Patents by Inventor James G. Whayne

James G. Whayne 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: 10537237
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Rebecca Schlieman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20200015886
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue with at least one diagnostic element coupled to an energy transfer element of the device. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Chris DILLON
  • Publication number: 20200000486
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy C. KISER, James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Earl W. ROGERS
  • Publication number: 20190388145
    Abstract: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. A fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface may be provided in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, James G. WHAYNE, Earl W. ROGERS
  • Patent number: 10448963
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for repairing soft tissue. The surgical system allows for the creation of tissue repair by grasping, aligning and sewing or fixing tissue. For example, this system may be used for clipping together excessive capsular tissue and reducing the overall capsular volume. The deployment device includes a central grasping mechanism and an outer clip delivery system. The clip embodiments may be single or multi-component (penetration and locking base components) that penetrate tissue layers and deploy or lock to clip the tissue together. An example of the system is used to reduce the joint capsule tissue laxity and reduces the potential for subluxation or dislocation of the joint by either restricting inferior laxity (anterior or posterior) and resolving or eliminating pathologic anterior or posterior translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bay Innovation Group, LLC
    Inventors: Heber Crockett, John Wright, James G. Whayne, Kevin L. Ohashi, Sidney D. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 10433859
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy C. Kiser, James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers, Rebecca Neubert
  • Patent number: 10413311
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Kiser, James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10413355
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue with at least one diagnostic element coupled to an energy transfer element of the device. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Chris Dillon
  • Patent number: 10342610
    Abstract: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. A fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface may be provided in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney D. Fleischman, James G. Whayne, Earl W. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20190117300
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Earl W. ROGERS
  • Publication number: 20190090945
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed herein for therapeutically treating atrial tissue to lessen the effects of mechanical stress on atrial tissue, where reducing mechanical stress in the portion of atrial tissue reduces formation of at least one arrhythmia substrate. In one example, the devices and methods are suitable for minimally invasive surgery. More particularly, methods and devices described herein permit creating an ablation pattern on an organ while reducing excessive trauma to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN
  • Patent number: 10219859
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20180344312
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a surgical device for passing suture through soft tissue. The surgical device can include at least one elongate superelastic member having a thickness and having a first resting configuration that defines at least one curve having a first radius of curvature greater than or equal to 3 times the thickness of the superelastic member. The surgical device also can include a thermally formed opening in the superelastic member, the opening adapted to receive at least one strand of suture. Moreover, the surgical device can include a superelastic member adapted to be straightened into a second configuration having a second radius of curvature larger than the first radius of curvature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Diduch, James G. Whayne
  • Patent number: 10123836
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed herein for therapeutically treating atrial tissue to lessen the effects of mechanical stress on atrial tissue, where reducing mechanical stress in the portion of atrial tissue reduces formation of at least one arrhythmia substrate. In one example, the devices and methods are suitable for minimally invasive surgery. More particularly, methods and devices described herein permit creating an ablation pattern on an organ while reducing excessive trauma to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20180289418
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Christopher W. SICVOL
  • Patent number: 9956036
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Christopher W. Sicvol
  • Patent number: 9943364
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Christopher W. Sicvol
  • Patent number: 9931132
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved access of locations within the body by providing a variety of dissection modes on a single access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Christopher W. Sicvol
  • Publication number: 20180028225
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Rebecca SCHLIEMAN, Earl W. ROGERS
  • Publication number: 20170360463
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. KISER, James G. WHAYNE, Sidney D. FLEISCHMAN, Earl W. ROGERS