Patents by Inventor Charles Branch

Charles Branch 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: 20190201209
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant includes a distal projection extending from only one side of the implant, ending in an anterior tip, the anterior portion and anterior tip defining an elongated distal end hook, which is wider than the proximal end. The distal end hook rotates around the spinal cord, aligning the implant with a desired pathway, then inserts into place in the disc space between the vertebrae. The elongated widened distal end hook provides a TLIF approach, distributes loads, provides anterior rim engagement, and creates lordosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Charles Fisher, Mladen Djurasovic, Marcel Dvorak, Sigurd Berven, Anthony J. Melkent, Jonathan M. Dewey, Keith E. Miller, Adriaan J. Kuyler
  • Patent number: 10238503
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant includes a distal projection extending from only one side of the implant, ending in an anterior tip, the anterior portion and anterior tip defining an elongated distal end hook, which is wider than the proximal end. The distal end hook rotates around the spinal cord, aligning the implant with a desired pathway, then inserts into place in the disc space between the vertebrae. The elongated widened distal end hook provides a TLIF approach, distributes loads, provides anterior rim engagement, and creates lordosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Charles Fisher, Mladen Djurasovic, Marcel Dvorak, Sigurd Berven, Anthony J. Melkent, Jonathan M. Dewey, Keith E. Miller, Adriaan J. Kuyler
  • Publication number: 20180116815
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant includes a distal projection extending from only one side of the implant, ending in an anterior tip, the anterior portion and anterior tip defining an elongated distal end hook, which is wider than the proximal end. The distal end hook rotates around the spinal cord, aligning the implant with a desired pathway, then inserts into place in the disc space between the vertebrae. The elongated widened distal end hook provides a TLIF approach, distributes loads, provides anterior rim engagement, and creates lordosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Adriaan J. Kuyler, Anthony J. Melkent, Keith E. Miller, Charles Branch, Jonathan M. Dewey, Charles Fisher, Mladen Djurasovic, Marcel Dvorak, Sigurd Berven
  • Patent number: 9095445
    Abstract: An interbody spacer includes an elongated body with a maximum width between opposite side walls and a maximum height between upper and lower bearing surfaces. The interbody spacer also includes a leading end nose connecting the side walls to facilitate insertion of the interbody spacer into a disc space between vertebrae in an insertion orientation, from which the interbody device is then rotated to position the upper and lower bearing surfaces in contact with the endplates of the adjacent vertebrae. The leading end nose forms a blunt convex nose between the upper and lower bearing surfaces to maximize the bearing surface area available to contact the adjacent endplates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kidong Yu, Keith E. Miller, William D. Armstrong, Charles Branch, Kevin T. Foley, Peter McCombe, Anthony J Melkent, William R. Sears
  • Publication number: 20140031943
    Abstract: An interbody spacer includes an elongated body with a maximum width between opposite side walls and a maximum height between upper and lower bearing surfaces. The interbody spacer also includes a leading end nose connecting the side walls to facilitate insertion of the interbody spacer into a disc space between vertebrae in an insertion orientation, from which the interbody device is then rotated to position the upper and lower bearing surfaces in contact with the endplates of the adjacent vertebrae. The leading end nose forms a blunt convex nose between the upper and lower bearing surfaces to maximize the bearing surface area available to contact the adjacent endplates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kidong YU, Keith E. Miller, William D. Armstrong, Charles Branch, Kevin T. Foley, Peter McCombe, Anthony J. Melkent, William R. Sears
  • Patent number: 8554135
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling power dissipation in a base station of a navigation satellite system (NSS) is disclosed. One method utilizes a sensor to monitor one or more components of the base station. Then, based on information from the sensor, a transmission bit rate is increased from a pre-defined bit rate to an increased transmission bit rate for an NSS message transmitted from the base station without reducing transmission power level of the base station. The method also periodically provides a bit rate update signal at the pre-defined bit rate, the bit rate update signal informing a rover utilizing the base station of the increased transmission bit rate for the NSS message transmitted from the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Charles Branch
  • Publication number: 20130018466
    Abstract: An interbody spacer includes an elongated body with a maximum width between opposite side walls and a maximum height between upper and lower bearing surfaces. The interbody spacer also includes a leading end nose connecting the side walls to facilitate insertion of the interbody spacer into a disc space between vertebrae in an insertion orientation, from which the interbody device is then rotated to position the upper and lower bearing surfaces in contact with the endplates of the adjacent vertebrae. The leading end nose forms a blunt convex nose between the upper and lower bearing surfaces to maximize the bearing surface area available to contact the adjacent endplates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kidong Yu, Keith E. Miller, William D. Armstrong, Charles Branch, Kevin Thomas Foley, Peter M. McCombe, Anthony J. Melkent, William R. Sears
  • Publication number: 20120236907
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling power dissipation in a base station of a navigation satellite system (NSS) is disclosed. One method utilizes a sensor to monitor one or more components of the base station. Then, based on information from the sensor, a transmission bit rate is increased from a pre-defined bit rate to an increased transmission bit rate for an NSS message transmitted from the base station without reducing transmission power level of the base station. The method also periodically provides a bit rate update signal at the pre-defined bit rate, the bit rate update signal informing a rover utilizing the base station of the increased transmission bit rate for the NSS message transmitted from the base station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Branch
  • Patent number: 7993403
    Abstract: Laterally expanding vertebral spacer devices are provided for repairing damaged vertebral discs. The vertebral spacer devices maintain the height of a distracted vertebral disc space while providing stability to the spine. In one form of the invention, a vertebral spacer device is provided with a first arm movably coupled to a second arm. The first and second arms are laterally expandable from a first width for insertion into the disc space to a second width after insertion into the disc space. The first and second arms also define a cavity therebetween for placement of bone growth material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Foley, Harald Ebner, Mingyan Liu, Charles Branch, Lawrence M. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20100161062
    Abstract: Laterally expanding vertebral spacer devices are provided for repairing damaged vertebral discs. The vertebral spacer devices maintain the height of a distracted vertebral disc space while providing stability to the spine. In one form of the invention, a vertebral spacer device is provided with a first arm movably coupled to a second arm. The first and second arms are laterally expandable from a first width for insertion into the disc space to a second width after insertion into the disc space. The first and second arms also define a cavity therebetween for placement of bone growth material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin Foley, Harald Ebner, Mingyan Liu, Charles Branch, Lawrence M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 7655042
    Abstract: Laterally expanding vertebral spacer devices are provided for repairing damaged vertebral discs. The vertebral spacer devices maintain the height of a distracted vertebral disc space while providing stability to the spine. In one form of the invention, a vertebral spacer device is provided with a first arm movably coupled to a second arm. The first and second arms are laterally expandable from a first width for insertion into the disc space to a second width after insertion into the disc space. The first and second arms also define a cavity therebetween for placement of bone growth material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin Foley, Harald Ebner, Mingyan Liu, Charles Branch, Lawrence M. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20080103502
    Abstract: A connection system is provided that joins a revision fixation plate to a previously implanted skeletal fixation plate. In one form, the system allows the previously implanted plating system to be revised without disturbing the original implant components. In one aspect, the connection includes joining the revision fixation plate to a previously implanted fastener. In another aspect, the revision fixation plate is directly joined to a previously implanted fixation plate. In yet another aspect, the connection includes forming a dynamic relationship between the previously implanted plating system, the revision fixation plate, and the affected vertebrae. In one form, the dynamic relationship enables movement between the previously implanted plating system and the affected vertebrae and in another form, the dynamic relationship enables movement between the previously implanted plating system and the revision fixation plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Marco Capote, Charles Branch, Robert Biscup
  • Publication number: 20070229135
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating pulses includes: (a) A delay unit having an input delay locus for receiving a delay unit input signal and an output delay locus for presenting an output delay signal. The delay unit output signal is delayed by a delay interval with respect to the input delay signal. (B) A latch coupled with the delay unit to selectively keep the delay unit input signal at at least one predetermined signal level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Steven Bartling
  • Publication number: 20070225571
    Abstract: Methods and devices for illuminating a surgical space in a patient are provided. A retractor provides a portal or working path for access to a working space location in the patient. The retractor transmits and emits light from a light delivery system to illuminate the working channel and surgical space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Kevin Foley, Maurice Smith, Thomas Roehm, Harold Taylor
  • Publication number: 20070191951
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant including a body having a plurality of movable portions cooperating to define an outer cross section having first and second transverse dimensions and first and second substantially planar surfaces disposed generally opposite one another and adapted to engage adjacent vertebral bodies. An expansion member co-acts with the movable portions to expand the body along each of the first and second transverse dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Charles Branch
  • Publication number: 20070113048
    Abstract: A system architecture including a co-processor and a memory switch resource is disclosed. The memory switch includes multiple memory blocks and switch circuitry for selectably coupling processing units of the co-processor, and also a bus slave circuit coupled to a system bus of the system, to selected ones of the memory blocks. The memory switch may be constructed as an array of multiplexers, controlled by control logic of the memory switch in response to the contents of a control register. The various processing units of the co-processor are each able to directly access one of the memory blocks, as controlled by the switch circuitry. Following processing of a block of data by one of the processing units, the memory switch associates the memory blocks with other functional units, thus moving data from one functional unit to another without requiring reading and rewriting of the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Publication date: May 17, 2007
    Applicant: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Marc Royer, Bharath Siravara, Steven Bartling, Charles Branch, Pedro Galabert, Neeraj Mogotra, Sunil Kamath
  • Publication number: 20070022339
    Abstract: A master and a slave stage of a flip-flop are each separately clocked with non-overlapping clock signals during scan mode to eliminate a data input scan mode multiplexer. Separate, non-overlapping clocking permits the elimination of hold violations in scan mode for scan mode flip flop chains, permitting the elimination of delay buffers in the scan mode data paths. Resulting application circuits have reduced circuit area, power consumption and noise generation. A clock generator for scan mode clocking is provided to obtain the separate, non-overlapping scan mode clocks. Scan mode clocks may be generated with a toggle flip flop, a pulse generator or a clock gating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Steven Bartling, Marc Royer, Cory Stewart
  • Publication number: 20070022344
    Abstract: A digital storage element (e.g., a flip-flop or a latch) comprise a master transparent latch that receives functional data from a data input port and scan data from a scan input port and a slave transparent latch coupled to said master transparent latch. The slave transparent latch comprises dedicated functional data and scan data output ports. The digital storage element operates in a functional mode or in a scan mode. While in the scan mode, a first clock signal is used by the slave transparent latch and a second clock signal is used by the master transparent latch. The first and second clock signals are non-overlapping and, as such, avoid the digital storage element from creating hold violations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Branch, Steven Bartling, Dharin Shah
  • Patent number: D641344
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: E. Alex Thomas, Charles Branch
  • Patent number: D649141
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: E. Alex Thomas, Charles Branch