Patents by Inventor Bruce Schena

Bruce Schena 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).

  • Publication number: 20180348821
    Abstract: A computing device includes memory configured for storing executable instructions, a processor configured for executing the instructions, a foldable display layer configured for displaying information in response to the execution of the instructions, and a bend limit layer coupled to the foldable display layer and arranged substantially parallel to a display surface of the foldable display layer. The bend limit layer is configured to increase its stiffness non-linearly when a radius of a bend of the bend limit layer is less than a threshold radius of curvature of the foldable display layer, the threshold radius of curvature being greater than 1 mm and less than 20 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: William Riis Hamburgen, Yi Tao, Bruce Schena, James Cooper, John Stuart Fitch, Jeffrey Hayashida, Avi Hecht, Lawrence Lam, Andreas Nowatzyk, Jonathan Nivet, Kelvin Kwong, Kiarash Vakhshouri
  • Publication number: 20180140364
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upwardly to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upwardly from the first end to a second end. The robot support arm may further extend horizontally over the patient table to support a robotic surgical manipulator that will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 9872734
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upwardly to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upwardly from the first end to a second end. The robot support arm may further extend horizontally over the patient table to support a robotic surgical manipulator that will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 9724169
    Abstract: Medical devices robotically manipulated by a medical robotic system for performing a medical procedure on a patient are bundled together as a bundled unit and inserted into the patient through a single entry port. Bracing of the bundled unit at the surgical site so as to be constrained in one or more degrees of freedom of movement may be performed using an anchor secured to an anatomic structure at the surgical site and physically coupled to the bundled unit, or using a tool extending out of a distal end of the bundled unit that extends out to an anatomic structure at the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine J. Mohr, David Q. Larkin, Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 9532849
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system for performing a procedure within a sterile field comprises a manipulator arm and a surgical accessory clamp for coupling a surgical accessory to a distal end portion of the manipulator arm. The accessory clamp includes a base for coupling with the distal end portion of the manipulator arm, two clamp jaws with each of the clamp jaws directly and rotatably coupled to the base by respective pivot pins, and a lever operable to move the two clamp jaws between an open position and closed position. The system also includes a sterile drape covering the accessory clamp and the manipulator arm to shield the accessory clamp and the manipulator arm from the sterile field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena, William Burbank, Margaret M. Nixon, Alan Loh
  • Patent number: 9480533
    Abstract: A telescopic insertion axis, a robotic surgical system including the telescopic insertion axis, and a method of instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, a telescopic insertion axis includes a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator arm, and a carriage link movably coupled to the base link along a lengthwise axis, the carriage link including an instrument interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena
  • Publication number: 20150265356
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upwardly to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upwardly from the first end to a second end. The robot support arm may further extend horizontally over the patient table to support a robotic surgical manipulator that will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 9078686
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upwardly to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upwardly from the first end to a second end. The robot support arm may further extend horizontally over the patient table to support a robotic surgical manipulator that will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Publication number: 20140163581
    Abstract: A telescopic insertion axis, a robotic surgical system including the telescopic insertion axis, and a method of instrument insertion are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8641700
    Abstract: A telescopic insertion axis, a robotic surgical system including the telescopic insertion axis, and a method of instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, a telescopic insertion axis includes a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator arm, and a carriage link movably coupled to the base link along a lengthwise axis, the carriage link including an instrument interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8529582
    Abstract: An instrument interface of a robotic manipulator and a surgical system including the instrument interface are provided. In one embodiment, the instrument interface includes a spring-loaded input for providing axial load and torque to a sterile adaptor capable of operably coupling an instrument. In another embodiment, a robotic surgical manipulator system includes a manipulator assembly, including a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator arm, and a carriage link movably coupled to the base link along a lengthwise axis, the carriage link including an integrated instrument interface. The system further includes an instrument operably coupled to the carriage link via the instrument interface, and a processor operably coupled to the manipulator assembly for sensing presence of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Joseph P. Orban, III, Bruce Schena, Alan Loh, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130178870
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upwardly to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upwardly from the first end to a second end. The robot support arm may further extend horizontally over the patient table to support a robotic surgical manipulator that will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8419717
    Abstract: A medical robotic system having non-ideal actuator-to-joint linkage characteristics, includes a control system including a proximal control loop with actuator sensor feedback to control dynamic response of an actuator coupled to a distal joint which in turn, is coupled to an end effector to provide a degree of freedom movement of the end effector, a distal control loop with distal joint sensor feedback and feedforward to the actuator to ensure steady-state convergence of the distal joint position, and an end effector control loop with end-point sensor feedback to control the end effector position to reach a commanded end effector position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, David Q. Larkin, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8400094
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system for supporting a patient and a robotic surgical manipulator. The robotic surgery system includes a base, a pillar coupled to the base at a first end and extending vertically upward to an opposing second end, and an attachment structure coupled to the second end of the pillar. A patient table is coupled to the attachment structure. A robot support arm has a first end coupled to the attachment structure. The robot support arm extends vertically upward and then horizontally over the patient table. A robotic surgical manipulator supported by the horizontal portion of the robot support arm will extend generally downward from the robot support arm toward a patient supported by the patient table to place an end effector of the robotic surgical manipulator adjacent a desired surgical site on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8377045
    Abstract: Medical devices robotically manipulated by a medical robotic system for performing a medical procedure on a patient are bundled together as a bundled unit and inserted into the patient through a single entry port. Bracing of the bundled unit at a surgical site is performed by extending a suction surface disposed at a distal end of the bundled unit towards a bracing surface at the surgical site and applying a suction force between the suction surface and the bracing surface. The suction surface is ring-shaped with holes distributed about the ring so that controllably extendable and retractable tubes coupled at distal ends to the holes provide suction to the suction surface when coupled at proximal ends to a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Schena
  • Publication number: 20120247489
    Abstract: A sterile drape with integrated sterile adaptor, a telerobotic surgical system, and method of use are provided for draping portions of a telerobotic surgical system to maintain a sterile barrier between the sterile surgical field and the non-sterile robotic system while also providing an interface for transferring mechanical and electrical energy and signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Orban, III, S. Christopher Anderson, Roman Devengenzo, Bruce Schena, Michael Prindiville, Thomas G. Cooper, William Burbank
  • Publication number: 20120217457
    Abstract: A compact capstan includes a drum, a coupled hub, a passage extending through the drum and hub, and a shaft extending through the drum and hub. The shaft engages the passage such that the shaft can transmit a torsional force to the drum and the hub which are free to move along the length of the shaft. The drum includes a spiral groove to receive a cable loop wound around the drum. The hub has a thread with substantially the same pitch as the spiral groove to engage a threaded support such that the hub and the drum move laterally along their length relative to the threaded support as the hub and the drum are rotated. The shaft has a length that is substantially greater than the passage such that the shaft extends beyond both ends of the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Schena, Thomas Cooper
  • Publication number: 20120209291
    Abstract: A surgical accessory clamp, method of use, and a robotic surgical system including the clamp are disclosed. A surgical accessory may be attached and removed from a manipulator arm during a surgical procedure without requiring the use of an intermediate sterile accessory clamp, thus removing the need for a detachable accessory mount or adaptor that needs cleaning and sterilization and allowing for greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The present invention further allows for easy removal and attachment of instruments, tools, or accessories to the robotic surgical system without breach of sterility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena, William Burbank, Margaret M. Nixon, Alan Loh
  • Publication number: 20120209292
    Abstract: A telescopic insertion axis, a robotic surgical system including the telescopic insertion axis, and a method of instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, a telescopic insertion axis includes a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator arm, and a carriage link movably coupled to the base link along a lengthwise axis, the carriage link including an instrument interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena
  • Patent number: 8182470
    Abstract: A telescopic insertion axis, a robotic surgical system including the telescopic insertion axis, and a method of instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, a telescopic insertion axis includes a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator arm, and a carriage link movably coupled to the base link along a lengthwise axis, the carriage link including an instrument interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Thomas G. Cooper, Bruce Schena