Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

  • US 9,775,609 B2
  • Filed: 08/23/2013
  • Issued: 10/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/23/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • a shaft;

    an end effector extending distally from said shaft; and

    a housing extending proximally from said shaft, said housing comprising;

    a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate said end effector; and

    a power source configured to supply power to said surgical instrument, wherein said power source comprises;

    a casing;

    a data storage unit;

    an interface configured to permit an external device to download data stored in the data storage unit, wherein said interface is enclosed by said casing;

    a deactivation mechanism comprising a severable connector, the severable connector coupling the interface and the data storage unit; and

    wherein the severable connector is severed when the casing is opened, thereby interrupting access via the interface to the data stored in the data storage unit.

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