US Patent No: 8,088,165 - Analytics, PDF, Full Text and PAIR Access

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060167553

Stats

ATTORNEY / AGENT: (SPONSORED)

Importance

Loading Importance Indicators... loading....

Abstract

See full text

A spinal disc annulus repair stent for repair and reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, which may incorporate suture closure or other means of stent insertion and fixation, designed to reduce the failure rate of conventional surgical procedures on the spinal discs. In an illustrative embodiment, the design of the spinal disc annulus stent advantageously allows ingrowth of normal cells of healing in an enhanced fashion strengthening the normal reparative process.

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
Adams, Daniel O Orono, MN 114 3904
Burmeister, Paul Maple Grove, MN 19 400
Burns, Matthew M Orono, MN 86 3189
Cauthen,, III Joseph C - 29 271
Hektner, Thomas R 825 Navajo Rd., Hamel, MN 55340 55 2064
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, MN 66 1394
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, MN 69 936

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ANOVA CORP. (24)
6,245,107 Methods and apparatus for treating disc herniation 240 1999
6,419,704 Artificial intervertebral disc replacement methods and apparatus 426 1999
6,491,724 Spinal fusion cage with lordosis correction 155 1999
6,432,107 Enhanced surface area spinal fusion devices 100 2000
6,248,106 Cross-coupled vertebral stabilizers 243 2000
6,494,883 Bone reinforcers 96 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 100 2000
6,419,702 Treating degenerative disc disease through transplantation of the nucleus pulposis 78 2000
6,719,797 Nucleus augmentation with in situ formed hydrogels 102 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 87 2001
6,969,404 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 101 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 134 2002
6,645,247 Supplementing engineered annulus tissues with autograft of allograft tendons 74 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 60 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 540 1995
6,436,098 Method for inserting spinal implants and for securing a guard to the spine 166 1996
5,895,426 Fusion implant device and method of use 155 1996
6,039,762 Reinforced bone graft substitutes 217 1997
5,888,222 Intervertebral spacers 145 1997
6,344,057 Adjustable vertebral body replacement 197 1998
6,179,874 Articulating spinal implant 312 1999
6,764,514 Prosthetic apparatus and method 93 2000
6,402,785 Artificial disc implant 256 2000
6,620,196 Intervertebral disc nucleus implants and methods 172 2000
6,733,531 Anchoring devices and implants for intervertebral disc augmentation 175 2000
6,830,570 Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach 153 2000
6,576,017 Spinal implant with attached ligament and methods 132 2001
6,500,132 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 25 2001
6,733,534 System and method for spine spacing 300 2002
6,652,585 Flexible spine stabilization system 137 2002
6,827,743 Woven orthopedic implants 138 2002
2002/0138,146 Anterior expandable spinal fusion cage system 6 2002
6,696,073 Shaped load-bearing osteoimplant and methods of making same 206 2002
2004/0054,414 Collagen-based materials and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 58 2002
6,974,479 System and method for blocking and/or retaining a prosthetic spinal implant 83 2003
2004/0210,310 Implant system and method for intervertebral disc augmentation 48 2003
 
KENSEY NASH CORPORATION (16)
4,744,364 Device for sealing percutaneous puncture in a vessel 548 1987
4,852,568 Method and apparatus for sealing an opening in tissue of a living being 534 1987
4,890,612 Device for sealing percutaneous puncture in a vessel 543 1988
5,061,274 Plug device for sealing openings and method of use 545 1989
5,021,059 Plug device with pulley for sealing punctures in tissue and methods of use 622 1990
5,222,974 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 442 1991
5,282,827 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 437 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 441 1993
5,312,435 Fail predictable, reinforced anchor for hemostatic puncture closure 202 1993
5,531,759 System for closing a percutaneous puncture formed by a trocar to prevent tissue at the puncture from herniating 303 1994
5,545,178 System for closing a percutaneous puncture formed by a trocar to prevent tissue at the puncture from herniating 430 1994
5,662,681 Self locking closure for sealing percutaneous punctures 188 1996
5,861,004 Hemostatic puncture closure system including closure locking means and method of use 100 1997
5,935,147 Hemostatic puncture closure system and method of use 205 1997
6,530,933 Methods and devices for fastening bulging or herniated intervertebral discs 151 1999
6,626,916 Tissue fastening devices and methods for sustained holding strength 215 1999
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
4,532,926 Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver 327 1983
5,397,332 Surgical mesh applicator 132 1993
5,562,684 Surgical knot pusher device and improved method of forming knots 170 1994
5,681,351 Suture clip suitable for use on monofilament sutures 158 1994
5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 210 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 99 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 190 1999
6,425,924 Hernia repair prosthesis 74 2000
6,293,961 Suture locking device 165 2001
6,432,123 Suture locking device 151 2001
6,767,037 Sliding and locking surgical knot 108 2001
 
BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC (9)
5,496,348 Suture anchor 88 1995
5,584,862 Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture 123 1995
5,948,002 Apparatus and method for use in positioning a suture anchor 190 1998
6,007,567 Suture anchor 108 1999
6,312,448 Apparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor 144 2000
6,569,187 Method and apparatus for securing a suture 150 2000
6,572,635 Suture anchor 150 2000
6,428,562 Apparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor 122 2001
6,635,073 Method of securing body tissue 173 2001
 
United States Surgical Corporation (9)
5,383,905 Suture loop locking device 306 1992
5,398,861 Device for driving surgical fasteners 62 1993
5,405,360 Resilient arm mesh deployer 193 1993
5,507,754 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 293 1993
5,643,319 Device for applying a meniscal staple 189 1994
5,562,689 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 302 1995
5,549,617 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 207 1995
6,190,401 Device for applying a meniscal staple 222 1997
5,948,001 System for suture anchor placement 230 1997
 
ZIMMER GMBH (9)
4,932,969 Joint endoprosthesis 368 1987
4,917,704 Intervertebral prosthesis 275 1988
4,955,908 Metallic intervertebral prosthesis 358 1988
5,171,280 Intervertebral prosthesis 391 1991
5,320,644 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 259 1992
5,370,697 Artificial intervertebral disk member 566 1993
5,702,454 Process for implanting an invertebral prosthesis 295 1996
5,919,235 Intervertebral prosthesis 170 1996
5,755,797 Intervertebral prosthesis and a process for implanting such a prosthesis 320 1996
 
ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (8)
6,579,291 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 192 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 342 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 229 2003
2006/0129,156 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 49 2006
2006/0161,258 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 21 2006
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (8)
5,356,432 Implantable mesh prosthesis and method for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects 292 1993
5,766,246 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prothesis 228 1994
5,695,525 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prosthesis 232 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 235 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 289 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 259 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 311 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 249 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 332 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 229 1998
6,231,615 Enhanced visibility materials for implantation in hard tissue 162 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 460 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 499 1995
5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 370 1995
5,681,310 Vertebral auxiliary fixation device having holding capability 212 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 466 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 122 2003
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (7)
5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 582 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 373 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 163 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 166 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 211 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 291 1997
6,171,317 Knot tying device and method 93 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (7)
5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 277 1994
5,620,012 Method of percutaneously anchoring a suture to a bone 118 1994
5,860,425 Bladder neck suspension procedure 222 1996
5,836,315 Method of tensioning a suspended tissue mass 204 1996
5,853,422 Apparatus and method for closing a septal defect 341 1997
6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 340 1998
6,960,215 Tactical detachable anatomic containment device and therapeutic treatment system 46 2002
 
DISC DYNAMICS, INC. (7)
5,556,429 Joint resurfacing system 205 1994
5,888,220 Articulating joint repair 306 1996
6,248,131 Articulating joint repair 145 1997
6,306,177 Biomaterial system for in situ tissue repair 234 1997
6,224,630 Implantable tissue repair device 384 1998
6,140,452 Biomaterial for in situ tissue repair 210 1998
6,443,988 Mold apparatus and kit for in situ tissue repair 369 1998
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 617 1990
5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 517 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 551 1995
5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 458 1996
5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 240 1997
6,187,048 Intervertebral disc implant 241 1997
6,511,498 Surgical bone anchoring device 81 2000
 
RAYMEDICA, LLC (7)
5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 535 1994
5,649,945 Spinal anulus cutter 39 1994
5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 386 1997
6,113,639 Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space 275 1999
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 97 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 130 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 196 1994
5,725,552 Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices 483 1996
5,846,261 Percutaneous catheter directed occlusion devices 220 1997
5,944,738 Percutaneous catheter directed constricting occlusion device 490 1998
6,447,531 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 172 2000
6,506,204 Method and apparatus for occluding aneurysms 136 2000
 
BARD ASDI INC. (6)
5,634,931 Hernia mesh patches and methods of their use 164 1994
5,769,864 Hernia mesh patch 140 1996
5,916,225 Hernia mesh patch 151 1998
6,171,318 Hernia mesh patch with stiffening layer 56 1999
6,280,453 Hernia mesh patch with stiffener line segment 133 1999
6,176,863 Hernia mesh patch with I-shaped filament 64 1999
 
INTRINSIC THERAPEUTICS, INC. (6)
6,425,919 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 175 2000
6,482,235 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 221 2000
6,508,839 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 160 2000
6,821,276 Intervertebral diagnostic and manipulation device 96 2001
6,936,072 Encapsulated intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of manufacture 64 2002
6,883,520 Methods and apparatus for dynamically stable spinal implant 143 2002
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (6)
4,669,473 Surgical fastener 578 1985
5,041,129 Slotted suture anchor and method of anchoring a suture 604 1990
5,842,477 Method for repairing cartilage 338 1996
5,759,189 Knot pusher 59 1997
6,623,492 Tissue fastener 137 2000
6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 134 2000
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (5)
4,884,572 Tack and applicator for treating torn bodily material in vivo 148 1988
4,895,148 Method of joining torn parts of bodily tissue in vivo with a biodegradable tack member 314 1989
4,976,715 Repair tack for bodily tissue 313 1990
5,697,950 Pre-loaded suture anchor 125 1996
6,610,079 Fixation system and method 121 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (5)
4,743,260 Method for a flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 464 1985
5,015,255 Spinal stabilization method 482 1989
5,059,193 Expandable spinal implant and surgical method 759 1990
5,282,863 Flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 392 1992
5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 523 1994
 
KYPHON SARL (4)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 461 1997
6,719,773 Expandable structures for deployment in interior body regions 135 2000
6,716,216 Systems and methods for treating vertebral bodies 198 2000
6,419,676 Spine distraction implant and method 176 2000
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (4)
6,206,921 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 108 1999
6,183,518 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 139 1999
6,436,143 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral disks 182 2000
6,964,674 Annulotomy closure device 89 2000
 
RADI MEDICAL SYSTEMS AB (4)
6,508,828 Sealing device and wound closure device 249 2000
6,596,012 Intra-arterial occluder 101 2001
6,860,895 Tool, a sealing device, a system and a method for closing a wound 180 2002
6,712,837 Guiding tool for wound closure element 106 2002
 
Scion Cardio-Vascular, Inc. (4)
6,206,895 Suture with toggle and delivery system 229 1999
6,319,263 Suture with toggle and delivery system 145 2000
6,245,080 Suture with toggle and delivery system 91 2000
6,730,112 Suture with toggle and delivery system 66 2001
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (4)
5,269,783 Device and method for repairing torn tissue 308 1991
5,374,268 Device and method for repairing torn tissue 224 1993
5,582,616 Surgical helical fastener with applicator 444 1994
5,824,008 System for applying fasteners to tissue 270 1997
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (4)
5,879,366 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 356 1996
6,080,182 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 320 1997
6,171,329 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 246 1998
6,623,508 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 107 2001
 
AMS RESEARCH CORPORATION (3)
5,520,700 Stapler device particularly useful in medical suturing 479 1993
5,972,000 Non-linear anchor inserter device and bone anchors 210 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 88 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 282 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 52 2000
 
BAXANO SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,575,979 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 159 2000
6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 142 2000
6,558,390 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 280 2001
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (3)
5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 313 1991
5,397,331 Supporting device and apparatus for inserting the device 210 1992
6,699,263 Sliding suture anchor 200 2002
 
COVIDIEN AG (3)
5,391,182 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 228 1993
5,507,755 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 211 1994
6,980,862 Apparatus and method for treatment of an intervertebral disc 48 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 193 1997
5,893,592 Partially tied surgical knot 143 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 233 1989
5,569,252 Device for repairing a meniscal tear in a knee and method 167 1994
5,730,744 Soft tissue screw, delivery device, and method 151 1995
 
MARCTEC, LLC (3)
5,593,425 Surgical devices assembled using heat bonable materials 210 1995
5,735,875 Surgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials 179 1997
6,203,565 Surgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials 141 1999
 
ORTHOPAEDIC BIOSYSTEMS LTD., INC. (3)
6,045,561 Surgical knot manipulator 35 1998
6,511,488 Surgical knot manipulator 63 2000
6,723,107 Method and apparatus for suturing 80 2000
 
PERUMALA CORPORATION (3)
5,123,926 Artificial spinal prosthesis 554 1991
5,171,278 Middle expandable intervertebral disk implants 449 1991
5,390,683 Spinal implantation methods utilizing a middle expandable implant 452 1993
 
ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 257 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 336 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 216 1991
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,571,189 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 586 1994
5,549,679 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 614 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 109 1996
5,849,331 Incorporation of biological molecules into bioactive glasses 42 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 495 1988
5,171,281 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 256 1991
5,545,229 Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness 347 1993
 
ARTHREX, INC. (2)
5,626,613 Corkscrew suture anchor and driver 168 1995
5,964,783 Suture anchor with insert-molded suture 216 1998
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (2)
6,296,659 Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus 115 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 109 2001
 
BRANTIGAN, W. JOHN DR.( CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) (2)
4,834,757 Prosthetic implant 810 1988
5,425,772 Prosthetic implant for intervertebral spinal fusion 535 1993
 
CARDIVA MEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,782,860 Closure device for percutaneous occlusion of puncture sites and tracts in the human body and method 309 1997
6,464,712 Expansile device for use in blood vessels and tracts in the body and method 52 2000
 
COOK INCORPORATED (2)
5,141,515 Apparatus and methods for repairing hernias 212 1990
5,116,357 Hernia plug and introducer apparatus 236 1991
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 605 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 431 1994
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (2)
5,827,298 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 291 1995
6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 84 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 79 2002
 
FOUR POINT INNOVATIONS, INC. (2)
5,122,155 Hernia repair apparatus and method of use 228 1991
5,366,460 Apparatus and method for laparoscope hernia repair 232 1992
 
GENZYME CORPORATION (2)
5,786,217 Methods and compositions for the repair of articular cartilage defects in mammals 218 1997
6,610,071 Suture system 28 1999
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,129,912 Device and method for applying suture 184 1991
5,957,939 Medical device for deploying surgical fabrics 86 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 140 2001
 
MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK, INC. (2)
5,674,296 Human spinal disc prosthesis 718 1996
6,001,130 Human spinal disc prosthesis with hinges 580 1997
 
MOSS TUBES, INC. (2)
5,085,661 Surgical fastener implantation device 337 1990
5,470,337 Surgical fastener 279 1994
 
NIPRO CORPORATION (2)
6,221,092 Closure device for transcatheter operations and catheter assembly therefor 114 1999
6,342,064 Closure device for transcatheter operation and catheter assembly therefor 90 1999
 
ORATEC INTERVENTIONS, INC. (2)
5,785,705 RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 254 1995
5,954,716 Method for modifying the length of a ligament 205 1998
 
Organogenesis, Inc. (2)
5,733,337 Tissue repair fabric 288 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 94 2000
6,676,665 Surgical instrumentation and method for treatment of the spine 103 2001
 
RAY MEDICA, INC. (2)
4,772,287 Prosthetic disc and method of implanting 695 1987
4,904,260 Prosthetic disc containing therapeutic material 567 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 55 2000
 
3F THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
5,344,442 Cardiac valve 120 1992
 
ABERDEEN ORTHOPAEDIC DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (1)
6,402,784 Intervertebral disc nucleus prosthesis 210 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 809 1983
 
ALL STAR MVP SPORTS INC. (1)
2006/0046,807 Fantasy sports live 3 2005
 
Artecal, Sciences, Inc. (1)
6,841,150 Use of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells for chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage repair 46 2002
 
ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,695,858 Medical device and methods for use 85 2000
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
4,946,378 Artificial intervertebral disc 364 1988
 
ATRITECH, INC. (1)
7,128,073 Method and device for left atrial appendage occlusion 105 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 245 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 193 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 214 1986
 
BIOMET 3I, LLC (1)
5,204,106 Process for restoring an osseous defect or deficiency by filling with osseous tissue 127 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 121 1995
 
BOLTON MEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,776,183 Expandable stent 221 1996
 
BONUTTI IP, LLC (1)
6,364,897 Method and apparatus for positioning a suture anchor 81 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 334 1998
 
BROWN, RODERICK B., M.D., DR. (1)
5,824,082 Patch for endoscopic repair of hernias 138 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 226 1999
 
CARDIAC DIMENSIONS PTY. LTD. (1)
6,824,562 Body lumen device anchor, device and assembly 137 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 150 1998
 
CARDIOVASCULAR DYNAMICS, INC. (1)
5,728,150 Expandable microporous prosthesis 163 1996
 
CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,726,696 Patches and collars for medical applications and methods of use 163 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 83 1995
 
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION (1)
5,591,223 Re-expandable endoprosthesis 161 1994
 
COLLINS, EILEEN E., BENEFICIARY (1)
5,035,716 Replacement disc 226 1990
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 167 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 191 1998
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
5,716,409 Reinforcement sheet for use in surgical repair 98 1996
 
Cox-Uphoff International (1)
4,798,205 Method of using a subperiosteal tissue expander 136 1987
 
CURATORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MO OF COLUMBIA, THE (1)
5,320,633 Method and system for repairing a tear in the meniscus 168 1992
 
DATASCOPE CORP. (1)
5,676,698 Soft tissue implant 80 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 62 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 438 1992
 
DYNAMIC SPINE, INC. (1)
5,827,328 Intervertebral prosthetic device 326 1996
 
E.V.A. CORPORATION (1)
5,207,695 Aortic graft, implantation device, and method for repairing aortic aneurysm 325 1991
 
ED. GEISTLICH SOEHNE AG FUER CHEMISCHE INDUSTRIE (1)
6,221,109 Method of protecting spinal area 59 1999
 
Endospine, Ltd. (1)
6,428,576 System for repairing inter-vertebral discs 200 2000
 
ENDOSURGICAL INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 82 1993
 
FLARED PATCH, INC. (1)
5,147,374 Prosthetic mesh patch for hernia repair 289 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 114 2001
 
GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 346 1993
 
GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC (1)
6,610,091 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 329 2000
 
HANSEN MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,669,687 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 126 2000
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (1)
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 384 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 291 1996
 
INNOVASIVE DEVICES, INC. (1)
5,843,084 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 197 1995
 
Janese; Woodrow W. (1)
5,053,046 Dural sealing needle and method of use 348 1990
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
4,873,976 Surgical fasteners and method 476 1984
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (1)
6,896,675 Intradiscal lesioning device 58 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 185 1999
 
LI MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,039,761 Intervertebral spacer and tool and method for emplacement thereof 318 1997
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
6,592,609 Method and apparatus for securing tissue 178 2000
 
MARFLY 2, LP (1)
6,835,208 Prosthetic system 34 2002
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
5,716,404 Breast tissue engineering 148 1994
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. (1)
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 303 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 265 1997
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (1)
6,607,541 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 161 1998
 
MITEK SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,941,439 Applicator and method for deploying a surgical fastener in tissue 168 1997
 
MITRALIGN, INC. (1)
7,037,334 Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty using local plications 130 2003
 
MUHANNA, NABIL L. (1)
6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 78 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 314 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 109 1992
 
OraTec (1)
5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 100 1996
 
ORIGIN MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,922,026 Surgical method and prosthetic strip therefor 201 1997
 
ORTHOHELIX SURGICAL DESIGNS, INC. (1)
5,662,683 Open helical organic tissue anchor and method of facilitating healing 212 1995
 
OSTEOBIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,716,413 Moldable, hand-shapable biodegradable implant material 116 1995
 
OSTEOTECH, INC. (1)
6,752,831 Biocompatible osteogenic band for repair of spinal disorders 174 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 418 1993
 
PFM MEDICAL AG (1)
6,355,052 Device for closure of body defect openings 237 1998
 
PHUSIS (1)
6,692,506 Absorbable prosthetic mounting clip 57 2000
 
PIERCE INSTRUMENTS, INC. (1)
5,176,691 Knot pusher 170 1990
 
PIOLAX INC. (1)
6,027,527 Stent 98 1997
 
PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,573,286 Knot 106 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 233 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 91 2001
 
RTI SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 64 2001
 
Sùlzer Biologics Inc. (1)
6,514,514 Device and method for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 91 1999
 
SCHULTZ, LEONARD S. (1)
5,456,720 Prosthesis for repair of direct space and indirect space inguinal hernias 154 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 356 1993
 
SHERWOOD MEDICAL COMPANY (1)
5,540,715 Device for sealing hemostatic incisions 326 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 367 1992
 
Sofamor S.N.C. (1)
6,419,706 Partial disc prosthesis 123 2000
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,391,060 Prosthetic implant for obstructing an anatomical duct, and obstructing assembly comprising same 55 2000
 
Sparton Corporation (1)
5,062,344 Bowline knot in a braided line 114 1990
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
6,740,093 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 203 2001
 
SPINECORE, INC. (1)
6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 238 2003
 
SPINEFRONTIER, L.L.S. (1)
6,669,729 Apparatus and method for the replacement of posterior vertebral elements 322 2003
 
SpinLabs, LLC (1)
6,402,750 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 504 2000
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL ATG, INC. (1)
6,712,836 Apparatus and methods for closing septal defects and occluding blood flow 226 2000
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC (1)
5,437,631 Percutaneous introducer set and method for sealing puncture wounds 287 1993
 
Stein; Sherman (1)
5,599,279 Surgical instruments and method useful for endoscopic spinal procedures 209 1996
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
4,919,667 Implant 165 1988
 
STRYKER ENDOSCOPY (1)
6,972,027 Soft tissue repair system 170 2002
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,024,754 Aneurysm closure method 105 1997
 
SURGICAL DYNAMICS INC. (1)
4,678,459 Irrigating, cutting and aspirating system for percutaneous surgery 218 1984
 
SURGICAL SPECIALTIES CORPORATION (US), INC. (1)
6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 71 2001
 
SURGICRAFT LIMITED (1)
4,904,261 Spinal implants 471 1988
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (1)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 566 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) 254 1992
 
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, A NON-PROFIT CORP. OF PA (1)
5,108,420 Aperture occlusion device 604 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 57 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 182 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 393 1997
 
TORNIER, INC. (1)
6,106,545 Suture tensioning and fixation device 233 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 135 1998
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (1)
6,146,380 Bent tip electrical surgical probe 277 1998
 
ULRICH GROSS (1)
5,002,576 Intervertebral disk endoprosthesis 407 1989
 
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6) (1)
5,674,294 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 269 1994
 
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS (1)
6,200,329 Suture collet 288 1998
 
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (1)
6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 174 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 163 1993
 
VALENTINE J. RHODES REVOCABLE TRUST / BRENDA RHODES, TRUSTEE (1)
5,122,154 Endovascular bypass graft 508 1990
 
VALVE HOLDINGS, L.L.C. (1)
6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 141 2002
 
WALLACE, GEORGE (1)
5,868,762 Percutaneous hemostatic suturing device and method 338 1997
 
WARPSPEED COMMUNICATIONS (1)
6,452,924 Method and apparatus for controlling bandwidth in a switched broadband multipoint/multimedia network 77 1999
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,464,407 Flexible surgical screwdriver and methods of arthroscopic ligament reconstruction 137 1994
 
WHITEBOX CAPITAL ARBITRAGE PARTNERS L.P. (1)
6,562,052 Suturing device and method 159 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 132 2002
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
6,761,720 Intervertebral implant 376 2002
 
ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6,332,894 Polymer filled spinal fusion cage 174 2000
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (62)
4,349,921 Intervertebral disc prosthesis 883 1980
4,369,788 Reversed forceps for microdisc surgery 91 1981
4,545,374 Method and instruments for performing a percutaneous lumbar diskectomy 752 1982
4,502,161 Prosthetic meniscus for the repair of joints 375 1983
4,602,635 Remote surgical knot tier and method of use 223 1983
4,741,330 Method and apparatus for anchoring and manipulating cartilage 594 1986
4,781,190 Method of arthroscopic repair of a limb joint 202 1986
4,863,477 Synthetic intervertebral disc prosthesis 542 1987
4,844,088 Surgical cutting device with reciprocating cutting member 100 1987
5,123,913 Suture device 294 1990
5,405,352 Suture knot, method for its formation and use, and knot forming apparatus 154 1991
5,254,133 Surgical implantation device and related method of use 229 1991
5,195,541 Method of performing laparoscopic lumbar discectomy 267 1991
5,171,259 Device for nonoperatively occluding a defect 337 1991
5,176,692 Method and surgical instrument for repairing hernia 421 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 234 1993
5,368,602 Surgical mesh with semi-rigid border members 193 1993
5,313,962 Method of performing laparoscopic lumbar discectomy 267 1993
5,383,477 Method and apparatus for laparoscopic repair of hernias 127 1993
5,556,428 Apparatus and method for promoting growth and repair of soft tissue 104 1993
5,514,180 Prosthetic intervertebral devices 660 1994
5,591,177 Apparatus and method of extracorporeally applying and locking laparoscopic suture and loop ligatures 153 1994
6,656,182 Tissue manipulation 197 1995
5,645,597 Disc replacement method and apparatus 411 1995
5,702,462 Method of meniscal repair 217 1996
5,702,450 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 391 1996
5,810,851 Suture spring device 360 1996
5,865,845 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 305 1996
5,683,465 Artificial intervertebral disk prosthesis 436 1996
5,752,964 Surgical knot pusher with flattened spatulated tip 81 1996
5,683,417 Suture and method for endoscopic surgery 201 1996
5,810,848 Suturing system 246 1996
5,716,416 Artificial intervertebral disk and method for implanting the same 331 1996
5,769,893 Apparatus and method for promoting growth and repair of soft tissue 73 1996
5,865,846 Human spinal disc prosthesis 611 1997
6,007,575 Inflatable intraluminal stent and method for affixing same within the human body 168 1997
5,893,889 Artificial disc 439 1997
5,800,550 Interbody fusion cage 298 1997
5,888,226 Intervertebral prosthetic disc 474 1997
5,976,174 Medical hole closure device and methods of use 309 1997
6,024,758 Two-part captured-loop knotless suture anchor assembly 168 1998
5,984,948 Device for closing an opening in tissue and method of closing a tissue opening using the device 71 1998
6,066,146 Laparascopic incision closure device 93 1998
5,928,284 Disc replacement prosthesis 285 1998
6,162,203 Cargo delivery needle 57 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 129 2000
6,514,255 Sublaminar spinal fixation apparatus 86 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 116 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 292 2001
6,966,910 Dynamic fixation device and method of use 241 2003
2004/0260,397 Method of defect closure in anulus fibrosus 176 2003
2004/0138,703 Seal for posterior lateral vertebral disk cavity 30 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

  • No Forward Cites to Display

Maintenance Fees

Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
3.5 Year Payment $1600.00 $800.00 $400.00 Jul 3, 2015
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Jul 3, 2019
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Jul 3, 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