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Susanne Hankh, Marc Gianotti, Eugen Hofmann: Conical stent. Schneider, Frederick W Niebuhr, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, March 18, 2003: US06533810 (142 worldwide citation)

The stent comprises a flexible self-expandable braided tubular wall having a proximal segment having an outer diameter, and a distal segment having an outer diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the proximal segment. An intermediate segment is formed between proximal and distal segments, which ...


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Roger A Sabbadini: Kits for early detection of heart disease. Medlyte Diagnostics, Richard J Warburg, Foley & Lardner, March 18, 2003: US06534322 (142 worldwide citation)

The invention relates to methods, compositions, kits, and devices for detecting cardiac ischemia, hypoxia, or other causes of heart failure in a mammal by obtaining a test sample from a mammal, measuring a level of a non-polypeptidic cardiac marker in the test sample, and determining if the level of ...


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Roger Sabbadini: Compositions and methods for early detection of heart disease. Medlyte Diagnostics, Foley & Lardner, March 18, 2003: US06534323 (142 worldwide citation)

The invention relates to methods, compositions, kits, and devices for detecting cardiac ischemia, hypoxia, or other causes of heart failure in a mammal by obtaining a test sample from a mammal, measuring a level of a non-polypeptidic cardiac marker in the test sample, and determining if the level of ...


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Kenneth E Knapp, Liubo Hong, Robert E Rotmayer: Insulator layers for magnetoresistive transducers. Read Rite Corporation, Mark Lauer, March 18, 2003: US06532823 (142 worldwide citation)

A magnetoresistive (MR) transducer has at least one insulative layer made of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C). The ta-C layer is formed by filtered cathodic arc deposition, has an essentially zero concentration of hydrogen and can serve as a read gap for the transducer. The hydrogen-free t-aC rea ...


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Paul Goldenheim, Donna Donigi Gale, Richard Sackler, Peter Lacouture, Mark Chasin: Prolonged anesthesia in joints and body spaces. Euro Celtique, Davidson Davidson & Kappel, March 18, 2003: US06534081 (136 worldwide citation)

Sustained release local anesthetic formulations are administered intra articularly and/or into body spaces/cavities. The formulation is preferably a plurality of injectable microparticles including a local anesthetic and an effective amount of a biocompatible, biodegradable, sustained release materi ...


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Rene W Schmidt, Hans E Muller, Scott R Violet: Apparatus and method for incremental updating of archive files. Sun Microsystems, Thelen Reid Priest, March 18, 2003: US06535894 (136 worldwide citation)

According to aspects of the present invention, an original archive file having one or more entries is created, where each entry in the original archive file is itself a file, and where each entry in the archive file may comprise any file type, including an archive file. The original archive file is ...


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Glenn Kanner, Kenneth Arden Eliasen, Steve J Tallarida, Steve Bollinger: Advanced wound site management systems and methods. AngioLink Corporation, Grossman Tucker Perreault & Pfleger PLLC, March 18, 2003: US06533762 (135 worldwide citation)

An introducer comprises a sheath, a guide rod, at least one wire stabilization guide, and a loop actuation wire for locating within a wound opening during a medical procedure and during closure of the wound. The elongated members may be actuated to form a loop, or the wire stabilization guides may b ...


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Shingo Uchihachi, Jonathan T Foote, Lynn Wilcox: Automatic video summarization using a measure of shot importance and a frame-packing method. Fuji Xerox, Xerox Corporation, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, March 18, 2003: US06535639 (134 worldwide citation)

A measure of importance is calculated for segmented parts of a video. The segmented parts are determined by segmenting the video into component shots and then merging by iteration the component shots based on similarity or other factors. Segmentation may also be determined by clustering frames of th ...


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Thomas S Fisher, Roy A Jensen, Martin I Reiman: System for automatically routing calls to call center agents in an agent surplus condition based on service levels. Avaya Technology, Patton Boggs, March 18, 2003: US06535600 (133 worldwide citation)

The system for automatically routing calls to call center agents in an agent surplus condition provides the call center administrator with an automatic agent assignment paradigm which functions to automatically increase the efficiency of assigning multiple skill agents to contacts. The presence of a ...