Patents by Inventor James G. Falkner, JR.

James G. Falkner, JR. 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: 20220110643
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a clamp composed of four distinct components. The ability to deconstruct the provided clamp into four components as compared to a typical two-part clamp may allow for greater ease in cleaning and sterilization. The provided clamp may include a first arm, a second arm, a cannula block, and a rotary cannula. In some instances, the provided clamp may include a locking feature for locking the rotary cannula to, and releasing it from, the cannula block. The present disclosure also provides a clamp including a scale for bone size determination, a clamp including a scale for determining how much compression force is being applied to a bone between the clamp's jaws, a system including a bushing and a set screw in which the set screw is self-locking, and a drill component system for preparing an opening in bone for a fixation component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Scott F. Mastroianni, James G. Falkner, JR., Roy Sanders, Dustin Cluff, Steven D. Crawford, Marcus Mohr
  • Publication number: 20220047312
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides medical instruments and medical instrument components having targeted torsional failure. Such targeted torsional failure helps prevent a surgeon from applying excessive torque that may damage an implant or bone, and also helps avoid the problems and complications that arise when medical instruments break within patients during surgical procedures. To provide such targeted torsional failure, the disclosed medical instrument components include a breakaway section designed so that the component breaks at a desired amount of torque, at a desired location, and in a desired way. The provided medical instrument components may also include a sleeve to increase side-loading strength that may otherwise be reduced due to the breakaway section. The increased side-loading strength may help prevent accidental bending-type failures. The presently disclosed medical instrument component therefore provides targeted torsional failure without sacrificing side-loading strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew W. Seykora, Steven P. Horst, Mark B. Sommers, Scott F. Mastroianni, Gregory D. Hutton, James G. Falkner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200345398
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing bone using an intramedullary nail locked to an encircling anchor including a bushing and a locking member. An exemplary system may include any combination of the nail, one or more bushings, one or more locking members, an instrument to guide installation of the bushing, at least one drill, and a driver that attaches to the bushing. The instrument may define a guide axis and be configured to be coupled to a bone such that the guide axis extends across the bone. The instrument may be used to guide a drill, the bushing, and/or the locking member along the guide axis into the bone. The nail may be configured to be placed along the medullary canal of the bone such that the nail extends through the bushing, and the locking member may be configured to lock the nail to the bushing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Roy Werner Sanders, James G. Falkner, JR., Caleb Abraham Martin, Zachary James Stroh, Scott Francis Mastroianni, Andrew William Seykora, Ann Nicole Santich, Larry W. Ehmke, Oren S. Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20200330107
    Abstract: Orthopedic systems and methods for installing an implant and/or boring a bone bicortically. The system may include a drill having a proximal boring portion configured to bore a larger hole in a bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in a first direction compared to an opposite second direction, and a distal boring portion configured to bore a smaller hole in the bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in the second direction. The implant may be configured to be implanted at least partially in the bone, such that a first region of the implant is located in the larger hole and a second region of the implant is located in the smaller hole. In an exemplary method, the larger hole and the smaller hole may be bored in the bone's near cortex and far cortex, respectively, by a shaft and a nose of the drill rotated in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Roy Werner Sanders, James G. Falkner, JR., Caleb Abraham Martin, Zachary James Stroh
  • Patent number: 10758280
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing bone using an intramedullary nail locked to an encircling anchor including a bushing and a locking member. An exemplary system may include any combination of the nail, one or more bushings, one or more locking members, an instrument to guide installation of the bushing, at least one drill, and a driver that attaches to the bushing. The instrument may define a guide axis and be configured to be coupled to a bone such that the guide axis extends across the bone. The instrument may be used to guide a drill, the bushing, and/or the locking member along the guide axis into the bone. The nail may be configured to be placed along the medullary canal of the bone such that the nail extends through the bushing, and the locking member may be configured to lock the nail to the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Roy Werner Sanders, James G. Falkner, Jr., Caleb Abraham Martin, Zachary James Stroh, Scott Francis Mastroianni, Andrew William Seykora, Ann Nicole Santich, Larry W. Ehmke, Oren S. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10610243
    Abstract: Orthopedic systems and methods for installing an implant and/or boring a bone bicortically. The system may include a drill having a proximal boring portion configured to bore a larger hole in a bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in a first direction compared to an opposite second direction, and a distal boring portion configured to bore a smaller hole in the bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in the second direction. The implant may be configured to be implanted at least partially in the bone, such that a first region of the implant is located in the larger hole and a second region of the implant is located in the smaller hole. In an exemplary method, the larger hole and the smaller hole may be bored in the bone's near cortex and far cortex, respectively, by a shaft and a nose of the drill rotated in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Roy Werner Sanders, James G. Falkner, Jr., Caleb Abraham Martin, Zachary James Stroh
  • Publication number: 20190105087
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fixing bone using an intramedullary nail locked to an encircling anchor including a bushing and a locking member. An exemplary system may include any combination of the nail, one or more bushings, one or more locking members, an instrument to guide installation of the bushing, at least one drill, and a driver that attaches to the bushing. The instrument may define a guide axis and be configured to be coupled to a bone such that the guide axis extends across the bone. The instrument may be used to guide a drill, the bushing, and/or the locking member along the guide axis into the bone. The nail may be configured to be placed along the medullary canal of the bone such that the nail extends through the bushing, and the locking member may be configured to lock the nail to the bushing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Mark B. SOMMERS, Roy Werner SANDERS, James G. FALKNER, JR., Caleb Abraham MARTIN, Zachary James STROH, Scott Francis MASTROIANNI, Andrew William SEYKORA, Ann Nicole SANTICH, Larry W. EHMKE, Oren S. BERNSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20190105060
    Abstract: Orthopedic systems and methods for installing an implant and/or boring a bone bicortically. The system may include a drill having a proximal boring portion configured to bore a larger hole in a bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in a first direction compared to an opposite second direction, and a distal boring portion configured to bore a smaller hole in the bone more efficiently when the drill rotates in the second direction. The implant may be configured to be implanted at least partially in the bone, such that a first region of the implant is located in the larger hole and a second region of the implant is located in the smaller hole. In an exemplary method, the larger hole and the smaller hole may be bored in the bone's near cortex and far cortex, respectively, by a shaft and a nose of the drill rotated in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Mark B. Sommers, Roy Werner Sanders, James G. Falkner, JR., Caleb Abraham Martin, Zachary James Stroh