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Application No.: 10/532,180 



Docket No.: TRAUMA 3.3-437 



IN THE CLAIMS 

Claims 1-14 (cancelled) . 

15. (currently amended) The forceps according to claim 
234:4-, wherein said leaf spring is mounted between abutting side 
walls within said first member clamping portio n handlo . 

16. (currently amended) The forceps according to claim 15, 
wherein said first member handlc clamping portion and gripping 
portion are compriooo two portiono hinged together at a pivoting 
point, wherein said pivoting point is the second end mounting 
point of the spring and wherein said spring is confined between 
two-; — especially convex, side walls of a^fehe clampingj -aws- portion 

fefee fewe portiono and a^fehe prolongation of a^fe^ie 

gripping f ingorholo portion of the first membe r two portiona forms 
the element whic h lcvcr end and engages the leaf spring. 

17. (currently amended) The forceps according to claim 16, 
wherein said locking f irat — catching element is a rod mounted 
pivotal ly on the second member handlo , the rod extending through 
an opening within the gripping f ingcrholc portion of the second 
member and having grooves on the side directed towards the 
gripping port ions5 -aw& of the forceps and wherein the grooves of 
the rod can be engaged through the complementary locking catching 
element formed as a nose extending from said gripping f ingcrholQ 
portio n of the first member . 

18. (currently amended) The forceps according to claim 17, 
wherein said rod is prebiased in direction of the jaws of the 
forceps through the leafa : spring pushing the rod in the direction 
of the grooves on the side directed towards the gripping 
e 1 ement s j awa . 



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Claim 19 (cancelled) 

20. (currently amended) The forceps according to claim 
23-3r9, wherein the catching Glomonto and the locking complcmcntary 
catching elements on the first and second members are curved 
elements wherein at least one locking catching element has a 
changing radius of curvature, in order to provide, in the closed 
setting - a blocking device upon contact of the surfaces of the 
catching elements against further movement in the direction of 
opening the forceps . 

Claims 21 and 22 (cancelled) 

23. (currently amended) A forceps comprising: 

a first member having a clamping portion at a first end 
and a gripping portion at a second end; 

a second member pivotally connected to said first 
member at a first pivot point, said second member having a 
clamping portion at a first end and a gripping portion at a 
second end, said first and second gripping portions adapted to be 
gripped by the thumb and fingers of a hand; 

a leaf spring mounted on the first members, the leaf 
spring having first and second ends mounted on the first member 
spaced along a length of the first member, the leaf spring having 
a length greater than the length between the first and second 
ends along the first member so that the leaf spring can lie on 
either side of a straight line connecting the first and second 
ends ; 

a locking element mounted on said first member for 
engaging a complimentary locking element on said second member, 
said locking element on the first member having an element 
engaging the leaf spring for moving the leaf spring from one side 



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of the line to the other side of the line opcning biaocd into both 
Q firot loclccd pooition and a accond unlookcd pooition ; and 

an actuator mounted on said gripping portion of said 
first member for moving said locking element between a aaid first 
locked position and a aaid second unlocked position, said actuator 
adapted to be moved by said thumb or fingers of said hand while 
said gripping portions of said first and second members are 
gripped. 

24. (previously presented) The forceps as set forth in 
claim 23 wherein said gripping portion of said first member is a 
fingerhole portion pivotally coupled to said clamping portion of 
said first member and said actuator is actuated by movement of 
said fingerhole portion with respect to said clamping portion. 

25. (previously presented) The forceps as set forth in 
claim 23 wherein said actuator is operatively coupled to said 
first member and has a finger engaging portion located adjacent a 
surface of said first member gripping portion remote from said 
second member gripping portion. 

26. (new) An orthopedic ratcheting forceps comprising: 

a first handle having a clamping portion at a first end and 
a gripping portion at a second end; 

a second handle pivotally connected to said first handle at 
a first pivot point, said second handle having a clamping portion 
at a first end and a gripping portion at a second end, said first 
and second gripping portions are adapted to be gripped by the 
thumb and fingers of a hand; 

a first catching element pivotally mounted with said first 
or second handle, 

a second catching element being complimentary to the first 
catching element and mounted with the other handle of the first 

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or second handle, said first and said second catching element can 
assume only two stable settings which can be switched with said 
hand, one closed setting within the clamping portions can only be 
further closed and an open setting within which the handles are 
freely moveable, so that the forceps can be opened as well as 
closed; 

a spring member arranged in said first handle or said second 
handle, wherein said spring member is biased between a first 
mounting point and a second mounting point; 

a lever end which is connected with one of the catching 
elements engages the spring member; 

an actuator which is in connection with said lever end for 
moving said lever end between the closed setting and the open 
setting; 

wherein said second mounting point is the point of 
engagement of the lever end which can be switched between two 
side walls within said first handle and the first catching 
element and the complementary catching element are curved 
elements wherein at least one catching element has a changing 
radius of curvature to provide a blocking element when the 
forceps is in its closed setting upon contact of the surfaces of 
the catching elements against further movement in the direction 
of openings the forceps . 

27. (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein the 
actuator is the first handle which is pivotable. 

28- (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein the 
spring member is a leaf spring mounted within the first handle or 
wherein the spring member is a part of said first handle having a 
memory effect allowing for the two settings. 



29. (new) The forceps according to claim 28, wherein said 



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spring member is mounted between abutting side walls within said 
first handle . 

30. (new) The forceps according to claim 29, wherein said 
first handle comprises two portions hinged together at a pivoting 
point, wherein said pivoting point is the second mounting point 
of the spring and wherein said spring is confined between two, 
especially convex, side walls of the clamping portion of the two 
portions and the prolongation of the fingerhole portion of the 
two portions forms the lever end and engages the leaf spring. 

31. (new) The forceps according to claim 30, wherein said 
first catching element is a rod mounted pivotally on the second 
handle, the rod extending through an opening within the 
fingerhole portion and having grooves on the side directed 
towards the jaws of the forceps and wherein the grooves of the 
rod can be engaged through the complementary catching element 
formed as a nose extending from said fingerhole portion. 

32. (new) The forceps according to claim 31, wherein said 
rod is prebiased in direction of the clamping elements of the 
forceps through a spring pushing the rod in the direction of the 
grooves on the side directed towards the jaws. 

33. (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein said 
first catching element is a rod mounted pivotally on the second 
handle, the rod extending through an opening within the handle 
and having grooves on the side directed towards the clamping 
elements of the forceps and wherein the grooves of the rod can be 
engaged through the spring. 

34. (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein the 
complementary catching element is part of the activation element 



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comprising the complementary catching elements which can be 
pushed inside said opening within the handle to disengage the 
spring from the rod. 

35. (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein said 
gripping portion of said first member is a fingerhole portion 
pivotally coupled to said clamping portion of said first member 
and said actuator is actuated by movement of said fingerhole 
portion with respect to said clamping portion. 

36. (new) The forceps according to claim 26, wherein said 
actuator is operatively coupled to said first member and has a 
finger engaging portion located adjacent a surface of said first 
member gripping portion remote from said second member gripping 
portion. 



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