Robert J Geiste, Mitchell J Palmer, Lisa W Heaton, Robert C Savage, Jon Wilson: Surgical stapler. United States Surgical Corporation, March 20, 2001: US06202914 (707 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler is disclosed which includes a first body portion supporting an anvil plate defining a fastener forming surface, and a second body portion configured to releasably mate with the first body portion. A disposable loading unit is removably supported in the second body portion and incl ...

Lawrence E Demar, Erica Frohm, William A Grupp, Scott Slomiany: Gaming machine with bonus mode. WMS Gaming, Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, March 20, 2001: US06203429 (705 worldwide citation)

A gaming machine is operated by a programmed micro-processor in which the first mode of operation, a basic gambling game, is implemented such as video poker or reel-type slot machine play. If bonus symbols are selected in the basic mode, a bonus mode is triggered. In the bonus mode the same or a dif ...

Stephen McConnell Gates, Deborah Ann Neumayer: Atomic layer deposition with nitrate containing precursors. International Business Machines Corporation, Robert M Trepp Esq, Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, March 20, 2001: US06203613 (585 worldwide citation)

Metal nitrate-containing precursor compounds are employed in atomic layer deposition processes to form metal-containing films, e.g. metal, metal oxide, and metal nitride, which films exhibit an atomically abrupt interface and an excellent uniformity.

Anthony M DiGioia III, David A Simon, Branislav Jaramaz, Michael K Blackwell, Frederick M Morgan, Robert V O&apos Toole, Takeo Kanade: Computer-assisted surgery planner and intra-operative guidance system. Carnegie Mellon University, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, March 20, 2001: US06205411 (527 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for facilitating the implantation of an artificial component in one of a hip joint, a knee joint, a hand and wrist joint, an elbow joint, a shoulder joint, and a foot and ankle joint. The apparatus includes a pre-operative geometric planner and a pre-operative kinematic biomechanical si ...

Stephen Ramee, Farhad Khosravi, L N Hopkins: Integrated vascular device having thrombectomy element and vascular filter and methods of use. Incept, Nicola A Pisano, Fish & Neave, March 20, 2001: US06203561 (417 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods are provided for use in removing thrombus from a vessel, wherein a vascular device comprises an thrombectomy element for excising or ablating thrombus and a vascular filter for capturing emboli generated during removal of the thrombus. The vascular filter comprises a support ho ...

Jay S Walker, James A Jorasch, Magdalena Mik: Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play. Walker Digital, Steven M Santisi, Dean P Alderucci, March 20, 2001: US06203430 (353 worldwide citation)

An electronic amusement device and a method for operating the device are disclosed. In accordance with one embodiment, a slot machine identifies a tracked symbol and initializes a running count representing active occurrences of the tracked symbol generated during a play session. During the session, ...

Birinder Bob Boveja: Apparatus and method for adjunct (add-on) therapy of partial complex epilepsy, generalized epilepsy and involuntary movement disorders utilizing an external stimulator. Sheridan Ross P C, March 20, 2001: US06205359 (348 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for adjunct (add-on) therapy of partial complex epilepsy, generalized epilepsy and involuntary movement disorders comprises an implantable lead-receiver, an external stimulator having controlling circuitry and a power source, and an electrode to inductively couple the stimula ...

James A Jorasch, John M Packes Jr, Magdalena Mik: Method and apparatus for a progressive jackpot determinant. Walker Digital, Steven M Santisi, March 20, 2001: US06203010 (317 worldwide citation)

A gaming device awards the players that hit the jackpot winning combination the base value of the progressive jackpot rather than the current amount. The progressive nature of the jackpot system does not affect a player's winning amount until after the win takes place. A player who wins the pro ...

Steven Z Wu: Chamber for applying therapeutic substances to an implant device. Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Cameron K Kerrigan Esq, Squire Sanders & Dempsey L, March 20, 2001: US06203551 (315 worldwide citation)

A chamber is provided that allows a user to medicate an implantable prosthesis such as a stent. The implantable prosthesis is capable of securing a therapeutic substance and subsequently delivering the therapeutic substance to local tissues. The chamber allows a user to medicate the prosthesis subse ...