US 10,891,149 B2
Authentication and information system for reusable surgical instruments
Kelly Valentine, New Britain, CT (US); Thomas Wingardner, North Haven, CT (US); David McCuen, Stratford, CT (US); Michael Ingmanson, Stratford, CT (US); Gene Stellon, Burlington, CT (US); Michael Zemlok, Prospect, CT (US); Ethan Collins, Naugatuck, CT (US); and Peter Collings, Shelton, CT (US)
Assigned to Covidien LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed by Covidien LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed on Apr. 5, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/375,902.
Application 16/375,902 is a continuation of application No. 14/671,037, filed on Mar. 27, 2015, granted, now 10,251,725.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/009,456, filed on Jun. 9, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2019/0235910 A1, Aug. 1, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/068 (2006.01); G06F 9/455 (2018.01); G06F 11/14 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 9/45558 (2013.01) [G06F 11/1448 (2013.01); G06F 11/1464 (2013.01); G06F 11/1469 (2013.01); G06F 2009/45575 (2013.01); G06F 2201/815 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A surgical system, comprising:
an actuation assembly including a controller having at least one program and a memory; and
a loading unit releasably securable to the actuation assembly, the loading unit including: a tool assembly mounted for articulation relative to the actuation assembly, and
an articulation member for articulation of the tool assembly relative to the actuation assembly,
the tool assembly including:
a removable and replaceable staple cartridge assembly, and
at least one chip assembly disposed within the staple cartridge assembly and including a chip configured to receive data from and transmit data to the controller regarding a position of the articulation member.