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Ronald L Peters: Surgical stapler. Harris Zimmerman, December 24, 1991: US05074454 (410 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for implanting one or more rows of staples in living tissue has a pair of juxtaposed beam members with forward portions that jointly define a thin gap in which the tissue may be received and clamped. A latch couples the beam members together at a location behind the tissue gap. ...


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Kazuo Hashimoto: Method of and apparatus for optimal scheduling of television programming to maximize customer satisfaction. Hashimoto Corporation, Lowe Price LeBlanc & Becker, December 24, 1991: US05075771 (336 worldwide citation)

In a method of and apparatus for providing a list of optimal television programs for each individual, it is possible to give a computer center a subscriber's complaints about the individual television program list (timing table), through a telephone line or the like, without sending back a subscribe ...


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LeRoy E Groshong: Catheter atherotome. EVI Corporation, Chernoff Vilhauer McClung & Stenzel, December 24, 1991: US05074871 (252 worldwide citation)

A catheter atherotome and method for its use for performing partial atherectomy in an artery and thereby enlarging the lumen effectively available for blood flow through the artery. An expansible cutter head at the distal end of a catheter includes several elongate flexible members mounted in a para ...


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Thomas R Tice, Richard M Gilley, John H Eldridge, Jay K Staas, Melinda G Hollingshead, William M Shannon: Method of potentiating an immune response. Southern Research Institute, UAB Research Foundation, Needle & Rosenberg, December 24, 1991: US05075109 (232 worldwide citation)

A method of delivering a bioactive agent to an animal entailing the steps of encapsulating effective amounts of the agent in a biocompatible excipient to form microcapsules having a size ranging from between approximately one micrometer to approximately ten micrometers and admnistering effective amo ...


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Lubomyr I Kuzmak: Reversible stoma-adjustable gastric band. INAMED Development Company, Michael G Petit, December 24, 1991: US05074868 (227 worldwide citation)

A reversible gastric banding device for creating a stoma opening in the stomach for restricting food intake into the lower digestive portion of the stomach. The band is operatively placed to encircle the stomach. Once in position, it is held securely with sutures on the outside of the stomach thereb ...


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John W Sliwa Jr: Method of coplanar integration of semiconductor IC devices. Advanced Micro Devices, Benman & Collins, December 24, 1991: US05075253 (222 worldwide citation)

A high degree of wafer-scale integration of normally incompatible IC devices is achieved by providing a plurality of segments (10), each segment having thereon one or more circuits, circuit elements, sensors and/or I/O connections (14'). Each segment is provided with at least one edge (12) having an ...


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Yoon Inbae, Samuel C Yoon: Suture devices particularly useful in endoscopic surgery. Epstein Edell & Retzer, December 24, 1991: US05074874 (214 worldwide citation)

Suture devices, primarily for use in endoscopic surgery, include a suture needle having a length of suture material attached thereto with a contractible loop or passage at the proximal end of the suture material to allow the suture needle to be passed therethrough, the loop or passage contracting to ...


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Satoshi Fujita, Masato Sato, Hisao Muramoto: Air bag system for automobile. Mazda Motor Corporation, Fleit Jacobson Cohn Price Holman & Stern, December 24, 1991: US05074583 (212 worldwide citation)

An air bag system for an automobile comprises a collision detector for detecting a collision of the automobile, an inflater for generating gas under pressure, based on an output from the collision detector, and air bag device, mounted on a front body member located in front of a seat, for receiving ...


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Michael K Brown, Mohammed Kheiri, D Glenn Purcell, William Taylor, Robert Whitson: Lancet assembly. Miles, Roger N Coe, December 24, 1991: US05074872 (210 worldwide citation)

A lancet assembly includes a reusable base unit that defines a handle for a lancet assembly and houses a biasing mechanism for driving a lancet into the finger of a user. The base unit includes a spring biased hammer that once cocked, can be released to drive a lancet. A lancet is included in a disp ...


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Jay S Schildkraut, Christopher B Rider, Michael Scozzafava: Optical article for multicolor imaging. Eastman Kodak Company, Carl O Thomas, December 24, 1991: US05075796 (209 worldwide citation)

An optical article capable of modulating the reflection of polarized monochromatic electromagnetic radiation is disclosed comprising a reflective metal layer having a thickness of less than 0.5 .mu.m, means acting as a support for directing polarized electromagnetic radiation to the reflective metal ...