Patents by Inventor Martin Wieters

Martin Wieters 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: 20220202282
    Abstract: An actuator system for use in an optical system of an endoscope. The actuator system including: at least one actuator; and a holder for receiving at least one optical element of the optical system, the holder is configured to be flat and extends in a holder plane. The holder including: an outer enclosure; a leaf spring; and an inner platform. Wherein the outer enclosure at least partially surrounds the leaf spring and the leaf spring at least partially surrounds the inner platform, the outer enclosure is elastically coupled to the inner platform via the leaf spring, the inner platform is configured to receive the optical element, and the at least one actuator interacts with the inner platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20220202524
    Abstract: A holder for a surgical instrument, where the holder includes: an image sensor, the image sensor having a photo-sensitive layer and a rear side facing away from the photo-sensitive layer; and a circuit board, a first side of the circuit board being connected to the rear side of the image sensor. The holder may have a cover member having a first side arranged on a second side of the circuit board, the second side of the circuit board facing away from the image sensor. The cover member may io be configured to form an interspace between the first side of the cover member and the second side of the circuit board, and the interspace may be filled with an adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Patent number: 11357390
    Abstract: An optical system for a stereo video endoscope including: first and second lens system channels each having optical elements in identical configurations, the optical elements being arranged in a same position along first and second optical axes, respectively, an optical axis of first and second optical elements coincide with the first and second optical axes, respectively, first and second cross-sectional areas of the first and second optical elements are inscribed in first and second circumferential circles, respectively, centers of first and second circumferential circles each coincide with the first and second optical axes, respectively, to define a maximum radius of the first optical element and the second optical element, the first and second circumferential circles overlap one another, and circumferential shapes of the first and second optical elements deviate from the first and second circumferential circles circumscribing them such that the first and second optical elements do not contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Peter Schouwink, Jianxin Zhao, Alrun Thuemen
  • Publication number: 20220175238
    Abstract: An endoscope including: an elongated shaft comprising at least a first shaft tube with a window inserted in its distal end, and an electrical heating device arranged proximate to the window at or in the first shaft tube; wherein the heating device includes a flexible printed circuit board on which a resistive heating element configured as a conductor loop and a temperature sensor are arranged, and a heat-conducting structure connected in a thermally conductive manner to the temperature sensor is applied to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Sebastian JUNGBAUER, Sven PABST
  • Publication number: 20220142459
    Abstract: An endoscope including: an elongated shaft and an optical system disposed in the shaft. The optical system includes at least one prism. The prism is mounted in a prism holder. The prism holder having first and second stops for aligning the prism in at least first and second directions, respectively. Wherein the first stop forms a planar stop surface against which a first planar surface of the prism rests, and the second stop forms a linear stop contour against which a second planar surface of the prism rests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Annika GOEHRING
  • Publication number: 20220125290
    Abstract: An endoscope, including: at least one outer shaft tube, at least one inner shaft tube disposed within the at least one outer shaft tube; a window distally hermetically sealing one of the inner shaft tube or the outer shaft tube, a heater disposed proximate to the window between the at least one outer shaft tube and the at least one inner shaft tube, a temperature sensor disposed embedded in a potting compound proximate to the window, and an encasement filled with the potting compound, the encasement at least partially surrounding the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20220053997
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: an elongated shaft having an inner shaft tube and an outer shaft tube; and an electrical connecting element extending in a longitudinal direction of the shaft between the inner shaft tube and the outer shaft tube. Wherein the electrical connecting element is configured as a flexible printed circuit board with at least one conducting path which is routed substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the shaft, and the electrical connecting element is routed at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the shaft at at least one location of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Annika GOEHRING
  • Publication number: 20220015239
    Abstract: An electronic device including: a multilayer printed circuit board; and a molded retaining body; wherein the printed circuit board is formed of structured layers of conducting and non-conducting materials adhered together, the conducting materials form conductor tracks and contact areas, the printed circuit board being stiffened in a rigid region by stiffening material, the rigid region having electronic components and encapsulated in an epoxy; the printed circuit board having a flexible region that is more flexible than the rigid region, the flexible region having contact areas; the retaining body having an arc-shape formed on a radial inner side of the retaining body for arrangement on an inner tube of an endoscope; the retaining body having, on a radial outer side, a receiving contour for receiving and shaping the printed circuit board; and the retaining body having a retainer for holding the printed circuit board in a bent state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian JUNGBAUER, Sven PABST, Martin WIETERS
  • Patent number: 11119308
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: an elongated shaft having distal and proximal ends; an objective lens arranged in the shaft; and an image sensor arranged proximally to the objective lens; wherein the objective lens includes distal and proximal objective lens assemblies; the image sensor rotates about an axis of the shaft relative to the distal objective lens assembly which is arranged in an outer tube; a torque for rotating the image sensor is transmitted by an inner tube, which is arranged in the outer tube, the inner tube being rotatably fixed and axially slidably connected to a frame receiving the image sensor, the inner tube and the frame each including coupling portions that engage coaxially; one the coupling portions includes cut-outs extending parallel to the axis; and another includes elastic protrusions, the elastic protrusions extending toward and engage in a corresponding cut-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Wieters
  • Publication number: 20210267437
    Abstract: An optical connecting device for a surgical instrument including a coupling for connecting first and second optical fiber bundles. The coupling including: a tubular sleeve having an outer surface defining an internal space for receiving an end of the first optical fiber bundle in the internal space of the tubular sleeve; a clamp movably disposed on the outer surface of the tubular sleeve, the clamp having one or more of a first convexity and a first concavity; and a union having one or more of a second convexity and a second concavity. The clamp has a continuous longitudinal opening along its longitudinal extension and on its outer side such that the clamp can be elastically deformed in a radial direction, and the clamp is configured to elastically deform such that one or more of the first convexity and the first concavity engages with one or more of the second convexity and the second concavity of the union.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Alexander KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20210259530
    Abstract: A medical system including: a trocar configured to provide an artificial access to a body cavity of a patient; a medical instrument configured to be inserted through the trocar and into the body cavity of the patient for performing a medical function in the body cavity of the patient; and a controller configured to: determine whether the medical instrument is inserted into the trocar; and enable the performing of the medical function by the medical instrument only if the medical instrument is determined to be inserted into the trocar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20210109338
    Abstract: A deflection prism assembly for an endoscope having a lateral viewing direction. The deflection prism assembly including: a prism holder; and a deflection prism which is received in the prism holder. The deflection prism is formed of a glass. The prism holder includes a reception component and an adjustment component, where the reception component is formed of a ceramic and the adjustment component is formed of a metal. The deflection prism is attached to the reception component and the adjustment component provides a stop for the deflection prism in an axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Alrun Thuemen
  • Patent number: 10932655
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator for use with a surgical instrument. The electromagnetic actuator including: a stator arranged outside a tube; and a rotor mounted in the tube such that the rotor can move in the tube in a longitudinal axial direction of the tube; the rotor includes one or more of a paramagnetic and ferromagnetic material and is movable in the longitudinal axial direction by application of an electromagnetic field; the stator includes: a distal permanent magnet and a proximal permanent magnet, the distal permanent magnet and the proximal permanent magnet being oppositely polarized in the longitudinal axial direction; and at least one electric coil for generating the electromagnetic field; wherein the distal permanent magnet and the proximal permanent magnet are arranged on an outer side of the coil facing away from the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Wieters
  • Publication number: 20200409136
    Abstract: A holder for an optical system of an endoscope, the holder including: a take-up region configured to receive an optical element; and at least one fixing region configured to fix the holder in the optical system by a soldered connection, the fixing region being separate from the take-up region; wherein a material of the holder is a base material that is provided with a coating, a material of the coating having better solderability than the base material, the coating being removed from the take-up region to expose a surface of the take-up region, the exposed surface being blackened by a laser-assisted surface treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe SCHOELER, Nils TORKUHL, Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20200405127
    Abstract: An optical system for an endoscope, the optical system including: a distal optical assembly; a proximal optical assembly; and at least one elongated bar-shaped fixing element; wherein the proximal optical assembly is fastened to the distal optical assembly by the fixing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20200355907
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: an elongated shaft having distal and proximal ends; an objective lens arranged in the shaft; and an image sensor arranged proximally to the objective lens; wherein the objective lens includes distal and proximal objective lens assemblies; the image sensor rotates about an axis of the shaft relative to the distal objective lens assembly which is arranged in an outer tube; a torque for rotating the image sensor is transmitted by an inner tube, which is arranged in the outer tube, the inner tube being rotatably fixed and axially slidably connected to a frame receiving the image sensor, the inner tube and the frame each including coupling portions that engage coaxially; one the coupling portions includes cut-outs extending parallel to the axis; and another includes elastic protrusions, the elastic protrusions extending toward and engage in a corresponding cut-out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20200237195
    Abstract: A deflection prism assembly for an endoscope having a lateral viewing direction, the deflection prism assembly including: a prism holder; and a deflection prism accommodated in the prism holder; wherein the deflection prism has a light outlet surface and an opposite light inlet surface arranged obliquely to the light outlet surface, the deflection prism further having a lateral surface extending between the light inlet surface and the light outlet surface; and the prism holder accommodates the deflection prism such that the prism holder surrounds less than all regions of the lateral surface of the deflection prism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Alrun THUEMEN
  • Publication number: 20200229685
    Abstract: An optical system for a stereo video endoscope including: first and second lens system channels each having optical elements in identical configurations, the optical elements being arranged in a same position along first and second optical axes, respectively, an optical axis of first and second optical elements coincide with the first and second optical axes, respectively, first and second cross-sectional areas of the first and second optical elements are inscribed in first and second circumferential circles, respectively, centers of first and second circumferential circles each coincide with the first and second optical axes, respectively, to define a maximum radius of the first optical element and the second optical element, the first and second circumferential circles overlap one another, and circumferential shapes of the first and second optical elements deviate from the first and second circumferential circles circumscribing them such that the first and second optical elements do not contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Peter SCHOUWINK, Jianxin ZHAO, Alrun THUEMEN
  • Publication number: 20200225446
    Abstract: A prism holder for use with a surgical instrument, having a prism. The prism holder including: a casing for receiving the prism; and at least one prism pressure element configured to be brought into contact with a pressure surface of the prism; wherein the casing having an opening for arrangement of the at least one prism pressure element in the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Patent number: 10564410
    Abstract: An endoscope optic including: an outer tube having an opening at an end face in an end region of the outer tube, a fiber tube disposed in the opening, the fiber tube containing an objective lens, and a fiber bundle for illuminating a region in front of the objective lens, the fiber bundle being provided at an outer periphery of the objective lens, wherein a distal end region of the fiber bundle being arranged in a distal aperture in the fiber tube, the aperture being surrounded by material of the fiber tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Lars Hansen