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: 11324557
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a shaft, a sensing array and a fluid detection circuit. The sensing array is positioned within the shaft. The fluid detection circuit is electrically coupled to the sensing array, and is configured to determine when a fluid originating from an environment external to the shaft is present within the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11324503
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly is disclosed comprising a firing member comprising a vertically extending body portion comprising two lateral sides, a first jaw engagement member configured to slidably engage a first jaw as the firing member moves through a staple-firing stroke, and a second jaw engagement member extending laterally from each lateral side of the body portion, wherein the second jaw engagement member is configured to slidably engage a second jaw as the firing member moves through the staple-firing stroke. The second jaw engagement member comprises a vertical thickness and a lateral width defined as the distance between the body portion and an outer edge of the second jaw engagement member, wherein the vertical thickness and the lateral width comprise a ratio between about 1:2 and about 1:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11324501
    Abstract: Closure systems and members for actuating jaws of a surgical end effector. The closure systems include a closure member that is configured to interact with corresponding portions of the jaws to establish improved closure and clamping loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20220133319
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Bret W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220133322
    Abstract: An adjunct material for use with an end effector for a surgical instrument is provided that has different types of features for mating with the end effector. The adjunct is configured to be releasably retained on a jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, using a plurality of female features formed thereon. Each female feature is configured to encompass a corresponding at least one of male features formed on the jaw in a clearance fit such that the adjunct is able to move with respect to the jaw at least in a first plane parallel to the tissue-facing surface. The male and female features mate such that the adjunct is not retained in a second plane that is perpendicular to the first plane. The adjunct also includes at least one attachment feature configured to releasably retain the adjunct on the jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20220133320
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Bret W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220133321
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Bret W. Smith
  • Patent number: 11317917
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system comprising a completely replaceable cartridge jaw is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Janna B. Volz, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 11317913
    Abstract: Surgical end effectors are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can include a first jaw, a second jaw rotatably coupled to the first jaw, and a lockout arrangement configured to prevent rotational movement of the second jaw toward the first jaw unless an unfired staple cartridge is positioned in the first jaw. The lockout arrangement can comprise a pivotable lock configured to pivot between a locked orientation and an unlocked orientation, a shiftable lock bar, and/or a spring-loaded lockout lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11317910
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a surgical instrument having one or more sensors at or a near an end effector and configured to aide in the detection of tissues and other materials and structures at a surgical site. The detections may then be used to aide in the placement of the end effector and to confirm which objects to operate on, or alternatively, to avoid. Examples of sensors include laser sensors used to employ Doppler shift principles to detect movement of objects at the surgical site, such as blood cells; resistance sensors to detect the presence of metal; monochromatic light sources that allow for different levels of absorption from different types of substances present at the surgical site, and near infrared spectrometers with small form factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, John F. Cummings, David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11311342
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the operation of a surgical instrument using machine learning in a surgical suite is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of gathering data during surgical procedures, wherein the surgical procedures include the use of a surgical instrument, analyzing the gathered data to determine an appropriate operational adjustment of the surgical instrument, and adjusting the operation of the surgical instrument to improve the operation of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11311306
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument includes an end effector that has a first jaw; a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw between an open configuration and a closed configuration to grasp tissue between the first jaw and the second jaw; an anvil; and a staple cartridge with staples deployable into the tissue and deformable by the anvil. The surgical stapling instrument further includes a control circuit configured to: determine tissue impedances at predetermined zones; detect an irregularity in tissue distribution within the end effector based on the tissue impedances; and adjust a closure parameter of the end effector in accordance with the irregularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Tamara Widenhouse, David C. Yates, Chad E. Eckert, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 11311292
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a surgical instrument having one or more sensors at or a near an end effector and configured to aide in the detection of tissues and other materials and structures at a surgical site. The detections may then be used to aide in the placement of the end effector and to confirm which objects to operate on, or alternatively, to avoid. Examples of sensors include laser sensors used to employ Doppler shift principles to detect movement of objects at the surgical site, such as blood cells; resistance sensors to detect the presence of metal; monochromatic light sources that allow for different levels of absorption from different types of substances present at the surgical site, and near infrared spectrometers with small form factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 11311290
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a shaft, an end effector, and an articulation joint is disclosed. The end effector is rotatably connected to the shaft about the articulation joint, wherein the end effector is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation, wherein the shaft comprises a longitudinal axis and the end effector comprises a tissue gap, wherein the tissue gap faces the longitudinal axis when the end effector is in its first orientation, and wherein the tissue gap extends at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis when the end effector is in its second orientation. The surgical instrument further comprises an articulation drive system configured to articulate the end effector relative to the shaft and a dampener configured to prevent the end effector from being back-driven from its second orientation into its first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Sarah A. Worthington, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 11304763
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for controlling surgical devices are disclosed. A computer system, such as a surgical hub, can be configured to be communicably coupled to a surgical device and a camera configured to view an operating room. The computer system can be programmed to receive images of surgical staff members and surgical devices within the operating room during a surgical procedure. The computer system can further determine conditions or characteristics associated with the surgical staff members and surgical devices, such as whether a surgical staff member is performing a particular gesture or the pose of a surgical device, such as a surgical instrument, during a surgical procedure. The computer system can then control the paired surgical devices accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 11304699
    Abstract: A method for adaptive control of surgical network control and interaction is disclosed. The surgical network includes a surgical feedback system. The surgical feedback system includes a surgical instrument, a data source, and a surgical hub configured to communicably couple to the data source and the surgical instrument. The surgical hub includes a control circuit. The method includes receiving, by the control circuit, information related to devices communicatively coupled to the surgical network; and adaptively controlling, by the control circuit, the surgical network based on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Mark S. Zeiner, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Hilary A. Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 11308075
    Abstract: A system for validating data purportedly generated in a medical procedure is disclosed. The system includes a medical hub, at least one remote server communicatively coupled to the medical hub, and a medical instrument communicatively coupled to the medical hub. The system is configured to access the data, validate the data to determine if the data is validly generated by the medical procedure, determine that the data contains at least one flaw or error, and improve data integrity by preventing the at least one flaw or error from being integrated into a larger dataset associated with the at least one remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11304745
    Abstract: Surgical systems can include evacuation systems for evacuating smoke, fluid, and/or particulates from a surgical site. A surgical evacuation system can be intelligent and may include one or more sensors for detecting one or more properties of the surgical system, evacuation system, surgical procedure, surgical site, and/or patient tissue, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 11304696
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector and an articulation joint configured to permit the end effector to be articulated into position is disclosed. The surgical instrument further comprises an articulation drive system powered by at least one electric motor for articulating the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Seth D. Holdmeyer, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: D950728
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris