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, OH1771

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Chambers, James H Milford, OH 11 2117
Huitema, Thomas W Cincinnati, OH 84 7433
Williamson, IV: Warren P Loveland, OH 1 431

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HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
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NICOLIA, JOSEPH (2)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
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J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
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UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (6)
* 4,402,444 Surgical stapling instrument with automatic frame reinforcement 34 1981
* 4,506,670 Two-part surgical fastener applying apparatus with frangible member 162 1983
* 4,506,671 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 277 1983
* 4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 344 1985
* 4,978,049 Three staple drive member 479 1989
* 5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 347 1991
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
* 8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 5 2011
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (11)
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 600 2000
* 2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 348 2003
9,113,862 Surgical stapling instrument with a variable staple forming system 0 2010
9,113,864 Surgical cutting and fastening instruments with separate and distinct fastener deployment and tissue cutting systems 0 2010
9,113,865 Staple cartridge comprising a layer 0 2011
9,113,884 Modular surgical tool systems 0 2011
9,113,878 Pinion clip for right angle linear cutter 0 2011
9,113,881 Travel clip for surgical staple cartridge 0 2012
9,113,863 Surgical fastening assembly 0 2012
9,113,847 Electro-mechanical surgical device 0 2013
9,113,874 Surgical instrument system 0 2014
 
Medtronic Anqiolink, Inc. (1)
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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (16)
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* 5,782,396 Surgical stapler 488 1995
* 6,032,849 Surgical stapler 632 1998
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 377 2004
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 413 2005
RE40514 Surgical stapler 43 2005
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 326 2006
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 362 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 260 2006
7,308,998 Surgical stapler 190 2007
7,891,532 Surgical stapler 49 2008
8,066,168 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 22 2010
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 56 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 44 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 42 2012
9,022,273 Surgical fastener-applying apparatuses with sequential firing 0 2014
 
Incisive Surgical, Inc. (11)
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7,950,559 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 1 2003
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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
* 2005/0182,444 Dynamic bioabsorbable fastener for use in wound closure 54 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
 
TowerTech Research Group (1)
7,559,937 Surgical fastener apparatus and reinforcing material 97 2005
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC (1)
* 6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 570 1998
 
CARDICA, INC. (13)
7,954,683 Feeder belt with integrated surgical staples 21 2007
8,403,956 Multiple-use surgical stapler 4 2008
8,070,036 True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes 21 2009
8,631,992 Feeder belt with padded staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 1 2009
* 7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 47 2010
8,636,189 Active wedge for surgical stapler 1 2011
8,631,990 Staple trap for surgical stapler 1 2011
* 8,272,551 Method of utilizing a driverless surgical stapler 3 2011
* 2012/0097,731 Method of Utilizing A Driverless Surgical Stapler 0 2011
8,789,738 Surgical method for stapling tissue 1 2011
8,679,155 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 1 2011
8,439,245 True multi-fire endocutter 2 2011
9,084,600 Anvil-side staple trap 0 2012
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 13 2007
 
COVIDIEN LP (205)
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 357 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 257 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 290 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 372 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 271 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 474 2001
7,695,485 Surgical device 36 2001
8,016,855 Surgical device 46 2002
7,951,071 Moisture-detecting shaft for use with an electro-mechanical surgical device 35 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 243 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 243 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 231 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 227 2002
8,281,973 Surgical stapling device 33 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 319 2002
D480808 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 24 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 182 2003
7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 52 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 344 2003
7,743,960 Surgical device 183 2003
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 176 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 33 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 139 2003
8,025,199 Surgical cutting and stapling device 124 2004
* 2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 401 2004
7,658,312 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 143 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 441 2004
* 2005/0006,432 Surgical stapling device 37 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 46 2004
8,770,459 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2004
* 2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 367 2004
8,357,144 Electro-mechanical surgical device 38 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 193 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 240 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 267 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 326 2005
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 116 2005
7,641,091 Staple drive assembly 56 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 236 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 347 2005
7,293,685 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 68 2006
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 18 2006
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 282 2006
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 8 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 47 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 31 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 11 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 14 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 14 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 245 2007
7,694,865 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 43 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 218 2007
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 43 2007
7,886,952 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 33 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 25 2007
8,066,166 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 6 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 58 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 270 2007
7,635,074 Staple drive assembly 122 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 195 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 25 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 26 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 11 2008
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 176 2008
9,039,736 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 0 2008
7,934,628 Surgical stapling device 13 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 44 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 132 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 23 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 19 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 100 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 17 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 45 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 36 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 176 2008
7,963,433 Surgical device having multiple drivers 33 2008
7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 36 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 34 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 116 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 13 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 17 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 17 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 7 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 23 2009
8,083,118 Surgical stapling apparatus 32 2009
8,931,683 Surgical stapling device 0 2009
7,891,534 Surgical stapling device 11 2009
9,022,271 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 9 2009
7,988,028 Surgical instrument having an asymmetric dynamic clamping member 37 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 14 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 16 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 12 2009
8,225,979 Locking shipping wedge 8 2009
7,866,528 Staple drive assembly 34 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
7,997,469 Staple drive assembly 106 2009
8,127,975 Staple drive assembly 26 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 55 2009
7,967,180 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 149 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 2 2010
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 13 2010
8,033,440 Surgical stapling device 12 2010
8,021,373 Surgical device 4 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 87 2010
8,360,298 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 22 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 4 2010
8,056,786 Surgical device 2 2010
8,286,850 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,070,033 Surgical stapling apparatus 8 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 5 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 4 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,444,038 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 2 2010
8,061,577 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 7 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 6 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 3 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 33 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 25 2010
* 8,517,242 Surgical fastener-applying apparatuses with sequential firing 1 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 5 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 21 2011
8,336,753 Staple drive assembly 24 2011
8,397,972 Shipping wedge with lockout 5 2011
8,123,101 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 8 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 11 2011
9,017,371 Surgical device having multiple drivers 0 2011
8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 8 2011
8,272,554 Surgical device having multiple drivers 30 2011
9,033,868 Couplings for interconnecting components of an electro-mechanical surgical device 0 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 3 2011
8,087,563 Surgical stapling apparatus 4 2011
8,157,148 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 25 2011
8,353,440 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 7 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 2 2011
8,292,149 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 2 2011
8,512,359 Surgical device 5 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 43 2011
8,518,074 Surgical device 1 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 2011
8,286,848 Surgical stapling device 2 2011
8,424,739 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 35 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 33 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 20 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 5 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,403,197 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 2 2011
8,210,416 Surgical stapling apparatus 27 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 2 2011
8,256,656 Surgical stapling apparatus 4 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 34 2011
8,418,904 Surgical stapling device 2 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
9,033,202 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,292,152 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2012
9,107,664 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2012
8,418,906 Locking shipping wedge 3 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 6 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 1 2012
8,342,377 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2012
8,636,192 Surgical instrument and loading unit for use therewith 0 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 41 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 2 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 2 2012
8,701,962 Shipping wedge with lockout 2 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 1 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 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 1 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,078,654 Surgical device 0 2014
9,004,340 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
9,107,662 Shipping wedge with lockout 0 2015
 
WEBROOT SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
8,348,123 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 34 2010
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (162)
* 5,931,847 Surgical cutting instrument with improved cutting edge 225 1997
6,656,193 Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device 461 2001
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 434 2001
6,503,257 Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device 420 2001
* 6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 391 2003
* 2004/0232,200 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 32 2003
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 189 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 75 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 23 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 43 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 55 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 55 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 60 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 224 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 250 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 23 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 48 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 17 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 45 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 59 2007
* 7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 184 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 11 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 193 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 219 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 264 2007
8,991,676 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 0 2007
* 8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 23 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 53 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 114 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 191 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 215 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 256 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 326 2007
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 18 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 27 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 25 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 29 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 35 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 60 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 194 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 232 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 191 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 192 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 224 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 199 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 150 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 152 2008
9,050,083 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 91 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 33 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 43 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 53 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 53 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 78 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 53 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 120 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 14 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 31 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 44 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 23 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 16 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 83 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 3 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 19 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 3 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 9 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 11 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 12 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 14 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 17 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 16 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 17 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 17 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 17 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 16 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 17 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 63 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 70 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 94 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 22 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 52 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 90 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 11 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 23 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 89 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 97 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 99 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 43 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 110 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 44 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 8 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 10 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 10 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 32 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 18 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 37 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 3 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 12 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 14 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 17 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 18 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 17 2011
9,072,535 Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements 0 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 7 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 16 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 19 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 106 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,998,059 Adjunct therapy device having driver with cavity for hemostatic agent 0 2011
9,101,359 Surgical staple cartridge with self-dispensing staple buttress 0 2011
* 8,998,060 Resistive heated surgical staple cartridge with phase change sealant 0 2011
* 2013/0062,393 RESISTIVE HEATED SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGE WITH PHASE CHANGE SEALANT 3 2011
8,814,025 Fibrin pad matrix with suspended heat activated beads of adhesive 0 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,985,429 Surgical stapling device with adjunct material application feature 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 11 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 17 2011
8,899,464 Attachment of surgical staple buttress to cartridge 0 2011
9,089,326 Dual staple cartridge for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 18 2011
9,095,340 Tissue stapler safety switch feature to prevent premature jaw opening 0 2012
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 16 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 18 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 20 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 17 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 45 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 49 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 54 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 54 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 67 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 18 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 26 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 54 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 33 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 44 2012
9,101,358 Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive 0 2012
9,101,385 Electrode connections for rotary driven surgical tools 0 2012
9,072,536 Differential locking arrangements for rotary powered surgical instruments 0 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 18 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 9 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 18 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 26 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 11 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 20 2013
9,084,601 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 9 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 3 2014
9,095,339 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
9,072,515 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
 
MEDTRONIC ANGIOLINK, INC. (2)
* 2004/0093,024 Advanced wound site management systems and methods 206 2003
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 245 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 265 2006
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 345 2004
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (14)
* 5,941,442 Surgical stapler 326 1995
* 5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 327 1995
* 5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 566 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 484 1997
* 6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 382 1998
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 471 1999
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 503 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 282 2001
7,087,071 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 175 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 413 2001
* 6,817,509 Surgical stapler 288 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 404 2004
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 275 2006
7,565,993 Surgical stapling apparatus 74 2007
* Cited By Examiner