US Patent No: 8,070,036 - Analytics, PDF, Full Text and PAIR Access

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True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes

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A surgical apparatus may include a knife, a staple holder along which the knife is slidable, a plurality of feeder belts located on each side of the knife, and a plurality of staples separably connected to each feeder belt, where the staple holder is configured to fire at least two separate sizes of staples. A surgical method of treating tissue within the body of a patient may include providing an endocutter having a knife, a staple holder along which the knife is slidable, a plurality of feeder belts located on each side of the knife, and a plurality of staples separably connected to each feeder belt, wherein the staple holder is configured to fire at least two separate sizes of staples; engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; deploying a plurality of staples having a first size; disengaging tissue of the patient from the staple holder; once again engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; and deploying a plurality of staples having a second size.

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Patent Owner(s)

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CARDICA, INC.REDWOOD CITY, CA149

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, US 174 13854

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
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GENOIL INC. (1)
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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (4)
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7,128,253 Surgical stapler 525 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 481 2006
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Privasys, Inc (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 32 2001
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
D697065 Tablet computer 16 2012
 
COVIDIEN LP (26)
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6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 467 2000
7,025,747 Valve assembly including diameter reduction structure for trocar 95 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 363 2001
* 6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 592 2001
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7,517,356 Surgical stapler and method 242 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 452 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 447 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 232 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 466 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 272 2003
* 7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 493 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 472 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 340 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 426 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 342 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 284 2005
7,234,624 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 345 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 447 2005
* 2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 390 2006
2007/0125,828 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 87 2007
7,635,073 Surgical stapler and method 72 2008
2008/0272,175 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING A CARTRIDGE HAVING MULTIPLE STAPLE SIZES 31 2008
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
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6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 736 2002
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (16)
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5,507,776 Surgical staple suturing means 28 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 302 1994
5,553,765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 536 1995
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5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 575 1995
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5,692,668 Surgical instrument 643 1996
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 561 2001
2007/0118,163 Surgical clip and applier device and method of use 102 2005
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 366 2006
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ETHICON, INC. (5)
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4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 375 1984
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TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
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Ophthalmic Ventures (1)
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INCISIVE SURGICAL, INC. (1)
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KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
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Cardica, Inc. (4)
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (7)
7,434,715 Surgical stapling instrument having multistroke firing with opening lockout 336 2003
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* 7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 312 2007
* 2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 175 2007
* 2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 418 2007
* 2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 184 2008
 
COOK BIOTECH INCORPORATED (1)
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ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (1)
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6,722,552 Surgical stapler and method of applying plastic staples to body tissue 402 2002
 
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COVIDIEN AG (3)
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5,269,792 Surgical clip 219 1992
5,547,474 Surgical clip closure apparatus with safety stop 206 1992
 
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
5,810,855 Endoscopic device and method for reinforcing surgical staples 678 1997
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (14)
4,556,058 Apparatus for ligation and division with fixed jaws 170 1984
* 4,589,416 Surgical fastener retainer member assembly 344 1985
4,762,260 Surgical microstapler 121 1986
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 581 1989
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 449 1991
5,456,400 Apparatus and clip for fastening body tissue 155 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 329 1993
5,527,319 Surgical fastener applying instrument for ligating and dividing tissue 205 1994
5,626,585 Ligating clip advance 127 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 398 1994
5,816,471 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 406 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 398 1995
5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 560 1997
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EDRICH HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
9,421,060 Litz wire battery powered device 0 2012
9,414,880 User interface in a battery powered device 0 2012
 
Cardica, Inc. (7)
* 8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011
* 9,155,536 Circular stapler 0 2011
9,345,478 Method for surgical stapling 0 2011
9,168,039 Surgical stapler with staples of different sizes 0 2012
8,998,951 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2013
* 9,144,427 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 0 2014
* 2014/0207,165 SURGICAL METHOD UTILIZING A TRUE MULTIPLE-FIRE SURGICAL STAPLER 0 2014
 
Ethcon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (1)
9,044,243 Surgical cutting and fastening device with descendible second trigger arrangement 8 2011
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (29)
8,939,974 Surgical instrument comprising first and second drive systems actuatable by a common trigger mechanism 8 2009
8,906,016 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising steam control paths 8 2009
8,747,404 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising non-conductive grasping portions 8 2009
8,574,231 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising a movable electrode or insulator 9 2009
8,834,518 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 8 2010
8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 11 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 11 2010
8,888,776 Electrosurgical instrument employing an electrode 24 2010
9,005,199 Heat management configurations for controlling heat dissipation from electrosurgical instruments 8 2010
8,764,747 Electrosurgical instrument comprising sequentially activated electrodes 10 2010
8,753,338 Electrosurgical instrument employing a thermal management system 19 2010
9,149,324 Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector 0 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 64 2010
* 8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 47 2010
9,192,431 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
9,011,437 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 7 2010
8,979,843 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 7 2010
8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 16 2010
8,715,277 Control of jaw compression in surgical instrument having end effector with opposing jaw members 10 2010
9,259,265 Surgical instruments for tensioning tissue 0 2011
* 8,985,429 Surgical stapling device with adjunct material application feature 0 2011
* 2013/0075,451 Surgical Stapling Device with Adjunct Material Application Feature 11 2011
9,333,025 Battery initialization clip 0 2012
9,314,292 Trigger lockout mechanism 0 2012
9,283,027 Battery drain kill feature in a battery powered device 0 2012
9,295,514 Surgical devices with close quarter articulation features 0 2013
9,265,926 Electrosurgical devices 0 2013
9,408,660 Device trigger dampening mechanism 0 2014
9,375,232 Surgical cutting and sealing instrument with reduced firing force 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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