Patents by Inventor Stephen W. Gerry

Stephen W. Gerry 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: 5800898
    Abstract: A tufted carpet comprises consecutively a primary backing, stitched with loops of yarn to form a tufted structure projecting outwardly from the primary backing, a polyolefin locking layer, a moisture barrier polyolefin layer, and a secondary backing comprising a woven polyolefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: K2, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5714224
    Abstract: A tufted carpet comprises consecutively a primary backing stitched with loops of yarn to form a tufted structure projecting outwardly from the primary backing, a layer of latex, a layer of polyolefin, and a secondary backing comprising a woven polyolefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: K2, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5653373
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue along an arcuate path. Each surgical fastener may be in the form of a two-part fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an apertured retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. Alternatively, the fasteners may be in the form of deformable staples. The apparatus preferably includes an arcuately shaped member for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, a correspondingly arcuately shaped member spaced from the fastener portion holding member for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III
  • Patent number: 5624431
    Abstract: A handle for a laparoscopic instrument is provided for manipulating a distal laparoscopic tool. The handle includes a casing, a pivot handle pivotally attached to the casing, and an actuating shaft mechanism extending outward from the casing. Attached at the distal end of the actuating shaft opposite the casing is the laparoscopic surgical tool. The actuating shaft mechanism is longitudinally movable in a first direction by a pivotal movement of the pivot handle for manipulating the laparoscopic tool. A detent carried by the casing allows movement of the shaft longitudinally in the first direction while restraining longitudinal movement of the shaft in a second opposite direction. A thumb wheel attached to the actuating shaft mechanism allows the actuating shaft mechanism to be rotated for further manipulating the laparoscopic tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Gerry, David T. Green, Henry Bolanos
  • Patent number: 5454824
    Abstract: A novel surgical instrument suitable for insertion and assembly of surgical fasteners, such as multi-ring compression devices, for circular anastomosis of tubular or hollow organ tissue sections, including a body having means to support and align the rings, means for clamping the rings around the free ends of the tissue sections, means for coring away excess clamped tissue and the centers of the rings, separate means for releasing the clamped rings from the instrument and dwell means to delay releasing the rings until after the coring operation is complete. The dwell means consists of an external cup containing separate and coaxial elements for the coring means and the releasing means which are provided with a series of recesses and a plurality of shifter keys to separate the operation of coring from the separate operation of releasing the assembled multi-ring compression device from the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Diego Fontayne, John C. Robertson, Timothy O. Van Leeuwen, Thomas A. Pelletier, Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5447514
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for performing a circular anastomosis is disclosed. The instrument is provided with sealing means to permit use during endoscopic procedures. The sealing means includes a first, O-ring seal disposed intermediate of a compression member, wherein the first seal is configured and dimensioned to at least partially contact an outer portion of the compression member and an inner portion of an outer tube. The second seal at least partially disposed proximal the first seal and has a first diameter portion, a second diameter portion and is disposed about the compression member. The compression member has at least one aperture which the second seal is adapted to engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Gerry, Philip D. Calabrese, Timothy O. Van Leeuwen
  • Patent number: 5437684
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for performing a circular anastomosis is disclosed. The instrument is provided with three seals to permit use during endoscopic procedures. The first seal is configured and dimensioned to at least partially contact an outer portion of a compression member and an inner portion of an outer tube. The second seal is disposed about the compression member and is located proximal of the first seal. The third seal disposed about an elongate member, is located proximal of the second seal and is fabricated from polyethylene foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Philip D. Calabrese, Frank J. Viola, Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5409478
    Abstract: A handle for a laparoscopic instrument is provided for manipulating a distal laparoscopic tool. The handle includes a casing, a pivot handle pivotally attached to the casing, and an actuating shaft mechanism extending outward from the casing. Attached at the distal end of the actuating shaft opposite the casing is the laparoscopic surgical tool. The actuating shaft mechanism is longitudinally movable in a first direction by a pivotal movement of the pivot handle for manipulating the laparoscopic tool. A detent carried by the casing allows movement of the shaft longitudinally in the first direction while restraining longitudinal movement of the shaft in a second opposite direction. A thumb wheel attached to the actuating shaft mechanism allows the actuating shaft mechanism to be rotated for further manipulating the laparoscopic tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Gerry, David T. Green, Henry Bolanos
  • Patent number: 5389102
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus for attaching two portions of cutaneous body tissue includes a pair of opposed elongated members having jaws which have tissue gripping members thereon at one end and which are movable toward each other to a closed position to engage two body tissue portions positioned within the members to move the body tissue portions into close approximation. Manually gripping systems of several alternative configurations are provided to actuate a mechanical transmission system to close the jaws. In a preferred embodiment, a fork is movable from a first position to a second position by manually operable devices to move the jaws toward each other. A pair of cam faces is located adjacent the opposite ends of the jaws. As the fork moves to its second position, the tines of the fork engage against the cam faces to move the opposed jaws to their closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Maria Lopez-Isa, Marc J. Theroux, John C. Robertson, Joseph M. Paul, Stephen W. Gerry, Wayne P. Young
  • Patent number: 5379933
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue along an arcuate path. Each surgical fastener may be in the form of a two-part fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an apertured retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. Alternatively, the fasteners may be in the form of deformable staples. The apparatus preferably includes arcuately shaped means for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, correspondingly arcuately shaped means spaced from the fastener portion holding means for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III
  • Patent number: 5376098
    Abstract: A novel surgical instrument suitable for insertion and assembly of multi-ring compression devices for circular anastomosis of tubular tissue sections including a body having means to support and align the rings, means for clamping the rings around the free ends of the tissue sections, means for coring away excess clamped tissue and the centers of the rings, separate means for releasing the clamped rings from the instrument and dwell means to delay releasing the rings until after the coring operation is complete. The dwell means consists of an external cap containing separate and coaxial elements for the coring means and the releasing means which are provided with a series of recesses and a plurality of shifter keys to separate the operation of coring from the separate operation of releasing the assembled multi-ring compression device from the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Diego Fontayne, Henry Bolanos, John C. Robertson, Timothy O. Van Leeuwen, Thomas A. Pelletier, Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5352238
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying at least one row of two-part surgical fasteners to body tissue, each surgical fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an aperture retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. The apparatus includes means for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, means spaced from the fastener portion holding means for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III
  • Patent number: 5327908
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for approximating the jaw structure of surgical instrumentation. The apparatus includes a first jaw structure and a second jaw structure. The second jaw structure is disposed in spaced relation to and connected with the first jaw structure. The first and second jaw structure are interconnected for measurement of body tissue. An elongated endoscopic section extends proximally from the first and second jaw structure. A remote actuation member is connected to the proximal end of the elongated endoscopic section and is provided for relative movement of the first and second jaw structure. The apparatus further includes at least one indicating device which exhibits movement of the jaw structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen W. Gerry
  • Patent number: 5253793
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying at least one row of two-part surgical fasteners to body tissue, each surgical fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an aperture retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. The apparatus includes means for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, means spaced from the fastener portion holding means for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III
  • Patent number: 5156315
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue along an arcuate path. Each surgical fastener may be in the form of a two-part fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an apertured retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. Alternatively, the fasteners may be in the form of deformable staples. The apparatus preferably includes arcuately shaped means for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, correspondingly arcuately shaped means spaced from the fastener portion holding means for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III
  • Patent number: 5156614
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying at least one row of two-part surgical fasteners to body tissue, each surgical fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an aperture retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. The apparatus includes means for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, means spaced from the fastener portion holding means for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Robert J. Geiste, Wayne P. Young, Stephen W. Gerry, Frank M. Rende, III