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Paul R Johnson, James Bero, Jeff G Carter, Anthony M Candia, George T Kieger, Ronald F Hales, Fred C Thomas III: Method of and apparatus for removing debris from the floptical medium. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Eric D Levinson, May 30, 1995: US05419733 (6 worldwide citation)

The current invention substantially removes particulate waste materials or debris from the floptical medium after laser etching. A low-temperature gas containing ice crystals is applied at a predetermined angle while the floptical medium is being rotated to improve the cleaning effect. The temperatu ...


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Alan K Plyley, Claude A Vidal, Russell J Redmond, John L Minck Jr, Alan J Solyntjes: Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, February 6, 1996: US05489058 (627 worldwide citation)

Surgical staplers for use during open and/or laparoscopic surgical procedures are disclosed. Novel firing device trapping assemblies, pushers, staple lines and firing handles are described. Many of the novel devices reduce the overall firing force experienced by the surgeon.


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Floyd Foslien, Alan R Plyley, John M Barker, Claude Vidal: Stapler and firing device. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, August 25, 1992: US05141144 (454 worldwide citation)

An improved stapler firing assembly and a surgical stapler are disclosed. The stapler comprises structural members having handle parts with opposite sides and jaw parts projecting from the handle parts. The stapler includes a mechanism for releasable engagement between an elongate locking member and ...


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Susan K Nestegard: Disposable diaper with improved hook fastener portion. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Donald M Sell, Walter N Kirn, William L Huebsch, January 16, 1990: US04894060 (444 worldwide citation)

A hook fastener portion including a thin strong flexible plate like backing and a multiplicity of resiliently flexible spaced hook members projecting at generally a right angle from an upper surface of the backing. The hook members each comprise a stem portion attached at one end to the backing and ...


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Floyd Foslien, Alan K Plyley, John M Barker, Claude Vidal: Stapler and firing device. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, January 28, 1992: US05083695 (395 worldwide citation)

An improved stapler firing assembly and a surgical stapler are disclosed. The stapler comprises structural members having handle parts with opposite sides and jaw parts projecting from the handle parts. The stapler includes a mechanism for releasable engagement between an elongate locking member and ...


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Ronald F Ofstead: Article having non-crosslinked crystallized polymer coatings. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Donald M Sell, Walter N Kirn, Dale A Bjorkman, December 18, 1990: US04977901 (371 worldwide citation)

A non-crosslinked crystallized polymer or polymer blending coating is disclosed for articles that come into contact with bodily fluids. The polymer or polymer blend to be used is crystallizable and is stable in the presence of water at temperatures of up to about 60.degree. C. when in the crystallin ...


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Alan K Plyley, Claude A Vidal, Roger Lagerquist: Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, November 28, 1995: US05470007 (370 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler with an overload sensor and lockout is disclosed. The surgical stapler is particularly useful in laparoscopic surgical procedures.


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Michael F Weber, Andrew J Ouderkirk, David J W Aastuen: Optical panel capable of switching between reflective and transmissive states. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn Jr, H Sanders Gwin Jr, November 11, 1997: US05686979 (302 worldwide citation)

A device, comprising a switchable optical panel and means for switching the panel between a reflecting state and a transmitting state. The switchable optical panel includes a transparent optically active layer having a first and a second major surface, a first reflective polarizer disposed on the fi ...


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Thomas P Maxwell: Intravascular blood parameter measurement system. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Donald M Sell, Walter N Kirn, Dale E Hulse, June 19, 1990: US04934369 (302 worldwide citation)

A parameter of blood is sensed in vivo with a system which includes a catheter and a probe. The catheter has a lumen extending therethrough, a proximal end, a distal end and a distal opening at the distal end. The probe includes one or more sensors at its distal end. A saline solution is introduced ...


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Kennth J Vidacovich, Donald G Doss: Fiber distribution frame system, cabinets, trays and fiber optic connector couplings. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jack V Musgrove, March 28, 1995: US05402515 (302 worldwide citation)

A fiber optic distribution system provides a frame having several bays for receiving connector modules, associated jumper organizers, and upper and lower troughs for conveying jumper fibers between adjacent bays. The jumper organizers are constructed such that interbay jumpers need not undergo more ...



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