Patents by Inventor Edward A. Fletcher

Edward A. Fletcher 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: 20140249558
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body is longitudinally displaceable relative to the tubular body to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: THAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCORMACK, Edward Fletcher EYSTER, Jeffrey D. SMITH, Edward LIOU, Jonathan CARVER, Peter HOW, Joshua DRUKER, Martin LEUGERS, Shigeru TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20140176712
    Abstract: An imaging system for enhancing situational awareness during movement of an underground mine vehicle includes a forward viewing camera sensor, such as a thermal camera sensor, that is mounted on the front end of the vehicle. The camera sensor provides a Field of View (FOV) covering a predetermined area in front of the vehicle as the vehicle moves in a forward direction. A second camera sensor can be included to provide a second FOV covering a predetermined area in back of the vehicle as the vehicle moves in a reverse direction. A display monitor is mounted on the vehicle at a vehicle driving station. Transmission lines are provided that extend from each camera sensor to the display monitor. Each camera sensor can include one or more wide angle lenses to establish a relatively wide angle FOV. Typically, the FOV for each camera sensor is about ninety degrees (90°).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Jerome Redlinger, Charles Edward Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8753377
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 8753347
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 8753345
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 8753364
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body or tubular body is longitudinally displaceable to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka, Joseph G. McCormack
  • Patent number: 8721668
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body is longitudinally displaceable relative to the tubular body to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140121456
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body or tubular body is longitudinally displaceable to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: THAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka, Joseph G. McCormack
  • Patent number: 8652157
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body or tubular body is longitudinally displaceable to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka, Joseph G. McCormack
  • Patent number: 8623054
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20130131454
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body or tubular body is longitudinally displaceable to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka, Joseph G. McCormack
  • Patent number: 8425558
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20130018474
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: PROVIDENCE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20130013070
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: PROVIDENCE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20130012994
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: PROVIDENCE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 8348966
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body is longitudinally displaceable relative to the tubular body to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka
  • Patent number: D662569
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Coverguardian, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Robert McKay, Darrell Edward Fletcher
  • Patent number: D666725
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka
  • Patent number: D673683
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka
  • Patent number: D674489
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Thayer Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka