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Thomas Fred C Iii: Retroreflective marker for data storage cartridge. Iomega, August 20, 1997: EP0789909-A1

A cartridge (10) for a data storage disk drive (40) has a retroreflective marker (11). Light from a source (21) is reflected from the marker almost exactly on its incident path. This property makes possible unique identification of the cartridge (10) with minimal sensitivity to light reflected from ...


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Van Den Berg Karel: An implement for automatically milking animals. Maasland, August 20, 1997: EP0789995-A1 (90 worldwide citation)

The invention relates to an implement for automatically milking animals, comprising a milking robot (8), provided with one or more arms for carrying robot equipment, said robot equipment including teat cups (53, 54), as well as a cleaning member (58) for cleaning the teats of an animal. The cleaning ...


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Newton Alex, Murdock Andrew, Deane John, Barnes Michael, Caraway Douglas, Lamb Haydn: Improvements in or relating to rotary drill bits. Camco Drilling Group, August 20, 1997: EP0790386-A2 (59 worldwide citation)

A rotary drill bit, for drilling holes in subsurface formations, comprises a bit body (10), cutting structures (14) mounted on the bit body, and a fluid supply system for supplying drilling fluid to the surface of the bit body, to cool and clean the cutting structures. The fluid supply system compri ...


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Tartagni Marco: Capacitive distance sensor, particularly for acquiring fingerprints. Sgs Thomson Microelectronics, August 20, 1997: EP0790479-A1 (42 worldwide citation)

The distance sensor has a capacitive element (33, 34) in turn having a first armature (23) which is positioned facing a second armature (18) whose distance is to be measured. In the case of fingerprinting, the second armature is defined directly by the skin surface of the finger being printed. The s ...


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Nakashiba Masamichi, Kimura Norio, Watanabe Isamu, Hasegawa Yoko: Apparatus for and method of polishing workpiece. Ebara, August 20, 1997: EP0790100-A1 (41 worldwide citation)

A polishing apparatus for polishing a workpiece such as a semiconductor wafer has a turntable with an abrasive cloth mounted on an upper surface thereof, and a top ring for holding a workpiece and pressing the workpiece against the abrasive cloth under a first pressing force to polish the workpiece. ...


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Loeffler Matthias Dr: Ammonium nitriles and use thereof as bleach activators. Hoechst, August 20, 1997: EP0790244-A1 (38 worldwide citation)

Ammonium nitrile compounds of formula ÄR1NX (I) are new. NR1R2 = 4-6C ring optionally substituted by 1-5C alkyl, 1-5C alkoxy, 1-5C alkanoyl, phenyl, amino, ammonium, CN, cyanamino or Cl, and which may have 1-2 C atoms replaced by O or further N or one C atom replaced by NR6 or R3-N-R6; R3 = 1-24 (pr ...


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Chizzonite Richard Anthony, Gately Maurice Kent, Gubler Ulrich Andreas, Hulmes Jeffrey David, Pan Yu Ching Eugine, Podlanski Frank John, Stern Alvin Seth: Cytotoxic lymphocyte maturation factor 40kd subunit and monoclonal antibodies directed thereto. Hoffmann La Roche, August 20, 1997: EP0790309-A1 (36 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a novel cytokine protein called Cytotoxic Lymphocyte Maturation Factor (CLMF) which is produced and synthesized by a human B lymphoblastoid cell line. CLMF synergistically induces in the presence of low concentrations of IL-2 the cytolytic activity of Lymphokine Acti ...


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West Charles Edward: Printed circuit board sparkgap. Thomson Consumer Electronics, August 20, 1997: EP0790758-A1 (32 worldwide citation)

A printed circuit board (PCB) sparkgap utilizing one or more surface mount devices (SMDs) (210; 310) wherein the conductive ends (230; 320) and solder fillets (220; 320) of the SMDs form one or more conductive electrodes of the spark gap (400) and the SMDs help absorb electrical and thermal energy d ...


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Lundquist Ingemar H: Steerable catheter. Lundquist Ingemar H, August 20, 1997: EP0790066-A2 (31 worldwide citation)

The disclosure relates to a catheter (21) having a high torque capability adapted to be inserted into and through a lumen of a blood vessel comprising a flexible elongate tubular shaft (22) having proximal and distal extremities (23,24). The shaft (22) is comprised of a torque tube (31) extending su ...