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David Sherrer
David W Sherrer, Gregory A Ten Eyck, Dan A Steinberg, Neal Ricks: Single mask technique for making positive and negative micromachined features on a substrate. Shipley Company L L C, Jonathan D Baskin, September 30, 2003: US06627096 (17 worldwide citation)

Methods for making a micromachined device (e.g. an microoptical submount) having positive features (extending up from a device surface) and negative features (extending into the device surface). The present techniques locate the postive feature and negative features according to a single mask step. ...


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Jean Taylor: Interspinous prosthesis. Cantor Colburn, September 30, 2003: US06626944 (485 worldwide citation)

This prosthesis is made of a material which is mult-directionally flexible and elastic, and comprises an interspinous portion having a thickness slightly greater than the anatomical interspinous space when the spine is in lordosis. According to the invention, the prosthesis has two pairs of lugs pro ...


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Russell A Houser, Vahid Sadaat, Stephen R Ramee: Apparatus and methods for treating tissue. Nidus Medical, Morrison & Foerster, September 30, 2003: US06626899 (452 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods are provided for thermally and/or mechanically treating tissue, such as valvular structures, to reconfigure or shrink the tissue in a controlled manner. The apparatus comprises a catheter in communication with an end effector which induces a temperature rise in an annulus of ti ...


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Richard D Cornelius, Andreas Stepniczka, Kevin Chu: Account settlement and financing in an e-commerce environment. Accenture, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, September 30, 2003: US06629081 (448 worldwide citation)

A system, method and article of manufacture are provided for account settlement utilizing a network. First, a buyer is allowed to select from a group of options in order to settle an account utilizing a network. The options include settling a minimum balance, partially settling, settling a full bala ...


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William J Allen, Alan Bachman, Scott Reed, Ray Adams, Robert R Steckel: Minimally invasive mitral valve repair method and apparatus. Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, John Christopher James, September 30, 2003: US06626930 (389 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for the stabilization and fastening of two pieces of tissue. A single device may be used to both stabilize and fasten the two pieces of tissue, or a separate stabilizing device may be used in conjunction with a fastening device. The stabil ...


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Douglas K Keith: Displaying implicit associations among items in loosely-structured data sets. Douglas K Keith, Robert M Hunter, September 30, 2003: US06629097 (389 worldwide citation)

A system for discerning and displaying relational structure and conceptual similarities among items in a target group of data items. Root terms are extracted from descriptions of the data items, and are used to generate similarity measures among all data items in the group. The invention uses a comb ...


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Michael R Treat, Fred H Co, George D Hermann, Thomas A Howell, Theodore R Kucklick, Michelle Y Monfort, Kenneth H Mollenauer: Electrothermal instrument for sealing and joining or cutting tissue. The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, William H Dippert, Reed Smith, September 30, 2003: US06626901 (384 worldwide citation)

An instrument and method are provided for sealing and joining or hemostatically dividing tissue, which is particularly suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. The instrument makes use of the controlled application of a combination of heat and pressure to seal adjacent tissues, to join adja ...


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Craig Paulsen: Personal gaming device. IGT, Weide & Miller, September 30, 2003: US06628939 (368 worldwide citation)

The present invention comprises a personal gaming device. The personal gaming device of the invention is adapted to present a game to a player. In one embodiment, the gaming device includes a display screen, a processing unit including a processor and a memory, and a wireless communication interface ...


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Kenneth A Parulski, John R McCoy: Method for adding personalized metadata to a collection of digital images. Eastman Kodak Company, Stephen H Shaw, September 30, 2003: US06629104 (333 worldwide citation)

A method for adding personal image metadata to a collection of images,including the steps of: configuring, in response to user's answers to predetermined queries prior to image capture, a database of pre-assigned metadata labels useful for classifying future images, wherein at least one pre-ass ...