Patent Attorney Stuart M. Goldstein Helps Client Receive a Patent on a Surgical Device designed to Increase Accuracy and Safety in Vertebrae Repair and Attachment

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– New Jersey Patent Attorney, Stuart M. Goldstein, of the law firm of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey, PLLC, has been successful in obtaining the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,774,911 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This patent’s medically innovative design for a pedicle locator instrument is invented by Dr. Lee M. Buono of Marlton, New Jersey, a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally-invasive spine surgery.

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“If an invention is new and useful, if it can be made, and if it has potential value, it should be patented" - Stuart Goldstein

Marlton, New Jersey, Sept 9, 2014 – New Jersey Patent Attorney, Stuart M. Goldstein, of the law firm of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey, PLLC, has been successful in obtaining the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,774,911 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This patent’s medically innovative design for a pedicle locator instrument is invented by Dr. Lee M. Buono of Marlton, New Jersey, a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally-invasive spine surgery.

Precise pedicle location is essential to the repair and attachment of vertebrae in spinal procedures. Pedicles are stems or stalks of tissue that connect parts of the body to each other. It is vital that they are identified correctly and that exact points of entry are confirmed in order to ensure the proper placement of pedicle screws in bony vertebrae structures.

Currently, surgeons use standard image guidance systems along with x-ray identification. However, there are a number of serious disadvantages that can result from this procedure – longer and more expensive operative times as well as a greater possibility to patients of infection, pressure sores, blood loss, and risks associated with general anesthesia and radiation burn. In addition, inaccurate placement of pedicle screws can lead to significant anatomical malpositions. The objective of the design and function of the new pedicle locator instrument is to overcome the disadvantages of the current system and increase accuracy and efficiency in pedicle location.

Since non-pedicle materials have different dielectric constants than pedicles, the key to this invention is the detection of this difference in density in specific locations. This pedicle locator instrument senses and compares the dielectric constants of both non-pedicle and pedicle materials. It then can accurately detect pedicles and target their precise locations among the different bony structures, specifically in cervical, thoracic and lumbar bodies.

The inventor, Dr. Buono, is excited about the beneficial potentials of the pedicle locator instrument for both the surgical team and the patient: “First and foremost, the predictive success in performing pedicle fixations will increase as will the safety and surgical outcome to patients.” The use of this locator instrument is straightforward. “It is a self-contained, manually-operated, non-invasive instrument,” says Dr. Buono. “Simply put, its component measures the static permittivity of pedicle material within bony vertebral structures. Its internal circuitry senses the subtle differentials in non-pedicle and pedicle materials, and reports the results by indicator lights on the instrument. The surgical team can then accurately and confidentially pinpoint the locations for appropriate pedicale fixation.”

It is through the expertise of New Jersey Patent Attorney Goldstein in matters involving a variety of medical, industrial, and consumer products, as well as equipment and systems within the mechanical, electrical, and marine disciplines, that makes him the patent attorney clients like Dr. Buono seek out in order to receive patent protection for their creative products and improvements.

Mr. Goldstein oversees the Intellectual Property Department of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey in their southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania offices, specializing in patent and trademark law. Mr. Goldstein’s solid background, experience, and technical knowledge in the mechanical, electrical-mechanical, and marine arts began with his B.S. in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, in 1972.

For six years, he worked as a patent examiner in the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., attaining primary examiner status. Since 1978, he has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney (Registration #22817), handling patent application prosecution and related litigation.    

As a New Jersey-based patent specialist, Mr. Goldstein advises manufacturers, businesses, and individuals on product design, development, and integrity, guiding them efficiently through the complex patent approval process, worldwide. Says Mr. Goldstein, “If an invention is new and useful, if it can be made, and if it has potential value, it should be patented. When you are looking to protect your original invention or an improvement on existing technology, you need to secure intellectual property ownership rights. Safeguarding future commercial success starts with obtaining a patent in order to protect these valuable rights. Over the years, I have seen the consequences to inventors who do not obtain patent protection, of opportunities lost, and the loss of investment, time, energy, marketing possibilities and ownership. With patent protection, your creative product or improvement becomes your exclusive property. And the rewards that come with it can be substantial.”

Mr. Goldstein’s representative patent areas include all types of mechanical and electrical products and improvements, methods and systems: for example, construction tools and equipment, cleaning tools and appliances, electrical lighting and switches, household appliances, plumbing and electrical tools, appliances and related equipment, hardware and gardening tools, conveyor systems, automotive products and accessories, vessel and marine-related products and systems, recreational and leisure-related products, and medical devices and appliances.

Among the most recent technical patents that have received patent approval through Mr. Goldstein’s professional guidance are the Method for Piling Remediation (U.S. Pat. No. 8,734,058), a process for repairing and restoring support pilings damaged by major storms; the Self-Contained Tool Bolt (U.S. Pat. No. 8,393,841), a unique connection device with an integrated torque-increasing handle; the Interchangeable Address Signage System (U.S. Pat. No. 8,333,027), which provides the homeowner with the versatility to change address numbers and signage designs; the Photo Motion Machine (U.S. Pat. No. 8,244,117), a system for creating video from high speed digital images; the Child Safety Seat System (U.S. Pat. No. 8,154,395), which provides notice to drivers of parked cars of the presence of a child in a car seat; the Camera Integrated Firearm System (U.S. Pat. No. 7,937,880), designed to photograph or video record the scene simultaneously with the discharge of a weapon; and the Composite Flexible and Conductive Catheter Electrode (U.S. Pat. No. 7,622,172), a cardiac catheter for sensing electrical activity and administering therapy to a patient’s heart.

For additional information, contact Angela Forte, Office Administrator at 856.810.8860, or
email: sgoldstein@rtjglaw.com. Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey, PLLC, is a full service civil litigation firm with expertise in all aspects of property, casualty, and commercial matters. Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey, PLLC, represents a wide range of national clients, including corporations, businesses, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country, specifically in matters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.

The firm’s practice areas include product and premise liability, commercial litigation, environmental, insurance coverage, maritime law, aviation law, mass and toxic tort, patent and trademark law, sports and recreational law, subrogation, health care, and construction litigation.

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