The Michelson Patents logo. Michelson Patents is an online repository for Dr. Gary K. Michelson's nearly 1000 patents, so that others can use these innovations to continue the long tradition of medical invention.

The Michelson Patents Directory offers open access to the patents created by Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson. Over the course of more than 20 years, Dr. Michelson dedicated his life to revolutionizing the field of spinal surgery through the development of new tools, procedures, and implants. These technologies have enabled doctors working in spinal medicine to treat patients with greater success, and have advanced spinal medicine around the globe, making many procedures safer, more effective, and more affordable.

About The Michelson Patents Directory

Through the Michelson Patents Directory, you can find key information about Dr. Michelson’s patents, including their timeline, development, and use cases. The patent directory is organized by the following sections:

Chronology –– review the chronology and timeline of Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson’s career and key life events, including the settlement he received from Metronic (Sofamor Danek) and his participation in the 2011 America Invents Act.

Directory –– explore over 300 U.S Published Patents from Dr. Michelson, including the patent title, patent number, abstract, references, claims, downloadable PDF patent documents, and more.

Applications –– discover Michelson technology at work through the medical application of his inventions, including the CD Horizon Fenestrated Screw Set, Pivox Oblique Lateral Spinal System, and more.

Press –– read press coverage and publications covering Dr. Michelson from the 1990s through the present day.

The Medtronic Dispute

In 2005, following years of litigation, Dr. Michelson reached a settlement from medical device maker, Medtronic (Sofamor Danek) over some of his patents. This litigation was rooted in disputes over contracts between the licensing and sale of some of Dr. Michelson’s technology to Memphis-based company, Sofamor Danek.

At the center of the legal battle were tools Dr. Michelson developed to make basic spinal surgery procedures safer and simpler; specifically, in instances where a damaged spinal disk is removed and the vertebrae are fused together, Dr. Michelson’s device helps patients reduce recovery time and leave the hospital more quickly.

The $1.35 billion settlement awarded to Dr. Michelson enabled him to establish his philanthropic network, which continues to grow to this day.

Improving the Patent System

Through his extensive experience and firsthand knowledge of the US patent system, Gary Karlin Michelson understands as well as anyone how and why the system needs improvement. His goal is to see the US patent system be more beneficial to inventors and provide stronger protections over their patents; in turn, he believes, this will greatly benefit the nation’s economy and promote job growth.

To this end, Dr. Michelson was instrumental in developing the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. This law, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2011, represents a dramatic change to the US patent system –– and could prove to be a watershed moment for inventors and patent-seekers in the United States.

About the Michelsons

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson continues to serve as an advocate for those in need, and he still thrives on the spirit of invention which first enabled his philanthropic journey. Dr. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, are passionate about medical research, animal welfare, education, and technology. As such, they are committed to dedicating their time, energy, and financial resources towards these causes.

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