Patents by Inventor William J. Cooper

William J. Cooper 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).

  • Publication number: 20190314098
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a surgical instrument comprises a shaft and an actuation member extending through a bore of the shaft and operably coupled to an end effector. A sleeve is disposed around the actuation member and within the bore of the shaft. A flux conduit configured to transmit a surgical flux to the end effector is at least partially received within a negative feature of the sleeve. In accordance with another exemplary embodiment, a surgical instrument comprises a shaft, a wrist mechanism coupling an end effector to the shaft, and an actuation member operably coupled to the end effector. A sleeve surrounds the actuation member and has a straight passage. A flux conduit operably coupled to the end effector is received within the straight passage. A portion of the flux conduit is slack in a region of the shaft through which the sleeve does not extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. PARK, 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: 20190298466
    Abstract: A surgical instrument component for coupling an end effector to a shaft of a surgical instrument may comprise a distal portion made of an electrically conductive first material, a proximal portion made of an electrically conductive second material, and an intermediate portion made of an electrically insulating third material. The intermediate portion is disposed between and integrally connected to the proximal portion and to the distal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jordan M. KLEIN, William J. PARK, Thomas G. COOPER, Thad LIEB
  • Patent number: 10292776
    Abstract: A method using a sheathed surgical apparatus includes equalizing a pressure differential between a surgical insufflation gas pressure and an initial pressure lower than the insufflation gas pressure. The insufflation gas pressure is external to a portion of a surgical apparatus upon which a sheath is disposed, and the initial pressure is within the surgical apparatus. The equalizing of the pressure differential occurs via permeation of insufflation gas through the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Park, S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper, Matthew R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10196166
    Abstract: A method for penetrating a material with a fastener dispensing needle includes the steps of partially penetrating the material using a first penetration stroke, partially withdrawing the needle from the material using a first withdrawal stroke and, in turn, fully penetrating the material using a second penetration stroke. Once fully penetrated, a plastic fastener is dispensed from the fastener dispensing needle. Thereafter, the fastener dispensing needle is fully withdrawn from the material. Additional partial penetration and withdrawal strokes could be incorporated into the needle penetration cycle in a repeating pattern, as needed, with each penetration stroke preferably having a stroke length which is twice the length of each withdrawal stroke. The use of an oscillating, back-and-forth, linear needle penetration cycle serves to minimize the risk of lateral needle deflection which can result in bending or breakage of the needle as well as damage to the penetrated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20180297734
    Abstract: An apparatus for reinforcing stapling connections created by an elastic stapling apparatus with a plurality of individual reinforcing elements. The apparatus constructs and deploys the plurality of individual reinforcing elements simultaneously with the elastic stapling apparatus generating a plurality of plastic fasteners. The apparatus manufactures the plurality of individual reinforcing elements from a pair of oppositely disposed rolls of reinforcing stock material. The individual reinforcing elements provide additional structural integrity to articles that are deformable in construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: William J. COOPER
  • Publication number: 20180178454
    Abstract: A plastic fastener is rendered tacky so as to adhere to the items which it couples, thereby enhancing securement. The plastic fastener is constructed as an H-shaped staple that includes a pair of parallel cross-bars interconnected by a flexible filament. In one embodiment, the plastic fastener includes an inner plastic core constructed using at least one flexible plastic material and an adhesive-based outer coating constructed using at least one of a pressure-sensitive adhesive and a heat-activatable adhesive. In another embodiment, the plastic fastener is constructed using a mixture of at least one flexible plastic material and at least one adhesive material. In lieu of incorporating an adhesive material into the plastic fastener, a novel item coupling process achieves fastener tackiness by applying heat onto the plastic fastener either prior to, during, or after being dispensed into the desired items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: William J. COOPER, Jay SIMARD
  • Publication number: 20180105310
    Abstract: A method for penetrating a material with a fastener dispensing needle includes the steps of partially penetrating the material using a first penetration stroke, partially withdrawing the needle from the material using a first withdrawal stroke and, in turn, fully penetrating the material using a second penetration stroke. Once fully penetrated, a plastic fastener is dispensed from the fastener dispensing needle. Thereafter, the fastener dispensing needle is fully withdrawn from the material. Additional partial penetration and withdrawal strokes could be incorporated into the needle penetration cycle in a repeating pattern, as needed, with each penetration stroke preferably having a stroke length which is twice the length of each withdrawal stroke. The use of an oscillating, back-and-forth, linear needle penetration cycle serves to minimize the risk of lateral needle deflection which can result in bending or breakage of the needle as well as damage to the penetrated material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: William J. COOPER
  • Patent number: 9802727
    Abstract: A device for dispensing an individual plastic fastener from a supply of fastener stock includes a motor-driven head assembly adapted to receive the supply of fastener stock, sever an individual fastener from the supply and in turn eject the severed fastener. The head assembly includes a pair of needle block assemblies that retain corresponding hollow needles, each needle block assembly being shaped to define a feed channel that transitions a side rail for the fastener stock into axial alignment behind its corresponding needle. In addition, at least one needle block assembly includes a rearward shelf and a forward bowing plate. In use, the lowermost cross-links of the fastener stock fittingly align between the shelf and the bowing plate. In this manner, the lowermost cross-links are limited to distort uniformly upward within the single plane defined by the pair of feed channels, thereby optimizing feed reliability of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J Cooper
  • Patent number: 9792839
    Abstract: A length of fastener stock (111) includes opposing first and second continuous side members—(113-1) and (113-2) which are coupled together by a plurality of flexible cross-links (117). Individual fasteners (121) are selectively obtained from the stock (111) by cutting or separating the side members (113-1) and (113-2) at appropriate points (i.e., midway) between the cross-links or filaments (115). Accordingly, each fastener (121) will include a first cross-bar (123-1), which has been cut from side member (113-1), and a second cross-bar (123-2), which has been cut from side member (113-2), the cross-bars (123-1) and (123-2) being interconnected by the flexible filament (115). Suitably, with respect to an axial cross-section thereof, the width W of the flexible filament (115) is greater than or equal to approximately one and a half-times the height H of the filament (115).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cooper, Adam Dickson
  • Patent number: 9789991
    Abstract: A reactor plate assembly for a fastener dispensing device includes a metal reactor plate mounted onto the distal end of a fixed support arm for the device, the reactor plate including a flattened top surface shaped to define a pair of elliptical, needle-receiving holes. The reactor plate assembly additionally includes a brush anvil removably secured to the underside of the support arm. The brush anvil includes four separate bristle clusters that are retained within associated bores in a block, with a first pair of bristle clusters projecting into one needle-receiving hole and a second pair of bristle clusters projecting into the other needle-receiving hole. Each bristle cluster includes a group of individual nylon bristles, the free ends of the bristles lying flush with the top surface of the reactor plate to provide a planar support surface which can be penetrated by the needles of the device during the dispensing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9199756
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a plastic fastener from a supply of ladder-type fastener stock includes a pair of separate modules that are independently pneumatically powered by a common air source. Each module is adapted to receive and index a corresponding side rail of the fastener stock, separate a cross-bar therefrom and eject the separated cross-bar out through a sharpened needle. As a feature of the invention, the pair of modules ejects the cross-bars of the dispensed fastener in an offset relationship to minimize fastener stress. As another feature of the invention, the pair of modules is independently slidably coupled to a common mounting plate. In this manner, the spacing and angular orientation between the modules are adjustable. As another feature of the invention, the feed mechanism includes a feed pawl that selectively engages outwardly facing notches formed in the side rail to ensure accurate alignment prior to the severing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9193492
    Abstract: An improved fastener stock comprised of a pair of longitudinal and continuous side members which are coupled to a plurality of equidistantly spaced cross-pieces. The pair of longitudinal and continuous side members are extended in a parallel spaced relationship, and the series of cross-pieces are arranged at spaced intervals between the side members so as to connect the side members. Along at least one of the side members, a series of engagement notches are present at spaced intervals between each of the cross-pieces members, and the engagement notches are rectangular or square in shape. A method of applying a fastener to an article is provided. The method includes initially feeding substantially continuous fastener stock from a supply, engaging at least one engagement notch, urging the fastener stock forward, feeding the fastener stock to a needle assembly, cutting a fastener from the fastener stock, and inserting the fastener into an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9038898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security device for improving the marketing impact of an article of commerce. The device generally includes a housing having a base and a cover with the cover having at least one opening to allow for the insertion of an attachment mechanism. The housing element of the present invention in one embodiment is in a shape representing a particular theme such as a particular trademark, trade dress, special events, commemorative events, historical events and combinations thereof. The housing may contain an RFID device and/or an electronic article security device. The present invention also provides a method of attaching a security device described herein to an article of commerce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150060515
    Abstract: A reactor plate assembly for a fastener dispensing device includes a metal reactor plate mounted onto the distal end of a fixed support arm for the device, the reactor plate including a flattened top surface shaped to define a pair of elliptical, needle-receiving holes. The reactor plate assembly additionally includes a brush anvil removably secured to the underside of the support arm. The brush anvil includes four separate bristle clusters that are retained within associated bores in a block, with a first pair of bristle clusters projecting into one needle-receiving hole and a second pair of bristle clusters projecting into the other needle-receiving hole. Each bristle cluster includes a group of individual nylon bristles, the free ends of the bristles lying flush with the top surface of the reactor plate to provide a planar support surface which can be penetrated by the needles of the device during the dispensing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventor: William J. COOPER
  • Patent number: D738712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: D835500
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: D835501
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: D835502
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: D836426
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper