Patents by Inventor Brian E. Maki

Brian E. Maki 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).

  • Patent number: 6237256
    Abstract: An article of footwear and insert for an article of footwear are provided with means for stimulating cutaneous pressure sensation from the perimeter of the plantar surface (sole) of the foot. Increasing cutaneous sensation from the perimeter of the plantar foot surface provides the central nervous system of the wearer of the footwear with an increased ability to detect and react to shifts of the body's center of gravity toward the edges of the feet which, if left uncorrected, could result in a loss of balance or a fall. An insole is disclosed which is provided with an elongate member or a series of protrusions which form a narrow ridge in close proximity to the perimeter of the insole, the ridge being adapted to protrude upwardly against the plantar foot surface along at least a portion of the perimeter thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
    Inventors: Brian E. Maki, Stephen D. Perry, William E. McIlroy
  • Patent number: 4759769
    Abstract: An artificial disc for a human spine. The disc has upper and lower members hinged together at their rear portions and biased apart at their fronts by stiff coil springs. Rear stop surfaces limit the opening movement of the members. Vertically projecting tabs at the front and side of each member are rigidly screwed to the adjacent vertebrae. Tolerances in the hinge allow limited side to side rocking. The disc and screws are made of titanium alloy or cobalt chrome alloy. In a modified version a hinge pin is replaced by cables tying the members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Health & Research Services Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hedman, John P. Kostuik, Geoffrey R. Fernie, Brian E. Maki