Ken Takeuchi, Tomoharu Tanaka: Semiconductor device and memory system. Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Banner & Witcoff, April 4, 2000: US06046935 (908 worldwide citation)

A semiconductor memory device comprises a memory cell array having electrically erasable and programmable memory cells arranged in rows and columns, each memory cell capable of storing n-value data (n is 3 or a greater natural number), and a data circuit having m latch circuits for holding data item ...

Wanda L McKean, Matthew Hain, Ilya S Koyfman: Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric. United States Surgical Corporation, April 4, 2000: US06045560 (807 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling apparatus having tissue bolstering material releasably attached thereto for application of the material and staples to body tisuse is disclosed. The tissue bolstering material is preferably releasably held to surfaces of the stapling apparatus through pins, clips or similar secur ...

Michael Man Hak Tso, David Alfred Romrell, Daniel Joshua Gillespie: System for distributing electronic information to a targeted group of users. Intel Corporation, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, April 4, 2000: US06047327 (708 worldwide citation)

A communications system having a first server and a first client connected to the first server through a first network, wherein the first server selectively sends a set of InfoBites to the first client based on a filter. A method for distributing information for the above communications system, incl ...

Paul D Bartoli, Stephen J Griesmer, Gideon Lidor, Yzhak Ronen, Jean Tessier: Method and apparatus for billing for transactions conducted over the internet. A T &T Corporation, April 4, 2000: US06047268 (643 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for authenticating transactions accomplished over a data network utilizes a "cookie" containing both static information (user-identifying information) and dynamic information (transaction-based information). The transaction-oriented dynamic information portion comprises a rand ...

Stephen H Hochshuler, Erik J Wagner, Ralph F Rashbaum, Richard D Guyer: Adjustable height fusion device. Spinal Concepts, Conley Rose & Tayon P C, April 4, 2000: US06045579 (571 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for promoting a spinal fusion between neighboring vertebrae. Apparatus may be located within the intervertebral disc space and preferably includes a pair of engaging plates for contacting the vertebrae. An alignment device may be used to alter the vertical distance between the e ...

Marvin A Sackner, D Michael Inman: Physiologic signs feedback system. Nims, Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane, April 4, 2000: US06047203 (527 worldwide citation)

A non-invasive physiologic signs monitoring device includes a garment with electrocardiogram electrodes and various inductive plethysmographic sensors sewn, embroidered, embedded, or otherwise attached to the garment with an adhesive. The garment is in the form of a shirt. When the garment is fitted ...

Alan S Fisher, Samuel Jerrold Kaplan: Method for supplying automatic status updates using electronic mail. Onsale, Adam H Crosby Heafey Roach & May Tachner, April 4, 2000: US06047264 (482 worldwide citation)

A method is disclosed for automatically updating the status of customers' orders and shipments via electronic mail without using a human attendant to create and send the electronic mail messages. Preferably implemented in software, the updating method allows a large set of customers to be periodical ...

J Wallace Parce, Anne R Kopf Sill, Luc J Bousse: High throughput screening assay systems in microscale fluidic devices. Caliper Technologies Corporation, Matthew B Murphy, Jonathan Alan Quine, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, April 4, 2000: US06046056 (447 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides novel microfluidic devices and methods that are useful for performing high-throughput screening assays. In particular, the devices and methods of the invention are useful in screening large numbers of different compounds for their effects on a variety of chemical, and ...

Richard G Caro, Mark H Sher, Bryan P Flaherty: Apparatus and method for measuring an induced perturbation to determine a physiological parameter. Vital Insite, Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert, April 4, 2000: US06045509 (445 worldwide citation)

A monitor for determining a patient's physiological parameter includes a calibration device configured to provide a calibration signal representative of the patient's physiological parameter. An exciter is positioned over a blood vessel of the patient for inducing a transmitted exciter waveform into ...

Cyril J Schweich Jr, Todd J Mortier, Robert M Vidlund, Peter T Keith, Thomas M Paulson: Heart wall tension reduction apparatus and method. Myocor, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L, April 4, 2000: US06045497 (420 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.