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: 20220192843
    Abstract: A system for delivering flowable biomaterial to an intervertebral disc space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes a delivery body defining a proximal end, a distal end spaced from the proximal end along a longitudinal direction, a cannulation extending from the proximal end to an opening adjacent the distal end, and a distal region including a tip that extends to the distal end. The distal region defines a maximum height at a location proximal of the distal end and measured along a second direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The distal region is for indicating a distance between the adjacent vertebral bodies. The system includes a carrier having a longitudinally elongate channel for carrying biomaterial and being insertable within the cannulation, as well as an advancement member configured for insertion within the cannulation to forcibly advance the biomaterial from the cannulation, through the opening, and into the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: James Murray, John Riley Hawkins, Benjamin Cleveland, Alicia McDermott, Roman Lomeli, John Dieselman, Stephen Bornhoft, Christopher Ramsay, Nicholas Pavento, Jan Klett, Stephane Gully, Eric Buehlmann, Thomas Gamache, Roger Berger
  • Patent number: 11344190
    Abstract: Surgical visualization systems and related methods are disclosed herein, e.g., for providing visualization during surgical procedures. Systems and methods herein can be used in a wide range of surgical procedures, including spinal surgeries such as minimally-invasive fusion or discectomy procedures. Systems and methods herein can include various features for enhancing end user experience, improving clinical outcomes, or reducing the invasiveness of a surgery. Exemplary features can include access port integration, hands-free operation, active and/or passive lens cleaning, adjustable camera depth, and many others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Daniel Thommen, Judith Flock, Veronique Christine Zollmann, William Kane, J. Riley Hawkins, Thomas Gamache, John Conidi, Leonard Bryant Guffey, Eric Kolb
  • Patent number: 11298242
    Abstract: A system for delivering flowable biomaterial to an intervertebral disc space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes a delivery body defining a proximal end, a distal end spaced from the proximal end along a longitudinal direction, a cannulation extending from the proximal end to an opening adjacent the distal end, and a distal region including a tip that extends to the distal end. The distal region defines a maximum height at a location proximal of the distal end and measured along a second direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The distal region is for indicating a distance between the adjacent vertebral bodies. The system includes a carrier having a longitudinaly elongate channel for carrying biomaterial and being insertable within the cannulation, as well as an advancement member configured for insertion within the cannulation to forcibly advance the biomaterial from the cannulation, through the opening, and into the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: James Murray, John Riley Hawkins, Benjamin Cleveland, Alicia McDermott, Roman Lomeli, John Dieselman, Stephen Bornhoft, Christopher Ramsay, Nicholas Pavento, Jan Klett, Stephane Gully, Eric Buehlmann, Thomas Gamache, Roger Berger
  • Patent number: 11278323
    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: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward B. Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Publication number: 20220039877
    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: October 25, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Patent number: 11241255
    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: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward B. Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Patent number: 11234736
    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: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward B. Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Publication number: 20220000637
    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 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Hassan Serhan, Douglas Raymond, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 11160619
    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 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Publication number: 20210322180
    Abstract: A separate nub component between the plate and an intervertebral fusion cage, wherein the nub is attached to the plate. The nub lessens the undesired pivotal movement of the plate. It is believed that when the nub fits snugly between the endplates of the adjacent vertebral bodies, it acts as a stop against the undesired pivotal movement of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Pavento, John Riley Hawkins, Sheryl Furlan, Douglas Raymond
  • Patent number: 11134987
    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: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward B. Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Patent number: 11071634
    Abstract: A separate nub component between the plate and an intervertebral fusion cage, wherein the nub is attached to the plate. The nub lessens the undesired pivotal movement of the plate. It is believed that when the nub fits snugly between the endplates of the adjacent vertebral bodies, it acts as a stop against the undesired pivotal movement of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Pavento, John Riley Hawkins, Sheryl Furlan, Douglas Raymond
  • Publication number: 20210169656
    Abstract: A fusion cage has a first component that defines an outside surface that is configured to engage a vertebral endplate, and an interior surface. The fusion cage has a second component that defines first and second opposed surfaces. One of the first and second opposed surfaces can mate with the interior surface of the first component. The fusion cage can include vertical and lateral throughholes adapted to enhance fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Anwar M. Upal, Michael J. O'Neil, Michael Andrew Slivka, Michael Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210161682
    Abstract: An expandable trial can include an inferior portion, a superior portion, and a middle expanding portion as well as load cells for monitoring the load on the trial. The trial may also include recesses on its lateral sides to provide spacing to accommodate a disc removal tool so tissue can be cleared monitoring load. In addition, neural foramen spacing can be monitoring to provide information about how much neural release has been achieved as the disc is cleaned and the spine is positioned and repositioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Roman Lomeli, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher Ramsay, Zoher Bootwala, Jennifer DiPietro, John Griffin
  • Patent number: 10987116
    Abstract: Adjustable drill guides and related methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary drill guide can include an adjustment mechanism that allows for precise incremental adjustment of the drill guide's depth setting while securely maintaining the device at a fixed setting between adjustments. The adjustment mechanism can improve the safety and security of the drill guide, for example by limiting adjustment only to those situations where it is specifically intended by the user, thereby reducing or eliminating the risk of inadvertent depth adjustment. In some embodiments, a drill guide can include high visibility, easy-to-read depth indications while maintaining a slender profile and without shifting the user's eye gaze, for example by employing a multi-surface moving scale having a text height that is at least twice the adjustment increment. Handles, protection sleeves, navigation adapters, and various other accessories that can be used with or without a drill guide are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Joseph Peterson, Felix Aschmann, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10973652
    Abstract: A fusion cage has a first component that defines an outside surface that is configured to engage a vertebral endplate, and an interior surface. The fusion cage has a second component that defines first and second opposed surfaces. One of the first and second opposed surfaces can mate with the interior surface of the first component. The fusion cage can include vertical and lateral throughholes adapted to enhance fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Anwar M. Upal, Michael J. O'Neil, Michael Andrew Slivka, Michael Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210100589
    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: December 16, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin Lee, Mark Hall, Christopher Ramsay, John Riley Hawkins, Albert Montello, Joseph Peterson, Benjamin Johnston, Heiko Koller, Todd Albert, Christopher Ames, Bradford Currier, Claudius Thome, Masashi Neo
  • Patent number: 10940025
    Abstract: An expandable trial can include an inferior portion, a superior portion, and a middle expanding portion as well as load cells for monitoring the load on the trial. The trial may also include recesses on its lateral sides to provide spacing to accommodate a disc removal tool so tissue can be cleared monitoring load. In addition, neural foramen spacing can be monitoring to provide information about how much neural release has been achieved as the disc is cleaned and the spine is positioned and repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Roman Lomeli, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher Ramsay, Zoher Bootwala, Jennifer DiPietro, John Griffin
  • Publication number: 20210030449
    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: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Mickiewicz, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10898232
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Kevin Lee, Mark Hall, Christopher Ramsay, John Riley Hawkins, Albert Montello, Joseph Peterson, Benjamin Johnston, Heiko Koller, Todd Albert, Christopher Ames, Bradford Currier, Claudius Thome, Masashi Neo