Patents by Inventor Mark C. Dace

Mark C. Dace 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: 20200275955
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes an intermediate portion and a first portion extending in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The first portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second portion is spaced from the first portion and extends in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The second portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. At least one of the first portion and the second portion includes an outer surface having a mating element engageable with a mating element of a surgical instrument. Systems, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhi S. Kulkarni, Chris E. Johnson, John G. Heller
  • Publication number: 20200268452
    Abstract: A method comprises the steps of: imaging a patient anatomy; selecting an implant strategy for at least one bone fastener having a first member; registering the imaging of the patient anatomy with imaging of a surgical driver; engaging the first member with tissue of the patient anatomy via the surgical driver according to the implant strategy; manipulating the patient anatomy; acquiring data points representative of a position of the first member relative to tissue; and retrieving the data points from a computer database for attaching a second member with the first member. Systems, spinal constructs, implants and surgical instruments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: William Alan Rezach, Mark C. Dace, Richard Quinn Brown, Rodney Ray Ballard
  • Patent number: 10751127
    Abstract: A method comprises the steps of: imaging a patient anatomy; selecting an implant strategy for at least one bone fastener having a first member; registering the imaging of the patient anatomy with imaging of at least a portion of a robot; engaging the first member with tissue of the patient anatomy via robotic guidance according to the implant strategy; and subsequently, manipulating the patient anatomy. Systems, spinal constructs, implants and surgical instruments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Dace, Richard Quinn Brown, Rodney Ray Ballard, William Alan Rezach
  • Patent number: 10695107
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes an intermediate portion and a first portion extending in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The first portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second portion is spaced from the first portion and extends in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The second portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. At least one of the first portion and the second portion includes an outer surface having a mating element engageable with a mating element of a surgical instrument. Systems, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhil S. Kulkarni, Chris E. Johnson, John G. Heller
  • Publication number: 20200188002
    Abstract: A bone screw has a first portion including a head. A second portion includes a threaded shaft having a length and a major diameter. The shaft includes a length-to-major diameter ratio of less than about 2.0. The thread has a minor diameter and includes a major-diameter-to-minor diameter ratio of greater than about 2.0. The shaft further has at least one thread including a pitch of greater than about 1.0 mm and defining a pitch cavity for disposal of tissue. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Wickham, Mark C. Dace, Alexander Vaccaro, Brian A. O'Shaughnessy, Andrew C. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20200085500
    Abstract: A method comprises the steps of: imaging a patient anatomy; selecting an implant strategy for at least one bone fastener having a first member; registering the imaging of the patient anatomy with imaging of at least a portion of a robot; engaging the first member with tissue of the patient anatomy via robotic guidance according to the implant strategy; and subsequently, manipulating the patient anatomy. Systems, spinal constructs, implants and surgical instruments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Mark C. Dace, Richard Quinn Brown, Rodney Ray Ballard, William Alan Rezach
  • Publication number: 20190365482
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a member connected with a spinal implant defining an axis. A first image guide is connected with the member and oriented relative to a sensor to communicate a signal representative of a position of the member. A second image guide is connected with the member and oriented to represent an angle measuring a second orientation of the axis relative to a first orientation. Systems, implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Patent number: 10449006
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a member connected with a spinal implant defining an axis. A first image guide is connected with the member and oriented relative to a sensor to communicate a signal representative of a position of the member. A second image guide is connected with the member and oriented to represent an angle measuring a second orientation of the axis relative to a first orientation. Systems, implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Patent number: 10105234
    Abstract: The spinal implant includes a tissue barrier. A first member extends in a transverse orientation from the tissue barrier and is connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second member is spaced from the first member and extends in a transverse orientation from the tissue barrier. The second member is connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. At least one of the members includes an end that is disposable about at least a portion of the vertebral tissue. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhil Kulkarni
  • Publication number: 20180289426
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a member connected with a spinal implant defining an axis. A first image guide is connected with the member and oriented relative to a sensor to communicate a signal representative of a position of the member. A second image guide is connected with the member and oriented to represent an angle measuring a second orientation of the axis relative to a first orientation. Systems, implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Publication number: 20170209183
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a first portion including a head. A second portion includes a threaded shaft having a length and a diameter. The threaded shaft includes a length to diameter ratio of less than 2.0. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Wickham, Mark C. Dace, Alexander Vaccaro, Brian A. O'Shaughessy, Andrew Hecht
  • Publication number: 20170156764
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes an intermediate portion and a first portion extending in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The first portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second portion is spaced from the first portion and extends in a transverse orientation from the intermediate portion. The second portion includes an inner surface connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. At least one of the first portion and the second portion includes an outer surface having a mating element engageable with a mating element of a surgical instrument. Systems, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhil S. Kulkarni, Chris E. Johnson, John G. Heller
  • Publication number: 20160324557
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a proximal end including a thread and at least one resistance element. A distal end includes the thread and is configured to penetrate tissue. The at least one resistance element is engageable to increase a resistance during penetration of the tissue. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Langston Holly, Mark C. Dace
  • Publication number: 20150257789
    Abstract: The spinal implant includes a first end configured for connection with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second end is spaced from the first end and configured for connection with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. An intermediate portion includes a scaffold and a tissue barrier. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhil Kulkarni
  • Publication number: 20150257795
    Abstract: The spinal implant includes a tissue barrier. A first member extends in a transverse orientation from the tissue barrier and is connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. A second member is spaced from the first member and extends in a transverse orientation from the tissue barrier. The second member is connectable with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. At least one of the members includes an end that is disposable about at least a portion of the vertebral tissue. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Mark C. Dace, Nikhil Kulkarni
  • Publication number: 20150196400
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises an interbody portion including a first endplate engaging surface and a second endplate engaging surface. The portion defines at least one first cavity oriented to implant a fastener with endplate tissue. A plate portion extends from the interbody portion in a substantially perpendicular orientation and defines at least one second cavity oriented to implant a fastener with vertebral wall tissue. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Publication number: 20140142628
    Abstract: A surgical fastener comprises a head including a wall and a drive interface oriented in a first axial direction. At least one tissue penetrating element extends from the wall in a second axial direction. The at least one element is provisionally disposed with tissue and the wall overlaps a surface of an implant to selectively position and orient the implant relative to tissue. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent C. Traynelis, Kevin R. Humphreys, Mark C. Dace
  • Patent number: 8562650
    Abstract: A spinal implant helps stabilize vertebrae for fusion. The implant is particularly adapted for percutaneous implantation, but may also be used with other access techniques. The implant includes first and second plates that extend through a slot in a frame. When installed, the frame extends laterally through the interspinous space, and the plates extend superiorly-inferiorly along respective lateral sides of the spinous processes. The plates are moved toward one another and relative to the slot to clamp the implant to the spinous processes. The slot may be variably sized along its length, and the plates may move into differently sized portions of the slot during the clamping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Publication number: 20120226313
    Abstract: A spinal implant helps stabilize vertebrae for fusion. The implant is particularly adapted for percutaneous implantation, but may also be used with other access techniques. The implant includes first and second plates that extend through a slot in a frame. When installed, the frame extends laterally through the interspinous space, and the plates extend superiorly-inferiorly along respective lateral sides of the spinous processes. The plates are moved toward one another and relative to the slot to clamp the implant to the spinous processes. The slot may be variably sized along its length, and the plates may move into differently sized portions of the slot during the clamping process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Patent number: D831214
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Wickham, Mark C. Dace, Alexander Vaccaro, Brian A. O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Hecht