Peter S Lim, Robert Broderson: Method of maintaining a network of partially replicated database system. Siebel Systems, Craig P Opperman, Richard M Goldman, Cooley Godward, February 16, 1999: US05873096 (1009 worldwide citation)

A partially replicated database is maintained so that updates made to a central database, or to another partially replicated database, are selectively propagated to the partially replicated database. Updates are propagated to a partially replicated database if the owner of the partially replicated d ...

Warren P Williamson IV, Thomas W Huitema, James H Chambers: Surgical stapler and staple cartridge. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dressler Rockey Milnamow & Katz, February 16, 1999: US05871135 (682 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler comprising at least one cam having a cam surface, an arrangement for actuating the cam for a longitudinal firing movement of the cam surface, a cartridge having a plurality of staple drive members driven by the longitudinal movement of the cam surface, and a plurality of surgical ...

Bruce Schneier, Jay S Walker, James Jorasch: Off-line remote system for lotteries and games of skill. Walker Asset Management Partnership, Jeffrey L Brandt, Morgan & Finnegan L, February 16, 1999: US05871398 (644 worldwide citation)

An off-line remote lottery system which enables players to purchase instant-type lottery game outcomes from a randomized prize data stream in a central computer, and view the outcomes on remotely disposed gaming computers which do not require an on-line connection during play.

Scott L Delp, J Peter Loan, Craig B Robinson, Arthur Y Wong, S David Stulberg: Computer-assisted surgical method. Schiff Hardin & Waite, February 16, 1999: US05871018 (570 worldwide citation)

A method for planning surgery on a body portion is provided in the steps of gathering image data, storing the image data, reading the image data into a computer, generating a three-dimensional computer model of the body portion from the image data, identifying anatomical features relevant to the sur ...

Caglan M Aras, Luther B Griffin, Fuyung Lai, Arthur James Stagg, Kian Bon Kho Sy: Method and apparatus for monitoring audio-visual materials presented to a subscriber. International Business Machines Corporation, John D Flynn, February 16, 1999: US05872588 (567 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for content coding of Audio-Visual materials is presented. The content coding can then be decoded by a home station where the content coding is collected and processed. The content codes are utilized by the subscribers home station to collect information on the subscribers sel ...

Robert A Ferstenberg, Mauricio Karchmer, Ran Hilai: Computer method and system for intermediated exchange of commodities. ITG, Pennie & Edmonds, February 16, 1999: US05873071 (461 worldwide citation)

In a preferred embodiment, this invention includes software processes distributed on one or more computer systems that exchange messages in order to facilitate an intermediated exchange of financial commodities between a plurality of participants. The messages are exchanged according to a preferred ...

Douglas G Reuhl, Howard J Lenerz Jr, Laurie J Vosen: System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices. American TV & Appliance of Madison, Teresa J Stroud Stroud Willink Thompson & Howard Welch, February 16, 1999: US05873069 (419 worldwide citation)

An enterprise-wide integrated computer system for storing, processing and reporting pricing information regarding a plurality of products in a plurality of stores in a plurality of markets, including a pricing function for pricing and re-pricing products responsive to market price changes. Pricing a ...

Elizabeth D Liddy, Woojin Paik, Edmund Szu li Yu: Natural language processing system for semantic vector representation which accounts for lexical ambiguity. The Syracuse University, K J Lukacher, M Lukacher, February 16, 1999: US05873056 (357 worldwide citation)

A natural language processing system uses unformatted naturally occurring text and generates a subject vector representation of the text, which may be an entire document or a part thereof such as its title, a paragraph, clause, or a sentence therein. The subject codes which are used are obtained fro ...

Joel S Douglas, Karen R Drexler, Jeffrey N Roe: Synchronized analyte testing system. Mercury Diagnostics, Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, February 16, 1999: US05872713 (347 worldwide citation)

An analyte detection system is provided with calibration information uniquely specific to the set of test strips to which the sample is to be applied. The calibration information may be stored in permanent memory of the testing device, such that the device is discarded after use of all the test stri ...

Peter J Kight, Mark A Johnson, Tamara K Christenson, Regina Lach, Philip Pointer, Kenneth Cook: System and method for electronically providing customer services including payment of bills, financial analysis and loans. Checkfree Corporation, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, February 16, 1999: US05873072 (340 worldwide citation)

A computerized payment system by which a consumer may instruct a service provider by telephone, computer terminal, or other telecommunications means to pay various bills without the consumer having to write a check for each bill. The system operates without restriction as to where the consumer banks ...