US Patent No: 4,805,823

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Pocket configuration for internal organ staplers

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A guiding pocket for driving staples is described, in which a first set of parallel sides helps form the opening for the guiding pockets. These parallel sides are connected to tapered sides, which are in turn connected to a second pair of parallel sides, creating a hexagonal shaped pocket. The resultant pocket configuration possesses self-centering features, which in turn reduces jamming and misformed staples and allows for simpler manufacturing and inspection.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1674

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Rothfuss, Robert G Bellevue, KY 17 3608

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON, INC. (1)
* 4,589,582 Cartridge and driver assembly for a surgical stapling instrument 114 1984
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
BIONX IMPLANTS OY (1)
* 6,010,513 Device for installing a tissue fastener 47 1997
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 6,315,183 Disposable surgical stapler cartridge 122 2000
* 7,891,531 Sub-miniature surgical staple cartridge 29 2007
8,210,415 Sub-miniature surgical staple cartridge 29 2011
8,985,429 Surgical stapling device with adjunct material application feature 0 2011
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (179)
* 5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 312 1997
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 151 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 50 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 139 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 180 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 142 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 152 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 37 2006
7,740,159 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 141 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 4 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 22 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 32 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 33 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 37 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 183 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 199 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 5 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 25 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 105 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 122 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 133 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 144 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 135 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 1 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 24 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 36 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 148 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 0 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 67 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 171 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 129 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 112 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 158 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 141 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 4 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 18 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 81 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 157 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 106 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 238 2008
7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 159 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 2 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 6 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 7 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 10 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 14 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 33 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 122 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 158 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 181 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 150 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 154 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 155 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 183 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 161 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 194 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 160 2008
8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 47 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 102 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 113 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 117 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 115 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 131 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 148 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 175 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 63 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 13 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 86 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 24 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 26 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 31 2009
8,066,167 Circular surgical stapling instrument with anvil locking system 75 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 54 2009
8,899,466 Devices and methods for introducing a surgical circular stapling instrument into a patient 0 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 10 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 31 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 44 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 42 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 42 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 85 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 59 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 11 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 23 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 49 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 37 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 5 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 23 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 30 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 39 2010
8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 10 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 1 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 10 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 39 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 23 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 24 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 27 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 2 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 24 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 58 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 51 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 0 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 0 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 0 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 1 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 2 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 2 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 2 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 2 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 2 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 2 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 2 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 30 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 34 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 52 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 30 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 0 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 5 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 65 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 72 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 74 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 23 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 83 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 24 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
* 8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 15 2011
* 2011/0226,837 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 133 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 14 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 2 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 17 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 0 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 0 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 0 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 2 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 2 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 2 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 1 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 3 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 78 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 57 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 82 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 2 2011
8,814,025 Fibrin pad matrix with suspended heat activated beads of adhesive 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 2 2011
8,899,464 Attachment of surgical staple buttress to cartridge 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 2 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 1 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 2 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 2 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 16 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 18 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 23 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 23 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 35 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 2 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 6 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 31 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 13 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 23 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 2 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 25 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 2 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 2 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 2 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 303 2004
 
COVIDIEN LP (78)
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 318 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 228 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 258 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 333 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 240 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 425 2001
7,695,485 Surgical device 18 2001
8,016,855 Surgical device 26 2002
7,951,071 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 18 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 218 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 214 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 206 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 202 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 282 2002
7,803,151 System and method for calibrating a surgical instrument 64 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 148 2003
7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 30 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 302 2003
7,743,960 Surgical device 149 2003
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 340 2004
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 292 2004
8,025,199 Surgical cutting and stapling device 87 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 26 2004
8,357,144 Electro-mechanical surgical device 19 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 199 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 307 2005
7,293,685 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 48 2006
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 15 2006
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 249 2006
7,275,674 Surgical stapling device 11 2006
7,758,613 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 7 2006
7,537,602 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 47 2006
7,407,076 Surgical stapling device 47 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 11 2006
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 184 2007
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 23 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 22 2007
8,033,439 Surgical stapling device 4 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 156 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 23 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 9 2008
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 143 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 24 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 24 2008
7,963,433 Surgical device having multiple drivers 20 2008
7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 25 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 14 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 12 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 11 2010
8,021,373 Surgical device 2 2010
8,353,436 Pin locking mechanism for a surgical instrument 1 2010
8,328,064 Pin locking mechanism for a surgical instrument 29 2010
8,056,786 Surgical device 1 2010
8,286,850 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 0 2010
8,016,858 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 26 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 3 2010
8,752,748 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 16 2011
8,827,137 Pin alignment assembly for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,123,101 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 7 2011
8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 4 2011
8,272,554 Surgical device having multiple drivers 10 2011
8,628,467 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 0 2011
8,353,440 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 3 2011
8,690,913 Electromechanical drive and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 0 2011
8,292,149 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 1 2011
8,512,359 Surgical device 2 2011
8,518,074 Surgical device 1 2011
8,371,494 Surgical stapling device 0 2011
8,540,733 Surgical method and device having a first jaw and a second jaw in opposed correspondence for clamping, cutting, and stapling tissue 5 2011
8,505,801 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 0 2011
8,684,249 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 1 2012
8,701,961 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 0 2012
8,777,083 Surgical stapling device 0 2013
8,858,589 Surgical device 0 2013
8,740,932 Surgical device 0 2013
8,905,287 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner