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, CT833

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Green, David T Fairfield, CT 271 37802
Heaton, Lisa W Shelton, CT 45 8203
McClure, Richard C Monroe, CT 16 3726
Milliman, Keith L Bethel, CT 181 13434
Palmer, Mitchell J New Milford, CT 41 8899
Savage, Robert C Stratford, CT 16 4517

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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 418 1980
* 4,349,028 Surgical stapling apparatus having self-contained pneumatic system for completing manually initiated motion sequence 245 1980
* 4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 369 1981
* 4,573,468 Hollow body organ stapling instrument and disposable cartridge employing relief vents 289 1981
* 4,520,817 Surgical instruments 460 1982
* 4,429,695 Surgical instruments 595 1982
* 4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 509 1984
* 4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 481 1984
* 4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 367 1984
* 4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 305 1984
* 4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 573 1985
* 4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 328 1985
* 4,714,187 Reloading unit for surgical fastening instruments 107 1986
* 4,754,909 Flexible stapler 440 1987
* 4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 268 1987
* 4,821,942 Driver for surgical microstapler 94 1988
* 4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 308 1989
* 4,978,049 Three staple drive member 460 1989
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MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
* 8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 4 2011
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LLC (2)
7,553,275 Medical device with articulating shaft 15 2005
7,670,284 Medical device with articulating shaft 7 2007
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 417 1996
* 5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 499 1996
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9,066,747 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 0 2013
 
INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC. (11)
6,726,705 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 70 2002
7,686,200 Mechanical method and apparatus for bilateral tissue fastening 3 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 213 2003
D532107 Tissue fastening instrument 50 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 360 2004
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 393 2005
RE40514 Surgical stapler 32 2005
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 309 2006
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 345 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 244 2006
7,308,998 Surgical stapler 174 2007
7,891,532 Surgical stapler 38 2008
7,891,533 Surgical stapling apparatus 13 2008
7,861,907 Surgical stapling apparatus 14 2008
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 45 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 33 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 31 2012
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 12 2007
 
Cardica, Inc. (19)
7,285,131 System for performing anastomosis 7 2002
7,063,712 Anastomosis method 152 2002
6,994,714 Anastomosis system 43 2002
7,766,924 System for performing anastomosis 14 2003
7,300,444 Surgical system and method for connecting hollow tissue structures 52 2003
7,371,243 Surgical apparatus and method for anastomosis 4 2003
7,850,703 System for performing anastomosis 12 2004
7,217,285 Apparatus for performing anastomosis 73 2004
7,699,859 Method of performing anastomosis 96 2004
7,303,570 Anastomosis tool having a connector holder 2 2004
7,682,368 Anastomosis tool actuated with stored energy 21 2005
8,915,934 Anastomosis system with anvil entry hole sealer 0 2007
8,167,898 Flexible cutter for surgical stapler 9 2009
8,475,474 Anastomosis method utilizing tool with fluid-driven actuator 10 2009
7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 35 2010
8,272,551 Method of utilizing a driverless surgical stapler 3 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
 
FEMCARE LIMITED (1)
8,100,926 Surgical clip 2 2000
 
COVIDIEN LP (101)
* 5,820,009 Articulated surgical instrument with improved jaw closure mechanism 451 1996
* 5,797,537 Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism 586 1996
* 5,725,536 Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism 508 1996
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 160 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 28 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 126 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 211 2003
D509589 Handle for surgical instrument 86 2003
D509297 Surgical instrument 227 2003
* 8,770,459 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2004
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 106 2005
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 7 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 36 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 30 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 11 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 13 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 231 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 45 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 255 2007
7,703,653 Articulation mechanism for surgical instrument 45 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 23 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 117 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 22 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 10 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 91 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 16 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 27 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 160 2008
* 7,918,230 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 33 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 26 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 100 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 13 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 16 2008
8,181,837 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 4 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 4 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 14 2009
8,931,683 Surgical stapling device 0 2009
9,022,271 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 9 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 8 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 12 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 44 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 2 2010
8,205,619 Method of preventing articulation in a surgical instrument 4 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 75 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 4 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 5 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,061,577 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 6 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 5 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 22 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 16 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 11 2011
* 7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 20 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 11 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 3 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
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,480,703 Surgical device 1 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 32 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 2011
8,424,739 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 26 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 23 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 5 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 2 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 23 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
9,033,202 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 6 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 1 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 30 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 2 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
8,573,460 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 1 2013
8,887,979 Surgical stapler 0 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,004,340 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
* 5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 465 1996
D416089 Endoscopic linear stapling and dividing surgical instrument 188 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 53 2002
7,011,668 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 15 2002
7,037,315 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 36 2002
7,131,978 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 69 2003
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (115)
* 5,632,432 Surgical instrument 475 1994
* 5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 450 1995
* 5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 406 1996
* 5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 453 1996
* 6,051,010 Methods and devices for joining transmission components 89 1996
* 6,063,098 Articulable ultrasonic surgical apparatus 224 1998
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 319 2000
7,485,124 Surgical instrument having a fastener delivery mechanism 30 2001
7,670,334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 221 2006
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 16 2006
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 62 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 168 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 209 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 163 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 172 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 223 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 198 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 302 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 245 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 260 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 269 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 1 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 33 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 244 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 160 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 259 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 283 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 245 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 31 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 43 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 43 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 47 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 13 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 35 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 33 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 46 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 145 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 177 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 202 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 245 2007
8,991,676 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 0 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 36 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 17 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 15 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 18 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 23 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 48 2008
* 7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 134 2008
9,050,083 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 75 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 21 2008
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 41 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 65 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 41 2009
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 32 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 13 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 18 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 8 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 69 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 40 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 77 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 13 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 76 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 84 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 85 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 31 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 95 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 32 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 2 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 2 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 22 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 25 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 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 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 7 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 9 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 91 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 2 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 7 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 9 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 7 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 8 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 10 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 8 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 29 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 32 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 37 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 36 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 50 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 9 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 16 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 42 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 21 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 33 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 9 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 1 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 9 2012
8,986,333 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 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 16 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 3 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 11 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 1 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (7)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 472 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 431 2002
8,043,328 Medical instrument 24 2004
* 7,503,474 Medical instrument 106 2004
7,922,742 Medical instrument 11 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 348 1995
* 5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 376 1995
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (2)
6,171,316 Endoscopic surgical instrument for rotational manipulation 241 1997
6,663,641 Endoscopic surgical instrument for rotational manipulation 219 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 12 2009
 
ATRICURE, INC. (2)
* 8,876,820 Surgical clamp 0 2010
* 2010/0185,232 SURGICAL CLAMP 12 2010
 
United States Surgical Corporation (15)
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 400 1995
* 5,941,442 Surgical stapler 310 1995
* 5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 340 1995
* 5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 332 1995
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 371 1998
* 6,202,914 Surgical stapler 452 1999
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 266 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 397 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 343 2001
7,087,071 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 161 2001
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 369 2003
* 6,817,509 Surgical stapler 272 2003
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 253 2005
7,464,848 Surgical stapling apparatus 28 2007
7,543,731 Surgical stapling apparatus 24 2008
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (1)
7,699,203 Variable angle surgical staple inserter 2 2006
* Cited By Examiner