Alan K Plyley, Claude A Vidal, Russell J Redmond, John L Minck Jr, Alan J Solyntjes: Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, February 6, 1996: US05489058 (698 worldwide citation)

Surgical staplers for use during open and/or laparoscopic surgical procedures are disclosed. Novel firing device trapping assemblies, pushers, staple lines and firing handles are described. Many of the novel devices reduce the overall firing force experienced by the surgeon.

Stephen D Kuslich, Douglas W Kohrs: Spinal stabilization surgical method. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, February 6, 1996: US05489307 (609 worldwide citation)

Spinal fusion implants are inserted into a disc space of disc material separating first and second vertebrae by forming bores between the vertebrae. A distraction spacer is temporarily put in place on one side of the vertebrae while a bore is being formed on an opposite side of the vertebrae.

Edwin L Adair: Sterilizable endoscope with separable disposable tube assembly. Fields Lewis & Rost, February 6, 1996: US05489256 (521 worldwide citation)

An endoscope has a sterilizable, elongated, optical capsule section and a separable, disposable, sterile channel section. The capsule has a window at a distal end in front of an image sensor. Image transmitting electronic cables, connected to the image sensor, extend proximally from the capsule. Lig ...

Stephen D Kuslich, James D Corin, George W Bagby: Spinal implant. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, February 6, 1996: US05489308 (519 worldwide citation)

An implant is disclosed for use in spinal stabilization. In one preferred embodiment, the implant is described as including a hollow, cylindrical body having external threading and a plurality of openings formed radially through the body in communication with the body interior. The holes are positio ...

Alec A Piplani, Dinah B Quiachon, Wesley D Sterman: Endovascular graft having bifurcation and apparatus and method for deploying the same. EndoVascular Technologies, Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, February 6, 1996: US05489295 (511 worldwide citation)

Graft having a bifurcation for repairing an aneurysm in the vicinity of an aortic bifurcation in a patient comprising a main tubular body and first and second tubular legs joined to said main body in a bifurcation. The main body and the legs are formed of a flexible surgically implantable material. ...

Mario Macera, William E Jennings, Dennis Josifovich, George W Kajos, John A Mastroianni, Francis E Neil, Victor Bennett, Frank J Bruns, Gururaj Deshpande, Jeremy Greene: System having central processor for transmitting generic packets to another processor to be altered and transmitting altered packets back to central processor for routing. Bay Networks Group, February 6, 1996: US05490252 (415 worldwide citation)

An internetworking system for exchanging packets of information between networks, the system comprising a network interface module for connecting a network to the system, receiving packets from the network in a native packet format used by the network and converting each received native packet to a ...

Ernest W Moody: Poker-style card game. John Edward Roethel, February 6, 1996: US05489101 (398 worldwide citation)

The object of the game is for a player to form a five card poker hand that has the highest poker hand ranking. In the house banked version, all players play against the house and not against each other. The game is played with a standard fifty-two card deck. The game consists of a dealer and from on ...

Yogesh S Sanghvi, Phillip D Cook: Oligonucleoside linkages containing adjacent oxygen and nitrogen atoms. ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris, February 6, 1996: US05489677 (380 worldwide citation)

Novel compounds that mimic and/or modulate the activity of wild-type nucleic acids. In general, the compounds contain a selected nucleoside sequence wherein the nucleosides are covalently bound through linking groups that contain adjacent nitrogen atoms.

Robert J Gove, Jeffrey B Sampsell, Vishal Markandey: Method and device for multi-format television. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Julie L Reed, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, February 6, 1996: US05489952 (334 worldwide citation)

A multi-format display system including hardware and algorithms for digital and High Definition Television. The system includes a light source (120), a tuner/preprocessor unit (114), a processor unit (116), a spatial light modulator (118), and a display surface (128). The processor unit can scale an ...

Joerg Schreiber, Wilfried Schmid, Hans Juergen Kuhr, Heino Eikmeier, Klaus Dieter Sacherer: System for analyzing compounds contained in liquid samples. Boehringer Mannheim, Nikaido Marmelstein Murray & Oram, February 6, 1996: US05489414 (267 worldwide citation)

A system for analyzing sample liquids using dry reagents which is particularly suitable for the determination of clinical parameters. The system includes an analysis instrument containing the individually sealed test elements to carry out an analytical test. Shape and nature of the test elements wer ...