Patents by Inventor Ben Graf

Ben Graf has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160184083
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a graft fixation device including a body configured and arranged for passage through a bone tunnel when oriented generally longitudinally with respect to the bone tunnel, and for residing against bone defining an opening to the bone tunnel when oriented generally transversely with respect to the bone tunnel. The body defines an enclosed channel for receiving a member such that the member is substantially evenly distributed about a longitudinal extent of the body so that the body maintains a generally longitudinal orientation during passage through the tunnel, and includes a cross bar about which the member is looped when the body resides against the bone defining the opening to the bone tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Ben Graf, Jason LeBeau
  • Patent number: 9314236
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a graft fixation device including a body configured and arranged for passage through a bone tunnel when oriented generally longitudinally with respect to the bone tunnel, and for residing against bone defining an opening to the bone tunnel when oriented generally transversely with respect to the bone tunnel. The body defines an enclosed channel for receiving a member such that the member is substantially evenly distributed about a longitudinal extent of the body so that the body maintains a generally longitudinal orientation during passage through the tunnel, and includes a cross bar about which the member is looped when the body resides against the bone defining the opening to the bone tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Graf, Jason LeBeau
  • Publication number: 20140309527
    Abstract: Multiple aperture, multiple modal optical systems and methods include at least one optical component positioned at a first position about a longitudinal axis; and at least two light sources connectable to the at least one optical component, wherein the multiple modal optical system is configured to transmit light from the at least two light sources in at least one direction transverse to the longitudinal axis and receive reflected light, and wherein the at least one optical component is configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis and translate along the longitudinal axis when connected to the at least two light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: NinePoint Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eman Namati, Matthew A. Sinclair, David Vader, Ben Graf
  • Publication number: 20140012294
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tissue repair assembly. The assembly includes an interference device and a fixation device coupled to the interference device, wherein the fixation device includes a coupling portion and a capturing portion. Other assemblies and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Graf, Raymond A. Bojarski, Michael C. Ferragamo
  • Publication number: 20090222013
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a tap guide including a shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion, a handle coupled to the proximal portion of the shaft, and a tip coupled to the distal portion of the shaft. A method and system for preparing a bone tunnel for receipt of a fixation device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Graf, Scott Freedman
  • Publication number: 20080027445
    Abstract: A sheath for organizing soft tissue includes a first tube having a flexible body sized and shaped to receive a fixation device, and a second tube coupled to the first tube having a flexible body sized and shaped to receive a soft tissue graft. A method for implanting soft tissue in a bone tunnel includes coupling a soft tissue graft to a sheath assembly; and positioning the sheath assembly relative to the soft tissue graft based on a measured depth of a bone tunnel. A set of surgical devices for implanting soft tissue grafts in a bone tunnel includes a sheath assembly, a measurement device for measuring the depth of the bone tunnel, a securing element configured to secure the sheath assembly to the soft tissue graft at a position determined by the measured bone tunnel depth, and a tensioning device configured to organize a plurality of soft tissue grafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles BROWN, Bernard Bourque, Rebecca Blough, Michael Ferragamo, Raymond Bojarski, Paul Torrie, Ben Graf, Fraser Harvie, Steve Ek
  • Publication number: 20070233241
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a graft fixation device including a body configured and arranged for passage through a bone tunnel when oriented generally longitudinally with respect to the bone tunnel, and for residing against bone defining an opening to the bone tunnel when oriented generally transversely with respect to the bone tunnel. The body defines an enclosed channel for receiving a member such that the member is substantially evenly distributed about a longitudinal extent of the body so that the body maintains a generally longitudinal orientation during passage through the tunnel, and includes a cross bar about which the member is looped when the body resides against the bone defining the opening to the bone tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Ben Graf, Jason LeBeau
  • Publication number: 20020077020
    Abstract: A device and method for entertaining a child in an automobile. The device includes a support member comprising two opposite ends with hangers for coupling to respective attachment members on respective opposite interior sides of an automobile. The attachment members may comprise clothes hanger hooks or emergency passenger handles, both typical standard features of automobiles. The device includes one or more suspension elements which couple to the support member, and corresponding toys coupled to each of the suspension elements. Each suspension element may be adjustable in length, thus allowing the height of each suspended toy to be adjusted. The device may be installed in an automobile such that one or more children in child safety seats situated in the back seat of the automobile may be entertained by the suspended toys. The device may be used whether a child is in a forward facing position or a rear facing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Karen Graf, Ben Graf, Clayton Clabaugh, Leticia Clabaugh