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Posted By: Kevin Matthews on September 8, 2011

Hello all,   Following is a quote from a local San Antonio newspaper.  It includes a link to the article.  The advancement they are discussing is an awesome design that I will also soon be making in my practice.  I have been involved since the beginning in an odd way.  This all started with an active duty patient of mine several years ago.  Long story short, I got my friend and sometimes mentor, Marmaduke Loke, involved with the military.  He started in Hawaii and when word got out about the results he was getting he was invited to Brooke Army Medical Center, Home of the "Center For the Intrepid, CFI.  He dazzled them with his brilliance and soon he was making many lucky soldiers his 'DBS AFO", in my opinion the most amazing orthosis on the planet.  After treating more than thirty soldiers issues arose, no comment, and the realionship was severed.    The CFI soon developed their IDEO, Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (Is there such a thing as an endoskeletal orthosis?).  I recently held a golf tournament locally and many soldiers were sponsored. Several were wearing this design.  I sent an email to Ryan Blanck, the inventor, asking where he got the struts he used in his design.  He told me he couldn't tell me because they were in the process of patenting the design.  I have since found the source and will be playing with the material.  I have grand ideas.    My question is this.  It has always been my understanding (11 1/2 years active service) the government cannot patent anything.  Can they profit off the taxpayer with an invention derived from taxpayer dollars?  I would like to know because I'm gonna start making them and don't want to be sued by Uncle Sam.     Thoughts?  The link to Sundays article follows, with a quote from a primary contributer.  They sure are taking a lot of credit for Marmaduke's idea.       “The IDEO could be the most significant orthopedic advancement to come out of the war on terror,” said Dr. Michael Bosse, co-principal investigator with the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, which oversees research on orthopedic trauma treatments. “It may be a game changer in the way we treat and view lower-extremity injuries.” Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Braced-to-get-back-in-the-game-2154876.php#ixzz1XPks8ea8 http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/GIs-bracing-for-new-action-2154876.php         Kevin C. Matthews, CO/LO Advanced Orthopedic Designs 12315 Judson Rd. #206 San Antonio, Texas 78233 210-657-8100 210-657-8105 fax 

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