Patents by Inventor Thomas D. Egan

Thomas D. Egan 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: 10987192
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system on include one or more surgical arms coupleable in a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Publication number: 20210045817
    Abstract: A robotic arm according to various implementations includes: a tool driver configured to hold a surgical tool; a first section comprising a first end coupled to a base, a second end distal from first end; a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a pitch axis; a second link coupled to the first link, the second link including a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a roll axis; and a second section comprising: a first end coupled to the second end of the first section, a second end distal from the first end, a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the second section around a roll axis, a second link coupled to the first link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Karen Shakespear KOENIG, Pablo Eduardo GARCIA KILROY, Sina NIA KOSARI, Thomas D. EGAN
  • Patent number: 10828115
    Abstract: A robotic arm according to various implementations includes: a tool driver configured to hold a surgical tool; a first section comprising a first end coupled to a base, a second end distal from first end; a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a pitch axis; a second link coupled to the first link, the second link including a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a roll axis; and a second section comprising: a first end coupled to the second end of the first section, a second end distal from the first end, a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the second section around a roll axis, a second link coupled to the first link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Karen Shakespear Koenig, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Sina Nia Kosari, Thomas D. Egan
  • Publication number: 20200022775
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Publication number: 20200008901
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system on include one or more surgical arms coupleable in a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Publication number: 20190343594
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Patent number: 10383699
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Patent number: 10376337
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Patent number: 10299883
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Publication number: 20190142419
    Abstract: A device for positioning in the body of an animal, the device comprising a first portion and a second portion that may be positioned in contact with one other, the first portion and the second portion each comprising a biocompatible conductive thermoplastic material, such that when the device is positioned in the body of an animal and electric current flows from the first portion to the second portion, heat is generated by electrical resistance at the point of contact between the first portion and the second portion so as to melt regions of the first portion and the second portion, and when the electric current is thereafter terminated, the melted regions of the first portion and the second portion re-solidify so that a weld is formed between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas D. Egan
  • Patent number: 10258323
    Abstract: A suturing device of the present invention is in the form a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle/suture (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle/suture upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to a position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. A safety shield mechanism ensures the user is protected from the needle at all times. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAFEPATH MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, John DePiano
  • Publication number: 20180078440
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus can include a surgical table and an adapter coupled thereto. The adapter includes an interface structure, a first link member coupled to a second link member, and a third link member coupled to a fourth link member. The first link member and the third link member are each pivotally coupled to the interface mechanism at a shared first pivot joint. The second link member and the fourth link member are each coupleable to a robotic arm. The first link member and the second link member collectively provide for movement of the first robotic arm in at least one of a lateral, longitudinal or vertical direction relative to the table top. The third link member and the fourth link member collectively provide for movement of the second robotic arm in at least one of a lateral, longitudinal or vertical direction relative to the table top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Karen Shakespear KOENIG, Joan SAVALL, Pablo E. GARCIA KILROY, Bernard Fai Kin SIU, Thomas D. EGAN
  • Patent number: 9889568
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a tool shaft, and end effector and a wrist that couples the end effector to the tool shaft. The tool includes a drive mechanism configured to effect movement of one or both of the wrist and the end effector in yaw and pitch via independent actuation of four independent cable ends of two or more independent cables that extend between the drive mechanism and the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Kenneth C. Miller, Thomas D. Egan, Thomas P. Low, Arthur Maxwell Crittenden, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Patent number: 9884427
    Abstract: An integrated multiaxial wrist and grasper system for use in a robotic tool can yaw, pitch and grasp via actuation of four independent cable ends of four cables. The tool includes a drive mechanism that effects movement of the multiaxial wrist and grasper via actuation of the cables that extend between the drive mechanism and the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Thomas P. Low, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Kenneth C. Miller, Thomas D. Egan, Arthur Maxwell Crittenden, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Patent number: 9554793
    Abstract: A device according to one exemplary embodiment is a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle and suture assembly (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle assembly upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique that is familiar to a user based on experience with other surgical techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAFEPATH MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, David P. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20170020615
    Abstract: A robotic arm according to various implementations includes: a tool driver configured to hold a surgical tool; a first section comprising a first end coupled to a base, a second end distal from first end; a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a pitch axis; a second link coupled to the first link, the second link including a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the first section around a roll axis; and a second section comprising: a first end coupled to the second end of the first section, a second end distal from the first end, a first link that includes a motor configured to rotate at least a portion of the second section around a roll axis, a second link coupled to the first link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Karen Shakespear KOENIG, Pablo Eduardo GARCIA KILROY, Sina NIA KOSARI, Thomas D. EGAN
  • Publication number: 20160015381
    Abstract: A suturing device of the present invention is in the form a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle/suture (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle/suture upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to a position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. A safety shield mechanism ensures the user is protected from the needle at all times. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, John DePiano
  • Patent number: 9125644
    Abstract: A suturing device of the present invention is in the form a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle/suture (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle/suture upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to a position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. A safety shield mechanism ensures the user is protected from the needle at all times. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SAFEPATH MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, John DePiano
  • Publication number: 20150209965
    Abstract: An integrated multiaxial wrist and grasper system for use in a robotic tool can yaw, pitch and grasp via actuation of four independent cable ends of four cables. The tool includes a drive mechanism that effects movement of the multiaxial wrist and grasper via actuation of the cables that extend between the drive mechanism and the wrist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas P. Low, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Kenneth C. Miller, Thomas D. Egan, Arthur Maxwell Crittenden, Karen Shakespear Koenig
  • Publication number: 20150157410
    Abstract: A hyperdexterous surgical system is provided. The system can include one or more surgical arms coupleable to a fixture and configured to support one or more surgical tools. The system can include an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with the one or more robotic surgical tools. The control system can electronically control the operation of the one or more surgical tools. The system can include one or more portable handheld controllers actuatable by a surgeon to communicate one or more control signals to the one or more surgical tools via the electronic control system to operate the one or more surgical tools. The one or more portable handheld controllers can provide said one or more control signals from a plurality of locations of an operating arena, allowing a surgeon to be mobile during a surgical procedure and to remotely operate the one or more surgical tools from different locations of the operating arena.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Thomas D. Egan, Karen Shakespear Koenig