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Raifu Matsui, Ryuta Sekine, Keiichi Arai: Endoscopic surgery apparatus. Olympus Optical, Frishauf Holtz Goodman Langer & Chick P C, March 5, 2002: US06352503 (824 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to an endoscopic surgery apparatus for performing treating operation in a body cavity of a patient with the use of treating tools in combination with an endoscope, in which insertion sections allowing the insertion of treating tools are externally arranged in a side ...


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Kenneth Schofield, Mark L Larson, Brent J Bos, Niall R Lynam: Rain sensor with fog discrimination. Donnelly Corporation, Van Dyke Gardner Linn & Burkhart, March 5, 2002: US06353392 (462 worldwide citation)

A vehicular rain sensor system for detecting precipitation on an exterior surface of a window includes an illumination sensor that is decoupled from the window. The illumination sensor is preferably an imaging array sensor which communicates a signal to a control which further determines whether rai ...


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Scott R Dunham: Remote control of backup media in a secondary storage subsystem through access to a primary storage subsystem. EMC Corporation, Howrey Simon Arnold & White, March 5, 2002: US06353878 (422 worldwide citation)

A primary data storage subsystem has primary data storage and a storage controller for controlling access of host processors to the primary data storage. The primary data storage subsystem is linked to a secondary data storage subsystem for transfer of backup data between the primary data storage su ...


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Kenneth S Kramer, Kevin L Houser: Active load control of ultrasonic surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Verne E Kreger Jr, March 5, 2002: US06352532 (400 worldwide citation)

Ultrasonic instruments, and particularly solid core ultrasonic instruments, are advantageous because they may be used to cut and/or coagulate organic tissue using energy in the form of mechanical vibrations transmitted to a surgical end-effector at ultrasonic frequencies. The present invention provi ...


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Himanshu S Amin, John M Miller: System for dynamically pushing information to a user utilizing global positioning system. Amin & Turocy, March 5, 2002: US06353398 (330 worldwide citation)

A system is provided for directing region-specific information. The system locates and transmits information to location-specific users. A directed information system links information related to the location-specific users. The directed information system has access to a regionally defined data bas ...


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Srivatsan Parthesarathy, Reiner Fink, Sean L Flynn, Ray Sun: Software update notification. Microsoft Corporation, Banner & Witcoff, March 5, 2002: US06353926 (315 worldwide citation)

A method for allowing a software vendor to notify a user of a software update is disclosed. At the time of installing an application, the user is prompted to subscribe to a software update channel. A shortcut (.lnk file) that the application installs is created with special information that identifi ...


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Joel S Douglas, Jeffrey N Roe, Ryszard Radwanski, Brent G Duchon: Methods and apparatus for sampling and analyzing body fluid. Amira Medical, Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, March 5, 2002: US06352514 (278 worldwide citation)

A sampling device for sampling body fluid includes a lancet for making an incision, a capillary tube for drawing-up body fluid from the incision, and a test strip affixed to an upper end of the capillary tube for receiving the fluid. An absorbent pad can be disposed between the test strip and capill ...


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Steven Paul Buysse, Dale Francis Schmaltz, Robert Luzzi, Kirk Bryan Olson, Kate Ryland Lawes, Daniel Lee Trimberger II, Mathew Erle Mitchell, Jenifer Serafin Kennedy: Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels. Sherwood Services, March 5, 2002: US06352536 (266 worldwide citation)

A bipolar electrosurgical instrument has opposable seal surfaces on its jaws for grasping and sealing vessels and vascular tissue. Inner and outer instrument members allow arcuate motion of the seal surfaces. An open lockbox provides a pivot with lateral support to maintain alignment of the lateral ...


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Carlos M G Duran, David T Cheung, David C Pang: Solution and method for treating autologous tissue for implant operation. The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation, Klein & Szekeres, March 5, 2002: US06352708 (265 worldwide citation)

An aqueous solution containing a water miscible organic solvent, polyethylene glycol and heparine, is used to modify the tissue reactivity of an autologous tissue freshly obtained from a host mammal and to render the tissue temporarily more rigid than in its native state, and better suited for shapi ...