for mounting or loading a tissue sample thereon, a device mount for mounting a test device, a linear actuator for regulating a tissue incision or therapy speed and a force transducer for measuring a tissue incision or therapy force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Greeley, Brian M. Conley, Duane W. Marion
  • Publication number: 20150320490
    Abstract: This invention provides an electrosurgical device comprising a handle, a shaft member distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip at a distal end of the shaft member with the first electrode tip laterally spaced from the second electrode tip, and an electrode sheath movable to cover and uncover a side of the electrode tips while a distal end of the electrode tips is uncovered to treat tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Brian M. CONLEY, Roger D. GREELEY, Christopher W. MAURER, Anthony R. DePASQUA
  • Patent number: 9138289
    Abstract: This invention provides an electrosurgical device comprising a handle, a shaft member distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip at a distal end of the shaft member with the first electrode tip laterally spaced from the second electrode tip, and an electrode sheath movable to cover and uncover a side of the electrode tips while a distal end of the electrode tips is uncovered to treat tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Roger D. Greeley, Christopher W. Maurer, Anthony R. DePasqua
  • Publication number: 20150238256
    Abstract: The invention provides a cartridge assembly to couple a tissue treatment device with an electrosurgical unit, with the cartridge assembly operable with a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electrosurgical unit. The invention also provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus operable with the cartridge assembly and a system thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Greeley, Brian M. Conley, David J. Flanagan, Aaron J. Gifford, Steven G. Miller, Blaine T. Murakami, Thomas P. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150157386
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly to couple an electrosurgical device to treat tissue with an electro surgical unit includes a cartridge member to operate with a power delivery apparatus of the electro surgical unit and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electro surgical unit. An electrosurgical unit includes a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus arranged to operate with a cartridge member to be located in a cartridge receptacle of the electrosurgical unit. An electrosurgical device includes a first electrode spaced alongside the second electrode, with each electrode having a blade shaped member. Each blade shaped member has opposing sides bounded by edges, with the edges having a medial edge and a lateral edge. At least one fluid outlet is adjacent each blade shaped member, and each fluid outlet is in fluid communication with a fluid passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Eliot F. BLOOM, Brian M. CONLEY, Jonathan J. BARRY, Roger D. GREELEY, Steven G. MILLER, Chad M. GREENLAW
  • Patent number: 9050113
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly to couple an electrosurgical device to treat tissue with an electrosurgical unit includes a cartridge member to operate with a power delivery apparatus of the electrosurgical unit and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electrosurgical unit. An electrosurgical unit includes a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus arranged to operate with a cartridge member to be located in a cartridge receptacle of the electrosurgical unit. An electrosurgical device includes a first electrode spaced alongside the second electrode, with each electrode having a blade shaped member. Each blade shaped member has opposing sides bounded by edges, with the edges having a medial edge and a lateral edge. At least one fluid outlet is adjacent each blade shaped member, and each fluid outlet is in fluid communication with a fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Brian M. Conley, Jonathan J. Barry, Roger D. Greeley, Steven G. Miller, Chad M. Greenlaw
  • Patent number: 9023040
    Abstract: A cutting device for tissue separation includes a cutting edge using electrical energy such as RF power that is coupled to, but thermally insulated from, a catheter in an elongated medical device. Thermal insulation between a ring-type cutting device and the catheter is provided by a gap, slots within the ring, and/or slanted slots within the ring. In one embodiment, tissue separation occurs by rotation of a ring-type electrically-powered cutting edge having internal cross-bar elements. In an alternate embodiment, tissue separation occurs by longitudinal movement of an offset electrically-powered cutting edge that is pressed against tissue by an inflatable balloon. In a further alternate embodiment, a cutting edge is coupled longitudinally to a catheter, is provided electrical energy by wired connection to the braided catheter, but is thermally isolated from the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Denise C. Lane, Vaclav O. Podany, Brian M. Conley
  • Patent number: 8920417
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electrosurgical device includes a shaft, a first U-shaped electrode at a distal end of the shaft, and a second blade shaped electrode at the distal end of the shaft. The second electrode includes a spherical distal end. And the second electrode is substantially coplanar with the first electrode such that the first electrode surrounds a perimeter of the second electrode. The second electrode is spaced from the first electrode by an aperture. In some embodiments, an electrosurgical device includes a shaft, a first electrode at a distal end of the shaft defining an aperture and comprising a pointed tip, and a second electrode disposed at the distal end of the shaft that is substantially coplanar with the first electrode such that the first electrode surrounds a perimeter of the second electrode. The second electrode is spaced from the first electrode by the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Jonathan J. Barry, Roger D. Greeley, Chad M. Greenlaw, Lorenzo C. Vaccarella, Joseph Sylvester
  • Patent number: 8906012
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical device and methods of use thereof. In one embodiment, the device may comprise a handle, a shaft distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip adjacent a distal end of the shaft, with the first electrode tip spaced from the second electrode tip and wherein the first electrode tip comprises a first U-shaped electrode and the second electrode tip comprises a second U-shaped electrode, and at least one fluid outlet. In another embodiment, the device may comprise a handle, a shaft distal to the handle, and a first electrode and a second electrode adjacent a distal end of the shaft with the first electrode coplanar with the second electrode and comprising a wire electrode having a U-shape which surrounds a perimeter of the second electrode and is spaced from the second electrode by an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Jonathan J. Barry, Roger D. Greeley, Chad M. Greenlaw
  • Patent number: 8882756
    Abstract: The invention provides a bipolar electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency energy and a fluid provided from the device. In one embodiment, the device comprises a first electrode and a second electrode at the end of a malleable shaft assembly to be hand shapeable by a user of the device, and at least one fluid outlet. The malleable shaft assembly comprises a first shaft and a second shaft, a length of the first shaft and a length of the second shaft in an outer member comprising a polymer, and at least a portion of the first shaft and at least a portion of the second shaft being malleable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Greeley, Steven G. Miller, Vaclav O. Podany, Brian M. Conley, Chad M. Greenlaw