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, OH1639

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Morgan, Jerome R Cincinnati, OH 301 21198
Ouwerkerk, John N Cinncinnati, OH 52 3887
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 694 32088

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7,506,790 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation mechanism 253 2005
2006/0025,811 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation mechanism 169 2005
2006/0025,812 Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated pivoting articulation mechanism 202 2005
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2006/0025,813 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 191 2005
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2006/0052,825 Surgical implant alloy 188 2005
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2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 293 2005
2007/0102,473 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 184 2005
2007/0102,474 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 169 2005
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2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 163 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 298 2006
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2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 254 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 299 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 187 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 179 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 165 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 209 2006
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2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 239 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 135 2007
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2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 139 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 221 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 100 2007
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2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 324 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 341 2007
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2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 319 2007
2008/0169,332 Surgical stapling device with a curved cutting member 323 2007
2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 322 2007
2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 268 2007
2007/0194,080 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 141 2007
2007/0194,081 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 228 2007
2007/0194,082 Surgical stapling device with anvil having staple forming pockets of varying depths 258 2007
2007/0262,116 Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers 125 2007
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2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 120 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 127 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 122 2007
7,510,107 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertent cable disengagement 260 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 102 2007
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2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 243 2007
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2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 90 2007
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7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 225 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 109 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 56 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 90 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 91 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 300 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 148 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 221 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 282 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 298 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 156 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 287 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 153 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 148 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 130 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 297 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 212 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 307 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 212 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 96 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 158 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 58 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 111 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 69 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 70 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 69 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 79 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 78 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 198 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 77 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 66 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 63 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 99 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 214 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 256 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 266 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 201 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 190 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 198 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 107 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 256 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 136 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 255 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 260 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 229 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 160 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 102 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 203 2008
 
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5,397,046 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 326 1993
5,391,180 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 127 1993
5,379,933 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 184 1993
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 496 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 357 1993
5,383,881 Safety device for use with endoscopic instrumentation 139 1993
5,413,268 Apparatus and method for placing stables in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 287 1993
5,542,594 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 374 1993
5,478,003 Surgical apparatus 275 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 377 1993
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5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 456 1993
5,431,322 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 264 1993
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5,522,817 Absorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements 236 1994
5,449,365 Surgical clamp apparatus 158 1994
5,456,401 Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism 270 1994
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 213 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 376 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 366 1994
5,482,197 Articulating surgical cartridge assembly 396 1994
5,445,304 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 220 1994
5,465,896 Linear surgical stapling instrument 172 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 356 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 641 1994
5,685,474 Tactile indicator for surgical instrument 255 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 477 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 254 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 310 1994
5,472,132 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 238 1994
5,462,215 Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 155 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 166 1994
5,579,978 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 164 1994
5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 170 1995
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 510 1995
5,540,375 Endoscopic stapler 289 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 404 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 385 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 351 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 260 1995
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5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 201 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 255 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 365 1995
5,706,998 Surgical stapler with alignment pin locking mechanism 186 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 306 1995
5,715,988 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 183 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 205 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 240 1995
5,700,270 Surgical clip applier 295 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 278 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 280 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 368 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 305 1995
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5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 386 1995
5,799,857 Circular anastomosis device 448 1996
5,709,334 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 247 1996
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 372 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 358 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 300 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 404 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 411 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 327 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 343 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 213 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 396 1996
5,643,291 Surgical clip applicator 141 1996
5,893,506 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 217 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 448 1996
5,782,859 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 252 1996
5,836,960 Endoscopic surgical apparatus with rotation lock 132 1997
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 348 1997
5,735,445 Surgical stapler 191 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 314 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 277 1997
6,024,748 Singleshot anastomosis instrument with detachable loading unit and method 344 1997
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5,938,667 Surgical clip applier 226 1997
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 394 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 500 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 176 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 422 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 516 1997
5,915,616 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 519 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 337 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 338 1998
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6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 192 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 414 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 438 2000
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6,681,978 Surgical stapler 238 2001
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6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 377 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 321 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 230 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 410 2001
2003/0105,478 Surgical device 118 2001
2003/0130,677 Surgical device 166 2002
2004/0111,081 Electro-mechanical surgical device 126 2002
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 268 2002
2002/0165,541 Bipolar or ultrasonic surgical device 188 2002
6,846,308 Electro-mechanical surgical device 204 2002
6,846,309 Electro-mechanical surgical device 196 2002
6,849,071 Electro-mechanical surgical device 208 2002
6,846,307 Electro-mechanical surgical device 192 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 270 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 315 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 313 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 405 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 287 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 193 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 269 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 326 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 242 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 322 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 233 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 280 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 325 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 290 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 350 2004
2006/0241,655 Energy stored in spring with controlled release 102 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 283 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 368 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 310 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 289 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 311 2004
2005/0192,609 Electro-mechanical surgical device 114 2005
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 280 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 227 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 194 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 311 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 230 2005
2006/0108,393 Structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 234 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 189 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 293 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 239 2006
2006/0273,135 Surgical instruments employing sensors 110 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 202 2006
2007/0055,219 Shaft, e.g., for an electro-mechanical surgical device 90 2006
2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 257 2006
2008/0083,813 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 182 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 235 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 204 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 229 2007
2007/0181,632 Anvil assembly with improved cut ring 190 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 174 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 225 2007
2008/0314,960 Detachable buttress material retention systems for use with a surgical stapling device 214 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 226 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 197 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 198 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 204 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 166 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 181 2009
2009/0255,975 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 168 2009
2009/0255,976 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 187 2009
2009/0255,977 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS 167 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 175 2009
 
ETHICON, INC. (58)
4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 274 1983
4,527,724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 267 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 661 1983
4,591,085 Surgical instrument for applying fasteners, said instrument having an improved trigger interlocking mechanism (Case VI) 195 1984
4,655,222 Coated surgical staple 241 1984
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 350 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 388 1984
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 306 1988
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 439 1988
4,938,408 Surgical stapler safety and sequencing mechanisms 185 1989
5,104,025 Intraluminal anastomotic surgical stapler with detached anvil 426 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 491 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 301 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 549 1991
5,246,156 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 319 1991
5,171,247 Endoscopic multiple ligating clip applier with rotating shaft 326 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 332 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 205 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 442 1992
5,330,502 Rotational endoscopic mechanism with jointed drive mechanism 424 1992
5,309,927 Circular stapler tissue retention spring method 329 1992
5,409,498 Rotatable articulating endoscopic fastening instrument 188 1992
5,383,880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 528 1992
5,304,204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 345 1993
5,431,668 Ligating clip applier 185 1993
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 315 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 716 1993
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 964 1993
5,447,513 Endoscopic ligation and division instrument 187 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 471 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 330 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 443 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 240 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 350 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 596 1994
5,607,095 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 314 1995
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 341 1995
5,609,285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 393 1995
5,632,433 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 332 1995
5,603,443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 319 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 356 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 306 1995
5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 368 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 404 1995
* 5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 497 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 505 1995
5,829,662 Endoscopic surgical stapling instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 381 1996
5,833,690 Electrosurgical device and method 526 1997
6,325,810 Foam buttress for stapling apparatus 419 1999
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 363 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 258 2001
7,143,923 Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil 186 2003
7,220,272 Composite staple and method for using same 176 2003
6,786,382 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an articulation joint for a firing bar track 442 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 392 2003
6,981,628 Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control 485 2003
7,111,769 Surgical instrument incorporating an articulation mechanism having rotation about the longitudinal axis 304 2003
2005/0131,457 Variable stiffness shaft 126 2003
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 428 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 528 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 420 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 419 1995
5,749,893 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 385 1996
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 323 1996
5,817,109 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 254 1996
6,716,232 Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife 275 1998
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 554 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 219 2001
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 292 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 275 2004
2005/0131,390 Surgical instruments including mems devices 239 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 327 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 260 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 205 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 358 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 298 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 278 2006
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (9)
5,339,799 Medical system for reproducing a state of contact of the treatment section in the operation unit 355 1992
5,389,098 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 531 1993
5,467,911 Surgical device for stapling and fastening body tissues 400 1994
5,582,611 Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues 485 1994
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 329 1995
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 307 1995
6,099,537 Medical treatment instrument 226 1997
5,906,625 Tissue-fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissue 210 1997
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 307 1997
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (6)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 20 2001
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (6)
2004/0164,123 Surgical stapling device 208 2004
D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (5)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 266 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 240 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 235 2002
2004/0028,502 Surgical staple 50 2003
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 292 2005
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (5)
5,240,163 Linear surgical stapling instrument 169 1991
5,342,395 Absorbable surgical repair devices 342 1992
5,258,009 Malleable, bioabsorbable,plastic staple having a knotted configuration; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 215 1992
5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 275 1992
5,904,693 Automatic laparoscopic ligation clip applicator 158 1994
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (5)
* 5,207,697 Battery powered surgical handpiece 291 1991
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 385 1995
5,747,953 Cordless, battery operated surical tool 125 1996
6,522,101 Rechargeable battery with memory that contains charging sequence data 122 2000
6,752,816 Powered surgical handpiece with removable control switch 107 2001
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (4)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 423 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 388 2002
2004/0243,176 Medical instrument 163 2004
2005/0107,824 Medical instrument 158 2004
 
BLACK & DECKER INC. (3)
5,200,280 Terminal cover for a battery pack 105 1992
6,223,835 Battery-powered hand-guided power tool 113 2000
7,207,233 Mechanism for use in a power tool and a power tool including such a mechanism 79 2002
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (3)
6,620,166 Suture buttress system 148 1998
6,156,056 Suture buttress 192 1998
6,814,741 Suture buttress 145 2000
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 259 1993
5,667,527 Staples 264 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 291 1999
 
NICOLIA, JOSEPH (3)
2004/0118,056 Wedge-lock building blocks 1 2002
2004/0118,056 Wedge-lock building blocks 1 2002
2004/0118,056 Wedge-lock building blocks 1 2002
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (3)
6,835,199 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 318 2002
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 194 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 193 2006
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,503,638 Soft tissue stapling buttress 282 1994
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 334 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 311 1995
 
ACUMED LLC (2)
7,343,920 Connective tissue repair system 113 2002
2004/0122,471 Connective tissue repair system 91 2002
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 518 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 393 1998
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 240 2001
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 211 2004
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 295 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 421 1996
 
COVIDIEN AG (2)
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 317 2002
7,160,299 Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy 260 2004
 
GENOIL INC. (2)
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 12 2004
2005/0173,337 Method and apparatus for separating immiscible phases with different densities 12 2004
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 449 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 223 2001
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
* 7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 188 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 366 1999
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
4,941,623 Stapling process and device for use on the mesentery of the abdomen 372 1989
5,027,834 Stapling process for use on the mesenteries of the abdomen 189 1990
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (2)
6,077,286 Instrument with a bendable handle 85 1999
6,436,122 Handle for a medical instrument 82 2000
 
Klieman; Charles H. (2)
5,582,617 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 391 1994
5,817,119 Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 303 1996
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
4,728,876 Orthopedic drive assembly 123 1986
5,553,675 Orthopedic surgical device 164 1994
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 401 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 244 2003
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (2)
6,723,087 Apparatus and method for performing surgery on a patient 91 2001
2005/0171,522 Transurethral needle ablation system with needle position indicator 87 2004
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
6,569,171 Safety locking mechanism for a medical clip device 159 2001
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 509 2002
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 200 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 219 2006
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (2)
6,171,330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 193 1999
2006/0122,636 Appliance for storing, distributing and placing surgical fasteners 121 2005
 
Technalytics, Inc. (2)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 357 1980
5,458,579 Mechanical trocar insertion apparatus 86 1992
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (2)
5,527,320 Surgical clip applying instrument 148 1994
6,162,208 Articulating endoscopic implant rotator surgical apparatus and method for using same 178 1998
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (2)
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
 
TUEBINGEN SCIENTIFIC SURGICAL PRODUCT GMBH (2)
7,241,288 Surgical instrument 213 2004
2005/0033,357 Surgical instrument comprising an instrument handle and zero point adjustment 92 2004
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 178 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 269 1996
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 418 1993
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 160 1996
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 481 1996
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
Archimedes Surgical, Inc. (1)
5,558,665 Surgical instrument and method for intraluminal retraction of an anatomic structure 238 1994
 
AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION (1)
7,036,680 Device for dispensing plastic fasteners 77 2004
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 302 1983
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 13 2002
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 313 1990
 
BINFORMA GROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
7,098,794 Deactivating a data tag for user privacy or tamper-evident packaging 137 2004
 
BIODYNAMICS LLC (1)
2006/0142,772 Surgical fasteners and related implant devices having bioabsorbable components 114 2004
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 278 2000
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (1)
6,022,352 Bone fixation screw system 230 1998
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
6,309,403 Dexterous articulated linkage for surgical applications 111 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 322 2000
 
BRIDGE BLOOD TECHNOLOGIES LLC, NEW YORK LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
5,275,608 Generic endoscopic instrument 309 1991
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 3 1998
 
CAREFUSION 2200, INC. (1)
7,122,028 Reconfiguration surgical apparatus 92 2001
 
Catheter Research, Inc. (1)
5,188,111 Device for seeking an area of interest within a body 216 1991
 
CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,574,431 Deactivateable security tag 132 1995
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,094,247 Biopsy forceps with handle having a flexible coupling 87 1990
 
DAVID NEEDLEMAN (1)
6,270,508 End effector and instrument for endoscopic and general surgery needle control 286 1999
 
Dean Allgeyer, M.D., Inc. (1)
RE37814 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 185 2000
 
Desoutter Limited (1)
4,729,260 Two speed gearbox 90 1986
 
DETROIT NEUROSURGICAL FOUDATION (1)
5,061,269 Surgical rongeur power grip structure and method 116 1990
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,752,768 Surgical biopsy system with remote control for selecting an operational mode 240 2002
 
DISCUS DENTAL, LLC (1)
2006/0008,787 Voice alert in dentistry 79 2005
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 290 2004
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 261 2002
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 358 1998
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
5,080,556 Thermal seal for a gas turbine spacer disc 113 1990
 
GENESIS ORTHOPEDICS (1)
5,591,170 Intramedullary bone cutting saw 215 1994
 
GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,817,847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 330 1988
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 441 1987
 
Habley Medical Technology Corporation (1)
5,282,806 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a removable, rotatable, end effector assembly 276 1992
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 427 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 502 1998
 
KIRWAN SURGICAL PRODUCTS LLC (1)
6,228,084 Electro-surgical forceps having recessed irrigation channel 128 1999
 
KLIEMAN, CHARLES H., M.D. (1)
5,792,165 Endoscopic instrument with detachable end effector 365 1995
 
KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2007/0027,469 Surgical stapling and cutting device and method for using the device 179 2006
 
MABUCHI, KEN-ICHI (1)
4,565,189 Beauty treatment device 72 1982
 
MARLOW SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES (1)
5,618,303 Endoscopic instrument system and method 166 1993
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
6,786,896 Robotic apparatus 180 2000
 
Medical Ventures, Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 237 2007
 
MICRO THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
6,511,468 Device and method for controlling injection of liquid embolic composition 180 1999
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 176 1996
 
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1)
4,526,174 Staple and cartridge for use in a tissue stapling device and a tissue closing method 231 1983
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (1)
2004/0116,952 Surgical apparatus permitting recharge of battery-driven surgical instrument in noncontact state 129 2003
 
ONE WORLD TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED (1)
6,550,546 Spindle lock and chipping mechanism for hammer drill 109 2001
 
PACIFIC CENTURY MOTORS, INC. (1)
5,948,030 Steering angle determaination method and apparatus 88 1997
 
PANDUIT CORP. (1)
4,790,225 Dispenser of discrete cable ties provided on a continuous ribbon of cable ties 103 1986
 
PROTHIA (1)
7,048,687 Limited use medical probe 229 2003
 
RAMBUS INC. (1)
6,007,357 Chip socket assembly and chip file assembly for semiconductor chips 158 1997
 
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
5,533,581 Electric hand tool, in particular drill 123 1993
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 291 2001
 
SENCO PROUCTS, INC. (1)
4,442,964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 212 1981
 
Shinano Pneumatic Industries, Inc. (1)
5,784,934 Ratchet wrench with pivotable head 118 1997
 
SMITH, W. ALAN, JR., TRUSTEE (1)
4,619,262 Surgical stapling device 177 1985
 
SOUNDCRAFT, INC. (1)
6,828,902 Wireless data input to RFID reader 130 2001
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 226 2003
 
STENUMED, INC. (1)
6,126,670 Cordless surgical handpiece with disposable battery; and method 114 1999
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (1)
5,873,885 Surgical handpiece 104 1997
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 405 1988
 
SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD. (1)
6,638,108 Connector with plural housings accommodated in a casing 87 2001
 
Symbiosis Corporation (1)
6,086,600 Flexible endoscopic surgical instrument for invagination and fundoplication 443 1997
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 328 2006
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC (1)
6,082,577 Cable tie dispensing apparatus 79 1999
 
TOOLS FOR SURGERY, LLC (1)
7,210,609 Stapling apparatus having a curved anvil and driver 231 2005
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 363 1996
 
TRICORD SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
6,705,503 Electrical motor driven nail gun 103 2003
 
TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC (1)
7,295,907 Recovery of calibrated center steering position after loss of battery power 82 2005
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
7,090,673 Vessel sealer and divider 318 2002
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 265 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 437 1994
 
VASO PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,211,649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 224 1988
 
VLEUGELS HOLDING B.V. (1)
7,300,450 Surgical instrument 98 2002
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,629,107 Ligating instrument 204 1984
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
2005/0059,997 Circular stapler buttress 266 2003
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 332 2003
 
XOMED SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,796,188 Battery-powered medical instrument with power booster 119 1995
 
YASUMI CAPITAL, LLC (1)
6,806,808 Wireless event-recording device with identification codes 214 1999
 
YOON, INBAE (1)
6,214,028 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors and method of using the same 229 1999
 
ZIMMER ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,931,853 Physiologic tourniquet with safety circuit 106 1997
 
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4,305,539 Surgical suturing instrument for application of a staple suture 150 1980
4,347,450 Portable power tool 108 1980
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 283 1981
4,505,414 Expandable anvil surgical stapler 457 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 408 1985
4,709,120 Underground utility equipment vault 124 1986
4,880,015 Biopsy forceps 432 1988
5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 335 1990
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 294 1992
5,222,975 Surgical staples 234 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 438 1993
5,480,409 Laparoscopic surgical instrument 363 1994
5,868,760 Method and apparatus for endolumenally resectioning tissue 462 1994
5,833,695 Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges 484 1995
5,782,749 Laparoscopic surgical instrument with adjustable grip 96 1996
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 447 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 375 1996
5,843,132 Self-contained, self-powered temporary intravenous pacing catheter assembly 182 1996
H1904 Electrosurgical hemostatic method and device 399 1997
6,264,086 Surgical apparatus and method 451 1997
6,320,123 System and method for shielding electrical components from electromagnetic waves 118 1999
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 522 2000
2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 300 2003
2004/0230,214 Finger operated switch for controlling a surgical handpiece 92 2003
7,066,944 Surgical fastening system 203 2004
2005/0203,550 Surgical fastener 171 2004
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 216 2004
7,080,769 Luminal anastomotic device 204 2004
2006/0180,634 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an e-beam firing mechanism 249 2005
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 188 2005
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 257 2006
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (137)
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 98 2007
8,882,791 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2007
8,808,319 Surgical instruments 0 2007
8,523,889 Ultrasonic end effectors with increased active length 3 2007
8,512,365 Surgical instruments 3 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 2 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 3 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 5 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 27 2008
8,623,027 Ergonomic surgical instruments 2 2008
* 8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 8 2008
8,650,728 Method of assembling a transducer for a surgical instrument 0 2009
8,663,220 Ultrasonic surgical instruments 1 2009
8,461,744 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 5 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 84 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 0 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 52 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 54 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 7 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 19 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 44 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 32 2010
8,579,928 Outer sheath and blade arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 3 2010
8,531,064 Ultrasonically powered surgical instruments with rotating cutting implement 3 2010
8,486,096 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 5 2010
8,469,981 Rotatable cutting implement arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 5 2010
8,419,759 Ultrasonic surgical instrument with comb-like tissue trimming device 6 2010
8,382,782 Ultrasonic surgical instruments with partially rotating blade and fixed pad arrangement 8 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 2 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 19 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 25 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 34 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 6 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 6 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 34 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 19 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 22 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 0 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 0 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 0 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 1 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 52 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 46 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 6 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 0 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 0 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 0 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 0 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 0 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 0 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 0 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 0 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 0 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 24 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 26 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 44 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 1 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 130 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 25 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 0 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 2 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 60 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 69 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 19 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 75 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 20 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 11 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 10 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 0 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 22 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 13 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 0 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 0 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 1 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 1 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 71 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 51 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 75 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 0 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 0 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 1 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 5 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,591,536 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 1 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 7 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 8 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 13 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 13 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 23 2012
8,900,259 Surgical instruments 0 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 2 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 24 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 8 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 19 2012
8,546,999 Housing arrangements for ultrasonic surgical instruments 3 2012
8,779,648 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 0 2012
8,704,425 Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating with stepped output 0 2012
8,749,116 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2012
8,546,996 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 2 2012
8,709,031 Methods for driving an ultrasonic surgical instrument with modulator 0 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,754,570 Ultrasonic surgical instruments comprising transducer arrangements 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 2 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
8,773,001 Rotating transducer mount for ultrasonic surgical instruments 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (24)
* 7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 8 2008
8,733,614 End effector identification by mechanical features 0 2010
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 0 2010
8,714,430 Indicator for surgical stapler 0 2010
8,561,871 Indicators for surgical staplers 0 2010
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 1 2011
8,496,157 Tilting anvil for annular surgical stapler 1 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
* 8,292,150 Adapter for powered surgical devices 3 2011
* 2012/0104,071 ADAPTER FOR POWERED SURGICAL DEVICES 1 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 1 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 0 2012
* 8,459,522 Powered surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 1 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 0 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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