Patents by Inventor Daniel L. Baber

Daniel L. Baber 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: 11998201
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument comprising a tissue cutting knife movable through a staple cartridge to perform a staple firing stroke is disclosed. The stapling instrument further comprises a lockout system configured to prevent the tissue cutting knife from being moved through the staple firing stroke if the staple cartridge is missing from the stapling instrument and/or if the staple cartridge has been previously fired. The lockout system comprises a flexible spring that acts on the bottom of the tissue cutting knife at the initiation of the staple firing stroke to push the tissue cutting knife into a lockout recess if the staple cartridge is missing or has been previously fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag CmbH International
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, Richard L Leimbach, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Nicholas J. Ross, Brian K. Spinneweber, Joshua R. Ruoff, Robbin B. Johnson, Daniel L. Baber, Pierre R. Mesnil
  • Publication number: 20240023962
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector and an articulation control system is disclosed. The articulation control system comprises actuators that, when actuated, cause the end effector to articulate in predetermined directions. When the end effector is rotated downwardly, the articulation control system flips, or switches, the response to the inputs from the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Inventors: ZHIFAN F. HUANG, Richard L. Leimbach, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Nicholas J. Ross, Brian K. Spinneweber, Joshua R. Ruoff, Robbin B. Johnson, Daniel L. Baber, Pierre R. Mesnil, Marissa T. Kamenir
  • Publication number: 20230320731
    Abstract: An end effector for use with a surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw to grasp tissue therebetween, and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge comprises staples deployable into the tissue. The end effector further comprises a magnetic sensor configured to measure a parameter indicative of an identifying characteristic of the staple cartridge, an impedance sensor configured to measure a parameter indicative of an impedance of the tissue, and a processing unit in communication with the impedance sensor. The processing unit is configured to determine a property of the tissue based on an output of the impedance sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11717297
    Abstract: An electronic system for a surgical instrument is disclosed. The electronic system comprises a main power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a primary circuit. A supplementary power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a secondary circuit. A short circuit protection circuit coupled between the main power supply circuit and the supplementary power supply circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to isolate itself from the main power supply circuit when the supplementary power supply circuit detects a short circuit condition at the secondary circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to rejoin the main power supply circuit and supply power to the secondary circuit, when the short circuit condition is remedied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20230225730
    Abstract: A method of surgical stapling that uses a surgical instrument operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector with a pair of jaws. A placement tip extends distally from one of the jaws of the end effector. The method includes positioning the end effector at a desired site for surgical stapling. The method also includes controlling one or more of the jaws of the end effector to place the end effector in an open position. The method also includes positioning the end effector such that tissue is located between the jaws. The method also includes clamping the tissue between the jaws by moving at least one of the jaws toward the other jaw. The method also includes advancing a firing beam of the apparatus from a proximal position to a distal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2022
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hilary A. Reinhardt, Christopher J. Hess, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Daniel L. Baber
  • Publication number: 20230057935
    Abstract: An electronic system for a surgical instrument is disclosed. The electronic system comprises a main power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a primary circuit. A supplementary power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a secondary circuit. A short circuit protection circuit coupled between the main power supply circuit and the supplementary power supply circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to isolate itself from the main power supply circuit when the supplementary power supply circuit detects a short circuit condition at the secondary circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to rejoin the main power supply circuit and supply power to the secondary circuit, when the short circuit condition is remedied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11564687
    Abstract: A method of surgical stapling that uses a surgical instrument operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector with a pair of jaws. A placement tip extends distally from one of the jaws of the end effector. The method includes positioning the end effector at a desired site for surgical stapling. The method also includes controlling one or more of the jaws of the end effector to place the end effector in an open position. The method also includes positioning the end effector such that tissue is located between the jaws. The method also includes clamping the tissue between the jaws by moving at least one of the jaws toward the other jaw. The method also includes advancing a firing beam of the apparatus from a proximal position to a distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hilary A. Reinhardt, Christopher J. Hess, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Daniel L. Baber
  • Publication number: 20220378425
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulatable end effector including a staple cartridge is disclosed. The stapling instrument further comprises an articulation drive configured to articulate the end effector and a staple firing drive configured to fire the staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke. The articulation drive is selectively engageable with the staple firing drive to articulate the end effector and decoupled from the staple firing drive during the staple firing stroke. The stapling instrument further comprises a control system that is configured to compensate for the net displacement of the staple firing drive that occurs when articulating the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, Richard L. Leimbach, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Nicholas J. Ross, Brian K. Spinneweber, Joshua R. Ruoff, Robbin B. Johnson, Daniel L. Baber, Pierre R. Mesnil
  • Publication number: 20220378424
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument comprising a tissue cutting knife movable through a staple cartridge to perform a staple firing stroke is disclosed. The stapling instrument further comprises a lockout system configured to prevent the tissue cutting knife from being moved through the staple firing stroke if the staple cartridge is missing from the stapling instrument and/or if the staple cartridge has been previously fired. The lockout system comprises a flexible spring that acts on the bottom of the tissue cutting knife at the initiation of the staple firing stroke to push the tissue cutting knife into a lockout recess if the staple cartridge is missing or has been previously fired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, Richard L. Leimbach, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Nicholas J. Ross, Brian K. Spinneweber, Joshua R. Ruoff, Robbin B. Johnson, Daniel L. Baber, Pierre R. Mesnil
  • Publication number: 20220378426
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector and an articulation control system is disclosed. The articulation control system comprises actuators that, when actuated, cause the end effector to articulate in predetermined directions. When the end effector is rotated downwardly, the articulation control system flips, or switches, the response to the inputs from the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, Richard L. Leimbach, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Nicholas J. Ross, Brian K. Spinneweber, Joshua R. Ruoff, Robbin B. Johnson, Daniel L. Baber, Pierre R. Mesnil, Marissa T. Kamenir
  • Patent number: 11406386
    Abstract: An end effector for use with a surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw to grasp tissue therebetween, and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge comprises staples deployable into the tissue. The end effector further comprises a magnetic sensor configured to measure a parameter indicative of an identifying characteristic of the staple cartridge, an impedance sensor configured to measure a parameter indicative of an impedance of the tissue, and a processing unit in communication with the impedance sensor. The processing unit is configured to determine a property of the tissue based on an output of the impedance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20220226013
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a drive member movable by a drive motor between a home position and an end of stroke. A mechanical stop is disposed at or near the end of stroke and is structured to increase resistance to movement of the drive member from a first position to a second position. A control system detects a current spike associated with the increased resistance and interrupts power to the drive motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Daniel L. Baber, Richard L. Leimbach
  • Patent number: 11389162
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector, a firing member, a motor, and a control circuit is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw to grasp tissue therebetween, a staple cartridge comprising staples, a first sensor at a first position of the end effector, and a second sensor at a second position of the end effector. The firing member is movable in a firing motion to deploy the staples. The motor is configured to cause the firing motion. The control circuit is configured to receive a first output of the first sensor, receive a second output of the second sensor, and cause the motor to adjust the firing motion based on the first and second outputs. The first output is indicative of a tissue property and the second output is indicative of the tissue property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11246618
    Abstract: A surgical system comprising an elongate shaft and an end effector is disclosed herein. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, and a staple cartridge comprising staples removably stored therein, wherein the first jaw is movable relative to the second jaw. The surgical system further comprises a first rotatable drive system configured to close the first jaw and a second rotatable drive system. The second rotatable drive system comprises a drive screw, a drive member movable between a proximal position and a distal position during a staple firing stroke, and a sled configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge during the staple firing stroke. The sled is not pulled proximally by the drive member when the drive member is retracted. The end effector, the drive screw, and the sled comprise a replaceable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Daniel L. Baber, Richard L. Leimbach
  • Patent number: 11185327
    Abstract: A method of surgical stapling that uses a surgical instrument operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector with a pair of jaws. A placement tip extends distally from one of the jaws of the end effector. The method includes positioning the end effector at a desired site for surgical stapling. The method also includes controlling one or more of the jaws of the end effector to place the end effector in an open position. The method also includes positioning the end effector such that tissue is located between the jaws. The method also includes clamping the tissue between the jaws by moving at least one of the jaws toward the other jaw. The method also includes advancing a firing beam of the apparatus from a proximal position to a distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hilary A. Reinhardt, Christopher J. Hess, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Daniel L. Baber
  • Patent number: 11166721
    Abstract: A staple retainer for a surgical staple cartridge unit includes a body having first and second body sides configured to be positioned within an aperture defined between an anvil and a deck of the cartridge unit such that the first body side confronts the anvil and the second body side confronts the deck. The second body side is configured to retain staples within openings in the deck. A first protrusion at the first body side is configured to contact the anvil at a first location, and a second protrusion at the first body side is configured to contact the anvil at a second location. The protrusions are configured to resiliently deflect toward the second body side in response to the staple retainer being positioned within the aperture, and are further configured to cooperate with the second body side to maintain a predetermined distance between the anvil and the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Macall K. Campbell, Daniel L. Baber
  • Patent number: 11076854
    Abstract: An electronic system for a surgical instrument is disclosed. The electronic system comprises a main power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a primary circuit. A supplementary power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a secondary circuit. A short circuit protection circuit coupled between the main power supply circuit and the supplementary power supply circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to isolate itself from the main power supply circuit when the supplementary power supply circuit detects a short circuit condition at the secondary circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to rejoin the main power supply circuit and supply power to the secondary circuit, when the short circuit condition is remedied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11071545
    Abstract: An electronic system for a surgical instrument is disclosed. The electronic system comprises a main power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a primary circuit. A supplementary power supply circuit configured to supply electrical power to a secondary circuit. A short circuit protection circuit coupled between the main power supply circuit and the supplementary power supply circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to isolate itself from the main power supply circuit when the supplementary power supply circuit detects a short circuit condition at the secondary circuit. The supplementary power supply circuit is configured to rejoin the main power supply circuit and supply power to the secondary circuit, when the short circuit condition is remedied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher C. Miller, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: D938029
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Macall K. Campbell, Daniel L. Baber
  • Patent number: D962436
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Macall K. Campbell, Daniel L. Baber