Spinal rod cross connector

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7959653
APP PUB NO 20060064093A1
SERIAL NO

11217787

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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
ZIMMER BIOMET SPINE, INC.BROOMFIELD, CO57

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fulton, Michael Superior, US 42 1357
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, US 31 995

Cited Art Landscape

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ROYAL OAK INDUSTRIES (1)
* 2012/0158,064 CURVED SPINAL CROSS-CONNECTOR 5 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
* 8182533 Annular repair device and method 3 2009
* 2010/0185,285 ANNULAR REPAIR DEVICE AND METHOD 24 2009
* 9095380 Spinous process cross-link 0 2011
* 2011/0307,012 Spinous Process Cross-Link 7 2011
9289242 Internal pedicle insulator apparatus and method of use 0 2014
 
K2M, INC. (4)
9011491 Facet device and method 2 2012
9358044 Semi-constrained anchoring system 0 2012
9451997 Facet device and method 0 2015
9408638 Spinal correction system actuators 0 2016
 
KSPINE, INC. (10)
9168071 Growth modulation system 0 2009
8828058 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 6 2010
9468468 Transverse connector for spinal stabilization system 0 2011
9333009 Spinal correction system actuators 0 2012
9173681 Alignment system with longitudinal support features 0 2012
8920472 Spinal correction and secondary stabilization 2 2013
9468469 Transverse coupler adjuster spinal correction systems and methods 0 2013
9468471 Transverse coupler adjuster spinal correction systems and methods 0 2013
9510865 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 0 2014
9113959 Spinal correction and secondary stabilization 0 2014
 
PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP, L.L.C. (1)
* 8950716 Hoist pickup bar 1 2012
 
SEASPINE, INC. (1)
8992575 Spinal implants having offsets and hooks 1 2013
 
ALPHATEC SPINE, INC. (1)
* 2014/0107,705 SPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE 0 2013
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