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Keith James Hanna, Peter J Burt, Shmuel Peleg, Douglas F Dixon, Deepam Mishra, Lambert E Wixson, Robert Mandlebaum, Peter Coyle, Joshua R Herman: Fully automated iris recognition system utilizing wide and narrow fields of view. Sarnoff Corporation, William J Burke, March 30, 2004: US06714665 (636 worldwide citation)

A recognition system which obtains and analyzes images of at least one object in a scene comprising a wide field of view (WFOV) imager which is used to capture an image of the scene and to locate the object and a narrow field of view (NFOV) imager which is responsive to the location information prov ...


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Ammar Al Ali, Mohamed K Diab, Massi E Kiani, Robert James Kopotic, David Tobler: Stereo pulse oximeter. Masimo Corporation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, March 30, 2004: US06714804 (514 worldwide citation)

An improved pulse oximeter provides for simultaneous, noninvasive oxygen status and photoplethysmograph measurements at both single and multiple sites. In particular, this multiple-site, multiple-parameter pulse oximeter, or “stereo pulse oximeter” simultaneously measures both arterial and venous ox ...


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Mark Hettinger: Method and apparatus for player selection of an electronic game payout. IGT, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, March 30, 2004: US06712693 (429 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing the player of an electronically-controlled gaming device with greater control of selected parameters of the game. The value or frequency of occurrence of selected game elements or combinations of elements may be ranked or re-ranke ...


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Charles A Carey, Bruce A Robinson: Method and system for instant messaging across cellular networks and a public data network. America Online, Black Lowe & Graham PLLC, March 30, 2004: US06714793 (410 worldwide citation)

A method, system and computer program product for instant message communication in a wireless and non-wireless environment. A message is sent from a mobile unit device over a wireless communication network. The message includes a destination address, information associated with the mobile unit devic ...


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Todd A Berg, Alex A Peterson, William J Swanson, Paul J Hindrichs: Apparatus and methods for closing septal defects and occluding blood flow. St Jude Medical ATG, Edward M Arons, Fish & Neave, March 30, 2004: US06712836 (389 worldwide citation)

Plugs and methods for plugging septal defects and blood vessels are provided. Plugs are delivered via catheter to a septal defect or a location where it is desired to occlude blood flow in a blood vessel. The plugs are positioned and expanded at the treatment site. The expansion of the plugs can be ...


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Ewald Mothwurf, Peter Lang, Franz Lechner, Dominik Berger: Jackpot system. Atronic International, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, March 30, 2004: US06712695 (364 worldwide citation)

A jackpot system used in casinos for allocating the wins from at least one jackpot to players playing at a plurality of gaming positions. The gaming positions are associated with a computer network including a computing engine having a memory for receiving inputs from the gaming positions and at lea ...


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Roger Carignan, Clyde R Pratt: Custom replacement device for resurfacing a femur and method of making the same. Kinamed, Christopher Darrow, Claude I Nassif, Greenberg Traurig, March 30, 2004: US06712856 (331 worldwide citation)

A replacement device for resurfacing a joint surface of a femur and a method of making and installing such a device is provided. The custom replacement device is designed to substantially fit the trochlear groove surface, of an individual femur. Thereby creating a “customized” replacement device for ...


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Frank Viola: Biopsy system. Tyco Healthcare Group, March 30, 2004: US06712773 (328 worldwide citation)

A biopsy system for retrieving biopsy tissue samples from different regions of the body is disclosed. The biopsy system includes a single use loading unit having a trocar assembly and a knife assembly. A trocar driver is operably connected to the trocar assembly and is actuable to move a trocar betw ...