US Patent No: 7,985,257

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20070061013

Stats

ATTORNEY / AGENT: (SPONSORED)

Importance

Loading Importance Indicators... loading....

Abstract

See full text

The present invention provides methods and devices for annulus disc repair with and without the use of a patch or stent. The methods and devices are particularly suited to the repair and/or reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, with reduced failure rate as compared to conventional surgical procedures.

Loading the Abstract Image... loading....

First Claim

See full text

all claims..

Related Publications

Loading Related Publications... loading....

Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.PLYMOUTH, MN41

International Classification(s)

  • [Classification Symbol]
  • [Patents Count]

Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Burmeister, Paul Maple Grove, MN 19 398
Burns, Matthew M Orono, MN 85 3127
Cauthen,, III Joseph C - 28 266
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, MN 41 810
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, MN 64 1363
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, MN 67 925
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, NC 90 1842

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ANOVA CORP. (24)
6,245,107 Methods and apparatus for treating disc herniation 239 1999
6,419,704 Artificial intervertebral disc replacement methods and apparatus 420 1999
6,491,724 Spinal fusion cage with lordosis correction 153 1999
6,432,107 Enhanced surface area spinal fusion devices 100 2000
6,248,106 Cross-coupled vertebral stabilizers 242 2000
6,494,883 Bone reinforcers 95 2000
6,340,369 Treating degenerative disc disease with harvested disc cells and analogues of the extracellular matrix 105 2000
6,344,058 Treating degenerative disc disease through transplantation of allograft disc and vertebral endplates 82 2000
6,352,557 Treating degenerative disc disease through transplantion of extracellular nucleus pulposus matrix and autograft nucleus pulposus cells 98 2000
6,419,702 Treating degenerative disc disease through transplantation of the nucleus pulposis 76 2000
6,719,797 Nucleus augmentation with in situ formed hydrogels 100 2000
6,371,990 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 195 2000
6,454,804 Engineered tissue annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 91 2000
6,423,065 Cross-coupled vertebral stabilizers including cam-operated cable connectors 86 2001
6,969,404 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 100 2002
6,648,918 Treating degenerative disc disease through the transplantation of dehydrated tissue 58 2002
6,685,695 Method and apparatus for providing nutrition to intervertebral disc tissue 72 2002
6,743,255 Spinal fusion cage with lordosis correction 131 2002
6,645,247 Supplementing engineered annulus tissues with autograft of allograft tendons 73 2002
6,648,919 Transplantation of engineered meniscus tissue to the intervertebral disc 57 2002
6,648,920 Natural and synthetic supplements to engineered annulus and disc tissues 65 2002
2003/0040,796 Devices used to treat disc herniation and attachment mechanisms therefore 111 2002
6,878,167 Methods and apparatus for placing intradiscal devices 56 2003
2007/0067,040 Methods and apparatus for reconstructing the anulus fibrosus 25 2006
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (22)
5,772,661 Methods and instrumentation for the surgical correction of human thoracic and lumbar spinal disease from the antero-lateral aspect of the spine 534 1995
6,436,098 Method for inserting spinal implants and for securing a guard to the spine 161 1996
5,895,426 Fusion implant device and method of use 154 1996
6,039,762 Reinforced bone graft substitutes 216 1997
5,888,222 Intervertebral spacers 145 1997
6,344,057 Adjustable vertebral body replacement 194 1998
6,179,874 Articulating spinal implant 308 1999
6,764,514 Prosthetic apparatus and method 92 2000
6,402,785 Artificial disc implant 251 2000
6,620,196 Intervertebral disc nucleus implants and methods 171 2000
6,733,531 Anchoring devices and implants for intervertebral disc augmentation 172 2000
6,830,570 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 144 2000
6,576,017 Spinal implant with attached ligament and methods 128 2001
6,500,132 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 25 2001
6,733,534 System and method for spine spacing 292 2002
6,652,585 Flexible spine stabilization system 137 2002
6,827,743 Woven orthopedic implants 137 2002
2002/0138,146 Anterior expandable spinal fusion cage system 2 2002
6,696,073 Shaped load-bearing osteoimplant and methods of making same 201 2002
2004/0054,414 Collagen-based materials and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 57 2002
6,974,479 System and method for blocking and/or retaining a prosthetic spinal implant 81 2003
2004/0210,310 Implant system and method for intervertebral disc augmentation 47 2003
 
KENSEY NASH CORPORATION (16)
4,744,364 Device for sealing percutaneous puncture in a vessel 539 1987
4,852,568 Method and apparatus for sealing an opening in tissue of a living being 526 1987
4,890,612 Device for sealing percutaneous puncture in a vessel 532 1988
5,061,274 Plug device for sealing openings and method of use 536 1989
5,021,059 Plug device with pulley for sealing punctures in tissue and methods of use 611 1990
5,222,974 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 433 1991
5,282,827 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 429 1992
5,411,520 Hemostatic vessel puncture closure system utilizing a plug located within the puncture tract spaced from the vessel, and method of use 433 1993
5,312,435 Fail predictable, reinforced anchor for hemostatic puncture closure 199 1993
5,531,759 System for closing a percutaneous puncture formed by a trocar to prevent tissue at the puncture from herniating 292 1994
5,545,178 System for closing a percutaneous puncture formed by a trocar to prevent tissue at the puncture from herniating 420 1994
5,662,681 Self locking closure for sealing percutaneous punctures 185 1996
5,861,004 Hemostatic puncture closure system including closure locking means and method of use 98 1997
5,935,147 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 203 1997
6,530,933 Methods and devices for fastening bulging or herniated intervertebral discs 146 1999
6,626,916 Tissue fastening devices and methods for sustained holding strength 212 1999
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
4,532,926 Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver 318 1983
5,397,332 Surgical mesh applicator 129 1993
5,562,684 Surgical knot pusher device and improved method of forming knots 165 1994
5,681,351 Suture clip suitable for use on monofilament sutures 156 1994
5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 202 1995
5,972,022 Tissue attachment device having elastomeric section 137 1996
5,827,325 Implant in particular for the trocar puncture points 24 1996
6,241,768 Prosthetic device for the repair of a hernia 97 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 186 1999
6,425,924 Hernia repair prosthesis 72 2000
6,293,961 Suture locking device 161 2001
6,432,123 Suture locking device 149 2001
6,767,037 Sliding and locking surgical knot 107 2001
 
BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC (9)
5,496,348 Suture anchor 84 1995
5,584,862 Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture 119 1995
5,948,002 Apparatus and method for use in positioning a suture anchor 186 1998
6,007,567 Suture anchor 105 1999
6,312,448 Apparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor 138 2000
6,569,187 Method and apparatus for securing a suture 146 2000
6,572,635 Suture anchor 147 2000
6,428,562 Apparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor 119 2001
6,635,073 Method of securing body tissue 166 2001
 
United States Surgical Corporation (9)
5,383,905 Suture loop locking device 301 1992
5,398,861 Device for driving surgical fasteners 61 1993
5,405,360 Resilient arm mesh deployer 190 1993
5,507,754 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 285 1993
5,643,319 Device for applying a meniscal staple 185 1994
5,562,689 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 293 1995
5,549,617 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 203 1995
6,190,401 Device for applying a meniscal staple 218 1997
5,948,001 System for suture anchor placement 227 1997
 
ZIMMER GMBH (9)
4,932,969 Joint endoprosthesis 364 1987
4,917,704 Intervertebral prosthesis 273 1988
4,955,908 Metallic intervertebral prosthesis 354 1988
5,171,280 Intervertebral prosthesis 389 1991
5,320,644 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 253 1992
5,370,697 Artificial intervertebral disk member 556 1993
5,702,454 Process for implanting an invertebral prosthesis 291 1996
5,919,235 Intervertebral prosthesis 169 1996
5,755,797 Intervertebral prosthesis and a process for implanting such a prosthesis 318 1996
 
ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (8)
6,579,291 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 189 2000
6,592,625 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 146 2001
6,689,125 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 90 2002
6,835,205 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 334 2002
7,004,970 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 92 2002
6,805,695 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 227 2003
2006/0129,156 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 49 2006
2006/0167,553 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 42 2006
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (8)
5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 273 1994
5,620,012 Method of percutaneously anchoring a suture to a bone 116 1994
5,860,425 Bladder neck suspension procedure 217 1996
5,741,277 Endoscopic suture system 139 1996
5,836,315 Method of tensioning a suspended tissue mass 198 1996
5,853,422 Apparatus and method for closing a septal defect 332 1997
6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 333 1998
6,960,215 Tactical detachable anatomic containment device and therapeutic treatment system 46 2002
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (8)
5,356,432 Implantable mesh prosthesis and method for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects 289 1993
5,766,246 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prothesis 223 1994
5,695,525 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prosthesis 229 1995
5,716,408 Prosthesis for hernia repair and soft tissue reconstruction 113 1996
5,954,767 Curved prosthetic mesh and its method of manufacture 105 1996
6,267,772 Implantable prosthesis 232 1999
6,610,006 Implantable prosthesis 45 2000
6,723,133 Performed curved prosthesis having a reduced incidence of developing wrinkles or folds 31 2001
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (8)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 288 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 258 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 307 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 246 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 327 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 226 1998
6,231,615 Enhanced visibility materials for implantation in hard tissue 157 1999
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 62 2001
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (8)
5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 455 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 490 1995
5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 367 1995
5,681,310 Vertebral auxiliary fixation device having holding capability 210 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 459 1998
6,833,006 Expandable intervertebral spacers 66 2002
6,723,058 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 28 2002
6,852,128 Flexible spine stabilization systems 120 2003
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (7)
5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 574 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 364 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 159 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 159 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 206 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 286 1997
6,171,317 Knot tying device and method 93 1999
 
DISC DYNAMICS, INC. (7)
5,556,429 Joint resurfacing system 201 1994
5,888,220 Articulating joint repair 303 1996
6,248,131 Articulating joint repair 142 1997
6,306,177 Biomaterial system for in situ tissue repair 230 1997
6,224,630 Implantable tissue repair device 374 1998
6,140,452 Biomaterial for in situ tissue repair 207 1998
6,443,988 Mold apparatus and kit for in situ tissue repair 362 1998
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 610 1990
5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 513 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 541 1995
5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 455 1996
5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 237 1997
6,187,048 Intervertebral disc implant 240 1997
6,511,498 Surgical bone anchoring device 79 2000
 
RAYMEDICA, LLC (7)
5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 526 1994
5,649,945 Spinal anulus cutter 39 1994
5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 383 1997
6,113,639 Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space 274 1999
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 96 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 128 2000
7,033,393 Self-transitioning spinal disc anulus occulsion device and method of use 69 2003
 
AGA MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
6,123,715 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 192 1994
5,725,552 Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices 473 1996
5,846,261 Percutaneous catheter directed occlusion devices 216 1997
5,944,738 Percutaneous catheter directed constricting occlusion device 476 1998
6,447,531 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 159 2000
6,506,204 Method and apparatus for occluding aneurysms 125 2000
 
BARD ASDI INC. (6)
5,634,931 Hernia mesh patches and methods of their use 161 1994
5,769,864 Hernia mesh patch 140 1996
5,916,225 Hernia mesh patch 150 1998
6,171,318 Hernia mesh patch with stiffening layer 56 1999
6,280,453 Hernia mesh patch with stiffener line segment 131 1999
6,176,863 Hernia mesh patch with I-shaped filament 62 1999
 
INTRINSIC THERAPEUTICS, INC. (6)
6,425,919 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 174 2000
6,482,235 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 220 2000
6,508,839 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 158 2000
6,821,276 Intervertebral diagnostic and manipulation device 96 2001
6,936,072 Encapsulated intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of manufacture 63 2002
6,883,520 Methods and apparatus for dynamically stable spinal implant 143 2002
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (6)
4,669,473 Surgical fastener 570 1985
5,041,129 Slotted suture anchor and method of anchoring a suture 592 1990
5,842,477 Method for repairing cartilage 327 1996
5,759,189 Knot pusher 59 1997
6,623,492 Tissue fastener 134 2000
6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 129 2000
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (5)
4,884,572 Tack and applicator for treating torn bodily material in vivo 145 1988
4,895,148 Method of joining torn parts of bodily tissue in vivo with a biodegradable tack member 310 1989
4,976,715 Repair tack for bodily tissue 307 1990
5,697,950 Pre-loaded suture anchor 123 1996
6,610,079 Fixation system and method 118 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (5)
4,743,260 Method for a flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 455 1985
5,015,255 Spinal stabilization method 476 1989
5,059,193 Expandable spinal implant and surgical method 750 1990
5,282,863 Flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 379 1992
5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 514 1994
 
KYPHON SARL (4)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 452 1997
6,719,773 Expandable structures for deployment in interior body regions 134 2000
6,716,216 Systems and methods for treating vertebral bodies 193 2000
6,419,676 Spine distraction implant and method 171 2000
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (4)
6,206,921 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 106 1999
6,183,518 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 137 1999
6,436,143 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral disks 181 2000
6,964,674 Annulotomy closure device 86 2000
 
RADI MEDICAL SYSTEMS AB (4)
6,508,828 Sealing device and wound closure device 244 2000
6,596,012 Intra-arterial occluder 99 2001
6,860,895 Tool, a sealing device, a system and a method for closing a wound 176 2002
6,712,837 Guiding tool for wound closure element 103 2002
 
Scion Cardio-Vascular, Inc. (4)
6,206,895 Suture with toggle and delivery system 221 1999
6,319,263 Suture with toggle and delivery system 141 2000
6,245,080 Suture with toggle and delivery system 89 2000
6,730,112 Suture with toggle and delivery system 64 2001
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (4)
5,269,783 Device and method for repairing torn tissue 301 1991
5,374,268 Device and method for repairing torn tissue 222 1993
5,582,616 Surgical helical fastener with applicator 437 1994
5,824,008 System for applying fasteners to tissue 269 1997
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (4)
5,879,366 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 348 1996
6,080,182 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 313 1997
6,171,329 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 244 1998
6,623,508 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 105 2001
 
AMS RESEARCH CORPORATION (3)
5,520,700 Stapler device particularly useful in medical suturing 462 1993
5,972,000 Non-linear anchor inserter device and bone anchors 202 1996
6,533,799 Cavity measurement device and method of assembly 30 1999
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (3)
5,429,598 Surgical access device and procedure 86 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 275 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 49 2000
 
BAXANO SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,575,979 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 155 2000
6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 140 2000
6,558,390 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 277 2001
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (3)
5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 310 1991
5,397,331 Supporting device and apparatus for inserting the device 207 1992
6,699,263 Sliding suture anchor 196 2002
 
COVIDIEN AG (3)
5,391,182 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 224 1993
5,507,755 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 207 1994
6,980,862 Apparatus and method for treatment of an intervertebral disc 46 2003
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (3)
6,812,211 Method for nonsurgical treatment of the intervertebral disc and kit therefor 42 2002
6,827,716 Method of identifying and treating a pathologic region of an intervertebral disc 74 2002
2007/0100,349 Nucleus augmentation delivery device and technique 23 2005
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (3)
5,728,109 Surgical knot and method for its formation 187 1997
5,893,592 Partially tied surgical knot 140 1997
5,972,007 Energy-base method applied to prosthetics for repairing tissue defects 116 1997
 
INNOVASIVE ACQUISITION CORP. (3)
5,059,206 Method and apparatus for repairing a tear in a knee meniscus 228 1989
5,569,252 Device for repairing a meniscal tear in a knee and method 165 1994
5,730,744 Soft tissue screw, delivery device, and method 149 1995
 
MARCTEC, LLC (3)
5,593,425 Surgical devices assembled using heat bonable materials 206 1995
5,735,875 Surgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials 175 1997
6,203,565 Surgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials 137 1999
 
ORTHOPAEDIC BIOSYSTEMS LTD., INC. (3)
6,045,561 Surgical knot manipulator 35 1998
6,511,488 Surgical knot manipulator 62 2000
6,723,107 Method and apparatus for suturing 79 2000
 
PERUMALA CORPORATION (3)
5,123,926 Artificial spinal prosthesis 548 1991
5,171,278 Middle expandable intervertebral disk implants 442 1991
5,390,683 Spinal implantation methods utilizing a middle expandable implant 440 1993
 
ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 257 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 330 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 215 1991
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,571,189 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 580 1994
5,549,679 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 609 1995
6,712,853 Annulus-reinforcing band 138 2001
 
THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (3)
5,964,807 Compositions and methods for intervertebral disc reformation 108 1996
5,849,331 Incorporation of biological molecules into bioactive glasses 41 1997
6,569,442 Preparation of polymer foam having gelled sol coating for intervertebral disc reformation 58 2001
 
UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY (3)
4,911,718 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer 490 1988
5,171,281 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 254 1991
5,545,229 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 344 1993
 
ARTHREX, INC. (2)
5,626,613 Corkscrew suture anchor and driver 167 1995
5,964,783 Suture anchor with insert-molded suture 211 1998
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (2)
6,296,659 Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus 113 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 108 2001
 
BRANTIGAN, W. JOHN DR.( CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) (2)
4,834,757 Prosthetic implant 794 1988
5,425,772 Prosthetic implant for intervertebral spinal fusion 532 1993
 
CARDIVA MEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,782,860 Closure device for percutaneous occlusion of puncture sites and tracts in the human body and method 303 1997
6,464,712 Expansile device for use in blood vessels and tracts in the body and method 51 2000
 
COOK INCORPORATED (2)
5,141,515 Apparatus and methods for repairing hernias 210 1990
5,116,357 Hernia plug and introducer apparatus 233 1991
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 595 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 424 1994
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (2)
5,827,298 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 288 1995
6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 80 2000
 
DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, LLC (2)
5,922,028 Multi-layered SIS tissue graft construct for replacement of cartilaginous elements in situ 100 1997
6,723,097 Surgical trial implant 77 2002
 
FOUR POINT INNOVATIONS, INC. (2)
5,122,155 Hernia repair apparatus and method of use 225 1991
5,366,460 Apparatus and method for laparoscope hernia repair 228 1992
 
GENZYME CORPORATION (2)
5,786,217 Methods and compositions for the repair of articular cartilage defects in mammals 214 1997
6,610,071 Suture system 28 1999
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,129,912 Device and method for applying suture 182 1991
5,957,939 Medical device for deploying surgical fabrics 84 1997
 
KERAPLAST TECHNOLOGIES, LTD. (2)
6,371,984 Implantable prosthetic or tissue expanding device 91 1999
6,783,546 Implantable prosthetic or tissue expanding device 138 2001
 
MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK, INC. (2)
5,674,296 Human spinal disc prosthesis 709 1996
6,001,130 Human spinal disc prosthesis with hinges 572 1997
 
MOSS TUBES, INC. (2)
5,085,661 Surgical fastener implantation device 325 1990
5,470,337 Surgical fastener 274 1994
 
NIPRO CORPORATION (2)
6,221,092 Closure device for transcatheter operations and catheter assembly therefor 113 1999
6,342,064 Closure device for transcatheter operation and catheter assembly therefor 89 1999
 
ORATEC INTERVENTIONS, INC. (2)
5,785,705 RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 253 1995
5,954,716 Method for modifying the length of a ligament 203 1998
 
Organogenesis, Inc. (2)
5,733,337 Tissue repair fabric 284 1995
2002/0082,698 Method for treating a patient using a cultured connective tissue construct 46 2001
 
ORTHOPHOENIX, LLC (2)
6,719,761 System and methods for injecting flowable materials into bones 93 2000
6,676,665 Surgical instrumentation and method for treatment of the spine 101 2001
 
RAY MEDICA, INC. (2)
4,772,287 Prosthetic disc and method of implanting 692 1987
4,904,260 Prosthetic disc containing therapeutic material 563 1988
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (2)
4,520,821 Growing of long-term biological tissue correction structures in vivo 195 1982
5,354,736 Synthetic compounds and compositions with enhanced cell binding 46 1991
 
ZIMMER ORTHOBIOLOGICS, INC. (2)
6,511,958 Compositions for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 84 2000
6,723,335 Methods and compositions for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 53 2000
 
3F THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
5,344,442 Cardiac valve 118 1992
 
ABERDEEN ORTHOPAEDIC DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (1)
6,402,784 Intervertebral disc nucleus prosthesis 208 2000
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2006/0195,193 Implant for closing an opening in the annulus fibrosus 21 2006
 
ALEXANDER BALKO (1)
4,512,338 Process for restoring patency to body vessels 807 1983
 
ALL STAR MVP SPORTS INC. (1)
2006/0046,807 Fantasy sports live 1 2005
 
Artecal, Sciences, Inc. (1)
6,841,150 Use of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells for chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage repair 45 2002
 
ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,695,858 Medical device and methods for use 83 2000
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
4,946,378 Artificial intervertebral disc 359 1988
 
ATRITECH, INC. (1)
7,128,073 Method and device for left atrial appendage occlusion 93 1999
 
ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATION (1)
6,066,776 Self-forming prosthesis for repair of soft tissue defects 57 1997
 
BARD PERIPHERAL VASCULAR, INC. (1)
5,100,422 Blood vessel patch 242 1989
 
Beecham Group p.l.c. (1)
4,224,413 Cell culture method 38 1978
 
BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG (1)
5,702,451 Space holder, in particular for a vertebra or an intervertebral disk 191 1995
 
Bio-Hyos AB (1)
6,610,666 Hyaluronan product and process for manufacturing thereof 23 2000
 
Biomaterials Universe, Inc. (1)
4,663,358 Porous and transparent poly(vinyl alcohol) gel and method of manufacturing the same 210 1986
 
BIOMET 3I, LLC (1)
5,204,106 Process for restoring an osseous defect or deficiency by filling with osseous tissue 123 1990
 
BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
5,376,120 Biocompatible implant and method of using same 78 1992
 
BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (1)
5,492,697 Biodegradable implant for fracture nonunions 119 1995
 
BOLTON MEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,776,183 Expandable stent 220 1996
 
BONUTTI IP, LLC (1)
6,364,897 Method and apparatus for positioning a suture anchor 78 2000
 
BRADLEY, CHARLES W. (1)
5,397,991 Multi-battery charging system for reduced fuel consumption and emissions in automotive vehicles 51 1992
 
Bridport-Gundry PLC c/o Pearsalls Implants (1)
6,093,205 Surgical implant 333 1998
 
BROWN, RODERICK B., M.D., DR. (1)
5,824,082 Patch for endoscopic repair of hernias 136 1997
 
BT COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (1)
5,269,791 Surgical knot pushing appliance 64 1992
 
CABINET BEAU DE LOMENIE (1)
6,113,623 Prosthetic device and method for eventration repair 58 1997
 
CARDIA, INC. (1)
6,174,322 Occlusion device for the closure of a physical anomaly such as a vascular aperture or an aperture in a septum 216 1999
 
CARDIAC DIMENSIONS PTY. LTD. (1)
6,824,562 Body lumen device anchor, device and assembly 136 2002
 
Cardica, Inc. (1)
6,673,088 Tissue punch 43 2000
 
Cardio Medical Solutions, Inc. (1)
6,409,739 Device and method for assisting end-to side anastomosis 148 1998
 
CARDIOVASCULAR DYNAMICS, INC. (1)
5,728,150 Expandable microporous prosthesis 161 1996
 
CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,726,696 Patches and collars for medical applications and methods of use 162 2002
 
CAUTHEN RESEARCH GROUP, INC. (1)
2006/0173,545 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 49 2006
 
CENTERPULSE SPINE-TECH INC. (1)
5,658,343 Areal implant 82 1995
 
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION (1)
5,591,223 Re-expandable endoprosthesis 160 1994
 
COLLINS, EILEEN E., BENEFICIARY (1)
5,035,716 Replacement disc 224 1990
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 160 1993
 
CORE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2002/0147,461 Apparatus and methods for closing openings in spinal discs 40 2001
 
CorRestore, Inc. (1)
6,024,096 Anterior segment ventricular restoration apparatus and method 190 1998
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
5,716,409 Reinforcement sheet for use in surgical repair 97 1996
 
Cox-Uphoff International (1)
4,798,205 Method of using a subperiosteal tissue expander 134 1987
 
CURATORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MO OF COLUMBIA, THE (1)
5,320,633 Method and system for repairing a tear in the meniscus 167 1992
 
DATASCOPE CORP. (1)
5,676,698 Soft tissue implant 79 1993
 
DAVOL, INC. (1)
5,725,577 Prosthesis for the repair of soft tissue defects 103 1993
 
Dennison Manufacturing Company (1)
4,736,746 Method of fastening tissues 61 1986
 
DENSO CORPORATION (1)
2005/0210,866 Drive device for a secondary air injection system 2004
 
DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
5,788,625 Method of making reconstructive SIS structure for cartilaginous elements in situ 83 1996
 
DUKE UNIVERSITY (1)
5,342,393 Method and device for vascular repair 429 1992
 
DYNAMIC SPINE, INC. (1)
5,827,328 Intervertebral prosthetic device 322 1996
 
E.V.A. CORPORATION (1)
5,207,695 Aortic graft, implantation device, and method for repairing aortic aneurysm 319 1991
 
ED. GEISTLICH SOEHNE AG FUER CHEMISCHE INDUSTRIE (1)
6,221,109 Method of protecting spinal area 57 1999
 
Endospine, Ltd. (1)
6,428,576 System for repairing inter-vertebral discs 197 2000
 
ENDOSURGICAL INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 80 1993
 
FLARED PATCH, INC. (1)
5,147,374 Prosthetic mesh patch for hernia repair 287 1991
 
FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD. (1)
5,736,746 Radiation image read-out apparatus 29 1996
 
GATEWAY MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,736,815 Apparatus and methods for treating spinal discs 113 2001
 
GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 338 1993
 
GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC (1)
6,610,091 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 323 2000
 
HANSEN MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,669,687 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 124 2000
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (1)
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 382 1996
 
HEMODYNAMICS, INC. (1)
6,723,095 Method of spinal fixation using adhesive media 86 2001
 
INBAE YOON (1)
5,782,844 Suture spring device applicator 286 1996
 
INNOVASIVE DEVICES, INC. (1)
5,843,084 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 195 1995
 
Janese; Woodrow W. (1)
5,053,046 Dural sealing needle and method of use 345 1990
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
4,873,976 Surgical fasteners and method 469 1984
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (1)
6,896,675 Intradiscal lesioning device 56 2002
 
KOKEN CO., LTD. (1)
4,413,359 Impermeable laminate membrane 83 1982
 
LASERSCOPE (1)
5,242,439 Means for inserting instrumentation for a percutaneous diskectomy using a laser 94 1991
 
LAWSON, KEVIN J., AN INDIVIDUAL (1)
6,146,422 Prosthetic nucleus replacement for surgical reconstruction of intervertebral discs and treatment method 181 1999
 
LI MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,039,761 Intervertebral spacer and tool and method for emplacement thereof 306 1997
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
6,592,609 Method and apparatus for securing tissue 173 2000
 
MARFLY 2, LP (1)
6,835,208 Prosthetic system 34 2002
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
5,716,404 Breast tissue engineering 146 1994
 
MAUS S.P.A. (1)
2006/0060,038 Method for processing products having low tolerances by removing shavings 9 2004
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. (1)
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 296 2001
 
MEDIMATRIX INCORPORATED, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
4,837,285 Collagen matrix beads for soft tissue repair 254 1987
 
MEDTRONIC AVE, INC. (1)
5,904,703 Occluder device formed from an open cell foam material 257 1997
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (1)
6,607,541 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 159 1998
 
MITEK SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,941,439 Applicator and method for deploying a surgical fastener in tissue 163 1997
 
MITRALIGN, INC. (1)
7,037,334 Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty using local plications 127 2003
 
MUHANNA, NABIL L. (1)
6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 76 2002
 
NATIONAL-STANDARD, LLC (1)
5,531,678 Method of using a spring-loaded reciprocable stylet holder to eject a T-fastener 33 1995
 
NIDUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,626,899 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 308 2001
 
NITINOL DEVICES AND COMPONENTS, INC. (1)
6,913,622 Artificial disc 35 2001
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,342,394 Apparatus for blocking a vein branch and method of blocking a vein branch 108 1992
 
OraTec (1)
5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 98 1996
 
ORIGIN MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,922,026 Surgical method and prosthetic strip therefor 196 1997
 
ORTHOHELIX SURGICAL DESIGNS, INC. (1)
5,662,683 Open helical organic tissue anchor and method of facilitating healing 207 1995
 
OSTEOBIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,716,413 Moldable, hand-shapable biodegradable implant material 114 1995
 
OSTEOTECH, INC. (1)
6,752,831 Biocompatible osteogenic band for repair of spinal disorders 169 2000
 
OUTLAST TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
6,179,879 Leather impregnated with temperature stabilizing material and method for producing such leather 42 1999
 
PFIZER INC. (1)
5,534,028 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus with diminished lateral bulging 413 1993
 
PFM MEDICAL AG (1)
6,355,052 Device for closure of body defect openings 231 1998
 
PHUSIS (1)
6,692,506 Absorbable prosthetic mounting clip 54 2000
 
PIERCE INSTRUMENTS, INC. (1)
5,176,691 Knot pusher 167 1990
 
PIOLAX INC. (1)
6,027,527 Stent 98 1997
 
PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,573,286 Knot 104 1995
 
PMT CORPORATION (1)
6,805,715 Method and device for treating intervertebral disc herniations 53 2002
 
PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC. (1)
4,323,595 Nickel-molybdenum cathode 34 1980
 
Presley, Bobby W. (1)
6,932,833 Method and barrier for limiting fluid movement through a tissue rent 28 2002
 
REGEN BIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,624,463 Prosthetic articular cartilage 226 1994
 
REPLICATION MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,726,721 Hydrogel-based prosthetic device for replaceing at least a part of the nucleus of a spinal disc 89 2001
 
RTI SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 63 2001
 
Sùlzer Biologics Inc. (1)
6,514,514 Device and method for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 90 1999
 
SCHULTZ, LEONARD S. (1)
5,456,720 Prosthesis for repair of direct space and indirect space inguinal hernias 150 1993
 
SEIKAGAKU CORPORATION (1)
6,063,378 Therapeutic agent for herniated intervertebral disc 50 1998
 
Shapiro Partners Limited (1)
5,439,464 Method and instruments for performing arthroscopic spinal surgery 350 1993
 
SHERWOOD MEDICAL COMPANY (1)
5,540,715 Device for sealing hemostatic incisions 322 1995
 
SHI, TAIN-YEW (1)
6,966,931 Artificial intervertebral disc with reliable maneuverability 45 2003
 
SHIPP, JOHN I. (1)
5,350,399 Percutaneous arterial puncture seal device and insertion tool therefore 361 1992
 
Sofamor S.N.C. (1)
6,419,706 Partial disc prosthesis 121 2000
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,391,060 Prosthetic implant for obstructing an anatomical duct, and obstructing assembly comprising same 54 2000
 
Sparton Corporation (1)
5,062,344 Bowline knot in a braided line 113 1990
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
6,740,093 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 199 2001
 
SPINECORE, INC. (1)
6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 231 2003
 
SPINEFRONTIER, L.L.S. (1)
6,669,729 Apparatus and method for the replacement of posterior vertebral elements 312 2003
 
SpinLabs, LLC (1)
6,402,750 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 495 2000
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL ATG, INC. (1)
6,712,836 Apparatus and methods for closing septal defects and occluding blood flow 217 2000
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC (1)
5,437,631 Percutaneous introducer set and method for sealing puncture wounds 283 1993
 
Stein; Sherman (1)
5,599,279 Surgical instruments and method useful for endoscopic spinal procedures 207 1996
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
4,919,667 Implant 160 1988
 
STRYKER ENDOSCOPY (1)
6,972,027 Soft tissue repair system 165 2002
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,024,754 Aneurysm closure method 104 1997
 
SURGICAL DYNAMICS INC. (1)
4,678,459 Irrigating, cutting and aspirating system for percutaneous surgery 210 1984
 
SURGICAL SPECIALTIES CORPORATION (US), INC. (1)
6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 70 2001
 
SURGICRAFT LIMITED (1)
4,904,261 Spinal implants 460 1988
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (1)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 564 1995
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (1)
6,019,793 Surgical prosthetic device 181 1998
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
5,304,194 Vasoocclusion coil with attached fibrous element(s) 250 1992
 
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, A NON-PROFIT CORP. OF PA (1)
5,108,420 Aperture occlusion device 594 1991
 
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
2006/0247,776 Systems and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 27 2005
 
THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION (1)
5,626,612 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 55 1994
 
The Nemours Foundation (1)
5,634,944 Body membrane prosthesis 72 1995
 
THM BIOMEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,645,084 Method for spinal fusion without decortication 135 1995
 
THOMAS, JAMES C., JR. (1)
2003/0074,075 Expandable implant for partial disc replacement and reinforcement of a disc partially removed in a discectomy and for reduction and maintenance of alignment of cancellous bone fractures and methods and apparatuses for same 179 2002
 
Tissue Adhesive Technologies, Inc. (1)
6,773,699 Light energized tissue adhesive conformal patch 43 2001
 
TLIF, LLC (1)
5,824,094 Spinal disc 385 1997
 
TORNIER, INC. (1)
6,106,545 Suture tensioning and fixation device 225 1998
 
TOSHIBA AMERICA RESEARCH, INC. (1)
2002/0191,558 Distributed soft handoff among IP-based base stations 2 2001
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
6,053,909 Ionothermal delivery system and technique for medical procedures 133 1998
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
6,146,380 Bent tip electrical surgical probe 271 1998
 
ULRICH GROSS (1)
5,002,576 Intervertebral disk endoprosthesis 403 1989
 
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6) (1)
5,674,294 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 266 1994
 
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS (1)
6,200,329 Suture collet 285 1998
 
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (1)
6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 171 2002
 
UNOMEDICAL A/S (1)
5,743,917 Prosthesis for the repair of soft tissue defects 121 1994
 
UROBCALTH SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,320,629 Device and method for applying suture 160 1993
 
VALENTINE J. RHODES REVOCABLE TRUST / BRENDA RHODES, TRUSTEE (1)
5,122,154 Endovascular bypass graft 506 1990
 
VALVE HOLDINGS, L.L.C. (1)
6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 140 2002
 
WALLACE, GEORGE (1)
5,868,762 Percutaneous hemostatic suturing device and method 333 1997
 
WARPSPEED COMMUNICATIONS (1)
6,452,924 Method and apparatus for controlling bandwidth in a switched broadband multipoint/multimedia network 76 1999
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,464,407 Flexible surgical screwdriver and methods of arthroscopic ligament reconstruction 134 1994
 
WHITEBOX CAPITAL ARBITRAGE PARTNERS L.P. (1)
6,562,052 Suturing device and method 156 2001
 
WW & LJ GATEWAYS LTD (1)
6,684,886 Intervertebral disc repair methods and apparatus 26 2001
 
YOON, INBAE (1)
5,704,943 Ligating instrument with multiple loop ligature supply and methods therefor 42 1995
 
Zacouto, Fred (1)
6,835,207 Skeletal implant 129 2002
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
6,761,720 Intervertebral implant 368 2002
 
ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6,332,894 Polymer filled spinal fusion cage 173 2000
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (62)
4,349,921 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 869 1980
4,369,788 Reversed forceps for microdisc surgery 91 1981
4,545,374 Method and instruments for performing a percutaneous lumbar diskectomy 742 1982
4,502,161 Prosthetic meniscus for the repair of joints 365 1983
4,602,635 Remote surgical knot tier and method of use 221 1983
4,741,330 Method and apparatus for anchoring and manipulating cartilage 584 1986
4,781,190 Method of arthroscopic repair of a limb joint 200 1986
4,863,477 Synthetic intervertebral disc prosthesis 530 1987
4,844,088 Surgical cutting device with reciprocating cutting member 100 1987
5,123,913 Suture device 290 1990
5,405,352 Suture knot, method for its formation and use, and knot forming apparatus 150 1991
5,254,133 Surgical implantation device and related method of use 226 1991
5,195,541 Method of performing laparoscopic lumbar discectomy 260 1991
5,171,259 Device for nonoperatively occluding a defect 331 1991
5,176,692 Method and surgical instrument for repairing hernia 418 1991
5,222,962 Endoscopic surgical instrument for releasably grasping a curved needle 101 1992
5,437,680 Suturing method, apparatus and system for use in endoscopic procedures 231 1993
5,368,602 Surgical mesh with semi-rigid border members 191 1993
5,313,962 Method of performing laparoscopic lumbar discectomy 265 1993
5,383,477 Method and apparatus for laparoscopic repair of hernias 125 1993
5,556,428 Apparatus and method for promoting growth and repair of soft tissue 103 1993
5,514,180 Prosthetic intervertebral devices 654 1994
5,591,177 Apparatus and method of extracorporeally applying and locking laparoscopic suture and loop ligatures 149 1994
6,656,182 Tissue manipulation 195 1995
5,645,597 Disc replacement method and apparatus 406 1995
5,702,462 Method of meniscal repair 213 1996
5,702,450 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 384 1996
5,810,851 Suture spring device 353 1996
5,865,845 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 301 1996
5,683,465 Artificial intervertebral disk prosthesis 428 1996
5,752,964 Surgical knot pusher with flattened spatulated tip 81 1996
5,683,417 Suture and method for endoscopic surgery 199 1996
5,810,848 Suturing system 245 1996
5,716,416 Artificial intervertebral disk and method for implanting the same 330 1996
5,769,893 Apparatus and method for promoting growth and repair of soft tissue 72 1996
5,865,846 Human spinal disc prosthesis 601 1997
6,007,575 Inflatable intraluminal stent and method for affixing same within the human body 168 1997
5,893,889 Artificial disc 431 1997
5,800,550 Interbody fusion cage 293 1997
5,888,226 Intervertebral prosthetic disc 467 1997
5,976,174 Medical hole closure device and methods of use 305 1997
6,024,758 Two-part captured-loop knotless suture anchor assembly 166 1998
5,984,948 Device for closing an opening in tissue and method of closing a tissue opening using the device 69 1998
6,066,146 Laparascopic incision closure device 92 1998
5,928,284 Disc replacement prosthesis 280 1998
6,162,203 Cargo delivery needle 55 1999
6,143,006 Apparatus and method for tying and tensioning knots 81 1999
6,203,554 Apparatus, kit and methods for puncture site closure 49 1999
6,547,806 Vascular sealing device and method of use 125 2000
6,514,255 Sublaminar spinal fixation apparatus 83 2000
6,488,691 Laparascopic incision closure device 75 2000
6,679,914 Implantable orthopedic support apparatus 49 2000
6,500,184 Suturing apparatus and method of suturing 113 2001
6,613,044 Selective delivery of cryogenic energy to intervertebral disc tissue and related methods of intradiscal hypothermia therapy 36 2001
6,572,653 Vertebral implant adapted for posterior insertion 288 2001
6,966,910 Dynamic fixation device and method of use 238 2003
2004/0260,397 Method of defect closure in anulus fibrosus 175 2003
2004/0138,703 Seal for posterior lateral vertebral disk cavity 29 2003
2005/0033,440 Intervertebral disc implant resistant to migration 72 2004
2005/0038,519 Method of reducing spinal implant migration 52 2004
2005/0060,038 Flexible implant for intervertebral disc repair 77 2004
2006/0282,167 Methods of reinforcing an intervertebral disc annulus 54 2006

Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 0 2006
8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 0 2010
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (1)
8,496,667 Deployable segmented TLIF device 0 2011
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,454,690 Systems and methods for tissue expansion with fluid delivery and drainage system 0 2010

Maintenance Fees

Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
3.5 Year Payment $1600.00 $800.00 $400.00 Jan 26, 2015
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Jan 26, 2019
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Jan 26, 2023
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 3.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00