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William L Thomas, Daozheng Lu: Audience measurement system utilizing ancillary codes and passive signatures. A C Nielsen Company, Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borun, January 2, 1996: US05481294 (608 worldwide citation)

An audience measurement system collects data representative of tuned programs rather than of tuned channels, and includes (i) a household metering apparatus which records ancillary codes or extracts program signatures from the programs if no ancillary codes are found therein, (ii) a reference appara ...


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Jeffrey J Blewett: Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets. United States Surgical Corporation, January 2, 1996: US05480089 (565 worldwide citation)

An apparatus is disclosed for driving one or more U-shaped surgical staples through body tissue and against an anvil to deflect, crimp, or clinch the ends of the staple legs and thereby secure the tissue. The apparatus has an anvil with a plurality of staple pockets in the surface of the anvil. Each ...


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Erol D Riza: Laparoscopic surgical instrument. & Todd MacMillan Sobanski, January 2, 1996: US05480409 (562 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a handle adapted to releasably engage a shaft mounting a tool having relatively moveable parts. The handle is provided with an actuating structure which includes a trigger arm selectively moveable relative to the handle to cause concurrent movement of the relatively m ...


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Gary L Logston, Anthony J Wasilewski, Timothy H Addington, William E Wall Jr: Interactive information services control system. Scientific Atlanta, Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris, January 2, 1996: US05481542 (532 worldwide citation)

A digital video, audio and data distribution system which enables a set-top terminal (STT) associated with a customer's television set or other information presentation device to request interactive digital video, audio and data services from a service provider (SP) through the use of control system ...


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Adrian C Ravenscroft, George T Roberts: Prosthesis delivery. Boston Scientific Corporation, Fish & Richardson, January 2, 1996: US05480423 (465 worldwide citation)

This invention provides smooth delivery and accurate positioning of prostheses in the body. In embodiments, systems are provided that include elongate members extending generally along the axis of a supporting catheter to a free ends. The elongate members extend through openings in the prosthesis to ...


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Shlomo Ben Haim: Apparatus for treating cardiac arrhythmias. Biosense, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, January 2, 1996: US05480422 (422 worldwide citation)

This invention concerns an apparatus and method for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. More particularly, this invention is directed to a method for ablating a portion of an organ or bodily structure of a patient, which comprises obtaining a perspective image of the organ or structure to be mappe ...


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Brian J Cragun, Paul R Day: Apparatus and method for selectively viewing video information. International Business Machines Corporation, Roy W Truelson, January 2, 1996: US05481296 (410 worldwide citation)

A television presentation and editing system uses closed captioning text to locate items of interest. A closed captioning decoder extracts a closed captioning digital text stream from a television signal. A viewer specifies one or more keywords to be used as search parameters. A digital processor ex ...


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James L Cox: Heart valve replacement using flexible tubes. Patrick D Kelly, January 2, 1996: US05480424 (397 worldwide citation)

This invention comprises a method of using tubular material to replace a heart valve during cardiac surgery. To create a replacement atrioventricular (mitral or tricuspid) valve, the tube inlet is sutured to a valve annulus from which the native leaflets have been removed, and the tube outlet is sut ...


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Daniel R Lee, Thomas W Sander: Suture anchoring device and method. United States Surgical Corporation, January 2, 1996: US05480403 (389 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor includes a rivet for insertion into a predrilled bore hole in bone, and a setting pin which extends through an axial aperture in the rivet. Preferably the setting pin has barbed legs which are radially expandable to frictionally engage the walls of the bore hole to secure the anchor ...


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Paul Nolan, H Jonathan Tovey, Corbett W Stone, Gregory S Gardner: Method of employing surgical suturing apparatus to tie knots. United States Surgical Corporation, January 2, 1996: US05480406 (364 worldwide citation)

The disclosure contemplates a method for using an endoscopic suturing apparatus to conveniently place various knots in suture such as a square knot, a modified fisherman's knot, a securing knot, an alternative square knot and a surgeon's knot. The knots are formed variously by placing the suture bet ...



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