US Patent No: 7,770,775

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Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback

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Abstract

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A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the instrument includes an end effector, a main drive shaft assembly, and a handle. The end effector comprising a cutting instrument for cutting an object positioned therein. The handle comprises a motor for actuating the shaft via a gear drive train, a firing trigger, and a run motor sensor for sensing retracting of the firing trigger. When retraction of the firing trigger is sensed by the run motor sensor, the motor is signaled to forward rotate to cause cutting of the object positioned in the end effector by the cutting instrument. The instrument may also include a reverse motor sensor for sensing a condition indicative of an end of a cutting stroke by the cutting instrument and a stop motor sensor for sensing a condition indicative of retraction of the cutting instrument.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1506

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Morgan, Jerome R Cincinnati, OH 249 14266
Ouwerkerk, John N Cinncinnati, OH 47 2342
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 572 18760

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7,506,790 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation mechanism 183 2005
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7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 154 2005
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2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 218 2005
2007/0102,473 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 162 2005
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2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 202 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 220 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 161 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 156 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 144 2006
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2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 171 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 121 2007
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2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 171 2007
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2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 122 2007
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2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 108 2007
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2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 94 2007
7,510,107 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertent cable disengagement 180 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 93 2007
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2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 76 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 162 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 129 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 163 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 221 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 227 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 137 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 223 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 132 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 128 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 117 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 225 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 154 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 236 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 154 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 228 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 80 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 131 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 51 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 95 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
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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 152 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 143 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 106 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 138 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 85 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 156 2008
 
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5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 148 1993
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 410 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 285 1993
5,383,881 Safety device for use with endoscopic instrumentation 112 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 246 1993
5,542,594 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 299 1993
5,478,003 Surgical apparatus 235 1993
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5,449,365 Surgical clamp apparatus 122 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 227 1994
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 177 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 304 1994
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5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 327 1994
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5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 146 1994
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5,685,474 Tactile indicator for surgical instrument 195 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 393 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 214 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 246 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 198 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 130 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 138 1994
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5,540,375 Endoscopic stapler 224 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 332 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 330 1995
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5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 261 1995
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5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 181 1995
5,700,270 Surgical clip applier 252 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 215 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 220 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 299 1995
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5,709,334 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 206 1996
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 303 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 291 1996
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5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 328 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 333 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 259 1996
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6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 323 1996
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5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 281 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 161 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 247 1997
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5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 372 1997
5,938,667 Surgical clip applier 180 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 339 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 422 1997
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6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 361 1997
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5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 447 1997
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6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 299 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 251 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 187 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 332 2001
2003/0105,478 Surgical device 93 2001
2003/0130,677 Surgical device 126 2002
2004/0111,081 Electro-mechanical surgical device 96 2002
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 206 2002
2002/0165,541 Bipolar or ultrasonic surgical device 148 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 162 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 157 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 166 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 156 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 209 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 252 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 250 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 320 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 226 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 139 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 194 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 255 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 254 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 203 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 186 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 211 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 251 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 220 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 277 2004
2006/0241,655 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 77 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 220 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 281 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 242 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 239 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 244 2004
2005/0192,609 Electro-mechanical surgical device 90 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 233 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 185 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 156 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 235 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 169 2005
2006/0108,393 Structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 173 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 134 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 227 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 175 2006
2006/0273,135 Surgical instruments employing sensors 94 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 150 2006
2007/0055,219 Shaft, e.g., for an electro-mechanical surgical device 62 2006
2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 198 2006
2008/0083,813 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 129 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 178 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 149 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 174 2007
2007/0181,632 Anvil assembly with improved cut ring 139 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 125 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 173 2007
2008/0314,960 Detachable buttress material retention systems for use with a surgical stapling device 159 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 149 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 149 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 161 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 148 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 123 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 129 2009
2009/0255,975 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 118 2009
2009/0255,976 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 132 2009
2009/0255,977 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS 115 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 127 2009
 
ETHICON, INC. (58)
4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 218 1983
4,527,724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 238 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 583 1983
4,591,085 Surgical instrument for applying fasteners, said instrument having an improved trigger interlocking mechanism (Case VI) 171 1984
4,655,222 Coated surgical staple 184 1984
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 310 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 348 1984
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 244 1988
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 391 1988
4,938,408 Surgical stapler safety and sequencing mechanisms 159 1989
5,104,025 Intraluminal anastomotic surgical stapler with detached anvil 369 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 416 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 246 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 473 1991
5,246,156 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 266 1991
5,171,247 Endoscopic multiple ligating clip applier with rotating shaft 279 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 289 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 170 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 392 1992
5,330,502 Rotational endoscopic mechanism with jointed drive mechanism 368 1992
5,309,927 Circular stapler tissue retention spring method 262 1992
5,409,498 Rotatable articulating endoscopic fastening instrument 161 1992
5,383,880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 457 1992
5,304,204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 269 1993
5,431,668 Ligating clip applier 157 1993
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 275 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 634 1993
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 872 1993
5,447,513 Endoscopic ligation and division instrument 151 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 381 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 286 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 373 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 201 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 301 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 492 1994
5,607,095 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 248 1995
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 270 1995
5,609,285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 326 1995
5,632,433 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 272 1995
5,603,443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 256 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 292 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 247 1995
5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 315 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 352 1995
5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 416 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 412 1995
5,829,662 Endoscopic surgical stapling instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 303 1996
5,833,690 Electrosurgical device and method 478 1997
6,325,810 Foam buttress for stapling apparatus 344 1999
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 297 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 191 2001
7,143,923 Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil 143 2003
7,220,272 Composite staple and method for using same 123 2003
6,786,382 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an articulation joint for a firing bar track 360 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 316 2003
6,981,628 Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control 390 2003
7,111,769 Surgical instrument incorporating an articulation mechanism having rotation about the longitudinal axis 234 2003
2005/0131,457 Variable stiffness shaft 97 2003
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 349 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 426 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 346 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 366 1995
5,749,893 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 331 1996
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 256 1996
5,817,109 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 204 1996
6,716,232 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 212 1998
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 474 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 156 2001
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 228 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 211 2004
2005/0131,390 Surgical instruments including mems devices 187 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 260 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 191 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 153 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 284 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 218 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 212 2006
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (9)
5,339,799 Medical system for reproducing a state of contact of the treatment section in the operation unit 314 1992
5,389,098 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 468 1993
5,467,911 Surgical device for stapling and fastening body tissues 346 1994
5,582,611 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 423 1994
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 280 1995
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 246 1995
6,099,537 Medical treatment instrument 182 1997
5,906,625 Tissue-fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissue 165 1997
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 264 1997
 
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (8)
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
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PRIVASYS, INC. (6)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (5)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 197 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 174 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 172 2002
2004/0028,502 Surgical staple 44 2003
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 223 2005
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (5)
5,240,163 Linear surgical stapling instrument 145 1991
5,342,395 Absorbable surgical repair devices 259 1992
5,258,009 Malleable, bioabsorbable,plastic staple having a knotted configuration; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 156 1992
5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 208 1992
5,904,693 Automatic laparoscopic ligation clip applicator 132 1994
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (5)
5,207,697 Battery powered surgical handpiece 250 1991
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 310 1995
5,747,953 Cordless, battery operated surical tool 102 1996
6,522,101 Rechargeable battery with memory that contains charging sequence data 99 2000
6,752,816 Powered surgical handpiece with removable control switch 82 2001
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (4)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 346 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 314 2002
2004/0243,176 Medical instrument 132 2004
2005/0107,824 Medical instrument 126 2004
 
BLACK & DECKER INC. (3)
5,200,280 Terminal cover for a battery pack 85 1992
6,223,835 Battery-powered hand-guided power tool 92 2000
7,207,233 Mechanism for use in a power tool and a power tool including such a mechanism 57 2002
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (3)
6,620,166 Suture buttress system 116 1998
6,156,056 Suture buttress 141 1998
6,814,741 Suture buttress 112 2000
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 194 1993
5,667,527 Staples 200 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 218 1999
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (3)
6,835,199 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 262 2002
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 142 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 135 2006
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,503,638 Soft tissue stapling buttress 237 1994
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 266 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 238 1995
 
ACUMED LLC (2)
2004/0122,471 Connective tissue repair system 73 2002
7,343,920 Connective tissue repair system 73 2002
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 436 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 324 1998
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 186 2001
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 160 2004
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 234 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 351 1996
 
COVIDIEN AG (2)
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 277 2002
7,160,299 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 216 2004
 
GENOIL INC. (2)
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 7 2004
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 7 2004
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 380 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 172 2001
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 136 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 292 1999
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
4,941,623 Stapling process and device for use on the mesentery of the abdomen 311 1989
5,027,834 Stapling process for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 159 1990
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (2)
6,077,286 Instrument with a bendable handle 64 1999
6,436,122 Handle for a medical instrument 61 2000
 
Klieman; Charles H. (2)
5,582,617 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 336 1994
5,817,119 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 251 1996
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
4,728,876 Orthopedic drive assembly 101 1986
5,553,675 Orthopedic surgical device 138 1994
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 326 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 193 2003
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (2)
6,723,087 Apparatus and method for performing surgery on a patient 67 2001
2005/0171,522 Transurethral needle ablation system with needle position indicator 63 2004
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
6,569,171 Safety locking mechanism for a medical clip device 123 2001
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 437 2002
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 144 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 162 2006
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (2)
6,171,330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 139 1999
2006/0122,636 Appliance for storing, distributing and placing surgical fasteners 95 2005
 
Technalytics, Inc. (2)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 293 1980
5,458,579 Mechanical trocar insertion apparatus 65 1992
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (2)
5,527,320 Surgical clip applying instrument 120 1994
6,162,208 Articulating endoscopic implant rotator surgical apparatus and method for using same 126 1998
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (2)
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
 
TUEBINGEN SCIENTIFIC SURGICAL PRODUCT GMBH (2)
7,241,288 Surgical instrument 178 2004
2005/0033,357 Surgical instrument comprising an instrument handle and zero point adjustment 65 2004
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 148 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 207 1996
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 373 1993
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 107 1996
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 398 1996
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
Archimedes Surgical, Inc. (1)
5,558,665 Surgical instrument and method for intraluminal retraction of an anatomic structure 198 1994
 
AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION (1)
7,036,680 Device for dispensing plastic fasteners 57 2004
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 235 1983
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 7 2002
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 250 1990
 
BINFORMA GROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
7,098,794 Deactivating a data tag for user privacy or tamper-evident packaging 114 2004
 
BIODYNAMICS LLC (1)
2006/0142,772 Surgical fasteners and related implant devices having bioabsorbable components 89 2004
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 205 2000
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (1)
6,022,352 Bone fixation screw system 190 1998
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
6,309,403 Dexterous articulated linkage for surgical applications 83 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 259 2000
 
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5,275,608 Generic endoscopic instrument 251 1991
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
7,122,028 Reconfiguration surgical apparatus 63 2001
 
Catheter Research, Inc. (1)
5,188,111 Device for seeking an area of interest within a body 188 1991
 
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5,574,431 Deactivateable security tag 112 1995
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,094,247 Biopsy forceps with handle having a flexible coupling 68 1990
 
DAVID NEEDLEMAN (1)
6,270,508 End effector and instrument for endoscopic and general surgery needle control 241 1999
 
Dean Allgeyer, M.D., Inc. (1)
RE37814 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 130 2000
 
Desoutter Limited (1)
4,729,260 Two speed gearbox 70 1986
 
DETROIT NEUROSURGICAL FOUDATION (1)
5,061,269 Surgical rongeur power grip structure and method 97 1990
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,752,768 Surgical biopsy system with remote control for selecting an operational mode 189 2002
 
DISCUS DENTAL, LLC (1)
2006/0008,787 Voice alert in dentistry 58 2005
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 222 2004
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 199 2002
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 280 1998
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
5,080,556 Thermal seal for a gas turbine spacer disc 91 1990
 
GENESIS ORTHOPEDICS (1)
5,591,170 Intramedullary bone cutting saw 169 1994
 
GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,817,847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 272 1988
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 369 1987
 
Habley Medical Technology Corporation (1)
5,282,806 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a removable, rotatable, end effector assembly 216 1992
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 335 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 418 1998
 
KIRWAN SURGICAL PRODUCTS LLC (1)
6,228,084 Electro-surgical forceps having recessed irrigation channel 98 1999
 
KLIEMAN, CHARLES H., M.D. (1)
5,792,165 Endoscopic instrument with detachable end effector 306 1995
 
KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2007/0027,469 Surgical stapling and cutting device and method for using the device 130 2006
 
MABUCHI, KEN-ICHI (1)
4,565,189 Beauty treatment device 53 1982
 
MARLOW SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES (1)
5,618,303 Endoscopic instrument system and method 132 1993
 
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6,786,896 Robotic apparatus 135 2000
 
Medical Ventures, Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 180 2007
 
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6,511,468 Device and method for controlling injection of liquid embolic composition 138 1999
 
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7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 167 1996
 
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4,526,174 Staple and cartridge for use in a tissue stapling device and a tissue closing method 187 1983
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (1)
2004/0116,952 Surgical apparatus permitting recharge of battery-driven surgical instrument in noncontact state 102 2003
 
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6,550,546 Spindle lock and chipping mechanism for hammer drill 89 2001
 
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PANDUIT CORP. (1)
4,790,225 Dispenser of discrete cable ties provided on a continuous ribbon of cable ties 80 1986
 
PROTHIA (1)
7,048,687 Limited use medical probe 184 2003
 
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6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 228 2001
 
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4,442,964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 184 1981
 
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5,784,934 Ratchet wrench with pivotable head 93 1997
 
SMITH, W. ALAN, JR., TRUSTEE (1)
4,619,262 Surgical stapling device 129 1985
 
SOUNDCRAFT, INC. (1)
6,828,902 Wireless data input to RFID reader 109 2001
 
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6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 178 2003
 
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6,126,670 Cordless surgical handpiece with disposable battery; and method 92 1999
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (1)
5,873,885 Surgical handpiece 77 1997
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 350 1988
 
SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD. (1)
6,638,108 Connector with plural housings accommodated in a casing 67 2001
 
Symbiosis Corporation (1)
6,086,600 Flexible endoscopic surgical instrument for invagination and fundoplication 372 1997
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 236 2006
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC (1)
6,082,577 Cable tie dispensing apparatus 59 1999
 
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7,210,609 Stapling apparatus having a curved anvil and driver 173 2005
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 293 1996
 
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6,705,503 Electrical motor driven nail gun 83 2003
 
TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC (1)
7,295,907 Recovery of calibrated center steering position after loss of battery power 60 2005
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
7,090,673 Vessel sealer and divider 272 2002
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 200 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 361 1994
 
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5,211,649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 177 1988
 
VLEUGELS HOLDING B.V. (1)
7,300,450 Surgical instrument 71 2002
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
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2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 242 2003
 
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6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 184 1999
 
YOON, INBAE (1)
6,214,028 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors and method of using the same 185 1999
 
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4,347,450 Portable power tool 87 1980
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 225 1981
4,505,414 Expandable anvil surgical stapler 386 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 340 1985
4,709,120 Underground utility equipment vault 101 1986
4,880,015 Biopsy forceps 391 1988
5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 285 1990
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 231 1992
5,222,975 Surgical staples 176 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 366 1993
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5,868,760 Method and apparatus for endolumenally resectioning tissue 389 1994
5,833,695 Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges 403 1995
5,782,749 Laparoscopic surgical instrument with adjustable grip 72 1996
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5,843,132 Self-contained, self-powered temporary intravenous pacing catheter assembly 154 1996
H1904 Electrosurgical hemostatic method and device 339 1997
6,264,086 Surgical apparatus and method 365 1997
6,320,123 System and method for shielding electrical components from electromagnetic waves 93 1999
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 435 2000
2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 235 2003
2004/0230,214 Finger operated switch for controlling a surgical handpiece 72 2003
2005/0203,550 Surgical fastener 118 2004
7,066,944 Surgical fastening system 148 2004
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 161 2004
7,080,769 Luminal anastomotic device 153 2004
2006/0180,634 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an e-beam firing mechanism 187 2005
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 140 2005
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 190 2006

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (76)
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 50 2007
8,523,889 Ultrasonic end effectors with increased active length 0 2007
8,512,365 Surgical instruments 0 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 0 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 0 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 5 2008
8,623,027 Ergonomic surgical instruments 0 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 0 2008
8,650,728 Method of assembling a transducer for a surgical instrument 0 2009
8,663,220 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2009
8,461,744 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 43 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 24 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 25 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 0 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 2 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 22 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 12 2010
8,579,928 Outer sheath and blade arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2010
8,531,064 Ultrasonically powered surgical instruments with rotating cutting implement 0 2010
8,486,096 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2010
8,469,981 Rotatable cutting implement arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2010
8,419,759 Ultrasonic surgical instrument with comb-like tissue trimming device 1 2010
8,382,782 Ultrasonic surgical instruments with partially rotating blade and fixed pad arrangement 2 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 0 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 1 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 7 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 13 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 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 0 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 13 2010
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
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
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 34 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 34 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
8,591,536 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 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
8,546,999 Housing arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2012
8,546,996 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
 
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7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 3 2008
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 0 2010
8,561,871 Indicators for surgical staplers 0 2010
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 0 2011
8,496,157 Tilting anvil for annular surgical stapler 0 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2011
8,292,150 Adapter for powered surgical devices 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 0 2011
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 0 2012
8,459,522 Powered surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 0 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
 
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8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010

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