Patents by Inventor Thomas J. McLeer

Thomas J. McLeer 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: 20230381792
    Abstract: A portable centrifuge comprising a base, which includes a rotational mechanism contained within. A sequester wheel having a plurality of concentric rings, forming at least one channel and a central container. The at least one channel comprising a second volume and the central container comprising a first volume. A first cover is disposed over the sequester wheel to create a seal. A second cover is disposed over the first cover and is rotatable to engage with the rotational mechanism to initiate rotation at a predetermined RPM. The whole blood, tissue or other cell types are separated into its constituent components and deposited into the at least one channel and the central container. Specific volumes of the constituent components, tissue and/or cell types may be calculated to match or substantially match the first and second volumes for predetermined volume control and ease of access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: Randall ALLARD, Polly ALLARD, Thomas J. MCLEER
  • Publication number: 20230101020
    Abstract: The PAPR kit is an air-purifying respirator that uses a blower to force the ambient air through air-filtration media to the hood assembly to create positive air pressure. The PAPR kit is module in design and can be employed in multiple use configurations and applications. The PAPR kit comprises a PAPR unit, the PAPR unit may be removably mounted or coupled to a back region of a hood assembly and/or a waist belt. The PAPR kit may further comprise an integrated or removable battery pack that is easily retained and/or removed from the PAPR unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Inventors: Randall ALLARD, Polly ALLARD, Thomas J. McLEER, Philip J. TAMMINGA
  • Publication number: 20220257841
    Abstract: A portable centrifuge comprising a base, which includes a rotational mechanism contained within. A sequester wheel having a plurality of concentric rings, forming at least one channel and a central container. The at least one channel comprising a second volume and the central container comprising a first volume. A first cover is disposed over the sequester wheel to create a seal. A second cover is disposed over the first cover and is rotatable to engage with the rotational mechanism to initiate rotation at a predetermined RPM. The whole blood and/or other tissue is separated into its constituent components and deposited into the at least one channel and the central container. Specific volumes of the constituent components may be calculated to match or substantially match the first and second volumes for predetermined volume control and ease of access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Randall ALLARD, Polly ALLARD, Thomas J. MCLEER
  • Patent number: 10064743
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish
  • Patent number: 10010426
    Abstract: An adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis may include a pedicle fixation element; a laminar fixation element; and a facet joint bearing surface having a location adaptable with respect at least one of the pedicle fixation element and the laminar fixation element. Methods of implanting an adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis may include determining a desired position for a facet joint bearing surface; and attaching a prosthesis comprising a facet joint bearing surface to a pedicle portion of a vertebra and a lamina portion of a vertebra to place the facet joint bearing surface in the desired position. A facet joint prosthesis implant tool may include a tool guide adapted to guide a vertebra cutting tool; and first and second fixation hole alignment elements extending from the saw guide. Systems for treating spinal pathologies may include intervertebral discs in combination with spinal and facet joint prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark K. Kuiper, David Yager, Leonard Tokish, Jr., David Michael Rosler, Mark A. Reiley, Michael J. Funk, Jorge A. Ochoa, Susan L. Rogers, Christopher R. Ralph, Mark T. Charbonneau, Richard J. Broman, Thomas J. McLeer
  • Publication number: 20170056207
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish
  • Publication number: 20170056196
    Abstract: An adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis may include a pedicle fixation element; a laminar fixation element; and a facet joint bearing surface having a location adaptable with respect at least one of the pedicle fixation element and the laminar fixation element. Methods of implanting an adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis may include determining a desired position for a facet joint bearing surface; and attaching a prosthesis comprising a facet joint bearing surface to a pedicle portion of a vertebra and a lamina portion of a vertebra to place the facet joint bearing surface in the desired position. A facet joint prosthesis implant tool may include a tool guide adapted to guide a vertebra cutting tool; and first and second fixation hole alignment elements extending from the saw guide. Systems for treating spinal pathologies may include intervertebral discs in combination with spinal and facet joint prostheses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Mark K. Kuiper, David Yager, Leonard Tokish, JR., David Michael Rosler, Mark A. Reiley, Michael J. Funk, Jorge A. Ochoa, Susan L. Rogers, Christopher R. Ralph, Mark T. Charbonneau, Richard J. Broman, Thomas J. McLeer
  • Patent number: 9498260
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J Funk, Thomas J McLeer, Teena M Augostino, Richard J Broman, Leonard J Tokish, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150209088
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish, JR.
  • Patent number: 8675930
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8398681
    Abstract: The invention discloses an implantable facet arthroplasty device suitable for treating adjacent level disease. The device is designed for implantation between a first vertebra and a second vertebra. Components of the device include: a crossbar; a first component having a first attachment mechanism adapted to attach to a first location of a spinal fusion device attached to a first vertebra and a second attachment mechanism adapted to attach to the crossbar; and a second component having a second attachment mechanism adapted to attach to a second location of a spinal fusion device attached to the first vertebra and a second attachment mechanism adapted to attach to the crossbar. The first component articulates relative to the second component and the first vertebra articulates relative to the device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Gmedelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: Teena M. Augostino, Thomas J. McLeer, Mark A. Reiley
  • Publication number: 20130030466
    Abstract: An adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis, including a pedicle fixation element; a laminar fixation element; and a facet joint bearing surface having a location adaptable with respect at least one of the pedicle fixation element and the laminar fixation element. The invention also includes a method of implanting an adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis including the steps of determining a desired position for a facet joint bearing surface; and attaching a prosthesis comprising a facet joint bearing surface to a pedicle portion of a vertebra and a lamina portion of a vertebra to place the facet joint bearing surface in the desired position. The invention also provides a facet joint prosthesis implant tool including a tool guide adapted to guide a vertebra cutting tool; and first and second fixation hole alignment elements extending from the saw guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Mark K. Kuiper, David Yager, Leonard Tokish, JR., David Michael Rosler, Mark A. Reiley, Michael J. Funk, Jorge A. Ochoa, Susan L. Rogers, Christopher R. Ralph, Mark T. Charbonneau, Richard J. Broman, Thomas J. McLeer
  • Patent number: 8221461
    Abstract: An adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis, including a pedicle fixation element; a laminar fixation element; and a facet joint bearing surface having a location adaptable with respect at least one of the pedicle fixation element and the laminar fixation element. The invention also includes a method of implanting an adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis including the steps of determining a desired position for a facet joint bearing surface; and attaching a prosthesis comprising a facet joint bearing surface to a pedicle portion of a vertebra and a lamina portion of a vertebra to place the facet joint bearing surface in the desired position. The invention also provides a facet joint prosthesis implant tool including a tool guide adapted to guide a vertebra cutting tool; and first and second fixation hole alignment elements extending from the saw guide. The invention also provides systems for treating spinal pathologies that include intervertebral discs in combination with spinal and facet joint prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: Mark K. Kuiper, David Yager, Leonard Tokish, Jr., David Michael Rosler, Mark A. Reiley, Michael J. Funk, Jorge A. Ochoa, Susan L. Rogers, Christopher R. Ralph, Mark T. Charbonneau, Richard J. Broman, Thomas J. McLeer
  • Publication number: 20090024219
    Abstract: The invention describes a variety of implantable artificial joint complexes adapted for implantation within a target joint space within a human body. The joint complexes comprise: an expandable joint segment adapted to fit within the target joint space; and at least one of a first cannulated anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent the target joint space; and a second anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent a target joint space. The invention also discloses methods of implanting a patient specific artificial joint complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. McLeer
  • Publication number: 20080292161
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080287959
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint, the tool including a trial marker having a portion configured to be placed in a hole; and a trial body comprising a bore therethrough for slidaby receiving a portion of the trial marker. In some embodiments, the trial body further comprises an arm extending generally radially outward from the bore and configured to contact an opposing spinal prosthesis component. The trial body may further comprise a lower portion configured to be placed in the hole. The trial marker and the trial body are configured to cooperate to indicate a relative positioning between them. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Quest, Leonard J. Tokish, JR., Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman
  • Publication number: 20080249568
    Abstract: An adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis, including a pedicle fixation element; a laminar fixation element; and a facet joint bearing surface having a location adaptable with respect at least one of the pedicle fixation element and the laminar fixation element. The invention also includes a method of implanting an adaptable spinal facet joint prosthesis including the steps of determining a desired position for a facet joint bearing surface; and attaching a prosthesis comprising a facet joint bearing surface to a pedicle portion of a vertebra and a lamina portion of a vertebra to place the facet joint bearing surface in the desired position. The invention also provides a facet joint prosthesis implant tool including a tool guide adapted to guide a vertebra cutting tool; and first and second fixation hole alignment elements extending from the saw guide. The invention also provides systems for treating spinal pathologies that include intervertebral discs in combination with spinal and facet joint prostheses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Mark K. Kuiper, David Yager, Leonard Tokish, David Michael Rosler, Mark A. Reiley, Michael J. Funk, Jorge A. Ochoa, Susan L. Rogers, Christopher R. Ralph, Mark T. Charbonneau, Richard J. Broman, Thomas J. McLeer
  • Patent number: 7406775
    Abstract: The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of artificial facet joints at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing an artificial cephalad facet joint including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of an artificial cephalad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudad facet joint including a stem element and a trial caudad bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudad facet joint for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudad facet joint measurement tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Funk, Thomas J. McLeer, Teena M. Augostino, Richard J. Broman, Leonard J. Tokish, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080177308
    Abstract: The invention describes a variety of implantable artificial joint complexes adapted for implantation within a target joint space within a human body. The joint complexes comprise: an expandable joint segment adapted to fit within the target joint space; and at least one of a first cannulated anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent the target joint space; and a second anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent a target joint space. The invention also discloses methods of implanting a patient specific artificial joint complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. McLeer
  • Publication number: 20080177309
    Abstract: The invention describes a variety of implantable artificial joint complexes adapted for implantation within a target joint space within a human body. The joint complexes comprise: an expandable joint segment adapted to fit within the target joint space; and at least one of a first cannulated anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent the target joint space; and a second anchor adapted to engage the expandable joint segment and adapted to engage a bony structure adjacent a target joint space. The invention also discloses methods of implanting a patient specific artificial joint complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Archus Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. McLeer