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, OH1631

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 681 29421
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 219 14939

Cited Art Landscape

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (163)
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 499 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 267 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 457 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 503 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 470 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 342 1995
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 348 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 292 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 424 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 296 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 438 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 428 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 449 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 444 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 488 1996
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 221 1997
6,017,356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 209 1997
6,416,486 Ultrasonic surgical device having an embedding surface and a coagulating surface 196 1999
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 267 2000
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 359 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 319 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 313 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 337 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 447 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 297 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 299 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 71 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 296 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 186 2005
2007/0045,379 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 158 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 207 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 196 2005
2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 116 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 137 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 276 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 248 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 287 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 209 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 231 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 382 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 158 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 282 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 310 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 280 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 243 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 282 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 182 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 170 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 174 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 162 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 203 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 122 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 205 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 197 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 229 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 191 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 217 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 340 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 282 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 279 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 279 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 167 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 193 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 214 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 205 2006
2008/0078,800 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 262 2006
2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 135 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 250 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 228 2006
2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 236 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 112 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 218 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 241 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 217 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 134 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 191 2006
7,472,815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 236 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 230 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 156 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 228 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 132 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 96 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 136 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 213 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 99 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 308 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 326 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 290 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 303 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 307 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 306 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 274 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 252 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 137 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 216 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 243 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 124 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 174 2007
2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 173 2007
2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 58 2007
2009/0012,556 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 213 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 207 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 256 2007
2007/0233,053 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 122 2007
2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 86 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 231 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 171 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 114 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 122 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 119 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 98 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 227 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 228 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 86 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 115 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 104 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 86 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 87 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 211 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 145 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 210 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 269 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 282 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 151 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 274 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 147 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 143 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 127 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 280 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 201 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 291 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 201 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 283 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 92 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 152 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 56 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 106 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 67 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 68 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 67 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 77 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 76 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 187 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 75 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 64 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 61 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 96 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 200 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 243 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 252 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 190 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 182 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 187 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 104 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 243 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 131 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 242 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 247 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 220 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 154 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 193 2008
 
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4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 383 1980
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 421 1982
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (104)
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 89 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
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8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 3 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 30 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 15 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 15 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 18 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 0 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 0 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 0 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 0 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 15 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 46 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 42 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 3 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 0 2010
8,840,003 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 18 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 20 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 39 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 122 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 21 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 56 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 55 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 15 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 68 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 16 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 8 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 8 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 0 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 17 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 9 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 0 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 64 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 47 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 68 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 0 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 0 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 2 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 4 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 5 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 9 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 9 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 19 2012
8,668,130 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 19 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 5 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 16 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (21)
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 46 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 10 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 23 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 1 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 1 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
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012

Maintenance Fees

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7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Sep 9, 2017
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Sep 9, 2021
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Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
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Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00