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)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CARDICA, INC.REDWOOD CITY, CA150

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, US 175 14096

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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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7,225,964 Surgical stapler 486 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 472 2000
7,025,747 Valve assembly including diameter reduction structure for trocar 95 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 369 2001
* 6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 600 2001
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* 6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 589 2003
7,517,356 Surgical stapler and method 247 2003
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 459 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 454 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 238 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 470 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 274 2003
* 7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 499 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 478 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 341 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 432 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 347 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 290 2005
7,234,624 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 348 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 452 2005
* 2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 393 2006
2007/0125,828 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 87 2007
7,635,073 Surgical stapler and method 74 2008
2008/0272,175 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING A CARTRIDGE HAVING MULTIPLE STAPLE SIZES 31 2008
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
6,306,149 Medical clip device with cyclical pusher mechanism 252 2000
6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 743 2002
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (16)
5,415,334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 554 1993
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5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 308 1994
5,553,765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 542 1995
5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 374 1995
5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 581 1995
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5,692,668 Surgical instrument 649 1996
6,592,597 Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device 572 2001
2007/0118,163 Surgical clip and applier device and method of use 103 2005
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 371 2006
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ETHICON, INC. (5)
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TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (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 342 2003
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7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 462 2007
* 7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 317 2007
* 2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 180 2007
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COVIDIEN AG (3)
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5,269,792 Surgical clip 220 1992
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
5,810,855 Endoscopic device and method for reinforcing surgical staples 691 1997
 
United States Surgical Corporation (14)
4,556,058 Apparatus for ligation and division with fixed jaws 172 1984
* 4,589,416 Surgical fastener retainer member assembly 347 1985
4,762,260 Surgical microstapler 121 1986
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 587 1989
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 454 1991
5,456,400 Apparatus and clip for fastening body tissue 155 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 332 1993
5,527,319 Surgical fastener applying instrument for ligating and dividing tissue 206 1994
5,626,585 Ligating clip advance 128 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 406 1994
5,816,471 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 413 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 404 1995
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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 (31)
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 9 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 26 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 21 2010
9,149,324 Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector 0 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 67 2010
* 8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 50 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 17 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 12 2011
9,421,060 Litz wire battery powered device 0 2012
9,414,880 User interface in a battery powered device 0 2012
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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