05307976 is referenced by 827 patents and cites 7 patents.

A stapler mechanism is described which contains a stapling assembly, and anvil assembly, firing means and knife means. These means are activated by a firing trigger. The anvil assembly is closed upon the stapling assembly by means of a closure trigger. The firing trigger is inoperable until the closure trigger has been activated. Another mechanism in the stapler is capable of locking the closure trigger after use so it does not spring open inadvertently before use of the firing trigger. Additionally, the stapler mechanism allows forward motion of both triggers and also is capable of allowing reverse motion of the closure trigger to open the mechanism.

Title
Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means
Application Number
779436
Publication Number
5307976
Application Date
July 20, 1992
Publication Date
May 3, 1994
Inventor
Robert Cook
West Chester
OH, US
Ralph Chen
Cincinnati
OH, US
Edward Rhad
Fairfield
OH, US
Thomas Knodell
Loveland
OH, US
Darrel Powell
Cincinnati
OH, US
Ronald VanOverloop
West Chester
OH, US
Matthew Otten
Cincinnati
OH, US
Eric Huffman
Loveland
OH, US
Gary Steed
Cleves
OH, US
Dan Meiser
Oxford
OH, US
Todd Olson
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Paul A Coletti
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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