Todd Olson, Dan Meiser, Gary Steed, Eric Huffman, Matthew Otten, Ronald VanOverloop, Darrel Powell, Thomas Knodell, Edward Rhad, Ralph Chen, Robert Cook: Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, May 3, 1994: US05307976 (827 worldwide citation)

A stapler mechanism is described which contains a stapling assembly, and anvil assembly, firing means and knife means. These means are activated by a firing trigger. The anvil assembly is closed upon the stapling assembly by means of a closure trigger. The firing trigger is inoperable until the clos ...

James L Bridgeman, Nancy L Bridgeman, Lance F Bridgeman, Jerry K Bridgeman, Stephanie A Bridgeman, Robert J Bridgeman: Draw poker with random wild-card determination. May 3, 1994: US05308065 (348 worldwide citation)

A game of chance and skill where a player, after making a wager, is dealt, face-up, a hand of five cards which is placed in a player-hand area (122). The player also receives a solitary card, which is dealt face down in a single-card area (124). The player then has a chance to improve the ranking of ...

Guerino G Sacripante, Grazyna E Kmiecik Lawrynowicz: Toner processes. Xerox Corporation, E O Palazzo, May 3, 1994: US05308734 (315 worldwide citation)

A process for the preparation of toner compositions which comprises generating an aqueous dispersion of toner fines, ionic surfactant and nonionic surfactant, adding thereto a counterionic surfactant with a polarity opposite to that of said ionic surfactant, homogenizing and stirring said mixture, a ...

Philip R Lichtman: Handle mechanism for manual instruments. Microsurge, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, May 3, 1994: US05308357 (299 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument with a scissors-type handle mechanism is provided, with the handle mechanism being characterized by first and second handle members and a toggle linkage coupled to the handle members adapted to lock the handle members in a closed position.

Klein S Gilhousen, Irwin M Jacobs, Roberto Padovani, Lindsay A Weaver Jr, Charles E Wheatley III, Andrew J Viterbi: System and method for generating signal waveforms in a CDMA cellular telephone system. Qualcomm Incorporated, Russell B Miller, May 3, 1994: US05309474 (283 worldwide citation)

A system and method for communicating information signals using spread spectrum communication techniques. PN sequences are constructed that provide orthogonality between the users so that mutual interference will be reduced, allowing higher capacity and better link performance. With orthogonal PN co ...

Shunpei Yamazaki, Yasuhiko Takemura, Hongyong Zhang: Insulated gate field effect semiconductor devices having a LDD region and an anodic oxide film of a gate electrode. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson, May 3, 1994: US05308998 (278 worldwide citation)

An IGFET has differential crystallinity in offset regions near the source-channel and drain-channel boundaries. In one embodiment, an offset region with crystallinity different from that of an adjacent region is provided between the channel and at least one of the source and drain regions. An oxide ...

Radia J Perlman, G Paul Koning: Bridge-like internet protocol router. Digital Equipment Corporation, A Sidney Johnston, Albert P Cefalo, Noel F Heal, May 3, 1994: US05309437 (277 worldwide citation)

A device and related method for coupling segments of an extended local area network (LAN) in such a way that message traffic employing inter-network protocols such as TCP/IP will be handled without the difficulties usually associated with bridges, and without the complexity and expense of full IP ro ...

Boris Katz, Patrick H Winston: Method and apparatus for generating and utlizing annotations to facilitate computer text retrieval. Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, May 3, 1994: US05309359 (266 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for computer text retrieval which involves annotating at least selected text subdivisions, preferably with natural language questions, assertions or noun phrases. However, the annotations may also initially be generated in a structured form. Annotations are, if required, conve ...

Yusheng T Tsai: Method and apparatus for extending the dynamic range of an electronic imaging system. Eastman Kodak Company, David M Woods, May 3, 1994: US05309243 (256 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus is disclosed for extending the dynamic range of an electronic imaging system to permit the use of lower cost, lower resolution devices to digitize and process the analog image signal generated by an electronic image sensor. Multiple images captured at different exposure levels ...

Lawrence B Lockwood: Automated sales system. Henri J A Charmasson, May 3, 1994: US05309355 (255 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for composing individualized sales presentations created by various data sources from customer profiles managed by organizational hierarchy matrixes directed by multiple operating programs. The apparatus provides the means for synergistically creating and displaying customized presentat ...