US Patent No: 7,959,653

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Spinal rod cross connector

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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, CO56

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fulton, Michael Superior, US 41 1160
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, US 31 840

Cited Art Landscape

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EBI, LLC (1)
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NORGINE VENTURES B.V (1)
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (4)
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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 1 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
* 8,182,533 Annular repair device and method 2 2009
* 2010/0185,285 ANNULAR REPAIR DEVICE AND METHOD 23 2009
* 9,095,380 Spinous process cross-link 0 2011
* 2011/0307,012 Spinous Process Cross-Link 6 2011
9,289,242 Internal pedicle insulator apparatus and method of use 0 2014
 
K2M, INC. (3)
9,011,491 Facet device and method 1 2012
9,358,044 Semi-constrained anchoring system 0 2012
9,408,638 Spinal correction system actuators 0 2016
 
KSPINE, INC. (6)
9,168,071 Growth modulation system 0 2009
8,828,058 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 4 2010
9,333,009 Spinal correction system actuators 0 2012
9,173,681 Alignment system with longitudinal support features 0 2012
8,920,472 Spinal correction and secondary stabilization 2 2013
9,113,959 Spinal correction and secondary stabilization 0 2014
 
PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP, L.L.C. (1)
* 8,950,716 Hoist pickup bar 0 2012
 
SEASPINE, INC. (1)
8,992,575 Spinal implants having offsets and hooks 0 2013
 
ALPHATEC SPINE, INC. (1)
* 2014/0107,705 SPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner

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