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Jeffrey Loomans: Methods and apparatus for interpreting user selections in the context of a relation distributed as a set of orthogonalized sub-relations. Siebel Systems, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman, April 15, 2003: US06549908 (835 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for distributing a first relation amongst a set of orthogonal sub-relations are disclosed. As a method, an orthogonal sub-relation of the set of orthogonal sub-relations is identified and then removed from the first relation. The removed sub-relation is then replaced with an as ...


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Kevin J Dowling, Frederick M Morgan, Ihor A Lys, Michael K Blackwell: Universal lighting network methods and systems. Color Kinetics, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C, April 15, 2003: US06548967 (632 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to smart lighting devices bearing processors, and networks comprising smart lighting devices, capable of providing illumination, and detecting stimuli with sensors and/or sending signals. Sensors and emitters can, in some embodiments, be removed and added in a modular f ...


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Michel K Bowman Amuah: Piecemeal retrieval in an information services patterns environment. Accenture, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, April 15, 2003: US06550057 (430 worldwide citation)

A system, method and article of manufacture are provided for providing a warning upon retrieval of objects that are incomplete. An object is provided with at least one missing attribute. Upon receipt of a request from an application for the object access to the attributes of the object is allowed by ...


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David B Auerbach, Benjamin A Mejia: System and method for multi-protocol communication in a computer network. Microsoft Corporation, Woodcock Washburn, April 15, 2003: US06549937 (420 worldwide citation)

A system for multi-protocol communication in the computer network has a user interface layer with a common data structure to permit instant messaging communication with multiple service providers that each have different communication protocols. Message data and commands are transferred to a convers ...


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Borzu Sohrab: Monitoring analyte concentration using minimally invasive devices. LifeScan, Carol M LaSalle, Bozicevic Field & Francis, April 15, 2003: US06549796 (416 worldwide citation)

A method of monitoring the concentration of an analyte in a host or portion thereof over a given period of time. The method includes the steps of: (a) making a first analyte concentration measurement at a first point of time using a single use analyte concentration measuring device; (b) making a sec ...


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J Robert Sims III: Media content protection utilizing public key cryptography. Hewlett Packard Development Company, April 15, 2003: US06550011 (399 worldwide citation)

A system and method for providing protection of content which may be transmitted over unsecure channels, including storage and transmission in bulk media, transmission over a network such as the Internet, transmission between components of an open system, and broadcast transmitted, to compliant stor ...


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Warren S Gifford, Paul Mowatt, Philip Karcher, Domenico Riggi: Unified communication services via e-mail. Telecommunications Premium Services, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt P C, April 15, 2003: US06549612 (384 worldwide citation)

A method and system for providing unified messages services to a subscriber. The subscriber utilizes an active interface embedded in an e-mail notification to control delivery of a non-literal, single media or multimedia message to the subscriber. Such a non-literal message includes, but is not limi ...


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Colin Charles Owen Goble: Electrosurgery system and instrument. Gyrus Medical, April 15, 2003: US06547786 (340 worldwide citation)

In an electrosurgery system having a radio frequency generator and an instrument with a treatment electrode, the generator includes a circuit for sensing thermionic emission from the electrode as means of controlling the supply of radio frequency power to the electrode. Thermionic emission is sensed ...


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Emilio Villa, Adrian Zidaritz, Michael David Varga, Gerhard Eschelbeck, Michael Kevin Jones, Mark James McArdle: Active firewall system and methodology. Network Associates, Patrick J S Inouye, Christopher J Hamaty, April 15, 2003: US06550012 (334 worldwide citation)

System and methodology providing automated or “proactive” network security (“active” firewall) are described. The system implements methodology for verifying or authenticating communications, especially between network security components thereby allowing those components to share information. In on ...