Patents by Inventor Frank M. Fago

Frank M. Fago 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: 20220304694
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Patent number: 11389175
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Publication number: 20220192733
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems include an electrosurgical instrument with a unique jaw configuration and gripping surfaces that allow tangential gripping and ablation of tissue in a minimally invasive procedure. The electrosurgical instrument can include a shaft and hinge coupling the shaft to first and second jaws. The first jaw can be an anchor for the second jaw. The jaws can have respective first portions and second portions offset at an angle from the first portions. Each jaw can also include electrodes on their inner surfaces facing the other jaw. Each jaw can also include textured gripping surfaces. The gripping surfaces can be included on at least a portion of the base of each jaw, as well as on at least a portion of the inner surfaces of the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi KOETT, Salvatore PRIVITERA, Matthew MONTI, Melissa HARGIS, Kurtis KLINGENBERG, Frank M. Fago, Ruixin FAN, Christoph GILLUM
  • Publication number: 20220039852
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods, and, more specifically, cryogenic surgical systems and related methods are disclosed. Some example cryogenic surgical systems may include a cryosurgical control unit configured to cool a cryosurgical probe to a temperature colder than a temperature at which flow of cryogenic fluid to the probe is stopped. Some example tank level indicating systems may utilize the pressure of the fluid in the tank and a temperature of the exterior wall of the tank to indicate liquid level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon McHale, Frank M. Fago, Stefan Stefanov
  • Patent number: 11179185
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods, and, more specifically, cryogenic surgical systems and related methods are disclosed. Some example cryogenic surgical systems may include a cryosurgical control unit configured to cool a cryosurgical probe to a temperature colder than a temperature at which flow of cryogenic fluid to the probe is stopped. Some example tank level indicating systems may utilize the pressure of the fluid in the tank and a temperature of the exterior wall of the tank to indicate liquid level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon McHale, Frank M. Fago, Stefan Stefanov
  • Publication number: 20210272482
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for a surgical training tool that drives movement of an organ in order to reproduce a movement of that organ to mimic the conditions of a live surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon MCHALE, Frank M. FAGO, Matthew MONTI, Robert M. TRUSTY, John WESLEY, Jeffrey Paul SITES, Eric S. NORMAN
  • Publication number: 20200305884
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising: (a) a first joint comprising a first member and a second member, the first member configured to be repositionable with respect to the second member in a first degree of freedom; (b) a second joint operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint comprising a third member and a fourth member, the third member configured to be repositionable with respect to the fourth member in a second degree of freedom; (c) a pair of repositionable jaws operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint; (d) an open-ended occlusion clip detachably mounted to the pair of repositionable jaws; and, (e) a controller operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint, and the pair of repositionable jaws, the controller including a first control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the first member and the second member, and a second control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the third member and the fourth member, and a third control config
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Edward Martin, Frank M. Fago, David Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200022745
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods, and, more specifically, cryogenic surgical systems and related methods are disclosed. Some example cryogenic surgical systems may include a cryosurgical control unit configured to cool a cryosurgical probe to a temperature colder than a temperature at which flow of cryogenic fluid to the probe is stopped. Some example tank level indicating systems may utilize the pressure of the fluid in the tank and a temperature of the exterior wall of the tank to indicate liquid level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon McHale, Frank M. Fago, Stefan Stefanov
  • Patent number: 10322228
    Abstract: A power injector is disclosed having power injector control logic, which in turn includes a decay constant cross-reference, for instance in the form of a data structure. Flow rate decay constant information may be stored by the decay constant cross-reference. A decay constant, which may be used by the power injector to generate an exponentially decaying flow rate for an injection, may be stored in the decay constant cross-reference in conjunction with a particular imaging unit. The decay constant cross-reference may be searched by entering a model or module number of an imaging unit to identify the corresponding flow rate decay constant to be used by the power injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Liebel-Flarsheim Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Alya Schalabi
  • Publication number: 20190175181
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising an end effector comprising a first jaw configured to be repositionable with respect to a second jaw, the first and second jaws removably mounted to an open-ended occlusion clip, the end effector configured to configured to be removably coupled to an open-ended occlusion clip with a pair of terminal ends and first and second robotic arms, and wherein the end effector includes at least one of a cavity and a projection configured to be engaged by at least one of the first and second robotic arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Keith Edward Martin
  • Patent number: 10201352
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising an end effector comprising a first jaw configured to be repositionable with respect to a second jaw, the first and second jaws removably mounted to an open-ended occlusion clip, the end effector configured to configured to be removably coupled to an open-ended occlusion clip with a pair of terminal ends and first and second robotic arms, and wherein the end effector includes at least one of a cavity and a projection configured to be engaged by at least one of the first and second robotic arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Keith Edward Martin
  • Publication number: 20180169326
    Abstract: A power injector syringe assembly (100) that includes a syringe body (110) having a syringe barrel (120). An outer wall (126b) of the syringe barrel (120) is tapered from its proximal end (122) to its distal end (124), with the outer diameter of the syringe barrel (120) progressively increasing when proceeding in the direction of its distal end (124). When this syringe barrel (120) is disposed within a pressure sleeve (180), the clearance between the outer diameter of the syringe barrel (120) and the inner diameter of the pressure sleeve (180) is progressively reduced proceeding in the discharge direction during power injector operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Liebel-Flarsheim Company LLC
    Inventor: Frank M. Fago
  • Publication number: 20180132857
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Patent number: 9901352
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Publication number: 20180036007
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising an end effector comprising a first jaw configured to be repositionable with respect to a second jaw, the first and second jaws removably mounted to an open-ended occlusion clip, the end effector configured to configured to be removably coupled to an open-ended occlusion clip with a pair of terminal ends and first and second robotic arms, and wherein the end effector includes at least one of a cavity and a projection configured to be engaged by at least one of the first and second robotic arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Keith Edward Martin
  • Patent number: 9883867
    Abstract: A medical instrument including a first joint including a first member and a second member, the first member configured to be repositionable with respect to the second member in a first degree of freedom, a second joint operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint including a third member and a fourth member, the third member configured to be repositionable with respect to the fourth member in a second degree of freedom, a pair of repositionable jaws operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint, an open-ended occlusion clip detachably mounted to the pair of repositionable jaws, and a controller operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint, and the pair of repositionable jaws, the controller including a control with a line operatively coupled to the first and second jaws in at least a gun tackle pulley configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Edward Martin, Frank M. Fago, David Wilson
  • Patent number: 9855387
    Abstract: A medical fluid injector system (450) is disclosed that may utilize one or more of flow rate determination logic (130), injection volume determination logic (132), display control logic (134), drive ram motion control logic (136), and pressure monitoring logic (138). The flow rate determination logic (130), injection volume determination logic (132), and display control logic (134) each may utilize a concentration input (172, 192, 202) to calculate flow rates, injection volumes, and generate multi-color graphics, respectively, for a simultaneous injection configuration. The drive ram motion control logic (136) may utilize both a target pressure and a monitored pressure to derive a velocity for advancing a drive ram. The pressure monitoring logic (138) may provide a monitored pressure value for the drive ram control logic (136), where this monitored pressure value may be derived from the input power being used to advance a drive ram and the drive ram velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: James R. Small, Jeffrey A. Perkins, Frank M. Fago, Mark Jon Glenn
  • Patent number: 9662038
    Abstract: Some injectors of the invention may include a fluid drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid (e.g., liquid, pneumatic, or both) to impart a sequence of forces to drive a delivery device (e.g., a syringe) to deliver a medical fluid (e.g., a contrast agent, a radiopharmaceutical, a drug, or a combination thereof). Some injectors may include a multimedia tube configured to pass a working fluid (e.g., air) and a light signal (e.g., infrared). Some injectors may include a peristaltic drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Wagner, Frank M. Fago, Peter Staats, Dane Battiato
  • Publication number: 20170014131
    Abstract: A medical instrument including a first joint including a first member and a second member, the first member configured to be repositionable with respect to the second member in a first degree of freedom, a second joint operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint including a third member and a fourth member, the third member configured to be repositionable with respect to the fourth member in a second degree of freedom, a pair of repositionable jaws operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint, an open-ended occlusion clip detachably mounted to the pair of repositionable jaws, and a controller operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint, and the pair of repositionable jaws, the controller including a control with a line operatively coupled to the first and second jaws in at least a gun tackle pulley configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: ATRICURE, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Edward Martin, Frank M. Fago, David Wilson
  • Publication number: 20170014135
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising: (a) a first joint comprising a first member and a second member, the first member configured to be repositionable with respect to the second member in a first degree of freedom; (b) a second joint operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint comprising a third member and a fourth member, the third member configured to be repositionable with respect to the fourth member in a second degree of freedom; (c) a pair of repositionable jaws operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint; (d) an open-ended occlusion clip detachably mounted to the pair of repositionable jaws; and, (e) a controller operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint, and the pair of repositionable jaws, the controller including a first control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the first member and the second member, and a second control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the third member and the fourth member, and a third control config
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Keith Edward Martin, Frank M. Fago, David Wilson