Ossur hf has filed a patent for a connector for a strap that includes a buckle assembly and a strap mount. The strap mount is integrally connected to the base part, making it rigid when the strap mount bends. The patent also includes an orthopedic device with a frame assembly and a shell that has varying thickness and contours about a cavity draw direction or a user’s leg in multiple planes. GlobalData’s report on Ossur hf gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Orthopedic device with adjustable strap and contoured shell

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ossur hf

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230310195A1) describes an orthopedic device with unique features. The device includes a frame assembly with a shell that has a varying thickness along its length. This varying thickness creates zones with thinner sections, allowing the shell to contour around a cavity or a user's leg in multiple planes. The shell also has a more flexible peripheral edge compared to the rest of the body, providing additional flexure and padding around the user's tibia. The peripheral edge extends more over one side surface of the shell body than the other.

The device also includes primary planes within the shell. The first primary plane is positioned posteriorly of an anterior-posterior plane and is designed to receive a strut of the frame assembly. It defines a perforation region with at least one opening. The second primary plane has a slot for receiving a strut and a hook for a buckle assembly. It also serves as a base for a tensioning mechanism that adjusts the length of a cable connected to a strap. The third primary plane is longer than the first and includes a strap extension with a slot for a circumferential strap.

The shell of the orthopedic device forms a perforated region with multiple openings arranged in patterns. These patterns can follow anatomical contours and vary in size, with larger openings in the middle tapering towards the ends. The patterns can be diagonal and include localized patterns defined by different sizes of openings in sequential rows. This allows the shell to contour to the user's anatomy while maintaining its integrity.

Additionally, the device includes a frame extension that extends along the periphery of the shell. This extension has an upper portion that extends underneath a segment of the circumferential strap, providing additional support and stability.

Overall, this patent describes an orthopedic device with a unique shell design that allows for better contouring and flexibility. The varying thickness, flexible peripheral edge, and primary planes with perforation regions and tensioning mechanisms contribute to the device's functionality and adaptability to the user's needs. The perforated region with different patterns of openings further enhances the device's ability to conform to anatomical contours while maintaining structural integrity.

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