Robert Cram, Ming Tao Liou, Christopher Stauber: Method, and system for product configuration. Siebel Systems, Richard M Cooley Godward Goldman, October 5, 1999: US05963953 (991 worldwide citation)

A method of configuring a complex composite product a: from a partial composite product and an enumeration of unsatisfied requirements of the complex composite product, said complex composite product being subject to rules.

William L Reber, Jeffrey G Toler, Cary D Perttunen: Noninvasive apparatus having a retaining member to retain a removable biosensor. Motorola, Jeffrey G Toler, James E Gauger, October 5, 1999: US05961451 (695 worldwide citation)

In accordance with a first aspect, a noninvasive apparatus comprises a housing (42) having a grasping region (44), and a noninvasive extraction device (10) to noninvasively extract a sample from a hand of an end user at the grasping region (44). In accordance with a second aspect, a noninvasive appa ...

Elizabeth D Liddy, Woojin Paik, Mary E McKenna, Ming Li: Natural language information retrieval system and method. Syracuse University, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 5, 1999: US05963940 (628 worldwide citation)

Techniques for generating sophisticated representations of the contents of both queries and documents in a retrieval system by using natural language processing (NLP) techniques to represent, index, and retrieve texts at the multiple levels (e.g., the morphological, lexical, syntactic, semantic, dis ...

Steven T Kirsch: Secure, convenient and efficient system and method of performing trans-internet purchase transactions. Infoseek Corporation, David E Lovejoy, October 5, 1999: US05963915 (607 worldwide citation)

A purchase transaction is performed between a client browser and a merchant server over a general access wide area connected network. The transaction appears to the client as singularly identifying a purchasable product or service and singularly confirming the purchase. A persistent predetermined co ...

Joshua D Kaplan: Network apparatus and method for preview of music products and compilation of market data. Intouch Group, Dergosits & Noah, October 5, 1999: US05963916 (597 worldwide citation)

A system for on-line user-interactive multimedia based point-of-preview. The system provides for a network web site and accompanying software and hardware for allowing users to access the web site over a network such as the internet via a computer. The user is uniquely identified to the web site ser ...

Eran Gabber, Phillip P Gibbons, Yossi Matias, Alain J Mayer: System and method for providing anonymous personalized browsing by a proxy system in a network. Lucent Technologies, October 5, 1999: US05961593 (549 worldwide citation)

For use with a network having server sites capable of being browsed by users based on identifiers received into the server sites and personal to the users, alternative proxy systems for providing substitute identifiers to the server sites that allow the users to browse the server sites anonymously v ...

Howard B Garber: System and method for trading having a principal market maker. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, October 5, 1999: US05963923 (505 worldwide citation)

A system and method is provided for linking a Rolling Spot Currency contract with a Principle Market Maker program. In one aspect of the invention, the system includes an electronic brokerage and trading network having at least one computer coupled to receive and transmit bids and offers for interna ...

Cyril J Schweich Jr, Todd J Mortier: Heart wall tension reduction apparatus and method. Myocor, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L, October 5, 1999: US05961440 (467 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for treatment of a failing heart by reducing the wall tension therein. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tension member for drawing at least two walls of a heart chamber toward each other. Methods for placing the apparatus on the heart are also provided.

Joseph Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, Jonathan Albert: Microencapsulated electrophoretic display. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cesari and McKenna, October 5, 1999: US05961804 (459 worldwide citation)

An application-ready electrophoresis material includes a carrier and a dispersion of microcapsules therein, the microcapsules each containing a plurality of phases therein. At least some of the phases contrast visually and and exhibit differential responsiveness to an electric field, such that appli ...

David Hitz, Michael Malcolm, James Lau, Byron Rakitzis: Write anywhere file-system layout. Network Appliance, Swernofsky Law Group, October 5, 1999: US05963962 (453 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method for keeping a file system in a consistent state and for creating read-only copies of a file system. Changes to the file system are tightly controlled. The file system progresses from one self-consistent state to another self-consistent state. The set of self-c ...