Michel K Bowman Amuah: Method for providing communication services over a computer network system. Accenture, Stefanie M Howell, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, December 18, 2001: US06332163 (864 worldwide citation)

A system, method and article of manufacture are provided for implementing communication services patterns. A fixed format stream-based communication system is provided and service is delivered via a globally addressable interface. Access is afforded to a legacy system. Service is delivered via a loc ...

Keith L Milliman, Frank J Viola, Joseph Orban III, Randolph F Lehn: Surgical stapling apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, December 18, 2001: US06330965 (791 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.

Michael J Tierney, Thomas G Cooper, Chris A Julian, Stephen J Blumenkranz, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge: Surgical robotic tools, data architecture, and use. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, December 18, 2001: US06331181 (701 worldwide citation)

Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatib ...


Marc Dymetman, Max Copperman: Marking medium area with encoded identifier for producing action through network. Xerox Corporation, December 18, 2001: US06330976 (600 worldwide citation)

Automatic actions can be obtained through a network using an area of marking medium with machine-readable markings that encode an action/medium identifier. The action/medium identifier identifies an action that can be produced through the network, and also identifies the area of marking medium. For ...

Vernon G Wong, Mae W L Hu, Donald E Berger Jr: Controlled-release biocompatible ocular drug delivery implant devices and methods. Oculex Pharmaceticals, Morrison & Foerster, December 18, 2001: US06331313 (568 worldwide citation)

Controlled release devices are disclosed which are biocompatible and can be implanted into the eye. The devices have a core comprising a drug and a polymeric outer layer which is substantially impermeable to the entrance of an environmental fluid and substantially impermeable to the release of the d ...

Daniel Quinto Bandera, Mark F Bregman, Ajei S Gopal, Sandeep Singhal: Systems, methods and computer program products for providing time and location specific advertising via the internet. International Business Machines Corporation, A Bruce Clay, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, December 18, 2001: US06332127 (555 worldwide citation)

Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for selecting an advertising object to be displayed within a Web page requested by a user based on the geographic location of the user and/or on the time of day. Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for validating an ...

Jim Freid, Michael E Landry, Erik J Wagner: System and method for stabilizing the human spine with a bone plate. Spinal Concepts, Eric B Meyertons, Conley Rose & Tayon P C, December 18, 2001: US06331179 (463 worldwide citation)

A spinal plate system and method for fixation of the human spine is provided. In an embodiment, the spinal fixation system includes a plate, a coupling member, a locking system for substantially locking the coupling member in a desired position, and an anchoring system to secure the coupling member ...

Shmuel Cabilly, Herbert L Heyneker, William E Holmes, Arthur D Riggs, Ronald B Wetzel: Methods of producing immunoglobulins, vectors and transformed host cells for use therein. Genentech, Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, December 18, 2001: US06331415 (344 worldwide citation)

The invention relates to processes for producing an immunoglobulin or an immunologically functional immunoglobulin fragment containing at least the variable domains of the immunoglobulin heavy and light chains. The processes can use one or more vectors which produce both the heavy and light chains o ...

Martin F Eberhard, Marc E Tarpenning: Electronic book with automated look-up of terms of within reference titles. Nuvomedia, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, December 18, 2001: US06331867 (322 worldwide citation)

An electronic reading system is disclosed which allows users to download books and other types of content to a hand-held reader device for viewing. Using software which runs on a personal computer (PC), the user can download titles from Internet sites to the PC. Titles are then automatically transfe ...