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, OH1783

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B Cincinnati, US 17 1394
Bruewer, Dean B Fairfield, US 28 1773
Doll, Kevin R Mason, US 30 2906
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, US 35 4108
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, US 29 1959
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, US 229 7669
Scheib, Charles J Loveland, US 77 4499
Shelton,, IV Frederick E Hillsboro, US 624 30612
Uth, Joshua R Mason, US 22 2192
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, US 38 1533

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2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 67 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 64 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 246 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 317 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 328 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 249 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 210 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 243 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 110 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 316 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 146 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 315 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 320 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 263 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 169 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 112 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 141 2008
2010/0065,609 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH DEVICE FOR INDICATING WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS CUT THROUGH TISSUE 72 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 244 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 64 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 101 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 67 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 90 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 229 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 155 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 225 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 211 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 134 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 86 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 225 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 197 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 169 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 158 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 197 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 162 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 144 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 226 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 166 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 196 2010
 
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5,820,009 Articulated surgical instrument with improved jaw closure mechanism 471 1996
6,315,184 Stapling device for use with an electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 457 1999
6,443,973 Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 521 1999
6,264,087 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 529 1999
6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 420 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 401 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 321 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 433 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 358 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 360 2000
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 432 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 375 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 477 2001
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 321 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 320 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 363 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 361 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 468 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 343 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 235 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 345 2003
7,431,730 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 248 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 378 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 289 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 228 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 374 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 334 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 386 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 350 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 402 2004
2005/0240,222 Surgery delivery device and mesh anchor 213 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 330 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 442 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 368 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 311 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 368 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 327 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 268 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 241 2005
2005/0192,628 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 233 2005
2007/0023,476 Surgical device 264 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 378 2005
7,407,075 Staple cartridge having multiple staple sizes for a surgical stapling instrument 261 2005
2008/0140,115 Stapling Support Structures 283 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 280 2005
2006/0235,469 Surgical fasteners coated with wound treatment materials 190 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 237 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 348 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 283 2006
7,717,312 Surgical instruments employing sensors 208 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 253 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 288 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 246 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 219 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 271 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 215 2007
2008/0290,134 Staple buttress retention system 267 2007
7,665,646 Interlocking buttress material retention system 300 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 280 2007
2009/0001,122 Buttress and surgical stapling apparatus 286 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 271 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 236 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 236 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 249 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 208 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 226 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 213 2009
2009/0218,384 STRUCTURE FOR ATTACHMENT OF BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO ANVILS AND CARTRIDGES OF SURGICAL STAPLERS 266 2009
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
5,383,895 Endoscopic surgical grasper and method 130 1993
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 316 2005
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 445 1988
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 184 1996
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 230 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 242 2006
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 94 1985
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 368 1990
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 492 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 572 1998
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 231 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 438 1999
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 343 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 484 1996
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 20 2002
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 391 2003
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 286 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 259 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 254 2004
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 347 2004
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 201 1996
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (89)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 390 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 387 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 501 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 266 1981
4,489,875 Self-centering surgical staple and stapler for applying the same 275 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 622 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 275 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 293 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 532 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 499 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 384 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 320 1984
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 592 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 368 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 345 1985
4,752,024 Surgical fastener and surgical stapling apparatus 516 1986
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 461 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 299 1987
4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 287 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 353 1988
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 471 1989
5,158,567 One-piece surgical staple 257 1991
5,282,829 Hollow body implants 336 1991
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 562 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 422 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 241 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 439 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 517 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 533 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 299 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 437 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 424 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 410 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 713 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 540 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 364 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 193 1994
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 588 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 455 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 438 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 402 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 303 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 434 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 298 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 421 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 350 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 242 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 289 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 328 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 327 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 426 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 356 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 345 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 447 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 427 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 410 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 353 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 466 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 481 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 380 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 396 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 473 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 506 1996
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 400 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 365 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 334 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 519 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 567 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 205 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 485 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 581 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 387 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 383 1998
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 226 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 472 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 501 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 504 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 283 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 420 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 359 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 414 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 380 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 389 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 289 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 405 2004
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 270 2005
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 306 2005
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 276 2006
7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 252 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 585 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 448 1998
 
Technalytics Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 409 1980
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 376 2000
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
9,119,657 Rotary actuatable closure arrangement for surgical end effector 0 2012
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (144)
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 76 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 61 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 44 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 56 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 56 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 61 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 24 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 49 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 46 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 60 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 158 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 28 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 26 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 30 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 36 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 61 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 85 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 91 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 54 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 54 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 64 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 17 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 19 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 20 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 19 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 19 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 23 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 79 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 30 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 20 2010
9,113,862 Surgical stapling instrument with a variable staple forming system 0 2010
9,113,864 Surgical cutting and fastening instruments with separate and distinct fastener deployment and tissue cutting systems 0 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 3 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 9 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 11 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 12 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 15 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 18 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 17 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 18 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 18 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 18 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 17 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 18 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 64 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 71 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 95 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 23 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 172 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 24 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 90 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 98 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 100 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 44 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 110 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 45 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 9 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 34 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 10 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 10 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 33 2011
9,044,229 Surgical fastener instruments 0 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 10 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 14 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 19 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 65 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 38 2011
9,113,865 Staple cartridge comprising a layer 0 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 3 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 12 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 14 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 18 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 19 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 18 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 22 2011
9,072,535 Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements 0 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 7 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 17 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 20 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 107 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 86 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 112 2011
9,113,883 Collapsible anvil plate assemblies for circular surgical stapling devices 0 2011
9,113,884 Modular surgical tool systems 0 2011
9,089,330 Surgical bowel retractor devices 0 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 3 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 14 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 18 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 20 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 26 2011
9,107,663 Stapling instrument comprising resettable staple drivers 0 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 15 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 19 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 11 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 18 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 19 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 17 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 19 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 21 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 18 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 46 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 50 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 55 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 55 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 68 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 19 2012
9,078,653 Surgical stapling device with lockout system for preventing actuation in the absence of an installed staple cartridge 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 27 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 55 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 34 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 45 2012
9,101,358 Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive 0 2012
9,101,385 Electrode connections for rotary driven surgical tools 0 2012
9,072,536 Differential locking arrangements for rotary powered surgical instruments 0 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 19 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 47 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 9 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 19 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 19 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 27 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 11 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 21 2013
9,084,601 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 9 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 3 2014
9,095,339 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
9,113,874 Surgical instrument system 0 2014
9,072,515 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
 
COVIDIEN LP (12)
* 2011/0036,891 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH VISUAL POSITIONAL INDICATOR 35 2010
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 2 2012
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 2013
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
 
VIA SURGICAL LTD. (1)
8,535,339 Apparatus and method for suturing 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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