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, OH1596

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B - 21 1624
Bruewer, Dean B - 37 2690
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 39 3057
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, OH 48 4025
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, OH 40 2502
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, OH 333 8750
Scheib, Charles J Kettering, OH 86 4642
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 648 27489
Uth, Joshua R Cincinnati, OH 30 2100
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, OH 43 1901

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (216)
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5,632,432 Surgical instrument 408 1994
5,624,452 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 566 1995
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5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 334 1995
5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 237 1995
5,562,239 Identification device for surgical instrument 341 1995
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5,605,273 Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion 233 1995
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5,697,543 Linear stapler with improved firing stroke 254 1996
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5,588,580 Surgical instrument 311 1996
5,588,581 Surgical instrument 380 1996
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5,669,544 Surgical instrument 375 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 420 1996
5,680,982 Surgical instrument 400 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 439 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 433 1996
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6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 259 2000
6,406,440 Specimen retrieval bag 124 2000
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6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 352 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 314 2003
7,000,818 Surgical stapling instrument having separate distinct closing and firing systems 360 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 305 2003
2004/0254,608 Surgical implant with preferential corrosion zone 190 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 328 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 439 2003
7,000,819 Surgical stapling instrument having multistroke firing incorporating a traction-biased ratcheting mechanism 329 2003
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2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 288 2005
7,143,925 Surgical instrument incorporating EAP blocking lockout mechanism 260 2005
2006/0289,602 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with double pivot closure and single pivot frame ground 253 2005
2006/0060,630 Multiple firing stroke surgical instrument incorporating electroactive polymer anti-backup mechanism 184 2005
7,147,138 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated buttress deployment mechanism 335 2005
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7,407,078 Surgical stapling instrument having force controlled spacing end effector 197 2005
2006/0047,307 ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER-BASED ARTICULATION MECHANISM FOR CIRCULAR STAPLER 200 2005
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7,410,086 Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler 188 2005
2006/0052,825 Surgical implant alloy 169 2005
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2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 266 2005
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2007/0102,473 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 179 2005
2007/0102,474 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 165 2005
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7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 200 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 224 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 371 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 158 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 272 2006
2007/0175,950 Disposable staple cartridge having an anvil with tissue locator for use with a surgical cutting and fastening instrument and modular end effector system therefor 299 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 270 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 237 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 272 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 181 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 170 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 174 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 162 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 200 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 121 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 195 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 186 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 211 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 330 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 271 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 269 2006
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2008/0029,576 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 167 2006
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2008/0078,801 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 135 2006
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2008/0078,804 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 229 2006
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2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 212 2006
2008/0078,807 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 234 2006
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2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 134 2006
2007/0084,897 ARTICULATING SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT INCORPORATING A TWO-PIECE E-BEAM FIRING MECHANISM 249 2006
2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 156 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 217 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 129 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 96 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 133 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 204 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 99 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 299 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 317 2007
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2008/0237,296 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with side mounted retraction member 169 2007
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7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 198 2007
2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 247 2007
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2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 85 2007
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2008/0296,345 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 113 2007
2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 120 2007
2008/0300,613 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 116 2007
2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 98 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 218 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 219 2007
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7,510,107 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertent cable disengagement 229 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 104 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 56 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 86 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 87 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 202 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 142 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 201 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 261 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 273 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 151 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 267 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 147 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 142 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 127 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 271 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 192 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 282 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 192 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 274 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 92 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 149 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 56 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 106 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 66 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 67 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 66 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 76 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 75 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 178 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 74 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 63 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 60 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 191 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 234 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 241 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 181 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 175 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 178 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 101 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 234 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 126 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 233 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 238 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 214 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 151 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 94 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 114 2008
2010/0065,609 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH DEVICE FOR INDICATING WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS CUT THROUGH TISSUE 61 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 166 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 54 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 86 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 56 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 74 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 184 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 124 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 161 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 157 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 106 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 72 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 149 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 154 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 134 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 125 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 148 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 128 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 113 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 153 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 128 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 145 2010
 
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4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 213 1981
4,489,875 Self-centering surgical staple and stapler for applying the same 218 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 525 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 222 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 237 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 444 1984
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5,282,829 Hollow body implants 251 1991
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5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 334 1993
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5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 412 1993
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5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 351 1994
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5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 331 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 607 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 446 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 287 1994
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5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 248 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 345 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 243 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 341 1995
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5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 219 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 256 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 258 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 344 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 289 1995
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5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 361 1995
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5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 377 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 385 1996
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5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 318 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 371 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 422 1996
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 327 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 289 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 257 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 425 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 473 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 169 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 404 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 492 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 314 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 325 1998
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 181 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 390 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 414 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 419 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 218 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 337 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 288 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 343 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 302 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 311 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 224 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 325 2004
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6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 330 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 318 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 244 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 345 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 281 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 282 2000
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 351 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 292 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 383 2001
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 245 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 248 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 291 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 289 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 373 2003
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2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 176 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 263 2003
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2004/0094,597 Surgical device 304 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 300 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 220 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 149 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 258 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 297 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 269 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 327 2004
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2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 262 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 339 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 286 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 270 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 288 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 268 2005
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2007/0023,476 Surgical device 195 2005
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7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 269 2005
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7,717,312 Surgical instruments employing sensors 131 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 185 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 213 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 184 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 152 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 210 2007
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4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 254 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 638 1983
4,655,222 Coated surgical staple 223 1984
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 285 1988
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 466 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 284 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 525 1991
5,304,204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 323 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 445 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 421 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 561 1994
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 315 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 337 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 287 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 474 1995
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 341 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 239 2001
7,143,923 Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil 170 2003
7,220,272 Composite staple and method for using same 159 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 363 2003
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 404 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 490 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 396 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 402 1995
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 301 1996
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 529 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 199 2001
6,769,594 End-to-end anastomosis instrument and method for performing same 181 2002
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 271 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 253 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 306 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 237 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 189 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 336 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 271 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 258 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 195 2006
7,472,814 Surgical stapler 133 2007
2008/0197,167 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH TIMER AND FEEDBACK DISPLAY 150 2008
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (6)
2004/0164,123 Surgical stapling device 192 2004
D697065 Tablet computer 1 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 1 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 1 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 1 2012
D697065 Tablet computer 1 2012
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (4)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 245 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 220 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 214 2002
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 270 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 220 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 185 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 192 2004
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 237 1993
5,667,527 Staples 245 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 269 1999
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (3)
5,342,395 Absorbable surgical repair devices 319 1992
5,258,009 Malleable, bioabsorbable,plastic staple having a knotted configuration; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 197 1992
5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 253 1992
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 487 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 367 1998
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 273 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 398 1996
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 423 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 203 2001
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 168 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 339 1999
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 376 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 226 2003
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 180 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 199 2006
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (2)
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 288 1995
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 289 1997
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 177 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 172 2006
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (2)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 397 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 361 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 143 1996
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 451 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 282 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 291 1990
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 256 2000
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 296 2000
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 2 1998
 
Dean Allgeyer, M.D., Inc. (1)
RE37814 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 168 2000
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
5,383,895 Endoscopic surgical grasper and method 91 1993
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 264 2004
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 237 2002
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 333 1998
 
GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,817,847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 309 1988
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
4,809,695 Suturing assembly and method 415 1987
 
Habley Medical Technology Corporation (1)
5,282,806 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a removable, rotatable, end effector assembly 255 1992
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 398 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 477 1998
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (1)
4,941,623 Stapling process and device for use on the mesentery of the abdomen 353 1989
 
KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2007/0073,341 Method for operating a surgical stapling and cutting device 205 2006
 
Medical Ventures, Inc. (1)
2007/0246,505 SURGICAL BUTTRESS ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USES THEREOF 217 2007
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 174 1996
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 18 2001
 
RAMBUS INC. (1)
6,007,357 Chip socket assembly and chip file assembly for semiconductor chips 158 1997
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,601,749 Multi fire full thickness resectioning device 268 2001
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,171,330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 176 1999
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 358 1995
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 387 1988
 
Symbiosis Corporation (1)
6,086,600 Flexible endoscopic surgical instrument for invagination and fundoplication 420 1997
 
SYNTHSON, LLC (1)
7,404,508 Surgical stapling and cutting device 296 2006
 
Technalytics, Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 337 1980
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 89 1985
 
TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED (1)
5,728,121 Surgical grasper devices 133 1996
 
THE INVENTION SCIENCE FUND I, LLC (1)
2008/0283,570 Gentle touch surgical stapler 155 2007
 
TOOLS FOR SURGERY, LLC (1)
7,210,609 Stapling apparatus having a curved anvil and driver 212 2005
 
Tracor, Inc. (1)
5,715,987 Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method 338 1996
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 243 2005
 
V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
5,489,058 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 415 1994
 
VASO PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,211,649 Venous cuff applicator, cartridge and cuff 209 1988
 
VIR Engineering (1)
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 249 1996
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
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WYETH (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (20)
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 264 1981
4,505,414 Expandable anvil surgical stapler 430 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 386 1985
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 269 1992
5,222,975 Surgical staples 216 1992
5,352,235 Laparoscopic grasper and cutter 148 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 414 1993
5,868,760 Method and apparatus for endolumenally resectioning tissue 433 1994
5,833,695 Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges 455 1995
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 424 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 352 1996
6,264,086 Surgical apparatus and method 419 1997
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 492 2000
2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 279 2003
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 198 2004
7,080,769 Luminal anastomotic device 184 2004
2006/0180,634 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an e-beam firing mechanism 228 2005
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 173 2005
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 235 2006
2009/0242,610 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING SAME 164 2008

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (85)
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 34 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 25 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 11 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 20 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 21 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 25 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 12 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 12 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 24 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 84 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 21 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 37 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 48 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 12 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 19 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 25 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 0 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 0 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 0 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 39 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 15 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 17 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 35 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 114 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 51 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 57 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 59 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 12 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 63 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 13 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 6 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 14 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 60 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 43 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 64 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 1 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 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 16 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 16 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 3 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 13 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 13 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 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)
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 0 2010
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 0 2011
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 0 2012

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