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

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20070102474
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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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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1674

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 736 36030
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 238 17435

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7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 346 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 377 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 487 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 343 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 330 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 73 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 329 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 203 2005
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7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 238 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 223 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 285 2005
2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 118 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 140 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 311 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 328 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 239 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 256 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 420 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 170 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 238 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 231 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 270 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 223 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 314 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 347 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 317 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 267 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 318 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 194 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 181 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 186 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 171 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 217 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 126 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 237 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 225 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 255 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 238 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 379 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 319 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 315 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 315 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 178 2006
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7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 268 2006
2008/0078,800 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 294 2006
2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 144 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 283 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 251 2006
2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 262 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 120 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 241 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 264 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 240 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 142 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 165 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 252 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 139 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 98 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 141 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 229 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 100 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 309 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 342 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 356 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 314 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 335 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 342 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 340 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 204 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 283 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 144 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 237 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 273 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 129 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 237 2007
2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 188 2007
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2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 286 2007
2007/0233,053 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 124 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 263 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 186 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 122 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 130 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 126 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 105 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 258 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 260 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 58 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 93 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 127 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 241 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 111 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 57 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 92 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 93 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 319 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 150 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 233 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 296 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 316 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 160 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 298 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 157 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 152 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 132 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 315 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 224 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 322 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 225 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 98 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 163 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 58 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 113 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 70 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 71 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 70 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 81 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 80 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 211 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 78 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 101 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 226 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 270 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 280 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 214 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 198 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 210 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 109 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 270 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 142 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 269 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 274 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 238 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 164 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 215 2008
 
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5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 212 1992
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5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 338 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 196 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 299 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 473 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 276 1993
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 284 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 395 1994
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5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 495 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 328 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 249 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 162 1994
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 274 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 212 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 195 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 217 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 294 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 383 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 407 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 386 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 312 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 225 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 229 1996
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5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 363 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 199 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 474 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 412 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 520 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 443 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 352 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 352 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 247 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 203 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 433 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 458 2000
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 377 2001
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6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 379 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 342 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 350 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 257 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 367 2004
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7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 220 2007
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8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 8 2008
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8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 43 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 43 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 87 2009
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8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 51 2010
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8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 6 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 24 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 2 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 31 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 40 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 11 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 2 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 11 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 40 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 24 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 25 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 28 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 3 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 4 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 3 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 3 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 5 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 25 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 60 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 52 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 11 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 4 2010
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
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 1 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 2 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 3 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 3 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 3 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 3 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 3 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 3 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 3 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 31 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 35 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 53 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 5 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 140 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 31 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 68 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 6 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 67 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 24 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 85 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 25 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 16 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 15 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 0 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 1 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 3 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 30 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 18 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 1 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 1 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 3 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 3 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 3 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 5 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 2 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 4 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 79 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 58 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 84 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 1 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 2 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 4 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 10 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 1 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 3 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 3 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 3 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 1 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 2 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 3 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 3 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 17 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 19 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 24 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 24 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 36 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 8 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 32 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 14 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 3 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 26 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 3 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 3 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 8 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 4 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
 
COVIDIEN LP (31)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 4 2008
* 8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 3 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 7 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 3 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 62 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 1 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 20 2010
* 8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 0 2010
* 2011/0036,890 Safety Method For Powered Surgical Instruments 49 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
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 33 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 1 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 2 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,955,732 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 2 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 1 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2012
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 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
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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