Patents by Inventor John I. Shipp

John I. Shipp 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).

  • Publication number: 20090270911
    Abstract: A sealing device for sealing openings in blood vessels has a first and second sealing elements. The first element is preferably fixed attached to a rigid shaft. The second sealing element is slidingly movable relative to the rigid shaft in only one direction. The first and second sealing elements directly engage the walls of the blood vessel. One embodiment has a two portion shaft and one of the portions can be removed after the hole in the blood vessel is sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 7582095
    Abstract: The clip applier of the current invention solves the problems of prior art tools by incorporating a pre-clamp mechanism, the function of which is to pre-clamp the vessel to be ligated to a dimension such that the center leg of the spring of the ligation clip need be lifted only slightly. In this manner the spring clip can be slid over the smaller pre-clamped dimension. This insures that the clip spring material will remain within its elastic limit while allowing the tool to maintain a low profile for use in endoscopic surgery, even on large diameter vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Robert L. Lathrop, Jr., Robert L. Lathrop, III, Donald R. Reichel, Robert J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 7207997
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 7041055
    Abstract: An improved surgical dilator extractor is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a trocar cannula and expanded, forming a tissue receiving space, at the distal end. The tissue receiving space is enlarged by passing a grasper through a lumen of the dilator extractor to interact with a guide surface on the interior of dilator extractor to expand a dilator portion having a single leaf beyond the natural resiliency of the leaf. The tissue being extracted is then manipulated into the space with the grasper. The tissue is then removed from the cavity by the surgeon applying a force onto the dilator extractor that insures the elongation of the tissue and temporarily dilates the entry wound to the extent necessary for the tissue to be removed. Alternative embodiments of the surgical dilator extractor and related instrument tool sets and methods for the use thereof also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Wayne P. Young, John I. Shipp, Keith Ratcliff
  • Patent number: 6958069
    Abstract: A surgical dilator extractor is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a trocar cannula and expanded, forming a tissue receiving space, at the distal end. The tissue that is to be extracted is then manipulated into the space with a grasper inserted through a lumen in the dilator extractor. The tissue is then removed from the cavity by the surgeon applying a force onto the dilator extractor that insures the elongation of the tissue and temporarily dilates the entry wound to the extent necessary for the tissue to be removed. Alternative embodiments of the surgical dilator extractor and related instrument tool sets and methods for the use thereof also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey P. White
  • Publication number: 20040225192
    Abstract: An improved surgical dilator extractor is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a trocar cannula and expanded, forming a tissue receiving space, at the distal end. The tissue receiving space is enlarged by passing a grasper through a lumen of the dilator extractor to interact with a guide surface on the interior of dilator extractor to expand a dilator portion having a single leaf beyond the natural resiliency of the leaf. The tissue being extracted is then manipulated into the space with the grasper. The tissue is then removed from the cavity by the surgeon applying a force onto the dilator extractor that insures the elongation of the tissue and temporarily dilates the entry wound to the extent necessary for the tissue to be removed. Alternative embodiments of the surgical dilator extractor and related instrument tool sets and methods for the use thereof also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: SURGICON, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne P. Young, John I. Shipp, Keith Ratcliff
  • Publication number: 20040106936
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: SURGICON, INC.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20040097972
    Abstract: The clip applier of the current invention solves the problems of prior art tools by incorporating a pre-clamp mechanism, the function of which is to pre-clamp the vessel to be ligated to a dimension such that the center leg of the spring of the ligation clip need be lifted only slightly. In this manner the spring clip can be slid over the smaller pre-clamped dimension. This insures that the clip spring material will remain within its elastic limit while allowing the tool to maintain a low profile for use in endoscopic surgery, even on large diameter vessels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: SURGICON, INC.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Robert L. Lathrop, Robert L. Lathrop, Donald R. Reichel, Robert J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 6652539
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Surgicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 6652545
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Surgicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20030212363
    Abstract: A surgical irrigation apparatus includes a disposable assembly and a reusable assembly. The disposable assembly includes an irrigation fluid pump and a hand piece having a supply passage for delivery of irrigation fluid to the surgical site. The reusable assembly includes a motor, a power source, and a pressure detector. The pressure detector assists in changing the power being supplied to the motor. The power is transferred from the motor to the pump with a magnetic coupler or other suitable device. The reusable assembly may alternatively include a sound receiver for picking up voice commands or other sounds to change the power being supplied to the motor. The reusable assembly may also alternatively include a controller that is operatively connected to a switch on the hand piece to permit a user to manually change the power being supplied to the motor. Related methods for surgical irrigation are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: SURGICON, INC.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 6607540
    Abstract: The clip applier of the current invention solves the problems of prior art tools by incorporating a pre-clamp mechanism, the function of which is to pre-clamp the vessel to be ligated to a dimension such that the center leg of the spring of the ligation clip need be lifted only slightly. In this manner the spring clip can be slid over the smaller pre-clamped dimension. This insures that the clip spring material will remain within its elastic limit while allowing the tool to maintain a low profile for use in endoscopic surgery, even on large diameter vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Surgicon, Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Publication number: 20030035048
    Abstract: An illumination system for an endoscopic camera has a plurality of light emitting diodes mounted to a substrate. The substrate is adapted for attachment at the distal end of the endoscope. Each LED is contained within a reflector cup which directs the angular dispersion of emitted light toward the object to be viewed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Applicant: Surgicon, Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Publication number: 20020151837
    Abstract: A surgical irrigation apparatus includes a disposable assembly and a reusable assembly. The disposable assembly includes an irrigation fluid pump and a hand piece having a supply passage for delivery of irrigation fluid to the surgical site. The reusable assembly includes a motor, a power source, and a pressure detector. The pressure detector assists in changing the power being supplied to the motor. The power is transferred from the motor to the pump with a magnetic coupler or other suitable device. The reusable assembly may alternatively include a sound receiver for picking up voice commands or other sounds to change the power being supplied to the motor. The reusable assembly may also alternatively include a controller that is operatively connected to a switch on the hand piece to permit a user to manually change the power being supplied to the motor. Related methods for surgical irrigation are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Applicant: Surgicon Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Publication number: 20020137988
    Abstract: A surgical dilator extractor is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a trocar cannula and expanded, forming a tissue receiving space, at the distal end. The tissue that is to be extracted is then manipulated into the space with a grasper inserted through a lumen in the dilator extractor. The tissue is then removed from the cavity by the surgeon applying a force onto the dilator extractor that insures the elongation of the tissue and temporarily dilates the entry wound to the extent necessary for the tissue to be removed. Alternative embodiments of the surgical dilator extractor and related instrument tool sets and methods for the use thereof also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey P. White
  • Patent number: 6449006
    Abstract: An illumination system for an endoscopic camera has a plurality of light emitting diodes mounted to a substrate. The substrate is adapted for attachment at the distal end of the endoscope. Each LED is contained within a reflector cup which directs the angular dispersion of emitted light toward the object to be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, LLC
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Publication number: 20020082615
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: Apollo Camera, LLC
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20020082618
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: Apollo Camera, LLC
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 6350269
    Abstract: The ligation clip applicator and ligation clip design are provided which are particularly applicable to placement of a surgical ligation clip during a laparoscopic surgical procedure. The clip includes a support member and a clamping arm having enlarged portions thereon. The applicator device has a magazine including first and second longitudinally extending partially closed channels within which the enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm are received with the clip held in an open position. First and second articulated jaws are attached to the magazine and have first and second channel extensions therein aligned with the first and second channels of the magazine, so that a clip can be received from the magazine in the jaws with the first and second enlarged portions of the support member and the clamping arm being received in the first and second channel extensions of the jaws. The channel extensions include first and second releasing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Steven Y. Shepard, James A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 6290575
    Abstract: A process is provided for surface treatment of surgical operating instruments so as to provide an extremely effective gripping surface of the instrument which very effectively grips a patient's tissue. Particularly the process is applicable to surgical ligation clips and clip appliers, which are used to ligate a blood vessel or the like. Operating instruments such as ligating clips and clip applicators produced with the process are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: John I. Shipp