Patents by Inventor Thomas Scholl

Thomas Scholl 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: 20200293070
    Abstract: In a pressure controller for adjusting a pressure in a container connected downstream of the pressure controller and in fluid communication therewith, the pressure controller includes a main fluid duct having a fluid input and a fluid output leading to the container and a control valve for adjusting a fluid pressure at the fluid output, a bypass duct branching off from the main fluid duct downstream of the control valve, configured for venting of the main fluid duct, and a flow cross-section of the bypass duct being smaller than a maximum flow cross-section of the main fluid duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Alyse KRAUSZ, Christoph SCHOLL, Jonas MUELLER, Matthias BOEHRINGER, Thomas HAHN
  • Publication number: 20200289210
    Abstract: Methods are provided for planning, performing, and assessing of surgical correction to the spine during a spinal surgical procedure. These methods are implemented by a control unit through a GUI to digitize screw locations, digitize anatomical reference points, accept one or more correction inputs, and generate one or more rod solution outputs shaped to engage the screws at locations distinct from the originally digitized locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Robert E. Isaacs, Shannon White, Albert Pothier, Robert German, Eric Finley, James E. Gharib, Mark Peterson
  • Publication number: 20200261120
    Abstract: A system for use during a surgical procedure includes a control unit configured to obtain a first anatomical characteristic of a patient; measure a second anatomical characteristic of a patient; create a targeted second anatomical characteristic; and convert at least one of the measured second anatomical characteristic and the targeted second anatomical characteristics to a patient position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Scholl
  • Patent number: 10709509
    Abstract: Methods are provided for planning, performing, and assessing of surgical correction to the spine during a spinal surgical procedure. These methods are implemented by a control unit through a GUI to digitize screw locations, digitize anatomical reference points, accept one or more correction inputs, and generate one or more rod solution outputs shaped to engage the screws at locations distinct from the originally digitized locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Robert E. Isaacs, Shannon White, Albert Pothier, Robert German, Eric Finley, James E. Gharib, Mark Peterson
  • Patent number: 10695099
    Abstract: A system for use during a surgical procedure includes a control unit configured to obtain a first anatomical characteristic of a patient; measure a second anatomical characteristic of a patient; create a targeted second anatomical characteristic; and convert at least one of the measured second anatomical characteristic and the targeted second anatomical characteristics to a patient position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Scholl
  • Publication number: 20200170712
    Abstract: A method is provided for planning, performing, and assessing of surgical correction to the spine during a spinal surgical procedure. This method is implemented by a control unit through a GUI to digitize screw locations, digitize anatomical reference points, accept one or more correction inputs, and generate one or more rod solution outputs shaped to engage the screws at locations distinct from the originally digitized locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Mark Peterson, Robert Isaacs
  • Patent number: 10639569
    Abstract: A filter device usable with diesel fuels, includes a filter element (19) exchangeably accommodated in a filter housing. A fluid pump device (46) having two pump chambers (45, 49) is part of the filter device. The pump chambers, by a pump piston (51) guided in the chambers in a longitudinally movable manner, are separated from each other fluid-tight at least in one of the two directions of movement of the pump piston. Each pump chamber (45, 49) is assigned a valve (39, 63) opening or closing oppositely to the other valve (39, 63) when the pump device (46) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HYDAC FLUIDCARECENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Micha Kreibig
  • Publication number: 20200085503
    Abstract: The present application describes computer apparatus and software programs useful to the field of corrective spinal surgery. The apparatus and software implement and facilitate methods for assessing the degree of balance and alignment achieved through corrective measures applied to the spine prior to completing a surgical procedure. The apparatus and software facilitate pre-operative planning and virtual testing of the corrective measures to be applied. The apparatus and software further facilitate intra-operative reconciliation with the pre-operative plan prior to completing the surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Niall Casey, Jennifer Jassawalla, Eric Forman, Thomas Scholl
  • Patent number: 10561465
    Abstract: A method is provided for planning, performing, and assessing of surgical correction to the spine during a spinal surgical procedure. This method is implemented by a control unit through a GUI to digitize screw locations, digitize anatomical reference points, accept one or more correction inputs, and generate one or more rod solution outputs shaped to engage the screws at locations distinct from the originally digitized locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Mark Peterson, Robert Isaacs
  • Publication number: 20200046409
    Abstract: A digitizer pointer is provided as part of a system for correcting a curvature or deformity in a patient's spine based on the digitized locations of implanted screws and tracking the placement of the rod as it is placed in a minimally invasive fashion. The digitizer pointer is includes an offset adjustment feature, a swivel feature, and a translation feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, DJ Geiger
  • Publication number: 20200029841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methods generally aimed at surgery. More particularly, the present invention is directed at a system and related methods for performing surgical procedures and assessments involving the use of neurophysiology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: James E. Gharib, Allen Farquhar, Doug Layman, Thomas Scholl, Albert Kim, Albert Pothier, Patrick Miles, Josef Gorek, Mark Peterson
  • Patent number: 10517502
    Abstract: A pedicle access system including a cannula, a stylet, and a removable T-handle. The pedicle access system may be used to percutaneously approach the pedicle, initiate pilot hole formation, and conduct a stimulation signal to the target site for the purposes of performing a pedicle integrity assessment during the pilot hole formation. To do this, the cannula and stylet are locked in combination and inserted through an operating corridor to the pedicle target site, using the T-handle to facilitate easy movement and positioning of the cannula/stylet combination. A stimulation signal may be applied during pilot hole formation to conduct the pedicle integrity assessment. In a significant aspect, the T-handle may be detached from the cannula/stylet combination to facilitate the use of various surgical tools as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Albert Kim, Eric Finley, Albert Pothier, Scot Martinelli, Jared Arambula
  • Patent number: 10507061
    Abstract: The present application describes computer apparatus and software programs useful to the field of corrective spinal surgery. The apparatus and software implement and facilitate methods for assessing the degree of balance and alignment achieved through corrective measures applied to the spine prior to completing a surgical procedure. The apparatus and software facilitate pre-operative planning and virtual testing of the corrective measures to be applied. The apparatus and software further facilitate intra-operative reconciliation with the pre-operative plan prior to completing the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Niall Casey, Jennifer Jassawalla, Eric Forman, Thomas Scholl
  • Patent number: 10507060
    Abstract: The present application describes computer apparatus and software programs useful to the field of corrective spinal surgery. The apparatus and software implement and facilitate methods for assessing the degree of balance and alignment achieved through corrective measures applied to the spine prior to completing a surgical procedure. The apparatus and software facilitate pre-operative planning and virtual testing of the corrective measures to be applied. The apparatus and software further facilitate intra-operative reconciliation with the pre-operative plan prior to completing the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Niall Casey, Jennifer Jassawalla, Eric Forman, Thomas Scholl
  • Patent number: 10485589
    Abstract: A digitizer pointer is provided as part of a system for correcting a curvature or deformity in a patient's spine based on the digitized locations of implanted screws and tracking the placement of the rod as it is placed in a minimally invasive fashion. The digitizer pointer is includes an offset adjustment feature, a swivel feature, and a translation feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, DJ Geiger
  • Patent number: 10433893
    Abstract: A mechanical rod bender is provided for correcting a curvature or deformity in a patient's spine based on the digitized locations of implanted screws and tracking the placement of the rod as it is placed in a minimally invasive fashion. The mechanical rod bender includes a fixed die and a movable die, the movable die having multiple rod contact channels to accommodate spinal rods of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Jeff Solimine
  • Publication number: 20190292585
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for enumeration of nucleic acids, including for the detection of rare events in a biological sample. In certain embodiments, the method may comprise arranging polynucleotides obtained from a biological sample to form a plurality of reaction sites, wherein each reaction site contains on average one polynucleotide; amplifying the polynucleotides in the plurality of reaction sites; determining by nucleic acid hybridization (i) a first number of first reaction sites containing a target nucleic acid sequence, or a portion thereof, and (ii) a second number of second reaction sites containing a reference nucleic acid sequence, or a portion thereof; comparing the first number of the first reaction sites to the second number of the second reaction sites to determine the relative amount of the target nucleic acid in the biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Esoterix Genetic Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Brant Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 10406054
    Abstract: The present subject disclosure provides a novel system and method of maintaining a patient in an optimal position for spinal or other surgeries where the position of the patient and access to the surgical site may be very helpful. Further, neurophysiological data is obtained from the patient in real time through sensors on the patient contacting platforms and relayed to a system which determines whether the patient position should be moved to maintain optimal and viability health during the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, Eric Finley, Brian Snider, Amanda Bloom
  • Patent number: 10374956
    Abstract: The following description is directed to managing a hierarchical network including one or more network zones. In one example, a method of managing a hierarchical network includes collecting network state from respective devices of a network zone; using the collected network state to build an aggregated topology of the network zone; and transmitting the aggregated topology of the network zone to a traffic engineering service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Thomas Tracy, Stephen Callaghan, Thomas Bradley Scholl, Edward Crabbe, Justin Oliver Pietsch
  • Patent number: 10369944
    Abstract: A device for controlling an actuator/solenoid valve output stage, for a vehicle, including: a terminal to receive an enable signal via an interface to an application unit, the enable signal assuming enable/disable states to enable/disable output stage control; a first suppression terminal to receive a first suppression signal via a monitoring unit interface, the first suppression signal assuming a first authorization/suppression state for authorizing/suppressing output stage control; a second suppression terminal to receive a second suppression signal via a second monitoring unit interface, the second suppression signal assuming a second authorization/suppression state for authorizing/suppressing output stage control; an output terminal as an interface to the output stage; and a linking unit to provide a control signal for controlling the output stage to the output terminal for the enable signal, and the first/second suppression signal has the first/second authorization state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Scholl, Thomas Feucht, Guenter Herrmann