Patents by Inventor Fred Molz

Fred Molz 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: 9119901
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method for promoting selective tissue attachment to medical implants. By treating implant surfaces where tissue attachment is desired with tissue attachment promoting treatments, and treating implant surfaces where tissue attachment is not desired with tissue attachment inhibiting treatments, selective tissue attachment to medical implants may be achieved. Also, embodiments include an implant with at least one tissue contacting surface and at least one secondary surface where tissue attachment is not desired, and appropriate tissue attachment promoting or inhibiting treatments on the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hai H. Trieu, Fred Molz
  • Patent number: 8414907
    Abstract: Embodiments include coatings or surface treatments for medical instruments, devices, and/or implants that promote soft tissue healing. More particularly, embodiments relate to treating portions of instruments, devices, and implants where tissue healing is desired with tissue healing promoting treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Sharonda Felton
  • Patent number: 8317830
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems for stabilizing at least a portion of the spinal column are provided. Devices include seats and coupling members for engaging an elongate member. Systems include an elongate member sized to span a distance between at least two vertebral bodies and being at least partially formed of a flexible material. One or more seats can include rollers to allow relative movement of the rod and the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Randal Betz
  • Patent number: 7553320
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for replacing the functions of a facet joint between a superior vertebra and an inferior vertebra without necessarily requiring an anatomical implant. The method includes: providing one or more flexible posterior devices to replace main functions of the facet joint; and adapting a first one of the one or more posterior devices for a first attachment to a first pedicle, and a second attachment to a second pedicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Molz, IV, Jeff Justis, Michael Sherman
  • Publication number: 20080295312
    Abstract: A method of making a component of a spinal fixation system. The method may comprise providing a mixture of a powder of at least one metal or metal alloy and a polymeric binder. A metal-injection-molding process may use the mixture to form a component for a spinal fixation system. The components may have varying flexibility across their cross-sections. Also, components are provided that are produced by this process, such as spinal fixation rods and plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Hai H. Trieu
  • Publication number: 20080147120
    Abstract: A method of making a component of a spinal fixation system. The method may comprise providing a mixture of a powder of at least one metal or metal alloy and a polymeric binder. A metal-injection-molding process may use the mixture to form a component for a spinal fixation system. The components may have varying flexibility across their cross-sections. Also, components are provided that are produced by this process, such as spinal fixation rods and plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Hai H. Trieu
  • Publication number: 20080086125
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems for stabilizing at least a portion of the spinal column are provided. Devices include seats and coupling members for engaging an elongate member. Systems include an elongate member sized to span a distance between at least two vertebral bodies and being at least partially formed of a flexible material. One or more seats can include rollers to allow relative movement of the rod and the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC.
    Inventors: Fred MOLZ, Randal BETZ
  • Publication number: 20080071373
    Abstract: An implant for stabilizing a bony segment includes a flexible body sized and shaped to extend intravertebrally between at least first and second bony portions. In use the body is attachable intravertebrally to each of the first and second bony portions to distract each of the first and second bony portions while allowing motion between each of the first and second bony portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Jeff Justis
  • Publication number: 20080065069
    Abstract: A method for supporting a spine of a person includes forming a pathway in a spine by removing a plurality of portions of a plurality of vertebrae of the spine with the pathway being configured to receive a supporting structure. The supporting structure is inserted into the pathway and through the plurality of vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC.
    Inventors: Randal BETZ, Fred MOLZ, Jeff R. JUSTIS
  • Publication number: 20070270819
    Abstract: Elongated connecting elements include bodies having anisotropic cross-sectional shapes defining a first moment of inertia about a first bending axis and a second moment of inertia about a second bending axis that is transverse to the first bending axis. The connecting elements are positioned along one or more spinal motion segments and engaged to vertebrae with anchors with the first and second bending axes in the desired orientation relative to the spinal motion segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Jeff Justis, Fred Molz, Michael Sherman
  • Publication number: 20070233068
    Abstract: A prosthetic assembly and method of implanting same, according to which a least one rod is secured to the spinal column. A spacer engages the spinous process of a vertebrae of the spinal column. The rod is connected to the spacer via an adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien Bruneau, Thomas Carls, Eric Lange, Fred Molz, Matthew Morrison, Jonathan Dewey, Kent Anderson
  • Publication number: 20070233246
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient includes determining a patient characteristic associated with the patient, determining a property value based at least in part on the patient characteristic, and determining a crosslinking parameter based at least in part on the property value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: SDGI HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Hai Trieu, Fred Molz
  • Publication number: 20070197895
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for assessing tissue characteristics such as tissue density and volume is disclosed. The surgical instrument is hand-held and includes transducers adapted for emitting and/or receiving acoustic signals. The surgical instrument utilizes pulse-echo to determine tissue characteristics. The surgical instrument may be utilized to determine such things as the size of a lesion and whether the lesion has been completely removed or filled with graft material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Nycz, Fred Molz, Steven Tethrake, Stanley Olson, William Donofrio
  • Publication number: 20070191842
    Abstract: A spinal fixation device comprises a receiver that can be used with rods of different sizes. The receiver comprises a body with a channel formed therein. The body is adapted to receive one of a set of interchangeable inserts that engage rods of different sizes. A bone anchor secures the receiver to a vertebral member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Fred Molz, Jonathan Dewey
  • Publication number: 20070191835
    Abstract: A pivoting connector couples a vertebral member to a longitudinal member. An anchor is pivotally attached to a body by positioning a head of the anchor within a cavity in the body. A longitudinal rod is inserted into a channel also positioned within the body and axially aligned with the cavity. A retainer applies a force to maintain the longitudinal rod within the channel, however the force may be isolated from the anchor. The cavity is adjustable between a plurality of sizes that apply different resistances to pivoting movement of the anchor relative to the body. The adjustment may be performed before or during a surgical procedure. The adjustment may be performed by inserting different components or by rotating a threaded element to create more or less rotational interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Jeff Justis, Fred Molz
  • Publication number: 20070191839
    Abstract: A connector pivotally connects an anchor to a longitudinal member in a spinal implant. The connector body may include an oppositely disposed channel and cavity that are aligned on a common axis of the body, but isolated from each other. The channel receives the longitudinal member and the cavity receives the anchor. The anchor may include a shaft and an enlarged head that fits within the cavity. The cavity may include a narrow opening that is sized to retain the head within the cavity. The head may pivot within a wear member. The anchor may freely pivot within the cavity when a fastener mates with the receiver to maintain the longitudinal member within the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Jeff Justis, Fred Molz
  • Publication number: 20070191841
    Abstract: A vertebral rod has an elongated body extending along a longitudinal axis. The rod also includes a cavity extending the length of the body. Either the body or the cavity may have an asymmetrical shape about a centroid in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. Alternatively, both may have the symmetrical shape about the centroid. The body of the rod may be bounded by an exterior surface and the cavity. The body has a first bending axis that is perpendicular to longitudinal axis. The body also has a second bending axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and to the first bending axis. The body of the rod may be distributed asymmetrically about the first and second bending axes. Also, the rod may have a different bending stiffness about the first and second bending axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Jeff Justis, Fred Molz, Michael Sherman
  • Publication number: 20070190230
    Abstract: Embodiments provide composite components for use in spinal fixation systems. The composite components may comprise polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or another non-resorbable or resorbable polymeric material and at least one metal. Incorporation of PEEK or another non-resorbable or resorbable polymeric material into the components allows average or mean physical properties (e.g., tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, etc.) of the components to be modulated. The composition and orientation of the composite components can be advantageously chosen to produce components with desired physical characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Hai Trieu, Fred Molz
  • Publication number: 20070173822
    Abstract: A method of treating a spinal condition includes attaching an anterior spinal motion device in an anterior region of a motion segment associated with the pair of vertebrae and attaching a posterior motion preservation device in a second region of the motion segment. The anterior spinal motion device may include an elastic material or a motion preserving disc prosthesis having at least one articulating surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien Bruneau, Thomas Carls, Eric Lange, Fred Molz, Matthew Morrison, Jonathan Dewey, Kent Anderson
  • Publication number: 20070173823
    Abstract: A prosthetic device and method, according to which a member of a relatively flexible, soft material is connected with a member of a relatively stiff material and the connected members are implanted in a spinal column using a non-rigid and a rigid connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Dewey, Fred Molz, Aurelien Bruneau, Eric Lange, Matthew Morrison, Thomas Carls, Kent Anderson