Christopher J Schall, Chad P Boudreaux: Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 17, 2009: US07490749 (454 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...

Chelsea Shields, Edward C Meagher: Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue. Covidien, February 17, 2009: US07491201 (229 worldwide citation)

A bipolar forceps for sealing tissue includes an elongated shaft having opposing jaw members at a distal end thereof, each of the jaw members including an electrically conductive sealing surface. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position wherein the jaw members are di ...

Parag Pruthi, Andrew Heybey, Thekkthalackal V Kurien: Apparatus and method for collecting and analyzing communications data. Niksun, RatnerPrestia, February 17, 2009: US07492720 (210 worldwide citation)

A method for monitoring data on a first communication line. Data is received from the first communication line and a plurality of packets are extracted from the data. Statistics are then recursively generated, the statistics corresponding to the plurality of packets.

Handong Wu, Jerome Freedman, Christopher J Ivory: Network intrusion detection and analysis system and method. McAfee, Zilka Kotab PC, Christopher J Hamaty, February 17, 2009: US07493659 (205 worldwide citation)

An intrusion detection and analysis system and method are disclosed. The system includes a data monitoring device comprising a capture engine operable to capture data passing through the network and configured to monitor network traffic, decode protocols, and analyze received data. The system furthe ...

Michael E Landry, Erik Wagner, Robert Jones, Charles Forton, Larry Khoo: Spinal stabilization systems and methods using minimally invasive surgical procedures. Abbott Spine, Baker Botts L, February 17, 2009: US07491218 (189 worldwide citation)

A spinal stabilization system may be formed in a patient. In some embodiments, a minimally invasive procedure may be used to form a spinal stabilization system in a patient. Bone fastener assemblies may be coupled to vertebrae. Each bone fastener assembly may include a bone fastener and a collar. Th ...

Eric Carman: Memory array having a programmable word length, and method of operating same. Innovative Silicon ISi, Neil A Steinberg, February 17, 2009: US07492632 (160 worldwide citation)

A memory cell array and device having a memory cell array (i.e., an integrated circuit device, for example, a logic device (such as, a microcontroller or microprocessor) or a memory device (such as, a discrete memory)) including electrically floating body transistors in which electrical charge is st ...

Edward James Morgan, Michael George Shean, Farshid Alizadeh Shabdiz, Russel K Jones: Continuous data optimization of new access points in positioning systems. Skyhook Wireless, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, February 17, 2009: US07493127 (156 worldwide citation)

Methods and systems of continuously optimizing data in WiFi positioning systems. A location-based services system uses WiFi-enabled devices to monitor WiFi access points in a target area to indicate whether a WiFi access point is newly-observed. A WiFi-enabled device communicates with WiFi access po ...

Josef Schmidt, Günter Becker, Leobald Podbielski, Martin Nürge: Transmitter head and system for contactless energy transmission. Sew Eurodrive & Co KG, Kenyon & Kenyon, February 17, 2009: US07492247 (142 worldwide citation)

A transmitter head for a system for contactless energy transmission includes a support connected to at least one ferrite core. The ferrite core is embodied at least partially in the E-form and a flat winding is arranged around one leg of the E.

Chester Ledlie Sandberg, Harold J Vinegar, Christopher Kelvin Harris: Variable frequency temperature limited heaters. Shell Oil Company, February 17, 2009: US07490665 (137 worldwide citation)

Certain embodiments provide a heating system configured to heat at least a part of a subsurface formation. The system includes an electrical power supply. A heater section includes one or more electrical conductors electrically coupled to the electrical power supply. The heater section is configured ...