Michi E Garrison, Hanson S Gifford III, Frederick G St Goar: Methods and devices for implanting cardiac valves. July 30, 2002: US06425916 (812 worldwide citation)

The valve implantation system has a valve displacer for displacing and holding the native valve leaflets open in a first aspect of the invention. A replacement valve may be attached to the valve displacer before or after introduction and may be positioned independent of the valve displacer. In anoth ...

Sam W Bowman IV, Ronald J Lebel, Daniel H Villegas, John C Gord: Ambulatory medical apparatus and method using telemetry system with predefined reception listening periods. Medtronic MiniMed, Foley & Lardner, July 30, 2002: US06427088 (618 worldwide citation)

An implanted medical device (e.g. infusion pump) and an external device communicate with one another via telemetry messages that are receivable only during windows or listening periods. Each listening period is open for a prescribed period of time and is spaced from successive listening periods by a ...

Shahram Vaezy, Roy W Martin, Stephen J Carter, George W Keilman, Victor Y Fujimoto, Lawrence A Crum: Noise-free real time ultrasonic imaging of a treatment site undergoing high intensity focused ultrasound therapy. University of Washington, Ronald M Anderson, July 30, 2002: US06425867 (455 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for the simultaneous use of ultrasound on a probe for imaging and therapeutic purposes. The probe limits the effects of undesirable interference noise in a display by synchronizing high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves with an imaging transducer to cause the noise to be ...

Karl L Ginter, Victor H Shear, Francis J Spahn, David M Van Wie: Systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. InterTrust Technologies, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L, July 30, 2002: US06427140 (437 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain ...

Kevin M Conley, John S Mangan, Jeffrey G Craig: Flash eeprom system with simultaneous multiple data sector programming and storage of physical block characteristics in other designated blocks. Sandisk Corporation, Skjerven Morrill, July 30, 2002: US06426893 (387 worldwide citation)

A non-volatile memory system is formed of floating gate memory cells arranged in blocks as the smallest unit of memory cells that are erasable together. The system includes a number of features that may be implemented individually or in various cooperative combinations. One feature is the storage in ...

Edward W Knowlton: Method and apparatus for modifying skin surface and soft tissue structure. Thermage, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, July 30, 2002: US06425912 (352 worldwide citation)

An apparatus is provided that modifies a skin surface or a soft tissue. The apparatus includes a skin surface conforming member and a hydration delivery device coupled to the conforming member. The hydration delivery device delivers a hydration agent to the skin surface. An energy delivery device is ...

Jay S Walker, James A Jorasch: Database driven online distributed tournament system. Walker Digital, Magdalena M Fincham, Dean P Alderucci, July 30, 2002: US06425828 (292 worldwide citation)

A method and a system for a distributed electronic tournament system in which many remotely located players participate in a tournament through input/output devices connected to a central controller which manages the tournament. The method includes the steps of (a) uniquely identifying a player comm ...


Gregory H Lambrecht: Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation. Intrinsic Orthopedics, Sean Kavanaugh, Gerard Von Hoffmann, Intrinsic Orthopedics, July 30, 2002: US06425919 (276 worldwide citation)

A disk herniation constraining device for implantation into a vertebral disk can include a support member for support of a herniated portion of a disk. The support member can be connected to an anchor. The constraining device can include the insertion of augmentation material within the disk. A defe ...

Kevin Thomas Foley, Maurice Mell Smith, John B Clayton, Joseph Moctezuma: Cannula and a retractor for percutaneous surgery. SDGI Holdings, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, July 30, 2002: US06425859 (273 worldwide citation)

A device for retracting tissue that includes a cannula and a retractor positionable in the working channel of the cannula. The retractor includes a working tip configured to atraumatically displace tissue as the retractor is manipulated through the tissue.