Patents Examined by Bruce E Snow
  • Patent number: 11951023
    Abstract: A prosthesis system can comprise an upper arm prosthesis comprising a socket, the upper arm prosthesis being positioned on a first side of the prosthesis system proximate a residual limb of a user. A harness that can be coupled to the socket of the upper arm prosthesis. The harness can comprise a front portion that is configured to extend across the chest of the user and receive at least a portion of the breasts of the user therein and a back portion that is configured to extend across the back of the user and couple to opposed lateral sides of the front portion. A first end of a support strap can couple to the socket of the prosthesis at a first anchor point, and a second end can couple to the back portion of the harness on a second side of the prosthesis system opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: United States Government As Represented By The Department Of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Sandra L. Winkler, Samuel Phillips, Jemy Delikat
  • Patent number: 11944532
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to tissue engineering, and more particularly to a method for treating or repairing rotator cuff or other tendon tears or damage using scaffold-free, 3-dimensional engineered tendon constructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Lisa M. Larkin, Ellen M. Arruda, Michael Smietana, Asheesh Bedi, Stoyna Novakova
  • Patent number: 11931241
    Abstract: A graft includes a biological graft. An embroidered textile supports the biological graft. Sutures attach the biological graft and the embroidered textile together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dooney, Jr., Reinhold Schmieding
  • Patent number: 11925563
    Abstract: Provided is a method of assembling an articular component of a prosthetic shoulder joint. The method includes: engaging an end of a coupler of a joint implant with a coupling portion of another component of the joint implant; providing relative rotation between the end of the coupler and the coupling portion of the other component of the joint implant along a continuous range of rotational positions while the end is engaged with the coupling portion of the other component of the joint implant; selecting an amount of eccentricity corresponding to a position within the continuous range of rotational position; and securing the other component of the joint implant to the end of the coupler at the selected amount of eccentricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Austin Wyatt Mutchler, Kevin P. Knox
  • Patent number: 11918493
    Abstract: Prosthetic liner apparatus for improving suspension and rotation control between a residual limb and a socket of a prosthesis include a liner body having a shape configured to receive the residual limb and having an outer surface that fits within the socket. The liner body may have a plurality of raised elastomeric grips located on its outer surface and a proximal end of the outer surface of the liner body includes at least an exposed smooth elastomeric region that fits within and seals with the socket. Further disclosed is a prosthetic sock having raised elastomeric grips on its inner and outer surfaces which is for use with a liner body that is smooth or textured and that may or may not include raised elastomeric grips, and that when used together with the liner body ay form a liner apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Ryan J. Caldwell, Stefania Fatone
  • Patent number: 11918707
    Abstract: An implant, preferably for treating and/or reconstructing, in particular lining and/or sealing and/or relining and/or at least partially filling an acetabular defect, having at least one flat structure which contains a material that is at least partially decomposable or resorbable in vivo. The invention further relates to a surgical kit and the use of an unfinished flat structure for producing an implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: AESCULAP AG
    Inventor: Silke Koenig
  • Patent number: 11911299
    Abstract: A prosthetic attachment system and corresponding lock assembly for connecting a distal end of a prosthetic liner to a distal end of a prosthetic socket. The lock assembly includes a base arranged to be supported by the distal end of the prosthetic socket, and defining a bore. An attachment pin is arranged to be carried by the prosthetic liner and insertable through the bore. A lock mechanism is arranged to be carried by the base and is rotatable about a rotation axis. The lock mechanism includes a control knob extending outwardly from a side of the base. The attachment pin is arranged to interact with the lock mechanism cause the control knob to spin at least one projection of the control knob about the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Sigurdur Hannesson, Andrew Bache, Dadi Granz
  • Patent number: 11896481
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward prosthetic valves having leaflets of a particular shape that improves bending character without requiring a long length valve. In accordance with an embodiment, a prosthetic valve comprises a leaflet frame, a plurality of leaflets that are coupled to the leaflet frame, where each leaflet has a free edge and a base. The base of each leaflet is truncated in which the leaflet in cross section shows a line in an alpha plane onto the leaflet frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: William C. Bruchman, Cody L. Hartman
  • Patent number: 11896503
    Abstract: A method for enabling movement of an object, having a plurality of degrees of freedom, by a user. The method comprising: receiving a first and second plurality of reference signals from first and second test subjects respectively, generated in response to respective reference intended movements; and determining a set of first of and second profiles. The method also comprises determining profile-pairs, which each comprise a first profile and a second profile that correspond to the same degree of freedom of the object; determining a reference set of profiles based on a mathematical combination of each profile-pair; and providing the reference set of profiles for determining an intended movement of the object based on a plurality of user signals received from a respective plurality of different sensors associated with the user. The intended movement comprises simultaneous movements with respect to at least two degrees of freedom of the plurality of degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Dario Farina, Benjamin Lakey, Ivan Vujaklija, Irene Mendez
  • Patent number: 11896494
    Abstract: An expandable implant includes an upper main support, a lower main support, an upper pivoting support, and a lower pivoting support. The upper main support and the upper pivoting support are configured to engage a first portion of bone, and the lower main support is coupled to the upper main support and configured to engage a second portion of bone. The upper main support is adjustable relative to the lower main support to adjust height of the implant. The upper pivoting support is rotatably movable relative to the upper main support. The lower pivoting support is coupled to the upper pivoting support, configured to engage the second bone portion, and is rotatably movable relative to the lower main support. Adjusting the upper main support relative to the lower main support causes adjustment of the upper pivoting support relative to the lower pivoting support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Predick, Madeline Wolters, Michael S. Butler
  • Patent number: 11890207
    Abstract: A release mechanism especially but not exclusively for use in a prosthetic hand. The release mechanism includes a retainer and a release pin held within the retainer so as to be moveable between an engagement position and a release position. The retainer is provided with portions which engage the release pin to restrain it to movement between the engagement position and the release position. The portions include ball bearings to reduce the friction between the retainer and the release pin. Also, a prosthetic hand having such a release mechanism is provided so that the user can release the hand if it becomes jammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Hugh Steeper Limited
    Inventor: James Sykes
  • Patent number: 11883305
    Abstract: An ankle-foot prosthesis comprises a foot structure having a foot keel leaf spring, a heel leaf spring, and an upper J leaf spring above the keel leaf spring. An ankle bearing block is mounted to the keel leaf spring and a shank shell is mounted to the ankle bearing block. A shank interface mounts to the shank shell. A processor controlled active element extends along an axis between the shank shell and the upper leaf-spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hugh M. Herr, Matthew Lawrence Handford, Christopher Charles Williams, Matthew Eli Carney, Daniel Visan Levine
  • Patent number: 11865009
    Abstract: A radial head assembly is provided that includes a stem, a collar, a locking ring, and an articular member. The stem has a convex articular head on one end thereof. The locking ring has a ring wall, which has a ring opening. The ring wall has an angular outer surface and a slot configured to permit the ring wall to radially expand. The angular outer surface engages an angular portion of an interior surface of the collar. The articular member and the locking ring define an articular space within the collar. The articular space is configured to receive the convex articular head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Matthew Victor Kartholl, Brad Alan Parker, Kevin Alika Farley, Ryan D. Koepke
  • Patent number: 11865017
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a finger motion, including a palm support installed to surround a part of a hand-back and a wrist; an extension assist unit secured at a first side thereof to a middle phalanx region of a finger and connected at a second side thereof to the palm support to assist extension of the finger through an elastic force between both ends; and a flexion assist unit comprising a distal phalange support mounted on an end of the finger, and a first flexion wire and a second flexion wire mounted on a part of the finger and assisting flexion of the finger on the basis of tensile force supplied from an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science And Technology
    Inventors: Hyung-Soon Park, Dong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11857205
    Abstract: A distal femoral joint replacement system includes a femoral component having condylar articular surfaces, a stem extending from the femoral component, and a void filler for filling a bone void within a femur. The void filler includes a body and a plurality of legs extending from the body. The body has a sidewall defining an opening for receipt of the stem which extends along a length of the body and extends through the sidewall so as to form a side-slot in the sidewall that extends along an entire length of the sidewall. The plurality of legs each have a first end connected to the body and a second end remote from the body. The legs each have an outer surface that tapers between the first and second ends and is configured to register with a corresponding inner surface of a bone void when implanted in an end of the femur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Carlos E. Collazo, Damon J. Servidio
  • Patent number: 11850171
    Abstract: A prosthetic knee can include a variable-torque magnetorheological (MR) actuator assembly or braking system, a frame and an electronics assembly or system that also serves as a mount for the knee actuator and facilitates in monitoring and controlling the operation of the knee actuator. The prosthetic knee system advantageously provides resistive forces to substantially simulate the position and motion of a natural knee joint during ambulation and/or other locomotory activities performed by the amputee. The prosthetic knee can be enclosed in a waterproof compartment. An outer cover can be configured to fit around the waterproof cover of the prosthetic knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Össur Iceland ehf
    Inventors: David Landry, Gudni Ingimarsson, Gunnar Omar Lillie Magnusson, Lucas Ikelaar, Sylvain Gagné, Kristin Asa Thorisdottir
  • Patent number: 11833064
    Abstract: Various aspects of this disclosure relate to a prosthetic cover comprising an array of sensors, which transmit signals to an array of electrodes in a liner that fits over a residual limb of an amputee. Different interactions with the prosthetic cover cause different activation of the electrodes to transmit electrical current through different areas of the residual limb and modulate neurons differently within the residual limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: JSG IP Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Jordan T. Doles
  • Patent number: 11833066
    Abstract: Provided herein is a convertible prosthetic running blade having an adjustable, shiftable heel that can be stowed when running and deployed when walking. The shifting can be performed manually and easily by the wearer without the use of tools. The prosthetic running blade generally comprises a foot body having a toe end and an opposing heel end, and a heel attachment adjacent the heel end, which is shiftable from a running position to a walking position. The foot body is generally in the form of an elongated running blade design, which may have similar shape and construction as traditional c-shape or j-shape running blades, although other shapes and constructions may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Monarch Assistive Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Cooper D. Mangels, Jacob Overbay
  • Patent number: 11826269
    Abstract: A prosthetic ankle includes a pair of prosthetic members movably coupled together to allow movement of the pair of prosthetic members with respect to one another. A hydraulic actuator or damper including hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic chamber is coupled to one of the pair of prosthetic members. A hydraulic piston is movably disposed in the hydraulic chamber and coupled to another of the pair of prosthetic members. A hydraulic flow channel is fluidly coupled between opposite sides of the chamber to allow hydraulic fluid to move between the opposite sides of the chamber as the hydraulic piston moves therein. A voice coil valve is coupled to the hydraulic flow channel to vary resistance to flow of hydraulic fluid through the flow channel, and thus movement of the piston in the chamber, and thus influencing a rate of movement of the pair of prosthetic members with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Proteor USA, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Palmer, Matt McFadden, Hugo Quintero
  • Patent number: 11806255
    Abstract: A vacuum pump may be used to attach a prosthetic and/or orthotic device to a residual limb. The vacuum pump may be in line below a socket of a residual limb. The socket may be a portion of the prosthesis that accepts the residual limb. The vacuum pump may generate a vacuum condition between the prosthesis and the residual limb. Generally, a vacuum condition may be generated between a socket and the residual limb. The residual limb may be covered with a sock, elastomeric liner, or sheath covering the limb. The vacuum condition may positively attach the prosthesis to the residual limb without the need for straps, retaining pins, or suction type vacuum which do not use a vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: John A. Erdmann, Charles C. Polta, Florian W. S. Poser, Douglas E. Rush