Patents by Inventor Herbert E. Schwartz

Herbert E. Schwartz 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: 20200046502
    Abstract: An implant for repairing an articular cartilage defect site including an implant fixation portion with an upper segment and at least one bone interfacing segment and a top articulating portion with an articulating surface and an engagement surface. The upper segment includes a supporting plate with a first locking mechanism segment. The engagement surface includes a second locking mechanism segment. The first locking mechanism segment with at least two channels is structured to couple to the second locking mechanism segment with at least two protrusions. The at least one bone interfacing segment structured for insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. An implant including an implant fixation portion, a top articulating portion, and a locking mechanism with a first locking segment coupled to the upper segment and a second locking segment coupled to the at least one engagement surface and structured to couple to the first locking segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. SCHWARTZ, Francis S. PROCH, Nathanael K. CONNER
  • Publication number: 20190298507
    Abstract: A graft preparation instrument includes a first mold including first protrusions disposed on a first working surface of the first mold. The first protrusions are separated by first spaces. A second mold includes second protrusions disposed on a second working surface of the second mold. The second protrusions are separated by second spaces. The first and second molds are movable from an open position of the instrument to a closed position of the instrument. In the open position, the first and second working surfaces are separated by an open position distance large enough to place a graft therebetween. In the closed position, the first and second working surfaces are separated by a closed position distance such that the first protrusions are operable to form indentations in a first surface of the graft and the second protrusions are operable to form indentations in a second surface of the graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: SCHWARTZ BIOMEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. SCHWARTZ, Michael James McNICHOLAS
  • Patent number: 10405982
    Abstract: An implant for repairing an articular cartilage defect site including an implant fixation portion with an upper segment and at least one bone interfacing segment and a top articulating portion with an articulating surface and an engagement surface. The upper segment includes a supporting plate with a first locking mechanism segment. The engagement surface includes a second locking mechanism segment. The first locking mechanism segment with at least two channels is structured to couple to the second locking mechanism segment with at least two protrusions. The at least one bone interfacing segment structured for insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. An implant including an implant fixation portion, a top articulating portion, and a locking mechanism with a first locking segment coupled to the upper segment and a second locking segment coupled to the at least one engagement surface and structured to couple to the first locking segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Francis S. Proch, Nathanael K. Conner
  • Publication number: 20170165075
    Abstract: An implant for repairing an articular cartilage defect site including an implant fixation portion with an upper segment and at least one bone interfacing segment and a top articulating portion with an articulating surface and an engagement surface. The upper segment includes a supporting plate with a first locking mechanism segment. The engagement surface includes a second locking mechanism segment. The first locking mechanism segment with at least two channels is structured to couple to the second locking mechanism segment with at least two protrusions. The at least one bone interfacing segment structured for insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. An implant including an implant fixation portion, a top articulating portion, and a locking mechanism with a first locking segment coupled to the upper segment and a second locking segment coupled to the at least one engagement surface and structured to couple to the first locking segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. SCHWARTZ, Francis S. PROCH, Nathanael K. CONNER
  • Patent number: 9526619
    Abstract: An implant for repairing an articular cartilage defect site including an implant fixation portion with an upper segment and at least one bone interfacing segment and a top articulating portion with an articulating surface and an engagement surface. The upper segment includes a supporting plate with a first locking mechanism segment. The engagement surface includes a second locking mechanism segment. The first locking mechanism segment with at least two channels is structured to couple to the second locking mechanism segment with at least two protrusions. The at least one bone interfacing segment structured for insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. An implant including an implant fixation portion, a top articulating portion, and a locking mechanism with a first locking segment coupled to the upper segment and a second locking segment coupled to the at least one engagement surface and structured to couple to the first locking segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Francis S. Proch, Nathanael K. Conner
  • Publication number: 20160135957
    Abstract: A partial resurfacing implant for use in repairing an articular cartilage defect site that includes a top articulating portion having a top surface that is configured with at least one radius of curvature to approximate the surface contour of the articular cartilage surrounding the defect site. The implant also includes a supporting plate that has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface is attached to the top articulating portion by a locking mechanism. The bottom surface of the supporting plate is constructed to facilitate the insertion of the implant into the defect site. Extending from the bottom surface of the supporting plate is at least one implant fixation portion. The at least one implant fixation portion is integrally connected to and is oriented about normal relative to the bottom surface. A method of repairing an articular cartilage defect with the partial joint resurfacing implant is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicant: BIOPOLY,LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. SCHWARTZ, Francis S. PROCH, Nathanael K. CONNER
  • Patent number: 9265611
    Abstract: A partial resurfacing implant for use in repairing an articular cartilage defect site that includes a top articulating portion having a top surface that is configured with at least one radius of curvature to approximate the surface contour of the articular cartilage surrounding the defect site. The implant also includes a supporting plate that has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface is attached to the top articulating portion by a locking mechanism. The bottom surface of the supporting plate is constructed to facilitate the insertion of the implant into the defect site. Extending from the bottom surface of the supporting plate is at least one implant fixation portion. The at least one implant fixation portion is integrally connected to and is oriented about normal relative to the bottom surface. A method of repairing an articular cartilage defect with the partial joint resurfacing implant is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: BioPoly, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Francis S. Proch, Nathanael K. Conner
  • Patent number: 9216085
    Abstract: A method of repairing an articular cartilage defect with the partial joint resurfacing implant includes surgically creating an opening in the articular cartilage defect site. The method also includes obtaining a partial resurfacing implant which is implanted into the opening. The partial resurfacing implant includes a top articulating portion, an implant fixation portion, and a locking mechanism. The implant fixation portion including an upper segment coupled to the top articulating portion and a bone interfacing segment configured to facilitate insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. The method further includes the bone interfacing segment being inserted into the opening with the top articulating portion and adjacent articular cartilage being positioned to each other to facilitate motion and load transfer over the defect site. Another method of repairing an articular cartilage defect with a partial joint resurfacing implant and a partial joint resurfacing implant are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Francis S. Proch, Nathanael K. Conner
  • Patent number: 9113954
    Abstract: Surgical instruments for use in mapping tissue defects include telescoping rulers and tubes. One of the instruments has a pointed anchoring tip for piercing tissue near the site of the defect. Another instrument has a hook for catching an anatomical landmark. Measuring portions of the rulers of both instruments include distance indicia so that a coordinate system can be established for mapping the location of the defect or of an implant at the defect site. The coordinate system can be re-established at a later time using the same fixation point for the anchoring tip and the same landmark for the hook to evaluate the clinical effects of the treatment selected. The method of using the instrument set is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony D. Zannis, Herbert E. Schwartz, Prasanna Malaviya, Keith M. McGrath, Danny E. McAdams, Andrew M. Jacobs, Jack Farr, II, Randall L. Holcomb
  • Publication number: 20140350679
    Abstract: An implant for repairing an articular cartilage defect site including an implant fixation portion with an upper segment and at least one bone interfacing segment and a top articulating portion with an articulating surface and an engagement surface. The upper segment includes a supporting plate with a first locking mechanism segment. The engagement surface includes a second locking mechanism segment. The first locking mechanism segment with at least two channels is structured to couple to the second locking mechanism segment with at least two protrusions. The at least one bone interfacing segment structured for insertion into the articular cartilage defect site. An implant including an implant fixation portion, a top articulating portion, and a locking mechanism with a first locking segment coupled to the upper segment and a second locking segment coupled to the at least one engagement surface and structured to couple to the first locking segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: BIOPOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. SCHWARTZ, Francis S. PROCH, Nathanael K. CONNER
  • Patent number: 8597352
    Abstract: An articular cartilage fixation device and method for repairing and regenerating diseased or injured soft tissue such as articular cartilage of the knee, hip, shoulder, and the like. A cartilage flap or cartilage repair device is retained within the chondral or osteochondral defect for a sufficient amount of time such that the cartilage repair device can perform its function and facilitate an appropriate healing response. A plurality of biocompatible anchors are attached to a plurality of flexible members and are shaped to seat into the tissue beneath or near the defect such that the cartilage flap is retained within the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Schwartz Biomedical, LLC
    Inventor: Herbert E. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8574238
    Abstract: A cannula has a flange and a body with slots extending through the entire flange and into the body. The cannula may also have a longitudinal slot extending its entire length. An obturator used with the cannula may also have a longitudinal slot extending along its length. A surgical method using these instruments includes separating lengths of suture and managing the suture by placing lengths of suture in the slots in the cannula. The cannula and obturator may be used after suture is already in place by placing the suture in the longitudinal slots and then introducing the cannula and obturator to the tissue defect site. The cannula may also be used to deliver a therapeutic implant to the tissue defect site. The instruments and method may be used in mensical surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony D. Zannis, Prasanna Malaviya, Keith M. McGrath, Herbert E. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8512374
    Abstract: A device for repairing a defect in a soft tissue is disclosed, the device including a first anchor engaging a first surface of the soft tissue on a first side of the defect, the first anchor having a locking mechanism, a second anchor for engaging against a second side of the soft tissue on a second side of the defect, and a suture adjustably connecting the second anchor to the first anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Thomas C. May, Stuart Fromm, Robert-Jan Enzerink, Eric Hubbard, John Margetts, Keith Denlinger, David Cox
  • Patent number: 8323315
    Abstract: A device for locking a suture in place without the need for tying knots once the suture is placed within tissue is provided. The device comprises an anchor having a cannula and a locking mechanism for securing the suture within the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Thomas C. May, Robert-Jan Enzerink, John Margetts
  • Publication number: 20120191015
    Abstract: Surgical instruments for use in mapping tissue defects include telescoping rulers and tubes. One of the instruments has a pointed anchoring tip for piercing tissue near the site of the defect. Another instrument has a hook for catching an anatomical landmark. Measuring portions of the rulers of both instruments include distance indicia so that a coordinate system can be established for mapping the location of the defect or of an implant at the defect site. The coordinate system can be re-established at a later time using the same fixation point for the anchoring tip and the same landmark for the hook to evaluate the clinical effects of the treatment selected. The method of using the instrument set is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: DEPUY PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Zannis, Herbert E. Schwartz, Prasanna Malaviya, Keith M. McGrath, Danny E. McAdams, Andrew M. Jacobs, Jack Farr, II, Randall L. Holcomb
  • Patent number: 8025896
    Abstract: A method of making an implantable scaffold for repairing damaged or diseased tissue includes the step of suspending pieces of an extracellular matrix material in a liquid. The extracellular matrix material and the liquid are formed into a mass. The liquid is subsequently driven off so as to form interstices in the mass. Porous implantable scaffolds fabricated by such a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: DePuy Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasanna Malaviya, Herbert E. Schwartz, Pamela L. Plouhar, Mark J. Pelo
  • Patent number: 7988716
    Abstract: A surgical stent made of biocompatible material for implantation in human tissue to enable blood and nutrients to flow from an area of vascular tissue to an area of tissue with little or no vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Herbert E Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20110153000
    Abstract: A surgical stent made of biocompatible material for implantation in human tissue to enable blood and nutrients to flow from an area of vascular tissue to an area of tissue with little or no vasculature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Herbert E. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7918854
    Abstract: A surgical stent made of biocompatible material for implantation in human tissue to enable blood and nutrients to flow from an area of vascular tissue to an area of tissue with little or no vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Herbert E. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7871440
    Abstract: Unitary surgical devices (10) are disclosed. One group of the illustrated devices has a pair of biocompatible, bioresorbable anchors (16,18) connected to fixed lengths suture. The anchors (16,18) and fixed length of suture are connected to each other prior to surgery. Another group of unitary surgical devices has a pair of fixating mechanisms (15,17) connected to a base (21) prior to surgery. The second group of illustrated devices generally includes extracellular matrix material either as part of the base (21) or supported on the base (21). The extracellular matrix material serves as tissue regenerating material. In the second group of unitary surgical devices, the fixating mechanisms illustrated generally comprise suture, anchors or pre-formed holes in the base. All of the illustrated unitary surgical devices are useful in repairing a damaged meniscus. The first group of unitary surgical devices can be used to approximate inner surfaces of a tear in the meniscus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Depuy Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert E. Schwartz, Prasanna Malaviya, Amit K. Singla, Pamela Lynn Plouhar, Mark Joseph Pelo