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Taizo Yasutake: Graphical input controller and method with rear screen image detection. ITU Research, Fenwick & West, January 9, 1996: US05483261 (766 worldwide citation)

An interactive graphics system includes a touch-sensitive controller having a number of semi-transparent light-diffusing panels imaged by a rear mounted imaging device such as a video camera. The imaging device is arranged to detect the shadows of objects, such as fingers, touching any of the panels ...


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Mohamed K Diab, Esmaiel Kiani Azarbayjany: Signal processing apparatus and method. Masimo Corporation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, January 9, 1996: US05482036 (625 worldwide citation)

A signal processor which acquires a first signal, including a first desired signal portion and a first undesired signal portion, and a second signal, including a second desired signal portion and a second undesired signal portion, wherein the first and second desired signal portions are correlated. ...


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David T Green, Keith Ratcliff, Keith L Milliman, Henry R Sienkiewicz, Mitchell J Palmer: Articulating surgical cartridge assembly. United States Surgical Corporation, January 9, 1996: US05482197 (539 worldwide citation)

A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating cartridge assembly mounted to a distal end of th ...


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Peter C Lord, William P Van Antwerp, John J Mastrototaro, Paul S Cheney II, Nannette M Schnabel: Flex circuit connector. Minimed, Kelly Bauersfeld & Lowry, January 9, 1996: US05482473 (472 worldwide citation)

A connector is provided for electrical connection to a flex circuit in a hermetically sealed manner. The flex circuit comprises thin film conductors encased between layers of insulative material, and including a proximal end with conductive contact pads exposed through one of the insulative layers. ...


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Hugo J Strubbe, Ijsbrand J Aalbersberg: System and method for finding a movie of interest in a large movie database. Philips Electronics North America Corporation, Michael E Marion, January 9, 1996: US05483278 (417 worldwide citation)

A system comprising a user interface which can access downloaded electronic programs (e.g. pay per view movies) and information records related to said programs, which can be continually updated and provided over cable or satellite transmission paths or other "fast data" paths, and which can automat ...


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Richard E Pickering: Automated billing consolidation system and method. American Express TRS, Michael K Snell & Wilmer Kelly, January 9, 1996: US05483445 (411 worldwide citation)

An automated system and method for consolidating a plurality of individual company charges for a customer with different periodic company billing and payment due dates is provided. Under the system, companies and businesses such as utility companies report their periodic billing information to a cen ...


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Scott B Heintzeman, Thomas W Storey, Barbara Monson, Steven J Medina, Gregory A Malark: System for awarding credits to persons who book travel-related reservations. Radisson Hotels International, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, January 9, 1996: US05483444 (346 worldwide citation)

A computerized system provides incentives for travel agents and similar persons to book particular travel-related reservations. The system achieves this by awarding cumulative credits to travel agents based upon bookings of travel-related reservations. The system receives a booking format which iden ...


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Jon R Brooks, James M Jensen, Roberta M McConochie, Susan V Osborn, Amy E Pearl, Carole M Schmidt, Ann B Seiler, Carol P Stowell, Thomas W White, Wylie Wong: Compliance incentives for audience monitoring/recording devices. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford, January 9, 1996: US05483276 (259 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are provided for promoting use by an audience member of a portable broadcast exposure monitoring and/or recording device in accordance with a predetermined usage criterion. A sense signal is provided indicating whether the device is being carried with the person of the audience m ...


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Glenn A Eaton, Joseph A McFadden, Stuart A Taylor, Edward D Tracy, Emil C W Wang: Voice processing interface for a teleconference system. Latitute Communications, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, January 9, 1996: US05483588 (235 worldwide citation)

A teleconferencing system having screened introductions, named introductions, roll call, talker identification, and subconferencing, scheduling, and recording options. A caller attempting to join a teleconference is prompted to enter identification information by generating corresponding DTMF signal ...


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Michael A Rivalto: Automated drive-up vending facility. M A Rivalto, Lyman R Lyon, January 9, 1996: US05482139 (231 worldwide citation)

An automated drive-up vending facility (10) and method utilizes a plurality of automatic transaction machines (12) located around the periphery of a storage building (14), whereby customers can drive their vehicles along side the building, insert an account/debit card into a card reader (16), and ma ...



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