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Robert R Burnside: Systems and methods to identify and disable re-used single use devices based on cataloging catheter usage. SciMed Life Systems, Bingham McCutchen, November 25, 2003: US06651669 (190 worldwide citation)

A control unit, such as, e.g., an RF generator, for limiting the usage of a medical probe, such as, e.g., a catheter or surgical probe, is provided. The control unit includes a control circuit that is configured for storing a plurality of historical operational indicator sets within a database, wher ...


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Ross S Tsugita: Guided filter with support wire and methods of use. SciMed Life Systems, Crompton Seager & Tufte, November 25, 2003: US06652505 (189 worldwide citation)

A guided filter system for temporary placement of a filter in an artery or vein is disclosed. The system includes a guidewire slideable through a wire guide included in a distal region of a support wire. The support wire has an expandable filter, which is operable between a collapsed or enlarged con ...


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Robert J Sweeney: Ultrasonically activated electrodes. Cardiac Pacemakers, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, November 25, 2003: US06654638 (188 worldwide citation)

An implantable electrode, where the electrode comprises a first piezoelectric element which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, and a cathode and an anode, where electrical energy generated by the first piezoelectric element causes a pacing level energy pulse to be delivered between t ...


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Eric C Lange: Flexible spine stabilization system. SDGI Holdings, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry, November 25, 2003: US06652585 (187 worldwide citation)

A spine stabilization system includes a flexible member attachable to a portion of the spinal column. The member includes components that are oriented and function similar to the natural fiber orientation of the anterior longitudinal ligament and annulus tissue. The use of components resist loading ...


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James F Zucherman, Ken Y Hsu, Charles J Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn: Apparatus and method for determining implant size. St Francis Medical Technologies, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, November 25, 2003: US06652534 (185 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for determining the space between adjacent spinous process. A trial implant instrument contains a trial sizer and an elongated body. The trial sizer and elongated body are pivotally mounted so that as the trial sizer is urged between adjacent spinous process, a physician may r ...


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Kenji Yamagata: Method of producing silicon thin film, method of constructing SOI substrate and semiconductor device. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto, November 25, 2003: US06653209 (181 worldwide citation)

To decrease the thickness of a silicon thin film to a desired value without deterioration of the quality thereof while avoiding the surface roughness due to speed increasing oxidation of crystal defect portions occurring when conducting the conventional sacrificial oxidation, effect of dust particle ...


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Parris S Wellman, Rajesh Pendekanti: Transmural ablation tool and method. Ethicon, Nutter McClennen & Fish, November 25, 2003: US06652518 (180 worldwide citation)

An ablation method and device contacts one surface of a target layer and positions the tissue to ablate entirely through the layer. The tissue may be a wall of the heart (ablated, for example, to form blocking lesions for atrial fibrillation), and ablation may be performed with the heart stopped or ...


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Richard Soltys, Richard Huizinga: Method, apparatus and article for verifying card games, such as blackjack. MindPlay, Seed IP Law Group PLLC, November 25, 2003: US06652379 (178 worldwide citation)

A system reads an identifier from a hand of cards to identify the cards. For example, the system can read an identifier from a pair of cards forming the initial hand in blackjack, where the one card is face up and the other card is face down. The system determines the value of a hand of cards form t ...


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Dennis M Bialecki, John F Wuschner, Mark R Hillstrand: Safety catheter. Medex, Wood Herron & Evans, November 25, 2003: US06652486 (176 worldwide citation)

A catheter and introducer needle assembly having a needle attached to a needle hub, and a enlarged area disposed thereon, and a tubular catheter wherein the introducer needle being coaxially received within the catheter. The device has a hollow catheter hub attached to the catheter and in fluid comm ...


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Randy D Sines, Michael J Kuhn, Randy A Gregory: Automated system for playing live casino table games having tabletop changeable playing card displays and play monitoring security features. Digideal Corporation, Randy A Gregory, November 25, 2003: US06651985 (176 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for playing live casino-type card games, in particular blackjack. The systems include a presentation unit which has video displays which portray virtual playing cards and other information at gaming tables attended by live participants. Shuffling, cutting, dealing and return of p ...