06942674 is referenced by 269 patents and cites 74 patents.

An apparatus for delivering a clip to close an opening through tissue includes a sheath and a carrier assembly including a clip therein that is slidable on the sheath. An actuator assembly is connectable to the sheath, and telescoping actuator members extend from the handle that are connectable to the carrier assembly for advancing the carrier assembly along the sheath. An obturator on the actuator assembly includes splines that may be deployed beyond a distal end of the sheath, and expanded to a transverse expanded configuration for positioning the sheath before deploying the clip. The actuator members include cooperating detents that selectively release the actuator members as the carrier assembly reaches predetermined positions along the sheath for deploying the clip from the carrier assembly, and that collapse the splines to allow removal of the apparatus after deploying the clip.

Title
Apparatus and methods for delivering a closure device
Application Number
10/81723
Publication Number
6942674 (B2)
Application Date
February 21, 2002
Publication Date
September 13, 2005
Inventor
Javier Sagastegui
Castro Valley
CA, US
Anthony Pantages
Los Altos
CA, US
Stephen M Salmon
Napa
CA, US
Ronald J Jabba
Redwood City
CA, US
Michael T Carley
San Jose
CA, US
William N Aldrich
Napa
CA, US
W Martin Belef
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Assignee
Integrated Vascular Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61B 017/10
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