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Todd A Cass: Formless forms and paper web using a reference-based mark extraction technique. Xerox Corporation, November 25, 1997: US05692073 (962 worldwide citation)

A processor is provided with first and second document images. The first image represents an instance of a reference document to which instance a mark has been added. The second image is selected from among a collection of document images and represents the reference document without the mark. The p ...


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Henry Bolanos, Charles R Sherts, Thomas A Pelletier: Endoscopic stapler. United States Surgical Corporation, November 25, 1997: US05690269 (717 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic or laparoscopic surgical instrument for applying fasteners to bodily tissue is disclosed. The instrument includes a handle assembly, an endoscopic portion and a jaw portion. The instrument is configured and dimensioned to be insertable through a cannula, and is useful for applying a pu ...


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Edward J Hogan: System and method for conducting cashless transactions on a computer network. MasterCard International, Brumbaugh Graves Donohue & Raymond, November 25, 1997: US05692132 (556 worldwide citation)

In a commercial transaction system, a system user uses a personal computer to interact with merchant computers over the Internet to conduct cashless transactions. Each system user computer processes data including a balance stored in the computer's memory and updates the stored data at the end of th ...


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W Thatcher Ulrich, Harvey A Koselka, Aaron F Bobick, Michael H Benjamin: Interactive exercise apparatus. Tectrix Fitness Equipment, Test Hurwitz & Thibeault, November 25, 1997: US05690582 (518 worldwide citation)

An interactive exercise apparatus engages a user's mind and body. The apparatus comprises an exercise mechanism and a steering mechanism for manipulation by the user to achieve exercise and to indicate a direction of motion. The exercise mechanism can be, for example, the steps of a stair climbing s ...


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Louis B Rosenberg, Adam C Braun, Bruce M Schena: Safe and low cost computer peripherals with force feedback for consumer applications. Immersion Human Interface, Hickman Beyer & Weaver, November 25, 1997: US05691898 (512 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for providing safe and low-cost force feedback peripherals for consumer applications. A device microprocessor local to an interface device is coupled to the host by a first interface bus. The microprocessor receives host commands from the host computer on the first interface b ...


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Jian Dez Chen, Richard W McCallum, Ronald Williams, Robert Ross, Zhiyue Lin, Jonathan Tillack: Gastro-intestinal pacemaker having phased multi-point stimulation. The Center for Innovative Technology, Whitham Curtis Whitham & McGinn, November 25, 1997: US05690691 (501 worldwide citation)

A portable or implantable gastric pacemaker includes multiple electrodes that are positionable on the inner or outer surface of an organ in the gastro-intestinal tract and which are individually programmed to deliver a phased electrical stimulation to pace peristaltic movement of material through th ...


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Joseph P Errico, Thomas J Errico, James D Ralph: Polyaxial pedicle screw. Fastenetix, Joseph P Errico Esq, November 25, 1997: US05690630 (399 worldwide citation)

A polyaxial orthopedic device for use with rod implant apparatus includes a screw having a curvate head, a locking collar disposed therearound, and a receiving member having a linearly tapered tapered socket in which the screw and the collar are nested. The locking collar is slotted and tapered, and ...


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Leslie A Geddes, Tarek Elabbady, William E Schoenlein, Matthew Waninger, Joe D Bourland: Method and apparatus using vagal stimulation for control of ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation. Purdue Research Foundation, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, November 25, 1997: US05690681 (352 worldwide citation)

A closed-loop variable frequency vagal stimulation apparatus for control of ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation. In one embodiment the apparatus includes a stimulator applied to the left vagus nerve and a proportional controller programmed to automatically and continuously adjust the vagal s ...


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Matthew T Yurek, Steven J Healy: Apparatus for deploying body implantable stent. Schneider, Haugen and Nikolai P A, November 25, 1997: US05690644 (348 worldwide citation)

A stent deployment device includes a flexible, elongate interior catheter and a retaining structure cooperating with the catheter to support a stent along a distal end support region of the catheter. The stent is supported in a reduced radius delivery state to facilitate delivery to a treatment site ...


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Gene Philip DiPoto, Jeffrey C Cerier, Russell F Warren, Gerard S Carlozzi, Paul DiCarlo, James W Dwyer, Alan Attridge Small: Suture anchor and drive assembly. Smith & Nephew, Fish & Richardson P C, November 25, 1997: US05690676 (291 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor and anchor driver device for securely and accurately positioning and installing the suture anchor in place. The anchor has a rounded or pointed head and one or more ridges around it to help force fit the anchor into a hole and to hold it in place. A suture is positioned through the a ...