Patents by Inventor David Monroe

David Monroe 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: 20230355266
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method of compressing tissue includes an end effector and a shaft assembly. The end effector has a jaw and a clamp arm movable between open and closed positions. The shafts assembly includes a clamp actuator having a proximal actuator portion, a distal actuator portion, and a force limiter. The force limiter is longitudinally connected between the proximal and distal actuator portions and configured to transfer movement from the proximal actuator portion to the distal actuator portion up to transferring a predetermined force therethrough. At least a portion of the force limiter is configured to deflect upon exceeding the predetermined force such that the proximal actuator portion is configured to longitudinally move relative to the distal actuator portion and thereby limit a clamping force between the jaw and the clamp arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Inventors: Eric W. Brunner, Jeffrey L. Clark, Andrew W. Gordon, Douglas Marriott, David A. Monroe, Samantha S. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20230225753
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises a body, an ultrasonic transducer, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. The shaft couples the end effector and the body together. The acoustic waveguide is coupled with the transducer. The articulation section includes a collar that is located distal to a nodal portion of the waveguide and is operable to deflect the end effector away from the longitudinal axis. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the ultrasonic transducer. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section. The articulation drive assembly comprises at least one translating articulation driver coupled with the collar. The ultrasonic blade is operable to deliver ultrasonic vibrations to tissue even when the articulation section is in an articulated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2023
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, David A. Monroe, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Richard C. Smith, Ashvani K. Madan, Craig T. Davis, Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Chad P. Boudreaux, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Amy L. Sitler, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Sean P. Conlon, John A. Hibner
  • Publication number: 20230142303
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes a mode selection member and an activation member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The end effector is configured to be activated in a first activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a first position. The end effector is configured to be activated in a second activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Inventors: Paul F. Riestenberg, Benjamin M. Boyd, Jacob S. Gee, Craig N. Faller, Charles J. Scheib, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Katelynn Kramer, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Geoffrey S. Strobl, David A. Monroe
  • Publication number: 20230112022
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Estera, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Patent number: 11607240
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises a body, an ultrasonic transducer, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. The shaft couples the end effector and the body together. The acoustic waveguide is coupled with the transducer. The articulation section includes a collar that is located distal to a nodal portion of the waveguide and is operable to deflect the end effector away from the longitudinal axis. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the ultrasonic transducer. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section. The articulation drive assembly comprises at least one translating articulation driver coupled with the collar. The ultrasonic blade is operable to deliver ultrasonic vibrations to tissue even when the articulation section is in an articulated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, David A. Monroe, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Richard C. Smith, Ashvani K. Madan, Craig T. Davis, Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Chad P. Boudreaux, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Amy L. Benchek, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Sean P. Conlon, John A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 11559323
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes a mode selection member and an activation member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The end effector is configured to be activated in a first activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a first position. The end effector is configured to be activated in a second activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Paul F. Riestenberg, Benjamin M. Boyd, Jacob S. Gee, Craig N. Faller, Charles J. Scheib, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Katelynn Kramer, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Geoffrey S. Strobl, David A. Monroe
  • Publication number: 20230015195
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes a mode selection member and an activation member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The end effector is configured to be activated in a first activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a first position. The end effector is configured to be activated in a second activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Paul F. Riestenberg, Benjamin M. Boyd, Jacob S. Gee, Craig N. Faller, Charles J. Scheib, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Katelynn Kramer, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Geoffrey S. Strobl, David A. Monroe
  • Publication number: 20220387067
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes an inner tube, an outer tube, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp member pivotably moveable relative to the ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is acoustically coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. The clamp member pivotably movable relative to the ultrasonic blade between an open configuration and an approximated configuration with respect to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the inner tube, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the outer tube, and wherein movement of the outer tube relative to the inner tube between the first position and the second position transitions the clamp member between the open configuration and the approximate configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Jacob S. Gee, Paul F. Riestenberg, Jonathan T. Batross, David A. Monroe, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Jeffrey D. Messerly
  • Patent number: 11484333
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20220313305
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes an activation member that is operable to move in a first direction to select a mode of operation. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body and includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade that is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The activation member is operable to move in a second direction to activate the end effector in a mode of operation selected by movement of the activation member in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Kevin L. Houser, David A. Monroe, David J. Cagle, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Timothy P. Lessek, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Ryan M. Asher, Mary E. Mootoo, Eric B. Smith, Gregory W. Johnson, David M. Locke
  • Patent number: 11452539
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes an activation member that is operable to move in a first direction to select a mode of operation. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body and includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade that is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The activation member is operable to move in a second direction to activate the end effector in a mode of operation selected by movement of the activation member in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Kevin L. Houser, David A. Monroe, David J. Cagle, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Timothy P. Lessek, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Ryan M. Asher, Mary E. Mootoo, Eric B. Smith, Gregory W. Johnson, David M. Locke
  • Patent number: 11413060
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes an inner tube, an outer tube, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp member pivotably moveable relative to the ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is acoustically coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. The clamp member pivotably movable relative to the ultrasonic blade between an open configuration and an approximated configuration with respect to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the inner tube, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the outer tube, and wherein movement of the outer tube relative to the inner tube between the first position and the second position transitions the clamp member between the open configuration and the approximate configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Jacob S. Gee, Paul F. Riestenberg, Jonathan T. Batross, David A. Monroe, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Jeffrey D. Messerly
  • Patent number: 11116532
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Zeckel, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20210137544
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Rivard, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200360045
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and a rigidizing member. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide includes a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section includes a first member and a second member. The second member is longitudinally translatable relative to the first member. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The rigidizing member is configured to selectively engage at least a portion of the articulation section to thereby selectively provide rigidity to the articulation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Barry C. Worrell, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Kristen L. D'Uva, Craig N. Faller, John B. Schulte, Kristen G. Denzinger, Joseph E. Hollo, Jason R. Sullivan, Brian D. Black, Frederick L. Estera, David A. Monroe, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Gregory A. Trees, Gregory W. Johnson, Foster B. Stulen
  • Patent number: 10748092
    Abstract: One or more computer-readable storage media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon are described. When executed, the computer-executable instructions cause at least one processor to define an analysis and an analysis data object related to a part, data for an analysis of the part at least partially available from a plurality of disparate applications related to the design, fabrication and testing of the part, verify that all the data needed for the analysis, as defined within the analysis data object, is available from at least one source of data, invoke an analysis of the part upon receipt of all of the data needed for the analysis, the analysis results populating the analysis data object, and storing the analysis data object such that the analysis results therein occur in a format unrelated to any of the applications that generated data used in the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David Monroe Levermore, John Mark Gardner, Jack Blaylock
  • Patent number: 10667835
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Barry C. Worrell, David A. Monroe, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Craig N. Faller, William D. Fox, Michael J. Stokes
  • Publication number: 20200078040
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes a mode selection member and an activation member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The end effector is configured to be activated in a first activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a first position. The end effector is configured to be activated in a second activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Paul F. Riestenberg, Benjamin M. Boyd, Jacob S. Gee, Craig N. Faller, Charles J. Scheib, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Katelynn Kramer, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Geoffrey S. Strobl, David A. Monroe
  • Patent number: 10470790
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes a mode selection member and an activation member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The end effector is configured to be activated in a first activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a first position. The end effector is configured to be activated in a second activation mode in response to actuation of the activation member when the mode selection member is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Paul F. Riestenberg, Benjamin M. Boyd, Jacob S. Gee, Craig N. Faller, Charles J. Scheib, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Katelynn Kramer, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Geoffrey S. Strobl, David A. Monroe
  • Publication number: 20190262030
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes an inner tube, an outer tube, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp member pivotably moveable relative to the ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is acoustically coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. The clamp member pivotably movable relative to the ultrasonic blade between an open configuration and an approximated configuration with respect to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the inner tube, wherein the clamp member is pivotably coupled to the outer tube, and wherein movement of the outer tube relative to the inner tube between the first position and the second position transitions the clamp member between the open configuration and the approximate configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Jacob S. Gee, Paul F. Riestenberg, Jonathan T. Batross, David A. Monroe, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Jeffrey D. Messerly