Patents by Inventor Joel Gillard

Joel Gillard 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: 20180125547
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation using a fixation device including a mounting portion and a fastener that attaches to the mounting portion. In some embodiments, the fixation device may include first and second mounting portions configured to be disposed across a bone from each other and secured with a fastener that extends from one of the mounting portions, through the bone, and to the other mounting portion. The system also may include a tool to facilitate installation of the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Eric Thorsell, Sara Russi, Kyle A. Loucks, Andrew W. Seykora
  • Patent number: 9848930
    Abstract: Bone fixation system including methods, apparatus, and kits, for steering a leading end of a fastener within bone. In some embodiments, the system may include (a) a flexible fastener having an external thread, and (b) a guide including a graspable handle attached or attachable to a wire having a distal end portion with a preformed longitudinal curvature in a direction indicated by the handle. The wire may be extendable through the fastener and configured to be advanced longitudinally, while extending through the fastener, such that the distal end portion of the wire penetrates bone ahead of a leading end of the fastener and creates a curved travel path for the leading end of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: Acumed LLC, Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Randall J. Huebner, Joel Gillard
  • Patent number: 9808297
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation using a fixation device including a mounting portion and a fastener that attaches to the mounting portion. In some embodiments, the fixation device may include first and second mounting portions configured to be disposed across a bone from each other and secured with a fastener that extends from one of the mounting portions, through the bone, and to the other mounting portion. The system also may include a tool to facilitate installation of the fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Eric Thorsell, Sara Russi, Kyle A. Loucks, Andrew W. Seykora
  • Patent number: 9775657
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation using a fixation device including a mounting portion and a fastener that attaches to the mounting portion. In some embodiments, the fixation device may include first and second mounting portions configured to be disposed across a bone from each other and secured with a fastener that extends from one of the mounting portions, through the bone, and to the other mounting portion. The system also may include a tool to facilitate installation of the fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Eric Thorsell, Sara Haislip, Kyle A. Loucks, Andrew W. Seykora
  • Patent number: 9421050
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits for binding bone. The system may include an encircling member and a fastening member that secures the encircling member in a loop around a portion of bone. In some embodiments, the fastening member may include any combination of the following: a cutting window, a guide aperture to guide a jaw of a crimping tool to a crimp region of the fastening member, multiple crimp regions, and/or apertures to receive adjustable prong members, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Sara Russi, Andrew W. Seykora, Mariah Knight
  • Publication number: 20160128749
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits for binding bone. The system may include an encircling member and a fastening member that secures the encircling member in a loop around a portion of bone. In some embodiments, the fastening member may include any combination of the following: a cutting window, a guide aperture to guide a jaw of a crimping tool to a crimp region of the fastening member, multiple crimp regions, and/or apertures to receive adjustable prong members, among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Sara Russi, Andrew W. Seykora, Mariah Knight
  • Patent number: 9241748
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits for binding bone. The system may include an encircling member and a fastening member that secures the encircling member in a loop around a portion of bone. In some embodiments, the fastening member may include any combination of the following: a cutting window, a guide aperture to guide a jaw of a crimping tool to a crimp region of the fastening member, multiple crimp regions, and/or apertures to receive adjustable prong members, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Sara Russi, Andrew W. Seykora, Mariah Knight
  • Patent number: 9237910
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for rib stabilization. The system may comprise a clip member having a bridge region and a pair of leaf portions connected to each other by the bridge region. The clip member may be configured to be placed on a rib bone with the leaf portions disposed on opposite sides of the rib bone. The system also may comprise a securing member, such as a suture, to attach the clip member to the rib bone, with the securing member extending at least twice between the leaf portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew W. Seykora, Oren S. Bernstein, Eric Thorsell, Joel Gillard, Kyle A. Loucks
  • Patent number: 9237913
    Abstract: Method of stabilizing a sternum with a fastening member defining a plurality of cleats. In the method, the fastening member may be disposed on a sternum having a discontinuity, with the fastening member spanning the discontinuity and the cleats contacting the sternum. The fastening member may be arranged with a wire or cable such that the wire or cable extends twice through the fastening member and forms a loop around a portion of the sternum. The fastening member may be crimped to secure both ends of the loop to the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Joel Gillard, Mariah Knight
  • Publication number: 20150012048
    Abstract: Bone fixation system including methods, apparatus, and kits, for steering a leading end of a fastener within bone. In some embodiments, the system may include (a) a flexible fastener having an external thread, and (b) a guide including a graspable handle attached or attachable to a wire having a distal end portion with a preformed longitudinal curvature in a direction indicated by the handle. The wire may be extendable through the fastener and configured to be advanced longitudinally, while extending through the fastener, such that the distal end portion of the wire penetrates bone ahead of a leading end of the fastener and creates a curved travel path for the leading end of the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Randall J. Huebner, Joel Gillard
  • Publication number: 20140194878
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation using a fixation device including a mounting portion and a fastener that attaches to the mounting portion. In some embodiments, the fixation device may include first and second mounting portions configured to be disposed across a bone from each other and secured with a fastener that extends from one of the mounting portions, through the bone, and to the other mounting portion. The system also may include a tool to facilitate installation of the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Eric Thorsell, Sara Haislip, Kyle A. Loucks, Andrew W. Seykora
  • Publication number: 20140128923
    Abstract: Systems, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for fixing bones, such as rib bones, with bone plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ellis, Joel Gillard, Steven P. Horst
  • Patent number: 8679122
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for tensioning a surgical wire with a tensioning device and/or fixing bone with a surgical wire tensioned with a tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Oren Simon Bernstein, Howard K. Song, Alexander Robson Legg, Joel Gillard
  • Patent number: 8632573
    Abstract: Device for fixing bone. In some embodiments, the device may comprise a plate member and a pair of hooks members. The plate member may have a pair of opposing edges arranged opposite each other. The pair of hook members each may project from a position adjacent the same edge of the plate member, to form a space to receive a same bone between the plate member and each of the hook members. Both hook members may be configured to contact a same side of the same bone. The plate member and a hook member may define first and second aligned apertures. The device also may comprise a fastener configured to extend from the first aperture, through the bone, and into locked engagement with the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ellis, Joel Gillard, Steven P. Horst
  • Publication number: 20130310879
    Abstract: Method of stabilizing a sternum with a fastening member defining a plurality of cleats. In the method, the fastening member may be disposed on a sternum having a discontinuity, with the fastening member spanning the discontinuity and the cleats contacting the sternum. The fastening member may be arranged with a wire or cable such that the wire or cable extends twice through the fastening member and forms a loop around a portion of the sternum. The fastening member may be crimped to secure both ends of the loop to the fastening member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Joel Gillard, Mariah Knight
  • Publication number: 20130289564
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits for binding bone. The system may include an encircling member and a fastening member that secures the encircling member in a loop around a portion of bone. In some embodiments, the fastening member may include any combination of the following: a cutting window, a guide aperture to guide a jaw of a crimping tool to a crimp region of the fastening member, multiple crimp regions, and/or apertures to receive adjustable prong members, among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Sara Haislip, Andrew W. Seykora, Mariah Knight
  • Patent number: 8486114
    Abstract: Cerclage system, including methods, devices, and kits, for stabilizing bone, such as a sternum. The cerclage system may include a wire or cable that encircles bone, and a bone plate to which segments of the wire or cable lock. The cerclage system also or alternatively may include a tensioner for applying tension to a wire or cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Acute Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Joel Gillard, Mariah Knight
  • Patent number: 8475504
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, kits, and components, for bone fixation using a pair of slender spanning members to span a fracture outside bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Joel Gillard, Randall J. Huebner, Steven P. Horst
  • Patent number: 8425574
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation with a bone plate attached to a fastener assembly including a first fastener disposed in threaded engagement with the bone plate and a second fastener disposed in threaded engagement with the first fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Acumed, LLC
    Inventors: Randall J. Huebner, Joel Gillard
  • Patent number: 8231627
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, kits, and components, for installation of a bone plate using an insertion tool attached to a bone plate and providing a blade for lifting soft tissue off bone in front of the bone plate as the insertion tool is advanced along a surface of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Randall J. Huebner, Joel Gillard