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1. (WO2017091377) CARACTÉRISTIQUES D'UTILISATION RESTREINTES POUR INSTRUMENT CHIRURGICAL
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I/We claim:

1. An apparatus comprising:

(a) a surgical generator comprising an instrument receptacle; and

(b) an adaptor, the adaptor comprising a first end, a second end, and an override chip, wherein the first end of the adaptor is shaped to fit the instrument receptacle, wherein the second end of the adapter is shaped to fit a surgical instrument connector;

wherein the surgical generator is configured to, upon being connected to a surgical instrument via the adaptor, receive a set of usage data from a memory of the surgical instrument;

wherein the surgical generator is further configured to prevent operation of the surgical instrument based upon the set of usage data;

wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data before it is received by the surgical generator.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data by modifying the contents of the memory of the surgical instrument.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data by creating an override set of usage data, and wherein the override chip is configured to replace the set of usage data with the override set of usage data before the set it is received by the surgical generator.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the set of usage data from the memory comprises a usage counter, wherein the usage counter indicates an amount of usage of the surgical instrument since its manufacture.

5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data by reducing the amount of usage of the surgical instrument.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the override chip stores a set of override data, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of override data in response to the set of usage data being modified.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the set of override data comprises:

(i) an override counter indicating the number of times the override chip has been used to modify the set of usage data, and

(ii) an override map uniquely identifying one or more surgical instruments whose usage data has been modified by the override chip.

8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the override chip is configured to only modify the set of usage data when the override counter does not exceed a configured limit.

9. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the override set of usage data is configured to prevent the surgical generator from preventing operation of the surgical instrument.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data by adding an override flag, wherein the override flag indicates that the memory has been previously modified, and wherein the override chip is further configured to only modify the memory when the override flag is not present.

11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the surgical generator is manufactured by a first manufacturer, wherein the surgical instrument is manufactured by a second manufacturer, and wherein the surgical instrument is only operable with the surgical generator after the set of usage data has been modified.

12. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising an external server, wherein the adaptor comprises a communication port in communication with the external server, wherein the adaptor is configured to send a set of override data to the external server.

13. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the set of usage data comprises a plurality of sets of feature data, wherein a set of feature data of the plurality of sets of feature data indicates the number of times a particular feature of the surgical instrument has been used, wherein the override chip is configured to modify the set of usage data before it is received by the surgical generator by modifying the set of feature data to allow for additional use of the particular feature.

14. An apparatus comprising:

(a) a surgical generator comprising an instrument receptacle and a display; and

(b) a surgical instrument comprising a generator connection, the generator connection adapted to be connected to the instrument receptacle;

wherein the surgical generator is configured to, upon being connected to the surgical instrument, receive a set of usage data from a memory of the surgical instrument;

wherein the surgical generator is configured to determine if the set of usage data indicates that the surgical instrument will become inoperable after being used for a present procedure;

wherein the surgical generator is configured to receive a signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use;

wherein the surgical generator is configured to, in response to a determination that the surgical instrument will become inoperable and the signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use, provide a notification that the device is inoperable for subsequent uses.

15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the notification that the device is inoperable for subsequent uses comprises one or more of:

(i) a text notification via the display,

(ii) a light emitting from a light indicator of the surgical instrument, and

(iii) a tone emitting from a speaker of the surgical instrument.

16. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the notification that the device is inoperable for subsequent uses comprises an acknowledgment prompt, and wherein the surgical generator is configured to prevent normal operation until a signal is received indicating that a user has acknowledged the acknowledgment prompt.

17. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use is caused by the disconnection of the surgical generator connection from the instrument receptacle.

18. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use is caused by a user interaction with the surgical generator causing the surgical generator to be powered off.

19. An apparatus comprising:

(a) a surgical generator comprising an instrument receptacle and a display;

(b) a surgical instrument comprising a generator connection; and

(c) an adaptor, the adaptor comprising a first end, a second end, and an override chip, wherein the first end of the adaptor is shaped to fit the instrument receptacle, wherein the second end of the adapter is shaped to fit the generator connection, wherein the surgical generator is configured to connect to the surgical instrument via the adaptor;

wherein the surgical generator is further configured to, upon being connected to the surgical instrument, receive a set of usage data from a memory of the surgical instrument;

wherein the surgical generator is further configured to determine if the set of usage data indicates that the surgical instrument will become inoperable after being used for a present procedure;

wherein the surgical generator is further configured to receive a signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use;

wherein the surgical generator is further configured to, in response to a determination that the surgical instrument will become inoperable and the

signal indicating that the surgical instrument is no longer in use, provide a notification that the device is inoperable for subsequent uses;

wherein the adaptor is operable to modify the set of usage data on the memory and reduce a usage indicator of the set of usage data; and

wherein the surgical instrument is configured to become operable in response to the usage indicator being reduced by the adaptor.

20. The apparatus of claim 19, further comprising a plurality of reconditioned surgical instruments, each of the plurality of reconditioned surgical instruments storing an instrument identifier and a reconditioned device usage data, wherein the adaptor is configured to store a set of instrument identifiers, and wherein the adaptor is configured to modify a reconditioned device usage data only when the instrument identifier is present in the set of instrument identifiers.