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John Webster, James R Pratt: Surgical apparatus with indicator. United States Surgical Corporation, April 2, 1996: US05503320 (661 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and system are disclosed for indicating relative positions of elements in a surgical apparatus. The indicating elements can include electrical circuitry for activating visual, audible or tactile indicators, thereby alerting the user that an event has occured with respect to the instrume ...


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Charles W Martin, Fredrick S Reid, Gary L Forbus, Steve M Adams, C Patrick Shannon, Eric A Pirpich: Mass data storage and retrieval system. E Systems, Harold E Meier, April 2, 1996: US05504873 (560 worldwide citation)

A plurality of data storage modules form a library, with a directory archive maintaining a directory of the information contained on each data storage module (file server application) or on the storage modules retained in the library (volume server application). A plurality of interface computers ar ...


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Joel Cooper, Sally L Winegar Hentges, Robert P Nelson, Kemal Schankereli, Kristine M Teich: Soft tissue stapling buttress. Bio Vascular, Haugen and Nikolai, April 2, 1996: US05503638 (551 worldwide citation)

A prosthetic article for surgical implantation within the body of a host in a surgical stapling procedure comprises a strip of host-tissue-compatible animal tissue material that is initially removably affixed between the spaced-apart legs a U-shaped buttress member to create a tubular configuration ...


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Kenneth D Schreder: Automobile navigation guidance, control and safety system. Rockwell International Corporation, George A Montanye, David J Arthur, Susie H Oh, April 2, 1996: US05504482 (523 worldwide citation)

An automobile is equipped with an inertial measuring unit, an RF GPS satellite navigation unit and a local area digitized street map system for precise electronic positioning and route guidance between departures and arrivals, is equipped with RF receivers to monitor updated traffic condition inform ...


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Jude S Sauer, Roger J Greenwald, Theodore J Tiberio, Jeffrey M Shaw, John F Hammond: Apparatus and method for performing compressional anastomoses. United States Surgical Corporation, April 2, 1996: US05503635 (495 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and method for forming a compression anastomosis of a hollow organ. The apparatus comprising a first collapsible member movable between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration, the first collapsible member having a longitudinal bore defined by an inner surface, a first mati ...


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Roger H Dev, Dale H Emery, Eric S Rustici, Howard M Brown, Dwayne S Wiggin, Eric W Gray, Walter P Scott: Network management system using model-based intelligence. Cabletron Systems, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, April 2, 1996: US05504921 (425 worldwide citation)

A network management system includes a user interface, a virtual network and a device communication manager. The virtual network includes models which represent network entities and model relations which represent relations between network entities. Each model includes network data relating to a cor ...


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Robert E Pollin: Automated payment system. Evan R Smith, Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson, April 2, 1996: US05504677 (329 worldwide citation)

A system and method of collecting payments uses an automated system to generate a draft, payable to the creditor and drawn on the payor's checking account, pursuant to the payor's authorization. The draft is then executed by the debt collector as authorized signatory for the payor, and deposited int ...


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Peter Zadok, Mordechai Anati: Interlocking panels having flats for increased versatility. Elite Panel Products, Joseph C Mason Jr, Ronald E Smith, Louise A Foutch, April 2, 1996: US05502939 (304 worldwide citation)

Modular panels having foam cores covered by metal skins are interlocked to one another by complementally formed bends in the metal skins. A flat is formed in one of the metal skins to introduce flexibility and play into the interlocking mechanism, and both interlocking skins have a transversely exte ...


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Brian J Cragun, Todd M Kelsey, Stephen H Lund: Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs. International Business Machines Corporation, Baker Maxham Jester & Meador, April 2, 1996: US05504675 (291 worldwide citation)

A sales promotion program is dynamically selected from a plurality of programs for presentation in a program presentation unit by a neural network that makes its selection based on first detecting if a person is in the area immediately around the program presentation unit, then either selecting a ge ...


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Roberto Padovani, Edward G Tiedemann Jr, Lindsay A Weaver Jr, Brian K Butler: Method and apparatus for the formatting of data for transmission. Qualcomm Incorporated, Russell B Miller, Sean English, April 2, 1996: US05504773 (262 worldwide citation)

In a digital communication system in which digital data is transmitted in data frames of a preselected time duration, a method and apparatus for formatting digital data in each data frame. A set of data bits of a first data type having a bit count corresponding to one of a plurality of predetermined ...