Patents by Inventor Michael Francis Kovacs

Michael Francis Kovacs 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: 20210000605
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Patent number: 10813652
    Abstract: An offset guide can include a body, an arcuate portion, a first fin, and a second fin. The body can have a first surface. The arcuate portion can extend from the body and have a second surface. The first surface and the second surface can define an opening. The first fin can extend from the first surface into the opening. The second fin can extend from the first surface into the opening. A portion of the first surface can be located between the first fin and the second fin and arranged at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the offset guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Muir, Michael Francis Kovacs
  • Patent number: 10806591
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Publication number: 20200268526
    Abstract: A system for repairing a glenoid defect of a specific patient can include a patient-specific punch and a patient-specific shaping block. The patient-specific punch can form a patient-specific glenoid implant from a bone puck. The patient-specific shaping block can shape the patient-specific glenoid implant to match and fill a glenoid defect of a specific patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Nathan A. Winslow, Michael Francis Kovacs, John Schulz
  • Patent number: 10687831
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reaming apparatuses. The reaming apparatuses can comprise a base guide, a reamer, and a reamer driver. The base guide can define a base guide through bore and a base guide articulating surface. The base guide articulating surface can be oriented at an angle relative to the base guide through bore. The reamer can define a reamer articulating surface operable to allow rotation of the reamer on the base guide articulating surface. The reamer driver can operate with the reamer to cause rotation of the reamer when the reamer driver rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Nathan A. Winslow, Michael Dziekan, Donald W. Dye, Thomas Michael Vanasse, Robert J. Taylor, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Publication number: 20200155170
    Abstract: A bone reamer is provided and may include a shaft and a cutting element. The shaft may include a proximal end, a distal end, and a flexible portion. The flexible portion may be disposed between the proximal and distal ends. The cutting element may be carried by the shaft and may include a cutting surface facing the distal end of the shaft. The distal end of the shaft may be offset from the cutting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse
  • Patent number: 10610381
    Abstract: A system for repairing a glenoid defect of a specific patient can include a patient-specific punch and a patient-specific shaping block. The patient-specific punch can form a patient-specific glenoid implant from a bone puck. The patient-specific shaping block can shape the patient-specific glenoid implant to match and fill a glenoid defect of a specific patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Winslow, Michael Francis Kovacs, John Schulz
  • Patent number: 10582999
    Abstract: Various joint replacements are disclosed herein, as are methods of use thereof. The joint replacements can have a flexible band or multiple flexible bands that can link together a first part of the joint replacement and a second part of the joint replacement. The flexible band or bands can be tensioned to establish proper tension in the patient's joint. In certain circumstances, the joint replacement can be a shoulder joint replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Francis Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20190151106
    Abstract: A glenoid implant is provided and may include a body portion and a stem portion. The stem portion may extend from the body portion along a longitudinal axis. The body portion may include an articular side and a bone-engaging side opposite the articular side. At least a portion of the bone-engaging side may be disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to at least a peripheral edge of the articulation side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, John M. McDaniel, Nathan A. Winslow, Thomas M. Vanasse, Michael A. Wack
  • Patent number: 10258478
    Abstract: A glenoid implant is provided and may include a body portion and a stem portion. The stem portion may extend from the body portion along a longitudinal axis. The body portion may include an articular side and a bone-engaging side opposite the articular side. At least a portion of the bone-engaging side may be disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to at least a peripheral edge of the articulation side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, John M. McDaniel, Nathan A. Winslow, Thomas M. Vanasse, Michael A. Wack
  • Publication number: 20190015193
    Abstract: Various joint replacements are disclosed herein, as are methods of use thereof. The joint replacements can have a flexible band or multiple flexible bands that can link together a first part of the joint replacement and a second part of the joint replacement. The flexible band or bands can be tensioned to establish proper tension in the patient's joint. In certain circumstances, the joint replacement can be a shoulder joint replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Francis Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20180338769
    Abstract: An offset guide can include a body, an arcuate portion, a first fin, and a second fin. The body can have a first surface. The arcuate portion can extend from the body and have a second surface. The first surface and the second surface can define an opening. The first fin can extend from the first surface into the opening. The second fin can extend from the first surface into the opening. A portion of the first surface can be located between the first fin and the second fin and arranged at an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the offset guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Muir, Michael Francis Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20180303618
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Publication number: 20180303619
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an implant. The implant can include a body and a plurality of fixation members. The body can define an articular surface and a bone engaging surface opposite the articular surface. The bone engaging surface can define a groove that separates a first section of the bone engaging surface from a second section of the bone engaging surface. The plurality of fixation members can extend from the bone engaging surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Clinton E. Kehres, Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas Michael Vanasse
  • Publication number: 20180280148
    Abstract: A system for repairing a glenoid defect of a specific patient can include a patient-specific punch and a patient-specific shaping block. The patient-specific punch can form a patient-specific glenoid implant from a bone puck. The patient-specific shaping block can shape the patient-specific glenoid implant to match and fill a glenoid defect of a specific patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Nathan A. Winslow, Michael Francis Kovacs, John Schulz
  • Patent number: 10034757
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Publication number: 20180071104
    Abstract: A glenoid implant is provided and may include a body portion and a stem portion. The stem portion may extend from the body portion along a longitudinal axis. The body portion may include an articular side and a bone-engaging side opposite the articular side. At least a portion of the bone-engaging side may be disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to at least a peripheral edge of the articulation side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, John M. McDaniel, Nathan A. Winslow, Thomas M. Vanasse, Michael A. Wack
  • Publication number: 20180008293
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reaming apparatuses. The reaming apparatuses can comprise a base guide, a reamer, and a reamer driver. The base guide can define a base guide through bore and a base guide articulating surface. The base guide articulating surface can be oriented at an angle relative to the base guide through bore. The reamer can define a reamer articulating surface operable to allow rotation of the reamer on the base guide articulating surface. The reamer driver can operate with the reamer to cause rotation of the reamer when the reamer driver rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Nathan A. Winslow, Michael Dziekan, Donald W. Dye, Thomas Michael Vanasse, Robert J. Taylor, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Patent number: 9844440
    Abstract: A glenoid implant is provided and may include a body portion and a stem portion. The stem portion may extend from the body portion along a longitudinal axis. The body portion may include an articular side and a bone-engaging side opposite the articular side. At least a portion of the bone-engaging side may be disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to at least a peripheral edge of the articulation side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, John M. McDaniel, Nathan A. Winslow, Thomas M. Vanasse, Michael A. Wack
  • Publication number: 20160310285
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse