Patents by Inventor Gary M. Johnson

Gary M. Johnson 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: 10431857
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20190252071
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for secure and seamless set up and modification of bolus calculator parameters for a bolus calculator tool by a health care provider (HCP). In one aspect, a method for enabling HCP set up of a bolus calculator includes providing a server accessible by both an HCP and a patient; upon login by the HCP, displaying, or transmitting for display, a fillable form, the fillable form including one or more fields for entry of one or more bolus calculator parameters; receiving data from the fillable form, the data corresponding to one or more bolus calculator parameters; and upon login by the patient, transmitting data to a device associated with the patient, the transmitted data based on the received data, where the transmitted data corresponds to one or more of the bolus calculator parameters in a format suitable for entry to a bolus calculator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Anna Leigh Davis, Scott M. Belliveau, Esteban Cabrera, JR., Alexandra Elena Constantin, Rian Draeger, Peter Galuardi, Hari Hampapuram, Matthew Lawrence Johnson, Apurv Ullas Kamath, Katherine Yerre Koehler, Aarthi Mahalingam, Gary A. Morris, Philip Thomas Pupa, Peter C. Simpson, Brian Christopher Smith, Tomas C. Walker
  • Patent number: 10376282
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical access port system that comprises a retractor that is adapted for being coupled to a cap and that is particularly useful in natural orifice surgery are described. The retractor comprises an outer ring, wherein the outer ring is configured to be disposed proximate the natural orifice of the patient and substantially surround the orifice; a tubular body; and a funnel segment extending between and coupling the outer ring and the tubular body, wherein the funnel segment provides a diametric reduction between the relatively large diameter of the outer ring and the relatively smaller diameter of the tubular body, which is sized to fit within a natural orifice with minimal distention of the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Blaze Brown, Adam Hoke, Jacob J. Filek, Gary M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190233091
    Abstract: A landing gear strut assembly including an outer cylinder, an inner cylinder, and a latch mechanism including a first mounting bracket coupled to the outer cylinder, a second mounting bracket coupled to the inner cylinder, a first latching member pivotally coupled to the first mounting bracket, the first latching member having a latching position and a released position, and a second latching member coupled to the second mounting bracket, wherein in the latching position the first latching member is positioned relative to the second latching member so as to couple with the second latching member and retain the inner cylinder in a retracted position, and wherein in the released position the first latching member is uncoupled from the second latching member so that the inner cylinder is free to move relative to the outer cylinder in the direction of extension of the inner cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Patterson JOHNSON, Allyn Dalton MORRIS, Ricardo Mendes DA SILVA, Gary M. LINDAHL
  • Publication number: 20190223906
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical access port system that comprises a retractor that is adapted for being coupled to a cap and that is particularly useful in natural orifice surgery are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Blaze Brown, Adam Hoke, Adeeb Saiduddin, Gary M. Johnson, Jacob J. Filek
  • Patent number: 10342604
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system can include an electrosurgical generator, a feedback circuit or controller, and an electrosurgical tool. The feedback circuit can provide an electrosurgery endpoint by determining the phase end point of a tissue to be treated. The electrosurgical system can include more than one electrosurgical tool for different electrosurgical operations and can include a variety of user interface features and audio/visual performance indicators. The electrosurgical system can also power conventional bipolar electrosurgical tools and direct current surgical appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Brustad, Zoran Falkenstein, Christopher J. Cappello, Gary M. Johnson, Benjamin A. Gianneschi, Olivia J. Tran, Matthew A. Wixey, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Boun Pravong, Haruyasu Yawata, Matthew M. Becerra, Adam J. Cohen, Nabil Hilal, Edward D. Pingleton, Said S. Hilal, Charles C. Hart, Chris R. Wikoff
  • Publication number: 20190198914
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The combination comprises a hand held power tool, a battery pack and a controller. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing connectable to and supportable by the hand held power tool, a plurality of battery cells supported by the battery pack housing, each of the plurality of battery cells having a lithium-based chemistry, being individually tapped and having an individual state of charge. A communication path is provided by a battery pack sense terminal and a power tool sense terminal. The controller is operable to monitor a state of charge of a number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells and to generate a signal based on the monitored state of charge of the number of battery cells less than the plurality of battery cells, the signal being operable to control the operation of the hand held power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Jonathan A. Zick, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Publication number: 20190192793
    Abstract: An insufflating surgical instrument adapted for movement across an abdominal wall to insufflate an abdominal region of a patient is disclosed. The instrument comprises a shaft having an insufflation channel extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the insufflation channel being adapted for connection to a source of fluid under pressure at the proximal end. A tip is at the distal end and a vent hole is formed in the tip being in connection with the insufflation channel and adapted to expel fluid under pressure to insufflate the abdominal region. The tip is formed of a transparent material to facilitate visualization of the abdominal wall and region. The shaft includes a lumen extending along the axis between the proximal end and the distal end to enable insertion of a laparoscope. The lumen and insufflation channel may be formed as separate channels or as one shared channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Albrecht, John R. Brustad, Scott V. Taylor, Gary M. Johnson, Nabil Hilal
  • Publication number: 20190190289
    Abstract: A method for conducting an operation including a power tool battery pack. The battery pack can include a housing, a first cell supported by the housing and having a voltage, and a second cell supported by the housing and having a voltage. The battery pack also can be connectable to a power tool and be operable to supply power to operate the power tool. The method can include discharging one of the first cell and the second cell until the voltage of the one of the first cell and the second cell is substantially equal to the voltage of the other of the first cell and the second cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Patent number: 10271875
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical access port system that comprises a retractor that is adapted for being coupled to a cap and that is particularly useful in natural orifice surgery are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Blaze Brown, Adam Hoke, Adeeb Saiduddin, Gary M. Johnson, Jacob J. Filek
  • Publication number: 20190105078
    Abstract: A visual insufflation obturator is provided. The obturator includes seals, valves, screens and/or various other tip features to eliminate the ingress of fluids, matter and/or gas that can disrupt the visual field of the laparoscope disposed within the obturator. The obturator provides additional features such as lens and anti-fog features to further increase visibility of the scope, efficiently insufflate the patient and ultimately provide an access channel into the insufflated abdomen once the visual insufflation obturator is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Scott V. Taylor, Paul W. Balschweit, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Gary M. Johnson, Said S. Hilal, Zoran Falkenstein
  • Patent number: 10226589
    Abstract: An insufflating surgical instrument adapted for movement across an abdominal wall to insufflate an abdominal region of a patient is disclosed. The instrument comprises a shaft having an insufflation channel extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the insufflation channel being adapted for connection to a source of fluid under pressure at the proximal end. A tip is at the distal end and a vent hole is formed in the tip being in connection with the insufflation channel and adapted to expel fluid under pressure to insufflate the abdominal region. The tip is formed of a transparent material to facilitate visualization of the abdominal wall and region. The shaft includes a lumen extending along the axis between the proximal end and the distal end to enable insertion of a laparoscope. The lumen and insufflation channel may be formed as separate channels or as one shared channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Albrecht, John R. Brustad, Scott V. Taylor, Gary M. Johnson, Nabil Hilal
  • Patent number: 10124156
    Abstract: A surgical access port for insertion into a body cavity can have an elongate tubular body extending along an axis between a proximal end and a distal end, and a tip at the distal end of the tubular body for penetrating through a body wall and into the body cavity. The distal tip moves from a first, penetrating position to a second, retaining position when the body wall has been traversed. The surgical access port may further comprise a seal housing connected to the proximal end of the tubular body, the seal housing having an access port providing an opening into the tubular body to allow passage of surgical instruments. The distal tip may be sharp, pointed or bladed. The distal tip may also be substantially blunt or have a conical surface. The access port may further comprise a retention member for connecting the tubular body and the distal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Johnson, John R. Brustad, Charles C. Hart
  • Publication number: 20180221623
    Abstract: The invention primarily is directed to a medical tubing adapted for insertion into a body tissue or cavity and method of manufacturing different variations of the tubing along a length of the tubing. The tubing comprises a plurality of individual, discrete, generally ring-shaped elements arranged in series and fused or bonded together forming a continuous tubular structure. The ring-shaped elements may include a combination of flexible and rigid ring-shaped elements assembled along different portions or sections of the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the medical tubing may further comprise a secondary lumen and a pull wire to control the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the ring-shaped elements may vary in diameter and/or composition in different portions or sections of the tubular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: John R. Brustad, Said S. Hilal, Nabil Hilal, Charles C. Hart, Gary M. Johnson, Serene Wachli, Ghassan Sakakine, Donald L. Gadberry, Edward D. Pingleton, Matthew N. Petrime, Payam Adlparvar, Carl B. Hadley, Kenneth K. Vu
  • Patent number: 9987460
    Abstract: The invention primarily is directed to a medical tubing adapted for insertion into a body tissue or cavity and method of manufacturing different variations of the tubing along a length of the tubing. The tubing comprises a plurality of individual, discrete, generally ring-shaped elements arranged in series and fused or bonded together forming a continuous tubular structure. The ring-shaped elements may include a combination of flexible and rigid ring-shaped elements assembled along different portions or sections of the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the medical tubing may further comprise a secondary lumen and a pull wire to control the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the ring-shaped elements may vary in diameter and/or composition in different portions or sections of the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Brustad, Said S. Hilal, Nabil Hilal, Charles C. Hart, Gary M. Johnson, Serene Wachli, Ghassan Sakakine, Donald L. Gadberry, Edward D. Pingleton, Matthew N. Petrime, Payam Adlparvar, Carl B. Hadley, Kenneth K. Vu
  • Publication number: 20180125530
    Abstract: Embodiments of a natural orifice access device that comprises a cut-out portion to provide access to a surgical site and that includes an obturator adapted to interface with the cut-out potion to provide a smooth and consistent contact surface during insertion into the natural orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Blaze Brown, Adam Hoke, Jacob J. Filek, Gary M. Johnson, Adeeb Saiduddin, Alexander Sheehan, Alexandra Do
  • Publication number: 20180125529
    Abstract: Embodiments of a surgical access port system that comprises a retractor that is adapted for being coupled to a cap and that is particularly useful in natural orifice surgery are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Jeremy J. Albrecht, Blaze Brown, Adam Hoke, Adeeb Saiduddin, Gary M. Johnson, Jacob J. Filek
  • Patent number: 9962222
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes jaws having an electrode configuration utilized to electrically modify tissue in contact with one or more electrodes. The instrument is removably connectable to an electrosurgical unit via an electrosurgical connector extending from the instrument and a receptacle on the electrosurgical unit. The electrosurgical instrument is rotatable without disrupting electrical connection to the electrodes of the jaws. One or more of the electrodes is retractable. The electrosurgical unit and instrument optimally seals and/or cuts tissue based on identifying the tissue and monitoring the modification of the tissue by the application of radio frequency energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Brustad, Zoran Falkenstein, Benjamin Linville-Engler, Matthew A. Wixey, Gary M. Johnson, Patrick Elliott
  • Publication number: 20180116692
    Abstract: A surgical access port or trocar is provided. The trocar has a trocar seal housing and a trocar cannula with an optical obturator insertable through the trocar seal housing and the trocar cannula. The trocar is configured to access a body cavity, to maintain positive pressure and to prevent loss of surgical insufflation gas used in laparoscopic procedures. The trocar seal housing can be releasably attached to the trocar cannula. The trocar seal housing may also have a shield and/or alignment channel that provide protection or assist in operation of instrument and zero seals housed in the trocar seal housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Kimball B. McGinley, Henry Kahle, Scott V. Taylor, Gary M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9955992
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tissue morcellator for minimally invasive surgery. The morcellator has a metallic cutting ring mounted on a visually transparent hollow cylinder, which in combination with a visually transparent outer morcellator tube enables a surgeon to visualize the inside of the morcellator shaft for detection of loose tissue fragments in the device. A tenaculum used with the morcellation device has a spacer for preventing contact with the blade. The cutting tube can oscillate, rather than rotate, along the longitudinal axis of the cutting tube. The morcellator utilizes an extendable tissue guide on the outer tube of the morcellator shaft for preventing the tissue from rotating along the longitudinal axis of the morcellator tube. This allows the tissue to be continuously rotated into the morcellator device for continuous peel. The tissue guide can also be fully retracted to allow for coring of the bulk tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Boun Pravong, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Matthew M. Becerra, Matthew A Wixey, Haruyasu Yawata, Gary M. Johnson, Zoran Falkenstein, John R. Brustad, Charles C. Hart