Patents by Inventor John W. Dietz

John W. Dietz 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: 20190350616
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 10470792
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Publication number: 20190288926
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for media data usage measurement and reporting are disclosed. For example, an example television disclosed herein includes a processor to execute computer readable instructions including monitoring software to at least collect metadata from a media stream, execute a media data usage gathering object to gather and encapsulate usage data associated with presentation of the media stream by the television, the usage data including the metadata, report the usage data to a remote system via a network in communication with the television, and insert an advertisement in the media stream, the advertisement selected based on the reported usage data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: John W. Hebeler, JR., Prasad V. Kunchakarra, Thomas L. Dietz, III
  • Publication number: 20190239918
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a body assembly and an end effector. The body assembly includes a control module, an orientation sensor communicatively coupled to the control module, and an energy component. The energy component is operable to activate the end effector at a plurality of energy settings. A storage device is communicatively coupled to the control module and includes a plurality of gesture profiles and corresponding energy settings. The control module is configured to set the energy setting of the energy component to a corresponding energy setting in response to a correlation between the output of the orientation sensor and a gesture profile. In some versions, the control module modifies the energy setting based upon output from a force sensor that measures the force on the end effector. The control module may also decrease the energy setting in response to an anomalous acceleration or deceleration detected by an accelerometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Sora Rhee, Cory G. Kimball, Timothy G. Dietz, Ashvani K. Madan, Donna L. Korvick, Jeffrey D. Messerly, William E. Clem, Jacqueline C. Aronhalt, William D. Dannaher, John B. Schulte, Danius P. Silkaitis, Stephen J. Balek, Michael R. Lamping
  • Patent number: 10327798
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a body assembly and an end effector. The body assembly includes a control module, an orientation sensor communicatively coupled to the control module, and an energy component. The energy component is operable to activate the end effector at a plurality of energy settings. A storage device is communicatively coupled to the control module and includes a plurality of gesture profiles and corresponding energy settings. The control module is configured to set the energy setting of the energy component to a corresponding energy setting in response to a correlation between the output of the orientation sensor and a gesture profile. In some versions, the control module modifies the energy setting based upon output from a force sensor that measures the force on the end effector. The control module may also decrease the energy setting in response to an anomalous acceleration or deceleration detected by an accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Sora Rhee, Cory G. Kimball, Timothy G. Dietz, Ashvani K. Madan, Donna L. Korvick, Jeffrey D. Messerly, William E. Clem, Jacqueline C. Aronhalt, William D. Dannaher, John B. Schulte, Danius P. Silkaitis, Stephen J. Balek, Michael R. Lamping
  • Patent number: 6126660
    Abstract: A spinal distraction device is provided that includes a body, a rack and a pinion-locking member. The body has a vertebral endplate engagement end and an opposite end. The body defines a chamber along its length and an opening at the opposite end in communication with the chamber. A gear bore is defined in communication with the chamber and has an axis perpendicular to the length. The rack is slidably disposed through the opening and within the chamber. The rack is slidable between a retracted position with the first end of the rack adjacent the vertebral engaging end of the body and the foot adjacent the opposite end of the body and a number of extended positions wherein the foot is at a distance from the opposite end of the body. The rack defines an engagement member with an engagement surface exposed to the gear bore. The pinion-locking member is rotatable within the gear bore to mesh with the engagement surface to convert rotary motion of the member to reciprocating motion of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Sofamor Danek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Dietz