US Patent No: 7,913,891

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Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith

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A disposable loading unit for operable attachment to a surgical stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may have a spent cartridge indication system for providing an indication of whether the loading unit has been previously fired. Other embodiments are disclosed that employ a blade monitoring system for providing feedback to the user concerning the amount of strain being experienced by the blade during cutting and stapling.

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1572

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B - 21 1504
Bruewer, Dean B - 36 2474
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 38 2874
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, OH 42 3814
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, OH 40 2333
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, OH 333 8225
Scheib, Charles J Kettering, OH 81 4232
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 629 25076
Uth, Joshua R Cincinnati, OH 29 1972
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, OH 43 1764

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2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 255 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 228 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 258 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 175 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 165 2006
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2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 157 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 193 2006
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7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 175 2006
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2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 94 2007
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2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 191 2007
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7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 191 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 137 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 190 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 249 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 261 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 148 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 255 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 142 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 138 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 123 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 259 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 181 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 270 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 181 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 262 2007
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2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 145 2008
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2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 104 2008
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2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 64 2008
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2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 61 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 58 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 180 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 222 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 229 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 170 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 164 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 167 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 97 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 222 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 120 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 221 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 226 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 205 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 149 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 92 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 110 2008
2010/0065,609 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH DEVICE FOR INDICATING WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS CUT THROUGH TISSUE 60 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 156 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 53 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 83 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 55 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 73 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 176 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 119 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 151 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 147 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 102 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 71 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 139 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 144 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 124 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 117 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 142 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 120 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 108 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 143 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 121 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 135 2010
 
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5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 279 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 248 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 413 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 460 1997
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6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 394 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 481 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 304 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 317 1998
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 175 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 380 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 402 2000
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6,681,978 Surgical stapler 210 2001
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6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 291 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 302 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 216 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 312 2004
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6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 327 2000
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6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 371 2001
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4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 246 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 624 1983
4,655,222 Coated surgical staple 212 1984
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 277 1988
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 454 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 274 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 513 1991
5,304,204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 305 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 432 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 411 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 546 1994
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 307 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 325 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 278 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 463 1995
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 327 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 225 2001
7,143,923 Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil 163 2003
7,220,272 Composite staple and method for using same 148 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 355 2003
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 386 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 473 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 386 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 395 1995
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 293 1996
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 515 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 187 2001
6,769,594 End-to-end anastomosis instrument and method for performing same 174 2002
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 263 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 245 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 296 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 226 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 181 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 322 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 261 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 247 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 185 2006
7,472,814 Surgical stapler 128 2007
2008/0197,167 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH TIMER AND FEEDBACK DISPLAY 142 2008
 
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (5)
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 25 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 25 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 25 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 25 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 25 2009
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (4)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 230 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 206 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 202 2002
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 258 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 212 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 178 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 186 2004
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 223 1993
5,667,527 Staples 230 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 253 1999
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (3)
5,342,395 Absorbable surgical repair devices 304 1992
5,258,009 Malleable, bioabsorbable,plastic staple having a knotted configuration; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 185 1992
5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 237 1992
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 472 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 355 1998
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 266 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 391 1996
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 413 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 196 2001
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 160 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 326 1999
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 364 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 218 2003
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 173 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 191 2006
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (2)
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 278 1995
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 283 1997
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 168 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 161 2006
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (2)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 387 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 353 2002
 
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
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 133 1996
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 439 1996
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 267 1983
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 11 2002
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 280 1990
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 241 2000
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 287 2000
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
 
Dean Allgeyer, M.D., Inc. (1)
RE37814 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 157 2000
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
5,383,895 Endoscopic surgical grasper and method 86 1993
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 257 2004
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 227 2002
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 317 1998
 
GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,817,847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 301 1988
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 405 1987
 
Habley Medical Technology Corporation (1)
5,282,806 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a removable, rotatable, end effector assembly 246 1992
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 380 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 462 1998
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (1)
4,941,623 Stapling process and device for use on the mesentery of the abdomen 344 1989
 
KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2007/0073,341 Method for operating a surgical stapling and cutting device 193 2006
 
Medical Ventures, Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 208 2007
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 169 1996
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 16 2001
 
RAMBUS INC. (1)
6,007,357 Chip socket assembly and chip file assembly for semiconductor chips 158 1997
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
2004/0164,123 Surgical stapling device 183 2004
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 256 2001
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,171,330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 165 1999
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 347 1995
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 378 1988
 
Symbiosis Corporation (1)
6,086,600 Flexible endoscopic surgical instrument for invagination and fundoplication 409 1997
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 283 2006
 
Technalytics, Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 324 1980
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 87 1985
 
TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED (1)
5,728,121 Surgical grasper devices 127 1996
 
THE INVENTION SCIENCE FUND I, LLC (1)
2008/0283,570 Gentle touch surgical stapler 150 2007
 
TOOLS FOR SURGERY, LLC (1)
7,210,609 Stapling apparatus having a curved anvil and driver 201 2005
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 325 1996
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 235 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 402 1994
 
VASO PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,211,649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 202 1988
 
VIR Engineering (1)
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 241 1996
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,629,107 Ligating instrument 180 1984
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
2005/0059,997 Circular stapler buttress 233 2003
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 287 2003
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (20)
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 254 1981
4,505,414 Expandable anvil surgical stapler 422 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 375 1985
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 261 1992
5,222,975 Surgical staples 204 1992
5,352,235 Laparoscopic grasper and cutter 142 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 406 1993
5,868,760 Method and apparatus for endolumenally resectioning tissue 421 1994
5,833,695 Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges 445 1995
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 412 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 343 1996
6,264,086 Surgical apparatus and method 404 1997
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 478 2000
2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 271 2003
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 188 2004
7,080,769 Luminal anastomotic device 177 2004
2006/0180,634 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an e-beam firing mechanism 220 2005
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 165 2005
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 222 2006
2009/0242,610 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING SAME 154 2008

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (76)
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 29 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 20 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 10 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 16 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 17 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 20 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 11 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 11 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 20 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 75 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 0 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 1 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 1 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 2 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 16 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 32 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 43 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 11 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 17 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 22 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 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 33 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 1 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 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 13 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 14 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 30 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 104 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 43 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 48 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 51 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 11 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 54 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 11 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 6 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 5 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 12 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 7 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 0 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 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 51 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 35 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 55 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 1 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 2 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 3 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 7 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 7 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 14 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 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 14 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 3 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 11 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 11 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (3)
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
 
VIA SURGICAL LTD. (1)
8,535,339 Apparatus and method for suturing 0 2012
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012

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