Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics (GEO) received U.S. Patent No. 10,206,725 addressing a novel approach for Variable Angle Locking Technology.
This second U.S. patent covers a design that allows a screw to be fixed at various angles and orientations using self-aligning washers within the plate hole. Washer holes line up with the screw to facilitate insertion and provide a large interface area with the screw threads, increasing the strength of the construct.
GEO's first U.S. patent for Variable Angle Locking Technology was announced in late 2018, and addressed methods to leverage the strength of machined threads in plates and screws by using inserts .
Sources: Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics; ORTHOWORLD Inc.