Hugo R Florez, Robert J Tannhauser: Coated surgical staple. Ethicon, Charles J Metz, April 7, 1987: US04655222 (441 worldwide citation)

Sterile surgical staples for use with a stapling instrument with the surface of the staple coated with a low molecular weight fluorocarbon polymer.

Lee P Bendel, Timothy Sardelis, Lawrence P Trozzo, Leon K Stungurys, Hugo R Florez, Jeffrey T Lavin, Matthew J McGrane, Jeffrey K McVey: Means for predicting preformance of stainless steel alloy for use with surgical needles. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, July 29, 1997: US05651843 (4 worldwide citation)

A new and useful predictor for maraging stainless steel alloys is created, called the martensite finish temperature, M.sub.f (.degree. F.). This formula enables one to predict the temperature at which a steel is entirely converted to martensite, and is described as M.sub.f =1027--78% Ni--27% Ti--34% ...