Patents by Inventor Jeffrey L. Trudeau

Jeffrey L. Trudeau 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: 20190192196
    Abstract: An implant device is provided that is configured for implantation at multiple locations between adjacent vertebrae. The implant device comprises an implant body, a first portion of the implant body, and a second portion of the implant body adjustably interconnected with the first portion. The implant body has a compact orientation and an extended orientation to allow the implant body to be shifted from one orientation to the other orientation for being positioned in any one of areas between the spinous processes of the adjacent vertebrae, between laminar regions of the adjacent vertebrae, spanning an opening in the annulus between the adjacent vertebrae, and in the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Russell M. Pietila, Michael R. Jackson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10314630
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for immobilizing a synovial joint, such as a sacroiliac (SI) joint are disclosed. In one form, a multipiece fixation device, such as a dowel, includes multiple expandable fasteners that are configured to fix adjacent bones of a synovial joint with respect to one another. The expandable fasteners include expansion portions that are expanded radially via insertion of another expandable fastener or an expansion device to fix the expandable fasteners to the bone. The fixation device may be configured to provide for compression or distraction of the bones of the synovial joint while at the same time stabilizing the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Publication number: 20190110821
    Abstract: In one aspect, a bone anchor assembly is provided having a bone anchor with a head, a resilient locking cap extending about a portion of the bone anchor head, and a cap drive member having a depending annular wall. In another form, a bone plate system is provided including a bone plate having an elongated throughbore and a resilient support member received therein. In another aspect, an insertion device is provided for manipulating and inserting a spinal device at or within a spinal joint. The insertion device is configured to actively pivot the implant about the implant gripping end of the device and to allow manipulation and release of the implant in any pivoted orientation from approximately 0 to 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Scott J. Perrow, Joseph Mohar, Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Publication number: 20190091035
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Publication number: 20190076266
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect, a spinal implant for fusing vertebral bones is provided that includes a monolithic body for being inserted between bones. The body has a through opening of the body for receiving bone growth material and a wall of the body extending about the through opening. The wall includes nubs extending into the through opening that increase the surface area of the wall available for bone on-growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Michael D. Kakuk, Stephen John Horvath, Katie S. Barron, Michael Sibley Carter, Brent E. Skaw
  • Patent number: 10182852
    Abstract: An implant device is provided that is configured for implantation at multiple locations between adjacent vertebrae. The implant device comprises an implant body, a first portion of the implant body, and a second portion of the implant body adjustably interconnected with the first portion. The implant body has a compact orientation and an extended orientation to allow the implant body to be shifted from one orientation to the other orientation for being positioned in any one of areas between the spinous processes of the adjacent vertebrae, between laminar regions of the adjacent vertebrae, spanning an opening in the annulus between the adjacent vertebrae, and in the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Russell M. Pietila, Michael R. Jackson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10080667
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Publication number: 20170296354
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Patent number: 9693872
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Publication number: 20170112549
    Abstract: An implant device is provided that is configured for implantation at multiple locations between adjacent vertebrae. The implant device comprises an implant body, a first portion of the implant body, and a second portion of the implant body adjustably interconnected with the first portion. The implant body has a compact orientation and an extended orientation to allow the implant body to be shifted from one orientation to the other orientation for being positioned in any one of areas between the spinous processes of the adjacent vertebrae, between laminar regions of the adjacent vertebrae, spanning an opening in the annulus between the adjacent vertebrae, and in the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Russell M. Pietila, Michael R. Jackson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9545269
    Abstract: An implant device is provided that is configured for implantation at multiple locations between adjacent vertebrae. The implant device comprises an implant body, a first portion of the implant body, and a second portion of the implant body adjustably interconnected with the first portion. The implant body has a compact orientation and an extended orientation to allow the implant body to be shifted from one orientation to the other orientation for being positioned in any one of areas between the spinous processes of the adjacent vertebrae, between laminar regions of the adjacent vertebrae, spanning an opening in the annulus between the adjacent vertebrae, and in the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Russell M. Pietila, Michael R. Jackson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9351852
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein. In a further form, the device may be provided with a releasable connection so that the device may be connected in an insertion configuration and may be released in an operable configuration. Insertion tools and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Boa, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Matthew N. Songer, Hansen A. Yuan, Thomas S. Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20160120657
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Patent number: 9241807
    Abstract: An insertion device is provided for inserting a spinal device such as an intervertebral implant within a spinal joint. The implant includes at least first and second members, with the first having a convex articulation surface and the second member having a concave articulation surface. The two articulation surfaces provide an articulation interface to substantially mimic natural kinetic motion of the spine. The insertion device can be attached to at least one of the first and second members. In one form, the insertion device is configured such that the first and second members are movable relative to one another while being held to allow the members to form a compact wedge configuration. The insertion device is configured to actively pivot the implant about the implant gripping end of the device and to allow manipulation and release of the implant members in any pivoted orientation from approximately 0 to 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Mohar, Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 9233011
    Abstract: Systems and tools for inserting and securing an implant within the intervertebral space. An intervertebral disc implant with upper and lower bearing members with an articulation interface between the members for providing relative motion therebetween. The implant may be provided with various securing members for fixing the implant within the intervertebral space. A tool may be used to insert the implant, which includes a plurality of shiftable implant engaging members that are shiftable between non-engaging and engaging configurations to alternatively release or hold the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Thomas Kilpela, Michael R. Jackson, Qi-Bin Bao
  • Patent number: 9216098
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a size measurement within an intervertebral space by placing an expandable and contractible device into the intervertebral space, expanding the device, measuring a size characteristic of the space, contracting the device and then removing it. The measurement may be accomplished by an external x-ray or other imaging device imaging the expanded device in situ or by mechanically operated devices. An expansion and contraction mechanism such as fluid containing bladder or mechanically shifted members expands the device which later contracts in a controlled manner to the contracted size. An apparatus and method is provided for the measuring of the intervertebral space at a controlled distraction force. The apparatus includes an expandable device for providing a measurement within the intervertebral space and facilitating the measurement of the angulations of the lordotic curve of the intervertebral space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Thomas S. Kilpela, Qi-Bin Bao, Weston Pernsteiner
  • Publication number: 20150359578
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for immobilizing a synovial joint, such as a sacroiliac (SI) joint are disclosed. In one form, a multipiece fixation device, such as a dowel, includes multiple expandable fasteners that are configured to fix adjacent bones of a synovial joint with respect to one another. The expandable fasteners include expansion portions that are expanded radially via insertion of another expandable fastener or an expansion device to fix the expandable fasteners to the bone. The fixation device may be configured to provide for compression or distraction of the bones of the synovial joint while at the same time stabilizing the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 9138871
    Abstract: A drywall sander includes a replaceable sanding pad having a layer of resilient material, and an abrasive surface. The sanding pad includes one or more edge portions that project beyond the edges of a sander head. The edges of the sanding pad can be deformed during use when the sander is used in a corner or the like to thereby prevent scuffing or other damage to adjacent orthogonal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: EC Sander, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Craig M. Field, Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 9113972
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for immobilizing a synovial joint, such as a sacroiliac (SI) joint are disclosed. In one form, a multipiece fixation device, such as a dowel, includes multiple expandable fasteners that are configured to fix adjacent bones of a synovial joint with respect to one another. The expandable fasteners include expansion portions that are expanded radially via insertion of another expandable fastener or an expansion device to fix the expandable fasteners to the bone. The fixation device may be configured to provide for compression or distraction of the bones of the synovial joint while at the same time stabilizing the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 9101493
    Abstract: A system for replacing a natural nuclear disc in an intervertebral space has a spinal device configured for placement in the intervertebral space. An insertion tool is configured for holding the spinal device while the spinal device is inserted into the intervertebral space. A gripping member of the insertion tool has an end for adjustably holding the spinal device within the intervertebral space. A steering actuator of the insertion tool is operably connected to the spinal device and configured for pivoting the adjustably held spinal device within the intervertebral space while the steering actuator is controlled remotely from the intervertebral space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Qi-Bin Bao, Thomas Kilpela