Arthur M Krieg, Joel N Kline: Immunostimulatory nucleic acid molecules. University of Iowa Research Foundation, Coley Pharmaceutical Group, The United States of America represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C, May 29, 2001: US06239116 (322 worldwide citation)

Nucleic acid sequences containing unmethylated CpG dinucleotides that modulate an immune response including stimulating a Th1 pattern of immune activation, cytokine production, NK lytic activity, and B cell proliferation are disclosed. The sequences are also useful a synthetic adjuvant.

William Dubrul, Richard Eustis Fulton III: Biological passageway occlusion removal. Reed Smith, May 29, 2001: US06238412 (319 worldwide citation)

A device for the removal of a blockage in a passageway such as a dialysis graft or in a body passageway includes a catheter for reception and aspiration of the blockage and an occlusion engaging element distal of the distal end of the catheter which occlusion engaging element is supported on a wire ...

Frank E Bunn: Automated vehicle tracking and service provision system. Pillay Kevin Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, May 29, 2001: US06240365 (313 worldwide citation)

An automated vehicle tracking and service provision system including a central controller, a local controller located in each vehicle, the central controller and the local controllers including wireless communication interface for communication of information between the central controller and the v ...

John D Hottovy, Harvey D Hensley, David J Przelomski, Teddy H Cymbaluk, Robert K Franklin III, Ethelwoldo P Perez: High solids slurry polymerization. Phillips Petroleum Company, Polly C Owen, May 29, 2001: US06239235 (289 worldwide citation)

An olefin polymerization process wherein monomer, diluent and catalyst are circulated in a continuous loop reactor and product slurry is recovered by means of a continuous product take off. The continuous product allows operating the reaction at significantly higher solids content in the circulating ...

Eyal Doron, Yariv Porat, Avi Penner: System and method for telemetrically providing intrabody spatial position. Remon Medical Technologies, May 29, 2001: US06239724 (284 worldwide citation)

A telemetry system and method for providing spatial positioning information from within a patient's body are disclosed. The system includes at least one implantable telemetry unit which includes (a) at least one first transducer being for converting a power signal received from outside the body ...

James F Zucherman, Ken Y Hsu, T Wade Fallin, Henry A Klyce: Spine distraction implant and method. St Francis Technologies, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, May 29, 2001: US06238397 (269 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.

Peter M J Mulier, Michael F Hoey: Method and apparatus for creating a bi-polar virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue. Medtronic, Stephen W Bauer, Harold R Patton, Timothy A Czaja, May 29, 2001: US06238393 (267 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for creating a virtual electrode to ablate bodily tissue. The apparatus includes an outer tube, a first electrode, an inner tube and a second electrode. The outer tube is fluidly connected to a source of conductive fluid and defines a proximal end and a distal end. The distal ...

Scott A Miller III: Electrosurgical generator. Team Medical L L C, Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle, May 29, 2001: US06238387 (266 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical generator is disclosed that provides radio-frequency electrical waveforms for performing surgical operations on a tissue mass. The various aspects of the present invention are embodied in an electrosurgical generator that includes a DC regulator, an amplifier, an energy recovery c ...

Timothy P Allen, David Gillespie, Robert J Miller, G√ľnter Steinbach: Object position detection system and method. Synaptics, Sierra Patent Group, May 29, 2001: US06239389 (262 worldwide citation)

A proximity sensor system includes a sensor matrix array having a characteristic capacitance on horizontal and vertical conductors connected to sensor pads. The capacitance changes as a function of the proximity of an object or objects to the sensor matrix. The change in capacitance of each node in ...

Robert R Burnside, Bruce Wand, David K Swanson: Systems and methods for preventing automatic identification of re-used single use devices. Scimed Life Systems, Lyon & Lyon, May 29, 2001: US06237604 (259 worldwide citation)

A medical system for limiting the re-use of a medical probe, such as, e.g., a catheter or a surgical probe, is provided. The medical system includes a medical probe that includes an electronic storage component for storing a probe identification code. The medical probe further includes a disabling c ...