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Benjamin J Feldman, Adam Heller, Ephraim Heller, Fei Mao, Joseph A Vivolo, Jeffery V Funderburk, Fredric C Colman, Rajesh Krishnan: Method of manufacturing small volume in vitro analyte sensor. TheraSense, Merchant & Gould P C, September 16, 2003: US06618934 (858 worldwide citation)

A sensor utilizing a non-leachable or diffusible redox mediator is described. The sensor includes a sample chamber to hold a sample in electrolytic contact with a working electrode, and in at least some instances, the sensor also contains a non-leachable or a diffusible second electron transfer agen ...


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Andrew W Scherpbier, Mark Randle Boyns: System and method for voice transmission over network protocols. Raindance Communications, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, September 16, 2003: US06621834 (841 worldwide citation)

A system and method for voice transmission over high level network protocols. On the Internet and the World Wide Web, such high level protocols are HTTP/TCP. The restrictions imposed by firewalls and proxy servers are avoided by using HTTP level connections to transmit voice data. In addition, packe ...


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David T Green, Keith Ratcliff, Keith Milliman, Henry R Sienkiewicz, Mitchell J Palmer, Graham W Bryan: Surgical stapling apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, September 16, 2003: US06619529 (627 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly associated with a distal end of the elongated p ...


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Reese S Terry Jr, Robert A Adkins, Burke T Barrett: Treatment of congestive heart failure and autonomic cardiovascular drive disorders. Cyberonics, Blank Rome, September 16, 2003: US06622041 (476 worldwide citation)

A device for treating patients suffering from congestive heart failure includes an implantable neurostimulator for stimulating the patient's vagus nerve at or above the cardiac branch with an electrical pulse waveform at a stimulating rate sufficient to maintain the patient's heart beat at ...


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Chien Chiang, Guy C Wicker: Method to enhance performance of thermal resistor device. Ovonyx, Trop Pruner & Hu P C, September 16, 2003: US06621095 (383 worldwide citation)

An apparatus including a contact on a substrate, a dielectric material overlying the contact, a phase change element overlying the dielectric material on a substrate, and a heater element disposed in the dielectric material and coupled to the contact and the phase change element, wherein a portion o ...


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Carla M Mann, Paul M Meadows: Implantable device programmer. Advanced Bionics Corporation, Bryant R Gold, Philip H Lee, September 16, 2003: US06622048 (357 worldwide citation)

A patient and/or a clinician may program an implant device, e.g., an implanted spinal cord stimulator (SCS), through the use of a programming computer, or clinician programmer, linked with the implant device so that the paresthesia resulting from an applied electrical stimulus pattern is adjusted or ...


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Richard F Wenstrom Jr, Edward V Craig: Suture buttress system. Ethicon, Nutter McClennen & Fish, September 16, 2003: US06620166 (352 worldwide citation)

A suture buttress system has a suture retriever and a suture buttress. The suture retriever includes a handle portion with an elongate member extending therefrom and having an outer surface and a distal end that includes a suture retaining element. The suture buttress comprises a resilient hollow tu ...


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Anand Murthy, Robert S Chau, Tahir Ghani, Kaizad R Mistry: Semiconductor transistor having a stressed channel. Intel Corporation, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, September 16, 2003: US06621131 (309 worldwide citation)

A process is described for manufacturing an improved PMOS semiconductor transistor. Recesses are etched into a layer of epitaxial silicon. Source and drain films are deposited in the recesses. The source and drain films are made of an alloy of silicon and germanium. The alloy is epitaxially deposite ...


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Rick Rowe: Method and system for funding and awarding bonuses in a gaming environment. IGT, Weide & Miller, September 16, 2003: US06620046 (299 worldwide citation)

A method and system are provided for awarding bonuses in a gaming environment. The system includes gaming machines associated with a player tracking host and a bonus system host. Each gaming machine has a player tracking device. In accordance with a method, a bonus is funded independently of specifi ...


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Dale R Schulze, Richard P Nuchols: Electrosurgical instrument with an operational sequencing element. Ethicon, Brian S Tomko, September 16, 2003: US06620161 (291 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument useful in harvesting blood vessels such as veins and arteries. The instrument has a pair of jaws and a central cutting element displaceable distally and proximally to dissect tissue contained between the jaws. A sequencing element prevents the cutting element from being engaged ...