Patents by Inventor James S. Cunningham

James S. Cunningham 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: 10914371
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a multi-purpose removable gear shift knob disposed on a gear shift lever in a vehicle. In one aspect, a removable gear shift knob includes a body comprising a central aperture for receiving the gear shift lever and a plurality of compartments disposed around the central aperture. An individual compartment of the plurality of compartments is configured to hold one or more accessories, where the one or more accessories are selected from: one or more screwdriver bits, one or more light emitting diodes (LED), and a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Cunningham, Scott L. Frederick, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10858385
    Abstract: Provided herein, in some embodiments, are methods and composition for the production of nucleoside triphosphates and ribonucleic acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew S. Cunningham, Daniel MacEachran, James Robbins Abshire, Himanshu Dhamankar, Ifeyinwa Iwuchukwu, Mehak Gupta, Matthew Eduardo Moura, Naveen Sudharsan, Nicholas Skizim, Rachit Jain, Karthikeyan Ramachandriya
  • Publication number: 20200253627
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument is provided and includes a housing including an elongated shaft assembly extending distally therefrom. The elongated shaft assembly includes inner and outer shaft members. The inner and outer shaft members are removably coupled to the housing and the outer shaft member is movable with respect to the inner shaft member. An end effector is operably supported at the distal end of the outer shaft member and includes a pair of jaw members configured for treating tissue. A bushing operably couples to the inner and outer shaft members of the shaft assembly and selectively and releasably couples to the housing. The bushing includes one or more mechanical interfaces configured to engage one or more slots defined through the inner shaft member and one or more slots defined through the outer shaft member to release the inner and outer shaft members from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Robert B. Stoddard, James S. Cunningham, William J. Dickhans, Russell D. Hempstead, Eric R. Larson, Duane E. Kerr, William H. Nau, JR., Anthony B. Ross, John J. Kappus
  • Publication number: 20200246065
    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: April 24, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    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: 10729458
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument is provided. The ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a housing having an elongated shaft extending therefrom. The shaft has a jaw member disposed at a distal end thereof. The jaw member is movable between an open configuration and a clamping configuration and includes a tissue contacting surface thereon. A cutting blade extends from a distal end of the shaft and operably couples to the housing and adjacent the jaw member to treat tissue. At least one sensor is configured to sense at least one operational parameter of the ultrasonic surgical instrument. At least one controller in operable communication with the at least one sensor is configured to terminate delivery of ultrasonic energy to the cutting blade when the at least one sensor senses the at least one operational parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Robert B. Stoddard, James S. Cunningham, William J. Dickhans, Russell D. Hempstead, Eric R. Larson, Duane E. Kerr, William H. Nau, Anthony B. Ross, John J. Kappus
  • Patent number: 10705929
    Abstract: The present invention provides computer implemented method, system, and computer program product of switching servers without interrupting a client command-response queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Colin R. Devilbiss, Charles S. Graham, James B. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20200197114
    Abstract: A system and method for using a remote control to control an electrosurgical instrument, where the remote control includes at least one momentum sensor. As the surgeon rotates their hand mimicking movements of a handheld electrosurgical instrument, the movements are translated and sent to the remote controlled (RC) electrosurgical instrument. The surgeon uses an augmented reality (AR) vision system to assist the surgeon in viewing the surgical site. Additionally, the surgeon can teach other doctors how to perform the surgery by sending haptic feedback to slave controllers. Also, the surgeon can transfer control back and forth between the master and slave controller to allow a learning surgeon to perform the surgery, but still allow the surgeon to gain control of the surgery whenever needed. Also, the surgeon could be located at a remote location and perform the surgery with the assistance of the AR vision system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, Peter M. Mueller
  • Patent number: 10639053
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument is provided and includes a housing including an elongated shaft assembly extending distally therefrom. The elongated shaft assembly includes inner and outer shaft members. The inner and outer shaft members are removably coupled to the housing and the outer shaft member is movable with respect to the inner shaft member. An end effector is operably supported at the distal end of the outer shaft member and includes a pair of jaw members configured for treating tissue. A bushing operably couples to the inner and outer shaft members of the shaft assembly and selectively and releasably couples to the housing. The bushing includes one or more mechanical interfaces configured to engage one or more slots defined through the inner shaft member and one or more slots defined through the outer shaft member to release the inner and outer shaft members from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Robert B. Stoddard, James S. Cunningham, William J. Dickhans, Russell D. Hempstead, Eric R. Larson, Duane E. Kerr, William H. Nau, Jr., Anthony B. Ross, John J. Kappus
  • Patent number: 10639095
    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: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    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: 10561468
    Abstract: A system and method for using a remote control to control an electrosurgical instrument, where the remote control includes at least one momentum sensor. As the surgeon rotates their hand mimicking movements of a handheld electrosurgical instrument, the movements are translated and sent to the remote controlled (RC) electrosurgical instrument. The surgeon uses an augmented reality (AR) vision system to assist the surgeon in viewing the surgical site. Additionally, the surgeon can teach other doctors how to perform the surgery by sending haptic feedback to slave controllers. Also, the surgeon can transfer control back and forth between the master and slave controller to allow a learning surgeon to perform the surgery, but still allow the surgeon to gain control of the surgery whenever needed. Also, the surgeon could be located at a remote location and perform the surgery with the assistance of the AR vision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, Peter M. Mueller
  • Patent number: 10552271
    Abstract: The present invention provides computer implemented method, system, and computer program product of switching servers without interrupting a client command-response queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Colin R. Devilbiss, Charles S. Graham, James B. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10335181
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a transducer assembly having a distal engagement member and configured to supply ultrasonic energy. A waveguide defines a longitudinal axis and has a proximal engagement member configured to threadingly engage the distal engagement member. The waveguide is configured to transmit the ultrasonic energy therealong to a distal end thereof for treating tissue. A torque member is coupled to the transducer assembly and is disposed about the longitudinal axis. The torque member is selectively rotatable about the longitudinal axis and relative to the waveguide to threadingly engage the transducer assembly and the waveguide to one another. The torque member includes a plurality of fingers pivotably coupled thereto and movable between a closed position and an open position. In the open position, each finger extends substantially perpendicularly from the longitudinal axis to define a moment arm that facilitates the engagement of the transducer assembly and the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Robert B. Stoddard, James S. Cunningham, William J. Dickhans, Russell D. Hempstead, John J. Kappus, Duane E. Kerr, Eric R. Larson, William H. Nau, Jr., Anthony B. Ross
  • Patent number: 10327834
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an end effector assembly includes providing first and second jaw members moveable relative to one another about a pivot between a first, spaced-apart position and a second, approximated position. One of the first and second jaw members includes a cavity defined therein and the other of the first and second jaw members includes a stop member configured to be inserted into the cavity. A gap-setting gauge is grasped between the first and second jaw members to define a gap-distance between the jaw members equivalent to a thickness of the gap-setting gauge. The first and second jaw members are set such that the jaw members are prevented from approximation beyond the gap-distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joanna Ackley, James D. Allen, IV, Ryan C. Artale, Kim V. Brandt, Dennis W. Butcher, Edward M. Chojin, Gary M. Couture, James S. Cunningham, David M. Garrison, Keir Hart, Russell D. Hempstead, Glenn A. Horner, Daniel A. Joseph, Duane E. Kerr, Dylan R. Kingsley, Peter M. Mueller, Jessica E. C. Olson, Sean T. O'Neill, Jason T. Sanders, Robert M. Sharp, John R. Twomey, Jeffrey R. Unger
  • Patent number: 10299853
    Abstract: An electrosurgical forceps includes a housing having a shaft extending distally therefrom. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis therethrough and a knife blade shaft is operably disposed within the shaft. An end effector is operably disposed at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes a pair of spaced-apart first and second jaw members that are movable from an open configuration to a clamping configuration. An electrode assembly includes first and second electrode housings and a knife blade. The first and second electrode housings are operably coupled to one another and are configured to selectively couple to respective first and second jaw members to electrosurgically treat tissue clamped between the first and second jaw members. The knife blade is configured to selectively couple to the knife blade shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, Allan J. Evans, Peter M. Mueller, Nathan White, David A. Schechter, Stephen Evans
  • Publication number: 20190144489
    Abstract: Provided herein, in some embodiments, are methods and composition for the production of nucleoside triphosphates and ribonucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew S. Cunningham, Daniel MacEachran, James Robbins Abshire, Himanshu Dhamankar, Ifeyinwa Iwuchukwu, Mehak Gupta, Matthew Eduardo Moura, Naveen Sudharsan, Nicholas Skizim, Rachit Jain, Karthikeyan Ramachandriya
  • Publication number: 20190038308
    Abstract: A jaw member includes a body having an elongated distal portion extending distally from a proximal flange portion. The elongated distal portion includes a floor and a pair of sidewalls that cooperate to define a cavity having a first width extending between the sidewalls. One or more engagement features extends inwardly from one of the sidewalls into the cavity such that the cavity defines a reduced width at a location of the engagement feature. A jaw liner is slidable into the cavity to engage the jaw liner with the structural body. The jaw liner defines an at-rest width less than or equal to the first width and greater than the reduced width such that, upon slidable insertion of the jaw liner into the cavity, the jaw liner is compressed at the location and retained therein via an interference-fit engagement. Surgical instruments including the jaw member are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: JOHN P. ROBB, JAMES S. CUNNINGHAM, DAREN T. FAYE, DYLAN S. HOBACK
  • Patent number: 10172668
    Abstract: A removable electrode assembly for use in combination with a forceps having opposing end effectors and a handle for effecting movement of the end effectors relative to one another. The electrode assembly includes a housing which is removably engageable with the forceps and a pair of electrodes which are attachable to a distal end of the housing. The electrodes are removably engageable with the end effectors of the forceps such that the electrodes reside in opposing relation relative to one another. The electrode assembly also includes a cover plate which is removably attachable to the housing and at least one stop member for controlling the distance between the opposing electrodes. The stop member is selectively engageable with the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Philip M. Tetzlaff, James S. Cunningham, Michael C. Moses, Roger F. Smith, Kristin D. Johnson, Paul R. Romero
  • Publication number: 20180256191
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a fluid cooled ultrasonic surgical instrument and related systems and methods of use therefor. In some embodiments, the disclosed ultrasonic surgical instrument is adapted for used within an insufflated cavity or pneumoperitoneum of a patient. The instrument includes a housing having an elongate shaft, a waveguide disposed at a distal end of the shaft, a coolant inlet port defined in an outer surface of the housing, and a coolant pump disposed within the housing and configured to move coolant from the coolant inlet port to the waveguide. During use, insufflation gas from within the pneumoperitoneum is drawn into the instrument shaft by the coolant pump, and blown over the waveguide to provide cooling. The delivery of ultrasonic energy and activation of the pump may be controlled by a processor in response to user input and waveguide temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: ANTHONY B. ROSS, ROBERT B. STODDARD, JAMES S. CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM J. DICKHANS, RUSSELL D. HEMPSTEAD, ERIC R. LARSON, DUANE E. KERR, WILLIAM H. NAU, JR., ARLEN K. WARD
  • Publication number: 20180250068
    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 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    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
  • Publication number: 20180228531
    Abstract: An end-effector assembly includes opposing first and second jaw members, at least one of which is movable relative to the other from a first position wherein the jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to at least a second position closer to one another wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. Each jaw member includes an electrically-conductive, tissue-engaging structure extending along a length thereof. Each electrically-conductive, tissue-engaging structure is configured to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy for conducting electrosurgical energy through tissue grasped between the opposing first and second jaw members to effect a tissue seal. The end-effector assembly includes a split electrode including a first electrode portion and a second electrode portion spaced apart from the first electrode portion and electrically-isolated therefrom by a gap defined therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: JAMES S. CUNNINGHAM, PAUL R. ROMERO