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Jeffrey R Oberlin, Mark A Penrod: Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism. Richard Allen Medical, Howard & Howard, March 10, 1998: US05725536 (738 worldwide citation)

This invention provides an articulated surgical instrument for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures including, in general; a handle, an elongated shaft, and an articulating tip. The instrument further includes a proximal rod, a desensitizing link, and a distal rod. The proximal rod is disposed in ...


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Denise M Simon, Randall J Hoyt: Surgical staple and stapler. Richard Allan Medical, Howard & Howard, March 10, 1998: US05725554 (696 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple and stapler for use in stapling together the tissue of a patient. The staple is a rounded M-shape or gull wing shape in form. The surgical staple has a base which is bent downward in the center while the legs of the staple at each end of the base are outwardly bent. The outwardly b ...


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Frank Kotula, Kurt Amplatz, Curtis Amplatz: Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices. AGA Medical Corporation, Haugen & Nikolai P A, March 10, 1998: US05725552 (681 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method of forming a medical device and medical devices which can be formed in accordance with the method. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of a) providing a metal fabric formed of a plurality of strands formed of a metal which can be heat treated to s ...


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Joseph J Kubler, Michael D Morris: Hierarchical data collection network supporting packetized voice communications among wireless terminals and telephones. Norand Corporation, Stanford & Bennett, March 10, 1998: US05726984 (603 worldwide citation)

A packet-based, hierarchical communication system, arranged in a spanning tree configuration, is described in which wired and wireless communication networks exhibiting substantially different characteristics are employed in an overall scheme to link portable or mobile computing devices. The network ...


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David Robin Bevan, Richard William Porter, John Anthony Norman Shepperd, Peter William Phillips: Surgical implants. Surgicraft, Trexler Bushnell Giangiorgi & Blackstone, March 10, 1998: US05725582 (584 worldwide citation)

A surgical implant (20) comprises a hank formed from a single strand (21) of flexible biocompatible material (such as polyester) with at least one bight (22) at each end of the hank and a tail (25) extending from one end, and a crimpable sleeve-like element (26) encircling the overlapping end length ...


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Robert Carl Barrett, Daniel Clark Kellem, Paul Philip Maglio: Network system for profiling and actively facilitating user activities. International Business Machines Corporation, James C Pintner, March 10, 1998: US05727129 (580 worldwide citation)

A system and method are provided for use with an communication and information network, such at the Internet World Wide Web, for assisting a user in accessing information stored at remote network sites based on the user's past history of network usage. An archive is maintained of remote sites access ...


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Gregory R Kucala: Method and apparatus for synchronizing information on two different computer systems. Palm Computing, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, March 10, 1998: US05727202 (533 worldwide citation)

Many users of handheld computing devices or "palmtops" also own personal computers (PCs) running applications that manage data similar to the data carried in the palmtops. In such cases, the users are likely to want the data on the palmtop to be synchronized with the data on the PC. A method and app ...


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Christopher J Ordish, John M Richards, Clifford A Mackenzie: Offer matching system having timed match acknowledgment. Reuters, March 10, 1998: US05727165 (499 worldwide citation)

An improved matching system for trading instruments in which the occurrence of automatically confirmed trades is dependent on receipt of match acknowledgement messages by the host computer (200) from all counterparties (KS A, KS B) to the matching trade. The host computer (200) matches like bids and ...


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Jeffery D Snell, Thomas G Levin: User interface for an implantable medical device using an integrated digitizer display screen. Pacesetter, March 10, 1998: US05724985 (439 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and a method for an improved user interface for communicating with implantable medical devices are described. An integrated digitizer display screen and a digitizer pen serve as the primary input devices to a tablet computer adapted to receive real-time and stored medical data. The pen ...


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Mark Emery, Zaman Gulzar: Storage, transmission, communication and access to geographical positioning data linked with standard telephony numbering and encoded for use in telecommunications and related services. Communication Systems Corporation, Gregory G Hendricks, March 10, 1998: US05727057 (431 worldwide citation)

A method and system implementation for combining and accessing telephony numbering and geographical position so direct access to information, services and goods may be invoked through the use of various telephone networks. The existing telephone networks throughout North America and the world use st ...