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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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1738

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 789 41355
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 250 19238

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6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 510 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 371 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 350 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 74 2005
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2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 329 2005
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7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 257 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 264 2005
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2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 172 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 269 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 260 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 302 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 245 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 328 2006
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2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 336 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 276 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 338 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 196 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 183 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 188 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 173 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 220 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 127 2006
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7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 245 2006
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2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 305 2006
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2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 276 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 127 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 254 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 278 2006
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2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 149 2006
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2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 264 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 142 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 99 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 142 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 236 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 101 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 335 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 371 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 375 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 332 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 355 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 368 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 366 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 222 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 300 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 146 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 245 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 290 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 131 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 254 2007
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2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 89 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 280 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 195 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 124 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 132 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 128 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 107 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 275 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 278 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 59 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 94 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 128 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 258 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 113 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 93 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 94 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 346 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 152 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 248 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 321 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 343 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 171 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 315 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 167 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 162 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 141 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 340 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 239 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 341 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 240 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 99 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 165 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 59 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 115 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 71 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 72 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 71 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 83 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 82 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 226 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 79 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 67 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 64 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 102 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 237 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 294 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 305 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 230 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 206 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 226 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 110 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 294 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 146 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 293 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 298 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 254 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 166 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 225 2008
 
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5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 207 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 315 1993
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5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 223 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 206 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 228 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 310 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 403 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 427 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 405 1996
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5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 236 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 240 1996
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5,735,445 Surgical stapler 208 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 496 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 434 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 544 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 466 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 371 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 368 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 261 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 214 1999
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6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 479 2000
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 397 2001
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6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 398 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 361 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 369 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 272 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 387 2004
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 288 2005
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (139)
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8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 135 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 17 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 15 2008
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8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 54 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 51 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 52 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 100 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 105 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 6 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 68 2009
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8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 19 2010
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8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 60 2010
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8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 13 2010
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8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 41 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 49 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 18 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 8 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 18 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 50 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 31 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 34 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 37 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 9 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 10 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 9 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 9 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 12 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 34 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 69 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 64 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 18 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 10 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 3 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 5 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 6 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 8 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 7 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 8 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 8 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 8 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 7 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 8 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 46 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 53 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 75 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 12 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 155 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 40 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 77 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 3 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 13 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 76 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 31 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 95 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 32 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 1 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 21 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 22 2011
9,044,229 Surgical fastener instruments 0 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 1 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 6 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 9 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 47 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 25 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 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 5 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 6 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 8 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 9 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 8 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 11 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 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 7 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 9 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 91 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 70 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 96 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 6 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 8 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 10 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 16 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 6 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 9 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 2 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 7 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 9 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 7 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 8 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 10 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 8 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 29 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 32 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 37 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 36 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 50 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 16 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 42 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 21 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 9 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 34 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 1 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 9 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 9 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 16 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 3 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 11 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 1 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN E. (1)
8,986,287 Adjustable laparoscopic instrument handle 0 2011
 
COVIDIEN LP (35)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 10 2008
* 8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 4 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 14 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 5 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 75 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 28 2010
* 8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 0 2010
* 2011/0036,890 Safety Method For Powered Surgical Instruments 60 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 3 2010
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 43 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 2 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 1 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 3 2011
9,010,607 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
8,979,827 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 3 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 2 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 1 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 4 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,016,545 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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