US Patent Application No: 2008/0051,780

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SPINAL ROD CONNECTOR

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A system and method for fixing the relative position of vertebrae in a human spinal column utilizes a unique connector, vertebral anchors and a longitudinal pre-shaped rod. The connector assemblies each have a pass-through aperture for the rod. Each of the apertures is shaped such that at least 3 surfaces of contact are created between a variety of rod sizes and each of the connectors, thereby allowing secure and stable holding of the rod with respect to the other system components and the vertebrae.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ZIMMER SPINE, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN378

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hillyard, Angela L Greenfield, MN 11 1004
Tyagi, Kuldeep Bloomington, MN 3 56
Vaidya, Shailendra Bloomington, MN 2 56

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 4,697,582 Appliance for correcting rachidial deformities 101 1984
* 6,050,997 Spinal fixation system 256 1999
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (2)
* 2004/0176,766 Apparatus for connecting a longitudinal member to a bone portion 50 2004
* 2008/0009,862 REMOVABLE POLYAXIAL HOUSING FOR A PEDICLE SCREW 79 2006
 
ACROMED (1)
* 5,129,900 Spinal column retaining method and apparatus 340 1990
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
* 5,628,740 Articulating toggle bolt bone screw 317 1995
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (4)
* 5,024,213 Connector for a corrective device 217 1989
* 5,312,404 Spinal column retaining apparatus 274 1992
* 5,743,907 Spinal column retaining method and apparatus 128 1994
* 6,761,721 Transverse connector 60 2002
 
THEKEN SPINE, LLC (1)
* 2006/0173,454 Internal structure stabilization system for spanning three or more structures 131 2004
 
ENCORE MEDICAL ASSET CORPORATION (1)
* 5,487,744 Closed connector for spinal fixation systems 109 1994
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (1)
* 6,802,844 Spinal alignment apparatus and methods 294 2002
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (45)
8,137,386 Polyaxial bone screw apparatus 12 2003
8,152,810 Spinal fixation tool set and method 11 2004
8,273,089 Spinal fixation tool set and method 9 2006
8,105,368 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with slitted core and outer sleeve 1 2007
8,066,739 Tool system for dynamic spinal implants 25 2007
8,475,498 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with cord connection 2 2008
* 2008/0140,076 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with slitted segment and surrounding external elastomer 94 2008
* 2008/0319,482 Dynamic fixation assemblies with pre-tensioned cord segments 18 2008
8,257,396 Polyaxial bone screw with shank-retainer inset capture 5 2008
* 2008/0234,761 Polyaxial bone screw with shank-retainer insert capture 32 2008
8,162,948 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 15 2008
8,353,932 Polyaxial bone anchor assembly with one-piece closure, pressure insert and plastic elongate member 1 2008
7,967,850 Polyaxial bone anchor with helical capture connection, insert and dual locking assembly 24 2008
* 2009/0062,866 Polyaxial bone anchor with helical capture connection, insert and dual locking assembly 28 2008
8,845,649 Spinal fixation tool set and method for rod reduction and fastener insertion 1 2009
8,292,892 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 6 2009
8,366,745 Dynamic stabilization assembly having pre-compressed spacers with differential displacements 0 2009
* 2009/0275,985 Dynamic stabilization assembly having pre-compressed spacers with differential displacements 14 2009
* 2010/0016,904 Upload shank swivel head bone screw spinal implant 9 2009
8,591,515 Spinal fixation tool set and method 3 2009
8,100,915 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 21 2009
* 2010/0010,542 Flexible spinal stbilization assembly with spacer having off-axis core member 16 2009
* 2010/0174,319 Dynamic spinal stabilization assembly with elastic bumpers and locking limited travel closure mechanisms 6 2010
8,377,102 Polyaxial bone anchor with spline capture connection and lower pressure insert 1 2010
8,394,133 Dynamic fixation assemblies with inner core and outer coil-like member 2 2010
8,308,782 Bone anchors with longitudinal connecting member engaging inserts and closures for fixation and optional angulation 12 2010
9,216,039 Dynamic spinal stabilization assemblies, tool set and method 0 2010
9,144,444 Polyaxial bone anchor with helical capture connection, insert and dual locking assembly 0 2011
8,814,911 Polyaxial bone screw with cam connection and lock and release insert 0 2011
8,894,657 Tool system for dynamic spinal implants 2 2011
8,613,760 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with slitted core and outer sleeve 1 2011
8,377,067 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 11 2012
8,636,769 Polyaxial bone screw with shank-retainer insert capture 0 2012
8,696,711 Polyaxial bone anchor assembly with one-piece closure, pressure insert and plastic elongate member 1 2012
9,414,863 Polyaxial bone screw with spherical capture, compression insert and alignment and retention structures 0 2012
8,591,560 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with elastic core and outer sleeve 0 2012
9,055,978 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 0 2012
8,840,652 Bone anchors with longitudinal connecting member engaging inserts and closures for fixation and optional angulation 0 2012
9,050,139 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 1 2013
8,936,623 Polyaxial bone screw assembly 0 2013
8,926,670 Polyaxial bone screw assembly 1 2013
8,870,928 Helical guide and advancement flange with radially loaded lip 0 2013
8,998,960 Polyaxial bone screw with helically wound capture connection 0 2013
8,814,913 Helical guide and advancement flange with break-off extensions 0 2013
* 2015/0272,626 BOTTOM-LOADING BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES 0 2015
 
GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC. (2)
* 9,113,960 Conforming bone stabilization receiver 0 2011
* 2011/0301,649 Conforming Bone Stabilization Receiver 0 2011
 
NUASIVE, INC. (1)
9,247,964 Spinal Cross-connector 0 2012
 
JACKSON, ROGER P. (11)
8,556,938 Polyaxial bone anchor with non-pivotable retainer and pop-on shank, some with friction fit 5 2010
8,998,959 Polyaxial bone anchors with pop-on shank, fully constrained friction fit retainer and lock and release insert 1 2011
9,216,041 Spinal connecting members with tensioned cords and rigid sleeves for engaging compression inserts 0 2012
8,444,681 Polyaxial bone anchor with pop-on shank, friction fit retainer and winged insert 0 2012
9,393,047 Polyaxial bone anchor with pop-on shank and friction fit retainer with low profile edge lock 0 2012
8,979,904 Connecting member with tensioned cord, low profile rigid sleeve and spacer with torsion control 0 2012
9,168,069 Polyaxial bone anchor with pop-on shank and winged insert with lower skirt for engaging a friction fit retainer 1 2012
8,911,479 Multi-start closures for open implants 0 2013
8,926,672 Splay control closure for open bone anchor 0 2013
8,911,478 Splay control closure for open bone anchor 0 2013
8,852,239 Sagittal angle screw with integral shank and receiver 1 2014
 
JACKSON, ROGER P. AN INDIVIDUAL (1)
8,398,682 Polyaxial bone screw assembly 3 2010
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (6)
8,506,598 Anchors for spinal fixation and correcting spinal deformity 3 2010
9,198,696 Cross-connector and related methods 0 2011
8,876,869 Polyaxial bone screw assembly 0 2011
9,198,692 Spinal fixation anchor 0 2012
9,387,013 Posterior cervical fixation system 0 2012
9,060,813 Surgical fixation system and related methods 0 2012
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (1)
* 2011/0184,412 Pre-Assembled Construct With One or More Non-Rotating Connectors for Insertion Into a Patient 13 2010
* Cited By Examiner