Patents by Inventor James David Hughett, Sr.

James David Hughett, Sr. 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: 9265486
    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 an X-Y plane; (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 Y-Z plane perpendicular to the X-Y plane; and, (C) a controller operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint, 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, Sr., Keith Edward Martin, Salvatore Privitera
  • Publication number: 20150173767
    Abstract: An occlusion assembly comprising: (a) a tissue occlusion device comprising a first linear clamping portion and a second linear clamping portion, the first and second linear clamping portions oriented to overlap and be parallel to one another in a clamped position, the tissue occlusion device further including a spring concurrently coupled to and interposed by the first and second linear clamping portions to bias the first and second linear clamping portions toward the clamped position; and, (b) an endoscopic rein coupled to the tissue occlusion device and configured to facilitate repositioning of the tissue occlusion device toward an occlusion position where the first and second linear clamping portions are interposed by tissue, where the endoscopic rein includes a flexible wire coupled to the clamping device and configured to facilitate repositioning of the tissue occlusion device toward the occlusion position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Monti, Kenneth Lance Miller, Philip P. Resig, Salvatore Privitera, Jason Iain Glithero, Adam Harp, James David Hughett, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9017349
    Abstract: The instant disclosure is directed to devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp. In addition, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp using robotics. Moreover, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for reducing the force necessary to open an occlusion clamp without permanently compromising the clamping force of the clamp itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, Matthew Monti, Adam Harp, Kenneth Lance Miller, Jason Iain Glithero, James David Hughett, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140358168
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for occluding an anatomical structure including an occlusion apparatus having first and second beams and at least one connector for connecting the respective ends of the beams together. The occlusion apparatus may be adapted for use in a deployment device having a pair of jaws and optionally having a respective pair of shuttle bodies for releasably connecting an occlusion apparatus to the jaws while in an open position and for releasing the occlusion device from the jaws while in a closed position. A system for occluding an anatomical structure is also disclosed that includes an occlusion apparatus and a deployment device for holding the occlusion apparatus in an open position for locating the occlusion device adjacent the anatomical structure to be occluded and then moving the occlusion apparatus to a closed position and locking the occlusion apparatus in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: AtriCure. Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Salvatore Privitera, Michael D. Hooven
  • Patent number: 8876820
    Abstract: A surgical clamp including a pair of jaws, which may be used to ablate or create lesions in tissue. In an exemplary embodiment, the jaws are movable between an articulated position in which the jaws are separated and not parallel to one another, an opened position in which the jaws are separated and substantially parallel to one another, and a closed position in which the jaws are adjacent and substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Atricure, Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, Sr., Salvatore Privitera
  • Patent number: 8852218
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for occluding an anatomical structure including an occlusion apparatus having first and second beams and at least one connector for connecting the respective ends of the beams together. The occlusion apparatus may be adapted for use in a deployment device having a pair of jaws and optionally having a respective pair of shuttle bodies for releasably connecting an occlusion apparatus to the jaws while in an open position and for releasing the occlusion device from the jaws while in a closed position. A system for occluding an anatomical structure is also disclosed that includes an occlusion apparatus and a deployment device for holding the occlusion apparatus in an open position for locating the occlusion device adjacent the anatomical structure to be occluded and then moving the occlusion apparatus to a closed position and locking the occlusion apparatus in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: AtriCore, Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, Sr., Salvatore Privitera, Michael D. Hooven
  • Patent number: 8636754
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprising: (a) a clamping device biased toward a closed position; (b) a first retainer bar removably coupled to the clamping device; (c) a second retainer bar removably coupled to the clamping device, where the first retainer bar and the second retainer bar are oriented in parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, Sr., Matthew Monti, Adam Harp, Jason Iain Glithero, Kenneth Lance Miller, Philip P. Resig, Salvatore Privitera
  • Publication number: 20130190777
    Abstract: A laparoscopic device comprising: (a) a housing operatively coupled to a first control and a second control; (b) an end effector operatively coupled to the first control, the end effector comprising a first component and a second component selectively repositionable with respect to one another within an X-Y plane, the end effector also including a third component selectively repositionable with respect to the second component within an Y-Z plane; (c) a laparoscopic conduit extending between the housing and the end effector; and, (d) an occlusion clip deployment device operatively coupled to the end effector and the second control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Keith Edward Martin, Kenneth Lance Miller, Michael Dolgin
  • Publication number: 20130131649
    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 an X-Y plane; (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 Y-Z plane perpendicular to the X-Y plane; and, (C) a controller operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint, 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Keith Edward Martin, Salvatore Privitera
  • Publication number: 20120123445
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprising: (a) a clamping device biased toward a closed position; (b) a first retainer bar removably coupled to the clamping device; (c) a second retainer bar removably coupled to the clamping device, where the first retainer bar and the second retainer bar are oriented in parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Matthew Monti, Adam Harp, Jason Iain Glithero, Kenneth Lance Miller, Philip P. Resig, Salvatore Privitera
  • Publication number: 20120109161
    Abstract: The instant disclosure is directed to devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp. In addition, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp using robotics. Moreover, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for reducing the force necessary to open an occlusion clamp without permanently compromising the clamping force of the clamp itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, Matthew Monti, Adam Harp, Kenneth Lance Miller, Jason Iain Glithero, James David Hughett, SR.
  • Publication number: 20120035631
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for occluding an anatomical structure including an occlusion apparatus having first and second beams and at least one connector for connecting the respective ends of the beams together. The occlusion apparatus may be adapted for use in a deployment device having a pair of jaws and optionally having a respective pair of shuttle bodies for releasably connecting an occlusion apparatus to the jaws while in an open position and for releasing the occlusion device from the jaws while in a closed position. A system for occluding an anatomical structure is also disclosed that includes an occlusion apparatus and a deployment device for holding the occlusion apparatus in an open position for locating the occlusion device adjacent the anatomical structure to be occluded and then moving the occlusion apparatus to a closed position and locking the occlusion apparatus in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Salvatore Privitera, Michael D. Hooven
  • Patent number: 8029528
    Abstract: An instrument guide and method for use. An elongate flexible body has a proximal end and a distal end. The elongate body has two portions, one or more resilient than the other. A distal pocket is positioned adjacent the distal end of the elongate flexible body. An anchor is provided to attach the guide to a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lance Miller, Salvatore Privitera, James David Hughett, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7951147
    Abstract: A novel surgical clamp having a pair of jaws, which may be used to ablate or create leisons in tissue. In embodiment, the jaws have an articulated position wherein the jaws are separated and not parallel to one another, an opened position wherein the jaws are separated and substantially parallel to one another, and a closed position wherein the jaws are adjacent and substantially parallel to one another. One or more of the jaws can articulate independent of the other jaw. Other embodiments are described in the attached specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, James David Hughett, Sr., Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Publication number: 20100286688
    Abstract: Ablation devices comprising elongated flexible members that are repositioned to at least partially surround tissue to be ablated. The exemplary ablation instruments utilize rigid or semi-rigid devices that are either affixed to the flexible member or repositionable along the flexible member. The clamping and ablating surfaces include electrodes or other means for delivering ablation energy. The electrodes may be brought into proximity with each other so as to provide a uniform force profile across the tissue to be ablated. In such a circumstance, once the tissue between the clamping and ablating surfaces is compressed, the electrodes are activated to create an ablation lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Salvatore Privitera, Keith Edward Martin, Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Publication number: 20100185232
    Abstract: A surgical clamp including a pair of jaws, which may be used to ablate or create lesions in tissue. In an exemplary embodiment, the jaws are movable between an articulated position in which the jaws are separated and not parallel to one another, an opened position in which the jaws are separated and substantially parallel to one another, and a closed position in which the jaws are adjacent and substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: James David Hughett, SR., Salvatore Privitera
  • Publication number: 20100010489
    Abstract: A novel surgical clamp having a pair of jaws, which may be used to ablate or create leisons in tissue. In embodiment, the jaws have an articulated position wherein the jaws are separated and not parallel to one another, an opened position wherein the jaws are separated and substantially parallel to one another, and a closed position wherein the jaws are adjacent and substantially parallel to one another. One or more of the jaws can articulate independent of the other jaw. Other embodiments are described in the attached specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, James David Hughett, SR., Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Patent number: 7582086
    Abstract: A novel surgical clamp having a pair of jaws, which may be used to ablate or create leisons in tissue. In embodiment, the jaws have an articulated position wherein the jaws are separated and not parallel to one another, an opened position wherein the jaws are separated and substantially parallel to one another, and a closed position wherein the jaws are adjacent and substantially parallel to one another. One or more of the jaws can articulate independent of the other jaw. Other embodiments are described in the attached specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, James David Hughett, Sr., Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Publication number: 20080319440
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system is provided having a handpiece adapted to receive a plurality of different end effectors such that, when a particular end effector is attached to the handpiece, the end effector is recognized by either or both the handpiece and a separate electrosurgical generator so that the operational parameters for the particular end effector attached to the handpiece are selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Theodore A. Richardson, James David Hughett, SR.
  • Patent number: D544602
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James David Hughett, Sr., Mary Beth Privitera, Reinhart Butter