Patents by Inventor Robert J. Laird

Robert J. Laird 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).

  • Patent number: 10441345
    Abstract: A generator is disclosed to generate a drive signal to a surgical device. The generator includes an ultrasonic generator module to generate a first drive signal to drive an ultrasonic device, an electrosurgery/radio frequency (RF) generator module to generate a second drive signal to drive an electrosurgical device, and a foot switch coupled to each of the ultrasonic generator module and the electrosurgery/RF generator module. The foot switch is configured to operate in a first mode when the ultrasonic device is coupled to the ultrasonic generator module and the foot switch is configured to operate in a second mode when the electrosurgical device is coupled to the electrosurgery/RF generator module. The generator further includes a user interface to provide feedback in accordance with the operation of any one of the ultrasonic device and the electrosurgical device in accordance with a predetermined algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Robert A. Kemerling, Mark E. Tebbe, Christopher A. Papa, Daniel W. Price, Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey D. Messerly, David C. Yates, Mark A. Davison, Scott B. Killinger, Gavin M. Monson, Robert J. Laird, Matthew C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9808308
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument comprising, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft may be coupled to the handle and may extend distally along a longitudinal axis. The end effector may be positioned at a distal end of the shaft and may comprise first and second jaw members and a reciprocating member. The first and second jaw members may define first and second longitudinal slots. One or both of the jaw members may be pivotable relative to the other about a pivot point. The reciprocating member may be translatable distally and proximally parallel to the longitudinal axis and through the first and second longitudinal slots. A distal portion of the reciprocating member may define a blade. The instrument may comprise an overtube translatable distally to exert a force on a portions of the first and second jaw members tending to close the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Matthew C. Miller, Omar J. Vakharia, Robert J. Laird, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Hunt, Richard W. Timm, David A. Witt, Zhifan F. Huang, Timothy G. Dietz, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Raymond M. Banks, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9375232
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a cutting member, and at least one compression element. The cutting member includes a cutting edge and is configured to translate with respect to the first jaw between a retracted position and a fully advanced position. The at least one compression element extends distally from the cutting member, wherein the at least one compression element is configured to contact the first jaw such that the first jaw rotates with respect to the second jaw between an open configuration and a closed configuration when the cutting member translates with respect to the first jaw, wherein the at least one compression element comprises a rotatable member, and wherein the rotatable member is configured to be advanced ahead of the cutting edge as the cutting member translates to the fully advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: John V. Hunt, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard W. Timm, Gavin M. Monson, Suzanne E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9211130
    Abstract: A tissue-separating catheter assembly comprises a rotatable shaft, having a distal shaft portion, and a tissue separator device extending along the shaft. The tissue separator device has a distal separator part at the distal shaft portion movable between a retracted state, towards the distal shaft portion, and an outwardly extending, operational state, away from the distal shaft portion. A pivot joint may be used to pivotally connect the distal separator end to the distal shaft portion. The distal shaft portion may comprise a distally-facing transition surface at a proximal end of the distal shaft portion. First and second energizable tissue separator elements may be used at the transition surface and the tip of the device, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Eric L. Buehlmann, George A. Morrison, Robert J. Laird
  • Patent number: 9161803
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device comprises an end effector, a cutting member, and en electromechanical driver. The end effector comprises a pair of jaws that clamp tissue. The jaws include electrodes that deliver RF energy to clamped tissue. The cutting member cuts tissue clamped between the jaws. The electromechanical driver drives the cutting member. A control module commands the electromechanical driver, and regulates the delivery of RF energy to the electrodes, based on a combination of user input and feedback signals from the electrodes and from the electromechanical driver. The device may provide tactile feedback to the user through the user input feature, based on a load encountered by the cutting member. The device may alert the user when the exterior of end effector makes incidental contact with tissue, to avoid inadvertently burning the tissue. The device may include a removable battery pack to power the electromechanical driver and the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Aron O. Zingman, Ashvani K. Madan, Kevin L. Houser, Danius P. Silkaitis, William D. Dannaher, Timothy G. Dietz, Richard W. Timm, Robert J. Laird, Gavin M. Monson
  • Patent number: 9149324
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument can comprise a handle, a shaft, and an end effector, wherein the end effector can be rotatably coupled to the shaft by an articulation joint. The instrument can further comprise a drive member and the articulation joint can comprise flexible support members which can be configured to support the drive member. The instrument can further comprise supply wires electrically coupled to electrodes in the end effector and a wire tensioning device configured to prevent the supply wires from accumulating slack within the articulation joint. The drive member can comprise a plurality of flexible layers wherein some of the layers can be comprised of an electrically insulative material and other layers can be comprised of an electrically conductive material which is in electrical communication with a cutting member in the end effector and/or electrodes positioned within the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, David A. Witt, Raymond M. Banks, Timothy G. Dietz, Mary E. Mootoo, Gregory W. Johnson, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason L. Harris, Prasanna Malaviya, Richard W. Timm, John V. Hunt, Suzanne E. Thompson, Gavin M. Monson, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Christopher J. Schall, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel, John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20150164533
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising an ultrasonic waveguide including a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end may be configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer. The surgical instrument may comprise a first tube, and end effector, and an impedance mechanism. The first tube may define a lumen, wherein the waveguide is located within the lumen. The end effector may be coupled to the distal end of the waveguide. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm. The clamp arm is movable from a clamped position to a non-clamped position. The impedance mechanism may be configured to operatively couple to the end effector to prevent materials from accumulating within the lumen during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, John W. Willis
  • Publication number: 20150164536
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising a waveguide and an end effector. The waveguide may comprise a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. The end effector may be coupled to the distal end of the waveguide. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm operatively coupled thereto. The blade may comprise one or more coated sections that are coated with a thermally and electrically insulative material and one or more exposed sections that are not coated with the thermally and electrically insulative material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Jarema S. Czarnecki, Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, Foster B. Stulen, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, John W. Willis
  • Publication number: 20150164534
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising an ultrasonic waveguide. The ultrasonic waveguide may comprise a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer. The surgical instrument may further comprise a rotation knob, a rotation shroud, and a rotation stop mechanism. The rotation knob may be configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer to rotate the ultrasonic transducer. The rotation shroud may be configured to rotate the ultrasonic waveguide. The rotation stop mechanism may be coupled to the rotation shroud to limit rotation of the rotation knob beyond a predetermined rotary distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, John W. Willis
  • Publication number: 20150164535
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising an ultrasonic waveguide. The ultrasonic waveguide may comprise a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer. The surgical instrument may further comprise a tube, and end effector, and a shaft assembly. The tube may define a lumen, wherein the waveguide is located within the lumen. The end effector may be coupled to the distal end of the waveguide and comprise an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm comprising a movable jaw member. The shaft assembly may be configured to counteract deflection of the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, Brian E. Keyt, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, Foster B. Stulen, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, John W. Willis
  • Publication number: 20150164538
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising a waveguide, and end effector and an electrical switch. The waveguide may comprise a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer and one output of a radio frequency (RF) generator. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm coupled. The ultrasonic blade may be mechanically coupled to the distal end of the waveguide and electrically coupled to the waveguide. The clamp arm may comprise a movable jaw member electrically coupled to another output of the RF generator such that an electrical current can pass through the movable jaw member and the ultrasonic blade through tissue located between the movable jaw member and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Craig N. Faller, Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, William D. Kelly, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Scott A. Nield, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, John B. Schulte, Geoffrey S. Strobl, James W. Voegele, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Patrick A. Weizman, John W. Willis
  • Patent number: 9023031
    Abstract: The invention provides improved methods for modifying collagenous tissues, particularly for treating urinary incontinence in a noninvasive manner. The methods typically include inserting a probe into a patient's urethra, transmitting electromagnetic energy from the probe to a collagneous target tissue, and cooling the tissue in the vicinity of the probe. The probe may include an expandable element at or near the distal end that is configured to expand within the patient's bladder. The expandable element may anchor the probe before or during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Verathon Inc.
    Inventors: Frank W. Ingle, Garry L. Carter, Robert J. Laird, John Claude, Paul Do, Brian J. Mosel
  • Patent number: 8979843
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the tissue-cutting element during the operational stroke may be regulated by a linear actuator, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Timm, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Suzanne E. Thompson, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20140343550
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument comprising, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft may be coupled to the handle and may extend distally along a longitudinal axis. The end effector may be positioned at a distal end of the shaft and may comprise first and second jaw members and a reciprocating member. The first and second jaw members may define first and second longitudinal slots. One or both of the jaw members may be pivotable relative to the other about a pivot point. The reciprocating member may be translatable distally and proximally parallel to the longitudinal axis and through the first and second longitudinal slots. A distal portion of the reciprocating member may define a blade. The instrument may comprise an overtube translatable distally to exert a force on a portions of the first and second jaw members tending to close the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Matthew C. Miller, Omar J. Vakharia, Robert J. Laird, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Hunt, Richard W. Timm, David A. Witt, Zhifan F. Huang, Timothy G. Dietz, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Raymond M. Banks, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 8834518
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument comprising, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft may be coupled to the handle and may extend distally along a longitudinal axis. The end effector may be positioned at a distal end of the shaft and may comprise first and second jaw members and a reciprocating member. The first and second jaw members may define first and second longitudinal slots. One or both of the jaw members may be pivotable relative to the other about a pivot point. The reciprocating member may be translatable distally and proximally parallel to the longitudinal axis and through the first and second longitudinal slots. A distal portion of the reciprocating member may define a blade. The instrument may comprise an overtube translatable distally to exert a force on a portions of the first and second jaw members tending to close the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Matthew C. Miller, Omar J. Vakharia, Robert J. Laird, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Hunt, Richard W. Timm, David A. Witt, Zhifan F. Huang, Timothy G. Dietz, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Raymond M. Banks, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20140194914
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided that can comprise and end effector including two jaws and a cutting member configured to move between the jaws. In at least one embodiment, one or both of the jaws may be flexible, such that a jaw is configured to flex when gripping tissue. Further, at least one of the jaws may include a thin cross-sectional area such that the jaw flexes when gripping tissue. Additionally, in at least one embodiment, one or more compression elements may extend from the cutting member and may be configured to cause the jaws to close when the cutting member is advanced. The compression elements may comprise a roller and/or a low-friction material. Moreover, in at least one embodiment, one or both of the jaws may be precurved, away from the cutting member's longitudinal axis. Accordingly, in various embodiments, the overall force required to advance the cutting member and/or close the jaws may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John V. Hunt, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard W. Timm, Gavin M. Monson, Suzanne E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8696665
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided that can comprise and end effector including two jaws and a cutting member configured to move between the jaws. In at least one embodiment, one or both of the jaws may be flexible, such that a jaw is configured to flex when gripping tissue. Further, at least one of the jaws may include a thin cross-sectional area such that the jaw flexes when gripping tissue. Additionally, in at least one embodiment, one or more compression elements may extend from the cutting member and may be configured to cause the jaws to close when the cutting member is advanced. The compression elements may comprise a roller and/or a low-friction material. Moreover, in at least one embodiment, one or both of the jaws may be precurved, away from the cutting member's longitudinal axis. Accordingly, in various embodiments, the overall force required to advance the cutting member and/or close the jaws may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John V. Hunt, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard W. Timm, Gavin M. Monson, Suzanne E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8623044
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument comprising a handle, a shaft coupled to the handle and extending along a longitudinal axis, an end effector, and a cable. The end effector may comprise a first jaw member, a second jaw member and a reciprocating member. The cable may extend distally from the handle through the shaft to a first pulley of the first jaw member. From the first pulley, the cable may extend proximally to the reciprocating member, such that proximally directed motion of the cable exerts a distally directed force on the reciprocating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Timm, Suzanne E. Thompson, John V. Hunt, Gavin M. Monson, Omar J. Vakharia, Robert J. Laird
  • Publication number: 20130231675
    Abstract: A tissue-separating catheter assembly comprises a rotatable shaft, having a distal shaft portion, and a tissue separator device extending along the shaft. The tissue separator device has a distal separator part at the distal shaft portion movable between a retracted state, towards the distal shaft portion, and an outwardly extending, operational state, away from the distal shaft portion. A pivot joint may be used to pivotally connect the distal separator end to the distal shaft portion. The distal shaft portion may comprise a distally-facing transition surface at a proximal end of the distal shaft portion. First and second energizable tissue separator elements may be used at the transition surface and the tip of the device, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Eric L. Buehlmann, George A. Morrison, Robert J. Laird
  • Patent number: 8469955
    Abstract: A tissue-separating catheter assembly comprises a rotatable shaft, having a distal shaft portion, and a tissue separator device extending along the shaft. The tissue separator device has a distal separator part at the distal shaft portion movable between a retracted state, towards the distal shaft portion, and an outwardly extending, operational state, away from the distal shaft portion. A pivot joint may be used to pivotally connect the distal separator end to the distal shaft portion. The distal shaft portion may comprise a distally-facing transition surface at a proximal end of the distal shaft portion. First and second energizable tissue separator elements may be used at the transition surface and the tip of the device, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Buehlmann, George A. Morrison, Robert J. Laird