Patents by Inventor Jerome R. Morgan

Jerome R. Morgan 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: 11324506
    Abstract: A modular shaft assembly is disclosed. The modular shaft assembly includes one or more inputs configured to receive input motions from a surgical instrument system, such as a handle, for example. The shaft assembly further includes one or more on-board inputs configured to generate input motions. The input motions received and generated by the shaft assembly are transferable to an end effector of the shaft assembly to perform various functions at the end effector. The end effector can include a staple cartridge and a firing member which is movable between a proximal position and a distal position to eject staples from the staple cartridge. The end effector can include a plurality of jaw members and the firing member can comprise camming members which are configured to position the jaw members relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, David C. Yates, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • 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
  • 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: 11317919
    Abstract: A surgical device for clipping tissue is disclosed. The surgical device comprises a housing comprising an electric motor, a shaft defining a central shaft axis, a clip magazine, and a clip crimping system. The clip magazine comprises a plurality of clips removably stored therein. The clip crimping system comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, and a distal portion comprising a clip receiving chamber defined between said first jaw and said second jaw. The distal portion is offset from said central shaft axis. The clip crimping system further comprises a proximal connection portion connecting said first jaw and said second jaw. The proximal connection portion is positioned along said central shaft axis. The clip crimping system further comprises a clamp operably coupled with said electric motor. The clamp is movable distally by said electric motor to perform a crimping stroke and engage said first jaw and said second jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Michael J. Stokes, Gregory G. Scott
  • 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: 11317908
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for stabilizing fasteners post-deployment. Devices and methods are also provided for facilitating ejection of surgical fasteners from a cartridge. Devices and methods are also provided for guiding surgical fasteners. Devices and methods are also provided for facilitating closing and clamping of an end effector of a surgical device. Devices and methods are also provided for securing fasteners and adjunct materials to tissue. Devices and methods are also provided for removably coupling a cartridge to an end effector of a surgical device. Devices and methods are also provided for locking a surgical device based on loading of a fastener cartridge in the surgical device. Devices and methods are provided for adjusting a tissue gap of an end effector of a surgical device. Devices and methods are also provided for manually retracting a drive shaft, drive beam, and associated components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CILAG GMBH INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Emily A. Schellin, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Gary W. Knight, Brian F. Dinardo, Adam Dunki-Jacobs, Charles J. Scheib
  • 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: 11291465
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a shaft and an end effector is disclosed. The end effector is releasably attachable to the shaft by a lock biased into a locked condition to hold the end effector to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11284890
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector is disclosed. The end effector comprises a staple cartridge including a cartridge body comprising an annular array of staple cavities, staples removably stored in the staple cavities, a firing drive configured to eject the staples from the staple cavities, and a cutting member circumscribed by the staple cavities. The end effector further comprises an anvil including a tissue compression surface, forming surfaces configured to deform the staples and a tissue block for controlling the flow of tissue. The anvil is movable toward the cartridge body to compress tissue between the cartridge body and the tissue block during a closure stroke and the cutting member is configured to incise the tissue and the tissue block during a cutting stroke of the cutting member. The tissue block holds the tissue in position while it is being incised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Anil K. Nalagatla, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 11284881
    Abstract: Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site. Further, the wound closure features allow for various orientations of wound closure to be achieved by adjusting an angle at which the suture enters tissue surrounding the opening to be closed. Some of the wound closure features provided for include openings formed in both the housing and cannula of the surgical access device, multiple openings formed in one or both the housing and cannula, locations of the openings being adjustable or otherwise movable, and various flexible seals. Other features, as well as methods of closing an opening through which the surgical access device was disposed, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hess, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Ryan A. Bledsoe, Douglas E. Withers, Craig T. Gates
  • Patent number: 11284898
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, a cartridge, and a staple driver actuator. The end effector is operable to manipulate tissue. The end effector comprises a lower jaw, a pivotable anvil, and a translating cutter. The translating cutter is operable to translate relative to the lower jaw and the anvil when the anvil is pivoted toward the lower jaw to manipulate tissue. The cartridge is insertable into the lower jaw and includes a plurality of staples. The staple driver actuator is disposed within the cartridge. The staple driver actuator comprises a secondary cutting element. The translating cutter of the end effector is operable to drive the staple driver actuator distally to staple and cut tissue substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20220087676
    Abstract: A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument has a force delivery system which communicates a changing force to a user of the surgical instrument when a limit of a surgical function is reached. A sensor senses position of a moving element to communicate a signal to the force delivery system. In various embodiments, the system generates a vibratory force to signal the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Richard L. Leimbach, Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 11278279
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a surgical instrument with a robotics system, a memory device and an end effector having an elongate channel, knife position sensor(s) and a firing bar coupled to a knife. In response to drive motions initiated by the robotics system, the firing bar may translate within the elongate channel. As the firing bar translates, the sensor(s) transmit a signal to the memory device. The position of the knife may be determined from the output signals and may be communicated to the robotics system or instrument user. The sensors may be Hall Effect sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11272927
    Abstract: A piece of buttress material and an end-effector of a surgical instrument including features which can aid a surgeon in properly and quickly attaching the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In various embodiments, a piece of buttress material can include retention features which can be engaged with portions of an end-effector to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to at least a portion of the end-effector. Similarly, an end-effector can include features configured to engage portions of a piece of buttress material to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In at least one embodiment, more than one piece of buttress material can be releasably retained to an end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Thomas W. Huitema
  • Patent number: 11272938
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a housing, an elongate shaft, an end effector for performing a surgical operation, a firing drive, an advancement assembly, and a retraction assembly is disclosed. The end effector operably supports a firing member that is movable from a proximal position to a fired position during a firing stroke in response to a longitudinal firing motion applied thereto. The firing drive is configured to transmit the longitudinal firing motion to the firing member upon actuation of a firing control actuator. The advancement assembly is supported by the housing and configured to transmit a rotary motion which is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the firing member through the firing stroke. The retraction assembly is configured for manual rotary actuation about a longitudinal retraction axis. The retraction assembly is exclusively dedicated to the retraction of the firing member from the fired position to the proximal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, John N. Ouwerkerk, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Eugene L. Timperman, Leslie M. Fugikawa
  • Publication number: 20220071631
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating an anvil for a surgical stapling device. Various methods include forming an anvil body from a first material and a deformable anvil tip from a second material and attaching the deformable anvil tip to a distal end of the anvil body with a deformable second attachment member. Other methods include molding a deformable anvil tip to a distal end of an anvil body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Christopher J. Hess, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20220071630
    Abstract: A surgical stapling device that comprises an end effector. According to various embodiments, the end effector comprises a circular anvil having a staple forming surface and a plurality of staples facing the staple forming surface of the anvil. The end effector also comprises a staple driver assembly comprising a plurality of staple drivers. Each staple driver supports one of the plurality of staples and is configured such that, when the staple driver assembly is actuated, each staple driver drives the staple into the staple forming surface of the anvil. A first quantity of the plurality of staple drivers has a first height and a second quantity of the plurality of staple drivers has a second height, wherein the first height is less than the second height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Joseph C. Hueil, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11266405
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a surgical stapling anvil is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of manufacturing a first anvil member and a second anvil member. The first anvil member comprises a tissue-facing surface comprising a plurality of staple forming pockets defined therein and a longitudinal cavity comprising anvil ledges configured to be engaged by anvil-camming portions of a firing member of a surgical stapling instrument. The method further comprises the steps of polishing the ledges of the first anvil member and welding the first anvil member and the second anvil member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Anil K. Nalagatla
  • Patent number: 11266410
    Abstract: A surgical device for use with a robotic system is disclosed. The surgical device includes an elongate shaft including a first interface, an enclosure, a first control system, a second control system, and a firing system. A loading unit is operably couplable to the first interface. The enclosure includes a second interface that includes a first rotary driven element, a second rotary driven element, and a third rotary driven element. The first control system is configured to effect a first control motion based on rotation of the first rotary driven element. The second control system is configured to effect a second control motion based on rotation of the second rotary driven element. The second control motion includes a decoupling motion. The firing system is configured to provide a firing motion to a firing member of the loading unit based on rotation of the third rotary driven element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20220061845
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument that includes an elongate channel that is attached to a handle assembly by an elongate shaft assembly. The elongate channel is configured to receive a cartridge and has a pivotally translatable anvil attached thereto and a knife bar supported therein. The anvil may be selectively opened and closed by manipulating a closure trigger supported by the handle assembly. The knife bar may be distally advanced through the elongate channel by actuating a firing trigger that cooperates with a reversible rotary drive supported by the handle assembly. The knife bar may also be retracted to its starting position by actuating the firing trigger after the reversible rotary drive has been shifted to a retraction orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, John N. Ouwerkerk, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Eugene L. Timperman, Leslie M. Fugikawa