Patents by Inventor Clayton Grames

Clayton Grames 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: 20210369371
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a shaft, a tool member, and a flexure. The shaft has a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, and defines a longitudinal axis. The distal end portion includes a ground portion. The tool member has an engagement portion and an actuation portion. The engagement portion is disposed distally from the actuation portion, and can exert an engagement force on a target structure. The actuation portion receives an actuation force. The flexure has a first end portion coupled to the ground portion of the shaft, and a second end portion coupled to the tool member. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the actuation force is exerted on the actuation portion of the tool member such that the tool member rotates relative to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Jordan TANNER, Clayton GRAMES, Bryce EDMONDSON, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry L. HOWELL
  • Patent number: 11123145
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a shaft, a tool member, and a flexure. The shaft has a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, and defines a longitudinal axis. The distal end portion includes a ground portion. The tool member has an engagement portion and an actuation portion. The engagement portion is disposed distally from the actuation portion, and can exert an engagement force on a target structure. The actuation portion receives an actuation force. The flexure has a first end portion coupled to the ground portion of the shaft, and a second end portion coupled to the tool member. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the actuation force is exerted on the actuation portion of the tool member such that the tool member rotates relative to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Dearden, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames, Bryce Edmondson, Brian D. Jensen, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell
  • Patent number: 11007028
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames
  • Publication number: 20200085415
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of sample retrieval, grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an elongated member and a retention member movably coupled to the elongated member. The elongated member includes a cutting portion configured to cut a target sample when moved, and defines an internal volume within which at least a portion of the target sample can be received. The retention member includes an engagement portion configured to move between a first position and a second position when the retention member is actuated. The engagement portion is configured to extend within the internal volume to exert a force on the target sample within the internal volume when the engagement portion is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Jared BRUTON, Trent ZIMMERMAN, Clayton GRAMES, Amelia Mariah PARKINSON, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry L. HOWELL
  • Publication number: 20200008827
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a first joint member, a second joint member, and a flexure. The first joint member includes a first connection portion and a contact surface. The second joint member including a second connection portion. A first end portion of the flexure is coupled to the first connection portion, and a second end portion of the flexure is coupled to the second connection portion. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the first joint member and the second joint member move from a first configuration to a second configuration. When in the first configuration, the central portion of the flexure is spaced apart from the contact portion. When in the second configuration, the central portion of the flexure contacting the contact portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Clayton GRAMES, Larry L. HOWELL, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY
  • Publication number: 20190290375
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a shaft, a tool member, and a flexure. The shaft has a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, and defines a longitudinal axis. The distal end portion includes a ground portion. The tool member has an engagement portion and an actuation portion. The engagement portion is disposed distally from the actuation portion, and can exert an engagement force on a target structure. The actuation portion receives an actuation force. The flexure has a first end portion coupled to the ground portion of the shaft, and a second end portion coupled to the tool member. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the actuation force is exerted on the actuation portion of the tool member such that the tool member rotates relative to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Jordan TANNER, Clayton GRAMES, Bryce EDMONDSON, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry L. HOWELL
  • Patent number: 10390898
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames, Jason Lund
  • Publication number: 20190192248
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames
  • Patent number: 10251718
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames
  • Patent number: 9867631
    Abstract: Surgical forceps for gripping internal organs during minimally invasive surgery are provided. The surgical forceps can be a sanitizable sheet in a folded configuration that includes a first elongate region which transitions to a resilient hinge which transitions to a second elongate region, all of which are formed of the same sheet. The first elongate region can further include a first grasper end opposite the resilient hinge and the second elongate region can include a second grasper end opposite the resilient hinge. The resilient hinge can apply a spring force to the first elongate region and the second elongate region that biases the forceps in an open configuration where the first grasper end and the second grasper end are distal from each other. When an external force is applied against the resilient hinge, the first grasper end can close against the second grasper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Clayton Grames, Landen Bowen, Eric Call, Terri Bateman, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20160051274
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a shaft, a tool portion including a first arm and a second arm, and a split rolling joint including a first curved portion and a second curved portion. The second curved portion may be coupled to the shaft. The first curved portion may include a first split portion and a second split portion. The first split portion may be coupled to the first arm. The second split portion may be coupled to the second arm. At least one of the first split portion and the second split portion may be configured to roll with respect to the second curved portion such that at least one of the first arm and the second arm can move towards or away from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Larry L. HOWELL, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Brian D. JENSEN, John Ryan STEGER, Jordan TANNER, Clayton GRAMES
  • Publication number: 20160022365
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Brian D. JENSEN, Larry L. HOWELL, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Bryce EDMONDSON, Jordan TANNER, Clayton GRAMES
  • Publication number: 20150057702
    Abstract: Surgical forceps for gripping internal organs during minimally invasive surgery are provided. The surgical forceps can be a sanitizable sheet in a folded configuration that includes a first elongate region which transitions to a resilient hinge which transitions to a second elongate region, all of which are formed of the same sheet. The first elongate region can further include a first grasper end opposite the resilient hinge and the second elongate region can include a second grasper end opposite the resilient hinge. The resilient hinge can apply a spring force to the first elongate region and the second elongate region that biases the forceps in an open configuration where the first grasper end and the second grasper end are distal from each other. When an external force is applied against the resilient hinge, the first grasper end can close against the second grasper end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Clayton Grames, Landen Bowen, Eric Call, Terri Bateman, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell