James F Zucherman, Ken Y Hsu, T Wade Fallin, Henry A Klyce: Spine distraction implant and method. Saint Francis Medical Technologies, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, November 17, 1998: US05836948 (779 worldwide citation)

A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.

Ni Ding, Michael N Helmus: Drug release stent coating process. Schneider, Pennie & Edmonds, November 17, 1998: US05837313 (773 worldwide citation)

A method of coating implantable open lattice metallic stent prosthesis is disclosed which includes sequentially applying a plurality of relatively thin outer layers of a coating composition comprising a solvent mixture of uncured polymeric silicone material and crosslinker and finely divided biologi ...

John F Acres, Alec Ginsburg, David Wiebenson: Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices. Acres Gaming, Marger Johnson McCollom & Stolowitz, November 17, 1998: US05836817 (747 worldwide citation)

A system for monitoring and configuring gaming devices interconnected over a high-speed network is disclosed. The system can support a file server, one or more floor controllers, one or more pit terminals, and other terminals all interconnected over the network. Each gaming device includes an electr ...

Michael D Doyle, David C Martin, Cheong S Ang: Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document. The Regents of the University of California, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 17, 1998: US05838906 (644 worldwide citation)

A system allowing a user of a browser program on a computer connected to an open distributed hypermedia system to access and execute an embedded program object. The program object is embedded into a hypermedia document much like data objects. The user may select the program object from the screen. O ...

Karl H Ehrenfels, Robert H Schnut: Insertion device for surgical apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, November 17, 1998: US05836503 (556 worldwide citation)

An insertion device is provided for use with surgical tissue fastening apparatus. The insertion device includes a head having an atraumatic leading surface and a shaft extending proximally therefrom. The shaft includes attachment structure for detachable engagement with surgical tissue fastening app ...

Jeremy Minshull, Willem P C Stemmer: Methods and compositions for cellular and metabolic engineering. Maxygen, Townsend & Townsend & Crew, November 17, 1998: US05837458 (491 worldwide citation)

The present invention is generally directed to the evolution of new metabolic pathways and the enhancement of bioprocessing through a process herein termed recursive sequence recombination. Recursive sequence recombination entails performing iterative cycles of recombination and screening or selecti ...

Joseph Scott Stam, Jon Harold Bechtel, John King Roberts: Control system to automatically dim vehicle head lamps. Gentex Corporation, Brian J Rees, November 17, 1998: US05837994 (440 worldwide citation)

An automatic vehicle head lamp dimming system which includes an optical system and an imaging processing system. The optical system is configured to discriminate between head lamps and tail lamps and focus the light rays from the head lamps and tail lamps on different portions of a pixel sensor arra ...

Mark Chee, Maureen T Cronin, Stephen P A Fodor, Xiaohua X Huang, Earl A Hubbell, Robert J Lipshutz, Peter E Lobban, MacDonald S Morris, Edward L Sheldon: Arrays of nucleic acid probes on biological chips. Affymetrix, Townsend & Townsend & Crew, November 17, 1998: US05837832 (439 worldwide citation)

DNA chips containing arrays of oligonucleotide probes can be used to determine whether a target nucleic acid has a nucleotide sequence identical to or different from a specific reference sequence. The array of probes comprises probes exactly complementary to the reference sequence, as well as probes ...

David Ferrrin Pare Jr, Jonathan Alexander Lee, Ned Hoffman: Tokenless biometric transaction authorization system. SmartTouch, Ali Kamarei, November 17, 1998: US05838812 (437 worldwide citation)

A tokenless identification system and method for authorization of transactions and transmissions is described. The tokenless system and method are principally based on a correlative comparison of a unique biometrics sample, such as a finger print or voice recording, gathered directly from the person ...

Douglas E Neel, Joel A Pugh: Digital video services system with optional interactive advertisement capabilities. Message Partners, Haynes and Boone L, November 17, 1998: US05838314 (397 worldwide citation)

An interactive video services system for enabling store and forward distribution of digitized video programming is disclosed. In accordance with a feature of the present invention, encoded and compressed digital video signals are transmitted via satellite link from a centrally located uplink site to ...