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George W Off, Michael C Scroggie, Thomas L Mindrum, Michael R O Brien: Method and apparatus for dispensing discount coupons in response to the purchase of one or more products. Catalina Marketing International, Noel F Heal, December 22, 1992: US05173851 (499 worldwide citation)

A system for creating discount coupons in response to the purchases of products. Improvements disclosed include the printing of a "negative" coupon in response to the failure to purchase a particular product, and the printing of a coupon in response to the purchase of multiple triggering items, eith ...


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Thomas J Sindle: Vehicular proximity sensing system. Paul J Sutton, December 22, 1992: US05173881 (310 worldwide citation)

This invention provides a vehicular proximity sensing system having a plurality of preferably utrasonic distance-detector devices disposed around the vehicle's periphery and connected with a simulated vehicle display on the dashboard which display includes visual means to alert the driver to the clo ...


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Roy L Sumner: Data fusion process for an in-vehicle traffic congestion information system. Farradyne Systems, Banner Birch McKie & Beckett, December 22, 1992: US05173691 (217 worldwide citation)

The In-Vehicle Traffic Congestion Information System (ICI system) consists of a technique to provide real-time traffic congestion data to drivers of suitably equipped vehicles. The ICI system includes apparatus for gathering and formatting data at a central location, transmitting the data to vehicle ...


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Dimitry G Grabbe: Area array connector. AMP Incorporated, Alan B Osborne, Bruce J Wolstoncroft, December 22, 1992: US05173055 (181 worldwide citation)

An area array connector (32,42,50) for electrically interconnecting two electronic devices is disclosed. The connector (32,42,50) includes a plurality of contact elements (10) having parallel cantilevered contact fingers (18) extending obliquely outwardly from a plate (20) for one embodiment, a lami ...


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Robert H Svenson, Wendell King: Process of identification of a ventricular tachycardia (VT) active site and an ablation catheter system. AngeLase, Hugh D Jaeger, December 22, 1992: US05172699 (173 worldwide citation)

An electrophysiologically guided arrhythmia ablation system for ventricular tachycardia or other arrhythmia. The system combines a system for recording the electrical activtion time of various parts of the heart for locating an active site of the arrhythmia, with a system for delivering energy for a ...


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Jon M Long, Rachel S Sidorovsky, Michael J Steidl, Adrian Murphy, Bidyut Sen: Semiconductor device package and method of making such a package. LSI Logic Corporation, Skjerven Morrill MacPherson Franklin & Friel, December 22, 1992: US05173766 (170 worldwide citation)

A semiconductor device package and a method of making such a package is described. The package comprises a flexible packaging substrate having a patterned metal layer onto which a semiconductor die is attached and a patterned insulative layer attached to the metal layer. The insulative layer include ...


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Jane S Lebkowski, Maureen A McNally, Thomas B Okarma: Production of recombinant adeno-associated virus vectors. Applied Immune Sciences, Morrison & Foerster, December 22, 1992: US05173414 (157 worldwide citation)

A simplified method to produce recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors is described. The procedure involves the use of chimeric plasmids which incorporate the Epstein Barr nuclear antigen (EBNA) gene, the latent origin of replication of Epstein Barr Virus (oriP), and a recombinant AAV genom ...


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Donald A Morin, Bartolo Sciano Jr: Method for annealing stapler anvils. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, December 22, 1992: US05173133 (148 worldwide citation)

An anvil member for use in a surgical stapler is annealed by localized heating, preferably induction heating. A shaped shielding means is used to cradle the anvil so as to expose the staple crimping portion of the anvil. The heating is performed so as to anneal only the delimited staple crimping por ...


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Charles R Sullivan, Scott R Jurell, David G Luchaco: Circuit for dimming compact fluorescent lamps. Lutron Electronics Co, Seidel Gonda Lavorgna & Monaco, December 22, 1992: US05173643 (147 worldwide citation)

A dimming control circuit provides power from an ac source to a compact fluorescent lamp. The circuit generally includes a resonant half-bridge inverter driven by a pulse-duration-modulated voltage, for providing a high-frequency ac voltage between the lamp electrodes. A combination inductive and ca ...


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David H Carey: Methods of forming channels and vias in insulating layers. Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, David M Sigmond, December 22, 1992: US05173442 (146 worldwide citation)

Channels extending partially through and vias extending completely through an insulating layer in an electrical interconnect such as a substrate or integrated circuit can be formed in a relatively few steps with low cost etching and patterning techniques. The channels and vias can then be filled wit ...