US 9,808,572 B2
System, method and apparatus for clamping
Dean Kamen, Bedford, NH (US); Stephen L. Fichera, Salem, NH (US); Larry B. Gray, Merrimack, NH (US); Thomas A. Friedrich, Loudon, NH (US); Erik N. Sabin, Manchester, NH (US); John M. Kerwin, Manchester, NH (US); Richard J. Lanigan, Concord, NH (US); Jeffrey M. Janway, Hooksett, NH (US); and Matthew R. Gill, Cambridge, MA (US)
Assigned to DEKA Products Limited Partnership, Manchester, NH (US)
Filed by DEKA Products Limited Partnership, Manchester, NH (US)
Filed on Dec. 20, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/137,562.
Application 14/137,562 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/833,712, filed on Mar. 15, 2013, granted, now 9,488,200.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Application PCT/US2011/066588 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,238, filed on Dec. 21, 2012, granted, now 9,759,369.
Application 13/723,238 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,235, filed on Dec. 21, 2012, granted, now 9,400,873.
Application 13/723,235 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2012/071131, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application PCT/US2012/071131 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/724,568, filed on Dec. 21, 2012, granted, now 9,295,778.
Application 13/724,568 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/725,790, filed on Dec. 21, 2012, granted, now 9,677,555.
Application 13/725,790 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2012/071490, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application PCT/US2012/071490 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,239, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application 13/723,239 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,242, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application 13/723,242 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,244, filed on Dec. 21, 2012, granted, now 9,151,646.
Application 13/723,244 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application PCT/US2011/066588 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2012/071142, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application PCT/US2012/071142 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,251, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application 13/723,251 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2012/071112, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application PCT/US2012/071112 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Application 13/833,712 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/723,253, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Application 13/723,253 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/333,574.
Application 13/333,574 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2011/066588.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/843,574, filed on Jul. 8, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/679,117, filed on Aug. 3, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/651,322, filed on May 24, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/578,649, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/578,658, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/578,674, filed on Dec. 21, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2014/0227021 A1, Aug. 14, 2014
Int. Cl. B25B 5/14 (2006.01); A61M 5/14 (2006.01); A61M 39/28 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 5/1414 (2013.01) [A61M 5/1415 (2013.01); A61M 39/28 (2013.01); Y10T 403/1624 (2015.01)] 25 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A clamp apparatus comprising:
a body;
first and second handles, each operatively coupled to the body;
a first gear set operatively coupled to the first handle and a second gear set operatively coupled to the second handle, wherein the first gear set is configured to operatively engage the second gear set;
first and second movable grippers each operatively coupled to the body;
a third gear set operatively coupled to the first movable gripper and a fourth gear set operatively coupled to the second movable gripper, wherein the third gear set operatively engages the fourth gear set; and
at least one bias member configured to operatively engage with the third gear set and the fourth gear set, wherein the at least one bias member is configured to urge the first movable gripper and the second movable gripper toward a clamped position.