Patents by Inventor Thomas Sweeney

Thomas Sweeney 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: 20210085485
    Abstract: Implants and instruments for providing an ideal trajectory for the insertion of instruments and screws during implantation of an interbody implant in a spinal surgery are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Byron RIEMHOFER, Thomas SWEENEY, James LEE, Scott LISH
  • Patent number: 10786368
    Abstract: Implants and instruments for providing an ideal trajectory for the insertion of instruments and screws during implantation of an interbody implant in a spinal surgery are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Riemhofer, Thomas Sweeney, James Lee, Scott Lish
  • Publication number: 20200155242
    Abstract: An end effector of a robotic surgery system that includes a fixed plate for attaching an end of a robotic arm, a shaft extending from the fixed plate, a sliding plate moveable relative to the fixed plate along an axial direction of the shaft, a hub assembly mounted to the sliding plate and operatively engaged with the shaft. The hub assembly includes an idler hub, and an inner bearing moveable relative to the idler hub and operatively engaged with the shaft, whereby rotation of the inner bearing moves the sliding plate along the axial direction of the shaft. The end effector further includes a pulley that includes a driven wheel connected to the inner bearing operatively engaged with a motor, whereby rotation of the driven wheel drives rotation of the inner bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Rubicon Spine LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, II, John D. Kuczynski
  • Publication number: 20190201210
    Abstract: Expandable implant devices including first and second endplates, wherein a first side of the first endplate is moveably attached to a first side of the second endplate; and an expansion mechanism is disposed between the first and second endplates adjacent the second side of the endplates opposite the first side, wherein actuating the expansion mechanism changes an angle between the first endplate and the second endplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Besaw, Thomas Sweeney, III
  • Patent number: 9903221
    Abstract: A trip control system for use with, for example, turbines, includes a porting manifold that supports and provides fluid to two or more trip manifolds, each of which includes a bleed circuit having two or more bleed valves connected in parallel between a trip header line and a return or dump line to bleed the hydraulic fluid pressure from the trip header line to thereby cause a trip. The trip control system includes redundant trip manifolds operating in parallel, wherein each trip manifold is able to independently engage a trip of the turbine and each of the trip manifolds includes redundant sets of valves and other trip components that enable the trip manifold to operate to engage a trip of the turbine in the presence of a failure of one of the sets of components on a trip manifold, or while various components of the trip manifold are being tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT POWER & WATER SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Michael Jacobs, Thomas Sweeney, Daniel Philip Berkepile, Adam Gregory Redling, Michael Henry Winwood
  • Publication number: 20170189204
    Abstract: Implants and instruments for providing an ideal trajectory for the insertion of instruments and screws during implantation of an interbody implant in a spinal surgery are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Bryon RIEMHOFER, Thomas SWEENEY, James LEE, Scott LISH
  • Publication number: 20130327408
    Abstract: A trip control system for use with, for example, turbines, includes a porting manifold that supports and provides fluid to two or more trip manifolds, each of which includes a bleed circuit having two or more bleed valves connected in parallel between a trip header line and a return or dump line to bleed the hydraulic fluid pressure from the trip header line to thereby cause a trip. The bleed valves of each of the tripping manifolds are actuated by one or more control valves under control of a controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Jay Michael Jacobs, Thomas Sweeney, Daniel Philip Berkepile, Adam Gregory Redling, Michael Henry Winwood
  • Patent number: 8366749
    Abstract: A method of interconnecting first and second longitudinal members extending along a spinal column of a patient includes inserting an access port into the body of the patient. A transverse connector is moved through the access port. A first end of the transverse connector is connected to the first longitudinal member. A second end of the transverse connector is connected to the second longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8290631
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to arbitrate valve position sensor redundancy are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises measuring a first value representative of a position of a valve, measuring a second value representative of the position of the valve, computing a first estimated position of the valve, selecting one of the first and second values based on the first estimated position, and generating a first valve control signal for the valve based on the selected one of the first and second values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, Scott Shaw, Peter Nicholas Francino
  • Patent number: 7874241
    Abstract: A tripping control system for use with, for example, turbines, includes a block circuit having two or more redundant blocking valves disposed or connected in series within a pressure supply line to block the supply of hydraulic fluid within the pressure supply line and a bleed circuit having two or more bleed valves connected in parallel between the pressure supply line and a return or dump line to bleed to the hydraulic fluid from the pressure supply line. The blocking valves and the bleed valves are actuated by one or more control valves under the control of a process or safety controller which trips the turbine by first performing a bleed function using the bleed valves, which then causes the block function to automatically actuate. Pressure sensors disposed at various locations in the tripping control system provide feedback to the controller to enable the controller to test each of the block and bleed valves individually, during operation of the turbine, without causing an actual trip of the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Peter Natili, Jr., Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20100249849
    Abstract: A method of interconnecting first and second longitudinal members extending along a spinal column of a patient includes inserting an access port into the body of the patient. A transverse connector is moved through the access port. A first end of the transverse connector is connected to the first longitudinal member. A second end of the transverse connector is connected to the second longitudinal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: ZIMMER SPINE, INC.
    Inventor: THOMAS SWEENEY
  • Publication number: 20100229975
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to arbitrate valve position sensor redundancy are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises measuring a first value representative of a position of a valve, measuring a second value representative of the position of the valve, computing a first estimated position of the valve, selecting one of the first and second values based on the first estimated position, and generating a first valve control signal for the valve based on the selected one of the first and second values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, Scott Shaw, Peter Nicholas Francino
  • Patent number: 7736370
    Abstract: A method of interconnecting first and second longitudinal members extending along a spinal column of a patient includes inserting an access port into the body of the patient. A transverse connector is moved through the access port. A first end of the transverse connector is connected to the first longitudinal member. A second end of the transverse connector is connected to the second longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20090275802
    Abstract: A transitional dilator including: a dilator body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the dilator body defines a sleeve orifice configured to receive an implant placement tube; and a round tip formed on the distal end of the dilator body, wherein the round tip defines a converging orifice terminating at an exit orifice configured to closely mate with a serial dilator; in which the round tip including a converging orifice further includes a wall split configured to receive the implant placement tube and expand to accommodate passage of the implant placement tube through the exit orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: David T. Hawkes, Thomas Sweeney, Michael D. Ensign
  • Publication number: 20080071380
    Abstract: An interspinous spacer configured to be implanted using minimally invasive techniques wherein the interspinous spacer is configured to deploy a first wing member on the distal side of an interspinous process and a second wing member on the proximal side of the interspinous process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Sweeney
  • Patent number: 7309304
    Abstract: A adjustable portable belt device for providing decompression support and therapeutic heating and/or cooling while preventing pressure against an incision or injured portion of the body. The support device being adjustable to enable the person to adjust the comfort level of the belt device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Stewart, Thomas Sweeney
  • Patent number: 7237844
    Abstract: A light-weight portable vertebrae decompression support device comprising a pair of arm rests with selectively adjustable members connecting the arm rests and a base member. The base member is adapted to rest on a seat. The selective adjustment raises and lowers the height of the arm rests with respect to the base. The support device provides arm support sufficient to decompress the vertebrae and aids persons recovering from back surgery or those with chronic back problems. The support device can be made adjustable to fit different girth persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Idea People LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G Stewart, III, Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070093826
    Abstract: The systems, assemblies, devices and methods described herein provide a variety of ways to intra-operatively select and/or configure a pedicle screw system. The pedicle screw system components described herein may be readily interchangeable and may be made available to the surgeon as a kit, thus giving the surgeon greater options on structurally fusing, correcting, or otherwise operating on a patient's vertebrae. In one embodiment, a modular pedicle screw kit includes a pedicle screw having a threaded shaft coupled to a head portion and a plurality of tulip assemblies that may be intra-operatively assembled with the pedicle screw. Each tulip assembly includes a tulip body, a rod receiving portion, and a pedicle screw head coupling member that releasably couples the tulip body to the pedicle screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Inventors: David Hawkes, David Warnick, Michael Ensign, Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070040438
    Abstract: A light-weight portable vertebrae decompression support device comprising a pair of arm rests with selectively adjustable members connecting the arm rests and a base member. The base member is adapted to rest on a seat. The selective adjustment raises and lowers the height of the arm rests with respect to the base. The support device provides arm support sufficient to decompress the vertebrae and aids persons recovering from back surgery or those with chronic back problems. The support device can be made adjustable to fit different girth persons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Applicant: THE IDEA PEOPLE LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Stewart, Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070038034
    Abstract: Percutaneous tooling and methods are used to perform a minimally invasive surgery. The tool includes an elongated driver and a number of blade members. The blades are movable from a retracted position to an expanded position. The percutaneous method includes inserting a wire selectively through the tissue surrounding a surgical site. The wire is then used as a guide for other tools, such as a drill and/or screw tap to prepare an opening in the bone. The other tools may be selectively guided over the wire and through a passageway formed within the tissue by the wire. The passageway may be formed through interstices present in the tissue, which at least minimizes damage and trauma to the tissue in vicinity of the surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas Sweeney