US Patent No: 5,415,334

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Surgical stapler and staple cartridge

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A surgical stapler comprising at least one cam having a cam surface, an arrangement for actuating the cam for a longitudinal firing movement of the cam surface, a cartridge having a plurality of staple drive members driven by the longitudinal movement of the cam surface, and a plurality of surgical staples respectively associated with the staple drive members for being fired by the longitudinal movement of the cam surface. In one embodiment of the present invention, the staple drive members include at least a pair of alternating first and second staple drive members, the first staple drive member including a laterally spaced pair of staple driving surfaces, the second staple drive member including a single staple driving surface. The first and second staple drive members are disposed such that the staple driving surfaces thereof are arranged in laterally spaced three rows. Alternate embodiments include drive members each having a pair of longitudinally aligned driving surfaces, and a third laterally offset driving surface, as well as a spine-like flexible drive element operatively positioned between the cam surface of the cam and the drive members.

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1506

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Chambers, James H Milford, OH 12 1476
Huitema, Thomas W Cincinnati, OH 103 5973
Williamson, IV: Warren P Loveland, OH 1 298

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
United States Surgical Corporation (6)
4,402,444 Surgical stapling instrument with automatic frame reinforcement 32 1981
4,506,670 Two-part surgical fastener applying apparatus with frangible member 148 1983
4,506,671 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 178 1983
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 244 1985
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 381 1989
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AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (4)
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ETHICON, INC. (3)
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 583 1983
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 310 1984
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 416 1990
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
4,848,637 Staple device for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 156 1988
4,930,503 Stapling process and device for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 124 1989
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
4,767,004 Method of packing electronic parts and a pack produced by the method 18 1987
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
4,633,874 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw latching mechanism and disposable staple cartridge 426 1985
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
4,305,539 Surgical suturing instrument for application of a staple suture 119 1980

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COVIDIEN LP (162)
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 237 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 179 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 203 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 251 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 187 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 332 2001
7,695,485 Surgical device 2 2001
8,016,855 Surgical device 4 2002
7,951,071 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 1 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 166 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 162 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 157 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 156 2002
8,281,973 Surgical stapling device 0 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 209 2002
D480808 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 10 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 91 2003
7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 1 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 216 2003
7,743,960 Surgical device 88 2003
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 85 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 14 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 71 2003
8,025,199 Surgical cutting and stapling device 39 2004
7,658,312 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 57 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 281 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 10 2004
8,357,144 Electro-mechanical surgical device 2 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 120 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 156 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 185 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 233 2005
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 55 2005
7,641,091 Staple drive assembly 19 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 134 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 227 2005
7,293,685 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 26 2006
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 7 2006
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 175 2006
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 2 2006
8,608,043 Surgical instrument having a multi-layered drive beam 0 2006
8,584,921 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2006
7,845,535 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 3 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 17 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 1 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 3 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 8 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 149 2007
7,694,865 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 9 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 120 2007
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 5 2007
7,886,952 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 2 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 12 2007
8,066,166 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 3 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 11 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 161 2007
7,635,074 Staple drive assembly 39 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 95 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 11 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 13 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2008
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 86 2008
7,934,628 Surgical stapling device 3 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 10 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 54 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 10 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 50 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 4 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 6 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 1 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 82 2008
7,963,433 Surgical device having multiple drivers 7 2008
7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 8 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 4 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 33 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 3 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 4 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 5 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 1 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
8,083,118 Surgical stapling apparatus 5 2009
7,891,534 Surgical stapling device 1 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 3 2009
7,988,028 Surgical instrument having an asymmetric dynamic clamping member 4 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 3 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 3 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 1 2009
8,225,979 Locking shipping wedge 2 2009
7,866,528 Staple drive assembly 3 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
7,997,469 Staple drive assembly 28 2009
8,127,975 Staple drive assembly 2 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 7 2009
7,967,180 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 62 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 0 2010
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 2 2010
8,033,440 Surgical stapling device 2 2010
8,021,373 Surgical device 0 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 19 2010
8,360,298 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2010
8,056,786 Surgical device 0 2010
8,286,850 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 0 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,070,033 Surgical stapling apparatus 5 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 1 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 0 2010
8,444,038 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,061,577 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 2 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 1 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 0 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2010
8,517,242 Surgical fastener-applying apparatuses with sequential firing 0 2011
8,113,408 Surgical stapling device 2 2011
7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 3 2011
8,336,753 Staple drive assembly 1 2011
8,397,972 Shipping wedge with lockout 0 2011
8,123,101 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 2 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 1 2011
8,272,554 Surgical device having multiple drivers 2 2011
8,628,467 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 0 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2011
8,087,563 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2011
8,157,148 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 1 2011
8,353,440 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
8,561,874 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2011
8,267,302 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2011
8,292,149 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 0 2011
8,512,359 Surgical device 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 3 2011
8,518,074 Surgical device 0 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,286,848 Surgical stapling device 0 2011
8,424,739 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a 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 0 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 2 2011
8,403,197 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 0 2011
8,210,416 Surgical stapling apparatus 3 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,256,656 Surgical stapling apparatus 2 2011
8,505,801 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2011
8,418,904 Surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,684,249 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 0 2012
8,292,152 Surgical stapling apparatus 5 2012
8,418,906 Locking shipping wedge 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 2 2012
8,342,377 Surgical stapling apparatus 5 2012
8,636,192 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 1 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 0 2012
8,616,427 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 0 2013
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (78)
5,931,847 Surgical cutting instrument with improved cutting edge 141 1997
6,656,193 Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device 300 2001
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 286 2001
6,503,257 Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device 276 2001
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 271 2003
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 81 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 19 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 1 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 7 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 7 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 9 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 109 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 100 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 2 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 1 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 10 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 78 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 92 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 111 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 126 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 0 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 34 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 93 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 103 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 130 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 186 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 0 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 0 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 0 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 5 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 85 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 97 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 84 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 84 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 96 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 89 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 54 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 55 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 29 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 0 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 1 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 1 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 8 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 24 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 5 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 43 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 0 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 2 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 0 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 27 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 1 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 2 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 17 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 7 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 36 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 31 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 34 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 34 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 1 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 36 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 1 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 0 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 33 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 0 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 0 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 0 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 0 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 3 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 4 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 0 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 1 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (15)
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 346 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 366 1995
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 474 1998
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 260 2004
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 284 2005
RE40514 Surgical stapler 6 2005
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 212 2006
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 218 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 154 2006
7,308,998 Surgical stapler 91 2007
7,891,532 Surgical stapler 3 2008
8,066,168 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 1 2010
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 6 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 3 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 2 2012
 
United States Surgical Corporation (14)
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 220 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 215 1995
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 422 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 361 1997
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 289 1998
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 342 1999
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 366 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 178 2001
7,087,071 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 106 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 305 2001
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 184 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 275 2004
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 173 2006
7,565,993 Surgical stapling apparatus 23 2007
 
Cardica, Inc. (10)
7,954,683 Feeder belt with integrated surgical staples 7 2007
8,403,956 Multiple-use surgical stapler 1 2008
8,070,036 True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes 7 2009
8,631,992 Feeder belt with padded staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2009
7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 5 2010
8,636,189 Active wedge for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,631,990 Staple trap for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,272,551 Method of utilizing a driverless surgical stapler 1 2011
8,679,155 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 0 2011
8,439,245 True multi-fire endocutter 0 2011
 
INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC. (8)
7,686,200 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 1 2003
7,950,559 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 0 2003
7,112,214 Dynamic bioabsorbable fastener for use in wound closure 106 2003
D532107 Tissue fastening instrument 25 2004
7,547,315 Mechanical method and apparatus for tissue fastening 3 2004
8,074,857 Method and apparatus for tissue fastening with single translating trigger operation 2 2004
8,066,736 Dynamic bioabsorbable fastener for use in wound closure 0 2005
8,100,939 Mechanical method and apparatus for sequential tissue fastening 0 2006
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 144 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 162 2006
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 222 2004
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 418 1998
 
MEDTRONIC ANGIOLINK, INC. (1)
7,758,610 Advanced wound site management systems and methods 0 2004
 
Medtronic Anqiolink, Inc. (1)
7,597,706 Advanced wound site management systems and methods 51 2004
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 1 2007
 
TowerTech Research Group (1)
7,559,937 Surgical fastener apparatus and reinforcing material 64 2005
 
WEBROOT SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
8,348,123 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 0 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 435 2000
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010