SeaSpine Holdings has been granted a patent for an innovative collet design for spinal screws. The apparatus includes a screw, movable head, connecting rod, locking element, and a collet with a flexible hinge to reduce axial compression force. GlobalData’s report on SeaSpine Holdings gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on SeaSpine Holdings, Customized implants was a key innovation area identified from patents. SeaSpine Holdings's grant share as of February 2024 was 74%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Spinal screw collet reducing axial compression force

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: SeaSpine Holdings Corporation

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11890034B1) discloses an innovative apparatus designed for use in medical procedures involving polyaxial screw assemblies. The apparatus includes a unique collet with flexible hinges and open slots, allowing for enhanced flexibility and ease of use. The collet is positioned between a screw head and a movable head, creating an axial compression force on a connecting rod. The design of the collet, with its flexible hinges and open slots, allows for smooth movement within the movable head, ensuring precise positioning and stability during medical procedures.

Furthermore, the patent also details a method for inserting the collet into the movable head, involving sliding the flexible hinges along tracks within the movable head. The method includes specific steps for rotating and sliding the collet within the tracks to achieve the desired configuration. By following the outlined method, medical professionals can efficiently and accurately position the collet within the movable head, ensuring optimal performance of the polyaxial screw assembly. Overall, the patented apparatus and method offer a novel solution for medical procedures requiring polyaxial screw assemblies, enhancing precision and ease of use in such applications.

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