Patents by Inventor Jason L. Harris

Jason L. Harris 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: 10982360
    Abstract: Staple cartridge assemblies for use with surgical stapling instruments and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Scaffolds for use with a surgical staple cartridge and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Victoria Dalessandro, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10980537
    Abstract: A motorized surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a displacement member configured to translate over a plurality of predefined zones. A motor comprising a shaft is coupled to the displacement member. A control circuit is coupled to the motor. A position sensor is coupled to the control circuit to monitor the rotation of the shaft. A timer circuit is coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to receive rotations of the shaft in a current zone defined by a set rotation interval, measure time at a set position of the rotation interval, wherein the measured time is defined as the time taken by the displacement member to traverse the rotation interval based on a predetermined number of shaft rotations, and set a command velocity of the displacement member for a subsequent zone based on the measured time in the current predefined zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Shane R. Adams, David C. Yates, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Patent number: 10980533
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Three dimensional adjuncts for use with a surgical stapling assembly and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ETHICON LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10980536
    Abstract: A surgical end effector. A first jaw is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge. A lockout system is supported within the end effector and is biased laterally into lateral retaining engagement with a firing member when the firing member is in a starting position to thereby retain the firing member in the starting position. The lockout system is configured to be laterally biased out of lateral retaining engagement when contacted by a cam assembly of a surgical staple cartridge that is seated within the first jaw and the cam assembly is in the unfired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Lauren S. Weaner, Morgan R. Hunter, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10980560
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system comprising a handle assembly is disclosed. The handle assembly comprises an actuation trigger comprising a curved proximal portion and a curved cylinder surrounding the curved proximal portion of the actuation trigger. The curved cylinder comprises an electroactive polymer. The surgical instrument system comprises an actuation rod which is configured to transmit an actuation force and a sensor system which is configured to detect the magnitude of the actuation force. The electroactive polymer is responsive to the actuation force and provides feedback to a user of the surgical instrument system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10980539
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly comprising an implantable adjunct or layer assembly is disclosed. The implantable adjunct comprises a plurality of layers, wherein at least one of the layers has been melted to bond with one or more of the other layers of the implantable adjunct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jerome R. Morgan, Dennis D. Jamiolkowski, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 10973515
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes a pair of jaws. One of the jaws has a deflectable placement tip attached thereto. The placement tip may be attached using a mechanical connection in some versions. Still in other versions the placement tip may be attached via an overmolding process. Where an overmolding process is used, a portion of the jaw can be configured with various connection features that improve the overmolding attachment success.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Patent number: 10973520
    Abstract: A surgical staple cartridge configured for use with a surgical stapler including a firing member that is configured to progressively axially engage an anvil and channel of the stapler. The cartridge includes a cam assembly that is configured to operably interface with the firing member such that axial movement of the firing member in a distal direction drives the cam assembly from a starting position to an ending position. A cutting member is movably supported by the cam assembly between a deployed position wherein at least a portion of the cutting member extends above the deck surface and a recessed position wherein the cutting member is below the deck surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 10973516
    Abstract: Surgical end effectors are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can include a first jaw, a second jaw, and a firing member configured to translate relative to the first jaw and the second jaw during a firing stroke. The firing member can include at least one floating flange. The floating flange can be configured to shift or slide relative to a fixed portion of the firing member such as a fixed flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, David B. Smith, Adam D. Hensel
  • Publication number: 20210100550
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can include a shaft, an end effector, and an articulation joint configured to permit the end effector to rotate relative to the shaft about the articulation joint. The surgical instrument can further comprise a first articulation actuator for rotating the end effector in a first direction and a second articulation actuator for rotating the end effector in a second direction. The articulation actuators can be configured to push the end effector. The articulation actuators can assume different configurations depending on whether they are experiencing a compressive load or a tensile load. The articulation joint can comprise an articulation frame which forms a proximal joint with the shaft and a distal joint with the end effector. The joints can comprise fixed axis joints and/or ball-and-socket joints, for example. The articulation joint can comprise links having different sizes to facilitate the articulation of the articulation joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Publication number: 20210100579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of controlling a modular battery powered handheld surgical instrument. The surgical instrument including a battery, a user input sensor, a controller, a radio frequency (RF) drive circuit, an ultrasonic transducer, ultrasonic transducer drive circuit, and an end effector. The end effector including an electrode electrically coupled to RF drive circuit, an ultrasonic blade acoustically coupled to the ultrasonic transducer, and a sensor to measure tissue parameters. The method includes applying an RF current drive signal to the electrode by the RF drive circuit; applying an ultrasonic drive signal to the ultrasonic transducer by the ultrasonic transducer drive circuit to acoustically excite the ultrasonic blade; controlling intensity, wave shape, and/or frequency of the RF current drive signal and the ultrasonic drive signal on a sensed measure of a tissue or user parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Kevin L. Houser, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jason L. Harris, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Adam D. Hensel
  • Patent number: 10966791
    Abstract: A cloud based analytics medical system comprises a processor, a memory, an input/output interface to access data from medical hub communication devices, each coupled to a surgical instrument, and a database. The processor generates medical usage patterns of medical devices based on aggregation usage data of medical devices from medical hubs and aggregates patient outcome data from medical hubs. Patient outcome data comprises data pertaining to steps performed and corresponding timings for each step in patient procedures and allocation of resources used in procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Gregory J. Bakos, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10966627
    Abstract: A powered surgical cutting and stapling instrument is disclosed. The instrument includes at least one sensor to measure at least one parameter associated with the instrument, at least one processor, and a memory operatively associated with the processor. The memory includes machine executable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to monitor the at least one sensor over a predetermined time period and determine a rate of change of the measured parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Brett E. Swensgard, Richard L. Leimbach, Shane R. Adams, Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 10966722
    Abstract: Surgical methods involving cutting and sealing tissue include affixing a first adjunct material to tissue at a treatment site, such as by stapling the adjunct to tissue. A second adjunct material is applied to at least a portion of the first adjunct material such that the second adjunct material interacts with the first adjunct material to form a seal in an area of the tissue covered by at least one of the first and the second adjunct material. The resulting tissue sealing structure, which includes a combination of the two adjuncts, is believed to be superior to the sealing properties of either adjunct alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Bret W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10966718
    Abstract: A dynamic clamping assembly for use with a surgical instrument including first and second jaws pivotally coupled together and movable between open and closed positions. The dynamic clamping assembly includes first jaw engagement features configured to slidably engage the first jaw and second jaw engagement features configured to slidably engage the second jaw to apply closing motions to the first and second jaws. The first jaw engagement features and/or the second jaw engagement features include a surface coating configured to increase a hardness thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10966713
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Three dimensional adjuncts for use with a surgical stapling assembly and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20210093322
    Abstract: A method of coating a slip ring for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a slip ring including a plurality of conductive elements, and depositing a material less conductive than the conductive elements onto the conductive elements of the slip ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Shane R. Adams, David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10959744
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector is disclosed. The end effector comprises a surgical dissector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10960201
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for inhibiting nerves when activating brown adipose tissue (BAT). In general, a first nerve type (e.g., sympathetic nerves) innervating BAT can be activated while at least one other nerve type (e.g., parasympathetic nerves and/or sensory nerves) innervating BAT is being suppressed. A first neuromodulator (e.g., an electrical signal, a chemical, a light, cooling, etc.) can be applied to activate the first nerve type, and a second neuromodulator can be applied to inhibit the at least one other nerve type. In this way, parasympathetic nerves and/or sensory nerves innervating BAT can be inhibited when activating sympathetic nerves innervating BAT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Tamara C. Baynham
  • Patent number: D914878
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Jerome R. Morgan