07644848 is referenced by 534 patents and cites 782 patents.

A surgical cutting and stapling instrument is disclosed. The instrument includes an end effector and a handle. The end effector includes a channel, an anvil pivotally attached to the channel, a moveable cutting instrument for cutting an object positioned between the anvil and the channel, and a staple cartridge configured for removable receipt by the channel. The staple cartridge includes a sled that is engaged by the cutting instrument during a cutting stoke. The handle includes a motor for actuating the cutting instrument via a main drive shaft assembly. The instrument further includes a first interlock circuit for enabling initiation of motor operation based upon a position of the staple cartridge.

Title
Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same
Application Number
11/343439
Publication Number
7644848 (B2)
Application Date
January 31, 2006
Publication Date
January 12, 2010
Inventor
Eugene Timperman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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