Patents by Inventor George Howard

George Howard 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: 20240020879
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for establishing Proof of Location for a computing device (which may serve as Proof of Location for a user of the device). In some examples, establishing Proof of Location involves trackable features findable by the device at the location in question. In some examples, the computing device is configured to generate a point cloud of a trackable feature for comparison to a reference point cloud. Anti-spoofing methods are described for reducing the possibility of accidental or intentional false-positive Proof of Location results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: George Howard Alexander BLIKAS, Oliver Clayton DANIELS, Raymond Victor DI CARLO, David Morris DANIELS, Luke Timothy HARTWIG
  • Publication number: 20230404771
    Abstract: Expandable fusion implants capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. The expandable intervertebral implant may be configured to transition from a collapsed configuration having a first width and a first height to an expanded configuration having a second width and a second height. The implant may include front and rear plates each having horizontal ramps configured to interface with corresponding horizontal ramps on actuators and front ramps of left and/or right side portion assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Jason Gray, John LaColla, George Howard
  • Publication number: 20230404770
    Abstract: Expandable fusion implants capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. The expandable intervertebral implant may be configured to transition from a collapsed configuration having a first width and a first height to an expanded configuration having a second width and a second height. The implant may include front and rear plates each having horizontal ramps configured to interface with corresponding horizontal ramps on actuators and front ramps of left and/or right side portion assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Jason Gray, John LaColla, George Howard
  • Publication number: 20230255787
    Abstract: An implant assembly including an expandable vertebral body replacement implant. Two outer cores disposed on opposing ends of an inner are configured to move away from each other when the inner core is actuated. The implant assembly may include removable endplate configured to engage vertebral bodies as interbody spacer or through a corpectomy. The implant may include a locking mechanism to prevent collapse or movement the implant assembly after implantation. The locking mechanism may be automatically engage after removal of an inserter instrument from the implant assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventor: George Howard
  • Publication number: 20230248540
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant for engagement between first and second vertebrae. The implant includes a first plate configured for attachment to the first vertebrae and defining a first interbody connection member and a second plate configured for attachment to the second vertebrae and defining a second interbody connection member. An interbody component includes a body with a first end defining a first plate connection member configured for connection to the first interbody connection member and a second end defining a second plate connection member configured for connection to the second interbody connection member. A method of inserting the implant is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Jeffrey D. Gordon, Mark Weiman, George Howard, Suresh Chintakunta
  • Patent number: 11690735
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant for engagement between first and second vertebrae. The implant includes a first plate configured for attachment to the first vertebrae and defining a first interbody connection member and a second plate configured for attachment to the second vertebrae and defining a second interbody connection member. An interbody component includes a body with a first end defining a first plate connection member configured for connection to the first interbody connection member and a second end defining a second plate connection member configured for connection to the second interbody connection member. A method of inserting the implant is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Jeffrey D. Gordon, Mark Weiman, George Howard, Suresh Chintakunta
  • Patent number: 11596526
    Abstract: An implant assembly including an expandable vertebral body replacement implant. Two outer cores disposed on opposing ends of an inner are configured to move away from each other when the inner core is actuated. The implant assembly may include removable endplate configured to engage vertebral bodies as interbody spacer or through a corpectomy. The implant may include a locking mechanism to prevent collapse or movement the implant assembly after implantation. The locking mechanism may be automatically engage after removal of an inserter instrument from the implant assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventor: George Howard
  • Publication number: 20230020153
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to vertebral implants and implant trials for use with vertebral implant assemblies. In some embodiments, these implants and implant trials may be used in conjunction with corpectomy procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: George Howard, James Himmelberger, Jason Gray, Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 11508098
    Abstract: A supervisory computer vision (CV) system may include a secondary CV system running in parallel with a native CV system on a mobile device. The secondary CV system is configured to run less frequently than the native CV system. CV algorithms are then run on these less-frequent sample images, generating information for localizing the device to a reference point cloud (e.g., provided over a network) and for transforming between a local point cloud of the native CV system and the reference point cloud. AR content may then be consistently positioned relative to the convergent CV system's coordinate space and visualized on a display of the mobile device. Various related algorithms facilitate the efficient operation of this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: YouAR INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Clayton Daniels, George Howard Alexander Blikas
  • Patent number: 11452613
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to vertebral implants and implant trials for use with vertebral implant assemblies. In some embodiments, these implants and implant trials may be used in conjunction with corpectomy procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George Howard, James Himmelberger, Jason Gray, Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman
  • Publication number: 20220023066
    Abstract: An implant assembly including an expandable vertebral body replacement implant. The implant assembly includes a right hand end and a left hand end configured to attach to a threaded actuator. An outer ring is configured to surround each of the right and left hand ends and the threaded actuator. The implant assembly may include removable endplates configured to engage vertebral bodies as interbody spacer or through a corpectomy. The implant assembly includes a locking mechanism to prevent collapse or movement the implant assembly after implantation. The locking mechanism automatically engage after removal of an inserter instrument from the implant assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventor: George Howard
  • Publication number: 20210327102
    Abstract: A supervisory computer vision (CV) system may include a secondary CV system running in parallel with a native CV system on a mobile device. The secondary CV system is configured to run less frequently than the native CV system. CV algorithms are then run on these less-frequent sample images, generating information for localizing the device to a reference point cloud (e.g., provided over a network) and for transforming between a local point cloud of the native CV system and the reference point cloud. AR content may then be consistently positioned relative to the convergent CV system's coordinate space and visualized on a display of the mobile device. Various related algorithms facilitate the efficient operation of this system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: YouAR INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Clayton DANIELS, George Howard Alexander BLIKAS
  • Patent number: 11049288
    Abstract: A supervisory computer vision (CV) system may include a secondary CV system running in parallel with a native CV system on a mobile device. The secondary CV system is configured to run less frequently than the native CV system. CV algorithms are then run on these less-frequent sample images, generating information for localizing the device to a reference point cloud (e.g., provided over a network) and for transforming between a local point cloud of the native CV system and the reference point cloud. AR content may then be consistently positioned relative to the convergent CV system's coordinate space and visualized on a display of the mobile device. Various related algorithms facilitate the efficient operation of this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: YouAR INC.
    Inventors: George Howard Alexander Blikas, Oliver Clayton Daniels
  • Publication number: 20210145599
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to vertebral implants and implant trials for use with vertebral implant assemblies. In some embodiments, these implants and implant trials may be used in conjunction with corpectomy procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: George Howard, James Himmelberger, Jason Gray, Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman
  • Publication number: 20210059835
    Abstract: An implant assembly including an expandable vertebral body replacement implant. Two outer cores disposed on opposing ends of an inner are configured to move away from each other when the inner core is actuated. The implant assembly may include removable endplate configured to engage vertebral bodies as interbody spacer or through a corpectomy. The implant may include a locking mechanism to prevent collapse or movement the implant assembly after implantation. The locking mechanism may be automatically engage after removal of an inserter instrument from the implant assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventor: George Howard
  • Publication number: 20210022887
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant for engagement between first and second vertebrae. The implant includes a first plate configured for attachment to the first vertebrae and defining a first interbody connection member and a second plate configured for attachment to the second vertebrae and defining a second interbody connection member. An interbody component includes a body with a first end defining a first plate connection member configured for connection to the first interbody connection member and a second end defining a second plate connection member configured for connection to the second interbody connection member. A method of inserting the implant is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Jeffrey D. Gordon, Mark Weiman, George Howard, Suresh Chintakunta
  • Patent number: 10881521
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to vertebral implants and implant trials for use with vertebral implant assemblies. In some embodiments, these implants and implant trials may be used in conjunction with corpectomy procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George Howard, James Himmelberger, Jason Gray, Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 10881528
    Abstract: An implant assembly including a curved mesh cage and angled endplates. The implant assembly offers a safe and secure mesh cage while providing lordosis/kyphosis angling at the center of the construct instead of at the end of the cage only. One or more angled endplates may be included which allow the surgeon to make a construct unique to the patient's anatomy. The endplates press-fit into corresponding holes in the mesh cage for a secure fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George Howard, Jason Gray
  • Patent number: 10869768
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. In one embodiment, the fusion device includes a central ramp, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the central ramp capable of being moved in a first direction to move the first and second endplates outwardly and into an expanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed down an endoscopic tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Hilliary Kopp, Joel Cryder, James Himmelberger, George Howard, David Leff, Colm McLaughlin, Mark Miccio, Patrick Murray, Jeff Nichols, Jason Zappacosta
  • Patent number: 10842651
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant for engagement between first and second vertebrae. The implant includes a first plate configured for attachment to the first vertebrae and defining a first interbody connection member and a second plate configured for attachment to the second vertebrae and defining a second interbody connection member. An interbody component includes a body with a first end defining a first plate connection member configured for connection to the first interbody connection member and a second end defining a second plate connection member configured for connection to the second interbody connection member. A method of inserting the implant is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, Noah Hansell, Jeffrey D. Gordon, Mark Weiman, George Howard, Suresh Chintakunta