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, MA2970

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ehrenfels, Karl H Cheshire, CT 31 1663
Ivanko, David San Diego, CA 52 1674
Lehn, Randolph F Stratford, NY 60 4727
Pedros, Roberto Seymour, CT 43 1768
Rethy, Csaba L Fairfield, CT 42 1702
Viola, Frank J Sandy Hook, CT 431 18280

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
United States Surgical Corporation (20)
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 269 1989
5,071,052 Surgical fastening apparatus with activation lockout 184 1990
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 250 1990
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 168 1991
5,141,144 Stapler and firing device 249 1991
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 203 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 158 1994
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 238 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 182 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 328 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 186 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 246 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 248 1995
5,810,240 Surgical fastener applying device 48 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 195 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 197 1996
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 313 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 392 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 477 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 301 1998
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (17)
4,805,823 Pocket configuration for internal organ staplers 222 1988
5,364,003 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 201 1993
5,415,334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 332 1993
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 259 1994
5,417,361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 292 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 395 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 174 1994
5,697,542 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 176 1995
5,562,241 Surgical stapler instrument 372 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 262 1996
5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 368 1996
5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 379 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 422 1996
5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 265 1997
5,769,303 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 136 1997
5,779,132 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 313 1997
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 211 1997
 
ETHICON, INC. (16)
4,589,582 Cartridge and driver assembly for a surgical stapling instrument 108 1984
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 330 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 370 1984
4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 309 1984
4,741,336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 289 1986
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 274 1988
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 419 1988
D322143 Combined linear surgical stapler and cutter 50 1989
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 451 1990
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 509 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 313 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 189 1992
5,263,629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 327 1992
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 295 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 408 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 221 1994
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 163 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 238 1996
 
CONMED CORPORATION (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 388 1996
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 209 2001
 
GE SURGICAL, LLC (1)
5,915,615 Tissue fastening device 16 1996
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
4,633,874 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw latching mechanism and disposable staple cartridge 449 1985
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 459 1998
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (1)
5,395,034 Linear surgical stapling instrument 171 1992
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,991,764 Surgical stapling instrument 195 1989
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 398 1994
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIK, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,397,311 Surgical instrument for staple suturing of hollow organs 61 1980
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI (1)
4,596,351 Surgical stapling apparatus 62 1984
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
4,244,372 Surgical instrument for suturing organs 175 1979
5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 309 1990
5,074,454 Surgical stapler 244 1990
5,180,092 Linear surgical stapling instrument 116 1992
5,188,274 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 71 1992

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (189)
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 271 2003
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 104 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 184 2005
7,673,783 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 103 2005
7,607,557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 109 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 222 2005
7,799,039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 91 2005
7,673,780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 104 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 187 2005
7,670,334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 129 2006
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 0 2006
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 27 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 87 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 120 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 91 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 101 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 141 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 121 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 197 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 168 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 172 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 182 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 0 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 6 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 169 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 18 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 94 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 180 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 189 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 170 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 0 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 8 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 14 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 15 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 18 2006
8,220,690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 24 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 132 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 134 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 201 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 168 2006
7,641,093 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 106 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 9 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 64 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 79 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 90 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 98 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 94 2007
8,701,958 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 0 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 9 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 249 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 18 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 101 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 40 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 184 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 117 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 88 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 73 2007
7,905,380 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 89 2007
7,832,408 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 117 2007
7,819,299 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 103 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 113 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 134 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 156 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 100 2007
7,604,150 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 159 2007
7,597,229 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 144 2007
7,549,564 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulating end effector 190 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 0 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 1 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 51 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 114 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 127 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 154 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 213 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 258 2007
D605762 Surgical stapler cartridge 0 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 68 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 175 2008
7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 113 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 0 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 1 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 0 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 1 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 14 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 81 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 108 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 125 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 102 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 108 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 108 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 126 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 113 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 138 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 112 2008
8,608,044 Feedback and lockout mechanism for surgical instrument 2 2008
8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 18 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 66 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 73 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 76 2008
7,922,061 Surgical instrument with automatically reconfigurable articulating end effector 84 2008
8,007,513 Partially reusable surgical stapler 3 2008
8,083,120 End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 43 2008
7,837,080 Surgical stapling instrument with device for indicating when the instrument has cut through tissue 115 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 76 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 89 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 104 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 120 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 30 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 41 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 2 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 55 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 8 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 9 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 15 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 33 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 0 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 13 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 25 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 23 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 23 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 55 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 60 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 34 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 36 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 1 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 9 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 30 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 20 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 0 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 9 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 14 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 21 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 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 0 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 21 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 9 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 9 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 11 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 9 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 35 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 0 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 0 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 0 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 0 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 0 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 0 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 10 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 11 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 27 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 14 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 45 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 41 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 45 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 48 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 9 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 51 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 9 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 4 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 4 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 5 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 49 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 33 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 53 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 1 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 2 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 5 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 5 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 12 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 12 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 2 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 9 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (34)
7,419,081 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 8 2007
7,568,604 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 108 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 58 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 6 2008
7,721,933 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 9 2008
7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 103 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 7 2008
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 1 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 3 2009
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 36 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,387,848 Surgical staple 0 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 0 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 0 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 1 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 2011
8,205,620 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 2 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 2 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,701,962 Shipping wedge with lockout 0 2013
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 0 2013
 
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7,988,026 Endocutter with staple feed 16 2007
7,954,683 Feeder belt with integrated surgical staples 10 2007
8,403,956 Multiple-use surgical stapler 1 2008
8,317,071 Endocutter with auto-feed buttress 0 2009
8,070,036 True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes 11 2009
7,918,376 Articulated surgical instrument 45 2009
8,469,253 Surgical staples attached to resorbable holder 0 2009
8,096,457 Articulation mechanisms for surgical instrument 3 2009
8,056,789 Staple and feeder belt configurations for surgical stapler 3 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 2 2009
8,631,992 Feeder belt with padded staples for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2009
8,261,958 Stapler cartridge with staples frangibly affixed thereto 2 2010
8,356,740 Controlling compression applied to tissue by surgical tool 0 2010
8,397,973 Wide handle for true multi-fire surgical stapler 1 2010
8,317,072 Feeder belt for true multi-fire surgical stapler 2 2010
8,365,975 Cam-controlled knife for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,225,980 True multi-fire surgical stapler with buttress strip 0 2010
7,963,432 Driverless surgical stapler 9 2010
8,662,369 Barbed surgical staple 0 2010
8,240,538 True multi-fire surgical stapler with two-sided staple deployment 2 2010
8,439,246 Surgical stapler with cartridge-adjustable clamp gap 1 2010
8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011
8,636,189 Active wedge for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,365,973 D-shaped surgical staples 20 2011
8,631,990 Staple trap for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,272,551 Method of utilizing a driverless surgical stapler 1 2011
8,679,155 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 0 2011
8,439,245 True multi-fire endocutter 0 2011
8,496,155 Surgical stapler with angled feeder belts 0 2011
8,556,153 Stapler cartridge with staples frangibly affixed thereto 0 2012
8,505,800 Feeder belt for true multi-fire surgical stapler 0 2012
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 219 2006
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012

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