US Patent No: 5,716,366

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Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument

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A hemostatic surgical instrument is provided for coagulation, cauterization and/or welding of tissue especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between interfacing surfaces of first and second elements. A preferred application of the invention is in a cutting instrument wherein a hemostatic line is formed along a cut line using therapeutic heat energy. Surgical fasteners, for example, staples may be also included in the instrument.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1736

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Yates, David C West Chester, OH 148 16400

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
HEMOSTATIC SURGERY CORPORATION (1)
* 4,848,337 Abherent surgical instrument and method 84 1986
 
PLS LIQUIDATING LLC (1)
* 5,336,221 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue using a clamp 297 1992
 
Medical Scientific, Inc. (2)
* 5,207,691 Electrosurgical clip applicator 332 1991
* 5,417,687 Bipolar electrosurgical trocar 408 1993
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
* 5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 488 1993
 
ETHICON, INC. (1)
* 5,306,280 Endoscopic suture clip applying device with heater 191 1992
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
* 5,122,137 Temperature controlled RF coagulation 601 1990
 
OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH (1)
* 4,655,216 Combination instrument for laparoscopical tube sterilization 344 1985
 
MICROSURGE, INC. (1)
* 5,147,356 Surgical instrument 88 1991
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
* 5,389,098 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 581 1993
 
PROCLOSURE, LLC (1)
* 5,364,389 Method and apparatus for sealing and/or grasping luminal tissue 153 1992
 
CABOT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
* 5,458,598 Cutting and coagulating forceps 351 1993
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Vascular Insights LLC (2)
7,967,834 Vascular treatment device 2 2007
8,696,645 Vascular treatment devices and methods 0 2011
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (1)
7,270,660 Apparatus and method for sealing and cutting tissue 149 2005
 
JUST RIGHT SURGICAL, LLC (1)
9,039,694 RF generator system for surgical vessel sealing 0 2011
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (12)
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
8,430,876 Vessel sealer and divider with knife lockout 13 2009
8,011,553 Surgical stapler 45 2010
8,056,788 Surgical stapler 33 2011
8,272,553 Surgical stapler 31 2012
 
ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH (2)
6,174,309 Seal & cut electrosurgical instrument 504 1999
D668337 Electro-surgical clamp and cutting device 6 2011
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (22)
7,435,249 Electrosurgical instruments which reduces collateral damage to adjacent tissue 108 2001
7,160,298 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces effects to adjacent tissue structures 162 2001
7,135,020 Electrosurgical instrument reducing flashover 153 2001
7,118,587 Vessel sealer and divider 238 2001
7,101,372 Vessel sealer and divider 256 2001
7,101,373 Vessel sealer and divider 239 2001
7,090,673 Vessel sealer and divider 353 2002
7,150,097 Method of manufacturing jaw assembly for vessel sealer and divider 212 2003
7,033,354 Electrosurgical electrode having a non-conductive porous ceramic coating 156 2003
7,241,296 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 166 2003
D541938 Open vessel sealer with mechanical cutter 337 2004
7,384,420 Vessel sealer and divider 119 2004
D533942 Open vessel sealer with mechanical cutter 337 2004
7,195,631 Forceps with spring loaded end effector assembly 206 2004
D541418 Lung sealing device 365 2004
D535027 Low profile vessel sealing and cutting mechanism 357 2004
D531311 Pistol grip style elongated dissecting and dividing instrument 363 2004
D525361 Hemostat style elongated dissecting and dividing instrument 335 2004
D564662 Hourglass-shaped knife for electrosurgical forceps 324 2004
7,384,421 Slide-activated cutting assembly 109 2005
7,223,265 Electrosurgical electrode having a non-conductive porous ceramic coating 156 2006
7,458,972 Electrosurgical electrode having a non-conductive porous ceramic coating 108 2007
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
8,033,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 12 2007
 
Cardica, Inc. (2)
7,875,029 Surgical device switchable between clip application and coagulation modes 3 2009
8,701,960 Surgical stapler with reduced clamp gap for insertion 0 2009
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
7,909,819 Monopolar electrosurgical return electrode 6 2006
8,048,068 Monopolar electrosurgical return electrode 0 2011
 
Coviden IP (1)
D680220 Slider handle for laparoscopic device 2 2012
 
ZIMMER CFP USA HOLDING CO. (1)
6,423,059 Radio frequency ablation apparatus with remotely articulating and self-locking electrode wand 52 1999
 
COVIDIEN LP (213)
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 341 2000
8,281,973 Surgical stapling device 23 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 303 2002
7,334,717 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 166 2003
7,517,356 Surgical stapler and method 122 2003
7,431,730 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 229 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 324 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 315 2003
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
* 7,559,449 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 26 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 420 2004
7,296,722 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 35 2004
8,770,459 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 0 2004
7,455,682 Structure containing wound treatment material 115 2005
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 106 2005
7,744,628 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 41 2005
7,608,073 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 4 2005
7,326,232 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 17 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 238 2006
7,461,767 Battery powered surgical instrument 189 2006
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
7,951,149 Ablative material for use with tissue treatment device 29 2006
7,766,910 Vessel sealer and divider for large tissue structures 73 2006
7,740,160 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 13 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 231 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 203 2007
D649249 End effectors of an elongated dissecting and dividing instrument 56 2007
D575395 Hemostat style elongated dissecting and dividing instrument 229 2007
7,559,453 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 24 2007
7,571,845 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 24 2007
8,267,935 Electrosurgical instrument reducing current densities at an insulator conductor junction 1 2007
8,066,166 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 6 2007
8,800,837 Powered surgical instrument 0 2007
7,950,560 Powered surgical instrument 156 2007
7,823,760 Powered surgical stapling device platform 20 2007
7,931,660 Powered tacker instrument 23 2007
8,070,746 Radiofrequency fusion of cardiac tissue 11 2007
D575401 Vessel sealer 241 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 45 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 255 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 23 2007
7,543,729 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 25 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,942,300 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 11 2008
9,039,736 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 0 2008
7,934,628 Surgical stapling device 13 2008
7,757,925 Battery powered surgical instrument 19 2008
7,631,794 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 33 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 117 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 22 2008
7,635,073 Surgical stapler and method 47 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
8,336,752 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 0 2008
8,469,956 Variable resistor jaw 4 2008
7,870,989 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 129 2008
8,257,387 Method of transferring pressure in an articulating surgical instrument 19 2008
8,162,973 Method of transferring pressure in an articulating surgical instrument 21 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 27 2008
8,795,274 Tissue fusion jaw angle improvement 0 2008
8,784,417 Tissue fusion jaw angle improvement 0 2008
8,317,787 Tissue fusion jaw angle improvement 7 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 160 2008
8,241,282 Vessel sealing cutting assemblies 11 2008
7,648,055 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 37 2008
8,221,416 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps with thermoplastic clevis 8 2008
8,303,582 Electrosurgical instrument having a coated electrode utilizing an atomic layer deposition technique 6 2008
8,241,283 Dual durometer insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 6 2008
8,734,443 Vessel sealer and divider for large tissue structures 0 2008
7,877,852 Method of manufacturing an end effector assembly for sealing tissue 18 2008
7,877,853 Method of manufacturing end effector assembly for sealing tissue 21 2008
9,023,043 Insulating mechanically-interfaced boot and jaws for electrosurgical forceps 0 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
8,267,936 Insulating mechanically-interfaced adhesive for electrosurgical forceps 2 2008
8,251,996 Insulating sheath for electrosurgical forceps 5 2008
8,235,992 Insulating boot with mechanical reinforcement for electrosurgical forceps 6 2008
8,236,025 Silicone insulated electrosurgical forceps 6 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 26 2008
8,235,993 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps with exohinged structure 8 2008
8,968,314 Apparatus, system and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 0 2008
8,535,312 Apparatus, system and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 5 2008
8,142,473 Method of transferring rotational motion in an articulating surgical instrument 33 2008
8,469,957 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 4 2008
7,909,221 Battery powered surgical instrument 158 2008
8,636,761 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an endoscopic electrosurgical procedure 2 2008
8,016,827 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 34 2008
7,922,063 Powered surgical instrument 164 2008
8,486,107 Method of sealing tissue using radiofrequency energy 5 2008
7,699,204 Structure containing wound treatment material 180 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 13 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 16 2008
8,197,479 Vessel sealer and divider 27 2008
7,699,205 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 16 2009
8,764,748 End effector assembly for electrosurgical device and method for making the same 0 2009
8,216,236 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 4 2009
8,623,276 Method and system for sterilizing an electrosurgical instrument 1 2009
8,192,428 Electrosurgical instrument and method 7 2009
8,298,232 Endoscopic vessel sealer and divider for large tissue structures 26 2009
8,187,273 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 24 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 4 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 14 2009
7,762,445 Electrosurgical 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
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 8 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 12 2009
8,074,861 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 1 2009
8,413,869 Surgical stapler and method 2 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 44 2009
7,845,534 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 135 2009
8,006,887 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 15 2010
8,066,169 Structure containing wound treatment material 8 2010
8,808,288 Surgical forceps including belt blade reverser mechanism 0 2010
8,011,552 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 13 2010
8,490,852 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 1 2010
8,033,440 Surgical stapling device 12 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 75 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,821,514 Powered tack applier 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 4 2010
8,286,850 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 5 2010
8,388,652 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 2 2010
8,091,754 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 4 2010
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 2 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
8,052,024 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 12 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 16 2010
8,132,705 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 9 2010
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 12 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
8,201,721 Powered surgical instrument 74 2011
8,348,125 Battery powered surgical instrument 3 2011
8,328,823 Powered tacker instrument 10 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 11 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 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
8,092,493 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 7 2011
8,292,149 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with controlled beam deflection 2 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 32 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 26 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 23 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 5 2011
8,157,150 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 8 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,322,588 Structure containing wound treatment material 0 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 2 2011
8,425,504 Radiofrequency fusion of cardiac tissue 1 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,240,537 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 4 2011
8,505,801 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 23 2011
8,418,904 Surgical stapling device 2 2012
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,968,360 Surgical instrument with resilient driving member and related methods of use 1 2012
8,898,888 System for manufacturing electrosurgical seal plates 0 2012
8,852,228 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 0 2012
8,505,802 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 6 2012
8,568,444 Method of transferring rotational motion in an articulating surgical instrument 1 2012
9,028,493 In vivo attachable and detachable end effector assembly and laparoscopic surgical instrument and methods therefor 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 2 2012
8,454,602 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 1 2012
9,033,202 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,925,783 Powered surgical instrument 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 6 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 1 2012
8,506,557 Powered surgical instrument 12 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 3 2012
8,529,566 Vessel sealer and divider with knife lockout 1 2012
8,696,667 Dual durometer insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 2 2012
8,523,898 Endoscopic electrosurgical jaws with offset knife 1 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 30 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
8,616,429 Structure containing wound treatment material 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
8,858,554 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 0 2013
8,685,004 Powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,875,970 Structure containing wound treatment material 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
 
WEBROOT SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
8,348,123 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 23 2010
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
7,329,257 Medical treatment instrument 218 2003
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (1)
7,329,255 System for regulating heating in a tissue sealing and cutting device 16 2003
 
VNUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (1)
7,517,349 Electrosurgical instrument and method 48 2005
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (243)
6,773,409 Surgical system for applying ultrasonic energy to tissue 238 2001
* 6,929,644 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 345 2001
6,913,579 Electrosurgical working end and method for obtaining tissue samples for biopsy 138 2002
7,083,619 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 254 2002
6,802,843 Electrosurgical working end with resistive gradient electrodes 330 2002
6,926,716 Electrosurgical instrument 361 2002
* 6,770,072 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 339 2002
7,011,657 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument and method of use 276 2003
* 7,112,201 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 139 2003
* 7,041,102 Electrosurgical working end with replaceable cartridges 347 2003
* 7,311,709 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 213 2003
6,905,497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 245 2003
7,070,597 Electrosurgical working end for controlled energy delivery 266 2003
7,087,054 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 257 2003
7,169,146 Electrosurgical probe and method of use 284 2004
7,189,233 Electrosurgical instrument 129 2004
7,354,440 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 134 2004
7,309,849 Polymer compositions exhibiting a PTC property and methods of fabrication 110 2004
* 7,632,269 Electrosurgical instrument with replaceable cartridge 13 2005
7,955,331 Electrosurgical instrument and method of use 32 2005
* 8,057,508 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation locking mechanism 14 2005
7,186,253 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 114 2005
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
8,075,558 Electrosurgical instrument and method 5 2005
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 170 2005
7,799,039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 159 2005
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
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 47 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
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 13 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
8,220,690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 55 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 206 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 229 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 300 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 239 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
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 127 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 141 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 161 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 164 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 159 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 33 2007
7,381,209 Electrosurgical instrument 115 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 46 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 167 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 222 2007
8,075,555 Surgical sealing surfaces and methods of use 4 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 3 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 80 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 254 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 198 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
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 159 2007
7,604,150 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 245 2007
7,597,229 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 217 2007
7,549,564 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulating end effector 282 2007
8,991,676 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 0 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 13 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 36 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 97 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 175 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 197 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 235 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 302 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 346 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 124 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 264 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 9 2008
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
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 140 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 177 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 210 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 171 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 174 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 175 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 207 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 180 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 226 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 182 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 120 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 136 2008
7,981,113 Electrosurgical instrument 30 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
8,939,974 Surgical instrument comprising first and second drive systems actuatable by a common trigger mechanism 0 2009
8,906,016 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising steam control paths 0 2009
8,747,404 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising non-conductive grasping portions 0 2009
8,574,231 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising a movable electrode or insulator 0 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 65 2009
8,899,466 Devices and methods for introducing a surgical circular stapling instrument into a patient 0 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 18 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 41 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 54 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 51 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 52 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 100 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 69 2009
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 32 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 48 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 13 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 31 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 10 2010
8,696,665 Surgical cutting and sealing instrument with reduced firing force 10 2010
8,834,518 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 0 2010
8,709,035 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with jaws having a parallel closure motion 0 2010
8,623,044 Cable actuated end-effector for a surgical instrument 0 2010
8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 2 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 1 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 41 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 49 2010
8,685,020 Surgical instruments and end effectors therefor 3 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
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 18 2010
8,926,607 Electrosurgical instrument employing multiple positive temperature coefficient electrodes 1 2010
8,888,776 Electrosurgical instrument employing an electrode 1 2010
8,795,276 Electrosurgical instrument employing a plurality of electrodes 1 2010
8,790,342 Electrosurgical instrument employing pressure-variation electrodes 0 2010
9,005,199 Heat management configurations for controlling heat dissipation from electrosurgical instruments 0 2010
8,764,747 Electrosurgical instrument comprising sequentially activated electrodes 0 2010
8,753,338 Electrosurgical instrument employing a thermal management system 0 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 50 2010
8,834,466 Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector 0 2010
* 8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 2 2010
8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 4 2010
* 2012/0012,636 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ELECTRODES 20 2010
9,011,437 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
8,979,843 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
8,979,844 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
8,702,704 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 31 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 9 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 34 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 69 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 64 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 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 3 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 5 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 6 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 8 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 7 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 8 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 8 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 8 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 7 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 8 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 46 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 53 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 75 2010
8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 5 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 40 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 77 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 3 2010
8,715,277 Control of jaw compression in surgical instrument having end effector with opposing jaw members 0 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
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 21 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
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 5 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 6 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 8 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 9 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 8 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
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 70 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 96 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 6 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 9 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
8,460,292 Electrosurgical instrument and method 3 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
* 2012/0197,248 ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND METHOD OF USE 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 16 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
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 9 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
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (2)
* 7,458,969 Therapeutic device for tissue from living body 0 2002
* 7,306,599 Medical instrument and medical instrument system 16 2004
 
COVIDIEN AG (109)
7,582,087 Vessel sealing instrument 33 2001
7,118,570 Vessel sealing forceps with disposable electrodes 177 2001
7,103,947 Molded insulating hinge for bipolar instruments 163 2002
7,083,618 Vessel sealer and divider 264 2002
7,267,677 Vessel sealing instrument 170 2002
7,776,036 Bipolar concentric electrode assembly for soft tissue fusion 23 2003
7,597,693 Vessel sealer and divider for use with small trocars and cannulas 55 2003
7,156,846 Vessel sealer and divider for use with small trocars and cannulas 232 2003
7,799,026 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 50 2003
7,442,193 Electrically conductive/insulative over-shoe for tissue fusion 107 2003
7,179,258 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 164 2004
7,160,299 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 309 2004
* 7,753,909 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 25 2004
* 7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 235 2004
7,491,201 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 169 2004
7,252,667 Open vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism and distal lockout 182 2004
7,887,535 Vessel sealing wave jaw 27 2004
7,276,068 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 169 2004
7,150,749 Vessel sealer and divider having elongated knife stroke and safety cutting mechanism 172 2004
7,811,283 Open vessel sealing instrument with hourglass cutting mechanism and over-ratchet safety 28 2004
D567943 Over-ratchet safety for a vessel sealing instrument 221 2004
7,232,440 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 190 2004
7,367,976 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 156 2004
7,131,970 Open vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism 183 2004
7,510,556 Vessel sealing instrument 105 2004
7,491,202 Electrosurgical forceps with slow closure sealing plates and method of sealing tissue 110 2005
7,377,920 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 106 2005
7,207,990 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 153 2005
7,837,685 Switch mechanisms for safe activation of energy on an electrosurgical instrument 18 2005
7,708,735 Incorporating rapid cooling in tissue fusion heating processes 24 2005
7,628,791 Single action tissue sealer 43 2005
7,540,872 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 162 2005
7,955,332 Mechanism for dividing tissue in a hemostat-style instrument 14 2005
7,628,792 Bilateral foot jaws 57 2005
7,500,975 Spring loaded reciprocating tissue cutting mechanism in a forceps-style electrosurgical instrument 114 2005
7,686,827 Magnetic closure mechanism for hemostat 25 2005
7,594,916 Electrosurgical forceps with energy based tissue division 33 2005
7,329,256 Vessel sealing instrument 185 2005
7,686,804 Vessel sealer and divider with rotating sealer and cutter 28 2006
7,909,823 Open vessel sealing instrument 18 2006
8,882,766 Method and system for controlling delivery of energy to divide tissue 0 2006
7,771,425 Vessel sealer and divider having a variable jaw clamping mechanism 25 2006
7,131,971 Vessel sealer and divider 167 2006
7,641,653 Open vessel sealing forceps disposable handswitch 32 2006
7,846,158 Apparatus and method for electrode thermosurgery 15 2006
7,270,664 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 174 2006
8,128,624 Electrosurgical instrument that directs energy delivery and protects adjacent tissue 27 2006
7,776,037 System and method for controlling electrode gap during tissue sealing 51 2006
7,744,615 Apparatus and method for transecting tissue on a bipolar vessel sealing instrument 56 2006
8,597,297 Vessel sealing instrument with multiple electrode configurations 0 2006
7,255,697 Vessel sealer and divider 168 2006
7,922,953 Method for manufacturing an end effector assembly 19 2006
7,846,161 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 27 2006
7,819,872 Flexible endoscopic catheter with ligasure 19 2006
7,789,878 In-line vessel sealer and divider 28 2006
7,922,718 Open vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism 25 2006
8,647,341 Vessel sealer and divider for use with small trocars and cannulas 0 2006
7,879,035 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 44 2006
7,722,607 In-line vessel sealer and divider 58 2006
7,857,812 Vessel sealer and divider having elongated knife stroke and safety for cutting mechanism 20 2006
7,655,007 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 31 2006
7,935,052 Forceps with spring loaded end effector assembly 20 2007
7,931,649 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 56 2007
8,211,105 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces collateral damage to adjacent tissue 8 2007
7,481,810 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 118 2007
7,445,621 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 133 2007
7,442,194 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 114 2007
7,963,965 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 15 2007
8,540,711 Vessel sealer and divider 0 2007
8,192,433 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 7 2007
7,553,312 Vessel sealing instrument 105 2007
7,513,898 Vessel sealing instrument 117 2008
7,828,798 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 24 2008
8,123,743 Mechanism for dividing tissue in a hemostat-style instrument 9 2008
8,361,071 Vessel sealing forceps with disposable electrodes 1 2008
8,298,228 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces collateral damage to adjacent tissue 1 2008
7,799,028 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 32 2008
8,241,284 Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members 6 2009
8,496,656 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 0 2009
8,382,754 Electrosurgical forceps with slow closure sealing plates and method of sealing tissue 0 2009
8,303,586 Spring loaded reciprocating tissue cutting mechanism in a forceps-style electrosurgical instrument 1 2009
7,896,878 Vessel sealing instrument 19 2009
8,623,017 Open vessel sealing instrument with hourglass cutting mechanism and overratchet safety 2 2009
7,947,041 Vessel sealing instrument 14 2009
7,887,536 Vessel sealing instrument 37 2009
8,277,447 Single action tissue sealer 13 2009
8,740,901 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 0 2010
7,951,150 Vessel sealer and divider with rotating sealer and cutter 26 2010
8,668,689 In-line vessel sealer and divider 0 2010
8,679,114 Incorporating rapid cooling in tissue fusion heating processes 0 2010
8,348,948 Vessel sealing system using capacitive RF dielectric heating 5 2010
8,257,352 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 13 2010
8,945,125 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 0 2010
8,641,713 Flexible endoscopic catheter with ligasure 4 2010
8,034,052 Apparatus and method for electrode thermosurgery 14 2010
8,361,072 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 5 2010
8,394,095 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 1 2011
8,147,489 Open vessel sealing instrument 11 2011
8,197,633 Method for manufacturing an end effector assembly 5 2011
8,551,091 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 0 2011
8,394,096 Open vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism 1 2011
8,366,709 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 2 2011
8,333,765 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 1 2012
8,597,296 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 0 2012
8,591,506 Vessel sealing system 9 2012
RE44834 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 2 2012
8,945,126 Single action tissue sealer 0 2013
8,939,973 Single action tissue sealer 0 2013
8,945,127 Single action tissue sealer 0 2014
 
ETHICON, INC. (1)
7,431,720 Multi-function clamping device with stapler and ablation heads 6 2003
 
Ethcon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (1)
9,044,243 Surgical cutting and fastening device with descendible second trigger arrangement 0 2011
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (5)
8,197,472 Tissue welding and cutting apparatus and method 3 2005
7,918,848 Tissue welding and cutting apparatus and method 68 2005
8,894,638 Tissue welding and cutting apparatus and method 0 2012
8,623,003 Apparatus and method for regulating tissue welder jaws 2 2012
8,961,503 Apparatus and method for regulating tissue welder jaws 0 2014
 
LINA MEDICAL APS (1)
6,679,882 Electrosurgical device for coagulating and for making incisions, a method of severing blood vessels and a method of coagulating and for making incisions in or severing tissue 283 2000
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (3)
7,211,081 Electrosurgical generator 153 2003
7,195,627 Electrosurgical generator 152 2005
7,717,910 Electrosurgical generator 2 2007
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