Patents by Inventor Lawrence R. Jones

Lawrence R. Jones 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: 10376444
    Abstract: A method includes micro-machining a cavity within a substrate, filling the cavity with a medication, forming a sealing layer over the cavity, micro-machining a cantilevered beam from a layer of material, the cantilevered beam comprising a tip for puncturing the sealing layer, and attaching the cantilevered beam to the substrate such that moving the cantilevered beam toward the substrate enables the tip to puncture the sealing layer. A computer program product corresponding to the method is also disclosed. An apparatus includes a substrate having a cavity micro-machined therein, a sealing layer formed over the cavity, a medication disposed within the cavity, a cantilevered beam micro-machined from a layer of material, the cantilevered beam comprising a tip for puncturing the sealing layer, and the cantilevered beam attached to the substrate and disposed to enable the tip to puncture the sealing layer when the cantilevered beam is moved towards the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ira L. Allen, Gregory J. Boss, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Andrew R. Jones, Kevin C. McConnell, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9198766
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, Mark A. Reiley, David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Patent number: 9066732
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for surgical treatment of vertebrae, comprising a brush-like tamp component for addressing cancellous bone and a slider component that may be distally advanced over the brush-like tamp component while both are (preferably) aligned within a working cannula providing access to a drill channel within the vertebrae. Distal advancement of the slider creates a combination of it and the brush-like component. A handle provides mechanical advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Layne, Lawrence R. Jones, David T. Stinson
  • Patent number: 8523907
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8409254
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Gmedelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: Hansen A. Yuan, David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Mark A. Reiley
  • Publication number: 20120265252
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8231655
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8096302
    Abstract: Systems and methods incorporate implant structures, and/or implantation devices, and/or surgical implantation techniques, to make possible the treatment of physiologic conditions, such as sleep disordered breathing, with enhanced effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Jinfang Liu, Ryan P. Boucher, Eric N. Doelling, J. Greg Stine, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Patent number: 8066740
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. A pair of fixation elements are adapted to be secured within a vertebra in an orientation that best assures a secure and durable attachment to cortical and/or cancellous bone. Artificial facet joint surfaces are mounted on the fixation elements, either directly or with the aid of a support. The artificial facet joint structure may be carried by an arm. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted for articulation with a complementary natural or artificial facet joint structure. Bilateral prostheses may by coupled by a brace to further secure and stabilize the prostheses. Artificial facet joints can be used in combination with artificial intervertebral discs to treat a spinal pathology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, David Stinson
  • Publication number: 20110093024
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for surgical treatment of vertebrae, comprising a brush-like tamp component for addressing cancellous bone and a slider component that may be distally advanced over the brush-like tamp component while both are (preferably) aligned within a working cannula providing access to a drill channel within the vertebrae. Distal advancement of the slider creates a combination of it and the brush-like component. A handle provides mechanical advantage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Richard W. Layne, Lawrence R. Jones, David T. Stinson
  • Patent number: 7691145
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. A pair of fixation elements are adapted to be secured within a vertebra in an orientation that best assures a secure and durable attachment to cortical and/or cancellous bone. Artificial facet joint surfaces are mounted on the fixation elements, either directly or with the aid of a support. The artificial facet joint structure may be carried by an arm. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted for articulation with a complementary natural or artificial facet joint structure. Bilateral prostheses may by coupled by a brace to further secure and stabilize the prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Facet Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, David Stinson
  • Patent number: 7608104
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, Mark A. Reiley, David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090254132
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating bones having bone marrow therein, or other targeted anatomical locations, including bones that are weakened, suffering from or prone to fracture and/or disease. The disclosed devices desirably prepare the targeted anatomical site for a flow of filling/stabilizing and/or therapeutic material, and then provide for control of the flow of material within the targeted anatomical site, measure the volume of material delivered to the site of interest, and prevent the placement of materials in unintended locations. Once material has been delivered, some or all of the flow control devices can be removed from the targeted anatomical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, Hansen A. Yuan
  • Publication number: 20090149860
    Abstract: Delivery devices and methods to be used in the delivery of filling/stabilizing and/or therapeutic materials to a bone or other targeted anatomical site. The disclosed devices desirably control the flow of material, measure the volume of material delivered to the site of interest, and prevent the placement of materials in unintended locations. These disclosed devices desirably combine multiple uses of mechanical control of the filler/stabilizing material delivery, rotational advancement of syringe mechanisms in combination with the advantages of manual displacement of filling/stabilizing material from a cannula/stylet pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20080275505
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 7441559
    Abstract: Systems and methods incorporate implant structures, and/or implantation devices, and/or surgical implantation techniques, to make possible the treatment of physiologic conditions, such as sleep disordered breathing, with enhanced effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lionel M. Nelson, Jinfang Liu, Ryan P. Boucher, Eric N. Doelling, J. Greg Stine, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20080200953
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. A pair of fixation elements are adapted to be secured within a vertebra in an orientation that best assures a secure and durable attachment to cortical and/or cancellous bone. Artificial facet joint surfaces are mounted on the fixation elements, either directly or with the aid of a support. The artificial facet joint structure may be carried by an arm. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted for articulation with a complementary natural or artificial facet joint structure. Bilateral prostheses may by coupled by a brace to further secure and stabilize the prostheses. Artificial facet joints can be used in combination with artificial intervertebral discs to treat a spinal pathology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, David Stinson
  • Publication number: 20080132951
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. A pair of fixation elements are adapted to be secured within a vertebra in an orientation that best assures a secure and durable attachment to cortical and/or cancellous bone. Artificial facet joint surfaces are mounted on the fixation elements, either directly or with the aid of a support. The artificial facet joint structure may be carried by an arm. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted for articulation with a complementary natural or artificial facet joint structure. Bilateral prostheses may by coupled by a brace to further secure and stabilize the prostheses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, David Stinson
  • Publication number: 20080125814
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, Mark A. Reiley, David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones
  • Patent number: 7356968
    Abstract: Cellar or bulk head doors having sidewalls are provided which are made of a polymer and which are strong, durable, attractive, virtually maintenance free, easily assembled, have connection and anchorage points which allow the door assembly to be used over a wide temperature range without damage to the polymer parts making up the assembly and which has an opening preferably in one or both of the sidewalls for inserts such as a window, louver, screen or blank and which insert may be easily changed without tools for the purpose of providing light, ventilation, or security. The doors also may be extended from the structure being enclosed using opposed vertical extenders mated with a horizontal extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: The Bilco Company
    Inventors: Roger F Joyce, Lawrence R Jones