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)

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1639

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 694 32093
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 222 16032

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (163)
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 511 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 275 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 476 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 515 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 484 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 361 1995
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 365 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 302 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 446 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 307 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 460 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 448 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 465 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 464 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 513 1996
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 231 1997
6,017,356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 215 1997
6,416,486 Ultrasonic surgical device having an embedding surface and a coagulating surface 206 1999
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 284 2000
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 375 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 332 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 328 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 355 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 465 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 319 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 314 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 72 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 311 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 191 2005
2007/0045,379 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 163 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 222 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 210 2005
2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 117 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 139 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 293 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 265 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 305 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 224 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 243 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 402 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 163 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 298 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 327 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 297 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 254 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 299 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 187 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 175 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 179 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 165 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 209 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 125 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 223 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 215 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 250 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 208 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 228 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 358 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 299 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 296 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 296 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 171 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 210 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 233 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 222 2006
2008/0078,800 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 277 2006
2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 140 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 266 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 240 2006
2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 248 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 116 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 230 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 252 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 229 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 138 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 206 2006
7,472,815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 255 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 248 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 160 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 239 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 135 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 97 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 139 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 221 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 100 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 324 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 341 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 302 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 319 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 323 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 322 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 290 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 268 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 141 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 228 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 258 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 125 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 189 2007
2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 182 2007
2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 61 2007
2009/0012,556 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 224 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 222 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 271 2007
2007/0233,053 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 123 2007
2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 88 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 246 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 179 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 120 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 127 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 122 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 103 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 242 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 243 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 56 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 91 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 122 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 109 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 90 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 91 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 225 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 148 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 221 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 282 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 298 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 156 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 287 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 153 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 148 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 130 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 297 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 212 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 307 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 212 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 300 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 96 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 158 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 58 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 111 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 69 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 70 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 69 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 79 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 78 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 198 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 77 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 66 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 63 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 99 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 214 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 256 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 266 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 201 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 190 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 198 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 107 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 256 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 136 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 255 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 260 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 229 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 160 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 203 2008
 
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4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 391 1980
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 432 1982
* 4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 450 1984
* 4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 342 1984
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 285 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 663 1989
5,031,814 Locking mechanism for surgical fastening apparatus 247 1990
5,253,793 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 248 1991
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 289 1991
5,413,267 Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means 259 1991
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5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 203 1992
5,318,221 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 426 1992
5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 326 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 184 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 287 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 456 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 265 1993
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 270 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 376 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 367 1994
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5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 220 1994
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5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 356 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 477 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 311 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 238 1994
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5,941,442 Surgical stapler 280 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 368 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 387 1995
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5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 217 1996
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5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 348 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 191 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 457 1997
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5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 500 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 422 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 337 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 338 1998
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6,817,509 Surgical stapler 244 2003
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (114)
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 98 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 2 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 3 2008
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8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 25 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 34 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 6 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 6 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 34 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 19 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 22 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 1 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 52 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 46 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 6 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 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 24 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 26 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 44 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 1 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 130 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 25 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 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 2 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 60 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 19 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 75 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 20 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 11 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 10 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 22 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 13 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 1 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 1 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 71 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 51 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 75 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 1 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 5 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 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 7 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 8 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 13 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 13 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 23 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 2 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 24 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 8 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 19 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 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 2 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 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (26)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
* 8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 2 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 2 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 2 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 53 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 13 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 1 2010
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 26 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 1 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 1 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 0 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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