US Patent Application No: 2010/0160,940

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Surgical Instrument

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A surgical instrument has a shaft, an end effector comprising at least one movably mounted tool element and defining a longitudinal axis, and a force transmitting member mounted in the shaft for movement in the distal and proximal directions for transmitting an actuating force introduced at a proximal end of the instrument onto the end effector in order to move the at least one tool element from a first tool element position to a second tool element position and/or vice versa. The at least one tool element is pivotably mounted on a bearing shaft held on the shaft. The at least one tool element is connected by at least one articulation member, at least a section of which is flexible, to the force transmitting member in order to transmit the actuating force from the force transmitting member onto the at least one tool element.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AESCULAP AGTUTTLINGEN233
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAT FREIBURGFREIBURG35

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Disch, Alexander - 12 22
Lutze, Theodor Balgheim, DE 67 1379
Mueller, Claas - 7 10
Reinecke, Holger Dortmund, DE 37 187
Schauer, Dirk Berlin, DE 7 63

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
* 5,906,630 Eccentric surgical forceps 266 1998
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (1)
* 5,172,700 Disposable biopsy forceps 122 1990
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
* 7,470,268 Hand-actuated articulating surgical tool 5 2006
 
DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.V. (1)
* 5,964,780 Gripping apparatus for use in minimally-invasive surgery 8 1996
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (10)
D626227 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 9 2009
D625806 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
D625809 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
D625810 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
D625811 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 8 2009
D625812 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 9 2009
D625813 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 9 2009
D625814 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
D624651 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
D624652 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 7 2009
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