Patents by Inventor Wilfried Matthis

Wilfried Matthis 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: 20220096130
    Abstract: A receiving part for receiving a rod for coupling the rod to a bone anchoring element includes a receiving part body including a first end and a second end, and having a substantially U-shaped recess at the first end forming a channel for receiving the rod, and an accommodation space for accommodating a head of the bone anchoring element, the accommodation space having an opening at the second end for introducing the head; and a pressure element arranged at least partially in the accommodation space, the pressure element including a first section having a second recess for receiving the rod, and a second section having a flexible portion to clamp the head, the first section and the second section being fixed relative to each other, wherein said pressure element is insertable from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220096138
    Abstract: A bone anchor includes a shank having a free end, a longitudinal axis, a channel extending axially through the shank to the free end, the channel having a first width, and at least one opening extending through a wall of the shank, and a narrowing member including an elastically deformable portion configured to extend into the channel at or near the free end. The narrowing member is adjustable from a first configuration where the deformable portion defines an opening with a width smaller than the first width to restrict a substance from exiting through the free end, to a second configuration where the deformable portion is deformed radially outwardly to define an opening with a width that is at least the first width, while at least a portion of the shank positioned at a same axial height as the deformable portion maintains a constant outer width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220087720
    Abstract: A bone anchoring device includes a bone anchoring element with a spherical segment-shaped head, a receiving part configured to couple a rod to the bone anchoring element, and having a top end, a bottom end, a first passage at the bottom end with a first longitudinal axis, and a second passage at the top end with a second longitudinal axis that intersects the first longitudinal axis, a compression element, and a locking element. The receiving part also has a recess for the rod, the recess extending from the top end towards the bottom end and having a bottom that extends along an axis that is perpendicular to the second longitudinal axis. The receiving part or the compression element further has a seat. The compression element is configured to move along the first longitudinal axis while the locking element is configured to move along the second longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220079631
    Abstract: A coupling device for coupling a bone anchor to a rod includes a receiving part having a longitudinal axis, a channel for receiving a rod, and an accommodation space for holding a head of a bone anchor, a pressure member having a first portion for holding and clamping the head and a deformable portion with a free end, and a locking member. The pressure member is expandable for inserting the head and adjustable to lock the head. When the deformable portion is at a first configuration, the free end of the deformable portion is supported by the receiving part, and at least part of the locking member is movable to exert a force on the deformable portion for adjusting the deformable portion to a second configuration where at least part of the deformable portion is farther away from the longitudinal axis compared to the first configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Bernd Fischer
  • Publication number: 20220071675
    Abstract: A bone nail (1) for the heel includes: a front portion (2) determined for insertion into one or more bones (14, 15, 16) or bone fragments of the heel and having a tip (3), and an arc-shaped main portion (4) extending from the front portion (2) and having a rear end (5), wherein the main portion (4) includes a tapered shape such that a cross sectional diameter of the main portion (4) within at least one first section (20) increases towards the rear end (5). According to embodiments, a curvature of the arc-shaped main portion (4) includes a radius of curvature rc which amounts to at least 130 mm. According to other embodiments, the tapered shape is a conical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Tobias Hagle, Kaj Klaue
  • Publication number: 20220054173
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes a receiving part with two legs defining a recess for receiving a rod and a pressure member for exerting pressure on a head of a bone anchoring element in the receiving part, the pressure member having an engagement portion. The engagement portion can extend at least partially into a leg and is directly engageable from outside the bone anchoring device to move the engagement portion axially for adjusting the pressure member from a non-locking position where the head is pivotable to a locking position where the head is clamped. When the pressure member is in the locking position and the engagement portion is free from any outside axial forces, a first contact surface of the receiving part cooperates with a second contact surface of the pressure member to hold the pressure member in the locking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220039838
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device is provided including a bone anchoring element (1) comprising a head (3) and a shank (2); a receiving part (4, 4?) for receiving a rod (100) for coupling the rod to the bone anchoring element, the receiving part comprising a first end (4a), an opposite second end (4b) and a central axis (C) extending through the first end and the second end, and a channel (9) for receiving the rod and an accommodation space (11) for receiving the head; a pressure element (6, 6?) arranged in the receiving part and configured to exert pressure onto the head; wherein the pressure element (6) comprises flexible sections (66a, 66b) facing away from the head (3), characterized in that the flexible sections (66a, 66b) comprise a free end portion (69a, 69b) with respect to the central axis (C) that cooperates with an inclined surface portion (15a, 15b) of the receiving part (4) such as to hold the pressure element (6) in a position in which it exerts a pre-load onto the head before the head is
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220039849
    Abstract: A bone anchor includes an anchor member including a first material, and having a tubular section extending along a longitudinal axis, a region configured to expand radially outwards from the longitudinal axis, and a bone engagement structure projecting from at least a portion of the expandable region of the tubular section, and a core member including a second material, and configured for insertion into and connection to the anchor member. When the core member is in the anchor member and is actuated relative to the anchor member, the tubular section is adjustable between a first position where the expandable region of the tubular member has a first length and a first maximum diameter, to a second position where the expandable region of the tubular member has a length shorter than the first length and a maximum diameter greater than the first maximum diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20220031368
    Abstract: A bone anchoring device includes an anchoring element having a shaft and a head, a receiving part having a coaxial bore and a seat for receiving the head, a pressure element configured to be movable within the bore, and a preload element being positionable between the head and the pressure element. When the head is inserted in the receiving part, the head is pivotable with respect to the receiving part, and can be locked at an angle relative to the receiving part by the pressure element. The pressure element can assume a position relative to the receiving part where the pressure element and the preload element are in direct contact, and where the pressure element exerts a force onto the head via the preload element to maintain one of a plurality of releasable angular positions between the head and the receiving part by friction before locking the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Martin Meer
  • Publication number: 20220031369
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes: an anchoring element having a shaft for anchoring in a bone and a head, the head having a spherically-shaped outer surface portion; a receiving part configured to be pivotably connected to the head, the receiving part having a top end and a bottom end, a longitudinal axis extending through the top end and the bottom end, a channel transverse to the longitudinal axis for receiving a rod, and an accommodation space for accommodating the head, the accommodation space having a lower opening at the bottom end, a sleeve-like insert piece configured to be positioned around a portion of the head and to pivot in the receiving part, the insert piece having a spherically-shaped outer surface portion, wherein a lower edge of the insert piece extends past the lower opening in a direction away from the receiving part when the insert piece is seated in the receiving part in a position in which a central axis of the insert piece is coaxial with the longitudinal axis, and wherein th
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Tobias Hägle
  • Publication number: 20220000521
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element includes a receiving part with an accommodation space defining an opening for inserting and accommodating a head of the bone anchoring element, and a pressure element having a cap portion configured to hold the head. In an inserting position, the cap portion of the pressure element is expandable in the accommodation space of the receiving part, and a first retaining element is configured to prevent the pressure element from moving towards a first end of the receiving part. In a pre-locking position, the head is held in the cap portion of the pressure element and is pivotable in the receiving part, while the cap portion is restricted from expanding to prevent removal of the head, and where a second retaining element is configured to prevent the pressure element from moving from the pre-locking position towards the inserting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20210393416
    Abstract: A placeholder for vertebrae or vertebral discs includes a tubular body, which along its jacket surface has a plurality of breakthroughs or openings for over-growth with adjacent tissue. The placeholder includes at least a second tubular body provided with a plurality of breakthroughs and openings at least partially inside the first tubular body. The first and second tubular bodies can have different cross-sectional shapes, can be are arranged inside one another by press fit or force fit or can be connected to each other via connecting pins and arranged side by side to one another in the first body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Helmar Rapp
  • Patent number: 11202660
    Abstract: An instrument for holding and inserting a bone anchor into a bone is provided, where the bone anchor includes a shank for anchoring in the bone and a head. The instrument includes a holding member for holding the head of the bone anchor and has a plurality of arms configured to at least partially encompass the head, where the arms include an inner surface forming a seat for the head. The instrument also includes a drive shaft for engaging the head of the bone anchor and defining a longitudinal axis of the instrument. The instrument further includes a displacement member configured to act on the holding member. The holding member can assume a first configuration in which it is configured to permit the head to enter the seat and a second configuration in which it is configured to hold the head in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Timo Biedermann
  • Publication number: 20210378716
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes a bone anchoring element having a head and a shaft, a receiving part having a head receiving portion, a rod receiving portion, and a bore having a bore axis, and a pressure member movable in the bore and having a first surface for engaging the head, wherein the pressure member is movable to a first position where friction between the first surface and the head generates a preload on the head to maintain the shaft at a temporary angular position relative to the receiving part, and wherein the pressure member is configured to engage the receiving part to generate a holding force for holding the pressure member at the first position without a positive lock, and wherein the pressure member is movable in and out of the first position by applying an axial force on the pressure member greater than the holding force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Wilfried Matthis, Martin Meer, Lutz Biedermann
  • Publication number: 20210353342
    Abstract: A dynamic bone anchor includes an anchor member having a tubular body with a first end and a second end, the anchor member defining an anchor axis including a plurality of barb elements, and being made at least partially of a nickel-titanium (Ni—Ti) based shape memory alloy. The dynamic bone anchor also including a core member configured to be inserted from the first end through the second end such that a first portion of the tubular body extends out from the first end, and a second portion of the tubular body extends out from the second end. The anchor member and the core member are configured such that when assembled, the first portion of the core member is spaced apart from the anchor member and movable with respect to it, and the second portion of the core member is fixed to and movable together with the anchor member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Publication number: 20210353335
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element is provided, wherein the coupling assembly includes a receiving part having a first end, a second end, a central axis extending through the first end and second end, an accommodation space for accommodating a head of an anchoring element, a bore extending from the accommodation space to the first end, and a recess for receiving a rod. The accommodation space has an opening at the second end sized to permit insertion of a head of the bone anchoring element. The coupling assembly further includes a retainer element configured to be positioned at least partially in the accommodation space and being radially expandable and/or compressible to allow retaining a head inserted through the opening. The retainer element is held in position adjacent the opening by an engagement structure provided at or in the accommodation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Lutz BIEDERMANN, Bernd FISCHER, Wilfried MATTHIS
  • Patent number: 11172968
    Abstract: A bone screw is provided including a longitudinal core member having a longitudinal axis defining a longitudinal direction and having an outer surface and a helical groove in the outer surface, the groove being defined by opposed sidewalls; and a helical thread body configured to be accommodated in the groove. When the thread body is assembled in the groove of the core member and when the core member is straight, the thread body is configured to abut one opposed sidewall without abutting the other opposed sidewall along a full turn of the thread body, the thread body is configured to slide in the groove between the opposed sidewalls of the helical groove parallel to the longitudinal axis, and a first portion of the thread body that is outside the helical groove has a height greater than a second portion of the thread body that is in the helical groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Bernd Fischer
  • Publication number: 20210338287
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element, and including a receiving part having a first end, a second end, and an accommodation space having an opening at the second end for inserting a head of the bone anchoring element, a pressure element insertable from the first end, positionable in the accommodation space, and configured to hold the head, the pressure element having at least one spring portion extending circumferentially around the pressure element and being radially compressible, and a rod receiving element separable from the pressure element, wherein in a first position, the spring portion is configured to engage an engagement structure at an inner wall of the receiving part to prevent movement of the pressure element towards the first end, and wherein the rod receiving element is configured to move the pressure element from the first position towards the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Dimosthenis Dandanopoulos, Achim Schünemann
  • Patent number: 11160591
    Abstract: A bone anchor includes a shank having a free end, a longitudinal axis, a channel extending axially through the shank to the free end, the channel having a first width, and at least one opening extending through a wall of the shank, and a narrowing member including an elastically deformable portion configured to extend into the channel at or near the free end. The narrowing member is adjustable from a first configuration where the deformable portion defines an opening with a width smaller than the first width to restrict a substance from exiting through the free end, to a second configuration where the deformable portion is deformed radially outwardly to define an opening with a width that is at least the first width, while at least a portion of the shank positioned at a same axial height as the deformable portion maintains a constant outer width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 11160582
    Abstract: A receiving part for receiving a rod for coupling the rod to a bone anchoring element includes a receiving part body including a first end and a second end, and having a substantially U-shaped recess at the first end forming a channel for receiving the rod, and an accommodation space for accommodating a head of the bone anchoring element, the accommodation space having an opening at the second end for introducing the head; and a pressure element arranged at least partially in the accommodation space, the pressure element including a first section having a second recess for receiving the rod, and a second section having a flexible portion to clamp the head, the first section and the second section being fixed relative to each other, wherein said pressure element is insertable from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis