05529235 is referenced by 786 patents and cites 8 patents.

A device is provided for identifying certain characteristics of an end piece or end effector of a surgical instrument. A preferred embodiment provides a surgical stapling instrument having an electrical circuit contained on the stapling cartridge which is capable of indicating cartridge type and/or status (i.e., with or without staples) when a voltage or current is applied to the circuit. Other identification devices are provided including an optical identification device

Title
Identification device for surgical instrument
Application Number
8/234749
Publication Number
5529235
Application Date
April 28, 1994
Publication Date
June 25, 1996
Inventor
Warren P Williamson
Loveland
OH, US
Mark T Byrne
Loveland
OH, US
Anthony A Boiarski
Columbus
OH, US
Agent
Susan M Schmidt
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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