US Patent No: 7,464,846

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Surgical instrument having a removable battery

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A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument comprises a handle, a battery, a motor, and a lockout system. The handle comprises a primary portion and a grip portion. The grip portion is releasably connected to the primary portion. The battery is within the grip portion. The motor is in electrical communication with the battery. The lockout system is within the handle, and is structured and arranged to block connection of the grip portion to the primary portion after the grip portion is disconnected from the primary portion a predetermined number of times.

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Patent Owner(s)

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1674

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 46 3685
Shelton, IV Frederick E New Vienna, OH 45 11806
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 238 17196
Timperman, Eugene L Cincinnati, OH 106 10289

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SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,503,638 Soft tissue stapling buttress 298 1994
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 355 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 327 1995
 
Desoutter Limited (1)
4,729,260 Two speed gearbox 94 1986
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 182 1996
 
Archimedes Surgical, Inc. (1)
5,558,665 Surgical instrument and method for intraluminal retraction of an anatomic structure 246 1994
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
6,835,199 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 333 2002
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 202 2004
 
YASUMI CAPITAL, LLC (1)
6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 220 1999
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
5,080,556 Thermal seal for a gas turbine spacer disc 117 1990
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (2)
5,527,320 Surgical clip applying instrument 157 1994
6,162,208 Articulating endoscopic implant rotator surgical apparatus and method for using same 196 1998
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 518 1998
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC (1)
6,082,577 Cable tie dispensing apparatus 83 1999
 
GENESIS ORTHOPEDICS (1)
5,591,170 Intramedullary bone cutting saw 228 1994
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (1)
5,873,885 Surgical handpiece 109 1997
 
CONMED CORPORATION (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 439 1996
 
WYETH (1)
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BIODYNAMICS LLC (1)
2006/0142,772 Surgical fasteners and related implant devices having bioabsorbable components 122 2004
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (1)
6,022,352 Bone fixation screw system 240 1998
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
6,309,403 Dexterous articulated linkage for surgical applications 122 1999
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 219 2004
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 303 2004
 
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4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 357 1980
4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 400 1980
4,349,028 Surgical stapling apparatus having self-contained pneumatic system for completing manually initiated motion sequence 231 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 352 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 462 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 236 1981
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 441 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 245 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 263 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 483 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 464 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 350 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 290 1984
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 548 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 332 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 313 1985
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 419 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 269 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 320 1988
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 292 1989
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 439 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 677 1989
5,100,420 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 321 1989
5,116,349 Surgical fastener apparatus 279 1990
5,084,057 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 568 1990
5,031,814 Locking mechanism for surgical fastening apparatus 254 1990
5,253,793 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 256 1991
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 302 1991
5,413,267 Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means 266 1991
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 190 1991
5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 209 1992
5,318,221 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 437 1992
5,485,952 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 376 1992
5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 335 1993
5,391,180 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 133 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 193 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 377 1993
5,383,881 Safety device for use with endoscopic instrumentation 147 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 296 1993
5,478,003 Surgical apparatus 286 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 393 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 460 1993
5,484,095 Apparatus for endoscopically applying staples individually to body tissue 434 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 470 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 273 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 267 1994
5,522,817 Absorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements 245 1994
5,449,365 Surgical clamp apparatus 166 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 281 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 392 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 380 1994
5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 409 1994
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 227 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 179 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 371 1994
5,685,474 Tactile indicator for surgical instrument 266 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 492 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 264 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 325 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 246 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 159 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 171 1994
5,579,978 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 174 1994
5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 181 1995
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 535 1995
5,540,375 Endoscopic stapler 301 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 416 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 402 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 363 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 271 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 386 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 209 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 268 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 377 1995
5,706,998 Surgical stapler with alignment pin locking mechanism 196 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 315 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 192 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 214 1995
5,700,270 Surgical clip applier 308 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 290 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 291 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 380 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 318 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 312 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 403 1995
5,799,857 Circular anastomosis device 462 1996
5,709,334 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 256 1996
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 383 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 371 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 309 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 418 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 429 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 339 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 356 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 222 1996
5,643,291 Surgical clip applicator 149 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 226 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 463 1996
5,782,859 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 268 1996
5,836,960 Endoscopic surgical apparatus with rotation lock 140 1997
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 360 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 196 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 323 1997
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 355 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 471 1997
5,938,667 Surgical clip applier 239 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 409 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 517 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 182 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 440 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 537 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 349 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 349 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 244 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 200 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 430 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 455 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 458 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 248 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 374 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 322 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 376 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 339 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 347 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 254 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 364 2004
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 270 2005
2008/0041,916 Surgical stapling apparatus 114 2007
 
Technalytics, Inc. (2)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 369 1980
5,458,579 Mechanical trocar insertion apparatus 90 1992
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8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
7,607,557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 159 2005
7,673,780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 155 2005
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 5 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 25 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 105 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 122 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 133 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 144 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 135 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 0 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 171 2007
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 2 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 6 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 7 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 10 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 14 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 33 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 158 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 181 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 154 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 155 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 183 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 194 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 160 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 63 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 13 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 86 2008
7,918,377 Surgical stapling instrument with apparatus for providing anvil position feedback 126 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 24 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 26 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 31 2009
8,066,167 Circular surgical stapling instrument with anvil locking system 75 2009
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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 54 2009
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8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 31 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 44 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 42 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 42 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 85 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 91 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 0 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 58 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 59 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 11 2010
8,245,899 Driven surgical stapler improvements 16 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 23 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 49 2010
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8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 5 2010
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8,696,665 Surgical cutting and sealing instrument with reduced firing force 3 2010
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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
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8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 1 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 10 2010
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8,888,776 Electrosurgical instrument employing an electrode 0 2010
8,795,276 Electrosurgical instrument employing a plurality of electrodes 0 2010
8,790,342 Electrosurgical instrument employing pressure-variation electrodes 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 39 2010
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8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 1 2010
8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 2 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 23 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 24 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 27 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 2 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 2 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 2 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 2 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 4 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 24 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 58 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 51 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 10 2010
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8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 0 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 0 2010
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8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 1 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 2 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 2 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 2 2010
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8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 2 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 2 2010
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8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 30 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 34 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 52 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 4 2010
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8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 0 2010
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8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 5 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 65 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 72 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 74 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 23 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 83 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 24 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 15 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 14 2011
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8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 0 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 2 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 29 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 17 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 0 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 0 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 0 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 2 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 2 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 2 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 4 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 1 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 3 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 78 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 57 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 82 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 0 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 1 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 3 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 9 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 2 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 2 2011
8,734,476 Coupling for slip ring assembly and ultrasonic transducer in surgical instrument 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 2 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 1 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 2 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 2 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 16 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 18 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 23 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 23 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 35 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 2 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 6 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 31 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 13 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 2 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 25 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 2 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 2 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 7 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 2 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
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8,915,910 Electrosurgical system 0 2009
8,579,894 Electrosurgical system 0 2009
8,562,598 Electrosurgical system 0 2009
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* 8,622,271 Fastener driving tool 0 2009
 
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8,800,837 Powered surgical instrument 0 2007
* 7,950,560 Powered surgical instrument 139 2007
7,931,660 Powered tacker instrument 15 2007
* 7,556,185 Surgical instrument with flexible drive mechanism 144 2007
7,757,925 Battery powered surgical instrument 16 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 3 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 78 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 13 2008
7,870,989 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 112 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 143 2008
7,648,055 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 34 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 17 2008
7,909,221 Battery powered surgical instrument 141 2008
7,922,063 Powered surgical instrument 138 2008
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 3 2009
8,074,858 Surgical retraction mechanism 5 2009
7,753,248 Surgical instrument with flexible drive mechanism 14 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 6 2009
8,011,551 Retraction mechanism with clutch-less drive for use with a surgical apparatus 131 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 5 2009
8,006,887 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 13 2010
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 1 2010
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 3 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 61 2010
8,821,514 Powered tack applier 0 2010
8,733,614 End effector identification by mechanical features 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 3 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 1 2010
8,038,044 Surgical instrument with flexible drive mechanism 12 2010
8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 0 2010
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 1 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 1 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 2 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,132,705 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 5 2010
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 5 2011
8,746,534 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,039 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,201,721 Powered surgical instrument 59 2011
8,328,823 Powered tacker instrument 3 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 9 2011
* 8,342,379 Surgical device having multiple drivers 4 2011
8,852,185 Apparatus for performing an electrosurgical procedure 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,092,493 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 6 2011
8,556,152 Retraction mechanism with clutch-less drive for use with a surgical apparatus 0 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 4 2011
8,157,150 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 4 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 1 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,820,607 Surgical retraction mechanism 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,240,537 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 3 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,505,802 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 2 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 1 2012
8,925,783 Powered surgical instrument 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 4 2012
8,506,557 Powered surgical instrument 5 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 2 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 1 2012
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 1 2013
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 0 2013
8,685,004 Powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 0 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 1 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 8,568,442 Medical gripping and/or cutting instrument 0 2006
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Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00