Patents by Inventor Vincent Bryan

Vincent Bryan 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: 8371773
    Abstract: A device for transporting articles is disclosed. In the illustrated and described embodiment of the invention, the articles are fruit such as apples, and the articles can be transported from a picking location on a fruit tree to a collection bin or other site. The device includes a tube member adapted to receive and transport the articles, and a plurality of deformable baffles at spaced-apart locations within the tube. Each baffle defines an aperture which permits the article to engage and deform the baffle and aperture so as to create at least a partial momentary seal to encourage article movement through the aperture and down the tube. The article is urged through the tube by a pressure differential created across the article. In the described and illustrated embodiment of the invention, this pressure differential is a pneumatic pressure differential. The tube and the baffle apertures can have non-circular cross-sectional shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Picker Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vincent E. Bryan, Jr., John Ohrt, Randy Allard, Polly Allard, Gene Barrow, Pete Kunzler, Vincent Bryan, III, Alex Kunzler
  • Patent number: 8092542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical implant that provides an artificial diarthroidal-like joint, suitable for use in replacing any joint, but particularly suitable for use as an intervertebral disc endoprosthesis. The invention contains two rigid opposing shells, each having an outer surface adapted to engage the surfaces of the bones of a joint in such a way that the shells are immobilized by friction between their outer surfaces and the surfaces of the bone. These outer surfaces are sufficiently rough that large frictional forces strongly resist any slippage between the outer surface and the bone surfaces in the joint. They may be convex, and when inserted into a milled concavity, are immediately mechanically stable. Desirably, the outer surfaces of the shells are adapted to allow for bony ingrowth, which further stabilizes the shells in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Charles R. Clark, Robert Conta, Carlos E. Gil
  • Publication number: 20110295374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical implant that provides an artificial diarthroidal-like joint, suitable for use in replacing any joint, but particularly suitable for use as an intervertebral disc endoprosthesis. The invention contains two rigid opposing shells, each having an outer surface adapted to engage the surfaces of the bones of a joint in such a way that the shells are immobilized by friction between their outer surfaces and the surfaces of the bone. These outer surfaces are sufficiently rough that large frictional forces strongly resist any slippage between the outer surface and the bone surfaces in the joint. They may be convex, and when inserted into a milled concavity, are immediately mechanically stable. Desirably, the outer surfaces of the shells are adapted to allow for bony ingrowth, which further stabilizes the shells in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Charles R. Clark, Robert Conta, Carlos E. Gil
  • Patent number: 7967862
    Abstract: A method for implanting an articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis into an intervertebral disc space comprises surgically accessing the intervertebral disc space through an opening on a first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space and inserting a first half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis through the opening and into the intervertebral disc space. The method further comprises inserting a second half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis through the opening on the first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space and positioning the first half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis on a second lateral side of the intervertebral disc space. The method also comprises positioning the second half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis on the first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Allard, Alex Kunzler, Anthony Finazzo, Vincent Bryan, Carlos Gil, Robert Conta
  • Publication number: 20110091292
    Abstract: A device for transporting articles is disclosed. In the illustrated and described embodiment of the invention, the articles are fruit such as apples, and the articles can be transported from a picking location on a fruit tree to a collection bin or other site. The device includes a tube member adapted to receive and transport the articles, and a plurality of deformable baffles at spaced-apart locations within the tube. Each baffle defines an aperture which permits the article to engage and deform the baffle and aperture so as to create at least a partial momentary seal to encourage article movement through the aperture and down the tube. The article is urged through the tube by a pressure differential created across the article. In the described and illustrated embodiment of the invention, this pressure differential is a pneumatic pressure differential. The tube and the baffle apertures can have non-circular cross-sectional shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: Picker Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vincent E. Bryan, JR., John Ohrt, Randy Allard, Polly Allard, Gene Barrow, Pete Kunzler, Vincent Bryan, III, Alex Kunzler
  • Publication number: 20100070042
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical implant that provides an artificial diarthroidal-like joint, suitable for use in replacing any joint, but particularly suitable for use as an intervertebral disc endoprosthesis. The invention contains two rigid opposing shells, each having an outer surface adapted to engage the surfaces of the bones of a joint in such a way that the shells are immobilized by friction between their outer surfaces and the surfaces of the bone. These outer surfaces are sufficiently rough that large frictional forces strongly resist any slippage between the outer surface and the bone surfaces in the joint. They may be convex, and when inserted into a milled concavity, are immediately mechanically stable. Desirably, the outer surfaces of the shells are adapted to allow for bony ingrowth, which further stabilizes the shells in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Charles R. Clark, Robert Conta, Carlos E. Gil
  • Patent number: 7641692
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical implant that provides an artificial diarthroidal-like D joint, suitable for use in replacing any joint, but particularly suitable for use as an intervertebral disc endoprosthesis. The invention contains two rigid opposing shells, each having an outer surface adapted to engage the surfaces of the bones of a joint in such a way that the shells are immobilized by friction between their outer surfaces and the surfaces of the bone. These outer surfaces are sufficiently rough, while the inner surfaces of the shells are relatively smooth. The central body has a shape that cooperates with the shape of the inner surface of the shell so as to provide a range of motion similar to that provided by a healthy joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Charles R. Clark, Robert Conta, Carlos E. Gil
  • Patent number: 7601174
    Abstract: An implantable endoprosthesis is adapted to articulate with one or more prosthesis surfaces, and is at least partially formed from a material having high wear resistance, which may be a polymeric material such as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), polyetherether ketone (PEEK), and the like, or a metallic material, such as a cobalt-chrome alloy, or a ceramic material, such as alumina or zirconia. The body member of the endoprosthesis may be formed from a composite material, and includes at least a first component formed from a first material having increased wear resistance as compared to that of a second material forming a second component of the body member. The second material is generally more resilient as compared to the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventors: Aaron Kelly, Leonard Tokish, Jeff Edfast, David Yager, Alex Kunzler, Vincent Bryan, Randy Allard, Jeff Rouleau, Robert Conta, Carlos Gil
  • Patent number: 7331963
    Abstract: A drill head for preparing the bone of two opposing vertebral bodies to accept the concaval-convex shape of an endoprosthesis includes a form cutter having at least one predetermined milling surface, drive means, and a housing. The form cutter has a profile allowing the drill head to fit in the narrow space between two opposing vertebral bodies in the cervical spine of a patient. The drill head is used in a method for preparing the disc space between adjacent vertebrae of a human spine to receive an endoprosthesis therebetween, the method being performed by contacting at least one vertebral body with a movable form cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler
  • Publication number: 20070118223
    Abstract: A method for implanting an articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis into an intervertebral disc space comprises surgically accessing the intervertebral disc space through an opening on a first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space and inserting a first half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis through the opening and into the intervertebral disc space. The method further comprises inserting a second half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis through the opening on the first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space and positioning the first half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis on a second lateral side of the intervertebral disc space. The method also comprises positioning the second half of the articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis on the first lateral side of the intervertebral disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC.
    Inventors: Randall Allard, Alex Kunzler, Anthony Finazzo, Vincent Bryan, Carlos Gil, Robert Conta
  • Patent number: 7179262
    Abstract: The invention relates to a technique for precisely locating a line containing a predetermined point within the surgical site using a series of levels and plumb lines and internal anatomical features of the surgical site, using this location to precisely position and temporarily affix a site preparation scaffold relative to the patient's anatomy so that site preparation instruments can be introduced into the site at precise locations governed by the scaffold geometry and patient anatomy. This precise positioning of the scaffold also provides a way for the surgeon to use patient anatomical features to reliably and precisely prepare the surgical site. Scaffolds having angling features further increase the precise preparation of the surgical site. This increased precision in site preparation increases the probability of a successful procedure, and decreases the likelihood that additional surgery may be needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Robert Conta, Randy Allard, Richard J. Broman, Anthony Finazzo, Carlos Gil, Jeffrey Rouleau, Leonard Tokish, David Yager
  • Patent number: 7147665
    Abstract: A small profile, cylindrically shaped prosthetic disc device is provided. The device housing is comprised of two longitudinally split hollow halves, between which are contained multiple discoid shaped resilient bodies which may be of a polymeric type, or they may contain hydrogel. These bodies may lie in concave surfaces located on the interior of each side of the split cylindrical housing. The housing halves even under maximum physiological loads, do not contact one another directly. Threads on the exterior surface of the cylindrical housing facilitates insertion and retention in the prepared bone opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler
  • Patent number: 7025787
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis is described having a pair of opposed shells and a central body disposed between the opposed shells wherein the central body and the shells cooperate to limit the motion of the central body with respect to the shells. An assembly for preparing a disc space for the implantation of a prosthesis is further described having a plurality of instruments cooperating to guide a tool associated with the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Randall Allard, Richard Broman, Anthony Finazzo, Carlos Gil, Elliott Marshall, Leonard Tokish
  • Publication number: 20060074489
    Abstract: A disc prosthesis comprises a first prosthetic device comprising a first upper housing and a first lower housing between which at least one first disc element is movably interposed. The disc prosthesis further comprises a second prosthetic device comprising a second upper housing and a second lower housing between which at least one second disc element is movably interposed. The first and second prosthetic devices are adapted for parallel placement within an intervertebral space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Bryan
  • Patent number: 6949105
    Abstract: The invention relates to a technique for precisely locating a line containing a predetermined point within the surgical site using a series of levels and plumb lines and internal anatomical features of the surgical site, using this location to precisely position and temporarily affix a site preparation scaffold relative to the patient's anatomy so that site preparation instruments can be introduced into the site at precise locations governed by the scaffold geometry and patient anatomy. This precise positioning of the scaffold also provides a way for the surgeon to use patient anatomical features to reliably and precisely prepare the surgical site. Scaffolds having angling features further increase the precise preparation of the surgical site. This increased precision in site preparation increases the probability of a successful procedure, and decreases the likelihood that additional surgery may be needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Robert Conta, Randy Allard, Richard J. Broman, Anthony Finazzo, Carlos E. Gil, Jeffrey P. Rouleau, Leonard Tokish, Jr., David Yager
  • Publication number: 20050096746
    Abstract: An assembly for preparing a vertebral disc space to receive a prosthesis comprises a support frame having a base and a pair of guide tracks extending from the base. The base is adapted to attach to a plurality of vertebral bodies. The assembly further includes a guide block operatively connected to at least one of the guide tracks and having an opening disposed there through. The assembly further includes a position control mechanism corresponding to the at least one of the guide tracks. The position control mechanism has a plate extending there from for coupling to the guide track and the guide block and an actuating knob for adjusting the position of the plate and therefore the guide block. The assembly further includes a bone-removal device positioned through the opening of the guide block and operatively connected to the guide block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Randall Allard, Richard Broman, Anthony Finazzo, Carlos Gil, Elliott Marshall, Leonard Tokish
  • Publication number: 20050059976
    Abstract: The invention relates to a technique for precisely locating a line containing a predetermined point within the surgical site using a series of levels and plumb lines and internal anatomical features of the surgical site, using this location to precisely position and temporarily affix a site preparation scaffold relative to the patient's anatomy so that site preparation instruments can be introduced into the site at precise locations governed by the scaffold geometry and patient anatomy. This precise positioning of the scaffold also provides a way for the surgeon to use patient anatomical features to reliably and precisely prepare the surgical site. Scaffolds having angling features further increase the precise preparation of the surgical site. This increased precision in site preparation increases the probability of a successful procedure, and decreases the likelihood that additional surgery may be needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler, Robert Conta, Randy Allard, Richard Broman, Anthony Finazzo, Carlos Gil, Jeffrey Rouleau, Leonard Tokish, David Yager
  • Publication number: 20050015091
    Abstract: A drill head for preparing the bone of two opposing intervertebral bodies to accept the concaval-convex shape of an endoprosthesis includes a form cutter portion, drive means, and a housing. The form cutter having such a profile allows the drill head to fit in the narrow space between two opposing intervertebral bodies in the cervical spine of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Publication date: January 20, 2005
    Applicant: SDGI Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler
  • Patent number: RE42480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spinal disc endoprosthesis. The endoprosthesis has a resilient body formed of one or more materials which may vary in stiffness from a relatively stiff exterior annular gasket portion to a relatively supple central nucleus portion. Concaval-convex elements at least partly surround that nucleus portion so as to retain the nucleus portion and gasket between adjacent vertebral bodies in a patient's spine. Assemblies of endoprosthetic discs, endoprosthetic vertebral bodies, and endoprosthetic longitudinal ligaments may be constructed. To implant this endoprosthesis assembly, information is obtained regarding the size, shape, and nature of a patient's damaged spine. Thereafter, one or more prosthetic vertebral bodies and disc units are constructed in conformity with that information. Finally, the completed and conformed vertebral body and disc assembly is implanted in the patient's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler
  • Patent number: RE42576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spinal disc endoprosthesis. The endoprosthesis has a resilient body formed of one or more materials which may vary in stiffness from a relatively stiff exterior annular gasket portion to a relatively supple central nucleus portion. Concaval-convex elements at least partly surround that nucleus portion so as to retain the nucleus portion and gasket between adjacent vertebral bodies in a patient's spine. Assemblies of endoprosthetic discs, endoprosthetic vertebral bodies, and endoprosthetic longitudinal ligaments may be constructed. To implant this endoprosthesis assembly, information is obtained regarding the size, shape, and nature of a patient's damaged spine. Thereafter, one or more prosthetic vertebral bodies and disc units are constructed in conformity with that information. Finally, the completed and conformed vertebral body and disc assembly is implanted in the patient's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Bryan, Alex Kunzler