Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot

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PATENT NO 8479969
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13369609

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A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an end effector.

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ETHICON LLCGUAYNABO, PR697

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Shelton,, IV Frederick E Hillsboro, US 960 115926

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7641093 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 310 2006
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7766209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 343 2008
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2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 299 2008
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2012/0286,019 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH LOAD-SENSITIVE FIRING MECHANISM 119 2008
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8371491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 269 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 381 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 231 2008
2008/0185,419 Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument With Cryptographic Identification of Interchangeable Part 314 2008
7934630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 307 2008
2008/0245,841 Method for Operating an Electrical Surgical Instrument with Optimal Tissue Compression 235 2008
2008/0251,569 Optimal Tissue Compression Electrical Surgical Instrument 268 2008
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8210411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 246 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 278 2008
7959050 Electrically self-powered surgical instrument with manual release 363 2008
2009/0057,369 Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument With Manual Release 142 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 263 2008
8020743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 289 2008
7918377 Surgical stapling instrument with apparatus for providing anvil position feedback 299 2008
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 222 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 197 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 178 2009
8066167 Circular surgical stapling instrument with anvil locking system 240 2009
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8141762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 281 2009
8348129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 197 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 185 2009
2011/0114,700 DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INTRODUCING A SURGICAL CIRCULAR STAPLING INSTRUMENT INTO A PATIENT 272 2009
8034077 Method for surgical stapling and cutting device with dual actuating control knob 292 2009
8136712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 269 2009
8220688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 223 2009
2011/0155,781 SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT THAT ANALYZES TISSUE THICKNESS 262 2009
8267300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 227 2009
2011/0163,147 TEST DEVICE FOR A SURGICAL TOOL 197 2010
2011/0024,479 Driven Surgical Stapler Improvements 263 2010
2010/0127,042 Staple Cartridges for Forming Staples Having Differing Formed Staple Heights. 193 2010
8215531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 194 2010
8353437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 192 2010
2010/0243,709 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A RELEASABLE BUTTRESS MATERIAL 229 2010
2010/0213,241 STAPLE CARTRIDGE 185 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 227 2010
8308040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 190 2010
2010/0264,193 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH AN ARTICULATABLE END EFFECTOR 191 2010
2010/0230,465 Methods for Cryptographic Identification of Interchangeable Parts for Surgical Instruments 275 2010
2010/0224,669 PNEUMATICALLY POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH A VARIABLE CONTROL OF THE ACTUATING RATE OF FIRING WITH MECHANICAL POWER ASSIST 191 2010
2010/0294,829 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTROL UNIT AND SENSOR TRANSPONDERS 233 2010
2010/0301,095 INTERLOCK AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INCLUDING SAME 236 2010
2010/0305,552 ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH A HANDLE THAT CAN ARTICULATE WITH RESPECT TO THE SHAFT 328 2010
8322589 Surgical stapling instruments 191 2010
2011/0011,914 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 194 2010
2011/0006,103 MOTOR DRIVEN SURGICAL FASTENER DEVICE WITH CUTTING MEMBER REVERSING MECHANISM 195 2010
2011/0011,915 MOTOR DRIVEN SURGICAL FASTENER DEVICE WITH MECHANISMS FOR ADJUSTING A TISSUE GAP WITHIN THE END EFFECTOR 191 2010
2011/0068,145 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 183 2010
8196795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 224 2010
2011/0006,099 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 260 2010
2011/0060,363 SURGICAL STAPLES HAVING COMPRESSIBLE OR CRUSHABLE MEMBERS FOR SECURING TISSUE THEREIN AND STAPLING INSTRUMENTS FOR DEPLOYING THE SAME 313 2010
2012/0071,711 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND BATTERIES FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 249 2010
2012/0080,482 SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES SUPPORTING NON-LINEARLY ARRANGED STAPLES AND SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH COMMON STAPLE-FORMING POCKETS 206 2010
2012/0080,487 FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING A RETENTION MATRIX AND A COVER 119 2010
2012/0080,477 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING A POWER CONTROL CIRCUIT 158 2010
2011/0042,441 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING A DIRECTIONAL SWITCHING MECHANISM 180 2010
8167185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 233 2010
2011/0068,148 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 240 2010
8196796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 234 2011
2011/0147,434 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS THAT PRODUCE FORMED STAPLES HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTHS 230 2011
8157153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 228 2011
8172124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 240 2011
2011/0125,177 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 231 2011
2011/0132,965 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 188 2011
8113410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 255 2011
2011/0132,963 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTROL UNIT AND REMOTE SENSOR 184 2011
2011/0132,964 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 241 2011
2011/0144,430 ARTICULATING ENDOSCOPIC ACCESSORY CHANNEL 246 2011
2011/0147,433 ARTICULATING SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT INCORPORATING A TWO-PIECE E-BEAM FIRING MECHANISM 338 2011
2011/0226,837 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 192 2011
2011/0155,787 STAPLE CARTRIDGE 331 2011
2011/0174,863 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 188 2011
2011/0210,156 Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument With Manual Release 272 2011
2012/0080,488 SURGICAL STAPLER ANVIL COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF FORMING POCKETS 262 2011
2011/0288,573 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED MOTORIZED SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT 280 2011
2011/0290,851 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICES THAT PRODUCE FORMED STAPLES HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTHS 272 2011
2011/0290,853 ROBOTICALLY-DRIVEN SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH E-BEAM DRIVER 264 2011
2011/0290,854 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SHAFT BASED ROTARY DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 232 2011
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2011/0295,242 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED ENDOSCOPIC ACCESSORY CHANNEL 248 2011
2011/0295,269 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 314 2011
2011/0295,270 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A CONTROL UNIT OF A ROBOTIC SYSTEM AND REMOTE SENSOR 180 2011
8292155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 237 2011
8205781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 255 2011
8333313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 213 2011
2012/0046,692 Adjustable Compression Staple and Method for Stapling with Adjustable Compression 252 2011
2012/0022,523 Electrical Surgical Instrument with Optimized Power Supply and Drive 179 2011
2012/0080,475 Method for Operating a Surgial Stapling and Cutting Device 262 2011
2012/0074,196 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 167 2011
2012/0132,450 SHIFTABLE DRIVE INTERFACE FOR ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL TOOL 172 2012
2012/0138,660 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED CABLE-BASED SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 249 2012
2012/0199,630 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH FORCE-FEEDBACK CAPABILITIES 231 2012
2012/0199,631 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED MOTORIZED SURGICAL END EFFECTOR SYSTEM WITH ROTARY ACTUATED CLOSURE SYSTEMS HAVING VARIABLE ACTUATION SPEEDS 158 2012
2012/0199,632 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH SELECTIVELY ARTICULATABLE END EFFECTOR 324 2012
2012/0199,633 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH CAM-DRIVEN STAPLE DEPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS 151 2012
2012/0203,247 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL END EFFECTOR SYSTEM 227 2012
2012/0205,421 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL END EFFECTOR SYSTEM WITH ROTARY ACTUATED CLOSURE SYSTEMS 149 2012
2013/0012,957 AUTOMATED END EFFECTOR COMPONENT RELOADING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A ROBOTIC SYSTEM 165 2012
2012/0292,367 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED END EFFECTOR 279 2012
2012/0175,399 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING RECORDING CAPABILITIES 157 2012
2012/0241,496 TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CAPSULES 244 2012
2012/0241,498 TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF LAYERS 261 2012
2012/0292,370 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 122 2012
2012/0239,012 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT WITH ELECTRIC ACTUATOR DIRECTIONAL CONTROL ASSEMBLY 96 2012
2012/0265,230 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 138 2012
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GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4817847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 526 1988
 
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4988334 Ultrasonic surgical system with aspiration tubulation connector 256 1988
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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5171249 Endoscopic multiple ligating clip applier 519 1991
5364003 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 405 1993
5415334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 638 1993
5465895 Surgical stapler instrument 776 1994
5452836 Surgical stapling instrument with improved jaw closure and staple firing actuator mechanism 405 1994
5415335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 459 1994
5529235 Identification device for surgical instrument 733 1994
5487500 Surgical stapler instrument 630 1994
5417361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 542 1994
5558671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 789 1994
5452837 Surgical stapler with tissue gripping ridge 555 1994
5632432 Surgical instrument 763 1994
5709680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 766 1994
5688270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 700 1995
5599350 Electrosurgical clamping device with coagulation feedback 496 1995
5624452 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 890 1995
5693051 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with adaptive electrodes 646 1995
5553765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 608 1995
5807393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 593 1995
5562701 Cable-actuated jaw assembly for surgical instruments 312 1995
5562702 Cable-actuated jaw assembly for surgical instruments 319 1995
5626587 Method for operating a surgical instrument 485 1995
5597107 Surgical stapler instrument 809 1995
5535934 Identification device for surgical instrument 599 1995
5535937 Identification device for surgical instrument 615 1995
5547117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 423 1995
5562239 Identification device for surgical instrument 597 1995
5580067 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having flexible cable 509 1995
5605273 Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion 418 1995
5693042 Identification device for surgical instrument 380 1995
5855311 Reloadable surgical instrument 637 1995
5653721 Override mechanism for an actuator on a surgical instrument 428 1995
5562241 Surgical stapler instrument 634 1995
5755717 Electrosurgical clamping device with improved coagulation feedback 602 1996
5673842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 467 1996
5794834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 407 1996
5605272 Trigger mechanism for surgical instruments 419 1996
5697543 Linear stapler with improved firing stroke 447 1996
5713505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 616 1996
5823066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 534 1996
5577654 Surgical instrument 736 1996
5588580 Surgical instrument 559 1996
5588581 Surgical instrument 640 1996
5634584 Surgical instrument 648 1996
5871135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 646 1996
5735874 Variable position handle locking mechanism 240 1996
5662258 Surgical stapler instrument 647 1996
5702408 Articulating surgical instrument 518 1996
5716366 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 855 1996
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5704534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 812 1996
5669544 Surgical instrument 625 1996
5673840 Surgical instrument 731 1996
5680982 Surgical instrument 658 1996
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5826776 Surgical instrument 700 1996
5673841 Surgical instrument 796 1996
5817093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 607 1996
5931847 Surgical cutting instrument with improved cutting edge 401 1997
6024741 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 699 1997
5810811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 854 1997
5876401 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with adaptive electrodes 602 1997
5919198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 506 1997
5779131 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 476 1997
5779132 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 560 1997
5951552 Capacitively coupled cordless electrosurgical instrument 273 1997
5937951 Skin stapler with rack and pinion staple feed mechanism 274 1997
5878938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 406 1997
6017356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 403 1997
5846254 Surgical instrument for forming a knot 469 1997
6063098 Articulable ultrasonic surgical apparatus 422 1998
6003517 Method for using an electrosurgical device on lung tissue 453 1998
5951574 Multiple clip applier having a split feeding mechanism 321 1998
6102271 Circular stapler for hemorrhoidal surgery 592 1998
6165175 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 277 1999
6296640 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 308 1999
6416486 Ultrasonic surgical device having an embedding surface and a coagulating surface 404 1999
6117158 Ratchet release mechanism for hand held instruments 500 1999
6168605 Curved laparoscopic scissor having arcs of curvature 302 1999
6193129 Cutting blade for a surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 527 2000
6468275 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 346 2000
6773438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 498 2000
6406440 Specimen retrieval bag 300 2000
6485490 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 343 2001
6503257 Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device 614 2001
6592597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 643 2001
6656193 Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device 687 2001
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6551333 Method for attaching hernia mesh 456 2001
6676660 Feedback light apparatus and method for use with an electrosurgical instrument 526 2002
6638297 Surgical staple 307 2002
6543456 Method for minimally invasive surgery in the digestive system 422 2002
7108695 Feedback control in an ultrasonic surgical instrument for improved tissue effects 367 2002
6981978 Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach 422 2002
7001408 Surgical device with expandable member 239 2002
6805273 Surgical stapling instrument 464 2002
2004/0193,189 Passive surgical clip 286 2003
7056330 Method for applying tissue fastener 460 2003
7431694 Method of guiding medical devices 223 2003
7815565 Endcap for use with an endoscope 221 2003
6905497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 452 2003
2004/0254,608 Surgical implant with preferential corrosion zone 384 2003
7094202 Method of operating an endoscopic device with one hand 218 2003
2005/0070,929 Apparatus and method for attaching a surgical buttress to a stapling apparatus 392 2003
7380696 Articulating surgical stapling instrument incorporating a two-piece E-beam firing mechanism 607 2004
6988650 Retaining pin lever advancement mechanism for a curved cutter stapler 412 2004
7147139 Closure plate lockout for a curved cutter stapler 301 2004
7207472 Cartridge with locking knife for a curved cutter stapler 357 2004
2005/0143,759 Curved cutter stapler shaped for male pelvis 343 2004
7143926 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a multi-stroke firing mechanism with return spring rotary manual retraction system 494 2005
7559450 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 419 2005
2006/0025,812 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated pivoting articulation mechanism 381 2005
7784662 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with single pivot closure and double pivot frame ground 417 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 507 2005
7914543 Single fold device for tissue fixation 278 2005
7615003 Track for medical devices 213 2005
2006/0258,904 Feeding tube and track 219 2005
7559452 Surgical instrument having fluid actuated opposing jaws 376 2005
2006/0289,602 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with double pivot closure and single pivot frame ground 485 2005
7780054 Surgical instrument with laterally moved shaft actuator coupled to pivoting articulation joint 385 2005
2007/0027,468 Surgical instrument with an articulating shaft locking mechanism 244 2005
7641092 Swing gate for device lockout in a curved cutter stapler 237 2005
7407078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 450 2005
7455208 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with rigid firing bar supports 503 2005
2006/0052,825 Surgical implant alloy 363 2005
7328828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 500 2005
7607557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 368 2005
7673783 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 347 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 521 2005
7673780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 361 2005
7799039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 338 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 580 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 301 2005
7246734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 655 2005
7481824 Surgical instrument with bending articulation controlled articulation pivot joint 284 2005
7670334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 449 2006
7416101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 512 2006
7422139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 508 2006
7464846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 564 2006
7464849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 441 2006
7568603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 391 2006
7644848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 445 2006
7766210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 374 2006
7770775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 441 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 449 2006
2007/0175,950 Disposable staple cartridge having an anvil with tissue locator for use with a surgical cutting and fastening instrument and modular end effector system therefor 572 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 528 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 533 2006
7771396 Intubation device for enteral feeding 200 2006
7575144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 438 2006
2007/0225,562 ARTICULATING ENDOSCOPIC ACCESSORY CHANNEL 355 2006
7431189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 438 2006
7441684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 511 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 647 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 530 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 528 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 529 2006
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7780663 End effector coatings for electrosurgical instruments 276 2006
7467740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 423 2006
7472815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 513 2006
7506791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 555 2006
7665647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 452 2006
8220690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 215 2006
8348131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 187 2006
8360297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 181 2006
8365976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 182 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 486 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 317 2006
2008/0082,114 Adhesive Mechanical Fastener for Lumen Creation Utilizing Tissue Necrosing Means 250 2006
2007/0084,897 ARTICULATING SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT INCORPORATING A TWO-PIECE E-BEAM FIRING MECHANISM 495 2006
7708180 Surgical fastening device with initiator impregnation of a matrix or buttress to improve adhesive application 265 2006
7780685 Adhesive and mechanical fastener 283 2006
7721930 Disposable cartridge with adhesive for use with a stapling device 354 2006
2008/0114,385 Method and Device for Effecting Anastomosis of Hollow Organ Structures Using Adhesive and Fasteners 224 2006
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 590 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 588 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 586 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 474 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 460 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 474 2007
7479608 Force switch 198 2007
7721934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 289 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 452 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 446 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 465 2007
2010/0108,740 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 280 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 392 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 513 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 562 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 558 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 387 2007
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 374 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 485 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 505 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 375 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 488 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 486 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 490 2008
2009/0308,907 PARTIALLY REUSABLE SURGICAL STAPLER 265 2008
2010/0023,024 RELOADABLE LAPAROSCOPIC FASTENER DEPLOYING DEVICE WITH DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE FOR USE IN A GASTRIC VOLUME REDUCTION PROCEDURE 233 2008
8211125 Sterile appliance delivery device for endoscopic procedures 242 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 409 2008
7714239 Force switch 198 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 377 2009
2010/0096,431 ACTIVE BRAKING ELECTRICAL SURGICAL IINSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR BRAKING SUCH AN INSTRUMENT 199 2009
2011/0087,276 METHOD FOR FORMING A STAPLE 346 2009
2011/0114,697 CIRCULAR STAPLER INTRODUCER WITH MULTI-LUMEN SHEATH 337 2009
2011/0024,477 Driven Surgical Stapler Improvements 345 2010
2011/0024,478 Driven Surgical Stapler Improvements 345 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 377 2010
2010/0186,219 Force Switch 178 2010
2011/0276,083 BENDABLE SHAFT FOR HANDLE POSITIONING 282 2010
2010/0222,901 Post-Sterilization Programming of Surgical Instruments 326 2010
2011/0006,101 MOTOR DRIVEN SURGICAL FASTENER DEVICE WITH CUTTING MEMBER LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENTS 366 2010
2012/0024,934 TRANSWALL VISUALIZATION ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL CIRCULAR STAPLERS 153 2010
2012/0024,935 TISSUE ACQUISITION ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICES 159 2010
2012/0024,936 LINEAR CUTTING AND STAPLING DEVICE WITH SELECTIVELY DISENGAGEABLE CUTTING MEMBER 160 2010
2012/0029,272 APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROTECTING ADJACENT STRUCTURES DURING THE INSERTION OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INTO A TUBULAR ORGAN 283 2010
2012/0029,544 CIRCULAR STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH SECONDARY CUTTING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS OF USING SAME 160 2010
2012/0029,547 SURGICAL CIRCULAR STAPLER WITH TISSUE RETENTION ARRANGEMENTS 165 2010
2012/0080,332 COLLAPSIBLE FASTENER CARTRIDGE 249 2010
2012/0080,333 FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING A RETENTION MATRIX 126 2010
2012/0080,345 IMPLANTABLE FASTENER CARTRIDGE COMPRISING BIOABSORBABLE LAYERS 173 2010
2012/0080,478 SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES WITH DETACHABLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES AND SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTING ACTUATION MOTIONS WHEN A CARTRIDGE IS NOT PRESENT 289 2010
2012/0080,479 IMPLANTABLE FASTENER CARTRIDGE COMPRISING MULTIPLE LAYERS 207 2010
2012/0080,480 FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CONNECTED RETENTION MATRIX ELEMENTS 185 2010
2012/0080,483 FASTENERS SUPPORTED BY A FASTENER CARTRIDGE SUPPORT 183 2010
2012/0080,484 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH A VARIABLE STAPLE FORMING SYSTEM 233 2010
2012/0080,485 FASTENING INSTRUMENT FOR DEPLOYING A FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING A RETENTION MATRIX 223 2010
2012/0080,486 FASTENER SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF FASTENER CARTRIDGES 226 2010
2012/0080,496 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH RECONFIGURABLE SHAFT SEGMENTS 180 2010
2012/0080,499 JAW CLOSURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 219 2010
2012/0080,500 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH COMPACT ARTICULATION CONTROL ARRANGEMENT 192 2010
2012/0080,502 SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENTS WITH SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FASTENER DEPLOYMENT AND TISSUE CUTTING SYSTEMS 227 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 299 2010
2011/0125,176 MOTORIZED SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT 315 2011
2011/0174,861 Surgical Instrument With Wireless Communication Between Control Unit and Remote Sensor 253 2011
2012/0234,893 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH LOCKABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 155 2011
2012/0234,895 SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES AND END EFFECTORS WITH VESSEL MEASUREMENT ARRANGEMENTS 270 2011
2012/0234,896 SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES 146 2011
2012/0234,899 SURGICAL FASTENER INSTRUMENTS 268 2011
2012/0234,900 SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES WITH TISSUE TETHERS FOR MANIPULATING DIVIDED TISSUE AND METHODS OF USING SAME 111 2011
2012/0239,009 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ARTICULATABLE AND ROTATABLE END EFFECTOR 166 2011
2011/0192,882 SURGICAL STAPLE HAVING AN EXPANDABLE PORTION 357 2011
2012/0080,339 TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 164 2011
2012/0080,490 TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR COMPRISING DETACHABLE PORTIONS 183 2011
2012/0080,491 STAPLE CARTRIDGE COMPRISING COMPRESSIBLE DISTORTION RESISTANT COMPONENTS 226 2011
2012/0083,834 COMPRESSIBLE STAPLE CARTRIDGE COMPRISING ALIGNMENT MEMBERS 174 2011
2012/0083,835 STAPLE CARTRIDGE COMPRISING A TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR 233 2011
2012/0083,836 STAPLE CARTRIDGE COMPRISING AN ADJUSTABLE DISTAL PORTION 210 2011
2012/0160,721 STAPLE CARTRIDGE LOADING ASSEMBLY 182 2011
2011/0290,856 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH FORCE-FEEDBACK CAPABILITIES 354 2011
2011/0295,295 ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING RECORDING CAPABILITIES 303 2011
2012/0234,897 SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH SELF ADJUSTING ANVIL 270 2012
2012/0283,707 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTROL UNIT AND REMOTE SENSOR 252 2012
 
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5618303 Endoscopic instrument system and method 345 1993
 
VASO PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5211649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 378 1988
 
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7909191 Connectable instrument trays for creating a modular case 196 2006
 
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6830174 Medical instrument 693 2001
6755338 Medical instrument 634 2002
2004/0243,176 Medical instrument 312 2004
2005/0107,824 Medical instrument 306 2004
 
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6786864 Endoscopic system and method for positioning an indwelling tube 358 2002
7494499 Surgical therapeutic instrument 246 2003
2004/0116,952 Surgical apparatus permitting recharge of battery-driven surgical instrument in noncontact state 339 2003
7530985 Endoscopic suturing system 201 2004
2005/0119,525 Insertion auxiliary implement 213 2004
2005/0228,224 Endoscope therapeutic device 288 2005
2006/0259,073 Surgical instrument 254 2006
2008/0228,029 OVER-TUBE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OVER-TUBE, METHOD OF DISPOSING OVER-TUBE, AND METHOD OF TREATMENT IN ABDOMINAL CAVITY 212 2008
 
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7098794 Deactivating a data tag for user privacy or tamper-evident packaging 280 2004
 
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4442964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 365 1981
 
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6171330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 359 1999
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4317451 Plastic surgical staple 476 1980
4289133 Cut-through backup washer for the scalpel of an intraluminal surgical stapling instrument 366 1980
4428376 Plastic surgical staple 451 1982
4500024 Multiple clip applier 456 1983
4527724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 420 1983
4548202 Mesh tissue fasteners 1000 1983
4573469 Two-piece tissue fastener with coinable leg staple and retaining receiver and method and instrument for applying same 266 1983
4610383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 909 1983
4591085 Surgical instrument for applying fasteners, said instrument having an improved trigger interlocking mechanism (Case VI) 338 1984
4605004 Surgical instrument for applying fasteners said instrument including force supporting means (case IV) 287 1984
4655222 Coated surgical staple 421 1984
4605001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 558 1984
4608981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 594 1984
4693248 Two-piece tissue fastener with deformable retaining receiver 231 1985
4741336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 510 1986
4844068 Bariatric surgical instrument 315 1987
4890613 Two piece internal organ fastener 232 1987
4805617 Surgical fastening systems made from polymeric materials 297 1987
4869415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 500 1988
4892244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 643 1988
4938408 Surgical stapler safety and sequencing mechanisms 332 1989
5104025 Intraluminal anastomotic surgical stapler with detached anvil 648 1990
5129570 Surgical stapler 734 1990
5222963 Pull-through circular anastomosic intraluminal stapler with absorbable fastener means 563 1991
5137198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 467 1991
5065929 Surgical stapler with locking means 835 1991
5297714 Surgical staple with modified "B" shaped configuration 253 1991
5246156 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 523 1991
5171247 Endoscopic multiple ligating clip applier with rotating shaft 553 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 529 1991
5271543 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 565 1992
5275323 Surgical stapler 378 1992
5242457 Surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 687 1992
5219111 Pneumatically actuated linear stapling device 315 1992
5263629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 621 1992
5258012 Surgical fasteners 261 1992
5307976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 724 1992
5205459 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 730 1992
5330502 Rotational endoscopic mechanism with jointed drive mechanism 692 1992
5309927 Circular stapler tissue retention spring method 563 1992
5409498 Rotatable articulating endoscopic fastening instrument 368 1992
5356006 Sterile package for surgical devices 220 1992
5383880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 808 1992
5271544 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 494 1993
5358510 Two part surgical fastener 271 1993
5333772 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 285 1993
5304204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 564 1993
5374277 Surgical instrument 628 1993
5431668 Ligating clip applier 357 1993
5332142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 557 1993
5433721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 1034 1993
5403312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 1332 1993
5441494 Manipulable hand for laparoscopy 416 1993
5447513 Endoscopic ligation and division instrument 379 1993
5484451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 731 1993
5405344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 555 1993
5465894 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 528 1993
5485947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 673 1994
5445644 Pyloroplasty/pylorectomy shield 387 1994
6131789 Surgical stapler 421 1994
5395033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 580 1994
5601224 Surgical instrument 874 1994
5533661 Sealing means for endoscopic surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 601 1995
5573543 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 509 1995
5607095 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 526 1995
5797536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 551 1995
5609285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 612 1995
5632433 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 540 1995
5735848 Electrosurgical stapling device 853 1995
5603443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 504 1995
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9232945 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 40 2014
9649126 Seal arrangements for ultrasonically powered surgical instruments 0 2015
9572574 Tissue thickness compensators comprising therapeutic agents 0 2015
9358005 End effector layer including holding features 19 2015
9320520 Surgical instrument system 23 2015
9623237 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2015
9622747 Surgical instrument end effector articulation drive with pinion and opposing racks 0 2015
9592054 Surgical stapler with stationary staple drivers 0 2015
9585658 Stapling systems 0 2016
 
Ethicon Surgery, LLC (1)
9504855 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2015
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgey, LLC (1)
9629629 Control systems for surgical instruments 0 2014
 
Ehticon Endo-Surgery, LLC (1)
9339289 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 2 2015
 
COVIDIEN LP (13)
* 9351753 Ultrasonic medical instrument with a curved waveguide 0 2012
* 2013/0197,511 Ultrasonic Medical Instrument with a Curved Waveguide 6 2012
* 8968187 Articulating laparoscopic surgical access instrument 0 2012
* 2012/0296,169 Articulating Laparoscopic Surgical Access Instrument 2 2012
9566064 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
9289211 Surgical stapling apparatus 3 2013
9445811 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2013
8939343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 83 2013
9629628 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
* 9539006 Hand held electromechanical surgical handle assembly for use with surgical end effectors, and methods of use 0 2014
9498216 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2014
9027817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 11 2014
9566067 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2015
* Cited By Examiner

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