Patents by Inventor David C. Morgan

David C. Morgan 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: 10966791
    Abstract: A cloud based analytics medical system comprises a processor, a memory, an input/output interface to access data from medical hub communication devices, each coupled to a surgical instrument, and a database. The processor generates medical usage patterns of medical devices based on aggregation usage data of medical devices from medical hubs and aggregates patient outcome data from medical hubs. Patient outcome data comprises data pertaining to steps performed and corresponding timings for each step in patient procedures and allocation of resources used in procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Gregory J. Bakos, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10945782
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle, and a second handle. The second jaw is pivotally coupled with the first jaw. The first jaw and the second jaw are configured to grasp tissue. The jaws provide offset electrode surfaces that are operable to deliver bipolar RF energy to tissue grasped between the jaws. The apparatus is further operable to sever tissue. A lockout feature selectively prevents tissue severing, based on an energization state of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, David C. Yates, Katherine J. Schmid, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Michael S. Cropper, Jerome R. Morgan, Richard W. Timm, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20210068889
    Abstract: A surgical end effector may comprise first and second jaw members. The second jaw member may comprise an offset proximal supply electrode that is positioned to contact an opposing member of the first jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position. The second jaw member may also comprise a distal supply electrode that is positioned distal of the offset proximal electrode and is aligned with a conductive surface of the first jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position. When the first and second jaw members are in the closed position, the proximal supply electrode may be in contact with the opposing member and the distal supply electrode is not in contact with the conductive surface of the first jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Chester O. Baxter, III, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10932806
    Abstract: A modular surgical instrument is disclosed. The modular surgical instrument comprises a control interface, a shaft extending from the control interface, an end effector extending from said shaft, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to sense the electrical potential applied to the modular surgical instrument, determine if the sensed electrical potential is above a predetermined threshold, and adjust the operation of the modular surgical instrument when the sensed electrical potential exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20210022724
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Publication number: 20210015480
    Abstract: A method of operating a surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an electronic system comprising an electric motor coupled to the end effector; a motor controller coupled to the motor; a parameter threshold detection module configured to monitor multiple parameter thresholds; a sensing module configured to sense tissue compression; a processor coupled to the parameter threshold detection module and the motor controller; and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores executable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to monitor multiple levels of action thresholds and monitor speed of the motor and increment a drive unit of the motor, sense tissue compression, and provide rate and control feedback to the user of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10828033
    Abstract: A handheld electromechanical surgical device configured to be operably coupled to a surgical accessory. The device includes a handle assembly that operably supports a plurality of electrically powered motors that are controlled by a processor within the handle assembly. The handle assembly is encased in an outer shell housing. A barrier plate assembly is interposed between the handle assembly the outer shell housing and supports a shaft coupling arrangement for coupling shafts of the powered motors to corresponding portions of the surgical accessory located outside of the outer shell. Sensing arrangements are supported within the handle assembly for monitoring rotation of each of motor drive shaft and communicating with the processor to apply appropriate control signals to the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10813683
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle, and a second handle. The second jaw is pivotally coupled with the first jaw. The first jaw and the second jaw are configured to grasp tissue. The jaws provide offset electrode surfaces that are operable to deliver bipolar RF energy to tissue grasped between the jaws. The apparatus is further operable to sever tissue. A lockout feature selectively prevents tissue severing, based on an energization state of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, David C. Yates, Katherine J. Schmid, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Michael S. Cropper, Jerome R. Morgan, Chad P. Boudreaux, Richard W. Timm, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10813632
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon, LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Publication number: 20200315616
    Abstract: A surgical tool configured for operation in connection with a robotic system. The surgical tool includes a shaft and an end effector extending distally from the shaft. The end effector comprises a first jaw member and a second jaw member movable relative to the first jaw member from a closed position to an open position in response to at least one axial motion. In addition, the surgical tool includes a motor configured to generate at least one rotational motion and a motion conversion assembly operably coupled to the motor and the second jaw member, wherein the motion conversion assembly is configured to convert the at least one rotational motion to the at least one axial motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20200315615
    Abstract: A surgical tool configured for operation in connection with a robotic system. The surgical tool includes a shaft and an end effector extending distally from the shaft. The end effector comprises a first jaw member and a second jaw member movable relative to the first jaw member from a closed position to an open position in response to at least one axial motion. In addition, the surgical tool includes a motor configured to generate at least one rotational motion and a motion conversion assembly operably coupled to the motor and the second jaw member, wherein the motion conversion assembly is configured to convert the at least one rotational motion to the at least one axial motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10792289
    Abstract: Methods for treating cystic fibrosis. The method includes administering to a human in need thereof an aerosol solution comprising levofloxacin or ofloxacin and a divalent or trivalent cation. More particularly, the method includes administering the aerosol solution to a human having a pulmonary infection comprising P. aeruginosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Horizon Orphan LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery S. Loutit, Elizabeth E. Morgan, Michael N. Dudley, David C. Griffith, Olga Lomovskaya
  • Patent number: 10779828
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to selectively couple with the channel assembly. The channel assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is configured to electrically couple a power source with the electrically activated component of the cartridge assembly. The electrical contact assembly includes a first conductive plate associated with the channel assembly, a second conductive plate associated with the cartridge assembly, and a dielectric cover. The dielectric cover is associated with either the first conductive plate or the second conductive plate. The dielectric cover is positioned between the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate when the cartridge assembly is coupled with the channel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan, Gregory J. Bakos, Nichole Y. Kwee, John E. Brady
  • Patent number: 10765425
    Abstract: A surgical stapling system comprising a motorized system configured to generate a low torque rotary motion during a first operating mode and a high torque rotary motion during a second operating mode, a control system configured to switch between the first and second operating modes, an end effector, a drive member, and a rotatable member operably coupled with the motorized system and in operable engagement with the drive member is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw between an open position and a clamped position. The high torque rotary motion from the motorized system moves the drive member to drive the second iaw toward the clamped position. An opposite rotary motion from the motorized system moves the drive member in an opposite direction to release the second jaw and allow the second jaw to move toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Thomas W. Huitema, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20200256647
    Abstract: An example barrier can be switchable between an at least partially collapsed state and at least partially expanded state (e.g., a deployed state). For example, the barrier can be formed from a sheet and a plurality of rigid sections (e.g., rigid panels) attached or incorporated into the sheet. The barrier can also include a plurality of hinges, such as hinge lines, between the panels that are formed from the sheet. The hinges enable the barrier to be rigid foldable (e.g., the hinges can fold and unfold while the rigid sections remain stiff and rigid) between the expanded and collapsed states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, David C. Morgan, Terri Bateman, Jeffrey E. Niven, Alex Avila, Erica Crampton, Kyler Tolman, Jacob Greenwood, Peter Schleede, Kendal Hal Seymour, Joseph Tyler Eddington
  • Publication number: 20200246063
    Abstract: A surgical end effector may comprise first and second jaw members. The second jaw member may comprise an offset proximal supply electrode that is positioned to contact an opposing member of the first jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position. The second jaw member may also comprise a distal supply electrode that is positioned distal of the offset proximal electrode and is aligned with a conductive surface of the first jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position. When the first and second jaw members are in the closed position, the proximal supply electrode may be in contact with the opposing member and the distal supply electrode is not in contact with the conductive surface of the first jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Chester O. Baxter, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10729432
    Abstract: A method of operating a surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an electronic system comprising an electric motor coupled to the end effector; a motor controller coupled to the motor; a parameter threshold detection module configured to monitor multiple parameter thresholds; a sensing module configured to sense tissue compression; a processor coupled to the parameter threshold detection module and the motor controller; and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores executable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to monitor multiple levels of action thresholds and monitor speed of the motor and increment a drive unit of the motor, sense tissue compression, and provide rate and control feedback to the user of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20200085436
    Abstract: A modular shaft assembly is disclosed. The modular shaft assembly includes one or more inputs configured to receive input motions from a surgical instrument system, such as a handle, for example. The shaft assembly further includes one or more on-board inputs configured to generate input motions. The input motions received and generated by the shaft assembly are transferable to an end effector of the shaft assembly to perform various functions at the end effector. The end effector can include a staple cartridge and a firing member which is movable between a proximal position and a distal position to eject staples from the staple cartridge. The end effector can include a plurality of jaw members and the firing member can comprise camming members which are configured to position the jaw members relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, David C. Yates, Chester O. Baxter, III, Joshua R. Uth, Jeffrey L. Savage, Jason L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20200008809
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a surgical end effector and a threaded rotary input shaft. An actuator member is in operable engagement with the surgical end effector and is in selective threaded engagement with the threaded rotary input shaft such that when the actuator member is in an engaged configuration, rotation of said threaded rotary input shaft causes the actuator member to move axially to impart an actuation motion to the surgical end effector and when the actuator member is in a disengaged configuration, rotation of the threaded rotary input shaft will not be imparted to the actuator member. A switch may be employed for selectively moving the actuator between the engaged and disengaged configurations. A locking system may be employed for preventing axial movement of the actuator member when the actuator member is in the disengaged configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10524787
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector, which comprises a sensor configured to measure a parameter associated with a tissue grasped between the first jaw member and the second jaw member of the end effector. The surgical instrument further comprises a firing member to effect motion at the end effector, which is driven by a motor. Instructions stored in the memory of the surgical instrument cause the motor to driven the firing member at a firing rate that is a function of a measurement of the parameter. The parameter can, for example, include a thickness of the tissue grasped by the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan