Patents by Inventor Frank Schwab

Frank Schwab 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: 20210330366
    Abstract: An instrument for bending a surgical rod includes first and second arm assemblies. The first arm assembly includes first and second arms having respective first and second receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The second arm assembly includes third and fourth arms having respective third and fourth receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The instrument is reconfigurable from an initial configuration in which the first and third receiving portions of the respective first and third arms engage the surgical rod such that spreading of the first and third receiving portions in a first direction bends the surgical rod in a first orientation and spreading of the first and third receiving portions in a second direction bends the surgical rod in a second orientation opposite to the first orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, Theo Choi, Timmon Ark
  • Patent number: 11090096
    Abstract: An instrument for bending a surgical rod includes first and second arm assemblies. The first arm assembly includes first and second arms having respective first and second receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The second arm assembly includes third and fourth arms having respective third and fourth receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The instrument is reconfigurable from an initial configuration in which the first and third receiving portions of the respective first and third arms engage the surgical rod such that transitioning the first and third arms towards each other bends the surgical rod in a first orientation and transitioning the first and third arms away from each other bends the surgical rod in a second orientation opposite to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, Theo Choi, Timmon Ark
  • Publication number: 20210102368
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anchor assembly for attaching a first structure to a second structure. The anchor assembly has a body having a first face and a second face. The first face is transverse to the second face and has an elongate slot. The second face has a through hole. The body is fabricated from a material that fails at a temperature in excess of 1,000° F. A fastening member is positioned in the elongate slot for connecting the first face to the first structure and for sliding engagement with the elongate slot in response to relative movement of the first structure and the second structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, David A. Markle
  • Publication number: 20210070265
    Abstract: A vehicle-electrical-apparatus, including: a) a service-brake-device having an electropneumatic service-brake-device, which is an electronically-brake-pressure-regulated-brake-system, having an electropneumatic-service-brake-valve-device (ESBVD), a first-electronic-brake-control-device (EBCD), electropneumatic-modulators and pneumatic-wheel-brake actuators; b) a sensor-device to deliver sensor-signals, including: at least one wheel-rotational-speed-sensor, a longitudinal-acceleration-sensor, a transverse-acceleration-sensor, a yaw-rate-sensor, and/or a steering-wheel-angle-sensor, wherein: c) the first-EBCD electrically controls the electropneumatic-modulators, which generate pneumatic-brake-pressures or brake-control-pressures for the pneumatic-wheel-brake-actuators, and d) the ESBVD has a service-brake-actuation-member and, within at least one electrical-service-brake-circuit, at least one electrical-channel containing at least one electrical-brake-value-transmitter, actuate-able by the service-brake-actuat
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Friedbert Roether, Falk Hecker, Adnan Mustapha, Frank Schwab, Juergen Steinberger
  • Patent number: 10758274
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a variety of transitional or terminal components that may be implanted as part of a spinal fixation construct to decrease the potential for subsequent development of junctional disease. The fixation construct may extend any number of levels from a single level construct to a long construct spanning multiple spinal levels and multiple spinal regions from the lumbosacral to cervical regions, and with any variety of combination of anchors, rods, and connectors. Terminal and/or transitional components may be utilized at the caudal and or cephalad ends of the fixation construct to reduce stresses endured by the construct adjacent pathology and prevent or reduce incidence and degree of junctional disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Shay Bess, Regis W. Haid, Frank Schwab, Christopher Shaffrey
  • Publication number: 20200214752
    Abstract: A rod bender for bending a surgical rod includes first and second arms. The first arm includes first and second engaging portions. The second arm includes third and fourth engaging portions. The rod bender is reconfigurable between a first configuration in which the second and fourth engaging portions of the respective first and second arms engage the surgical rod such that spreading of the first and third engaging portions of the respective first and second arms bends the surgical rod in a first orientation and a second configuration in which the first engaging portion of the first arm and the fourth engaging portion of the second arm engage the surgical rod such that spreading of the second engaging portion of the first arm and the third engaging portion of the second arm bends the surgical rod in a second orientation opposite to the first orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, Timmon Ark
  • Publication number: 20200172073
    Abstract: An electric-parking-brake for a utility-vehicle, including: a feed-line for brake-pressure air; a discharge-line for brake-pressure air for a pneumatic-brake-device; a first-valve and a second-valve, each being switchable between a stable-state and an activated-state in response to electrical control-signals; and a valve-device which is connected between the feed-line and the discharge-line and exhibits a control-input, the valve device being switchable between a stable-state and an activated-state in response to control signals at the control-input, the feed-line being connected to the discharge-line in the activated-state, in which the first-valve in the stable-state or in the activated-state connects the control-input of the valve-device to the discharge-line, to retain a current-state of the valve-device when the brake-pressure air is applied to the discharge-line, and in the activated or stable state connects the control-input to the second-valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Gerhard Wieder, Friedbert Röther, Frank Schwab, Falk Hecker, Michael Herges
  • Patent number: 10610277
    Abstract: A rod bender for bending a surgical rod includes first and second arms. The first arm includes first and second engaging portions. The second arm includes third and fourth engaging portions. The rod bender is reconfigurable between a first configuration in which the second and fourth engaging portions of the respective first and second arms engage the surgical rod such that spreading of the first and third engaging portions of the respective first and second arms bends the surgical rod in a first orientation and a second configuration in which the first engaging portion of the first arm and the fourth engaging portion of the second arm engage the surgical rod such that spreading of the second engaging portion of the first arm and the third engaging portion of the second arm bends the surgical rod in a second orientation opposite to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, Timmon Ark
  • Patent number: 10562510
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle brake system, including: classifying a fault signal, indicating a fault of an electronic actuating device of the brake system, the actuating device outputting a brake pressure for a brake of the vehicle in a normal operating mode and a pneumatic actuating device for outputting the brake pressure in a backup operating mode, as a fault signal of a first fault category if the fault is a fault in which a switchover from the electronic actuating device afflicted with the fault to the pneumatic actuating device leads to an improvement in the outputting of the brake pressure; and switching from the electronic actuating device to the pneumatic actuating device, to output the brake pressure using the pneumatic actuating device, if the fault signal is a fault signal of the first fault category. A related computer readable medium, apparatus and brake system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Woerner, Michael Herges, Friedbert Roether, Frank Schwab
  • Patent number: 10426521
    Abstract: The equipment (1) includes at least one connecting bar and at least one anchor member (1) of the “tulip” type and of the so-called “polyaxial” type. According to the invention, the head (3) forms an articulation portion (15). The body (2) forms an articulation cavity (8) for receiving the articulation portion (15), defined by a bearing wall (9). The anchor member (1) includes a ring (20) bearing against said bearing wall (9). The ring (20) and a distal bearing surface of the head (3) includes inter-engagement means (16, 21) having, in a first angular position of the ring (20), a first inter-engagement position of the ring (20) in which play exists between the ring (20) and the bearing wall (9), and having, in a second angular position of the ring (20), a second inter-engagement position in which said play is eliminated such that the head (3) is made immobile, or substantially immobile, relative to the body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Medicrea International
    Inventors: Thomas Mosnier, Frank Schwab
  • Publication number: 20190290329
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a variety of transitional or terminal components that may be implanted as part of a spinal fixation construct to decrease the potential for subsequent development of junctional disease. The fixation construct may extend any number of levels from a single level construct to a long construct spanning multiple spinal levels and multiple spinal regions from the lumbosacral to cervical regions, and with any variety of combination of anchors, rods, and connectors. Terminal and/or transitional components maybe utilized at the caudal and or cephalad ends of the fixation construct to reduce stresses endured by the construct adjacent pathology and prevent or reduce incidence and degree of junctional disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Shay Bess, Regis W. Haid, Frank Schwab, Christopher Shaffrey
  • Publication number: 20190248355
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle brake system, including: classifying a fault signal, indicating a fault of an electronic actuating device of the brake system, the actuating device outputting a brake pressure for a brake of the vehicle in a normal operating mode and a pneumatic actuating device for outputting the brake pressure in a backup operating mode, as a fault signal of a first fault category if the fault is a fault in which a switchover from the electronic actuating device afflicted with the fault to the pneumatic actuating device leads to an improvement in the outputting of the brake pressure; and switching from the electronic actuating device to the pneumatic actuating device, to output the brake pressure using the pneumatic actuating device, if the fault signal is a fault signal of the first fault category. A related computer readable medium, apparatus and brake system are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Dieter Woerner, Michael Herges, Friedbert Roether, Frank Schwab
  • Patent number: 10380402
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for conserving power during navigation, e.g., user device pointer/cursor navigation, using a fingerprint image sensor, that may comprise processing, via a computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a first finger navigation mode; processing, via the computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a second finger navigation mode; and transitioning, via the computing device, the fingerprint image sensor from a first power consumption mode to a second power consumption mode, based on detecting a transition from the first finger navigation mode to the second finger navigation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik Jonathon Thompson, Frank Schwab, Anthony P. Russo, Bjoren Davis, Charles Bellman, Gregory Lewis Dean, Philip Yiu Kwong Chan, Jaswinder Jandu
  • Patent number: 10137875
    Abstract: A braking system and a method of operating such a braking system are provided for a vehicle having at least partly electric braking, a steering device containing an electric or electromechanical steering device, an electronic steering controller and an electric steering adjuster and containing a service brake device. The system includes an electropneumatic service brake device containing an electropneumatic service brake valve device, an electronic brake controller, electropneumatic modulators, pneumatic wheel brake actuators, a service brake actuating element, and at least one electric channel (130) with at least one electric brake value transmitter which senses activation of the service brake actuating element. The at least one electric brake value transmitter produces actuation signals which are relayed to the electronic brake controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Falk Hecker, Michael Herges, Frank Schwab
  • Patent number: 10043053
    Abstract: A novel system, device and method of validation is provided for sensing a biometric such as a fingerprint, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric entity such as a fingerprint is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication processes to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated. Alternatively, a portion of the biometric data may be retained, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication steps to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Alexander Erhart, Frank Schwab
  • Publication number: 20180153588
    Abstract: The equipment (1) includes at least one connecting bar and at least one anchor member (1) of the “tulip” type and of the so-called “polyaxial” type. According to the invention, the head (3) forms an articulation portion (15). The body (2) forms an articulation cavity (8) for receiving the articulation portion (15), defined by a bearing wall (9). The anchor member (1) includes a ring (20) bearing against said bearing wall (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: MEDICREA INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Thomas MOSNIER, Frank SCHWAB
  • Patent number: 9987048
    Abstract: This equipment comprises an iliac rod (2), a connection assembly (3, 4) for connecting that iliac rod to a vertebral bar, an iliac anchoring member and an iliac part connecting the iliac rod to that iliac anchoring member; said connecting assembly (3, 4) is independent of the iliac rod (2) and comprises two portions, namely: —a first portion (3), for connecting to said vertebral bar (50), that forms a closed conduit (10) for engagement of that portion (3) on that bar (50); and —a second portion (4), for connecting to said iliac rod (2), that forms a conduit (12) for the engagement of that second portion (4) on the iliac rod (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MEDICREA INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Thomas Mosnier, Frank Schwab
  • Publication number: 20180068161
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for conserving power during navigation, e.g., user device pointer/cursor navigation, using a fingerprint image sensor, that may comprise processing, via a computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a first finger navigation mode; processing, via the computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a second finger navigation mode; and transitioning, via the computing device, the fingerprint image sensor from a first power consumption mode to a second power consumption mode, based on detecting a transition from the first finger navigation mode to the second finger navigation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Erik Jonathon Thompson, Frank Schwab, Anthony P. Russo, Bjoren Davis, Charles Bellman, Gregory Lewis Dean, Philip Yiu Kwong Chan, Jaswinder Jandu
  • Publication number: 20170351903
    Abstract: A novel system, device and method of validation is provided for sensing a biometric such as a fingerprint, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric entity such as a fingerprint is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication processes to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated. Alternatively, a portion of the biometric data may be retained, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication steps to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Alexander Erhart, Frank Schwab
  • Patent number: 9836638
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for conserving power during navigation, e.g., user device pointer/cursor navigation, using a fingerprint image sensor, that may comprise processing, via a computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a first finger navigation mode; processing, via the computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a second finger navigation mode; and transitioning, via the computing device, the fingerprint image sensor from a first power consumption mode to a second power consumption mode, based on detecting a transition from the first finger navigation mode to the second finger navigation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik Jonathon Thompson, Frank Schwab, Anthony P. Russo, Bjoren Davis, Charles Bellman, Gregory Lewis Dean, Philip Yiu Kwong Chan, Jaswinder Jandu