Patents by Inventor John V. Hunt

John V. Hunt 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: 20200205825
    Abstract: A method of applying a buttress to a surgically cut and stapled site uses an end effector with a buttress applier cartridge assembly to load one or more buttress assemblies to the end effector. The buttress assemblies each include a buttress to support a staple formed therein as well an adhesive for adhering to the end effector. The adhesive of the buttress assemblies can include a pattern to assist in both attachment to the end effector and release from the end effector after cutting and stapling a tissue site. The buttress applier cartridge can include features that accommodate end effectors having various tip configurations, including straight tips and curved or bent tips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Pamela M. Ridgley, Rebecca Spatholt, Christopher J. Hess, Heather Strang, Mark S. Zeiner, John V. Hunt, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David T. Krumanaker
  • Publication number: 20200205824
    Abstract: A packaging assembly is designed for an applicator that contains a buttress assembly that is used with a surgical stapler to reinforce a cut and stapled tissue site. The packaging assembly protects the buttress assembly from damage due to physical contact as well as exposure to adverse environmental factors like excess moisture, etc. In one example the packaging assembly includes a dual tray design with an inner tray that holds the applicator. The combined inner tray and applicator are hermetically sealed within a foil assembly or foil pouch. The foil pouch with the inner tray and applicator within is placed within the outer tray to protect the foil from damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Trevor J. Barton, Denise Griffiths, John V. Hunt, Kevin O'Brien, Emily A. Schellin, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10675018
    Abstract: A trocar assembly includes a cannula assembly, an obturator assembly, and a catch arm. The cannula assembly has a housing, a cannula, and a working channel defining a longitudinal axis from a proximal opening to a distal opening. The obturator assembly includes a proximal head, a distal tip, and a shaft extending therebetween. The catch arm is selectively moveable from a retracted position to a first and second deployed positions and is configured to releasably capture a suture thread. In the retracted position, the catch arm is positioned radially inward from the first deployed position. In the first deployed position, the catch arm is positioned radially outward from the retracted position. In addition, the catch arm is configured to be moved a predetermined distance from the first deployed position to the second deployed position and release the captured suture thread therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John A. Jast, Kevin A. Larson, John V. Hunt, Michael A. Jacobs, Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess
  • Patent number: 10631865
    Abstract: An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, a first base wall recessed from the first mating surface so as to define a first inner recess, and a first set of suture bores extending through the first base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the first device portion. A second device portion of the device has a second mating surface, a second base wall recessed from the second mating surface so as to define a second inner recess, and a second set of suture bores extending through the second base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the second device portion. The first and second device portions are configured to compress tissue positioned between the first and second mating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, John V. Hunt, Daniel W. Price, Nicholas B. Van Stolk
  • Patent number: 10624644
    Abstract: An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures includes a first device portion and a second device portion configured to mate with the first device portion. The first and second device portions are configured to magnetically draw together to compress tissue positioned therebetween. The device further includes a circuit assembly including an electrical element and a battery configured to energize the electrical element. The electrical element may be in the form of an electromagnet or an illumination device, for example. In exemplary versions, the first device portion may include a first circuit assembly having a first electrical element and a first battery, and the second device portion may include a second circuit assembly having a second electrical element and a second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Daniel W. Price, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, John V. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10624643
    Abstract: An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, and a second device portion having a second mating surface configured to mate with the first mating surface to compress tissue positioned therebetween. Each of the first and second mating surfaces includes a contoured portion, and the contoured portions are configured to mate with one another to facilitate alignment of the first and second device portions. A first one of the contoured portions may be formed with a concave contour and a second one of the contoured portions may be formed with a complementary convex contour. The device portions may further include first and second magnetic members configured to draw the device portions together to engage the first mating surface with the second mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John V. Hunt, Daniel W. Price, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, Gregory J. Bakos, Bethany F. Grant
  • Patent number: 10613799
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a storage migration. The storage migration is associated with a storage area network. The storage migration has a storage migration rate associated therewith. The method includes identifying an input/output throughput. The input/output throughput is associated with the storage area network. The input/output throughput stores a throughput rate for the storage area network. The method includes identifying a service level agreement rate for the input/output throughput. The method includes identifying a non-essential workload. The non-essential workload stores a non-essential workload rate associated therewith. The non-essential workload includes that portion of said input/output throughput that is for one or more background processes. The method includes determining an analyzed rate based on the throughput rate, the service level agreement rate, and the non-essential workload rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Maeve M. O'Reilly, Daniel P. Toulan, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Patent number: 10599367
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a storage migration. The storage migration is associated with a storage area network. The storage migration has a storage migration rate associated therewith. The method includes identifying an input/output throughput. The input/output throughput is associated with the storage area network. The input/output throughput stores a throughput rate for the storage area network. The method includes identifying a service level agreement rate for the input/output throughput. The method includes identifying a non-essential workload. The non-essential workload stores a non-essential workload rate associated therewith. The non-essential workload includes that portion of said input/output throughput that is for one or more background processes. The method includes determining an analyzed rate based on the throughput rate, the service level agreement rate, and the non-essential workload rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Maeve M. O'Reilly, Daniel P. Toulan, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Publication number: 20200069451
    Abstract: A method is used to reduce a volume of a stomach of a patient. The method includes inverting a portion of a stomach wall to thereby create an inverted portion. An expandable member is positioned adjacent to the outer surface of the inverted portion. The expandable member is expanded to thereby expand the inverted portion. The expanded expandable member has a first outer diameter. A base region of the inverted portion is cinched to thereby capture the expanded expandable member in the expanded inverted portion. The expanded expandable member has a first outer diameter. Expanding and cinching provide a cinch diameter to first outer diameter ratio from approximately 0.5:1 to approximately 0.9:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Bethany F. Grant, Shin-Yir C. Tong, John V. Hunt, Jennifer M. Nagy, Elliott J. Fegelman, Kevin S. Weadock, William E. Cohn, Terry D. Daglow, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, David L. Hamann
  • Patent number: 10575895
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to operate on tissue. The apparatus includes an end effector with an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The upper jaw is configured to pivot relative to the lower jaw. The apparatus also includes an electrode cap coupled to either the upper or lower jaw. The electrode cap includes a first electrode surface configured at a first polarity and a second electrode surface configured at a second polarity. The second polarity is opposite to the first polarity. The electrode cap is configured to be applied to tissue such that the electrode cap is operable to deliver bipolar RF energy to the tissue. The electrode cap may be used to selectively weld bleeding tissue in a localized fashion, without having to place the tissue between the jaws, and without having to use an instrument separate from the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, David C. Yates, John V. Hunt, Kreena R. Modi
  • Patent number: 10540159
    Abstract: Model-based virtual system provisioning includes accessing a model of a workload to be installed on a virtual machine of a system as well as a model of the system. A workload refers to some computing that is to be performed, and includes an application to be executed to perform the computing, and optionally includes the operating system on which the application is to be installed. The workload model identifies a source of the application and operating system of the workload, as well as constraints of the workload, such as resources and/or other capabilities that the virtual machine(s) on which the workload is to be installed must have. An installation specification for the application is also generated, the installation specification being derived at least in part from the model of the workload and the model of the virtual system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anders B. Vinberg, Robert M. Fries, Kevin Grealish, Galen C. Hunt, Aamer Hydrie, Edwin R. Lassettre, Rob Mensching, Geoffrey Outhred, John M. Parchem, Bassam Tabbara, Rene Antonio Vega, Robert V. Welland, Eric J. Winner, Jeffrey A. Woolsey
  • Patent number: 10470817
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to operate on tissue. The apparatus includes an end effector with an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The upper jaw is configured to pivot relative to the lower jaw. The apparatus also includes an electrode cap coupled to either the upper or lower jaw. The electrode cap includes a first electrode surface configured at a first polarity and a second electrode surface configured at a second polarity. The second polarity is opposite to the first polarity. The electrode cap is configured to be applied to tissue such that the electrode cap is operable to deliver bipolar RF energy to the tissue. The electrode cap may be used to selectively weld bleeding tissue in a localized fashion, without having to place the tissue between the jaws, and without having to use an instrument separate from the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, David C. Yates, John V. Hunt, Kreena R. Modi
  • Publication number: 20190334988
    Abstract: Methods and systems for datacenter migrations are disclosed. A method includes: virtualizing, by a computing device, servers in a source environment; installing, by the computing device, an isolation firewall to isolate a target environment from the source environment; installing, by the computing device, shared services in the target environment; installing, by the computing device, monitoring and management tools in the virtualized servers in the source environment; replicating, by the computing device, between the source environment and the target environment; and cutting over, by the computing device, from the source environment to the target environment by switching a route advertisement from the source datacenter to the target datacenter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: John Delaney, Clea Zolotow, Anthony M. Hunt, Laxmikantha S. Nanduru, Rudolph C. Baron, Florian Graf, Dennis M. Carden, Vladimir V. Danilevich
  • Publication number: 20190301881
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes accessing a user database, accessing a transport database, and generating a global recommended travel plan. The user database includes travel preferences and a metric preference for each user. The travel preferences include an origin, and a destination. The transport database includes transport data. The global recommended travel plan includes, for each user, a recommended route from the user's origin to the user's destination, a recommended mode, and a recommended start time. Generating the global recommended travel plan includes simultaneously optimizing each user's metric preference based on the transport data and the travel preferences. The computer-implemented method further includes returning each user's recommended route, recommended mode, and recommended start time. A corresponding computer program product and computer system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Philippe H.V.M. Spaas, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Publication number: 20190286332
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a storage migration. The storage migration is associated with a storage area network. The storage migration has a storage migration rate associated therewith. The method includes identifying an input/output throughput. The input/output throughput is associated with the storage area network. The input/output throughput stores a throughput rate for the storage area network. The method includes identifying a service level agreement rate for the input/output throughput. The method includes identifying a non-essential workload. The non-essential workload stores a non-essential workload rate associated therewith. The non-essential workload includes that portion of said input/output throughput that is for one or more background processes. The method includes determining an analyzed rate based on the throughput rate, the service level agreement rate, and the non-essential workload rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Maeve M. O'Reilly, Daniel P. Toulan, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Patent number: 10408631
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes accessing a user database, accessing a transport database, and generating a global recommended travel plan. The user database includes travel preferences and a metric preference for each user. The travel preferences include an origin, and a destination. The transport database includes transport data. The global recommended travel plan includes, for each user, a recommended route from the user's origin to the user's destination, a recommended mode, and a recommended start time. Generating the global recommended travel plan includes simultaneously optimizing each user's metric preference based on the transport data and the travel preferences. The computer-implemented method further includes returning each user's recommended route, recommended mode, and recommended start time. A corresponding computer program product and computer system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Philippe H. V. M. Spaas, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Publication number: 20190266507
    Abstract: A set of internal information technology (IT) architecture is received and the internal IT architecture is controlled by a service provider. A set of exogenous IT architecture is received and the exogenous IT architecture is not controlled by the service provider. A set of service level agreement (SLA) requirements, agreed upon by the service provider and a service user, are received. A set of sensor data, from sensors monitoring environmental conditions which may affect at least one of the internal IT architecture or the exogenous IT architecture, is received. A set of heuristic data relating to the internal IT architecture and the exogenous IT architecture is received. A risk metric based on the set of internal IT architecture, the set of exogenous IT architecture, the set of SLA requirements, the set of sensor data, and the set of heuristic data is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Richard M. Cocchiara, John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Maeve M. O'Reilly, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Patent number: 10383754
    Abstract: Methods and devices create an intestinal braking effect, are non-invasive or minimally invasive, and may be reversible. These methods and devices are accomplished via stabilized implantable systems, and ingestible pills. In one embodiment, the implantable system comprises a device delivering a therapeutic substance to a target location within the gastrointestinal tract of a patient in order to initiate an intestinal braking effect which would promote sensations of satiety and stimulate excess weight loss for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Albrecht, Michael S. Cropper, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, John V. Hunt, Mark D. Overmyer, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Stokes, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse, Andrew M. Zwolinski
  • Publication number: 20190243555
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a storage migration. The storage migration is associated with a storage area network. The storage migration has a storage migration rate associated therewith. The method includes identifying an input/output throughput. The input/output throughput is associated with the storage area network. The input/output throughput stores a throughput rate for the storage area network. The method includes identifying a service level agreement rate for the input/output throughput. The method includes identifying a non-essential workload. The non-essential workload stores a non-essential workload rate associated therewith. The non-essential workload includes that portion of said input/output throughput that is for one or more background processes. The method includes determining an analyzed rate based on the throughput rate, the service level agreement rate, and the non-essential workload rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Maeve M. O'Reilly, Daniel P. Toulan, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Publication number: 20190245797
    Abstract: Data migrations are not able to be identified or traced through a switched network to their originating hub, because the corresponding TCP/IP data stream goes through a plurality of optimized differential switches and the originating IP in the packet header gets replaced at each switch. The present invention provides a mechanism to introduce a lag or a jitter into the IP to label the migrated data. The labeled data are able to be traced and identified through multiple managed hubs and/or switches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew P. Barnes, John V. Delaney, Anthony M. Hunt, Claus Schrøder-Hansen, Clea A. Zolotow