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Simon Raab: Computer-aided surgery apparatus. Faro Technology, Fishman Dionne Cantor & Colburn, May 5, 1998: US05748767 (535 worldwide citation)

To aid a medical practitioner in positioning a surgical instrument or implant when performing surgery on or examining portions of a patient, patient data is developed which identifies the position and orientation of the portion to which surgical procedures or examinations are to be applied. The posi ...


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David E Whiteis: System and method for recommending items to a user. Firefly Network, Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, May 5, 1998: US05749081 (515 worldwide citation)

A system and method for assisting a consumer in selecting items from a master list of available items, when the consumer has already sampled some of the available items, and indicated a favorable response to a subset of the sampled items by including the names of the favored items on an input list. ...


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Brian J Erickson, Michael E Hilgers, Tracy A Hendrickson, J Edward Shapland, Frank A Solomon, Mark B Knudson: Interstitial fluid collection and constituent measurement. Integ Incorporated, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt P A, May 5, 1998: US05746217 (445 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method is disclosed for obtaining and measuring constituents in a sample of body fluid. The apparatus includes a member which is sized to penetrate into at least the dermal layer of skin to collect a sample of body fluid located within the dermal layer.


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Geoffrey B Rhoads: Method and apparatus for robust information coding. Digimarc Corporation, Klarquist Sparkman Campbell Leigh & Whinston, May 5, 1998: US05748783 (444 worldwide citation)

A digital signal is imperceptibly embedded into an input source signal, such as an image or video signal, to produce an encoded (sometimes termed "watermarked") signal. The principle of quasi-rotational symmetry is employed to facilitate detection of the embedded signal notwithstanding rotation of t ...


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Robert N Daggar: Multimedia electronic wallet with generic card. Eric J Robinson, Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson, May 5, 1998: US05748737 (395 worldwide citation)

An electronic wallet is disclosed which provides multiple data media interfaces. Standard interfaces will include a smart card reader/writer, a magnetic reader/writer, a radio frequency transceiver and a user interface. A generic card is insertable into an electronic wallet to provide magnetic or sm ...


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Terry E Flach, Michael D Stoop: Two-way TDMA telemetry system with power conservation features. Vitalcom, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, May 5, 1998: US05748103 (394 worldwide citation)

A two-way medical telemetry system is provided for displaying and monitoring, at a central location, physiologic and other patient data of multiple, remotely-located patients. The system comprises multiple battery-powered remote telemeters, each of which is worn by a respective patient, and a centra ...


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Panayotis Argyroudis, Gwain Bayley, Matthew S Grob, Marc Phillips, Samir S Soliman: Wireless remote telemetry system. Qualcomm Incorporated, Russell B Miller, Roger W Martin, May 5, 1998: US05748104 (358 worldwide citation)

A wireless remote telemetry system which uses low-cost remote communication devices operating on existing wireless communication systems in order to provide real-time reading and control of remote devices. In an embodiment applicable to utility service, consumption of electrical power among a popula ...


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David Edward Johnson: Multimodal natural language interface for cross-application tasks. International Business Machines Corporation, Stephen J Kaufman, Whitham Curtis Whitham & McGinn, May 5, 1998: US05748974 (355 worldwide citation)

A multimodal natural language interface interprets user requests combining natural language input from the user with information selected from a current application and sends the request in the proper form to an appropriate auxiliary application for processing. The multimodal natural language interf ...


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Herbert Stanley Cole Jr, Theresa Ann Sitnik Nieters: Method for making an electronic module. Martin Marietta Corporation, Brian J Rees, Geoffrey H Krauss, May 5, 1998: US05745984 (341 worldwide citation)

A multi-chip module is provided which utilizes benzocyclobutene as a laminate adhesive for bonding the upper dielectric films in a high density interconnect structure. The benzocyclobutene thermosetting polymer is spin coated on a polyimide film, and baked at low temperature to remove any solvent to ...