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 57 591
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, CO 43 428

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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5,534,002 Spinal fixation system 65 1995
5,562,662 Spinal fixation system and method 152 1995
5,609,592 Spinal Fixation System 148 1995
6,004,322 Modular pedicle screw system 151 1996
5,980,521 Top-tightening transverse connector for a spinal fixation system 118 1997
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6,136,003 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 62 2000
6,402,751 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 187 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (13)
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6,416,515 Spinal fixation system 173 1996
6,595,992 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 123 1997
5,989,250 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 139 1998
6,139,548 Sliding shaft variable length cross-link device for use with dual rod apparatus 70 1998
6,132,430 Spinal fixation system 205 1998
6,872,208 Adjustable transverse connector 91 2000
6,887,241 Adjustable transverse connector with cam activated engagers 49 2000
6,562,040 Spinal fixation system 126 2000
2002/0143,327 Transverse connector for use in spinal corrective surgery 30 2001
6,554,832 Polyaxial transverse connector 177 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 38 2004
 
Sofamor S.N.C. (8)
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5,702,395 Spine osteosynthesis instrumentation for an anterior approach 256 1995
5,814,046 Pedicular screw and posterior spinal instrumentation 116 1995
5,702,452 Spinal osteosynthesis device with median hook and vertebral anchoring support 230 1996
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HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
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5,989,251 Apparatus for spinal stabilization 122 1998
6,302,882 Transverse rod connector clip 109 2000
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6,752,807 Transverse rod connector clip 89 2002
2003/0125,742 Device for securing spinal rods 84 2003
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (7)
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6,413,258 Rod-to-rod coupler 37 2000
2005/0033,295 Implants formed of shape memory polymeric material for spinal fixation 100 2003
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2004/0133,203 Multi-axial, cross-link connector system for spinal implants 55 2003
2006/0229,607 Systems, kits and methods for treatment of the spinal column using elongate support members 84 2005
2006/0247,626 Device for interconnecting components in spinal instrumentation 5 2005
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (5)
6,234,705 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 110 1999
6,283,967 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 71 1999
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6,736,817 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 48 2001
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (4)
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AESCULAP II, INC. (3)
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PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
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2005/0090,821 Crosslink for securing spinal rods 33 2003
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SPINAL INNOVATIONS, L.L.C. (3)
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6,328,740 Transverse connector 88 1999
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ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,312,405 Spinal rod coupler 211 1992
5,275,600 Telescoping rod to rod coupler for a spinal system 94 1992
5,437,671 Perpendicular rod connector for spinal fixation device 101 1994
 
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,334,203 Spinal fixation system and methods 134 1992
5,437,669 Spinal fixation systems with bifurcated connectors 191 1993
 
BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG (2)
7,166,109 Bone fixation device and screw therefor 13 2002
2005/0154,390 Stabilization device for bones comprising a spring element and manufacturing method for said spring element 195 2004
 
BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,238,396 Surgical cross-connecting apparatus and related methods 123 1999
6,524,310 Surgical cross-connecting apparatus having locking lever 46 2000
 
DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
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2006/0271,045 SPINAL CROSS-CONNECTOR 18 2005
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (2)
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2004/0260,287 Spinal alignment system and related methods 34 2004
 
SHOWA IKA KOHGYO CO., LTD. (2)
2004/0122,425 Rod fixing apparatus for vertebra connecting member 74 2003
2004/0133,202 Rod connector 8 2003
 
SOFAMOR DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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STRYKER TRAUMA GMBH (2)
5,468,241 Support device for the human vertebral column 80 1994
6,096,039 Means for interconnecting two spaced elongated rods of a human spine implant 104 1999
 
(DIMSO) Distribution Medicale du Sud-Ouest (1)
6,368,320 Connector for backbone osteosynthesis device 67 2000
 
Acromed B.V. (1)
5,374,267 Device for fixing at least a part of the human cervical and/or thoracic vertebral column 63 1993
 
ADVANCED SPINE FIXATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (1)
2003/0045,874 Transverse connector assembly for spine fixation system 38 2001
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2007/0049,932 Rod to rod connector 22 2005
 
ALTUS PARTNERS, LLC (1)
2006/0241,598 Center locking cross-connector with eccentric cam rod engagement 5 2006
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
5,569,246 Fixing instrument for spinal fusion members 94 1994
 
BIOMAT (1)
5,380,325 Osteosynthesis device for spinal consolidation 169 1993
 
CHOICE SPINE, LP (1)
6,589,243 Posterior backbone osteosynthesis device 59 2001
 
CO-LIGNE AG (1)
6,786,907 Instrumentation for stabilizing certain vertebrae of the spine 86 2002
 
CROSS MEDICAL PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
5,624,442 Transverse link for use with a spinal implant system 145 1995
 
DANEK MEDICLAL, INC. (1)
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Denek Medical, Inc. (1)
6,113,600 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 161 1997
 
DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
6,432,108 Transverse connector 51 2000
 
DEPUY SPINE SARL (1)
6,673,073 Transverse connector 81 2000
 
EBI, LLC (1)
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FRANCK, BRUNO (1)
5,800,548 Device for transverse spinal connection 24 1997
 
JBS S.A. (1)
5,514,132 Spinal osteosynthesis device 52 1994
 
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)
2007/0016,197 Cross-connector assembly 6 2006
 
MIRSON, BRIAN (1)
5,382,248 System and method for stabilizing bone segments 184 1992
 
NEXUS SPINAL TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C. (1)
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ORTHOPAEDIC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
2005/0149,019 TRANSVERSE CONNECTOR FOR ROD-BASED SPINAL IMPLANTS 6 2004
 
ROBERT REID, INC. (1)
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SEASPINE, INC. (1)
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SPECIALIST PROPERTIES, LLC (1)
6,645,207 Method and apparatus for dynamized spinal stabilization 312 2001
 
SPINAL LLC (1)
2005/0137,594 Spinal fixation assembly 25 2004
 
SPINEFRONTIER, L.L.S. (1)
6,626,909 Apparatus and method for spine fixation 124 2002
 
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 11 2002
 
STRYKER SPINE (1)
6,217,578 Spinal cross connector 134 1999
 
THEKEN SPINE, LLC (1)
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TORNIER SAS (1)
5,429,639 Spine fixator for holding a vertebral column 229 1994
 
WENZEL SPINE, INC. (1)
6,110,173 Transverse connector for spinal fixation systems 56 1998
 
ZIMMER GMBH (1)
6,547,789 Holding apparatus for the spinal column 93 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
7,166,108 Device for fixing a rod and a spherical symmetry screw head 43 2001
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (14)
5,000,165 Lumbar spine rod fixation system 99 1989
5,607,425 Apparatus, method and system for the treatment of spinal conditions 93 1995
5,984,922 Spinal fixation device and method 202 1996
5,782,833 Pedicle screw system for osteosynthesis 277 1996
6,379,354 Spinal implant and method 135 1997
5,980,523 Transverse connectors for spinal rods 228 1998
6,179,838 Bone fixation arrangements and method 116 1998
6,083,226 Bone fixation device and transverse linking bridge 72 1998
6,468,276 Spinal fixation device and method 113 1999
6,520,444 Toolbox containing a least one cable reel 4 2000
2003/0171,751 Pedicle screw connector apparatus and method 36 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 126 2005
2006/0241,602 Hooked transverse connector for spinal implant system 9 2006

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