Patents by Inventor Robert L. Richards

Robert L. Richards 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: 20200178947
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, JR., Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Patent number: 10595839
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, Jr., Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Publication number: 20190239927
    Abstract: A system for non-invasively adjusting the curvature of a spine includes a housing having a first end and a second end, a first rod having a first end telescopically disposed within a cavity of the housing along a first longitudinal axis at the first end of the housing and having a first threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a first portion of a spinal system of a subject, a second rod having a first end telescopically disposed within the cavity along a second longitudinal axis at the second end of the housing and having a second threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a second portion of the spinal system of the subject, a driving member rotatably disposed within the cavity and configured to be activated from a location external to the body of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Wentz, Joon Ki An, Ronald Litke, Glenn DiCostanzo, Ernest Corrao, Robert L. Richards, Sepehr Fariabi, Adam G. Beckett, Luke A. Bilger, Daniel Dongelmans, Scott Pool, Shanbao Cheng, Matthew Dwight, Andy W. Choi, Martin Leugers
  • Patent number: 10238427
    Abstract: A system for non-invasively adjusting the curvature of a spine includes a housing having a first end and a second end, a first rod having a first end telescopically disposed within a cavity of the housing along a first longitudinal axis at the first end of the housing and having a first threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a first portion of a spinal system of a subject, a second rod having a first end telescopically disposed within the cavity along a second longitudinal axis at the second end of the housing and having a second threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a second portion of the spinal system of the subject, a driving member rotatably disposed within the cavity and configured to be activated from a location external to the body of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wentz, Joon Ki An, Ronald Litke, Glenn DiConstanzo, Ernest Corrao, Robert L. Richards, Sepehr Fariabi, Adam G. Beckett, Luke A. Bilger, Daniel Dongelmans, Scott Pool, Shanbao Cheng, Matthew Dwight, Andy W. Choi, Martin Leugers
  • Patent number: 9943351
    Abstract: A kit for implanting a woven retention device into bone includes a woven retention device, a delivery tube, and a push rod. The woven retention device includes a distal end that is tapered to a distal tip, a proximal end for receiving a fastener, and a sleeve body between the distal and proximal ends. The delivery tube includes distal and proximal openings, and a compression portion over at least a distal end of the delivery tube. The push rod can be slideably received within the delivery tube and has a distal end for pushing the woven retention device through the distal opening of the delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher McDonnell, Robert L. Richards, Nicole S. Sroka, Ernest N. Corrao, Jr., Ronald G. Litke, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170360420
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, JR., Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Patent number: 9724080
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Publication number: 20160270825
    Abstract: A system for non-invasively adjusting the curvature of a spine includes a housing having a first end and a second end, a first rod having a first end telescopically disposed within a cavity of the housing along a first longitudinal axis at the first end of the housing and having a first threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a first portion of a spinal system of a subject, a second rod having a first end telescopically disposed within the cavity along a second longitudinal axis at the second end of the housing and having a second threaded portion extending thereon, and a second end configured to be coupled to a second portion of the spinal system of the subject, a driving member rotatably disposed within the cavity and configured to be activated from a location external to the body of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Wentz, Joon Ki An, Ronald Litke, Glenn DiCostanzo, Ernest Corrao, Robert L. Richards, Sepehr Fariabi, Adam G. Beckett, Luke A. Bilger, Daniel Dongelmans, Scott Pool, Shanbao Cheng, Matthew Dwight, Andy W. Choi, Martin Leugers
  • Publication number: 20160074071
    Abstract: A method of inserting a woven retention device into a bone hole includes providing a woven retention device with a tapered distal end and a proximal end to receive a fastener, providing a delivery tube with distal and proximal openings, and providing a push rod to push the woven retention device through the distal opening of the delivery tube. The delivery tube includes a compression portion over at least a distal end of the delivery tube. The method also includes positioning the distal opening of the delivery tube near an opening of the bone hole and advancing the woven retention device through the compression portion of the distal opening of the delivery tube and into the bone hole by pushing on an interior of the tapered distal end of the woven retention device using the distal end of the push rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher McDonnell, Robert L. Richards, Nicole S. Sroka, Ernest N. Corrao, JR., Ronald G. Litke, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160074072
    Abstract: A kit for implanting a woven retention device into bone includes a woven retention device, a delivery tube, and a push rod. The woven retention device includes a distal end that is tapered to a distal tip, a proximal end for receiving a fastener, and a sleeve body between the distal and proximal ends. The delivery tube includes distal and proximal openings, and a compression portion over at least a distal end of the delivery tube. The push rod can be slideably received within the delivery tube and has a distal end for pushing the woven retention device through the distal opening of the delivery tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: WOVEN ORTHOPEDIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher McDonnell, Robert L. Richards, Nicole S. Sroka, Ernest N. Corrao, JR., Ronald G. Litke, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160074084
    Abstract: A system for preparing and inserting a woven retention device into bone is provided. The system includes a woven retention device having a distal end, a proximal end for receiving a fastener, and a sleeve body between the distal and proximal ends. A longitudinal axis extends between the distal and proximal ends. The system also includes a measuring device surrounding at least a portion of the woven retention device and defining a cutting position at which the woven retention device is to be cut for insertion into a hole in the bone. The measuring device measures a distance from the distal end of the woven retention device to the cutting position. The woven retention device is movable relative to a least a portion of the measuring device that defines the cutting position such that the woven retention device can be cut to a desired size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher McDonnell, Robert L. Richards, Nicole S. Sroka, Ernest N. Corrao, JR., Ronald G. Litke, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150182213
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and methods for securing sutures to tissue, particularly bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: Suspension Orthopaedic Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gelfand, Robert L. Richards, Hanspeter R. Bayer, Robert S. Collins
  • Publication number: 20120143215
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Publication number: 20100146367
    Abstract: A system for testing a portion of a cable network provides a pattern generator, addresser, forward error corrector, and comparator. The system is particularly adapted to testing the upstream channel in a cable network. The pattern generator generates a test signal. The addresser addresses the signal to a known server and also instructs the known server to return the test signal to the test system. The forward error corrector corrects errors introduced in the test signal in transmission from the known server to the test system. The comparator then compares the returned test signal to the originally transmitted test signal to determine the performance of the back channel. Preferably, the comparator uses a bit error rate test to determine the performance of the back channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: SUNRISE TELECOM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard C. Jaworski, Robert L. Richards, James E. Barker, Herman B. Elliott
  • Patent number: 7721162
    Abstract: A system for testing a portion of a cable network provides a pattern generator, Addresser, forward error corrector, and comparator. The system is particularly adapted to testing the upstream channel in a cable network. The pattern generator generates a test signal. The addresser addresses the signal to a known server and also instructs the known server to return the test signal to the test system. The forward error corrector corrects errors introduced in the test signal in transmission from the known server to the test system. The comparator then compares the returned test signal to the originally transmitted test signal to determine the performance of the back channel. Preferably, the comparator uses a bit error rate test to determine the performance of the back channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Sunrise Telecom Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard C. Jaworski, Robert L. Richards, James E. Barker, Herman B. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20090147671
    Abstract: A system for testing a portion of a cable network provides a pattern generator, Addresser, forward error corrector, and comparator. The system is particularly adapted to testing the upstream channel in a cable network. The pattern generator generates a test signal. The addresser addresses the signal to a known server and also instructs the known server to return the test signal to the test system. The forward error corrector corrects errors introduced in the test signal in transmission from the known server to the test system. The comparator then compares the returned test signal to the originally transmitted test signal to determine the performance of the back channel. Preferably, the comparator uses a bit error rate test to determine the performance of the back channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: Sunrise Telecom Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard C. Jaworski, Robert L. Richards, James E. Barker, Herman B. Elliott
  • Patent number: 7509542
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a portion of a cable network provides a pattern generator, addresser, forward error corrector, and comparator. The system and method is particularly adapted to testing the upstream channel in a cable network. The pattern generator generates a test signal. The addresser addresses the signal to a known server and also instructs the known server to return the test signal to the test system. The forward error corrector corrects errors introduced in the test signal in transmission from the known server to the test system. The comparator then compares the returned test signal to the originally transmitted test signal to determine the performance of the back channel. Preferably, the comparator uses a bit error rate test to determine the performance of the back channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sunrise Telecom Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard C. Jaworski, Robert L. Richards, James E. Barker, Herman B. Elliott
  • Patent number: 7010730
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a portion of a cable network provides a pattern generator, addresser, forward error corrector, and comparator. The system and method is particularly adapted to testing the upstream channel in a cable network. The pattern generator generates a test signal. The addresser addresses the signal to a known server and also instructs the known server to return the test signal to the test system. The forward error corrector corrects errors introduced in the test signal in transmission from the known server to the test system. The comparator then compares the returned test signal to the originally transmitted test signal to determine the performance of the back channel. Preferably, the comparator uses a bit error rate test to determine the performance of the back channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Sunrise Telecom Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard C. Jaworski, Robert L. Richards, James E. Barker, Herman B. Elliott
  • Patent number: 6205632
    Abstract: A compression tool assembly that is useful in connection with the removal of boiler tube flared-end segments from retention within power boiler header walls is provided with oppositely paired compression jaw elements that are rotated to cause the wall of a longitudinally gapped boiler tube flared-end segment to be compressed into a cross-section configuration that permits comparatively easy tube segment withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Advanced Cutting Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce V. Weeks, Richard Arthur, Robert L. Richards
  • Patent number: 5183340
    Abstract: A bearing comprising a first side in alignment with a radial axis and a second side opposite said first side; said first side including a bumper for withstanding thrust, extending outwardly therefrom; and an inner-axial surface in alignment with an axial axis and an outer-axial surface opposite the inner-axial surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff A. Higginbotham, George Garcia, Robert L. Richards