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, OH1639

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Rothfuss, Robert G Bellevue, KY 17 3498

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON, INC. (1)
* 4,589,582 Cartridge and driver assembly for a surgical stapling instrument 111 1984
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (171)
* 5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 297 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 139 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 45 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 123 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 160 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 128 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 138 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 32 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 130 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 1 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 17 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 27 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 28 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 32 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 168 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 177 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 2 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 19 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 90 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 111 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 123 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 133 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 125 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 0 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 19 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 31 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 136 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 59 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 153 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 119 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 98 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 146 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 131 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 1 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 11 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 73 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 146 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 95 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 218 2008
7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 147 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 0 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 2 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 3 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 5 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 8 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 27 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 111 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 143 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 162 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 136 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 141 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 142 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 165 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 147 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 175 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 147 2008
8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 37 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 91 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 100 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 106 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 104 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 120 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 137 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 159 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 57 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 8 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 78 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 18 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 18 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 26 2009
8,066,167 Circular surgical stapling instrument with anvil locking system 69 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 49 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 6 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 26 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 40 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 38 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 37 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 77 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 54 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 7 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 19 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 44 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 32 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 2 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 19 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 25 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 34 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 6 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 6 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 34 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 19 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 22 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 52 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 46 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 0 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 0 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 0 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 0 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 0 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 0 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 0 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 24 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 26 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 44 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 25 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 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 2 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 60 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 69 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 19 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 75 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 20 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
* 8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 11 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 10 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 13 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 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 1 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 71 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 51 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 75 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 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 0 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 0 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 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 7 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 8 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 13 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 13 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 23 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 2 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 24 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 8 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 18 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 19 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 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 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 2 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 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (78)
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 303 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 218 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 250 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 321 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 230 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 410 2001
7,695,485 Surgical device 13 2001
8,016,855 Surgical device 20 2002
7,951,071 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 13 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 208 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 204 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 196 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 192 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 270 2002
7,803,151 System and method for calibrating a surgical instrument 57 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 138 2003
7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 22 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 289 2003
7,743,960 Surgical device 141 2003
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 325 2004
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 280 2004
8,025,199 Surgical cutting and stapling device 78 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 21 2004
8,357,144 Electro-mechanical surgical device 14 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 189 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 293 2005
7,293,685 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 40 2006
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 12 2006
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 239 2006
7,275,674 Surgical stapling device 10 2006
7,758,613 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 6 2006
7,537,602 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 42 2006
7,407,076 Surgical stapling device 41 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 8 2006
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 173 2007
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 16 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 19 2007
8,033,439 Surgical stapling device 4 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 145 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 20 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 6 2008
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 133 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 17 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 17 2008
7,963,433 Surgical device having multiple drivers 15 2008
7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 20 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 11 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 9 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 8 2010
8,021,373 Surgical device 1 2010
8,353,436 Pin locking mechanism for a surgical instrument 1 2010
8,328,064 Pin locking mechanism for a surgical instrument 25 2010
8,056,786 Surgical device 0 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 19 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 2 2010
8,752,748 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 12 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 6 2011
8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 2 2011
8,272,554 Surgical device having multiple drivers 4 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 1 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 0 2011
8,512,359 Surgical device 1 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 1 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
 
BIONX IMPLANTS OY (1)
* 6,010,513 Device for installing a tissue fastener 41 1997
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 290 2004
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 6,315,183 Disposable surgical stapler cartridge 118 2000
* 7,891,531 Sub-miniature surgical staple cartridge 25 2007
8,210,415 Sub-miniature surgical staple cartridge 25 2011
* Cited By Examiner