Patents by Inventor Laura A. Schoettmer

Laura A. Schoettmer 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: 20200345391
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, a clamp actuator, and a blade cooling system. The end effector has a clamp arm and an ultrasonic blade coupled with an ultrasonic transducer. The clamp arm is configured to selectively move from a first actuator position toward a second actuator position thereby directing movement of the clamp arm from the open position toward the closed position, respectively. The cooling system is operable to deliver fluid coolant to the ultrasonic blade to thereby cool the ultrasonic blade while the clamp actuator remains in the first actuator position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffery D. Bruns, Ellen Burkart, Demetrius N. Harris, Troy Q. Le, Guion Y. Lucas, Alexander S. O'Leary, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Amrita S. Sawhney, Laura A. Schoettmer, Christopher Q. Seow, Jeffrey C. Souder
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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