Patents by Inventor David Mintz

David Mintz 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: 20190151148
    Abstract: A water jet instrument may be used for manually performing surgery. The water jet instrument may be manually controlled or controlled by a system with a robotic control. The water jet apparatus defines a jet cutting area that is based at least in part on a flow rate meter and a feedback loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, David Mintz
  • Patent number: 10231867
    Abstract: A water jet instrument may be used for manually performing eye surgery such as, cataract, or perform micro-surgery (remove cartilage), or any emulsification technique. The water jet instrument may be manually controlled or controlled by a system with a robotic control. The water jet apparatus defines a jet cutting area that is based at least in part on a flow rate meter and a feedback loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Alvarez, David Mintz
  • Patent number: 9867635
    Abstract: A water jet instrument may be used for manually performing eye surgery such as, cataract, or perform micro-surgery (remove cartilage), or any emulsification technique. The water jet instrument may be manually controlled or controlled by a system with a robotic control. The water jet apparatus defines a jet cutting area that is based at least in part on a flow rate meter and a feedback loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, David Mintz, Fred Moll, Barry Seibel
  • Publication number: 20160331331
    Abstract: The present invention relates, generally, to reporting the approximate three-dimensional orientation of the steerable distal portion of an endoscope to the user of the endoscope. More particularly, the present invention relates to a system and method for providing the endoscope-user a display from which to more easily determine the approximate three-dimensional orientation of the steerable distal portion of the endoscope, thereby facilitating navigation of the endoscope. The present invention also relates to a system and method for limiting the amount the steerable distal portion can bend overall to reduce or eliminate the user's ability to over-retroflex the steerable distal portion of the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert ENO, Amir BELSON, David BLAHA, David MINTZ, Bruce R. WOODLEY
  • Patent number: 9357901
    Abstract: A system for graphically visualizing an orientation of a steerable distal portion of an elongate instrument is disclosed. The system includes an instrument having an elongate body. The elongate body includes a proximal portion and a steerable distal portion. The system also includes at least one tensioning member attached to said steerable distal portion, wherein the actuation of said at least one tensioning member results in an approximate y-bend and an approximate x-bend of said steerable distal portion, and wherein said approximate y-bend and approximate x-bend define an approximate overall bend of said steerable distal portion. The system further includes a graphical user interface and an icon representing said approximate overall bend on said graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eno, Amir Belson, David Blaha, David Mintz, Bruce Robert Woodley
  • Patent number: 9259276
    Abstract: Medical and/or robotic devices, systems and methods can provide an indicator associated with each manipulator assembly of a multi-arm telerobotic or telesurgical system. The exemplary indicator comprises a multi-color light emitting diode (LED) mounted to a manipulator moving an associated surgical instrument, allowing the indicator to display any of a wide variety of signals. The invention may provide an additional user interface to facilitate communications between the telesurgical system and/or members of a telesurgical team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Mintz, David Q. Larkin, Michael Lee Hanuschik
  • Publication number: 20150025539
    Abstract: A water jet instrument may be used for manually performing eye surgery such as, cataract, or perform micro-surgery (remove cartilage), or any emulsification technique. The water jet instrument may be manually controlled or controlled by a system with a robotic control. The water jet apparatus defines a jet cutting area that is based at least in part on a flow rate meter and a feedback loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, David Mintz, Fred Moll, Barry Seibel
  • Publication number: 20140364870
    Abstract: Systems and processes for facilitating the removal of cataract material with a robotically assisted tool with laser, irrigation capabilities, aspiration capabilities. Tool guidance systems that make use of vision technologies, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), white light imaging, and structured light imaging. Emulsification patterns optimized to minimize risk to the patient and reduce procedure time. Robotic tools with articulation capabilities that allow for precise control during capsulorhexis and emulsification procedures. Robotic instrument drive mechanisms combined with pumps, flow meters, and valves regulate and control irrigation and aspiration functionalities during robotic ophthalmologic procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Greg Kintz, David Mintz, Serena Wong
  • Publication number: 20140309649
    Abstract: A water jet instrument may be used for manually performing eye surgery such as, cataract, or perform micro-surgery (remove cartilage), or any emulsification technique. The water jet instrument may be manually controlled or controlled by a system with a robotic control. The water jet apparatus defines a jet cutting area that is based at least in part on a flow rate meter and a feedback loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, David Mintz
  • Publication number: 20140094648
    Abstract: A system for graphically visualizing an orientation of a steerable distal portion of an elongate instrument is disclosed. The system includes an instrument having an elongate body. The elongate body includes a proximal portion and a steerable distal portion. The system also includes at least one tensioning member attached to said steerable distal portion, wherein the actuation of said at least one tensioning member results in an approximate y-bend and an approximate x-bend of said steerable distal portion, and wherein said approximate y-bend and approximate x-bend define an approximate overall bend of said steerable distal portion. The system further includes a graphical user interface and an icon representing said approximate overall bend on said graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert ENO, Amir BELSON, David BLAHA, David MINTZ, Bruce Robert WOODLEY
  • Patent number: 8591501
    Abstract: Systems and processes are described relating to laser-based ophthalmic intervention technologies, and, more specifically, to techniques for creating lesions on an eye using a modular system featuring one or more coherent fiber bundles configured to deliver laser energy to the eye from a separate housing wherein a laser source is located. The subject technology may be utilized to not only separate a patient from certain portions of the hardware, but also to facilitate patterned lesion creation using mobile devices such as LIO and laser endoprobe devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Topcon Medical Laser Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mintz, Daniel Palanker, Gregory Kintz
  • Patent number: 8568299
    Abstract: The present invention relates, generally, to reporting the approximate three-dimensional orientation of the steerable distal portion of an endoscope to the user of the endoscope. More particularly, the present invention relates to a system and method for providing the endoscope-user a display from which to more easily determine the approximate three-dimensional orientation of the steerable distal portion of the endoscope, thereby facilitating navigation of the endoscope. The present invention also relates to a system and method for limiting the amount the steerable distal portion can bend overall to reduce or eliminate the user's ability to over-retroflex the steerable distal portion of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eno, Amir Belson, David Blaha, David Mintz, Bruce Robert Woodley
  • Publication number: 20120304904
    Abstract: A refractory structural element is provided that is useful for lining the inner surface of a construct typically used as a kiln or other high temperature system. An element includes a stem portion associated with a flared end block portion whereby the flared end block portion is compatible with other structural elements to form a substantially continuous tiled surface when a plurality of refractory structural elements are laid adjacent to each other. The stem portion optionally has a plurality of protrusions decorated on its outer surface that may serve to adjust heat dissipation from the element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Stellar Materials Incorporated
    Inventors: Jens Decker, David Mintz
  • Publication number: 20120265215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for articulating an elongate articulatable body which is adapted to be delivered within a body cavity. Particularly, systems and methods for enhancing an articulating force on the elongate body without increasing an actuation force applied by an actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations,Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Joshua Oen, David Mintz, Keith Phillip Laby
  • Patent number: 8182418
    Abstract: Systems and methods for articulating an elongate articulatable body which is adapted to be delivered within a body cavity. Particularly, systems and methods for enhancing an articulating force on the elongate body without increasing an actuation force applied by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Joshua Oen, David Mintz, Keith Phillip Laby
  • Publication number: 20120059390
    Abstract: Medical and/or robotic devices, systems and methods can provide an indicator associated with each manipulator assembly of a multi-arm telerobotic or telesurgical system. The exemplary indicator comprises a multi-color light emitting diode (LED) mounted to a manipulator moving an associated surgical instrument, allowing the indicator to display any of a wide variety of signals. The invention may provide an additional user interface to facilitate communications between the telesurgical system and/or members of a telesurgical team.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mintz, David Q. Larkin, Michael Lee Hanuschik
  • Patent number: 8100133
    Abstract: Medical and/or robotic devices, systems and methods can provide an indicator associated with each manipulator assembly of a multi-arm telerobotic or telesurgical system. The exemplary indicator comprises a multi-color light emitting diode (LED) mounted to a manipulator moving an associated surgical instrument, allowing the indicator to display any of a wide variety of signals. The invention may provide an additional user interface to facilitate communications between the telesurgical system and/or members of a telesurgical team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations
    Inventors: David Mintz, Tracey Ann Morley, Theodeore Charles Walker, David Q Larkin, Michael Lee Hanuschik
  • Publication number: 20110319874
    Abstract: Systems and processes are described relating to laser-based ophthalmic intervention technologies, and, more specifically, to techniques for creating lesions on an eye using a modular system featuring one or more coherent fiber bundles configured to deliver laser energy to the eye from a separate housing wherein a laser source is located. The subject technology may be utilized to not only separate a patient from certain portions of the hardware, but also to facilitate patterned lesion creation using mobile devices such as LIO and laser endoprobe devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Topcon Medical Laser Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David MINTZ, Daniel PALANKER, Gregory KINTZ
  • Publication number: 20090216083
    Abstract: Systems and methods for articulating an elongate articulatable body which is adapted to be delivered within a body cavity. Particularly, systems and methods for enhancing an articulating force on the elongate body without increasing an actuation force applied by an actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: NeoGuide Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Joshua Oen, David Mintz, Keith Phillip Laby
  • Patent number: RE42511
    Abstract: Bonded aggregate compositions such as concrete, concrete repair products, high temperature refractories, high temperature insulation and fire resistant insulation are made from an aqueous solution of phosphoric acid and a separate, storable dry mixture of suitable aggregate, monocalcium phosphate, and calcium in the form of calcium aluminate cement or calcium oxide. The proportion of wet to dry constituents is variable so as to select the working time and strength of the aggregate composition, typically on the order of ten to fifteen minutes. The mixture of the preferred dry constituents, and the binder to be mixed with the aggregate to yield the preferred dry mixture, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Stellar Materials Incorporated
    Inventors: Jean Tremblay, David Mintz, Neil Mintz