Patents by Inventor Matthew Songer

Matthew Songer 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: 20080045956
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Phillip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039840
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039839
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20070250063
    Abstract: A small cannulated bone screw is provided having an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth. A set of such strong and small size screws is also provided where the smallest sizes can have one performance ratio emphasized over another, and the larger sizes can have the emphasis reversed. In particular, the smallest screws optimize the combination of their strength and cannula size with the larger screws optimizing the combination of their strength and thread depth. In any event, each of the screws in the set has an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth throughout the full range of screw sizes in the set, e.g. 3.0 mm to 7.5 mm major diameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventors: Jeff Vlahos, Matthew Songer, Kenneth Davenport
  • Publication number: 20070123879
    Abstract: Bone plate and bone screw lock systems are provided for use in surgical implants. In a preferred form, the bone plate or other implantable member defines a bore for receiving a bone screw and a recess in communication with the bore. A screw lock operates in the bore at the recess to engage and lock the bone screw against unintentional movement The preferred screw lock is shifted about the screw between an unlocked position to allow manipulation of the screw and a locked position in which the screw lock grips the head of the screw to prevent movement of the screw. The screw lock preferably has a c-shaped collar configuration with opposing ends and a camming engagement with the plate or other member in the recess. Upon rotation of the screw lock, the camming engagement causes the ends of the collar to either shift toward one another in which the collar compresses about the screw to lock the screw or away from another to unlock the screw head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Hansen Yuan, Thomas Kilpela, Brian Janowski, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20060161157
    Abstract: Bone plate systems and retainers are provided for surgical implants and bone repair. The bone plate is multi-tiered for receiving bone anchors or screws for securing multiple bones or bone fragments in a desired relationship. The plate includes bores for receiving the screws, and the bores may permit and define a translation path for the screws relative to the plate. The retainers are held in a recess in the bores to prevent screw back-out. Once the screw is seated with the plate, the retainer rests over a top surface of the screw to impede screw back-out from the plate. The retainer may expand to permit driving a screw therethrough and may contract once the screw is seated within the plate so the retainer is in a configuration for preventing back-out. Tools and methods are also provided for implantation and removal of the plates and the screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Inventors: Lawrence Mosca, Matthew Gephart, Brian Janowski, Brad Fredin, Francis Korhonen, Matthew Songer
  • Publication number: 20050256581
    Abstract: Artificial disc devices are disclosed that restore correct anatomical intervertebral spacing for damaged discs while maintaining a substantially normal range of biomechanical movement for the vertebrae between which they are implanted. The disc devices include center bearing and outer or annular bearing portions with the center bearing portion including generally axially extending locating surfaces which cooperate with the facing vertebral surfaces to resist migration. The outer bearing portion is for load bearing or load sharing with the center bearing portion and includes surfaces that extend radially toward the periphery of the vertebrae so that subsidence about the center bearing portion is minimized. Alternate forms of the disc devices include one with an axially enlarged center ball bearing having an annular ring bearing extending thereabout and another having upper and lower plate members with a central bumper member and a surrounding resilient annular member therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Publication date: November 17, 2005
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Thomas Kilpela, Brian Janowski, Gregory Berrevoets, Matthew Gephart
  • Publication number: 20050192671
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein. In a further form, the device may be provided with a releasable connection so that the device may be connected in an insertion configuration and may be released in an operable configuration. Insertion tools and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Bao, Jeffrey Trudeau, Brian Janowski, Matthew Songer, Hansen Yuan, Thomas Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20050192577
    Abstract: Bone plate systems and anchor retainers are provided for use in surgical implants and bone repair. In a preferred form, the bone plate defines a multi-tier member for receiving bone anchors for securing multiple bones or bone fragments in a desired relationship. The bone plate may include bores for receiving the bone anchors, and the bores may permit and define a path of translation or shifting of the bone anchors relative to the bone plate. The anchor retainers may be held in the bores to prevent back-out of the bone anchors. The retainers may be held in a recess in an interior portion of the bore. Once the anchor member is seated within the bone plate, the retainer may rest over a top surface of the anchor member so the anchor member is impeded from backing out of the bone plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Inventors: Lawrence Mosca, Matthew Peter Gephart, Brian Janowski, Brad Fredin, Francis Korhonen, Matthew Songer
  • Publication number: 20050033437
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Bao, Jeffrey Trudeau, Brian Janowski, Matthew Songer, Hansen Yuan, Thomas Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets