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Randall W Jacobs: Absorbable suture apparatus, method and installer. Richards Medical Company, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, June 14, 1988: US04750492 (562 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for repairing torn animal body tissue in a single procedure features a suture, anchor attached at one end of the suture to prevent the suture from being pulled through the tissue, and clenching device adapted to grip the suture on the opposite side of the tissue from where the anchor de ...


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Julio C Palmaz: Balloon expandable vena cava filter to prevent migration of lower extremity venous clots into the pulmonary circulation. Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, December 27, 1988: US04793348 (415 worldwide citation)

A vena cava filter for preventing migration of venous clots into the pulmonary circulation is disclosed. The filter comprises a tubular body, the wall surface of which is partitioned by a pattern of slots into a latticework to render the tubular body radially expandable; a head piece affixed to the ...


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Mitchell LaBiche, Alvin Derouen: Spatial input apparatus. Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, June 13, 1989: US04839838 (411 worldwide citation)

A three-dimensional spatial input apparatus including a series of coplanar, single axis accelerometers configured to provide information on translation along and rotation around a set of orthogonal axes. A preprocessing computer determines the acceleration values output by the accelerometers and con ...


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Reese S Terry Jr: Strain relief tether for implantable electrode. Cyberonics, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, December 25, 1990: US04979511 (300 worldwide citation)

An implantable, flexible, helical electrode strcuture is disclosed having an improved connector for attaching the lead wires to the nerve bundle, thereby minimizing damage which might otherwise occur to the contact points between the lead wires and helical electrode.


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Reese F Terry Jr, Henry Stanislaw, Anthony J Varrichio, William L Winstrom: Constant current sources with programmable voltage source. Cyberonics, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, October 13, 1992: US05154172 (283 worldwide citation)

An implant for stimulating the vagus nerve receives commands over a radio frequency link. The communication protocol uses asynchronous communications devices with parity checking and echoing of communicated characters and passwords to improve communication error checking. The implant disables a volt ...


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Robert R Carter, Paul M Garner, Darren J Cepulis, Carrie Boone: Apparatus for reducing computer system power consumption. Compaq Computer Corporation, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, December 25, 1990: US04980836 (268 worldwide citation)

A battery powered computer system monitors the address bus to determine when selected peripheral devices have not been accessed for a preset amount of time. When the preset amount of time has passed the system powers itself down and stops the system clock, placing it in a standby mode. The system is ...


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Laura C Small, David L Brumfield, James W Simmons: Bone fixation apparatus. Smith & Nephew Richards, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, July 14, 1992: US05129899 (260 worldwide citation)

A surgical spinal fixation system includes a bone bolt having first end portions that are adapted to be surgically implanted into a patient's spine at first and second spaced apart positions and a central portion of the bone bolt defining a load transfer surface, the bone bolt having a second upper ...


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Kevin J Hathaway, Richard M Knox Jr, Douglas A Arego, Gaylon R Kornfuerhrer: Faceted light pipe. Compaq Computer Corporation, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, September 24, 1991: US05050946 (259 worldwide citation)

A light pipe used for backlighting liquid crystal displays has a planar front surface and a stairstepped or faceted back surface. Light is injected from the ends of the light pipe from cold or hot cathode, apertured, fluorescent lamps. The cold cathode lamps are preferably insulated to raise their o ...


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Ramon B Gustilo, James A Rand, Jeffrey G Roberts, Jennifer J Lackey: Modular knee joint prosthesis. Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, August 21, 1990: US04950298 (259 worldwide citation)

A femoral component base having a pair of laterally spaced apart condylar portions, each of which has an external surface that is smoothly convexly curved anterior-posteriorly to match generally the distal profile of the anatomical femoral condyle and smoothly convexly curved laterally throughout it ...


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Henry Stanislaw: Implanted apparatus having micro processor controlled current and voltage sources with reduced voltage levels when not providing stimulation. Cyberonics, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, January 19, 1993: US05179950 (231 worldwide citation)

An implant for stimulating the vagus nerve receives commands over a radio frequency link. The implant disables a voltage convertor used in providing the stimulation signal at periodic intervals to monitor for communications attempts. The implant provides radio frequency marker pulses before providin ...