US Patent No: 7,604,664

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Spinal baseplates with ball joint coupling and a retaining member

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An artificial intervertebral disc having a pair of opposing plate members for seating against opposing vertebral bone surfaces, separated by a spring mechanism. The preferred spring mechanism is at least one spirally slotted belleville washer having radially extending grooves. One plate member has a centrally located ball-shaped protrusion that is rotatably coupled in a central socket in the narrow end of the belleville washer, and the wide end of the belleville washer is held against the other plate member by a shield with rivets. Therefore, the disc assembly will not come apart under tension loads applied to the plate members, and the location of the ball joint coupling provides the disc assembly with a centroid of motion that is centrally located between the vertebral bone surfaces, both causing the disc assembly to behave similarly in these respects to a healthy natural intervertebral disc.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SPINECORE, INC.SUMMIT, NJ149

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ralph, James D Seaside Park, NJ 265 11889
Tatar, Stephen Montville, NJ 147 4624

Cited Art Landscape

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SPINECORE, INC. (8)
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6,673,113 Intervertebral spacer device having arch shaped spring elements 127 2001
6,645,249 Intervertebral spacer device having a multi-pronged domed spring 98 2001
2003/0069,642 Artificial intervertebral disc having a flexible wire mesh vertebral body contact element 54 2002
6,918,934 Artificial intervertebral disc having a slotted belleville washer force restoring element 40 2002
7,022,139 Artificial intervertebral disc having limited rotation using a captured ball and socket joint with a solid ball and retaining cap 38 2002
7,115,132 Static trials and related instruments and methods for use in implanting an artificial intervertebral disc 55 2002
6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 229 2003
 
WALDEMAR LINK GMBH & CO. KG (4)
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5,556,431 Intervertebral disc endoprosthesis 492 1994
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (3)
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5,782,832 Spinal fusion implant and method of insertion thereof 442 1996
6,136,031 Artificial intervertebral disc 236 1998
 
MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK, INC. (3)
5,674,296 Human spinal disc prosthesis 698 1996
6,156,067 Human spinal disc prosthesis 482 1997
6,001,130 Human spinal disc prosthesis with hinges 565 1997
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (3)
5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 449 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 482 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 456 1998
 
STRYKER SPINE (3)
6,582,466 Intervertebral disc prosthesis with reduced friction 211 2001
6,582,468 Intervertebral disc prosthesis with compressible body 201 2001
2003/0028,249 Intervertebral implant with toothed faces 111 2002
 
Gordon, Maya, Roberts and Thomas, Number 1, LLC (2)
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6,146,421 Multiple axis intervertebral prosthesis 323 1999
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (2)
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ZIMMER GMBH (2)
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5,370,697 Artificial intervertebral disk member 544 1993
 
AXIOMED SPINE CORPORATION (1)
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CHOICE SPINE, LP (1)
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CHUBU BEARING KABUSHIKIKAISHA (1)
5,899,941 Artificial intervertebral disk 282 1997
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (1)
2003/0055,503 Alignment verification device and method of use 53 2001
 
DERR, BERN (1)
4,759,766 Intervertebral disc endoprosthesis 494 1987
 
DISC REPLACEMENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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DYNAMIC SPINE, INC. (1)
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FLEISCHAUER, MARIAN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF KENNETH E. FLEISCHAUER DEC'D (1)
4,605,417 Prosthetic joint 55 1984
 
Health & Research Services Inc. (1)
4,759,769 Artificial spinal disc 677 1987
 
IMDS CORPORATION (1)
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J.B.S. Limited Company (1)
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MIDAS REX, L.P. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (16)
4,309,777 Artificial intervertebral disc 654 1980
5,458,642 Synthetic intervertebral disc 382 1994
5,683,465 Artificial intervertebral disk prosthesis 420 1996
5,755,796 Prosthesis of the cervical intervertebralis disk 235 1996
5,895,428 Load bearing spinal joint implant 344 1996
5,865,846 Human spinal disc prosthesis 590 1997
5,893,889 Artificial disc 423 1997
5,888,226 Intervertebral prosthetic disc 459 1997
6,063,121 Vertebral body prosthesis 342 1998
2001/0016,773 Spinal disc 109 2000
2002/0084,562 Disk spring 6 2000
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2003/0233,097 Artificial disc replacement (ADR) distraction sleeves and cutting guides 72 2003
2003/0233,148 Modular components to improve the fit of artificial disc replacements 84 2003
2004/0030,390 Intradiscal component installation apparatus and methods 74 2003
2004/0002,759 Fusion and arthroplasty devices configured to receive bone growth promoting substances 68 2003

Patent Citation Ranking

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SPINECORE, INC. (2)
8,777,959 Intervertebral disc and insertion methods therefor 0 2006
8,425,609 Artificial intervertebral disc having a bored semispherical bearing with a compression locking post and retaining caps 0 2008

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