Patents by Inventor John E. Brady

John E. Brady 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: 11026681
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly configured to releasably attach to and extend distally from the body assembly, and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft assembly. A first electrical connector is coupled to one of the body assembly or the shaft assembly and includes a first connector body and a first electrical contact recessed within the first connector body. A second electrical connector is coupled to the other of the body assembly or the shaft assembly and includes a second connector body and a second electrical contact supported by the second connector body. The first connector body is configured to receive the second electrical contact therein to enable the electrical contacts to electrically couple together when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, John E. Brady, Austin E. Wise, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 11026713
    Abstract: Surgical clip appliers are disclosed comprising a plurality of clips which are stored in a compressed state. When a stored clip is moved into the crimping chamber of the surgical clip applier, the clip can assume a configuration which is different than its stored configuration before it is crimped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Michael J. Stokes, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jason L. Harris, John E. Brady, Matthew T. Kuhn, Jeffery D. Bruns, Alexander R. Cuti, Andrew C. Deck
  • Publication number: 20210137544
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Rivard, Fajian Zhang
  • Patent number: 10952759
    Abstract: Various ultrasonic instruments are disclosed. The ultrasonic instruments include structures configured to indicate the cutting length of the instruments, detect when grasped tissue has extended beyond the cutting length of the instrument, and prevent tissue from extending beyond the cutting length. Several techniques for each types of structures are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, William E. Clem, John A. Weed, III, Eric Stout, Craig T. Davis, John E. Brady, Joseph D. Dennis, Phillip H. Clauda, Monica L. Z. Rivard
  • Patent number: 10945755
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a first modular assembly including at least one operator input feature an ultrasonic transducer supported by the first modular assembly, and a second modular assembly configured to be removably coupled with the first modular assembly. The second modular assembly includes at least a portion of an end effector extending distally from a distal end portion of the second modular assembly. The instrument includes a mechanical lockout assembly configured to switch between at least an unlocked configuration and a locked configuration. In the locked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are partially coupled together such that the operator is physically prevented from activating the instrument using the operator input feature. In the unlocked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are completely coupled together and the operator is able to activate the instrument using the operator input feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Kevin M. Fiebig, Ellen Burkart, Demetrius N. Harris, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Jason R. Lesko, Stephen M. Leuck, Guion Y. Lucas, Cameron D. McLain, Andrew S. Meyers, Candice Otrembiak, Grace E. Waters
  • Patent number: 10813662
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, an ultrasonic transducer, a waveguide, and an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft. A rotation knob is rotatably coupled to the body and is configured to rotate the shaft, the waveguide, and the end effector together relative to the body. A torque transfer structure is positioned radially outwardly of and in direct contact with the waveguide at an acoustic node thereof. The torque transfer structure is rotationally fixed relative to the waveguide and is configured to rotationally couple the waveguide with the shaft and the rotation knob. The waveguide includes a first axial constraining feature defining a distally facing surface, and the torque transfer structure includes a second axial constraining feature defining a proximally facing surface configured to abut the distally facing surface to constrain the waveguide axially relative to the torque transfer structure and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Craig T. Davis, Stephen M. Leuck, Benjamin M. Boyd, Joseph Dennis, Joseph E. Hollo, Nathan Cummings, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Tony C. Siebel, Joseph Isosaki, Frederick L. Estera, John E. Brady, Bryce L. Heitman, Cory G. Kimball
  • Patent number: 10799257
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly that releasably attaches to the body assembly, and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft assembly. The body assembly includes a first electrical contact and a first sealing portion. The shaft assembly includes a second electrical contact and a second sealing portion. The first and second electrical contacts are configured to electrically couple together to establish an electrical connection therebetween when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly. The first and second sealing portions are configured to sealingly engage one another when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly to establish a liquid-tight seal that surrounds the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Andrew Kolpitcke, Laura A. Schoettmer, Laura R. Corsetto, John E. Brady, Christopher J. Hess, Douglas E. Withers, Ryan P. Posey, Jeffery D. Bruns, Gregory G. Scott, Alexander R. Cuti, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 10779828
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to selectively couple with the channel assembly. The channel assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is configured to electrically couple a power source with the electrically activated component of the cartridge assembly. The electrical contact assembly includes a first conductive plate associated with the channel assembly, a second conductive plate associated with the cartridge assembly, and a dielectric cover. The dielectric cover is associated with either the first conductive plate or the second conductive plate. The dielectric cover is positioned between the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate when the cartridge assembly is coupled with the channel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan, Gregory J. Bakos, Nichole Y. Kwee, John E. Brady
  • Patent number: 10736649
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic surgical instrument comprising a transducer base plate, first and second piezoelectric elements positioned on opposite faces of the transducer base plate. The transducer base plate is coupled to a waveguide. The waveguide is electrically coupled to the first and second piezoelectric elements by a conductive adhesive. The first and second piezoelectric elements are electrically coupled to an ultrasonic signal generator through an electrode. A thermal conductor conducts thermal energy away from the first and second piezoelectric elements. Also disclosed is a method of fabricating such an ultrasonic surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Craig T. Davis, Mark E. Tebbe, Brian D. Black, Stephen M. Leuck, Eric M. Roberson, John E. Brady, Amrita S. Sawhney, Shan Wan, Ion V Nicolaescu, James M. Wilson, Amelia A. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10639038
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The body includes a power source. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body, the end effector is distal of the shaft assembly. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly. The cartridge assembly may selectively couple with the channel assembly. The cartridge assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is configured to electrically couple the power source with the electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly includes a first electrical contact associated with the channel assembly, a second electrical contact associated with the channel assembly, and a hydrophobic layer extending between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory G. Scott, Stephen D. Geresy, Yvan D. Nguetio Tchoumkeu, Laura A. Schoettmer, Andrew Kolpitcke, Sarah A. Worthington, Joshua P. Morgan, Scott A. Jenkins, Nicholas D. Courtwright, Alexander R. Cuti, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffery D. Bruns, John E. Brady, Nichole Y. Kwee, Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10631860
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The includes a power source, while the shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to selectively couple with the channel assembly. The cartridge assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is capable of electrically coupling the power source with the electrically activated component of the cartridge assembly. The electrical contact assembly includes a first electrical contact, a second electrical contact, and an insulating membrane. The first electrical contact is associated with the channel assembly while the second electrical contact is associated with the cartridge assembly. The insulating membrane is associated with either the first electrical contact or the second electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory G. Scott, Stephen D. Geresy, Yvan D. Nguetio Tchoumkeu, Amy M. Krumm, Grace E. Waters, Prudence A. Vulhop, Nichole Y. Kwee, John E. Brady, Scott A. Jenkins, Laura A. Schoettmer, Andrew Kolpitcke, Joshua P. Morgan, Sarah A. Worthington, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Alexander R. Cuti
  • Publication number: 20190314056
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument that includes a handle assembly including at least one user input feature; an ultrasonic transducer supported by the handle assembly, a shaft assembly configured to removably couple with the handle assembly, and a mechanical lockout assembly. The shaft assembly includes a distal end portion. The shaft assembly further includes an end effector extending distally from the distal end portion, and an ultrasonic waveguide configured to be acoustically coupled with the ultrasonic transducer. The mechanical lockout assembly is configured to move between at least an unlocked configuration and a locked configuration. In the locked configuration, the handle assembly and the shaft assembly are only partially coupled together physically preventing the user from activating the instrument using the user input feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Kevin M. Fiebig, Ellen Burkart, Demetrius N. Harris, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Jason R. Lesko, Stephen M. Leuck, Guion Y. Lucas, Andrew S. Meyers, Candice Otrembiak, Grace E. Waters
  • Publication number: 20190314055
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a first modular assembly including at least one operator input feature an ultrasonic transducer supported by the first modular assembly, and a second modular assembly configured to be removably coupled with the first modular assembly. The second modular assembly includes at least a portion of an end effector extending distally from a distal end portion of the second modular assembly. The instrument includes a mechanical lockout assembly configured to switch between at least an unlocked configuration and a locked configuration. In the locked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are partially coupled together such that the operator is physically prevented from activating the instrument using the operator input feature. In the unlocked configuration, the first modular assembly and the second modular assembly are completely coupled together and the operator is able to activate the instrument using the operator input feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Kevin M. Fiebig, Ellen Burkart, Demetrius N. Harris, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Jason R. Lesko, Stephen M. Leuck, Guion Y. Lucas, Cameron D. McLain, Andrew S. Meyers, Candice Otrembiak, Grace E. Waters
  • Publication number: 20190314050
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument that includes an ultrasonic transducer, a handle assembly supporting the ultrasonic transducer, a clamp arm assembly, and a mechanical lockout assembly. The handle assembly includes a housing and an ultrasonic blade acoustically coupled with the ultrasonic transducer. The clamp arm assembly includes a clamp arm. The mechanical lockout assembly is configured to switch between at least an unlocked configuration and a locked configuration. In the locked configuration, the handle assembly and the clamp arm assembly are not completely coupled together and the operator is physically prevented from activating the instrument using an operator input feature. In the unlocked configuration, the clamp arm assembly and the shaft assembly are completely coupled together and the operator is able to activate the instrument using the operator input feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Demetrius N. Harris, Matthew T. Kuhn, Cameron D. McLain, Candice Otrembiak
  • Publication number: 20190314054
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument and method of assembly with a predetermined alignment includes first and second modular assemblies and an electrical lockout. The first modular assembly includes at least a portion of an end effector configured to manipulate a tissue. The second modular assembly includes a transducer power circuit and an activation switch electrically connected to the transducer power circuit. The electrical lockout is electrically connected to the transducer power circuit and configured to inhibit the activation switch from powering the ultrasonic transducer with the first and second modular assemblies misaligned from the predetermined alignment such that the first and second modular assemblies are in a locked-out state. The electrical lockout is further configured to allow the activation switch to power the ultrasonic transducer with the first and second modular assemblies in the predetermined alignment such that the first and second modular assemblies are in an operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Demetrius N. Harris, Carl J. Draginoff, JR., Ellen Burkart, Geni M. Giannotti, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Stephen M. Leuck, Cameron D. McLain, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Candice Otrembiak, Amrita S. Sawhney, Aaron C. Voegele, Grace E. Waters, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190290308
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly that releasably attaches to the body assembly, and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft assembly. The body assembly includes a first electrical contact and a first sealing portion. The shaft assembly includes a second electrical contact and a second sealing portion. The first and second electrical contacts are configured to electrically couple together to establish an electrical connection therebetween when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly. The first and second sealing portions are configured to sealingly engage one another when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly to establish a liquid-tight seal that surrounds the electrical connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Andrew Kolpitcke, Laura A. Schoettmer, Laura R. Corsetto, John E. Brady, Christopher J. Hess, Douglas E. Withers, Ryan P. Posey, Jeffery D. Bruns, Gregory G. Scott, Alexander R. Cuti, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20190290270
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The includes a power source, while the shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to selectively couple with the channel assembly. The cartridge assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is capable of electrically coupling the power source with the electrically activated component of the cartridge assembly. The electrical contact assembly includes a first electrical contact, a second electrical contact, and an insulating membrane. The first electrical contact is associated with the channel assembly while the second electrical contact is associated with the cartridge assembly. The insulating membrane is associated with either the first electrical contact or the second electrical contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory G. Scott, Stephen D. Geresy, Yvan D. Nguetio Tchoumkeu, Amy M. Krumm, Grace E. Waters, Prudence A. Vulhop, Nichole Y. Kwee, John E. Brady, Scott A. Jenkins, Laura A. Schoettmer, Andrew Kolpitcke, Joshua P. Morgan, Sarah A. Worthington, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Alexander R. Cuti
  • Publication number: 20190290272
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to selectively couple with the channel assembly. The channel assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is configured to electrically couple a power source with the electrically activated component of the cartridge assembly. The electrical contact assembly includes a first conductive plate associated with the channel assembly, a second conductive plate associated with the cartridge assembly, and a dielectric cover. The dielectric cover is associated with either the first conductive plate or the second conductive plate. The dielectric cover is positioned between the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate when the cartridge assembly is coupled with the channel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan, Gregory J. Bakos, Nichole Y. Kwee, John E. Brady
  • Publication number: 20190290269
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly configured to releasably attach to and extend distally from the body assembly, and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft assembly. A first electrical connector is coupled to one of the body assembly or the shaft assembly and includes a first connector body and a first electrical contact recessed within the first connector body. A second electrical connector is coupled to the other of the body assembly or the shaft assembly and includes a second connector body and a second electrical contact supported by the second connector body. The first connector body is configured to receive the second electrical contact therein to enable the electrical contacts to electrically couple together when the shaft assembly is attached to the body assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, John E. Brady, Austin E. Wise, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20190290271
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an electrical contact assembly. The body includes a power source. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body, the end effector is distal of the shaft assembly. The end effector includes a channel assembly and a cartridge assembly. The cartridge assembly may selectively couple with the channel assembly. The cartridge assembly includes an electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly is configured to electrically couple the power source with the electrically activated component. The electrical contact assembly includes a first electrical contact associated with the channel assembly, a second electrical contact associated with the channel assembly, and a hydrophobic layer extending between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory G. Scott, Stephen D. Geresy, Yvan D. Nguetio Tchoumkeu, Laura A. Schoettmer, Andrew Kolpitcke, Sarah A. Worthington, Joshua P. Morgan, Scott A. Jenkins, Nicholas D. Courtwright, Alexander R. Cuti, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffery D. Bruns, John E. Brady, Nichole Y. Kwee, Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV