Patents by Inventor Justin Taber

Justin Taber 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: 10561447
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes at least one extension with a superior lobe pivotally connected to an inferior lobe, such as by a hinge, to allow unfolding of the at least one extension from a folded position to an unfolded position. In certain aspects, the folding extension may include fasteners to facilitate engagement with the spinous processes to provide both a flexion stop as well as an extension stop. The fasteners may have corresponding bores to allow the fasteners to reside in the bores to provide a compact profile for implantation. In another aspect of the invention, the implant is introduced to the surgical site using a lateral or paramedian approach and associated tools to facilitate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Patrick Hunt, Andrew Lamborne
  • Publication number: 20190380695
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to extra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and locking anchors that feature both a suture return element and a suture locking feature that employs an interference fit between a flexible synthetic strand, a receiver of the anchor, and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each have a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the flexible strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the flexible strand. Embodiments also include a counter-torque anchor driver configured to resist torsional forces generated during and translated to the anchor during set-screw insertion. Further embodiments include extra joint reinforcement, stabilization, and attachment constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Publication number: 20190380696
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to syndesmosis reinforcement. Embodiments include a clamp having two jaws that extend toward each other to clamp two bone portions therebetween. The clamp may include an angle gauge and an adjustment mechanism having a force gauge that combine to enable the compression of the two bone portions in an optimal direction or angle and at an optimal, measurable compression force. Embodiments also include a tension instrument configured to knotlessly lock a flexible strand construct between two anchors at the same optimal direction and tension applied by the clamp. Further embodiments include an exemplary syndesmosis reinforcement procedure that employs the clamp and the tension instrument to construct a ligament reinforcement construct that achieves optimal anatomic positioning in both directional alignment and the reduction force applied by the construct. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 10426460
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to syndesmosis reinforcement. Embodiments include a clamp having two jaws that extend toward each other to clamp two bone portions therebetween. The clamp may include an angle gauge and an adjustment mechanism having a force gauge that combine to enable the compression of the two bone portions in an optimal direction or angle and at an optimal, measurable compression force. Embodiments also include a tension instrument configured to knotlessly lock a flexible strand construct between two anchors at the same optimal direction and tension applied by the clamp. Further embodiments include an exemplary syndesmosis reinforcement procedure that employs the clamp and the tension instrument to construct a ligament reinforcement construct that achieves optimal anatomic positioning in both directional alignment and the reduction force applied by the construct. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 10426459
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to extra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and locking anchors that feature both a suture return element and a suture locking feature that employs an interference fit between a flexible synthetic strand, a receiver of the anchor, and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each have a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the flexible strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the flexible strand. Embodiments also include a counter-torque anchor driver configured to resist torsional forces generated during and translated to the anchor during set-screw insertion. Further embodiments include extra joint reinforcement, stabilization, and attachment constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 10045800
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes a first extension and a second extension. The first extension has a spacer extending from a medial lacing side along a longitudinal axis. The second extension has an aperture that slidingly receives the spacer. Accordingly, the second extension is moveable relative to the spacer along the longitudinal axis. The second extension includes a threaded bore in communication with the aperture. A set screw is threadably received in the threaded bore of the second extension. The set screw can be tightened against an outer surface of the spacer to lock the second extension in place relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Patrick Hunt, Andrew Lamborne, Randall G. Mast, William Sandul, Dean Karahalios
  • Publication number: 20180078381
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes a spacer that is connectable to two extensions. One of the two extensions is connectable to the spacer at a first end and coupled to the spacer by a rotational connection. The other of the two extensions is movably connectable to the second end of the spacer and translatable over the outer surface of the spacer from the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Ryan Fredricey
  • Publication number: 20180008258
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a multiple suture threader. Embodiments of the multiple suture threader include a handle that is coupled with a first collapsible loop and a second collapsible loop that is axially offset from the first collapsible loop. In use, one or more sutures are doubled over each of the first and the second collapsible loops such that when the axially spaced loops are passed through a narrow axial passage of a surgical implant, a surgical instrument, or a bodily passage such as a bone tunnel, a twenty-five to fifty percent reduction in suture traffic, or in the maximum number of suture thicknesses that simultaneously pass through the narrow passage, is achieved. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Phinit Phisitkul, Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20180008255
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to intra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and suture locking anchors that feature elongated sleeves configured to protect the associated bone tunnels from suture wipering, which results in abrasion and enlargement of the bone tunnel and leads to migration of the suture anchors. Embodiments also include suture locking anchors that lock via an interference fit between the suture strand and a receiver of the anchor and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each feature a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the suture strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the suture strand. Further embodiments include intra joint reinforcement and stabilization constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Publication number: 20180008256
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to extra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and locking anchors that feature both a suture return element and a suture locking feature that employs an interference fit between a flexible synthetic strand, a receiver of the anchor, and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each have a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the flexible strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the flexible strand. Embodiments also include a counter-torque anchor driver configured to resist torsional forces generated during and translated to the anchor during set-screw insertion. Further embodiments include extra joint reinforcement, stabilization, and attachment constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Publication number: 20180008286
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a surgical broach for creating a noncircular bore in bone. Embodiments include a surgical punch having a handle coupled with a broach shaft. The broach shaft features a cylindrical portion with a boss projecting radially from the cylindrical portion. When the broach shaft is pressed into bone, it creates a circular bone tunnel having a relief groove projecting radially from and in communication with the circular bone tunnel. Thus, when an implant such as a return anchor for a suture is pressed into the resulting noncircular bore, a return path of the suture passes through the relief groove projecting from the bone tunnel, thereby reducing suture traffic through an internal passage of the anchor and relieving the need for an outer sidewall of the anchor to accommodate the return suture path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Mortise Medical, LLC, KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber
  • Publication number: 20180008330
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to syndesmosis reinforcement. Embodiments include a clamp having two jaws that extend toward each other to clamp two bone portions therebetween. The clamp may include an angle gauge and an adjustment mechanism having a force gauge that combine to enable the compression of the two bone portions in an optimal direction or angle and at an optimal, measurable compression force. Embodiments also include a tension instrument configured to knotlessly lock a flexible strand construct between two anchors at the same optimal direction and tension applied by the clamp. Further embodiments include an exemplary syndesmosis reinforcement procedure that employs the clamp and the tension instrument to construct a ligament reinforcement construct that achieves optimal anatomic positioning in both directional alignment and the reduction force applied by the construct. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Publication number: 20170333090
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes at least one extension with a superior lobe pivotally connected to an inferior lobe, such as by a hinge, to allow unfolding of the at least one extension from a folded position to an unfolded position. In certain aspects, the folding extension may include fasteners to facilitate engagement with the spinous processes to provide both a flexion stop as well as an extension stop. The fasteners may have corresponding bores to allow the fasteners to reside in the bores to provide a compact profile for implantation. In another aspect of the invention, the implant is introduced to the surgical site using a lateral or paramedian approach and associated tools to facilitate the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Patrick Hunt, Andrew Lamborne
  • Publication number: 20170333091
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Andrew Lamborne, Michael Fulton, Jeffrey J. Thramann
  • Patent number: 9775718
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes a spacer that is connectable to two extensions. One of the two extensions is connectable to the spacer at a first end and coupled to the spacer by a rotational connection. The other of the two extensions is movably connectable to the second end of the spacer and translatable over the outer surface of the spacer from the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Ryan Fredricey
  • Patent number: 9750544
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes at least one extension with a superior lobe pivotally connected to an inferior lobe, such as by a hinge, to allow unfolding of the at least one extension from a folded position to an unfolded position. In certain aspects, the folding extension may include fasteners to facilitate engagement with the spinous processes to provide both a flexion stop as well as an extension stop. The fasteners may have corresponding bores to allow the fasteners to reside in the bores to provide a compact profile for implantation. In another aspect of the invention, the implant is introduced to the surgical site using a lateral or paramedian approach and associated tools to facilitate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Patrick Hunt, Andrew Lamborne
  • Patent number: 9743960
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. The spacer is provided in a variety of lengths and superior to inferior surface spacings. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and a cerclage element offset from the midline of the spacer in use so that the spacer defines a fulcrum and the cerclage element is operative to impart a moment to the vertebrae about the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lamborne, Justin Taber, Michael Fulton, Joe Maddux
  • Patent number: 9724136
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Andrew Lamborne, Michael Fulton, Jeffrey J Thramann
  • Publication number: 20170189078
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. The spacer is provided in a variety of lengths and superior to inferior surface spacings. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and a cerclage element offset from the midline of the spacer in use so that the spacer defines a fulcrum and the cerclage element is operative to impart a moment to the vertebrae about the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Lamborne, Justin Taber, Michael Fulton, Joe Maddux
  • Publication number: 20170042589
    Abstract: The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes a first extension and a second extension. The first extension has a spacer extending from a medial lacing side along a longitudinal axis. The second extension has an aperture that slidingiy receives the spacer. Accordingly, the second extension is moveable relative to the spacer along the longitudinal axis. The second extension includes a threaded bore in communication with the aperture. A set screw is threadably received in the threaded bore of the second extension. The set screw can be tightened against an outer surface of the spacer to lock the second extension in place relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Justin Taber, Patrick Hunt, Andrew Lamborne, Randall G. Mast, William Sandul, Dean Karahalios