Cardica Assigned Patent for True Multi-fire Linear Cutter
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11 -- Cardica, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,971) developed by Bryan D. Knodel, Flagstaff, Ariz., for a "true multi-fire linear cutter."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One exemplary surgical apparatus may include: an anvil assembly to which a staple holder assembly detachably connected; feeder belts positioned at least partially within the staple holder assembly; staples separably attached to each feeder belt; a wedge assembly slidable within and along the staple holder assembly, the wedge assembly including an engagement feature; and a deployment handle.
Upon closure of the anvil assembly and staple holder assembly relative to one another, the deployment handle engages the engagement feature. The deployment handle is movable along the anvil assembly to drive the wedge assembly relative to the staple holder assembly, feeder belts and staples in order to deform at least one staple to a closed state and separate at least one closed staple from the corresponding feeder belt."
The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009