Patents by Inventor Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols 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: 10709478
    Abstract: Orthopedic fixation devices and methods of installing the same. The orthopedic fixation device may include a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element and a retention member is configured to allow polyaxial rotation of the bone fastener and also to lock the bone fastener in place upon application of a force on a saddle and clamp in the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Noah Hansell
  • Patent number: 10709573
    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: July 14, 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
  • Publication number: 20200205862
    Abstract: Provided are rod coupler devices, systems, kits and methods, which include at least one saddle having a concave configuration that either abuts a bone fastener and/or a locking cap and is shaped so as to contact the rod in two or more lines of contact, which reduces pressure on the rod, and therefore permits use of a rod having various materials, such as PEEK, without significant deformation of the rod. Also provided is the saddle itself and integrated locking caps that include a saddle, the locking cap and a set screw. Also provided are elongate rods having advantageous shapes, configurations, and/or compositions for rod coupler devices, systems and methods. Further provided are screw and cap devices and systems that themselves include a concave configuration so as to contact a rod in two or more lines of contact, which reduces pressure on the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Fred Harderbrook, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Mark Fromhold
  • Patent number: 10639077
    Abstract: Provided are rod coupler devices, systems, kits and methods, which include at least one saddle having a concave configuration that either abuts a bone fastener and/or a locking cap and is shaped so as to contact the rod in two or more lines of contact, which reduces pressure on the rod, and therefore permits use of a rod having various materials, such as PEEK, without significant deformation of the rod. Also provided is the saddle itself and integrated locking caps that include a saddle, the locking cap and a set screw. Also provided are elongate rods having advantageous shapes, configurations, and/or compositions for rod coupler devices, systems and methods. Further provided are screw and cap devices and systems that themselves include a concave configuration so as to contact a rod in two or more lines of contact, which reduces pressure on the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Fred Harderbrook, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Mark Fromhold
  • Publication number: 20200046408
    Abstract: Modular devices, assemblies, and methods for coupling one or more fixation elements, such as bone fasteners and/or elongate rods. The device includes at least one coupling element having a body portion for receiving a bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the body portion. A locking assembly is received in the coupling element and includes a locking member, a clamp portion, and a ring portion, wherein the locking member is configured to contact an upper portion of the clamp portion and the ring portion is configured to at least partially surround a lower portion of the clamp portion. When unlocked, the bone fastener is moveable within the clamp portion to allow for polyaxial movement of bone fastener relative to the coupling element, and when locked, the bone fastener is fixed relative to the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Khiem Pham
  • Publication number: 20200030003
    Abstract: An implantable growing rod assembly adapted to be secured along a length of a spine for treating deformities of the spine. The assembly includes a housing, a fixed rod extending along a longitudinal axis away from the housing, and an expansion rod extendible from the housing along the longitudinal axis. A driver assembly is fixed to the housing and adapted to translate the expansion rod along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua Charest, Michael Meccariello, Francis Torrente, Derrick Bingaman, Jeffrey David Gordon, Jeff Nichols
  • Patent number: 10485587
    Abstract: Modular devices, assemblies, and methods for coupling one or more fixation elements, such as bone fasteners and/or elongate rods. The device includes at least one coupling element having a body portion for receiving a bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the body portion. A locking assembly is received in the coupling element and includes a locking member, a clamp portion, and a ring portion, wherein the locking member is configured to contact an upper portion of the clamp portion and the ring portion is configured to at least partially surround a lower portion of the clamp portion. When unlocked, the bone fastener is moveable within the clamp portion to allow for polyaxial movement of bone fastener relative to the coupling element, and when locked, the bone fastener is fixed relative to the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Khiem Pham
  • Publication number: 20190262041
    Abstract: Devices and methods for coupling first and second adjacent vertebrae. The device includes a first coupling element and a second coupling element. The first coupling element has a first body portion for receiving a first bone fastener and an elongate rod portion extending transversely from the first body portion. The second coupling element has a second body portion for receiving a second bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the second body portion. The extension portion defines a recess sized and configured to receive the rod portion of the first coupling element. When unlocked, the rod portion is moveable in the recess to allow for rotational and translational movement of the first and second coupling elements. When locked, the relative position of the first and second coupling elements is fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Khiem Pham, Michael Harper, Devjeet Mishra, Derek Martzall
  • Publication number: 20190247094
    Abstract: Orthopedic fixation devices and methods of installing the same. The orthopedic fixation device may include a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: George Yacoub, Jeff Nichols, David Peretz, Caelan Allen
  • Patent number: 10335206
    Abstract: Devices and methods for coupling first and second adjacent vertebrae. The device includes a first coupling element and a second coupling element. The first coupling element has a first body portion for receiving a first bone fastener and an elongate rod portion extending transversely from the first body portion. The second coupling element has a second body portion for receiving a second bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the second body portion. The extension portion defines a recess sized and configured to receive the rod portion of the first coupling element. When unlocked, the rod portion is moveable in the recess to allow for rotational and translational movement of the first and second coupling elements. When locked, the relative position of the first and second coupling elements is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Khiem Pham, Michael Harper, Devjeet Mishra, Derek Martzall
  • Patent number: 10314719
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. A method of installing an expandable fusion device may comprise introducing the expandable fusion device into an intervertebral space, wherein the expandable fusion device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, an anterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a posterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the expandable fusion device has an anterior height on the anterior side and a posterior height on the posterior side. The method may further comprise adjusting the anterior height of the expandable fusion device independently from adjustment of the posterior height. The method may further comprise adjusting the posterior height of the expandable fusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Publication number: 20180344474
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. The expandable fusion device may include first and second endplates, a translation member configured to expand an anterior side and/or posterior side of the device, a plurality of joists configured to connect the first and second endplates to the translation member, and first and second actuation members disposed internally to the device such that openings on a back side of the device can be used to expand or compress the anterior side, the posterior side, or both and such openings may also be used to introduce graft material into the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Publication number: 20180325558
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to orthopedic fixation devices that comprise a pre-assembled double headed tulip assembly, having two tulip elements to receive rods, wherein the assembly may be configured to receive a bone fastener in at least one of the tulip elements. At least one of the tulip elements may comprise a saddle and a ring to attach the double headed tulip to a bone fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: George Yacoub, Jeff Nichols, David Leff
  • Publication number: 20180263664
    Abstract: Orthopedic fixation devices and methods of installing the same. The orthopedic fixation device may include a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element and a retention member is configured to allow polyaxial rotation of the bone fastener and also to lock the bone fastener in place upon application of a force on a saddle and clamp in the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Noah Hansell
  • Publication number: 20180263665
    Abstract: Orthopedic fixation devices and methods of installing the same. The orthopedic fixation device may include a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: George Yacoub, Jeff Nichols
  • Publication number: 20180263789
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. A method of installing an expandable fusion device may comprise introducing the expandable fusion device into an intervertebral space, wherein the expandable fusion device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, an anterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a posterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the expandable fusion device has an anterior height on the anterior side and a posterior height on the posterior side. The method may further comprise adjusting the anterior height of the expandable fusion device independently from adjustment of the posterior height. The method may further comprise adjusting the posterior height of the expandable fusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Patent number: 10052215
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. The expandable fusion device may include first and second endplates, a translation member configured to expand an anterior side and/or posterior side of the device, a plurality of joists configured to connect the first and second endplates to the translation member, and first and second actuation members disposed internally to the device such that openings on a back side of the device can be used to expand or compress the anterior side, the posterior side, or both and such openings may also be used to introduce graft material into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Adams, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Publication number: 20180185163
    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: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Hilliary Kopp, Joel Cryder, James Himmelberger, George Howard, David Leff, Colm McLaughlin, Mark Miccio, Patrick Murray, Jeff Nichols, Jason Zappacosta
  • Publication number: 20180177603
    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: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Hilliary Kopp, Joel Cryder, James Himmelberger, George Howard, David Leff, Colm McLaughlin, Mark Miccio, Patrick Murray, Jeff Nichols, Jason Zappacosla
  • Publication number: 20180177604
    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: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Hilliary Kopp, Joel Cryder, James Himmelberger, George Howard, David Leff, Colm Mclaughlin, Mark Miccio, Patrick Murray, Jeff Nichols, Jason Zappacosta