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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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)

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1783

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Morgan, Jerome R Cincinnati, US 239 17374
Ouwerkerk, John N Cinncinnati, US 36 3244
Shelton,, IV Frederick E New Vienna, US 624 30612

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OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (9)
5,339,799 Medical system for reproducing a state of contact of the treatment section in the operation unit 414 1992
5,389,098 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 605 1993
5,467,911 Surgical device for stapling and fastening body tissues 452 1994
5,582,611 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 554 1994
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 383 1995
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 360 1995
6,099,537 Medical treatment instrument 283 1997
5,906,625 Tissue-fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissue 251 1997
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 354 1997
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 338 2000
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,752,768 Surgical biopsy system with remote control for selecting an operational mode 293 2002
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (5)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 317 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 290 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 286 2002
2004/0028,502 Surgical staple 50 2003
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 347 2005
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 352 1983
 
TUEBINGEN SCIENTIFIC SURGICAL PRODUCTS GMBH (2)
7,241,288 Surgical instrument 260 2004
2005/0033,357 Surgical instrument comprising an instrument handle and zero point adjustment 123 2004
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 550 1996
 
Klieman; Charles H. (2)
5,582,617 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 468 1994
5,817,119 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 375 1996
 
Panduit Corp. (1)
4,790,225 Dispenser of discrete cable ties provided on a continuous ribbon of cable ties 129 1986
 
STENUMED, INC. (1)
6,126,670 Cordless surgical handpiece with disposable battery; and method 141 1999
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,629,107 Ligating instrument 240 1984
 
ZIMMER ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,931,853 Physiologic tourniquet with safety circuit 141 1997
 
PROTHIA (1)
7,048,687 Limited use medical probe 273 2003
 
Medical Ventures Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 301 2007
 
GENOIL INC. (2)
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 16 2004
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 16 2004
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (5)
* 5,207,697 Battery powered surgical handpiece 339 1991
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 446 1995
5,747,953 Cordless, battery operated surical tool 152 1996
6,522,101 Rechargeable battery with memory that contains charging sequence data 147 2000
6,752,816 Powered surgical handpiece with removable control switch 142 2001
 
VLEUGELS HOLDING B.V. (1)
7,300,450 Surgical instrument 132 2002
 
TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC (1)
7,295,907 Recovery of calibrated center steering position after loss of battery power 109 2005
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (6)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 25 2001
 
BINFORMA GROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
7,098,794 Deactivating a data tag for user privacy or tamper-evident packaging 168 2004
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 446 1998
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 445 1988
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,503,638 Soft tissue stapling buttress 347 1994
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 410 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 384 1995
 
MABUCHI, KEN-ICHI (1)
4,565,189 Beauty treatment device 97 1982
 
Desoutter Limited (1)
4,729,260 Two speed gearbox 115 1986
 
Archimedes Surgical, Inc. (1)
5,558,665 Surgical instrument and method for intraluminal retraction of an anatomic structure 271 1994
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 368 1990
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 492 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 572 1998
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC (1)
6,082,577 Cable tie dispensing apparatus 105 1999
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 343 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 484 1996
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 391 2003
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
7,122,028 Reconfiguration surgical apparatus 125 2001
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (1)
6,022,352 Bone fixation screw system 270 1998
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
6,309,403 Dexterous articulated linkage for surgical applications 150 1999
 
YOON,INBAE (1)
6,214,028 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors and method of using the same 279 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 286 2001
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 254 2004
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
4,728,876 Orthopedic drive assembly 149 1986
5,553,675 Orthopedic surgical device 191 1994
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (147)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 390 1980
4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 435 1980
4,349,028 Surgical stapling apparatus having self-contained pneumatic system for completing manually initiated motion sequence 256 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 387 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 501 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 266 1981
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 479 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 622 1982
4,506,671 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 278 1983
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 275 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 293 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 532 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 499 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 384 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 320 1984
4,665,916 Surgical stapler apparatus 190 1985
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 592 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 368 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 345 1985
4,752,024 Surgical fastener and surgical stapling apparatus 516 1986
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 461 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 299 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 353 1988
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 321 1989
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 480 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 730 1989
5,100,420 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 348 1989
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 471 1989
5,116,349 Surgical fastener apparatus 317 1990
5,084,057 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 615 1990
5,031,814 Locking mechanism for surgical fastening apparatus 284 1990
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 307 1990
5,253,793 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 292 1991
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 348 1991
5,413,267 Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means 295 1991
5,158,567 One-piece surgical staple 257 1991
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 215 1991
5,282,829 Hollow body implants 336 1991
5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 238 1992
5,318,221 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 486 1992
5,485,952 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 416 1992
5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 373 1993
5,391,180 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 158 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 220 1993
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 562 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 422 1993
5,383,881 Safety device for use with endoscopic instrumentation 173 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 332 1993
5,542,594 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 448 1993
5,478,003 Surgical apparatus 319 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 439 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 517 1993
5,484,095 Apparatus for endoscopically applying staples individually to body tissue 478 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 533 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 307 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 299 1994
5,522,817 Absorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements 285 1994
5,449,365 Surgical clamp apparatus 195 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 309 1994
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 251 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 437 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 424 1994
5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 452 1994
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 252 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 200 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 410 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 713 1994
5,685,474 Tactile indicator for surgical instrument 304 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 540 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 303 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 364 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 280 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 181 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 193 1994
5,579,978 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 197 1994
5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 213 1995
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 588 1995
5,540,375 Endoscopic stapler 343 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 455 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 438 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 402 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 303 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 434 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 234 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 298 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 421 1995
5,706,998 Surgical stapler with alignment pin locking mechanism 222 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 350 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 220 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 242 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 289 1995
5,700,270 Surgical clip applier 345 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 328 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 327 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 426 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 356 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 345 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 447 1995
5,799,857 Circular anastomosis device 515 1996
5,709,334 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 286 1996
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 427 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 410 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 353 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 466 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 481 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 380 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 396 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 250 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 473 1996
5,643,291 Surgical clip applicator 175 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 255 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 506 1996
5,782,859 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 307 1996
5,836,960 Endoscopic surgical apparatus with rotation lock 171 1997
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 400 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 219 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 365 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 334 1997
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 396 1997
* 5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 519 1997
5,938,667 Surgical clip applier 272 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 451 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 567 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 205 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 485 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 581 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 599 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 387 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 383 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 277 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 226 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 472 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 501 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 504 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 283 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 420 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 359 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 414 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 380 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 389 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 289 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 405 2004
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 270 2005
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 306 2005
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 276 2006
7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 252 2007
2008/0041,916 Surgical stapling apparatus 136 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 585 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 448 1998
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 376 2000
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 422 1996
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 481 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 609 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 486 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 489 1995
5,749,893 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 437 1996
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 374 1996
5,817,109 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 301 1996
6,716,232 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 336 1998
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 633 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 264 2001
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 340 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 322 2004
2005/0131,390 Surgical instruments including mems devices 282 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 378 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 313 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 244 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 414 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 363 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 327 2006
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
7,090,673 Vessel sealer and divider 370 2002
 
BLACK & DECKER INC. (3)
5,200,280 Terminal cover for a battery pack 130 1992
6,223,835 Battery-powered hand-guided power tool 138 2000
7,207,233 Mechanism for use in a power tool and a power tool including such a mechanism 106 2002
 
DEPUY MITEK, LLC (3)
6,620,166 Suture buttress system 182 1998
6,156,056 Suture buttress 236 1998
6,814,741 Suture buttress 184 2000
 
DISCUS DENTAL, LLC (1)
2006/0008,787 Voice alert in dentistry 104 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 492 1994
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 342 2001
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 507 1987
 
DETROIT NEUROSURGICAL FOUDATION (1)
5,061,269 Surgical rongeur power grip structure and method 144 1990
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 511 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 269 2001
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 246 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 266 2006
 
ACUMED LLC (2)
7,343,920 Connective tissue repair system 153 2002
2004/0122,471 Connective tissue repair system 104 2002
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 3 1998
 
Tricord Solutions, Inc. (1)
6,705,503 Electrical motor driven nail gun 128 2003
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 420 2006
 
KIRWAN SURGICAL PRODUCTS LLC (1)
6,228,084 Electro-surgical forceps having recessed irrigation channel 159 1999
 
AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION (1)
7,036,680 Device for dispensing plastic fasteners 102 2004
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 462 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 287 2003
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 206 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 314 1996
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 311 2002
 
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
5,533,581 Electric hand tool, in particular drill 150 1993
 
KLIEMAN, CHARLES H., M.D. (1)
5,792,165 Endoscopic instrument with detachable end effector 448 1995
 
DAVID NEEDLEMAN (1)
6,270,508 End effector and instrument for endoscopic and general surgery needle control 336 1999
 
COVIDIEN AG (2)
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 363 2002
7,160,299 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 337 2004
 
Starion Instruments Corporation (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 275 2003
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
2005/0059,997 Circular stapler buttress 327 2003
 
CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,574,431 Deactivateable security tag 160 1995
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (2)
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 0 2002
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 0 2002
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 319 1993
5,667,527 Staples 316 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 348 1999
 
XOMED SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC (1)
5,796,188 Battery-powered medical instrument with power booster 145 1995
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 462 1993
 
Catheter Research, Inc. (1)
5,188,111 Device for seeking an area of interest within a body 243 1991
 
COVIDIEN LP (81)
5,725,536 Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism 532 1996
5,797,537 Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism 613 1996
5,820,009 Articulated surgical instrument with improved jaw closure mechanism 471 1996
6,315,184 Stapling device for use with an electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 457 1999
6,443,973 Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 521 1999
6,264,087 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 529 1999
6,358,224 Irrigation system for endoscopic surgery 144 1999
6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 420 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 401 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 321 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 433 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 358 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 360 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 258 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 293 2001
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 432 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 375 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 272 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 477 2001
2003/0105,478 Surgical device 147 2001
2003/0130,677 Surgical device 206 2002
2004/0111,081 Electro-mechanical surgical device 160 2002
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 321 2002
2002/0165,541 Bipolar or ultrasonic surgical device 224 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 245 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 233 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 245 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 229 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 320 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 363 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 361 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 468 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 343 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 235 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 334 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 378 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 289 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 374 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 253 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 334 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 386 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 350 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 402 2004
2006/0241,655 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 130 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 330 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 442 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 368 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 311 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 368 2004
2005/0192,609 Electro-mechanical surgical device 142 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 327 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 268 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 241 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 378 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 280 2005
2006/0108,393 Structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 281 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 237 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 348 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 283 2006
2006/0273,135 Surgical instruments employing sensors 117 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 253 2006
2007/0055,219 Shaft, e.g., for an electro-mechanical surgical device 127 2006
2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 306 2006
2008/0083,813 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 221 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 288 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 246 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 271 2007
2007/0181,632 Anvil assembly with improved cut ring 228 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 215 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 280 2007
2008/0314,960 Detachable buttress material retention systems for use with a surgical stapling device 273 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 271 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 236 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 236 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 249 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 208 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 226 2009
2009/0255,975 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 210 2009
2009/0255,976 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 238 2009
2009/0255,977 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS 209 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 213 2009
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (2)
6,723,087 Apparatus and method for performing surgery on a patient 124 2001
2005/0171,522 Transurethral needle ablation system with needle position indicator 119 2004
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 316 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
6,569,171 Safety locking mechanism for a medical clip device 198 2001
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 594 2002
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
6,786,896 Robotic apparatus 248 2000
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 184 1996
 
PACIFIC CENTURY MOTORS, INC. (1)
5,948,030 Steering angle determaination method and apparatus 115 1997
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (3)
6,835,199 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 373 2002
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 230 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 242 2006
 
YASUMI CAPITAL, LLC (1)
6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 243 1999
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (2)
5,527,320 Surgical clip applying instrument 183 1994
6,162,208 Articulating endoscopic implant rotator surgical apparatus and method for using same 230 1998
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
5,080,556 Thermal seal for a gas turbine spacer disc 139 1990
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
* 7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 231 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 438 1999
 
GENESIS ORTHOPEDICS (1)
5,591,170 Intramedullary bone cutting saw 259 1994
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (1)
5,873,885 Surgical handpiece 135 1997
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 20 2002
 
BIODYNAMICS LLC (1)
2006/0142,772 Surgical fasteners and related implant devices having bioabsorbable components 151 2004
 
SMITH, W. ALAN, JR., TRUSTEE (1)
4,619,262 Surgical stapling device 214 1985
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 347 2004
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 201 1996
 
Technalytics Inc. (2)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 409 1980
5,458,579 Mechanical trocar insertion apparatus 112 1992
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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9,119,657 Rotary actuatable closure arrangement for surgical end effector 0 2012
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (199)
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 158 2007
8,882,791 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 1 2007
8,808,319 Surgical instruments 4 2007
8,523,889 Ultrasonic end effectors with increased active length 7 2007
8,512,365 Surgical instruments 7 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 28 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 26 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 30 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 61 2008
9,044,261 Temperature controlled ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2008
8,623,027 Ergonomic surgical instruments 6 2008
* 8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 34 2008
8,650,728 Method of assembling a transducer for a surgical instrument 4 2009
9,017,326 Impedance monitoring apparatus, system, and method for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2009
8,663,220 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 3 2009
8,461,744 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 11 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 121 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 14 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 82 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 83 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 32 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 45 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 74 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 64 2010
8,961,547 Ultrasonic surgical instruments with moving cutting implement 0 2010
8,951,272 Seal arrangements for ultrasonically powered surgical instruments 0 2010
8,579,928 Outer sheath and blade arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 7 2010
8,531,064 Ultrasonically powered surgical instruments with rotating cutting implement 7 2010
8,486,096 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 9 2010
8,469,981 Rotatable cutting implement arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 9 2010
8,419,759 Ultrasonic surgical instrument with comb-like tissue trimming device 11 2010
8,382,782 Ultrasonic surgical instruments with partially rotating blade and fixed pad arrangement 12 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 24 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 44 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 18 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 54 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 63 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 30 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 17 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 30 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 64 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 44 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 47 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 50 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 19 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 20 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 19 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 19 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 23 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 47 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 84 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 3 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 79 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 30 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 20 2010
9,113,862 Surgical stapling instrument with a variable staple forming system 0 2010
9,113,864 Surgical cutting and fastening instruments with separate and distinct fastener deployment and tissue cutting systems 0 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 3 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 9 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 11 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 12 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 15 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 18 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 17 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 18 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 18 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 18 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 17 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 18 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 64 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 71 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 95 2010
9,089,360 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2010
9,060,775 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,060,776 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,050,093 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,039,695 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,986,302 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,956,349 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,951,248 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 23 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 172 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 53 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 91 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 11 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 24 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 90 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 98 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 100 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 44 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 110 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 45 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 9 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 34 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 10 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 10 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 33 2011
9,044,229 Surgical fastener instruments 0 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 10 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 14 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 19 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 65 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 38 2011
9,113,865 Staple cartridge comprising a layer 0 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 3 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 12 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 14 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 18 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 19 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 18 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 22 2011
9,072,535 Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements 0 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 7 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 17 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 20 2011
9,089,338 Medical device packaging with window for insertion of reusable component 0 2011
9,072,523 Medical device with feature for sterile acceptance of non-sterile reusable component 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 107 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 86 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 112 2011
9,113,883 Collapsible anvil plate assemblies for circular surgical stapling devices 0 2011
9,113,884 Modular surgical tool systems 0 2011
9,089,330 Surgical bowel retractor devices 0 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 3 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 14 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 18 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 20 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 26 2011
9,107,663 Stapling instrument comprising resettable staple drivers 0 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 15 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 19 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 11 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 18 2011
8,591,536 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 12 2011
9,011,427 Surgical instrument safety glasses 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 19 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 17 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 19 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 21 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 18 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 46 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 50 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 55 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 55 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 68 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
8,900,259 Surgical instruments 2 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 19 2012
9,078,653 Surgical stapling device with lockout system for preventing actuation in the absence of an installed staple cartridge 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 27 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 55 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 34 2012
9,101,358 Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive 0 2012
9,101,385 Electrode connections for rotary driven surgical tools 0 2012
9,072,536 Differential locking arrangements for rotary powered surgical instruments 0 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 19 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 47 2012
9,050,124 Ultrasonic surgical instrument and cartilage and bone shaping blades therefor 0 2012
8,546,999 Housing arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 16 2012
8,779,648 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 11 2012
8,704,425 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 11 2012
9,072,539 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2012
8,749,116 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 4 2012
8,546,996 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 15 2012
8,709,031 Methods for driving an ultrasonic surgical instrument with modulator 12 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 9 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 19 2012
9,095,367 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 2012
8,986,333 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,754,570 Ultrasonic surgical instruments comprising transducer arrangements 3 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 19 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 27 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 11 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 21 2013
9,084,601 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,773,001 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 11 2013
9,107,689 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2013
9,066,747 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 0 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 9 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 3 2014
9,095,339 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
9,113,874 Surgical instrument system 0 2014
9,072,515 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
 
COVIDIEN LP (32)
* 7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 13 2008
8,733,614 End effector identification by mechanical features 1 2010
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 2 2010
8,714,430 Indicator for surgical stapler 1 2010
8,561,871 Indicators for surgical staplers 4 2010
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 20 2011
8,496,157 Tilting anvil for annular surgical stapler 1 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 3 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,292,150 Adapter for powered surgical devices 10 2011
* 2012/0104,071 ADAPTER FOR POWERED SURGICAL DEVICES 2 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 1 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 3 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 2 2012
* 8,459,522 Powered surgical stapling device 2 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 3 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 2 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 2 2012
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 4 2014
8,985,428 Indicator for surgical stapler 0 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,010,611 End effector identification by mechanical features 0 2014
9,016,545 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
 
MICROAIRE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, LLC (1)
* 8,956,342 Method and device for ergonomically and ambidextrously operable surgical device 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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