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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Patent Owner(s)

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

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Chambers, James H Milford, OH 12 1885
Huitema, Thomas W Cincinnati, OH 116 8510
Williamson, IV: Warren P Loveland, OH 1 384

Cited Art Landscape

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HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
* 4,633,874 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw latching mechanism and disposable staple cartridge 481 1985
 
NICOLIA, JOSEPH (2)
* 2004/0118,056 Wedge-lock building blocks 1 2002
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ETHICON, INC. (3)
* 4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 682 1983
* 4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 365 1984
* 5,129,570 Surgical stapler 510 1990
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
* D697065 Tablet computer 3 2012
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
* 4,767,004 Method of packing electronic parts and a pack produced by the method 18 1987
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
* 4,848,637 Staple device for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 186 1988
* 4,930,503 Stapling process and device for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 155 1989
 
United States Surgical Corporation (6)
* 4,402,444 Surgical stapling instrument with automatic frame reinforcement 33 1981
* 4,506,670 Two-part surgical fastener applying apparatus with frangible member 157 1983
* 4,506,671 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 246 1983
* 4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 316 1985
* 4,978,049 Three staple drive member 442 1989
* 5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 306 1991
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
* 8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 3 2011
* Cited By Examiner

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 542 2000
8,991,676 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 0 2007
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,985,429 Surgical stapling device with adjunct material application feature 0 2011
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
 
Medtronic Anqiolink, Inc. (1)
7,597,706 Advanced wound site management systems and methods 67 2004
 
INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC. (10)
7,686,200 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 2 2003
7,950,559 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 1 2003
7,112,214 Dynamic bioabsorbable fastener for use in wound closure 197 2003
D532107 Tissue fastening instrument 49 2004
7,547,315 Mechanical method and apparatus for tissue fastening 5 2004
8,074,857 Method and apparatus for tissue fastening with single translating trigger operation 3 2004
8,066,736 Dynamic bioabsorbable fastener for use in wound closure 1 2005
8,100,939 Mechanical method and apparatus for sequential tissue fastening 1 2006
8,940,016 Mechanical method and apparatus for sequential tissue fastening 0 2011
8,821,517 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 0 2013
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (15)
* 5,762,256 Surgical stapler 437 1995
* 5,782,396 Surgical stapler 437 1995
* 6,032,849 Surgical stapler 575 1998
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 342 2004
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 374 2005
RE40514 Surgical stapler 25 2005
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 291 2006
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 318 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 229 2006
7,308,998 Surgical stapler 157 2007
7,891,532 Surgical stapler 29 2008
8,066,168 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 6 2010
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 36 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 25 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 23 2012
 
TowerTech Research Group (1)
7,559,937 Surgical fastener apparatus and reinforcing material 80 2005
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 522 1998
 
Cardica, Inc. (12)
7,954,683 Feeder belt with integrated surgical staples 17 2007
8,403,956 Multiple-use surgical stapler 2 2008
8,070,036 True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes 17 2009
8,631,992 Feeder belt with padded staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2009
* 7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 25 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 2 2011
* 2012/0097,731 Method of Utilizing A Driverless Surgical Stapler 0 2011
8,789,738 Surgical method for stapling tissue 0 2011
8,679,155 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 0 2011
8,439,245 True multi-fire endocutter 1 2011
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 10 2007
 
COVIDIEN LP (191)
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 320 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 231 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 261 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 336 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 244 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 429 2001
7,695,485 Surgical device 19 2001
8,016,855 Surgical device 27 2002
7,951,071 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 19 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 221 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 217 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 209 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 205 2002
8,281,973 Surgical stapling device 15 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 285 2002
D480808 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 19 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 150 2003
7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 31 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 305 2003
7,743,960 Surgical device 152 2003
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 142 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 25 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 110 2003
8,025,199 Surgical cutting and stapling device 89 2004
7,658,312 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 113 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 393 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 27 2004
8,770,459 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2004
8,357,144 Electro-mechanical surgical device 20 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 165 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 208 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 240 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 295 2005
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 92 2005
7,641,091 Staple drive assembly 35 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 202 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 310 2005
7,293,685 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 49 2006
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 15 2006
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 252 2006
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 6 2006
8,708,210 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 0 2006
8,608,043 Surgical instrument having a multi-layered drive beam 0 2006
8,584,921 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 2 2006
7,845,535 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 26 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 27 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 9 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 11 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 11 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 217 2007
7,694,865 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 24 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 187 2007
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 24 2007
7,886,952 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 16 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 22 2007
8,066,166 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 5 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 36 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 240 2007
7,635,074 Staple drive assembly 91 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 159 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 21 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 23 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 9 2008
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 145 2008
7,934,628 Surgical stapling device 11 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 25 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 100 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 19 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 4 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 80 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 13 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 25 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 19 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 145 2008
7,963,433 Surgical device having multiple drivers 20 2008
7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 27 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 18 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 84 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 11 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 13 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 14 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 3 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 7 2009
8,083,118 Surgical stapling apparatus 16 2009
8,931,683 Surgical stapling device 0 2009
7,891,534 Surgical stapling device 9 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 6 2009
7,988,028 Surgical instrument having an asymmetric dynamic clamping member 19 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 12 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 5 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 10 2009
8,225,979 Locking shipping wedge 6 2009
7,866,528 Staple drive assembly 18 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
7,997,469 Staple drive assembly 77 2009
8,127,975 Staple drive assembly 10 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 35 2009
7,967,180 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 120 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 1 2010
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 11 2010
8,033,440 Surgical stapling device 10 2010
8,021,373 Surgical device 2 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 62 2010
8,360,298 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 6 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 3 2010
8,056,786 Surgical device 1 2010
8,286,850 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 1 2010
8,070,033 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 4 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 3 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 1 2010
8,444,038 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 1 2010
8,061,577 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 5 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 4 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 2 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 15 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 10 2010
* 8,517,242 Surgical fastener-applying apparatuses with sequential firing 0 2011
* 2012/0168,485 Surgical Fastener-Applying Apparatuses With Sequential Firing 0 2011
8,746,534 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,113,408 Surgical stapling device 4 2011
8,740,039 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,752,748 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 16 2011
8,336,753 Staple drive assembly 8 2011
8,397,972 Shipping wedge with lockout 3 2011
8,123,101 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 7 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 9 2011
8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 4 2011
8,272,554 Surgical device having multiple drivers 11 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 2 2011
8,087,563 Surgical stapling apparatus 3 2011
8,157,148 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 9 2011
8,353,440 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 3 2011
8,561,874 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,267,302 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2011
* 8,960,521 Loose staples removal system 0 2011
* 2013/0015,231 LOOSE STAPLES REMOVAL SYSTEM 1 2011
8,292,149 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 1 2011
8,512,359 Surgical device 2 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 24 2011
8,518,074 Surgical device 1 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 2 2011
8,286,848 Surgical stapling device 1 2011
8,424,739 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 16 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 15 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 6 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 4 2011
8,403,197 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 1 2011
8,210,416 Surgical stapling apparatus 12 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,256,656 Surgical stapling apparatus 3 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,505,801 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 15 2011
8,418,904 Surgical stapling device 1 2012
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,684,249 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 1 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,292,152 Surgical stapling apparatus 6 2012
8,418,906 Locking shipping wedge 2 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 4 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,342,377 Surgical stapling apparatus 6 2012
8,636,192 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 22 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2012
8,701,961 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 0 2012
8,616,427 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 1 2012
8,701,962 Shipping wedge with lockout 1 2013
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 1 2013
8,740,035 Surgical stapler 1 2013
8,858,589 Surgical device 0 2013
8,740,932 Surgical device 0 2013
8,925,784 Surgical fastener-applying apparatuses with sequential firing 0 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 0 2013
8,887,979 Surgical stapler 0 2014
8,905,287 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 0 2014
8,967,445 Shipping wedge with lockout 0 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
 
WEBROOT SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
8,348,123 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 15 2010
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (132)
* 5,931,847 Surgical cutting instrument with improved cutting edge 186 1997
6,656,193 Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device 396 2001
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 378 2001
6,503,257 Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device 367 2001
* 6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 352 2003
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 153 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 52 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 5 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 23 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 33 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 34 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 38 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 185 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 201 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 6 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 26 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 2 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 25 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 37 2007
* 7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 150 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 0 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 161 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 184 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 221 2007
* 8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 5 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 19 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 83 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 160 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 179 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 208 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 274 2007
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 3 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 7 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 8 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 11 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 15 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 34 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 160 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 183 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 157 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 158 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 186 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 163 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 115 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 119 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 65 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 14 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 25 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 27 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 32 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 56 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 32 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 93 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 1 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 12 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 24 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 6 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 2 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 60 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 0 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 4 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 1 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 2 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 3 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 3 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 3 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 3 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 3 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 3 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 3 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 31 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 35 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 53 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 5 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 31 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 68 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 6 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 67 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 75 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 76 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 24 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 85 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 25 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 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 15 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 3 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 18 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 1 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 1 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 3 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 3 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 3 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 2 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 4 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 79 2011
* 2013/0062,393 RESISTIVE HEATED SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGE WITH PHASE CHANGE SEALANT 1 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 3 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 3 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 1 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 2 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 3 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 3 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 17 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 19 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 24 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 24 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 36 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 3 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 8 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 32 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 14 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 24 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 3 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 3 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 8 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 4 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
 
MEDTRONIC ANGIOLINK, INC. (1)
7,758,610 Advanced wound site management systems and methods 0 2004
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
* 7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 213 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 232 2006
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 306 2004
 
United States Surgical Corporation (14)
* 5,941,442 Surgical stapler 294 1995
* 5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 293 1995
* 5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 520 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 443 1997
* 6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 352 1998
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 433 1999
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 462 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 251 2001
7,087,071 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 147 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 379 2001
* 6,817,509 Surgical stapler 257 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 367 2004
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 242 2006
7,565,993 Surgical stapling apparatus 50 2007
* Cited By Examiner