Patents by Inventor Thomas G. Anderson

Thomas G. Anderson 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: 10775888
    Abstract: Methods for creating a haptic effect script for an application and producing haptic effects in response to an event occurring in an application are described Creating the haptic script includes launching an application, launching a scripting engine, monitoring a dynamic memory footprint for the application, receiving an indication of an event occurrence in the application, and determining changes to one or more values stored within the dynamic memory footprint that indicate the event occurrence. To produce the haptic effects, during execution and running of the application the dynamic memory footprint is monitored for value changes associated with an event occurrence as defined by the haptic event script and, if it is determined an event has occurred, the haptic script is executed to product a haptic effect signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter A. Aviles, Thomas G. Anderson, William Anderson, Daryl Lee
  • Publication number: 20200286081
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods of implementing a private but traceable primary transaction implementing a transfer of an asset from an originator to a recipient using a third party, using a distributed network of computers implementing a distributed ledger. The methods use a third party to accept a transaction request from an originator. The third party then separates the transaction into a plurality of secondary transactions, characterized by various steps to make reconstruction of the original transaction difficult. The secondary transactions are recorded on the distributed ledger, accomplishing the original transaction without having any single transaction on the publicly accessible distributed ledger that directly corresponds to the original transaction, ary transactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas G Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200282570
    Abstract: A surgical system uses a single entry port in a wide variety of surgeries. To insert multiple surgical instruments into a patient through a single entry port requires that the shaft of at least one of the surgical instruments be bent between the base of the surgical instrument and the point where the shaft contacts a channel in an entry guide. Each surgical instrument is positioned by an instrument manipulator positioning system so that when the shaft is inserted in a channel of the entry guide, any bending of the shaft does not damage the surgical instrument and does not inhibit proper operation of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. MCGROGAN, Thomas G. COOPER, David Q. LARKIN, Kent M. ANDERSON, Jeffrey D. BROWN, Paul E. LILAGAN, Michael IKEDA
  • Publication number: 20200222130
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a surgical instrument that is sensitive to backlash that would adversely affect the transmission of controlled torque and position to the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument is coupled to motors in a surgical instrument manipulator assembly via a mechanical interface. The combination of the mechanical interface and surgical instrument manipulator assembly have low backlash, e.g., less than 0.7 degrees. The backlash is controlled in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly. From the drive output disk in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly to the driven disk of the surgical instrument, the mechanical interface has zero backlash for torque levels used in surgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. COOPER, Anthony K. MCGROGAN, Robert E. HOLOP, Todd R. SOLOMON, Eugene F. DUVAL, Kent M. ANDERSON
  • Patent number: 10710246
    Abstract: A surgical system uses a single entry port in a wide variety of surgeries. To insert multiple surgical instruments into a patient through a single entry port requires that the shaft (262A1) of at least one (260A1) of the surgical instruments be bent between the base of the surgical instrument (260A1) and the point where the shaft contacts a channel in an entry guide (270A). Each surgical instrument (260A1, 260A2) is positioned by an instrument manipulator positioning system (231A) so that when the shaft is inserted in a channel of the entry guide (270A), any bending of the shaft does not damage the surgical instrument and does not inhibit proper operation of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. McGrogan, Thomas G. Cooper, David Q. Larkin, Kent M. Anderson, Jeffrey D. Brown, Paul E. Lilagan, Michael Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20200211011
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a method of recording transactions using a T1 distributed ledger in a distributed database over a first distributed network of computers, and a plurality of T2 distributed ledgers each in a distributed database over a corresponding distributed network of computers, wherein each T2 distributed ledger has associated with it a corresponding plurality of wallets that are not also associated with any other T2 distributed ledger, comprising: (a) recording transactions identifying an originating wallet in the T2 distributed ledger associated with the originating wallet; (b) for any transactions that identify a recipient wallet that is not associated with the same T2 distributed ledger as the originating wallet, after recording the transaction in the associated T2 distributed ledger then recording the transaction in the T1 distributed ledger, and then recording the transaction in the T2 distributed ledger associated with the recipient wallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas G. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200173525
    Abstract: A force transmission transmits forces received by three levers to an input gimbal plate having three support points. The input gimbal play may in turn transmit the force to a wrist assembly coupled to a surgical tool. The three axes of rotation for the three levers are parallel. Two of the levers may have half-cylinder surfaces at an end of the lever to receive a support point of the input gimbal plate. Two of the levers may be supported with one degree of rotational freedom orthogonal to the axis of rotation of the fulcrum. A spring may draw the second and third levers toward one another. Two levers may have stops that bear against the support points. The force transmission may include a parallelogram linkage that includes a rocker link pivotally coupled to the first lever and having a flat surface that supports the first gimbal support point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Patent number: 10673826
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for encrypting genetic information are provided herein. Also provided herein are systems, devices, and methods for encrypting compressed genetic data, transmitting encrypted compressed genetic data, and receiving, storing, accessing encrypted compressed genetic data. In some cases, a user interface is in communication with a system or device provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ARC BIO, LLC
    Inventors: David Andrew Sinclair, Alejandro Quiroz-Zarate, Roberto Olivares-Amaya, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Jason Michael Anderson, Pablo G. Coste
  • Publication number: 20200107700
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an articulate minimally invasive surgical endoscope with a flexible wrist having at least one degree of freedom. When used with a surgical robot having a plurality of robot arms, the endoscope can be used with any of the plurality of arms thereby allowing the use a universal arm design. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention is made more intuitive to a user by attaching a reference frame used for controlling the at least one degree of freedom motion to the flexible wrist for wrist motion associated with the at least one degree of freedom. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention attenuates undesirable motion at its back/proximal end by acquiring the image of the object in association with the at least one degree of freedom based on a reference frame rotating around a point of rotation located proximal to the flexible wrist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hasser, Nitish Swarup, Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200107892
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tool having a wrist mechanism that provides pitch and yaw rotation in such a way that the tool has no singularity in roll, pitch, and yaw. In one embodiment, a minimally invasive surgical instrument includes an elongate shaft having a working end, a proximal end, and a shaft axis between the working end and the proximal end; and an end effector. A wrist member has a flexible tube including an axis extending through an interior surrounded by a wall. The wall of the flexible tube includes a plurality of lumens oriented generally parallel to the axis of the flexible tube. The wrist member has a proximal portion connected to the working end of the elongate shaft and a distal portion connected to the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200078129
    Abstract: Sheaths for medical instruments cover wrist mechanisms to provide a barrier to infiltration of biological material into the instrument, electrical isolation of energized portions of the instrument, seal the instrument to help maintain cavity pressure within a patient, or reduce the chance that two jointed instrument will tangle during a medical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. COOPER, S. Christopher ANDERSON, Matthew R. WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 10550918
    Abstract: A force transmission transmits forces received by three levers to an input gimbal plate having three support points. The input gimbal play may in turn transmit the force to a wrist assembly coupled to a surgical tool. A first gimbal support point is supported by a first lever having a fulcrum with one degree of rotational freedom. Second and third gimbal support points may be supported by second and third levers having fulcrums with two degrees of rotational freedom. These fulcrums may include a first axle coupled to the lever and a second axle that supports the first axle and provides the fulcrum for the supported lever. A spring may draw the second and third levers toward one another. The force transmission may include a parallelogram linkage that includes a rocker link pivotally coupled to the first lever and having a flat surface that supports the first gimbal support point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Patent number: 10524868
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tool having a wrist mechanism that provides pitch and yaw rotation in such a way that the tool has no singularity in roll, pitch, and yaw. In one embodiment, a minimally invasive surgical instrument includes an elongate shaft having a working end, a proximal end, and a shaft axis between the working end and the proximal end; and an end effector. A wrist member has a flexible tube including an axis extending through an interior surrounded by a wall. The wall of the flexible tube includes a plurality of lumens oriented generally parallel to the axis of the flexible tube. The wrist member has a proximal portion connected to the working end of the elongate shaft and a distal portion connected to the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Patent number: 10506920
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an articulate minimally invasive surgical endoscope with a flexible wrist having at least one degree of freedom. When used with a surgical robot having a plurality of robot arms, the endoscope can be used with any of the plurality of arms thereby allowing the use a universal arm design. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention is made more intuitive to a user by attaching a reference frame used for controlling the at least one degree of freedom motion to the flexible wrist for wrist motion associated with the at least one degree of freedom. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention attenuates undesirable motion at its back/proximal end by acquiring the image of the object in association with the at least one degree of freedom based on a reference frame rotating around a point of rotation located proximal to the flexible wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hasser, Nitish Swarup, Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190314046
    Abstract: A force transmission with means for winding a first cable onto a first capstan and a second cable onto a second capstan with a first axis of rotation. The first and second cables wound such that when one of the two cables is payed out, the other of the two cables is payed in. The force transmission further includes means for passing the first and cables over an idler pulley in opposite directions. The idler pulley has a second axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to the first axis of rotation. The force transmission further includes means for coupling the first cable to a lever to rotate the lever in a first direction and means for coupling the second cable to the lever to rotate the lever in a second direction opposite the first direction, the lever having a third axis of rotation substantially parallel to the second axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20190298462
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises an instrument shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, an end effector coupled to the distal end of the shaft, and a sheath disposed on an external surface of the instrument shaft. The sheath has a first section made of ePTFE and a second section made of a second material, wherein the second section provides a friction seal with the shaft, and wherein the ePTFE is gas-permeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. PARK, S. Christopher ANDERSON, Thomas G. COOPER, Matthew R. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20190274781
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes an instrument shaft with exit holes near a distal end of the shaft, a tool coupled to the distal end of the shaft, and a backend. The backend may include a mechanism that manipulates a drive element that extends through the shaft and couples to the tool, a fluid inlet, and a fluid channel assembly providing fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the proximal end of the shaft. Cleaning fluid is directed into the fluid inlet, through the fluid channel assembly, and into the shaft. A chassis or other structural piece of the backend may form part of the fluid channel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bram Gilbert Antoon LAMBRECHT, S. Christopher ANDERSON, Thomas G. COOPER
  • Patent number: 10407731
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials related to assessing male mammals (e.g., humans) with prostate cancer. For example, methods and materials for predicting (1) which patients, at the time of PSA reoccurrence, will later develop systemic disease, (2) which patients, at the time of retropubic radial prostatectomy, will later develop systemic disease, and (3) which patients, at the time of systemic disease, will later die from prostate cancer are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: George G. Klee, Robert B. Jenkins, Thomas M. Kollmeyer, Karla V. Ballman, Eric J. Bergstralh, Bruce W. Morlan, S. Keith Anderson, Tohru Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20190262131
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve leaflet includes a plurality of electrospun fibers at least partially embedded in a polymer matrix. The plurality of fibers includes a first polyisobutylene urethane copolymer having a first predetermined weight average percentage of hard segment portions and the polymer matrix includes a second polyisobutylene urethane copolymer having a second predetermined weight average percentage of the hard segment portions, wherein the first predetermined weight average percentage of the hard segment portions is greater than the second predetermined weight average percentage of the hard segment portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: David Robert Wulfman, Thomas A. Wrobel, Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Joseph Thomas Delaney, JR., Patrick Willoughby, Mark W. Boden, Peter G. Edelman, Michael Eppihimer
  • Publication number: 20190248809
    Abstract: Compounds of Formula (I): pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, deuterated derivatives of any of the foregoing, and metabolites of any of the foregoing are disclosed. Pharmaceutical compositions comprising the same, methods of treating cystic fibrosis using the same, and methods for making the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Clemens, Alexander Russell Abela, Corey Don Anderson, Brett B. Busch, Weichao George Chen, Thomas Cleveland, Timothy Richard Coon, Bryan Frieman, Senait G. Ghirmai, Peter Grootenhuis, Anton V. Gulevich, Sara Sabina Hadida Ruah, Clara Kuang-Ju Hsia, Ping Kang, Haripada Khatuya, Jason McCartney, Mark Thomas Miller, Prasuna Paraselli, Fabrice Pierre, Sara E. Swift, Andreas Termin, Johnny Uy, Carl V. Vogel, Jinglan Zhou