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, CA142

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, AZ 190 7771

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (23)
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5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 237 1995
5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 391 1995
5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 382 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 441 1996
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7,434,715 Surgical stapling instrument having multistroke firing with opening lockout 176 2003
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7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 183 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 220 2006
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7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 141 2007
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United States Surgical Corporation (16)
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ETHICON, INC. (5)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 265 1981
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5,620,289 Colored staples 95 1996
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (10)
8,747,404 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising non-conductive grasping portions 0 2009
8,574,231 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising a movable electrode or insulator 0 2009
8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 2 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 1 2010
8,764,747 Electrosurgical instrument comprising sequentially activated electrodes 0 2010
8,753,338 Electrosurgical instrument employing a thermal management system 0 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 0 2010
8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 2010
8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 1 2010
8,715,277 Control of jaw compression in surgical instrument having end effector with opposing jaw members 0 2010
 
Cardica, Inc. (1)
8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,834,518 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 0 2010

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