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, OH1736

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Morgan, Jerome R Cincinnati, OH 327 25770
Ouwerkerk, John N Cinncinnati, OH 54 4843
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 787 41355

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2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 67 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 64 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 102 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 237 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 294 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 305 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 230 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 206 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 226 2008
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2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 294 2008
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2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 293 2008
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2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 109 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 225 2008
 
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5,339,799 Medical system for reproducing a state of contact of the treatment section in the operation unit 396 1992
5,389,098 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 581 1993
5,467,911 Surgical device for stapling and fastening body tissues 435 1994
5,582,611 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 528 1994
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 365 1995
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 341 1995
6,099,537 Medical treatment instrument 264 1997
5,906,625 Tissue-fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissue 239 1997
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 336 1997
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 315 2000
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,752,768 Surgical biopsy system with remote control for selecting an operational mode 278 2002
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (5)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 298 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 271 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 267 2002
2004/0028,502 Surgical staple 50 2003
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 326 2005
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 334 1983
 
TUEBINGEN SCIENTIFIC SURGICAL PRODUCT GMBH (2)
7,241,288 Surgical instrument 243 2004
2005/0033,357 Surgical instrument comprising an instrument handle and zero point adjustment 112 2004
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 528 1996
 
Klieman; Charles H. (2)
5,582,617 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 441 1994
5,817,119 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 350 1996
 
PANDUIT CORP. (1)
4,790,225 Dispenser of discrete cable ties provided on a continuous ribbon of cable ties 119 1986
 
STENUMED, INC. (1)
6,126,670 Cordless surgical handpiece with disposable battery; and method 132 1999
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,629,107 Ligating instrument 226 1984
 
ZIMMER ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,931,853 Physiologic tourniquet with safety circuit 128 1997
 
PROTHIA (1)
7,048,687 Limited use medical probe 260 2003
 
Medical Ventures Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 279 2007
 
GENOIL INC. (2)
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 15 2004
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 15 2004
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (5)
* 5,207,697 Battery powered surgical handpiece 322 1991
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 426 1995
5,747,953 Cordless, battery operated surical tool 143 1996
6,522,101 Rechargeable battery with memory that contains charging sequence data 138 2000
6,752,816 Powered surgical handpiece with removable control switch 129 2001
 
VLEUGELS HOLDING B.V. (1)
7,300,450 Surgical instrument 121 2002
 
TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC (1)
7,295,907 Recovery of calibrated center steering position after loss of battery power 100 2005
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (6)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
 
BINFORMA GROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
7,098,794 Deactivating a data tag for user privacy or tamper-evident packaging 158 2004
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 417 1998
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 429 1988
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,503,638 Soft tissue stapling buttress 327 1994
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 388 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 359 1995
 
MABUCHI, KEN-ICHI (1)
4,565,189 Beauty treatment device 88 1982
 
Desoutter Limited (1)
4,729,260 Two speed gearbox 106 1986
 
Archimedes Surgical, Inc. (1)
5,558,665 Surgical instrument and method for intraluminal retraction of an anatomic structure 260 1994
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 344 1990
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 471 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 546 1998
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC (1)
6,082,577 Cable tie dispensing apparatus 95 1999
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 327 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 465 1996
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 372 2003
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
7,122,028 Reconfiguration surgical apparatus 113 2001
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (1)
6,022,352 Bone fixation screw system 257 1998
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
6,309,403 Dexterous articulated linkage for surgical applications 138 1999
 
YOON, INBAE (1)
6,214,028 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors and method of using the same 260 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 267 2001
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 237 2004
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
4,728,876 Orthopedic drive assembly 140 1986
5,553,675 Orthopedic surgical device 182 1994
 
United States Surgical Corporation (147)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 374 1980
4,606,343 Self-powered surgical fastening instrument 418 1980
4,349,028 Surgical stapling apparatus having self-contained pneumatic system for completing manually initiated motion sequence 245 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 369 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 484 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 251 1981
4,520,817 Surgical instruments 460 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 595 1982
4,506,671 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 261 1983
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 260 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 278 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 509 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 481 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 367 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 305 1984
4,665,916 Surgical stapler apparatus 180 1985
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 573 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 350 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 328 1985
4,752,024 Surgical fastener and surgical stapling apparatus 494 1986
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 440 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 284 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 338 1988
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 308 1989
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 460 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 708 1989
5,100,420 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 335 1989
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 446 1989
5,116,349 Surgical fastener apparatus 301 1990
5,084,057 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 591 1990
5,031,814 Locking mechanism for surgical fastening apparatus 271 1990
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 294 1990
5,253,793 Apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 275 1991
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 328 1991
5,413,267 Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means 281 1991
5,158,567 One-piece surgical staple 240 1991
5,106,008 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 204 1991
5,282,829 Hollow body implants 311 1991
5,470,006 Surgical fastening apparatus with locking mechanism 224 1992
5,318,221 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 464 1992
5,485,952 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 399 1992
5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 356 1993
5,391,180 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 146 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 207 1993
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 537 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 400 1993
5,383,881 Safety device for use with endoscopic instrumentation 161 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 315 1993
5,542,594 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 423 1993
5,478,003 Surgical apparatus 304 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 418 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 491 1993
5,484,095 Apparatus for endoscopically applying staples individually to body tissue 458 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 505 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 292 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 283 1994
5,522,817 Absorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements 266 1994
5,449,365 Surgical clamp apparatus 181 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 298 1994
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 240 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 416 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 403 1994
5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 433 1994
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 241 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 191 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 393 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 692 1994
5,685,474 Tactile indicator for surgical instrument 285 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 517 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 288 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 344 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 265 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 171 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 183 1994
5,579,978 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 186 1994
5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 197 1995
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 563 1995
5,540,375 Endoscopic stapler 326 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 438 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 423 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 385 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 289 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 411 1995
5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 223 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 285 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 400 1995
5,706,998 Surgical stapler with alignment pin locking mechanism 210 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 335 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 206 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 228 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 272 1995
5,700,270 Surgical clip applier 326 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 309 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 310 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 403 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 340 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 332 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 427 1995
5,799,857 Circular anastomosis device 491 1996
5,709,334 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 274 1996
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 405 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 393 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 331 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 444 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 460 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 362 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 377 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 236 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 448 1996
5,643,291 Surgical clip applicator 163 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 240 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 486 1996
5,782,859 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 289 1996
5,836,960 Endoscopic surgical apparatus with rotation lock 157 1997
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 382 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 208 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 344 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 316 1997
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 377 1997
* 5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 496 1997
5,938,667 Surgical clip applier 257 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 434 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 544 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 194 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 466 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 561 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 570 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 371 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 368 1998
6,083,234 Anastomosis instrument and method 261 1999
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 214 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 452 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 479 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 484 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 266 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 397 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 343 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 398 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 361 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 369 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 272 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 387 2004
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 253 2005
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 288 2005
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 260 2006
7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 235 2007
2008/0041,916 Surgical stapling apparatus 126 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 560 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 426 1998
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 357 2000
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 399 1996
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 461 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 583 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 464 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 467 1995
5,749,893 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 421 1996
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 357 1996
5,817,109 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 288 1996
6,716,232 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 319 1998
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 607 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 247 2001
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 323 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 307 2004
2005/0131,390 Surgical instruments including mems devices 268 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 360 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 294 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 229 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 393 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 345 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 309 2006
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
7,090,673 Vessel sealer and divider 353 2002
 
BLACK & DECKER INC. (3)
5,200,280 Terminal cover for a battery pack 121 1992
6,223,835 Battery-powered hand-guided power tool 129 2000
7,207,233 Mechanism for use in a power tool and a power tool including such a mechanism 96 2002
 
DEPUY MITEK, LLC (3)
6,620,166 Suture buttress system 171 1998
6,156,056 Suture buttress 223 1998
6,814,741 Suture buttress 171 2000
 
DISCUS DENTAL, LLC (1)
2006/0008,787 Voice alert in dentistry 95 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 474 1994
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 321 2001
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 484 1987
 
DETROIT NEUROSURGICAL FOUDATION (1)
5,061,269 Surgical rongeur power grip structure and method 134 1990
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 487 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 250 2001
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 229 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 249 2006
 
ACUMED LLC (2)
7,343,920 Connective tissue repair system 136 2002
2004/0122,471 Connective tissue repair system 102 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 119 2003
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 391 2006
 
KIRWAN SURGICAL PRODUCTS LLC (1)
6,228,084 Electro-surgical forceps having recessed irrigation channel 148 1999
 
AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION (1)
7,036,680 Device for dispensing plastic fasteners 93 2004
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 440 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 273 2003
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 195 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 297 1996
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 293 2002
 
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
5,533,581 Electric hand tool, in particular drill 140 1993
 
KLIEMAN, CHARLES H., M.D. (1)
5,792,165 Endoscopic instrument with detachable end effector 421 1995
 
DAVID NEEDLEMAN (1)
6,270,508 End effector and instrument for endoscopic and general surgery needle control 315 1999
 
COVIDIEN AG (2)
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 347 2002
7,160,299 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 309 2004
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 258 2003
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
2005/0059,997 Circular stapler buttress 305 2003
 
CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,574,431 Deactivateable security tag 151 1995
 
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
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 295 1993
5,667,527 Staples 296 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 327 1999
 
XOMED SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,796,188 Battery-powered medical instrument with power booster 136 1995
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 451 1993
 
Catheter Research, Inc. (1)
5,188,111 Device for seeking an area of interest within a body 234 1991
 
COVIDIEN LP (81)
5,725,536 Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism 508 1996
5,797,537 Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism 586 1996
5,820,009 Articulated surgical instrument with improved jaw closure mechanism 451 1996
6,315,184 Stapling device for use with an electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 437 1999
6,443,973 Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 493 1999
6,264,087 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 508 1999
6,358,224 Irrigation system for endoscopic surgery 135 1999
6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 396 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 379 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 300 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 409 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 341 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 342 2000
6,793,652 Electro-mechanical surgical device 246 2000
6,981,941 Electro-mechanical surgical device 277 2001
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 412 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 355 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 258 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 454 2001
2003/0105,478 Surgical device 135 2001
2003/0130,677 Surgical device 193 2002
2004/0111,081 Electro-mechanical surgical device 148 2002
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 302 2002
2002/0165,541 Bipolar or ultrasonic surgical device 213 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 231 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 220 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 232 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 215 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 303 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 344 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 342 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 445 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 324 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 217 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 315 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 360 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 271 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 357 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 247 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 313 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 366 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 327 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 384 2004
2006/0241,655 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 120 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 315 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 420 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 349 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 307 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 349 2004
2005/0192,609 Electro-mechanical surgical device 132 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 313 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 255 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 228 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 354 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 260 2005
2006/0108,393 Structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 264 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 221 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 329 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 267 2006
2006/0273,135 Surgical instruments employing sensors 116 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 238 2006
2007/0055,219 Shaft, e.g., for an electro-mechanical surgical device 115 2006
2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 289 2006
2008/0083,813 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 207 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 269 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 231 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 255 2007
2007/0181,632 Anvil assembly with improved cut ring 214 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 200 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 260 2007
2008/0314,960 Detachable buttress material retention systems for use with a surgical stapling device 252 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 255 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 220 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 221 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 232 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 196 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 210 2009
2009/0255,975 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 194 2009
2009/0255,976 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 218 2009
2009/0255,977 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS 194 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 198 2009
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (2)
6,723,087 Apparatus and method for performing surgery on a patient 113 2001
2005/0171,522 Transurethral needle ablation system with needle position indicator 108 2004
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 299 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
6,569,171 Safety locking mechanism for a medical clip device 183 2001
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 568 2002
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
6,786,896 Robotic apparatus 226 2000
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 182 1996
 
PACIFIC CENTURY MOTORS, INC. (1)
5,948,030 Steering angle determaination method and apparatus 106 1997
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (3)
6,835,199 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 356 2002
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 217 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 222 2006
 
YASUMI CAPITAL, LLC (1)
6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 233 1999
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (2)
5,527,320 Surgical clip applying instrument 171 1994
6,162,208 Articulating endoscopic implant rotator surgical apparatus and method for using same 216 1998
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
5,080,556 Thermal seal for a gas turbine spacer disc 130 1990
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
* 7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 217 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 414 1999
 
GENESIS ORTHOPEDICS (1)
5,591,170 Intramedullary bone cutting saw 246 1994
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (1)
5,873,885 Surgical handpiece 123 1997
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 19 2002
 
BIODYNAMICS LLC (1)
2006/0142,772 Surgical fasteners and related implant devices having bioabsorbable components 139 2004
 
SMITH, W. ALAN, JR., TRUSTEE (1)
4,619,262 Surgical stapling device 201 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 327 2004
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 184 1996
 
Technalytics, Inc. (2)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 388 1980
5,458,579 Mechanical trocar insertion apparatus 103 1992
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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9,066,747 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 0 2013
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (176)
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 135 2007
8,882,791 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 1 2007
8,808,319 Surgical instruments 3 2007
8,523,889 Ultrasonic end effectors with increased active length 5 2007
8,512,365 Surgical instruments 5 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 17 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 15 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 18 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 48 2008
9,044,261 Temperature controlled ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2008
8,623,027 Ergonomic surgical instruments 4 2008
* 8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 21 2008
8,650,728 Method of assembling a transducer for a surgical instrument 2 2009
9,017,326 Impedance monitoring apparatus, system, and method for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2009
8,663,220 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 2 2009
8,461,744 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 8 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 105 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 6 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 68 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 69 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 19 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 32 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 60 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 48 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 5 2010
8,531,064 Ultrasonically powered surgical instruments with rotating cutting implement 5 2010
8,486,096 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 7 2010
8,469,981 Rotatable cutting implement arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 7 2010
8,419,759 Ultrasonic surgical instrument with comb-like tissue trimming device 9 2010
8,382,782 Ultrasonic surgical instruments with partially rotating blade and fixed pad arrangement 10 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 13 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 31 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 10 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 41 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 49 2010
8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 18 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 8 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 18 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 50 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 31 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 34 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 37 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 9 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 10 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 9 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 9 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 12 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 34 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 69 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 64 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 18 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 10 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 3 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 5 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 6 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 8 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 7 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 8 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 8 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 8 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 7 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 8 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 46 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 53 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 75 2010
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 12 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 155 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 40 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 77 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 3 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 13 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 76 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 84 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 85 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 31 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 95 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 32 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 1 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 21 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 2 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 2 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 22 2011
9,044,229 Surgical fastener instruments 0 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 1 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 6 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 9 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 47 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 25 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 0 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 5 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 6 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 8 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 9 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 8 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 11 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 7 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 9 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 91 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 70 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 96 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 6 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 8 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 10 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 16 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 6 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 9 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 2 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 7 2011
8,591,536 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 10 2011
9,011,427 Surgical instrument safety glasses 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 9 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 7 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 8 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 10 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 8 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 29 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 32 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 37 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 36 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 50 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
8,900,259 Surgical instruments 2 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 9 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 16 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 42 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 21 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 9 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 34 2012
9,050,124 Ultrasonic surgical instrument and cartilage and bone shaping blades therefor 0 2012
8,546,999 Housing arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 13 2012
8,779,648 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 9 2012
8,704,425 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 9 2012
8,749,116 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 3 2012
8,546,996 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 12 2012
8,709,031 Methods for driving an ultrasonic surgical instrument with modulator 10 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 1 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 9 2012
8,986,333 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 2 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 9 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 16 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 3 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 11 2013
8,773,001 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 9 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 1 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
 
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 12 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 1 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
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