Patents by Inventor Scott E.M. Frushour

Scott E.M. Frushour 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: 9351395
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a printed circuit board includes the steps of providing a first layer stack including a first electrically-conductive layer and a first electrically-insulating layer and providing a second layer stack including a second electrically-insulating layer. The first electrically-conductive layer is disposed on the first surface of the first electrically-insulating layer. The second electrically-insulating layer includes one or more electrically-conductive traces disposed on a first surface thereof. The method also includes mounting a device on the first surface of the second electrically-insulating layer such that the device is electrically-coupled to at least one of the one or more electrically-conductive traces, and providing the first layer stack with a cut-out area defining a void that extends from the second surface of the first electrically-insulating layer to the first surface of the first electrically-conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Wayne L. Moul, Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20160089119
    Abstract: A biopsy instrument for removing nodes such as lymph nodes may include one or more of a blade for mechanical cutting of the ducts that connect the node to surrounding tissue and/or an energy emitter for emitting energy to seal the ducts and/or contribute to the gentle removal of the node from its connecting ducts. The biopsy instrument may include a ring clamp assembly made up of two opposing ring structures that may be clamped together such that the desired tissue sample (e.g., a lymph node) is captured within the inside opening of the clamped rings. Connecting ducts may be severed using either a blade or energy emitted from the ring clamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: ANTHONY B. ROSS, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR
  • Publication number: 20160089123
    Abstract: A biopsy instrument for removing nodes such as lymph nodes may include one or more of a blade for mechanical cutting of the ducts that connect the node to surrounding tissue and/or an energy emitter for emitting energy to seal the ducts and/or contribute to the gentle removal of the node from its connecting ducts. The biopsy instrument may include a ring clamp assembly made up of two opposing ring structures that may be clamped together such that the desired tissue sample (e.g., a lymph node) is captured within the inside opening of the clamped rings. Connecting ducts may be severed using either a blade or energy emitted from the ring clamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, ANTHONY B. ROSS
  • Patent number: 9277645
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a printed circuit board includes the initial steps of providing a first layer stack and providing a second layer stack. The first layer stack includes a first electrically-insulating layer. The first electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and one or more electrically-conductive traces disposed on the first surface. The second layer stack includes a second electrically-insulating layer and a first electrically-conductive layer. The second electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first electrically-conductive layer is disposed on the first surface of the second electrically-insulating layer. The second layer stack further includes a cut-out area defining a void that extends therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Wayne L. Moul, Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20160045249
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes an electrosurgical generator configured to measure, collect and record data pertaining to a characteristic of tissue as the tissue is being electrosurgically treated. A tuner configured to couple to the electrosurgical generator includes a tuning circuit providing a load having a variable complex impedance for the electrosurgical generator when the electrosurgical generator is connected thereto. A controller including stored data pertaining to impedance values is in operable communication with the electrosurgical generator for retrieving the recorded data pertaining to the characteristic of tissue. The controller is in operable communication with the tuner for varying a complex impedance of the load. The controller configured to compare the recorded data pertaining to the at least one characteristic of tissue with the stored data pertaining to the plurality of impedance values and to adjust the tuner to one of the plurality of impedance values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: ROBERT J. BEHNKE, II, PETER L. VALENTYIK, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR
  • Patent number: 9259268
    Abstract: An end effector assembly includes a pair of opposing jaw members movable from a first position in spaced relation relative to one another to at least one subsequent position wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. Each of the jaw members includes a microwave antenna assembly and a shielding member including a metallic plate coupled to ground and a dielectric material. The end effector assembly also includes a splitter configured to receive an active signal from a source of microwave energy and split the active signal into a first signal transmitted to the microwave antenna assembly in one of the jaw members and a second signal transmitted in the microwave antenna assembly in the other jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Wayne L. Moul
  • Publication number: 20160011624
    Abstract: A dynamic bus communication apparatus for an electrosurgical system includes a data wire, a clock wire, a first variable resistor coupled to the data wire, a second variable resistor coupled to the clock wire, an analog to digital converter (ADC), and a controller. The data wire is configured to transmit a data signal between a battery and an instrument powered by the battery. The clock wire is configured to transmit a clock signal between a battery and an instrument. The ADC is configured to sample the data signal and the clock signal at a substantially higher frequency than a frequency of the clock signal. The controller is configured to control a resistance of the first variable resistor and a resistance of the second variable resistor based on the digitally sampled data signal and the digitally sampled clock signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventor: SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR
  • Publication number: 20150366617
    Abstract: A surgical tray assembly for storing, charging, and/or communicating with battery powered surgical instruments and other communication-enabled devices. The surgical tray assembly includes a stand, a surgical instrument tray supported on the stand, an electrical connector coupled to the tray, and one or more electrical transmission devices. The electrical connector is configured to be inserted into an electrical outlet. The electrical transmission device(s) is in electrical communication with the electrical connector. The surgical tray assembly may further include a wireless communication system capable of capturing data from a battery powered surgical instrument and transmitting such data. The surgical tray may further include a user interface display for displaying captured data from a battery powered surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, ROBERT B. STODDARD
  • Publication number: 20150351827
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a surgical instrument including a housing, an elongated member, an end effector assembly, a drive assembly, a solenoid assembly, and a switch assembly. The end effector assembly is coupled to a distal end of the elongated member. The end effector assembly includes a first jaw member and an opposing second jaw member. The drive assembly is disposed within the elongated member and operably coupled to the end effector and configured to move the first jaw member from a first position to a second position. The solenoid assembly is disposed within the housing. The solenoid assembly is operably coupled to the drive assembly and adapted to connect to a power source. The switch assembly is activatable to energize the solenoid assembly such that the solenoid assembly actuates the drive assembly to move the first jaw member from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventor: SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR
  • Patent number: 9192425
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes an electrosurgical generator configured to measure, collect and record data pertaining to a characteristic of tissue as the tissue is being electrosurgically treated. A tuner configured to couple to the electrosurgical generator includes a tuning circuit providing a load having a variable complex impedance for the electrosurgical generator when the electrosurgical generator is connected thereto. A controller including stored data pertaining to impedance values is in operable communication with the electrosurgical generator for retrieving the recorded data pertaining to the characteristic of tissue. The controller is in operable communication with the tuner for varying a complex impedance of the load. The controller configured to compare the recorded data pertaining to the at least one characteristic of tissue with the stored data pertaining to the plurality of impedance values and to adjust the tuner to one of the plurality of impedance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Peter L. Valentyik, Scott E. M. Frushour
  • Publication number: 20150317899
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for controlling the usage of devices with embedded RFID tags. An exemplary method may include connecting the device to an energy source and reading data from a memory device incorporated in the device, wherein the data may include a unique identifier (UID), a usage value, an activation value, a reprocessing value, and/or a sterilization indicator. The method may further include incrementing the usage value when the device is connected to the energy source, and incrementing the activation value when the device is activated permitting energy to flow from the energy source to an energy consuming component of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: PATRICK L. DUMBAULD, JEFFREY L. JENSEN, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, WILLIAM G. PATERSON, PAUL E. OURADA, ROBERT M. SHARP, ERICH M. VELANDIA
  • Patent number: 9167683
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a first layer stack and a second layer stack coupled to the first layer stack. The first layer stack includes a first electrically-insulating layer, a first electrically-conductive layer, and a cut-out area defining a void that extends therethrough. The first electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first electrically-conductive layer is disposed on the first surface of the first electrically-insulating layer. The second layer stack includes a second electrically-insulating layer. The second electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. One or more electrically-conductive traces are disposed on the first surface of the second electrically-insulating layer. The printed circuit board further includes a device at least partially disposed within the cut-out area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Wayne L. Moul, Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9039692
    Abstract: A medical device includes a handle assembly and a probe-and-amplifier assembly. The handle assembly includes a handle body defining a chamber therein. The probe-and-amplifier assembly includes a probe and a microwave amplifier unit. The probe extends distally from the distal end of the handle assembly. The microwave amplifier unit is disposed within the chamber. The microwave amplifier unit and the probe are mechanically coupled to one another to form a unitary body. The probe-and-amplifier assembly is selectively removable from the handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, Wayne L. Moul
  • Patent number: 9039693
    Abstract: A system includes a microwave signal generator and a medical device. The medical device includes a handle assembly, a microwave-signal-amplifying module, and a probe. The microwave-signal-amplifying module includes a microwave amplifier unit. The microwave amplifier unit is adapted to amplify a high-frequency input signal to generate a high-frequency output signal. The microwave amplifier unit is disposed within the handle assembly. The probe extends distally from the distal end of the handle assembly and is operably coupled to an output of the microwave-signal-amplifying module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, Wayne L. Moul
  • Patent number: 9033970
    Abstract: A method of directing energy to tissue includes the steps of providing a handheld device including an energy applicator and a handle assembly configured to support the energy applicator at a distal end thereof, and transmitting energy from an output of a microwave amplifier unit disposed within the handle assembly through the energy applicator to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, Wayne L. Moul
  • Publication number: 20150131246
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a first layer stack and a second layer stack coupled to the first layer stack. The first layer stack includes a first electrically-insulating layer, a first electrically-conductive layer, and a cut-out area defining a void that extends therethrough. The first electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first electrically-conductive layer is disposed on the first surface of the first electrically-insulating layer. The second layer stack includes a second electrically-insulating layer. The second electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. One or more electrically-conductive traces are disposed on the first surface of the second electrically-insulating layer. The printed circuit board further includes a device at least partially disposed within the cut-out area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: WAYNE L. MOUL, ROBERT J. BEHNKE, II, SCOTT E.M. FRUSHOUR, JEFFREY L. JENSEN
  • Patent number: 9023025
    Abstract: A medical device includes a handle assembly including a distal end, a probe extending distally from the distal end of the handle assembly, and a microwave amplifier unit disposed within the handle assembly. The microwave amplifier unit is adapted to amplify a high-frequency input signal to generate a high-frequency output signal to be transmitted to the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, Wayne L. Moul
  • Patent number: 8946562
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a first layer stack and a second layer stack coupled to the first layer stack. The first layer stack includes a first electrically-insulating layer, a first electrically-conductive layer, and a cut-out area defining a void that extends therethrough. The first electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first electrically-conductive layer is disposed on the first surface of the first electrically-insulating layer. The second layer stack includes a second electrically-insulating layer. The second electrically-insulating layer includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. One or more electrically-conductive traces are disposed on the first surface of the second electrically-insulating layer. The printed circuit board further includes a device at least partially disposed within the cut-out area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Wayne L. Moul, Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8766104
    Abstract: A multi-layer printed circuit board includes a first layer stack and a second layer stack coupled to the first layer stack. The first layer stack includes a first electrically-insulating layer, a second electrically-insulating layer, and a first electrically-conductive layer disposed between the first and second electrically-insulating layers. The second layer includes a third electrically-insulating layer and a second electrically-conductive layer. The first layer stack and/or the second layer stack include a cut-out area defining a void that extends therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Wayne L. Moul, Robert J. Behnke, II, Scott E. M. Frushour, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8745846
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a medical device includes the initial steps of providing a handle assembly and providing a microwave-signal-amplifying module. The handle assembly includes a handle body defining a chamber therein. The handle body is configured to support an energy applicator at the distal end thereof. The microwave-signal-amplifying module includes a microwave amplifier unit adapted to amplify a high-frequency input signal to generate a high-frequency output signal. The microwave-signal-amplifying module includes one or more connector portions including one or more electrical connectors adapted to be removeably coupleable to one or more electrical conductors associated with the handle body. The method also includes the step of positioning the microwave-signal-amplifying module into the chamber to bring the one or more electrical connectors of the one or more connector portions into electrical engagement with one or more electrical connectors associated with the handle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, Wayne L. Moul