David A Kiewit, Daozheng Lu: Methods and apparatus for automatically identifying programs viewed or recorded. A C Nielsen Company, Mason Kolehmainen Rathburn & Wyss, September 29, 1987: US04697209 (516 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for identifying programs such as television programs received from various sources detects the occurrence of predetermined events such as scene changes in a video signal and extracts a signature from the video signal. The signatures and the times of occurrence of the signature ...

Arthur D Steffee: Apparatus for straightening spinal columns. AcroMed Corporation, Tarolli Sundheim & Covell, September 29, 1987: US04696290 (391 worldwide citation)

An improved apparatus is provided to reduce the extent of displacement between adjacent vertebrae in a person's spinal column and to subsequently maintain the vertebrae in a reduced displacement relationship. When the apparatus is to be installed, holes are formed in the displaced vertebra and in ve ...

Harry M O Sullivan: Cellular telephone data communication system and method. Spectrum Cellular Communications Corporation, Sixbey Friedman & Leedom, September 29, 1987: US04697281 (319 worldwide citation)

The cellular telephone data communication system and method involves the use of a mobile data processing interface and a cooperating static data processing interface to effectively transmit data over a cellular telephone system. Each data processing interface includes a processor which operates in t ...

Helmut Masch: Intravascular catheter and method. Phillips Moore Lempio & Finley, September 29, 1987: US04696667 (298 worldwide citation)

An intravascular catheter includes a flexible guide wire mounted for relative rotational and reciprocal movements within a reciprocal and flexible first tube or sheath. A rotary and flexible second tube is mounted for relative reciprocal movement on the first tube and has a rotary inner cutting head ...

Paul Epstein, Harry Petschek, Eric LaWhite, Clair Strohl, Henry Coyne, Edward Kaleskas, George Adaniya: Infusion system having plural fluid input ports and at least one patient output port. Omni Flow, Weingarten Schurgin Gagnebin & Hayes, September 29, 1987: US04696671 (266 worldwide citation)

An infusion system for administering multiple infusates at individually programmable rates, volumes, and sequences in any order from any one or more of plural fluid input ports through a patient output port and into the circulatory system of a patient. Infusates may be either continuously or time se ...

Gary Anderson: Fastener for joining materials. Dennison Manufacturing Company, Gary S Winer, September 29, 1987: US04696300 (243 worldwide citation)

A fastener comprises a filament having two opposing heads. The heads have two ends defining non-parallel planes, forming acute angles which share a common ray. The fastener is installed by being driven through two needles having slotted bores.

Daniel E Higgins, James C Easley: Vitrectomy cutting mechanism. Storz Instrument Company, Harness Dickey & Pierce, September 29, 1987: US04696298 (232 worldwide citation)

An improved vitrectomy probe for removing vitreous and cutting mechanism therefore. A hollow elliptically flared cutting blade is reciprocated within a smooth-bore hollow needle of a microsurgical vitrectomy probe across a cutting edge of the outer needle slicing the fibrous material of the vitreous ...

Lubomyr I Kuzmak, Robert E Hoyt: Calibrating apparatus and method of using same for gastric banding surgery. Daniel J Meaney Jr, September 29, 1987: US04696288 (199 worldwide citation)

A calibrating apparatus adapted to be inserted into and proceeded within the stomach of human body which includes a single-lumen tubing terminating in a proximal portion and a distal tip each of which have an orifice and wherein the single-lumen tubing has a first opening extending therethrough whic ...

Larry R Lockwood, Kimberly R Gleason, Eric W Strid: Wafer probe. Cascade Microtech, Dellett Smith Hill & Bedell, September 29, 1987: US04697143 (193 worldwide citation)

A wafer probe is provided having metallic transmission lines mounted on a tapered alumina substrate generally surrounded by microwave absorbing material. The probe provides for on-wafer measurements of small planar devices at frequencies from DC to at least 18 GHz with low inductance, and with const ...

Merlin E Burkum, Charles M Gabriel: Apparatus and method for measuring battery condition. Commonwealth Edison Company, Willian Brinks Olds Hofer Gilson & Lione, September 29, 1987: US04697134 (186 worldwide citation)

A testing device measures the impedance of secondary cells that form a battery, such as a lead acid battery, while the battery is in a float charge condition and connected to an active electrical load. The impedance measurement is made at a frequency selected to be different from those frequencies o ...