Patents by Inventor John Riley Hawkins

John Riley Hawkins 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: 20200367938
    Abstract: Non-load-bearing, drug-eluting components, such as a rod cover, that can be added to load bearing spinal implants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Fisher, Hassan Serhan, John Riley Hawkins, Michael Andrew Slivka
  • Patent number: 10842541
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for tensioning a tether. In one embodiment, a tether tensioning device is provided and includes an elongate shaft adapted to be positioned adjacent to a bone anchor implanted in bone, and a tensioning mechanism pivotally associated with the elongate shaft and adapted to couple to a tether seated across the bone anchor and to pivot relative to the elongate shaft to apply a tensioning force to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Mickiewicz, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10786231
    Abstract: In intervertebral operative spinal procedures, using separate or pre-attached spreader blocks to control the directional growth of a distracting balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Michael Andrew Slivka, Anwar M. Upal, John Riley Hawkins, Michael Alan Fisher
  • Patent number: 10786282
    Abstract: Non-load-bearing, drug-eluting components, such as a rod cover, that can be added to load bearing spinal implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Fisher, Hassan Serhan, John Riley Hawkins, Michael Andrew Slivka
  • Publication number: 20200297432
    Abstract: Electronic devices that detect their position and/or orientation with respect to earth's frame of reference are described. A coupler can removeably maintain the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can have a housing and the coupler can be included on the housing and arranged to physically connect the housing of the electronic device to the housing of at least one other electronic device. Alternatively, the coupler can be a packaging that maintains the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can be calibrated using the orientation or position information obtained by other electronic devices maintained by the coupler. Further, each electronic device can include a power source that remains inactive until the device is ready for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Patent number: 10743944
    Abstract: Electronic devices that detect their position and/or orientation with respect to earth's frame of reference are described. A coupler can removeably maintain the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can have a housing and the coupler can be included on the housing and arranged to physically connect the housing of the electronic device to the housing of at least one other electronic device. Alternatively, the coupler can be a packaging that maintains the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can be calibrated using the orientation or position information obtained by other electronic devices maintained by the coupler. Further, each electronic device can include a power source that remains inactive until the device is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Patent number: 10736670
    Abstract: A spinal distractor for distracting opposed vertebrae in which a pair of elements are threadably connected by a screw having opposing threads, wherein actuating the screw spreads the elements apart and pushes the vertebrae apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Andrew Slivka, Michael J O'Neil, Hassan Serhan, Michael Fisher, John Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20200205863
    Abstract: Devices and methods for enhancing the effectiveness of spinal stabilization, and particularly that of cervical spinal stabilization, are provided herein. More specifically, methods and systems are disclosed for effectively positioning occipital plates and spinal fixation assemblies within target vertebrae, while also reducing any associated patient trauma (e.g., muscle stripping, tissue damage, etc.). The systems and methods can utilize trans-lamina delivery of the spinal fixation assemblies to allow for the positioning of the fixation elements along the midline of the patient's spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Thomas J. Gamache, Michael Sorrenti, Alexander Grinberg, Michael A. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10695093
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Publication number: 20200179007
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical. spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward B. Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Patent number: 10624676
    Abstract: Devices and methods for enhancing the effectiveness of spinal stabilization, and particularly that of cervical spinal stabilization, are provided herein. More specifically, methods and systems are disclosed for effectively positioning occipital plates and spinal fixation assemblies within target vertebrae, while also reducing any associated patient trauma (e.g., muscle stripping, tissue damage, etc.). The systems and methods can utilize trans-lamina delivery of the spinal fixation assemblies to allow for the positioning of the fixation elements along the midline of the patient's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Thomas J. Gamache, Michael Sorrenti, Alexander Grinberg, Michael A. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10624758
    Abstract: An interbody fusion cage having upper and lower canals for receiving the heads of bone screws that have been pre-installed in opposing vertebral body endplates. The proximal wall of the cage preferably has a vertical slot that communicates with each canal and is adapted to allow access by a screwdriver and tightening of the screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Slivka, Alexander Grinberg, John C. Voellmicke, John Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20200085421
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: William C. HORTON, John Riley HAWKINS, Christopher L. RAMSAY, Edward ZALENSKI, Alexander GRINBERG, Hassan SERHAN, Ernest QUINTANILHA
  • Publication number: 20200038196
    Abstract: An intervertebral fusion device comprising inferior and superior fusion cage devices that provide an ability to correct spondylolisthesis via in-situ adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Hassan Serhan, Douglas Raymond, John Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190335990
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for surgically manipulating tissue. In general, the methods and devices can include an elongate retractor shaft having a distal retractor tip that is configured to manipulate tissue, for example the tip can be configured to separate muscle and nerve fibers surrounding a vertebra. The elongate retractor shaft can include an illumination source such that at least a portion of the surgical field is illuminated by the device when the device is used in the body. A sensor can also or alternatively be included on the elongate retractor shaft, for example on the blunt retraction tip, such that the sensor can monitor physiological parameters of the tissue in or adjacent to the surgical field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Nicholas Pavento, Sean P. Selover, Michelle LeClerc
  • Publication number: 20190321109
    Abstract: Electronic devices that detect their position and/or orientation with respect to earth's frame of reference are described. A coupler can removeably maintain the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can have a housing and the coupler can be included on the housing and arranged to physically connect the housing of the electronic device to the housing of at least one other electronic device. Alternatively, the coupler can be a packaging that maintains the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can be calibrated using the orientation or position information obtained by other electronic devices maintained by the coupler. Further, each electronic device can include a power source that remains inactive until the device is ready for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Patent number: 10449057
    Abstract: An intervertebral fusion device comprising inferior and superior fusion cage devices that provide an ability to correct spondylolisthesis via in-situ adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Hassan Serhan, Douglas Raymond, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10426518
    Abstract: A revisable orthopedic anchor and method of use for removably securing an anchor in bone, such as compromised or degenerated bone, is described herein. In one embodiment, the anchor makes use of dual probes and vector divergence of the distal tips of the probes to achieve superior bone purchase and pull-out resistance. In such an embodiment, the probes can be inserted one at a time into a hole formed in, for example, the pedicle bone. After the probes are inserted and joined at the proximal end, they have a greater pull-out resistance than a threaded anchor. Removing the anchor involves separating the proximal heads and reversing the implantation process. As a result of the unique bone anchor design disclosed herein, the devices and methods of the present invention allow for less complicated implantation and removal of orthopedic anchors, all while providing enhanced bone purchase when implanted in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Alexander Grinberg, Michael Michielli
  • Publication number: 20190290331
    Abstract: Bone anchor assemblies are disclosed herein that can provide for improved fixation as compared with traditional bone anchor assemblies. An exemplary assembly can include a bracket or wing that extends down from the receiver member. The distal portion of the wing can define a bone anchor opening through which one or more auxiliary bone anchors can be disposed to augment the fixation of the assembly's primary bone anchor. A distal surface of the distal portion of the wing can be obliquely angled relative to a proximal-distal axis of the spanning portion to face one of a caudal direction or a cephalad direction. A distal surface of the distal portion of the wing can be obliquely angled relative to the proximal-distal axis of the spanning portion to face one of a medial direction or a lateral direction. Surgical methods using the bone anchor assemblies described herein are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Lee, Mark Hall, Christopher Ramsay, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10405989
    Abstract: An intervertebral fusion device comprising inferior and superior fusion cage devices that provide an ability to correct spondylolisthesis via in-situ adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Hassan Serhan, Douglas Raymond, John Riley Hawkins