Patents by Inventor James R. Giordano

James R. Giordano 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: 20170312040
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Giordano, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20170312042
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Giordano, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9795808
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an apparatus and method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9764164
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a housing, an acoustic assembly configured to produce vibrations, and a waveguide coupled to the acoustic assembly is disclosed. The surgical instrument further comprises an ultrasonic blade extending from the waveguide and a clamp movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the waveguide. The clamp comprises an electrically non-conductive pad, a first electrode embedded in the electrically non-conductive pad, and a second electrode embedded in the electrically non-conductive pad, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode longitudinally overlap a tissue treatment area of the ultrasonic blade when the clamp is in the closed position. The surgical instrument further comprises a first conductor and a second conductor, wherein the first conductor and the second conductor are configured to be placed in electrical communication with a power source such that current can flow from the first electrode to the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Shan Wan, Daniel W. Price, David K. Norvell, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9757123
    Abstract: A powered surgical apparatus for engaging tissue includes a housing assembly and a movable portion operatively connected to the housing assembly. The movable portion is movable with respect to the housing assembly. In addition, the surgical apparatus includes a power source configured to supply electrical power, and a transmission system configured to transfer at least one of a signal and electrical power between the handle assembly and the movable portion, the transmission system including a first electronic board disposed in the handle assembly and a second electronic board positioned in the movable portion, the second electronic board including a primary control circuit and a secondary control circuit wherein the movable portion is configured and adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis defined by the powered surgical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James R. Giordano, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Publication number: 20170238929
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9724118
    Abstract: Various forms are directed to a method for operating an ultrasonic surgical instrument. The ultrasonic surgical instrument may be activated by generating a drive signal provided to the ultrasonic drive system to drive the end effector. A plurality of input variables may be applied to a multi-variable model to generate a multi-variable model output, where the multi-variable model output corresponds to an effect of the ultrasonic instrument on tissue. The plurality of input variables may comprise at least one variable describing the drive signal and at least one variable describing a property of the ultrasonic surgical instrument. When the multi-variable model output reaches a threshold value, feedback may be generated indicating a corresponding state of at least one of the ultrasonic surgical instrument and tissue acted upon by the ultrasonic surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: John B. Schulte, Daniel W. Price, Jose Domingo Vasquez, Timothy G. Dietz, Richard C. Smith, Ryan M. Asher, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Richard W. Timm, Craig T. Davis, Amy L. Marcotte, David A. Witt, Karalyn R. Tellio, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke, Eitan T. Wiener, David C. Yates, James R. Giordano
  • Publication number: 20170209146
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9707030
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue may comprise a handle, a trigger, an electrical input, and a shaft extending from the handle. The surgical instrument may comprise an end effector first and second tissue engaging surfaces that are slanted with respect to a transection plane. The end effector may, for example, have an electrode defining a V-shaped cross sectional profile. The end effector may comprise a plurality of raised surfaces that are received by a plurality of indentions when the end effector is in the closed position. The end effector may comprise a cutting member having a plurality of bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Davison, Chad P. Boudreaux, Jonathan T. Batross, James R. Giordano, Bingshi Wang, David K. Norvell
  • Patent number: 9700343
    Abstract: Various forms are directed to systems and methods for driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. A generator may generate at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal may be monitored against a first set of logic conditions. When an ultrasonic impedance of the surgical instrument exceeds a threshold impedance, a resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal may be stored as a baseline frequency. A first response of the generator may be triggered upon the occurrence of either the first set of logic conditions being met or the resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal differing from the baseline frequency by a baseline deviation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke, Karalyn R. Tellio, Eitan T. Wiener, David C. Yates, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Foster B. Stulen, James R. Giordano
  • Publication number: 20170095267
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions. A first response is triggered when the first set of logic conditions is met. A parameter is determined from the at least one electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170007250
    Abstract: A process and system are disclosed for downloading sensor data, stored in a memory device of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument, to an external or remote computer device. The process may involve storing data from one or more sensors of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument in a memory device of a control unit of the surgical cutting and fastening instrument during a surgical procedure involving the surgical cutting and fastening instrument. Next, after the surgical procedure, a data link between the control unit and the remote computer device is established. Then, the sensor data can be downloaded from the control unit to the remote computer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Publication number: 20170007251
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9522029
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a cordless instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue is provided. The cordless instrument comprises a handle comprising a power supply system, wherein the power supply system comprises a battery, an oscillator, and an amplifier. The cordless instrument further comprises an end effector comprising a battery-powered electrode and a moveable cutting member. The cordless instrument further comprises a conductor extending between the power supply system and the battery-powered electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, James R. Giordano, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9504855
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions. A first response is triggered when the first set of logic conditions is met. A parameter is determined from the at least one electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch
  • Publication number: 20160183939
    Abstract: A process and system are disclosed for downloading sensor data, stored in a memory device of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument, to an external or remote computer device. The process may involve storing data from one or more sensors of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument in a memory device of a control unit of the surgical cutting and fastening instrument during a surgical procedure involving the surgical cutting and fastening instrument. Next, after the surgical procedure, a data link between the control unit and the remote computer device is established. Then, the sensor data can be downloaded from the control unit to the remote computer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Publication number: 20160120563
    Abstract: Various forms are directed to systems and methods for driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. A generator may generate at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal may be monitored against a first set of logic conditions. When an ultrasonic impedance of the surgical instrument exceeds a threshold impedance, a resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal may be stored as a baseline frequency. A first response of the generator may be triggered upon the occurrence of either the first set of logic conditions being met or the resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal differing from the baseline frequency by a baseline deviation threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke, Karalyn R. Tellio, Eitan T. Wiener, David C. Yates, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Foster B. Stulen, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9320520
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. The surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises a pair of jaws comprising a distal end, a motor-powered firing member configured to move longitudinally along the pair of jaws toward the distal end, and a sensor configured to sense a fully-closed state of the pair of jaws. The surgical cutting and fastening instrument further comprises, one, a control circuit electrically coupled to the sensor, wherein the control circuit is configured to prevent a longitudinal movement of the firing member toward the distal end if the pair of jaws is not in the fully-closed state and, two, a remote user-controlled console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Publication number: 20160058443
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 9237921
    Abstract: Various forms are directed to systems and methods for driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. A generator may generate at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal may be monitored against a first set of logic conditions. When an ultrasonic impedance of the surgical instrument exceeds a threshold impedance, a resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal may be stored as a baseline frequency. A first response of the generator may be triggered upon the occurrence of either the first set of logic conditions being met or the resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal differing from the baseline frequency by a baseline deviation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke, Karalyn R. Tellio, Eitan T. Wiener, David C. Yates, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano