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 AGTUTTLINGEN275
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAT FREIBURGFREIBURG41

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Disch, Alexander Freiburg, DE 7 113
Lutze, Theodor Balgheim, DE 50 1716
Mueller, Claas Freiburg, DE 6 13
Reinecke, Holger Emmendingen, DE 31 213
Schauer, Dirk Berlin, DE 6 93

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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* 5,779,727 Hydraulically operated surgical scissors 104 1997
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
* 7,470,268 Hand-actuated articulating surgical tool 6 2006
 
VAN STIEGMANN, M.D., GREGORY (1)
* 6,099,535 Hydraulically actuated multiband ligator 25 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
* 5,906,630 Eccentric surgical forceps 305 1998
 
Microsurge, Inc. (1)
* 5,318,589 Surgical instrument for endoscopic surgery 508 1992
 
C. R. Bard, Inc. (1)
* 5,172,700 Disposable biopsy forceps 124 1990
 
United States Surgical Corporation (1)
* 5,486,189 Endoscopic surgical instrument 37 1993
 
Deutsche Forschungsanstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (1)
* 5,964,780 Gripping apparatus for use in minimally-invasive surgery 11 1996
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KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (10)
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D625812 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 11 2009
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D624652 Surgical instrument for use in single-access surgery 9 2009
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