Patents by Inventor James A. Woodard

James A. Woodard 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: 20220006836
    Abstract: In various examples, communications having insecure protocols are dynamically hardened. For example, communications that are formatted in an outdated or otherwise insecure version of a protocol (e.g., sent by a device aged out of a service window) may be isolated within a network, converted to an updated protocol format, or any combination thereof. These systems and methods may be implemented on a general purpose network device (e.g., a hub of a Local Area Network (LAN)).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher Schneider, Amy Rose, Benjemin Thomas Waine, Andrew James Woodard
  • Publication number: 20210397940
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and techniques to detect abnormal behavior on clients using one or more neural networks on said clients. In at least one embodiment, use of or behavior on one or more clients is analyzed by a first neural network to detect abnormal behavior compared to a baseline of accepted behavior, and said baseline of accepted behavior is revised over time by a second neural network based on behavior observed on said one or more clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Ian Schneider, Amy Leigh Rose, Andrew James Woodard, Benjemin Thomas Waine
  • Publication number: 20210390414
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and techniques to accelerate training of one or more neural networks. In at least one embodiment, training values for individual nodes in a first neural network are estimated using a second neural network or other estimation technique in order to decrease time required to train the first neural network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Ian Schneider, Amy Leigh Rose, Andrew James Woodard, Benjemin Thomas Waine
  • Publication number: 20210367918
    Abstract: A security enhancement technique provides users of an application program with a perceptible cue, such as a visual or audible indication, that a domain and/or link is safe according to a list of safe domains/sites and links. Each identified domain and/or link is compared with domains and/or links defined in a trusted list. The trusted list is maintained by an enterprise system administrator or is provided via an internet browser program. Advantages of this technique are that the user can easily identify domain names that are trusted and does not need to examine each URL path to determine whether or not the domain and/or link is safe. Users may be motivated to scrutinize domains and/or links that are not indicated to be trusted, reducing security breaches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventors: Amy Leigh Rose, Benjemin Thomas Waine, Andrew James Woodard, Christopher Ian Schneider
  • Publication number: 20210093311
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a drive unit on a support. The drive unit includes motors or other actuators and a plurality of output elements arranged such that operation of each drive unit linearly translates a corresponding one of the output elements. A surgical device has actuation elements extending through an elongate shaft to a distal articulation section, and an input subsystem carried at the proximal end of the shaft. Linear translatable input elements or pistons of the input subsystem are each associated with a corresponding one of the actuation elements. The input and output elements are positioned such that operation of an actuator linearly translates an output element, causing linear translation of a corresponding input element and engagement of an actuation element. A sterile drape is positionable between the input elements and the output elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: TransEnterix Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Penny, James A. Woodard
  • Publication number: 20210085304
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a drive unit on a support. The drive unit includes motors or other actuators and a plurality of output elements arranged such that operation of each drive unit linearly translates a corresponding one of the output elements. A surgical device has actuation elements extending through an elongate shaft to a distal articulation section, and an input subsystem carried at the proximal end of the shaft. Linear translatable input elements or pistons of the input subsystem are each associated with a corresponding one of the actuation elements. The input and output elements are positioned such that operation of an actuator linearly translates an output element, causing linear translation of a corresponding input element and engagement of an actuation element. A sterile drape is positionable between the input elements and the output elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: TransEnterix Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Penny, James A. Woodard
  • Patent number: 10939909
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device has an elongate shaft has a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft. A circular needle applier is on the distal end of the elongate shaft. The circular needle applier has an arced needle and a needle driver operatively connected to the actuator to rotate the arced needle in a circular path. A joint is positioned between the proximal and distal ends of the elongate shaft. The joint is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively articulate the shaft. A bearing is on the shaft positioned distally of the joint. The bearing is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively rotate the circular needle applier about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Zeiner, Wells D. Haberstich, David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180263620
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device has an elongate shaft has a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft. A circular needle applier is on the distal end of the elongate shaft. The circular needle applier has an arced needle and a needle driver operatively connected to the actuator to rotate the arced needle in a circular path. A joint is positioned between the proximal and distal ends of the elongate shaft. The joint is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively articulate the shaft. A bearing is on the shaft positioned distally of the joint. The bearing is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively rotate the circular needle applier about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: MARK S. ZEINER, WELLS D. HABERSTICH, DAVID T. MARTIN, JAMES A. WOODARD, JR.
  • Patent number: 9913639
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft and an end effector. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of grasping arms. Each grasping arm comprises a respective pair of jaws. Each pair of jaws is operable to cooperate to grasp and release a suture needle. Each jaw has a needle grasping member operable to align a suture needle along a predetermined arc path. The end effector is further operable to pass the needle from one arm to the other arm during a suturing procedure. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Aaron J. Brickner, Jason R. Lesko
  • Patent number: 9844366
    Abstract: A surgical needle includes a pair of ends, a mid-region extending between the ends, and at least one grasping feature configured for grasping by a suturing instrument. An end of a suture is secured to the mid-region of the needle in a manner such that the end of the suture defines an oblique angle with at least part of the centerline defined by the mid-region of the needle. The end of the suture may be disposed in a hollow portion of the needle. The grasping feature may include a notch such as a scallop. The suture may be pivotally coupled with the needle via a ball or pin. The needle may have one or more sharp points. The sharp point may include three converging cutting edges, at least two planar surfaces bounded by the three cutting edges, and a rounded surface bounded by two of the three cutting edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Michael V. Sherrill, Jason R. Lesko, David T. Martin, Katherine J. Schmid, Michael J. Miller, Gary W. Knight, Richard F. Schwemberger, Atul M. Godbole
  • Patent number: 9833232
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft and an end effector. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of needle grasping arms. Each grasping arm extends along a respective arm axis. The grasping arms are operable to drive a suture needle along a rotational path about an axis, such as one of the arm axes, that is offset from the central longitudinal axis of the shaft. The rotational path may be perpendicular to the axis of the shaft. A needle driven by the end effector may have an arc radius that is greater than the radius of the shaft. At least one of the needle grasping arms may include a dogleg feature positioning a distal portion of the grasping arm outside the radius of the shaft. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Jason R. Lesko, Shawn C. Snyder, David T. Martin
  • Patent number: 9814457
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an end effector, a shaft assembly, and a drive assembly. The end effector comprises needle receiving arms operable to grasp a needle. The drive assembly comprises drive members that are rotatable about respective drive axes that are perpendicular to the axis of the shaft assembly. The drive assembly is operable to drive the needle receiving arms to selectively engage and disengage the needle; and to selectively pass the needle from one needle receiving arm to the other needle receiving arm. The drive assembly provides an interface to a controller that is operable via a remote user interface. The drive assembly may include helical gears, clutch assemblies, a rack and pinion, or other components to convert motion of the drive members into motion at the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9814462
    Abstract: An assembly for fastening tissue is disclosed. The assembly may comprise a first jaw comprising a cartridge, wherein the cartridge comprises a plurality of fasteners. The plurality of fasteners comprises a first fastener comprising a first height and a second fastener comprising a second height, wherein the second height is different than the first height. The assembly further comprises a second jaw, wherein at least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other. The second jaw comprises a plurality of fastener-engaging portions. The plurality of fastener-engaging portions comprises a first fastener-engaging portion and a second fastener-engaging portion. The assembly further comprises a compressible layer intermediate the first jaw and the second jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Charles J. Scheib, Chad P. Boudreaux, Dean B. Bruewer, Richard F. Schwemberger, Christopher J. Schall, Jerome R. Morgan, Robert J. Simms, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John N. Ouwerkerk
  • Patent number: 9724089
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a drive gear assembly, and a drive arm. The housing defines a channel that receives a needle such that the needle is movable within the channel. The drive gear assembly is positioned within the housing and includes a first gear, a second gear, and a rack. The rack is translatable relative to the housing and is coupled with the first and second gears to rotate the first and second gears. The drive arm is coupled with the drive gear assembly and engages the needle to move the needle within the channel of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Wells D. Haberstich, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9585655
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector assembly, and a drive assembly. The body may include a handpiece with an integral motor. The shaft assembly may include two pairs of concentric shafts. The end effector assembly may include arms that selectively grasp and release a suturing needle. The drive assembly is operable to drive the end effector assembly via the shaft assembly. The drive assembly is operable to convert a single rotary input into at least two rotary outputs. In some versions, the drive assembly comprises a plurality of shaft assemblies that include an input shaft, a first output shaft, a second output shaft, and a third output shaft. The drive assembly is operable to selectively rotate and hold the shaft assemblies in accordance with a predetermined sequence, such as to perform tissue suturing through a trocar in a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Aaron J. Brickner, Jason R. Lesko
  • Patent number: 9486209
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device comprises an arced needle track, an arced needle positioned in the needle track, and a length of suture connected to the needle. A reciprocating needle driver is operative to engage and move the needle in the needle track. A rotary input rotates about an axis. A link has a proximal end connected to the rotary input and a distal end connected to the needle driver. Rotation of the rotary input in a first angular direction translates the needle driver in a second angular direction opposite of the first angular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9451946
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft assembly, an end effector, and a grasping actuation assembly. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft assembly and includes a pair of grasping arms. Each grasping arm comprises a respective pair of jaws. Each pair of jaws is operable to cooperate to grasp and release a suture needle. The grasping actuation assembly is operable to drive one jaw of each pair in one direction while simultaneously driving the other jaw of the pair in an opposite direction, to selectively grasp or release the suture needle. The shaft assembly includes two pairs of parallel concentric shafts, which form part of the actuation assembly. Each shaft pair is operable to drive a respective internal drive shaft having separate threaded regions with opposing pitch. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Aaron J. Brickner, Jason R. Lesko, William J. White, David T. Martin
  • Patent number: 9445808
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for operating on tissue. The apparatus includes an end effector having an upper jaw and lower jaw. The upper and lower jaws each include an electrode surface. The apparatus also includes a tissue tacking cartridge coupled to one of either the upper jaw or the lower jaw. The tissue tacking cartridge includes at least one fastener positioned outside of the electrode surfaces. The fastener is operable to be deployed from the tissue tacking cartridge. A tack loading cartridge may also be operable to load the end effector with at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Kreena B. Modi, Gary W. Knight, Andrew C. Yoo, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Joseph E. Young, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9427227
    Abstract: A surgical suturing system comprises a reusable shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end has a receiver and a rotary drive. A reusable actuator is connected to the proximal end of the shaft. A disposable cartridge is adapted to be attached to and detached from the receiver. The cartridge comprises an arced track, an arced needle positioned in the track having a leading end and a trailing end, a length of suture connected to the trailing end, a reciprocating needle driver operative to engage and move the needle in the arced circular track, and a transmission operatively connected to the needle driver having a rotary input adapted to couple to the rotary drive. The reusable shaft and actuator may be autoclavable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Wells D. Haberstich, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9357998
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device has an elongate shaft has a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft. A circular needle applier is on the distal end of the elongate shaft. The circular needle applier has an arced needle and a needle driver operatively connected to the actuator to rotate the arced needle in a circular path. A joint is positioned between the proximal and distal ends of the elongate shaft. The joint is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively articulate the shaft. A bearing is on the shaft positioned distally of the joint. The bearing is operatively connected to the actuator to selectively rotate the circular needle applier about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Wells D. Haberstich, Mark S. Zeiner, James A. Woodard, Jr.