US Patent No: 5,478,003

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Surgical apparatus

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A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly associated with a distal end of the elongated portion. The fastener applying assembly includes a base portion, a staple cartridge housing, and an anvil member which has a forming surface thereon against which surgical fasteners are driven as they are ejected from the cartridge housing. A self contained pneumatic system is associated with the frame portion and is actuable to eject the surgical fasteners from the cartridge assembly. A first mechanism is provided for effectuating the rotation of the fastener applying assembly about an axis defined by the body portion, a second mechanism is provided for effectuating the articulation of the fastener applying assembly, and a third mechanism is provided for independently rotating the cartridge housing and anvil member relative to a longitudinal axis defined by the base position to increase the range of operability of the apparatus.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATIONNORWALK, CT843

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Green, David T Fairfield, CT 271 35803
Heaton, Lisa W Shelton, CT 45 7754
McClure, Richard C Monroe, CT 16 3505
Milliman, Keith L Bethel, CT 179 12471
Palmer, Mitchell J New Milford, CT 41 8395
Savage, Robert C Stratford, CT 16 4242

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J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
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JOSEPH W. BLAKE, III (1)
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STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
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AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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ACTIVE PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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RadioMed Corporation (1)
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ETHICON, INC. (4)
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BAXTER TRAVONOL LABORATORIES (1)
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United States Surgical Corporation (21)
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* 4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 400 1980
* 4,349,028 Surgical stapling apparatus having self-contained pneumatic system for completing manually initiated motion sequence 231 1980
* 4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 352 1981
* 4,573,468 Hollow body organ stapling instrument and disposable cartridge employing relief vents 270 1981
* 4,520,817 Surgical instruments 441 1982
* 4,429,695 Surgical instruments 568 1982
* 4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 483 1984
* 4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 464 1984
* 4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 350 1984
* 4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 290 1984
* 4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 548 1985
* 4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 313 1985
* 4,714,187 Reloading unit for surgical fastening instruments 105 1986
* 4,754,909 Flexible stapler 419 1987
* 4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 251 1987
* 4,821,942 Driver for surgical microstapler 93 1988
* 4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 292 1989
* 4,978,049 Three staple drive member 439 1989
* 5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 677 1989
* 5,071,430 Surgical instrument 423 1989
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
* 8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 3 2011
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LLC (2)
7,553,275 Medical device with articulating shaft 13 2005
7,670,284 Medical device with articulating shaft 6 2007
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 390 1996
* 5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 469 1996
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8,986,333 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 2012
 
INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC. (11)
6,726,705 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 66 2002
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 194 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 (13)
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 339 2004
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 371 2005
RE40514 Surgical stapler 24 2005
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 288 2006
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 315 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 226 2006
7,308,998 Surgical stapler 155 2007
7,891,532 Surgical stapler 28 2008
7,891,533 Surgical stapling apparatus 10 2008
7,861,907 Surgical stapling apparatus 12 2008
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 35 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 24 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 22 2012
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 518 1998
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 10 2007
 
Cardica, Inc. (19)
7,285,131 System for performing anastomosis 7 2002
7,063,712 Anastomosis method 136 2002
6,994,714 Anastomosis system 39 2002
7,766,924 System for performing anastomosis 12 2003
7,300,444 Surgical system and method for connecting hollow tissue structures 49 2003
7,371,243 Surgical apparatus and method for anastomosis 4 2003
7,850,703 System for performing anastomosis 10 2004
7,217,285 Apparatus for performing anastomosis 61 2004
7,699,859 Method of performing anastomosis 80 2004
7,303,570 Anastomosis tool having a connector holder 2 2004
7,682,368 Anastomosis tool actuated with stored energy 18 2005
8,915,934 Anastomosis system with anvil entry hole sealer 0 2007
8,167,898 Flexible cutter for surgical stapler 2 2009
8,475,474 Anastomosis method utilizing tool with fluid-driven actuator 2 2009
7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 24 2010
8,272,551 Method of utilizing a driverless surgical stapler 2 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
 
FEMCARE LIMITED (1)
8,100,926 Surgical clip 0 2000
 
COVIDIEN LP (96)
* 5,820,009 Articulated surgical instrument with improved jaw closure mechanism 424 1996
* 5,797,537 Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism 562 1996
* 5,725,536 Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism 482 1996
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 138 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 25 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 109 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 187 2003
D509589 Handle for surgical instrument 78 2003
D509297 Surgical instrument 209 2003
* 8,770,459 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2004
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 90 2005
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 25 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 27 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 9 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 11 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 214 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 35 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 237 2007
7,703,653 Articulation mechanism for surgical instrument 35 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 21 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 99 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 19 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 3 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 78 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 13 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 18 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 143 2008
* 7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 25 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 17 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 83 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 11 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 13 2008
8,181,837 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 3 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 3 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 6 2009
8,931,683 Surgical stapling device 0 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 6 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 5 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 10 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 34 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 1 2010
8,205,619 Method of preventing articulation in a surgical instrument 3 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 61 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 3 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 1 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 4 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 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 14 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 9 2010
8,746,534 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,039 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,752,748 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
* 2011/0132,961 SURGICAL DEVICE HAVING A ROTATABLE JAW PORTION 9 2011
* 7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 16 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 9 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 2 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
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,480,703 Surgical device 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 23 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,424,739 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 15 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 14 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 4 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 14 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,727,200 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 4 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 21 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 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
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 1 2013
8,740,035 Surgical stapler 1 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
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
* 5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 439 1996
D416089 Endoscopic linear stapling and dividing surgical instrument 164 1996
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
8,652,149 Vascular hole closure 0 2002
 
DVL ACQUISITION SUB, INC. (4)
7,131,980 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 49 2002
7,011,668 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 15 2002
7,037,315 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 32 2002
7,131,978 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 63 2003
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (102)
* 5,632,432 Surgical instrument 447 1994
* 5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 427 1995
* 5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 381 1996
* 5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 431 1996
* 6,051,010 Methods and devices for joining transmission components 73 1996
* 6,063,098 Articulable ultrasonic surgical apparatus 194 1998
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 298 2000
7,485,124 Surgical instrument having a fastener delivery mechanism 27 2001
7,670,334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 189 2006
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 6 2006
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 50 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 139 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 180 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 142 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 152 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 199 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 175 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 268 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 221 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 229 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 236 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 1 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 22 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 217 2006
7,740,159 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 141 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 236 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 253 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 223 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 22 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 32 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 33 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 37 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 5 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 25 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 24 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 36 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 129 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 158 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 181 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 218 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 18 2007
7,905,893 Method for delivering a plurality of fasteners 1 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 6 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 7 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 10 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 14 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 33 2008
* 7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 113 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 63 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 13 2008
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 31 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 54 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 31 2009
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 23 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 5 2010
8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 10 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 1 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 58 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 30 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 5 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 65 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 72 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 74 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 23 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 83 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 24 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 14 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 17 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 1 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 3 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 78 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 2 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 2 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 1 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 2 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 2 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 16 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 18 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 23 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 23 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 35 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 2 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 6 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 31 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 13 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 23 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 2 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 2 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 2 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (7)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 443 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 404 2002
8,043,328 Medical instrument 16 2004
* 7,503,474 Medical instrument 90 2004
7,922,742 Medical instrument 10 2008
8,308,757 Hydraulically actuated robotic medical instrument 1 2011
8,647,363 Robotically controlled hydraulic end effector system 0 2012
 
INTERVENTIONAL THERAPIES, LLC (1)
8,758,370 Suture loading assembly 0 2003
 
ETHICON, INC. (2)
* 5,607,095 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 327 1995
* 5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 354 1995
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (2)
6,171,316 Endoscopic surgical instrument for rotational manipulation 225 1997
6,663,641 Endoscopic surgical instrument for rotational manipulation 201 2000
 
SENKO MEDICAL INSTRUMENT MFG. CO., LTD. (2)
* 8,523,041 Clamp member, clamp and anastomotic apparatus 0 2009
* 2011/0257,679 Clamp Member, Clamp and Anastomotic Apparatus 10 2009
 
ATRICURE, INC. (1)
* 8,876,820 Surgical clamp 0 2010
 
United States Surgical Corporation (15)
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 377 1995
* 5,941,442 Surgical stapler 291 1995
* 5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 318 1995
* 5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 312 1995
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 349 1998
* 6,202,914 Surgical stapler 430 1999
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 248 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 374 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 322 2001
7,087,071 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 144 2001
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 347 2003
* 6,817,509 Surgical stapler 254 2003
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 233 2005
7,464,848 Surgical stapling apparatus 26 2007
7,543,731 Surgical stapling apparatus 22 2008
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (1)
7,699,203 Variable angle surgical staple inserter 2 2006
* Cited By Examiner