AlloSource has filed a patent for a system and methods to safely grip osseous-based tissue during allograft processing. The invention includes forceps with a handle portion and a head portion, allowing for secure gripping at varying angles. The forceps can be opened and closed using a spring element and a locking mechanism. GlobalData’s report on AlloSource gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A patent for a system and methods for gripping tissue

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A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230277201A1) describes a method for preparing an allograft from osseous-based tissue using an ergonomic forceps tool kit. The kit includes a number of ergonomic forceps with different head angles and interchangeable grips to fit different hand sizes.

The method involves selecting the appropriate ergonomic forceps based on the correlation between the configuration of the osseous-based tissue and the head angle of each forceps. The user also selects the interchangeable grip that fits their hand size and installs it on the handle portion of the selected forceps. The handle portion is then compressed to move the head portion from an open position to a closed position, securing the first and second jaws around the osseous-based tissue.

The osseous-based tissue in this method can be a human femoral head. The head portion of each ergonomic forceps has inwardly-extending teeth of different lengths, and the open position of the jaws has a different jaw opening width for each forceps. A selective locking mechanism can be engaged to maintain the jaws in the closed position.

The head angle of the ergonomic forceps is between 30 and 90 degrees. The method also includes disposing the head portion around a human femoral head. A spring element is configured to bias the jaws toward the open position, and a counterforce is applied to close the jaws to the closed position. A selective locking mechanism is used to secure the head portion in a desired compressed position, applying a desired compressive force to the tissue portion secured between the jaws. This locking mechanism can be a ratchet-and-pawl mechanism.

In summary, this patent describes a method for preparing an allograft from osseous-based tissue using an ergonomic forceps tool kit. The kit includes forceps with different head angles and interchangeable grips for different hand sizes. The method involves selecting the appropriate forceps and grip, installing the grip on the forceps, and compressing the handle portion to secure the jaws around the tissue. The patent also includes details about the osseous-based tissue, the teeth and jaw opening width of the forceps, the head angle range, and the use of a selective locking mechanism.

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