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Carver A Mead, Ralph Wolf, Timothy P Allen: Paintbrush stylus for capacitive touch sensor pad. Synaptics Incorporated, D Alessandro & Ritchie, January 30, 1996: US05488204 (1203 worldwide citation)

A proximity sensor system includes a touch-sensor pad with a sensor matrix array having a characteristic capacitance on horizontal and vertical conductors connected to sensor pads. The capacitance changes as a function of the proximity of an object or objects to the sensor matrix. The change in capa ...


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Gregory Sorrentino, Alim Alli: Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter. United States Surgical Corporation, January 30, 1996: US05487499 (691 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 an anvil member and a surgical fastener cartridge member mounted to the distal end of an elongated endoscopic portion. A tubular collar of t ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P Nuchols: Surgical stapler instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, January 30, 1996: US05487500 (681 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler instrument is provided for applying lateral lines of staples to tissue while cutting the tissue between those staple lines. The instrument includes a handle portion, an implement portion, a reciprocating section, a drive member and a movable actuator. The implement portion include ...


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Csaba Truckai, Richard S Jaraczewski, Frank Nguyen, Scott H West: Multicurve deflectable catheter. Medtronic CardioRhythm, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, January 30, 1996: US05487757 (617 worldwide citation)

An electrophysiology catheter (20) comprises a shaft (22) having a first bending stiffness and a deflectable tip (28) secured to the distal end (24) of the shaft with a second bending stiffness less than the first bending stiffness. At least one electrode (34, 36) is mounted to the tip for deliverin ...


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Boaz Avitall: Atrial mapping and ablation catheter system. Haugen and Nikolai, January 30, 1996: US05487385 (469 worldwide citation)

A recording and ablation catheter system for creating linear lesions in the right atrial chamber of a heart is disclosed which includes an array of readily controlled electroded arcuate distal working catheter shapes that are easily deployed to contact the inner wall surface of the right atrial card ...


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Henry C Yuen, Daniel S Kwoh: Apparatus and method for tracking the playing of VCR programs. Christie Parker & Hale, January 30, 1996: US05488409 (377 worldwide citation)

A video tape player monitors the selection habits of a viewer selecting from a plurality of video tapes. Each video tape contains a plurality of programs. A first type of video tape has a title information symbol contained in a predetermined interval of the tape, e.g. the vertical blanking interval, ...


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Howard R Turtle, Gerald J Morton, F Kinley Larntz: System of document representation retrieval by successive iterated probability sampling. West Publishing Company, Kinney & Lange, January 30, 1996: US05488725 (356 worldwide citation)

An information retrieval system based on probabilities that documents meet information needs. The frequency of occurrence of a representation in a collection of documents is estimated by identifying the frequency of occurrence of the representation in a sample of documents and calculating the differ ...


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Venkata C Majeti, Mowaffak T Midani, Richard J Watson, Kenneth A Zabriskie: Customer premises equipment receives high-speed downstream data over a cable television system and transmits lower speed upstream signaling on a separate channel. AT&T, Charles L Warren, January 30, 1996: US05488412 (343 worldwide citation)

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a home controller receives signals from the cable television system and utilizes a cable demodulator tuned to the RF frequency of the channel which carries the data information. The cable demodulator demodulates the RF encoded signals into c ...


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David H Gelfand, Pamela M Holland, Randall K Saiki, Robert M Watson: Nucleic acid detection by the 5-3exonuclease activity of polymerases acting on adjacently hybridized oligonucleotides. Hoffmann La Roche, George M Gould, Dennis P Tramaloni, Stacey R Sias, January 30, 1996: US05487972 (271 worldwide citation)

A process of detecting a target nucleic acid using labeled oligonucleotides which uses the 5' to 3' nuclease activity of a nucleic acid polymerase to cleave annealed labeled oligonucleotide from hybridized duplexes and thus releasing labeled oligonucleotide fragments for detection. This process is e ...


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Yves P Cotrel: Transverse fixation device for a spinal osteosynthesis system. Sofamore Danek Group, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, January 30, 1996: US05487742 (249 worldwide citation)

This device comprises two fixation elements (4), each consisting of a hook (4) designed so as to be able to cover a rigid transverse bar (3) in a sliding manner and equipped with means (9, 8) for locking on the bar (3); this hook is made up of a body (5) and of two blades (6) spaced apart by a dista ...