Patents by Inventor Nicholas J. Bender

Nicholas J. Bender 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: 20180238883
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a fluid drive system and a surgical instrument removably positioned in operative engagement with the drive system. A sterile barrier covers non-sterile portions of the surgical system. Features of the sterile barrier are used to transfer motion output from the fluid drive system to the instrument for actuation of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew R. Penny, Kevin Andrew Hufford, Nicholas J. Bender, Alexander John Maret, Paul Wilhelm Schnur, Sevan Abashian, Dustin Vaughan
  • Patent number: 9687260
    Abstract: A dual reconstructive wire system for use with an anatomy can include a first guide wire, a second guide wire, a first guide instrument, a first cannulated insertion instrument, and a second cannulated insertion instrument. The first guide wire can pass through the first cannulated insertion instrument such that a first end and a second end of the first guide wire extends beyond the first end and the second end, respectively of the first cannulated insertion instrument. The second guide wire can pass through the second cannulation insertion instrument such that a first end and a second end of the second guide wire extends beyond the first end and the second end, respectively of the second cannulated insertion instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. O'Reilly, Philip H. Frank, Nicholas J Bender, Michael Charles Strycharz
  • Publication number: 20170165019
    Abstract: A motorized surgical system includes at least one support positionable within a sterile field in proximity to a patient positioned on a surgical table. An instrument driver is carried by the support and includes a steerable distal end positionable in a body cavity. A user input device is carried by the support and is configured to generate movement signals in response to manual manipulation of a portion of the user input device by a user. One or more steering motors are operably coupled to the instrument driver and are operable to deflect the steerable distal end of the instrument driver in response to the movement signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew R. Penny, Nicholas J. Bender, Mohan Nathan, Nicholas J. Jardine, Galen Robertson, Carson Shellenberger, Lucas A. Tew, Richard M. Mueller, James Cuevas, Jeff Wilson, Keith Philip Laby
  • Patent number: 9333040
    Abstract: A surgical system includes an instrument driver having a distal end positionable in a body cavity and a user input device. The instrument driver and user input device are positioned to removably receive distal and proximal portions, respectively, of a surgical instrument. The user input device is configured to generate movement signals in response to manual manipulation of the proximal portion of the surgical instrument. At least one motor operable to actuate the instrument driver in response to the movement signals and to thereby change position of the distal portion of the surgical instrument within the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TransEnterix Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Shellenberger, Keith Phillip Laby, Richard M Mueller, Nicholas J. Bender, Galen Robertson, Nicholas J. Jardine, Matthew R. Penny, Mohan Nathan, Lucas Tew, James Cuevas, Jeff Wilson
  • Publication number: 20160074050
    Abstract: A dual reconstructive wire system for use with an anatomy can include a first guide wire, a second guide wire, a first guide instrument, a first cannulated insertion instrument, and a second cannulated insertion instrument. The first guide wire can pass through the first cannulated insertion instrument such that a first end and a second end of the first guide wire extends beyond the first end and the second end, respectively of the first cannulated insertion instrument. The second guide wire can pass through the second cannulation insertion instrument such that a first end and a second end of the second guide wire extends beyond the first end and the second end, respectively of the second cannulated insertion instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph M. O'Reilly, Philip H. Frank, Nicholas J. Bender, Michael Charles Strycharz
  • Patent number: 9232978
    Abstract: A surgical system includes an instrument driver having a distal end positionable in a body cavity and a user input device. The instrument driver and user input device are positioned to removably receive distal and proximal portions, respectively, of a surgical instrument. The user input device is configured to generate movement signals in response to manual manipulation of the proximal portion of the surgical instrument. At least one motor operable to actuate the instrument driver in response to the movement signals and to thereby change position of the distal portion of the surgical instrument within the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: TRANSENTERIX SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Carson Shellenberger, Keith Phillip Laby, Richard M Mueller, Nicholas J. Bender, Galen Robertson, Nicholas J. Jardine, Matthew R. Penny, Mohan Nathan, Lucas Tew, James Cuevas, Jeff Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140276667
    Abstract: An instrument shaft includes an outer elongate shaft having a rigid proximal section, a rigid distal section, and a fixed bend between the rigid proximal and distal sections. An inner shaft includes rigid proximal and distal sections and a flexible intermediate section between the rigid proximal and distal sections. The inner shaft is slidably disposed within the lumen of the outer shaft such that the flexible intermediate section extends through the bend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TransEnterix Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Shellenberger, Nicholas J Bender
  • Publication number: 20140222020
    Abstract: An instrument channel device for receiving a medical instrument having a distal tip includes an elongate tubular shaft including a proximal shaft portion and a distal shaft portion positionable within a body cavity. The shaft defines a lumen for passage of the distal tip of a flexible medical instrument therethrough, allowing positioning of the medical instrument such that its distal tip is disposed distally of the distal shaft portion. A telescoping reinforcement is positioned on the distal shaft portion. The reinforcement has a collapsed position in which the telescoping reinforcement has a length that is shorter than the length of the telescoping reinforcement in an expanded position. As an instrument is advanced from the distal end of the lumen, the telescoping reinforcement is engaged by a distal portion of the instrument such that advancement of the distal tip to a position beyond a distal end of the telescoping reinforcement moves the telescoping reinforcement to the expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: TransEnterix, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Bender, Matthew Robert Penny, Bryan J. Peters, Nicholas J. Jardine
  • Patent number: 8337527
    Abstract: A spinal connector includes a first seat having a first opening for coupling to a first spinal connecting member along a first longitudinal axis and a second seat having a second opening for coupling to a second spinal connecting member along a second longitudinal axis. The second longitudinal axis is substantially coaxial to the first longitudinal axis for connecting the first and second connecting members end to end. The spinal connector also includes a ball enclosure rotatably received in the second opening of the second seat. The ball enclosure defines a bore along the second longitudinal axis and articulates with the second opening for allowing change of orientation of the second connecting member relative to the first connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel E. Hawkins, Nicholas J. Bender, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20120265214
    Abstract: An instrument having a deflectable section on an instrument shaft utilizes an actuator having first and second actuator sections moveable relative to one another to actuate a system of actuation elements such as pull cables. An actuator lock is operable to selectively fix the relative positions of the first and second actuator sections, thus setting the position of the instrument shaft's deflectable section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Bender, Carson Shellenberger
  • Patent number: 8162952
    Abstract: An instrument for multi-level percutaneous spinal procedures. The instrument can include a curved rack having length adapted for at least substantially spanning first and second vertebrae and one or more intermediate vertebrae between the first and second vertebrae. The instrument can include first and second towers correspondingly engageable with the first and second vertebrae, and one or more intermediate towers engageable with the intermediate vertebrae. Further, the instrument can include first and second arms adapted for movably connecting the first and second towers to the rack, and one or more intermediate arms adapted for movably connecting the intermediate tower to the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Dan S. Cohen, Nicholas J. Bender, Oliver Buchert, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: 8038699
    Abstract: A percutaneous tower for the orthopedic procedures. The tower can include an outer elongated member, an inner elongated member received within the outer elongated member, a release actuator operable to move the inner elongated member relative to the outer elongated member between first and second positions, and a fastener engagement member coupled to a distal portion of the tower and operable to engage a bone fastener when the inner elongated member is in the first position, and to disengage the bone fastener when the inner elongated member is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Dan S. Cohen, Nicholas J. Bender, Oliver Buchert, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20110251599
    Abstract: Deflectable instrument shafts are formed of alternating segments, each of which has a first end or face contacting an adjacent segment along a first plane, and a second end or face contacting an adjacent segment along a second plane that is transverse to the first plane. In some embodiments, the alternating segments are first and second segments having differently shaped contacting ends/faces. In other embodiment the alternating segments are identical to one another but are positioned such that segments having their first contacting end/face facing distally are alternated with segments having their second contacting ends/faces facing distally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Carson Shellenberger, Brett M. Page, Nicholas J. Bender
  • Patent number: 7931589
    Abstract: A surgical retractor device. The surgical retractor device includes a frame having an outer frame member and an inner frame member coupled to the outer frame member for relative movement about a frame pivot axis, and a frame driver operable to rotate the outer frame member relative to the inner frame member about the frame pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Dan S. Cohen, Nicholas J. Bender, Oliver Buchert, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: 7922658
    Abstract: A blade for a surgical retractor. The blade includes a base portion and a distal portion. The base portion may be attached to a frame of a surgical retractor. The distal portion may be removably coupled to the base portion and may be unitarily constructed of a translucent material. A light source may be removably coupled to the distal portion. The distal portion may be disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Dan S. Cohen, Nicholas J. Bender, Oliver Buchert, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20090203969
    Abstract: A blade for a surgical retractor. The blade includes a base portion and a distal portion. The base portion may be attached to a frame of a surgical retractor. The distal portion may be removably coupled to the base portion and may be unitarily constructed of a translucent material. A light source may be removably coupled to the distal portion. The distal portion may be disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Dan S. Cohen, Nicholas J. Bender, Oliver Buckert, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20080262553
    Abstract: A spinal connector includes a first seat having a first opening for coupling to a first spinal connecting member along a first longitudinal axis and a second seat having a second opening for coupling to a second spinal connecting member along a second longitudinal axis. The second longitudinal axis is substantially coaxial to the first longitudinal axis for connecting the first and second connecting members end to end. The spinal connector also includes a ball enclosure rotatably received in the second opening of the second seat. The ball enclosure defines a bore along the second longitudinal axis and articulates with the second opening for allowing change of orientation of the second connecting member relative to the first connecting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel E. Hawkins, Nicholas J. Bender, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: D626223
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Bender, David Barry, Oliver Buchert, Christopher Meyer
  • Patent number: D674896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Bender, David Barry, Oliver Buchert, Christopher Meyer
  • Patent number: D683853
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Bender, David Barry, Oliver Buchert, Christopher Meyer