Patents by Inventor Daniel C. Taylor

Daniel C. Taylor 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: 10980589
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony C. DeFalco, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C. Taylor, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: 10893954
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Publication number: 20190216519
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony C. DeFalco, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C. Taylor, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: 10342657
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart comprising a tube having proximal and distal ends, and a central lumen, a tubular frame having proximal and distal ends, and a central lumen, the tubular frame, comprising a plurality of radially-extending members, being disposed on an outside wall of the tube, the distal end of the tube being everted around the distal end of the tubular frame and extending proximally along the tubular frame and over the radially-extending members, and a valve member attached to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Woolfson, Richard B. Streeter, Daniel C. Taylor, John R. Liddicoat
  • Patent number: 10258403
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony C DeFalco, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C Taylor, Rui J Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20180325698
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Patent number: 10064742
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Publication number: 20170216053
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Publication number: 20170172639
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony C. DeFalco, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C. Taylor, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Patent number: 9622879
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Publication number: 20170079778
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart comprising a tube having proximal and distal ends, and a central lumen, a tubular frame having proximal and distal ends, and a central lumen, the tubular frame, comprising a plurality of radially-extending members, being disposed on an outside wall of the tube, the distal end of the tube being everted around the distal end of the tubular frame and extending proximally along the tubular frame and over the radially-extending members, and a valve member attached to the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Steven B. Woolfson, Richard B. Streeter, Daniel C. Taylor, John R. Liddicoat
  • Patent number: 9539088
    Abstract: A fixation band for affixing a prosthetic heart valve to tissue having proximal and distal annular portions positionable relative to one another, the proximal and distal annular portions each having a proximal and distal sides, the proximal side of the distal annular portion and the distal side of the proximal annular portion being oriented toward one another, and a prosthetic heart valve being attachable to one of the distal side of the distal annular portion and the proximal side of the proximal annular portion; staples configured between the distal side of the proximal annular portion and the proximal side of the distal annular portion; and a compression device operative between the proximal and distal annular portions for selectively positioning the proximal and distal annular members toward one another for compressing the staples therebetween and deploying the staples into tissue so as to affix the prosthetic heart valve to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Woolfson, Richard B. Streeter, Daniel C. Taylor, John R. Liddicoat
  • Patent number: 9539043
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony C. DeFalco, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C. Taylor, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20140276891
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant screw driver includes drive shaft. A first gear is operably coupled to the drive shaft and in meshing engagement with a hollow gear which rotates in response to rotation of the drive shaft. The hollow gear includes a passage defining an inwardly facing screw engagement periphery configured to receive and drivingly rotate a threaded portion of the screw. A method of securing an orthopedic implant to a bone includes positioning a screw within the passage which is configured to drivingly engage a threaded portion of the screw and rotating a drive shaft in driving engagement with the gear causing the gear to engage the screw along the threaded portion of the screw and rotatably drive the screw via the threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony C. DEFALCO, Rawley Stanhope, Daniel C. Taylor, Rui J. Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20140257470
    Abstract: Apparatus for resecting a diseased heart valve, the apparatus comprising: a body portion; a first handle and a second handle; a cutting blade; a set of retaining arms; a pass-off tool having a first attachment device configured to selectively engage the first handle attached to the body portion so as to allow placement of the second handle of the body portion adjacent to the diseased heart valve, and a controller tool having a second attachment device at the distal end thereof, the second attachment device configured to selectively engage the second handle attached to the body portion so as to allow positioning of the body portion adjacent to the diseased heart valve, a cutting blade actuator configured to cause the cutting blade to selectively rotate, and a retaining arm actuator configured to selectively position the set of retaining arms from the contracted state to the expanded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. WOOLFSON, Richard B. STREETER, Daniel C. TAYLOR, William E. COHN
  • Patent number: 8771302
    Abstract: Apparatus for resecting a diseased heart valve, the apparatus including: a body portion; a first handle and a second handle; a cutting blade; a set of retaining arms; a pass-off tool having a first attachment device configured to selectively engage the first handle attached to the body portion so as to allow placement of the second handle of the body portion adjacent to the diseased heart valve, and a controller tool, having a second attachment device at the distal end thereof, the second attachment device configured to selectively engage the second handle attached to the body portion so as to allow positioning of the body portion adjacent to the diseased heart valve, a cutting blade actuator configured to cause the cutting blade to selectively rotate, and a retaining arm actuator configured to selectively position the set of retaining arms from the contracted state to the expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Woolfson, Richard B. Streeter, Daniel C. Taylor, William E. Cohn
  • Publication number: 20130103102
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first fastener. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Publication number: 20110118830
    Abstract: Methods for replacing native valve function of a diseased aortic valve are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for replacing native valve function of a diseased aortic valve in a patient includes: (a) receiving an artificial heart valve assembly mounted about a first mounting position on a catheter system, (b) guiding the artificial heart valve assembly through the vasculature of the patient, (c) while the catheter system having the artificial heart valve assembly mounted thereto is in the patient's vasculature, mounting the artificial heart valve assembly about a second mounting position on the catheter system, (d) delivering the artificial heart valve assembly to the region of the diseased aortic valve, (e) expanding the artificial heart valve assembly in the region of the diseased aortic valve, and (f) withdrawing the catheter system from the patient's vasculature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: John R. LIDDICOAT, Gregory H. Lambrecht, Todd F. Davenport, William E. Cohn, Steven B. Woolfson, Daniel C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100217384
    Abstract: Methods for replacing native valve function of a diseased aortic valve are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for replacing native valve function of a diseased aortic valve in a patient includes: (a) receiving an artificial heart valve assembly mounted about a first mounting position on a catheter system, (b) guiding the artificial heart valve assembly through the vasculature of the patient, (c) while the catheter system having the artificial heart valve assembly mounted thereto is in the patient's vasculature, mounting the artificial heart valve assembly about a second mounting position on the catheter system, (d) delivering the artificial heart valve assembly to the region of the diseased aortic valve, (e) expanding the artificial heart valve assembly in the region of the diseased aortic valve, and (f) withdrawing the catheter system from the patient's vasculature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. LIDDICOAT, Gregory H. Lambrecht, Todd F. Davenport, William E. Cohn, Steven B. Woolfson, Daniel C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100036483
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing mitral regurgitation. The apparatus is inserted into the coronary sinus of a patient in the vicinity of the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve, the apparatus being adapted to straighten the natural curvature of at least a portion of the coronary sinus in the vicinity of the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve, whereby to move the posterior annulus anteriorly and thereby improve leaflet coaptation and reduce mitral regurgitation. The apparatus is also configured to work in conjunction with an electrical lead for an implantable bi-ventricular pacing device, an electrical lead for an implantable cardio defibrillator, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rourke, Daniel C. Taylor, Steven J. Blacker, Terrence G. Barnes