Patents by Inventor Bryan Patrick Howard

Bryan Patrick Howard 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: 20190105031
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percutaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Chad Lewis, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 10159478
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percutaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20170086814
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percutaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, Margaret Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 9545252
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percutaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, José Raúl Marchand
  • Patent number: 8911474
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a suture anchor into an internal anatomical site through a cannula, or percutaneously, has a curved hollow guide for insertion into the cannula and/or tissue. The guide has a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end has a “parabolic” shape for engaging the intended anatomical site such as a glenoid. A flexible obturator is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end to facilitate insertion of the guide through the cannula. A flexible drill is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal to the distal end once the guide is in place. A flexible inserter is provided for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20130238025
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percutaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Jose Marchand
  • Patent number: 8439947
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percautaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, Margaret Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20110015675
    Abstract: A system for implanting an anchor into bone, the system comprising a curved cannulated guide for percautaneous insertion, having a proximal end and a distal end; a flexible drill insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end, the flexible drill having a shaft having a flexible portion; and a flexible inserter for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill, the flexible inserter having a shaft having a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portions of both the flexible drill and flexible inserter include a series of discrete, interlocking segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, Margaret Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20110015674
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a suture anchor into an internal anatomical site through a cannula, or percutaneously, has a curved hollow guide for insertion into the cannula and/or tissue. The guide has a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end has a “parabolic ” shape for engaging the intended anatomical site such as a glenoid. A flexible obturator is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal end to the distal end to facilitate insertion of the guide through the cannula. A flexible drill is insertable through the curved guide from the proximal to the distal end once the guide is in place. A flexible inserter is provided for inserting a suture anchor into a bore at the anatomical site formed by the flexible drill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Howard, Ryan E. Yearsley, M. Todd Miller, Wayne K. Auge, II, Chad Lewis, Daniel F. Justin, M. Mary Sinnott