Patents by Inventor James F. Zucherman

James F. Zucherman 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: 8894686
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8888816
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with embodiment of the present invention can includes a distractible implant comprising a distracting insert and a body having a first part and a second part adapted to be positioned between adjacent spinous processes of cervical vertebrae. The distracting insert can be inserted into cavities of the body, thereby urging apart the first part and second part, and distracting the adjacent spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8828017
    Abstract: A tool for inserting an interspinous-process implant during surgery includes first and second elongate members. A post extending from the first elongate member may extend transverse to and cross the first elongate member's longitudinal axis. The second elongate member may be moveable longitudinally relative to the first elongate member, and a biasing member may bias the second elongate member toward a deployed position. The tool may further include an actuator to assist in moving the second elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 8821548
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8740943
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8672974
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8672975
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8617211
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8591546
    Abstract: A spinal implant adapted to be inserted into an interspinous space between adjacent spinous processes includes a proximal section, a central section, and a distal section disposed sequentially along a longitudinal axis. The distal section has feature(s) that allow the implant to be inserted laterally into the interspinous space, such as an approximately helical groove and/or a thread-like structure. The distal tip of the implant tapers inwardly, and may be rounded. The proximal section may include an outwardly extending wing or flange. The implant may include a main body that includes the wing or flange and a spacer slidably mated to the main body through the wing or flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8568460
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8568455
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8568454
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8568451
    Abstract: A dynamic stabilization, motion preservation spinal implant system includes an anchor system, a horizontal rod system and a vertical rod system. The systems are modular so that various constructs and configurations can be created and customized to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, Matthew Hannibal, James A. Rinner, Jay A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20130253519
    Abstract: A system and method for implanting a bone screw in bone which includes the use of a bone cutting tool with expanding bone cutting blades that create a bore in the bone of a desired shape and size. Then a bone screw is introduced into the bore and bone cement is positioned between the bone screw and the bore to fix the position of the bone screw relative to the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130253594
    Abstract: A bone anchor which has thread characteristics on the distal shaft adjacent the tip suitable for engaging bone cement and different thread characteristics on the proximal shaft adjacent the head suitable to engage and secure the anchor to natural cancellous and cortical bone. The thread on the distal shaft is designed to engage and secure the anchor to bone cement embedded within the bone without fracture of the bone cement. In particular embodiments, the distal shaft bears two threads which merge to form a single proximal thread on the proximal shaft, the distal threads having half the pitch of the proximal thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130253517
    Abstract: A system and method for implanting a bone screw in bone which includes the use of a bone cutting tool with expanding bone cutting blades that create a bore in the bone of a desired shape and size. Then a bone screw is introduced into the bore and bone cement is positioned between the bone screw and the bore to fix the position of the bone screw relative to the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130253595
    Abstract: A procedure for implanting a bone anchor which has thread characteristics on the distal shaft adjacent the tip suitable for engaging bone cement and different thread characteristics on the proximal shaft adjacent the head suitable to engage and secure the anchor to natural cancellous and cortical bone. The thread on the distal shaft is designed to engage and secure the anchor to bone cement embedded within the bone without fracture of the bone cement. In particular embodiments, the distal shaft bears two threads which merge to form a single proximal thread on the proximal shaft, the distal threads having half the pitch of the proximal thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130253518
    Abstract: A system and method for implanting a bone screw in bone which includes the use of a bone cutting tool with expanding bone cutting blades that create a bore in the bone of a desired shape and size. Then a bone screw is introduced into the bore and bone cement is positioned between the bone screw and the bore to fix the position of the bone screw relative to the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu
  • Patent number: 8540751
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8518085
    Abstract: An adaptive spinal rod is provided for connecting levels of an adaptive stabilization system to support the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. Embodiments of the adaptive stabilization rod include a ball having an anchor system, a deflection system, a vertical rod system and a connection system. The deflection system provides adaptive stabilization and load-sharing. The adaptive spinal rod connects different levels of the construct in a multilevel construct. The adaptive spinal rod cooperates with the deflection system to further reduce stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Ken Y. Hsu, James F. Zucherman, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn