US Patent No: 7,673,780

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Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument

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An articulation joint for use in connection with a surgical instrument that has a portion that must be passed through a trocar or similar structure and then articulated relative to another portion of the instrument received within the trocar. Various embodiments of the articulation joint provide structures for increasing the moment arm between the actuator and the pivot point between the proximal and distal tube segments interconnecting a handle assembly of the surgical instrument to a surgical implement such as an end effector of an endocutter.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1572

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 628 24274
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 208 13069

Cited Art Landscape

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (163)
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 484 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 259 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 433 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 483 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 451 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 321 1995
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 326 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 279 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 398 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 275 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 410 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 407 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 426 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 422 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 462 1996
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 211 1997
6,017,356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 194 1997
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6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 246 2000
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 338 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 302 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 295 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 317 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 424 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 271 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 279 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 69 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 278 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 175 2005
2007/0045,379 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 155 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 184 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 177 2005
2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 114 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 135 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 250 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 222 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 263 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 187 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 214 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 357 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 154 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 253 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 282 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 252 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 227 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 255 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 175 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 165 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 169 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 157 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 193 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 118 2006
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7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 197 2006
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2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 109 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 203 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 225 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 203 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 130 2006
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7,472,815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 213 2006
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2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 151 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 201 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 127 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 94 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 127 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 190 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 97 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 283 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 299 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 270 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 279 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 281 2007
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2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 229 2007
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2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 202 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 220 2007
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2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 163 2007
2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 57 2007
2009/0012,556 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 188 2007
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2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 233 2007
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2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 111 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 118 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 113 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 96 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 204 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 205 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 53 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 84 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 109 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 102 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 53 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 84 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 84 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 188 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 136 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 187 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 245 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 257 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 147 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 252 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 141 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 137 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 121 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 255 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 178 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 265 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 178 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 258 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 88 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 144 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 54 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 104 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 63 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 64 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 63 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 73 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 72 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 164 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 71 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 61 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 58 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 90 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 177 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 218 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 225 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 167 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 162 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 164 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 96 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 218 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 118 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 217 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 222 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 203 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 148 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 174 2008
 
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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
8,783,543 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 9 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 35 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 31 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 0 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
D650074 Surgical instrument 101 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
8,540,130 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
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 4 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 9 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
8,657,176 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 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
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 0 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
8,668,130 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 (20)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 1 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 1 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 36 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 6 2010
8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 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
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 16 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 0 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
 
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8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012

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