U.S. Patent 8025199 was awarded to Tyco Healthcare Group LP on 2011-09-27 and describes a “Surgical cutting and stapling device.” This patent has been cited 389 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative medical technology patents in the field of instruments. The abstract states:
The present invention, in accordance with various embodiments thereof, relates to a surgical device for at least one of cutting and stapling a section of tissue. The surgical device includes a housing including at least two drivers. The surgical device also includes an anvil mechanically attachable to the housing and moveable relative to the housing between an open position and a closed position. The first driver operates to move the anvil relative to the housing to an intermediate position between the open position and the closed position. The second driver operates to move at least a portion of the housing relative to the anvil between the intermediate position and the closed position. Link: U.S. Patent 8025199
This patent was originally filed on 2004-02-23 which gives it a processing time of 2773 days, compared to an average processing time of 1003 in the field. Tyco Healthcare Group LP has 1168 total patents. The first named inventor is David A. Nicholas of Trumbull, CT. The assistant examiner was Gloria R. Weeks.
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