US Patent No: 7,834,484

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Connection cable and method for activating a voltage-controlled generator

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A connection cable is disclosed for controlling a voltage-controlled generator such as an electrosurgery generator from a controlling device such as a robotic surgery system. The cable includes a first connector adapted to connect to a voltage-controlled generator and a second connector adapted to connect to a controlling device. Within the cable is a voltage divider interdisposed between the first connector and the second connector. The voltage divider is configured to divide a reference voltage provided by the voltage-controlled generator into at least one control voltage which is selectable by the controlling device. The cable additionally includes a plurality of electrical wires which operatively connect the first connector, the second connector and the voltage divider. During robotic electrosurgery, said operating parameters can be actuated by a surgeon operating at the robotic surgical system console, which causes a corresponding control voltage to be switched to a control voltage input on an electrosurgery generator, which, in turn, generates a corresponding electrosurgical signal in response thereto.

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COVIDIEN LPMANSFIELD, MA3704

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Sartor, Joe D Longmont, US 52 545

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5,558,671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 575 1994
5,707,369 Temperature feedback monitor for hemostatic surgical instrument 422 1995
5,693,042 Identification device for surgical instrument 242 1995
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 443 1996
6,338,657 Hand piece connector 95 2000
6,558,376 Method of use of an ultrasonic clamp and coagulation apparatus with tissue support surface 104 2001
6,809,508 Detection circuitry for surgical handpiece system 62 2001
2002/0107,517 Electrosurgical instrument for coagulation and cutting 247 2002
2002/0111,624 Coagulating electrosurgical instrument with tissue dam 214 2002
6,656,177 Electrosurgical systems and techniques for sealing tissue 405 2002
7,060,063 Devices and methods for controlling initial movement of an electrosurgical electrode 79 2003
7,118,564 Medical treatment system with energy delivery device for limiting reuse 156 2003
6,977,495 Detection circuitry for surgical handpiece system 266 2004
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (10)
6,730,080 Electric operation apparatus 93 2001
6,740,085 Heating treatment system 92 2001
6,679,875 Medical treatment system 108 2002
6,855,142 Electrosurgical device for treating body tissue with high-frequency power 81 2002
7,063,692 Surgical operation system 67 2003
7,172,591 Electric operation apparatus 68 2003
7,001,381 Electric operation apparatus 160 2003
2004/0133,189 Surgical operation apparatus and control method thereof 111 2003
7,353,068 Control device for a medical system and control method for medical system 120 2004
7,324,357 Power supply apparatus for electric operation 41 2004
 
ETHICON, INC. (1)
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 1064 1993
 
ALFRED E. MANN FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (1)
5,531,774 Multichannel implantable cochlear stimulator having programmable bipolar, monopolar or multipolar electrode configurations 124 1994
 
Diapulse Corporation of America (1)
6,458,121 Apparatus for athermapeutic medical treatments 135 1996
 
CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, THE (1)
5,766,165 Return path monitoring system 105 1995
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1)
5,385,148 Cardiac imaging and ablation catheter 577 1993
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
4,735,204 System for controlling an implanted neural stimulator 129 1986
 
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (2)
4,582,057 Fast pulse thermal cautery probe 182 1983
4,691,703 Thermal cautery system 127 1986
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (20)
4,662,383 Endotract antenna device for hyperthermia 241 1983
4,615,330 Noise suppressor for electronic endoscope 117 1984
4,961,435 High-frequency capacitive heating electrode device 148 1988
5,425,704 Apparatus for generating ultrasonic oscillation 133 1992
5,540,683 High frequency cauterizing apparatus 151 1994
5,678,568 System control apparatus, medical system control apparatus and image-plane display method of medical system control apparatus 147 1994
5,609,560 Medical operation device control system for controlling a operation devices accessed respectively by ID codes 233 1995
5,628,771 Electromagnetic-wave thermatological device 141 1996
6,039,732 Electric operation apparatus 74 1996
5,931,836 Electrosurgery apparatus and medical apparatus combined with the same 152 1997
6,063,075 Electrosurgical apparatus and separation detecting method capable of stably monitoring separation state of return electrode 108 1998
6,383,183 High frequency treatment apparatus 101 1999
6,306,131 Electric medical apparatus 81 1999
6,436,096 Electrosurgical apparatus with stable coagulation 88 1999
6,464,696 Electrical surgical operating apparatus 75 2000
6,663,623 Electric surgical operation apparatus 71 2000
6,666,860 Electric treatment system 144 2000
6,635,057 Electric operation apparatus 91 2000
6,623,423 Surgical operation system 85 2001
6,511,476 Electrosurgical apparatus with stable coagulation 82 2001
 
HENRY, MCCORD, BEAN & MILLER, P.L.L.C. (1)
5,792,138 Cordless bipolar electrocautery unit with automatic power control 162 1996
 
NOVOCURE LIMITED (1)
7,146,210 Apparatus and method for optimizing tumor treatment efficiency by electric fields 79 2003
 
COLLABO INNOVATIONS, INC. (1)
7,250,746 Current mode switching regulator with predetermined on time 65 2005
 
ONESYS OY (1)
5,413,573 Device for surgical procedures 217 1994
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
6,232,556 Flat wire to round wire connection system 52 2000
2005/0109,111 Sensor and method of transmitting sensor data 44 2003
 
Utah Medical Products Inc. (1)
5,160,334 Electrosurgical generator and suction apparatus 221 1991
 
Cordis Webster, Inc. (2)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 458 1993
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 138 1995
 
PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG (1)
6,254,422 Electronic terminal for use on circuit boards 51 2000
 
RADIONICS, INC. (1)
4,411,266 Thermocouple radio frequency lesion electrode 512 1980
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (2)
7,422,582 Control console to which powered surgical handpieces are connected, the console configured to simultaneously energize more than one and less than all of the handpieces 67 2004
7,217,269 Electrosurgical control system 127 2004
 
THE UAB RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
6,743,225 Electrophysiologic measure of endpoints for ablation lesions created in fibrillating substrates 92 2001
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,645,198 Systems and methods for reducing post-surgical complications 81 2000
 
THE BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, INC. (1)
5,323,778 Method and apparatus for magnetic resonance imaging and heating tissues 213 1991
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 338 1992
 
WILSON, WALTER (1)
5,454,809 Electrosurgical catheter and method for resolving atherosclerotic plaque by radio frequency sparking 545 1994
 
SUROS SURGICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,685,840 Method and apparatus for minimally invasive tissue removal 144 1995
 
Vidamed, Inc. (2)
5,865,788 Self-contained power sypply and monitoring station for RF tissue ablation 96 1996
5,871,481 Tissue ablation apparatus and method 173 1997
 
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (1)
7,305,311 Arc detection and handling in radio frequency power applications 66 2005
 
POST N MAIL, L.C. (1)
5,658,322 Bio-active frequency generator and method 123 1995
 
MORVIL TECHNOLOGY LLC (4)
5,383,917 Device and method for multi-phase radio-frequency ablation 763 1991
5,693,078 Device and method for multi-phase radio-frequency ablation 196 1994
5,620,481 Device for multi-phase radio-frequency ablation 181 1995
7,151,964 Device and method for multi-phase radio-frequency ablation 75 2003
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
6,565,562 Method for the radio frequency perforation and the enlargement of a body tissue 67 2001
 
LUMENIS, INC. (1)
5,681,307 Fiber-optic plug and receptacle providing automatic appliance recognition 55 1994
 
THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA (1)
6,423,057 Method and apparatus for monitoring and controlling tissue temperature and lesion formation in radio-frequency ablation procedures 159 2000
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 97 2003
7,223,264 Thermal coagulation of tissue during tissue resection 153 2004
7,341,586 Thermal coagulation of tissue during tissue resection 69 2004
 
RICHARD WOLF GMBH (2)
4,995,877 Device with a rotationally-driven surgical instrument 225 1989
5,324,283 Medical instrument having a switch for controlling an external device 99 1992
 
AIR FORCE, UNITED STATES (1)
5,485,312 Optical pattern recognition system and method for verifying the authenticity of a person, product or thing 89 1993
 
CENTRAL BANK & TRUST COMPANY, A KY BANKING CORP. (1)
4,397,314 Method and apparatus for controlling and optimizing the heating pattern for a hyperthermia system 325 1981
 
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC. (7)
5,458,597 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 419 1993
5,536,267 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 664 1994
5,599,345 RF treatment apparatus 414 1994
5,810,804 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 220 1996
6,663,624 RF treatment apparatus 124 1999
7,422,586 Tissue surface treatment apparatus and method 85 2001
6,962,587 Method for detecting and treating tumors using localized impedance measurement 216 2001
 
Astec International Limited (1)
4,887,199 Start circuit for generation of pulse width modulated switching pulses for switch mode power supplies 115 1987
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 599 1995
6,939,344 Method for controlling skin temperature during thermal treatment 86 2001
 
I.C. MEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,836,909 Automatic fluid control system for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery and method therefor 135 1996
 
IRVINE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,954,719 System for operating a RF ablation generator 201 1998
6,113,593 Ablation apparatus having temperature and force sensing capabilities 171 1999
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (1)
6,689,131 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 219 2001
 
LEIBINGER GMBH (1)
4,474,179 Method and apparatus for the high frequency coagulation of protein for surgical purposes 207 1982
 
ENDOPHOTONIX, INC. (1)
7,232,437 Assessment of lesion transmurality 57 2005
 
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (1)
5,370,672 Computer-controlled neurological stimulation system 237 1992
 
UROLOGIX, INC. (1)
5,330,518 Method for treating interstitial tissue associated with microwave thermal therapy 256 1992
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (34)
5,122,137 Temperature controlled RF coagulation 605 1990
5,103,804 Expandable tip hemostatic probes and the like 380 1990
5,348,554 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode 815 1992
5,403,311 Electro-coagulation and ablation and other electrotherapeutic treatments of body tissue 899 1993
5,409,000 Endocardial mapping and ablation system utilizing separately controlled steerable ablation catheter with ultrasonic imaging capabilities and method 398 1993
5,423,811 Method for RF ablation using cooled electrode 560 1994
5,697,927 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode and apparatus for use therewith 390 1994
5,545,161 Catheter for RF ablation having cooled electrode with electrically insulated sleeve 465 1994
6,235,022 RF generator and pump apparatus and system and method for cooled ablation 92 1996
5,954,717 Method and system for heating solid tissue 179 1997
6,080,149 Method and apparatus for monitoring solid tissue heating 151 1998
6,267,760 Surgical method and apparatus for positioning a diagnostic or therapeutic element within the body and forming an incision in tissue with minimal blood loss 94 1998
6,428,537 Electrophysiological treatment methods and apparatus employing high voltage pulse to render tissue temporarily unresponsive 121 1998
6,123,702 Systems and methods for controlling power in an electrosurgical probe 251 1998
6,183,468 Systems and methods for controlling power in an electrosurgical probe 204 1998
6,245,065 Systems and methods for controlling power in an electrosurgical probe 294 1998
6,337,998 Apparatus and method for treating tumors near the surface of an organ 140 1999
6,237,604 Systems and methods for preventing automatic identification of re-used single use devices 199 1999
6,611,793 Systems and methods to identify and disable re-use single use devices based on detecting environmental changes 119 1999
6,651,669 Systems and methods to identify and disable re-used single use devices based on cataloging catheter usage 110 1999
6,511,478 Medical probe with reduced number of temperature sensor wires 155 2000
6,494,880 Systems and methods for controlling power in an electrosurgical probe 124 2000
6,579,288 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 109 2000
6,578,579 Systems and methods for preventing automatic identification of re-used single use devices 161 2001
6,685,703 Generator and probe adapter 75 2001
6,685,700 Method and system for heating solid tissue 115 2001
6,790,206 Compensation for power variation along patient cables 87 2002
7,285,117 Medical device control systems 56 2002
7,357,800 Power supply and control apparatus and electrophysiology systems including the same 43 2003
6,792,390 Systems and methods to identify and disable re-used devices based on detecting environmental changes 81 2003
7,416,549 Multi-zone bipolar ablation probe assembly 66 2003
6,958,064 Systems and methods for performing simultaneous ablation 53 2003
7,001,379 Method and system for heating solid tissue 85 2004
7,354,436 Systems and methods for performing simultaneous ablation 44 2005
 
VALLEYLAB INC. (1)
6,251,106 Electrosurgical generator power control circuit and method 81 1998
 
DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
2006/0291,178 High frequency circuit module 44 2006
 
GYRUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
4,903,696 Electrosurgical generator 204 1988
 
FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED (1)
5,452,725 Cable termination status detection 75 1993
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (32)
5,647,869 Electrosurgical apparatus 552 1995
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 364 1996
6,074,386 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgical electrode assembly 519 1997
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 359 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 334 1998
6,056,746 Electrosurgical instrument 395 1998
6,261,286 Electrosurgical generator and system 312 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 337 1998
6,364,877 Electrosurgical generator and system 278 1998
6,228,081 Electrosurgery system and method 315 1999
6,325,799 Electrosurgical instrument 249 1999
6,582,427 Electrosurgery system 243 2000
6,398,781 Electrosurgery system 206 2000
6,547,786 Electrosurgery system and instrument 179 2000
6,758,846 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgery system including such an instrument 232 2001
6,893,435 Electrosurgical system 207 2001
6,843,789 Electrosurgical system 221 2002
6,984,231 Electrosurgical system 213 2002
RE39358 Electrosurgery system and method 148 2002
2003/0139,741 Surgical instrument 383 2002
2003/0153,908 Electrosurgery system 165 2003
6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 165 2003
6,966,907 Electrosurgical generator and system 312 2003
7,220,260 Electrosurgical system 186 2003
7,214,224 Electrosurgical system 156 2003
7,211,081 Electrosurgical generator 162 2003
7,282,048 Electrosurgical generator and system 170 2004
7,344,532 Electrosurgical generator and system 97 2004
7,195,627 Electrosurgical generator 161 2005
7,153,300 Electrosurgical system 151 2005
7,491,199 Electrosurgical generator and system 47 2005
2006/0111,711 Surgical instrument 156 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (1)
6,371,963 Device for controlled endoscopic penetration of injection needle 96 1998
 
Gyrus ENT, L.L.C. (1)
7,131,445 Electrosurgical method and apparatus 186 2003
 
VEIN RX, INC. (1)
2004/0015,159 Methods and apparatus for treating the wall of a blood vessel with electromagnetic energy 57 2003
 
INTEGRA BURLINGTON MA, INC. (1)
5,230,623 Operating pointer with interactive computergraphics 567 1991
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (2)
5,588,432 Catheters for imaging, sensing electrical potentials, and ablating tissue 750 1995
6,088,614 Tissue characterization to identify an ablation site 79 1997
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
6,155,975 Phacoemulsification apparatus with personal computer 105 1998
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FLAIR INDUSTRIAL PARK RCBO (7)
4,429,694 Electrosurgical generator 113 1981
4,438,766 Electrosurgical generator 86 1981
4,437,464 Electrosurgical generator safety apparatus 135 1981
4,559,943 Electrosurgical generator 128 1983
4,727,874 Electrosurgical generator with high-frequency pulse width modulated feedback power control 316 1984
4,768,969 Electrical connector 66 1987
5,152,762 Current leakage control for electrosurgical generator 133 1990
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
5,318,563 Bipolar RF generator 278 1992
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 89 2002
 
VENTURE LENDING, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK & TRUST (1)
5,472,441 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 585 1994
 
SULZER OSYPKA GMBH (1)
6,193,713 Method for the operation of a high frequency ablation apparatus and apparatus for the high frequency tissue ablation 97 1998
 
RESPIRATORY DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (1)
7,122,031 Graphical user interface for association with an electrode structure deployed in contact with a tissue region 110 2001
 
Huettinger Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG (1)
6,245,063 Apparatus for decreasing or eliminating current leakages in electro medical equipment 48 1998
 
VENTURE LENDING & LEASING, INC. (1)
5,370,675 Medical probe device and method 859 1993
 
THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK (1)
6,626,901 Electrothermal instrument for sealing and joining or cutting tissue 304 1999
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (1)
4,339,049 Containers for use in a self supporting assembly 98 1980
 
Trion, Inc. (1)
4,651,264 Power supply with arcing control and automatic overload protection 83 1984
 
SMITHS GROUP PLC (2)
4,961,047 Electrical power control apparatus and methods 99 1989
5,480,399 Electrosurgery monitor and apparatus 106 1994
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (3)
5,290,283 Power supply apparatus for electrosurgical unit including electrosurgical-current waveform data storage 65 1991
5,409,485 Power supply apparatus for electrosurgical unit including electrosurgical-current waveform data storage 98 1993
7,364,972 Semiconductor device 41 2006
 
BELL TELEPHONE LABORATORIES, INCORPORATED (1)
4,586,120 Current limit shutdown circuit with time delay 73 1983
 
Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 330 2001
 
NELLCOR PURITAN BENNETT INCORPORATED (2)
5,660,567 Medical sensor connector with removable encoding device 320 1995
6,044,283 Medical sensor with modulated encoding scheme 209 1998
 
AN-CON GENETICS, INC. (1)
5,167,658 Method and apparatus for electrosurgical measurement 145 1991
 
KARL STORZ ENDOSCOPY-AMERICA, INC. (4)
4,818,954 High-frequency generator with automatic power-control for high-frequency surgery 133 1987
5,108,391 High-frequency generator for tissue cutting and for coagulating in high-frequency surgery 389 1989
5,788,688 Surgeon's command and control 153 1994
6,824,539 Touchscreen controlling medical equipment from multiple manufacturers 103 2002
 
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IRELAND) LTD. (3)
4,931,047 Method and apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 584 1987
5,015,227 Apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 358 1990
5,190,517 Electrosurgical and ultrasonic surgical system 543 1991
 
SMITHS MEDICAL ASD, INC. (1)
6,440,157 Air warming system for providing a controlled temperature of air to an air blanket 52 2000
 
ALTON DEAN MEDICAL (1)
5,254,117 Multi-functional endoscopic probe apparatus 214 1992
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (3)
4,862,889 Monitoring circuit for an RF surgical apparatus 147 1989
5,067,953 Circuit for controlling an electro-therapy device 57 1990
5,196,008 Method and circuit for monitoring electrode surfaces at the body tissue of a patient in an HF surgery device 99 1990
 
SMITHS INDUSTRIES PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY (1)
5,540,682 Electrosurgery apparatus 73 1995
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (8)
* 5,342,356 Electrical coupling unit for electrosurgery 164 1992
5,954,686 Dual-frequency electrosurgical instrument 124 1998
6,238,388 Low-voltage electrosurgical apparatus 104 1999
* 6,652,514 Intelligent selection system for electrosurgical instrument 262 2001
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 120 2001
6,994,707 Intelligent selection system for electrosurgical instrument 212 2003
7,094,231 Dual-mode electrosurgical instrument 73 2004
7,479,140 Intelligent selection system for electrosurgical instrument 45 2005
 
KIRWAN SURGICAL PRODUCTS LLC (2)
5,196,009 Non-sticking electrosurgical device having nickel tips 245 1991
7,402,754 Integral electrically conducting cord and lumen 43 2003
 
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG (1)
6,222,356 Current mode switching regulator configured such that a measuring resistor is not needed to measure the current at an inductor 85 1999
 
SMK CORPORATION (1)
6,843,682 Plug 49 2003
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (1)
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 383 2003
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (22)
5,383,874 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 422 1992
5,423,808 Systems and methods for radiofrequency ablation with phase sensitive power detection 342 1993
5,651,780 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 302 1994
5,688,267 Systems and methods for sensing multiple temperature conditions during tissue ablation 465 1995
5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 214 1995
6,022,346 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using self-heated electrodes 61 1995
5,769,847 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 204 1996
5,755,715 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using time-variable set point temperature curves for monitoring and control 181 1996
5,702,386 Non-linear control systems and methods for heating and ablating body tissue 173 1996
5,743,903 Cardiac ablation systems and methods using tissue temperature monitoring and control 214 1996
6,162,184 Systems and methods for sensing temperature within the body 84 1996
5,906,614 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using predicted temperature for monitoring and control 112 1997
5,897,552 Electrode and associated systems using thermally insulated temperature sensing elements 137 1997
6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 194 1997
6,113,591 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue 94 1997
6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 152 1997
6,293,943 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods which predict maximum tissue temperature 234 1998
6,014,581 Interface for performing a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure on heart tissue with an electrode structure 187 1998
6,165,169 Systems and methods for identifying the physical, mechanical, and functional attributes of multiple electrode arrays 159 1999
6,245,061 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using self-heated electrodes 148 1999
6,652,513 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods which predict maximum tissue temperature 98 2001
6,786,905 Surgical method and apparatus for positioning a diagnostic or therapeutic element within the body 249 2002
 
Cimarron Instruments, Inc. (1)
4,334,539 Electrosurgical generator control apparatus 130 1980
 
COVIDIEN AG (53)
5,772,659 Electrosurgical generator power control circuit and method 198 1995
6,033,399 Electrosurgical generator with adaptive power control 455 1997
6,228,080 Electrosurgical generator with adaptive power control 338 1998
6,398,779 Vessel sealing system 394 1999
6,796,981 Vessel sealing system 278 2002
7,083,618 Vessel sealer and divider 275 2002
6,860,881 Multiple RF return pad contact detection system 108 2002
7,137,980 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 225 2003
2006/0025,760 Blood detector for controlling anesu and method therefor 89 2003
RE40388 Electrosurgical generator with adaptive power control 75 2003
7,156,846 Vessel sealer and divider for use with small trocars and cannulas 243 2003
7,364,577 Vessel sealing system 100 2003
2008/0125,767 Thermocouple Measurement Circuit 71 2003
2004/0143,263 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 212 2003
7,131,860 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 228 2003
7,156,844 Electrosurgical pencil with improved controls 64 2003
7,044,948 Circuit for controlling arc energy from an electrosurgical generator 206 2003
7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 243 2004
2005/0004,564 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 232 2004
2007/0093,800 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 56 2004
7,491,201 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 177 2004
7,160,293 Multiple RF return pad contact detection system 86 2004
7,156,842 Electrosurgical pencil with improved controls 201 2004
7,396,336 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 168 2004
7,303,557 Vessel sealing system 227 2004
2005/0203,504 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 222 2005
2005/0182,398 Method and system for continuity testing of medical electrodes 58 2005
2005/0197,659 Vessel sealing system using capacitive RF dielectric heating 184 2005
2006/0079,871 Universal foot switch contact port 52 2005
2007/0093,801 Circuit and method for reducing stored energy in an electrosurgical generator 61 2005
2007/0135,812 Laparoscopic apparatus for performing electrosurgical procedures 51 2005
7,513,896 Dual synchro-resonant electrosurgical apparatus with bi-directional magnetic coupling 51 2006
2007/0173,810 Dual synchro-resonant electrosurgical apparatus with bi-directional magnetic coupling 49 2006
2006/0178,664 Circuit for controlling arc energy from an electrosurgical generator 53 2006
2007/0208,339 System and method for controlling electrosurgical snares 52 2006
2007/0225,698 System and method for generating radio frequency energy 45 2006
2007/0250,052 Arc based adaptive control system for an electrosurgical unit 45 2006
2007/0265,612 System and method for reducing leakage current in an electrosurgical generator 56 2006
2008/0039,831 System and method for measuring initial tissue impedance 76 2006
2008/0039,836 System and method for controlling RF output during tissue sealing 131 2006
7,416,437 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 62 2006
2008/0082,094 Transformer for RF voltage sensing 47 2006
2007/0038,209 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 57 2006
2007/0173,805 Method and system for controlling an output of a radio-frequency medical generator having an impedance based control algorithm 87 2007
2007/0173,806 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 152 2007
2008/0015,564 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 58 2007
2008/0248,685 Connector Systems for Electrosurgical Generator 30 2008
2008/0287,791 Switched Resonant Ultrasonic Power Amplifier System 41 2008
2008/0287,838 Switched Resonant Ultrasonic Power Amplifier System 41 2008
2009/0157,071 System and Method for Tissue Sealing 88 2009
2009/0157,072 System and Method for Tissue Sealing 76 2009
2009/0157,075 System and Method for Tissue Sealing 75 2009
2009/0157,073 Dual Synchro-Resonant Electrosurgical Apparatus with Bi-Directional Magnetic Coupling 44 2009
 
Abiomed, Inc. (1)
7,062,331 Methods and apparatus for providing a sufficiently stable power to a load in an energy transfer system 72 2002
 
YAZAKI CORPORATION (6)
5,511,993 Connector shield wire connection structure 48 1994
5,944,553 Flat cable connection structure 48 1997
5,961,344 Cam-actuated terminal connector 76 1997
5,959,253 Wire connection structure 45 1998
6,454,594 Terminal structure of flat circuit body 47 2001
6,422,896 Flat circuit member connector 42 2001
 
HAIR FREE CENTERS, INC. (1)
4,372,315 Impedance sensing epilator 86 1980
 
FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. (1)
4,931,717 Load response control and method 79 1989
 
Neurotherm, Inc. (1)
7,226,447 Electrosurgical generator 72 2004
 
DRG (UK) LIMITED (1)
4,384,582 Patient plate for diathermy apparatus, and diathermy apparatus fitted with it 109 1980
 
COVIDIEN LP (8)
D574323 Generator 71 2007
2008/0281,316 Adjustable impedance electrosurgical electrodes 42 2007
2009/0018,536 Measurement and control systems and methods for electrosurgical procedures 57 2007
2009/0024,120 Connection cable and method for activating a voltage-controlled generator 32 2007
2009/0036,883 Electrosurgical systems and printed circuit boards for use therewith 39 2007
2009/0069,801 System and method for transmission of combined data stream 42 2007
2009/0082,765 REAL-TIME ARC CONTROL IN ELECTROSURGICAL GENERATORS 46 2007
2008/0177,199 System and Method of Using Thermal and Electrical Conductivity of Tissue 42 2008
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (8)
5,836,943 Electrosurgical generator 132 1996
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 173 1998
6,241,723 Electrosurgical system 229 1999
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 123 2000
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 592 2002
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 73 2002
* 7,033,351 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 54 2003
7,175,621 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 79 2003
 
XO CARE A/S (1)
6,890,331 Electrosurgical apparatus 48 2001
 
ENTEGRIS, INC. (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 1 2003
 
LEAR AUTOMOTIVE DEARBORN, INC. (1)
5,860,832 Method for connecting flat flexible cable and a connector 49 1997
 
AVENT, INC. (2)
7,163,536 Determining connections of multiple energy sources and energy delivery devices 53 2004
7,294,127 Electrosurgical tissue treatment method 148 2005
 
E.P. Technologies Inc. (2)
5,722,975 Systems for radiofrequency ablation with phase sensitive power detection and control 156 1995
5,853,409 Systems and apparatus for sensing temperature in body tissue 107 1997
 
ENGINEERING & RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC. (5)
5,843,075 Probe for thermal ablation 167 1997
5,868,737 Apparatus and method for determining ablation 135 1997
6,039,731 Apparatus and method for determining the extent of ablation 159 1998
6,113,592 Apparatus and method for controlling ablation depth 179 1998
6,322,558 Apparatus and method for predicting ablation depth 160 1999
 
OMEGA ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
6,074,089 Thermoelectric product and method 73 1998
 
Aspen Laboratories, Inc. (2)
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4,848,335 Return electrode contact monitor 123 1988
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (2)
4,559,496 LCD Hook-on digital ammeter 76 1984
5,807,253 Patient electrical isolation system 48 1997
 
Oertli-Instrumente AG (1)
5,346,491 Feed device for bipolar electrodes for capsulotomy 90 1991
 
Burr-Brown Corporation (1)
5,304,917 Compact low noise low power dual mode battery charging circuit 64 1993
 
VALVECURE, INC. (1)
7,229,469 Methods for treating and repairing mitral valve annulus 73 2003
 
STORZ INSTRUMENT COMPANY (3)
5,249,121 Remote control console for surgical control system 190 1989
5,157,603 Control system for ophthalmic surgical instruments 109 1989
* 5,964,746 Microsurgical system having isolated handpiece detection apparatus 45 1997
 
Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH (3)
7,203,556 Device for monitoring medical equipment 48 2004
7,238,181 High-frequency surgery generator 42 2004
7,244,255 High-frequency surgical generator 43 2004
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (3)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 159 2001
7,004,174 Electrosurgery with infiltration anesthesia 83 2002
6,923,804 Electrosurgical generator 157 2003
 
FLUGSTAD, BENJAMIN A. (1)
6,784,405 Variable frequency automated capacitive radio frequency (RF) dielectric heating system 83 2003
 
STORZ ENDOSKOP GMBH (4)
6,261,285 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 69 1998
6,275,786 Device for monitoring a neutral electrode during HF surgery 97 1999
6,864,686 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 95 2002
7,115,121 Electrosurgical apparatus 49 2003
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (A DELAWARE CORPORATION) (13)
5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 312 1996
5,766,153 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 325 1996
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 229 1997
6,557,559 Electrosurgical systems and methods with temperature control 103 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 281 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 313 1998
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 297 1999
6,632,193 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment 282 2000
6,482,201 Systems and methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 194 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 131 2000
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 169 2001
6,837,888 Electrosurgical probe with movable return electrode and methods related thereto 248 2002
2005/0004,634 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 148 2004
 
ERICSSON RAYNET (2)
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5,712,772 Controller for high efficiency resonant switching converters 132 1995
 
ZOLL CIRCULATION, INC. (3)
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6,602,243 Foley catheter having redundant temperature sensors and method 92 2001
6,974,463 System and method for patient temperature control employing temperature projection algorithm 68 2002
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (2)
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RDM International, Inc. (1)
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CARL ZEISS SURGICAL GMBH (1)
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9,113,900 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 0 2012
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (13)
9,089,360 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2010
9,060,775 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,060,776 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,050,093 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,039,695 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,986,302 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
8,956,349 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
* 8,951,248 Surgical generator for ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices 0 2010
9,072,539 Devices and techniques for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2012
9,095,367 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 2012
8,986,333 Flexible harmonic waveguides/blades for surgical instruments 0 2012
9,107,689 Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue 0 2013
9,066,747 Ultrasonic surgical instrument blades 0 2013
 
GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
9,078,685 Method and system for performing invasive medical procedures using a surgical robot 0 2012
 
COVIDIEN AG (7)
8,267,928 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 0 2011
8,241,278 Laparoscopic apparatus for performing electrosurgical procedures 1 2011
8,267,929 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 5 2011
8,647,340 Thermocouple measurement system 0 2012
8,485,993 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 0 2012
8,475,447 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 0 2012
8,966,981 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
8,486,061 Imaginary impedance process monitoring and intelligent shut-off 0 2012
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