Patents by Inventor James D. Allen, IV

James D. Allen, IV 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: 11553938
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing, a shaft extending from the housing, an end effector assembly extending from the shaft and configured to rotate and/or articulate relative to the housing, a motor disposed within the housing and operably coupled to the end effector assembly to rotate and/or articulate of the end effector assembly relative to the housing, and a sensing assembly configured to sense movement of the housing relative to a reference position and to drive the motor to rotate and/or articulate of the end effector assembly relative to the housing based upon the sensed movement. The sensing assembly is configured to operate in each of a standard mode, wherein movement of the housing effects rotation and/or articulation of the end effector assembly in a similar direction, and a reversed mode, wherein movement of the housing effects rotation and/or articulation of the end effector assembly in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 11547463
    Abstract: An electrosurgical smoke evacuation pencil includes a handle housing having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the handle housing defining a first lumen therethrough. The electrosurgical pencil also includes a nozzle disposed within the first lumen and defining a second lumen, the nozzle being movable relative to and within the handle housing and extending proximally past the proximal end portion of the handle housing. The electrosurgical pencil may further include a swivel connector coupled to the distal end portion of the handle housing, the swivel connector configured to couple to a suction source. The electrosurgical pencil includes a hub assembly securedly disposed within the second lumen, the hub assembly including a conductive tube configured to couple to a source of electrosurgical energy, and an electrode slidably disposed within the conductive tube, the electrode being movable relative to and within the conductive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Prakash Manley, James D. Allen, IV, Tyler J. Bagrosky, Conor N. Byrne, Jason T. Sanders, Chelsea E. Walbridge, Chandler E. Lacy
  • Publication number: 20220409265
    Abstract: A vessel sealing instrument includes a housing having a shaft extending from a distal end thereof having an end effector assembly including a pair of opposing first and second jaw members operably coupled thereto. A drive assembly is disposed within the housing and is configured to move the jaw members upon actuation thereof between an open position and a closed position for clamping tissue with a closure pressure within the range of about 3 kg/cm2 to about 16 kg/cm2. An anti-backdrive assembly is operably disposed within the housing and includes a drive wedge. A solenoid controller is operably coupled to the drive wedge and is configured to selectively move the drive wedge into the drive assembly upon activation thereof to increase the closure pressure between the jaw members in response to tissue expansion during sealing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Grant T. Sims, William R. Whitney, Jason G. Weihe, James D. Allen, IV, Jason T. Sanders, Alyssa M. Sawyer, Curtis M. Siebenaller
  • Publication number: 20220409264
    Abstract: A vessel sealing instrument includes a housing having a shaft extending from a distal end thereof including an end effector assembly having opposing first and second jaw members operably coupled thereto. One of the jaw members moveable between open and closed positions for clamping tissue with a closure pressure within the range of about 3 kg/cm2 to about 16 kg/cm2. The jaw members are adapted to connect to a generator for providing energy thereto in accordance with a sealing algorithm. An anti-backdrive mechanism is associated with the end effector assembly and includes: a drive shaft coupled to a controller and a screw on opposite ends, the screw configured to engage one of the jaw members upon extension thereof to provide additional closure pressure therebetween. The drive shaft is rotatable by the controller to extend the screw in response to tissue expansion during sealing based on the sealing algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Grant T. Sims, William R. Whitney, Jason G. Weihe, James D. Allen, IV, Jason T. Sanders, Alyssa M. Sawyer, Curtis M. Siebenaller
  • Publication number: 20220409266
    Abstract: A vessel sealing instrument includes a housing having a shaft extending from a distal end thereof, the distal end including an end effector assembly having a pair of opposing jaw members operably coupled thereto. One or both of the jaw members is moveable between open and closed positions for clamping tissue with a closure pressure. One or both of the jaw members connects to a generator that provides energy thereto in accordance with a sealing algorithm upon activation thereof. An anti-backdrive mechanism is coupled to the end effector assembly and includes a drive shaft coupled at one end to a solenoid and another end that engages one of the jaw members upon extension thereof to provide additional closure pressure between the jaw members. The drive shaft is extendible by the solenoid to extend the drive shaft in response to tissue expansion during sealing based on the sealing algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Grant T. Sims, William R. Whitney, Jason G. Weihe, James D. Allen, IV, Jason T. Sanders, Alyssa M. Sawyer, Curtis M. Siebenaller
  • Publication number: 20220395344
    Abstract: A surgical system includes at least one audio sensor configured to sense audio during a surgical procedure and to output audio data based on the sensed audio. The surgical system further includes a computing device operably coupled to the at least one audio sensor and configured to receive the output audio data from the at least one audio sensor. The computing device includes a processor and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to determine at least one of a cause or a location of a sound based at least on the output audio data and to output an indication of the at least one of the cause or location of the sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: December 15, 2022
    Inventors: Robert H. Wham, William E. Robinson, James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 11523862
    Abstract: A forceps includes an end effector assembly having first and second jaw members movable between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue therebetween. A knife assembly having a cutting blade disposed at a distal end thereof is also provided. The knife assembly is translatable relative to the end effector assembly between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein the cutting blade extends between the jaw members to cut tissue grasped therebetween. The knife assembly includes a proximal component and a first distal component that includes the cutting blade. The proximal and first distal components are removably coupled to one another to facilitate replacement of the first distal component. Methods of preparing such forceps for reuse are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Duane E. Kerr, James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Allan J. Evans, Russell D. Hempstead, Glenn A. Horner, Mark J. Huseman, Daniel A. Joseph, Arlen J. Reschke, Robert M. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20220378494
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system includes jaw members having a cutting element extending therebetween and a generator configured to: provide minimal power to the cutting element to maintain a pre-dissection temperature thereof; sense a change in resistance of the cutting element and ramp up power to a dissection temperature; regulate the temperature of the cutting element by regulating power; and terminate power to the cutting element to allow the cutting element to cool to the pre-dissection temperature before providing power back to the cutting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, William D. Faulkner, Duane E. Kerr
  • Publication number: 20220378496
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing having an elongated shaft extending distally therefrom and configured to support an end effector assembly at a distal end thereof. The end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members each having a tissue sealing plate disposed thereon and adapted to connect to an electrosurgical energy source for delivery thereto upon activation thereof. A sensor is disposed on one (or both) of the tissue sealing plates and is configured to communicate data relating to tissue disposed between the first and second jaw members to the electrosurgical energy source for correlation to a resonance frequency of the tissue. The resonance frequency of the tissue, in turn, is used to adjust one or more parameters associated with the delivery of electrosurgical energy to the tissue upon activation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Publication number: 20220378490
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device includes jaw members, a thermal cutting element coupled to one of the jaw members. When the jaw members are in an approximated position, power is delivered to the thermal cutting element to maintain the temperature of the thermal cutting element at an operating temperature for cutting sealed tissue grasped between the jaw members. When the jaw members are in the spaced apart position, power is delivered to the thermal cutting element to maintain the temperature of the thermal cutting element at a standby setpoint temperature. In response to a determination of contact between tissue and the thermal cutting element when the jaw members are in the spaced apart position, power is delivered to the thermal cutting element to increase the temperature of the thermal cutting element from the standby setpoint temperature to a cutting setpoint temperature for dissecting tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, William D. Faulkner, Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 11490959
    Abstract: A forceps includes a drive assembly and an end effector assembly having first and second jaw members movable between a spaced-apart position, a first approximated position, and a second approximated position. The drive assembly includes a drive housing and a drive bar. The proximal end of the drive bar is coupled to the drive housing, while the distal end of the drive bar is coupled to at least one of the jaw members. The drive housing and the drive bar are selectively movable in conjunction with one another between a first position and a second position to move the jaw members between the spaced-apart position and the first approximated position. The drive assembly is selectively activatable to move the drive bar independent of the drive housing from the second position to a third position to move the jaw members from the first approximated position to the second approximated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: William H. Nau, Jr., Arlen J. Reschke, Robert M. Sharp, Duane E. Kerr, James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 11490954
    Abstract: A forceps includes an end effector assembly having a stop and a plurality of overmold teeth within at least one jaw member. One (or both) of the jaw members is moveable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue therebetween. One (or both) of the jaw members includes a stop molded within an insulative housing, and an insulator plate with the overmold teeth formed from plastic. The overmold teeth extend through openings within a sealing plate and protrude past the tissue sealing surface of the sealing plate. The stop primarily controls the gap distance between opposing jaw members by bearing most of an applied load and the overmold teeth assist in controlling the gap distance by bearing the remaining applied load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John R. Twomey, Dylan R. Kingsley, James D. Allen, IV, Sean T. O'Neill, Jeffrey M. Roy
  • Publication number: 20220257311
    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: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    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 Sanders, Robert M. Sharp
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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