US Patent No: 7,959,653

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Spinal rod cross connector

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060064093

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Abstract

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The cross connecting device includes a bar arm coupled to one of a pair of posterior rods or spinal fixation rods and a rod arm coupled to the other of the pair of the rods. The bar arm and rod arm are coupled together by a connector or coupling device. The coupling device has a shank extending through a bore in the bar arm and a connector bore through which a protrusion on the bar arm extends. The bar arm is rotationally movable in the connector bore. The shank is rotationally and translationally movable in the bar arm bore. The coupling device is vertically movable through the bore. The protrusion is rotationally and translationally movable in the connector bore. The cross connecting devices are coupled to the rods by a pair of opposing surface to surface contacts formed by a surface of a hook end and a surface of a pad.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
LANX, INC.BROOMFIELD, CO39

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fulton, Michael Superior, CO 57 611
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, CO 43 458

Cited Art Landscape

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5,609,592 Spinal Fixation System 150 1995
6,004,322 Modular pedicle screw system 153 1996
5,980,521 Top-tightening transverse connector for a spinal fixation system 122 1997
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ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (13)
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6,416,515 Spinal fixation system 177 1996
6,595,992 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 130 1997
5,989,250 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 144 1998
6,139,548 Sliding shaft variable length cross-link device for use with dual rod apparatus 72 1998
6,132,430 Spinal fixation system 209 1998
6,872,208 Adjustable transverse connector 96 2000
6,887,241 Adjustable transverse connector with cam activated engagers 52 2000
6,562,040 Spinal fixation system 132 2000
2002/0143,327 Transverse connector for use in spinal corrective surgery 33 2001
6,554,832 Polyaxial transverse connector 182 2001
2006/0079,892 Adjustable tandem connectors for corrective devices for the spinal column and other bones and joints 20 2002
2005/0107,789 Method for interconnecting longitudinal members extending along a spinal column 40 2004
 
Sofamor S.N.C. (8)
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5,702,395 Spine osteosynthesis instrumentation for an anterior approach 261 1995
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5,702,452 Spinal osteosynthesis device with median hook and vertebral anchoring support 237 1996
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HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
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5,989,251 Apparatus for spinal stabilization 125 1998
6,302,882 Transverse rod connector clip 111 2000
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2003/0125,742 Device for securing spinal rods 85 2003
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (7)
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2004/0133,203 Multi-axial, cross-link connector system for spinal implants 56 2003
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2006/0247,626 Device for interconnecting components in spinal instrumentation 7 2005
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (5)
6,234,705 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 113 1999
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AESCULAP II, INC. (3)
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PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
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SPINAL INNOVATIONS, L.L.C. (3)
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ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,312,405 Spinal rod coupler 218 1992
5,275,600 Telescoping rod to rod coupler for a spinal system 97 1992
5,437,671 Perpendicular rod connector for spinal fixation device 103 1994
 
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
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BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG (2)
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BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC. (2)
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DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
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NUVASIVE, INC. (2)
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SHOWA IKA KOHGYO CO., LTD. (2)
2004/0122,425 Rod fixing apparatus for vertebra connecting member 74 2003
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SOFAMOR DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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STRYKER TRAUMA GMBH (2)
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(DIMSO) Distribution Medicale du Sud-Ouest (1)
6,368,320 Connector for backbone osteosynthesis device 70 2000
 
Acromed B.V. (1)
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ADVANCED SPINE FIXATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (1)
2003/0045,874 Transverse connector assembly for spine fixation system 39 2001
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2007/0049,932 Rod to rod connector 25 2005
 
ALTUS PARTNERS, LLC (1)
2006/0241,598 Center locking cross-connector with eccentric cam rod engagement 7 2006
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
5,569,246 Fixing instrument for spinal fusion members 97 1994
 
BIOMAT (1)
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CHOICE SPINE, LP (1)
6,589,243 Posterior backbone osteosynthesis device 60 2001
 
CO-LIGNE AG (1)
6,786,907 Instrumentation for stabilizing certain vertebrae of the spine 87 2002
 
CROSS MEDICAL PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
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DANEK MEDICLAL, INC. (1)
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Denek Medical, Inc. (1)
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DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
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DEPUY SPINE SARL (1)
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EBI, LLC (1)
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FRANCK, BRUNO (1)
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JBS S.A. (1)
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K2 MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2004/0015,166 System and method for stabilizing the spine by securing spine stabilization rods in crossed disposition 92 2002
 
K2M, INC. (1)
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MIRSON, BRIAN (1)
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NEXUS SPINAL TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C. (1)
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ORTHOPAEDIC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
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ROBERT REID, INC. (1)
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SEASPINE, INC. (1)
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SPECIALIST PROPERTIES, LLC (1)
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SPINAL LLC (1)
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SPINEFRONTIER, L.L.S. (1)
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SPINEVISION (1)
7,122,036 Connector for an osteosynthesis system intended to provide a connection between two rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system, osteosynthesis system using such a connector, and method of implanting such an osteosynthesis system 13 2002
 
STRYKER SPINE (1)
6,217,578 Spinal cross connector 137 1999
 
THEKEN SPINE, LLC (1)
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TORNIER SAS (1)
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WENZEL SPINE, INC. (1)
6,110,173 Transverse connector for spinal fixation systems 59 1998
 
ZIMMER GMBH (1)
6,547,789 Holding apparatus for the spinal column 94 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
7,166,108 Device for fixing a rod and a spherical symmetry screw head 46 2001
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (14)
5,000,165 Lumbar spine rod fixation system 100 1989
5,607,425 Apparatus, method and system for the treatment of spinal conditions 97 1995
5,984,922 Spinal fixation device and method 209 1996
5,782,833 Pedicle screw system for osteosynthesis 284 1996
6,379,354 Spinal implant and method 138 1997
5,980,523 Transverse connectors for spinal rods 232 1998
6,179,838 Bone fixation arrangements and method 119 1998
6,083,226 Bone fixation device and transverse linking bridge 77 1998
6,468,276 Spinal fixation device and method 114 1999
6,520,444 Toolbox containing a least one cable reel 4 2000
2003/0171,751 Pedicle screw connector apparatus and method 37 2003
2004/0172,024 System and method for stabilizing the spine by securing spine stabilization rods in crossed disposition 84 2004
2005/0149,023 Adjustable rod and connector device and method of use 129 2005
2006/0241,602 Hooked transverse connector for spinal implant system 9 2006

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KSPINE, INC. (1)
8,828,058 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 0 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,182,533 Annular repair device and method 0 2009

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