Patents by Inventor Bruce Frankel

Bruce Frankel 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: 20200237522
    Abstract: An expandable vertebral body device, system, instrument, and methods of assembly and using the device, system, and instrument are disclosed. The vertebral body device includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body device and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body device and instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: MUSC Foundation for Research Development
    Inventors: Mark Evald SEMLER, Bruce FRANKEL, Joseph RUSCITO
  • Patent number: 10653530
    Abstract: An expandable vertebral body device, system, instrument, and methods of assembly and using the device, system, and instrument are disclosed. The vertebral body device includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body device and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body device and instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MUSC Foundation for Research Development
    Inventors: Mark Evald Semler, Bruce Frankel, Joseph Ruscito
  • Publication number: 20190314170
    Abstract: Expandable vertebral body implants, systems, instruments, and methods of assembly and using the implants, systems, and instruments are disclosed. The vertebral body implant includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, wherein an end includes a plurality of first notches inset into the first rotating member, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, wherein an end includes a plurality of second notches inset into the second rotating member, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body implant and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body implants and instruments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: MUSC FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Mark Evald SEMLER, Bruce FRANKEL, Joseph RUSCITO, Christopher HAPSTACK
  • Publication number: 20190135253
    Abstract: A spring brake actuator assembly for actuating a brake includes a spring chamber and a service chamber. A central flange defines opposing first and second cup-shaped sections. A spring chamber housing is interconnected to the first cup-shaped section of the central flange case for defining a spring chamber. A reciprocating piston is disposed in the spring chamber and includes a tubular push rod being biased into the service chamber from the spring chamber by a power spring disposed between the spring chamber housing and the reciprocating piston. The spring chamber is sealably bifurcated into a spring portion and a brake release portion. The brake release portion is subject to pneumatic pressure for compressing the power spring disposed in the spring chamber. A service flexible diaphragm defines the service chamber that is also subject to pneumatic pressure for driving a push rod outwardly of the service chamber to actuate a brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne Oster, David Bruce Frankel, Steve Lepard
  • Patent number: 9889018
    Abstract: Expandable vertebral body implants, systems, instruments, and methods of assembly and using the implants, systems, and instruments are disclosed. The vertebral body implant includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, wherein an end includes a plurality of first notches inset into the first rotating member, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, wherein an end includes a plurality of second notches inset into the second rotating member, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body implant and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body implants and instruments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MUSC Foundation for Research Development
    Inventors: Mark Evald Semler, Bruce Frankel, Joseph Ruscito
  • Publication number: 20180014942
    Abstract: An expandable vertebral body device, system, instrument, and methods of assembly and using the device, system, and instrument are disclosed. The vertebral body device includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body device and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body device and instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: MUSC Foundation for Research Development
    Inventors: Mark Evald SEMLER, Bruce FRANKEL, Joseph RUSCITO
  • Patent number: 9775719
    Abstract: An expandable vertebral body device, system, instrument, and methods of assembly and using the device, system, and instrument are disclosed. The vertebral body device includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body device and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body device and instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MUSC FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Mark Evald Semler, Bruce Frankel, Joseph Ruscito
  • Publication number: 20170216050
    Abstract: Expandable vertebral body implants, systems, instruments, and methods of assembly and using the implants, systems, and instruments are disclosed. The vertebral body implant includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, wherein an end includes a plurality of first notches inset into the first rotating member, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, wherein an end includes a plurality of second notches inset into the second rotating member, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body implant and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body implants and instruments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: MUSC Foundation for Research Development
    Inventors: Mark Evald SEMLER, Bruce FRANKEL, Joseph RUSCITO
  • Patent number: 9603634
    Abstract: A percutaneous cross connector system for use with implantation rods comprising a rod attachment device comprising a first jaw portion and a second jaw portion. The first jaw portion comprises a first concave surface to engage with a surface of a rod, a first biasing member, and a first pivoting mechanism. The second jaw portion comprises a second concave surface to engage with an opposite surface of the rod from the first jaw portion, a second pivoting mechanism, a second biasing surface, and a second locking surface. The first and second jaw portions can be mated so that the first and second concave surfaces are positioned on opposite sides of the rod, the first and second pivoting mechanisms are aligned to pivot on a common axis, and the first biasing member is engaged against the second biasing surface to drive the second jaw portion against the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amendia, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Frankel
  • Publication number: 20160278933
    Abstract: An expandable vertebral body device, system, instrument, and methods of assembly and using the device, system, and instrument are disclosed. The vertebral body device includes a body with a first end and a second end, a first rotating member rotatably coupled to the first end, a second rotating member rotatably coupled to the second end, a first extension member moveably coupled to the first end, and a second extension member moveably coupled to the second end. The expandable cage system comprises a vertebral body device and an insertion instrument. Methods for assembling and using the vertebral body device and instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: MUSC FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Mark Evald SEMLER, Bruce FRANKEL, Joseph RUSCITO
  • Patent number: 9439684
    Abstract: A modular head-to-head cross connector or construct extension system comprising a fastener element driven into a bone in a first orientation, a first U-shaped body operable to receive the fastener element and operable to receive a first rod in a first rod receiving channel, and a first compression element driven adjacent to and against the first rod in the first rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the first rod against the fastener element in a second orientation independent of the first orientation of the fastener element. The system further comprises a second U-shaped body operable to receive first compression element and operable to receive a second rod in a second rod receiving channel, and a second compression element driven adjacent to and against the second rod in the second rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the second rod against the first compression element in a third orientation independent of the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Amendia, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Frankel, Mark Evald Semler, Clinton Walker, Sergey Fedorov
  • Patent number: 9149315
    Abstract: An anti-splay apparatus having a bridge and frangible connection points for use with mechanical fasteners having a shank portion and a receiving member with opposing arms is provided. The bridge may take a number of forms including a ring, a notched ring, a tube, or a notched tube and the connection points join the opposing arms of the receiving member with the bridge. Also provided is the anti-splay apparatus also having tabs connected between frangible connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. Semler, Bruce Frankel
  • Publication number: 20150230830
    Abstract: A modular head-to-head cross connector or construct extension system comprising a fastener element driven into a bone in a first orientation, a first U-shaped body operable to receive the fastener element and operable to receive a first rod in a first rod receiving channel, and a first compression element driven adjacent to and against the first rod in the first rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the first rod against the fastener element in a second orientation independent of the first orientation of the fastener element. The system further comprises a second U-shaped body operable to receive first compression element and operable to receive a second rod in a second rod receiving channel, and a second compression element driven adjacent to and against the second rod in the second rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the second rod against the first compression element in a third orientation independent of the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Frankel, Mark Evald Semler, Clinton Walker, Sergey Fedorov
  • Patent number: 9023087
    Abstract: A modular head-to-head cross connector or construct extension system comprising a fastener element driven into a bone in a first orientation, a first U-shaped body operable to receive the fastener element and operable to receive a first rod in a first rod receiving channel, and a first compression element driven adjacent to and against the first rod in the first rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the first rod against the fastener element in a second orientation independent of the first orientation of the fastener element. The system further comprises a second U-shaped body operable to receive first compression element and operable to receive a second rod in a second rod receiving channel, and a second compression element driven adjacent to and against the second rod in the second rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the second rod against the first compression element in a third orientation independent of the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Frankel, Mark Evald Semler, Clinton Walker, Sergey Fedorov
  • Publication number: 20140303678
    Abstract: An anti-splay apparatus having a bridge and frangible connection points for use with mechanical fasteners having a shank portion and a receiving member with opposing arms is provided. The bridge may take a number of forms including a ring, a notched ring, a tube, or a notched tube and the connection points join the opposing arms of the receiving member with the bridge. Also provided is the anti-splay apparatus also having tabs connected between frangible connection points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. Semler, Bruce Frankel
  • Patent number: 8828006
    Abstract: An anti-splay apparatus having a bridge and frangible connection points for use with mechanical fasteners having a shank portion and a receiving member with opposing arms is provided. The bridge may take a number of forms including a ring, a notched ring, a tube, or a notched tube and the connection points join the opposing arms of the receiving member with the bridge. Also provided is the anti-splay apparatus also having tabs connected between frangible connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BlackStone Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Semler, Bruce Frankel
  • Publication number: 20140134975
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a liability limit indicative of an available funding, determining whether a first amount of liability contributed by a first subscriber during a provision of a service to the first subscriber exceeds a first balance indicative of a first portion of the available funding that may be consumed by the first subscriber, determining whether a second amount of liability contributed by a second subscriber during a provision of a service to the second subscriber exceeds a second balance indicative of a second portion of the available funding that may be consumed by the second subscriber, issuing a first communication to a device to affect the provision of a service to the first subscriber if the first amount of liability exceeds the first balance, and issuing a second communication to the device to affect the provision of a service to the second subscriber if the second amount of liability exceeds the second balance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: COMVERSE, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce FRANKEL, Lior AUSLANDER, Pankaj TRIVEDI, David POLICAR
  • Publication number: 20140135839
    Abstract: A modular head-to-head cross connector or construct extension system comprising a fastener element driven into a bone in a first orientation, a first U-shaped body operable to receive the fastener element and operable to receive a first rod in a first rod receiving channel, and a first compression element driven adjacent to and against the first rod in the first rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the first rod against the fastener element in a second orientation independent of the first orientation of the fastener element. The system further comprises a second U-shaped body operable to receive first compression element and operable to receive a second rod in a second rod receiving channel, and a second compression element driven adjacent to and against the second rod in the second rod receiving channel, thereby engaging the second rod against the first compression element in a third orientation independent of the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Frankel, Mark Evald Semler, Clinton Walker, Sergey Fedorov
  • Patent number: 8655759
    Abstract: A method includes determining whether a first amount of liability contributed by a first subscriber during a provision of a service to the first subscriber exceeds a first balance indicative of a first portion of available funding that may be consumed by the first subscriber, determining whether a second amount of liability contributed by a second subscriber during a provision of a service to the second subscriber exceeds a second balance indicative of a second portion of the available funding that may be consumed by the second subscriber, issuing a first communication to a device to affect the provision of a service to the first subscriber if the first amount of liability exceeds the first balance, and issuing a second communication to the device to affect the provision of a service to the second subscriber if the second amount of liability exceeds the second balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Comverse, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Frankel, Lior Auslander, Pankaj Trivedi, David Policar
  • Publication number: 20130236504
    Abstract: Disclosed are delivery systems that can be used for treating cancer. The delivery systems include a delivery vehicle in conjunction with a chemo-adjuvant. The chemo-adjuvant can enhance the efficacy of a therapeutic agent that can be delivered in conjunction with the delivery vehicle or can be delivered independently of the delivery vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicants: Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson University
    Inventors: Frank Alexis, Bruce Frankel