Patents by Inventor Kevin L. Morgan

Kevin L. 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).

  • Publication number: 20210022724
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Publication number: 20200405403
    Abstract: A method of using a surgical modular robotic assembly including an interchangeable motor pack, a hand-held surgical instrument, and a robotic surgical instrument is disclosed. The method includes releasably attaching an interface portion of the interchangeable motor pack to the hand-held surgical instrument, causing the interchangeable motor pack to drive a first surgical tool of the hand-held surgical instrument, stopping the interchangeable motor pack from driving the first surgical tool, disconnecting the interface portion from the hand-held surgical instrument, and releasably attaching the interface portion of the interchangeable motor pack to the robotic surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Nicholas M. Morgan, Joshua P. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig
  • Patent number: 10835250
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a firing member, an end effector, a closure member, and a shaft including an attachment interface is disclosed. The surgical stapling assembly is configured to be attached to a surgical instrument interface by way of the attachment interface. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, and a staple cartridge comprising staples configured to be ejected by the firing member. The second jaw is movable relative to the first jaw between an open position, a fully-clamped position, and a collapsed position. The end effector further comprises an interconnection between the first jaw and the second jaw defining a rotational axis about which the second iaw is movable relative to the first iaw. The rotational axis is shiftable toward and away from the first iaw as the second iaw is moved between the open position, the fully-clamped position, and the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10813632
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon, LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10716568
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a staple cartridge carrier, an anvil, an outer surface, a closure member, a staple cartridge, and a firing system is disclosed. The anvil is rotatable between a first position and a second position. The closure member is slideable along the outer surface to hold the anvil in the second position. The closure member comprises a clearance opening. The staple cartridge is positioned within the staple cartridge carrier. The staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein. The staple cartridge and the anvil define a tissue gap therebetween when the anvil is in the second position. The clearance opening is aligned with the tissue gap when the anvil is in the second position. The firing system is configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke. The firing system engages the staple cartridge carrier and the anvil during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Charles J. Scheib, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K. Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200038016
    Abstract: A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument comprises a plurality of sensors, and a status module releasably connected to the surgical instrument. The status module comprises a plurality of contacts, a circuit, and a plurality of indicators. Each individual contact is in electrical communication with a different sensor. The circuit is in electrical communication with at least one of the contacts. At least one of the indicators is in electrical communication with the circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Kevin R. Doll, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Publication number: 20190350615
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical device is disclosed including a surgical tool including a proximal transducer mounting portion defining a surface, a distal end effector end, and a waveguide disposed therebetween, the waveguide extending along a longitudinal axis. The ultrasonic surgical device further includes a transducer is in mechanical communication with the surface of the transducer mounting portion. The transducer is configured to operate in a D31 mode with respect to the longitudinal axis of the waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Black, William A. Olson, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick Estera, William E. Clem, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Stephen M. Leuck, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10426463
    Abstract: A powered surgical stapler comprising a housing, a motor, an actuator movable between an unactuated state and an actuated state, a counter, an elongate shaft, a lockout system, a firing member, a display, and an end effector comprising a first jaw, a second jaw, a channel, a staple cartridge, and an anvil is disclosed. The second jaw is movable from an open position toward a closed position when the actuator is in the actuated state. The firing member translates through the staple cartridge during a firing stroke. The display displays the position of the firing member, a locked-out condition where the firing member is prevented from performing a firing stroke, and an actuation count comprising the number of firing strokes performed by the firing member. The firing member is placed in the locked-out condition when the second jaw is not in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ehticon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Kevin R. Doll, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10420580
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic medical device that may include a surgical tool having a proximal end, an end effector, and a waveguide between them, a first transducer in mechanical communication with a first face of the surgical tool, and a second transducer in mechanical communication with an opposing face of the surgical tool, opposite the first transducer. The first transducer and the second transducer are configured to operate in a D31 mode with respect to the waveguide of the surgical tool. Another aspect comprises a method of fabricating the ultrasonic medical device, in which the surgical tool is machined from a portion of a flat metal stock so that the surgical tool has a longitudinal axis oriented at an angle with respect to a grain direction of the flat metal stock thereby optimizing an operational characteristic of the surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Black, William A. Olson, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick Estera, William E. Clem, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Stephen M. Leuck, Kevin L. Houser
  • Publication number: 20190159769
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 9561106
    Abstract: A chamber or vasculature of a heart may be accessed via the pericardial space of the heart. Initially, the pericardial space may be accessed via a transmyocardial approach or a subxiphoid approach. A lead or other implantable apparatus may thus be routed into the pericardial space, through myocardial tissue and into the chamber or vasculature. The lead or other apparatus may be used to sense activity in or provide therapy to the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Yougandh Chitre, Gene A. Bornzin, John R. Helland, Eric Falkenberg, Kevin L. Morgan, Sheldon Williams, Michael Yang, Andrew W. McGarvey
  • Patent number: 9339293
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide controlled access into the intra-pericardial space. In one implementation, a medical device comprises an outer sheath, an inner sheath, and a nose shaft. The outer sheath comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The inner sheath extends through the lumen of the outer sheath and comprises a distal portion adapted to pierce the pericardial sac. The nose shaft is adapted to displace relative to a distal edge of the distal portion of the inner sheath. Displacing the distal portion of the inner sheath relative to the outer sheath until the nose shaft displaces relative to the distal edge provides controlled penetration into the intra-pericardial space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150305773
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide controlled access into the intra-pericardial space. In one implementation, a medical device comprises an outer sheath, an inner sheath, and a nose shaft. The outer sheath comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The inner sheath extends through the lumen of the outer sheath and comprises a distal portion adapted to pierce the pericardial sac. The nose shaft is adapted to displace relative to a distal edge of the distal portion of the inner sheath. Displacing the distal portion of the inner sheath relative to the outer sheath until the nose shaft displaces relative to the distal edge provides controlled penetration into the intra-pericardial space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin L. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9107693
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide controlled access into the intra-pericardial space. In one implementation, a medical device comprises an outer sheath, an inner sheath, and a nose shaft. The outer sheath comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The inner sheath extends through the lumen of the outer sheath and comprises a distal portion adapted to pierce the pericardial sac. The nose shaft is adapted to displace relative to a distal edge of the distal portion of the inner sheath. Displacing the distal portion of the inner sheath relative to the outer sheath until the nose shaft displaces relative to the distal edge provides controlled penetration into the intra-pericardial space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20130338704
    Abstract: A chamber or vasculature of a heart may be accessed via the pericardial space of the heart. Initially, the pericardial space may be accessed via a transmyocardial approach or a subxiphoid approach. A lead or other implantable apparatus may thus be routed into the pericardial space, through myocardial tissue and into the chamber or vasculature. The lead or other apparatus may be used to sense activity in or provide therapy to the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Yougandh Chitre, Gene A. Bornzin, John R. Helland, Eric Falkenberg, Kevin L. Morgan, Sheldon Williams, Michael Yang, Andrew W. McGarvey
  • Publication number: 20130274782
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide controlled access into the intra-pericardial space. In one implementation, a medical device comprises an outer sheath, an inner sheath, and a nose shaft. The outer sheath comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The inner sheath extends through the lumen of the outer sheath and comprises a distal portion adapted to pierce the pericardial sac. The nose shaft is adapted to displace relative to a distal edge of the distal portion of the inner sheath. Displacing the distal portion of the inner sheath relative to the outer sheath until the nose shaft displaces relative to the distal edge provides controlled penetration into the intra-pericardial space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8538555
    Abstract: A chamber or vasculature of a heart may be accessed via the pericardial space of the heart. Initially, the pericardial space may be accessed via a transmyocardial approach or a subxiphoid approach. A lead or other implantable apparatus may thus be routed into the pericardial space, through myocardial tissue and into the chamber or vasculature. The lead or other apparatus may be used to sense activity in or provide therapy to the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yougandh Chitre, Gene A. Bornzin, John R. Helland, Eric Falkenberg, Kevin L. Morgan, Sheldon Williams, Michael Yang, Andrew W. McGarvey
  • Publication number: 20130131527
    Abstract: A first cardiac signal associated with an activity of a first implant site of a heart during a cardiac cycle is sensed. A second cardiac signal is sensed using an intrapericardial lead located on an epicardial surface proximate a second implant site of the heart. The second cardiac signal is associated with an activity of the second implant site during the cardiac cycle. A timing delay between the activity of the first implant site and the activity of the second implant site is obtained and analyzed to determine if the intrapericardial lead location is appropriate. The preceding is repeated until an appropriate intrapericardial lead location is determined. Other measurements obtained during implant determine whether the intrapericardial lead location is at or near slow conduction zone and whether the intrapericardial lead is placed at the location having the greatest mechanical delay. Post implant measurements determine whether the intrapericardial lead has migrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Min, Anna Raskin, Kevin L. Morgan, Stephanie Toy, Joyce Tao
  • Patent number: 8406902
    Abstract: The intrapericardial lead includes a lead body having a proximal portion and a flexible, pre-curved distal end portion. The distal end portion carries at least one electrode assembly containing an electrode adapted to engage pericardial tissue. The distal end portion further carries a pre-curved flexible wire member having ends attached to spaced apart points along the distal end portion of the lead body, the flexible wire member having a normally expanded state wherein an intermediate portion of the wire member is spaced apart from the distal end portion, and a generally straightened state wherein the wire member and the distal end portion are disposed in a more parallel, adjacent relationship so as to present a small frontal area to facilitate delivery into the pericardial space. The wire member re-expands to its normal state after delivery into the pericardial space to anchor the distal end portion of the lead body relative to the pericardial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Morgan, Steven R. Conger, Anna Barlow, Stuart Rosenberg, Wenbo Hou, Michael Yang, Sheldon Williams