Patents by Inventor Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins 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).

  • Patent number: 6019793
    Abstract: The surgical prosthetic device according to the present invention is adapted for placement between two adjoining vertebrae for total or partial replacement of the disk from therebetween. The device has two plates with interior surfaces facing each other and being held at a distance by connecting means and exterior surfaces for contacting the end plates of the two adjoining vertebrae. The connecting means is made of a shape-memory alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Synthes
    Inventors: Stephan M. Perren, Tom Higgins