Patents by Inventor Joel P. Bales

Joel P. Bales 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: 10603083
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Theken Spine, LLC, SeaSpine Orthopedics Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Noel Gladieux, Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Publication number: 20190183538
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Patent number: 10206717
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Patent number: 9707014
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Patent number: 9084634
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Patent number: 6626907
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate is disclosed, along with threaded fasteners for securing the plate to vertebrae or other osseous material. The cervical plate has several pockets or apertures, preferably at least four, to receive a corresponding number of the fasteners. The pockets have spherical surfaces, and the fasteners have heads with similarly sized spherical surfaces, which when engaged permit each of the fasteners to be oriented at a variety of projection angles with respect to the plate. In connection with each pocket, the cervical plate incorporates a fastener retaining feature. The feature can take the form of a cantilevered tab or a beam supported at its opposite ends, in each case plastically deformable between an open position for admitting the fastener and a closed position for preventing retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Campbell, Donald E. Anselm, Jason D. Blain, Joel P. Bales, Dan L. Pastrick, George A. Ramirez, Rick B. Delamarter, Leonard J. Tokish, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6258089
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate is disclosed, along with threaded fasteners for securing the plate to vertebrae or other osseous material. The cervical plate has several pockets or apertures, preferably at least four, to receive a corresponding number of the fasteners. The pockets have spherical surfaces, and the fasteners have heads with similarly sized spherical surfaces, which when engaged permit each of the fasteners to be oriented at a variety of projection angles with respect to the plate. In connection with each pocket, the cervical plate incorporates a fastener retaining feature. The feature can take the form of a cantilevered tab or a beam supported at its opposite ends, in each case plastically deformable between an open position for admitting the fastener and a closed position for preventing retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Campbell, Donald E. Anselm, Jason D. Blain, Joel P. Bales, Dan L. Pastrick, George A. Ramirez, Rick B. Delamarter, Leonard J. Tokish, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5702388
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a retainer (10, 12, 70) for securing a sponge (16) at the point of entry for an orthopaedic elongate member (14). The retainer (10, 12, 70) is removably attachable to the elongate member (14) adjacent the sponge. The retainer, in one embodiment, includes a body (22) having a bottom (24) and a side (26), with the side (26) being disposed adjacent to the bottom (24). The body (22) further includes an opening (34) associated with each of the bottom (24) and the side (26). The opening (34) is configured for receiving the elongate member (14) therein. A clamp (40) is movably attached to the body (22) and engageable with the elongate member (14) for retaining the elongate member (14) within the opening (34). A resilient member (50) is integral or engaged with the clamp (40) for biasing the clamp (40) into engagement with the elongate member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Jackson, Charles D. Persons, Robert D. Krebs, Gregory G. Price, Joel P. Bales
  • Patent number: D385352
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel P. Bales, S. Kyle Hayes