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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CARDICA, INC.REDWOOD CITY, CA147

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, US 171 12618

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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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PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 31 2001
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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COVIDIEN LP (26)
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6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 436 2000
7,025,747 Valve assembly including diameter reduction structure for trocar 91 2001
7,055,730 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 333 2001
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* 6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 539 2003
7,517,356 Surgical stapler and method 214 2003
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7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 417 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 205 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 436 2003
2006/0151,567 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 260 2003
* 7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 456 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 440 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 330 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 393 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 309 2005
7,225,963 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 256 2005
7,234,624 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 316 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 418 2005
* 2007/0034,668 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 365 2006
2007/0125,828 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 81 2007
7,635,073 Surgical stapler and method 65 2008
2008/0272,175 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING A CARTRIDGE HAVING MULTIPLE STAPLE SIZES 29 2008
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
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6,602,252 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 686 2002
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (16)
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5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 272 1994
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5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 544 1995
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ETHICON, INC. (5)
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Ophthalmic Ventures (1)
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KMS Medical LLC (1)
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (7)
7,434,715 Surgical stapling instrument having multistroke firing with opening lockout 306 2003
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* 7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 284 2007
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W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
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UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (14)
4,556,058 Apparatus for ligation and division with fixed jaws 157 1984
* 4,589,416 Surgical fastener retainer member assembly 321 1985
4,762,260 Surgical microstapler 114 1986
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 548 1989
5,156,315 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 419 1991
5,456,400 Apparatus and clip for fastening body tissue 147 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 305 1993
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5,626,585 Ligating clip advance 115 1994
5,476,206 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 368 1994
5,816,471 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 376 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 370 1995
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* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Cardica, Inc. (6)
* 8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011
* 9,155,536 Circular stapler 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 6 2011
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (27)
8,939,974 Surgical instrument comprising first and second drive systems actuatable by a common trigger mechanism 5 2009
8,906,016 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising steam control paths 5 2009
8,747,404 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising non-conductive grasping portions 5 2009
8,574,231 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising a movable electrode or insulator 5 2009
8,834,518 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 5 2010
8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 7 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 6 2010
8,888,776 Electrosurgical instrument employing an electrode 18 2010
9,005,199 Heat management configurations for controlling heat dissipation from electrosurgical instruments 6 2010
8,764,747 Electrosurgical instrument comprising sequentially activated electrodes 7 2010
8,753,338 Electrosurgical instrument employing a thermal management system 13 2010
9,149,324 Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector 0 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 41 2010
* 8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 26 2010
9,192,431 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 0 2010
9,011,437 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 5 2010
8,979,843 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 5 2010
8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 12 2010
8,715,277 Control of jaw compression in surgical instrument having end effector with opposing jaw members 7 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 10 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
* Cited By Examiner

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