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, OH1510

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 575 18828
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 191 10938

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (163)
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 461 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 240 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 398 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 459 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 425 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 289 1995
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 294 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 257 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 352 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 250 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 377 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 372 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 388 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 383 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 419 1996
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 193 1997
6,017,356 Method for using a trocar for penetration and skin incision 180 1997
6,416,486 Ultrasonic surgical device having an embedding surface and a coagulating surface 165 1999
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 213 2000
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 307 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 273 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 265 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 282 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 391 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 238 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 247 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 64 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 248 2005
2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 161 2005
2007/0045,379 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 144 2005
7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 158 2005
7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 155 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 195 2005
2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 108 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 129 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 221 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 228 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 160 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 188 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 324 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 144 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 153 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 144 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 164 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 142 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 222 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 252 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 221 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 204 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 222 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 163 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 154 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 158 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 146 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 180 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 111 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 182 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 143 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 158 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 154 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 279 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 223 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 221 2006
2008/0029,575 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with distally mounted pneumatically powered rotary drive member 220 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 150 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 143 2006
7,472,815 Surgical stapling instruments with collapsible features for controlling staple height 181 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 173 2006
2008/0078,800 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 211 2006
2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 123 2006
2008/0078,802 Surgical staples and stapling instruments 197 2006
2008/0078,803 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 189 2006
2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 200 2006
2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 99 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 183 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 205 2006
2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 183 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 122 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 142 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 173 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 122 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 89 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 121 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 172 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 92 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 222 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 254 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 271 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 249 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 251 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 253 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 252 2007
7,500,979 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 130 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 199 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 124 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 180 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 191 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 112 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 159 2007
2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 147 2007
2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 50 2007
2009/0012,556 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 165 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 204 2007
2007/0233,053 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 113 2007
2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 80 2007
2008/0296,346 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical control and recording mechanisms 180 2007
2008/0300,580 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 142 2007
2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 104 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 110 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 109 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 89 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 177 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 178 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 48 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 78 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 98 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 163 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 95 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 51 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 78 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 78 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 230 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 130 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 164 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 222 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 229 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 139 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 225 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 134 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 130 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 118 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 227 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 155 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 238 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 155 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 82 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 133 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 51 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 97 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 59 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 60 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 59 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 68 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 67 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 140 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 66 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 58 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 55 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 85 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 153 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 194 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 201 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 144 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 140 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 141 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 90 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 194 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 107 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 193 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 198 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 186 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 140 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 157 2008
 
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4,520,817 Surgical instruments 389 1982
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (65)
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8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
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8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 22 2010
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8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 1 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 2 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 4 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 2 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 27 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 20 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 1 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 2 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 17 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 80 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 7 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 36 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 31 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 1 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 36 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 1 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 1 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 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 33 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 21 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 38 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 0 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 0 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 0 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 0 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 0 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 3 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 4 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 1 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (16)
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 19 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 2 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 7 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 0 2011
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 0 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
 
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8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008

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