Patents by Inventor James D. Allen

James D. Allen 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: 20220241005
    Abstract: A jaw member of an electrosurgical instrument includes an insulative spacer including a face and defining first and second elongated recesses on either side of the face, first and second cleats disposed at least partially within the first and second elongated recesses, respectively, a structural frame, and a tissue treating plate. The structural frame is configured to receive at least a portion of the insulative spacer therein such that first and second elongated sides of the structural frame at least partially overlap the first and second cleats, respectively. The first and second elongated sides are engaged with the first and second cleats, respectively, to thereby secure the insulative spacer relative to the structural frame with the face exposed. The tissue treating plate is disposed on the face of the insulative spacer and is adapted to connect to a source of energy to treat tissue therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Netzel, James D. Allen, IV
  • Publication number: 20220237123
    Abstract: Embodiments of an invention a processor architecture are disclosed. In an embodiment, a processor includes a decoder, an execution unit, a coherent cache, and an interconnect. The decoder is to decode an instruction to zero a cache line. The execution unit is to issue a write command to initiate a cache line sized write of zeros. The coherent cache is to receive the write command, to determine whether there is a hit in the coherent cache and whether a cache coherency protocol state of the hit cache line is a modified state or an exclusive state, to configure a cache line to indicate all zeros, and to issue the write command toward the interconnect. The interconnect is to, responsive to receipt of the write command, issue a snoop to each of a plurality of other coherent caches for which it must be determined if there is a hit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jason W. Brandt, Robert S. Chappell, Jesus Corbal, Edward T. Grochowski, Stephen H. Gunther, Buford M. Guy, Thomas R. Huff, Christopher J. Hughes, Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Ronak Singhal, Seyed Yahya Sotoudeh, Bret L. Toll, Lihu Rappoport, David B. Papworth, James D. Allen
  • Publication number: 20220206875
    Abstract: A processor is described. The processor includes model specific register space that is visible to software above a BIOS level. The model specific register space is to specify a granularity of a processing entity of a lock-step group. The processor also includes logic circuitry to support dynamic entry/exit of the lock-step group's processing entities to/from lock-step mode including: i) termination of lock-step execution by the processing entities before the program code to be executed in lock-step is fully executed; and, ii) as part of the exit from the lock-step mode, restoration of a state of a shadow processing entity of the processing entities as the state existed before the shadow processing entity entered the lock-step mode and began lock-step execution of the program code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: Vedvyas SHANBHOGUE, Jeff A. HUXEL, Jeffrey G. WIEDEMEIER, James D. ALLEN, Arvind RAMAN, Krishnakumar GANAPATHY
  • Patent number: 11369427
    Abstract: An energy generator includes a connector port configured to couple to an electrosurgical instrument including an electrode having a polymeric dielectric coating; a power converter configured to generate energy; and a sensor coupled to the power converter and configured to sense a parameter of the energy. The energy generator also includes a controller coupled to the sensor and the power converter. The controller is configured to: control the power converter to output energy to modify an electrical property of the polymeric dielectric coating; and determine whether the electrical property of the polymeric dielectric coating has been sufficiently modified by the energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, William Robinson, Todd Boucher, Monte Fry, Jennifer McHenry
  • Patent number: 11370048
    Abstract: A hardfacing metal composition and method of restoring worn work string tubing by application of a hardfacing metal to the worn regions of the work string tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Postle Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Miller, James D. Allen, Steven L. Stefancic
  • Patent number: 11365490
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thermal cutting element for a surgical instrument includes manufacturing a substrate, coating at least a portion of the substrate via Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO), and disposing a heating element on at least a portion of the PEO-coated substrate. The method may further include attaching the thermal cutting element to a jaw member of a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: William Robinson, James D. Allen, IV, Mark A. Johnston, Brendan J. Heinig, Hector A. MacPherson
  • Publication number: 20220176482
    Abstract: A hardfacing metal composition and method of restoring worn work string tubing by application of a hardfacing metal to the worn regions of the work string tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Robert F. Miller, James D. Allen, Steven L. Stefancic
  • Patent number: 11324545
    Abstract: A forceps is provided and includes a housing having a shaft. An end effector assembly operatively connects to a distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of first and second jaw members. One or both of the first and second jaw members is movable relative to the other jaw member from a clamping position to an open position. A resilient member operably couples to at least one of the first and second jaw members. The resilient member is configured to bias the first and second jaw members in the clamping position and provide a closure force on tissue disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David M. Garrison, James D. Allen, IV, Jeffrey R. Unger, Duane E. Kerr, Sean T O'Neill, Peter M. Mueller, Kim V. Brandt, James S. Cunningham, Keir Hart, Daniel A. Joseph, Jason T. Sanders, Robert M. Sharp
  • Patent number: 11304716
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing including a touch sensor having a sensor surface disposed thereon. The touch sensor is configured to sense an actuation pattern input on the sensor surface. A shaft extends distally from the housing and includes an end effector disposed at a distal end thereof. An actuation assembly is disposed within the housing and operably coupled to the end effector. A control module is operably coupled between the sensor surface and the actuation assembly. The control module is configured, in response to input of an actuation pattern on the sensor surface, to actuate the actuation assembly such that a function is performed at the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 11304717
    Abstract: An end effector assembly configured for use with a surgical instrument or surgical system includes first and second jaw members each including an outer jaw housing, a tissue-treating plate, and a longitudinally-extending channel therethrough. At least one of the first or second jaw members is pivotable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position. A cutting mechanism is configured to cut tissue grasped between the jaw members. The cutting mechanism may include an activation member coupled to a knife and configured to advance the knife transversely between the jaw members, a heat-activated elongated sheet configured to un-roll to advance a cutting edge thereof transversely between the jaw members, or a clutch and spring mechanism configured to deploy a knife longitudinally between the jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Thomas E. Drochner, David J. Van Tol, Duane E. Kerr, Gary M. Couture, James D. Allen, IV, Robert M. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20220104864
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system includes an electrosurgical instrument having an electrode with a polymeric dielectric coating; and an electrosurgical generator, which includes a power converter configured to generate RF energy; a sensor coupled to the power converter and configured to sense a parameter of the RF energy; and a controller coupled to the sensor and the power converter. The controller is configured to control the power converter to output an RF waveform to achieve conductor breakthrough through the polymeric dielectric coating. The controller is further configured to determine whether the conductor breakthrough occurred based on the parameter; and execute a treatment algorithm based on a determination of the conductor breakthrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Todd W. Boucher, William E. Robinson, Monte S. Fry, James D. Allen, IV, Jennifer R. McHenry
  • Patent number: 11294809
    Abstract: Embodiments of an invention a processor architecture are disclosed. In an embodiment, a processor includes a decoder, an execution unit, a coherent cache, and an interconnect. The decoder is to decode an instruction to zero a cache line. The execution unit is to issue a write command to initiate a cache line sized write of zeros. The coherent cache is to receive the write command, to determine whether there is a hit in the coherent cache and whether a cache coherency protocol state of the hit cache line is a modified state or an exclusive state, to configure a cache line to indicate all zeros, and to issue the write command toward the interconnect. The interconnect is to, responsive to receipt of the write command, issue a snoop to each of a plurality of other coherent caches for which it must be determined if there is a hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jason W. Brandt, Robert S. Chappell, Jesus Corbal, Edward T. Grochowski, Stephen H. Gunther, Buford M. Guy, Thomas R. Huff, Christopher J. Hughes, Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Ronak Singhal, Seyed Yahya Sotoudeh, Bret L. Toll, Lihu Rappoport, David Papworth, James D. Allen
  • Publication number: 20220079658
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for a surgical instrument includes a pair of first and second jaw members movable between a spaced apart configuration and an approximated configuration for grasping tissue therebetween. The first jaw member includes a housing having a substantially flat inwardly facing surface and the second jaw member includes a housing having an electrosurgical cutter disposed along a center thereof and a pair of inwardly facing beveled surfaces extending away from the cutter. An electrically conductive sealing plate is disposed on the housing of the first jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 11272947
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing, a movable handle, a trigger, a drive assembly operably coupled between the movable handle and an end effector assembly such that movement of the movable handle from an initial position to a compressed position manipulates the end effector assembly, and a linkage operably coupled between the trigger and a knife such that movement of the trigger from an un-actuated position to an actuated position rotates the linkage to deploy the knife relative to the end effector assembly. A drive housing of the drive assembly inhibits rotation of the linkage when the movable handle is disposed in the initial position and the trigger is disposed in the un-actuated position. The drive housing cams along a surface of the linkage to urge the linkage to rotate when the movable handle is returned towards the initial position, thereby returning the trigger towards the un-actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Stephen J. Stamm, James D. Allen, IV, Victor K. Appel, Craig V. Krastins, Jessica E. C. Olson, Purvishkumar H. Soni, Ross Tichota
  • Patent number: 11253308
    Abstract: A colpotomy system includes an energy source and a uterine manipulator that is electrically coupled to the energy source. The uterine manipulator supports a colpotomy cup and extends to a conductive distal tip portion. The colpotomy cup includes a conductive surface. One or both of the conductive distal tip portion and the conductive surface of the colpotomy cup are configured to return monopolar energy to the energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Nikolai D. Begg, Jason G. Weihe, James D. Allen, IV, Ansel Dow, Thomas E. Drochner, Stuart R. Hart, Michael B. Lyons, Scott J. Prior, John R. Twomey
  • Patent number: 11234758
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided and includes a housing having a shaft. An end effector assembly is operatively connected to a distal end of the shaft and has a pair of first and second jaw members that are movable relative to one another. A drive assembly operably couples to a handle assembly associated with the housing and is configured to impart movement of a respective jaw member when the handle assembly is actuated. A spring component operably associated with each of the jaw members is configured to provide a sealing force at the jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Glenn A. Horner, James D. Allen, IV
  • Publication number: 20220008121
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for a surgical instrument includes first and second jaw members each including a jaw housing, an electrically-conductive tissue-treatment plate, and a longitudinally-extending channel. The first and/or second jaw member is movable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position. A cutting mechanism is disposed at least partially within the second jaw member. The cutting mechanism may include an inflatable bladder, a fluid line coupled to the inflatable bladder, and a knife coupled to the inflatable bladder. The cutting mechanism may alternatively include a fluid line, a knife, and a sealing member that defines a variable-volume sealed chamber within the longitudinally-extending channel of the second jaw member. The cutting mechanism may alternatively include at least one electromagnet, at least one electrical wire coupled to the at least one electromagnet, and a knife operably coupled to the at least one electromagnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas E. Drochner, James D. Allen, IV, Gary M. Couture, Duane E. Kerr, William H. Nau, JR., Robert M. Sharp, David J. Van Tol
  • Patent number: 11219482
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing that supports an elongated shaft. A selectively movable drive rod extends through the elongated shaft and carries a cam pin in a longitudinal direction. An end effector for surgically treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft and includes upper and lower jaw members pivotally coupled to one another about a pivot axis. The upper jaw member includes a first pair of laterally spaced flanges, and the lower jaw member includes a second pair of laterally spaced flanges defining a camming slot for engaging the cam pin. The flanges are arranged in an offset configuration where one flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flange of the lower jaw member, and the other flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally interior side of the other flange of the lower jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Joseph D. Bucciaglia
  • Publication number: 20210401485
    Abstract: Jaw members of end effector assemblies include sealing plates configured to direct the amount and flow of energy through the sealing plates. The sealing plates may have a height varying from a minimal height to a maximum height along a width or a length of the sealing plate and/or a sealing surface including at least two impedance zones having different impedance values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Samuel W. Tobey, James D. Allen, IV, Kenlyn S. Bonn, Jennifer R. Mchenry, William E. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20210401484
    Abstract: Jaw members of end effector assemblies include sealing plates configured to direct the amount and flow of energy through the sealing plates. The sealing plates may have a height varying from a minimal height to a maximum height along a width or a length of the sealing plate and/or a sealing surface including at least two impedance zones having different impedance values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Samuel W. Tobey, James D. Allen, IV, Kenlyn S. Bonn, Jennifer R. Mchenry, William E. Robinson