Keith L Milliman, Frank J Viola, Joseph Orban III, Randolph F Lehn: Surgical stapling apparatus. Dilworth & Barrese, June 5, 2001: US06241139 (955 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling device particularly suited for endoscopic procedures is described. The device can be used with both articulating and non-articulating disposable loading units and has a sensing mechanism for sensing the type of disposable loading unit secured to the device.

Gregory L Ruff: Barbed Bodily tissue connector. Quill Medical, Michael G Johnston, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, June 5, 2001: US06241747 (814 worldwide citation)

A barbed tissue connector is disclosed for use in closing a body wound. The connector includes an elongated body and a pointed end to facilitate insertion of the connector into tissue. A plurality of closely-spaced barbs are disposed on the body from the pointed end of the connector to a predetermin ...

Robert M Scribner, Michael L Reo, Mark A Reiley, Ryan Boucher: Systems and methods for placing materials into bone. Kyphon, Ryan Kromholz & Manjon S C, June 5, 2001: US06241734 (592 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for delivering material into bone deploy a cannula through soft tissue to establish a subcutaneous path into bone. A material is introduced into bone through the cannula. The systems and methods advance a tamping instrument through the cannula to urge material residing in the can ...

John Y Yan: Method of manufacturing a medicated porous metal prosthesis. Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, June 5, 2001: US06240616 (496 worldwide citation)

A method of manufacturing a medicated prosthesis such as a stent. The method includes forming a stent out of porous metal and loading a therapeutic agent into the pores of the metal. In one embodiment the stent is formed from a sintered metal wire, sheet, or tube and can include adding a coating to ...

Bruce D Elliot: Anytime/anywhere child locator system. MCI Communications Corporation, June 5, 2001: US06243039 (493 worldwide citation)

A system that tracks the current and historical locations of a GPS locator device carried by a person provides widely available access to data referencing these locations, so that a parent can easily and frequently monitor the location of a child. Monitoring of a child's location may be conduct ...

Jerome F McAleer, Manuel Alvarez Icaza, Geoff Hall, Elliot V Plotkin, David Scott, Oliver W H Davies: Disposable test strips with integrated reagent/blood separation layer. Inverness Medical Technology, Oppedahl & Larson, June 5, 2001: US06241862 (464 worldwide citation)

An improved disposable glucose test strip for use in a test meter of the type which receives a disposable test strip and a sample of blood from a patient and performs an electrochemical analysis is made using a non-conductive integrated reagent/blood separation layer containing a filler, an enzyme e ...

Alan S Fisher, Samuel Jerrold Kaplan: Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information. Onsale, Adam H Tachner, Crosby Heafey Roach & May, June 5, 2001: US06243691 (452 worldwide citation)

A system and method for conducting a multi-person, interactive auction, in a variety of formats, without using a human auctioneer to conduct the auction. The system is preferably implemented in software. The system allows a group of bidders to interactively place bids over a computer or communicatio ...

Jonathan E DeLine, Niall R Lynam, Ralph A Spooner: Accessory module for vehicle. Donnelly Corporation, Van Dyke Gardner Linn & Burkhart, June 5, 2001: US06243003 (438 worldwide citation)

An accessory module for use with a vehicular cellular telephone, emergency communication device, or other audio device, may be mounted to an interior surface of a vehicle windshield. The accessory module houses a microphone and may be positioned adjacent to a headliner of the vehicle generally above ...

Joseph D Gresser, Debra J Trantolo, Robert S Langer, Kai Uwe Lewandrowski, Alexander M Klibanov, Donald L Wise: Resorbable interbody spinal fusion devices. Cambridge Scientific, Weingarten Schurgin Gagnebin & Hayes, June 5, 2001: US06241771 (431 worldwide citation)

A resorbable interbody fusion device for use in spinal fixation is disclosed. The device is composed of 25-100% bioresorbable or resorbable material. The interbody fusion device of the invention can be in any convenient form, such as a wedge, screw or cage. Preferably, the resorbable device of the i ...

James D Hempleman, Sandra M Hempleman, Neil A Schneider: List building system. Premier International, Rockey Milnamow & Katz, June 5, 2001: US06243725 (429 worldwide citation)

A system implementable using a programmable processor includes a plurality of pre-stored commands for building an inventory of audio, musical, works or audio/visual works, such as music videos. A plurality of works can be collected together in a list for purposes of establishing a play or a presenta ...