Stryker European Holdings I, LLC (Kalamazoo, MI)
The inventions are related to surgical implant systems as well as methods for implanting them. Particularly the inventions described herein relate to systems for surgical implants that include monolithic structures having an implant, a fixationmember and/or an instrument that are easily connected to separate them during an operation.
Implants used for surgery usually comprise several components. Implants can consist of several pieces and are typically connected to tissue nearby using some or all of the fixation elements, such as screws or anchors. Additionally, one or more instruments are typically needed in a surgical procedure, to hold and guide the implant as well as to insert the fixation element(s) to secure the implant. It can be challenging to arrange the operating room and sterilize the equipment to avoid infection. Procedures can also be complicated by falling or handling screws that are smaller. This can increase manufacturing costs as well as inventory of implants and instruments.
There is a demand in the field for a surgical implant system that overcomes these drawbacks by reducing the complexity of surgical procedures and by making such procedures more efficient.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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Patent searches are the first step towards obtaining your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. After the patent application has been filed, the item covered by the application can be referred to as patent-pending and you can find the patent application on a public pair. Once the patent office approves the application, you are able to do a patent number search to locate the patent issued, and your product is now patented. It is also possible to use the USPTO search engine. Check out the following article for more information. It is possible to seek help from Patent attorneys or a patent attorney. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office, or the United States patent office. This office also reviews trademark applications.
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- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.