US Patent No: 7,607,557

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Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents

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A medical agent dispensing system and surgical instruments that employ the medical agent dispensing system are provided. The dispensing system may be structured for use with a surgical severing/stapling instrument structured for severing and stapling tissue. The dispensing system may include at least one storage reservoir structured for storing at least a component of a medical agent and a pump in communication with the storage reservoir; a delivery tube in communication with the pump which is structured to receive a quantity of the medical agent from the storage reservoir during operation of the pump; and, at least one agent tube in communication with the delivery tube which is structured for communication with a least one agent port formed in a staple cartridge or an anvil of the surgical instrument for dispensing the medical agent therethrough.

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1646

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Morgan, Jerome R Cincinnati, OH 297 20246
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 688 30235

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (155)
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 503 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 270 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 465 1994
5,487,500 Surgical stapler instrument 397 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 421 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 508 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 476 1995
5,807,393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 362 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 350 1995
5,535,937 Identification device for surgical instrument 378 1995
5,562,239 Identification device for surgical instrument 352 1995
5,693,042 Identification device for surgical instrument 203 1995
5,562,241 Surgical stapler instrument 398 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 275 1996
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 356 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 297 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 435 1996
5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 396 1996
5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 405 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 300 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 448 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 437 1996
5,680,982 Surgical instrument 417 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 456 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 455 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 502 1996
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 392 1996
6,024,741 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 421 1997
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 224 1997
6,017,356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 210 1997
6,416,486 Ultrasonic surgical device having an embedding surface and a coagulating surface 199 1999
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 274 2000
6,503,257 Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device 337 2001
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 349 2001
6,656,193 Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device 366 2001
6,805,273 Surgical stapling instrument 261 2002
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 365 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 324 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 319 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 345 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 456 2003
2005/0143,759 Curved cutter stapler shaped for male pelvis 178 2004
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 305 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 71 2005
2006/0025,812 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated pivoting articulation mechanism 197 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 304 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 187 2005
2007/0045,379 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 160 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 213 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 201 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 255 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 137 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 283 2005
2007/0102,473 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 181 2005
2007/0102,474 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 167 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 294 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 215 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 238 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 391 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 161 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 212 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 204 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 238 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 198 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 289 2006
2007/0175,950 Disposable staple cartridge having an anvil with tissue locator for use with a surgical cutting and fastening instrument and modular end effector system therefor 317 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 287 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 249 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 289 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 185 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 172 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 176 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 164 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 206 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 122 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 223 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 200 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 222 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 212 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 348 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 289 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 286 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 286 2006
2008/0029,576 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 169 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 197 2006
7,472,815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 244 2006
2008/0078,800 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 268 2006
2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 137 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 256 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 234 2006
2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 242 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 114 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 224 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 247 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 223 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 134 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 158 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 233 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 133 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 96 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 137 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 218 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 99 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 281 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 315 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 333 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 297 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 310 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 314 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 313 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 258 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 139 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 222 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 249 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 124 2007
2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 178 2007
2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 60 2007
2009/0012,556 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 217 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 262 2007
2007/0233,053 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 122 2007
2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 86 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 237 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 175 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 116 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 124 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 120 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 100 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 233 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 234 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 55 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 88 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 119 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 216 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 106 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 56 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 88 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 89 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 290 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 146 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 214 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 274 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 289 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 154 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 281 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 150 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 146 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 128 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 287 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 205 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 298 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 205 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 94 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 155 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 108 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 157 2008
 
United States Surgical Corporation (93)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 337 1980
4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 385 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 333 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 438 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 222 1981
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 424 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 231 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 246 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 460 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 443 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 335 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 276 1984
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 525 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 313 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 294 1985
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 402 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 254 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 302 1988
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 280 1989
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 420 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 657 1989
5,031,814 Locking mechanism for surgical fastening apparatus 241 1990
5,253,793 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 241 1991
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 283 1991
5,413,267 Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means 254 1991
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 178 1991
5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 198 1992
5,318,221 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 421 1992
5,485,952 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 355 1992
5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 320 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 178 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 349 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 281 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 367 1993
5,484,095 Apparatus for endoscopically applying staples individually to body tissue 407 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 447 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 259 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 252 1994
5,522,817 Absorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements 231 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 264 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 365 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 357 1994
5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 388 1994
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 214 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 169 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 346 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 467 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 301 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 233 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 152 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 162 1994
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 343 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 254 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 364 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 194 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 356 1995
5,706,998 Surgical stapler with alignment pin locking mechanism 182 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 299 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 177 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 199 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 269 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 271 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 359 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 377 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 363 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 290 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 395 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 318 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 334 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 207 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 211 1996
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 340 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 186 1997
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 336 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 446 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 386 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 490 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 413 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 328 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 332 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 231 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 186 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 404 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 429 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 435 2000
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 351 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 302 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 355 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 317 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 325 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 236 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 340 2004
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 249 2005
 
ETHICON, INC. (39)
4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 265 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 652 1983
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 345 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 383 1984
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4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 434 1988
5,104,025 Intraluminal anastomotic surgical stapler with detached anvil 418 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 481 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 294 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 540 1991
5,246,156 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 312 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 327 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 200 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 437 1992
5,309,927 Circular stapler tissue retention spring method 320 1992
5,383,880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 519 1992
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 310 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 706 1993
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 954 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 435 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 234 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 344 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 584 1994
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 331 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 349 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 299 1995
5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 361 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 397 1995
5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 488 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 494 1995
5,833,690 Electrosurgical device and method 520 1997
6,325,810 Foam buttress for stapling apparatus 410 1999
6,494,896 Applicator for laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery 121 1999
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 354 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 251 2001
6,786,382 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an articulation joint for a firing bar track 431 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 380 2003
6,981,628 Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control 472 2003
2005/0125,035 Active suture for the delivery of therapeutic fluids 41 2004
 
COVIDIEN LP (37)
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6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 214 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 243 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 311 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 223 2001
2003/0105,478 Surgical device 115 2001
2003/0130,677 Surgical device 163 2002
2004/0111,081 Electro-mechanical surgical device 122 2002
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 258 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 198 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 191 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 202 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 188 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 261 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 306 2002
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2004/0094,597 Surgical device 319 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 233 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 315 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 230 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 271 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 284 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 275 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 283 2004
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2007/0023,477 Surgical device 301 2005
7,407,075 Staple cartridge having multiple staple sizes for a surgical stapling instrument 194 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 283 2005
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5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 266 1992
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
2006/0122,636 Appliance for storing, distributing and placing surgical fasteners 117 2005
 
SOUNDCRAFT, INC. (1)
6,828,902 Wireless data input to RFID reader 127 2001
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 217 2003
 
STENUMED, INC. (1)
6,126,670 Cordless surgical handpiece with disposable battery; and method 111 1999
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 398 1988
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 315 2006
 
Technalytics, Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 348 1980
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 352 1996
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 256 2005
 
VASO PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,211,649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 218 1988
 
VIR Engineering (1)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 174 1995
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,629,107 Ligating instrument 197 1984
 
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5,796,188 Battery-powered medical instrument with power booster 116 1995
 
YASUMI CAPITAL, LLC (1)
6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 211 1999
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 276 1981
4,709,120 Underground utility equipment vault 121 1986
5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 329 1990
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 282 1992
5,843,132 Self-contained, self-powered temporary intravenous pacing catheter assembly 179 1996
H1904 Electrosurgical hemostatic method and device 393 1997
6,033,427 Method and device for percutaneous sealing of internal puncture sites 236 1999
6,320,123 System and method for shielding electrical components from electromagnetic waves 115 1999
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 512 2000
7,066,944 Surgical fastening system 197 2004
2005/0203,550 Surgical fastener 165 2004
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 209 2004
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 182 2005

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (122)
8,057,508 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation locking mechanism 2 2005
7,857,183 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation mechanism 48 2005
8,317,074 Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for circular stapler 9 2005
7,914,551 Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for multi-fire surgical fastening instrument 1 2005
7,879,070 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for grasper 32 2005
7,862,579 Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for grasper 2 2005
7,784,663 Surgical stapling instrument having load sensing control circuitry 58 2005
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 15 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 92 2007
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 44 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 3 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 22 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 36 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 34 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 33 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 71 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 79 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 47 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 49 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 4 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 15 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 40 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 28 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 0 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 15 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 21 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 30 2010
8,646,674 Methods and apparatus for delivering tissue treatment compositions to stapled tissue 0 2010
8,464,925 Methods and apparatus for delivering tissue treatment compositions to stapled tissue 33 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 3 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 3 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 30 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 15 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 15 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 18 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 0 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 0 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 0 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 0 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 15 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 47 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 42 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 3 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 0 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 0 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 0 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 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 19 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 21 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 40 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 124 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 21 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 56 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 0 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 55 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 65 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 15 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 70 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 16 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 8 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 8 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 0 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 18 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 9 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 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 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 66 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 47 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 69 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 0 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 0 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 2 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,814,025 Fibrin pad matrix with suspended heat activated beads of adhesive 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 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 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 4 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 5 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 9 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 9 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 19 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 20 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 5 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 16 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 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 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (15)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 8 2008
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 0 2010
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 1 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 48 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 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
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012

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