US Patent No: 4,349,921

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Intervertebral disc prosthesis

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An intervertebral disc prosthesis intended to replace a natural intervertebral disc and to restore the normal intervertebral spacing without complete loss of flexibility of the spinal joint. The prosthesis comprises a body of biologically-acceptable material suitably dimensioned and shaped to replace a natural disc. One of the longitudinal ends of the prosthesis has suitable means, e.g. a raised flange, to facilitate handling of the prosthesis and to prevent penetration to an excessive depth into the spinal joint. The other longitudinal end is preferably wedge-shaped to facilitate insertion into the intervertebral space. The superior and inferior surfaces are preferably provided with surface characteristics to produce a 'friction-fit' and are convex to correspond to the adjacent vertebral surface. The prosthesis is inexpensive to manufacture and can be implanted quite easily with little danger to the patient. Moreover, the prosthesis maintains at least some of the flexibility of the joint while remaining firmly anchored in place.

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Kuntz, J David 899 Lahakas Blvd., Kitimat, B.C., CA 1 894

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WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (1)
* 2002/0138,146 Anterior expandable spinal fusion cage system 8 2002
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WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (219)
* 5,015,247 Threaded spinal implant 913 1988
* 5,741,253 Method for inserting spinal implants 505 1992
* 5,772,661 Methods and instrumentation for the surgical correction of human thoracic and lumbar spinal disease from the antero-lateral aspect of the spine 549 1995
* 5,782,919 Interbody fusion device and method for restoration of normal spinal anatomy 294 1995
7,534,254 Threaded frusto-conical interbody spinal fusion implants 36 1995
7,491,205 Instrumentation for the surgical correction of human thoracic and lumbar spinal disease from the lateral aspect of the spine 28 1995
7,452,359 Apparatus for inserting spinal implants 34 1995
* 6,923,810 Frusto-conical interbody spinal fusion implants 123 1995
6,270,498 Apparatus for inserting spinal implants 200 1995
6,210,412 Method for inserting frusto-conical interbody spinal fusion implants 203 1995
* 6,096,038 Apparatus for inserting spinal implants 320 1995
* 5,797,909 Apparatus for inserting spinal implants 420 1995
* 5,984,967 Osteogenic fusion devices 200 1996
6,423,095 Intervertebral spacers 145 1996
* 5,782,830 Implant insertion device 325 1996
* 5,895,426 Fusion implant device and method of use 156 1996
* 6,123,705 Interbody spinal fusion implants 201 1996
* 5,860,973 Translateral spinal implant 369 1996
6,302,914 Lordotic interbody spinal fusion implants 144 1997
* 5,776,199 Artificial spinal fusion implants 364 1997
* 5,888,222 Intervertebral spacers 148 1997
6,206,922 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 241 1998
6,224,595 Method for inserting a spinal implant 111 1998
6,264,656 Threaded spinal implant 190 1998
* 6,149,650 Threaded spinal implant 74 1998
* 6,045,580 Fusion implant device and method of use 136 1998
6,241,770 Interbody spinal fusion implant having an anatomically conformed trailing end 120 1999
* 6,245,072 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 101 1999
6,179,874 Articulating spinal implant 318 1999
6,547,823 Intervertebral implant 82 1999
6,277,149 Ramp-shaped intervertebral implant 269 1999
7,147,665 Threaded cylindrical multidiscoid single or multiple array disc prosthesis 78 1999
6,440,168 Articulating spinal implant 174 1999
7,291,149 Method for inserting interbody spinal fusion implants 26 1999
6,447,544 Lordotic interbody spinal fusion implants 167 1999
6,610,089 Spinal implant and cutting tool preparation accessory for mounting the implant 86 1999
7,276,081 Bone grafts 5 1999
6,827,740 Spinal implant surface configuration 84 1999
6,582,432 Cap for use with artificial spinal fusion implant 45 2000
6,679,915 Articulating spinal implant 145 2000
6,645,206 Interbody fusion device and method for restoration of normal spinal anatomy 48 2000
6,315,795 Fusion implant device and method of use 115 2000
7,462,195 Artificial lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end 15 2000
6,500,205 Expandable threaded arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with cylindrical configuration during insertion 171 2000
6,350,283 Bone hemi-lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end and method of installation thereof 110 2000
6,558,423 Interbody spinal fusion implants with multi-lock for locking opposed screws 167 2000
6,485,517 Nested interbody spinal fusion implants 112 2000
7,115,143 Orthopedic implant surface configuration 22 2000
6,814,756 Expandable threaded arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with lordotic configuration during insertion 63 2000
6,402,785 Artificial disc implant 261 2000
7,431,722 Apparatus including a guard member having a passage with a non-circular cross section for providing protected access to the spine 21 2000
8,734,447 Apparatus and method of inserting spinal implants 0 2000
7,008,453 Expandable push-in arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with cylindrical configuration during insertion 81 2000
7,993,347 Guard for use in performing human interbody spinal surgery 0 2000
6,758,849 Interbody spinal fusion implants 71 2000
6,620,196 Intervertebral disc nucleus implants and methods 176 2000
6,527,773 Cervical dowel and insertion tool 60 2000
6,733,531 Anchoring devices and implants for intervertebral disc augmentation 176 2000
6,830,570 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 158 2000
6,595,995 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 43 2000
6,709,458 Expandable push-in arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with tapered configuration during insertion 88 2001
RE42576 Human spinal disc prosthesis 0 2001
6,562,073 Spinal bone implant 86 2001
8,882,835 Interbody spinal fusion implant having an anatomically conformed trailing end 0 2001
6,764,491 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 141 2001
7,166,129 Method for forming a spinal implant surface configuration 42 2001
6,949,105 Method and apparatus for stereotactic implantation 35 2001
7,641,692 Implantable joint prosthesis 9 2001
6,562,045 Machining apparatus 24 2001
6,666,890 Bone hemi-lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end and method of installation thereof 50 2001
6,652,584 Expandable threaded arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with lordotic configuration during insertion 71 2001
6,733,504 Cervical dowel and insertion tool 34 2001
6,770,074 Apparatus for use in inserting spinal implants 161 2001
6,962,606 Expandable push-in interbody spinal fusion implant 118 2001
RE42480 Human spinal disc prothesis with hinges 2 2001
7,520,878 Threaded frusto-conical interbody spinal fusion implants 0 2002
7,118,579 Instrumentation for inserting an expandable interbody spinal fusion implant 105 2002
7,207,991 Method for the endoscopic correction of spinal disease 99 2002
6,989,031 Hemi-interbody spinal implant manufactured from a major long bone ring or a bone composite 64 2002
6,890,355 Artificial contoured spinal fusion implants made of a material other than bone 76 2002
6,749,636 Contoured spinal fusion implants made of bone or a bone composite material 70 2002
7,060,073 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 122 2002
6,716,247 Expandable push-in interbody spinal fusion implant 171 2002
7,285,121 Devices and methods for the correction and treatment of spinal deformities 37 2002
7,399,303 Bone cutting device and method for use thereof 26 2002
7,503,933 Lordotic interbody spinal fusion implants 64 2002
7,169,183 Vertebral implant for promoting arthrodesis of the spine 60 2002
7,637,951 Nested interbody spinal fusion implants 40 2002
7,063,725 Systems and techniques for restoring and maintaining intervertebral anatomy 69 2002
7,118,598 Expandable push-in arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with cylindrical configuration during insertion 78 2002
* 6,723,126 Laterally expandable cage 209 2002
* 7,288,093 Spinal fusion implant having a curved end 71 2002
7,066,961 Spinal implant 128 2002
7,025,787 Implantable joint prosthesis and associated instrumentation 104 2002
7,041,135 Interbody spinal fusion implants with single-lock for locking opposed screws 79 2002
6,972,035 Expandable threaded arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with cylindrical configuration during insertion 81 2002
8,066,705 Instrumentation for the endoscopic correction of spinal disease 16 2003
7,125,380 Clamping apparatus and methods 3 2003
7,354,452 Spinal bone implant 30 2003
6,846,328 Articulating spinal implant 44 2003
6,974,479 System and method for blocking and/or retaining a prosthetic spinal implant 85 2003
7,300,440 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 21 2003
7,033,394 Interbody spinal fusion implants with end cap for locking vertebral body penetrating members 84 2003
7,601,174 Wear-resistant endoprosthetic devices 11 2003
7,112,224 Spinal implant and cutting tool preparation accessory for mounting the implant 28 2003
7,935,124 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 18 2003
7,326,214 Bone cutting device having a cutting edge with a non-extending center 24 2003
7,238,186 Interbody fusion device and method for restoration of normal spinal anatomy 32 2003
7,309,359 Allogenic/xenogenic implants and methods for augmenting or repairing intervertebral discs 10 2003
7,662,185 Intervertebral implants 6 2003
7,887,593 Method of implanting natural tissue within the vertebral disc nucleus space using a drawstring 6 2003
8,075,621 Expandable push-in arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with tapered configuration during insertion 9 2003
6,793,679 Expandable push-in arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with tapered configuration during insertion 97 2003
8,673,004 Method for inserting an interbody spinal fusion implant having an anatomically conformed trailing end 0 2003
7,972,381 Spinal implant surface configuration with a projection having a back cut 9 2003
7,115,128 Method for forming through a guard an implantation space in the human spine 42 2003
7,264,622 System for radial bone displacement 29 2003
7,244,275 Orthopedic implant surface configuration with a projection having a back cut 45 2003
7,655,027 Method for inserting and deploying an expandable interbody spinal fusion implant 48 2003
7,387,643 Method for installation of artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal fusion implant having an asymmetrical leading end 41 2003
7,156,875 Arcuate artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal fusion implant having an asymmetrical leading end 37 2003
7,204,851 Method and apparatus for delivering an intervertebral disc implant 45 2003
7,179,262 Method and apparatus for stereotactic implantation 4 2003
7,022,137 Bone hemi-lumbar interbody spinal fusion implant having an asymmetrical leading end and method of installation thereof 22 2003
7,270,681 Articulating spinal implant 18 2004
7,621,958 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 10 2004
7,125,425 Systems and techniques for restoring and maintaining intervertebral anatomy 48 2004
* 7,331,995 Method for inserting an articular disc prosthesis via the transforaminal approach 61 2004
7,311,734 Intervertebral spacers 23 2004
6,953,477 Laterally expandable cage 67 2004
7,051,417 Method for forming an orthopedic implant surface configuration 30 2004
7,163,561 Flanged interbody spinal fusion implants 116 2004
7,435,262 Contoured cortical bone implants 29 2004
7,686,805 Methods for distraction of a disc space 43 2004
8,444,692 Instrumentation with inwardly moveable extensions for inserting an expandable interbody spinal fusion implant 0 2004
7,922,729 Instrumentation for inserting and deploying an expandable interbody spinal fusion implant 22 2004
7,717,944 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 17 2004
7,789,914 Implant having arcuate upper and lower bearing surfaces along a longitudinal axis 19 2004
7,637,954 Apparatus for inserting nested interbody spinal fusion implants 29 2004
7,618,461 Composite intervertebral disc implants and methods for forming the same 19 2004
7,503,936 Methods for forming and retaining intervertebral disc implants 30 2004
7,726,002 Processes for making spinal intervertebral implant, interconnections for such implant 0 2004
7,608,107 Expandable implant with interlocking walls and method for use thereof 54 2004
8,097,034 Expandable arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant with two expanders 13 2004
7,837,732 Intervertebral body fusion cage with keels and implantation methods 17 2004
7,744,651 Compositions and methods for treating intervertebral discs with collagen-based materials 1 2005
8,728,160 Expandable intervertebral spacer 0 2005
8,333,985 Non-glycerol stabilized bone graft 0 2005
7,780,708 Implant retaining device 7 2005
7,776,090 Inter-cervical facet implant and method 47 2005
7,691,148 Frusto-conical spinal implant 10 2005
8,105,383 Manufactured bone composite implant shaped to conform to a prepared implantation space 3 2005
7,540,882 Artificial spinal fusion implant with asymmetrical leading end 26 2005
7,455,692 Hemi-artificial contoured spinal fusion implants made of a material other than bone 27 2005
7,763,050 Inter-cervical facet implant with locking screw and method 27 2005
7,713,303 Collagen-based materials and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 2 2005
7,520,900 Intervertebral disc nucleus implants and methods 12 2005
7,988,699 Adjustable instrumentation for spinal implant insertion 5 2005
7,892,286 Expandable push-in orthopedic implant 23 2005
7,569,054 Tubular member having a passage and opposed bone contacting extensions 39 2005
8,007,534 Expandable implant with expander 15 2005
8,066,749 Implant for stabilizing a bone graft during spinal fusion 8 2005
7,763,055 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 30 2006
8,361,124 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 0 2006
7,611,536 Hemi-interbody spinal fusion implants manufactured from a major long bone ring 31 2006
7,887,565 Apparatus and method for sequential distraction 22 2006
7,615,077 Intervertebral implants with radial teeth and methods of use 2 2006
8,292,957 Bone hemi-lumbar arcuate interbody spinal fusion implant having an asymmetrical leading end 1 2006
8,353,909 Surgical instrument for distracting a spinal disc space 0 2006
7,914,530 Tissue dilator and method for performing a spinal procedure 15 2006
7,722,619 Method of maintaining distraction of a spinal disc space 17 2006
8,403,986 Push-in interbody spinal fusion implant with multi-lock for locking opposed screws and method for use thereof 1 2006
7,481,812 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 18 2006
8,349,011 Systems and techniques for restoring and maintaining intervertebral anatomy 0 2006
7,476,252 System and techniques for restoring and maintaining intervertebral anatomy 10 2006
8,399,619 Injectable collagen material 0 2006
8,118,779 Collagen delivery device 0 2006
7,967,862 Posterior articular disc and method for implantation 1 2006
8,480,745 Spinal implant and cutting tool preparation accessory for mounting the implant 0 2006
8,066,750 Port structures for non-rigid bone plates 0 2006
8,771,358 Expandable push-in arcuate orthopedic implant 0 2006
8,323,343 Flanged interbody spinal fusion implants 1 2006
8,075,596 Spinal prosthesis systems 2 2007
7,867,259 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 11 2007
7,862,595 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 10 2007
7,731,981 Collagen-based materials and methods for treating synovial joints 1 2007
7,857,818 Method and apparatus for delivering an intervertebral disc implant 4 2007
7,837,734 System and method for replacing degenerated spinal disks 42 2007
8,075,622 Intervertebral spacers 1 2007
8,372,157 Joint revision implant 0 2008
8,323,340 Artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end 1 2008
7,998,215 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 3 2008
7,967,863 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 2 2008
7,828,800 Threaded frusto-conical interbody spinal fusion implants 14 2009
7,935,149 Spinal fusion implant with bone screws 21 2009
8,137,403 Hemi-interbody spinal fusion implants manufactured from a major long bone ring 1 2009
7,985,258 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 11 2009
8,092,542 Implantable joint prosthesis 3 2009
8,343,220 Nested interbody spinal fusion implants 1 2010
7,942,933 Frusto-conical spinal implant 7 2010
* 8,372,149 Artifical disc implant 0 2010
8,672,980 Implant retaining device 0 2010
8,021,430 Anatomic spinal implant having anatomic bearing surfaces 38 2010
8,491,653 Intervertebral body fusion cage with keels and implantation methods 0 2010
8,057,475 Threaded interbody spinal fusion implant 2 2010
8,409,292 Spinal fusion implant 1 2011
8,491,654 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 0 2011
8,425,530 Apparatus for sizing a facet joint 1 2011
8,444,696 Anatomic spinal implant having anatomic bearing surfaces 1 2011
8,226,652 Threaded frusto-conical spinal implants 1 2011
8,251,997 Method for inserting an artificial implant between two adjacent vertebrae along a coronal plane 30 2011
8,353,959 Push-in interbody spinal fusion implants for use with self-locking screws 0 2012
8,679,118 Spinal implants 1 2012
8,758,344 Spinal implant and instruments 0 2012
8,900,275 Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures 0 2012
8,882,843 Interbody spinal fusion implant having a trailing end with at least one stabilization element 0 2012
8,834,569 Artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal fusion cage having an asymmetrical leading end 0 2012
8,771,321 Method for loading a spinal implant 0 2013
8,858,638 Spinal implant 0 2013
 
KYPHON SARL (80)
* 5,836,948 Spine distraction implant and method 551 1997
* 5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 472 1997
* 6,074,390 Spine distraction implant and method 264 1998
* 6,090,112 Spine distraction implant and method 163 1998
* 5,876,404 Spine distraction implant and method 194 1998
* 6,068,630 Spine distraction implant 363 1998
* 6,048,342 Spine distraction implant 397 1998
* 6,156,038 Spine distraction implant and method 165 1999
6,500,178 Spine distraction implant and method 250 1999
6,379,355 Spine distraction implant and method 148 1999
* 6,152,926 Spine distraction implant and method 152 1999
* 6,149,652 Spine distraction implant and method 156 1999
6,332,882 Spine distraction implant 140 1999
6,235,030 Spine distraction implant 212 1999
6,190,387 Spine distraction implant 161 1999
7,621,950 Expandable intervertebral spacer 79 2000
6,746,485 Hair used as a biologic disk, replacement, and/or structure and method 59 2000
6,451,019 Supplemental spine fixation device and method 342 2000
6,332,883 Spine distraction implant 156 2000
6,451,020 Spine distraction implant and method 162 2000
6,419,677 Spine distraction implant and method 164 2001
7,101,375 Spine distraction implant 170 2001
6,902,566 Spinal implants, insertion instruments, and methods of use 98 2001
6,514,256 Spine distraction implant and method 257 2001
6,478,796 Spin distraction implant and method 194 2001
6,582,433 Spine fixation device and method 316 2001
7,201,751 Supplemental spine fixation device 209 2001
6,699,246 Spine distraction implant 257 2001
6,699,247 Spine distraction implant 158 2001
6,926,728 Curved dilator and method 144 2001
6,652,534 Apparatus and method for determining implant size 127 2001
6,712,819 Mating insertion instruments for spinal implants and methods of use 205 2001
6,652,527 Supplemental spine fixation device and method 186 2001
6,695,842 Interspinous process distraction system and method with positionable wing and method 279 2001
7,189,234 Interspinous process implant sizer and distractor with a split head and size indicator and method 53 2001
7,029,473 Deflectable spacer for use as an interspinous process implant and method 47 2002
7,833,246 Interspinous process and sacrum implant and method 0 2003
7,497,859 Tools for implanting an artificial vertebral disk 14 2003
7,306,628 Interspinous process apparatus and method with a selectably expandable spacer 154 2003
7,273,496 Artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with crossbar spacer and method 56 2003
7,083,649 Artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with translating pivot point 116 2003
6,966,929 Artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with a spacer 105 2003
7,217,291 System and method for replacing degenerated spinal disks 92 2003
7,335,203 System and method for immobilizing adjacent spinous processes 145 2004
7,901,432 Method for lateral implantation of spinous process spacer 5 2004
7,758,619 Spinous process implant with tethers 19 2004
7,549,999 Interspinous process distraction implant and method of implantation 7 2004
7,510,567 Spinal implants, insertion instruments, and methods of use 10 2004
7,695,513 Distractible interspinous process implant and method of implantation 12 2004
7,452,379 Artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with crossbar spacer and method 1 2004
7,481,840 Multi-piece artificial spinal disk replacement device with selectably positioning articulating element 35 2004
7,691,146 Method of laterally inserting an artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with curved spacer 19 2004
7,670,377 Laterally insertable artifical vertebral disk replacement implant with curved spacer 18 2004
7,520,899 Laterally insertable artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with crossbar spacer 21 2004
7,503,935 Method of laterally inserting an artificial vertebral disk replacement with translating pivot point 31 2004
7,320,707 Method of laterally inserting an artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with crossbar spacer 54 2004
7,481,839 Bioresorbable interspinous process implant for use with intervertebral disk remediation or replacement implants and procedures 14 2004
7,575,600 Artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with translating articulation contact surface and method 33 2004
7,524,324 System and method for an interspinous process implant as a supplement to a spine stabilization implant 52 2004
7,601,170 Inter-cervical facet implant and method 39 2005
7,591,851 Inter-cervical facet implant and method 40 2005
7,955,356 Laterally insertable interspinous process implant 4 2005
7,918,877 Lateral insertion method for spinous process spacer with deployable member 3 2005
7,621,939 Supplemental spine fixation device and method 10 2005
8,100,944 Inter-cervical facet implant and method for preserving the tissues surrounding the facet joint 9 2005
7,909,853 Interspinous process implant including a binder and method of implantation 7 2005
8,048,117 Interspinous process implant and method of implantation 3 2005
8,172,877 Inter-cervical facet implant with surface enhancements 10 2005
8,128,660 Inter-cervical facet joint implant with locking screw system 9 2005
8,070,778 Interspinous process implant with slide-in distraction piece and method of implantation 3 2006
7,931,674 Interspinous process implant having deployable wing and method of implantation 10 2006
7,749,252 Interspinous process implant having deployable wing and method of implantation 79 2006
7,959,652 Interspinous process implant having deployable wings and method of implantation 7 2006
7,828,822 Spinous process implant 13 2006
8,029,540 Inter-cervical facet implant with implantation tool 8 2006
8,118,838 Inter-cervical facet implant with multiple direction articulation joint and method for implanting 9 2006
7,476,251 Interspinous process apparatus and method with a selectably expandable spacer 37 2006
7,803,190 Interspinous process apparatus and method with a selectably expandable spacer 7 2006
8,012,209 Interspinous process implant including a binder, binder aligner and method of implantation 2 2007
7,635,378 Spine distraction implant and method 23 2007
 
GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC (61)
6,974,478 Prostheses, systems and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 162 2002
6,902,580 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 147 2002
7,074,237 Multiple facet joint replacement 133 2003
7,041,136 Facet joint replacement 196 2003
7,074,238 Prostheses, tools and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 51 2003
8,163,017 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 0 2003
8,092,532 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 0 2003
8,070,811 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 0 2003
8,066,771 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 0 2003
7,087,084 Method for replacing a natural facet joint with a prosthesis having an artificial facet joint structure 133 2003
8,187,303 Anti-rotation fixation element for spinal prostheses 0 2004
7,051,451 Facet joint prosthesis measurement and implant tools 136 2004
8,419,770 Spinal facet implants with mating articulating bearing surface and methods of use 0 2004
7,753,937 Linked bilateral spinal facet implants and methods of use 14 2004
7,588,590 Spinal facet implant with spherical implant apposition surface and bone bed and methods of use 11 2004
7,691,145 Prostheses, systems and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 15 2004
7,608,104 Prostheses, tools and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artifical facet joint surfaces 8 2004
7,588,578 Surgical measurement systems and methods 4 2004
7,507,242 Surgical measurement and resection framework 7 2004
7,993,373 Polyaxial orthopedic fastening apparatus 6 2005
7,674,293 Crossbar spinal prosthesis having a modular design and related implantation methods 31 2005
7,722,647 Apparatus and method for posterior vertebral stabilization 3 2005
7,566,345 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 11 2005
7,445,635 Method and apparatus for spine joint replacement 38 2005
8,398,681 Adjacent level facet arthroplasty devices, spine stabilization systems, and methods 1 2005
8,313,511 Facet joint replacement 0 2005
7,618,453 Facet joint replacement 9 2005
7,406,775 Implantable orthopedic device component selection instrument and methods 44 2005
8,066,740 Facet joint prostheses 0 2005
8,221,461 Crossbar spinal prosthesis having a modular design and systems for treating spinal pathologies 0 2005
8,062,336 Polyaxial orthopedic fastening apparatus with independent locking modes 6 2005
8,523,907 Prostheses, tools and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 0 2006
7,608,106 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 8 2006
8,764,801 Facet joint implant crosslinking apparatus and method 0 2006
7,290,347 Facet joint prosthesis measurement and implant tools 32 2006
8,231,655 Prostheses and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 1 2006
8,562,649 System and method for multiple level facet joint arthroplasty and fusion 0 2006
7,914,556 Arthroplasty revision system and method 0 2006
8,579,941 Linked bilateral spinal facet implants and methods of use 0 2007
7,621,955 Facet joint replacement 10 2007
8,496,686 Minimally invasive spine restoration systems, devices, methods and kits 0 2007
8,702,755 Angled washer polyaxial connection for dynamic spine prosthesis 0 2007
8,491,635 Crossbar spinal prosthesis having a modular design and related implantation methods 0 2007
8,425,557 Crossbar spinal prosthesis having a modular design and related implantation methods 1 2007
8,496,687 Crossbar spinal prosthesis having a modular design and related implantation methods 0 2007
8,900,273 Taper-locking fixation system 0 2008
8,353,933 Facet joint replacement 0 2008
8,333,789 Facet joint replacement 0 2008
8,409,254 Prostheses, tools and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces 0 2008
8,675,930 Implantable orthopedic device component selection instrument and methods 0 2008
8,702,759 System and method for bone anchorage 0 2008
8,308,768 System and method for facet joint replacement 0 2008
8,252,027 System and method for facet joint replacement 0 2008
8,211,147 System and method for facet joint replacement 0 2008
8,206,418 System and method for facet joint replacement with detachable coupler 4 2008
8,906,063 Spinal facet joint implant 0 2008
8,777,994 System and method for multiple level facet joint arthroplasty and fusion 0 2008
7,998,177 Linked bilateral spinal facet implants and methods of use 6 2008
7,998,178 Linked bilateral spinal facet implants and methods of use 6 2008
7,914,560 Spinal facet implant with spherical implant apposition surface and bone bed and methods of use 6 2008
7,815,648 Surgical measurement systems and methods 0 2008
 
INTRINSIC THERAPEUTICS, INC. (32)
6,482,235 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 228 2000
7,220,281 Implant for reinforcing and annulus fibrosis 66 2002
7,094,258 Methods of reinforcing an annulus fibrosis 46 2002
6,883,520 Methods and apparatus for dynamically stable spinal implant 146 2002
7,124,761 Deployment devices and methods for vertebral disc augmentation 48 2002
7,717,961 Apparatus delivery in an intervertebral disc 22 2003
7,507,243 Devices and method for augmenting a vertebral disc 27 2003
7,563,282 Method of supporting nucleus pulposus 24 2003
7,727,241 Device for delivering an implant through an annular defect in an intervertebral disc 18 2004
8,002,836 Method for the treatment of the intervertebral disc anulus 0 2004
7,749,275 Method of reducing spinal implant migration 18 2004
7,513,911 Method of implanting dynamically stable spinal implant 46 2004
7,553,329 Stabilized intervertebral disc barrier 53 2004
7,658,765 Resilient intervertebral disc implant 17 2004
8,231,678 Method of treating a herniated disc 3 2006
7,879,097 Method of performing a procedure within a disc 20 2006
7,524,333 Method of anchoring an implant in an intervertebral disc 39 2006
7,500,978 Method for delivering and positioning implants in the intervertebral disc environment 21 2006
7,553,330 Methods of reinforcing an intervertebral disc annulus 28 2006
7,998,213 Intervertebral disc herniation repair 8 2006
7,972,337 Devices and methods for bone anchoring 14 2006
7,959,679 Intervertebral anulus and nucleus augmentation 9 2007
7,867,278 Intervertebral disc anulus implant 17 2008
8,025,698 Method of rehabilitating an anulus fibrosus 8 2009
8,021,425 Versatile method of repairing an intervertebral disc 9 2009
8,454,612 Method for vertebral endplate reconstruction 0 2009
8,114,082 Anchoring system for disc repair 12 2009
8,323,341 Impaction grafting for vertebral fusion 0 2009
8,361,155 Soft tissue impaction methods 0 2010
8,409,284 Methods of repairing herniated segments in the disc 1 2011
8,257,437 Methods of intervertebral disc augmentation 4 2011
8,394,146 Vertebral anchoring methods 0 2011
 
FLEXUSPINE, INC. (24)
7,909,869 Artificial spinal unit assemblies 20 2004
8,753,398 Method of inserting an expandable intervertebral implant without overdistraction 0 2005
8,257,440 Method of insertion of an expandable intervertebral implant 7 2005
8,172,903 Expandable intervertebral implant with spacer 9 2005
8,147,550 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant with limited articulation 2 2005
8,123,810 Expandable intervertebral implant with wedged expansion member 14 2005
8,118,870 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant with spacer 13 2005
8,118,871 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant 14 2005
7,708,778 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant with cam 30 2005
8,603,168 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 1 2006
8,118,869 Dynamic interbody device 13 2006
8,052,723 Dynamic posterior stabilization systems and methods of use 18 2006
7,799,082 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 23 2006
7,794,480 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 33 2006
7,785,351 Artificial functional spinal implant unit system and method for use 40 2006
8,597,358 Dynamic interbody devices 2 2007
8,377,098 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 5 2007
7,959,677 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 17 2007
8,523,912 Posterior stabilization systems with shared, dual dampener systems 1 2007
8,267,965 Spinal stabilization systems with dynamic interbody devices 6 2007
8,187,330 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a variable length elongated member 10 2007
8,182,514 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a fixed length elongated member 9 2007
8,162,994 Posterior stabilization system with isolated, dual dampener systems 3 2007
8,157,844 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a variable length elongated member 9 2007
 
DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, LLC (23)
* 7,819,918 Implantable tissue repair device 4 2003
8,579,908 Device for delivering viscous material 1 2004
8,506,634 Intervertebral implant 2 2004
8,415,407 Methods, materials, and apparatus for treating bone and other tissue 2 2006
8,360,629 Mixing apparatus having central and planetary mixing elements 2 2006
8,535,326 Insertion instrument for an intervertebral implant 2 2006
7,871,440 Unitary surgical device and method 3 2006
* 8,715,352 Buckling disc replacement 0 2006
8,663,229 Instruments and method for preparing an intervertebral space for receiving an artificial disc implant 2 2007
8,795,371 Intervertebral implant 0 2007
* 8,702,797 Intervertebral implant 1 2007
8,333,773 Remotely-activated vertebroplasty injection device 5 2007
8,540,722 Methods, materials and apparatus for treating bone and other tissue 2 2009
8,361,078 Methods, materials and apparatus for treating bone and other tissue 2 2009
8,435,300 Intervertebral implant for transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure 0 2011
8,435,301 Artificial intervertebral disc implant 1 2011
8,579,978 Intervertebral implant, insertion tool and method of inserting same 1 2012
8,449,580 Methods and devices for expanding a spinal canal 0 2012
8,597,356 Intervertebral implant 0 2012
8,882,839 Intervertebral implant 0 2013
8,809,418 Methods, materials and apparatus for treating bone and other tissue 0 2013
8,690,949 Intervertebral implant for transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure 0 2013
8,876,836 Insertion instrument for an intervertebral implant 0 2013
 
KRT INVESTORS, INC. (20)
7,189,235 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 66 2003
7,753,941 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 20 2004
7,615,076 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 66 2005
7,935,147 Method and apparatus for enhanced delivery of treatment device to the intervertebral disc annulus 4 2005
8,048,160 Intervertebral disc annulus stent 0 2005
7,828,850 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 43 2006
8,088,165 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 0 2006
8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 0 2006
7,985,257 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 4 2006
7,909,879 Intervertebral disc annulus stent 5 2006
7,922,768 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 6 2006
7,993,405 Spinal disc annulus repair system and methods 3 2006
7,951,201 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 4 2007
7,749,273 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 50 2007
7,905,923 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 2 2007
7,963,992 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 1 2008
8,128,698 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 3 2008
8,163,022 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 2 2009
8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 0 2010
8,454,697 Method and apparatus for the treatment of tissue 0 2012
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (18)
* 5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 624 1990
* 5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 561 1995
* 5,885,299 Apparatus and method for implant insertion 307 1996
* 5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 462 1996
* 5,906,616 Conically shaped anterior fusion cage and method of implantation 160 1997
* 6,042,582 Instrumentation and method for facilitating insertion of spinal implant 211 1998
6,296,664 Artificial intervertebral disc 179 1998
* 6,136,031 Artificial intervertebral disc 250 1998
6,280,475 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus implantation method 153 1999
6,315,797 Artificial intervertebral disc 173 2000
6,656,224 Artificial intervertebral disc 62 2001
6,726,722 Threaded apparatus for fusing adjacent bone structure 25 2001
6,783,721 Method of making an ion treated hydrogel 13 2001
7,128,762 Artificial intervertebral disc 8 2003
7,282,165 Wear resistant hydrogel for bearing applications 13 2004
7,332,117 Ion treated hydrogel 7 2004
8,870,956 Barrel-shaped apparatus for fusing adjacent bone structure 0 2005
7,608,105 Methods of inserting conically-shaped fusion cages 9 2005
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (18)
7,708,776 Intervertebral disk replacement system and methods 17 2003
* 7,918,891 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 19 2005
8,328,851 Total disc replacement system and related methods 1 2006
8,876,904 Surgical access system and related methods 0 2006
7,946,236 Using zigzags to create three-dimensional embroidered structures 13 2007
7,942,104 3-dimensional embroidery structures via tension shaping 2 2007
8,673,005 System and methods for spinal fusion 0 2008
8,282,681 Bioresorbable spinal implant and related methods 0 2008
* 8,623,088 Spinal fusion implant and related methods 1 2008
8,377,135 Textile-based surgical implant and related methods 0 2009
* 8,187,334 System and methods for spinal fusion 3 2011
8,361,156 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 5 2012
D711537 Intervertebral implant 0 2012
8,870,960 Total disc replacement system and related methods 0 2012
* 8,608,804 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 2 2013
8,574,301 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 2 2013
8,685,105 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 0 2013
* 8,814,940 Systems and methods for spinal fusion 0 2014
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (18)
* 5,015,255 Spinal stabilization method 489 1989
* 5,059,193 Expandable spinal implant and surgical method 768 1990
* 5,445,639 Intervertebral reamer construction 302 1991
* 5,458,638 Non-threaded spinal implant 461 1992
* 5,489,308 Spinal implant 474 1994
* 5,609,636 Spinal implant 412 1996
* 5,658,337 Intervertebral fusion implant 268 1996
* 6,149,686 Threaded spinal implant with bone ingrowth openings 83 1996
* 5,895,427 Method for spinal fixation 81 1996
6,224,631 Intervertebral implant with reduced contact area and method 178 1998
6,287,343 Threaded spinal implant with bone ingrowth openings 62 1999
6,599,320 Alignment guide assembly for spinal stabilization 38 1999
6,391,058 Threaded spinal implant with convex trailing surface 75 1999
6,855,166 Intevertebral implant with reduced contact area and method 38 2001
7,112,223 Pseudo arthrosis device 7 2002
7,135,026 Laparoscopic spinal stabilization surgical method 1 2003
7,722,621 Laparoscopic spinal stabilization surgical method 1 2006
7,905,922 Surgical implant suitable for replacement of an intervertebral disc 6 2006
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (17)
* 5,258,031 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty 721 1992
* 5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 466 1994
* 5,480,442 Fixedly adjustable intervertebral prosthesis 178 1994
* 5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 506 1995
* 5,669,909 Interbody fusion device and method for restoration of normal spinal anatomy 431 1995
* 6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 474 1998
* 7,048,762 Elongated cortical bone implant 33 1998
6,371,988 Bone grafts 169 2000
6,375,655 Interbody fusion device and method for restoration of normal spinal anatomy 65 2000
6,613,091 Spinal fusion implants and tools for insertion and revision 126 2000
6,471,724 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 129 2001
6,881,228 Artificial disc implant 68 2002
6,695,851 Methods and instruments for interbody fusion 110 2002
6,893,466 Intervertebral disc nucleus implants and methods 116 2002
* 6,733,535 Spinal fusion implant having a trailing end adapted to engage an insertion device 69 2002
7,063,700 System for radial bone displacement 0 2003
6,991,654 Systems and techniques for restoring and maintaining intervertebral anatomy 44 2004
 
GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC. (16)
* 7,621,956 Prosthetic spinal disc replacement 21 2004
8,062,375 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 31 2009
8,685,098 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2010
8,845,731 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2010
8,632,595 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2010
8,491,659 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2010
8,398,713 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 7 2010
8,876,866 Spinous process fusion devices and methods thereof 0 2010
8,864,833 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2011
8,679,183 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
8,556,979 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
8,518,120 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
8,771,277 Device and a method for implanting a spinous process fixation device 0 2012
8,852,279 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
8,845,734 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
8,709,086 Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof 0 2012
 
ANOVA CORP. (13)
6,419,704 Artificial intervertebral disc replacement methods and apparatus 431 1999
6,454,804 Engineered tissue annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 93 2000
6,969,404 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 105 2002
6,793,677 Method of providing cells and other biologic materials for transplantation 34 2002
6,755,863 Rotator cuff repair using engineered tissues 13 2002
6,648,919 Transplantation of engineered meniscus tissue to the intervertebral disc 60 2002
6,648,920 Natural and synthetic supplements to engineered annulus and disc tissues 67 2002
* 6,645,247 Supplementing engineered annulus tissues with autograft of allograft tendons 76 2002
7,201,774 Artificial intervertebral disc replacements incorporating reinforced wall sections 20 2003
7,273,497 Methods for treating a defect in the annulus fibrosis 32 2003
7,435,260 Use of morphogenetic proteins to treat human disc disease 25 2004
7,060,100 Artificial disc and joint replacements with modular cushioning components 23 2004
8,821,549 Methods and apparatus for anulus repair 0 2009
 
SPINAL ELEMENTS, INC. (13)
7,846,183 Vertebral facet joint prosthesis and method of fixation 49 2004
8,496,691 Side-biased orthopedic fastener retention 0 2006
8,496,708 Flanged interbody fusion device with hinge 0 2006
8,470,039 Flanged interbody fusion device with fastener insert and retaining ring 0 2006
8,100,955 Orthopedic expansion fastener 23 2006
8,652,137 Vertebral facet joint drill and method of use 2 2008
7,998,172 Vertebral facet joint prosthesis and method of fixation 26 2009
8,858,597 Vertebral facet joint prosthesis and method of fixation 0 2010
8,740,949 Methods and apparatus for stabilizing bone 0 2011
8,696,721 Orthopedic expansion fastener 0 2011
8,740,942 Vertebral facet joint prosthesis and method of fixation 0 2013
8,882,804 Vertebral facet joint prosthesis and method of fixation 0 2013
8,801,794 Flanged interbody fusion device with fastener insert and retaining ring 0 2013
 
CONCEPT MATRIX, LLC (12)
7,105,023 Vertebral defect device 17 2003
7,011,684 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 65 2003
7,740,658 Intervertebral disk prosthesis methods of use 0 2004
7,534,267 Methods of installing a vertebral defect device 17 2004
7,699,849 Diskectomy instrument with disposable blade head 3 2005
7,674,295 Vertebral defect device 2 2006
D549344 Diskectomy tool with convex head 0 2006
D557417 Disk prosthesis 0 2006
8,353,962 Dual composition vertebral defect device 0 2007
7,871,441 Cervical fixation device 8 2007
8,137,402 Vertebral defect device 0 2008
8,167,886 Insertion tool for a vertebral defect device 0 2009
 
LDR MEDICAL (12)
7,326,250 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and fitting tools 78 2002
7,682,396 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 53 2003
8,858,635 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 0 2005
7,494,508 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 35 2005
7,695,516 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 19 2005
7,632,282 Instrumentation and methods for inserting an intervertebral disc prosthesis 12 2005
7,842,088 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 15 2006
8,465,546 Intervertebral disc prosthesis insertion assemblies 2 2007
8,343,219 Intersomatic cage, intervertebral prosthesis, anchoring device and implantation instruments 8 2008
8,257,439 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 5 2009
8,267,999 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 5 2009
8,439,931 Instrumentation and methods for inserting an intervertebral disc prosthesis 5 2009
 
X-SPINE SYSTEMS, INC. (12)
7,182,782 Spinal fusion system and method for fusing spinal bones 55 2003
7,641,701 Spinal fusion system and method for fusing spinal bones 11 2004
8,821,553 Spinal fusion system utilizing an implant plate having at least one integral lock 0 2006
8,062,367 Screw locking mechanism and method 8 2007
7,655,028 Spinal fusion system and method for fusing spinal bones 2 2007
8,372,152 Spinal fusion system utilizing an implant plate having at least one integral lock and ratchet lock 3 2007
7,963,982 Implant plate screw locking system and screw having a locking member 2 2007
8,216,316 Prosthetic implant with biplanar angulation and compound angles 4 2008
8,282,682 Fusion system and method for fusing spinal bones 1 2009
8,728,130 Implant plate screw locking system and screw having a locking member 0 2011
8,734,493 Screw locking mechanism and method 0 2011
8,795,370 Fusion system and method for fusing spinal bones 0 2012
 
BAXANO SURGICAL, INC. (11)
8,052,613 Spinal nucleus extraction tool 8 2004
7,740,633 Guide pin for guiding instrumentation along a soft tissue tract to a point on the spine 15 2004
7,588,574 Kits for enabling axial access and procedures in the spine 34 2004
7,530,993 Method of spinal fixation 24 2004
7,500,977 Method and apparatus for manipulating material in the spine 50 2004
7,744,599 Articulating spinal implant 12 2007
7,727,263 Articulating spinal implant 12 2007
7,799,032 Guide pin introducer for guiding instrumentation through soft tissue to a point on the spine 11 2007
7,763,025 Spinal fusion kit for guiding instrumentation through soft tissue to a point on the spine 28 2007
7,799,033 Access kits for enabling axial access and procedures in the spine 13 2007
7,914,535 Method and apparatus for manipulating material in the spine 8 2009
 
BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC (11)
* 6,575,982 Method and apparatus for use in operating on a bone 122 2000
7,780,670 Changing relationship between bones 12 2002
8,486,066 Spacer 5 2003
7,892,261 Spinal implant and methods for changing spatial relationships between vertebrae 46 2004
7,001,385 Joint spacer with compartment for orthobiologic material 47 2004
8,814,902 Method of securing body tissue 0 2006
8,690,944 Wedge apparatus for use in operating on a bone 4 2007
8,845,699 Method of securing tissue 0 2012
8,808,329 Apparatus and method for securing a portion of a body 0 2012
8,795,363 Wedge apparatus for use in operating on a bone 0 2013
8,845,687 Anchor for securing a suture 0 2013
 
RTI SURGICAL, INC. (10)
7,763,071 Bone block assemblies and their use in assembled bone-tendon-bone grafts 5 2005
7,763,072 Intermediate bone block and its use in bone block assemblies and assembled bone-tendon-bone grafts 2 2005
8,470,038 Adjustable and fixed assembled bone-tendon-bone graft 0 2005
7,727,278 Self fixing assembled bone-tendon-bone graft 10 2006
D630748 Orthopedic bone block 0 2008
D608891 Set of orthopedic bone block assemblies 1 2008
D604850 Orthopedic bone block assembly 5 2008
D625822 Orthopedic bone block assembly 3 2009
8,291,572 Multi-component cortical bone assembled implant 0 2010
D630329 Orthopedic bone block assembly 2 2010
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (10)
6,482,233 Prosthetic interbody spacer 122 1999
6,719,794 Intervertebral implant for transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure 164 2001
6,974,480 Intervertebral implant for transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure 110 2002
7,192,447 Intervertebral implant 27 2002
7,226,483 Method of performing a transforaminal posterior lumber interbody fusion procedure 19 2004
7,563,284 Intervertebral disc implant 28 2005
7,563,286 Controlled artificial intervertebral disc implant 36 2005
7,223,292 Intervertebral implant for transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure 31 2005
8,231,675 Intervertebral implant 0 2007
8,337,500 Drilling/milling guide and keel cut preparation system 2 2007
 
HH SPINAL LLC (9)
7,901,459 Split spinal device and method 5 2005
7,875,077 Support structure device and method 5 2005
7,771,479 Dual articulating spinal device and method 45 2005
7,556,651 Posterior spinal device and method 30 2005
* 7,550,010 Spinal arthroplasty device and method 11 2005
7,811,326 Posterior joint replacement device 7 2006
7,635,389 Posterior joint replacement device 7 2006
8,864,832 Posterior total joint replacement 0 2007
8,888,852 Spinal athroplasty device and method 0 2009
 
PERUMALA CORPORATION (7)
* 5,658,336 Rotating, locking, middle-expanded intervertebral disk stabilizer 134 1995
* 5,653,762 Method of stabilizing adjacent vertebrae with rotating, lockable, middle-expanded intervertebral disk stabilizer 317 1995
* 5,893,890 Rotating, locking intervertebral disk stabilizer and applicator 124 1997
6,264,655 Cervical disk and spinal stabilizer 85 1997
* 6,309,421 Rotating, locking intervertebral disk stabilizer and applicator 66 1999
6,610,093 Method and apparatus for stabilizing adjacent vertebrae 142 2000
7,074,240 Method and apparatus for stabilizing adjacent vertebrae 17 2003
 
PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (6)
7,001,433 Artificial intervertebral disc device 35 2002
8,241,360 Artificial disc device 3 2004
8,262,731 Artificial disc device 0 2005
8,029,512 Spinal stabilization device and methods 3 2005
8,002,837 Spinal stabilization device and methods 3 2007
8,672,976 Intervertebral implant devices and methods for insertion thereof 2 2008
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (6)
8,123,755 Tissue distraction device 3 2007
8,075,623 Apparatus and kit for distraction of tissue surfaces 0 2010
8,206,398 Apparatus for spinal fusion 0 2010
8,535,353 Method of providing spinal interbody fusion 0 2011
8,343,193 Method of supporting and distracting opposing vertebral bodies 2 2012
8,337,531 Method of supporting and distracting opposing vertebral bodies of a spine 3 2012
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (5)
6,245,108 Spinal fusion implant 276 2000
6,520,996 Orthopedic implant 186 2000
6,676,703 Spinal fusion implant 117 2001
7,229,477 Spinal fusion implant 19 2002
6,802,867 Orthopedic implant 34 2002
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (5)
* 6,764,512 Plastic implant with channel for radiographic contrast wire 45 2001
7,226,480 Disc prosthesis 28 2002
8,066,713 Remotely-activated vertebroplasty injection device 9 2003
* 7,690,381 Intervertebral prosthetic disc and method for installing using a guidewire 4 2005
* 8,133,280 Methods and devices for expanding a spinal canal 0 2008
 
K2M, INC. (5)
8,864,831 Fixation of elastomer to rigid structures 0 2006
7,776,092 Elastomeric intervertebral disc prosthesis 3 2006
8,814,938 Intervertebral disc replacement and associated instrumentation 0 2006
8,343,164 Implant insertion tool 2 2008
8,470,045 Endplate for an intervertebral prosthesis and prosthesis incorporating the same 0 2009
 
SPINE SOLUTIONS, INC. (5)
6,936,071 Intervertebral implant 137 1999
7,204,852 Intervertebral implant, insertion tool and method of inserting same 75 2002
7,803,162 Instruments and method for inserting an intervertebral implant 16 2003
8,105,381 Intervertebral implant, insertion tool and method of inserting same 1 2007
8,349,017 Instruments and method for inserting an intervertebral implant 2 2010
 
BRANTIGAN, W. JOHN DR.( CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) (4)
* 4,834,757 Prosthetic implant 816 1988
* 4,878,915 Surgical prosthetic implant facilitating vertebral interbody fusion 713 1989
* 5,192,327 Surgical prosthetic implant for vertebrae 783 1991
* 5,425,772 Prosthetic implant for intervertebral spinal fusion 539 1993
 
JOINT SYNERGY, LLC (4)
7,115,144 Spinal implant 9 2004
7,083,651 Spinal implant 53 2004
7,195,644 Ball and dual socket joint 17 2005
7,491,239 Interior insert ball and dual socket joint 2 2005
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. (4)
6,579,319 Facet joint replacement 282 2000
6,565,605 Multiple facet joint replacement 313 2000
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 308 2001
7,090,698 Method and apparatus for spine joint replacement 163 2002
 
RAYMEDICA, LLC (4)
* 6,022,376 Percutaneous prosthetic spinal disc nucleus and method of manufacture 401 1998
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 99 1999
* 6,110,210 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having selectively coupled bodies 232 1999
6,436,119 Adjustable surgical dilator 77 1999
 
REPLICATION MEDICAL, INC. (4)
6,264,695 Spinal nucleus implant 257 1999
6,726,721 Hydrogel-based prosthetic device for replaceing at least a part of the nucleus of a spinal disc 92 2001
* RE42837 Spinal nucleus implant 3 2003
7,204,897 Hydrogel-based prosthetic device for replacing at least a part of the nucleus of a spinal disc 9 2004
 
THEKEN SPINE, LLC (4)
7,918,876 Spinal implant adjustment device 10 2004
7,771,478 Artificial disc prosthesis 5 2004
7,544,208 Adjustable corpectomy apparatus 24 2005
8,506,636 Offset radius lordosis 2 2007
 
VERTEBRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (4)
7,267,690 Interlocked modular disc nucleus prosthesis 23 2006
8,038,718 Multi-composite disc prosthesis 0 2006
8,100,977 Interlocked modular disc nucleus prosthesis 0 2007
7,914,582 Method and system for mammalian joint resurfacing 23 2007
 
ZYGA TECHNOLOGY, INC. (4)
8,696,707 Facet joint stabilization 0 2006
8,343,189 Method and apparatus for facet joint stabilization 3 2008
8,394,125 Systems and methods for facet joint treatment 4 2009
8,663,293 Systems and methods for facet joint treatment 0 2011
 
ALPHATEC SPINE, INC. (3)
* 6,679,887 Surgical procedure for implanting spinal fusion device 81 2001
6,743,257 Dynamic implanted intervertebral spacer 191 2001
* 7,485,145 Artificial intervertebral disc assembly 30 2005
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (3)
6,241,771 Resorbable interbody spinal fusion devices 276 1998
7,077,866 Resorbable interbody spinal fusion devices 17 2001
6,548,002 Method of making a biodegradable interbody spinal fusion devices 54 2001
 
IMDS LLC (3)
* 6,113,638 Method and apparatus for intervertebral implant anchorage 238 1999
6,800,092 Method and apparatus for intervertebral implant anchorage 33 2000
7,717,959 Intervertebral device and method of use 36 2003
 
KERAPLAST TECHNOLOGIES, LTD. (3)
6,379,690 Keratin-based hydrogel for biomedical applications and method of production 18 2000
6,849,092 Implantable prosthetic or tissue expanding device 17 2001
6,783,546 Implantable prosthetic or tissue expanding device 143 2001
 
MMSN LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (3)
8,617,214 Spinal tension band 0 2008
7,935,133 Interlaminar hook 1 2008
8,097,038 Prosthetic vertebral assembly 0 2008
 
OSTEOIMPLANT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
* 6,129,763 Expandable osteosynthesis cage 179 1998
6,371,989 Method of providing proper vertebral spacing 145 2000
7,828,848 Expandable osteosynthesis cage 5 2002
 
SPINADYNE, INC. (3)
8,852,235 Posteriorly inserted artificial disc and an artificial facet joint 0 2007
8,673,008 Posterior spinal arthroplasty system 0 2012
8,673,009 Spinal prosthesis and facet joint prosthesis 0 2012
 
SPINECO, INC. (3)
6,478,822 Spherical spinal implant 102 2001
6,689,132 Spinal implant insertion tool 44 2002
7,824,444 Expandable spherical spinal implant 6 2004
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (3)
7,025,771 Tool to direct bone replacement material 64 2000
7,931,689 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 16 2004
7,959,683 Packed demineralized cancellous tissue forms for disc nucleus augmentation, restoration, or replacement and methods of implantation 11 2007
 
ATLAS SPINE, INC. (2)
8,172,905 Spinal implant 0 2007
* 8,083,799 Spinal implant 0 2008
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING, LLC (2)
7,879,109 Continuous phase composite for musculoskeletal repair 28 2004
8,679,191 Continuous phase composite for musculoskeletal repair 0 2011
 
Blacksheep Technologies Incorporated (2)
* 6,325,827 Intervertebral implant 88 1999
6,635,086 Implant for placement between cervical vertebrae 77 2001
 
BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,960,232 Artificial intervertebral disc 31 2003
8,696,749 Artificial intervertebral disc 0 2004
 
CERVITECH, INC. (2)
* 7,267,691 Cervical intervertebral prosthesis 25 2003
7,862,614 Intervertebral prosthesis system, in particular for the cervical spine 3 2006
 
Collabcom II, LLC (2)
8,202,299 Interspinous implant, tools and methods of implanting 2 2008
8,721,688 Interspinous implant, tools and methods of implanting 0 2012
 
EBI, LLC (2)
8,721,722 Intervertebral implant and associated method 0 2006
7,780,676 Intervertebral implantation apparatus 1 2007
 
FLEXUSPINE (2)
7,753,958 Expandable intervertebral implant 47 2005
8,647,386 Expandable intervertebral implant system and method 1 2010
 
MARFLY 2, LP (2)
6,413,278 Prosthetic system 84 1999
6,835,208 Prosthetic system 34 2002
 
MUHANNA, NABIL L. (2)
6,824,565 System and methods for inserting a vertebral spacer 89 2001
* 6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 78 2002
 
MUSCULOSKELETAL TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION (2)
* 6,111,164 Bone graft insert 91 1997
7,879,103 Vertebral disc repair 2 2006
 
OSTEOTECH, INC. (2)
6,530,955 Ramp-shaped intervertebral implant 104 2001
6,383,221 Method for forming an intervertebral implant 112 2001
 
ReGen Corporation (2)
* 5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 257 1990
* 5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 217 1991
 
St. Francis Technologies, Inc. (2)
6,238,397 Spine distraction implant and method 189 1999
6,280,444 Spine distraction implant and method 137 2000
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (2)
7,156,877 Biodegradable/bioactive nucleus pulposus implant and method for treating degenerated intervertebral discs 44 2002
7,641,691 Biodegradable/bioactive nucleus pulposus implant and method for treating degenerated intervertebral discs 4 2006
 
UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY (2)
* 5,171,281 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 258 1991
* 5,545,229 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 354 1993
 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (2)
8,110,003 Prostheses for spine discs having fusion capability 0 2005
8,540,771 Prostheses for spine discs having fusion capability 0 2012
 
ZIMMER DENTAL, INC. (2)
* 5,306,307 Spinal disk implant 354 1991
* 5,306,309 Spinal disk implant and implantation kit 665 1992
 
ADVANCED BIO SURFACES, INC. (1)
8,100,979 Method and system for mammalian joint resurfacing 2 2009
 
Advanced Technical Fabrication (1)
* 5,683,463 Intersomatic vertebral column implant 194 1994
 
AESCULAP AG (1)
* 8,021,424 Intervertebral implant 1 2009
 
ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
8,034,112 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 2 2006
 
BIOMET SPORTS MEDICINE, LLC (1)
8,535,357 Continuous phase compositions for ACL repair 0 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
7,252,686 Methods for reducing bone compression fractures using wedges 8 2003
 
Bridport-Gundry PLC c/o Pearsalls Implants (1)
* 6,093,205 Surgical implant 339 1998
 
CAUTHEN RESEARCH GROUP, INC. (1)
7,670,379 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method 21 2006
 
CONNER, E. SCOTT (1)
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7,981,156 Bone grafts 1 2004
 
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6,605,089 Apparatus and method for the delivery of electrical current for interbody spinal arthrodesis 52 1999
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7,351,244 Spinal fusion instrumentation, implant and method 7 2002
7,377,930 Nerve protecting tube 1 2003
7,052,515 Vertebral implant with dampening matrix adapted for posterior insertion 46 2003
7,455,672 Method for the delivery of electrical current to promote bone growth between adjacent bone masses 13 2003
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