US Patent No: 7,140,527

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Surgical fastener applying apparatus

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An improved surgical fastener applying apparatus includes a cartridge half-section and an anvil half-section with the cartridge and anvil half-sections being relatively movable from an unclamped position to a fully clamped position. The apparatus includes a replaceable staple cartridge assembly having a plurality of surgical staples and a pivotably mounted safety lock-out. The safety lock-out is pivotable between an initial position in which a relative movement of the cartridge and anvil half-sections to the fully clamped position is permitted and a blocking position in which a relative movement of the cartridge and anvil half-sections to return them to their fully clamped position after the plurality of staples have been at least partially fired is prevented. The apparatus further includes a pivotably mounted firing lever for moving a pair of camming surfaces longitudinally. In addition, each of the presently disclosed cartridge and anvil half-sections of the fastener applying apparatus includes a clamping lever, which clamping levers are configured and adapted to enable the applying apparatus to be opened by either one of the cartridge half-section and the anvil half-section.

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COVIDIEN LPMANSFIELD, MA3670

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ehrenfels, Karl H Cheshire, CT 18 2181
Ivanko, David Fairfield, CT 30 2229
Lehn, Randolph F Stratford, CT 39 5883
Pedros, Roberto Seymour, CT 30 2311
Rethy, Csaba L Fairfield, CT 30 2245
Viola, Frank J Sandy Hook, CT 269 22494

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,991,764 Surgical stapling instrument 217 1989
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 368 1990
5,074,454 Surgical stapler 306 1990
5,180,092 Linear surgical stapling instrument 132 1992
5,188,274 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 80 1992
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
4,633,874 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw latching mechanism and disposable staple cartridge 504 1985
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (1)
5,395,034 Linear surgical stapling instrument 205 1992
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 553 1998
 
GE SURGICAL, LLC (1)
5,915,615 Tissue fastening device 17 1996
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
* 7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 264 2001
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 479 1994
 
CONMED Corporation (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 470 1996
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 200 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 302 1996
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (17)
4,805,823 Pocket configuration for internal organ staplers 288 1988
5,364,003 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 250 1993
5,415,334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 415 1993
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 306 1994
5,417,361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 364 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 484 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 209 1994
5,697,542 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 198 1995
5,562,241 Surgical stapler instrument 449 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 313 1996
5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 447 1996
5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 458 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 509 1996
5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 337 1997
5,769,303 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 152 1997
5,779,132 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 385 1997
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 258 1997
 
ETHICON, INC. (16)
4,589,582 Cartridge and driver assembly for a surgical stapling instrument 117 1984
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 385 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 426 1984
4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 339 1984
4,741,336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 342 1986
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 341 1988
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 477 1988
D322143 Combined linear surgical stapler and cutter 54 1989
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 537 1990
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 606 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 368 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 233 1992
5,263,629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 407 1992
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 354 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 485 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 270 1994
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIK, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,397,311 Surgical instrument for staple suturing of hollow organs 80 1980
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI (1)
4,596,351 Surgical stapling apparatus 71 1984
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (20)
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 313 1989
5,071,052 Surgical fastening apparatus with activation lockout 223 1990
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 298 1990
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 208 1991
5,141,144 Stapler and firing device 313 1991
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 245 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 195 1994
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 295 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 228 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 407 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 233 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 314 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 315 1995
5,810,240 Surgical fastener applying device 51 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 241 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 245 1996
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 382 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 473 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 576 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 375 1998
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 293 2006
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (248)
* 7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 379 2003
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 177 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 268 2005
7,673,783 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 178 2005
7,607,557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 187 2005
* 7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 312 2005
7,799,039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 165 2005
7,673,780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 181 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 263 2005
7,670,334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 229 2006
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 21 2006
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 68 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 176 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 219 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 169 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 178 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 230 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 204 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 310 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 252 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 268 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 277 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 1 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 38 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 250 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 53 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 166 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 265 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 291 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 251 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 18 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 36 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 48 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 48 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 53 2006
8,220,690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 60 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 213 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 237 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 309 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 246 2006
7,641,093 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 156 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 18 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 40 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 133 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 147 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 170 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 170 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 167 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 13 2007
8,701,958 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 17 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 38 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 342 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 52 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 173 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 7 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 86 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 260 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 206 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 151 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 143 2007
7,905,380 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 160 2007
7,832,408 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 198 2007
7,819,299 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 176 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 183 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 208 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 251 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 166 2007
7,604,150 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 252 2007
7,597,229 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 224 2007
7,549,564 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulating end effector 292 2007
8,991,676 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 0 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 18 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 42 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 103 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 181 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 204 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 241 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 310 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 353 2007
D605762 Surgical stapler cartridge 0 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 130 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 271 2008
* 7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 184 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 14 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 22 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 20 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 23 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 28 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 53 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 146 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 183 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 218 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 177 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 180 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 181 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 213 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 186 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 236 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 188 2008
8,608,044 Feedback and lockout mechanism for surgical instrument 25 2008
* 8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 75 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 126 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 140 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 142 2008
7,922,061 Surgical instrument with automatically reconfigurable articulating end effector 154 2008
* 8,007,513 Partially reusable surgical stapler 11 2008
8,083,120 End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 88 2008
7,837,080 Surgical stapling instrument with device for indicating when the instrument has cut through tissue 185 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 139 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 156 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 173 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 204 2008
9,050,083 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 75 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 81 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 26 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 109 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 37 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 44 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 46 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 71 2009
8,899,466 Devices and methods for introducing a surgical circular stapling instrument into a patient 3 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 23 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 46 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 60 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 57 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 58 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 106 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 111 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 10 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 73 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 75 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 24 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 37 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 66 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 55 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 18 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 36 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 14 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 46 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 55 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 23 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 12 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 23 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 56 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 36 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 39 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 42 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 14 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 39 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 75 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 1 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 15 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 1 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 5 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 7 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 8 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 10 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 13 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 12 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 13 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 13 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 13 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 12 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 13 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 52 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 59 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 81 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 17 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 45 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 83 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 7 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 18 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 82 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 90 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 91 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 36 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 101 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 37 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 4 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 26 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 6 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 6 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 26 2011
* 2011/0155,787 STAPLE CARTRIDGE 179 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 5 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 14 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 30 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 1 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 8 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 10 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 13 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 14 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 13 2011
9,072,535 Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements 0 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 3 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 11 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 14 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 97 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 76 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 102 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 10 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 14 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 7 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 13 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 14 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 12 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 14 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 16 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 13 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 36 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 39 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 44 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 44 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 57 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 14 2012
9,078,653 Surgical stapling device with lockout system for preventing actuation in the absence of an installed staple cartridge 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 21 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 47 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 26 2012
9,072,536 Differential locking arrangements for rotary powered surgical instruments 0 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 14 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 39 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 5 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 14 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 21 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 7 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 16 2013
9,084,601 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 5 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 1 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
9,072,515 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
 
CARDICA, INC. (42)
7,988,026 Endocutter with staple feed 52 2007
7,954,683 Feeder belt with integrated surgical staples 21 2007
8,403,956 Multiple-use surgical stapler 4 2008
8,317,071 Endocutter with auto-feed buttress 18 2009
8,070,036 True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes 21 2009
7,918,376 Articulated surgical instrument 91 2009
9,038,881 Feeder belt actuation mechanism for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2009
8,985,427 Feeder belt with internally manufactured staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2009
8,469,253 Surgical staples attached to resorbable holder 1 2009
9,004,339 Cartridgizable feeder belt for surgical stapler 0 2009
8,096,457 Articulation mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 2009
8,056,789 Staple and feeder belt configurations for surgical stapler 4 2009
8,701,960 Surgical stapler with reduced clamp gap for insertion 0 2009
8,087,562 Anvil for surgical instrument 0 2009
8,365,971 True multi-fire linear cutter 5 2009
8,631,992 Feeder belt with padded staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 1 2009
8,261,958 Stapler cartridge with staples frangibly affixed thereto 3 2010
8,356,740 Controlling compression applied to tissue by surgical tool 2 2010
8,397,973 Wide handle for true multi-fire surgical stapler 2 2010
8,317,072 Feeder belt for true multi-fire surgical stapler 3 2010
8,365,975 Cam-controlled knife for surgical instrument 1 2010
8,225,980 True multi-fire surgical stapler with buttress strip 0 2010
7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 41 2010
8,662,369 Barbed surgical staple 1 2010
8,240,538 True multi-fire surgical stapler with two-sided staple deployment 3 2010
8,439,246 Surgical stapler with cartridge-adjustable clamp gap 19 2010
8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011
8,636,189 Active wedge for surgical stapler 1 2011
8,365,973 D-shaped surgical staples 56 2011
9,038,880 Articulated surgical instrument 0 2011
8,631,990 Staple trap for surgical stapler 1 2011
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
8,496,155 Surgical stapler with angled feeder belts 0 2011
9,084,600 Anvil-side staple trap 0 2012
8,556,153 Stapler cartridge with staples frangibly affixed thereto 1 2012
8,926,658 Endocutter with auto-feed buttress 0 2012
8,505,800 Feeder belt for true multi-fire surgical stapler 1 2012
8,844,788 True multi-fire linear cutter 0 2013
8,998,951 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (45)
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 37 2007
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 164 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 15 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 96 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 16 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 39 2008
7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 165 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 30 2008
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 5 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 19 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 12 2009
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 79 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 4 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,387,848 Surgical staple 0 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 3 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,746,534 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,039 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,397,972 Shipping wedge with lockout 4 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 11 2011
8,205,620 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 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
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 6 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 2 2012
8,701,962 Shipping wedge with lockout 1 2013
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 1 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 2013
8,967,445 Shipping wedge with lockout 0 2014
8,905,288 Surgical stapler 0 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
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